An anonymous reader writes: Orange will indeed offer Apple's iPhone on France, but the most interesting aspect of the two firms' partnership will be the availability, for the first time, of officially unlocked handsets.
French law prevents carriers from tying handsets exclusively to their networks — consumers have to be able to move to a different network provider and take their phones with them. The upshot is that Orange will sell a locked iPhone for 399 alongside an unlocked model for a price that's yet to be specified by either party. Link to Original Source
Tom writes: Nokia announced an upgrade to its Internet tablet N series. Nokia N810 is an upgrade to N800 and original N770. With 4.13" screen and 800x480 resolution, N810 offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS support for a price tag of $479: "The Nokia N810 is powered by maemo Linux based OS2008, updatable also on the Nokia N800, the previous internet tablet generation hardware. The Nokia N810 features a highly customizable user interface and contains various novelties such as a Mozilla based browser with Ajax and Adobe flash 9, Bluetooth headset support as well as enhanced video and audio features. The refreshed Video Gizmo, Skype and Rhapsody highlight some most popular downloads available while Boingo Wireless, Earthlink and The Cloud enable Wi-Fi connectivity, across thousands of different locations globally." EnGadget runs an on-hands review of Nokia N810. Link to Original Source
apokryphos writes: "The openSUSE team have officially announced the release of openSUSE 10.3. Notable changes include the new package management, MP3 support out-of-the-box, a 1-click-install technology, a greatly improved boot time, and the new 1-CD media selection."
traveller604 writes: openSUSE 10.3 is now available for download. I'm my opinion Novell's openSUSE is the leading KDE-centric distro and 10.3 does not leave KDE fans cold for it comes with optional KDE 4 beta. Enjoy!
Ant writes: "Anthropology.net shares an alarming report on the rate of extinction of languages . It says, "Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth — many of them never yet recorded — will likely disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and how the human brain works."
Seen on Neatorama." Link to Original Source
Steve Bitterman, 60, said officials at Southwestern Community College sided with a handful of students who threatened legal action over his remarks in a western civilization class Tuesday. He said he was fired Thursday.
"I'm just a little bit shocked myself that a college in good standing would back up students who insist that people who have been through college and have a master's degree, a couple actually, have to teach that there were such things as talking snakes or lose their job," Bitterman said.
One expects to read about this sort of thing at church-affiliated schools, but at a state-run community college? Are we really reaching a point in this country where everything said and taught in an academic setting must be weighed against the possibility of offending Christian fundamentalists? Are supposedly secular educational institutions more and more downplaying or even censoring truth and reality at the behest of a group of people who believe that ancient mythology negates and supercedes the disciplines of science, history, and reason? Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian is reporting that the Northwest Passage is now navigable due to arctic sea ice melting much faster than previously. This will only continue to get worse next year as the additional open water absorbs more heat and delays the refreezing of the water this winter.
An anonymous reader writes: Sony has been caught out editing the Wikipedia entry for Microsoft's highly anticipated shooter Halo 3.
The original entry stated: 'Halo 3, the third game in the best-selling Xbox game franchise Halo, is a highly anticipated first-person shooter video game under development by Bungie Studios for the Xbox 360 and is expected to "set a new high water mark" for next-generation games.'
However, a sentence had been added which reads: 'Although it won't look any better than Halo 2. Link to Original Source
traveller604 writes: "Nokia announced 4 the new phones (N95 8GB, N81, 5610, 5310) earlier today at the Nokia GoPlay event in London. However by far the most interesting and controversial thing that was shown at the event was the Nokia's iPhone lookalike demo video. When pressed during the Q&A about the striking similarity to the little Cupertino device, Anssi Vanajoki — Nokia's Executive VP & General Manager of Multimedia — said, "If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride." Apple fanboys, before you start crying out your anger watch this."
traveller604 writes: "After months of speculation Nokia has finally announced new high end smartphones. Among them is the successor to the no doubt most advanced cellphone in the world right now, the N95. The successor, N95 8gb is Nokia's answer to the criticism that the original model has received. It comes with a larger screen and many upgraded components. Other announcements were the new ngage platform called Ovi (a door in Finnish) and music orientated phones N81, 5610 and 5310. What wasn't announced (but flashed discretely) at Nokia GoPlay event in London was the Nokia's iPhone lookalike."
judgecorp writes: "Nokia didn't mention Apple at its Go Play launch in London — it didn't have to. The new Ovi service is, as predicted, a revived version of N-Gage, but it's also a combined music, games and location service, designed to let users get content and interact through both PCs and mobiles. The company also has some new phones that seem to address all the criticisms of the iPhone — they have 3G and they are open to developers, and they'll also do the touch-screen, 3D menu thing. Given Nokia is the largest consumer durable maker in the world, with a 900 million-strong truly global user base, I'd say Apple better watch out!" Link to Original Source