April 22, 2010

Do Your Share for Earth Day

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It's Earth Day. What better way to network than to help save the planet? Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but humor us anyway. Plant a tree, recycle those old National Geographics or used electronics, sign the Climate Declaration and then settle in with organic popcorn and a viewing of Avatar, released today.

Via Earth Day

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April 19, 2010

WCI Plan for Next Gen WiMAX

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The next generation of WiMAX is due and the WCI (WiMAX 2 Collaboration Initiative) has formed to support the 802.16m standard in order to keep up with the 4G to come. Backwards compatible, it will deliver speeds of more than 300Mbps, have lower latency and increased VoIP capacity. Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet and ZTE are some of the companies that have joined to support this next step that should start showing up in products later this year.

Via Business Wire

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April 12, 2010

DC Court Rules For Comcast in Net-Neutrality Issue

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Last week, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Comcast, who had denied users from posting content on BitTorrent. This is not good news for the FCC in their efforts to create Net-neutrality in broadband companies. Comcast claims that the FCC did not have the right to enforce policy principles because the Supreme Court deregulated broadband in 2005.

The reason for the blockage is probably because sites like BitTorrent can handle large video files, thereby threatening broadband companies business. But Comcast argued that uploading large files slows down access for other subscribers. We will have to keep an eye on the FCC's next move before other companies decide what sites we cannot use for whatever reasons they choose.

Via MSNBC

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April 5, 2010

Fijitsu Develops Faster Flash Memory Macro

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Fujitsu claims that their new flash memory macro with NOR circuits not only have a 100,000 write/erase speed, but they are guaranteed to retain data for 20 years. The technology, which improves access speeds by 2.5 times to 10 nanoseconds, will be placed in microcontrollers for automotive, industrial and consumer electronics.

Via Far East Gizmos

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April 2, 2010

EN-V Makes Us EN-Vious

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So it barely holds two and will run only 25mph, but the GM concept EN-V, built in conjunction with Segway and Shanghai Auto, is clever enough to make us want one now. Less than 60" in length and weighing 1,100 lbs., there are three different models. Each can can make a 180ยบ turn on one axle and runs on a 3KW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. It automatically shifts its weight from front to rear and features GPS, WiFi, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and distance sense technology. Best of all, it can run you home by itself in case you had a bit too much to drink.

Via Inside Line

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March 30, 2010

Blockbuster Gets Films Early From WB

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Blockbuster has managed to come up with a deal with Warner Bros. that will give them films for rental the day they go on sale. That's 28 days before competitors Netflix and Redbox will receive them. Already in effect, "The Blind Side" came out March 23 and "Sherlock Holmes" was released today.

Via Biz Journals

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March 26, 2010

Freakin Friday! Avatar Release Set For Earth Day

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Twentieth Century Fox has fittingly planned the release of Avatar to coincide with Earth Day, April 22, on both DVD and Blu-ray. The US and Canada will have the first access, then it will go global later in the month. Don't expect all the bells and whistles until November, when the 3D version will be released in time for the holidays.

Via Businesswire

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March 17, 2010

iTable Debuts at 2010 CeBIT

We have to admit that we so want the PQLabs multi-touch iTable. Making its debut at the CeBIT in Germany, the 42" HD LED display is only 1.5" thick. This honorary NAVi Award winner will recognize up to 32 fingers or different objects and can be used either for business conferences or just playing around.

Via iTable

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March 15, 2010

The Demise of Google.cn ?

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Google.cn may cease to exist. After the December attack, the company became alarmed upon discovering that other large companies besides themselves were attacked. There was an attempt to access Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists and third parties were phishing around. SVP David Drummond says that Google no longer wants to censor their results and that may mean an end to relations with China.

Via Google Blog

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March 8, 2010

Blockbuster - Making Its Customers Pay For Its Failure

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Instead of going more towards the Internet to beef up the ailing company, Blockbuster, in addition to closing hundreds of locations, has reinstated late fees. They cut rental time from 7 to 5 days and will charge a $1.00 fee for up to 10 late days. Yeah, that makes us want to get rid of our no late fee unlimited Netflix and sign right up.

Via Home Media Magazine

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