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Technology

Submission + - Arrington's CrunchPad Dies (gearlog.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: Michael Arrington announced the death of the CrunchPad on Monday morning in a blog post heavily spiced with angst and drama. According to Arrignton, the Cruchpad, a 12-inch Web tablet expected to be priced at about $300, was just days away from launch. At the last minute, however, Arrington received an email from Chandra Rathakrishnan, the chief executive of manufacturing partner Fusion Garage, apparently trying to cut Arrington out of the product on the eve of the launch. Fusion Garage, according to Arrington, wanted to market the device itself under its own name; which obviously was the deal breaker. Arrington claims that the company had overcome obstacles at every stage in the business such as deals with Intel, retail launch, securing venture capital and angel investments. Interesting bit is that some were already speculating that the Crunchpad was not real.
Politics

Submission + - 40 Years of Israeli Archeology Made Public (futurity.org) 1

futurity.org writes: A team of American, Israeli, and Palestinian experts have developed the first map detailing Israeli archeological activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem much of it has never been publicly disclosed.
"For the first time, both Palestinians and Israelis can dynamically consult this interactive map and view what cultural heritage will fall under the sovereign rule of each side during final peace negotiations," says team member Ran Boytner, director for international research at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.
The Web site provides interactive satellite maps showing locations of about 7,000 sites in the region, including: Shiloh, where the Bible locates the original tabernacle of the Hebrews; Battir (Khirbet al Yahudiya), where the Romans crushed the Jewish rebellion; Qumran caves where the Dead Sea scrolls (the earliest copies of the Bible) were found; Jericho and several sites within Jerusalem

Cellphones

Submission + - One in ten never make voice calls on their mobile (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "13% of Americans and 11% of Brits never make a voice call on their cell phone, according to a new survey. Despite their reluctance to use the phone for what it was designed for, 49% of Americans and 30% of Brits claim their phone is now "an essential part of their daily life", with two-thirds of Brits admitting that they leave their phone on overnight."
Earth

Submission + - Ant mega-colony rules the world

Deag writes: A mega colony of one family of ants has spread all over the world. Previous mega colonies in California, Europe and Japan have been shown to be in fact one global colony. Ants from the smaller super-colonies were always aggressive to one another. So ants from the west coast of Japan fought their rivals from Kobe, while ants from the European super-colony didn't get on with those from the Iberian colony. But whenever ants from the main European and Californian super-colonies and those from the largest colony in Japan came into contact, they acted as if they were old friends.
Displays

Submission + - Making TV Speakers Transparent (xconomy.com)

waderoush writes: "The problem with today's amazingly thin flat-panel TVs (the new Sharp Aquos X is only 1.35 inches thick) is that they also have thin conventional speakers, with predictably tinny sound. A Boston-area startup called Emo Labs wants to fix that problem by turning the entire screen into a speaker. Piezoelectric drivers on the left and right sides of Emo's large, clear plastic membranes put lateral pressure on the sheets, making them flex slightly, producing convincing (and very loud) stereo sound. Now the company just has to convince Asian TV manufacturers to include the technology (which would add 10 to 15 percent to the cost of a TV) in future models."

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