Technology and Science

FCC Makes Mobile Broadband Carriers Share Roaming Networks

Apr 9th, 2011 | By
FCC Makes Mobile Broadband Carriers Share Roaming Networks

The Federal Communications Commission adopted an order Thursday requiring all mobile broadband service providers to share their national networks with each others’ users. The edict is intended to provide users in rural areas and smaller urban areas with uninterrupted roaming access to mobile phone and Internet service. It also aims to allow smaller providers servicing
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Google Latitude Expands Check-in Feature for Local Discounts

Apr 8th, 2011 | By

Google Latitude, Google’s location-sharing mobile device app, expanded its Check-in local discount offer feature nationwide on Thursday. The new feature allows users to unlock discounts by checking in to locations of select partners hosting Latitude deals. The Check-in feature uses Google’s “status” system to extend discount offer eligibility to users. Offers can only be unlocked
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New NGP Sony PlayStation Portable Release May Be Delayed

Apr 4th, 2011 | By
New NGP Sony PlayStation Portable Release May Be Delayed

With several factories shut down for repair following Japan’s earthquake, Sony announced may delay release of its new NGP PlayStation Portable unit, announced Sony Computer Entertainment of America president Jack Tretton. Sony is considering staggering release by offering the new product in only one region this year, instead of releasing it in all regions in
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NASA Releases First Photos from Mercury Mission

Apr 4th, 2011 | By
NASA Releases First Photos from Mercury Mission

Last Tuesday NASA began releasing its first photos from the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. The first image released showed a cratered area of Mercury’s south pole that looked similar to the surface of Earth’s Moon. 363 more images were taken over the next six hours before the ship began downloading data to Earth. More images
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Google Face Recognition App Rumor Denied, Revives Concerns

Apr 1st, 2011 | By
Google Face Recognition App Rumor Denied, Revives Concerns

Google has denied a story posted on CNN earlier today claiming that the search engine company is making a face recognition app that would potentially compromise personal security. However the rumor has revived concerns about potential abuses of smartphone technology. Smartphones offer users the ability to view mobile maps, pulled from global positioning satellite (GPS)
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17-Year-Old Engineer Builds Portable Drum Set into Jeans

Mar 31st, 2011 | By
17-Year-Old Engineer Builds Portable Drum Set into Jeans

A 17-year-old British engineer, Aseem Mishra, has invented a combination bound to delight aspiring teen musicians and horrify parents: jeans with built-in drums. Now drummers and would-be drummers can carry their drums anywhere by wearing them. Traditional drum sets are heavy and bulky, requiring roomy transportation and a large set-up area. Electronic drum sets are
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Opening Day Launches EA Sports Facebook Baseball Game

Mar 31st, 2011 | By
Opening Day Launches EA Sports Facebook Baseball Game

As Major League Baseball (MLB) celebrated Opening Day today, EA Sports (Electronic Arts Sports) launched a new Facebook baseball game, World Series Superstars. Like a baseball version of the popular Farmville, the game allows users to build and manage baseball teams, buy players, upgrade their stadiums, and earn coins and experience by playing against other
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Mako Shark Catches Fisherman

Mar 30th, 2011 | By
Mako Shark Catches Fisherman

The shark had apparently seen the end of Jaws one too many times, and took its imitation of the star one step too far. But Jason Kresse would fare better than Captain Quint. The 29-year-old Freeport, Texas resident, fresh from red snapper fishing, was helping two crew members dump fish guts into the water 50
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Super Glue Inventor Harry Coover Dies at 94

Mar 29th, 2011 | By
Super Glue Inventor Harry Coover Dies at 94

Harry Wesley Coover, Jr., inventor of Super Glue, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 94. Coover was born in Newark, Delaware on March 6, 1917. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Hobart College, and went on to earn his Ph.D. from Cornell
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Bulletproof Fiber Furniture Set Weighs Just 16.5 Pounds

Mar 22nd, 2011 | By
Bulletproof Fiber Furniture Set Weighs Just 16.5 Pounds

Furniture movers may soon face more do-it-yourself competition. In the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright, Dutch furniture designer Studio Bram Geneen has invented a living room set that weighs only 16.5 pounds by using lightweight synthetic fiber and other high-tech tools and techniques. The set, called the Light Room project, is partly built from a
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