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Sprint Terminates Relationship With LightSquared

posted Saturday Mar 17, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Sprint Terminates Relationship With LightSquared

It would appear that this week the end to a very short but very tragic story has been written. LightSquared, the company that Sprint had announced a LTE network partnership with in October, has lost its never-existent partner. Sprint has announced that it has ended its planned partnership. This is a decision that we have expected to hear considering the problems that LightSquared has had and the money that Sprint has poured into its other 4G partner, Clearwire.

Over the past few months, as Clearwire has had more and more financial problems, plus losing most of its partners, Sprint has been the knight in shining armor, twice. With all of the money that Sprint has given to Clearwire, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that it indicated Sprint had lost faith in its new partner and was moving to focus on repairing its relationship with Clearwire.

What does Sprint have to say about all of this? Hit the break to find out.

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Maxis and EA Bringing SimCity Back in 2013

posted Sunday Mar 11, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Maxis and EA Bringing <i>SimCity</i> Back in 2013

Remember SimCity? This was a game that anyone could pick up, play and have a great time. It spanned from 1989 all the way to SimCity 4 in 2003 and the latest SimCity: Societies in 2007. We've even seen iterations on PSPs, DS's and the iPhone.

Now, with all the hoopla happening at South by Southwest and GDC this week, we've seen a new title come out of the Maxis studio at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Electronic Arts and Maxis have confirmed they are bringing the amazingness of SimCity back in 2013.

Lucy Bradshaw from Maxis said,

SimCity for PC will equip players with the tools to play the most sophisticated simulation of its kind. We are dedicated to making sure the experience - no matter the platform - has the fun, flavor and playability that has been intrinsic to the franchise since its birth.

We will see nuances from all of the previous titles appear in the game, as is the norm for this series, including the social elements from Societies. We will also get the ability to build your empire masterpiece next to a friend's. New to the game will be climate changes, added natural disasters and the ability to research renewable energy resources.

We have the trailer after the break.

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Google Drops Clearwire Stock, Takes Huge Loss in the Process

posted Sunday Mar 11, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google Drops Clearwire Stock, Takes Huge Loss in the Process

Last week I covered Sprint's continuing aid for wireless company Clearwire who is currently facing some tough times. Last month, I did a recap on their entire current situation from the beginning up until now.

This week, however, we must talk about the instability of the company yet again. Reports are coming in that Google has sold its portion of Clearwire stock to Credit Suisse Group AG. Google had purchased its 29.4 million shares in 2008 for $500 million and has now sold off that purchase at $2.26 per share, or $66.5 million, well under the original purchase price. However, Google was only looking for $1.60 a share last week, so I suppose getting more than what you wanted out of it isn't a total loss. $453 million is a lot of money to lose, though.

Now, while it's a common practice for companies like Credit Suisse to pick up large quantities of shares to then resell to other interested buyers, Google dropping its stake in the company could speak volumes about the uncertainty that is looming around Clearwire's future. Google commented that, "Google periodically rebalances its investments based on its goals and its evaluation of market conditions."

After all that you've seen from our Clearwire coverage just this year alone, do you think the company will be around in 6 months? A year? Longer? We want to know in the comments section below.

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HP Sees Light Powered Computer Chips and They're Fast

posted Sunday Mar 11, 2012 by Jon Wurm

HP Sees Light Powered Computer Chips and They're Fast

HP is working on a project codenamed "Carona" that focuses on using fiber optic-like technology to address some problems that data centers and supercomputers are facing in terms of scalability and power consumption. Advancements and implementation of this technology could effectively make "electronics" so last MacWorld.

Corona will be a 265 core computer chip manufactured with a 16nm form factor that uses beams of light to connect the cores together. The cores in the chip will be arranged in 64 core clusters and be able to operate at 10 trillion operations per second, allowing the cores to communicate with each other at 20 terabytes per second! The cores would also be able to communicate with external memory at 10 terabytes per second... that's insane. Put 5 of these chips together and you're in the same league with modern supercomputers in terms of computing power. "Integrated photonics" is the key to making Corona a reality by 2017 and it focuses on using a similar technology that exists in telecommunication networks but this has to be adapted for core-to-core communication. This technology is not a reality yet but with chip manufactures shrinking optical communication devices to fit onto chips, the reality is getting closer. According to HP Lab's researcher Marco Fiorentino,

A lot of people have concentrated on individual devices. Now they're starting to build circuits. It's like going from the transistor to the integrated circuit.

Corona would be incredibly fast but how will it help increase scalability and reduce power consumption which are equally important? Read on after the break to find out.

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Germany Researches Platoon Power for Future Cars

posted Sunday Mar 11, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Germany Researches Platoon Power for Future Cars

It's been about 67 years since Germany has actively explored platooning technology but the Robotics Innovation Center at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz) brought it back to the present at CeBIT this year. Their EO prototype electric car showcased some interesting abilities and, despite its futuristic design, there didn't seem to be any futuristic weapons mounted on it just yet; so, for now, it seems we're safe.

The EO prototype is the product of only 10 months of work and is a ways away from traversing the Autobahn but it has demonstrated some pretty cool functionality. For example, the car is very versatile with regards to adjusting to its environment. Every driver finds themselves in common situations where space is limited and they are required to maneuver vehicles in awkward ways. Thankfully, the EO can shorten its wheelbase to perform tighter turns, something that would be useful for urban driving. It can also lower its center of gravity to make "high speed" driving more efficient. It's also well worth mentioning that it can rotate its wheels 90 degrees making parallel parking a cinch.

But wait, there's more! Platooning will help make sure that you never have to roam alone again, even if you book a vacation without using Travelosity. Find out more and check out a video after the break.

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Verizon's HomeFusion Internet Service Brings High-Speed to a One-Street-Light City Near You

posted Saturday Mar 10, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Verizon's HomeFusion Internet Service Brings High-Speed to a One-Street-Light City Near You

Hey, are you some of the 40% of Americans who don't have high-speed Internet? Is it because the price is too high? Are you too far out in a rural area that no service is available to you? Well, if you're the former, this news won't help you. However, the people in the latter, prepare to rejoice as we have some news this week that will brighten your day in the same way upgrading your modem from 28.8 to 56k did!

We have the details after the break.

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