Archive for June, 2012

Ideum Platform and Pro touch tables bring on the slim

Ideum Platform and Pro touch tables bring on the slim

Multitouch table specialist Ideum has outed its latest finger-friendly Surface SUR40 rivals, dramatically slimming the 55-inch video furniture while simultaneously boosting power. The Platform touch table is a mere 2-inches thick, sitting on a slender central stand while still offering a larger surface than the SUR40, while the Pro touch table is chunkier but considerably more powerful, with a user-expandable HP workstation in the base.

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Qualcomm extends Vuforia augmented reality to the cloud

Qualcomm extends Vuforia augmented reality to the cloud

Remember Vuforia? Qualcomm’s augmented reality platform allows you to scan real world objects and create “interactive experiences” on your smartphone or tablet. The technology had its limitation though, only scanning photos against a local database of 80 images. Now Qualcomm has announced that by adding the cloud into the mix, so the platform can perform image recognition against over one million images.

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Knut can monitor just about anything

Knut can monitor just about anything

One of the things I like so much about Kickstarter is that you never know what kind of project will turn up. One of the most recent projects that caught my eye is the device called the Knut. This is a small battery-powered Wi-Fi enabled device that you can use for monitoring just about anything you can think of. It can be used to monitor environmental conditions in your home such as the temperature of various things and humidity.

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Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple tipped to overhaul iTunes, improve sharing

Apple showed off a whole host of new features at WWDC 2012, but things have been quiet on the iTunes front. Bloomberg reports that Apple is busy preparing a major update to iTunes that will have deeper integration with iCloud and place an emphasis on sharing. Sources speaking to Bloomberg say that Apple recognizes that organizing the various content available from its services has become difficult, with iCloud integration hoping to fix that.

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ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

We’ve seen SSD prices tumble down over the past year, but if you want the best performance possible you’ll still have to cough up a significant amount of cash. ADATA has a high-speed SSD that might take your fancy, the XPG SX910. The company says the SSD is 7% larger than drives that use a SandForce controller, and thanks to optimized firmware can hit 4k random read/write speeds of 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS.

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Plastic Logic flexible smartphone epaper companion hands-on

Plastic Logic flexible smartphone epaper companion hands-on

The must-have smartphone accessory of tomorrow might just be an unbreakable touchscreen epaper tablet, saving your eyes from squinting at a mobile display. Plastic Logic revealed its work-in-progress slate to us today, as SlashGear browsed the goodies in the company's UK R&D center, confirming that talks with several manufacturers and carriers are ongoing to bring the companion device to market. Potentially bundled with your next smartphone could be a 10.7-inch super-light touchscreen pane for easier viewing of webpages, documents and more.

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Google Nexus 7 Review

Google Nexus 7 Review

This week the folks at Google have revealed a device manufactured by ASUS and made for the media-consuming public: the Nexus 7. This tablet is the first of its kind in several ways. First in its value proposition: an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside a tablet with a price that up until now has been reserved only for devices with much, much less to offer. Second, the Nexus 7 represents Google's first attempt at a tablet for their Nexus series. Third, it's the first tablet to be working with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Megaupload case stalls as evidence seize & share judged illegal

Megaupload case stalls as evidence seize & share judged illegal

The massive US copyright infringement case against Megaupload founder Kim DotCom has found itself in choppy waters, after courts found search warrants used to seize data were invalid. In addition to New Zealand police acting without due process in their evidence collection, the New Zealand Herald reports, Justice Helen Winkelmann also decided that the FBI's cloning of the confiscated hard-drives was invalid, as DotCom had not given his own consent to the process.