December 1, 2010

Study Finds WiFi May Damage Trees


A study by several universities in the Netherlands have found that WiFi radiation may be harmful to trees. They believe it can cause fissures and bleeding in tree barks and leave a shine on leaves that can cause them to wither. Further research is needed but we hope that their estimate of 70% damage in urban trees can be corrected over time. Fortunately, trees in dense forests are barely affected so perhaps the answer is to plant a tree (or several) if you work outside.

Via Wageningen University (translated)

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November 15, 2010

Angry Birds to Fly to Game Systems


If you thought 'Plants vs. Zombies' was addicting, then you probably have already tackled Angry Birds on your smartphone. Developer Rovio has announced that they will soon be able to attack on your Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and WiiWare. No date has been set but we suspect when it arrives, this will be one pissed off avian.

Via PC World

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November 3, 2010

Device-to-Device Wireless Coming Soon


The WiFi Alliance has designed device-to-device wireless technology that, when fully developed, will be able to find connections without having to buy coffee at Starbucks. Instead, it will signal other enabled devices that it is available. WiFi Direct will soon be accessible on the Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 Adapter, Atheros' XSPAN Dual-band 802.11n PCIe Mini Card, Broadcom's BCM43224 Dual-Band M, IMO PCIe Half Mini Card and Realtek's RTL8192CE-VA4 HM92C00 PCIe mini card.

Via WiFi Alliance

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October 19, 2010

FCC Approves CableCARD Regs


The FCC finally approved new regulations for the CableCARD suggested in its National Broadband Plan. In a nutshell, this will allow consumers to change cable providers without replacing their equipment. We see this as a win-win situation for everyone and, in a press release, the CEA verbally applauded the move and proclaimed that it will "set the stage for real competition and further innovation."

Via CE

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October 18, 2010

The Instantaneous Sharing of Events


We figure that the Chilean rescue will be one of those times that you remember where you were when it occurred. Estimates say that about a billion of us watched online or cable news and we have to admit that we were riveted to our feed on Ustream where we were fortunate enough to have someone from Peru translate the event.

We all watched as the Phoenix (appropriately named) capsule made its first trip and practically held our breath as it rose to the surface the first time. Here is an excerpt from Ustream's chat when the first miner reached the surface:

11:09 kunleski: ...and here comes the underminer!
11:09 hxviera: longest 20 minutes ever... remarkable stuff!
11:10 sg1972: wow
11:10 TVtalk: Look at that little boy's face.
11:10 Kurkoo: wow its close
11:10 kaputz: waht they are doing?
11:10 twinkydisco: la ola please!
ust think, it's been 69 days and here's the capsule
11:11 RobertGreenland: wooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!
11:11 Kurkoo: wow, amazing
11:11 kaputz: wooooooooooooooooooooooow, GREAT

11:16 Necyn-1: THey saying that across different cities in chile the horns been sounding as well as church bells.
11:16 anxious_2002: really 33 because they sent one down
11:16 RobertGreenland: Greenland watching
11:16 kunleski: nigeria is watchin here too
11:16 ukebec: Wonderful - now get them all out safely! We're all people and all living on the same hunk of rock. This is a triumph for us all.
11:17 kathphd2011: Yes ! A triumph for all humanity!
11:17 misguidedroses84: wonderful to have everyone from everywhere come together and watch this. incredible.

This is truly networking at its finest. Most amazing was that the entire operation went without a hitch mostly because of the expertise of many countries who volunteered to help. We hope that the rescue taught everyone that disasters that cannot be averted can be aided by something as seemingly insignificant as a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

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October 14, 2010

Gaikai Beta Tests Online Gaming


Gaikai's free cloud-based gaming technology, now in beta, only needs your basic browser and Flash or Java plugin to get in on the action. Similar to OnLive's free trial, games, apps and software can be demoed online before purchase with a simple click. You can sign up for an invite, but note that their requirements for the first go rounds are fairly stringent.

Via Gaika

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October 12, 2010

James Cameron Plans 3D Music Video With BEP


Is there anything 3D related that James Cameron isn't involved in? This time, watch for his latest to be an international concert-length movie with the Black Eyed Peas. Although U2 beat them with their 2006 Vertigo tour in 2008, you know that one from the award winning director will be state of the art. Look for Justin Bieber, N.E.R.D., Kylie Monogue, the Jonas Brothers, and Kenny Chesney to get in on the action. Of course, just as 3D movies bumped up the price of a movie ticket to two digits, expect to pay up to $18.00 for a 3D CD.

Via Bloginity

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October 9, 2010

Happy BD, John

John Lennon would have turned 70 today and we couldn't let it go by without sharing Google's tribute to him that includes his song "Imagine." The sentiments ring true with us today as much as they did when he wrote it in 1971.

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October 7, 2010

HPU Deprives Students of Social Networks for a Week


As the old saying goes, what goes around, comes around. A survey from comScore claimed that more users in the US spend more time on Facebook than researching on Google. Harrisburg Pennsylvania University conducted an experiment banning some students from using social network sites for a week to se how it affected them. At the very least, those students learned they missed the technology. The other extreme? Some accused the school of "a terrible thing and an infringement upon people's rights."

While the project itself actually created an awful lot of Interweb hype, even more ironic is the fact that Harrisburg conducts a Social Media Summit every year. Book your reservation for 2011 early.

Via NY Daily News

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October 4, 2010

Verizon to Make $90 Million Payback


Verizon wants to right a wrong that occurred to over 15 million of its customers that either used a small amount of data or accidentally went online. A total of $90 million will be refunded in amounts of $2 - $6 in the form of a credit in the next month or so for current customers or a check for those who have moved on to other companies.

Via Verizon

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