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May 26, 2009

LOTD for May 26

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 9:06 pm

Sonia Sotomayor was nominated for the Supreme Court. She was long-rumored to be one of the top choices, and the confirmation battle could be interesting…she was definitely not a candidate to pick if Pres. Obama wanted to avoid a confirmation fight:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/26/AR2009052600889.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter

I’ve gone through these “puff” machines in airports before–they blow puffs of air that is supposed to shake loose traces of explosive particles that are on someone’s body. They were deployed at 37 airports at their peak, but after $30 million or so and 5 years in service, they are being phased out now:
http://www.tsa.gov/blog/2009/05/explosive-trace-detection.html

Secret Service spokesperson disputes the memo from the Secret Service that asked for $33 million or faced the threat of a “near-term mission failure.” The Secret Service document says that they need the money to make its communications systems compatible with the White House’s communications system. It would be quite odd for the Secret Service to be currently unable to communicate with the White House, and it is even odder that the Secret Service is denying its own memo:
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=7644369&page=1

Research Center has been established at Georgia Tech for study of methods to improve the recovery of soldiers with serious injuries:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-05/giot-nca052609.php

MicroPlanet’s Smart Grid technology has been successfully deployed in the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe. They found the payback time was less than 2 years, so they are looking to do the entire Kaneohe base and also to use this at bases in Guam next:
Article link

Zero Pollution Motors is looking to bring a car to US roads in less than 2 years that is powered by a combination of compressed air and a small conventional engine. The car would cost less than $20k, gets 100 mpg, and emit only air when you drive less than 35mph. A French startup already has demonstrated a car with this technology:
Article link

Analysis of the future of wind power in the US:
Article link

New Memory material may hold data for one billion years:
Article link

Article about how the stimulus money will give a big boost to the wireless industry, especially for WiFi equipment vendors:
Press release

World’s first commercial 4G/LTE was unveiled in Sweden by Ericsson and TeliaSonera:
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Ericsson-NASDAQ-ERIC-994230.html

Photos and an article about the Android-based HTC Lancaster that is expected to be released by AT&T in August:
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/05/24/htc-lancaster-is-a-qwerty-slider-with-android-for-atandt/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/165451/is_atandt_preparing_a_google_android_offensive.html

Photo and article about the Android-based Motorola Heron, expected to be released later this year for AT&T:
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/05/24/motorolas-android-powered-heron-sawgrass-do/

HTC is planning to release an Android-based phone for the China market, which would be the first legally sold Android-based phone for China. The software has been customized for China Mobile (the world’s largest carrier with 500 million accounts!) and the line of Android-customized phones will be called OPhones:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124325362209451445.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/165470/htc_to_sell_google_android_smartphone_in_china.html

The unsubsidized price for the Palm Pre is $850, which seems to indicate that Sprint is heavily subsidizing the Pre phones for their customers:
http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/05/25/best-buy-lists-unsubsidized-regular-price-for-palm-pre-at-850/

The Palm Pre boost for Sprint might be short-lived because Palm apparently has another smartphone coming out later this year for AT&T:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/24/palm-eos-on-track-for-atandt-release-second-half-of-2009/

RIM is opening a data center in Atlanta and will create 200 high-tech jobs (average salary of $70k, decent for that region) for developers to work on next-generation BlackBerry devices:
http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2009/05/25/story1.html

Netbooks have really been catching on–3 million netbooks were sold during the first half of 2008 and about 10 million were sold during the second half of 2008. This report says that netbooks are catching on with the under-21 market, which could lead to tremendous growth:
http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=177078&

Article about the controversy going on for Microsoft’s pricing strategy for netbook vendors:
http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/microsoft-and-great-netbook-price-fixing-scam-2009-520?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-05-26

Man passed out while driving his truck due to low blood sugar…so his 6-year-old boy moved from the back seat and drove the truck for several blocks until a police officer could run up to the truck and put the gear into park to stop the truck. The boy’s 3-year-old brother was also in the back seat while all this was going on:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30877657/

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