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Comment Re:Wrong, wrong and wrong. (Score 2) 79

Yep it seems you are correct. I came across the post via my twitter feed, which led me to the THG article as the source. It seems THG got their info from Nokia, and while Nokia mentioned they were part of a consortium that won the grant, THG wrote it up as Nokia being the winner. I'll see if I can get /. to update the article.

Comment Re:and ars says (Score 1) 90

But most users are just going to apply an instagram or hipstamatic filter (or use BB's filters). Besides, this is something they can change with an OTA update. If the feedback comes in that people really want an auto-sharpened image, BB can make that mod quite quickly.

Submission + - Nokia receives $1.35B grant to develop graphene tech (

silverpig writes: It now appears that graphene has reached a point worthy of serious, direct industrial attention. The grant money itself comes from the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), but that the work will be done by a large non-governmental company with eyes on developing useful real-world applications is encouraging. Smartphones contain many components with high potential for actually making use of graphene — screens, batteries, ICs.

I'm no expert, but I hope that the funding model will ensure the developments remain in the public domain.

"Nokia is leading the electronic firms within the Graphene Flagship Consortium, which includes 73 other companies and academic institutions from a number of mediums. The Finnish handset manufacturer has received a grant of $1.35 billion to research and develop graphene for practical applications, with the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) providing the grant itself."

Comment Good app recommendations? (Score 3, Insightful) 90

I got the Playbook yesterday and love it already. Bridge works great and the UI is very well thought out. There are some features that even to the iPad. When you type in a password field, the keyboard adds a number row to the top for example. That being said what are some good apps? I am using Lemma for my twitter client. Any other little gems?

Comment Re:We'll go nowhere at this rate. (Score 1) 552

You should listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson's interview on the Nerdist podcast. He disagrees with you. Ventures like the first space elevator will never be funded by profit-seeking people because the risks are too high. Columbus was funded by ... the government The moon landing was funded by ... the government It was research for research's sake. To see if we could do it, and then to figure out what to do with it once we did it (still haven't come up with an answer for the moon on that one). The private sector may build the 2nd space elevator, and the 2nd orbiting space base from the space elevator, but not the 1st.

Comment Re:Not according to IBM (Score 2) 35

Oh also, they say they want to make transistors which use quantum interference to shut them off, not an electric field effect. In this case you don't need a band gap in the same way. You make a ballistic device (on), and then you apply some potential to the edges to mess up the quantum states so they interfere and the thing insulates. "This means that the way we will be doing graphene electronics will be different," he explained. "We will not be following the model of using standard field-effect transistors (FETs), but will pursue devices that use ballistic conductors and quantum interference. We are headed straight into using the electron wave effects in graphene."

Comment Re:Not according to IBM (Score 3, Informative) 35

From the link: "there is an important distinction between the graphene transistors that we demonstrated and the transistors used in a CPU. Unlike silicon, graphene does not have an energy gap, and therefore, graphene cannot be "switched off," resulting in a small on/off ratio." One of the issues with graphene is it doesn't have a band gap. You can create one if you can successfully dope it (unlikely), or if you can put it into a very narrow by relatively long shape (say 2 nm wide by 50 nm long). Once you have a band gap, you can turn it off completely.

Comment Re:Gave up hope long ago (Score 1) 748

I don't think T-Mobile had much choice in the matter did they? Didn't they have to go with AWS because all the regular 3G spectrum was already spoken for? I wonder what this will mean for the future of the AWS band and its phones. A lot of smaller carriers around the world were only able to get AWS spectrum and as a result are very limited in their phone selection (no iPhones for example). Either this is viewed as the death of a 34 million subscriber AWS network, thus killing any hope for an AWS iPhone, or it is viewed as the creation of a 130 million subscriber AWS network, increasing the likelihood of seeing AWS versions of more phones. It depends on AT&T's strategy and whether or not they push for AWS devices and use the network to offload current congestion or not.

Submission + - Russia's VimpelCom Buys Wind Mobile in Canada (

silverpig writes: Wind Mobile's CEO and Chairman Tony Lacavera announced on the wind mobile site that VimpelCom has decided to purchase Wind Telecom for $6 billion. The deal should go through by the middle of this year and may give Canadians cheaper international and roaming rates, as well as giving Wind some extra leverage with its suppliers and handset manufacturers.

The deal is particularly interesting as Wind is one fo the new entrants into the Canadian wireless operator industry and has had to deal with issues regarding Canada's foreign ownership rules. Expect a lot of scrutiny from the CRTC, Bell, Telus, and Rogers.

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Submission + - High-Bandwith Users are Just Early Adopters (

silverpig writes: "Cisco has released a whitepaper on mobile data usage which has some interesting data in it. The top 1% of users consume 20% of the bandwidth, but that share is down from 30% previously. "Regular" users are catching up as they watch more video. High-bandwidth users of today will be relatively average users by 2015, so network operators should look to those users for insight in designing their future networks."

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