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Scientists patent a new flexible nano-pixel bendable screen technology

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Scientists were able to invent a nano-pixel ultra high definition. The researchers at the Oxford University were able to achieve this by using a very small layer of a phase-change material which also allows you to be bend while maintains thousandths of a millimetre thickness.

 

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Phase change materials are used for heat management purposes, and is used in rewritable DVDs. The layer is kept between two transparent electrodes and were able to produce pixels are as small as 300 nanometers which is smaller than the width of a human hair.This technology and has a lot of usefulness especially for wearable technology that benefits from foldable or flexible screens while having minimum thickness, such as smart contact lenses.

 

This implementation will still time take to appear as ready-to-use products. As of now, they aren't able to use it to display movable pictures but it is able to produce different colour changes. Professor Harish Bhaskaran explained,"The cool part about this is that the functional part is very thin. Because of that you could actually have displays that are non-intrusive, because you can keep the electronics far away."

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could get a retinal scanner

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

One of the most popular devices that Samsung makes is the Galaxy Note smartphone. The Note is known for having a larger screen than most smartphones putting in into phablet territory, skirting the gap between smartphones and tablets. Some rumors about the next Galaxy Note are now making the rounds and those rumors suggest that the Note 4 will have a retinal scanner.

 

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Adding a retinal scanner would take the security of the device a step further, Samsung currently makes wide use of fingerprint scanners on its high-end smartphones. The cool part about having a retinal scanner on the smartphone in the future would be the ability to unlock the device by looking at it.

 

Note 4 users might also be able to make purchases online by simply looking at the device. The iris scanner rumor got started with a tweet from the Samsung Exynos account that read: "Security can be improved using features unique to us.]" An image with that tweet has an eye on the screen hinting at retinal scanning.

Verizon blames Netflix for intentionally slowing down its own traffic

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Netflex and Verizon are having a catfight about allegedly capping internet bandwidth that affects the online streaming service. This time, Verizon is pointing its fingers at Netflix, claiming in its blog post that the streaming service is stifling its own subscriber's experience.

 

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Verizon said that its subscriber complained of fetting bad Netflix performance even though he is using the 75Mbps FiOS connection plan. But Verizon defended its internet service by saying that there is no congestion from the company's broadband infrastructure, which offloads all the suspicion on Netflix.

 

Verizon's operations team conducted a study when it received a complaint from its customer when Netflix sent a mail to its Verizon's dastardly deed. Verizon explained that congestion happens when it reaches 100% capacity which usually happens during peak usage periods. However, when they compared with other services which uses non-Netflix traffic, there was no congestion at all.

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Samsung rumored to launch Galaxy Alpha soon, its premium smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

We've been hearing whispers of a premium handset from Samsung for a while, something that would be a notch up from the company's Galaxy S5 smartphone. This premium handset has been known as the Galaxy F, until now.

 

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Now we have South Korea's ETNews reporting that Samsung will launch this new smartphone under the new name of Galaxy Alpha, a name that is new to us, but it might launch as something else, too. We don't know what will be inside of the Galaxy Alpha, but we should expect some improved specs that will help Samsung battle Apple when it releases its iPhone 6 later this year.

 

If Samsung do announce or launch a new smartphone next month, it'll break the company's usual launch cycle. We usually see Samsung announce a new Galaxy S device in the first half of the year, which is followed by a new Galaxy Note in the second half of the year. Right now we have no idea what Samsung is going to do, but we can't complain about having this many options now, can we?

Apple denies its iPhone poses a threat to Chinese national security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Shortly after reports surfaced accusing Apple iPhones of posing a threat to Chinese national security, the U.S. company rebutted charges lobbied by state media. The iPhone location-tracking function is unable to identify the phone owner's activities, and instead is utilized to help speed up applications based on phone owner location.

 

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"Apple has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services," an Apple statement claims. "We have also never allowed access to our servers. Apple does not track users' locations - Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so."

 

China has notoriously made it difficult for western companies to do business in the surging market - pressuring companies into changing features, adhering to sometimes questionable guidelines, and doing little to prevent intellectual property theft. However, companies are determined to cater to Chinese users, with a large number of first-time smartphone owners.

Cyberdyne HAL suit helping people walk again is helping change lives

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Cyberdyne CEO Yoshiyuki Sankai is living by his vision of developing technology that helps people, as the Cyberdyne HAL robotic suit is helping the elderly and those otherwise disabled walk again. Promoted as the "world's first cyborg-type robot," the HAL platform help gives the wearer better physical functions.

 

 

HAL is able to detect and interpret bioelectric signals, and can assist with walking, sitting up, standing up, and safely moving around. There is hope that using HAL overtime can assist paralyzed patients, recreating the loop for cerebral nerve systems and the body's muscles.

 

The United States and Japan lead the current robotics market, with Japanese engineers greatly interested in creating solutions that can help the country's aging population. Cyberdyne rents HAL suits to hospitals and living car facilities in Japan, teaching medical professionals and wearers how to make the best from wearing it.

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Apple might be forced to delay the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 into 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It looks like the bigger next-gen iPhone might not arrive this year, with Apple reportedly delaying the launch of its 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until 2015 as the company is having production issues. These issues aren't just exclusive to the larger iPhone 6, but the 4.7-inch version, too.

 

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According to a KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo (who is usually pretty spot on with Apple-related rumors): "Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing. As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue".

 

Kuo says that these problems are amplified with the 5.5-inch iPhone 5, with concerns centered on the new sapphire displays for the bigger iPhone. Kuo thinks that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might not launch this year, or if it does it'll be in extremely limited supply. If the 5.5-inch version is delayed until 2015, Kuo believes that Apple will cut the prices of the iPhone 5S and 5C when it launches the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to keep customers happy.

iPhone 6 to feature next-gen A8 chip from Apple, dual-core 2GHz chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It looks like Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 6 might feature the A8 processor from the company, something that would remain a dual-core design with a clock speed of 2GHz.

 

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Apple's next-gen SoC will see an increase from the 1.3GHz clocked A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S and Retina iPad mini up to 2GHz for the next-gen iPhone 6. The A8 chip will be a 64-bit processor, manufactured on a 20nm process versus the 28nm-based silicon of the A7 chip. As for the manufacturers that Apple will use, the iPhone maker will split it between TSMC and Samsung.

Pentagon studying 'neuroprosthetics' to help recall lost memories

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The Pentagon is investing millions of dollars to develop technology that can be used for brain implants able to help patients recall memories. The surgically-installed implant is the latest idea from "neuroprosthetics," designed to help military personnel wounded and suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

 

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania and University of California at Los Angeles, working together on the Restoring Active Memory program. Geared towards declarative memory, which is the brain's method to "record and recall times, places and other facts necessary for daily living."

 

"We don't have the Rosetta Stone for the memory system," said Michael Kahana, University of Pennsylvania computational memory lab director, in a recent statement. "The DARPA project is trying to dramatically accelerate that effort to decipher that Rosetta Stone. We're poised to do it. With this multisite effort, we might just be able to pull it off."

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Build your Blu-ray empire in our 300: Rise of an Empire giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

To celebrate this week's release of the semi sequel to '300' - 'Rise of an Empire' on home video formats, our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.

 

Filled with over an hours worth of extra features including a documentary and featurettes, '300: Rise of an Empire' is sure to be an audio and visual treat on Blu-ray.

 

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To go into the running to take one copy home, simply correctly answer the following question in 35 words or less:

 

Which actor played King Leonidas in the original '300'?

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on July 17th. The total prize pool is approximately $199.75.

 

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'300: Rise of an Empire' is available on 3D, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray and DVD + UltraViolet combo packs from Australian retailers on July 16th.

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