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  • iPad keyboard case roundup: Logitech Folio vs. Belkin Ultimate vs. ClamCase Pro

    DNP iPad keyboard case roundup Logitech Folio vs Belkin Ultimate vs ClamCase Pro

    Listen, you probably shouldn’t be here. The iPad is a pure and carefully honed machine. If its designers wanted you to use some kind of ludicrous hybrid contraption that fused a tablet with a physical keyboard and doubled the weight, they’d have built one for you. But they didn’t. So go away and don’t come back until you’ve saved enough money to buy a MacBook Air. (Still here? Good, because we’re about to compare three of the latest iPad keyboard cases: the ClamCase Pro, Logitech’s Folio and Belkin’s Ultimate Keyboard, designed to fit 2nd, 3rd and 4th-gen tablets. Read on for more.)

    Gallery: ClamCase Pro

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  • 3D scanning with the Smithsonian's laser cowboys (video)

    DNP 3D scanning with the Smithsonian's laser cowboys video

    “We’re not scanning every object in the collection,” Adam Metallo tells me, offering up the information almost as soon as we set foot in the Smithsonian’s Digitization office. It’s an important piece of information he wants to make sure I have, right off the bat. It seems that, when the story of the department’s 3D-scanning plans first hit the wire, a number of organizations blew the scope of the project out of proportion a bit. And while the team’s project is certainly ambitious, it’s not, you know, crazy. It’s the work of a three-person team, still in its nascent stages, attempting to prove the value of new technologies to a 167-year-old museum affectionately known as “the nation’s attic.”

    In the fall of 2011, Metallo and fellow Smithsonian 3D scanner Vince Rossi (a duo the institute has lovingly deemed its “laser cowboys”) unpacked their equipment in Chile’s Atacama Desert. “They were widening the Pan-American Highway, and in doing so, they uncovered about 40 complete whale specimens,” Rossi explains. “But it might take decades for them to remove the fossils from the rock, so we were able to capture this snapshot of what that looked like in 3D.” The tool of choice for the expedition was a laser arm scanner, which utilizes a process the duo compares to painting an object, moving back and forth across its surface as the device records the relative position of its axes.

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  • ZTE phone for Sprint clears FCC, shows signs it's the Vital

    ZTE phone for Sprint clears FCC with compelling signs as the Vital

    We’re starting to get a pretty clear picture of the smartphones that Sprint has in its pipeline, which include an LG Optimus F3, a new Windows Phone from HTC, the Moto X, the Kyocera Hydro Edge and the Sprint-branded Vital. In a buildup to the debut of the latter, a ZTE-manufactured handset has made its way through the FCC that carries plenty of telltale signs it’s the Vital. First and foremost, this one’s easy to peg as a Sprint smartphone, since it includes requisite CDMA support and compatibility with LTE Band 25. What’s more, while it’s difficult to nail down the handset’s exact dimensions, it’s clear that this one will be in excess of 60mm wide and over 130mm tall — a likely candidate for a 5-inch smartphone. An encouraging sign for Sprint-lovers, if this does indeed turn out to be the Vital, it’ll have a removable battery (and a very healthy 2,500mAh one at that). Sadly, FCC documents also reveal that the handset won’t offer connectivity to GSM / WCDMA networks, which means it’ll be unsuitable for use as a world phone. Nonetheless, the Vital might very well give stock Android fans a reason to cheer, and this FCC approval seemingly brings it one step closer to fruition.

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    Source: FCC

  • US Justice Department clears Softbank acquisition of Sprint

    Justice Department clears Softbank acquisition of Sprint

    Softbank and Sprint have been on pins and needles ever since January, when the US Department of Justice asked the FCC to delay the carriers’ merger as it scrutinized the deal over national security concerns. The two networks can breathe a little easier this weekend, as the DOJ just dropped its request for more time. There’s “no objection” to the acquisition following a review, the agency says. Not that the companies are completely out of the woods: the FCC has to approve the buyout, and there’s still the small matters of Dish’s bids for both Sprint and Clearwire. Softbank may not want to drop its backup plan just yet.

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    Via: Computerworld

    Source: FCC (PDF)

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