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T-Mobile Gets Dibs on Google Android

By Newsgroup Usenet August 18th, 2008

500px-android-logosvg.pngT-Mobile will be the first out of the gate this year with a smartphone running off of the Google Android software.

The first Google Android smartphone is going to be offered by T-Mobile, and is being manufactured by HTC.

The phone, though little details have been revealed, is being seen as a major threat to the Apple iPhone.

It is expected to feature a full touch-screen, as well as a five-row keyboard.

T-Mobile plans for the phone to launch in October. Don’t be surprised if the date is moved earlier as it is heavily rumored that both T-Mobile and Google are anxiously expediting the launch.

How capable Usenet access or Newsgroup viewing  is on the Android device is still to be determined



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest August 18th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet August 18th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What year did spamming become an issue on Usenet?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



Scientist One Step Closer to Disappearing

By Newsgroup Usenet August 11th, 2008

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, reporting that they were able to render a three-dimensional object completely invisible for the first time. Previously, scientists could only cloak super thin, 2D object. Harry Potter is not happy right now. It’s going to be way harder to save the wizardry world from certain doom if everybody has got their own invisibility cloak. Jeez, bandwagon jumpers, much?

Here’s what the AP has to say:

People can see objects because they scatter the light that strikes them, reflecting some of it back to the eye. Cloaking uses materials, known as metamaterials, to deflect radar, light or other waves around an object, like water flowing around a smooth rock in a stream.



BlizzCon Tickets Go On Sale Today

By Newsgroup Usenet August 11th, 2008

BlizzConBlizzCon tickets go on sale today. Blizzard Software, makers of such classics as Diablo, Starcraft and World of Warcraft is having there convention in Anaheim, California between October 10th-11th.

Last year, the sold out event allowed attendees a first hand look at Starcraft II.

This year, with Starcraft II in the works for release later this year the expected turn out should be huge.

Tickets will go on sale sometime today and go for $100.00. There will be contests, tournaments and discussion panels at the convention.

Even though tickets have yet to go on sale yet, there are many who have already made travel arrangements to attend the event.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest August 7th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet August 7th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  When was the first mention of Microsoft made on Usenet?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



How Special Are You?

By Newsgroup Usenet August 7th, 2008

Working with multiple US databases of names, you can see how unique your first and last name is to the rest of the country with this free search from HowManyOfMe.com. Around the office here at Newsdemon.com, this started a chatter as some names which we thought would be particularly unique actually have a large list of people with similar names but fewer with those we assumed would be more common.

Give it a shot, see how unique you may really be – http://www.howmanyofme.com/



Star Trek DJ Spock

By Newsgroup Usenet August 1st, 2008

Something fun for Friday, DJ Spock takes the Star Trek Turntables for a spin.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 31st, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 31st, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  Today, we’re going to do an anagram. Decipher the correct word using the following group of letters. First one to respond correctly receives a FREE MONTH of Newsdemon Newsgroups Service.

TNESUE

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



NetZero and Comcast Bow Down to Cuomo

By Newsgroup Usenet July 30th, 2008

Recently, we had commented on how Cuomo had been putting pressure on Comcast to join its other ISPs in complying with its request to remove specific groups from its Usenet groups.

Today, both Comcast and NetZero have agreed to Attorney General Cuomo’s request and attain compliance by the New York state Attorney General’s office.

The agreement has not yet been revealed on how it will be handled by either company. Sprint and and Verizon recently have deleted certain groups where AT&T and Time Warner have alternatively eliminated thousands upon thousands of groups already. All companies have stated that more adjusting will be done down the line.

While news awaits on what excatly Comcast and NetZero will do to comply, it certainly means a step foward in censoring Usenet.

And don’t forget, we’re also offering refugees of all of these ISPs a 15% LIFETIME DISCOUNT to all new subscribers, regardless of which you plan you choose.
At Checkout, simply use the coupon code twarner15 to include this discount for as long as you are a member.



New Harry Potter Trailer Released

By Newsgroup Usenet July 30th, 2008

Today, the new Harry Potter trailer was released. Judging by the trailer Half Blood Prince will kick some serious tail and rightfully so as Dumbledore looks to be even angrier than in the last film.