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Businesses

Submission + - UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers neither Best nor Brightest (informationweek.com)

CowboyRobot writes: "American companies are demanding more H-1B visas to ensure access to the best and brightest workforce, and outside the U.S. are similar claims of an IT worker shortage. Last month, European Commission VP Neelie Kroes bemoaned the growing digital skills gap that threatens European competitiveness. But a new study finds that imported IT talent is often less talented than U.S. workers. Critics of the H-1B program see it as a way for companies to keep IT wages low, to discriminate against experienced U.S. workers and to avoid labor law obligations. In his examination of the presumed correlation between talent and salary, researcher Norman Matloff observes that Microsoft has been exaggerating how much it pays foreign workers. Citing past claims by the company that it pays foreign workers "$100,000 a year to start," Matloff says the data shows that only 18% of workers with software engineering titles sponsored for green cards by Microsoft between 2006 and 2011 had salaries at or above $100,000."
Nintendo

Submission + - Expect Wii U Shortages This Holiday Season (forbes.com)

utherdoul writes: Research firm IHS predicts that the Nintendo Wii U console will sell faster than the Wii did in 2006, moving 3.5 million units worldwide before the end of December 2012. That means supply shortages over the holiday shopping season --and fistfights in toy stores. The console won't even be released until this Sunday, and prices are already surging on secondary markets; the $350 deluxe set is selling for about $600.
Advertising

Submission + - Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple over iPad Marketing (delimiter.com.au)

Fluffeh writes: "Australia’s competition regulator will today take iconic technology giant Apple to court for advertising its new iPad tablet as featuring “4G” speeds — which are not supported on Australian telecommunications networks. One of the key features of the new iPad is support for 4G speeds, however, the 4G speeds which the new iPad supports will not be available in Australia, with Apple’s technical specifications page only listing it as supporting the 700Mhz and 2100Mhz spectrum bands, neither of which are being used in Australian telcos to provide 4G services. The case is a bit shaky in many opinions though, as Apple does state in the fine print "4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the US; and on Bell, Rogers and Telus networks in Canada. Data plans sold separately. See your carrier for details.""

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The Age

Facebook Sues Mark Zuckerberg (No, Not That Mark Zuckerberg)
Reuters
By Daniel Frankel at TheWrap He doesn't wear hoodies and he wasn'ta social misfit at Harvard, but the Israeli social-media entrepreneur formerly known as Rotem Guez now has several important things in common with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. ...
Facebook threatens to sue Mark ZuckerbergSydney Morning Herald
'Mark Zuckerberg' Hopes Facebook Won't Sue its 'Founder'PC Magazine
Israeli entrepreneur wanted to see Facebook sue 'Mark Zuckerberg'Los Angeles Times
Herald Sun-San Francisco Chronicle
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Power

Submission + - UK Crematorium to Sell Waste Heat to Grid (durhamcrem.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: A UK-based crematorium has announced plans to install turbines in two of its burners. Why? Well, it turns out that the heat generated during a single cremation is enough to power 1,500 televisions. The first-of-its-kind scheme would also see Durham Crematorium utilize a third burner in order to provide heating for the site’s chapel and its offices.

Submission + - Samsung starts shipping Cortex-A9 successor (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Samsung has started shipping test units of its latest dual-core mobile chip based on ARM's new Cortex-A15 processor design, which could boost the performance of applications and graphics on smartphones and tablets. The dual-core Exynos 5250 for mobile devices runs at a clock speed of 2GHz, providing roughly double the CPU performance of the ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz. Samsung is one of the first companies to publicly announce a chip with Cortex-A15 processors, which were announced in September as a Cortex-A9 successor."
Toys

Submission + - 3D printer creates real world Minecraft (gamepron.com)

dotarray writes: Just when you thought Minecraft couldn’t get any better, two students at the MIT Media Lab have come up with a hack that makes the whole thing into a whole new dimension – literally.

Their application, Minecraft.Print(), is an attempt to “create a bridge between Minecraft and the real world” – and it does exactly what you’d think it might – by creating a fully programmable 3D printer that can be controlled by the game.

The Military

Submission + - Nazi Stealth Bomber Built and Tested (foxnews.com)

Spy Handler writes: "The Horton 229 Flying Wing, one of the more famous "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" produced in the latter days of WWII, is noted for its striking similarity to the modern B-2 Stealth Bomber. The question remained, "How effective would it have been against Allied air defenses of the day?". Unfortunately no surviving example existed for testing... until now. Northrop Grumman, on its own time and money, built a replica using the original blueprints and conducted radar tests. The result? Very good for the Nazis, bad for Allied defenses trying to detect it.

National Geographic Channel will be airing a new documentary about this on Sunday July 5th. (Although Nat Geo calls it "Hitler's Stealth Fighter", the size and shape of the aircraft dictates that it wouldn't have been used for anything other than dropping bombs)"

Portables

Submission + - World's smallest x86 PC? (linuxdevices.com)

nerdyH writes: Chipmaker VIA has demonstrated a 3.3-inch square Internet tablet with a 1GHz x86 processor. The Linux-based "MTube" PC-let has a 2.8-inch VGA display, WiMax, WiFi, and CDMA networking, and has been shown receiving, playing, and even recording digital TV broadcasts to 8GB of flash. Battery life is claimed to be four hours — the same as for Motorola's recently unveiled Linux and ARM11-based DH-01 digital TV and Internet pad. Maybe x86 actually is VIAble (sorry) in mobile?

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