Archive for July, 2012

Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

You remember Suidobashi Heavy Industries, don’t you? The company previously created a 12.5ft tall mech prototype, that was partially controlled using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. It wasn’t quite ready back in April, but the company showed off a completed version of the Kuratas recently in Japan. On top of that, Suidobashi has created a video detailing how to use the Kuratas, which you’ll be able to purchase down the line for a cool $1.3 million.

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Saturn’s moon Iapetus has mysterious giant ice avalanches

Saturn’s moon Iapetus has mysterious giant ice avalanches

Saturn's moon Iapetus certainly isn't one of the more common celestial bodies for most of us, but the moon is very interesting. One of the most interesting things about the moon is that it has a ridge of mountains around its equator giving it the look of a plastic ball or walnut. Planetary scientist Kelsi Singer was studying images of the icy moon and found something very interesting and unexpected, massive ice avalanches.

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Gallium nitride nano-scale laser is the world’s smallest

Gallium nitride nano-scale laser is the world’s smallest

If Doctor Evil ever lowered his lofty goal of sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads to something more manageable, such as lasers on frickin' tadpoles, the world's smallest laser might serve him well. Physicists from the University of Texas at Austin working with colleagues in Taiwan and China have created what they claim to be the world's smallest laser. The laser is so small that it can't be seen with the naked eye.

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Yelp iOS app update brings the awesome

Yelp iOS app update brings the awesome

Yelp is a social review website that allows people to review also to things from restaurants to local businesses. The company has announced that it has updated its iOS application and says that the update is "literally filled to the brim with awesomeness." The updated version of the app brings Yelp to version 6.0 and is available for the iPhone and iPad.

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Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Those residing on foreign shores hoping to experience a piece of England without buying an expensive plane ticket can do so with new high-resolution images courtesy of Google Maps. Google has added a couple of new features to Maps, including the ability to use Street View on Downing Street. Users can now peruse the outside of number ten, the famous residence of the country’s prime ministers, and Google has also started to roll out new high resolution map images for various countries across the world.

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Apple vs Samsung begins: Billions at stake in federal court

Apple vs Samsung begins: Billions at stake in federal court

Apple and Samsung are set to square off in the first day of the San Jose federal jury trial today, as the next phase of the heated design and patent row kicks off with huge stakes in the smartphone and tablet worlds. Having failed to reach an amicable settlement in the preceding weeks, both companies have some impressive claims and demands: Apple wants $2.5bn in damages and a block on US sales of phones and tablets, while Samsung has accused its foe (and, ironically, customer) of hypocrisy and trying to stretch its patents to cover a ridiculous range of possibilities.

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Microsoft Surface to land October 26 alongside Windows 8

Microsoft Surface to land October 26 alongside Windows 8

One of the most anticipated products to come from Microsoft in many years is the Surface tablets the software giant has been talking up. Microsoft has caught more than a little heat over the Surface tablets from its partners because they will be directly competing in the hardware market against Microsoft. The indication has been that Surface tablets will launch alongside Windows 8 in October.

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Mysterious HP tablet spied in new commercial

Mysterious HP tablet spied in new commercial

Several companies are working on Windows 8 tablets behind the scenes, with HP among them. Did the company just leak its Windows 8 tablet via a YouTube commercial? Its new “Make It Matter” commercial shows one individual using an HP branded tablet at the 56 second mark, showcasing a basic design with what looks to be a metallic back along with a black antenna strip running across the top of the device.

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China Consumer Association places Apple on “company integrity” blacklist

China Consumer Association places Apple on “company integrity” blacklist

There are a number of consumer watchdog organizations all around the world. Often these organizations are places where consumers can go to complain about a product if they aren't getting the help wanted from the company who produced the product. China has a consumer watchdog organization called China Consumer Association (CCA), and the organization has recently placed Apple on its blacklist.

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