Archive for November, 2010

Microsoft physical touchscreen patent app tips dynamic Surface

Microsoft physical touchscreen patent app tips dynamic Surface

Microsoft has filed a patent application which would give large-scale touchscreen computers, such as its Surface multitouch table, a dynamically changing display capable of physically presenting keys, buttons and other controls. The technology would rely on a layer of  light-induced shape-memory polymer across the touchscreen surface, and which could be controlled by ultraviolet light to either protrude and harden or relax and soften.

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iPhone 3GS & 3G get iOS 4.2.1 carrier unlock with new redsn0w tool

iPhone 3GS & 3G get iOS 4.2.1 carrier unlock with new redsn0w tool

The iPhone Dev Team have released a new iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS carrier unlock, taking advantage of a susceptible baseband that Apple itself is still supplying, and allowing the older smartphones to use any SIM with iOS 4.2.1. This new redsn0w version relies on baseband 06.15 still offered as part of the iPad's iOS 3.2.2 firmware; however, there are also some significant provisos that mean this method isn't for everybody.

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Samsung Nexus S gets second shot at FCC

Samsung Nexus S gets second shot at FCC

Samsung's Nexus S has gone through a second batch of FCC testing, this time with new Bluetooth/WiFi and GPS receiver antennas getting the main attention. According to Samsung's submission, the GT-i9020T in this second round "is identical to the previously certified cellular/PCS GSM/EDGE and AWS WCDMA phone with WLAN and Bluetooth" barring the new antennas.

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Why Apple’s all-SSD, Light Peak MacBook Pro makes sense

Why Apple’s all-SSD, Light Peak MacBook Pro makes sense

Apple's intentions for their flagship laptop range, the MacBook Pro, made headlines this week with a new set of rumors suggesting 2011's model would mark the transition to not only solid-state storage but Intel's Light Peak connectivity for high-speed data transfers. Whether this particular speculation turns out to be accurate or not, SSD - and abandoning optical drives - certainly seems the most likely route for Apple to take.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 47 2010

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 47 2010

Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and all those irritating family members you really didn’t want at your house have finally gone home. Early in the week Cox Communications unveiled a new whole home DVR solution that was sure to make fans of TV and movies with packed DVRs happy. The service lets you watch and play DVR programs on any TV in your home.

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Richard Branson vs Rupert Murdoch in iPad Magazine Wars Soon

Richard Branson vs Rupert Murdoch in iPad Magazine Wars Soon

As you may be already aware, Richard Branson will soon (maybe as soon as next week) be launching an iPad-centric magazine by the name of "Project." Richard Branson is affiliated with Virgin, while News Corporation "tycoon" Rupert Murdoch, at the same time, is hot on the path to making a daily newspaper with the same subject matter by the name of "The Daily." This iPad newspaper is set to be "unveiled" next month and officially launched at the beginning of 2011. This newspaper will cost about $30 million USD to start, it employing a staff of about 100 journalists.

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In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement

In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement

Should all geeks have soldering iron burns on their hands if they want the title? Probably not; after all, another hallmark of the ideal geek is an affinity with code, making software do amazing things. They come in all shapes and sizes, then, but there's a special, envious place in my heart for those to whom resister colors are meaningful rather than decorative. I look at the sometimes-useful, sometimes-bizarre, invariably brilliant projects documented on MAKE; I look at modders and DIY tinkerers like jkkmobile, slotting HSPA modems where manufacturers never intended them to sit, and I wish I could be trusted with a soldering iron and screwdriver set to do the same.

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MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011?

MacBook Pro refresh with SSD, Light Peak & no DVD in April 2011?

With most of the excitement happening in Apple's iPad tablet, MacBook Air ultraportable and iPhone 4 smartphone segments, the poor MacBook Pro has been somewhat relegated. The latest rumors, however, suggest that's all likely to change in April 2011, with Three Guys and a Podcast tipping a significant refresh that will see the new MacBook Pro gain not only up to 512GB of SSD storage in a wholesale shift to solid-state memory, but the adoption of Intel's Light Peak technology.

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The Daily Slash: November 26 2010

The Daily Slash: November 26 2010

Hello all you shoppers and non-shoppers. Today, like all days surrounding a major US holiday, was a day of mixed news. Not mixed in the way of good and bad, but mixed in the way of one thing being basically nothing like the next! As I said this morning, the tablet wave is really gaining speed, quite a few of the posts today ending up being tablet or tablet related. We've got reviews of both the TV top box Logitech Revue and the Nokia C6-01 smartphone - all this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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Concept Desktop Computer Prints and Scans from Inside Monitor

Concept Desktop Computer Prints and Scans from Inside Monitor

So you've got the need for some hard-copies of your papers to turn into your teachers for school, but you'd like to save space on the desk as well? Designer Byeong Min Choe has the answer you seek. This design is called "Document Extractor" and, looking like an iMac clone but with one giant difference, allows you to store a stack of paper in a tray behind it, and print, with the paper coming directly out the bottom. Not only that, the same place the paper comes out can also suck up, scanning single sheets of paper for you on the fly.

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