Skype, SMC Networks and FON have combined their technologies to create a phone that can make Internet calls through a computer. The phone can be used with any open Wi-Fi access point. The $159.99 package includes the SMC Wi-Fi Phone for Skype (WSKP100), FON's wireless router “La Fonera” and Skype Voicemail for a year. It also includes 500 SkypeOut minutes that enable calling outside the Skype network, augmenting free calls among Skype subscribers. Buying a SkypeIn phone number makes it reachable from any phone.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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