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Fold This Laptop in Your Purse

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“The LIFEBOOK X2 concept takes a different approach to portability.

It’s not only thin, but also folds into quarters which leads to some interesting features.

Open the LIFEBOOK X2 halfway and you have sort of an ultra widescreen palm top.

Unfold it completely and you have one full size notebook. This denotes a seam running right across the LCD which is enough for me to dismiss it but the idea is intriguing.”

Galaxy S II Benchmarked – 2x Faster Than the Rest

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“The first benchmarks of Samsung’s 1.2GHz Galaxy S II — we saw the 1GHz variant tested previously — are rolling in, and it’s fast. Almost suspiciously so.

Its speedy dual-core Exynos CPU pulled off a 3,053 in Quadrant and scored double what the similarly specced HTC Sensation did in Smartbench2011.

Those scores also represent a more than threefold improvement over the original Galaxy S.”

Daemonosaurus Chauliodus – the Missing Link

April 14, 2011 1 comment

“This dog-sized, ferocious-looking critter is called Daemonosaurus chauliodus, which means something along the lines of  “buck-toothed evil lizard,” says Hans-Dieter Sues, lead author of the published research describing this dinosaur, and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

The illustration above compares the head and neck with a quarter. You can see that it has a short snout and enormous front teeth.

Scientists found the skull and neck of this previously unrecognized dinosaur, and described it in a study in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

This dinosaur provides a link between what paleontologists consider “early” and “later” dinosaurs. There’s a gap in the fossil record between the oldest known dinosaurs, which walked or ran on their hind legs about 230 million years ago in Argentina and Brazil, and other predatory dinosaurs that lived much later. Daemonosaurus chauliodus helps fill in a blank in dinosaur history.”

Got iDevice? Have Oscilloscope.

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“Oscium introduces the world’s first mixed signal oscilloscope that leverages Apple’s ubiquitous iOS devices to provide the touch screen interface and colorful display.

iMSO is the smallest, most portable scope in the world, making it the ideal solution for hobbyist and students, as well as field sales and application engineers.”

Explore the Human Brain in 3D

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“U.S. scientists on Tuesday unveiled the world’s first computerized human brain map, an online public resource developed to accelerate understanding of how the human brain works and in hopes to tackle neurological diseases like Alzeimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Funded by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, the 55-million-U.S. dollar project, named the Allen Human Brain Atlas, identifies 1,000 anatomical sites in the human brain, backed by more than 100 million data points that indicate the particular gene expression and underlying biochemistry of each site, said the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science.

One Heck of a Mango

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“On the second day of its MIX11 Web and Phone developer conference, Microsoft talked Windows Phone 7. The first look at the next major revision to the platform was given at February’s Mobile World Congress.

Windows Phone 7 “Mango” will bring multitasking, IE9, and Twitter integration, among other things. Today, Microsoft gave a decidedly developer-oriented look at just what Mango would have to offer.

The improvements to the platform were split into two kinds—opportunity, and capabilities.

Under the first banner were a raft of software and ecosystem improvements to give applications better exposure and platform integration.

Windows Phone 7 application availability is being broadened, with wider international rollouts—the developer program is being expanded to allow development and commerce in 35 countries—and greater support for carrier billing and advertising.”

VMware Releases Open-source Cloud Foundry

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“VMware shook the cloud world today with an announcement that it was releasing an open source PaaS platform called Cloud Foundry.

The new platform takes direct aim at the current thought, if not market leaders of the PaaS world Microsoft’s Azure and Google’s Google Apps platforms.

VMware foresees Cloud Foundry ushering in a new era of “platform clouds” that will take the thunder out of Google and Microsoft being the sole hosts of PaaS on a grand scale.”