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Panasonic Licenses exFAT from Microsoft.

Microsoft Corp. has entered into an intellectual property licensing agreement with Panasonic Corp. to provide it with access to Microsoft’s Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology, the latest generation of Microsoft’s file system. This will allow Panasonic to place large files onto flash or other storage.

exFAT is a modern file system improving on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle.

Wal-Mart to move into streaming space?

Could be so with possible purchase of VUDU

Wal-Mart might be looking at expanding their empire into a different direction. Sources are telling us that a deal has been brokered for the retailer to purchase VUDU. With the potential purchase of VUDU, it would place Wal-Mart in the streaming business.

The decision could be a very smart move by the company, who is already one of the largest retailers of DVD and Blu-ray movies.

Space Junk Mess Getting Messier

The already untidy mass of orbital debris that litters low Earth orbit nearly got nastier last month.

A head-on collision was averted between a spent upper stage from a Chinese rocket and the European Space Agency's (ESA) huge Envisat Earth remote-sensing spacecraft.

Space junk tracking information supplied by the U.S. military, as well as confirming German radar data, showed that the two space objects would speed by each other at a nail-biting distance of roughly 160 feet (50 meters).

ESA's Envisat tips the scales at 8 tons, with China's discarded rocket body weighing some 3.8 tons.

Element 112 joins the periodic table

Update: The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has confirmed the name "Copernicium" for element 112 and given it the symbol Cn. The first choice for the chemical symbol, "Cp", apparently had other scientific meanings.

IN THE next few weeks, a new name will appear in the periodic table when the element with atomic number 112 receives a new name - sealing its place in the family of chemical elements.

Apple designates explicit category for iPhone

Apple has reportedly launched an initiative to create an "explicit" category for third-party app developers of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

According to the Cult of Mac, the new category is already available on the iTunesConnect Web site. 

Report: Apple designates "explicit" category for iPhone app storeNevertheless, applications that have been labeled "explicit" have yet to appear in the App Store.

Avoiding a Digital Dark Age

"When I was a boy, I discovered a magnetic reel-to-reel audio tape recorder that my father had used to create “audio letters” to my mother while he was serving in the Vietnam War. To my delight (and his horror), I could listen to many of the old tapes he had made a decade before. Even better, I could make recordings myself and listen to them. However, all of my father’s tapes were decaying to some degree—flaking, stretching and breaking when played. It was clear that these tapes would not last forever, so I copied a few of them to new cassette tapes.

Intel faces reality

Project Offset coming to a machine near you

A little known Intel development team is building a game engine which aims to make reality possible in the virtual world.

Project Offset has been showing off some fairly sexy videos on its bog which show a show a variety of graphics engine experiments. The site has some video footage including the detailed facial expressions of an ogre to a meteor shower blasting through ancient stone pillars.

OK it is not quite movie CGI, but the graphics are being rendered in real time by a dynamic game engine and are pretty damn good.

Apple Explains Sexy App Double Standard

Apple's ban on sexy apps -- more than 5000 apps were removed from the app store over the weekend because they contained "overtly sexual content" -- has been making headlines, mostly because of the selectivity of the removal.

While Apple removed such risqué apps as Strip Simon and Video Strip Poker, apps from big-name companies such as Sports Illustrated and Playboy remain in the App Store -- the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit App is even featured on the front page.

Apple attempted to explain its app double-standard in an interview with the New York Times.

Synology Disk Station DS410j NAS

There are a number of legitimate reasons why NAS devices are becoming so popular in work environments, but because of the costly setup investment, they have remained more of a luxury than a necessity for home users.

More affordable products are finding their way to the market all the time, however you should be wary with some of them. For example, one of the cheapest 4-bay NAS devices available right now is the Promise NS4300N SmartStor at just $290. I made the terrible mistake of purchasing this product because of the attractive price point alone.

Is Spell Check Making Us Stupid?

"Sites like Facebook and Twitter allow us a glimpse into people’s casual bad grammar and spelling habits. Despite having auto-spell checks, bad grammar and poor spelling are so prevalent in these casually-written social areas that most people don’t even notice – or don’t know any better. "

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