Friday, January 20, 2012
Luxury watches are not just functional wristwear--they're works of art with hundreds of years of technology packed inside.
Consumers' tastes and shopping preferences for watches are evolving around the globe.
Market research company Digital Luxury Group has just released its annual report on the worldwide market for high-end watches, looking at 15 of the world's biggest haute timepiece brands ahead of Baselworld, the upcoming international watch and jewelry show in Switzerland.
For the first time in 2011, demand for luxury watches was higher in the US than in China, based on internet search market share.
Within China, more than half of demand for luxury timepieces comes from first- and second-tier coastal cities with high-end shopping streets, like Beijing and Shanghai.
Heritage brands like Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin are more popular with traditional clients from Beijing, while IWC attracts a younger, trendier, urban audience.
Source: Digital Luxury Group
See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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The Raspberry Pi project is trying to offer you a thumb-drive sized PC for $35, which is amazing. Only, it just got more amazing, because it can use AirPlay to stream video from your iPad to your TV.
In the video, one of the Raspberry Pi developers hooks the mini computer up to an HDMI connected TV, then runs a specially written AirPlay app on the Pi. He then starts playing a video on his iPad, chooses to stream it via Airplay and — bang — the little 'puter has it up and streaming to the TV.
Let's remember that this little computer will cost $35. Thirty five freakin' dollars. That is insane.
The great news is that the Raspberry Pi is already in production, the sad news is that we still don't know when it will be shipping. I was excited when I saw one running Quake III. Now I'm incredibly excited. [Raspberry Pi via Netbook News via Engagdet]
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Zeal Optics iON goggles take full HD to the slopes, let you share the extreme thrills originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 04:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms! for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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BASF, Philips team up to create transparent OLED car roof originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 05:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink PhysOrg | BASF, Philips | Email this | Comments
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Motorola has already unveiled the RAZR's bigger, battery-savvy brother, the Maxx, but it's not yet done with the original kevlar-skinned smartphone. Yes, the RAZR will get a color palette refresh for the new year, with Verizon readying a metallic purple edition for just under $200 -- that's a hundred bucks less than what Big Red hopes you'll lay down for the newer Maxx. Like its white and black siblings, it will shed the 16GB SD card that arrived with the first issue RAZR, leaving 16GB of built-in storage. You'll be able to ogle at that puce wafer-thin profile when it arrives on January 23rd. Verizon's self-congratulatory fanfare is after the break.
Verizon's Droid RAZR gets violet coat of paint, price tumbles to $200 on contract originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashPh one | Verizon | Email this | Comments
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NetLED WiFi-enabled, app-controllable, LED light tubes come to Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET, TechCrunch | AVWatch | Email this | Comments
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drag2share: Arman Ahnood teases OLED display with solar cells, idealizes the self-sustaining smartphone
Ahnood's handiwork relies on an array of solar cells that surround and sit beneath the phone's display. Currently, the system averages 11 percent efficiency in its energy capture, with a peak efficiency of 18 percent. Naturally, there are gains to be made. Of the light generated from OLEDs, Ahnood approximates that only 36 percent is actually projected outward. Critically speaking, this also suggests that similar power savings could be achieved with dimmer, more efficient displays, but we'll let that slide. As it stands, Ahnood's system is able to generate approximately five milliwatts of additional power, given a screen size of 3.7-inches. It's hardly sustainable, but if the creation lets us squeeze in a few more text messages on Friday night, we'll take it.
Arman Ahnood teases OLED display with solar cells, idealizes the self-sustaining smartphone originally appeared on ! Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 01:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink ExtremeTech | IEEE Spectrum | Email this | Comments
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drag2share: Wall Street's Hottest Smartphone App Can Sniff Out Corporate Bankruptcies Long Before They Happen
One of the most widely-used and well-recognized measures of corporate credit risk is the Altman Z-Score, named after legendary NYU Stern Professor Edward Altman.
Specifically, the Altman Z-Score is used to predict the odds of bankruptcy. (More details below.)
According to The Financial Professional's Post, Professor Altman and Business Compass LLC teamed up to develop a smartphone app so that credit analysts can carry the power of the Altman Z-Score in the palm of their hands.
You're probably wondering how the Altman Z-Score works.
First, it takes key financial measures such as current assets, current liabilities, intangible assets, sales, earnings before interest and tax, market cap, book value, total assets and total liabilities. Then it will tell you the probability of default over a period of 1 to 10 years.
You can read more about Professor Altman's work here.
If you must download this app now, head here.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Samsung aggressively aggregating acronyms as eMCP assembly activated originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds! a>.< h6>Permalink | Samsung Tomorrow (flickr) | Email this | Comments
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As an example of this new remote method of learning, the company demoed a Chemistry course at its event, showing an overview, syllabus, credits and even the professor's office hours. Tabs are placed along the right side of page with options for Info, Posts, Notes and Materials, allowing teachers to send updates direct to the app and students the ability to jot down important highlights. Wondering about integration? A simple tap on these pushed assignments will transport students direct to iBooks, where their specific coursework lies in wait and, once completed, can be crossed off on the provided task list.
The app can even be used for course registration, eliminating the frenzied rush typically associated with such events. It's all available to download on the App Store right now at no cost in 123 countries. So, if you're on Apple's participating list of schools and you're rocking an iPad, go ahead and get to virtually cracking those books.
Update: We've got our hands-on video up of the new iTunes U application!
Gallery: iTunes U app
Apple revamps iTunes U and intros dedicated app (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Overclocking processors used to be extremely nerdy, but if anything it's becoming more common these days. For those intent on squeezing performance from their chip, Intel's new CPU insurance means getting it wrong needn't be that expensive.
Overclocking a CPU does bring performance increases, but it also brings extra heat which can damage the chip if you're not careful. That's why Intel is now offering a Performance Tuning Protection Plan for five of its CPUs, which bolts on additional coverage for overclocked processors on top of their standard 3-year warranty.
You can buy the insurance any time within a year from purchase, and the policy lasts three years. So, burn your chip out from overclocking, and it's replaced free of charge. Insurance is available for five unlocked processors, and the cost varies by model as follows:
Core i7 3960X ($35)
Core i7 3930K ($35)
Core i7 2700K ($25)
Core i7 2600K ($25)
Core i5 2500K ($20)
Posted by Augustine at 10:59 AM
drag2share: Apple's iPad Textbooks: Everything You Need to Know About iBooks 2 (Updating Live) [Apple]
Steve Jobs wanted to do to education what he did for music, phones and tablet computers. Apple's new textbooks was his Next Big thing (or one of them). They want to change the way students access education material with their new iBooks 2.
This is what they're doing.
Apple—and most teachers—thinks that schools "need a reset." According to Phil Schiller, who is presenting this now in New York City's Guggenheim museum, they can't fix it, but they can help. Apple believes that current books are not good enough: too big and heavy, not durable or interactive. That's why they are coming out with iBooks 2.
All the iBook 2 features are going to be available to every book, not just textbooks. This is probably the best news of this announcement. Here are the key features:
Interactive graphics and built-in videos: The new textbooks—and any iBook 2-compatible book I guess—would be able to use all the features that any application can use. Instead of just text and photos, they will include multitouch, video and interactive objects.
Thumbnail navigation: You would be able to go through books using a visual index, with thumbnails marking the sections of the book.
Custom glossary: They also include a feature similar to the current iBook's dictionary, in which you will access each textbook's custom glossary by highlighting words.
Quizzes and review questions: Another cool feature that I'm sure students will love are the instant quizzes built-in into the textbooks. The quizzes and review questions are built right into each book.
Study cards: This is another really neat feature. The app will automatically turn your highlights and notes into study cards. This will also be useful for any kinds of research, if it's available for every book through the iBooks 2 application. The current iBook highlighting and note taking is very limited when it's time to review whatever notes you took. Their study cards, which are like virtual paper study cards, will help a lot here.
There are already eight free books on the store, but the ones coming from the big publishing companies will be $15 "or less" each. They are working with Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, DK publishing—which is starting with four kids books—and the E.O Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. The latter has made available the first chapters of Life on Earth for free, and they will be adding new chapters for "a low price."
How to make them
Apple is also releasing a new application for Mac OS X called iBooks Author. This is an app that anyone can use to create iBooks compatible with the new iBooks 2, not just big companies.
It works like the Apple iWorks applications—which is not a surprise, knowing that iWork's chief Roger Rosner is in charge of this. It basically gets any content that iWork would admit, which includes text, shapes, graphics, video and even entire Keynote presentations, which are fully animated. The app is compatible with Word too, which is a must in a world dominated by Office.
From the demo—he just created a basic textbook in five minutes—it seems like this could be a winner for everyone, not only big publishing companies. The app will be free, and it's available today at the Mac App Store.
Apple has an iPad app for higher education too, called iTunes U. It's not just for college books, but for entire online courses from universities (the current iTunes U has had 700 million downloads since it started four years ago).
Posted by Augustine at 10:56 AM
Algebra, Biology, Geometry—these have never been particularly exciting words when it comes to textbooks, but that could change today. Apple's attempt at reinventing learning is officially online and ready for download—with each title offered at only 15 bucks.
So far the iTunes selection includes the aforementioned titles, along with E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth (first two chapters free!), Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Physics. That makes for eight textbooks in all, covering a decent range of topics but nothing too drilled down. Interesting, too, that Apple's taking its textbook offensive to high schools first, not colleges. Possibly because high schools encompass a narrower curricula. Also: get 'em while they're young.
One potential hiccup to the textbook plan? These puppies are huge, over a gig on average, with Biology tipping the scales at 2.77GB. They may not weigh down your backpack, but they're going to fill up your iPad pretty damn quickly. Looks like the money you saved by switching from hardcover is going to have to go towards a higher storage iPad.
Apple's clearly starting with the fundamentals here, and publishing partners include the big three: McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (although the latter doesn't have any available titles yet). But this library should be fleshed out very fast, very soon. [iTunes]
Posted by Augustine at 10:55 AM
drag2share: Adlink launches fanless quad-core Intel Core i7 computers, keeps its cool with mobile connectivity
Adlink's announced a new series of quad-core computers that laugh in the face of overheating. Apparently forgoing the need for fan installation, its Matrix MXE-5300 line-up covers Intel Core i7, i5, and i3 processor setups and are tweaked especially for wireless optimization with 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The MXE-5300 is peppered with six USB ports, four serial ports, ethernet, two Mini-PCIe and a single USIM slot. The embedded PCs are geared towards in-vehicle multimedia systems and the ever-so-slightly less interesting likes of factory automation. Well, something has to tell those robots what to do.
Adlink launches fanless quad-core Intel Core i7 computers, keeps its cool with mobile connectivity originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Adlink | Email this | Comments
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Recon partners with Scott and Smith, brings MOD to the masses originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: Alienware X51
Alienware announces X51 small form factor gaming PC, starting at $699 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Dell | Email this | Comments
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pureSilicon announces Kage K1 SATA and USB SSDs, up for pre-order now originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 03:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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