Archive for Oct 29, 2012

Microsoft Surface gets complete teardown

Microsoft Surface gets complete teardown

Microsoft's latest piece of hardware, the Surface tablet running Windows RT, has been placed on the surgery bed and was given a full dissection by the fellows over at iFixit. While they were able to tear it apart completely, it wasn't an easy feat, and they came across some obstacles along the way.

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Philips hue iPad-controlled LED lightbulbs hands-on

Philips hue iPad-controlled LED lightbulbs hands-on

Colored LED lighting that could be remotely controlled used to take professional installation and thousands of dollars; now, Philips' new hue system makes it as easy as screwing in a bulb. On sale on Tuesday - initially exclusively through Apple Stores - the hue bulbs screw into a regular ES fitting and are remotely controlled from iOS or Android apps over a ZigBee connection, either locally around the home or (handy if you've left the lights on while you're on holiday) anywhere with an internet connection. They're hardly a cheap replacement to a standard incandescent bulb, though, so we spent some time with Philips to find out why hue is special, and how the system could actually make us happier or more productive.

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European Union to spend $900 million on world’s most powerful lasers

European Union to spend $900 million on world’s most powerful lasers

Doctor Evil would be thrilled at what the European Union is set to spend $900 million on. The EU will spend $900 million to build the world's most powerful laser hoping that the technology can destroy nuclear waste and possibly provide new cancer treatments. The project is called the Extreme Light Infrastructure project and the $900 million in funding will be used to build two lasers.

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Verizon Nokia Lumia 822 official with 4G LTE [Update: $100]

Verizon Nokia Lumia 822 official with 4G LTE [Update: $100]

Verizon and Nokia have officially announced the CDMA version of Nokia's Lumia 820, the Verizon Lumia 822, running Windows Phone 8. Supporting Verizon's EVDO Rev.A and 4G LTE networks, the Lumia 822 is otherwise identical to the GSM model which will be offered on both AT&T and T-Mobile USA, complete with interchangeable covers and the possibility of wireless charging.

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Zombie planet returns from the dead

Zombie planet returns from the dead

A recently published study suggests that a planet some astronomers believed didn't exist, does in fact, live. The study leans on observations made using the Hubble Space Telescope of a bright star called Fomalhaut. The observations made using the Hubble suggests that the star does indeed have a massive exoplanet orbiting it.

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Cassini spies massive atmospheric discharge on Saturn

Cassini spies massive atmospheric discharge on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been observing Saturn and has recorded enormous disturbances in the upper atmosphere of the ringed planet. The disturbances in the upper atmosphere were so massive that it set records as some of the largest storms ever seen on the planet. According to the scientists, the composite infrared spectrometer instrument on Cassini noted that the powerful atmospheric discharge pushed the temperature in Saturn's stratosphere 150°F above normal.

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Steve Jobs’ yacht makes its first official appearance

Steve Jobs’ yacht makes its first official appearance

Back in April we mentioned that word surfaced that designer Philippe Starck was working on a project for Apple. The fact that the famous designer was working on a project by Apple was quickly denied by Starck himself who admitted that he was working on a project involving Steve Jobs' private yacht. The yacht has been under construction by a Dutch company known for custom yachts called Feadship.

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AUO shows off 4.46-inch display with world’s narrowest border

AUO shows off 4.46-inch display with world’s narrowest border

AU Optronics has announced a new 4.46-inch mobile phone touch panel display that has what it claims to be the world's narrowest border. The display uses proprietary technology allowing for incredibly thin borders and uses low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology. The technology allows the display to have a border width of only 1 mm when placed on the module surface.

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Clearwire chooses Huawei for LTE network

Clearwire chooses Huawei for LTE network

Huawei is a Chinese company that offers all sorts of hardware for mobile networks and other network systems. The Chinese company has been at the center of spying allegations made by the US government suggesting that Huawei may be allowing the Chinese government access to American network systems. Huawei continues to strenuously object to these claims and has offered access to its source code in an attempt to prove it's not facilitating Chinese spying on America.

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High-tech security cameras can watch and predict what people will do

High-tech security cameras can watch and predict what people will do

There are many people across the country and around the world who don't like the idea of cameras watching their every move. Those who are uncomfortable with a normal security camera watching them will really be bothered by the future security cameras that can watch what they're doing, and predict what they are going to do. The technology comes from a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

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32 GB Nexus 7 pricing confirmed at Office Depot

32 GB Nexus 7 pricing confirmed at Office Depot

We've talked quite a bit about the new 32 GB Nexus 7 tablet this month. The tablet started as a rumor and those rumors have solidified over the last few weeks into an actual product expected to launch today. If you like the idea of a Nexus 7 tablet rocking 32 GB of storage, pricing has now been confirmed thanks to Office Depot.

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iStrike Shuttle iOS drone drops ping pong balls

iStrike Shuttle iOS drone drops ping pong balls

There's certainly no shortage of tiny remote control helicopters on the market today. I've owned quite a few of these flying toys, and they are a lot of fun to play with. A different style of flying toy is now on Kickstarter seeking funding from a company you may be familiar with called Dream Cheeky.

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