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Submission + - HP-12C is 30 Years Old (frontwave.eu)

HSeldon2012 writes: What happens when companies push too far with product development that favors the new over the old? The results aren’t always positive, I am afraid. They violate one of those universal laws of marketing by creating products that their customers don’t want.

That did not happen to "The Calculator that Never Dies". HP created an icon 30 years ago that still sells in the original form, with the same design and for about 20% of the original price.


Submission + - Stardust Mission Makes First-Ever Return To Comet (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: NASA's Stardust probe made its closest approach to comet Tempel-1 on Monday night, marking the first time a comet has ever been revisited by a spacecraft.
The mission, formally called Stardust-NeXT, for New EXploration of Tempel-1, was launched on its way in 2006. On Monday night it came within 181 kilometers (112 miles) miles of the comet, taking pictures and measuring the amount and composition of dust in the comet's coma, the plume of gas that surrounds it. It approached the comet at about 10.6 kilometers (6.7 miles) per second, making it one of the fastest probes that has yet flown.
Stardust made its closest approach at 11:39 p.m. Eastern and after that, swung around its high-gain antenna towards Earth to transmit its data. The comet and spacecraft are about 336 million kilometers (209 million miles) away, so signals take a full 18 minutes to get to Earth.


Submission + - New Key Fob Brings NFC to All Mobile Phones (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: The latest wireless technology finding its way into mobile phones alongside Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is near field communication, or NFC. It has taken a few years but the short-range wireless technology is gathering speed, with the number of NFC-enabled handsets on the increase and numerous trials of the technology being carried out around the world, mainly aimed at contactless payments and public transport ticketing applications. But if you’re worried you’ll have to throw out your current mobile phone to take advantage of the convenience of NFC then relax, because Simlink has teamed with Morpho to develop a key fob that brings NFC technology to any existing mobile phone.

Submission + - What is your search engine of choice?

Enigma23 writes: I was amused by some of the comments on a recent story deriding a certain web search engine. *coughGooglecough*

So, if you don't like the way Google shakes and bakes your search results, what do you use instead, and why?

Submission + - Video: LG Unveils World's First 3D Phone (wsj.com) 1

pbahra writes: LG Electronics Inc. unveiled the world's first full 3-D smartphone, called the Optimus 3D, as well as a new tablet at an event on the sidelines of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With the Optimus 3D, consumers will be able to watch 3-D videos without wearing special glasses as well as capture 3-D content themselves via a special double camera on the back of the phone.In order to make it easier for consumers to share 3-D content online, LG said it has struck a partnership with online video channel YouTube, which is owned by Google Inc.The Optimus 3D is powered by a dual core chip—like most of the smartphones launched in 2011—but it also benefits from a dual channel and a dual memory, which LG said would make it faster for users to switch back and forth between tasks and improve speed when loading web pages. The Optimus runs on Google's Android operating system and has a 4.3-inch screen.

Submission + - Apple finds child workers in suppliers

Stenchwarrior writes: Apple found more than 91 children working at its suppliers last year, nine times as many as the previous year, according to its annual report on its manufacturers.

The US company has also acknowledged for the first time that 137 workers were poisoned at a Chinese firm making its products and said less than a third of the facilities it audited were complying with its code on working hours.

Submission + - LG Announces Optimus 3D Tablet and Smartphone (eweekeurope.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: ablet devices keep on arriving at MWC, this time LG with its Optimus tablet with a 3D camera

LG is hoping to differentiate itself from its smartphone and tablet rivals with the release of the Optimus 3D handset and Optimus tablet, which sports the rumoured 3D camera.

The smartphone offers dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture (which LG termed a tri-dual configuration) as well as the 3D platform, allowing for recording, viewing and sharing of 3D content, which LG says is the world’s first.

The company said the Optimus 3D will be rolled out globally starting with Europe early in the second quarter. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
3D Camera & Display

The handset offers a dual-lens 5-megapixel camera, which the Optimus 3D’s 4.3-inch WVGA display uses to display 3D content without the use of special glasses. Users can navigate through the device’s 3D interface with the click of LG’s 3D Hot Key, which presents five 3D-dedicated user interfaces, including Gallery, Camera, Game&Apps, YouTube 3D and 3D Guide.

Captured 3D content is shared via an HDMI 1.4 connection to 3D TVs and monitors and also is compatible with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certified products. In addition, users can upload and stream 3D content and share each other’s creations on YouTube’s dedicated 3D channel.

“Backed by a combination of superb performance and full 3D, we’re excited about the prospects of the LG Optimus 3D taking the smartphone experience to a much higher level,” said Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications. “We’ve incorporated every feature for the power user, and we think they’ll be pleased with what they see.”

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Femtocells adapt to business users (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The use of femtocells — small base stations that extend mobile coverage in buildings — is growing fast, driven in part by enterprises, executives said Tuesday during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Last year at this time, all commercial deployments of femtocells were for residential users, said Simon Saunders, chairman of the Femto Forum, an association supporting the femtocell industry. Now, around a third of all deployments are enterprise offerings, he said.

There are currently 19 deployments, or femtocell offerings, around the world, according to research from Informa Telecoms & Media. Another will come next month from operator Network Norway, which plans to start offering femtocells to enterprises, Saunders said. The enterprise offerings can do more than just extend coverage indoors. For instance, some femtocell offerings route traffic directly through an enterprise PBX so that users can receive calls to their four-digit office extension or to their mobile number on their mobile phones.


Submission + - Israeli general claims Stuxnet attacks as one of h (net-security.org)

dinscott writes: Last month, The New York Times run a story about Stuxnet having been developed by the Americans and the Israelis as a part of a joint project, but it was based on the claims by confidential sources.

But, it now seems that the information from these sources was correct. The Haaretz — Israel's oldest daily newspaper — reports about the a surprising video that was played at a party organized for General Gabi Ashkenazi's last day on the job.

Submission + - Brazil Prosecutor wants block Chinese cell phones (gizmodo.com.br)

An anonymous reader writes: Brazil Prosrcutor is studying bring a lawsuit for local telephone operators so they block chinese cell phones — like HiPhone or NokLa — to make calls. These cell phones aren't certified by Anatel, the local telecommunications agency and, thus, can harm the health of the user and had an invalid IMEI. the biggest attraction of these models is the low price, compared to known brands.

Submission + - Mozilla To Pin Firefox To Win7 Taskbar By Default? (digitizor.com)

dkd903 writes: If you are a Windows 7 user then you must have seen that Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer are pinned to the Taskbar by default. Well it seems that Mozilla now plans to pin Firefox and it’s other products to that Taskbar too. Although there is no documented way to pin shortcuts programmatically to the taskbar but it seems Mozilla will eventually end up doing it.

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