Corning’s Lotus Glass promised a world full of thinner, more advanced mobile displays when it was unveiled in 2011, but it hasn’t always been easy to build with the volumes or features that customers want. Enter the company’s new Lotus XT Glass as the solution: clients can produce it more reliably at high temperatures, leading to more usable panels for our LCDs and OLEDs. The improved yields should not only result in larger device volumes than the original Lotus Glass could muster, but push the technological limits — Corning notes that hotter manufacturing allows for brighter, sharper and more efficient screens. The glass is commercially available today, although we’ll still need to wait for gadget makers to choose, implement and ship it before we notice the XT difference.
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Wireless service Zact promises tailored plans for huge savings. [Read more]
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference sold out in two minutes this year. But the company says videos of confab sessions will be available and that “Tech Talks” will be coming to various cities. [Read more]
TI today demonstrated several prototypes of what it described as hospital-grade medical monitoring devices that can measure everything from your percentage of body fat and water to your blood oxygen saturation.
Attempts to get away from unlocking our smartphones through codes and finger swipes have mostly centered on camera tricks like Android’s Face Unlock. If you happen to pick up a Lenovo IdeaPhone A586 when it reaches China on December 12th, you’ll have the option to use some dulcet tones instead. The Android smartphone builds in a new speaker verification system from Baidu and A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research that looks for a specific voice signature: speak a distinct passphrase and the phone unlocks without gestures or a longing stare. Few will be especially smitten with the 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera or 4GB of storage, but they’ll be glad to get access to their A586 in a more hands-off (and hopefully spoof-resistant) way. We’d only be worried about choosing a passphrase that won’t trigger odd looks from passers-by.
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Move over, Western Digital. A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute (DSI) has developed its own 5mm-thick hybrid hard drive, and it’s packing a 1TB HDD and a 32GB SSD within its 2.5-inch confines. Aptly dubbed A-Drive, the firm’s razor-thin hardware relies on a new proprietary motor and 30 additional design patents to lower power consumption and achieve its diminutive form factor. The outfit envisions the drive being put to work in tablets, where it could stretch battery life by up to 30 percent, and in ultrabooks or business-centric storage solutions. To top things off, A*STAR says its hybrid drive will be cheaper than SSDs currently used in ultrabooks, and Yahoo! News reports the device could ring up at roughly $ 73. Can’t wait to have the hardware in a machine of your own? Hold your horses, vaquero. According to DSI Executive Director Pantelis Alexopoulos, it might take six to eight months to kick off production after they strike a deal with a manufacturing partner, which hasn’t happened quite yet.
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If you’re hip to repurposing old tech for new inventions, Invisible is right up your alley. The Greensboro-based unit calls themselves a “mechanical music museum” and “a reverse engineered folk science daydream” when describing their elaborate set of sound-making contraptions and recycled video equipment. The outfit’s effort The New Obsolete was part of the Moogfest happenings this weekend, and our curiosity was immediately piqued. This particular performance is labeled as “an exploded view of the strange romance between humans and technology.”
Among all of the self-constructed instruments is the Selectric Piano: a typewriter that uses both computer and piano parts to control a keyboard. Each keystroke by the typist corresponds to a note added to collective soundscape and a mounted video camera allows the audience to keep tabs on the textual component. The project also showcases an object known as Elsewhere’s Roof. The device controls a set of drum and percussion tools with water dropping into a few rather hi-tech Mason jars. In addition to arsenal of noise makers, multi-channel video and library of collected audio (via tape decks and turntables, of course) rounds out the lot. We were able to catch one of the stellar showings, so hit the gallery below for a look at the wares while a snippet of the action awaits beyond the break.
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Microsoft today said that a free Windows 8 and Windows RT Skype app will be ready for downloading from the Windows Store on Friday, Oct. 26.
Chip giant wants you to know that ultrabooks are less expensive than you think. But there are still plenty of pricey models out there too.
Those Chinese manufacturers sure know how to quickly copy what’s available or popular and pump out cheap devices — especially tablets. What we have here is a popular Chinese tablet manufacturer, Cube, showing off their new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered tablet that also rocks a “retina” like 9.7-inch display. Cube was the first tablet
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Flickr’s Android app has been around for nearly a year and was due for a tune-up to perform like its iOS sibling. First, a retooled UI touts a new navigation menu and the Explore section now does a better job of sorting shots according to nearby location and level of interest. In addition to the aforementioned photo library search, notifications, profile, camera and upload options fill out the rest of the main menu’s tabbed options. Throughout the application, a pull down to refresh function keeps the most recent notifications and uploads at the top of the window. When the camera tab is tapped, you’ll now be prompted to choose your camera or camera app of choice in order to capture the shot. Rounding out the improvements are improved overall search, the ability to edit details / metadata on pictures and HTML content in comments and descriptions. If you’re looking to give the overhauled software a go, hit the source link below to snag it.
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NetApp announced a new management layer for arrays using its Data ONTAP OS, which allows admins to control flash storage in servers as well as on arrays. The company will be using Fusion-io’s PCIe flash cards in its arrays.
Eurocom has carved out a strange but soft spot in our hearts for its desktop replacement-level laptops — the insistence on overkill hardware leaves even the vaguely ultraportable Monster packing the kind of power reserved for larger-screened (if also much thinner) counterparts. Nowhere is that too-much-is-never-enough attitude truer than in the just-launched, 17.3-inch Scorpius. While supporting up to 32GB of RAM isn’t unique anymore, the Scorpius can optionally carry two of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 680M graphics chips with the full 4GB of video RAM per piece. That’s more graphics memory than the total system memory of some entire PCs, folks. Eurocom can optionally slot in two of AMD’s Radeon HD 7970M or step down to a single graphics core, and the usual bevy of processor and storage choices culminates in as much as a quad 2.9GHz Core i7 and four drives. The lowest price that will net a fully functioning Scorpius is $ 1,793, although we’ll admit that it’s very tempting to pick that dual 680M option and come out with a $ 2,857 bill — not to mention some serious bragging rights with the gamer crowd.
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Nvidia’s CEO isn’t bashful when chatting about his company’s success in the Windows 8 and Android tablet markets.
Consumer electronics company is researching ways to convert CO2 into useful chemicals with sunlight.
Best known as a consumer electronics company, Panasonic is investing in research for using solar energy to produce industrial chemicals from CO2.
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Lew Tucker is the distinguished Cloud CTO for Cisco Systems. He’s a revered character in the “clouderati,” community for his clear views and his support for OpenStack, the open cloud effort that is getting a lot of attention these past few weeks.
He’s also a proponent of open source. In this video, he says open source is an increasing part of Cisco’s future. It’s a way to give back to the community and make the world a better place. He describes how Cisco is responding to the market need for an alternative to Amazon Web Services. He says Cisco sees that as an opportunity to develop a network based service that is an integral part of OpenStack.
theodp writes “On Thursday, Google announced a product that enables a business to see where all its workers are at all times. Called Maps Coordinate, it combines a paid-for business version of Google’s standard maps product with an application downloaded to a worker’s smartphone, creating a real-time record of worker locations. Ironically, Google touted its worker tracking solution on the very same day that CEO Larry Page was a surprise no-show at Google’s Annual Shareholder Meeting, leaving Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to explain his absence. Schmidt explained that Page had lost his voice and, as a result, would likely also miss next week’s I/O conference and possibly next month’s quarterly earnings call. While a Google spokeswoman declined to comment further on Page’s condition, Schmidt added that Page will continue as CEO while he recovers. So, why not reassure those worried about the situation by publicly tracking Page’s location via Maps Coordinate? After all, Google’s a true believer in eating its own dog food, right?”
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It seems as though GameStop’s bold move to begin offering Android tablets alongside its traditional packed shelves of traditional console and handheld video games may be working out in its favor. The retailer has gone from a bunch of test stores to now selling Android devices in no fewer than 1,600 locations. Among the tablets
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If you’re a Verizon customer upset that your next smartphone contract won’t include unlimited data, Sprint would like to remind you that you have an alternative.
There’s nothing like a car company claiming they’ve got a car like the 2013 Ford Fusion with what they’re calling “unprecedented future mobility technologies,” that’s for certain. In this case we’ve got a vehicle that both looks the part and has a collection of features inside such as lane-keeping, a Blind Spot Information System, driver
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Microsoft has revamped the way Windows 8 monitors hard disk operations and detects problems in an effort to make the diagnostic and repair process less intrusive and disruptive, even as disk capacity continues to balloon.
We’ve seen augmented reality, and GPS with augmented reality, but we haven’t seen the two combined at the front of a car’s windshield. A pair of Cyber Navi rigs from Pioneer promise to change all that, using an add-on, laser-projected heads-up display from MicroVision that shows driving directions just above the road itself, making sure that you focus on what’s in front rather than squinting at the LCD off to the side. If you do need to look at that LCD, however, you’ll get yet another augmented reality view if your car has a camera up front, more detail about the route and a new speed limit sign alert system. The usual rounds of DVD media, iPhone/iPod playback and 1Seg over-the-air TV tuning are also on tap. Buying either of the new HUD-equipped GPS units will require a deep wallet, some patience and an airplane trip to Japan, however — the 2-DIN ZH99 and dual 1-DIN VH99 cost ¥300,000 and ¥320,000 ($ 3,770 and $ 4,021) respectively, and their late July release isn’t known to include the US at this stage.
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This morning at the 2nd full day’s CTIA 2012 keynote, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek shared his views on the future of mobile streaming music with the world. With both free and premium offerings, Spotify is the second biggest revenue stream in the whole country in the UK, this model of course being hoped
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Microsoft’s “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge has been long on claims that Windows Phone can outrace your smartphone platform of choice in day-to-day tasks, but it’s been short on hard numbers. Until now, that is. Company Evangelist Ben Rudolph claims that over 50,000 smartphones — or 98 percent of all contenders — have been beaten in the challenges since the company started running them back at CES, with just 638 people having proved their devices faster at a trade show or a Microsoft Store. That’s good news for advocates, although it doesn’t come without its share of controversies over fairness and whether or not the challenges overlook the advantages of your Android phone, BlackBerry or iPhone. Ultimately, the real challenge for Microsoft may be translating those successes into real improvements for its so-so market share.
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The Ariel Atom is arguably one of the greatest bangs for the buck in terms of sports car performance, so it’s no surprise that the automaker has paired up with Motion Simulation to design a particularly special simulator for both hardcore fans as well pro racing drivers and pilots. The TL1 has the world’s first 180-degree spherical projection unit (technically, three projector screens acting as one) to give you that advance view of the apex without display bezels getting in the way. Its seat not only adjusts to fit different breeds of cars and aircraft but, if you opt for it, tucks in a motion transducer that will properly jolt you when you hit a bump in the road. What may please extra-serious racing game fans the most is the off-the-shelf nature of the computer needed to drive the TL1 properly: as long as your graphics hardware can handle the extra-wide 5760 x 1200 resolution, any typical Windows XP or Windows 7 desktop will do. The real question is whether your wallet can handle it, as the £11,500 ($ 18,573) PC-less starting price will make it tempting to buy a real Atom instead.
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Big Blue says new line of integrated systems offers more flexibility, with support for four operating systems and five virtualization hypervisors.
Today Google’s CEO has delivered what the company essentially keeps yearly as its State of the Union Address: the 2012 Update from the CEO, complete with YouTube information as well as the rest of the many Google tentacles. Noting that when Google acquired YouTube back in 2006, not long after the video site began to
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Apple today said sales of the new iPad over the weekend set a record, and not surprisingly, that it is pleased with the tablet’s debut.
Offering both Metro and desktop versions of Internet Explorer 10, Microsoft is trying to play up the benefits of browsing via Metro style.
In just three months it appears that Spotify’s own Spotify Apps platform has sprouted up some undeniably successful offshoots including such gems as their own versions of Soundrop, Tunewiki, and SpotOn Radio, and the report coming in today is that there’s some impressive numbers to go with the tunes! First Moodagent, an app we checked
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Following criticism that Apple was offshoring too many jobs, the company has responded with a new promo page, touting that it has created or supported 514,000 jobs in the US. This half-million figure includes those jobs not directly employed by Apple, but by other companies in the various industries dependent on Apple. A study done [...]
IBM researchers have established three new records for reducing the error rates in elementary computations and retaining the integrity of quantum mechanical properties in quantum bits (qubits).
Launching the MySpace Music Player, the social-networking music site says it now offers more free music than any other site worldwide–thus users are streaming in.
Mozilla yesterday extolled the impact of its 12-hour participation in Wednesday’s anti-SOPA strike, saying Firefox users and fans generated over a third-of-a-million emails to the U.S. Congress.
Enterprise application software giant SAP is touting its best ever full-year and fourth quarter performance, beating its expectations for the quarter. The company published initial numbers for its results but will be releasing full results and projections for 2012 in late January.
Total Q4 revenue came in at €4.50 billion ($ 5.7 billion), an increase of 11%. Operating profit was €1.67 billion ($ 2 billion), an increase of 206%. The company saw record fourth quarter 2011 software revenue, which was up 16% to €1.74 Billion ($ 2.2 billion). And full-year 2011 software revenue is up 22% to €3.97 Billion ($ 5 billion), with full-year total sales coming in at €14.23 billion ($ 18 billion), up 14 percent.
Quantifying the daily crush of email will make you want to write fewer of them.
Thanks to email management startup Tout, I just got access to an analytics dashboard that includes an array of deftly visualized statistics covering my use of email in 2011. And you can too, right here. If you’re wondering what you’ll get in exchange for giving Tout access to every email you sent and received in the past year, here’s a sample dashboard, so you can get a feel for the results. (They promise they don’t read or store any of it.)
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The carrier will sell the 7-inch SpringBoard and the 10.1-inch flagship Samsung tablet later this year. Both come with Android 3.2, aka Honeycomb.
Silence may be a virtue under most circumstances, but not when you’re driving around a leafy, residential neighborhood in your Toyota Prius
. That’s why the manufacturer came out with its very own vehicle proximity notification system last year
— a “futuristic,” underhood noisemaker designed to alert pedestrians
and the visually impaired to the plug-in’s presence. Now, Toyota has offered more details on its safety system, in a freshly released demo video starring the 2012 Prius V
. The car’s artificial engine noise, as the company explains, only kicks in at speeds below 15 miles per hour, allowing it to broadcast its audible heads-up across parking lots or other low-speed zones. The sound itself, meanwhile, emanates from external speakers and consists of a blend of high and low frequencies that won’t be by muffled by background noise or physical obstacles. The vehicle’s pitch shift technology also enables the tone to rise in pitch as the car speeds up and to fall as it slows down, giving others an idea of how fast it’s approaching. Accelerate past the break to see the full video for yourself, while John Kerry nods in silent approval
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