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Nokia takes over Symbian OS development

  • Posted on July 23, 2017 at 1:56 am

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

On Monday, Symbian Foundation discontinued Symbian OS, as a result of its lost popularity since Android came to market. The Finnish telecommunications company Nokia, being one of the few hardware manufacturers who use the system on some of the models, announced that it has taken over the operating system’s development.

Nokia had acquired Symbian Foundation in 2008. Now, the foundation refused to continue the project, because this smartphone operating system had lost its popularity when Android came to market. During the next several months, most Symbian Foundation employees, who were completely governing the project previously, will retire. By April 2011, only the licensing team will stay to oversee the project.

The executive director of the Symbian Foundation Tim Holbrow explained the change, saying that “There has since been a seismic change in the mobile market but also more generally in the economy, which has led to a change in focus for some of our funding board members. The result of this is that the current governance structure for the Symbian platform — the foundation — is no longer appropriate.”

Instead, Nokia takes over the development of the system. This is possible because the Symbian OS is currently open source and freely redistributable. In an interview with ZDNet, the head of Nokia smartphone business Jo Harlow said that the takeover was in significant part because Nokia hardware was the major one using the OS. The development environment would be switched to Qt framework for the system to support cross-platform applications use and development. It is unclear whether the licensing of the future releases of the system would remain open-source.

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Nintendo Wii sales decrease in Japan

  • Posted on July 23, 2017 at 1:56 am

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nintendo’s widely popular game system the Wii was hit by a decrease in sales in Japan. Nintendo hopes to regain its sales by releasing a new version of its Wii Sports game in June. The current CEO of Nintendo said in a press conference they will not be slashing prices of their hardware. “If our products are not much different from competitors’, price cuts would generate significant fresh demand. But video games are just not that kind of product.”

As of December 31, 2008 the Wii leads the generation over the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in worldwide sales.

The Wii’s competitor the PlayStation 3 for the first time exceeded sales in 16 months in Japan for the month of March.

The Wii Sports Resort and other new games and software will show up in Japanese stores in June to renew interest in the Wii.

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Main Benefits Of A Magnetic Power Generator Make Free Electricity}

  • Posted on July 22, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Submitted by: Elijiah Rampart

Did you know that you can generate electricity at home for free by making a magnetic power generator?

Did you also know that by doing this you can greatly reduce or eliminate your electrical utility bill?

What you might not know is that making one of these generators is easy to do with materials commonly found at your local hardware store. Having your own generator can save you money on your electrical utility bill. They are safe to operate at home, require little maintenance, and are hardly noticeable while they crank out your free electricity. Here I will discuss some of the main benefits of becoming your own power company by generating electricity at home.

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Money Savings

The biggest benefit of making a magnetic power generator is that it will either greatly reduce, or eliminate, your electric utility bill. How much money you save depends on how big of a system you intent to build. You can choose to build a smaller system where you supplement your daily power needs. These smaller systems cost less to build and they can save you anywhere from 10% to 50% off your monthly bills. Or you can choose to build a system to replace your daily power needs and be completely energy independent.

Reliable, Durable, and Safe

Magnetic power generators are much more reliable than wind or solar power. These generators are self contained and do not need outside resources to operate. Solar power relies on sunlight or it will not make electricity. If you live in an area where it rains a lot or is foggy much of the time then solar will not be a good option for you. And of course, they do not make any power at night! Wind power requires a steady flow of natural wind or the turbines will not rotate. These winds are completely unreliable and unpredictable and you have no idea how much energy a wind turbine will produce where you live.

Finally, magnetic power generators are safe to operate and extremely durable. Solar panels are fragile and can be damaged, and are susceptible to water damage. Wind turbines can be dangerous and are at times unsafe to operate in high wind conditions. Your solar power generator can operate inside your garage, taking up little space, quietly turning out the free amps of electricity for you.

A Healthy Green Lifestyle

An additional added benefit to home magnetic power generators is your contribution to reducing global warming. Fossil fuel energy that emits carbon dioxide gas is a major hazard to our society. By making your own electricity at home you are not only adopting a green lifestyle, but you are significantly reducing your carbon foot print. Sure, car pooling, water conservation, and composting can contribute to this overall effort. But the biggest way to make an impact is to produce clean energy with a magnetic power generator. You will not only be saving money in the process, but you are preserving our planet for future generations to enjoy.

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Make Soy Candles Meet The Wax Manufacturers}

  • Posted on July 19, 2017 at 2:46 am

Make Soy Candles Meet the Wax Manufacturers


Mary Martha Deane

There are numerous waxes that you can use for candlemaking. Of these, soy is one that has arrived relatively recent on the scene. At present, there are a limited number of primary soybean wax producers: This article highlights Natures Gifts International, Inc. and Golden Brands, LLC.

Nature’s Gifts International (NGI)

One supplier of soybean wax is Natures Gifts International (NGI). They incorporated in 1999 and are headquartered in Maryville, Tennessee. Up until 2002, the used the brand name Ecowax. Their current brand name is EcoSoya.

They advertise that their soy waxes are engineered via their trademarked Molecular Blueprinting to control polymorphism. (Polymorphs are solids that have the same chemical makeup but different crystal structure. With regards to lipids, of which wax is one, polymorphism refers to how the lipid molecules line up for example in layers, tubes or blocks. Chocolate is a well known substance with polymorphism. Thats why you have to temper chocolate – to get it to solidify to the structure that provides the best shine and snap. The keyword here is solidify. Even if you do start with solid soy wax that has a particularly consistent crystal structure, it all disappears once the wax is melted. Therefore, I do not see what the benefits are of starting with a wax of a particular morphology.)

NGIs soybean wax and soybean wax blend offerings for container candles are as follows:

EcoSoya CB-XceL; 100% soy; Melting point is 125 F (51.7 C)

ExoSoya CBAdvanced Soy; soy blend; Melting point is 111 F (43.9 C)

EcoSoya CB-135; soy blend; melting point is 122 (50 C)

NGI sells a soyblend for molded candles, EcoSoya PB. It has a melting temperature of 130 F (54.4 C)

Finally, NGI sells a wax formulated specifically for priming wicks. It is called Eco-Wick Wax, and its melting point is 175 F (79.4 C).

Golden Brands, LLC

Another company that is a primary supplier of soybean wax is Golden Brands, LLC. As is stated on their website, this soywax supplier had a fascinating origin.

Golden Brands was established in 1982 by a local group of private investors and their families, each of which are very professional and successful entrepreneurs. With backgrounds ranging from real estate development to founders of several fast foods restaurant chains to engineering and even a professional football star, how could this group be anything but successful? Their common thread is their roots and belief in their Louisville community.

Their primary business is making shortening for the food industry. They began to manufacture soybean wax in 2000.

Golden Brands Product, GW416, is a natural soy tart wax, that is formulated for making tarts or for hardening other waxes. The melting point of GW416 is 130-135 F (54.4 57.2 C)

The rest of Golden Brands soybean waxes and wax blends are formulated for container candles. These waxes and their respective melting points are as follows:

GW402 115-120 F (46.1-48.9 C) pure soy wax

GW415 120-125 F (48.9-51.7 C) pure soy wax

GW464 113-119 F (45.0-48.3 C) soy blend

GW444 119-125 F (48.3-51.7 C) soy blend

GW435 120-125 F (48.9-51.7 C) soy and cotton blend

This article has focused on two of the primary manufacturing companies of soybean wax. There are a variety of other soy wax manufacturing companies who do not do primary manufacturing. That is they do not extract the oil from the soybean. Instead they would start with soybean wax as a raw material to make their own wax blends.

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Oil spill hits Australia’s Sunshine coastline

  • Posted on July 19, 2017 at 2:46 am

Sunday, March 15, 2009

200,000 litres of oil leaked into waters off the coast of Brisbane from the Pacific Adventurer when their fuel tanks were damaged in rough seas on Wednesday. The figure is about ten times higher than the original estimate of twenty thousand litres of oil. The devastating diesel oil spill has spread along 60 kilometres (37 miles) of the Queensland coast. In addition, 31 containers with 620 tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser flew overboard during the violent storm.

Questions are being asked why the Hong Kong cargo ship was out in seas with nine meter waves caused by Cyclone Hamish, a Category 5 tropical cyclone, as well as why the fertiliser containers were not properly secured. One of the overboard containers ruptured the hull of the Pacific Adventurer, causing between 30 to 100 tonnes of oil to spew from the severely damaged ship.

If the ammonium nitrate mixes with the heavy oil, an explosion could occur. None of the containers have been recovered. Some of these may float, but it is believed that they may have sunk which then may cause algal blooms.

Disaster zones have been declared at Bribie and Moreton Islands, and along the Sunshine coast.

The vessel’s owner, Swire Shipping, reported that a second leak began on Friday, when the ship began listing after docking at Hamilton for repairs. “As full soundings of the vessel’s tanks were being taken at the port to determine how much oil had leaked from the vessel, a small quantity of fuel oil escaped from the Pacific Adventurer,” it stated. The ship was brought upright, and a recovery vessel was used to suck up the oil from the water. The leak produced a 500m-long oil slick down the Brisbane River. Booms were placed around this oil spill so that a skimmer could clean up the second spill.

Swire Shipping could face clean up costs of AU$100,000 a day as well as fines up to AU$1.5million (US$977,000; £703,000) if found guilty of environmental breaches or negligence.

Sunshine Coast beaches are slowly starting to be reopened. The beach of Mooloolaba was still closed following reports of burning sensations from swimmers. 12 beaches remain closed; however, 13 have been reopened.

Over 300 state government and council workers are using buckets, rakes and spades in the clean up effort. Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbott says the majority will be gone by Sunday afternoon. The full environmental impact on wildlife is not yet known. One turtle and seven pelicans have been found covered in oil.

There are concerns that the drinking water of Moreton Island is at risk, as the island uses water from the underground water table near the oil spill site.

“Every bucketload of contaminated sand has to be removed from the island by barge, and each bucketload from a front-end loader weighs about one tonne. It’s just an impossible task,” said Mr Trevor Hassard of the Tangalooma Dolphin Education Centre.

The commercial fishing industry has suffered from the incident. Trawlers won’t resume operations until Sunday evening, and any catches will be tested for human consumption.

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Oil leaking container ship might cause environmental catastrophe

  • Posted on July 19, 2017 at 2:46 am

Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, an anti-pollution operation is under way after the stricken ship MSC Napoli started to leak dangerous heavy fuel oil.

The heavy fuel oil that is leaking from the beached Italian ship is extremely dangerous for the environment. Fear of pollution increased after the ship was further damaged during storms last Thursday. MSC Napoli was beached by Devon coastguards after it suffered heavy structual damage in the gale force storms of Thursday, 18 January 2007, that wreaked havoc across Northern Europe. The ship, which contains 160 containers of hazardous chemical substances, is listing at 35 degrees.

The entire 26-man crew was rescued by navy helicopters Thursday after severe gales. Cracks were found on both sides of the ship, but the current oil leak was not expected.

Around 2,400 containers were carried by the 62,000 tonne ship, some of which contain potentially dangerous hazardous chemicals.

The Coastguards have reported that up to 200 of the containers carrying materials such as perfume and battery acid are loose from the ship and they are looking for missing containers. South African stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed on Friday that there was at least 1,000 tonnes of nickel on board MSC Napoli.

A hole in the ship flooded the engine room and there’s now fears that the ship will break up. Saturday MSC Napoli was towed to Portland when a ”structural failure” forced the salvage team to beach it. As the storms have continued MSC Napoli has been further damaged.

The authorities have warned people about the pollution, which already has reached the beaches at Devon, but many want to see it on their own. Police have closed Branscombe Beach as more than 20 containers have broken up scattering their contents along the beach.

Sky News reported Sunday that the costs of the accident might be very high as thousands of pounds worth of BMW motorbikes, car parts, empty oak barrels and perfume might get lost in flooding containers.

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The Benefits Of A Digital Camera}

  • Posted on July 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Submitted by: Wadner Tranchant

A digital camera stores photographic images in digital form by recording images on a electronic image sensor. These cameras come in different forms, but the most common are compact, bridge, DSLR and mirrorless. Compact cameras are mostly basic, they have simplicity and is made for easy use. Bridge cameras have more advanced features, some include super zoom, shutter speed, color balance and ISO settings. DSLR or digital single lens reflex cameras are very versatile, it has large image sensors, a variety of zoom lenses, automatic mode, scene mode and many more advanced settings.

Mirrorless cameras are pretty similar to the DSLR, instead it has a more compact frame.Additionally, digital cameras are incorporated into PDAs, camera phones, laptop computers and even vehicles. Many of these cameras are able to connect directly to a computer to transfer information, others can send pictures as an email attachment. Consumers have many options to choose from when it comes to purchasing a digital camera. Whether they want it small, basic or with the most leading technology, they can be sure it has many advantages that helps make life more memorable.

Owning a digital camera comes with many benefits. The ease of sharing photos and editing are great advantages to have. They are very convenient which allow users to copy their photos onto a computer without having to wait for film development. People can easily edit their own images, share them online, make slide shows and more. They can adjust the lighting, change image types like sepia, fluorescent, black and white and exposure settings all towards their preference. Also, if someone dislikes their photos, they can easily retake them and try again. Many digital cameras take both still photos and video, so there is no need to buy a separate device.

Memory cards are a great asset to a digital camera. A memory card stores data backups like text, pictures, audio and video. They have multiple storage capacities to choose from, they’re less prone to mechanical damage and are completely silent. Additionally, they’re small, light, portable and have a nonvolatile memory, which means that data is stable on the card and wouldn’t be threatened by a loss of power. Having a memory card helps in allowing a digital camera to be at its best and with its assistance the camera is more functional.

Digital cameras are consistently growing with technology. They have many advanced features that people can enjoy, which makes taking pictures a fun experience.They’re in cellphones, laptops and many people prefer them over a more traditional camera. Having a digital camera allows users to have a form of freedom while taking pictures. It allows them to pick exactly what they want in a photo and edit accordingly. Digital cameras have a variety of cameras to choose from, which provides the consumer with a great deal of options.

All digital cameras are not made equal. Some cameras are expensive and others are more affordable. Regardless of their prices they are a great investment. For people who want to capture great vacations, parties, family and friend moments or just life experiences, will not be disappointed. Photography is a form of expression, it makes life more memorable and captures heart warming moments. People should choose the right camera for their lifestyle. However, if they want a small camera for occasional picture taking or a more expensive camera for professional pictures, a digital camera is very beneficial for any circumstance.

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Wikinews Shorts: October 4, 2006

  • Posted on July 17, 2017 at 2:08 am

A compilation of brief news reports forWednesday, October 4, 2006


  • 1 Brisbane Broncos 2006 NRL Premiers
  • 2 Editing Biologists discover new marine life in Indonesia
  • 3 Lenovo Recalls 526,000 ThinkPad Batteries
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October 1, 2006

The Brisbane Broncos have won the 2006 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership, defeating the Melbourne Storm 15-8, in front of almost 80,000 fans. The first all non-NSW final was contested between the first placed Storm, who were favourites to win and the third placed Broncos, almost unbackable at $2.25 at one stage.

Captain Darren Lockyer kicked the field goal which sealed Melbourne’s fate, however it was make-shift hooker Shaun Berrigan who won the Clive Churchill medal for most outstanding player on the field.

September 29, 2006

52 new species of marine life were found off the coast of Papua, Indonesia, one of the most biodiverse locations on Earth. One species found is a shark that appears to walk on its fins.

The area is a home to more than 1,200 known species of fish. The Research Team, Conservation International, is concerned that the life is threatened by fishing using dynamite and cyanide. As of September 26, 11% of the area is being protected by the Indonesian government.

September 29, 2006

IBM/Lenovo has announced the voluntary recall of over 526,000 laptop batteries due to manufacturing defects causing a few batteries to catch fire. The defective batteries were manufactured by Sony. This is the fourth recall due to Sony batteries, with prior recalls by Dell, Apple, and Toshiba. The batteries in this recall are believed to be manufactured between February 2005 though September 2006. This recall comes after an incident in a Los Angeles Airport where an IBM/Lenovo laptop caught fire.

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Intel ends partnership with One Laptop Per Child program

  • Posted on July 16, 2017 at 1:48 am

Friday, January 4, 2008

Microprocessor company Intel Corporation has quit the board of directors for the One Laptop Per Child association (OLPC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide children in developing countries with inexpensive laptops. An Intel spokesman cited a “philosophical impasse” as the reason for the split.

Intel joined the OLPC board in July 2007, agreeing to give financial and technological support to the project. Development began on a new laptop using an Intel processor rather than the current processor made by Advanced Micro Devices, a rival of Intel. A prototype of this machine was expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Les Vegas, Nevada, which begins in a few days.

According to Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy, OLPC had repeatedly asked Intel to abandon its support for the Classmate PC, a similar laptop designed for children in developing countries, and focus entirely on the OLPC program. “At the end of the day, we decided we couldn’t accommodate that request,” Mulloy said.

OLPC President Walter Bender said in an interview that Intel’s resignation will have “no impact” on the program. “We never really got much going with Intel to have an impact,” Bender said. He criticized Intel for a “seemingly half-hearted effort” in developing the new laptops and for using the agreement to make “marketing statements”.

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Virginians melee at used Apple iBook sale

  • Posted on July 16, 2017 at 1:48 am

Thursday, August 18, 2005

“Total chaos” is how many described the melee that resulted from a sale of used Apple iBook laptop computers at the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) by the Henrico County, Virginia school system.

Officials estimated nearly 5,000 people thronged the sale for the $50, four-year-old computers. Among them were 17 injured, four requiring hospitalization – one for a leg injury, and three for heat-related illness, said Henrico County Police. Reports of trampling in the stampede were not uncommon, and one driver reportedly tried to drive through the throng of prospective buyers.

Alice Jemerson, an elderly customer said, “They bum rushed the gates and I was knocked over, fighting for my life. All these people were on top of me.”

Shortly after 7am EST officials opened the gates and many residents ran hysterically toward the building where the sale was to occur at 9am.

At a post sale press conference, Henrico County Police spokesman Lieutenant Doug Perry told reporters, “A few bad apples found their way inside. It looked worse than it was.”

Apple iBooks are the preferred computer for Henrico County schools, and Director of General Services of Henrico County Paul Proto, said changes were made to the event after tremendous interest was generated, some as far away as Europe and California. Officials closed and moved the sale from the Henrico county school warehouse to the RIR, after residents complained that their tax dollars were used to buy the computers, and they ought to have first right to repurchase them. The Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted to amend the County Code so that only residents could purchase the laptop computers.

Although officials had prohibited camping out and overnight parking, some in attendance reported that people began arriving at midnight.

Henrico Police Chief H.W. Stanley, Jr. said five patrol officers were originally planned for the event, a customary presence for an event the size authorities had estimated. But by 6 am, an enormous crowd was assembled at the front gate.

Officials present before opening told the crowd that automobiles would be allowed to enter first, which prompted many to run to their cars. But while some were running back to their cars, others rushed the gate. The resulting confusion created much anger, and guards closed the gates shortly thereafter.

Long lines encircling the sale building were commonplace, and one observer noted, “They’re going to see themselves on the news tonight, and see what fools they are.”

Some citizens, however, considered their wait worthwhile. Hairstylist and mother of two Sheress Blunt was one of the first hundred to buy one of the iBooks; she came with her mother and said they sneaked into the raceway through a side gate.

Tonya Vaughan arrived at 5:30 a.m., also bought one of the first iBooks and said three people offered to buy it from her for as much as $200. She declined however, saying, “I told them no way! I had worked too hard for it.”

Lt. Perry said many officers were complimented on the way they handled the crowd, adding that police were seen letting children who had been pushed aside, into the building.

Mr. Proto said, “There are no plans right now to have another iBook sale.”

Henrico County Battalion Police Chief Steve Wood said no arrests were made and the iBooks were sold out by 1pm EST.

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