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Submission + - LinkedIn Quietly Removes Tool To Export Contacts

An anonymous reader writes: LinkedIn has removed the option to export your contacts. Instead, the company is asking users to request an archive of their data, but that process can take up to 72 hours to complete. Before it disappeared today, LinkedIn’s export contacts feature allowed you to easily export your own contacts as a downloadable CSV or VCF file. That included contacts you made while using the service, as well as any you manually imported into LinkedIn. Now that feature is gone, without even a simple warning.

Submission + - Four-legged snake fossil stuns scientists—and ignites controversy (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have described what they say is the first known fossil of a four-legged snake. The limbs of the 120-or-so-million-year-old, 20-centimeter-long creature are remarkably well preserved and end with five slender digits that appear to have been functional. Thought to have come from Brazil, the fossil would be one of the earliest snakes found, suggesting that the group evolved from terrestrial precursors in Gondwana, the southern remnant of the supercontinent Pangaea. But although the creature’s overall body plan—and indeed, many of its individual anatomical features—is snakelike, some researchers aren’t so sure that it is a part of the snake family tree.

Submission + - How Pluto's most spectacular image was made—and nearly lost (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Science Magazine has a nice behind-the-scenes account of all of the computer work that went into last week's spectacular Pluto image. Among the revelations: scientists could not email data files (they had to use thumb drives because of a fear of a leak), several researchers pulled an all-nighter just to get the image ready for the public, and the image file itself was nearly lost.

Submission + - hitchBot's Pilgrimage Continues in Germany (thestar.com)

bellwould writes: After traversing Canada with 19 rides in 26 days, the beer-cooler-based, swim-noodle and wellingtons-wearing Canadian robot, hitchBot, landed in Munich on Feb 14 and is being accompanied by (goolge-translated) Galileo.tv as it continues it's adventure in Germany. The social/robotic experiment created by roboticists from Ryerson and McMaster Universities has gained quite a following as it posts on Twitter and Instagram during its travels. Known to politely ask drivers to plug it in to the cigaratte lighter to recharge it's batteries, hitchBot can also carry on semi-intellegent conversations. As one of the creators put it, "We wanted to see whether we can trust technology that’s surrounding us, especially robots and especially as they come into our daily lives, into our houses. And can robots trust human beings?

Submission + - How BlackBerry beats the iPhone (dailydot.com)

Molly McHugh writes: Who's made more progress: BlackBerry or iPhone?
It might sound like an absurd question, given the collective love for the iPhone compared to that of BlackBerry, but ignoring all the success of the former and all the previous missteps of the latter, the Classic and iPhone 6 are remarkably similar. Using 2007 as a starting point, here’s how far each phone has come in the time since.

Submission + - Quadcopter Drone Packs First All-Linux Autopilot (linuxgizmos.com)

DeviceGuru writes: Erle Robotics has launched what is claimed to be the first drone to run both a Pixhawk APM autopilot and ROS directly on Linux. Over the last year Erle Robotics and 3DRobotics have collaborated on developing an open source, all-Linux BeagleBone Black-based autopilot for drones using the popular 3DR APM architecture, but without using Nuttx RTOS for the real-time bits. In addition to being used on a new 'Erle-copter' quadcopter drone, the new all-Linux 'Erle-brain' APM will ship in both a two-winged UAV and a four-wheeled robotic vehicle, due next spring.
Nintendo

Submission + - Hackers Discover Wii U's Processor Design and Clock Speed (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Early, off-the-record comments from game developers indicated that the Nintendo's Wii U console horsepower was on par with, or a bit behind the Xbox 360 and PS3, which raised questions about just how "next-generation" the Wii U would be. Now, Wii and PS3 hacker Hector Martin (aka Marcan) has answered some of these questions and raised a few others. According to his findings, the Wii U's CPU is a triple-core design clocked at 1.24GHz. Marcan identifies the base design as a PowerPC 750, which makes sense. Nintendo used PowerPC 750-derived processors in both the GameCube and the Wii. Retaining that architecture for the Wii U would simplify backwards compatibility and game development. Now factor in the GPU, which is reportedly clocked at 550MHz. Some have favored the Radeon HD 4000 series as a basis for the part; I still think a low-end Radeon 5000, like Redwood Pro, makes more sense. That GPU was built on 40nm, measured 104mm sq, clocked in at 649MHz, and had a 39W TDP. The die size discrepancy between the Wii U and Redwood Pro would account for the 32MB of EDRAM cache we know the Wii U offers. Nintendo may have propped up a relatively weak CPU with considerably more GPU horsepower."
Censorship

Submission + - Raided for running a Tor exit node (lowendtalk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Tor Exit node owner is being prosecuted in Austria. As part of the prosecution all of his electronics including over 20 computers, his cell phone and hard disks have been held by the authorities. This brings up the question: What backup plan if any should the average nerd have for something like this?
Android

Submission + - Issue 82 or android and ad-hoc (blogspot.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Its 4th open issue with almost 2000 comments and 5000+ subscribers to issue. Yet google does nothing why?

So where is problem? Why android doesn't support ad-hoc? Well its dead simple: technically its programs WPA_supplicant which "picks up waves" fault it doesn't support ad-hoc. This will be google's official answer after shit will hit fan, but we all know real reason... Its to suck more cash from you to cell phone providers in case you was impatient one and did not went through all the pain of rooting, replacing wpa_supplicant and whatever else.

There is no way that google didn't notice this issue or couldn't fix it, they just don't want to.

NASA

Submission + - MESSENGER probe finds strong evidence of ice at Mercury's north pole

The Bad Astronomer writes: "Just in time for the holiday season, the NASA space probe MESSENGER appears to have all but confirmed the existence of ice at Mercury's north pole. Ice has long been suspected to be hiding in permanently shadowed areas in deep craters at the planet's pole, but new data show several converging lines of evidence (thermal and visible light mapping, radar, neutron emission) that as much as a trillion tons of ice may be buried just centimeters deep under the surface. Scientists also see evidence of organic (carbon-based) molecules as well. That's not life, but it's more of an indication that volatile compounds can exist on the solar system's innermost planet."

Submission + - Carl Sagan on team to nuke the moon, Dr. Evil reported jealous (cnn.com)

novakom writes: Apparently during the cold war, one fall back position the US was looking at to ensure mutual ensured destruction was to put nukes on the moon. This would ensure that the US could retaliate against even an effective first strike by the Russians. The first step, of course, would be to detonate a nuke on the moon. And yes, Carl Sagan was on the team (and apparently leaked the info!)
Businesses

Submission + - Inside An Amazon Warehouse (ibtimes.com) 1

redletterdave writes: "In each one of Amazon.com's 80 fulfillment centers around the globe, Amazon relies on barcodes and human hands rather than robots or automation to find and ship the proper items in a quick and efficient manner. Without robots, Amazon utilizes a system known as "chaotic storage," where products are essentially shelved at random but are tagged with barcodes to be scanned at every step of the ordering, selection and shipping process. The real advantage to chaotic storage is that it's significantly more flexible than conventional storage systems. If there are big changes in a product range, the company doesn't need to plan for more space, because the products or their sales volumes don't need to be known or planned in advance if they're simply being stored at random. Free space is also better utilized in a chaotic storage system, and it's also a major time saver to not organize products as they come in. This system is the true key to Amazon.com's success in online retail."
Digital

Submission + - A set of speakers sends digital data faster than sound using supersonic waves (techtripper.com)

dushisud writes: "The researchers at Keio University have brought a new technology named SteganoSonic, capable of transmitting digital information into supersonic waves, into existence. All you have to do is set out the terminal in the speaker zone and the information can be transferred from directional speakers to the screen. The speaker does not produce any sound as it sends information to the display. Now talking about the display, it is comprised of two panel units having many small supersonic wave speakers along with a tablet computer having an external receiver."
Displays

Submission + - Samsung shows flexible & foldable AMOLED displ (netbooknews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: During the FPD International 2010 show in Japan, Samsung is showing a bunch of new AMOLED displays from 4 to 10-inch. NetbookNews spotted a dual-screen 4.5-inch PenTile AMOLED MID prototype, various flexible displays – including one being folded in half – and a transparent 14-inch AMOLED shown in a notebook mockup. Here's a rundown of all the mobile oriented display technologies from Samsung over at FPD 2010 including videos, photos and specs.

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