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  • GRAIL-A Enters Lunar Orbit
    By on December 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments


    NASA’s twin-craft GRAIL mission, launched way back in September (more information here), has successfully reached its destination. Grail-A has now entered lunar orbit; GRAIL-B is expected to enter lunar orbit tomorrow.

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  • Creating the World’s Cheapest Tablet
    By on December 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Back in October, we discussed news that India had launched a $35 tablet. Now, JohnWiney writes with a story in the Globe and Mail about the device’s development. Quoting:
    “Part of the difficulty in engineering such a device is that the underlying goal—that its final price should be within the means of those who can’t afford high-priced tablets—dictates crucial engineering and component decisions. A piece of high-impact-resistant (more…)

  • NASA To Investigate Mysterious ‘Space Ball’
    By on December 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    redletterdave writes “In mid-November, a hollow space ball fell from the sky and crashed into the earth in Namibia, the African nation situated above South Africa and west of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Authorities recovered the sphere in a grassy village north of Windhoek, the country’s capital. The hollow ball, which appears to be made of ‘two halves welded together,’ has a rough surface, a 14-inch diameter and measures 43 inches around. (more…)

  • Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches
    By on December 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Today marks the official launch of Star Wars: the Old Republic, a new MMOG from BioWare, EA, and LucasArts. The game’s population has been building throughout the week as players who pre-ordered were granted early access, but now the gates have been thrown open to everyone. By using the Star Wars universe and a ‘story-driven’ approach to MMO gameplay, BioWare hopes to draw in a new group of players who don’t typically consider themselves (more…)

  • Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones
    By on December 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    YIAAL writes “After a multi-car pileup involving two school buses, the NTSB is urging states to ban all cellphones and personal electronic devices in cars, even hands-free phones. But on looking at the NTSB report, it appears that the big problem was a school bus driver who was following too closely, and another school bus driver who wasn’t watching the road. Why is the NTSB targeting gadgets instead of bad drivers?”

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  • Apple Transfers Patents Through Shell Company To Sue All Phone Makers
    By on December 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter dell623 writes “A patent lawsuit (PDF) by patent licensing firm Digitude Innovations curiously targeted all mobile manufacturers except Apple. A TechCrunch story has revealed that the patents used were transferred from Apple via a shell company to DI, and appear to cover features found in virtually all smartphones. The lawsuit even extends to companies that don’t make Android phones, like Nokia and RIM, and to Android OEMs (more…)

  • Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming
    By on December 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Michael J. Ross writes “Web designers and developers alike are increasingly enthused about the capabilities offered by HTML5, which is generally considered the combination of the latest version of the Web’s primary markup language and its related technologies. Consequently, publishers have rushed to market a wide variety of books that purport to explore the inner mysteries of HTML5, even as the standards — and how browsers implement (more…)