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The Steve Jobs Era Is Officially Over

No, this is no joke he's actually no longer with us!

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts." ~ Apple’s Board of Directors

Microsoft retires Zune players

"It is official, Microsoft has confirmed that it doesn’t have plans to make any new Zune players. In an announcement on the Zune support site, Redmond said it won’t kill the service so if you by any chance have Zune HD player and live in US or Canada, the music subscription service will remain alive for the time being."

NASA Satellite Falls Back To Earth; Landfall in Canada

"CNET, among many other sources, reports that the declining orbit of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite has declined all the way; the satellite reentered and broke up in Earth's atmosphere last night, though the exact time, and thus location, of the reentry was unknown at the time. CNET quotes NASA's release, which says the satellite "fell back to Earth between 11:23 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 23, and 1:09 a.m. EDT Sept.

Netflix to split into two companies

"It looks as if Netflix had much more up its sleeve when it announced its price increases, causing consumer rebellion. Now, CEO Reed Hastings of Netflix has announced that the company will be splitting into two separate companies. Netflix will continue to focus on offering on demand streaming. A new separate spin-off company that will be called Qwikster will be handling all of the disc rentals.

Proton-based transistor could let machines communicate with living things

"Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things. The study is published online this week in the interdisciplinary journal Nature Communications.

Canada to Rogers Cable: we want fix for game throttling by next week

"Canada's telecommunications regulator appears none too pleased with Rogers Communications explanation for the throttling of game streams over its cable ISP network. The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission wants the company to crank out out a plan for fixing the problem—and by Tuesday, September 27.

Two Chinese crackers call for code of conduct

"Two Chinese crackers have released a code of conduct calling for the rejection of cybertheft. Gong Wei and Wan Tao, released their "Hackers' Self-Discipline Convention" to the Chinese press and posted it onto the world wide wibble. The document is a moral code that outlines appropriate hacking activities. According to the document, hackers should not obtain money through stealing from the public. Hacking groups will also not spread tools that are meant to take income. It also calls for the public's privacy, especially that of children and minors, should be protected.

Gamers Piece Together Retrovirus Enzyme Structure

"Gamers have solved the structure of a retrovirus enzyme whose configuration had stumped scientists for more than a decade. The gamers achieved their discovery by playing Foldit, an online game that allows players to collaborate and compete in predicting the structure of protein molecules. After scientists repeatedly failed to piece together the structure of a protein-cutting enzyme from an AIDS-like virus, they called in the Foldit players.

Battery Storage Could Get a Huge Boost from Seaweed

"Lithium-ion batteries could hold up to 10 times as much energy per cell if silicon anodes were used instead of graphite ones. But manufacturers don't use silicon because such anodes degrade quickly as the battery is charged and discharged. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Clemson University think they might have found the ingredient that will make silicon anodes work—a common binding agent and food additive derived from algae and used in many household products.

Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

"I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during). This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. These instructions came to us via The Chive and we think they are most definitely worth checking out. But here is the most important question: what kind of beer will you use? For this project you are going to need scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can.
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