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+ - Skype 2.0.1 iPhone Update for iOS 4: Multitasking.-> 1

Submitted by muonzoo
muonzoo (106581) writes "Skype has released the updated version of their application for iOS 4 — now with support for multitasking.

Peter Parkes at Skype writes:

In May, we upgraded our iPhone app to allow users to make calls over 3G data connections. Today, I’m pleased to introduce a brand new version of the app. It allows you to make calls with high quality sound, and supports multitasking. This means you can receive Skype calls while other apps are running, even when your iPhone is locked. And during a call, you can keep the conversation going while you switch to another task, such as checking a movie listing or reading an email. We’ve also updated the app’s graphics to support iPhone 4’s Retina Display.

Download and release details are here at iTMS."
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+ - SPAM: Google Officially Sold Out of Nexus One Smartphone

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Recently, Google told the LA Times that they were expecting to sell out of Nexus Ones by the end of July. Imagine our surprise when we find out that by the end of July, they meant tomorrow The Nexus One was certainly not the commercial success that most people expected, but I have a feeling that wasn’t what Google was trying to accomplish with their smartphone baby."
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Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 1078

by muonzoo (#30187694) Attached to: Apple Voiding Smokers' Warranties?
Most consumer electronics companies embed moisture and shock detection elements in their products. It is in their best interest to protect themselves against warranty fraud and abuse. In some cases, they will overlook these items, depending on the circumstances surrounding the story. I know for certain that RIM (BlackBerry) has these in their devices too. Apple is far from alone in this regard. It is a very common practice in high-value, portable consumer electronics.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 470

by muonzoo (#27638799) Attached to: A Secure OS For the Dalai Lama?
That 'somebody' was Ken Thompson in his acceptance of the Turing award i n 1984 (how apropos): http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html The idea is that the compile can insert a backdoor into the login program when it is compiling it. Secondly, it can insert this backdoor into the compiler when it is compiling itself. The source no longer shows the infection. This is devious and fascinating.

Comment: Kids, parentheses and earlier work (Score 1) 166

by muonzoo (#21346311) Attached to: The Rules of the Swarm
Bah! Kids these days!
Although some of the concepts in TFA are interesting, it is certainly building on ideas that have passed before it.
Much work has been done on emergent behaviour in aggregates of simple organisms, for example the early work of Craig Reynolds is a pivotal paper in this area and widely regarded as a key work in this area. When you might ask? 1987 of course. Bonus points that it was done in LISP. (ObXkcd link).
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USAF Developing New "SR-72" Supersonic Spy? 428

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the next-comes-high-altitude-flak-cannons dept.
Kadin2048 writes "According to an Air Force Times article, the famed Lockheed Martin 'Skunk Works' may be hard at work on a new supersonic spy plane (with 'artist concept') for the U.S. military, to replace the SR-71 'Blackbird' retired a decade ago. Dubbed by some the SR-72, the jet would be unmanned and travel at about 4,000 MPH at as much as 100,000 feet, with 'transcontinental' range. Some have speculated that new high-speed spy planes could be a U.S. response to anti-satellite weapons deployed by China, in order to preserve reconnaissance capabilities in the event of a loss of satellite coverage. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin would comment on the program, or lack thereof."

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