Archive for Dec 28, 2011

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update nixed for “Value Pack” proposition on Galaxy S and Tab

Samsung Android 4.0 ICS update nixed for “Value Pack” proposition on Galaxy S and Tab

Those of you pumped up by yesterday's news that Samsung was reconsidering their decision to not update their original Galaxy S line and their Galaxy Tab original to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may have reason to be a bit confused by the manufacturer's most recent proposition: a "Value Pack" update that, while not entirely ICS, would bring many of the same features. This is what we're hearing out of Asia as Daum drops the beats. For those of you on the original Galaxy S team or rolling with the original Galaxy Tab: does this sound like the news you were waiting for?

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Slot Mods crams a slot car track inside replica RCR 917 racecar

Slot Mods crams a slot car track inside replica RCR 917 racecar

I used to really like slot car tracks when I was a kid, but I hated having to put them up when I was done. A company called Slot Mods has an awesome slot car track that has very nice details on the track itself. The track has cars sitting in the paddock, trees, and cool crash barrier walls. The coolest part is that the track is hidden inside a car replica.

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Windows Phone roadmap slips into the wild

Windows Phone roadmap slips into the wild

A newly leaked Windows Phone roadmap has surfaced that gives a rough time frame for the launch for the coming versions of the OS. According to the roadmap the expected Tango flavor of WinPo for lower end devices will be launching in Q2 2012. The roadmap is supposedly up to date as of October 2011. That is a few months back now and things change quickly in the tech world.

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Balls-o-steel race driver and navigator win race with Lamborghini on fire

Balls-o-steel race driver and navigator win race with Lamborghini on fire

This is epic. A race driver named Jason White and his navigator were breaking in their new Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale at the 2011 Targa High Mountain race. Things were going well and they were flying by Porsches and other lesser rides on their way around the course. Not far from the end of the race the team noticed that their ride was on fire.

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PumPing Tap may be the most irritating design in history

PumPing Tap may be the most irritating design in history

I think there has been enough talk over the years about vampire power or phantom power that we all know that a bunch of the devices in your home still draw power when you turn them off. This certainly wastes electricity and isn't good for the environment. We have seen a bunch of products that have been designed to draw little power or no power when they don’t need it even when plugged in.

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Apple TV/iTV rumor mill churns out more firms that may win supply contracts

Apple TV/iTV rumor mill churns out more firms that may win supply contracts

Yesterday I mentioned that the rumor mill was claiming that suppliers were getting ready to start gathering the materials needed to build the new Apple HDTV being called the iTV so far. Today more rumors have surfaced with sources telling DigiTimes that other major firms in Taiwan may win contracts to provide components for the iTV.

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Some Intel Ivy Bridge processors to debut on April 8 say sources

Some Intel Ivy Bridge processors to debut on April 8 say sources

We already know that the Intel Ivy Bridge processors are coming and that they are the follow-ups to the Sandy Bridge units already available. Not too long ago some pricing details on the Ivy Bridge parts leaked for us to look at. Today more rumors are surfacing about the Ivy Bridge processors. The source of the rumors that DigiTimes cites are PC makers in Taiwan.

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Physicist builds Large Hadron Collider out of Lego

Physicist builds Large Hadron Collider out of Lego

I have seen plenty of photos of the Large Hadron Collider or LHC over the years and it is a very impressive piece of machinery. Apparently, a physicist named Sascha Mehlhase had some time not spent doing actual work to recreate the LHC using Lego bricks. It's a very accurate representation as well.

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SETI to check moon for signs of aliens

SETI to check moon for signs of aliens

It wasn’t that long ago that SETI went offline after funding was pulled. Thankfully, the funding was raised and the search for aliens began again. Apparently, in talks about where to start searching for signs of alien life, the SETI team decided to start close to home. Paul Davies and Robert Wagner from Arizona State University want a crowd-sourced effort to search for artificial structures on the moon.

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Toyota Aqua hybrid debuts in Japan to fight Honda Fit

Toyota Aqua hybrid debuts in Japan to fight Honda Fit

Toyota has launched a new hybrid car in Japan that is aimed at the Honda Fit. The hybrid is called the Toyota Aqua in Japan and when it makes its way to the US the hybrid will be called the Prius C. The car will hit the US as a 2013 model. Toyota is claiming some really big fuel economy figures for the car at 83mpg. That is on par with some EVs that are out there.

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Acer isn’t leaving tablet market according to founder

Acer isn’t leaving tablet market according to founder

Acer's founder has stepped up and denied the rumors that have been circulating that the company will be leaving the tablet market. Acer's founder Stan Shih has come forward and denied those rumors. Shih said that while the tablet market for Acer has been difficult it is not abandoning the market. Shih likened the process Acer is going through right now to the same teething issues the company had when it entered into the notebook market.

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