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Tech News Today 358: Silicone Glacier

Were Nokia Windows Phones worth the wait? RIM pleads reliability, Apple and Facebook make power plays, and more.

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  • Live from Nokia World 2011: First look at Kinectimals for Windows Phone
    • New Series 40 line Asha 200, 201, 300, 303
    • 200 easyswap SIMs, ship eoy 201 ship Q1 both: loud speakers€60 ($85) - most inexpensive Nokia has ever made
    • 300 - candybar, numeric keypad 1 GHz, €85 ($120) Q4, 303 - QWERTY €115 (about $160) eoy both: HSPA touchscreens
    • ALL: made of polycarbonate and come with a Nokia Browser that compresses data, angry birds
    • Purity HD Stereo Headset by Monster, headphones and earbuds
    • Demo-ing Kinectimals game on WinPho that can go between phone and xbox
    • “Nokia Kinetic Device” - Bending forward with two hands zooms out of whatever is on screen for example, while twisting the top left hand corner away from you allows you to click to the next menu item.
  • RIM unveils cloud service for Microsoft Office 365 users
    • U.K. and Ireland managing director Stephen Bates told Mobile News Online in an interview "We have an unprecedented track record of reliability," Estimated U.K. BlackBerry service uptime was at 99.97 percent over the past 18 months.
    • Late yesterday RIM confirmed rumor that PlayBook OS 2.o until February. meaning no email app until then either.
    • "As much as we'd love to have it in your hands today, we've made the difficult decision to wait to launch BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 until we are confident we have fully met the expectations of our developers, enterprise customers and end-users," wrote David Smith, a senior vice-president for the PlayBook.
    • Will not incorporate BBM,
    • Beta will roll out to Early Adopter Program "shortly"


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  • Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock
  • the patent itself
  • Apple Awarded Second Slide-to-Unlock Patent, Targeting HTC?
    • Points out a MS patent which actually could be bigger trouble IMO"
  • MS Patent Application
    • approved Apple's patent on the slide to unlock gesture used on iOS devices. Interestingly, this patent was earlier dismissed in Europe due to prior art.
    • Patent number 8,046,721 describes a gesture for unlocking a device on a touch screen that starts with contact on a touch-sensitive display at a predefined location, and then "continuously moving the unlock image on the touch-sensitive display."
    • in August, the Dutch judge said the U.S. patent was invalid in his court because the slide-to-lock gesture was seen a year before the first iPhone, in the Neonode N1m Windows CE-based phone.
    • "In addition, there is a need for sensory feedback to the user regarding progress towards satisfaction of a user input condition that is required for the transition to occur."
  • Apple’s Secret Solar Farm
  • Facebook to build server farm on edge of Arctic Circle
    • The Charlotte Observer reports that Apple has been issued the permits necessary to prepare a 171-acre parcel of vacant land next to its massive data center in Catawba County.
    • “Project Dolphin Solar Farm A Expanded,”
    • Meanwhile Telegraph reports Facebook will build a multi-million 'mini town' 62 miles South of the Arctic Circle. to house all its computer servers
    • First server farm outside US in in Luleå, northern Sweden, to be announced officially on Thursday morning -- average temperature, it's around 2C [35.6F].
    • "The climate will allow them to just use only air for cooling the servers," said Mats Engman, chief executive of the Aurorum Science Park, which is leading the push to turn the city into a 'Node Pole', luring in other international computing giants.---120MW of power, enough to supply 16,000 detached homes, and costing some £45m a year. Local hydroelectric power runs with 50% surplus.


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Tom, Just wanted to give you props for trying to pronounce Habichuela Con Dulce. It's a sweet bean liquid dessert from the Dominican Republic that is especially popular around the Easter holiday. For some wiki on it just visit --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habichuelas_con_dulce --- and for recipe you can check out ---http://www.dominicancooking.com/979-habichuelas-con-dulce-sweet-creamed-beans.html --- . Might sound like some kind of crazy dessert but if you asks someone from Latin America , the Caribbean but specially someone from Dominican Republic they'll say its great. Thanks again I enjoyed the show. Just passing some info in case you guys would like to try it.

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