Archive for Oct 28, 2011

AUO brings transparent displays to vending machines [Video]

AUO brings transparent displays to vending machines [Video]

This week in Yokohama the folks at AUO are showing off more than one transparent AMOLED display, the largest of which appears to be fully functional on a full-sized vending machine. What you'll see below is a machine that'll give you a bottle of water at the same time as it displays a jungle, complete with a giraffe head, monkeys, and a chicken, all of them playing for your entertainment. Not only this, the entire 65-inch display is entirely touch sensitive, so you can order your drink by simply tapping.

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Google TV 2.0 launched with Apps; New hardware promised

Google TV 2.0 launched with Apps; New hardware promised

Google has officially launched its Google TV 2.0 update, promising that those with Sony Google TV hardware should see the upgrade early next week and those with Logitech's Revue "shortly thereafter." The new version, now based on Android 3.1 Honeycomb, brings  a simplified interface to the smart TV platform, along with boosted search and YouTube playback, in addition to the long-awaited Android Market access, albeit with some caveats. Meanwhile, Google also says it has new hardware news incoming, including broader chipset support.

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Samsung Android 4.0 ICS updates in 2012 reportedly detailed

Samsung Android 4.0 ICS updates in 2012 reportedly detailed

Samsung Italy has reportedly confirmed which of the Korean company's Android devices will receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update, with models such as the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 each supposedly in line for a 4.0 upgrade. The Italian arm of the firm listed the GSII and the Tab 10.1, HDBlog claims, along with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Tab 7.7 and Tab 7.0 Plus as all being eligible for a tasty frozen treat. However, don't expect it any time soon.

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B&N NOOK Color 2 tipped for Nov 7 in Kindle Fire challenge

B&N NOOK Color 2 tipped for Nov 7 in Kindle Fire challenge

Barnes & Noble is tipped to be readying a new NOOK Color model for launch on November 7, with company employees suggesting the retailer is preparing eye-catching "NOOK boutiques" in its stores to push the new ereader. Multiple sources speaking to The Digital Reader have supposedly confirmed the early November launch, a timeframe which would see the new NOOK Color make its debut shortly before shipments of the Amazon Kindle Fire begin.

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Apple Lossless Audio Codec goes Open-Source

Apple Lossless Audio Codec goes Open-Source

Apple has made its Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) open-source, the company's codec for compressing audio files without losing data - and hence music fidelity - along the way. Introduced to OS X back in 2004, and now supported on Macs, in iTunes, on iPods, iPhones and iPads, ALAC is also used in AirPlay on the AirPort Express.

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BlackBerry monitoring reportedly pacified India; Skype & Twitter next in sights

BlackBerry monitoring reportedly pacified India; Skype & Twitter next in sights

RIM quietly set up a Mumbai data center, so as to allow the Indian government easier surveillance of BlackBerry users' messages, according to sources, though official demand for access continues to outstrip what the Canadian company offers. Facing threats of deactivating BlackBerry service nationwide, RIM supposedly established a small facility to specifically deal with disclosure requests, the WSJ's sources tell them; the Indian government must follow a set, legal procedure demanding message decoding on a person by person basis.

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CMI 720p 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D smartphone display revealed

CMI 720p 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D smartphone display revealed

Chimei Innolux (CMI) has revealed a new 4.3-inch smartphone display, offering glasses-free 3D as well as 720p HD resolution support. The new screen combines a CMI TFT panel running at 1280 x 720 resolution with Cell-Matrix Parallax Barrier technology from MasterImage 3D, the specialist 3D company that Samsung invested $15m in back in March.

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LG confirms no Ice Cream Sandwich for Optimus 2X

LG confirms no Ice Cream Sandwich for Optimus 2X

LG has confirmed that the Optimus 2X, aka the T-Mobile G2X outside of the US, will not be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, frustrating early adopters who jumped on board the first dual-core smartphone to reach the market. "We will not be introducing Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich updates on LG Optimus 2X P990" the company admitted on its Indian Facebook page.

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Nokia: Flexible Kinetic smartphone possible within 3 years

Nokia: Flexible Kinetic smartphone possible within 3 years

Nokia's Kinetic flexible smartphone concept could hit the market in less than three years, the company has confirmed, offering not just a bendy screen but an entire device that can be twisted and squeezed. Shown off at Nokia World earlier this week as part of the company's research drive, the Kinetic concept would simply require putting together existing technologies Head of Design, Technology Insights Tapani Jokinen says.

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Apple Siri Television “guaranteed product” says source

Apple Siri Television “guaranteed product” says source

Apple's television plans are a case of "when" not "if" the latest rumors insist, with Steve Jobs' well-quoted "I finally cracked it" comment believed to be referring to Siri replacing the traditional remote control rather than the TV hardware and design itself. "Steve thinks the [TV] industry is totally broken" a source told the NYTimes, one of several who apparently confirmed that Apple was experimenting with TV hardware and software. "Absolutely, it is a guaranteed product for Apple" was the message, with execs supposedly knowing the true Apple TV was on the roadmap as far back as 2007.

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Samsung flexible display phones & tablets in 2012

Samsung flexible display phones & tablets in 2012

Samsung has reiterated plans to launch smartphones using flexible displays next year, with twistable tablets and other devices following on. "The flexible display, we are looking to introduce sometime in 2012, hopefully the earlier part" Samsung spokesperson Robert Yi confirmed during the company's financial results call, PC World reports, going on to detail that "the application probably will start from the handset side."

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ITG xpPhone 2 puts Windows 8 in your pocket

ITG xpPhone 2 puts Windows 8 in your pocket

ITG, maker of the xpPhone - putting Windows XP into a smartphone-scale chassis - has returned with the successor, the xpPhone 2, and thanks to Windows 8's new Metro homescreen it looks a whole lot more usable. Fronted by a 4.3-inch display and measuring 140 x 73 x 17.5 mm, the xpPhone 2 is expected to go on sale in 2012, running a full desktop OS rather than something mobile-focused like Windows Phone or Android.

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