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Nokia Receives $1.35B Grant To Develop Graphene Tech

silverpig Re:Wrong, wrong and wrong. (79 comments)

Yep it seems you are correct. I came across the post via my twitter feed, which led me to the THG article as the source. It seems THG got their info from Nokia, and while Nokia mentioned they were part of a consortium that won the grant, THG wrote it up as Nokia being the winner. I'll see if I can get /. to update the article.

about 2 years ago
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Yes, PlayBook Does Get BlackBerry 10 Update

silverpig Re:and ars says (90 comments)

But most users are just going to apply an instagram or hipstamatic filter (or use BB's filters). Besides, this is something they can change with an OTA update. If the feedback comes in that people really want an auto-sharpened image, BB can make that mod quite quickly.

about 2 years ago
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Faulty Cable To Blame For Superluminal Neutrino Results

silverpig Should have called tech support (414 comments)

Even the off-shored level1 tech support guy could have figured it out by reading step 2 of his manual.

about 2 years ago
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Playbook OS 2.0 Released

silverpig Re:Good app recommendations? (90 comments)

There are a few good ones, and apparently 6600 android devs just signed up to develop for the playbook. it'll improve.

about 2 years ago
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Playbook OS 2.0 Released

silverpig Good app recommendations? (90 comments)

I got the Playbook yesterday and love it already. Bridge works great and the UI is very well thought out. There are some features that even to the iPad. When you type in a password field, the keyboard adds a number row to the top for example. That being said what are some good apps? I am using Lemma for my twitter client. Any other little gems?

about 2 years ago
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Predicting Life 100 Years From Now

silverpig Re:We'll go nowhere at this rate. (552 comments)

You should listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson's interview on the Nerdist podcast. He disagrees with you. Ventures like the first space elevator will never be funded by profit-seeking people because the risks are too high. Columbus was funded by ... the government The moon landing was funded by ... the government It was research for research's sake. To see if we could do it, and then to figure out what to do with it once we did it (still haven't come up with an answer for the moon on that one). The private sector may build the 2nd space elevator, and the 2nd orbiting space base from the space elevator, but not the 1st.

more than 2 years ago
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Groupon Not Doing So Well On Wall Street

silverpig I can see the Onion headline now (140 comments)

Groupon CEO regrets selling stock via groupons "I had no idea that selling something for 1/4 its normal price was such a shitty idea. Who in their right mind would ever use this to sell anything?"

about 3 years ago
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Getting Closer To Using Graphene For Electronics

silverpig Re:Not according to IBM (35 comments)

Oh also, they say they want to make transistors which use quantum interference to shut them off, not an electric field effect. In this case you don't need a band gap in the same way. You make a ballistic device (on), and then you apply some potential to the edges to mess up the quantum states so they interfere and the thing insulates. "This means that the way we will be doing graphene electronics will be different," he explained. "We will not be following the model of using standard field-effect transistors (FETs), but will pursue devices that use ballistic conductors and quantum interference. We are headed straight into using the electron wave effects in graphene."

more than 2 years ago
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Getting Closer To Using Graphene For Electronics

silverpig Re:Not according to IBM (35 comments)

From the link: "there is an important distinction between the graphene transistors that we demonstrated and the transistors used in a CPU. Unlike silicon, graphene does not have an energy gap, and therefore, graphene cannot be "switched off," resulting in a small on/off ratio." One of the issues with graphene is it doesn't have a band gap. You can create one if you can successfully dope it (unlikely), or if you can put it into a very narrow by relatively long shape (say 2 nm wide by 50 nm long). Once you have a band gap, you can turn it off completely.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

silverpig Re:Gave up hope long ago (748 comments)

I don't think T-Mobile had much choice in the matter did they? Didn't they have to go with AWS because all the regular 3G spectrum was already spoken for? I wonder what this will mean for the future of the AWS band and its phones. A lot of smaller carriers around the world were only able to get AWS spectrum and as a result are very limited in their phone selection (no iPhones for example). Either this is viewed as the death of a 34 million subscriber AWS network, thus killing any hope for an AWS iPhone, or it is viewed as the creation of a 130 million subscriber AWS network, increasing the likelihood of seeing AWS versions of more phones. It depends on AT&T's strategy and whether or not they push for AWS devices and use the network to offload current congestion or not. http://www.wifitalk.ca/uncategorized/att-acquires-t-mobile-usa/

more than 3 years ago
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Graphene Nobel Prize Committee Criticized For Inaccuracies

silverpig Re:Incorrect/Misleading Layman's Summary (63 comments)

Ah. I haven't kept up with the progress in the past several months. I just was impressed with the Cu CVD method out of Korea and they mentioned a lower solubility in Cu than in Ni which resulted in fewer C layers upon cooling. That was just in a preprint though.

more than 3 years ago
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Graphene Nobel Prize Committee Criticized For Inaccuracies

silverpig Re:Incorrect/Misleading Layman's Summary (63 comments)

This post is correct. I worked with exfoliated graphene (although we used a different type of tape to nitpick) and it had excellent electronic properties. The SiC method produced graphene-like material, but it was, until recently, not very certain that it was in fact graphene due to such strong bonding from the substrate layers. The carbon/copper solute -> freezing / CVD method looks promising.

more than 4 years ago
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Official Google Voice App Approved For iOS

silverpig Re:Canada? (147 comments)

Ah, I seem to remember that change being made.

more than 4 years ago
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Official Google Voice App Approved For iOS

silverpig Re:Now, if only iPod Touch support... (147 comments)

Absolutely nothing. This can easily be done with Skype, Fring, Truphone, Bria... There are many options. This is what the comment referred to.

more than 4 years ago
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Official Google Voice App Approved For iOS

silverpig Re:Canada? (147 comments)

You can kind of get google voice in Canada with a workaround. It's not pretty and not exactly perfectly usable, but it can be done. The free text messaging is nice, and free long distance is okay if you don't care about receiving calls to a US number. You can also get the app in Canada quite easily with a very simple workaround.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Reportedly Heading Off iPhone 'Glassgate'

silverpig Re:ok seriously (255 comments)

glass-mageddon?

more than 4 years ago
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Nicholas Sze of Yahoo Finds Two-Quadrillionth Digit of Pi

silverpig In binary? (299 comments)

Geez, even I could have gotten it right half the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

silverpig They're KINDA right (1027 comments)

The Earth is pretty much at the center of the observable universe...

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Set To Launch Solar NanoSail Into Space

silverpig Re:Screw the solar (104 comments)

Except it doesn't work when you get far away from the sun...

more than 4 years ago

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Nokia receives $1.35B grant to develop graphene tech

silverpig silverpig writes  |  about 2 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "It now appears that graphene has reached a point worthy of serious, direct industrial attention. The grant money itself comes from the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), but that the work will be done by a large non-governmental company with eyes on developing useful real-world applications is encouraging. Smartphones contain many components with high potential for actually making use of graphene — screens, batteries, ICs.

I'm no expert, but I hope that the funding model will ensure the developments remain in the public domain.

"Nokia is leading the electronic firms within the Graphene Flagship Consortium, which includes 73 other companies and academic institutions from a number of mediums. The Finnish handset manufacturer has received a grant of $1.35 billion to research and develop graphene for practical applications, with the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) providing the grant itself.""

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Russia's VimpelCom Buys Wind Mobile in Canada

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 3 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "Wind Mobile's CEO and Chairman Tony Lacavera announced on the wind mobile site that VimpelCom has decided to purchase Wind Telecom for $6 billion. The deal should go through by the middle of this year and may give Canadians cheaper international and roaming rates, as well as giving Wind some extra leverage with its suppliers and handset manufacturers.

The deal is particularly interesting as Wind is one fo the new entrants into the Canadian wireless operator industry and has had to deal with issues regarding Canada's foreign ownership rules. Expect a lot of scrutiny from the CRTC, Bell, Telus, and Rogers."

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High-Bandwith Users are Just Early Adopters

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 3 years ago

silverpig writes "Cisco has released a whitepaper on mobile data usage which has some interesting data in it. The top 1% of users consume 20% of the bandwidth, but that share is down from 30% previously. "Regular" users are catching up as they watch more video. High-bandwidth users of today will be relatively average users by 2015, so network operators should look to those users for insight in designing their future networks."
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gmail Voice Extended Throughout 2011

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 3 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "Google has extended the ability of gmail users to call standard phone numbers through their web browser through 2011. It also allows users with a google voice account to make and receive standard phone calls through the browser as well.

Do people still actually use this? I know it got a lot of use in the first few weeks of its existence, but it wasn't always reliable, with dropped calls and skipping audio."

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Official Google Voice App Approved for iOS

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "Apple has finally approved the official Google Voice app for iOS. After 16 months of being in app-review limbo, the app is finally here, but only for users in the US, and not for iPod Touch users. An interesting use for the app would be to use it as a dialing front end on an iPod touch in concert with a VOIP service, but it seems like this isn't an option for now.

It seems like non-US users can get the app if they have a US iTunes account. You can create a US iTunes account without a credit card by following this Apple article."

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First Google Voice App Hits the App Store

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "The first Google Voice app has hit the app store, and it’s called GV Connect. Providing a front end to the Google Voice service, GV Connect allows users of devices running Apple iOS platform to have a native app with which to interact with Google Voice.

What will be interesting to note is the order that these apps are approved in. I know Sean Kovacs was first out with GV Mobile back before Apple banned Google Voice, and while he is in the approval pipeline, this other app has some first mover advantage. I wonder what it means when Google gets their app officially approved as surely it'll be free."

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Skype Disappears From the App Store

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "The Skype app has mysteriously disappeared from the App Store. For some reason, Skype is no longer available for Apple devices, even though the Skype website still has a page for it. One might think that this is just a temporary glitch, but it doesn't just affect the US version of the App Store, as it has disappeared from at least the Canadian App Store as well. Is it really just a glitch? Is it coming back? Did Apple pull it intentionally?"
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Skype App Updated: 3G Calling on the iPhone Enable

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "Skype has just announced that an updated version of its iPhone app has been released to the app store and now allows calling over 3G.

While this functionality has been available on the iPhone since a January update to the SDK, and while other apps such as Fring have enabled 3G VOIP calling through their apps, Skype has been noticeably absent from the VOIP over 3G landscape. Until today.

Included in the app update are some UI tweaks and a call quality indicator to help you predict what your VOIP over 3G call quality will be like.

Most interesting in the announcement is the suggestion that while skype-to-skype over 3G will be free for 2010, skype is investigating pricing options and may charge for it in 2011. This could lead to smartphones being sold with data only + skype plans."

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Mobilicity Launches in Canada

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "It's not every day that a new cellular company opens its doors. The latest new entrant into the Canadian consumer wireless industry announced its launch plans today and will open its doors tomorrow. Following in the footsteps of Wind Mobile, Mobilicity (formerly DAVE wireless) is the second new entrant into the oligopoly of Canadian wireless companies. Limited initially to the Toronto area, they will expand to other major Canadian cities later this year. Key features include an "all you can eat" plan consisting of unlimited everything for $65 a month, and a pay-as-you-go account called "My Wallet" which will be used for pay-per-use services.

The "My Wallet" feature seems great as it looks like pay-per-use will ONLY come out of "My Wallet" and will never appear on your monthly bill. Thus, if you go out of your service area and start racking up huge roaming fees, you'll be cut off once the balance is gone and you won't be stuck with a nasty surprise come the end of the month."

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VOIP Over 3G Apps Working on iPhone

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "Yesterday marked the announcement of the Apple iPad device, and with it came a new version of the SDK. In this new version, Apple has lifted the voip over 3G restrictions that limited VOIP traffic to wifi only.

This morning, Fring announced that it's iPhone app is 3G capable starting immediately. No update is needed as apparently the app had 3G capability all along, but a server side block prevented its use.

Furthermore, apparently a 3G capable version of skype has been ready for some time now, and has been waiting for this restriction to be lifted."

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Gizmo5 Incorporated Into Google Voice

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

silverpig (814884) writes "Calls through google voice to Canada have been free since August, but some users have noticed recently being charged. The $0.02 per minute rate is the same as what Gizmo5 charged for calls to Canada. Gizmo5 was a VOIP company which was acquired by google in November and it now seems that calls to Canada may be going through Gizmo5, evidence of the incorporation of google voice's VOIP abilities with Gizmo5's PSTN connectivity abilities."
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Street View Comes to Canada

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

silverpig writes "After resolving privacy issues required by the Government of Canada, Google has launched its street view in Canada. Currently limited only to the Greater Toronto area and the Greater Vancouver area (extending north to Whistler and east to Chilliwack), street view images have had licence plates and faces blurred to protect individuals' privacy."
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Skype Breaks Away From eBay - Independent Again

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

silverpig writes "Skype, a formerly independent company acquired by eBay in September 2005 for $2.6b from the Skype Group founded by Niklas Zennström Janus Friis, has been largely acquired by a group of venture capital funds who now own 65% of Skype, leaving eBay with a 35% stake. "Today, Skype begins a new chapter. We're spinning off from eBay to become an independent company once again.""
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Google Voice invites to be sent out today

silverpig silverpig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

silverpig writes "The Google Voice twitter feed has just announced that Google Voice invites for people on the waiting list will start going out today. Included in the tweet is a link to a today show interview. They seemed to open the service up quite quickly after just grabbing a million phone numbers last Friday Anyone got an invite yet? Any word on non-US numbers being available?"
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