From Droid Life: Angry Birds Seasons Updated, It’s Time For The Year Of The Dragon

If you are still on the Angry Birds Seasons train you will be happy to hear that the world’s #1 mobile game has received another update. Rovio has found influence from the Chinese New Year and you will probably being seeing plenty of dragon themed goodies in this edition. Anyone here still loving some Angry Birds? Enjoy. 

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From Ars Technica: Internet wins: SOPA and PIPA both shelved

Just hours after Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced he was delaying a vote on the PROTECT IP Act, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, followed suit and announced he would be delaying consideration of the companion legislation.

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” Smith said. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”

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From Popular Science – New Technology, Science News, The Future Now: Tesla’s Model S Sets a New Standard for Battery-Powered Cars

This is a very welcome news as electric cars lacked one key factor: range. I hope Tesla makes electric vehicles a very welcome category as we need to move away more and more from gasoline powered cars.

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Until now, there hasn’t been an all-electric car fit for road-tripping. But Tesla’s Model S, due out late in 2012, is made for extended drives. Its battery goes up to 300 miles on a charge. Its cabin is spacious enough for seven passengers. And it can get up to cruising speed fast-the Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds.


At 85 kilowatt-hours, the Model S boasts more than triple the battery capacity of the Nissan Leaf. Its thousands of lithium-ion cells use a new electrode chemistry from Panasonic, which could allow them to store more power than other comparably sized cells.


Tesla plans to install proprietary 440-volt charging stations (first along the I-5 Corridor between Los Angeles and San Francisco) built to match up with the Model S’s circuitry. They will provide a full charge in an hour. Standard chargers will require a full night.


To protect the motor, circuitry and battery from heat, channels filled with liquid coolant run through the components. Pumps cycle coolant through a front radiator and a pair of A/C condensers. This helps the motor deliver twice the power of its Roadster predecessor.


To increase the sedan’s range, the designers of the Model S kept its weight low with a body constructed from 97 percent aluminum. They added heavier structural steel only where necessary for safety: in central supports and front-end crash zones.


The Model S’s batteries sit beneath the floor in a large flat pack that spreads the width of the car and about two thirds of its length. This arrangement leaves ample space in the trunk for cargo or two backward-facing jump seats. The main interior holds five adults.

Top Speed:130 mph
Range: 300 miles
Seats: Five adults, two children
Price: $77,400

from Popular Science – New Technology, Science News, The Future Now