Archive for October, 2011

University of Minnesota scientists create brain-controlled virtual flight

University of Minnesota scientists create brain-controlled virtual flight

In a move that can only be described by Punjab-esque, your Annie (1982) hero's ability to make aircraft fly with his mind is one step closer to reality now that researchers, led by Dr. Bin He of the University of Minnesota, have created an EEG-based interface that allows users to navigate a virtual helicopter with their mind. The interface is a completely noninvasive brain-computer hookup that allows the user to tell the helicopter where to go by willing it to do so.

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ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announces 64-bit ARMv8 chip architecture

ARM announced today its very first 64-bit microprocessor architecture called the ARMv8. This new chip architecture will help ARM expand beyond mobile devices, putting it in more direct competition with Intel and AMD in the PC and server space. The company's current 32-bit ARMv7 chip architecture and the lack of enterprise software support have hindered its efforts so far.

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HP keeping PC business, spin-off axed

HP keeping PC business, spin-off axed

After several months of deliberation, it's been announced today that HP will keep its Personal Systems Group business, this PC Unit to stay in the family for the time being. Just this past August it was announced by HP that the possibility of spinning its PC business off was a real one, but just today it was noted by CEO Meg Whitman that HP will keep all ties to their PSG section as she stated "together we are stronger." Having toured the Houston HP campus where PCs are tested for quality assurance just a few weeks ago, I can personally say that the force is strong with this one, as it were.

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Corning intros Lotus Glass for higher resolution displays

Corning intros Lotus Glass for higher resolution displays

While we're all familiar with Corning's Gorilla Glass as it's become standard on high-end smartphones, the company recently announced a new display material for LCD and OLED screens called Lotus Glass. This new glass can withstand higher temperatures, offering greater thermal and dimensional stability to allow for attaching high-resolution displays and enabling tighter design rules.

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Galaxy Nexus vs White Galaxy Note Hands-on

Galaxy Nexus vs White Galaxy Note Hands-on

Samsung has just given the Galaxy Nexus its European unveil, along with the white Galaxy Note, and we couldn't resist putting these two rare Android smartphones up close for a video comparison. Both have their distinct appeal: the Galaxy Nexus is the first Ice Cream Sandwich device, of course, bypassing TouchWiz for the pleasures of Android 4.0, while the Galaxy Note has a tablet-aping, 5.3-inch display with a stylus using Wacom technology for perfect digital inking. Check out our hands-on, including video, after the cut.

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Samsung confirms Galaxy Nexus hits Europe November 17

Samsung confirms Galaxy Nexus hits Europe November 17

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will go on sale across Europe on November 17, having given the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone its European debut in London, UK today. The phone - which was officially announced earlier this month in Hong Kong - will also go on sale in the US sometime in November, as a Verizon exclusive, though the carrier is yet to confirm exactly what date.

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Hasselblad unveils H4X camera body for trade-ins

Hasselblad unveils H4X camera body for trade-ins

Hasselblad has announced a new medium-format camera body called the H4X following its release of a series of H4D cameras in recent years. The H4D-40 camera unveiled early last year offered a whopping 40-megapixel CCD sensor, but it also came with a huge price tag just shy of $20,000. For those Hasselblad fans that already own previous generations of H1, H2, and H2F bodies, they can now upgrade to the H4X instead at a relatively more affordable price by trading in their existing gear.

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Electric DeLorean prototype takes another step towards reality [Video]

Electric DeLorean prototype takes another step towards reality [Video]

You Back to the Future lovers out there should be having a heart attack right about now as the brand new electric version of the DeLorean hits the test track, this putting the limited-production new-age car one step closer to production. We wrote about this car, now dubbed DMCEV-12, back on October 17th (this month), as it was first announced. Now wouldn't you know it, it's much further along the line towards being released than we expected, appearing now at the Houston Motorsports Park for some test-driving action by Cameron Wynne of the newest version of the DeLorean Motor Company.

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