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U.N. Gives Micro USB the OK

posted Sunday Oct 25, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

U.N. Gives Micro USB the OK

Finally, a standard for phone chargers has been decided, thanks to the International Telecommunication Union, a branch of the UN. The universal charger will eventually work with every phone. This will be a huge relief to many people all over the world. For example forget your charger while travelling? Well, no more hassle trying to find the exact replicate to fit into your phone, every charger will be identical.

What's the reason for this you may ask? The International Telecommunication Union is enforcing this standard in an effect to eliminate the large amount of unnecessary e-waste being produced.

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Black Hole Created on Earth, Gas Holes Erupt

posted Sunday Oct 25, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Black Hole Created on Earth, Gas Holes Erupt

Have you ever wanted something that can actually suck in the light that surrounds you? Don't lie, you know you've at least thought about it. For the first time ever, an electromagnetic black hole has been created on Earth.

Evgenii Narimanov and Alexander Kildishev of Purdue University published a paper in early 2009 that suggested a design for a table-top black hole that would be able to trap surrounding light. By imitating the properties of a cosmological black hole, they created the first man made black hole. It included many characteristics of an actual black hole, like a massive amount of gravity that bends the surrounding space-time, which in turn causes nearby radiation to follow the warped space-time and spiral inwards.

This may be a new break in creating electricity! Operating at microwave frequencies, it has the potential to harvest solar energy and even trap visible light.

This new discovery is a first for researchers. It seems like everyone is determined to find a new way to "go green!"

*Image courtesy of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy

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AT&T Executive Hints at Possible End to iPhone Exclusivity

posted Sunday Oct 25, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

AT&T Executive Hints at Possible End to iPhone Exclusivity

After two years, it looks like the iPhone may not be exclusive to the AT&T network in the United States for very much longer, according to AT&T mobility CEO , Ralph de la Vega, who has not said for sure, but has strongly implied this rumor.

When de la Vega was asked what the company plans to do if this rumor is in fact true, he replied "the iPhone is a good source of new subscribers, but is only part of a smartphone portfolio that gives good results." He believes that it will not affect AT&T too greatly, when the exclusive rights expire.

Although de la Vega stated the iPhone has been a "good source of new gross (subscribers) for us," only one third of new subscribers purchased the iPhone in the third quarter.

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Facebook Gets a Facelift

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Facebook Gets a Facelift

This Friday, to the dismay of many users, Facebook launched a tweaked interface without any real announcement or even warning or training. Mid-day, a quick refresh of the homepage landed you with different news results, plus a filter option at the top. I asked for peoples' reactions to the new Facebook, and the reaction was about what I expected:

"it is way too confusing ... the news feed has "popular" feeds while the live feed has everything ... why create such confusion?" - Shaun B.

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Justice League Film Coming?

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Justice League Film Coming?

We all thought that the upcoming Green Lantern film, although seemingly cursed, was still an isolated film. It would appear we might have been wrong. Despite the existing links, none of us came up with the idea that DC might be assembling The Justice League to combat The Avengers.

It would appear that The Green Lantern is just the first of three films. NOLA, reports,

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The Turtles are Back

posted Saturday Oct 24, 2009 by Scott Ertz

The Turtles are Back

I remember as a kid, anything that was worth watching was on Nickelodeon... except the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Well, that all changes now, as the wavering Nickelodeon brand has purchased full rights to the TMNT brand, including airing rights and merchandising. What remains to be seen here is whether this will be a good thing or a bad.

Nick has joined the ranks of other specialty networks losing ground lately, such as the Cartoon Network. In this case, it is all about Disney taking market share from anyone who markets programming to kids. Ever since the creation of a new generation of kids' brands, such as Hannah Montana and High School Musical, the creators of Doug and Rugrats hasn't really been doing all that well.

President of the network, Cyma Zarghami, thinks this will all get better with TMNT.

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