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+ - Google Fiber Expansion Puts ISPs On Notice-> 1

Submitted by nmpost
nmpost (2668987) writes "The recently announced expansion of Google Fiber into another Kansas City suburb has gotten a lot of press, and rightfully so. Google Fiber is coming to Olathe, Kansas, which is a town of about 125,000 residents. It sits roughly 30 minutes outside of Kansas City. Most importantly, though, the move shows that Google wasn’t kidding when they said Fiber was not just an experiment, and they hope to expand elsewhere. Google’s expansion should put the other major ISPs on notice. Google’s affordable fiber service has been a hit, and that runs contrary to what other providers have claimed about high speed access. Time Warner’s Chief Financial Officer Irene Esteves said that there was no demand for gigabit internet. If Google continues to grow, she and her company may soon have to eat those words."
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Science

+ - Multi-Use Titanium Dioxide Claimed to be the Next "Wonder Material"->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Graphene could soon be facing some competition for the unofficial title of “World’s Most Useful New Substance.” Led by Associate Professor Darren Sun, a team of scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have spent the past five years developing a material known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide. Their research indicates that it can be used to produce hydrogen and clean water from wastewater, double the lifespan of batteries, create antibacterial wound dressings ... and more."
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Google

+ - Now Google Is Making A Smart Watch Too!->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "With Samsung and (reportedly) Apple already making smart watches, Google has now joined the party. The Google Watch is apparently being made by the Android group, and could have some synergy with Google's other wearable tech — the Glass spectacles. The distinctive thing in Google's patent seems to be having two displays — one for public data and a flip-up one for more private stuff. ."
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Apple

+ - Apple: 75% of our world wide power needs now come from renewable power sources->

Submitted by skade88
skade88 (1750548) writes "Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.

From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'

Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!"

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+ - FCC Proposal Could Save Net Neutrality->

Submitted by nmpost
nmpost (2668987) writes "The FCC’s proposal to create large, public WiFi networks across the nation would do more than bring internet to masses. Such a network could save the free and open internet as we know it. The big telecoms, who are staunchly opposed to the idea, have been pushing to end net neutrality, which is the idea that all data on the net should be treated equally. They seek to create a tiered system where sites that pay more would receive faster service on their networks. Abolishing net neutrality would also allow the telecoms to push their own sites and services ahead of third party competitors. A free public option to internet would change all of that. While the big telecoms would still offer faster speeds, and thus keep some customers, a public option would force them to become more consumer friendly. Internet providers typically have a monopoly in a given town. A free public alternative would create competition, which is almost always better for the consumer."
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Android

+ - Wireless Carriers Put on Notice About Providing Regular Android Security Updates->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "Activist Chris Soghoian, whom in the past has targeted zero-day brokers with his work, has turned his attention toward wireless carriers and their reluctance to provide regular device updates to Android mobile devices.The lack of updates leaves millions of Android users sometimes upwards of two revs behind in not only feature updates, but patches for security vulnerabilities."
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+ - Is cold fusion possible, or its a fake demonstration?-> 1

Submitted by osoriojr
osoriojr (1671500) writes "Mr. Andrea Rossi says he has dominated the technology and at the engeneering point of view, there's no modification needed. He has a 'commercial product', ready to sell.
There's a discordance on the scientific environment. Is it a fraude or is it a true new revolutionary technology that will change our energetic reality?"

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Mars

+ - Blue, Not Red: Did Ancient Mars Look Like This?->

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astroengine
astroengine writes "Using elevation data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, software engineer Kevin Gill was inspired to create a virtual version of the red planet with a difference. "I had been doing similar models of Earth and have seen attempts by others of showing life on Mars, so I figured I'd give it a go," Gill told Discovery News. "It was a good way to learn about the planet, be creative and improve the software I was rendering it in." He included oceans, lakes, clouds and a biosphere — a view of a hypothetical ancient Mars that looks wonderfully homely."
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Android

+ - Samsung confirms plan to begin inching away from Android->

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nmpost
nmpost writes "Google’s (GOOG) white-hot Android operating system will be the center of Samsung’s (005930) business for years to come. For the Samsung we know today, Android is a perfect match. It provides a solid foundation and a host of terrific functions, and it gives Samsung the freedom to drop its own software and solutions on top. For the Samsung of the future, though, this might not be the best possible model.

Samsung may be approaching a point where it wants to take more complete ownership of the mobile experience it offers customers. Today, Galaxy phones offer Samsung’s mobile experience combined with Google’s mobile experience. Tomorrow, the electronics giant might look to eliminate or at least change half of that equation.

One way to accomplish this would be to adopt a new OS over which it has more control. Tizen, for example, may turn out to be a workable option. Reports that Samsung plans to launch Tizen phones in 2013 from earlier this week have now been confirmed by Bloomberg Businessweek, and Samsung has said that it plans to launch multiple Tizen phones this year."

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NASA

+ - Big Space: There are at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy alone->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Astronomers have, since they could see stars a night, tried to figure out how many planets were in the sky — and the latest count from scientists is massive — 100 billion just in our own Milky Way galaxy. A new study by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) made their estimate while analyzing five planets orbiting a star spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope."
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Intel

+ - Intel Going After Cable Industry->

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nmpost
nmpost writes "Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time.
Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service.
Clay says Intel is planning to deliver cable content to any device with an Internet connection. And instead of having to pay $80 a month for two hundred channels you don't want, you'll be able to subscribe to specific channels of your choosing."

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Iphone

+ - AT&T Challenges Net Neutrality With FaceTime Policy->

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nmpost
nmpost writes "AT&T is coming under fire for its policy regarding FaceTime on the iPhone. In Apple’s latest software update, iOS 6, the company has opened up FaceTime to use over cellular data networks. AT&T is limiting that option to customers who purchase a shared data plan. Customers with an individual plan will not be able to use the feature over the cellular data network, but they will be able to use it over Wi-Fi. Three special interest groups plan to file complaints with the FCC over the decision. The policy is designed to push customers towards the more expensive shared data plans. The new plans can be cost effective if they are actually being shared among several people, but for a single person they are generally more expensive than the individual option. Given that FaceTime uses your allotted data in your plan, there is no other reason for AT&T to limit this feature to those on shared data plans. It is a business decision, and not a network management decision. AT&T is proving an old adage true, give someone an inch and they will take a mile. The big telecoms were given room to work within the wireless data field, and now AT&T is exploiting that leeway. This wisdom has proven true time and time again in regards to deregulation. The country has already seen its share of disasters due to lax regulations, such as the financial collapse of 2007-2008. Our future will be internet based, which means failure to properly regulate bad actors could lead to an even bigger crisis down the road."
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Google

+ - Major Backlash Looms for Apple's New Maps App

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Michael DeGusta writes that Apple’s new Maps app is the very first item on their list of major new features in iOS 6, but for many iPhone and iPad users around the world Apple's new maps are going to be a major disappointment as the Transit function will be lost in 51 countries with 4.4 billion people, the Traffic function will be lost in 24 countries with 2.3 billion people, and the Street View function will be lost in 41 countries with 2.5 billion people. "In total, 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will be without one or more of these features they previously had in iOS," writes DeGusta. "Apple is risking upsetting 65% of the world’s population, seemingly without much greater purpose than speeding the removal of their rival Google from iOS. Few consumers care about such battles though, nor should they have to." The biggest losers will be Brazil, India, Taiwan, and Thailand (population: 1.5 billion) which overnight will go from being countries with every maps feature (transit, traffic, and street view) to countries with none of those features, nor any of the new features, flyover and turn-by-turn directions. Apple’s maps are clearly behind in some key areas, but they will presumably continue to improve over time. Google has committed to making their maps available everywhere, so it seems likely Google will release their own iOS maps app soon, as they did with YouTube, which has similarly been removed from iOS 6."

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