Submitted by lalit on May 24, 2012 - 9:11pm.
Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence is working with Technion in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on small, wearable computers that can offer new applications to enhance daily life. The system can continuously monitor human functions from the brain, heart, blood, eyes and more, and send this data to a remote server that will combine them with other data such as environmental weather conditions, along with historical data, and could proactively warn people about a potential headache or dizziness during driving.
The system won’t be just for monitoring our health, it will act as a companion that will remember our habits and help in day-to-day tasks. For example, if you have a habit of forgetting your keys in the house the system will in first week remember where you left the keys, and by second week it will start reminding you to take your keys while leaving the house.
“Despite their name, smartphones are rather dumb devices. My smartphone doesn't know anything more about me than when I got it,” Justin Rattner, Intel’s chief technology officer, told reporters in Tel Aviv. “All of these devices will come to know us as individuals, will very much tailor themselves to us.”
Intel says such devices/systems will come to the market by 2014 or 2015. [Via Reuters]
Submitted by lalit on May 24, 2012 - 9:51am.
LG today revealed the final design of 55-inch OLED TV, which they claim is the world’s largest and slimmest OLED TV. LG also officials vowed to develop the most advanced commercial OLED TV in the market and to be the first company to bring these TVs to European consumers in the second half of the year.
"In the history of television, there have been very few innovations as impactful as the coming of OLED TV," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG's Home Entertainment Company. "We say THE ULTIMATE DISPLAY because LG OLED TV is truly above all expectations and beyond everyone's imagination with uncompromising picture quality and beautiful design. This year, we plan to make OLED synonymous with LG."
In the new OLED TV, LG used WRGB technology - a 4 Color Pixel technology that relies on a white sub-pixel to perfect the color output. LG says that they used carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the exterior, which helped them to create a final product with a thickness of only 4mm (0.15-inch) and weighed only 10kg (22 pounds).
LG will ship the 55-inch OLED TV in second half of 2012 in Europe. LG aims to price the TV around Euro 8,000 ($10,000).
Submitted by lalit on May 24, 2012 - 8:14am.
International Data Corporation (IDC) has published their quarterly worldwide smartphone market share report and it’s bad news for everyone except Android and iOS. Android and iOS were the only two smartphone platforms that saw a rise in market share. Android market share jumped from 36.1% in Q1 2011 to 59% in Q1 2012 and iOS market share jumped form 18.3% in Q1 2011 to 23% on Q1 2012. Every other smartphone platform including Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 saw a drop in market share.
According to IDC, Android finished the quarter as the overall leader among the mobile operating systems, accounting for more than half of all smartphone shipments. In addition, Android boasted the longest list of smartphone vendor partners. Samsung was the largest contributor to Android's success, accounting for 45.4% of all Android-based smartphone shipments. But beyond Samsung was a mix of companies retrenching themselves or slowly growing their volumes.
On the other hand, iOS recorded strong year-over-year growth with sustained demand for the iPhone 4S following the holiday quarter and the addition of numerous mobile operators offering the iPhone for the first time. Although end-user demand remains high, the iPhone's popularity brings additional operational pressures for mobile operators through subsidy and data revenue sharing policies.
You can read the complete report on IDC’s website.
Submitted by lalit on May 23, 2012 - 11:42pm.
We all know the amount of emphasis Apple gives to design and quality while making devices like iPhones, iPads and Macs. However, Apple’s attention to the details doesn’t just end there, they focus on making everything related to the product perfect. And this is clearly shown in the design of iPhone charger, as revealed by a teardown done by Ken Shirriff’s blog. Ken concluded his iPhone charger teardown report by saying:
Apple could have easily bought and shipped a third party charger with Apple’s logo on it for the iPhone, but they went one step further and designed the best USB charger available on the market for the iPhone. You can read the complete explanation about how the iPhone charger works and how Apple designed it on Ken Shirriff’s Blog.
Submitted by lalit on May 23, 2012 - 9:58am.
McAfee today released their “McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012” and in first quarter alone mobile malware has grown four times when compared to 2011. The news is worst for Android as over 80% of that malware growth was on Google’s mobile platform. McAfee reported the following:
This is bad news for Android users and if you are an Android user, you should download applications from reliable sources only. You can read the complete McAfee report here.
Submitted by lalit on May 23, 2012 - 5:30am.
Apple’s design chief Jonathan Ive, told in an interview with The Telegraph after he received a knighthood in UK that he believes his current projects at Apple are his ‘most important’ design work ever. Shane Richmond wrote on The Telegraph:
In the two part interview on The Telegraph, Jonathan Ive talks about how he got into design at very early age and his focus on simplicity. You can read the part one and part two of the interview here.
Submitted by lalit on May 23, 2012 - 4:49am.
OmniVision today announced the OV16820 and OV16825, two 16-megapixel CameraChip sensors that support 16-megapixel burst photography and can capture 4K2K video, or Quad Full High Definition (QFHD), at 60 frames per second (FPS). Built on the high-performance 1.34-micron OmniBSI-2 pixel architecture, the OV16820 and OV16825 were developed by OmniVision to support emerging standards in high-resolution video recording for the digital still and video camera (DSC/DVC) markets and the high-end smartphone market, respectively.
“It was an industry-wide assumption that smartphones would cut into DSC/DVC sales; but at higher resolutions, we’re seeing a very distinct divide between the two markets and both remain strong,” said Devang Patel, senior product marketing manager at OmniVision. “Industry experts have observed that mainstream DSC products are shifting to 16-megapixel resolutions and are offering improved image quality and optics. The OV16820 supports such offerings, allowing DSC/DVC manufacturers to provide consumers a high-resolution, feature-rich point and shoot photography experience, while the OV16825 provides top-tier imaging and video recording capabilities for flagship smartphones.”
The 1/2.3-inch OV16820 and OV16825 image sensors are capable of operating in full resolution (4608 x 3456) video at 30 FPS, 4K2K (3840 x 2160) video at 60 FPS, and 1080p HD video at 60 FPS with extra pixels for electronic image stabilization (EIS).
Both the OV16820 and OV16825 sensors are available for sampling and are expected to enter volume production by the fourth quarter of 2012.
Submitted by lalit on May 22, 2012 - 5:55am.
9to5mac is reporting that Apple is testing multiple next generation iPhone prototypes and at least one of those prototypes feature a bigger 3.95-inch screen. Chuck Remington wrote on 9to5mac:
Even though 9to5mac has been right about Apple rumors sometimes, we have our doubts about this 1136 x 640 resolution. If Apple is changing the resolution why not just go with 1280 x 720 on a 4-inch screen, rather than go with some odd resolution that's between 16:10 and 16:9.
Submitted by lalit on May 22, 2012 - 12:34am.
TiVo today announced two new products to enhance its whole home viewing solution – the IP set-top box, delivers the TiVo experience on secondary televisions throughout the home and TiVo Stream, provides transcoding to enable content viewing on mobile devices.
According to TiVo, with these new products, operators working with TiVo can give their subscribers the content they want on any screen within the home, including secondary televisions, tablets and smart phones and all through the same easy-to-use TiVo interface.
The IP set-top box works with the TiVo Premiere Q, a home's primary gateway device, to give consumers access to live and recorded TV, operator VOD, plus broadband-delivered content on every TV in the house. It includes integrated MoCA to simplify home networking and multi-room applications.
TiVo Stream seamlessly delivers the content available on a consumer's TiVo Premiere or Premiere Q DVR to alternative screens such as iPads and iPhones. Unlike similar offerings in the market, this is the first product to enable streaming or download of shows simultaneously to multiple portable devices without interrupting what's playing on the television. The TiVo Stream enables users to quickly transfer shows to their mobile device for viewing outside the home.
Availability for both the IP set-top box and TiVo Stream will be announced in the coming months. No word on price yet.
Submitted by lalit on May 21, 2012 - 8:11pm.
Pentax today announced the new weather and dust resistant digital SLR camera – the Pentax K-30. The camera features 81 seals set in its compact body and is built to be weather, dust and cold resistant, perfectly working at sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C).
“No detail was overlooked when designing the dynamic new K-30 to be weather resistant,” explains John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX. “Every seam, every button, every hinge has been weather sealed for adventure-proof creative photography. Whether enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking in the Rocky Mountains or on vacation cruising along on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, photographers can stop worrying about weather conditions and start focusing on capturing the perfect shot.”
Other features of the new camera are 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, PRIME M imaging engine, 1080p video recording at 30 fps, 11-point auto focus, 6fps continuous shooting mode, ISO range of 100 to 12800, 19 scene modes, shake reduction (SR) mechanism, 77 segment multi pattern metering system, 100% field view optical finder and 3-inch LCD monitor.
The new Pentax K-30 will be available in July 2012, priced $849.95 for body only and $899.95 for the kit including the DA L 18-55mm zoom lens.
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