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IN THE NEWS: COMPUTER PROBLEM PREVENTS IN-SPACE DOCKING
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ You probably know how frustrating it can be to get your phone to hook up to a WiFi network _ or a Bluetooth device. Imagine what it must feel like to have a glitch delay a capsule in space from docking with supplies for the International Space Station. Officials at Cape Canaveral, Florida are blaming bad computer software for a navigation system problem that kept the Cygnus capsule from docking with the space station yesterday. The Virginia company that operates the capsule says it has already created a software patch _ and if it works on the ground, it will be uploaded to the capsule and tested again. If all goes well, the capsule will try to dock again tomorrow. The capsule is packed with 1,3000 pounds of food and clothing for the space station crew.
Orbital Sciences Corp.: http://www.orbital.com/Antares-Cygnus/
IN THE NEWS: NEW SMARTPHONES MORE LIKELY TO BREAK
NEW YORK (AP) _ It's something to think about if you're considering dropping hundreds of dollars on a new smartphone like the Apple 5S: if you drop the phone itself, it could break more easily than previous models. SquareTrade says it tested five smartphones, including the Apple 5S and the 5C. The company finds the latest models aren't a durable as last year's iPhone 5. The worst performer was the Samsung Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and dropped from 5 feet. SquareTrade provides protection plans for gadgets like smartphones.
ON THE WEB: CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
CYBERSPACE (AP) _ Back in the day, if you got a ``care package'' while away at college, it would be packed by mom or dad _ and feature homemade treats and other things you might miss from back home. But these days, many care packages are sent through the Internet _ using companies that craft such gifts for students living away from home. Some schools even offer packages featuring snacks to help students cram for exams. Others feature baked goods or _ for those with healthier food tastes _ fresh fruit, rice cakes and yogurt smoothies.
Gourmet Gift Baskets site: http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com
Coed Supply site: http://www.coedsupply.com
IN STORES: MICROSOFT TO ANNOUNCE NEW TABLET COMPUTERS
NEW YORK (AP) _ Microsoft is rolling out a new line of tablet computers. It has a media event set for today in New York City. And it's expected it will announce a series of new Surface tablet computers. One of the models will be one with a smaller screen _ to compete with the Apple iPad Mini and Google's Nexus 7. The rollout event comes about a month before Microsoft releases an update to its Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8.1 is expected to be used on smaller touch screens. Such devices are cheaper and easier to carry than the 10-inch models that were among the first tablets released. The current version of Windows 8 is limited to tablets with 10-inch to 12-inch screens. Microsoft began selling Surface tablets last October, but sales have been slow.
Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
Oscar Gabriel can be reached at ogabriel(at)ap.org.
(The Associated Press)