Sunday, February 28, 2010


Samsung Unveils New Smartphone Powered by Own OS...

The tech giant Samsung has recently presented its new smartphone running on the company's own operating system called Bada. The "super-AMOLED" GT-S8500, also called the Wave, was unveiled at the 2010 Mobile World Congress. The device measures 3.3-inches and features a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Among its most interesting tech specs there are:
  • 5Mpx camera with LED flash;
  • A-GPS;
  • Bluetooth 3.
The phone allows accessing the Web HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) at 3.6M bps or 802.11n. Besides, you can customize different home screens as you like thanks to the interface that is based on TouchWiz 3.0. The Wave also has a built-in support for such social networks such as Twitter and Facebook in its phone book. Samsung is not only the author of the operating system for its new device, the company also created the phone's 1GHz processor. The body of the phone is made of aluminum and is 10.9mm thick. You can search for this phone in European stores starting this April and the price for the device is expected to be $ 436 (320 Euros). It is worth mentioning that Samsung did not give any information on whether the Wave will hit the stores in the United States or anywhere.


Panasonic Unveils Toughbook H1 Field - A Tablet for Tough Conditions...

Recently Panasonic unveiled its new tablet PC, which, however, is anything but usual. The Toughbook H1 Field is a tablet that can be used in harsh conditions. The device targets maintenance workers, medics and marines. The new tablet from Panasonic has IP65 and MIL-STD-810G certification and boasts a 6-foot drop rating. It features a 1.86 Ghz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2 GB RAM, 64GB SSD and a 10.4-inch dual-touch display. In addition, the Toughbook H1 Field has a GPS receiver, RFID reader, WWAN and camera. For those who wish, the tablet can come with an optional Qualcomm Gobi2000 mobile broadband. The battery can hold for 6 hours.
The price of the tablet is $ 3,379.


Polaroid Movie Camera - a Mix of Classic and Modern Tech...

The Movie Polaroid Camera was designed by Kim Hyun Joong, who though about a device that would display movies on a flexible screen with built-in touchscreen technology. The designer's concept represents a mix of analogue Polaroid film and digital touch technology. In addition, the gadget incorporates a movie printer that instantly "prints" the scene as soon as the user filmed it. It would be interesting to note that the Movie Polaroid Camera captures both movie and sound that are "printed" on a substrate which resembles the film paper traditionally used in Polaroid cameras. There's no need to recharge batteries every so often due to a special technology that allows the user to shake the device so it would power up the Polaroid Film for viewing. Because of its rather small size, the film screen can be carried in a pocket or wallet.


World's First Sound System Developed for Pets...

A company called Pet Acoustics developed a device that manages the level of the music you listen to so that it won't harm your pet's hearing. The new device is called "My Pet Speaker" and it represents a unidirectional speaker that features a 4-inch driver along with a cone reflector that expands sounds waves 360 degrees. According to Pet Acoustics, the device is the world's first sound system created exclusively for pets. It is worth mentioning that My Pet Speaker can work with any type of input source, including iPods and iPhones with a 3.5 mm output. The device measures 12.5" x 9.84" x 12.6", and weights 11.02 pounds. You can acquire the device for $ 250 starting next month.


Philips Unveils New Sound Systems With HDD and Internet Connectivity...

These two stereo sound systems were created by Philips' Spanish design team. Both the "MCi900" and the "MCD900" are made of a single piece of aluminum. The design of the two devices allows them to generate a more natural sound. Both sound systems have a built-in CD player and USB socket. In addition, they feature a pair of speakers, 100 watts of amplification, as well as free floating tweeters. The MCi900 makes use of the Streamium technology, developed by Philips, and a 160GB hard drive on which you can store your favorite music. The system also supports internet radio and wireless connection with networked PCs or Macs. There's currently no information regarding the price of these sound systems.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


The Deafinite Style Hearing Aid...

Designaffairs Studio has a mission of creating concepts that garner attention, and the Deafinite Style hearing aid is definitely capturing some attention. The Deafinite Style hearing aid is a conceptual hearing aid that forms a large tunnel through a person’s earlobe. Instead of resembling a hearing aid, the device looks more like a piece of jewelry. It’s one of the first hearing aids that will likely be mistaken for a trendy or stylish accessory rather than an actual hearing device. In cases of severe hearing loss, the Deafinite Style hearing aid comes with a plug that can be connected to the aid to produce more power. The device can work for people that suffer from severe hearing loss. There is one downside to the device – the earlobe is required to be permanently stretched to be worn and some people may not want to stretch their ears.


Laser Beam Mosquito Killer...

Mosquitoes are a nuisance. They are one of the few animals that survive by drinking blood and are also known to spread a variety of diseases. The laser beam mosquito killer puts an end to the pests with the zap of a laser. It’s a new technology that can be used to kill bugs. The laser beam mosquito killer is technically called the Photonic Fence Anti-Mosquito Laser System and the invention was created by Intellectual Ventures Lab. The system operates by identifying mosquitoes and then hunting them down. Once the system targets a mosquito, it zooms in and releases a killer laser beam that destroys the mosquito in one of two ways. The beam either disrupts the mosquito’s DNA or it causes the mosquito to overheat and blow up. The scientists who created the laser beam had a good reason. They were on a quest to eliminate malaria, which is one of the worst public health problems worldwide. In Africa, the disease causes an outrageously high death toll, and it is often transmitted through mosquito bites. Fortunately, the laser device is smart enough to only target mosquitoes. The system can tell the difference between mosquitoes and other insects such as bumblebees and butterflies. The mosquito laser is so smart that it can even figure out if a mosquito is a boy or a girl.


ATI Radeon HD 5830 Review...

AMD has been busy putting out new graphics cards since launching the Radeon HD 5000 series five months ago. With this month's release, that translates into almost two new graphics cards each month. Looking at the budget and mid-range segments show that there is no more than $40 separating each card. So why the big gap between the Radeon HD 5770 and 5850? As it turns out AMD has been planning to plug this hole all along with yet another offering. The Radeon HD 5830 is expected to come in at somewhere around $250, ~15% cheaper than the 5850. Appearance and form factors aside, what we are most excited about is having a new Radeon HD 5800 product at a more affordable price tag, that is, as long as AMD has kept the value proposition.


Game of Life controlled by EKG Hoodie...

Conway’s Game of Life has been explored before in wearable electronic by Leah Buechley or Elizabeth Fuller, showing random light pattern on dresses or jackets based on the rules of the Game of Life. The starting point of the artificial life form comes in these examples from a random number generated by a micro chip. The ‘Game of Life controlled by EKG Hoodie‘ from Joe Saavedra is taking Conway’s Game of Life one step further by using the heart beat to set the life cycles in sync with a real life form, the wearer, bridging the gap between physical and artificial life to create unique light animation on clothing. What a fascinating concept design. Insightful, playful but with a deeper meaning, delighting by painting dynamic animation on clothing, reflecting the fluidity of life. Joe used a custom circuit which includes an infrared EKG monitor that resets the game each time a heartbeat is detected. Conductive thread form the connection grid for the 4×4 LED matrix and to the circuit board which is kept in a pocket towards the bottom of the hoodie. The heartbeat detection is done via a infrared LED (emitter) and detector pair which can ’see’ through your finger: each time blood is pulsed through represents a heart beat. It all sounds simple but we strongly advise to click over to Joe’s project blog to get the details and tips you will need to build your own ‘Game of Life controlled EKG Hoodie’. Or maybe to get inspired by Joe’s work and come up with other ideas of changing the appearance of your clothing in sync with your body. What a great, thoughtful and inspirational concept – We give a High Five for the ‘Game of Life controlled by EKG Hoodie’.


Fiber Nanogenerators power up our future clothing...

On a fairly regular basis researchers publish new findings around power generating textiles, a topic highly interesting for the wearable electronic community. This time engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, created energy generating nanofibers that could one day be woven into textiles. The nano-sized generators work on the ‘piezoelectric’ principle, converting kinetic energy through stretches and twists into electricity. Sounds fabulous as the textiles of our clothing stretches and twists all day when worn. ‘This technology could eventually lead to wearable smart clothes that can power hand-held electronics through ordinary body movements,’ said Liwei Lin, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering and head of the international research team that developed the fiber nanogenerators. The nanofibers are made from organic polyvinylidene fluoride, or PVDF, they are flexible and relatively easy and cheap to manufacture. Oh yeah, in almost all of these announcements, this new technology is easy and cheaply to manufacture. We heard this from flexible solar cells as well some years back but up until today, the cheap factor has not materialized. It’s always exiting to see advances in developments and research but all this has to be taken with a (very) long term view as such break-through discoveries, although they seems simple to make, can take a long time to become robust enough to produce in quantities and then to become affordable to be actually used in everyday objects like clothing. Let’s put the Fiber Nanogenerators on our watch-list but move on with technologies and materials we have today and use them smartly to create smart clothes now.


NapCap – Haute Tech sleep shawl...

Designer Simone Wittmann created the NapCap, a hoodie shawl loaded with technology to create a private, cozy atmosphere while in crowded and noise public places to take a well deserved nap on a train ride or while waiting for a connection flight. The NapCap concept envisions a long feature list starting with integrated Bluetooth headphones which, together with the traveler’s cell phone, play music, send the wake-up alarm and a warning signal in case the traveler’s luggage is moved. To ensure a carefree sleep, the hood NapCap comes together with the luggage lock NapSecure. It does not only lock your luggage, but is connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth. If the luggage is moved away from its owner more than one meter, an alarm will be go off and heard via the headphones. People in public spaces, especially in airports, trying to shield themselves off from the noisy environment with blankets or jackets over their heads to take a nap while waiting for the next connection. The NapCap from Simone is a more fashionable way to create a quite, private space in public places and offers a lot of technology to make us almost feel like home. Features like privacy, waking up on time and luggage guard are fears of mine that usually prevent me to take a nap at public places. This design concept provides inspirational room for travel gear brands to think a bit more out-of-the-bag when designing their products.


Soular Power Back-Up Packs...

No, I have not made a typing mistake in the headline, Neon Green, a new brand joining the solar power bag market, named their soon to be launched range Soular Power Back-Up Packs. What can be seen so far from the 2010 catalog of Neon Green’s new range is very impressive besides the fact that these bags capture the sunlight on the go and convert it to electrical energy for our pocket devices. Among the innovative designed range is the Capsoul 3-in-1 Back-up-Pack (see images) which has the option to take off the solar panel part and use it as shoulder bag or a hand carrying case with solar charging function for a stroll around the city or have it attached to the backpack for the adventure trip power supply. Let’s hope Neon Green is coming out with these great looking, style flexible solar bags in time for the spring/summer sun season. We will watch out and notify you once the Soular Power Back-Up Packs hit the stores.


GPS gloves double as action recorder...

High tech gloves have been around for some time now, starting with sophisticated heating systems, making phone calls via Bluetooth link to a cell phone or controlling an iPod. Zanier, an Austrian based company has announced the most innovative and technically sophisticated glove on the planet, the X-Plore.XGX with integrated GPS and mini display on the thumb. While we do not think the GPS will be very helpful of avoiding to get lost on the ski slopes I do like the additional functions GPS technology offers: the measurement of altitude, speed, distance, duration and other route data. All these data can be check on the small display but they are also stored and can be downloaded to a computer via USB. This recording of the action makes it for me an perfect synergy of technology with clothing. No additional piece of gear is needed to fill up the pockets, just put on your gloves and you get a complete action recorder. And having already GPS on the finger tips – yes you can rest assured to never get lost anymore during your ski vacation. Hardcore action winter sport enthusiast have now their own flight recorder in the gloves, recording those incredible races down the hills and can show them off on their social websites as proof of their high adrenalin vacation in the Alps. Zanier plans to introduce the GPS gloves for the 2010-11 winter season. No price point is set yet but you have now 12 month time to save up for these top of the line gloves.


Pacific Tsunami Warning Center...

Operated by NOAA and located in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Center has upgraded its Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) system since the Indian Ocean earthquake of 2004, by adding 32 additional buoys.


Skype FreeTalk TV : Using Samsung 7000 And 8000 Series LED HDTVs...

Brief news on Samsung LED HDTVs, for the buyers of the Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series television, will be able to get free Internet@TV service, users could get a low-profile FREETALK TV Camera for the LED HDTVs at the In Store Solutions (ISS) available through Skype’s store. It will be possible for the Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 HDTV owners to place and receive voice calls and High Quality Video calls. Voice calls will use Skype’s SILK audio codec, which enable super-wideband audio quality.

Price:
Skype FREETALK TV camera: Approx. USD29/.


Landport Solar Powered Active Speakers : The First In Japan!...

Japan Landport will release their first solar-powered speaker weighing 290 grams that are capable of providing up to 8 continuous music playback. Simply connect this speaker to your iPod or MP3 player via the Stereo mini input. The solar powered speakers will be available in Japan starting March 2010. The Landport solar powered speakers, have a 2 Watts x 2ch audio output, they comes with Lithium-ion battery and has a dimension of 19.5cm x 11.2cm x 5cm.
Price: USD58/.


Futuristic eVouse Concept Computer Mouse with Pen Sensor...

Meet eVouse, which claims to be an innovative laptop mouse that not only boasts a nice futuristic design but has some interesting functions that will ease your computing. You can use the V-shaped device, designed by Marcial Ahsayane, not only as a computer mouse but as a pen sensor for certain design works as well. When you use the buttons and/or scroll, the mouse informs about it with its green lighting. It would be interesting to note that the pen sensor is located at the corner of the eVouse's head, which considerably improves the grip on the mouse when you drag it to carry out certain actions.


Device that Allows Tasting a Dish Before Cooking It...

Designer Calvin Chen is the author of the Teaser, which represents a pioneering concept that was designed with the goal of cutting the level of food waste by making it possible for a person to taste a recipe prior to cooking it. The gadget includes a touchscreen display and a printing system that emits edible flavor strip. The user can taste the dish by making use of ink-jet printing technology that has 18 flavored cartridges and dissolving strips, which, when mixed, create the taste of the dish that is to be cooked. You can surf through a variety of recipes by using the touchscreen LCD. After selecting the desired recipe, the user should choose the command to print a sample with the flavor of the respective recipe. The Teaser allows adding or removing certain ingredients in case the taste does not meet the user's expectations. However, if the flavor is the right one, then you should just follow the guidelines displayed on the screen to prepare the desired food.


HAN.DI Camera With Detachable Remote Control...

The HAN.DI Camera, designed by Zo Woo Geun, can be attached to your palm or wrist like a bracelet and allows you to take pictures of yourself using a detachable remote. It is a nice alternative for traditional cameras that are sometimes difficult to manage when taking pictures of yourself. The HAN.DI Camera boasts a sleek design and is really easy to handle, offering enough freedom of movement. Having a looped shape, the camera can be easily worn around the wrist and you can take pictures anytime without any difficulties. Using two expanding joints you can adjust the size. With the remote control you won't have to ask passersby to photograph you.


The Eye Smartphone With Transparent Screen...

Cyrene Quiamco is the author of this concept phone called the "Eye." The device makes it possible for its user to see the world via its screen. The phone has a transparent LCD screen, which not only looks nice, but also allows you to watch movies, view pictures and run the audio player wherever you are. In addition, the device boasts a GPS system. The built-in camera allows you not only to take pictures in real view (with its see-through screen), but also to scan different structures and monuments using the Internet connectivity and receive the information on the scanned objects and their surroundings. You can also make "smart purchases" by scanning the price of various products -there will be no need to visit the stores. The Eye allows you to scan people and upload information such as their bio or links to their profile pages on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.


Touch-Sensitive Keyboard from Cleankeys Makes You Healthier...

The germiest places a person most often gets in contact with are the keyboard, the computer mouse and the kitchen table, but we're going to talk about the first one - the keyboard. Cleankeys is a company that designed this touch-sensitive ergonomic keyboard, which, besides making your work on the computer more efficient, plays a role in making your work healthier. Using this keyboard involves clean hygienic typing. It allows you to remove about 99 percent of bacteria. However, the touch-sensitive keyboard is quite pricey, it will cost you $ 400 and if you add $ 50 you can get a glass version of the keyboard.


Lounge Chair Workstation - for Those Who Spend Hours Facing the Monitor...

Everyone knows that sitting in front of a computer for a long period of time leads to physical problems and gets you mentally tired as well. To solve this issue, designer Yuji Fujimura decided to create an ergonomic workplace that would provide comfort for your body during long hours in front of your machine. The designed called its project Lounge Chair Workstation. Its main advantage is the natural curves that seem to copy your body. In addition, you can install you laptop on a flexible stand that allows you to regulate the necessary height. When you're done with your work or you simply need to take a break, the workstation is there to help you rest in comfort.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Compass Vibro Anklet – North Paw...

North Paw is an anklet that tells the wearer which way is North. The anklet holds eight cellphone vibrator motors around the ankle. A control unit containing an electronic compass senses magnetic north and turns on and off the motors. At any given time only one motor is on and this motor is the closest to North. The skin senses the vibration, and the wearer’s brain learns to associate the vibration with direction, giving the wearer an intuitive sense of which way is North. The North Paw is a follow up on the Feelspace research done at the Cognitive Psychology department of the University of Osnabrück in Germany. The team at Sensebridge, a research and collaboration group based at Noisebridge, a hackerspace in San Francisco, CA offers the North Paw as DIY kit for $95. containing all components and instructions needed to make your own ankle compass. Beside the direction indication capability of this concept I could imagine to connect instead of vibration motors light sources, illuminating different parts of a dress in different colors depending on the orientation of the wearer to the north pole. Could give some cool, colorful effects on a dress.


New Tweetdeck version puts Twitter on crack, brings in YouTube and Flickr...

There remains an ongoing desktop Twitter application war. Traditionally Tweetdeck and Seesmic have been at loggerheads for the lion share, although Tweetdeck has remained in the lead so far. Increasingly it appears that Seesmic is heading towards trying to be a much more mainstream application, for anyone on any platform, from celebs to your non-tech friends. But for power Twitter users, Tweetdeck seems to be the go-to app so far. Of course, all that can change, but that seems to be the landscape at the moment. Just now Tweetdeck has released the latest version of its desktop Air application, this one is v0.33. Existing Tweedeck users will get an auto upgrade in the next few days. For uber-Tweetdeck users (like social media experts, as we know) Tweetdeck can get pretty long as they plug in every search term they can think of to avert that client disaster. So there are a bunch of new features which extend the app quite a bit and greatly enhance its speed of access to the Twitter firehose. The new Column Navigator feature, at the bottom of the screen, shows a representation of all your columns and allows you to navigate around them quickly by simply clicking. Over that bar is information like the time remaining before a column refreshes and the current level of API calls remaining. You can now view more photos and videos inside TweetDeck, meaning that for some users Tweetdeck is going to start being the way they interface with rich media. Clicking on links to Youtube videos will now show the video in a TweetDeck preview window. Flickr image links will also now open in a preview, along with pictures from Posterous, Mobypicture and Twitgoo. Users can also upload to Mobypicture. In other words, heavy Tweetdeck users are going to start finding they use their browser less to upload media to Twiter apps. Other changes:
  • Search columns are improved with an increased ability to edit the definition of the search terms.
  • A new help screen allows access to “getting started” videos, ideal for new users, alongside a search box which accesses the FAQ forum.
  • There are a number of other improvements to the UI and under the hood.
  • Tweetdeck says is also progressing its plans to hit other mobile platforms (read Android)
  • One to watch is the increasing importance of the TweetDeck Directory which contains now thousands of Twitter Lists.
Underlying all these feature changes is a much bigger issue however.

At Le Web Ryan Sarver from the Platform Team at Twitter announced the imminent availability of an increased API rate limit for those applications accessing the API using a method called OAuth. Thus, the major element of this release is that TweetDeck can now offer the increased level of API calls available to oAuth applications (it does oAuth in the background). This is currently 350 calls per hour. In addition, the application now autoscales, so that when Twitter unleashes the 1500 calls per hour Tweetdeck will give you all those calls. This version of TweetDeck v0.33 now accesses the API using OAuth in the background. That means it can take advantage of this increased API limit. So the new limit is 350 calls per hour, and this is likely to increase. There is also automatic intelligent API management option for applicatinos plugging in to Tweetdeck. That will mean greater flexibility in configuring the application without needing to worry about running out of API calls.


Oracle Buys AmberPoint To Boost Application Management And Performance Offerings...

On the heels of the EU’s approval of Oracle’s $7.4 billion deal to acquire Sun Microsystems, the tech giant has opened up the purse strings to acquire application management software provider AmberPoint. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the acquisition is expected to close in the first half of this year. AmberPoint’s software helps organizations diagnose and resolve issues in application performance and business transactions, such as insurance claims processing or account provisioning where multiple applications need to work together. AmberPoint’s software will be folded into Oracle’s Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) offerings. Oracle says that the addition of AmberPoint’s software will help diagnose and manage the performance of business applications, provide monitoring for application performance and will enrich SOA design time with run-time metrics for SOA governance.


Segway X2 Set to Hit India...

Segway Inc. has partnered with Bird Group to enter India's consumer market. Currently, two models are planned for release, the X2 and i2. The X2's "Deeply treaded tires, scratch resistant fenders and higher ground clearance give you a smooth, stable ride, and the durability you've come to expect from Segway".


Boeing 747 8 - First Flight...

The Boeing 747-8 freighter is set to make its first flight yesterday "after performing well on taxi tests and reaching a top speed of about 103.5 mph Saturday at Paine Field in Everett, north of Seattle."
  • At 250 feet long, the plane is the largest Boeing has ever built and about 18 feet longer than the existing 747-400 jumbo jet.


InCharge Battery Station sorts and charges batteries...

Recharging batteries makes it possible to live without constantly shopping for batteries. However, in reality those dinky chargers are inconvenient and hog precious outlet space. Which is a serious crime in our houses that seems to have a single outlet per room. Well this design will only cover up one outlet and it will work with multiple battery sizes. Sure there are plenty of wall chargers that will charge more than one size, but they are usually awkward to get them all to fit. Plus they only charge a few at a time. This one you just drop the battery down the middle and it’ll sort the battery out itself. Currently this battery station is entered in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition and is a finalist. That unfortunately means that it’s a long way from the production line.


Chatman your friendly kid-friendly internet supervisor...


If you’re feeling a little lonely while you’re surfing the internet or chatting it up with someone online, now you can have a yellow friend to brighten your day. This little guy is capable of picking up on the tone of your conversation and changes his mood accordingly. He’ll even go as far as getting involved by telling you how he feels about the discussions that are being exchanged. Which basically means you’ll have paid your hard earned cash to have a yellow backseat driver while you’re on the internet. On the up side of things it’d be a sneaky way to keep an eye on what your kids are up to on the internet. He works with all of your usual messenger programs like Yahoo, Facebook, Myspace and a few others. He also keeps an eye on the websites that are visited. He won’t prevent anyone from visiting them, he’ll just frown upon them. He has moving eyes, arms, ears and an LED emoticon mouth. He also has over 500 different actions and a total of 25 moods. It’ll be released in April of this year.


Google to unveil new social tool tomorrow...

Google is set to unveil a brand new social networking application, that is all set to integrate with at least two Google products. The new social network will go head-to-head to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, bringing in a whole new competitor to the market. According to details posted on The Wall Street Journal, "a new feature that makes it easier and faster for users of Gmail to view media and status updates.” However, experts believe that the integration will go far beyond just Gmail. Google sent out invites mentioning "We'll be unveiling some new product innovations and we'd like to invite you to join us.” With Google’s backing of owning YouTube, the largest search engine" Google.com, and various other products, all the tools for a successful product are in place. Dave Winer, creator of RSS, compiled a list of must-have features for any company to compete and rival Twitter. Winer’s first point would be reliability, something Twitter has struggled with time and time again, having troubles maintaining its servers. Winer also talks about enclosures, open architecture metadata, relationships with hardware vendors and removing the 140-character limit, a strict limitation that Twitter imposes, which can annoy users at times. Winer also mentions that URL-shorteners are ‘hurting the web’, but Google has already entered the URL-shortening game, something that it will definitely use. Google is set to announce their new product creation at 10am PST.


Sony develops millimeter-wave wireless intra-connection technology...

Sony announced the development of millimeter-wave wireless intra-connection technology today, according to a press release on Sony's site. The technology allows high speed wireless data transfer inside electronic devices. The way the system is works is by replacing internal wires and circuitry with wireless connections, thus reducing the size of components and overall cost. Sony claims the new wireless technology will increase reliability, since there is no contact during the transfer of data. Electromagnetic waves, ranging in frequency from 30GHz to 300GHz, are utilized to obtain ultra high speed data transfer. The press release notes "Sony has integrated highly energy efficient millimeter-wave circuits on 40nm-CMOS-LSIs (with an active footprint of just 0.13mm2 including both the transmitter and receiver), to realize high speed, 11Gbps data transfer over a distance of 14mm using antennas approximately 1mm in size." Because of the small footprint, the circuits can be placed on one chip at a low cost. Sony's new injection lock system allows for synchronized detection over small circuits, eliminating the Phase Locked Loop, which has been used for synchronization in the past. The updated technology lowers power consumption, while maintaining an adequate transmission range. No specific date has been announced regarding when products will adopt the new technology.


Twin teens discover brother's death through Facebook...

Yesterday, twin teenagers Maryanne and Angela Vourlis celebrated their first day in the third decade of their lives, their 20th birthdays. As they awoke, they went to visit Facebook, hoping to see various messages from friends; instead, they discovered that their 17 year old brother, Bobby Vourlis, had been killed in a car accident. In a tragic example of how fast social networks can spread news, the twin girls and their mother found out that the young teenager was killed, with nobody else notifying them first. Angela Vourlis said, "I didn't get it. All these people were writing, 'RIP Chris Naylor' and 'RIP Bobby', and I thought: 'What's going on?'" According to The Daily Telegraph, the mother of the three was forced to ring the nearby police station to ask about her son's death, before the news was made official to her; Bobby Vourlis had been killed in a car accident in the early hours of the morning, in which two other teenagers were killed (including the driver of the car, the aforementioned Chris Naylor) and another two suffered minor injuries. Major news seems to be hitting social networks before any other media at in increasing rate in the past few months, with services like Twitter able to get news out within minutes. Whilst this has great benefits, it's also potentially damaging. Multiple times, news has spread through Twitter enough to make it to their Trending Topics list, hours before the major news sites such as CNN have even put up a basic post. This may be somewhat concerning to them, although Twitter is limited to 140 characters for each post, whereas news articles are obviously much more in depth – obviously these types of services cannot replace the big news corporations, but it certainly worries a few people at the time it takes for the latter to catch up. The same applies to Facebook, where updates are generally rather short, unless a link is attached, but even so, it isn't that much more detailed. Either way you look at it, the rate at which social media spreads information can be both a blessing and a curse.