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Submission + - Why iPhone is Good - Even if You Don't Buy It

GWMAW writes: There remain more questions than answers as we enter The Month of the iPhone. Or at least it will be if Apple makes its ship date. That question is: How many Americans are willing to change cellular carriers in order to pay $500 plus God-knows-how-much-a-month for the unlimited data plan that AT&T plans to require of iPhone users?
IBM

Submission + - IBM Bores Tiny Holes in Computer Chips

IBMHole writes: Chips with minuscule holes in them can run faster or use less energy, IBM Corp. said in announcing Thursday a novel way to create them — potentially one of the most significant advances in chip manufacturing in years. To create these tiny holes, the computer company has harnessed a plastic-like material that spontaneously forms into a sieve-like structure. The holes have a width of 20 nanometers, or billionths of a meter, placing the method in the much-vaunted field of nanotechnology.
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Submission + - Activists Want Chimp Declared a 'Person'

KingKongMan writes: In some ways, Hiasl is like any other Viennese: He indulges a weakness for pastry, likes to paint and enjoys chilling out watching TV. But he doesn't care for coffee, and he isn't actually a person — at least not yet. In a case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, animal rights advocates are seeking to get the 26-year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "'person."'
Nintendo

Submission + - Nintendo Plans to Boost Wii Production

NanTendoo writes: Nintendo's president acknowledged Friday that the shortage of the hit Wii game machine was "abnormal," and promised production was being boosted to increase deliveries by next month. "We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock," Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters. "We have not been able to properly foresee demand."
Announcements

Submission + - Japan to Launch Magnetic Trains in 2025

SpeedyTrain writes: Magnetic trains zooming at a landscape-blurring 310 miles an hour will connect Tokyo and Nagoya by 2025, one of Japan's biggest railway operators said Friday. The new magnetically levitated, or "maglev," trains would slash the 100-minute travel time down the country's busiest transportation corridor and are envisioned as a successor for Japan's iconic bullet trains, or shinkansen, first introduced to the world in 1964.
Announcements

Submission + - New Japanese Mobile Phones Detect Motion

GreenTea writes: Some of the latest mobile phones in Japan come with motion sensors that let users detect motion or play action games like those on the Nintendo Wii console. The D904i from NTT DoCoMo, Japan's top mobile carrier, contains a tiny motion sensor that detects shaking and tilting, company spokesman Nobuyuki Hatanaka said.
Space

Submission + - Potentially Habitable Planet Found

JJOnGG writes: For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for "'life in the universe."'

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