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Amazon to add 5,000 videos, television serials for online streaming

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:37pm

The icing on the cake is that the newly-added streaming content would be available for free, to the $79 per year Amazon Prime program holders.
The Seattle-based online store made the announcement on Wednesday.
It would be available in the same video-on-demand format and would be accessible on all devices, including personal computers, tablets, Blu-ray players and Web-media, having the Amazon VOD application installed.

Limited content

“But the selection of free videos offered to Prime subscribers, who pay $79 a year for free two-day shipping, is far narrower than what's available for rent or purchase through Amazon's older program,” informed a technologist.
1,669 ‘Prime Eligible’ movies and 484 serials were listed as newly-added by the Amazon Prime website, which is very limited to its rental content, which includes 34,862 movies and 6,248 television serials.


Discovery to carry humanoid robot to space

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 24 February, 2011 - 11:33pm

The Discovery is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, Feb. 24.
Discovery carrying a robot for the ISS
The Discovery will be carrying a robot called Robonaut 2, to the orbiting lab in the space.
It will also be used as a platform to conduct research, on developing better robots that can help humans in future.
Robonaut 2 or simply R2 is a prototype robot designed to assist humans.
Director of NASA’s Exploration Systems Integration office, John Olson said, “This project exemplifies the promise that a future generation of robots can have both in space and on Earth, not as replacements for humans but as companions that can carry out hey supporting roles.”

Robonaut 2 will be the first humanoid robot in space

Robonaut 2, which resembles a training kit of a boxer, will be the first humanoid robot in space. It is 3 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 330 pounds.


Apple to unveil MacBook Pros on Steve Jobs’ birthday

Submitted by Maralyn45 on 23 February, 2011 - 10:00pm

As per the latest reports, on February 24th, when Apple’s co-founder and CEO celebrates his 56th birthday, Apple will unveil the new MacBook Pros.
As per the company sources, chunks of MacBook Pros cartridges have been consigned to the wholesalers and major Apple stores, to be unwrapped for Chief Executive Officer’s birthday.
The company reports confirmed that Apple has purportedly informed its associates about the advance delivery of the sealed packages of MacBook Pros, prior to its formal announcements.
Under the company’s strict guidelines, if any of the dealers would unwrap or examine the product in advance, its license to sell Apple’s product would be revoked for good.
In the meanwhile, the company’s supplies of other expensive and higher quality notebooks are held back, in expectation of the new launch.