Archive for April, 2011

Fold This Laptop in Your Purse

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

“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

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

“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.”

About Turn: Putting a Phone in a Camera

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

“Being passionate about photography, there are several questions we have asked ourselves for quite some time:

Why cameras today still look like they did 60 years ago?
Why does my camera not help me on the way to becoming a better photographer?
Why is it not possible to share an image taken right there and then from the camera over a social network?
Why are our cameras not expandable through apps in the same way as our mobile phones are?

We set out to find the answers to these and many other questions and wrote about them at length in our blog posts describing highlights from our market and user research findings, as well as the point of view that we generated based on these.

We felt compelled to look some three to four years into the future and rethink a camera for “the rest of us” – neither professionals nor point-and-shooters – the ones that the industry calls “prosumers”.

We aimed to design a platform for aspiring photographers that facilitates the taking of the “perfect picture” and that allows the user to grow, experiment and develop their skills.

We did this in the form of a “what if” product design concept, whose purpose it is to excite, inspire and to provoke both potential users, as well as the rather stagnant photography industry.

With these things in mind, we set out to create what we call “Camera Futura”, a concept that:

  1. features a patent-pending innovative product architecture
  2. leverages the power of a true mobile software platform
  3. connects people for sharing and collaborating”

Which External Battery Lasts the Longest?

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

“If you spend a lot of time on the road, layovers don’t provide enough time at an AC jack to get you back to 100%. That might mean your in-flight entertainment gets interrupted right before the big climax. Sleeping, talking to unwilling neighbors, and hitting on flight attendants only eats so much time. What other options are there?

There is a solution, though. Check out an extended laptop battery, which comes in the form of an even larger installed battery pack compatible with your existing system. There is a big catch. These batteries (often denser six-cell or nine-cell) weigh down your machine, altering its mobile profile. These batteries stick out the backside of your notebook like a sore thumb, and can turn a sleek thin and light notebook into a clunky desktop replacement.

Fortunately, there is another option, too: universal extended batteries. These batteries don’t plug into your system directly. Instead, they function similar to uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), which we often associate with safeguarding desktops. They are always external units, but often have a small profile that makes them easier to pack for travel, offering higher densities than extended batteries can’t provide. And if that wasn’t enough, you generally get the ability to charge your cell phone, iPod, and camera from them as well.

After we published our Netbook Buyer’s Guide, one reader posed a question about mobility in the comments. So, during the past two months, we hunted down just about every available solution capable of extending the battery life of your notebook. If you’re on the go, this story is for you.”


Windows 8, IE 10 ARM Themselves

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

At the MIX developer conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft demonstrated the preview build of Internet Explorer 10 and while at it, the Microsoft spokesman Dean Hachamovitch and president of Windows division Steven Sinofsky revealed that behind the scene, it was running on a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 ARM processor!