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Submission + - Comcast is blocking port 25 (SMTP) (

An anonymous reader writes: In an effort to reduce spam, Comcast has completely blocked port 25. In typical Comcast fashion, they informed nobody in advance of this move. They request that all users change to port 587 and they now require SMTP authentication. Good luck finding that username and password... current waittime on Comcast Technical Support = 'until the internet is no longer a valid means of communication'

Submission + - Nvidia graphics chips perform double duty as CPUs

Stony Stevenson writes: Nvidia is promoting the idea that the graphics processing units it makes can also operate, when needed, as additional CPUs to vastly increase computing power.

From the article: When it's not performing graphics-related tasks, the GPU can be used in parallel with the central processing unit (CPU), Nickolls said, delivering up to 200 billion FLOPS (floating-point operations per second), a measure of computer performance. Using the GPU as a CPU is not new, said Nickolls, but CUDA should make it easier for software developers to do.

A general release is expected in the second half of this year.
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Submission + - Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! Now Support GeoRSS

Lord Satri writes: "This week, Microsoft announced their new Live Maps, in addition to supporting Firefox on Windows for 3D, now supports the GeoRSS standard. They join Google which recently announced the support of GeoRSS and KML mapping in their Google Maps API. In short, GeoRSS is a standard supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium that incorporates geolocation in an interoperable manner to RSS feeds. The applications are numerous. With Yahoo!'s support of GeoRSS, all the major players are in and the future looks bright for this emerging standard. As for KML, Google Earth's file format, this new Google Maps integration is not unrelated to the recent announcement of internet-wide KML search capabilities within Google Earth. From the GeoRSS website: "This site describes a number of ways to encode location in RSS feeds. As RSS becomes more and more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds. To avoid the fragmentation of language that has occurred in RSS and other Web information encoding efforts, we have created this site to promote a relatively small number of encodings that meet the needs of a wide range of communities. By building these encodings on a common information model, we hope to promote interoperability and "upwards-compatibility" across encodings.""

Feed BlackBerry 8830 "Cyclone" peeped with Verizon branding (

Filed under: Cellphones

As mentioned a few days ago, Verizon Wireless seems to be prepping for the release of a new dual band version of the venerable Blackberry 8800, christened the 8830. With this handy bit of tech you will be able to use CDMA radio while in the States (and maybe Canada?) and switch over to that good old fashioned GSM love while abroad. The pic above clearly shows the 8830 in silver, while the images in our last article seem to show it in black. No other solid info is available, but you can be sure we will be updating as the news and details trickle in.

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Submission + - Making a Brain Transparent - writes: " is reporting that researchers from Austria have succeeded in developing a new technique that allows the visualization of an entire neural network in 3D: It is one of the great dreams of brain research to visualize at once all nerve cells and their connections of a complete brain in 3D. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich and the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have now come a step closer to turning this dream into reality. They have succeeded in making whole mouse brains transparent and then to reconstruct parts of their neuronal networks with a computer."

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