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Battery drain can be the bane of warfighter and civilian alike, but new tech means you can charge your devices anywhere without electricity — provided there is a water source nearby.
reifman writes “The Seattle Times reports, ‘For the first time in state history, the Washington state budget is being written by Microsofties,’ Representative Ross Hunter has ‘tamed his Microsoft-style head-butting with a politician’s trust-building.’ Senator Andy Hill is ‘the first Senate budget chair ever to request Excel files instead of paper spreadsheets.’ ‘The two must find $ 1 billion in new money for the state’s K-12 system.’ Unfortunately, The Times neglects to mention that Hunter and Microsoft are among those behind the deficit and cutbacks in the first place. Hunter helped pass the amnesty bill for Microsoft’s $ 1.5 billion Nevada tax dodge ($ 4.37 billion if you include impacts from its lobbying to reduce tax rates) that contributed to $ 4 billion in cuts to K-12 and higher education since 2008. The state has resorted to using Yelp to tax dancing to try to make up the shortfall (for real).”
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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have built a new lithium-ion battery that is 2,000 times more powerful than comparable technologies.
A Harvard team of scientists led by physicist Gerald Gabrielse have announced that they’ve successfully performed the most exact magnetic charge measurement of matter and antimatter particles ever. Such a precise measurement not only helps scientist answer important questions, but also paves the way for even more accurate measurements in the future. Presently, this latest
Eleven complainants sent an open letter to European Union's Competition Commissioner JoaquAn Almunia urging him to formally charge Google with breaching competition law.
Few of us like paying for TV we don’t use, and there’s been attempts to fix a broken model that makes TV providers pay for channels in blocks, no matter the viewer interest. Verizon’s lead programming negotiator, Terry Denson, has told the Wall Street Journal that a more logical usage-based approach may come to FiOS TV. The telecom firm is in talks with mid-size and smaller content companies to pay for channels only based on how long we watch: Verizon would pay whenever a subscriber tunes in for at least five minutes. In theory, it’s a win-win strategy that lowers Verizon’s overhead (and hopefully ours) while rewarding the more successful smaller channels. Of course, there’s no guarantee that a deal will go through — and while Verizon will ask about a similar model when renewing major contracts, Cablevision’s battle shows how much media giants will resist disruption of a steady revenue stream.
Source: Wall Street Journal
The Office of Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has disputed a finding by the agency’s Inspector General that several
An anonymous reader writes “In a real life Prisoner’s Dilemma taking place in the French city of Marseille, twin brothers have been arrested for a string of sexual assaults. While say they are sure that one of them committed the crimes (corroborated by a standard DNA test), police were told that it would cost upwards of €1m euros (£850,000, $ 1.3m USD) to distinguish between them using DNA evidence.”
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Many of us have plug-in external batteries of one sort to recharge our smart phones when we’re away from power outlets. Or we have gigantic aftermarket batteries that make our phones so fat they barely fit in our pockets. So there is this company, Lilliputian Power Systems, that is just starting to market a tiny, butane-powered fuel cell they call the Nectar that plugs into your cell phone (or whatever) through a USB port and supposedly charges it for up to two weeks. That’s a lot better than an add-on battery. It looks expensive, although the power “pods” aren’t too pricey at $ 19.99 for two. But wait a minute: Why aren’t fuel cells, not internal combustion engines, the “range extenders” in plug-in hybrid cars? A decade back, fuel cells were going to revolutionize our power delivery and consumption systems. A cell phone charger is cute, but is that really all we can get fuel cells to do?
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It’s the modern bar-goers worst nightmare. No, it’s not that the pub is out of your favorite ale, nor is it that you’re 0-for-6 with lame pickup lines. You’ve been texting, tweeting and checking in all night, and you’re paying for it with that red sliver in the corner of the screen. So what do you do? Give up your primo spot at the bar and find an outlet somewhere in the corner? Not a chance — it’s time to pull out your coaster-sized Epiphany One Puck, set a cold brew upon it, and connect your phone for some juice. Who knows, the Puck might also help you break the ice.
The idea to use heat disparities for power is over two centuries old, and we’ve seen larger concepts make use of thermo-electrics. The One Puck brings mobility into play, providing up to one amp of current to any device that charges through a USB cable, including Android devices and iPhones. Just place a hot object (a mug of cocoa) on the red side or a cold object (iced coffee) on the blue, then plug in your phone.
The team at Epiphany Labs has loftier goals than simply charging cell phones, but all good ideas have to begin somewhere. The first prototype is ready and Epiphany is looking to Kickstarter to bring the project to fruition. An early pledge of $ 99 includes a One Puck expected to retail for $ 150, while a pledge of $ 135 adds some custom engraving, just in case you want to count out the possibility of a resale before you even take delivery. You can head past the break to watch the prototype in action, and check out the source link to peruse the project’s funding page.
This week the folks at Vizio have unleashed the full barrage of Windows 8 machines you’d expect from a burgeoning new manufacturer of such devices, starting with the Vizio Tablet PC. The thing is though, Vizio isn’t new, they’re only just entering the PC market now, having released several rather aesthetically pleasing (and rather nice
Nissan has thrown down the warranty gauntlet to other EV makers by announcing it would be the first to “restore” battery capacity if a Leaf’s full charge fell below 9 out of 12 “bars” within 5 years or 60k miles. The new clause was announced by VP Andy Palmer and will go into effect in spring of next year on all models, including those sold in 2011 and 2012. The company stressed it would only “repair or replace the battery under warranty with a new or remanufactured unit to restore capacity at or above a minimum of nine bars,” and not a full charge — saying a gradual, but not excessive loss of charge was normal. Nissan added that it’d look to improve the accuracy of the battery gauge, since the aforementioned bars on the dash were computer managed and not exactly scientific. All of this applies to US-only vehicles for now, but similar policies will soon be applied worldwide, according to the statement. So, if you’ve been starting to get range anxiety, check the PR below for all the details.
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Via: Autoblog Green
identity0 writes “According to Japan Probe, Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2ch.net, has been charged with drug offenses by Japanese police over a forum post made on 2ch in 2010. He is not even accused of making the post, but of failure to have moderators delete it. The post apparently discussed drugs. 2ch.net (also called 2channel) is Japan’s biggest forum, with over a million posts a day, of which the post in question was one. The site inspired image board 2chan.net (but is not directly related to it), which spawned copycat English site 4chan.net. More info at Slashdot Japan, if you can read Japanese.”
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European regulatory authority is to charge Samsung over abuse of patents
Showing that it’s serious about quickly phasing out its venerable iDEN network and traditional push-to-talk service, Sprint Nextel now plans to charge all subscribers on that system an extra $ 10 per month beginning Jan. 1.
A nanogenerator made from inexpensive materials harvests mechanical energy and produces enough power to charge personal electronics.
The phenomenon that causes a painful shock when you touch metal after dragging your shoes on the carpet could someday be harnessed to charge personal electronics.
Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a device that takes advantage of static electricity to convert movement—like a phone bouncing around in your pocket—into enough power to charge a cell phone battery. It is the first demonstration that these kinds of materials have enough oomph to power personal electronics.
Excess energy produced when you walk, fidget, or even breathe can, in theory, be scavenged to power medical implants and other electronics. However, taking advantage of the energy in these small motions is challenging.
Zhong Lin Wang, a professor of materials science at Georgia Tech, has been working on the problem for several years, mostly focusing on piezoelectric materials that generate an electrical voltage under mechanical stress (see “Harnessing Hamster Power with a Nanogenerator”). Wang and others have amplified the piezoelectric effect by making materials structured at the nanoscale. So far, though, piezoelectric nanogenerators have not had very impressive power output.
Now Wang’s group has demonstrated that a different approach may be more promising: static electricity and friction. This is the effect at work when you run a plastic comb through your hair on a dry day, and it stands on end. The Georgia Tech researchers demonstrated that this static charge phenomenon, called the triboelectric effect, can be harnessed to produce power using a type of plastic, polyethylene terephthalate, and a metal. When thin films of these materials come into contact with one another, they become charged. And when the two films are flexed, a current flows between them, which can be harnessed to charge a battery. When the two surfaces are patterned with nanoscale structures, their surface area is much greater, and so is the friction between the materials—and the power they can produce.
The Georgia Tech nanogenerator can convert 10 to 15 percent of the energy in mechanical motions into electricity, and thinner materials should be able to convert as much as 40 percent, Wang says. A fingernail-sized square of the triboelectric nanomaterial can produce eight milliwatts when flexed, enough power to run a pacemaker. A patch that’s five by five centimeters can light up 600 LEDs at once, or charge a lithium-ion battery that can then power a commercial cell phone. Wang’s group described these results online in the journal Nano Letters.
“The choice of materials is wide, and fabricating the device is easy,” says Wang. Any of about 50 common plastics, metals, and other materials can be paired to make this type of device.
“I’m impressed with the power density here,” says Shashank Priya, director of the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems at Virginia Tech. Other smart materials haven’t produced enough power for practical applications, he says.
Whether the new nanogenerator will work outside the lab remains to be seen. “They need to demonstrate that this can generate power from mechanical vibrations in real life,” says Jiangyu Li, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. To work in the real world, an energy scavenger will have to be able to pick up on vibrational frequencies that provide the most energy. A nanogenerator that can only pick up on low-energy mechanical vibrations would take way too long to charge a cell phone, Priya notes. Wang says he is in talks with companies about developing the energy scavenger for particular applications, and envisions it being worn on an armband.
Hewlett Packard released its fourth-quarter financial results ahead of schedule Tuesday morning, including a charge for $ 8.8 billion related to its acquisition of U.K. software firm Autonomy. HP says the bulk of the charge, for impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, is "linked to serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation plc that occurred prior to HP's acquisition of Autonomy."
Billion-strong social network Facebook has struggled to make money from its enormous pool of users. The solution: Turning individual users into advertisers.
Valve Software — makers of the iconic Half-Life series, as well as proprietors of digital storefront Steam — today released Steam’s first non-video game software (original scheduled to launch in early September). ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, 3D-Coat, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark 11 join Valve’s own Source Filmmaker in the newly minted software section of the Steam store. All non-Valve software is PC-only for now — we imagine Mac software will also show up at some point, but nothing’s available just yet. Like Steam’s games, software titles will receive streamlined updates via the Steam client, and consumers will enjoy similar discount offers to the games section — the first such sale is already on, with launch day software getting a 10 percent discount until week’s end.
bhagwad writes “In the US, telecom carriers are trying their best to hold on to depleting voice revenues. Over in India, the telecom minister urged carriers to stop charging for voice calls and derive all their revenues only from data plans. Is this kind of model sustainable, where voice becomes an outmoded and free technology, and carriers turn entirely into dumb pipes which have no control over what passes over them? This is a step forward and hopefully will make Internet service more like a utility.”
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If you’re buying an iPhone 5, you’re probably paying a lot of money for the handset. That’s especially true if you’re buying the phone directly from Apple without a two-year contract, as the cost of the 16GB model is set at $ 649 – and that’s the least expensive model on offer. That certainly isn’t cheap,
Telia raised hackles in March when it proposed charging Swedish subscribers extra if they wanted to use voice over IP. On top of the net neutrality issues, the proposed price premium would have been a slap in the face to Skype, the country’s homegrown VoIP pioneer. While Telia’s Spanish subsidiary Yoigo has no problems with such a split, Telia itself must have had a change of heart: as of now, all regular plans will continue to treat internet telephony as just another set of data packets. Only a new, ultra-basic Telia Flex Bas plan excises the option. Unfortunately, most everyone will have to pay the price for equality — new subscriptions will have their data plans “adjusted” to compensate for increasing data use, and those paying daily will see their maximum rates jump from 9 SEK ($ 1.40) to 19 SEK ($ 2.90). As painful as the price hike might sound, however, we’d still endure it to avoid carving the mobile internet into pieces.
Facebook plans to start charging businesses to run targeted ads in its Offers daily deals service.
Goodbye Moto: Google Will Send Out 4,000 Motorola Pink Slips Starting Today, Taking A Charge At Least $275M [Updated]
With Google’s $ 12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility closing in May, Google is now moving ahead on getting its new property in order. The New York Times is reporting that Google is preparing lay off 20 percent of the staff, or 4,000 jobs, and close one-third of its 94 worldwide offices – notifications will start to get sent out to employees beginning today (Monday), along with some other details, TechCrunch has learned. (Update: Google has now posted an 8-K form with the SEC noting a charge of up to $ 275 million for the cuts initially coming in the third quarter, but also forebodingly noting that additional future charges “could be significant”. More details below)
TechCrunch first reported these job cuts would happen back in May, and now we have a bit more colour on this:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson took the stage this afternoon at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, where he was asked about a recent report in 9toMac that AT&T might charge customers extra if they want to use FaceTime over 3G cellular networks (a feature that was announced for iOS 6).
The company previously offered a generic “we’ll share more information with our customers as it becomes available” statement with 9to5Mac. Stephenson didn’t go too much further, but he certainly didn’t rule the charge out.
Justus writes “Posts at NeoGAF and IGN show that a quickly-removed Origin advertisement for Medal of Honor: Warfighter reveals plans for Battlefield 4 and a new-game cost of $ 70. With Battlefield 3 DLC promised through 2013 and PC games cheaper than ever with things like the Steam Summer Sale, are gamers ready to buy Battlefield 4 at next-gen pricing?”
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This is what we talk about when we talk about Disrupt. uBeam, a small startup founded by Meredith Perry, a 22-year-old new graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, has taken on $ 750,000 in seed funding to build out its technology for wirelessly charging electronic devices.
uBeam’s investors include Founders Fund’s angel investing arm, Andreessen Horowitz, Crunchfund, and a number of individual angel investors including Google’s Marissa Mayer and Zappos co-founder Tony Hsieh, uBeam’s Meredith Perry told TechCrunch today in a phone interview.
A new tiered system for Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection plan? Herp. Charging customers $ 15 to change their Sprint phone number? Derp. Sprint’s decision to start charging moolah come June 10 when changing phone numbers via a Sprint store or Care call representative likely won’t sit well with some folks. Fortunately, there’s still a way to get that phone number changed without lightening your wallet, according to Sprint’s Support blog. By logging in to Sprint.com and changing your phone number through the “My Preferences” tab, you can get your new digits without having to fork over that pesky phone number change fee. Now you can channel your mind to more non-herpy-derpy things, like pre-ordering that shiny, new Samsung Galaxy S III, for example.
Among the many announcements to come out of Blackberry World today, mobile contactless technology had an undeniable, albeit not resoundingly huge, presence. One company that came out strong for the mobile payment side of things is Charge Anywhere, a startup that is looking to pioneer the way small businesses and individual consumers exchange money in
Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.
Different strokes for different folks. While Darren may have long since sworn off tablets as productivity machines, our very own Billy Steele (a designer by trade, don’tcha know) has been using one to workshop projects with clients. For Darren, anyway, productivity means having a laptop with a discrete GPU at the ready — except for when the GPU drains his battery life, which is where an app called gfxCardStatus comes in. Rounding things out, we’ve got Jason Hidalgo talking up the different ways he’s attempted to charge his needy PS3 controllers. All that and more after the break.
Cloud-based speech and translation technology could allow any app to be voice-controlled.
In an effort to make speech the dominant way that people control technology, AT&T is opening up its speech-recognition technology for others to use. Starting in June, software engineers can tap into a cloud service offered by the company to make any device that can connect to the Internet respond to its master’s voice.
A recent post by a defecting Googler (at his new and previous home, Microsoft) suggests that a fundamental reordering of Google’s priorities has made it far less than the company it once was. A sudden comprehension of the danger posed by Facebook’s ever-expanding platform caused the company to enter a sort of berserker state, focusing solely on reinventing social while neglecting or amputating anything that didn’t fit into its new mission. Or so the tale goes.
There have been times recently when I’ve felt the need to deflect a few of the slings and arrows trained on Google. This time, however, they are well-deserved. Google’s big bet was based on bad instincts, jealousy, and hubris — not the curiosity, experimentation, and agility that have characterized them theretofore.
Could Google+ ever have been anything but a failure?
New submitter BSAtHome writes “People with a healthy interest in fundamental freedoms and basic human rights have probably heard about SABAM, the Belgian collecting society for music royalties, which has become one of the global poster children for how outrageously out-of-touch-with-reality certain rightsholders groups appear to be. This morning, word got out in Belgian media that SABAM is spending time and resources to contact local libraries across the nation, warning them that they will start charging fees because the libraries engage volunteers to read books to kids. Volunteers. Who – again – read books to kids.”
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alphadogg writes with this selection from Network World:”IBM researchers for the first time have succeeded in imaging how charge is distributed inside a single molecule, which is a fundamental research breakthrough as scientists try to miniaturize circuitry to the nanometer scale. IBM is studying molecular structures when put on artificial surfaces so functional molecules in the future can be used as switches or transistors, said Fabian Mohn, an IBM researcher. IBM used advanced microscopy tools and techniques to image how charge is redistributed and arranged when chemical bonds are formed between atoms and molecules on surfaces.”
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Charging systems that send power farther through the air will soon be on sale.
Eric Giler points a remote control at a small black pad leaned up against a wall, and three lamps instantly light up and a tablet computer starts charging. The funny thing is, the devices all sit several feet away from the black pad, which provides power, and aren’t plugged in.
Not sure what to do with your old, outdated electronics? If you live within the European Union, getting rid of your e-waste may soon be as easy as dropping by the local electronics shop. In an effort to increase electronic waste collection from four kilograms per capita to 20, the European Parliament has approved plans that would require electronic retailers with a retail space of 400 square meters or larger to accept e-waste for disposal, free of charge. The new rules will be implemented over the next seven years, and are part of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive — a measure that also aims to limit illegal e-waste exports to developing countries. Between keeping your house uncluttered with old gadgets and keeping developing nations clean, what’s not to like?
The SpareOne emergency cell phone proudly flaunts its AA battery, an old-fashioned power solution that boasts up to 15 years of standby time.
After all the rumors including word that Intel was backing away from its Atom CE4100 CPU it’s finally official: Google TV is moving from x86 to ARM, and Marvell is letting everyone know its Foresight platform has been selected to power the next generation of Google TV hardware. The Armada 1500 dual-core CPU at its heart promises PC-like performance with cellphone-like power management and support for Blu-ray 3D, video encoding / decoding and upscaling. enabling fanless smart TV products built on the package like this demo box seen above. Marvell Co-founder Weili Dang considers this as an opportunity to fundamentally change the relationship between content producers and consumers, a lofty goal for the second round of products after a lackluster market response to the initial effort.
Of course, there are some early signs that this hardware switch could be just what the doctor ordered, like the fact that similar hardware powers the OnLive Microconsole, and likely lurked in the heart of the Vizio Google TVs we observed with inbuilt OnLive capabilities last year. Beyond the lower heat and power requirements this chip may be able to do it all for less money — something we’re sure $ 99 Revue buyers can appreciate. Check out the press release after the break for a few more details, we’ll wait to find out more about the new partners and hardware before jumping on the Google TV 2.0 hype train along with Eric Schmidt.
Despite three separate data network problems that dogged the wireless carrier in December, Verizon said on Thursday that it planned to add a $ 2 “convenience fee” as soon as January 15 for one-time telephone and online bill payments.
Verizon Wireless, which this month angered customers with three separate data service problems, said on Thursday it will add a $ 2 fee for one-time telephone and online bill payments.
With the Research in Motion PlayBook tablet selling for about half its original price, RIM said Friday it is taking a $ 485 million charge on its third-quarter books.
Pro-choice advocates have accused Apple’s new Siri voice-activated assistant of refusing to locate family planning or abortion clinics, and have kicked off a petition urging Apple to update Siri.