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Hitler’s Stealth Fighter

DesScorp writes “Aviation Week reports on a television special from the National Geographic Channel on what may have been the world’s first true stealth fighter, the Horton Ho 229, a wooden design that was to include a layer of carbon material sandwiched in the leading edge to defeat radar. Northrop Grumman, experts at stealth technology from their Tacit Blue and B-2 programs, have built a full-size replica of the airframe and tested it at their desert facilities where they determined that the design was indeed stealthy, and would have been practically invisible to Britain’s Chain Home radar system of WWII.”

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Intel And Nokia Announce Open Source Mobile Partnership

The two will work hand in hand to develop common technologies for use in the Moblin and Maemo platform projects, which will deliver Linux-based operating systems for these future mobile computing devices. The agreement also nets Intel a solid win in the IP department, as it has acquired the rights to utilize 3G/HSPA (3.6Mbps) technology.

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Boingo Awarded a Patent For Hotspot Access

Boingo has scored a patent for accessing a Wi-Fi hotspot by a mobile device. The patent, no. 7,483,984, was issued in January, but Boingo only started talking about it recently. The patent application was filed in December 2002. According to the company, the methods covered by the patent include: “…accessing wireless carrier networks by mobile computing devices, where a client software application hosted by the device accesses carrier networks using wireless access points. For example, when a computer — or netbook, smartphone or any other Wi-Fi-enabled device — is in a location where there are multiple signals, the patented technology looks at each signal and alerts the user which signal will work, showing the signal as an understandable name and ID for the user.The patent covers all wireless technologies and spectrums, as well as any mobile device that access wireless hotspots.” The company is not saying anything about whether or how they will attempt to wield this patent.

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What Intel, Nokia gain in mobile reboot

Chip giant and mobile handset maker have more than a few holes in their respective collections of mobile technologies. How far will this go to plug the holes and take them to the next technology plane?

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The Commodore 64 vs. the iPhone 3G S

Harry writes “The unfortunate news about Apple rejecting a Commodore 64 emulator from the iPhone App Store inspired me to compare the C64 to the new iPhone 3G S, in more detail than any rational person is likely to compare them, ever again. If nothing else, it’s a snapshot of just how far technology has come since the C64’s release in August of 1982.”

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Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater

Massive supercomputers that devour electricity to keep them humming are not exactly the poster children for green technology. But IBM hopes to change that with its plans to build a supercomputer that will use water to keep the system cool and even recycle some of the waste heat to help heat the university where it’s housed.

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Find My iPhone works, and it is awesome.

Forgive the self-post, but the story is too great not to share. Technology let me be a total badass today.I’m still giggling about how that guy must have felt as he gave up the goose and waved me over to hand the phone back.

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Sony Plugs Blu-ray on a Budget With New Vaio


Amid questions about consumer enthusiasm for Blu-ray technology, Sony on Monday announced a new notebook computer positioned by the electronics giant as an entry-level Blu-ray player for mobile viewing. The VAIO NW notebook series carries an 0 starting price tag for a Blu-ray equipped model, and comes with a 15.5-inch widescreen display, as well as an HDMI output connector for use with a larger screen. It also includes the ability to turn the screen display off while allowing the laptop to continue running, saving battery life.

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Siemens, Nokia Helped Provide Iran’s Censoring Tech

An anonymous reader writes “The Wall Street Journal has an article about Nokia and Siemens selling the censoring technology to Iran’s government. Do you believe that the public relation damage to these companies can persuade them from selling this kind of technology to other dictatorial regimes?” I don’t believe there will *be* any PR Damage, and that makes me a little sad.

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Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

FinalAnkleHealer sends along an IBTimes article proposing that 0 ultra-thin laptops, capable of multitasking and editing multimedia content, could be the next market contested by Intel and AMD. “AMD partnered with Hewlett-Packard Co. in January to launch the Pavilion dv2. Intel launched its rival CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) chip this month and Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc were among those that demonstrated laptops based on the new technology at the Computex trade show in Taipei. … With more people gravitating toward mobile and wireless technology, consumers want smaller laptops — and most of those people would prefer doing more than surfing the Web, which the no-frills netbooks now excel at. … Acer, the first company to introduce a cheap Intel-powered CULV laptop, expects revenue from that segment to account for 15 percent of its total sales by the end of 2009. Asustek, which pioneered the netbook in 2007, plans to launch five consumer-priced ultra-thins this year.”

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