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DARPA Robotics Challenge see Robots capable of responding to Disasters

DARPA Robotics Challenge see Robots capable of responding to Disasters

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge Expo at the Fairplex, in Pomona, California, is meant for someday having robots capable of responding to natural and man-made disasters. The winner among the 24 teams will get $3.5 million in prize money.

The robots in the competition are required to push buttons, turn valves, cut through a wall and drive a light utility vehicle. Gill Pratt, who organized the competition for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said that science fiction has so far been the major source of most ideas.

Yellow-Checker-Star cab drivers go on strike in Las Vegas

Yellow-Checker-Star cab drivers go on strike in Las VegasCab drivers working for the second-largest taxicab company in Las Vegas went on a strike on Sunday to protest pay and working conditions in the company.

Paul Bohelski, chief negotiator for the union representing drivers said that the cabdrivers are protesting pay and working conditions at Yellow-Checker-Star Transportation. About 1,400 of the total 1,700 drivers working for the company are members of the Industrial Technical Professional Employees Union Local 4873.

Symantec: Security threats to mobile devices on the rise

Symantec: Security threats to mobile devices on the riseAccording to the recently-released annual Cybercrime Report by Symantec, mobile malware is growing at an alarming pace, and mobile security threats are apparently on the rise; thanks largely to the fact that more and more PC users are now shifting to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Samsung releases upgradeable Televisions

Samsung releases upgradeable TelevisionsSouth Korean electrics giant, Samsung has released a new smart, internet-connected television that can be upgraded when new hardware is released by the company every year.

The new ES8000 model will come with a slot that will allow the company to release new additions to add processing power or new features to the device. The new unit will attract customers who are concerned out expensive TV sets becoming outdates too soon. The launch of the new Television is aimed at enabling Samsung to remain as the world's best-selling TV maker.

LG, Samsung to showcase OLED TVs at CES

LG, Samsung to showcase OLED TVs at CESSouth Korean giants, LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics are both planning to showcase their own organic light-emitting diodes, or OLED televisions separately at the upcoming the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

LG will showcase a 55-inch set based on OLED while its rival Samsung will display a yet to be ready product at the show. Samsung has not announced anything officially and has only said that its CES related announcements will come on 9 January, a day before th beginning of the event.

Federal Agents Place 22 Accused Under Arrest in US Bribery Investigation

Federal agents recently arrested and charged some two dozen people in a sting operation investigation which was aimed at targeting the alleged bribery of foreign officials. The arrests were made at a trade gathering of arms-sector executive which recently happened in Las Vegas.

In order to undertake the operation, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation posed as representatives of a Senior Government Minister from an African country. The agent then proposed a scheme under the terms of which executives and employees from various companies would be paying 20% in "commissions" with the aim to win businesses. All details have been shared by the Justice Department.

HP PCs Worldwide to have Microsoft’s Bing as the Default Search Engine

HP, MicrosoftThe Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will see Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announcing some minor pieces of news during his keynote this evening.

The foremost being that now HP PCs worldwide will have Microsoft's Bing search engine as the default search engine; where initially it was only restricted to HP PCs in the U. S. and Canada.

Apart from this, Microsoft's MSN will also be the default home page on HP PCs.

With the help of Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV platform, users are able to stream content not only on their TV but also on their PCs and phones.

Greenpeace gives good grades to Apple, Nokia, Sony-Ericsson

Las Vegas, Jan 8 - From sinner to saviour: After years of heat from Greenpeace about its environmental record, Apple has become the example par excellence in the eyes of the ecology group after it studied the issue.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Thursday, Greenpeace heaped praise not only on Apple but also cell-phone makers Nokia and Sony Ericsson for their products and information technology guidelines.

At the bottom of the list in the Greenpeace study were Samsung, Dell, Lenovo and LG Eletronics.

Greenpeace is pushing for manufacturers of computers and electronic entertainment systems to renounce the use of dangerous chemical substances like PVC and poisonous flame retardants.

Phenomenal Pacquiao destroys Hatton in second-round knockout

Phenomenal Pacquiao destroys Hatton in second-round knockout Las Vegas - Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao demolished Briton Ricky Hatton with a stunning second-round knockout in their junior-welterweight title bout in Nevada Saturday night.

Cementing his claim as the world's best boxer pound-for-pound, perhaps of all time, Pacquiao shocked the hard-driving Hatton with a sweeping right hook that dropped him to the canvas in the first round.

Struggling market of Las Vegas gets a sigh of relief

Struggling market of Las Vegas gets a sigh of reliefNow the struggling development market of Las Vegas can relax since co-developers MGM Mirage and Dubai World have buried the hatchet over the massive CityCenter mixed-use project there.

It seems now that the $8.5 billion development might be on its way to completion as the developers have nodded their heads in yes for a deal with lenders for the financing of the remainder of construction.

Snoop Dogg To Become First Living Rap Icon To Be Waxed At ‘Tussauds’

Snoop Dogg To Become First Living Rap Icon To Be Waxed At ‘Tussauds’Rapper Snoop Dogg has added another feather to his cap.

Snoop will become the first living rap icon to be ‘waxed’ at the famous Madame Tussauds Museum in Las Vegas.

“Fa shizzle dizzle I said yes when asked,” Snoop told media persons adding, "I'm honored! The D O double G got a double."

The twelve time Grammy nominated rapper said, “It’s real to be immortalized (in wax) in the ranks with President Barack Obama.”

TRENDnet 450Mbps Wireless N Router to be unveiled at CES

TRENDnet 450Mbps Wireless N Router to be unveiled at CES The CES 2009 will see the demonstration of 450Mbps Wireless N Router TEW-773GR by TRENDnet, which the company is really excited for and claims that it will provide extraordinary performance.

Dual-screen notebook launched by Lenovo

Dual-screen notebook launched by LenovoAs a latest step towards technological innovation, Lenovo Group wants to make an individual stand for itself. The company has released what according to it is the first dual-screen notebook computer.

Lenovo, the world’s No. 4 personal computer maker is launching this new laptop this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

It should be noted here that the demands for the notebooks have continued to show strength even when the overall PC demand has been hurt by the global economic slowdown.

Freescale chip aims at 1GHz, sub-$200 Netbook

Freescale chip aims at 1GHz, sub-$200 Netbook New silicon for Netbooks is expected to be launched by Freescale Semiconductor at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas which it believes will come in below $200. 

According to to Freescale, formerly Motorola's chipmaking arm, “The ARM chip architecture-based i.MX51 processor is designed to enable low-power, gigahertz performance netbooks at sub-$200 price points.”

Lenovo reveals latest Y series IdeaPad laptops

Lenovo reveals latest Y series IdeaPad laptopsSignaling the first flourish of laptop announcements for this week's Consumer Electronics show, Lenovo, having pooled its resources in the quest of thinner and lighter laptops, announced some new models of IdeaPad, aimed at strengthening its consumer line.

O.J. Simpson gets prison term for robbery

O.J. Simpson gets prison term for robberyLAS VEGAS, Dec. 5  -- O. J. Simpson was sentenced to at least nine years in a Nevada prison Friday for holding up two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel.

The 61-year-old former football star apologized tearfully, telling a judge he did not realize he was doing anything illegal, the Las Vegas Sun reported. He has consistently said that he was trying to recover his own property.

Reid challenger indicted in Nevada

Reid challenger indicted in NevadaLAS VEGAS, Dec. 3  -- A Republican seeking to unseat U. S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has been indicted by a state grand jury, officials said.

Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, the first Republican to announce he was mounting a challenge of Reid and considered a viable candidate, was indicted on four counts of misappropriation and falsification of public records, The Hill reported Wednesday. He is accused of committing the crimes while he was state treasurer.

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Faces Criminal Charges In Las Vegas

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Faces Criminal Charges In Las Vegas According to a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday in Las Vegas' Justice Court, hip hop moghul - Marion 'Suge' Knight, who was allegedly found beating his girlfriend off a busy thoroughfare, has been charged with two counts of felony drug possession and one count of misdemeanor battery.

Smart Fortwo hits cult status as Batmobile

Smart Fortwo hits cult status as BatmobileLas Vegas  - At least Batman doesn't have to worry about getting a parking space now.

A specialty auto fitter gave a Smart Fortwo a kind of celebrity makeover at a Las Vegas trade show earlier this month, transforming the subcompact car into a mini-Batmobile, complete with a black airbrush paint job and tailfins.

Designer George Barris, renowned for creating the original Batmobile in the 1960s superhero television series, teamed up with the Californian specialist firm Vertical Doors to build the Batsmart.

Here’s why Las Vegas is the ‘suicide capital’ of the world

Washington, Nov 12 : Las Vegas seems to bring out people''s desire to kill themselves, according to a new study.

Matt Wray from Temple University in Philadelphia and colleagues from Harvard University in Boston analyzed the patterns of suicide in Las Vegas over a 30-year period.

The study found that the Sin City residents face a suicide risk significantly higher than residents elsewhere in the United States; people who die while visiting Las Vegas are twice as likely to die by suicide than people who visit elsewhere; and visitors to Las Vegas face an even higher suicide risk than residents of Las Vegas.

According to Wray, one noteworthy finding is that if person lives in Las Vegas, but travel away from home, the risk for suicide decreases.

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