Archive for Aug 30, 2012

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 hands-on

Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 hands-on

Lenovo had a trio of Android tablets for IFA 2012, with the most interesting being its IdeaTab S2110. Like many Ice Cream Sandwich slates we've seen in recent days, the S2110 comes with a useful keyboard dock that turns the tablet into a mini-notebook; unlike most, that dock also includes a battery for prolonging runtime. We snatched some hands-on time to see how it shapes up.

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Astronomers discover simple sugar molecules floating in gas around a distant star

Astronomers discover simple sugar molecules floating in gas around a distant star

Astronomers have announced an interesting discovery around a distant star 400 light years from Earth. The astronomers have discovered simple sugar molecules floating in gas around the star in the Rho Ophiuchi star-forming region. According to the astronomers, the discovery doesn't indicate there's any life around the star in question, but shows that the basic building blocks for life can be found even before planets begin to form.

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Sony 84-inch 4K Bravia 84X900 TV hands-on

Sony 84-inch 4K Bravia 84X900 TV hands-on

Who needs windows at home, when you can have an 84-inch TV running at 3,840 x 2,160 resolution on the wall instead. Sony's new 4K Bravia 84X900 is a masterpiece of overkill (though we wouldn't object if Sony sent us one for "long term loan") but, as overkill goes, it's one that heralds the next phase in super-high-definition home entertainment. We stood in awe of the pixel-packing behemoth at IFA; read on for our first impressions.

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Lenovo Ideatab S2110, A2109, and A2107 get IFA unveiling with Android ICS

Lenovo Ideatab S2110, A2109, and A2107 get IFA unveiling with Android ICS

The folks at Lenovo have re-revealed the Ideatab S2110 at IFA 2012 this week, making another tablet hook up with the keyboard crew to make a convertible tablet/notebook for the Android universe along with a couple of lovely smaller tablets by the name of A2109 and A2107. The S2110 tablet has a 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and 420nit brightness attached to a keyboard dock that'll have to flipping back and forth between tablet and notebook at will. You'll have 10-finger touchscreen abilities here as well as a powerful Qualcomm 8060A/8260A 1.5GHz dual-core processor (aka a dual-core Snapdragon S4) under the hood.

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NASA Launches Radiation Belt Storm Probes

NASA Launches Radiation Belt Storm Probes

Earlier today, NASA successfully launched a rocket into space carrying a pair of new satellites that will study Earth's radiation belts. The satellites left Earth on a rocket consisting of an Atlas V first stage and a Centaur upper stage. The radiation belts the satellites will study are what protects the earth from solar outbursts.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S Series Laptops get thin and affordable

Lenovo IdeaPad S Series Laptops get thin and affordable

At IFA 2012 Lenovo has revealed their next generation of affordable, thin, and light computers with the IdeaPad S Series Laptop lineup. This set of devices brings a balance between performance and portability with Lenovo providing more power than a netbook and longer battery life than your traditional notebook. The IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405 laptops each bring an affordable price to the market as well.

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Sony HMZ-T2 hands-on

Sony HMZ-T2 hands-on

Wearable displays have jumped in attention over the past twelve months, with the arrival of Google's Glass driving interest, but Sony continues to push virtual big-screen entertainment rather than augmented reality. The HMZ-T2 Personal 3D Viewer was a quiet surprise at IFA, replacing last year's T1 with a more compact, lightweight version using a pair of 720p HD OLED screens to create a virtually vast individual screen. Read on for our hands-on first impressions.

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Philips unveils new Fidelio audio gear at IFA 2012

Philips unveils new Fidelio audio gear at IFA 2012

Philips has announced several new audio products that fit into the company's Fidelio range at IFA 2012 in Berlin today. The new products are all audio focused and include new portable speakers, headphones, and more. The products include the Fidelio Portable Speaker, Fidelio X1 headphones, Philips Urban Micro sound system, and the Philips Soundbar.

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Changes are afoot for Zune users

Changes are afoot for Zune users

If you took Sheldon Cooper's advice and purchased a Zune rather than an iPod, changes are afoot. Reports are coming in that e-mails are going out to Zune users announcing features that will be changing. The features are actually not changing as much as simply disappearing.

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Garmin smartphone apps getting public transportation features soon

Garmin smartphone apps getting public transportation features soon

Garmin announced at IFA today that it's gearing up to roll out a set of updates for its smartphone apps on both iOS and Android. These updates will be adding a number of helpful tools for Garmin users, including in-depth details on public transportation routes and support for Google Street View. Get ready to hand over some extra cash if you want these features though, because some of them will only be offered as in-app purchases

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Apple pays out up to $345 for old iPhone 4S

Apple pays out up to $345 for old iPhone 4S

We mentioned in the past that Apple would pay you a rather impressive sum for used gadgets. Back in March, Apple was handing out up to $320 for iPad 2 tablets that people didn't want. With rumors widely pointing to the launch of the next-generation iPhone within the next few weeks, it's time for a lot of people to start trading in their used previous edition iPhones. Apple is now offering a nice bit of change for your used iPhone 4S.

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Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Cutting-edge technology has a way of aging and trickling down into consumer products. This is particularly true in technology and materials intended for space travel. Ford has announced that it is using a superalloy that was developed for space shuttle engines in the turbocharger for its 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in some applications. The super alloy allows the turbocharger to last significantly longer than using normal metal alone.

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