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Submission + - India's $35 Android 7-in Tablet to Hit in Jan '11 (tomshardware.com) 2

indogiree writes: Link: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/india-android-tablet-35-indiapad,11255.html

"Engadget reports that India has just awarded the manufacturing contract to HCL Technologies. The first shipment will supposedly only contain the 7-inch model and is set to arrive on January 10. It's unclear if the $35 price has stuck or whether India's been successful in plans to eventually drive the price down to $10 with the help of large orders and government subsidies."

Additional Info: http://nexus404.com/Blog/2010/09/11/sakshat-tablet-from-india-gets-a-release-date-the-cheap-tablet-from-india-will-be-officially-out-by-january-10-2011/

"HCL Technologies plans to initially produce 100,000 units. Among the key features of this India-based tablet include 2GB of RAM, web-conferencing, PDF reader unzip, WiFi, camera and USB connectivity.

The Sakshat tablet will be available in an array of screen sizes. It will come out in 5, 7 and 9 screen sizes."

The Internet

Submission + - Rocket Engine: Plugin-free Web Game Dev Platform (rocketpack.fi)

An anonymous reader writes: Finnish game developers Rocket Pack have built a browser based games development platform dubbed Rocket Engine. The blurb from the site touts Rocket Engine as being 'built by and for professional game developers, Rocket Engine is the only fully integrated solution for plugin-free browser game development'. Focused on rapid development and deployment, it supports all major browsers from IE8 to Firefox to mobile Safari without the need for browser plugins such as Flash or Silverlight. Be sure to check out the demo video.
Technology

Submission + - Wearable Air Filter Transforms CO2 Into Energy (ecouterre.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Brazilian designers Martina Pagura and Pedro Nakazato Andrade have created an oxygen-filtering breathing device that removes carbon dioxide from the air, stores it in a battery-like device, and then converts it into electricity for later use. Dubbed the W/Air, the mask pumps in fresh oxygen while distilling carbon dioxide from respiration and the environment. It is capable of producing enough energy to power a cellphone or portable music player.
Games

Euro Parliament Wants "Red Button" For Shutting Down Games 167

GamePolitics writes "The European Parliament has actually requested that red, panic-style buttons be set up for use by parents whose children play online games. The buttons would allow the parents to quickly shut the game down should something inappropriate occur. Wouldn't the old-school on-off switch work just as well?" To be fair, the report isn't entirely crazy; it says games "can also be used for educational and medical purposes," and acknowledges that the "presence of violence in video games does not automatically lead to violent behaviour."
Cellphones

iPhone Gaming Continues To Grow 131

1Up reports that the popularity of gaming on smartphones is growing, particularly on the iPhone. In fact, gaming on portable devices is growing even at home, where users presumably have access to more powerful platforms. CNN points out that the developer for Trism, one of the first popular games, has raked in over $250,000 in profits through the App Store. Apple exec Bob Borchers and various game developers recently discussed the future of games on the iPhone. "Patrick Gunn, director of marketing for EA Mobile, showcased Need for Speed Undercover, which will be available next month. Gunn says that EA has 'taken full advantage of all of the unique elements ... like touch, flick, accelerometer, and motion sensitivity' — and graphically, the game appears to be roughly on par with a PSP title."
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Slashdot's Disagree Mail Screenshot-sm 100

Ernest Hemingway's micro-story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," is one of my favorite examples of how less is sometimes more. Sometimes a few sentences say it all; you don't always need a hundred pages to convey an idea. Most of the mail I get is brief and to the point. Others are just brief. To be honest, I appreciate the short, crazy email more than the long rants, and they can be just as funny. Read below for this week's mail snippets.
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Slashdot's Disagree Mail Screenshot-sm 202

Slashdot has one of the best discussion systems there is. It's grown and adapted over the years to meet various challenges and suit the needs of our users. A lot of time and effort has gone into it and we are always open to user input to help make it better. Some of our best ideas start as user suggestions and we appreciate the feedback. Of course they can't all be gems and sometimes the suggestions we get are unworkable or just bizarre. Here are a few of my favorite unhelpful, helpful suggestions.
The Courts

Judge Tosses Telco Suit Over City-Owned Network 281

tsa sends along news of the city of Monticello, Minnesota, which was sued by their local telco, Bridgewater Telephone Company, because the city chose to build a fiber optics network of their own. The judge dismissed their complaint of competition by a governmental organization. Quoting: "The judge's ruling is noteworthy for two things: (1) the judge's complete dismissal of Bridgewater Telephone Company's complaint and (2) his obvious anger at the underfunding of Minnesota's state courts. Indeed, the longest footnote in the opinion is an extended jeremiad about how much work judges are under and why it took so long to decide this case."
Government

Submission + - Ohio Voting Machines Tampered With Last Year (columbusdispatch.com)

MozeeToby writes: The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a criminal investigation currently being performed in Franklin County Ohio. It seems several voting machines listed Jay Perez as withdrawn from the race when in fact he wasn't. By the time the investigations tracked down which machines had been affected, Mr. Perez's name was back on the ballot.

Normally, we could dismiss this as confusion or a mistake on the part of the voter(s) who noticed it. In this case, the person who first noticed the discrepency was Ohio Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner. Further compounding matter, the Franklin County Board of Elections had dissabled virtually all logging on the machines to speed setup of the balot.

Naturally, the county board remains sceptical of these accusations.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 Recalls 3 Downloadable Games (thegamereviews.com)

The Game Reviews writes: "3 PS One classics from the PS3 online store have been removed ue to technical flaws. Crash Bandicoot 2, Spyro 2, and MediEvil have all been removed while Sony tries to fix mainly emulation issues. "This investigation is highly technical and requires some time to work through," wrote a Sony official response to a message board discussion on Playstation.com http://www.thegamereviews.com/story-4-PS3-Recall-T hree-downloadable-PS3-games.html"
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360 DVD Size Is Too Small (gamesindustry.biz) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Well, it's official: the team working on Project Gotham Racing 4 for the Xbox 360 have stated that they are cutting features from the final game, such as real time day/night cycles. Why? Because there's not enough space on a standard DVD9 to hold all of the required data. Sony have helpfully pointed out that there is at least one console on the market that could potentially alleviate this problem, stating "We took a lot of heat at launch for including Blu-ray in PS3. Now it looks like that investment is being justified."

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