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Ask.com officially retired from the search game

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 5:38 am

I'll admit it; I thought it was pretty sweet when Ask Jeeves came about and you could type in a question and the site would answer it for you, whether by providing web links or more straightforward answers. Today Ask.com, formerly Ask Jeeves, has officially bowed out of the web search business that it entered in 1996. After years of not finding a suitable way to compete with big dogs Google and Microsoft, Ask.com's owner InterActiveCorp (IAC) is cutting 130 engineering jobs in China and New Jersey in the U.S.

 

 

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Ask.com will now focus on their new community based Q&A service that was launched this summer. Ask.com's search engine will now deliver results from a competing company, although it is not clear yet whether this will be covered under IAC's current deal with Google or if Microsoft will poke their nose in there to get Bing results used.

Duracell myGrid USB charger powers anything you can throw at it

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:48 am

Duracell's newest USB powered charger is a jack of all trades when it comes to what it can be used with. From mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers, it's ready for anything that needs juice after being wirelessly charged atop a myGrid charging slab.

 

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Also able to be charged via USB as well, this 35 dollar device is slim and tiny for stuffing in your pocket or suitcase for power on the go. The amount of time it can power a device varies of course, but they list mp3 players at around 30 hours, smartphones at four hours, and e-readers at 100 hours. Look for the myGrid USB charger to hit shelves this holiday season.

eSTI2 project looks to develop blood testing chip for mobile devices

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:36 am

The mobile industry is making its way into a ton of fields and one area that it is becoming more and more influential is the medical field. From tablet implementation in hospitals to scheduling appointments online, mobile tech is looking to explode in the field. One of the biggest ideas getting a huge financial bump today is the eSTI2 project, which has received a four million GBP grant from the UK's Medical Research Coucil to develop a chip that could make blood testing for things like blood sugar, STIs and STDs something you can handle from home.

 

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The goal is pretty awesome: skip the trip to the doctors office and get results that can take labs days to even weeks in around 15 minutes from your mobile device. Recent advances in miniaturization would allow a thumbdrive sized chip to take a sample of blood, saliva, or urine and pass the information on to the mobile device for processing. The prototypes only cost around 30 dollars to make currently but the developers are hoping to drive the cost below five dollars to make them easy to get in the hands of developing countries and the poorer segment.

Beautiful Modeler the basis of possible future 3D modeling apps for iPad

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:20 am

3D is becoming all the rage these days, and Interactive Fabrication may be bringing it into the app world with the "Beautiful Modeler" iPad app. Using the iPad's multitouch screen to control 3D modeling, this looks like something Pixar might use to put together one of their movies.

 

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While it's not available via the App Store as an official app, this 3D application looks more like the basis for other apps and Interactive Fabrication has made the source code public for devs who might want to play with it and compile an actual app. It's a bit difficult to explain in text, so check out the video after the break and a lot more at the Source Link.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 4:18 am

The latest happenings from around the web - November 10th, 2010

 

Systems

 

- AMD Vision - The $399 Brazos Notebook Platform Preview @ Legit Reviews

- Apple MacBook Air (11.6-inch) @ Digitaltrends

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard @ Funkykit

- AMD begins shipping Brazos, announces Bulldozer-based APUs @ Tech Report

 

CPU

 

- AMD prepares new x6 Phenoms @ eTeknix

- AMD begins shipping Brazos, announces Bulldozer-based APUs @ Tech Report

- AMD begins shipping Fusion APUs @ eTeknix

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TRENDnet Launches World's Smallest Wireless N USB Adapter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 3:04 am

TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-648UBM. The ultra compact form factor measures a remarkable 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm).

 

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When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter.

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Apple's iPad it to become a gaming console, controlled by the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 2:25 am

A few weeks ago, Big Bucket Software released an update for their iPhone/iPad game, The Incident. The 1.2 update allowed the user to use their iPhone as a wireless controller to control the game on the iPad. The upcoming 1.3 update will allow the next larger screen increase, your TV.

 

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It's not clear on how it's going to be pulled off - but the dev says that you'll have to plug your iPad into your TV.

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Is Apple going to release wireless headphones?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 1:46 am

Could it be? Finally, one of the things that annoy most people - cables. Less cables around your face and head, the better.

 

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Of course, wireless headphones are nothing new - but, for Apple, it is. A couple of months Apple supposedly acquired Wi-Gear, a San Fransisco-based company, what area do they work in? Bluetooth wireless headphones and Bluetooth 2.0 adapters for older iDevices.

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COD: Black Ops tested with NVIDIA's 3D Vision

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 1:41 am

The boys over at Ars Technica have been playing the latest Call of Duty title, Black Ops using NVIDIA's 3D vision setup.

 

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Activision have said that there is a great experience for 3D Vision with the new COD: Black Ops. The game was given an "excellent" rating for 3D support in NVIDIA's 3D Vision rating system - with the tester using it for 2 hours without a headache.

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Opera Mobile 10.1 for Android gets it's public beta on

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 10, 2010 1:24 am

Opera have let the flood gates open on the Android-based beta version of their popular web browser, Opera Mobile. It is version 10.1 and features such things as pinch-to-zoom and support for locational services.

 

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Fan favorites such as desktop browser sync and Opera's Speed Dial - a touchable grid of bookmarks. Other features includes the visual tab management, is supposedly very slick - all available right now for you to test yourself.

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