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Apple’s Sapphire glass facility nearly ready for mass production

Apple’s Sapphire glass facility nearly ready for mass production

The Sapphire glass Apple uses — and is rumored to use much more of with new handsets — is partly thanks to GT Advanced Technologies. They’ve recently announced their financial results for the second quarter, noting an $86 million loss as they pivot operations to align themselves with Apple. As the reliance on Sapphire increases, that big loss may be a distant memory in the near future.

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NVIDIA stacks screens for high-res wearables on a budget

NVIDIA stacks screens for high-res wearables on a budget

Sandwiching several cheap LCDs together to fudge a higher resolution version could be the secret to making cheap head-mounted displays, NVIDIA researchers are suggesting, taking an unusual approach to competing in the pixel density race. While Samsung, LG Display and others have been pushing development of high-resolution screens for wearables like Oculus Rift, where smoother quality makes for a more realistic, immersive experience, NVIDIA's strategy is to chase the same goal only with much cheaper parts, potentially pushing chips like the Tegra K1 in the process.

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4K iMac or Thunderbolt Display tipped for Yosemite debut

4K iMac or Thunderbolt Display tipped for Yosemite debut

Apple's desktop Mac line may finally be getting the Retina update OS X users have been hoping for, with chatter of a 4K model headed to stores around October. Although Retina display technology is already offered on the MacBook Pro and across Apple's iPhone and iPad line, so far the Mac Pro and iMac have stuck with their lower pixel-density panels, despite both computers being easily capable of driving significantly higher resolutions.

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Framed 2.0 puts motion-controlled digital art on your wall

Framed 2.0 puts motion-controlled digital art on your wall

Judging by the "home of the future" documentaries, nobody goes to museums on their hoverboards in the 21st century, but instead has dynamically changing artwork beamed to virtual picture frames in their homes. We may not have the hoverboards yet, but Framed 2.0 is aiming to deliver the art at least, with a new crowdfunding project to put a smartphone and gesture-controlled display showing everything from the classics through to tumblr GIFs, Flash animation, and more.

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Kyocera teases durable yet affordable Sapphire Shield display

Kyocera teases durable yet affordable Sapphire Shield display

Many iPhone fans are waiting with bated breath to see if Apple's next smartphone will indeed sport that much desired sapphire glass display. It seems, however, that whether or not the iPhone 6 boasts this material is no longer relevant to Kyocera's business plans. The Japanese electronics manufacturer has just put up a video teaser, claiming that it has more street creds to make sapphire displays not just a reality but also a financially feasible option.

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LG shows off 18-inch flexible, transparent OLED display

LG shows off 18-inch flexible, transparent OLED display

Samsung might have been boasting about its flexible "YOUM" displays, but its not the only game in town. Rival Korean manufacturer LG also has its own bending powers that it isn't hesitating to flaunt. LG Display, the company's screen-making subsidiary, is displaying, no pun intended, a flexible 18-inch panel that is not only made of OLED but transparent as well.

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iPhone 6 sapphire display crystal display: unbending, unbreakable

iPhone 6 sapphire display crystal display: unbending, unbreakable

In this latest iPhone 6 leak, we divert our attention ever so slightly away from the rather contentious subject of screen sizes and return once more to the once hot topic of sapphire crystal displays. Now, courtesy of vlogger Marques Brownlee, more popularly known as MKBHD, we are getting a closer look at what is supposed to be the sapphire crystal display panel for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

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This incredible floating display belongs in a sci-fi movie

This incredible floating display belongs in a sci-fi movie

Floating displays may be the stuff of science-fiction, but one research team is looking to make them real, using a carefully tuned acoustic-potential field to create swarms of particles clustered into physical graphics. Dubbed Pixie Dust - after the Peter Pan quote - the system can cause objects up to 7g per cubic centimeter to hover in moving forms, effectively translating digital objects into real, and with a Kinect sensor thrown in they can even respond to the viewer's movements.

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