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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Genius Redesigns the Pen Mouse

Genius Pen MouseGenius Pen Mouse

Genius has introduced the revamped carbon grey Pen Mouse with a redesigned shape for improved grip and pen clip for portability.

Using 2.4 Ghz wireless technology, Genius' Pen Mouse, shaped like a fountain pen, allows users to sit back in their chair and use their leg, palm, or any number of unconventional surfaces, as a mouse pad. Even while standing or giving presentations users can use Pen Mouse to control their PC.

Not just a convenient mousing option, Pen Mouse also helps those with wrist problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome as it prevents aggravating injuries unlike regular mice as it does not require use of the wrist.

This mouse functions on almost any surface, including your palm, with its three dpi settings, switchable between 400/800/1200 dpi to accommodate various sensitivity preferences. A slight, downward push activates the left-click, while right-click and flying-scroll buttons, towards the tip of the Pen Mouse, give users a brand new mousing experience that is both comfortable and accurate. Pushing the flying-scroll button and vertically or horizontally moving the Pen Mouse produces fast and convenient scrolling.

The wireless Pen Mouse connects to desktops and notebooks via USB with a very small, Pico dongle. Powered by a single AAA battery, Genius' Pen Mouse enters a power-saving sleep-mode when not in use. To start mousing again, simply press any button. Also, provided is a carrying case that protects the Pen Mouse and dongle when traveling.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Using DNA to store more data

Researchers out of the European Bioinformatics Institute are claiming to have successfully encoded 154 Shakespeare sonnets, as well as an MP3 of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and crammed it all into a single DNA strand. This information costs of around 739KB of data.


Better yet, researchers were able to read those files again with 100% accuracy leading to the possibilities of eventually storing data within the strands of our DNA. With DNA being just chemical-based instruction manuals for developing highly complex organisms with a seemingly never ending variety of permutations. A researcher involved with the testing said:

We realized that DNA itself is a really efficient way of storing information. Over a second beer, we started to write on napkins and sketch out some details of how that might be made to work.

A single gram of DNA can is capable of storing an incredible 2.2 petabytes of information, with the paper claiming "We recovered 757,051 bytes of information from 337 pg of DNA (above), giving an information storage density of ~2.2 PB/g (= 757,051/337 x 10-12)".

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Monday, January 28, 2013

No Apps store for Ubuntu phone

DNP First Ubuntu smartphone will launch without an app store
While RIM throws checks at developers, and Steve Ballmer invades other people's press conferences to shout about apps, the folks behind the Ubuntu smartphone project are taking a very different tack. According to Richard Collins, product manager at Canonical, the first device -- expected by early next year -- will target basic users and only run pre-installed software:
"In terms of our first go-to-market product strategy, the intention is not to have an application store full of ready-made applications that are there to download. We have a very definite approach in terms of addressing a very important part of the market where users are primarily interested in being able to use a core set of applications."
Let's be clear, though: this entry-level phone will be capable of accessing a storefront for third-party apps at some point in the future. A huge part of Canonical's long-term plan is to capitalize on its relationships with developers and the fact that existing Ubuntu desktop apps should be relatively easy to port to the new breed of phones and tablets. It's just that this isn't going to be the priority to begin with. Check out our full interview with Richard Collins for more.

Friday, January 25, 2013

LG plans on selling 45 million smartphones this year

LG have some grand plans for 2013, and by grand, we mean really grand - the South Korean company are expecting to have a ten-fold increase in sales according to The Korea Times.


The Korea Times' report also says that LG are looking to sell roughly 75 million handsets this year, with 45 million of those being smartphones. LG also talks about jumping into the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon, with a senior executive from one of LG's partners telling The Korea Times:

We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year, and LG also has some new smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.

The executive adds that this year "won't be as bullish for LG as last year" and that the Nexus 4 and Optimus G have helped the South Korean company make great impressions with major carriers. These two smartphones have shown not only the carriers, but consumers that LG are more than capable of releasing some of the best built, and outright best smartphones on the market right now.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Google sits on top of the Fortune 100 list

Google would be popping the Moet right now, as Fortune have released their annual list of the top 100 companies to work for, with Google taking out the top dog, number one position on the list.


This is not the first time the Mountain View-based company has taken the top spot, but their fourth time riding high on the Fortune 100 list. The explanation as to why Google is the best company to work for, is:

The Internet juggernaut takes the Best Companies crown for the fourth time, and not just for the 100,000 hours of subsidized massages it doled out in 2012. New this year are three wellness centers and a seven-acre sports complex, which includes a roller hockey rink; courts for basketball, bocce, and shuffle ball; and horseshoe pits.

The funny thing? Apple isn't even listed in the top 100, at all. Qualcomm takes out number 11, Intel with number 68 and Microsoft at 75. Apple? Nowhere, not in sight, at all. This. Changes. Everything. Again.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CES Booth babes by TechwareLabs

What is a computer electronics show without the booth babes to explain the products in details? TechwareLabs has rounded up the second part of the CES booth babes photo gallery. Check it out at their site! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Google with a patent for Google Glasses project


Google's patent uses a laser to project a keyboard onto the user's hand, which can then be articulated by gestures. Patent 20130016070, "Methods and Systems for a Virtual Input Device," is the patent in question. Of course, as we warn with all patents, just because they have applied for it, it doesn't mean it will make its way into a product.

The hand can either be used as a touchscreen or the camera can recognize hand gestures, allowing input by two different methods. It would help solve the problem of input into a device that doesn't feature a physical keyboard. It would also be pretty sweet since it uses laser. We still have a good amount of time before Glass releases to the public, so it's definitely possible it will show up in the final product.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Kodak patent sale raises $527 million

Despite hammering out the details late last year, Kodak still had to wait for the Bankruptcy court to greenlight its big patent sale. Today, that happened: Judge Allan Gropper has approved the $527 million deal between Kodak, Apple and Google -- giving the floundering photo company final permission to offload more than 1,000 imaging patents. Kodak originally valued its collection of IP at over $2 billion, which Gropper deemed a bit high. Despite hoping for a higher payout, Kodak's attorney admits the deal is probably the best it could have hoped for, explaining that the $525 million the company will collect in the agreement will give it some "patent peace." Apple and Google, once rivals for Kodak's intellectual property, struck a deal to bid on the patents together -- lowering their respective costs and and keeping the bid war out of the courts. Less litigation sounds good to us, even if it's only for a little while. Check out Bloomberg's report at the adjacent source link for more info.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ableplanet with new type of vibration headsets

AblePlanet and ViviTouch releasing a haptic gaming headset, we preview the technology behind it handson
Headsets with vibrating haptics aren't exactly novel -- we've already seen such offerings from Skullcandy as well as Sony. Now AblePlanet is coming out with something similar, but the underlying technology makes it considerably smarter than anything currently on the market. The company recently announced it's pairing up with haptics firm ViviTouch to make a gaming headset that offers different-feeling vibrations depending on what kind of music you're listening to, or what's happening in the game. The as-yet-unnamed headset will go on sale within the next six to nine months, according to AblePlanet, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

Monday, January 14, 2013

3D-sensing in phones

PrimeSense shows off tiny Capri sensor, yearns for 3Dsensing future handson
Though we wrote about it last monthPrimeSense is showing off its Capri sensor for the first time at CES 2013. As a refresher, the Capri is about ten times smaller than the company's existing 3D-sensing chip, which incidentally make up the guts ofMicrosoft's Kinect. With the help of potential OEMs, the Tel Aviv-based firm hopes the cheaper and tinier sensor will make it in tablets, laptops, cell phones and many other consumer-level products beyond the niche realm of video games. We saw an example of how it could be built into a Nexus 7 tablet as seen above, though the company didn't have any Capri-compatible applications it could show us. Combined with implementations in retailroboticshealthcare and more, the Capri is just the latest attempt by PrimeSense to create a ubiquitous 3D-sensing environment. President and founder Aviad Maizels told us he would like it to be so universal that it's a "new way of living." We have a PrimeSense-produced concept video of just such a world after the break, along with close-up shots of the teeny weeny system-on-a-chip.

Friday, January 11, 2013

iPhone Mini

The latest rumor from the mill places Apple as releasing an iPhone mini this summer that would set customers back less than $250. The rumor comes courtesy of Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics, who told CNET that he believes Apple will launch an iPhone mini. Samsung is dominating the smartphone wars because of its wide variety of mobile devices across the cost spectrum.


This new iPhone mini would cost less and would cater to those on pre-paid plans who can't afford the current iPhone. He expects it to be released in the next three years. Another analyst agrees with Mawston and places the launch as early as this summer, with pricing being somewhere between $200 and $250.

It would likely be a chopped down version of hardware, much like the iPad mini, if it ever does materialize. Treat this rumor with a grain of salt until something a bit more concrete is found.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Angry Birds with 8 million downloads on Christmas

Angry Birds continues to sell in droves. Rovio, the studio behind the hit game Angry Birds, announced sales figures for the holiday season, and they are rather impressive. Over the week December 22 to December 29, Angry Birds saw 30 million downloads, with Christmas Day seeing a full 8 million downloads.


In the picture above, you can see the numbers broken down. According to the graphic, there was one Angry Birds download for every other new device on Christmas Day. Of course, not every single one of those downloads was a sale, but I'd venture to guess at least 20 percent or more were, meaning the company netted some serious cash.

Of course, this fad will eventually fall by the wayside and Rovio hasn't shown an ability to create games other than those set in this universe. It will be interesting to watch how the company reacts--and what games it produces--when this happens.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

A Ubuntu phone

Canonical this week announced Ubuntu for smartphones, a version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system aimed mainly at high-end superphones and entry-level basic smartphones.

Ubuntu is compatible with a typical Android Board Support Package, said Canonical, which provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu customers.

The game plan is to offer one operating system for the client, the server and the cloud, and a unified family of interfaces for phones, PCs and TVs.

Ubuntu's ability to deliver one operating system across servers, desktops and mobile devices is strongly reminiscent of Sun Microsystems' Unix-based Solaris OS, which was designed to run across the gamut from desktops to mid-range computers. Solaris is now owned by Oracle.
Canonical hinted at a possible demo of an Ubuntu smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held in Las Vegas next week.

The Ubuntu Smartphone OS

Users of devices running Ubuntu for Smartphones will be able to use thumb gestures from all four edges of a device's screen to find content and switch between apps. Content search and app switching will be faster than on other mobile OSes, Canonical stated.

Ubuntu for smartphones also offers deep content immersion, so users have to call up the controls when they want to use them; a global search for apps, content and products; voice and text commands in any application; both native and Web or HTML 5 apps; and the ability to personalize a smartphone's welcome screen.

The OS has all-native core apps and uses the same drivers as Google's Android OS. Developers can use Ubuntu's software development kit to create native apps or lightweight HTML5 apps that will run on desktop PCs as well as smartphones.

Wireless network operators and OEMs can customize the Ubuntu mobile OS. Echoing Apple's iCloud, Canonical provides its Ubuntu One personal cloud service for storage and media services and file sharing to Ubuntu smartphone users. A secure transaction service will let partners integrate their own service offerings.

When docked, Ubuntu smartphones can serve as PCs.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S IV rumored for April

In today's fast paced tech world devices are becoming obsolete almost as quickly as they are launched. Rumored to combine features from the popular Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is said to be ready for launch in April.


The Korean tech blog Enuri, is reporting that the S IV will feature a five inch full-HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, a quad core Exynos processor and an integrated S Pen stylus.


Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Santa crammed more tablets than smartphones into Christmas stockings

Santa wedged more tablets than smartphones into Christmas stockings Flurry Analytics
Assuming you were a non-naughty-lister who didn't get the proverbial coal lump, it looks like that gift under the tree was more likely a tablet than a phone this Noël, according to Flurry. The analytics outfit said that just over half of December 25th activations were slates, and we can't imagine too many gift-getters letting their new devices simlessly fester in a box over the big day. Overall activations more than doubled from last Christmas, and were up 332 percent on that single day from the first 20 days of December, combined. As might be expected, Apple came up big with iPad sales, but Flurry said that Amazon was also a winner with its 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tab, showing a "several thousand percent" increase over baseline activations. None of this likely comes as a huge shock to our readers, who rather overwhelmingly said that they'd rather have a Nexus 7 tablet than a pricier RAZR M as a gift if they toiled at Google.