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Per Internet bloccato in Egitto si chiedono $30 milioni a Mubarak

Il blocco di Internet in Egitto costerà caro all’ex-presidente Hosni Mubarak che si è visto recapitare una maxi-multa da ben 30 milioni di dollari che andranno aggiungersi ad altri 60 che colpiranno i responsabili dell’azione di cyber-crimine organizzata nientemeno che dallo Stato prima della deposizione dei vertici. Si tratta di una decisione di epocale importanza, che va a colpire una delle nazioni che (non per prima) aveva individuato nella rete la valvola di sfogo e il principale mezzo di comunicazione del popolo in rivolta. E’ stato creato un pericoloso e decisivo precedente?

L’allora presidente Hosni Mubarak aveva deciso di oscurare la rete cellulare e Internet per evitare la comunicazione via SMS, email e dai social network come Facebook e Twitter soprattutto. Per questo è stato multato dal suo ex-paese per 30 milioni di dollari.
Più pesante la sanzione per l’ex Ministro dell’Interno Habib al-Adly che dovrà pagare 37 milioni di dollari, mentre l’ex Primo Ministro Ahmed Nazif se l’è cavata con 5 milioni di dollari. Gli operatori nazionali e internazionali operanti in Egitto, come Vodafone, tagliarono in modo coatto le comunicazioni.
C’è chi vede in questa decisione il primo passo verso la consegna del premio Nobel per la Pace a Internet (anche grazie alle informazioni rivelate da WikiLeaks) proprio per l’azione nei confronti della rivoluzione del Nord Africa, tuttora in corso.

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Il cellulare Brondi Dual Vogue è un dual sim economico e completo

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Brondi Dual Vogue è il nuovo cellulare dual sim scorrevole che l’azienda italiana presenta per il mercato nostrano a partire dal prossimo Giugno. Esteticamente un po’ pesante nelle linee, il nuovo telefono si fa perdonare con un buon prezzo e una scheda tecnica completa per il range al quale appartiene. In fotogallery possiamo ammirare una serie di immagini di Brondi Dual Vogue nelle due colorazioni disponibili e con la slitta aperta o chiusa. Dopo il salto vi aspetta la scheda tecnica completa di Dual Vogue che sarà venduto a un prezzo di 99 euro nei negozi di elettronica e grandi rivenditori.

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Brondi si è gettata da tempo nel settore dei dual sim, una categoria che stranamente non sembrava garbare molto alle grandi società che solo ora si stanno muovendo: Samsung è stata la prima con la premiata famiglia Duos, poi seguita dalle concorrenti, per ultima Nokia con alcuni Cseries.
Tornando a Brondi Dual Vogue, trattasi di un cellulare con capacità dual sim per la gestione di una doppia utenza, tastiera completa QWERTY scorrevole, pulsanti di selezione rapida sul fronte della scocca, track-pad centrale a sfioramento e sul retro lo specchietto.
La scheda tecnica di Brondi Dual Vogue comprende un display QVGA, fotocamera 3.2 megapixel, Bluetooth, JavaME, lettore musicale mp3 e mp4 e espansione di memoria via microSD. Ecco la pagina dedicata a tutti gli ultimi dual sim presentati in commercio.

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DIY iPad music breakout gives pro-grade stage presence, mixes circuitry with art (video)

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Ion iCade Arcade Cabinet review

The iCade Arcade Cabinet began as an April Fool's joke in 2010, but this golden unicorn of iPad accessories has actually made it to production, showing up at our door last week. iCade creator ThinkGeek partnered with Ion to make this former imaginary gadget a reality, and so far it appears to be a hit, backordered for weeks soon after hitting the online store in April. The $100 cabinet pairs with your iPad or iPad 2 over bluetooth, bringing familiar hardware arcade controls to the Atari's Greatest Hits app, which includes classics like Missile Command (free), and Pong, which you can download from within the free Atari app for $1. The iCade is an awesome addition to your gaming collection, but it won't replace the hours of coin-dropping at your local arcade. Read on to find out why this accessory may become a permanent fixture on our desk.

Design and Assembly

With a footprint roughly as high and wide as two iPads stacked horizontally, the iCade is compact enough to sit comfortably on a tabletop. It's almost more functional as a piece of art than an iPad game controller, but the joystick and eight arcade-style buttons certainly attracted some nostalgic Atari fans when we had it sitting out in the open in the office. The cabinet requires minor assembly -- shipping in five pieces, along with screws and an allen wrench -- but if you can throw together a particle board IKEA EXPEDIT desk you shouldn't have a problem here. The iCade looks remarkably similar to the April Fools mock-up, with an identical joystick and similar false coin slot, though the final version adds six arcade buttons and nixes the single/multi-player buttons on the front.

We were up and running within 15 minutes of opening the box, including assembly, pairing over Bluetooth, and downloading Atari's Greatest Hits, which includes 100 classic Atari games that work with the iCade's Bluetooth controls. Powered by a pair of AA batteries, the controller is completely wireless, though you can feed your dock connector cable through the bottom and out to your own power source, charging your iPad as you spend hours defending the world from a dozen pixelated missiles. We didn't wear down the included batteries down during a couple days of casual use, but you can also add an AC adapter, just in case you find yourself flying through AA's while obliterating Asteroids.

Gaming and Controls

The iCade connects to your iPad over Bluetooth, and the joystick and buttons pull double duty here, representing specific passcode numbers during that rather seamless process. After pairing your iPad, you can wake up your device and get back to gaming whenever you want simply by tapping the joystick or other controls. We launched other portrait-oriented games, but it only appears to work with the Atari app. We also tried pairing with a Nexus S 4G, but that didn't work, likely because Android required the passcode to be entered on the handset, and there isn't one provided with the iCade (and no, none of the default passcodes worked).

Chances are you won't be rocking out to Aerosmith while gaming at home, so you'll definitely notice the audible click each time you tap on a button -- which can be fairly often, depending on the game. There appears to be a gratuitous number of arcade buttons, since you'll only use two to five of the included eight, except when typing in your Bluetooth passcode. The control layout varies slightly depending on the game, but activating pause mode displays a layout on-screen, with the iPad indicating input mapping as you move around the arcade buttons. The joystick also isn't as smooth as seasoned arcade gamers would expect, activating four clearly defined buttons rather than gliding on an axis, but for a $100 gimmick accessory, it'll do just fine.


Keeping in mind that the iCade's creators never expected it to hit a production line, we're impressed at how closely the device mimics ThinkGeek's original design. $100 may be a lot to spend on an iPad accessory (though it's less than the $150 price tag proposed on April 1, 2010), but the arcade cabinet is well-constructed, and simply looks awesome on our desk. It's also the only accessory that we can see hanging on to for decades, long after we think of the iPad 2 as a thick, overweight relic that didn't even include a built-in handset or hoverboard mode.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/31/ion-icade-arcade-cabinet-review/

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Apple brings iWork to iPhone and iPod touch

Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone iPod touch Users

CUPERTINO, California-May 31, 2011-Apple® today announced that its groundbreaking iWork® productivity apps, Keynote®, Pages® and Numbers®, are now available for iPhone® and iPod touch®, as well as iPad®. Created for the Mac® and then completely redesigned for iOS and Apple's revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface, Keynote, Pages and Numbers allow you to create and share stunning presentations, beautifully formatted documents and powerful spreadsheets on the go. iWork apps are available on the App Store™ for $9.99 each to new users and as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers.

"Now you can use Keynote, Pages and Numbers on iPhone and iPod touch to create amazing presentations, documents and spreadsheets right in the palm of your hand," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The incredible Retina display, revolutionary Multi-Touch interface and our powerful software make it easy to create, edit, organize and share all of your documents from iPhone 4 or iPod touch."

Keynote, Pages and Numbers import and export documents from iWork for Mac and Microsoft Office; print wirelessly using AirPrint™; and include beautiful Apple-designed themes and templates. All iWork apps now include improved document management with thumbnail images that let you find your files quickly, organize them and group them into folders using intuitive gestures. From the Tools button in the toolbar, you can easily share any presentation, document or spreadsheet without leaving the app.

Keynote makes it easy to create impressive presentations, complete with animated charts and transitions. You can play your presentation in Full Screen view on the stunning, high-resolution Retina™ display or connect to a projector or HDTV for a large audience. Available separately, the Keynote Remote app allows your iPhone or iPod touch to control a Keynote presentation on any iOS device or Mac.

Pages is the most beautiful word processor ever designed for a mobile device and has everything you need to create amazing documents. Pages takes full advantage of the high-resolution Retina display on iPhone 4 and iPod touch so you can see all the detail and richness of your documents. To make working with text easy on iPhone and iPod touch, Smart Zoom automatically zooms in to follow the cursor while you're editing and zooms back out when you're done.

Numbers uses Multi-Touch gestures and an intelligent keyboard to help you create compelling, great-looking spreadsheets with over 250 easy-to-use functions, flexible tables and eye-catching charts. Just like Pages, Numbers takes advantage of the high-resolution Retina display and Smart Zoom to make working with text and cells on iPhone 4 or iPod touch easy.

Pricing Availability
Keynote, Pages and Numbers are universal apps that run on iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, and iPod touch (3rd 4th generation). Keynote, Pages and Numbers are available from the App Store for $9.99 (US) each for new users, or as a free update for existing iWork for iPad customers. Keynote Remote is sold separately via the App Store for 99 cents (US).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Garmin announces redesigned line of eTrex GPS handhelds with enhanced geocaching

The New eTrex®: Garmin®'s Best Selling GPS Handheld Just Got Better

OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the redesigned and upgraded eTrex® handheld GPS device – evolving from one of the world's most reliable and popular handhelds, with millions sold. This entry level option has been given enhanced ergonomics, an improved interface, paperless geocaching and in certain models, a 65k color screen with expanded mapping capabilities. These new additions - along with up to 25 hours of battery life - make the new eTrex more versatile and user-friendly, while maintaining its storied toughness and durability. The eTrex was announced in preparation for the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, CO, where it will be prominently displayed at the Garmin booth June 3-5.

"The eTrex has been a staple within our handheld GPS lineup for over 10 years and has been a favorite among hikers, hunters and geocachers who want the basics; simple, compact, lightweight and accurate"

"The eTrex has been a staple within our handheld GPS lineup for over 10 years and has been a favorite among hikers, hunters and geocachers who want the basics; simple, compact, lightweight and accurate," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Using our industry leading experience and innovative technology, we designed the new eTrex to stand up against whatever Mother Nature throws at it."

Go Green, Go Paperless: Take this powerful pocket-size GPS device with you on your next geocaching adventure and leave the paper print-outs at home. The new eTrex series supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocache locations and details straight to the unit using its high-speed USB connection. The eTrex stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and those paper print outs! To start paperless geocaching, simply upload the GPX file to your unit and start hunting for caches. Caches can be downloaded from OpenCaching.com, a completely free online community for creating, sharing and finding geocaches around the world.

Save Green: For the budget savvy consumer looking for a basic GPS device, Garmin offers eTrex 10. This basic handheld GPS is armed with a sunlight-readable monochrome display and a worldwide basemap making it easier than ever to know where you are and where you are headed next. eTrex 10 is the perfect device for families looking to get into the growing community of geocaching, yet is robust enough for an avid hunter to mark his or her favorite spots with. To see eTrex in action visit, www.garmin.com/eTrex

See The Way: View a wide array of detailed topographic, marine, and road maps on eTrex 20 and 30, thanks to the enhanced 2.2 inch 65k color, sunlight readable display. Sold separately, those maps include TOPO U.S. 24K to hit the trail, BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water or City Navigator® maps for turn-by-turn routing on roads. Download BaseCamp™ (www.garmin.com/basecamp), a free utility that allows users to plan and manage trips, routes, tracks, and waypoints and transfer them between the computer and eTrex. BaseCamp lets users view both 24K and 100K topo maps in 2D or 3D renderings. Another convenient window depicts the elevation profile currently displayed. And with Track Draw, users can trace a fluid track and get an immediate elevation profile to determine the difficulty of their hike or geocaching adventure.

Stay on Course: eTrex 30 takes all the features mentioned and adds a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you're standing still, without holding it level. Also added is a barometric altimeter which tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude and wireless unit-to-unit data transfer with compatible devices. This top of the line offering within the new eTrex series was designed for the outdoor enthusiasts who want easy access to the most amount of information in small compact product.

The new eTrex devices are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2011. The eTrex 10 and 20 have a suggested retail price of $119.99 and $199.99, respectively. The eTrex 30 has a suggested retail price of $299.99. Additional information about the eTrex series is available at www.garmin.com or www.garmin.blogs.com. Garmin has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' lives, making it a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries.

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Quantum effect transistor is the world’s smallest, hopes to make a big impact

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Cellphones are dangerous/not dangerous: the WHO changes its mind


Lyon, France, May 31, 2011 ‐‐ The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer (1), associated with wireless phone use.


Over the last few years, there has been mounting concern about the possibility of adverse health effects resulting from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by wireless communication devices. The number of mobile phone subscriptions is estimated at 5 billion globally.

From May 24–31 2011, a Working Group of 31 scientists from 14 countries has been meeting at IARC in Lyon, France, to assess the potential carcinogenic hazards from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. These assessments will be published as Volume 102 of the IARC Monographs, which will be the fifth volume in this series to focus on physical agents, after Volume 55 (Solar Radiation), Volume 75 and Volume 78 on ionizing radiation (X‐rays, gamma‐rays, neutrons, radio‐nuclides), and Volume 80 on non‐ionizing radiation (extremely low‐frequency electromagnetic fields).

The IARC Monograph Working Group discussed the possibility that these exposures might induce long‐term health effects, in particular an increased risk for cancer. This has relevance for public health, particularly for users of mobile phones, as the number of users is large and growing, particularly among young adults and children.

The IARC Monograph Working Group discussed and evaluated the available literature on the following exposure categories involving radiofrequency electromagnetic fields:

  • occupational exposures to radar and to microwaves;
  • environmental exposures associated with transmission of signals for radio, television and
    wireless telecommunication; and
  • personal exposures associated with the use of wireless telephones.

International experts shared the complex task of tackling the exposure data, the studies ofcancer in humans, the studies of cancer in experimental animals, and the mechanistic and other relevant data.


The evidence was reviewed critically, and overall evaluated as being limited (2) among users of wireless telephones for glioma and acoustic neuroma, and inadequate (3)to draw conclusions for other types of cancers. The evidence from the occupational and environmental exposures mentioned above was similarly judged inadequate. The Working Group did not quantitate the risk; however, one study of past cell phone use (up to the year 2004), showed a 40% increased risk for gliomas in the highest category of heavy users (reported average: 30 minutes per day over a 10‐year period).


Dr Jonathan Samet (University of Southern California, USA), overall Chairman of the Working Group, indicated that "the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification. The conclusion means that there could be some risk, and therefore we need to keep a close watch for a link between cell phones and cancer risk."

"Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings," said IARC Director Christopher Wild, "it is important that additional research be conducted into the long‐term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands‐free devices or texting."

The Working Group considered hundreds of scientific articles; the complete list will be published in the Monograph. It is noteworthy to mention that several recent in‐press scientific articles(4)resulting from the Interphone study were made available to the working group shortly before it was due to convene, reflecting their acceptance for publication at that time, and were included in the evaluation.

A concise report summarizing the main conclusions of the IARC Working Group and the
evaluations of the carcinogenic hazard from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (including
the use of mobile telephones) will be published in The Lancet Oncology in its July 1 issue, and in a few days online.

(1) 237 913 new cases of brain cancers (all types combined) occurred around the world in 2008 (gliomas represent 2/3 of these). Source: Globocan 2008

(2) 'Limited evidence of carcinogenicity': A positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer for which a causal interpretation is considered by the Working Group to be credible, but chance, bias or confounding could not be ruled out with reasonable confidence.

(3) 'Inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity': The available studies are of insufficient quality, consistency or statistical power to permit a conclusion regarding the presence or absence of a causal association between exposure and cancer, or no data on cancer in humans are available.

(4) a. 'Acoustic neuroma risk in relation to mobile telephone use: results of the INTERPHONE international case‐control study' (the Interphone Study Group, in Cancer Epidemiology, in press)
b. 'Estimation of RF energy absorbed in the brain from mobile phones in the Interphone study' (Cardis et al., Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in press)
c. 'Risk of brain tumours in relation to estimated RF dose from mobile phones – results from five Interphone countries' (Cardis et al., Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in press)
d. 'Location of Gliomas in Relation to Mobile Telephone Use: A Case‐Case and Case‐Specular Analysis' (American Journal of Epidemiology, May 24, 2011. [Epub ahead of print]

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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro and ViewPad 7x hands-on redux (video)

We've already fiddled with ViewSonic's two new tablets at Computex's pre-show event, but we decided to hit the booth earlier today to get a closer look at the ViewPad 10Pro's BlueStacks Android virtualization on Windows 7, as well as the ViewPad 7x's funky UI. Starting off with the bigger slate, you'll see in the above video that the Android implementation isn't as good as it sounds -- ViewSonic says it wants to offer an Android experience "similar" to that of actual Android devices, but alas, we beg to differ with the virtual Android's laggy performance plus its odd bugs. The reps assured us that the final product will be much smoother, but then we were further let down by the fact that Android Market is absent. The reason? It's simply because from ViewSonic's point of view the 10Pro's focus is on Windows 7, so the company decided that it wasn't worth all the hassle to obtain a Google Mobile Services license. To sum it up, this whole Android "feature" is very much just a gimmick, and it doesn't look like running native Android on Oak Trail soon will do much good, either.

On a brighter note, the dual-core ViewPad 7x fared way better than its bloated brother. This world's first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet ran surprisingly smooth, and we were glad to see SPB's contribution here with its Shell 3D Android launcher (which we reviewed with much praise a little while back). We managed to get ViewSonic director Max Liu to give us a brief demo of the 7x after the break, and to be frank, the more we look at it, the more we want it. Here's hoping that this tablet will be priced right.

Oh, and did we mention that ViewSonic had a few real Gouldian finches on the show floor? Check out them birds after the break.

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Pentagon says cyber attacks are acts of war: send us a worm, get a missle in return?

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