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RIM Launches BlackBerry App World

Research In Motion on Wednesday launched the much-anticipated BlackBerry App World, an on-device application store for BlackBerry smartphones. RIM is hoping its platform will see the success that Apple has enjoyed with its App Store, with about 800 million applications downloaded since last summer. BlackBerry App World is available to BlackBerry smartphone users in the United States, United...

Space Freezer Packs Some Cool Science (SPACE.com)

SPACE.com - Astronauts no longer need to find fridge space for both drinks and experiments, after a sample-filled freezer on the International Space Station made its return trip to Earth on the shuttle Discovery last week.

Newly hatched chicks pass maths test

Chicks can add and subtract small numbers shortly after hatching and without receiving any formal mathematical trainingChicks can do simple sums soon after they hatch, according to a study by scientists in Italy.Researchers observed what they called "impressive arithmetic" in newly hatched chicks, none of which had been trained or had any previous experience of problem solving.The study is the...

6,000 Rare Dolphins Found in South Asia (LiveScience.com)

LiveScience.com - A huge population of rare dolphins threatened by climate change and fishing nets has been discovered in South Asia. Researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society estimate that nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, marine mammals that are related to orcas or killer whales, were found living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh's Sundarbans mangrove forest and adjacent waters of...

Laptop Maker Invents PC 'Kill Pill'

As wireless carriers begin to subsidize computers that come with wireless Internet access, they're faced with a quandary: What do they do if the buyer stops paying his bills? The company can cut off the computer's wireless access, but the carrier would still be out a couple of hundred dollars. The buyer would be left with a computer that's fully usable except for cellular broadband. LM...

Protect Your Personal Data When Filing Taxes Online

As April 15 approaches and taxpayers scramble to complete their tax returns, it's critical that they take extra care to guard their personal information. Consider what's exposed and vulnerable: your Social Security number, address, name and financial information. "These numbers can be a gold mine for identity thieves," according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. "Your personal...

Beijing Dismisses China Spy Ring Report as Lies

China on Tuesday dismissed a research report outlining an extensive China-based computer spy ring as lies intended to stoke anxiety over Beijing's growing influence in world affairs. In the government's first reaction to the report by Canadian researchers, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the conclusions were symptoms of a "Cold War virus" that causes people overseas to "occasionally be...

Skype Goes Where People Speak Most: Cell Phones

Skype, an Internet calling service, which has more than 400 million users around the world, is aggressively moving into cell phones. The company, based in Luxembourg, plans to announce Tuesday that it will make its free software available immediately for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch and, beginning in May, for various BlackBerry phones, made by Research in Motion. Other companies have...

Panasonic Has Hopes for 3-D Movie Home Gadgets

Panasonic Corp. officials expressed hopes Tuesday that technology for three-dimensional images will allow it to charge more for gadgets that have been plunging in prices. The technology is growing in popularity at movie theaters. The Japanese electronics maker hopes to bring the technology into homes globally with 3-D Blu-ray players and 3-D high-definition TVs by 2010. Rivals Samsung...

Pluses and Minuses of TurboTax and TaxCut

I knew I was doomed about five minutes into this year's tax-prep ordeal. Two different programs -- having been fed nothing more than basic personal info and the contents of a pair of W-2s -- did not agree on the total tax bill for my wife and me. H&R Block's TaxCut Online and Intuit's TurboTax Online should have coughed up identical responses to such a simple input, but instead they were $857...

April Fools' Day 2009 Runs Square into Math

April Fools' Day this year comes with a math puzzle. The fate of the world doesn't rest on this trick, unlike the numerological riddle in the popular apocalypse flick Knowing. But even so, it's no joke. "I like to play with numbers and dates, and I'm always looking for math puzzles," says electrical engineer Aziz Inan of the University of Portland in Oregon. Inan regularly cooks up math...