Archive for Mar 26, 2011

SlashGear Science Week In Review

SlashGear Science Week In Review

Welcome to the first SlashGear Science Week In Review. Each Saturday, we will round up our favorite science stories of the week for your perusal. Some are stories that we covered, others we didn't get to. A sample of this week's stories: A new form of matter, a hexacopter with superpowers, a robotic cloud, a supercool brown dwarf star, playing music using only your mind, and our ancestors on Mars. Think we missed something? Let us know in the comments!

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Nokia T7-00 leaks (but sorry, it’s no tablet)

Nokia T7-00 leaks (but sorry, it’s no tablet)

News of a new Nokia device has leaked, courtesy of the OVI Publisher tools, the Nokia T7-00. The first of what would be a new line of nomenclature for the company, while it's tempting to think that "T" stands for "Tablet", unfortunately that doesn't seem particularly likely; well, not unless you like your slates particularly low-resolution.

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Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz 4.0 gets hands-on walkthrough [Video]

Samsung Galaxy S II with TouchWiz 4.0 gets hands-on walkthrough [Video]

Samsung has been on a roll this past week, with the ultra-slim Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets finally bringing some serious competition - in specs, design and price - to the iPad 2, and helping the company dominate the news cycle at CTIA 2011. Samsung also brought along the Galaxy S II to the show, and our sibling site Android Community grabbed some hands-on time with the dual-core smartphone.

Video demo after the cut

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Apple’s OS X Lion Golden Master first-attempt imminent?

Apple’s OS X Lion Golden Master first-attempt imminent?

Apple is reportedly readying a Golden Master release of OS X Lion, the next iteration of the company's Mac OS. However, while a Golden Master build is normally one step away from a complete, public release, there's talk that this particular version is only GM1 in what will be several phases of release. According to TechCrunch's sources, the upcoming OS X Lion GM1 will be the first attempt at a bug-free and full-performance version of the software.

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iPad 2 Compact Flash card reader ideal for mobile videographers [Video]

iPad 2 Compact Flash card reader ideal for mobile videographers [Video]

As we discovered in our review of the iPad 2, the new iMovie for iPad app turns the iOS slate into quite the portable video editing studio (you can see a demo of quite how easy it is after the cut). Apple's official Camera Connector Kit will get you going with SD memory cards, but until now if you recorded to CompactFlash you were out of luck. That's all changed, however, with the new M.I.C. CF connector kit.

Video demo after the cut

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Bing Upgrades With Real-Time Twitter Feed

Bing Upgrades With Real-Time Twitter Feed

Microsoft announced today that its Bing search engine will begin implementing tweets into its news search results as well as integrating more with Facebook. The Bing Team feels that the addition of the social media giants will help users “make more informed decisions in search by surfacing the kind of information you can only get from your friends, often in real-time.”

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Brain Waves Harnessed To Play Music

Brain Waves Harnessed To Play Music

Using the power of the brain has long been a science fiction staple. Eduardo Miranda, composer and computer-music teacher, has created a system where someone can play music with their mind. The brain-computer interface tracks and picks up neural impulses from your brains and translates them into musical notes. The type of technology is not entirely new as other types of brain-computer interfaces let people control prosthetic limbs and even type on a computer with their thoughts.

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The Color App May Serve a Purpose After All

The Color App May Serve a Purpose After All

Color is a new image sharing app that launched earlier this week and garnered a lot of attention with its large initial funding of $41 million. The company and its investors obviously believe they have a hit on their hands, but many are still wondering how the app would be useful. All Things Digital dug up an old Onion video that suggests just how the Color app could come in handy.

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Elektra One Electric Airplane

Elektra One Electric Airplane

We regularly report on new advances in electric cars, and you've maybe seen some of these electric bikes. The Elektra One is an all-electric single seater airplane weighing in at 440 pounds with a full contingent of batteries. The plane recently performed two test flights in Augsburg, Germany. This is the first successful flight of this design and marks it's imminent entry into the European market. Calin Gologan is the CEO of the company marketing the electric aircraft, PC-Aero.

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Kodak Seeks $1B In Royalties From Apple, RIM

Kodak Seeks $1B In Royalties From Apple, RIM

Kodak is seeking more than $1 billion in royalties from electronics giants Apple and RIM over a patent in digital camera technology the companies employ in the cameras of their mobile devices. The International Trade Commission is going to announce whether it will review an ITC judge’s earlier decision that ruled in favor of Apple and RIM and said that the companies did not violate patents.

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