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Facebook flips the swtich on its North Carolina data center, cooled with balmy mountain air

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Facebook flips the swtich on its North Carolina data center, cooled with balmy mountain air

Since breaking ground in Western North Carolina some 16 months ago, Facebook has been running at full speed to get its newest data center online. This week, Zuckerberg & Co. flipped the switch. The new facility, located in Forest City, touts the “first major deployment” of the outfit’s Open Compute Project web servers and will be the first “live test” of the OPC’s outdoor air-cooling design. It tends to get pretty warm around those parts and humidity levels are a bit outside of ideal data center conditions. The Carolina facility will mirror the projected power utilization effectiveness (PUE) of FB’s Oregon data center at just a smidge above 1 – somewhere between 1.06 and 1.08 to be exact. In other words, this means the ratio of power used by the structure and the actual power sent to the hardware is almost perfect with minimal energy loss. No matter, it’ll still be using plenty of power. A second identical building is slated to open on the site later this year, but for now, hit the source link for a bit more info on the initial launch.

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iPhone user who sued AT&T receives new settlement offer

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A judge in Southern California last month awarded $850 to an iPhone user who was throttled on AT&T’s network. The plaintiff, Matt Spaccarelli, filed a small claims case against AT&T, arguing that the carrier unfairly slowed speeds on his iPhone 4 despite his unlimited data plan. According to a report from the Associated Press, AT&T is offering Spaccarelli a new settlement, however the company declined to comment on the matter. If Spaccarelli does not want to sit down with the carrier, it will reportedly look into shutting off his service. Earlier this month AT&T amended its data throttling policy for unlimited users, stating that LTE phones will be slowed after a 5GB monthly allowance, while non-LTE devices will be limited to 3GB of full-speed data.

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T-Mobile announces ‘Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale’ for one day only

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

T-Mobile on Tuesday announced an upcoming smartphone sale that will last for one day only. During the carrier’s “Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale” on Saturday, September 24th, each and every one of its smartphones can be had for $99.99 down or less (after a mail-in rebate) along with a T-Mobile Value plan. T-Mobile’s Value plans essentially remove the handset subsidy from T-Mobile’s monthly plan pricing, though this sale reintroduces the subsidy by charging a low up-front “down payment” and then spreading additional payments across 20 months. So for example, customers can purchase the HTC Sensation 4G — one of our favorite Android phones at the moment — for $99.99 down after a $100 mail-in rebate, and then $15 per month for 20 months. The HTC Sensation 4G, HTC myTouch 4G Slide, BlackBerry Bold 9900, Samsung Exhibit 4G, T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, LG G-Slate tablet and the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot are all included in this sale. A two-year service contract is required with each purchase, and Value plan pricing starts at $34.99 for 500 “whenever minutes” with no messaging or data. T-Mobile’s one-day sale is available in T-Mobile retail locations only, and the carrier’s full press release follows below.

T-Mobile Continues to Celebrate Value by Discounting All Smartphones and Tablets During a One-Day, In-Store Special Promotion
On Sept. 24, T-Mobile will hold the “Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale” during which all data- and feature-rich devices can be purchased for $99.99 down or less

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Sept. 20, 2011 — On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, T-Mobile USA, Inc. will continue to celebrate its new Value plans with a one-day promotion allowing consumers to purchase any smartphone, tablet or mobile broadband device on any of the company’s Unlimited Value™ plans with 2GB or higher of full-speed data, on a two-year agreement, for a down payment of $99.99 or less, after mail-in rebate card, at T-Mobile retail locations nationwide.

New and existing customers will be able to purchase T-Mobile’s newest devices, including the HTC Sensation™ 4G, T-Mobile® myTouch® 4G Slide, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™, for a down payment of $99.99 or less, after mail-in rebate card, when paired with any of T-Mobile’s new qualifying Value plans with unlimited data — including the unlimited talk, text and data family plan for $49.99 per month for each of two lines. Every smartphone, tablet and mobile broadband product T-Mobile offers will be included in the promotion and will range in price with a down payment between $0 and $99.99, after a mail-in rebate card, on an Equipment Installment Plan.1

“T-Mobile is committed to making 4G affordable with the latest wireless mobile Internet services and devices that fit within every budget, all on America’s Largest 4G Network,” said John Clelland, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We continue to look for ways to help consumers step up to data. Our one-day, in-store promotion will make it easier for customers to get greater savings by making all of our smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband devices available with minimal cost upfront.”

In July, T-Mobile launched its featured Value plan, with unlimited talk, unlimited text and unlimited data — with 2 GB of high-speed data — for just $49.99 per line for two lines.

The following is a sample list of some of the exceptional devices available through the promotion at participating retail locations nationwide:

Device Net Down Payment (after rebate) Mail-In Rebate Card Monthly Payment
HTC Sensation 4G $99.99 $100.00 $15.00
T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide $79.99 $100.00 $15.00
T-Mobile Sidekick® 4G $49.99 $50.00 $15.00
Samsung Exhibit™ 4G $0.00 $50.00 $10.00
BlackBerry Bold 9900 $99.99 $150.00 $15.00
T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot $0.00 $25.00 $5.00
T-Mobile G-Slate with Google $99.99 $200.00 $10.00

More information about T-Mobile’s new unlimited Value plans and the “Yes, Every Smartphone Is on Sale, Sale” is available at http://deals.t-mobile.com/phone-deals. Phone promotion may not be combined with other offers.

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This $25 Thumb PC Can Actually Run Quake III [Video]

Monday, August 29th, 2011
Raspberry Pi. It’s really an amazing PC. Not only it’s really tiny, can run Quake III and play back Full HD video through HDMI, but it only costs $25 PC! Check out the video demonstrating Quake III at full speed. More »


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Growing Up Geek: Zach Honig

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Growing up in the 80′s, many kids used their Little Tikes easels to sketch their homes, or their families, or a football or two. Mine was littered with pictures of ceiling fans. But not just the ceiling fan mounted above my playroom — no, these fans were upside-down (like a model I saw in New Orleans), daisy-chained (seen at a local arcade), and connected to a gas-powered motor (as I once noticed at an Amish farm). My obsession with ceiling fans, and really any motor-powered gadget, ran deep. At one point, shortly after I took my first steps, I began refusing to eat in restaurants that didn’t have fans. And when a particular establishment was sophisticated enough to have installed that ever-so-necessary exposed air circulator, you better believe that it needed to be running, and at full speed.

My seemingly bizarre obsession with powered devices didn’t stop there. I also had an unlikely fascination with vacuum cleaners. Not with their ability to pick up dirt — I don’t believe I had any interest in what they were actually used for, much to the chagrin of my mother — but with the loud motor that sprung to life when I flipped the power switch, and the uncannily bright headlight that lit the way. Sure, vacuums today feature quiet motors and highly maneuverable ball designs, and even though life was simpler two decades ago, that mesmerizing loud hum, and bright, guiding light would be all it took to get a two-year-old me hooked. But electricity became more than a casual curiosity. My most prized possession was a wood-mounted set of outlets paired with matching switches — one was fixed, and one dimmed. My grandfather helped me build it after one of our weekend trips to the hardware store.

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T-Mobile readying truly unlimited data plan?

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

According to a tip received by TmoNews, the nation’s fourth largest carrier — T-Mobile — is readying a new, unlimited data-plan for launch later this year. The information comes courtesy of a training document, which reads:

Please note that a [sic] an unlimited plan for more than 5GB of monthly data use will launch sometime this year.

Currently, users on T-Mobile’s unlimited, monthly data plan are subject to throttled downlink speeds after 5GB of use; presumably the new plan would up or remove the full-speed quota. The title of said document is “T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot” and it’s purpose is to educate T-Mo reps on how to prevent “third-degree bill-shock.” Nice.

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Flash shown running on the iPhone

Monday, June 14th, 2010

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Listen. We don’t have a whole lot of details to present to you, but what you see above is a still from a YouTube video that is said to be of an iPhone running Flash at full speed. Before anyone starts getting all huffy and cries out “FAAAKE!” so loud that they wake up their grandma, this video wasn’t filmed by some random yahoo. Oh, no (we think). It was filmed by Comex, the man behind the Spirit jailbreak for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Other than that, we know that this hack is said to be”very preliminary.” Obviously we’re dying to know if it works as a standalone app or is able to fully integrated with the mobile version of Safari, but we guess something to look forward to is always nice, right? Hit the jump to check out the video evidence then let us know your thoughts.

[Via Redmond Pie]

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