Wasn’t it just last year that RIM (Research In Motion), BlackBerry’s maker, suffered a technical failure that brought the system down for more than ten hours? Well, it happened again yesterday to about 4 million U.S. and Canadian customers, idling thumbs across North America for fewer hours, but with no less pain. In the end, it was a new software installation (an upgrade that was designed to accelerate e-mail processing) that was the culprit in the RIM systems.
Back in the early seventies, NASA sent Mariner 10 to Mercury. It was the last in a series of Mariner missions designed to survey other planets in the solar system. Launched in November 1973, this mission provided new information about Mercury and Venus in the Mariner program’s first dual-planet mission. Beginning in March 1974, Mariner 10′s three flybys past Mercury mapped about half of the planet’s surface, during which time a thin atmosphere and a magnetic field were discovered. More than thirty years later, we went back to Mercury this week, for some better pictures…and it was worth the trip.
While sales of digital music is on the rise, the music industry overall is experiencing a slowdown. Consumers are losing interest in compact discs (when was the last time you bought a CD?) and balking at paying for the digital alternatives (downloading it for free is faster and easier!), the music industry is looking for new allies, including Internet service providers, lawmakers â€” even karaoke bars.
The days of fretting over a low battery may be over. Scientists in Germany are attempting to create a revolutionary new battery for cell phones, laptops, etc. that never needs recharging, turning to a unique source: Argyrodite. Argyrodite is a silver, germanium and sulphur-containing mineral discovered near Freiberg, Germany, in 1885 which may hold the key to virtually limitless energy production.
Check out today’s Daily ‘Toon, by Dan Brown.
Picture this: you’re getting prepped for surgery (it’s minor, nothing to worry about…) and you notice that your surgeon is not scrubbing or checking charts. He’s playing the Nintendo Wii. Your first impulse is to bolt off the table, collect your insurance card and get the heck out of there. But wait. Nintendo’s wildly popular little machine may have yet another use—honing the fine motor skills of surgeons. And it seems to work.
I ran across a site called onetruemedia.com.
It’s fast, easy web-based video editing/sharing. And I kind of love it. Here’s how it works: From the onetruemedia site, you can upload video clips and/or still images and arrange them into a “montage” or short video. Pick music from onetruemedia’s library and, well…that’s about it.
The system automatically adds transitions, lays in the music and creates a final cut for you to view, e-mail to friends or family—or you can order a DVD version of your video production. You can even select a custom “frame” within which your video will play.