MSI rolls out Wind U160DX netbook with 15-hour battery originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 May 2010 18:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Engadget Spanish | Email this | Comments
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Samsung's AMOLED division is now profitable, expects major smartphone growth in 2010 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 20:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink OLED-Display.net | Reuters | Email this | Comments
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Fujitsu's quantum dot laser fires data at 25Gbps, not just for show originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 May 2010 06:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Akihabara News | Fujitsu | Email this | Comments
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MSI Graphics Upgrade Solution seeks an ExpressCard slot to call home originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 May 2010 08:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Bit-tech.net | Email this | Comments
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Scientists call it 'the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer'
"This is the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer," Venter said in a press conference.
The biological breakthrough could have myriad applications, as it essentially opens the door to engineered biology that is completely manipulated by laboratory scientists. The researchers are already planning to create a specially engineered algae designed to trap carbon dioxide and convert it to biofuel. Other applications could include medicine, environmental cleanup, and energy production.
Though a bacteria cell was the final product in this particular experiment, eukaryotic yeast was a critical player in the process. Venter and company synthesized the genome of the bacterium M. mycoides by taking short strains of DNA (contemporary machines can only assemble short sequences at a time) and inserting them into yeast, whose enzymes have a keen ability to repair DNA and combine the short strains together.
The yeast first linked the shorter snippets (just over 1,000 base pairs each) together into longer 10,000 base pair strands. The longer strands were removed, further combined in groups of ten and put back into yeast to connect 100,000 base pair strands. After three rounds of this, the team had produced the full genome, stretching more than a million base pairs. To distinguish their synthetic genome from those found in nature, special "watermark" sequences were added to the DNA so that it won't be mistaken for a natural species.
The synthetic genome was then transplanted into another type of bacteria, Mycoplasma capricolum, where the synthetic genome started producing new proteins. The capricolum's original genome was either destroyed by M. mycoides' enzymes or lost during cell replication. Either way, as the cells multiplied, cells were produced borne solely of the synthesized genome and there it was in the petri dish: the world's first synthetic cells built from wholly synthesized DNA.
"Every component in the cell comes from the synthetic genome," Venter said. "This cell, its lineage is a computer. But this cell is simply a proof of concept to get to the minimal understanding of the synthetic genome."
Not everyone is thrilled with the achievement, however. Upon the announcement, some researchers questioned the validity of the term "synthetic cell" because though the genome was fabricated by computer, the process merely modified existing life rather than created it from scratch. There are also plenty ethical – and legal – ramifications to such a technological advance that will no doubt be argued in coming months.
What is not up for dispute is that Venter and company have carried out a serious technological feat in stringing together a million nucleotide base pairs to create a complete genome in the lab. Not only that, but they did it accurately enough that the cell accepted the DNA.
"Probably 99% of our experiments have failed," Venter said of the decades-long journey to this point. "This was a debugging, problem solving process from the beginning, because there was no recipe."
Now that there's a recipe, Venter and company want to get cooking. Having strung 1 million base pairs into a coherent genome, Venter said the next step is algae, as algal genomes generally contain just under 2 million base pairs. By comparison, the human genome contains more than 3 billion pairs, so don't look for synthetic mammals any time soon.
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Windows/Mac/Linux: Droopy is a Python script that creates a miniature, one-shot web server that lets anyone upload files through a web page straight to your computer, no matter the size.
Instead of using traditional file-sharing methods like FTP or even Dropbox (which requires an account), Droopy lets people upload large files without hassle through their web browser. The file is saved directly onto your machine in a chosen folder. Unlike other web-based file-sharing services, like YouSendIt, it does not require the additional step of downloading the file.
Python needs to be installed before you can run the script, and you'll need to run it with a bit of command-line knowledge know how. (Instructions are provided on the web site, but we've provided instructions for Windows below.) Droopy is a one-way web app running on port 8000, and only allows uploads to your machine, so your privacy is kept intact. It's still up to you to be smart and secure in what you allow, and run, on your system, but for quick file-swapping setups, it's a nifty tool. Here's a quick how-to for Windows users:
Save the Droopy file as "droopy.py." Run the file, and open up http://localhost:8000 in your browser. Click on "Discover the address of this page," and that's the address you will use to send to your friends.
Droopy is a free download for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Python must be installed.
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Google's out with Android 2.2—codename: Froyo—and so far we're impressed. But what is it, exactly?
It's a mobile platform...
Froyo (following Google's adorable alphabetized dessert naming convention) is the latest iteration of Android, Google's mobile operating system. Simple enough! If you bought an Android phone recently, Froyo's what it will eventually be running.
...with a slightly different look...
Aside from the nice touch of being greeted by an Android icon at start-up, Froyo users can also expect a new homescreen widget. There are some other minor aesthetic changes, and transitions and animations seem a bit smoother, but the user experience isn't all that different from using 2.1 on a Nexus One.
...that supports USB tethering and acts as a portable hotspot...
Another piece of news we'd heard but are ecstatic to see confirmed: Froyo lets you turn your phone into a hotspot—including for your Wi-Fi iPad, if you're so inclined. (Or any other Wi-Fi device.) It's still not confirmed if every Android carrier will support tethering (AT&T?), but Froyo's definitely capable.
... that's way faster than its predecessor...
We'd heard previous reports that Android 2.2 was going to be ridiculously faster than Android 2.1, and today we saw it first hand: Froyo is up to 5x faster than Eclair, thanks to a just-in-time compiler. And that's just the OS; Google's also claiming that Froyo has the world's fastest mobile browser, period.
...that supports Flash 10.1...
Android 2.2 supports Flash 10.1—important, because Flash 10.1 is optimized to run on mobile devices. And more than finally killing off those little question mark cubes that litter the web on your phone, it'll also be a huge differentiator for Google in the fight against Apple. There's a line in the sand, and Adobe and Google are on the same side of it.
It may turn out that Flash on mobiles is a bad idea, but at least now you'll have a choice.
...that updates apps and music OTA...
Speaking of leapfrogging the iPhone: with Froyo, when you download an app to your computer you don't need to tether your phone. Instead, the update will automatically be installed over-the-air to your device. Same goes with music you buy. Hear that, iPhone users? No syncing required.
...that streams your music...
You'll also be able to stream your (non-DRM) iTunes library wirelessly to your Froyo phone.
...that's introducing a bevy of new app features...
Froyo gives hardware compass access to the browser, handy for orienting maps according to which direction you're facing. You'll be able to access the camera from the browser, as well. Google continues to blur the difference between native and web apps.
Other tidbits: voice recognition for search and for Google Translate—the latter of which, when plugged into text to speech, makes a handy speech-to-speech translator. There's also a handy new application manager that'll let you move apps to and run them off of an SD card and allows background updating.
...and that's coming soon (depending)...
Congratulations, Nexus One users! You're guaranteed to be in the first Froyo update. Everyone else, you're just going to have to hold tight; firmware updates are largely up to the carriers and OEMs, and some poor saps only got their Android 2.1 upgrade in the last week. The more recent Android handsets should see an update in the next few months.
You're caught up on Froyo!. Now you can check out what's going on with Google TV.
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SSD power consumption reduced by 86 percent, speeds of 9.5GBps achieved by Japanese researchers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 06:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Geek.com | TechOn! | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: Drobo FS unboxing
Drobo FS gains native Time Machine support, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 08:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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NVIDIA GTX 465 detailed ahead of June 1 launch, GTX 460 also rumored originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 10:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Hexus | Donanimhaber (465), (460), Bit-tech.net | Email this | Comments
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Google claims Froyo has the world's fastest mobile browser originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 11:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: Android 2.2 Froyo (unabridged)
Android 2.2 'Froyo' beta hands-on: Flash 10.1, WiFi hotspots, and some killer benchmark scores originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT. ! Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
As for all there is to see, hear, and do with Froyo, Google's big keynote is going on now -- stay tuned, and in the meantime, why not check out our hands-on impressions of Android 2.2! Oh, and did we mention Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch is gonna be on this week's Engadget Show?
Gallery: Flash 10.1 for Android (press shots)
Flash 10.1 for Android beta unveiled: Hulu a no-show, Froyo now a minimum requirement originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Google's not sharing hardware specs, but we're told Google TV devices will have WiFi, HDMI, the Intel CE4100 processor, and... some will have an IR blaster to tune your cable or satellite box, which is just sad. (Like, 1997 sad.) The input devices will all have keyboards, and you'll also be able to use Android devices as a remote, including using voice search to find content and sending content from the phone to the TV. The software is based on Android with Chrome as the browser and full Flash 10.1 support. Since it's Android, there's a version of Android Market -- any app that doesn't require phone hardware can run on Google TV. There will also be a Google TV-specific Android SDK launching in "early" 2011, along with the Android Market for Google TV.
As for partners, it's just as we heard: Sony will launch Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players with Google TV in the fall, and Logitech will introduce a set-top box with a Harmony remote and an HD camera for video chat at some point in the future. Dish Network will also launch a Google TV box at some point, while Best Buy will promote the platform as a whole in-store.
Make sure to keep up with the latest from I/O in our liveblog!
Gallery: Google TV turns on at I/O
Google TV turns on at I/O: runs Android and Flash, partnered with Sony, Logitech, and Intel originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 12:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Google PR, Google blog | Email this | Comments