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Pepsi says Mountain Dew can dissolve mouse carcasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 4, 2012 1:37 am

At first, I thought this news was a joke, but nope. It's real. An Illinois man sued Pepsi back in 2009 after he claimed he "spat out the soda to reveal a dead mouse", the Madison County Record reported.

 

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The man sent the mouse to Pepsi Co. where they "destroyed" the remains after he allowed them to test it, according to his complaint. Pepsi's lawyers, however, found experts to testify on the matter based on the state of remains sent to them, where they said:

 

The mouse would have dissolved in the soda had it been in the can from the time of its bottling until the day the plaintiff drank it.

 

Pepsi added that it would've been a "jelly-like" substance. Imagine this going to trial, imagine being in the jury of this court case. I don't think I'll ever be drinking a can of Mountain Dew again.

RIM throws BlackBerry Playbook on sale, just $299 for the 16, 32 and 64GB models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 12:22 pm

RIM have taken a leaf out of HP's book and dumped their Android-powered BlackBerry Playbook to $299 in the U.S. and that's not all. The PlayBook is on sale through to February 4th.

 

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RIM's official webstore is offering the 16, 32 and 64GB versions of the PlayBook for just $299. Yes, that's $299 for any size. Who would want to buy a 32 or 16GB model for $299 if you're able to get your hands on the 64GB model for the same price?

 

On top of this, if you want to access the proper Android Market on the PlayBook, the people over at CrackBerry have been good enough to detail the process, which requires a rooted PlayBook, WinSCP, the latest version of Cyanogen Google apps and a tad sprinkle of patience. Not all Android-native apps will work, but there are a bunch that you'll get access to.

 

Click here to access CrackBerry.

Acer, Lenovo set to launch tablet PCs in Q3 2012, sports Intel's Clover Trail and Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 11:23 am

Acer and Lenovo, two first-tier PC vendors, are set to launch tablet PCs that will rock Microsoft's upcoming OS, Windows 8 as well as Intel's upcoming Clover Trail platform. They're expected in Q3 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

 

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Intel is set to unveil their Medfield processor, which is specifically designed for Android-based devices in second quarter of this year. ARM-based processors are set to combat Medfield in terms of performance and power saving, so PC players are putting more bets on Intel's Clover Trail platform as the lead, the sources said.

 

Wintel-based tablet PCs are said to have a strong potential in the enterprise market, where users still require Microsoft-developed applications that they are familiar with, and are rolled out in their offices, departments, etc. Android and iOS still can't penetrate these markets.

 

Shipments of the iPad accounted for 60-percent of the current tablet PC market in 2011, with an expected 50-percent on-year shipment growth, Apple is expected to maintain its share of around 60-percent in 2012.

Deal of the Day: Klipsch WB-14 Cabernet Bookshelf Speakers for $179.99 per Pair with FREE Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 10:54 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Klipsch WB-14 Cabernet Bookshelf Speakers for $179.99 per Pair with FREE Shipping!.

 

Offer: Newegg has the Klipsch WB-14 cabernet bookshelf speakers with their new 3.75" XT Tractrix Horn design with wider 80° x 80° dispersion pattern and 4.5" fiberglass cone woofer for just $179.99 per pair with FREE shipping (list: $599).

 

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Hackers want to escape Web censorship, plan to launch their own satellite into space and create a new Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 10:29 am

With the on-going SOPA crap that the old fogies in the Government somehow think is a good idea, a team of hackers plan to launch their own communication satellite into space. The plans were detailed at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

 

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The Hackerspace Global Grid (HGG) want to send at least one satellite into low orbit to communicate with various ground stations, creating an independent network. Activist Nick Farr has said:

 

The first goal is an uncensorable Internet in space. Let's take the Internet out of the control of terrestrial entities.

 

The team expect to have no less than three prototype ground stations deployed in the first half of this year, with future devices to be produced and sold on a non-profit model. Estimated costs for these ground stations will be about $130 USD. HGG participant, Armin Bauer, says:

 

It's kind of a reverse GPS. GPS uses satellites to calculate where we are, and this tells us where the satellites are. We would use GPS coordinates but also improve on them by using fixed sites in precisely-known locations.

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Samsung Galaxy Note to arrive in the U.S. in first half of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 9:31 am

Samsung's bulky, but sexy Galaxy Note smartphone will arrive in the U.S. sometime in the next 6 months. The Galaxy Note AT&T model will sport something a little surprising when compared to its European brother from the same mother, NFC.

 

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The Galaxy Note sports a 5.29-inch Super AMOLED screen with a Full Touch Bar, Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread (and not Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the usual BlueTooth, USB, Wi-Fi, and then, NFC (Near Field Communication).

 

The most surprising thing in that spec list is that a premier Samsung product launching in 2012 not including Ice Cream Sandwich, but this may change between now and release. At the moment, the processor type is unknown, another strange thing about this release.

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HP tried to palm off (geddit?) WebOS to Amazon and others for $1.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 8:21 am

HP's TouchPad has gone through a million and one things, and another piece of the puzzle has leaked out that they tried to palm off its Palm/WebOS properties to potential buyers for a very nice $1.2 billion.

 

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That is the same price HP paid for the company back in 2010, and even then, were criticized by analysts for the expensive buyout claiming the deal sorely overvalued Palm and that was over a year ago now. HP tapped the wallets of Amazon, Intel, Facebook and even Samsung to offload Palm. No one was willing to make such a large investment though.

 

Not only did HP put a $1.2 billion price tag on the property of Palm/WebOS, they insisted they maintained rights to use WebOS in their printers. Most companies would look away once they realised HP were flogging off the property for the same price, with preconditions and stipulations stuck to it. After being unable to rid themselves of Palm/WebOS, HP sent the project to the open-source bin so it can evolve, free of obligations from the company.

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RumorTT: ASUS preparing 7-inch tablets for CES 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 7:24 am

With CES 2012 right around the corner, new product rumors and releases are coming thick and fast. Today we have news from Notebook Italia of a 7-inch ASUS Transformer Prime. But, that's not all. There's also a rumored second 7-inch tablet coming from ASUS.

 

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The second 7-inch tablet will be a refresh of last year's Eee Pad Memo. The Eee Pad Memo should sport a 7-inch capacitive screen with a 1280x800 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz chip, 16 to 64GB storage, 3G and Wi-Fi as well as the Android OS. It's also rumored to have a 3D version, too.

 

There's also talk of ASUS' Padfone, which combines the power of a 4.3-inch Android smartphone with the uber-power of a 10-inch tablet. Padfone should hit the market next month, but as usual, there's no confirmed date. CES 2012 is next week, where we should have more details on these devices.

Wikipedia reaches $20 million in fundraising, loses the personal appeal banners

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 6:24 am

The Wikimedia Foundation has reached its goal of $20 million USD in donations for Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today they had reached their goal and the banners that appeared asking for your donations will be removed.

 

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A Wikipedia blog post by Jay Walsh noted that over one million donors from around the world collectively contributed toward the $20 million campaign. Walsh also stated that the 2011 total surpassed the 2008 total of a "meager" $4.5 million. Sue Gardner, Executive Director for Wikimedia Foundation, said the following in a message:

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Apple's Siri tells kid to "Shut the f**k up"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 3, 2012 5:22 am

Originally, I didn't want to use the headline with a swear word in it, but it does look catchy. Now that you're reading this news, the latest news out of the UK will interest you in regards to Apple's iPhone 4S personal assistant, Siri.

 

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A demo version of the phone was on display in Tesco, where a 12-year-old kid was testing it and asked Siri "How many people are there in the world?" Siri replied with "Shut the f**k up, you ugly tw**." Wow. Just wow, Siri.

 

UK-based newspaper, The Sun, had an exclusive story, where the mother of the child is obviously rather shocked and annoyed with Siri's response. She told The Sun:

 

The phone was a demo version and was low enough on the shelf for Charlie to have a go with it. He asked it a simple question and we couldn't believe the filth it came out with. I thought I must be hearing things. So we asked again and the same four-letter stuff blared out. I asked for the manager and after staff heard it they agreed to unplug it.

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