According To WHO Report, Cell Phones May Be “Possibly Carcinogenic”

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has published what may be a game-changer combined with some fear about the doubt of cell phone usage and it possibly being linked to cancer risks. According to WHO, “radio frequency electromagnetic fields” are “possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.” Moreover, 31 scientists from 14 countries from May 24th through May 31st, 2011 came together to evaluate and conduct the studies. Also: “Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones,” IARC Director Chrisopher Wild said. “Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands-free devices or texting.”

The full report is available at the source link as a PDF, and another news story coming from The Washington Post.


Notch Releases Minecraft Beta 1.6.6, Teases Adventure Mode

If you ask Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, genius creator of Minecraft, then he’ll probably tell you Minecraft 1.6 was one of the biggest updates and worst to maintain in the history of the game. After 6 different patches, Minecraft Beta 1.6.6 is here and is easily acquired: Just start up Minecraft Beta and it will auto-update. Notch also mentioned that this will be the last update until 1.7 (unless something goes wrong), which is a good thing.

It also seems Notch is getting the long-awaited Adventure mode to debut in version 1.7 — Adventure is a game mode where you complete a series of puzzles or challenges in the Minecraft world without the ability to break blocks (unless you are told to) and materials of any sort are provided (if needed). It sort of makes the game more straightforward rather than the current Survival mode, which forces you to use your surrounding environment to survive, defeat mobs, build mega-structures and invent.

The full changelist of bug fixes and new features is at the source link. Via: The Word Of Notch

Apple Confirms iCloud, iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion, And Steve Jobs At The Grand WWDC 2011

It’s going to be crazy and amazing. In a short press release, seen below, Apple confirmed iCloud as their “upcoming cloud services offering”. Also mentioned is iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, the latter being the only software that has been demoed to the press and played with by developers. Also is the appearance of Steve Jobs, perhaps meaning that his health is in a better state. Who can’t wait for the World Wide Developers Conference 2011? This guy. And I’ll be covering everything that comes out of there on the morning of Monday, June 6th. Should be interesting.

LG Has Raised The Price Of Its G2X Because Of Inventory Constraints?!

T-Mobile may have just done the unthinkable (or at least to me) — changing the price of the LG G2X to $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, which is $50 more than the previous price of $200 due to “inventory constraints”. Now hopefully the price will be reversed right back to its original pricing after the inventory issue is resolved, but T-Mobile hasn’t mentioned anything about that. Via: TmoNews

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Now At BestBuy’s Site With “Coming Soon” On It

This is just a short news quip: The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now at BestBuy’s site with a “Coming Soon” label on it. That is all, really.

Besides the fact that BestBuy will obviously be selling the new Tab, they listed those sweet specs: 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 10.1″ widescreen (1280 x 800) display, a 2MP front-facing camera; 3MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, Android Honeycomb 3.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, has a 7,000 mAh battery,  is .34″ thin and weighs 1.25lbs, and will come in either metallic grey or pure white in 16GB or 32GB memory sizes.

Via: BestBuy

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Will Get Android 3.1 Update, Starting Tomorrow

About time. The all too hard-to-find ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is getting the much-needed Android Honeycomb update to make one of the best tablets out there even better. Keep in mind Android 3.1 will add resizeable widgets, better multitasking, UI improvements, bug fixes, more speed, and Movies (with rental options) via the Android Market, all rolling out to Eee Pad Transformer users starting tomorrow.

Via: ASUS’ Facebook page

ASUS’ Padfone, Eee Pad MeMO 3D, Eee PC X101, And UX Series All Announced At Computex 2011!

Hey, shiny new gadgets! Oh, hey reader! You may have heard (or may have not) that ASUS planned on announcing several new gadgets at this year’s Computex event in Taiwan. Which is completely true: ASUS debuted a tablet which is powered by a 4.3-inch smartphone, which ASUS dubs the Padfone, a MeeGo-based Eee PC, a 3D MeMO tablet with an IPS screen, and finally some really thin laptops. See past the jump for what ASUS is planning on releasing this year.

NVIDIA Gives Glimpse of Kal-El Quad-Core Processor Tablet Gaming

NVIDIA has just blasted the press release to my inbox and I am totally stunned. The upcoming quad-core processor by NVIDIA destined for tablets, Kal-El being the codename, is fully capable of dynamic lighting, real-time physics in a game, and when near release, will be 20-30% faster than what is seen in the video above. The technology will be showed off at Computex for all to see in all of its glorious awesomeness. Moreover, the Kal-El processor gaming demo seen above is running on none other than Android Honeycomb (HComb for short?) with a 1280×800 resolution. Also, the four cores powering this monster also ensures the operating system itself will be clearly faster than NVIDIA’s current crop of Tegra 2 tablets, which already are great mobile CPUs.

[Thanks, Meza!]