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Nascar driver tweets from car, gains 100 000 followers

Imagine you’re a Nascar driver. If you’re battling think, speed, an oval track and dozens of luminously painted cars driving as fast as they can all around you. Now imagine one of your fellow drivers crashed and the race ground to a halt. What would you do? If you’re Brad Keselowski the answer is simple: start tweeting. According to the New York Times the accident occurred when former Formula 1 driver, Juan Pablo Montoya crashed in to the safety truck. ...

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Check out these jaw-dropping photos from Nokia’s 808 PureView

Nokia’s 808 PureView camera phone with its 41-megapixel sensor blew people away at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. It combines Nokia’s highest performing Carl Zeiss optics with Nokia’s new pixel oversampling technology to deliver jaw-dropping photos. What makes the PureView technology really special, is that the 41MP sensor isn’t used to deliver billboard sized pictures, instead it creates pictures of normal, manageable sizes with amazing picture quality. The 41MP sensor uses an oversampling technique to combine seven pixels into one “pure” ...

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‘iTunes of India’ goes live

Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart recently announced plans to expand its offering to include a retail MP3 download offering. The store, called Flyte, is now officially live. Flyte has been billed as the "iTunes of India" and allows people to download DRM free MP3s capable of working on any device. The offering reportedly comes courtesy of Mime 360, a startup bought out by Flipkart, as well as a massive Bollywood back catalogue from Chakpak. According to TheNextWeb, "Mime360 manages content for a ...

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New record for Skype as 34M people use it concurrently

Have you ever taken a moment in the middle of Skype conversation to think how many people might be using the service at exactly the same time as you? If you’d done so yesterday, the answer would have been 34-million. That number of concurrent users is a new record for the Microsoft-owned communications service. Even Skype doesn’t seem particularly clear about what caused the sudden user spike, less than a week after it announced a then-record 32-million people using it ...

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Tegra 3 GPU delivers console-level gaming to your mobile device

Tablet and mobile gaming, the final frontier. Can mobile gaming surpass consoles with the Tegra 3 GPU? Nvidia hopes so, and with the advent of the Fujitsu quad core Tegra 3 prototype phone, mobile gaming is about to get a kick up its ass. The Mobile World Conference is the venue for Tegra 3 goodness and a barrage of titles has been unveiled. Games which have been announced include Sonic the Hedgehog Episode III, Eden to Green (a Plants VS Zombies ...

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Clickatell scoops honours at Silicon Valley event

Clickatell, a world player in the Online SMS mobile messaging gateway game, has scooped the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal Idea and Innovation award for Social/Economic Impact for providing a service that improves people’s daily lives. The event, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, featured winners from the biotech, software, hardware and consumer products industries. "The goal of the Idea and Innovation Awards was to recognise some of the most innovative products and people here in Silicon ...

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Can you own the sound of birds chirping? YouTube thinks so

The sound of birds chirping in a video of a man picking a wild salad and has apparently been identified as copyrighted material after being uploaded to YouTube. The company that YouTube's software thinks the apparently natural sound of birds chirping belongs to is music and soundtrack licensing firm Rumblefish. The user who uploaded the video posted a complaint about the incident on the YouTube forums, asking if it was a common occurrence: I posted a video which is basically ...

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Mozilla bets big on open Web devices

Mozilla’s pretty big on open source. The existence of a number of its products depends on it. Hardly surprising then, that it’s betting that the open Web will soon be coming to a device near you. The company claims that its goal is to “further the cause of promoting an open, people-centric Web for consumers and developers across all devices and platforms”. Today it announced a couple of partnerships which it claims are critical to achieving this. The first will ...

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300M devices now run Android, 450k apps in Market

No matter what your thoughts on Android might be, you can’t deny that it’s done a pretty good job in a couple of very important metrics when it comes to gauging a mobile OS’ success: getting onto devices and having a big app store. The latest figures, announced at Mobile World Congress today, only underscore how quickly the OS has grown. According to Android founder and Google SVP, Mobile and Digital Content Andy Rubin, there are now some 300-million devices ...

Innovation

Why you should be excited about the single-atom transistor

computer circuit According to Moore's law, which states that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles every two years, the size of our transistors will need to have shrunk to a single atom by 2020. In a massive leap into the future, researchers at the University of New South Wales, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne have created a controllable transistor engineered from a single phosphorus atom. This is not only important for the future ...

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