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9Dec/11Off

Asus Transformer Prime pre-orders start in UK

If you are looking forward to getting your mitts on a new Asus Transformer Prime tablet and live in the UK, you can get your pre-order in right now. The Transformer Prime is up for pre-order on Clove in the UK. We reviewed the Transformer Prime not long ago and it is a very nice tablet and will be one of the best Android tablets to hit the market.

Clove has two version of the tablet up for pre-order. You can get the 32GB version with the keyboard accessory or the 64GB version with no keyboard accessory. Both of the devices sell for the same price at £459 (£550.80 with the massive honking VAT). The kit with the keyboard is the more appealing to me, that keyboard accessory greatly increases the battery life of the tablet.

The tablet with that keyboard dock is good for 18 hours of battery life, without the dock it still gets 12 hours. The rear camera is an 8MP unit and it can record 1080p video. It has WiFi and runs the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The screen is a 10.1-inch unit with capacitive display. Clove notes that it expects to get the tablets in January.


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Hundreds of NASA moon rock samples are missing or stolen

With every bit of the moon rock and soil samples on Earth having been brought back by NASA missions to the moon they are all considered government property. Like many things that are government owned the samples have been loaned out over the years from the stash of 842 pounds of materials that the Apollo moon missions brought back to Earth over the Apollo years.

A recent survey by the NASA inspector general found that more than 500 different samples are missing or stolen at this point. The audit suggesting more are missing based on a survey of scientists and researchers that have been loaned samples over the years. Apparently, out of the 59 scholars that were loaned samples that bothered to respond, 19% of them could not find their samples.

The audit also found that over the years as researchers that were loaned samples died, retired, or moved, many of the samples were never returned. Only about 70% of those loaned samples responded to the audit request. The audit comes not long after NASA set up a sting that caught an elderly woman who was trying to sell a moon rock sample that her husband had owned.

[via USA Today]


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Hundreds of NASA moon rock samples are missing or stolen is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Motorola scores Apple iPhone/iPad injunction in Germany [Updated]

Motorola Mobility has won a wireless patent case against Apple in Germany this morning, meaning – unless Apple can secure a stay until an appeal can be heard – the iPhone and iPad could be blocked from sale in the country. A Germany court ruled that Apple’s cellularly-enabled devices infringe European Patent 1010336, detailing a “method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system” FOSS Patents reports, and deemed an essential component of the GPRS data standard. Motorola will have to cough up a €100m bond if it wants to chase a sales injunction, however.

That bond – which is designed to cover Apple’s losses should the patent case be subsequently overturned while an injunction was imposed – is considerably less than the €2bn the Cupertino company’s legal team demanded. If Motorola Mobility pushes ahead, Apple is almost certain to request a stay on the injunction while it files an appeal. The original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad WiFi + 3G and iPad 2 WiFi + 3G are all named in Motorola’s case, though the iPhone 4S is also likely to be impacted.

Apple could attempt to modify its products to work around Motorola’s patent, though it’s unclear how feasible such an endeavor might be. Alternatively, under European law, Apple could seek to license the patent; the company has already attempted to license it under FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) terms, but Motorola managed to convince the court that the damages involved should Apple be found to have infringed would exceed FRAND rates. Motorola could agree to a license covering future products, but not applying retrospectively, and insist on damages for Apple’s past infringement.

The general opinion is that Apple will seek to convince an appeals court that Motorola should grant a compulsory FRAND license, with minimal penalties for past actions. There’s no word on when the appeal might be heard.

Update: Motorola has issued the following statement, though it has not confirmed outright whether or not it will be pursuing the injunction:

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling. Today’s decision validates Motorola Mobility’s efforts to enforce its patents against Apple’s infringement. Motorola Mobility has worked hard over the years to build an industry-leading intellectual property portfolio that is respected by the telecommunications industry, and we are proud to leverage this portfolio to create differentiated innovations that enhance the user experience. We will continue to take all necessary steps to protect our intellectual property, as the Company’s patent portfolio and licensing agreements with companies both in the U.S. and around the world are critical to our business. We have been negotiating with Apple and offering them reasonable licensing terms and conditions since 2007, and will continue our efforts to resolve our global patent dispute as soon as practicable” Scott Offer, senior vice president and general counsel of Motorola Mobility


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Texting while driving up 50%, 2 out of 10 admit to it

There is no doubt that anything in the car that can be distracting can lead to accidents and death or serious injury to the driver and others. This is why many cities and states now have a ban on talking while driving without a hands free device. The side effect of the hands free device law in some instances has been an increase in the number of people texting and driving which is possibly more dangerous than driving and talking.

It’s relatively easy for police to see someone talking on a mobile device while driving with no hands free device but if the person keeps the phone out of sight it can be hard to catch them texting. A new study has found that texting and driving has risen 50% and that two out of every ten drivers admit to it. The NHTSA apparently had people watching at intersections for people texting and found 1% of all drivers that came through an intersection were texting.

That seems a small number, but at a busy intersection that 1% can be a lot of people. In the study, 18% of drivers admit to sending texts or emails at the wheel with younger drivers 21 to 24 being the worst offenders. In 2012, 3,092 deaths on the highways around the country were attributed to distracted driving.

[via NewsObserver]


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Texting while driving up 50%, 2 out of 10 admit to it is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Nokia Lumia 710 now shipping

Nokia has begun shipping the Lumia 710, the second of the company’s Windows Phone 7 devices, and the model it hopes will strike a chord among more price-conscious buyers. Announced alongside the Lumia 800 at Nokia World in October, the Lumia 710 is expected to be priced at around €270 pre-taxes and subsidies ($362) and offers a 3.7-inch WVGA ClearBlack display, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, and a 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon processor.

There’s also 512MB of RAM and 8GB of user storage, though no way to augment that as Microsoft still prevents Windows Phone devices from having accessible memory card slots. Nokia will add to WP7.5 Mango with its own apps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music, offering turn-by-turn directions and free streaming music respectively.

Nokia – and Microsoft – is hoping that by leveraging its economy of scale and track-record in developing markets, the Lumia 710 will open up new countries to the Windows Phone experience. So far, relatively standardized components have kept all Windows Phones at pretty much the same pricing tier, which has limited their appeal amid the entry-level and flagship segments.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that T-Mobile USA could pick up the Lumia 710, despite Nokia’s protestations to the contrary. An event believed to see the first Nokia US Windows Phone handset revealed is due later this month.

More on the Nokia Lumia 710 in our full hands-on.

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Nokia Lumia 710 now shipping is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Nissan shows off Nismo Leaf concept

The Nissan Leaf is a full EV that runs only on battery power that has been sold in a few markets around the US for a while now. The car has been one of the more popular full electric vehicles out there despite having had a few issues early on. Nissan has been operating a performance division for a long time that tricks out some Nissan cars for more performance called Nismo.

Nismo has taken the Leaf and hopped it up with cool style in a new concept. The Nismo Leaf concept has style changes with a full body kit, lowered ride height, and LED front lighting. This is the second Nismo concept we have seen in a few months. The last was that awesome Juke with the drive train from the Nissan GTR underneath.

The body kit is said to improve the aerodynamics of the Leaf and provide more down force. The car also gets 18-inch wheels. The drive train is untouched with the same performance and drive range as the standard Leaf. Nissan has also announced that it is taking orders for the normal Leaf in more markets. The new markets include Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.


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Nissan shows off Nismo Leaf concept is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Zite personalized news now comes to the iPhone

Zite is probably the most-used app on my iPad. I love the way it crawls hundreds of thousands of news sites for the stories I am going to find interesting. It's a bit like Pandora for news, and I can give any story a thumbs up or thumbs down while the app constantly tunes the news choices it brings to me.

iPhone owners, your day has come. Zite is now a universal app, and it is terrific. If you signed up for a Zite account on your iPad, your preferred topics will appear on the iPhone version when you log in. If you're a new user, Zite will ask for for subjects you're interested in, and you're good to go.

I've been using an advance build of Zite for a few days and I can say the GUI for the iPhone version uses screen space very well. Stories scale nicely to the iPhone screen, and navigation is obvious from the get-go.

There is one feature that has yet to be added that I think is important. I can't control the order of the topic list, it's just alphabetical. I'd like to re-order that list in a way that makes sense to me, based on my interest in a given category. For an app that is so highly personal, it seems like a big omission.

Beyond that, I think Zite is a must have for news followers. Flipboard is also an app I like, and it has just appeared this week in an iPhone incarnation, Still, the on screen presentation and ease of use of Zite makes it my favorite news discovery app. It's free, and I suggest you download it and see if you agree.

Gallery: Zite for iPhone screenshots

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogZite personalized news now comes to the iPhone originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wait times for build-to-order iMacs improves

AppleInsider, who first reported last week that the wait time for build-to-order iMacs with 2 TB hard drives had leaped to 5 to 7 weeks, came back today with another report saying those times have dropped to 2 to 4 weeks. If you're looking to gift someone with a 2 TB iMac, you probably want to place the order today to hit the low end of the 2-week estimate.

The recent delay has been placed on flooding in Thailand, which affected both hard drive manufacturers and the companies that supply the parts. The shortage is expected to last until the summer of 2012.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogWait times for build-to-order iMacs improves originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logic Pro and Main Stage land on the Mac App Store

It's taken a little while, but Apple's flagship music production software and music performance software have arrived on the Mac App Store, joining Apple's other Mac App Store offerings like iWork, iLife and Final Cut Pro.

Logic Pro 9 and MainStage are now available for download from the Mac App Store at US$199.99 and $29.99 respectively. Apple has discontinued the boxed retail versions of Logic Studio and Logic Express (and apparently Sountrack Pro 3, which came bundled with Logic Studio).

Similar to Apple's Final Cut Pro transition to the Mac App Store, this is a dramatic price cut for Logic Pro 9, which was previously bundled with MainStage, Soundtrack Pro 3, WaveBurner 1.6 and Compressor 3.5 as the boxed Logic Studio for $499.

Logic Pro 9 is available from the Mac App Store now as a 413 MB download. An additional 19 GB of optional content is available via in-app download.

[Via MacRumors]

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogLogic Pro and Main Stage land on the Mac App Store originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Quickly share website addresses to your iPhone with AirLink

Last week, Erica and Victor shared a hack for transferring the URL of an open webpage from your computer to your iPhone via the intermediary of a QR code. It's easy and quick, but as is often the case our astute commenters pointed to a slew of alternative solutions to tackle the same problem.

The suggestions were wide-ranging and clever. There's Ansible, Handoff and MyPhoneDesktop; there's NotesForLater, SendTab and SiteToPhone. All are worth checking out, and depending on how you like your content shared (in an app, in email, with or without push notifications, using a browser extension or via a bookmarklet) you'll find a solid fit. But the one that specifically caught our eye -- and had the most commenter recommendations -- was the AirLink bookmarklet.

AirLink is dead simple to set up and use. Just visit the site to install; you'll get a pair of bookmarklets, one for your desktop browser and one for your device. These bookmarks are 'twinned' to each other permanently, so at any time thereafter all you need to do is activate the bookmarklet (on either side) to send the active URL to your device or to your computer. On your iPhone, you can bookmark the URL or add it to the home screen for instant access. It's free, it's easy and it works great.

The AirLink bidirectional bookmarklet is the work of the young German developer Phillip Schmitt. You can follow the ongoing development of AirLink on the tool's Twitter feed.

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