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USB Wall Socket

These days, the iPhone and other devices that we interact with most are USB friendly and often times, USB dependent. So it’s no wonder some genius decided to develop a wall socket equipped with USB ports. Not only does this wall socket allow you to charge devices using USB, but it also potentially doubles the number of things you can power from a single wall socket. Bonus!

The best part is that this socket retrofit can be installed easily on any existing wall outlet. All you’ve got to do is swap them out. Oh, and no need to worry about the vampire effect. The USB ports will only draw power if something is plugged in.

The USB Wall Socket can be preordered here.





Social:

You Can Now Make Calls from Gmail

Gmail voice and video chat makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer’s microphone and speakers. But until now, this required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, we thought, “wouldn’t it be nice if you could call people directly on their phones?”

Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail.

Calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at our very low rates. We worked hard to make these rates really cheap (see comparison table) with calls to the U.K., France, Germany, China, Japan—and many more countries—for as little as $0.02 per minute.

Dialing a phone number works just like a normal phone. Just click “Call phone” at the top of your chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.

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Mobile:

Dell Debuts Aero, First U.S. Smartphone on AT&T

Dell Inc on Tuesday released its first U.S. smartphone, entering the increasingly crowded market with a 3.5-inch Android device called the Aero that costs about $100 on AT&T network.

The long-anticipated move by the computer manufacturer puts Dell in competition with Apple Inc, the market leader in smartphones, and with a clutch of other phones that use Google Inc’s Android operating system.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said its new smartphone will sell for $99.99 with a 2-year contract from AT&T, or $299.99 without the contract.

Dell said the Aero will be one of the lightest Android smartphones in the United States, and will support Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash software. That sets Dell apart from Apple, which has declined to use Flash on its mobile devices.

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Science:

Sunspot Photo is Most Detailed Ever

A new image taken by NJIT Distinguished Professor Philip R. Goode and the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) team is the most detailed sunspot photo yet. In September, the popular astronomy publication, Ciel et l’Espace will publish more photos of the Sun taken using BBSO’s new adaptive optics system.

Goode said that the images were achieved with the 1.6 m clear aperture, off-axis New Solar Telescope (NST) at BBSO. The telescope has a resolution covering about 50 miles on the Sun’s surface.

In the center is a dark sunspot, that is to say a colder zone, less brilliant than the rest of the solar surface. The temperature is around 3600 ° C. All around, the mosaic of small cells is called granulation (temperature: about 5800 ° C). On an average size of 1000 km, these cells are made of hot gas rising from inside the Sun.

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iTunes U Downloads Top 300 Million

Apple today announced a landmark in it’s school-facing program, iTunes U, which has reached over 300 million downloads. Apple just released this statement:

In just over three years, iTunes® U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs. Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store®. New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe.

Long story short… Apple made even more money. As if millions of iPhone and iPad sales weren’t enough.

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How to Peel a Potato Like a Man

If you know anything about men and being manly, you’ll know that often times there are grunts and power tools involved. Oh, and explosions, beer, beards, and meat. And while men have long been known to grill and barbecue, we’re pretty good at making other things too, like mashed potatoes. Here how any man’s recipe for potato salad starts off.





Science:

What The Locals Ate 10,000 Years Ago

If you had a dinner invitation in Utah’s Escalante Valley almost 10,000 years ago, you would have come just in time to try a new menu item: mush cooked from the flour of milled sage brush seeds.

After five summers of meticulous excavation, Brigham Young University archaeologists are beginning to publish what they’ve learned from the “North Creek Shelter.” It’s the oldest known site occupied by humans in the southern half of Utah and one of only three such archaeological sites state-wide that date so far back in time.

BYU anthropologist Joel Janetski led a group of students that earned a National Science Foundation grant to “get to the bottom” of a site occupied on and off for the past 11,000 years, according to multiple radiocarbon estimates.

“The student excavators worked morning till night in their bare feet,” Janetski said. “They knew it was really important and took their shoes off to avoid contaminating the old dirt with the new.”

In the upcoming issue of the journal Kiva, Janetski and his former students describe the stone tools used to grind sage, salt bush and grass seeds into flour. Because those seeds are so tiny, a single serving would have required quite a bit of seed gathering. But that doesn’t mean whoever inhabited North Creek Shelter had no other choice.

Prior to the appearance of grinding stones, the menu contained duck, beaver and turkey. Sheep became more common later on. And deer was a staple at all levels of the dig.

“Ten thousand years ago, there was a change in the technology with grinding stones appearing for the first time,” Janetski said. “People started to use these tools to process small seeds into flour.”

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Ask or Answer Domain Questions to Enter to Win Premium Die Cut Business Cards

This week only, the DotSauce Q&A Forum community will be hosting a prize drawing for 5 sets of 250 premium quality business cards valued at up to $90 each.

Enter to win a premium business card pack by simply asking or answering any question related to domain names!

This prize giveaway will be available until Friday, August 27th at 5PM EDT. After that time, 5 people will be selected at random to win one of the business card sets detailed below.

These business cards were generously donated by UPrinting, an online printing company that specializes in business and promotional printing services. You can print your domain name or logo design on a suite of different products and promotional materials that can spread your message and bring visitors to your website.

I know many of you have been going non-stop to all manner of domain, marketing and development conferences around the globe. Take advantage of this offer for a chance to re-stock those cards and keep a super-premium stack for your very best clients and prospects.

Here are the exact details of the business cards up for grabs:

  • 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card)
  • Die cutting options available: Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded One-Corner, Half-Circle Side, Circle
  • Paper Type: 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Matte, or High Gloss; 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
  • Color: 4Color Front, Blank Back; 4Color Front, Black Back; 4Color Both Sides
  • Limited to US residents only 18 years old and above

Again, you have until Friday, August 27th at 5PM EDT to join us on the DotSauce Forum and answer or ask a question about domain names. There is no limit on your involvement with the forum, but each person will only be given 1 entry to keep the playing field level.

I look forward to seeing what insight, knowledge or new perspective you can provide to our community! Thank you in advance for your contributions.

This article is from DotSauce Magazine.



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