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+ - US manufacturing adds only $4 to handset costs ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Motorola has been heavily marketing the "Made in the USA" credentials of the Moto X, and is assembling the handsets in its Fort Worth, Texas facility. Doing so allows the company to customize handsets individually for each customer and ship them out within four days of ordering. IHS estimates this adds around $4 extra to Motorola's costs, but makes the company more responsive and brings PR benefits."
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Comment: Talk about a proactive jumpstart (Score 3, Insightful) 462

by mitcheli (#44703703) Attached to: Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil
I'm not really sure who to criticize here, the guy put out the research project on the reasons why we shouldn't mine the moon (Needless to say, we're probably a long way away from that). Or the guy who decided to write on how stupid it was to criticize the idea. Let's see, first we needs an economically viable method to land and return from the Moon. Next, we need that method to be capable of carrying significant weight. Then we would need the mining apparatuses necessary to work in those environments. And if memory serves, miners don't just mine anywhere, so there would needs to be substantial geological surveying to be done.

But I have to agree, it would be a waste to use all that energy on advertisements.

+ - Google's Director of Regime Change->

Submitted by Memroid
Memroid (898199) writes "'It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA [...] Documents published last year by WikiLeaks obtained from the US intelligence contractor Stratfor, show that in 2011 Jared Cohen, then (as he is now) Director of Google Ideas, was off running secret missions to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan. In these internal emails, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice President for Intelligence and a former senior State Department official, describes Google as follows:

"Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do... [Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit-bag."'"

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+ - Using Pulsars As GPS - A Space Navigation System Fit For A Starship?->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "Science Codex reports, "CSIRO scientists have written software that could guide spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, ... Dr George Hobbs (CSIRO) and his colleagues study pulsars — small spinning stars that deliver regular 'blips' or 'pulses' of radio waves and, sometimes, X-rays. Usually the astronomers are interested in measuring, very precisely, when the pulsar pulses arrive in the solar system. Slight deviations from the expected arrival times can give clues about the behaviour of a pulsar itself, ... "But we can also work backwards," said Dr Hobbs. "We can use information from pulsars to very precisely determine the position of our telescopes." "If the telescopes were on board a spacecraft, then we could get the position of the spacecraft." Observations of at least four pulsars, every seven days, would be required. ... A paper (paywalled) describing in detail how the system would work has been accepted for publication by the journal Advances in Space Research." Related story."
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+ - Move Over Samsung Galaxy Gear, Omate TrueSmart Watch Is Here->

Submitted by jarold
jarold (2974817) writes "Move over Samsung Galaxy Gear, Omate TrueSmart watch is here. Dubbed as the world’s first standalone smartwatch, it can work independently from smartphone. Omate TrueSmart has started production after raising more than $100,000 through Kickstarter crowdfunding.
The biggest selling point for Omate TrueSmart is its ability to make voice calls, text and social media messaging without a smartphone or tablet. As with other smartwatches in the market, it can be paired with a smartphone for notifications, access to apps and more. The developers even suggested it can work with Google glass to optimize smart wearable technology experience."

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