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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Nanosys and LG Innotek agree deal for newfangled LED-backlit displays originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Friday, January 22, 2010
Gallery: LG eXpo Mobile Projector hands-on
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We found the original Philips LivingColors lamp to be pretty astounding with its multi-million-color glow. Now the lamp gets an impressive v2 makeover.
The latest LivingColors lamp produces 16 million colors through a combination of 7 LEDs—an overall quality of light that's 50% brighter than version one.
And while the intuitive remote and bulbous shape remain mostly unchanged, you'll now have the option to purchase an opaque version (which we're guessing produces a more directional light flow) along with a more typical metal base stand. Look for the update in Europe soon, with models ranging from about $230-$350. [geekandhype via Unplggd]
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Tesla pulls in $465 million government loan to build Model S electric sedan originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jan 2010 12:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Daily Tech | Detroit News | Email this | Comments
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Linux: Skype doesn't update its Linux beta too often, but good things arrive when it does. This go-round, screen sharing gets added to the mix, interfaces can be styled, and a lot of annoyances were chopped down.
Image by Kabatology.
If you were irked about being unable to quote IM sections from Skype conversations, that got fixed in Skype 2.1 Beta 2. If you're amazed at how irksome connecting Skype through PulseAudio, the default audio engine in Ubuntu and a few other distributions—you're not getting much help here. With that out of the way, your Linux-friendly editor will point out the big list of improvements and fixes in this release.
Skype for Linux 2.1 Beta 2 is a free download for Linux systems only. If you've discovered a few smart Skype fixes on your Linux system, or want to see something else fixed up, tell us about it in the comments.
Posted by Augustine at 9:21 AM
You'll find no shortage of browser add-ons for the popular photo-sharing service Flickr, many of them focused on making the site more immersive. You can browse images in full screen with a simple hack however, no add-on necessary.
Matt Haughey was never really happy with the interface at Flickr, it always seemed like he could never get the images as big as he wanted without excess fiddling and fighting with the interface. He increased the default image size but that wasn't enough. His solution relies on a clever mouse-less version of the slideshow:
1. From whatever page you access contact photos, a user's photostream, and/or a photoset, click on the slideshow link
2. As soon as the slideshow loads, hit the pause button on the lower left
3. Use your keyboard's left/right keys to navigate through the set of photos at full screen. If your mouse pointer isn't in the very top or very bottom of the browser, all slideshow chrome will fade in a couple seconds leaving you with giant photos on a clean crisp full browser display
We tested it out—see the screenshot above—and it is a quick and painless way to enjoy completely full screen images sans any visual clutter or downloading add-ons.
Have your own clever hacks for getting more out of services without resorting to using add-ons and Greasemonkey scripts as bandages? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Posted by Augustine at 9:21 AM
According to AppleInsider's sources, this flickr image is the closest mockup of the Apple Tablet that anyone has seen to date. And yes, it's essentially a big, first-gen iPhone that's "met its match with a rolling pin."
Rather than a plastic back, AI claims the Tablet will have the same, two-tone aluminum look of the original iPhone. But while this image is thought to be very close to Apple's final design, it doesn't sound like a full-fledged OS X will be on board. Why? The Tablet will have an iPhone-inspired Home button (along with a 10-inch screen, 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack, built-in speaker grills, a microphone, GPS, 3G connectivity and a 30-pin dock connector, if AppleInsider has it right).
Posted by Augustine at 9:20 AM
Card skimmers have been around for a while now, but they're only getting more sophisticated and hard to detect. This one features a tiny pinhole camera that records victims' PIN as they punch it into the keypad, and it was clearly molded to fit and work with this exact ATM.
What can you do to protect yourself? Just be aware. Look at all the ATMs in the bank you're in to make sure they all look the same. Look for hidden cameras or extra seams that seem out of place. Look for odd protrusions or elements that have colors that don't match the rest of the machine. If you're paying attention, you should be OK. But if you aren't, you're at risk for giving up your checking account to a scammer. [Krebs on Security via Cynical C]
Posted by Augustine at 9:19 AM
Flash powers almost all the video on the web nowadays, so it's obviously good enough. But is there a better way? YouTube, and now Vimeo, who're both giddily jumping into bed with HTML, sure seem to think so.
Vimeo's new HTML5 system is just like YouTube's, in both execution and technical details, in that it'll only work with a few browsers—Safari and Chrome, for now—and that it's compatible with most, but not all, of the company's video libraries. It's something that most people won't bother to try at this point, and if they do, they're probably be underwhelmed, since HTML5 video playback is almost indistinguishable from Flash video playback. (Moving pictures!)
But it's primed to be something that everyone ends up using, and that would be a Very Good Thing. Flash video performs terribly on Mac OS X and Linux, and on the few mobile devices that do support it, playback is uniformly terrible. And generally speaking, it's a plug-in. We whine about having to install Silverlight to use Bing Maps or watch some kinds of video, but it's a plugin the same way that Flash is.
HTML5 allows certain types of video to be rendered in the browser natively, like JPEGs or GIFs are now. It's an objectively simpler, more efficient solution, and disregarding the massive infrastructure built up around Flash video, it would be the obvious choice.
Luckily, YouTube accounts for a hefty chunk of said architecture, their catalog is rendered in HTML5-friendly h.264 format already—that's how you watch in on the iPhone and Android, by the way—and with help from smaller sites like Vimeo, they could actually get the ball rolling on, you know, murdering Flash video. In a world where everybody's browser fully supports h.264 HTML5 video—a world that's a few years away, at least—we wouldn't have to wait years for Flash support in our new phones, wouldn't have to settle of chugging video playback on near-new machines, and we wouldn't have to put up overladen, poorly-designed proprietary Flash players getting in the way of our content. We'd just have...video. [CNET]
Posted by Augustine at 9:19 AM
Plastic polymers are efficient, cheap and easy to make—but not very environmentally friendly. Hydrogels had previously not been really considered a viable alternative, because they're, well, gels. But by attaching them to clay, that's all changed.
Turns out the water-based (duh) hydrogels had a great affinity for attaching to glass, so researchers tested out its relationship with something fairly similar: Clay. And lo and behold, it sticks! That gives it a bunch of properties that make it a possible alternative to plastics:
This notably improved mechanical properties over other hydrogels, as it could be molded into shapes that are free-standing and relatively robust and would undergo self-healing when cut. Less than 0.4 percent of it is petroleum-derived, so improved versions may provide an appealing green alternative to polymers. The best aspect, however, may be its simplicity: all you need are three ingredients, a beaker of water, and something to stir with.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether these new hydrogels actually take off as a plastic replacement, but it looks like now they might have a fighting chance. [Ars Technica]
We've heard of electromagnetic pulses cutting steel in milliseconds, but apparently they can also be used to stop moving cars just as fast. The cannon demonstrated in the video here is still a prototype, but it definitely seems to work.
The idea is that an electromagnetic pulse would be used to disable a car's microprocessors, chips, and whatever other electronics are keeping it running. The final "cannon" system, built by Eureka Aerospace, will apparently a bit smaller and lighter than what we see in the video—it'll be suitcase-sized and about 50 pounds—and it will "stop cars in their tracks up to 656 feet (200 m) away."
I wish they tested that cannon on a moving car, but it does just what it should by disabling the car's electrical system. Only trouble is that even once the system is perfected and in use it can still be foiled easily: By using a pre-1970s car which doesn't "rely on microprocessors." Whoops. [Flight Global via Pop Sci]
HP molds itself an entry into the 3D printer market originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET | Stratasys PR | Email this | Comments
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ViewSonic VPC08 MID/phone appears on video, fails to steal xpPhone's thunder originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 14:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Cloned In China | Tech163 | Email this | Comments
Corsair pushes speed envelope with 2,333MHz Dominator GTX RAM modules originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 15:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Hot Hardware | Email this | Comments
Origin's Genesis gaming desktop gets reviewed: blisteringly fast, but oh-so-pricey originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jan 2010 19:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Hot Hardware |&nb! sp;Email this | Comments
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Twin Video camera has two lenses, two mics, one body originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jan 2010 04:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Wired | Ion Audio | Email this | Comments
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ARM-based processors to overtake x86 competition in netbooks and MIDs by 2013? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jan 2010 05:26:00 EST. Pl! ease see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink AVING USA | ABI Research | Email this | Comments
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