We've seen double-sided LCDs before, but they're generally quite small and prototyped for cellphone use. This week, LG is showing off a prototype that's conceivably TV-sized at (an admittedly still small) 15 inches. Running a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and offering a four-color sub-pixel arrangement (red, blue, green and white), we could only imagine the implications of a tablet PC that could otherwise be a normal laptop (without an awkward Exorcist maneuver) or a TV that could accommodate Gears of War 2 and Grey's Anatomy at the same time. Of course, even if the product were released, you know they'd just charge double for the privilege. [Tech-On]
Friday, May 23, 2008
Google has teamed up with the British Government to create a couple of really interesting new environmental layers to Google Earth based on climate change estimates for the next century or so.
The first layer, produced from the data supplied by the Hadley Centre depicts CO2 concentrations spanning from November 1999 forward to October 2099. Along the time line, annotated place markers pop up to provide information on the impact of global climate change for specific regions and links to external resources on the topic.The layers are available now if you're interested in finding out just how screwed we'll all be without sunscreen in a few years. [Google LatLong via PSFK]
The second layer, utilizing data provided by The British Antarctic Survey, documents the Antarctic ice shelves retreat since 1940 and constructs a projected regression through June 2099. The layer is covered with dates of specific discoveries and documents the retreats of 10 different ice shelves.
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Filed under: Digital Camerasso often, we catch Sharp tooting its own horn in regard to sensor size. Needless to say, small is most certainly superior in this discussion, and the aforesaid outfit is patting itself on the back once more for the RJ63SC100. This 5-megapixel CMOS sensor is said to be the industry's thinnest at 9.5- x 9.5- x 6.6-millimeters, and it should fit snugly inside the already cramped innards of tomorrow's cellphones just fine. Samples are slated to ship out at the end of May for ¥10,000 ($96) a pop, while commercial production should get going a month later.
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Filed under: CellphonesGet this. Australian site ChannelNews claims that a "senior executive of Telstra" is the latest 3G iPhone bean spiller. They quote the exec as saying the following:
"We know what is coming we have seen the new device and it will be available on our network as soon as it is launched in the USA. By Christmas this phone will be capable of 42Mbps which will make it faster than a lot of broadband offerings and the fastest iPhone on any network in the world."
Interesting. We know that Telstra's Next G HSDPA network has been capable of 14.4Mbps since 2007. At GSMA Mobile World Congress, they even committed to 21Mbps before the end of the year and 42Mbps using HSPA+ (aka, Evolved HSPA, HSPA Evolution) technology in 2009... not Christmas of 2008. Hard to say if this is just industry blow-harding or actual insider info. June 9th: T-minus 17 days and counting.
[Thanks, Paul S.]
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Filed under: StorageHigh Performance SSDs, we finally get model numbers, dates, and capacities from Taiwan. According to DigiTimes and its "sources at PC makers," Intel is prepping a 2.5-inch Client X25-M SSD and 1.8-inch Client X18-M SSD for launch in Q3. Both of the SATA drives will initially launch in 80GB capacities before hitting 160GB by the end of Q4 -- 250GB and beyond in 2009. We'll guess that they'll be sporting the "world's fastest" SLC NAND co-developed with Micron making the drives tres cher fo' sho'. However they come, they'll likely be snuggled up to Intel's new Centrino 2 laptops when they do arrive.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
[Posted by Jeremiah Owyang]
A list of companies that were blind-sided by the internet, they didn't understand the impacts of the power shift to the participants, or how fast information would spread, or were just plain ignorant.
Criteria of "Punk'd" includes a situation where the story would have not been told if social media was not available, or if social media enhanced the situation.
This doesn't include fake blogs, companies who deliberately tried to cheat the system get their own honorable mention.
- Louis Vuitton gets Brand-Jacked in Anti-Genocide Campaign Artist creates and sells T-shirt demonstrating how the media turns a deaf ear to real world tragedies such as genocide in Dafur, infringing on LV logo. LV fires back, with lawsuit, a groundswell begins. Submitted by Søren Storm Hansen
- Burger King exec trash talks using daughter's email Not sure why he didn't just create a new email address, that would have been a lot safer. Submitted by Hilker.
- Johnson and Johnson to bloggers: Hurry up and get dis-invited Sounds like a mis-coordination, bad timing, and not a well thought through process that ended up getting scobleized, and Maryamized.
- Anonymous Unmasks Church of Scientology The church of Scientology has been criticized by an anonymous group, a faceless mass that has created videos, staged marches and protests, and is subvert the Church from around the internet.
- Target's Rounders program "This is our secret game" Target encouraged it's premier members in the rounders program to pump up it's brand in a Facebook group, sadly, the covert operation ended up on blogs and then mainstream media
- HD DVD Decoded by Digg, unDugg, then Dugg again Digg users publish HD code, industry freaks out, Digg maintains stance.
- Wholefoods CEO caught being a troll Whole Foods CEO, was anonymously trashing competitors and pumping company up on Yahoo finance boards.
- Delta holds customers hostage What's worse than being held prisoner on Delta's dirty plane? (Video), watching the crew getting off da plane. Oh, and no food, crying babies, but one talented videographer.
- Taco Bell's infestation crawls into YouTube A minor rat problem moved it's way to YouTube, spreading faster and farther than expected, a total of more than one million views for all videos. Submitted by Graham Hill
- Data storage blogger posts industry price lists, sales reps cry f#ck! Robin Harris, one of the most well known of the data storage blogosphere posts price lists that were received from various customers.
- Dell Laptop Explodes, news at 11 --on YouTube More bad news for Dell, as laptops explode in Japan, all can see online.
- Comcast suffers from Narcolepsy Sleepy Techician caught on YouTube, then fired. Also see Comcast must die blog, submitted by Jeff Jarvis.
- Hitachi Hell gets the finger Angry customer gets bad service, writes long experience, and flips off HQ in picture, he's also an influencer in the gaming community
- The naked NOKA chocolate uncovered A premium chocolatier (Noka) had a tremendous markup ($309- $2,080 per pound) of their secretly re-packaged chocolate, was exposed as a fraud and spread on blogs. And their google results is really painful. Submitted by Whitney.
- AOL gets canceled --how to get get on my nerves This guy really bothers me, I can see why Vincent Ferrari was miffed. It's clear, he was dealing with the customer retention department. Nothing worse than the feeling of being held hostage. Submitted by David Alston.
- Airplane fiasco's spread online: JetBlue There are so many examples, such as a YouTube testimonial about JetBlue's 8+ hours stranded in terminal. Related: JetBlue's CEO responds after flights are cut months later due to storm.
- Starbucks Brandjacked by YouTube Video Who wants a tasty frappuccino when there are kids starving? This was one of the first cases of brandjacking we saw.
- Why we Dwell on Dell Hell Jeff Jarvis launches blog post that sends a flurry of PR negativty at Dell's poor service, it's since been improved.
- Kryptonite unlocked Locks were disabled using a simple bic pen cap, spread on forums and blogs, one of the earliest examples that got mainstream attention.
- The Barbera Streisand Effect Singer star tries to remove content from internet, it all goes downhill from there. I actually learned about this from reading my colleagues Groundswell book
- Apple's dirty little secret plastered over NYC Apparently, 18 months is all the iPod will run before you'll need to buy a new one, says this video, where street teams went around defacing ads. Submitted by David Churbuck (I got his name right this time)\
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You thought the $100 "Open Laptop Per Child" program was meant for providing low-cost computers to kids in developing nations but these images of XO version 2.0 may change that perception.
laptop tablet computer is the size of a book, sports a dual touch sensitive screen (no keyboard) and can also be folded like a book. The prototype uses the same 16:9 screen that are seen in DVD players.
The only problem - this desirable XOXO tablet computer won’t ship before 2010 and that’s a very long period.
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London's skyline would have a new addition in the form of the mile-high 'eco-friendly' tower, to be located in East London. The project is proposed by British firm Popularchitecture, in collaboration with Fluid Engineers and Pha Consul M&E specialists.
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Update: A closer look-see at Reuters' report (ignoring the misleading headline) indicates that Nokia has not specifically committed to rolling out Linux on phones -- rather, it has simply said that it intends to expand its use of Linux across its product portfolio. We figure that handsets are bound to get swept into the mix at some point, but technically, we could just be looking at other kinds of devices. Always room for another Internet Tablet or three, we suppose. Thanks, Eric!Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
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