Archive for Feb 25, 2011

NEC shows off world’s first contactless hybrid fingerprint/finger vein scanner

NEC shows off world’s first contactless hybrid fingerprint/finger vein scanner

Years ago I had a notebook that used a fingerprint scanner to log me into the machine rather than having to type. The problem was that the swipe never grabbed the fingerprint the first time out and I always ended up having to swipe repeatedly until I gave up and typed my password. Fingerprint scanners have come a long way since those early offerings and one of the more interesting new fingerprint scanners is the HS100-10.

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Space Shuttle launched yesterday with experiment to boil water in zero-gravity onboard

Space Shuttle launched yesterday with experiment to boil water in zero-gravity onboard

Scientists have been hard at work trying to find safe and easy ways to do things in no gravity in space that are taken for granted here on Earth. One of the things that has been studied is how to boil water safely while in orbit. The space shuttle lifted off yesterday and one of the experiments on board was a system that allows the boiling of water in no gravity.

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Samsung Galaxy S II ships in March

Samsung Galaxy S II ships in March

We have already spent a bit of hands on time and filmed it for you to enjoy with the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. This should be a very cool device for Android fans looking for a new smartphone to enjoy. We know all there is to know leaving one of the few tidbits remaining for us to glean being the ship date.

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Google subscription movie streaming plans tipped for European trials

Google subscription movie streaming plans tipped for European trials

Google is reportedly considering taking on Netflix and Amazon with a subscription-based streaming movie service, kicking off trials in Europe where rivals are less well established. According to the NYPost, the scheme would turn YouTube into an entertainment hub, with the search giant supposedly earmarking $100m to grease the palms of content providers. Previous rumors have suggested a pay-per-view system is in development.

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Samsung eyeing Google TV gear with ARM processors according to source

Samsung eyeing Google TV gear with ARM processors according to source

Google TV launched with lots of high hopes from Google, Logitech, and Sony the original partners for the service. All was good for a short while until all the major networks and Hulu promptly banned Google TV from their websites making the future of Google TV questionable in my mind. Sony is still committed to Google TV and now Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Samsung is mulling entry into the Google TV clan.

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Viewpad 10 crashes tablet party with Atom N550 in tow

Viewpad 10 crashes tablet party with Atom N550 in tow

If you are into tablets that run Android at all you probably are aware of the Viewpad 10 from the first time we talked about it back in November 2010. The little tablet surfaced with an Atom N450 CPU and Android as the OS. If you like the style and idea of that tablet but found yourself wishing that it ran Windows and had more CPU oomph you will like the version that has now surfaced.

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SuperTooth Disco Bluetooth audio device packs 28W of power

SuperTooth Disco Bluetooth audio device packs 28W of power

There are all sorts of gadgets that use Bluetooth that you might want to connect to speakers. You can connect your notebook to a BT speaker for instance to watch a movie without having to fiddle with wires or connect your iPhone to a BT speaker for wireless music. SuperTooth has a new Bluetooth audio system that has lots of power for audio quality.

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Travelteq unveils Trip Sound suitcase with speakers

Travelteq unveils Trip Sound suitcase with speakers

I'm not sure why you would want a suitcase with a sound system inside other than to be able to annoy the hell out of all the people sitting in the terminal waiting for a flight with your tunes. I guess if you are in the hotel room and want to get your dance on, the Trip Sound suitcase might be a good thing.

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Microsoft boosts free Windows Phone app submission allowance to 100

Microsoft boosts free Windows Phone app submission allowance to 100

Microsoft continues to lavish developers with freebies in the hope of boosting Windows Phone development, with the latest tidbit a dramatic increase in the number of free app submissions they can make to the Windows Phone Marketplace. As first revealed by ChevronWP7 developer Rafael Rivera, and later confirmed in the Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Newsletter, Microsoft has boosted free submissions from five to 100.

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