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Submission + - Android piles on its U.S. smartphone market share (

alphadogg writes: Popularity of the Google Android mobile operating system is showing no signs of slowing down, with the OS being found in 44% of smartphones purchased during Q3.

This is according to separate studies released Monday by market watchers NPD and Canalys.

What’s more, Android’s gain (up 11% since Q2) has come largely at the expense of RIM BlackBerries, according to NPD. The RIM OS share of the market fell from 28% to 22%, allowing Apple iOS smartphones to take over the No. 2 position in the U.S. consumer smartphone market with a 23% share (the iPhone 4 was the top selling consumer mobile phone in Q3 in the United States, followed by the BlackBerry Curve 8500 series). Canalys pegged Apple’s share at No. 2 as well, with 26.2%, ahead of RIM’s 24.2%.

“Much of Android’s quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, in a statement. “The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors, and the recent introduction of the BlackBerry Torch has done little to stem the tide.”


Android Outsells iPhone In Last 6 Months 514

tomhudson writes "Despite all the hype about Apple's latest iPhone, Android has sold more in the last 6 months (27% of all smartphone sales) than Apple (23%). The gains for Android are coming at the expense of RIM (still #1 at 33%, down from 45% a year ago), Windows Mobile (11%, down from 20%) and the iPhone (down from 34% at it's peak 6 months ago). If the current trend continues, Android is expected to be #1 within the year."

Submission + - Android becomes largest smartphone platform in US (

SilentSage writes: The Android platform grew 886% year over year and 851% last quarter overtaking RIM and Apple as the largest smartphone platform in the United States according to research firm Canalys. This is a cumulative number combining android platform shipments from all hardware vendors. Nokia's Symbian platform still is the dominant platform worldwide however. Overall the smartphone market grew by 64% in the quarter.

Comment Thats what they get for screwing Gray Powell (Score 0, Troll) 1204

When they posted the Apple Engineer's name and screen shots of his facebook page complete with picture I lost all sympathy for those bastards. Maybe a year in pound me in the ass prison is bad but afterwards he will go on a damn book tour like some kind of hippie hero. Meanwhile Gray Powell's life will still be ruined.

Comment Protecting your sources (Score 2, Interesting) 853

This guy is not only a grade A bastard he should be trusted even less than the person who coughed up the I-phone. The kid who leaked the I-phone did it on accident. He was careless. Gizmodo intentionally burned their source even going so far as to post screen caps of his facebook page and his picture on one of the most widely read tech blogs on the internet. Not even the lowest of tabloids will reveal a source like Gizmodo did. Gizmodo in general should be shunned and that bastard Jesus Diaz in specific should be fired and no media outlet should ever hire him again.

Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To v3? 503

Pay The Piper writes "As an IT Support Technician in a small corporation, I've been tasked by one of my managers to determine the feasibility of transitioning our small 40 or 50 person office from Microsoft Office 2000 to Open Office 3.0. What are some of the problems I may run into as far as document cross compatibility? Has the Open Office suite evolved to a point that permits easy transition from Microsoft's suite? Besides the obvious 'free vs. expensive' argument, what are some of the pros and cons of transitioning? Are there any reliable ways to view/edit/save a document saved in the OpenXML format through Open Office, or are my co-workers and I still going to be stuck in Microsoftland?" (Given that company-wide rollouts take some time to implement, this early look at the features of OO.o 3.1 may have some relevance, too.)
The Courts

6 Pennsylvania Teens Face Child Porn Charges For Pics of Selves 1044

mikesd81 writes "MSNBC reports six Pennsylvania high school students are facing child pornography charges after three teenage girls allegedly took nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and shared them with male classmates via their cell phones. Apparently, female students at Greensburg Salem High School in Greensburg, Pa., all 14 or 15 years old, face charges of manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography while the boys, who are 16 and 17, face charges of possession. Police told the station that the photos were discovered in October, after school officials seized a cell phone from a male student who was using it in violation against school policy and the photos were discovered at that time. Police Capt. George Seranko was quoted as saying that the first photograph was 'a self portrait taken of a juvenile female taking pictures of her body, nude.' The school district issued a statement Tuesday saying that the investigation turned up 'no evidence of inappropriate activity on school grounds ... other than the violation of the electronic devices policy.'"

Submission + - University to students: 'All whites are racist'

rockabilly writes: "A mandatory University of Delaware program requires residence hall students to acknowledge that "all whites are racist" and offers them "treatment" for any incorrect attitudes regarding class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality they might hold upon entering the school, according to a civil rights group.

The "education" regarding racism is just one of the subjects that students are required to adopt as part of their University of Delaware experience... Full story here"

Submission + - A supercomputer to design better plants?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Is it possible to create more productive crops than nature does without growing hybrids or genetically modified plants? According to researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the answer is yes . They've simulated photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light to energy, with the help of supercomputers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Their models suggest that soybean productivity could be increased by 40 to 60 percent. They're also working with wheat and rice and expect that biotechnology companies will use this research to design more productive plants without altering their genes. But read more for additional details and to see how the researchers calibrated their supercomputing model."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Lead and China

Efialtis writes: "There have been a lot of recent news stories about Lead Contamination (paint) in the toys we have been importing from China. It wasn't one toy recall, it wasn't two toy recalls, but a whole lot more (see Toy Hazard Recalls and Toy Recalls). Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Bill Gephardt, an Investigative Reporter for Channel 2 News in Utah (Channel 2) recently did a story about lead in dinner ware, plates from (you guessed it) China that contain lead (Lead Dishes In Your Cabinets?, Toddler Possibly Poisoned By Lead Paint From Plates, Lead Plates Followup: Utah Wants To Know!, Lead Plate Story Getting National Attention and Lead Plate Results).
When we heard these stories, we were greatly interested as all of our dinner ware came from China (I bought it at Shopko some 14 years ago), and my daughter has shown signs of lead poisoning. Needless to say, we are now having her tested.
The part that I am complaining about was best summed up by my wife, "We should simply stop buying items from China." What I am interested in: Is it corporate or government greed that prevents us from putting sanctions on China and boycotting the import of their lead contaminated products?"

Submission + - UK Could Ban Pirates from Using the Internet (

An anonymous reader writes: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry wants the UK — and probably everyone else in the planet — to follow France's President Nicolas Sarkozy example and ban everyone who uses the Intertubes to share copyrighted files. The plan will force ISPs to cut service if they catch you downloading copyrighted material three times. A spokesman from the Phonographic Inquisition said that it's the only "real deterrent" to stop people from becoming criminals beyond their preferred option, which probably includes the word "Siberia" and "Gulag." But is it really a good strategy? Would the idea of being banned from the Internet stop you from sharing copyrighted movies and music?

Submission + - Whole body scan in under a minute

Smivs writes: A new scanner has been unveiled which can produce 3D body images of unprecedented clarity while reducing radiation by as much as 80%. The new 256-slice CT machine takes large numbers of X-ray pictures, and combines them using computer technology to produce the final detailed images. It also generates images in a fraction of the time of other scanners: a full body scan takes less than a minute. "This scanner allows radiologists to produce high quality images and is also designed to reduce patients' exposure to X-rays," Steve Rusckowski, chief executive of Philips Medical Systems, said. "It is so powerful it can capture an image of the entire heart in just two beats."

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