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Submission + - BlackBerry Playbook Launch Set for April 19 (

An anonymous reader writes: "Research in Motion used a press release this morning to announce that the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is officially available for pre-orders starting today, with a launch on April 19. The WiFi versions of the PlayBook will be priced at $499, $599, and $699 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, respectively. "
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Submission + - Splinternet, or how we broke the good old Web (

StormDriver writes: "I don’t want to be that scruffy guy with “The end is nigh” sign and some really bad dental problems, but most industry analysts already noticed that global Internet is coming apart, changing into a cluster of smaller and more closed webs. They have even created a catchy name for this Web 3.0 – the Splinternet. How is it happening?"

Submission + - NASA star satellite recovers from 144-hour glitch (

coondoggie writes: "There was likely a pretty big sigh of relief at NASA's Ames Research Center this week as the group' star satellite Kepler, recovered from a glitch that took it offline for 144 hours. According to NASA the glitch happened March 14, right after the spacecraft issued a network interface card (NIC) reset command to implement a computer program update. During the reset, the NIC sent invalid reaction wheel data to the flight software, which caused the spacecraft to enter safe mode, NASA stated."

Submission + - Texas man Gets Full Face Transplant (

RedEaredSlider writes: A Texas man recieved the third full face transplant performed in the U.S. yesterday at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The patient was Dallas Wiens, whose face was burned in a power line accident in 2008. He was left blinded and with little sensation where his face used to be. Wiens lost his lips, eyes, nose and much of the muscle and nerve tissue because the burns he suffered penetrated to the bones.

Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of the Burn Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital and leader of the surgical team, said in a press conference that Wiens will not look the way he did before, nor will he look like the person who donated his face. The reason is that Wiens' bone structure is different and the tissues will change shape as they heal.


Submission + - iPad 2 forces Samsung to reevaluate Galaxy Tab (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple’s iPad competitors are still spec-obsessed, and Apple’s next-gen iPad coupled with the same affordable price point is forcing Samsung to rethink its tablet strategy and pricing methodology altogether.
The South Korean Yonhap News Agency relays a quote from Lee Don-joo, executive VP of Samsung’s mobile division, about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 compared to the new iPad.

“We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Don-joo said. “Apple made it very thin.”
Feature aside, Samsung also finds itself in a bind price wise. The upcoming Galaxy Tab, complete with a 10.1-inch screen and Android 3.0, was initially going to be priced higher than the current 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Apple’s iPad 2, however, is forcing Samsung to “think that over.”


Submission + - Twitter users hit by "11.6 hours" viral scam (

An anonymous reader writes: A rogue application has caught Twitter users off their guard today, with thousands of people duped into clicking on links believing that it will reveal how many hours they have spent on Twitter.

Messages saying "I have spent 11.6 hours on Twitter. How much have you? Find out here: [LINK]" are being spread across the system, linking to an app called "Time on Tweeter".

However, the app — if given access to the user's Twitter account — will instantly spam out the same message claiming the user has spent 11.6 hours on Twitter, and lead them to a money-making survey scam.

Sophos says affected users should revoke the application's access to their Twitter account immediately.


Submission + - Google street view no longer limited to streets (

heidaro writes: It’s time for Google to rename its Street View feature. Google Maps’ Street View is no longer limited to streets, the company is now using tricycles to photograph off-road locations like the gardens at the San Diego Art Institute or Château de Chenonceaux in Civray-de-Touraine, France.

Submission + - Google Deletes 21 Malware Apps From Android Market (

dkd903 writes: "Google deleted at-least 21 applications (some of which had names like "Chess"!) from the Android app market after it was first brought to notice by Android Police. Each of these 21 apps were infected with a backdoor Trojan rootkit which automatically rooted the phone using the well-known rageagainstthecage rooting tool. After this, the Malware apps would download and execute arbitrary code and send all your phone data to some other remote server."

Comment Just about to submit this... (Score 1) 2

Was just about to submit this myself. Over a million dollars has already been raised. I'm curious what will happen when Fox gets wind of this success? Will they even sell the rights, glad to be done with it, or cling to a dead series trying to squeeze more money from its deceased remains?
I sure hope this takes off... I wouldn't mind seeing more from the 'Verse

Comment Re:It's the same as it always been. (Score 1) 134

If you need to be gorgeous and adhere to ridiculous social standards in order to be cool, most geeks are doomed any way. We don't have the cool hobbies, because practicing sports take time away from our interesting research. We don't watch the cool shows, because most popular TV shows have gaping plot holes or are just not interesting at all. It's hard to "fit in" when you're smarter than the masses. I like it that way.

We are more suited to distinguishing ourselves from the masses with silly jokes and dooming ourselves to our little social niche because let's face it, the conversations are just so much more interesting over here.

Come to the nerd side, we have pocket-protectors.

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