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Submission + - Inventor of the Telecopter dies at 92 (

microcars writes: John D. Silva was the chief engineer for KTLA-TV in 1958 when he outfitted a helicopter with a TV camera and changed television news coverage forever.

He turned a rented Bell helicopter into the Telecopter, essentially a flying TV studio. The first of its kind, it put Channel 5 news at the forefront of live aerial coverage of major events like parades, fires, earthquakes and massive freeway snarls. He had to whittle down 2,000 pounds of television equipment to just 368 pounds so the Bell 47 helicopter could lift off the ground.
The LA Times reports that Silva, whose two Emmy Awards include one in 1974 for developing the Telecopter, died Nov. 27 in Camarillo of complications of pneumonia, his family said. He was 92.

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Submission + - First dual-booting tablet can run Linux/Android (

garbagechuteflyboy writes: PengPod is the first dual-booting tablet; It's able to run both Linux and Android. Pengpod is now running the latest Plasma Active which gives this powerful Linux tablet features that were previously only available to iPad and Android tablets. PengPod is currently selling Pre-orders on Indiegogo.
PengPod hoping to ship inexpensive Linux tablets with 7, 10 inch displays liliputing
Android and Linux on a dual-booting tablet Ars Technica
Meet the PengPod, a 'true Linux' tablet starting at $120 PCWorld


Submission + - iPhone users vote Android their favourite mobile OS, survey suggests (

Qedward writes: Google Android is almost twice as popular as the Apple iPhone according to a recent poll of smartphone operating systems, which startlingly could have seen most responses from users with iPhones.

The results of the survey showed a massive 49% siding with Android, compared to only 26% for Apple iOS. Windows Phone was not far behind with 17% of the vote. This is particularly interesting as, according to a recent Kantar ComTech survey, Windows Phone accounts for only 2.5% of the current smartphone market in the UK, while Apple's iOS holds 28.7% and Android 48.5%.

Surprisingly, however, the publication announced that nine times as many readers access their website using an iPhone than using an Android device, the site's second most popular operating system — suggesting that Android is now a more desirable platform, even among iOS users

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