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Submission + - Kensington Vo200 VoIP Mobile Phone Reviewed

joggeroftoday writes: CoolTechZone.com has published a review of Kensington's Vo200 VoIP Internet phone that stores in your notebook and turns into a mobile handset when you are taking calls. The review states, "The Vo200 is PCMIA slot compatible (and incompatible with ExpressCard slots), which essentially means that all you need to do is slide it in your notebook's PCMIA slot for storage and recharging. How cool is that? Another interesting thing that we really enjoyed working with was its handset mode (for private conversations) and speakerphone mode (for more transparent calls) with the swing of the base. It was fun to sit back, turn on the speakerphone mode and talk away.
Media (Apple)

Submission + - EMI's entire catalogue available DRM free

rohan972 writes: The Sydney Morning Herald reports: EMI Music has become the first of the big four record companies to break from the pack and make its entire catalogue available as downloads free of copy control measures.

The announcement to offer the unprotected format was made in London overnight by EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli. He was joined by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who said his company's market-leading iTunes Store would also carry the new EMI tracks, marking the first time that DRM-free music would be offered to on iTunes.
Movies

Submission + - Good Science/Math Lectures online?

nitroamos writes: Every once in a while I find myself searching for a good science or math lecture online, a talk on the general interest level. Feynman was well known as an excellent lecturer, able to make non scientists understand him. However, there is relatively little available for viewing online. Examples of what I'm interested include Caltech Watson Lectures and Vega Science Trust. Are there any other websites people can recommend from their fields of interest?
Patents

Submission + - Control water with electricity

MattSparkes writes: "French researchers have discovered a new way to create super-hydrophobic surfaces, which could make completely electronic control of water possible. This could replace messy pumps and valves. By passing a voltage across a water droplet on the surface, it's shape can be deformed, and when the voltage is removed, it springs back into shape. Although the distortion is small, it should be enough to push droplets around by controlling the voltage between many different surface electrodes."
Quickies

Submission + - Monster squid caught in Antarctica

zakkie writes: "New Zealand fisherman have caught a massive 450 kg colossal squid fishing in the Antartic waters. This is by far the biggest yet found, measuring over 10 metres in length and weighing 450 kg. It has been taken back to New Zealand to be studied."
Google

Submission + - Google to charge for web apps

zakkie writes: "According to BBC News, Google is to start charging businesses for guaranteed availability and more features in the web apps like Gmail. The article suggests the timing is bad for Microsoft and their release of Office 2007, and is a "shot across their bows"."

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