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Submission + - TSA Bans Toner and Ink Cartridges ( 1

Grond writes: 'The US has banned toner and ink cartridges from passenger aircraft in the wake of last month's bomb plot. The printer cartridge ban affects cartridges over 16 ounces.' No word yet on whether that's a weight or volume measurement or whether it's a per-cartridge or per-passenger limit.

Submission + - E Ink unveils first color e-reader (

Kensai7 writes: E Ink, the firm behind the monochrome displays on the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, launched its first colour ebook-reader display this week. Unlike LCDs that constantly draw power, electronic ink uses power to change the image – but not to display it – increasing battery life from hours to weeks. Electronic ink works by attracting black or white powders to the front of a clear pixel capsule.

Submission + - Kmart Offers $149 Android Tablet (

pickens writes: A Kmart circular came out last week with an uber-geeky product that perked up a few ears in the gadget community. Augen's 7-inch Gen-78 Android tablet which runs Android 2.1 is on sale for $150 (normally $170). The tablet is as bare bones as it gets, but it does work and has some features which may interest those who can't reconcile the $500+ price of Apple's iPad. Features include Android 2.1 (no skinning) 800x480 Display, WiFi 802.11G, 2GB of storage +SD card slot (up to 32GB), 256MB of RAM (same as iPad), HDMI out for 720P viewing on an external display, Android Market access, an eBook reader, YouTube app, and Maps. The tablet is currently sold out at many locations but Kmart is offering rain checks. "I'll be honest," writes Seth Weintraub. "I don't trust my toddler with an iPad but this thing will be great for watching Gumby (don't ask) at home and Sesame Street in the car."

Submission + - FTC will investigate Apple (

An anonymous reader writes: The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation into whether Apple is illegally using its position in the mobile software market to harm competitors, according to several published reports.

On Friday afternoon, both Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal reported that the FTC had opened a formal probe.

At issue is Apple's recent tweaking of its App Store rules. In May, Apple made changes that prohibit certain developer tools from being used to create applications for the iPhone and iPad, and on Monday effectively blocked Google's AdMob and other non-independent mobile ad networks from accessing applications on the iPhone.

Submission + - Biodegradable Sugar-Powered Batteries, Coming Soon (

srsguy writes: In the past, we've seen cell phones powered by cola. Now, researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri are attempting to commercialize batteries powered purely by sugar — not from just one source, either. The team is making claims that "[d]evices could be instantly recharged by adding virtually any convenient sugar source, including plant sap". This should keep the world's sugar-fueled youth with plenty of power — up to 4 times longer on a single charge, in fact.

Submission + - Facebook blocked in Bangladesh (

SillyChild writes: Bangladesh Government has blocked Facebook. The reason is: "The decision came after the arrest of a youth for uploading satiric images of some leading politicians including the prime minister and leader of the opposition." Government is broadcasting in the local media that this is done because of religious sensitivities; hinting at the cartoon of Prophet Mohammed (SA). But the fact is, Government cannot handle a simple satire! According to the news article. Rapid Action Battalion (RAB — Elite Law Enforcement Agency) arrested a youth from the capital early Saturday for publishing caricatures of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia. However, Facebook can be accessed by using (the secure link). That is how I am accessing Facebook at the moment from Bangladesh. It's just a matter of time when they figure out this loophole.

Submission + - Man Single-Handedly Builds Underground Subway (

jerryjamesstone writes: Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building "his own private underground Metro railway system." English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it "inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence."

Submission + - Security hole in software used for school spying (

katarn writes: In yet another wrinkle in the case of the Pennsylvania school district accused of spying on students through their laptops, the software used by the school district has been demonstrated to have security vulnerabilities which could completely compromise any computer running the software. I can only guess the furor around incident has gained attention from security experts which wouldn't have ordinarily been received. Perhaps all publicity really isn't good publicity after all.

This story has been covered on Slashdot numerous times, as different aspects have been uncovered:


Submission + - Mass Effect Movie Announced (

PanzStrata writes: Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to a feature film adaptation of Mass Effect. Avi Arad will Produce from Legendary Pictures and Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuck and Casey Hudson from Bioware will serve as Executive Producers.

With such close work with Bioware, could this turn into the holy grail of game to movie adaptions? The story line already has a very cinematic feel, could this add to the experience?

Submission + - Data Center Building Boom in Silicon Valley (

1sockchuck writes: Data center developers are building like mad in Silicon Valley, with seven active projects in Santa Clara alone. The building boom includes the resumption of several stalled projects that prompted concerns of a shortage of wholesale data center space in the Valley. The flurry of construction activity is different than the overbuilding binge during the dot-com boom, which was characterized by too much funding and too few customers. This time, industry experts say, the end of a funding drought has created a situation in which construction is struggling to stay ahead of demand from companies like Facebook, which just scarfed up an entire new data center in Santa Clara.

Submission + - Airship Inflated to Create Monster 'Stratellite' (

yoderman94 writes: A huge inflatable vehicle as long as a 23-floor skyscraper is tall has become the world's largest airship in its bid to serve as a stratospheric satellite, or "stratellite," according to its developers.
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Submission + - Half of the Planet to Get Broadband Net by 2015 (

Mark.JUK writes: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has today set out a new plan, which it hopes will encourage governments around the world to move faster towards getting half of the planet's population online with broadband internet access by 2015. The announcement follows a similar move by the European Commission (EC) last week, which promised to help bring "basic" broadband to all Europeans by 2013 and superfast internet access 30-100Mbps services by 2020.

Submission + - Bill Gates’ Imprimatur on Science & 21st (

robertfortner writes: I wrote this (and "Rest in Peas"). The 21st century will look different from science fiction hopes/expectations, thanks to Bill. Gates has pushed malaria and global health up the research agenda, demoting 20th century favorites like space travel, genetic engineering and a cure for cancer. Just look in the pages of Science.

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