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Portables

+ - OpenMoko Open Source Smart Phone is Ready for Sale->

Submitted by
Alias777
Alias777 writes "The smart phone OpenMoko is completely open source, its interface and applications can be modified by anyone. And, starting in July, it is set to go on sale. The OpenMoko Neo and Neo Advanced will cost $300 and $450 respectively, a deep discount on the originally announced $450 and $600 price. If the word gets out there, will this cut into the iPhone's market share?"
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Robotics

+ - Weapon Wielding Robots

Submitted by dawnzer
dawnzer (981212) writes "No, it isn't the next sci-fi feature coming to the big screen. TASER International, Inc. has teamed up with iRobot Corp., maker of the Roomba electronic vacuum and robots for the military that disarm bombs. They plan to collaboratively develop Taser-equipped robots for law enforcement, federal and military users.

It appears that there is a working model of the "PackBot Explorer" robot with Taser technology to be shown in a conference in Chicago."
Media (Apple)

+ - iTunes' opening it doors to indie film producers?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After ten months of negotiations (read: pestering), Apple has agreed to sell downloads of the 'indie' snowboarding film, That, through the company's iTunes video download store. This is the first time that Apple has accepted content that doesn't come from an established or major distributor; essentially cutting out the 'middleman', so that a small video producer can sell their content directly through iTunes. So does this mean that iTunes is ready to embrace the long tail, and help small independent filmmakers monetize their content?"
Internet Explorer

+ - Online addict dies after 7 day marathon session

Submitted by
watomb
watomb writes ""BEIJING: An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.

The 150-kg man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending "almost all" of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents."
http://www.ciol.com/content/search/showarticle1.as p?artid=94845"
Software

+ - Wil Wheaton reviews Linux audio players

Submitted by ForeverFaithless
ForeverFaithless (894809) writes "Wil Wheaton has reviewed several popular audio players on Linux, including XMMS, Amarok, and Banshee. Wil comes to the conclusion that Amarok is his favorite of the bunch, stating "I have never loved a music player as much as I love Amarok, and I've never had as much fun flipping through my library and learning more about my favorite artists.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

Who Needs a Satellite Dish When You Have a Wok? 250

Posted by samzenpus
from the sweet-and-sour-channel dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Why pay $20,000 for a commercial link to run your television station when a $10 kitchen wok from the Warehouse is just as effective? This is exactly how North Otago's newest television station 45 South is transmitting its signal from its studio to the top of Cape Wanbrow, in a bid to keep costs down."
The Internet

+ - The Pirate Bay to stay in Sweden

Submitted by paulraps
paulraps (1007407) writes "The Pirate Bay has ditched plans to buy its own nation so as to avoid international copyright laws. One of the founders says that the operation is now less vulnerable to police raids in Sweden now that it has spread its servers around different locations. Amusingly, they may still buy an island, but for more modest reasons: "We have 20,000 to 25,000 dollars to spend. Really we just want somewhere we can name The Pirate Bay, so we can look on Google Maps and find ourselves there," said Tobias Andersson, who, despite running the most poopular site in Scandinavia, still works as an electrician."
Businesses

+ - Data center electric bills skyrocket

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "That's one serious electric bill. U.S. data centers consumed the equivalent of the power generated by five 1,000-kilowatt power plants in 2005 — or about 1.2% of the country's electricity consumption — resulting in total utility bills amounting to $2.7 billion. In 2005, total data center electricity consumption in the U.S., including servers, cooling and auxiliary equipment, was approximately 45 billion kWh, with total data center power and electricity consumption for the world estimated to cost $7.2 billion annually. The report, issued today also examines the growth in electricity demands since the year 2000, concluding no surprisingly that in about seven years energy use has doubled. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1155 4"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Female Gamers have More Sex

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Belgian research firm found that girls who never play computer games have less sex than girls who do play games on their PC or gaming consoles. Breeze says the girls who do play games have sex 4.3 times a week, while the girls who never play games only go to bed 3.2 times a week."

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