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Submission + - Can Japan Send In Robots To Fix Nuclear Reactors? (ieee.org)

iztaru writes: When it comes to robots, Japan is a superpower, with some of the world's most advanced robotic systems and the highest levels of industrial automation. So it makes sense to ask: Why can't Japan use robots to fix the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Dai-1 nuclear power plant?

Submission + - Iran targets Gmail and Skype with fake SSL hack (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: "Iran-based attackers hacked a security certificate authority, Comodo, and set up fake certificates for Hotmail, Gmail and Google, Skype, Yahoo, and Mozilla Firefox extensions. The fake SSL certificates have since been blocked by browsers and Microsoft has issued a patch.

Comodo believes the attack is state-based and politically motivated. "It does not escape notice that the domains targeted would be of greatest use to a government attempting surveillance of internet use by dissident groups," said Comodo's Phillip Hallam-Baker."


Submission + - Deprivation Study Finds Mobile Info Important (latd.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Latitude Research (www.latd.com) and Next American City (www.americancity.org/) released the results of their Tech for Transit Study last week. Latitude asked 18 participants in Boston and San Francisco to go car-free for a week to uncover how alternative transit measures up to car usage, and what can be done to equalize it in users minds. The report encourages the development of information-based solutions in order to encourage adoption of more sustainable transit.

Submission + - iPad 2 forces Samsung to reevaluate Galaxy Tab (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple’s iPad competitors are still spec-obsessed, and Apple’s next-gen iPad coupled with the same affordable price point is forcing Samsung to rethink its tablet strategy and pricing methodology altogether.
The South Korean Yonhap News Agency relays a quote from Lee Don-joo, executive VP of Samsung’s mobile division, about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 compared to the new iPad.

“We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Don-joo said. “Apple made it very thin.”
Feature aside, Samsung also finds itself in a bind price wise. The upcoming Galaxy Tab, complete with a 10.1-inch screen and Android 3.0, was initially going to be priced higher than the current 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Apple’s iPad 2, however, is forcing Samsung to “think that over.”

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