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Remember Samsung’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch for Sprint? Think that name was a mouthful? Well right here’s a press shot of– anticipate it– Samsung’s T699 aka. Galaxy S Blaze Q, a QWERTY slider for T-Mobile that’s been passed in the past. Beyond the horrible name, the August 15th reference on the display appears to confirm the previous launch date rumors. Spec-wise, the phone is expected to pack a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. There’s additionally mention of 1080p video recording capture and a 720p display– the latter being unlikely in light of the big quantity of bezel surrounding the screen (Samsung’s smallest HD Super AMOLED display is 4.65-inches across). Our guess is that T-Mobile’s merely complementing Samsung’s existing Galaxy S Blaze 4G with a mid-range QWERTY slider, but we’ll discover soon enough.
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Among other things, Apple’s iBooks 2 initiative is designed to put modern digital textbooks into schools, and some studies have found that the tablet can be a positive learning tool. However, not everyone’s convinced — Bill Gates, for example. In an in-depth interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Microsoft co-founder said that the future of education requires a lot more than simply providing people with new ways to read.
“Just giving people devices, that has a really terrible track record. You really have to change the curriculum and the teacher and those things, and it’s never going to work on a device where you don’t have keyboard-type input. I mean, students aren’t there just to read things — they’re supposed to…
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Google Play adds shared song playlist to Music, helps you relive your friends’ terrible taste in tunes
Remember that funky beat your buddy at work shared with you over Google+? Don’t bother digging through their post history, Mountain View’s music service has you covered with its new “Shared with me” auto-playlist. This self-maintaining list keeps track of all the songs friends and colleagues send your way, making it easy to hunt down a catchy tune your brother sent you, or to endlessly ridicule a coworker’s awful sense of sound. The playlist not only shows the track, artist, duration and price, but also a preview of the Google+ post (and a thumbnail of its author) that you scored the shared song from in the first place. Looking for lost music? Just take a look at your auto-playlists.
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Editorial: How FAA-certified gadgets could improve air travel and eliminate the Terrible 10,000 Feet
If you’re reading this now and have experienced the wonders of modern air travel then you have surely suffered through what I call the “Terrible 10,000 Feet.” This is the period between the clunk of the cabin door closing and the bong of the cabin indicator, the chime signifying arrival of the magic altitude where “approved electronic devices” can then be used again. The first half of the worst part of the flight is then over — the latter half to commence as soon as the plane dips again below that gadget ceiling.
This is the loudest part of the flight — engines throttled up, flaps and gear hanging in the breeze and scared kids doing their best to drown all that out with screams and shouts. It’s exactly when you most want to use your portable music player, and exactly when you aren’t allowed. We’ve been told that this is for safety reasons, to prevent interference from the myriad devices carried by a cabin full of passengers, but that’s never quite felt satisfactory to me. (Why is it okay to use those very same devices over 10,000 feet? Why can pilots use iPads but I can’t?)
So many questions, but I’m not here to second-guess the people whose jobs it is to keep me safe as I schlep myself, my roller bag and my personal item across the country yet again. I’m here to propose a very simple solution: a certification program in which manufacturers submit devices for testing and the FAA charges a (possibly hefty) fee for their approval. It could not only improve the lives of frequent travellers like myself, but could also stand to provide millions in funding to the FAA, funds that could be put toward its unfortunately named NextGen air traffic control system. Win win? Read on and decide for yourself.
Damn what I wouldn’t give for chest hair like that.
According a recent study, oral sex may be causing more cases of throat cancer that smoking, all thanks to HPV (human papillomavirus). Ha — and people wonder why I’m afraid to engage in any sexual behavior! Kidding, it’s because I’ve never done it before and privates are icky.
The researchers hypothesize that the virus spreads predominately via oral sex, and that it may already account for more cases of throat cancer than smoking.
The authors write:
If recent incidence trends continue, the annual number of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers [which mostly affect men] is expected to surpass the annual number of cervical cancers by the year 2020.
The medical community encourages everyone to get the HPV vaccination unless you’re a terrible parent who’s convinced vaccinating your child against a sexually transmitted disease IS GONNA MAKE THEM RUN OUT AND HAVE THE SEX. “Well, I’ve got no chance of catching HPV, and it’s practically the only STD and the one I heard causes pregnancy, so…ignore the braces and drive me to makeout point?”
Thanks to June, who encourages the use of dental dams. Me? I encourage the use of Hoover dams. You can never be too safe.
Because what could be safer than a base full of autonomous robots doing whatever the f*** they want, whenever the f*** they want, the Army is considering building them one. And me? Well, I’m considering strapping myself to a homemade rocket and blowing up on the launchpad. GW the human firework, everybody!
The purpose would be to pile up as many operating hours as possible and resolve the “trust and confidence” issues that have prevented such systems from proliferating on battlefields, Bob Quinn, vice president of unmanned systems at QinetiQ North America said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Washington, D.C.
Currently, most battlefield ground robots are tele-operated, meaning they require someone to control the system from a stand-off distance. This method is labor intensive. Researchers have been developing software that would allow the machines to operate more freely, and take the workload off of troops.
[Major General Walter R.] Davis said part of the cultural acceptance for robots will be the acknowledgment that accidents are going to happen. There could be injuries, or worse. How many such incidents can decision-makers tolerate?
“They will fail to properly function at some point,” Davis said.
Did you hear that? It said people will die. Well, it didn’t just come right out and say that, but that’s what it meant. The government’s like that, you know. Saying one thing but actually meaning another. That is like, the number one thing governments do. Trust me, I was a political science major. “Seriously?” No, but I did get kicked out of a paleontology class for stealing bones.
A Base to Call Their Own? Army Considers Letting Robots Roam Freely [nationaldefensemagazine]
Thanks to Ksurfiws, who pointed out if we give them a base it might prevent them from taking one later. That…is bad logic. “ZIP ZAP, ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.” See?
This is allegedly 365 applications of makeup applied to a woman’s face over a 9-hour period. The result, which looks like a cross between Kim Kardashian and a burn victim (which would be a great combo in real life by the way) are terrifying, probably even more so to young children. Personally, I don’t like makeup. Unless we’re talking makeup sex, in which case I’m torn because I really don’t like fighting in the first place. Dammit, I’m a lover not a fighter! Just kidding, I am a ninja fighter. And a fire fighter. And, shit, since we’re all being so honest — I can also turn into a fighter jet. “Like a Transformer?” What the — no not like a got-damn Transformer! *firing missiles*
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Ah, those zany Keio University researchers trying to recreate Smell-O-Vision, do you want to know what they’re up to these days? They’re still trying, of course, but now they’ve taken the opportunity to demonstrate their hardware — which uses basic inkjet printer tech to fire off very short bursts of fragrance — to tech lovers in Japan while still tweaking and refining it. Primarily aimed at helping healthcare professionals in assessing a patient’s sense of smell, the Fragrance Jet II has a high degree of control granularity, permitting the varying of both intensity and duration of a scent, which in turn can provide a very accurate measurement of a given person’s olfactory acuity. A mobile prototype has also been trotted out (pictured above), hinting at the possibility of eventually shrinking these modules to fit inside cellphones and thus leading us to an awesome future of customizable “incoming call fragrances.” Awesome indeed. Video after the break.
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