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Student Technology Day: Microsoft CEO's keynote speech

Student Technology Day: Microsoft CEO's keynote speech

As promised, I've uploaded the keynote speech that Steve Ballmer gave on Wednesday to a bunch of students at the Microsoft Student Technology Day. Although the recording isn't studio quality, it's still audible enough to hear it - even though there was coughing, the occasional sneeze, and some jackass in the audience with Tourette's (ahem...

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Using space robots to fix ailing satellites?

Using space robots to fix ailing satellites?

According to Canadian engineers at Queen's University, there are now more than 8,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth. Of course, if they stop to work correctly, these satellites will not be able to be repaired from the ground and will become space junk. So these researchers have developed a robotic repair system to fix ailing satellites. Right now, they're writing software to track these satellites. Their tracking software would then be used by an Autonomous Space Servicing Vehicle (ASSV) 'to grasp the ailing satellite from its orbit and draw it into the repair vehicle's bay. Once there, remote control from the ground station can be used for the repair.' I'm somewhat skeptical about the idea, considering that the satellites in orbit have been launched by various countries and companies using very different technologies. But read more...

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Wind: A sound investment in unsound times?

Wind: A sound investment in unsound times?

The first intra-state public offering associated with the development of community-backed wind farms in Dodge, Olmsted and Mower counties in Minnesota has been completed in just four months.The project managers, National Wind and High Country Energy, reported this week that the offering pulled in 60 Minnesota investors, who will reap the rewards (and the risks) of the utility-scale projects being worked on in those locations.

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Image Gallery: First impressions of the Nokia N96-1

Image Gallery: First impressions of the Nokia N96-1

The Nokia N96 is the new flagship product for the Nseries line that is the successor to the wildly popular N95. The N96 brings a large 2.8 inch display with impressive memory options that includes 16GB of flash and a microSD slot that currently supports up to 32GB. The device is built for multimedia with its 5 megapixel camera, dual LEDs, and integrated DVB-H wireless TV receiver. Other wireless options include HSDPA/UMTS, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

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fring lets you make Skype calls from your iPhone, available for free

fring lets you make Skype calls from your iPhone, available for free

Back in April I wrote about the availability of fring on the iPhone, but at that time you needed a jailbroken iPhone to use it and the iPhone 3G wasn't yet available. You may recall that fring is a VoIP application that lets you use Skype, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Twitter, Yahoo!, and AIM clients to chat and instant message. Well, the good news is that fring is available now for free in the Apple App Store and can be loaded on your iPhone without any jailbreaking required.

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More on wikipedia abuse

More on wikipedia abuse

The evidence on wikipedia abuse is piling up - and we're not even starting to really discuss some of the risks other social networking sites are exposing us to. It's not exactly armageddon time yet, but it's certainly time to wake up and smell trouble, big trouble, coming.

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Google releases Chrome 0.3.154

Google releases Chrome 0.3.154

If you are interested in living on the bleeding edge, and always using Google's latest and greatest browser version (the "even more beta" one), you can turn on what is called the "Dev Channel".To use the Dev Channel, download the switcher from here.

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Vudu offers new format to stream 1080p HD movies to its BX100 player

Vudu offers new format to stream 1080p HD movies to its BX100 player

As I mentioned in my post yesterday about Netflix, one of the obstacles video-streaming services are going to have to overcome is the quality of the files they're sending to big HDTVs. Apple has recently introduced 720p HD files on iTunes to download to its Apple TV device, but lesser-known Vudu may have gone one better with its new high-def format for its own streaming devices.

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T-Mobile clarifies G1 Android pre-order availability and text messaging question

T-Mobile clarifies G1 Android pre-order availability and text messaging question

I was lucky enough to attend the T-Mobile G1 product announcement in New York a couple of weeks ago and actually pre-ordered my own G1 that day on the train back to the airport for my flight home and it turns out it was a good thing I did. I read reports earlier this week that T-Mobile may have sold out of the G1 and just received confirmation and more details from my T-Mobile representative. T-Mobile did indeed sell out of the original stock even after nearly tripling the number of phones available for initial delivery.

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Could Zoho outgrow Salesforce.com?

Could Zoho outgrow Salesforce.com?

Within two years, Zoho expects to have more users on its CRM application than current market leader Salesforce.com. It may take a few more years to catch up with its rival's billion-dollar turnover, but there are several reasons for thinking Zoho will prosper.

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