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Russia deploys killer death robots

Russia has started using autonomous sentry robots to guard missile bases – that can identify enemies and make the decision to fire without a human being saying so. Yikes. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with Russia at the moment. The news comes via New Scientist, which reports that the “mobile robotic complex” will be guarding five …

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James O'MalleyRussia deploys killer death robots

What has Russian technology ever done for us?

Today marks the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics – the most expensive Olympics in history and President Vladimir Putin's attempt to bolster Russia's reputation on the world stage. As Russia has though obviously been a major global player for…

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James O'MalleyWhat has Russian technology ever done for us?

Gang smuggles 1,638 gallons of vodka across Russian border through massive pipeline

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How far would you go out of your way to get cheap vodka? Personally, I may brave the Tesco value range, but I don’t think I’d ever go as far as the group of Russians and Estonians who created a massive pipeline across the Russian border to avoid import tax.

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TechDigest writerGang smuggles 1,638 gallons of vodka across Russian border through massive pipeline

First orbital collision – US and Russian satellites get a little too close

In the first reported orbital collision ever, a US and a Russian communications satellite have accidentally collided 780km above Siberia. A “massive cloud of debris” has been produced, and NASA is tracking the hundreds of bits resulting from the crash, in the hope that they won’t interfere with the ISS and the shuttle, which is due to launch later this month.

It’s comprehensively answered the question of “how much stuff can we stick up there without it hitting each other?”, as 6,000 satellites have been sent into orbit since the first in 1957. Only about half are still in use, with the others having become defunct over the years.

The satellites in question belong to Communications firm Iridium, based in Bethesda, Maryland, and Russia’s civilian space agency, Roscosmos. The former was launched in 1997 and only weighed 560kg, so probably came off rather worse in the collision than its one-tonne Russian rival from 1993.

Place your bets in the comments below as to when the second collision will occur. The closest wins a bit of charred satellite, dug out of the tundra of Siberia.

(via BBC)

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Duncan GeereFirst orbital collision – US and Russian satellites get a little too close

Canon doesn't make vacuum cleaners

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Today, ladies and gentlemen, Canon did not announce a vacuum cleaner. It didn’t announce one yesterday either, or one the day before. In fact, it’s never announced a vacuum cleaner. That’s why Canon’s Russian service personnel were a little confused when people started calling saying that their vacuum cleaner was broken.

What seems to have happened is that a major electronics supplier bought a job lot of vacuums that a dodgy Chinese factory had produced with the Canon label, figuring (correctly) that it’d help them sell. Hilarious. If you’ve got one, then please send it to us – we’d love to review it.

(via EnglishRussia)

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Duncan GeereCanon doesn't make vacuum cleaners

Another Xpress Music phone from Nokia – the 5730, with QWERTY keyboard!

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Although I’m violently opposed to Comes with Music’s DRM, sometimes nasty things come in nice packages. This is the Nokia 5730 Xpress Music, straight outta Russia. It’s packing an awesome dot-matrix-effect QWERTY keyboard, 2″ screen, 1,000mAh battery, GPS, 128MB of RAM and USB/Bluetooth connectivity.

Interestingly it doesn’t have 3G – just EDGE – so downloading music on the device won’t be fun. It’ll be showing up in European markets this April for €220 (£204). I’m afraid we’ve not got anything more specific on the release date. If you can uninstall the “Comes with Music” software, and don’t need 3G, then this isn’t too bad a phone.

(via Engadget)

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Duncan GeereAnother Xpress Music phone from Nokia – the 5730, with QWERTY keyboard!

The HTC Max 4G – the world's first 4G mobile with WiMAX technology for 70-megabit downloads

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And here we are still trying to think of a reason for 3G to exist.

The HTC Max 4G is the first so-called 4G mobile, thanks to HTC’s technicians incorporating WiMAX technology inside a very similar package to its Touch HD – and therefore giving theoretical, network-permitting, mountains and trees-permitting, battery-permitting maximum download speeds of around 70Mb per second…

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Gary CutlackThe HTC Max 4G – the world's first 4G mobile with WiMAX technology for 70-megabit downloads

iTunes Store coming to Russia, 21.04.08 – iPhone coming iSoon, iThink

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iSkoro 21.04.08. If you happen to speak Russian, you may be experiencing some excitement right now. If you don’t, what that means is “iSoon 21.04.08″. Still clear as mud? Well, allow me to explain.

This is the message that’s been appearing on the billboards of the streets of Moscow in the same style as the writing used for the iPhone campaign elsewhere. Now, as yet, the Russian populous has not had the pleasure of the new toy from Jobs Towers and there has been some feverish speculation that the moment is soon to come.

However, according to new sightings, this doesn’t seem to be the case but it could be a significant step in that direction because “iSkoro 21.04.08″ seems to refer to the launch of the Russian branch of the iTunes Store…

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Daniel SungiTunes Store coming to Russia, 21.04.08 – iPhone coming iSoon, iThink