Archive for Jul 30, 2012

Apple design chief: We don’t care about money (and that almost killed the iPhone)

Apple design chief: We don’t care about money (and that almost killed the iPhone)

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive has insisted that the company is resolutely focused on product innovation not revenue, merely relying on being "operationally competent" to make money. Coming after the Cupertino firm announced $8.8bn in income in the last financial quarter, Ive said that Apple's goal is always "to try and make good products", the Telegraph reports, and that the he and the company "trust that if we are successful people will like them." That approach almost saw the iPhone canned before it launched, in fact.

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HTC pulls out of South Korea following poor sales

HTC pulls out of South Korea following poor sales

HTC may have put out an impressive range of smartphones for 2012, but the company has still been struggling financially against the likes of Samsung. The company announced today that it would be withdrawing completely from the South Korean market following strong competition. As a result, HTC will be closing its Korean office, although it notes that it will be “a long term process and not an immediate one as we want to cause the least disturbance for our customers here and continue after-sales services.”

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Microsoft finalizes Perceptive Pixel buy for huge-screen touchscreen tech

Microsoft finalizes Perceptive Pixel buy for huge-screen touchscreen tech

Microsoft has finalized its acquisition of multitouch-magic firm Perceptive Pixel, bringing the complex infinite-point touchscreen developer in-house with the Windows maker. Announced last month, the deal hasn't been fleshed out with details as to exactly what Microsoft intends to do with Perceptive Pixel, but company founder, president and CTO Jeff Han will be reporting as part of the Office team.

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Sony and LG ditch phones in Jelly Bean and ICS upgrade cycle

Sony and LG ditch phones in Jelly Bean and ICS upgrade cycle

Android fragmentation, what Android fragmentation? Oh, there it is. Sony and LG are surprising few but disappointing plenty with confirmation that several devices apiece won't be getting new versions of the OS. For Sony, it's the Xperia arc S and Xperia mini pro which have reached the end of the update line, with no chance of an official Jelly Bean release. However, the news is arguably even worse for some LG users, who still aren't even on Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble adds maps to Nook with skobbler

Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablets are limited in their mapping abilities, currently relying on Google's web interface to access any kind of maps. That’s set to change today, as the company has announced a partnership with skobbler that will see the Nook tablets gain the ability to natively search and view maps. It’s an interesting move from Barnes & Noble to avoid using Google’s services, although we imagine the advent of the Nexus 7 and its low price point has made the company’s options clearer.

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BMW C evolution: Earth friendly with no rider compromise

BMW C evolution: Earth friendly with no rider compromise

BMW has revealed its latest electric vehicle, but unlike the i-Series cars the new C evolution bike is somewhat less glamorous and likely to be a whole lot more affordable. Part of BMW's Motorrad group, the BMW C evolution uses a 11 kW electric drive for a top speed 120 kph and a range of 100 km from an 8 kWh battery. Unlike electric city cars, however, BMW believes the C evolution bike is perfectly suited to motorway driving as well.

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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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