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Comment: Re:Nokia Handsets Can Rise Again (Score 1) 67

by hatchet (#47795485) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

I have totally different experience. Out of all modern mobile OS-es i like WP8.1 the most.

But damn, those Nokia phones can't satisfy my needs. I just don't like too large displays - 4" would be perfect. But i also want that amazing camera from Lumia 930...

So, alternative would be something like HTC 8x, but then i'm left without Nokia Here navigation...

Censorship

Hungarian Officials Can Now Censor the Media 185

Posted by Soulskill
from the constant-bleeping dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Hungary is set to regulate the media, including web-published content, under a new law applicable today. The law requires all the media to provide a 'balanced view' and must not go against 'public morality,' and places all publications under the control of a new regulating body, whose top members have all been nominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Orban, whose strong ways have been compared to Putin's, has been tightening his grip over Hungary. 'In the seven months since Orban came to power with a two-thirds parliamentary majority, he has implemented retroactive taxes in violation of the constitution, curbed the Constitutional Court's power, effectively nationalized private pension funds and put ruling-party allies in charge of at least four independent institutions, including the audit office.' Citizens sentenced in application of the new law can still challenge it at the European Court of Human Rights — see you in a few years."
Games

Blizzard Seeking Console Devs For 'Diablo-Related Concept' 58

Posted by Soulskill
from the strict-inevitabilities dept.
Eurogamer reports that a number of Blizzard job listings went up today for top-level console developers. The listings were posted under the Diablo 3 heading, leading to speculation about a console port of the upcoming game. A Blizzard representative soon responded, saying, "... we’re currently exploring a Diablo-related concept for consoles. As we’ve said in the past, with proper care the gameplay could suit the console platform, and we’re interested in seeing what talent out there might be interested in contributing to such a project. To further reiterate what’s posted on the home page: this is not an announcement of a console title. We are first and foremost developing Diablo III for Windows and Mac PCs, and we have no intention of allowing a console interpretation to delay or otherwise affect the release of the game." Having played Diablo 3 at Blizzcon, I can say that the game would very easily make the transition to consoles. An Xbox 360 or PS3 controller would almost perfectly fit all necessary gameplay functions. That said, they could just as easily be porting one of the older games, building a new mini-game to get their feet wet, or getting started on Diablo 4. Time will tell.

Comment: Re:Bound to be a big win (Score 1) 280

by hatchet (#32364512) Attached to: Will Steve Ballmer Speak At WWDC Keynote?
This would benefit microsoft - getting bunch of new developers and enterprise customers. And it would also help apple, by getting tons of applications that run (without recompile) on both platforms. This would be simply amazing. And close partnership between apple and microsoft is direct take on google.
Role Playing (Games)

Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-met-warden dept.
ishanjain tipped news that BioWare has announced an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, called Awakening, that is due out on March 16th. Awakening "is supposed to run about 15 hours and will allow for players to import and edit characters they've broken in from the core game," and it will take place "in the in the role of a Grey Warden Commander who's been tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and finding out how the darkspawn survived following the death of the Archdemon dragon." A trailer is available at the official site, as well as some information on a new bit of DLC that will be out shortly, entitled Return to Ostagar. (It was originally due for release on January 5th, but was delayed.)
Power

+ - Printable, Roll-Up Solar Panels Developed->

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Al writes "A startup based in Toledo, Ohio, has developed a way to make large, flexible solar panels using a roll-to-roll manufacturing technique. Thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells are formed on thin sheets of stainless steel and each solar module is about one meter wide and five-and-a-half meters long. Conventional silicon solar panels are bulky and rigid, but these lightweight, flexible sheets could easily be integrated into roofs and building facades. They could even be rolled up and carried in a backpack, says the company's cofounder and president, Xunming Deng. "You could take it with you and charge your laptop battery," he says."
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Power

World's First Battery Fueled By Air 205

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-produce-tons-of-hot-air dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Telegraph reports on the revolutionary 'STAIR' (St Andrews Air) battery could now pave the way for a new generation of electric cars, laptops and mobile phones. The cells are charged in a traditional way but as power is used an open mesh section of battery draws in oxygen from the surrounding air that reacts with a porous carbon component inside the battery, which creates more energy and helps to continually 'charge' the cell as it is being discharged. The battery has a greater storage capacity than other similar-sized cells and can emit power up to 10 times longer. 'The key is to use oxygen in the air as a re-agent, rather than carry the necessary chemicals around inside the battery,' says Professor Peter Bruce of the Chemistry Department at the University of St Andrews. 'Our target is to get a five to ten fold increase in storage capacity, which is beyond the horizon of current lithium batteries.'"
Space

The 10-Year Satellite Forecast 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the bigger-is-better dept.
coondoggie writes "When it comes to satellites sometimes less is more. In the next ten years the government expects to see fewer but ever larger satellites flung into space. Specifically, the folks who monitor such things, the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), said in a draft report today that an average 20.8 satellites could be launched from 2009 through 2018, a decrease of one satellite when compared to the 2008 forecast of 21.8 and the 2007 forecast of 21.0 satellites per year. Actual launches per year were above 20 for the first time since 2002 and the highest total since 2000, with 23 satellites launched in 2008. As for the weight, the group said there has been steady growth in satellite mass since 1993 and the trend will continues as satellite mass is expected to remain near or slightly above 100,000 kilograms (220,400 lbs) forecast for the coming years with an all-time high of nearly 116,500 kg (257,000lbs) in 2009, the COMSTAC report stated."
Data Storage

+ - Samsung Announces The Fastest 64GB SSD->

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XueCast
XueCast writes "his new Solid State Drive ( SSD ) from Samsung can write data at 100 MB/s and read data at 120 MB/s which can easily out perform most current SDDs in the market that can only write at 45 MB/s and read at 65 MB/s. This new SSD will come in two form factors which are : 2.5 and 3.5, and will be running on SATA II standard, and also it will only consume 50% less power than most current SSDs in the market. There is no information yet about how much this new SSD will cost to buy."
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Television

TV Viewing Linked to Attention Problems 301

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the tired-of-being-told-to-go-play-outside dept.
oDDmON oUT writes "While your mother may have told you that sitting too close to the TV was bad for your eyes, the folks over at New Scientist are reporting that too much television may be linked to a bad attention span 'The study is not proof that TV viewing causes attention problems, Landhuis notes, because it may be that children prone to attention problems may be drawn to watching television. "However, our results show that the net effect of television seems to be adverse."'"

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