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Submission + - Fusion Garage cuts price of Grid10 tablet (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: "Fusion Garage has slashed the price of its follow-up to the JooJoo tablet, cutting the Grid10's price by $200 to $299 in the US and £259 in the UK. Outspoken CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan has clearly been following the HP TouchPad fire sale, and noticed the importance of price when it comes to taking on Apple's iPad. He said there's no point in buying "a poor carbon copy" of the Apple tablet for the same price. "At $499, why would you buy — it's like going to China and buying a [fake] Louis Vuitton bag, at the same price as the real Louis Vuitton bags. It doesn't make sense, when you know it's a rip-off product," he said."

Submission + - Judge: Apple products don't infringe Nokia patents (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple today won a battle in an ongoing legal war with Nokia over patents that touch on pretty much all of Apple's product line. Since 2009, Apple and Nokia have sued and countersued each other into oblivion. In one particular legal action from May 2010, Nokia filed suit against Apple with a complaint to the ITC (International Trade Commission) alleging that Apple's iPhone and iPad 3G infringe on 5 of Nokia's patents.

Submission + - Ohio man gets a $16.4 million cable bill (yahoo.com)

wiredmikey writes: You may have heard the story about the man living in a 14x60 trailer who got a $12,864 electric bill, or the Corpus Christie man who was billed $7.7 million by his water company, or the Canadian whose cell phone provider hit him up for $85,000...

In this case an Ohio man's attempt to make a payment on his cable bill to Time Warner was rejected, and he learned that the company had calculated his past-due amount at more than $16 million.

Submission + - TSA Backscatter Scanner Safety (blogspot.com)

dogmatixpsych writes: One biochemist writes about his concerns with the TSA's backscatter body scanners and how they might affect people at risk of developing cancer. He cites, in part, a letter (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ucsf-jph-letter.pdf) sent by some UCSF scientists to the TSA covering their concerns about the backscatter machines. Even though the dose of radiation from the machines is low, it is absorbed almost entirely in the skin, which potentially results in high levels of radiation in the skin, especially in areas where the skin is particularly thin (e.g., testicles or breasts). An article on Ars Technica similarly covers the topic: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/12/the-physics-and-biology-of-the-tsas-backscatter-security-scanners.ars. The general conclusions are the the TSA has not done enough to assure the public that these machines are safe and that further testing needs to be conducted on the machines before they are widely implemented.
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Submission + - G.E.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc

bsharma writes: General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs. The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday, is just a laboratory success at this stage. The new technology must be made to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices. But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific and consumer markets. "This could be the next generation of low-cost storage," said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm. The promising work by the G.E. researchers is in the field of holographic storage. Holography is an optical process that stores not only three-dimensional images like the ones placed on many credit cards for security purposes, but the 1's and 0's of digital data as well... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/technology/business-computing/27disk.html?hpw

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