Archive for Mar 29, 2012

Android to oust Windows in connected gadgets (but there’s a catch)

Android to oust Windows in connected gadgets (but there’s a catch)

Android will rise to dominate connected devices by 2016, ousting Windows and outpacing iOS according to analyst predictions, though hardware manufacturers and app developers will still struggle to make money on Android devices. Growing popularity of Google's open-source platform will see the balance of media tablets, PCs and smartphones shift to favor Android rather than Microsoft's Windows, IDC forecast, with the mobile platform expected to comprise 31.1-percent of the market by 2016.

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ASUS UK: Transformer Prime update rolling out now

ASUS UK: Transformer Prime update rolling out now

ASUS teased an update to its popular Transformer Prime tablet just the other day, and ASUS UK has taken to Twitter to inform the world that the update should be rolling out right this very minute. ASUS US remained secretive on the details surround the update, although their Italian cousins were happy to reveal the info. Users can look forward to Ethernet support via USB adapters, making the tablet an even more attractive laptop alternative.

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Researchers develop world’s most efficient flexible OLED display

Researchers develop world’s most efficient flexible OLED display

We saw a flexible display concept from Nokia back at Nokia World in October, and Samsung filed a patent application not too long ago that revealed the company was working on potential foldable display applications. Researchers at the University of Toronto have demonstrated that the technology is feasibly possible on a large scale. They’ve managed to combine OLEDs with a flexible plastic, leading to more efficient displays and a simpler manufacturing process.

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Password Privacy bill killed in House

Password Privacy bill killed in House

An attempt to make employers demanding access to Facebook passwords illegal has been killed off by the US House of Representatives, with arguments between political parties seeing the privacy amendment voted off the table. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter had suggested attaching an amendment [pdf link] to H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, which would have specifically added social networking access protection. However, the amendment was rejected by 236 to 184.

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Google demos self-driving car with the help of a blind man

Google demos self-driving car with the help of a blind man

While we often think of Google as the search giant with a gigantic stake in in the mobile game, they sometimes remind us that they are working on potentially life-changing projects behind the scenes. They’ve posted a video demonstrating their self-driving car in action, putting a man who has lost 95% of his vision behind the wheel, and taking it for a drive.

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Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

Spotify lifts five play limit in certain European countries

If you don’t want to spring for Spotify Premium, $4.99 for unlimited desktop access and $9.99 to add mobile capabilities, you’re stuck with the free version. With that option you have to put up with commercials playing between songs, as well as the dreaded five play limit on songs. Spotify has revealed that they plan to lift this limit for certain European countries, although U.K and U.S users will still be saddled with the restriction for now.

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Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Apple Television talk reignites with Sharp patent overlap

Long-standing rumors of a standalone Apple TV set continue to percolate, with suggestions that Foxconn parent Hon Hai's display deal with Sharp, along with fresh Apple panel patents, lend weight to the HDTV whispers. The Cupertino company is apparently working on an advancement of Fringe Field Switching (FSS) systems suitable for HDTV-scale panels, with Patently Apple flagging up a recently granted patent for the TFT LCD display technology. FSS is currently used in Apple's smaller devices, and relies on IPS display technology of which Sharp is a notable patent holder.

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Barnes & Noble sets up German arm: European Nook incoming?

Barnes & Noble sets up German arm: European Nook incoming?

While Europeans certainly don’t have any trouble getting their hands on ereaders, Barnes & Noble’s Nook has been confined to the United States during its tenure. That may be set to change, as Barnes & Noble has established a new company in Germany, Barnes & Noble Digital Media GmbH. The company was filed two weeks ago, around the same time that Barnes & Noble paid a visit to London to try and get developers on board with the Nook.

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