Archive for November, 2012

Wii U hits UK early

Wii U hits UK early

Nintendo's Wii U has begun showing up for pre-order customers in the UK, a day ahead of the console's official release on November 30. Retailer Amazon UK notified some buyers of the new motion-gaming system on Wednesday this week that their Wii U had been dispatched for a November 29 delivery, and sure enough the first boxes hit doorsteps from this morning.

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Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp $240m talks tipped with Dell, Intel and Qualcomm: IGZO the prize

Sharp has reportedly begun talks with Dell, Intel, and other US companies for a potential share in the display firm, in a move that may be designed to put pressure on existing Foxconn negotiations. The discussions - which are also believed to be ongoing with Qualcomm, according to the WSJ's sources - would see struggling Sharp offer up a stake in return for as much as $240m depending on the suitor, with the spoils of the deal being a guaranteed supply of the company's IGZO displays.

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Researchers create objects from moon rock using 3D printer

Researchers create objects from moon rock using 3D printer

Imagine a future where individuals stationed on the moon will be able to scoop up a bunch of moon rock, pour it into a machine, and print out an object they need. Such was an idea presented by Washington State University researchers, who used imitation moon rock in combination with a 3D printer to create objects. While it still has a long way to go, they successfully created three cylinders.

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U-Boat Worx unveils underwater limousine

U-Boat Worx unveils underwater limousine

U-Boat Worx, a Dutch manufacturer of submarines, has released its "subsea limousine," the C-Explorer 5. This nifty underwater vehicle, aside from looking like something out of countless science fiction movies, can seat four and is aimed at the affluent end of the market. It was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, and is now available for about $2.4 million.

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Bluetooth used to estimate travel times in Calgary

Bluetooth used to estimate travel times in Calgary

In Calgary, Canada, Bluetooth technology is being utilized to estimate travel times to various spots on Deerfoot Trail, a section of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. The 31-mile freeway now boasts the Travel Time Information System, which was launched on Monday. With the system, drivers are presented with duration estimates to various points via overhead displays.

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ZTE unveils the smallest 4G LTE datacard available

ZTE unveils the smallest 4G LTE datacard available

ZTE has announced the launch of its MF823, a small dongle it touts as the smallest 4G LTE data card currently available. The little white unit has already launched in Kazakhstan, of all places, and is heading for Europe and Asia "soon." The press release doesn't state a price, but if similar offerings from the company are any indication, you'll likely be looking at $200+ for the unit.

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Anti-piracy system launch date bumped to early 2013

Anti-piracy system launch date bumped to early 2013

We've talked over the past couple months about the impending anti-piracy system that was slated to go into effect across the US. The system is implemented by major Internet service providers, each of which will warn subscribers who engage in copyright infringing activities, ultimately punishing those who continue to do so after being warned. Thanks to Hurricane Sandy and some other unspecified factors, however, the Center for Copyright Information has been forced to extend the launch date to early 2013.

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