Archive for Aug 26, 2011

Planet orbiting distant pulsar may be a giant diamond

Planet orbiting distant pulsar may be a giant diamond

A crazy planet has been discovered orbiting a distant pulsar star that is roughly 4,000 light years away from Earth. What makes this planet so insane and exotic is that astronomers think the planet may be in large part a huge diamond. I guess Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star had it right after all. The new planet is far denser than any other known planet and is made largely of carbon according to astronomers.

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URWERK UR-1001 pocket watch may be the coolest watch ever

URWERK UR-1001 pocket watch may be the coolest watch ever

I am not a watch guy; I leave that to Vince and Ewdi. I can say that the coolest watch I have seen in a long, long time has surfaced from URWERK and it's called the UR-1001 Zeit Device. This is a pocket watch, not a watch that you wear on the wrist. Just a glance at the face and you can tell that the watch is insanely complex on the inside with a mechanical movement that times way more than just hours, minutes, seconds, and months.

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GM and LG announce plans for joint EV development

GM and LG announce plans for joint EV development

The costs to develop a new product like an electric car are astronomical and the risk of failure is not insignificant. This is the reason you see major companies joining forces to develop new platforms and systems in the automotive and other markets. Recently Ford and Toyota announced plans to jointly develop a new hybrid platform. These partnerships help to distribute the costs and risks of development between more companies making it more affordable and less risky for one firm trying to go alone.

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Insulin pump hacker discloses company that makes hacked device

Insulin pump hacker discloses company that makes hacked device

Back at the beginning of the month, I mentioned the hacker at Black Hat conference that was able to hack an insulin pump to make the device show incorrect readings. At the time the hack was announced, the hacker didn’t tell what brand the pump he hacked was. The hacker, Jerome Radcliffe, went to the company and now says that the company belittled the security flaw and didn't take the research seriously. In light of the fact that the maker apparently does not intend to secure the device, Radcliffe has announced that Medtronic makes the pump he was able to hack.

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Patent bill doesn’t provide meaningful alternatives to litigation

Patent bill doesn’t provide meaningful alternatives to litigation

It's not hard to see that the patent system in the US needs a major overhaul. Patents have been issued that are so obvious and wide reaching that it seems anything made today violates one patent or another. The Senate is set to start working on a bill in early September to reform the patent system. Sadly, Reuters reports that the bill does very little to actually reform the patent process.

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OWC outs cheap 60GB SSD called the Mercury Electra 6G

OWC outs cheap 60GB SSD called the Mercury Electra 6G

SSDs are getting ever more popular as the price comes down and the storage capacity goes up. OWC has announced a new SSD that it says is one of the cheapest around at $129.99 for a 60GB device. That isn't enough storage for most of us, but it would make a very nice boot drive if you have more storage to put in. I can tell you from experience that even loading most software to a bulk storage drive, 60GB will fill up very quickly.

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Major Panasonic Lumix LX5 Firmware Update Coming Soon

Major Panasonic Lumix LX5 Firmware Update Coming Soon

If you're part of the mobile world, especially if you're dealing with something like Android, you know that any update, no matter how insignificant, to your hardware can get pretty exciting. Imagine the excitement then that owners of the Panasonic Lumix LX5 are feeling when they hear their fabulous camera is about to be upgraded with a sweet, sweet firmware upgrade. Panasonic has announced that the Lumix DMC-LX5 will be getting a firmware update on September 13, 2011, one that will optimize the camera's performance and will bump the image quality of the photos and video the camera can capture.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Wi-Fi Touchscreen Camera Official

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Wi-Fi Touchscreen Camera Official

What's better than a sweet little high quality camera that fits in your pocket that you can rely on to bring you a lovely yet compact experience daily? That same thing with Wi-Fi connection capabilities. Then add the fact that it's got a touchscreen on the back - oh man, now you're just talking crazy. Not actually - this is a real device, and it's called the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90. This camera is rated at 12 megapixels, is just 0.85 inches deep, and can connect to the internet wirelessly.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Official

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Official

The Panasonic Lumix family is expanding by the minute here in internet land, the newest addition being this 24x megazoom monster made for both stills and video with a massive array of impressive specifications across the board. This camera is rated at 12 megapixels, has 24x optical zoom, and is one of the first cameras on the market to support AVCHD Progressive video recording. She'll make a fine addition to your own Lumix family with no less than 1080p 60fps video recording as well.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF3X Official: a full 14-42 kit upgrade from earlier July release

Panasonic LUMIX GF3X Official: a full 14-42 kit upgrade from earlier July release

What we've known since the Panasonic LUMIX GF3 became official is many things. The first of these things was that this device was 7.83oz light, the second being that it shoots at 12.1 megapixels and 1080/60i Full HD video, and that it'd be the smallest most awesome camera on the block despite its fantastic abilities. The third thing we knew right from the start is that this camera would be released twice, once in July of 2011 with a 14mm lens for $699.99, then a second time as a completely different kit with a 14-42mm lens in August for $599.99. Guess what? That time has come.

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Panasonic Lumix X Series Include New Compact 14-42 and 45-175mm Lens Kits

Panasonic Lumix X Series Include New Compact 14-42 and 45-175mm Lens Kits

The good camera folk at Panasonic have announced today their intent to release a new set of lenses, the first of which takes the size of its previously bulky 14-42mm Micro Four Thirds zoom lens and smashes it down to half the size - while closed. This new LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm is a lens kit that takes the previous generation, that being the same f/3.5-5.6 aperture range and same zoom capabilities, but puts it in a housing that, while closed, is less than half the size, and while extended is also noticeably smaller than its predecessor - cut the bulk out! This first lens is a kit option in your DMC-GF3X model Panasonic camera, a camera we're also receiving information on today. This is only the first of two new X-series lenses coming out from Panasonic - the second hits the 45-175mm range.

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