Archive for Dec 31, 2010

Apple file iPod nano patent for screen-off gesture controls

Apple file iPod nano patent for screen-off gesture controls

An Apple patent covering the touchscreen interface for the iPod nano has surfaced, suggesting that the company is considering alternative ways to control the compact PMP even when the display is out of sight in your pocket or bag. According to patent 20100328224, "Playback Control using a Touch Interface", the nano touchscreen could be used to recognize taps and gestures even if the display itself is switched off.

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Xenatec Maybach Cruiserio custom coupe offers Germanic excess

Xenatec Maybach Cruiserio custom coupe offers Germanic excess

Perhaps we don't have the mindset of a suitably rich plutocrat, but we always thought the main point of Daimler's exceedingly ostentatious Maybach line-up was to sit in the back and let the chauffeur worry about the twisty stuff ahead. That message doesn't seem to have made it to German coachbuilder Xenatec, which has kicked off production of its Cruiserio project, turning the Maybach 57 S into a two-door coupe.

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She blinded me with Steins of Science (and beer)

She blinded me with Steins of Science (and beer)

Science is one of the subjects that tends to have a lot of dry, boring subject material spiced a bit with some really cool stuff. The Steins of Science certainly fall into that really cool stuff category. A science geek devised to create the ultimate beer drinking steins and to do so they used heavy-duty beakers from a science lab.

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Borders financial problems slow payments to publishers

Borders financial problems slow payments to publishers

I had always thought that a bookstore had to buy all the books it sells upfront. Apparently, sometimes the books are given before they are paid for and the then the publishers get their money after the sale, which is how Borders operates. Borders, the second largest bookstore in the US, has announced that its financial woes are forcing it to delay payments to its publishers.

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New Android Port Loads into HTC HD2 NAND ROM

New Android Port Loads into HTC HD2 NAND ROM

If you own an HTC HD2 that runs Windows Mobile 6.5 and you have a hankering for an Android handset, you don' t have to buy a new device. There are already hacks that will let you get Android on your HD2, but they aren’t ideal in most instances. A new port has surfaced on XDA-developers Forum that is a much better solution to those looking to move from WinMo 6.5 to Android on the HD2.

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Clear iSpot 4G hotspot discontinued

Clear iSpot 4G hotspot discontinued

Only a few weeks ago Clear was offering its iDevice specific 4G hotspot at a discount for the holidays. The device normally sold for $99 and during the holiday special, you could pick it up for $20. At the time some may have wondered if the special deal was a hint that the thing wasn’t selling that well rather than just holiday cheer on Clear's part.

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Researchers develop chips with solar cells directly on the surface

Researchers develop chips with solar cells directly on the surface

Powering electronics and other devices with energy from the sun collected by a solar cell is nothing new. Solar powered gear like calculators and other items have been around for years. Typically, you have separate chip and a separate solar panel for power. Researchers have developed a way to power chips with solar cells that are directly integrated into the microchip.

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NASA finds more cracks in Discovery fuel tanks, launch still on track

NASA finds more cracks in Discovery fuel tanks, launch still on track

The space shuttle Discovery sits at Kennedy Space Center waiting for repairs to be made to its fuel tanks after a crack in the foam insulation around the tank was discovered and a subsequent investigation found cracks in some support structures on the fuel tank. A piece of foam falling from the tank is what contributed to the fatal accident when the Columbia broke up while reentering the atmosphere in 2003 killing all seven astronauts onboard the spacecraft.

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