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Submission + - Nokia releases new Asha software platform in a new phone (

egil writes: The new, tiny Asha 501 touchscreen phone from Nokia is based on a brand new software platform which supports what makes Nokia different. It is affordable, yet full of Nokia DNA, such as smooth swipe UI, a healthy dose of Nokia design features cues, and a fully featured touchphone with battery life measured in weeks instead of hours. 3G variants will follow later this year.

Submission + - At $99, Nokia Asha 501 has 48 days of standby , free Facebook, fast browsing

SmartAboutThings writes: Nokia has launched the Asha 501 with a price tag of 99$ and you'd think it's just another feature phone. Well, this is actually a low-end "smartphone" that is very durable, has 14 hours of battery, 48 days of standby, free Facebook and even comes in 6 different colors. A real back-up phone, don't you think?

Comment The power of Wikipedia (Score 3, Interesting) 37

I had the honour and pleasure of starting this thing. I see the Wikiproject article was created 09:15, 13 February 2005. I made some convention for adding the lat/lon coordinates, which then linked to a small website that had proper link to various map resources (this was before OpenStreetMap). I documented it, then manually added links to a few articles, just to have some critical mass to start it off. After that, it kind of caught on, and now we have a million articles with coordianates, and a whole lot of super mobile phone apps and other applications I could never have imagined.

So you can bash WIkipedia all you want, but to me, this really shows the immense power of Wikipedia.


Submission + - Homebrew Cray-1 (

egil writes: Chris Fenton built his own fully functional 1/10 scale Cray-1 supercomputer. True to the original, it includes the couch-seat, but is also binary compatible with the original. Instead of the power-hungry ECL technology, however, the scale model is built around a Xilinx Spartan-3E 1600 development board. All software is available if you want to build one for your own living room. The largest obstacle in the project is to find original software.

Submission + - Danish suborbital rocket launch planned for Aug 30 (

egil writes: The most amazing hobby project ever: Build a suborbital manned rocket — and while you're at it, a sea lauch platform and a submarine. It seems unbelieveable, but the posts documents this amazing project, started by Peter Madsen and Kristian von Bengtson. The project home page has more information. Although covered in the Danish press, the guys have obviously been more busy with rocket science than PR.

Submission + - Oracle Sues Google for Infringing Java Patents (

Bruce Perens writes: "Oracle has brought a lawsuit against Google claiming that Google has infringed patents on the Java Language, presumably in Android. We don't have the text of the lawsuit yet. But there's a patent grant that should allow Google to use Java royalty-free. Has Google failed to meet the terms of the grant?"

Submission + - Mobile Operator Admits, GSM Cannot be Trusted (

egil writes: Mobile operator Telenor admits that standard GSM cipher can no longer be trusted. Norwegian developer Frank A. Stevenson has built software that, running on two Radeon 5850s, provides the core of a practical solution for realtime breaking of the GSM standard A5/1 cipher. This essentially leaves all GSM-based radio communication open for anyone to intercept.. Norwegian operator Telenor initially made the statement that GSM is safe, but when Stevenson invited them home for coffee, and to look at his solution, they changed their mind, and now say that they will switch to A5/3 aka Kasumi, an improved algortihm that is also used for UMTS. Trouble is, most handsets only support A5/1. Original link is in Norwegian, but Google translate is your friend."

Submission + - All your data are belong to Huawei (

An anonymous reader writes: Financial Chronicle reports that Huawei could lose $1.5B in India business, as Indian government has banned Huawei on security and quality grounds. Intelligence agencies have zeroed-in on backdoors embedded in Huawei telecom equipment.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.