Archive for November, 2011
Korean scientists reckon that the capacitive touchscreens on our phones and tablets could help diagnose diseases from what’s floating around in your mouth. It works through the screen’s ability to detect minute capacitive differences in disease-carrying liquids placed on its surface. Experiments by Hyun Gyu Park and Byoung Yeon Won at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Daejeon managed to detect chlamydia microbes in three different concentrations. Once again , the iPhone acted as medical chief, although the setup isn’t yet able to distinguish between different bugs. There are also teething troubles with the touchscreen, as capacitive read-outs can be affected by moisture and sweat that are on the screen alongside your ‘sample.’ One solution to this would be to create a disposable film that attaches to the iPhone surface
Amy Goodman interviews Kamran Loghman, inventor of modern pepper spray and developer of police procedures for its use. Loghman regrets his work today, and says it’s “fashionable” to use chemical agents on “people who have an opinion”: It is becoming more and more fashionable right now, this day and age, to use chemical on people
How Mark Zuckerberg apologizes: "stuff happened, and it’s unfortunate" (not that it’s any of my doing)
Facebook has an established pattern: they obliterate privacy defaults in their system, wipe out their users’ stated privacy preferences, and then, after a hue and cry, Mark Zuckerberg emerges and apologizes, and the system is reset to a level that is slightly less private than before. At All Things D, Liz Gannes runs through a
It likely won’t win over anyone who isn’t too fond of 3D to begin with, but those looking for some additional quasi-3D content beyond the standard fare now have a new option to consider in the form of Acer’s 27-inch HR274H monitor. It not only includes a set of passive, polarized 3D glasses, but what Acer describes as its own “chip-based solution” that promises to convert all 2D content to 3D in real time (it can be switched on and off on the monitor itself). Unfortunately, there’s no word yet as to how well the effect works, and the monitor’s specs are otherwise decidedly ordinary for the rather high $599 price tag — you’ll just get a TN panel with a standard 1920 x 1080 resolution. Additional details can be found in the press release after the break. Continue reading Acer’s 27-inch HR274H monitor promises to do 2D-to-3D conversion on the fly Acer’s 27-inch HR274H monitor promises to do 2D-to-3D conversion on the fly originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:19:00 EDT
WiMax expansion isn’t exactly all the rage as of late, and so it comes as no surprise that Nokia Siemens Networks is shedding itself of the extraneous baggage. Following its recent whopping round of layoffs , the move is a continuation of the company’s efforts to bring stability to its bottom line. NewNet Communication Technologies has agreed to bring the castoff WiMax technologies into its fold, along with approximately 300 NSN employees — all for an undisclosed price — in a deal that’s expected to be finalized before year’s end. A full press release follows the break.
3D printers are slowly, but surely working their way into all sorts of useful, everyday applications — like the creation of chocolates , flutes and even Mario Kart turtle shell racers . Now, Washington State University engineers are unveiling a unique implementation of the tech that could aid in the regrowth of damaged or diseased bones. Utilizing a ceramic compound, the group’s optimized ProMetal 3D printer builds dissolvable scaffolds coated with a plastic binding agent that serve as a blueprint for tissue growth. The team’s already logged four long years fine tuning the process, having already achieved positive results testing on rats and rabbits, but it appears there’s still a ways to go — about 10 -12 years, according to the project’s co-author Susmita Bose — before orthopedic and dental surgeons can begin offering “printed” bone replacements. With a synthetic windpipe already under medical science’s belt and now this, it’s looking like we’re just a few short decades away from that long sought after full body replacement.
In the never-ending quest to give our future robot overlords better tools with which to enslave us, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has built what it claims to be the fastest UAV on the planet. Checking in at five meters (16.4 feet) long with a seven meter (23 foot) wingspan, the as-yet unnamed aircraft can cruise at 400km/h (249mph). Speed’s not its only standout feature either, as the Korean UAV can perform vertical takeoffs and landings ( VTOL ) as well. Its VTOL capability comes courtesy of dual tilt-rotors that provide helicopter-style takeoffs with fixed wing speeds once airborne.
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South Korea creates speedy new UAV, gives it VTOL capabilities to boot
In the realm of brutal hand-to-hand combat, Infinity Blade 2 promises to be without peer. The game will launch tonight on the App Store , and while its said to run just fine on the original iPad, iPhone 3GS / 4, it packs special optimizations for the A5 chip found in every iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, which allows the enhanced lighting and shading effects to fully shine. A follow-up to the original Infinity Blade , battle-hardened warriors will discover 40 new locations, along with added weapons, spells and fighting styles. Priced at $9.99, the 941MB download is expected to hit around 11PM Eastern time
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Infinity Blade 2 launches tonight, into world of Deathless tyrants and legion of Titans (video)
[Video Link] Mel Marton of TUAW says: The NeXT episode was filmed by John Nathan for a TV series called Entrepreneurs produced by WETA in Washington D.C. Some of the most interesting sections are Jobs pressing Joanna Hoffman at the 11 minute mark. Hoffman was one of the original members of the Mac team. His
20 minute documentary of Steve Jobs’ NeXT years
Don’t think you’ll get caught checking the Duke score while cruisin’ down the highway? Soon, you may have to think twice before hitting the scoreboard. Tobii has unveiled its new technology that detects drowsiness and distraction in on-board driver safety systems. The platform is based on the company’s advanced eye tracking tech to bolster automobile safety on the highways and byways
The creators of the MAFIAAFire browser plugin (which allows you to reach websites whose DNS has been shut down without trial by the US State Department at the behest of entertainment conglomerates) have released a sequel: ThePirateBay Dancing, a plugin that anonymizes your connections to thepiratebay.org and other blocked sites by using randomly picked proxies
iFixIt tears down the Galaxy Nexus, the latest “Google Experience” phone (a phone that ships with a stock Android installation and no telco/manufacturer crapware installed) and finds it to be admirably tinkerer/repair-friendly. The device is held together with standard screws, and very few of the components are glued together, meaning that it will be fairly
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Galaxy Nexus teardown reveals a repair-friendly, tinkerable phone
Looking for wisdom on your iPhone ? Well, you’re in luck, because TED’s celebrated iOS app is now available on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, much like its iPad-specific predecessor, allows users to access a wealth of TED Talks via streaming video or audio. The revamped tool also features a new bookmarks tab, where listeners can save talks for later listening, as well as the new TED Radio — a station chock full of TED Talk audio streams, running all day. It’s available as a free download now, so hit up the source link, and enjoy learning.
A stunning two-page illustration by James Bingham from the February 1952 issue of Argosy magazine, for Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Rocket Man.” I like the futuristic dome shaped house, with tinted panes of glass, and the mid century modern/Googie furniture and decor. The only thing I don’t like about it is the kid in
Futuremark, father of 3DMark and PCMark , has begun work on an Android edition of its benchmarking software. Wittily titled 3DMark for Android , it’ll bring the industry-standard testing tools to all the phones in Google’s yard . When finished, users will be able to measure performance by pushing the phone’s CPU, rendering, openGL and physics engines to the limits.
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3D Mark is coming to Android phones near you in 2012
We’ve still got quite a while to go before NASA gets back into the space travel game with SLS , but the first pieces of the potential inter-planetary transportation puzzle are starting to fall into place. The $500 million mobile launch tower of the future has already been rolled out and is undergoing structural testing at the Kennedy Space Center. You owe it to yourself to hit up the source link for some more images, including a few from atop the tower. Visualized: Where NASA’s SLS will get high originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds
Visualized: Where NASA’s SLS will get high
“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.”—New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Mayor, er, King Bloomberg announces that NYPD is his Army
A German man is suing the Pope for violating seatbelt laws on his visit to Dortmund by standing up in the back of the popemobile and waving (rather than remaining seated and buckled in, as the law apparently requires). Sundermann’s client surely does not have standing to sue to enforce the seatbelt law, and even
If your keyless entry fob stops working, finding a replacement can be harrowing, which is why automotive locksmith Keyless Ride developed the K2 universal remote. Rather than stocking hundreds of individual OEM units, dealerships just have to dock a K2, tell it what make, model and year your car is (it’s compatible with 70 percent of the North American market) and it’ll pair up with your ride’s on-board wireless hardware within five minutes. Better still, you can lighten the load in your pocket by adding a second car to the same remote (if you have a weekend whip, that is).
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Keyless Ride’s K2 poses as an OEM-compatible car remote, saves you time and money
Well, not exactly. But, “disburse” was an interesting choice of verbs in that there headline up there. (thanks, Alec MacKaye!)
Wall Street Journal reports LAPD made payments to Occupy LA protesters
E-books may have caught on in a big way these past few years, but there have been a few big holdouts. The Harry Potter series only became available for the first time earlier this year , and now Ray Bradbury has finally allowed his dystopian classic, Fahrenheit 451 , to be made available in electronic form (the title remains unchanged). Bradbury himself has been a longtime critic of ebooks (and the internet itself, for that matter), but he reportedly relented when his publisher, Simon & Schuster, explained that a new contract wouldn’t be possible without ebook rights. Other Bradbury novels may also be released as ebooks eventually, according to his agent, but there’s apparently no firm plans for those as of yet.
Over at credit.com, I reviewed the new Mint app for iPad. I’ve been a user of Mint, a personal finance website, for several years, and it has become an essential tool for keeping track of my expenses and organizing information that my accountant needs to prepare my income taxes. The great thing about Mint is
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Review of Mint app for iPad