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Gorilla Glass 2 to be displayed at CES next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 10:28 am

Gorilla Glass is featured on a bunch of smartphones and tablets, and keeps us protected from the harsh environments such as our pockets, the ground, keys, and more. The created of Gorilla Glass have announced that they will be displaying Gorilla Glass 2 technology at CES next week.

 

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Senior vice president of Corning, James Steiner says:

 

Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning's latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration.

 

Full product details will be revealed in an announcement tomorrow and Corning will have live demonstrations of the technology in their booth, as well as an example of Gorilla Glass applied to an 82-inch multitouch LCD, and more. Corning are set to deliver Gorilla Glass to thinner panels, which enable smartphones and other devices to continue to shrink.

RumorTT: iPad 3 to launch in March

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 9:08 am

DigiTimes have a fresh rumor that we should see the iPad 3 in March, and a fourth-generation iPad 4 in October. DigiTimes still maintains that the iPad 3 will sport the 2048x1536 display and that it should also include longer battery life and otherwise "no... so amazing" specifications.

 

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The iPad 2 could see a price drop to $399 once the iPad 3 arrives and not the $299 which was rumored a few days ago. The iPad 4 is rumored to coincide with the arrival of the first Windows 8 tablets. It should sport a 9.7-inch display, the same as the iPad 2, but should sport "much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications."

 

Apple's iPad is going to get slapped with competition this year, with the Android 4.0-based tablets, Kindle Fire and Windows 8-powered tablets, Apple have never had this much competition before. You know what I think? Bring it on.

Snooki will be at CES, asks where the Smush Room is

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 8:14 am

CES 2012: One of the first things to report about CES, is one of the most important: Jersey Shore star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be attending. Not only that, but the hair-do boy himself, Justin Bieber will also be in attendance. Back in 2010, Lady Gaga herself made an appearance at CES, taking the role of creative director at Polaroid.

 

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Bieber will appear at a booth for TOSY, a Vietnamese robotics company. Bieber won't be doing interviews, so Cam will be mad about that! (ha!) Now onto Snooki, she'll be there to build hype for iHip, a maker of audio accessories. She'll also be hosting a fist-pumping VIP party at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino during the week, and will also be making appearances on the floor of the Last Vegas Convention Center.

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Samsung will show off a 27-inch WQHD, 2560x1440 monitor at CES

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 7:29 am

Samsung have an exciting screen to show off at CES next week, where they'll unveil for the first time its new Series 9 premium monitor. It's a new slim widescreen called S27A970, which is a 27-inch PLS (Plane Line Switching) panel capable of a resolution of 2560x1440.

 

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The Samsung S27A970 also sports an anti-glare edge-to-edge glass display, an aluminum stand and base, a response time of 5ms, 178/178-degree viewing angles, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2, two 7W built-in speakers, a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, as well as a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) enabling connectivity with MHL-supporting smartphones and tablets.

 

The Samsung S27A970 is expected to launch in March priced at $1,200. Now all we need is Samsung to release this identical screen at 120Hz, and I'll buy three of them, tomorrow.

Microsoft job opening for "exciting new" PC RTS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 6:59 am

This could be the beginning of something exciting, or eventually end up as nothing. But a job posting on Microsoft's careers website was seen by crimsonheadGCN of NeoGAF, where the job is a community manager position for a "new online PC Real Time Strategy game". Exciting, huh? The job posting is as follows:

 

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Are you a passionate gamer with a deep understanding of social media and online communities? Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a web-savvy community manager with editorial and PR experience to drive engaging and innovative end-to-end user experiences for an exciting new online PC Real Time Strategy game. As a web and community PM, you will work closely with Team leads, Marketing and PR on strategic initiatives within our communities, and help evangelize our Game's story to the world.

 

Could we see a new Age of Empires game? Possibly a World of Warcraft competitor? Or something completely new? Whatever it is, let's hope that something good comes from it. Curious? Want to apply? Sure, click this link.

Google Chrome 17 beta hits, includes speed and security improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 5:56 am

Google on their quest for the best web browser in the world, have yet another version that has hit the beta channel that is designed around improving two of Chrome's key aspects: speed and security. The first change in Chrome 17 beta is the ability for pages to start loading in the background before a user has even finished typing a URL into the Omnibox address and search bar.

 

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Dominic Hamon, a software engineer at Google explains: "If the URL auto-completes to a site you're very likely to visit," he explained when announcing the browser update. The pre-rendering makes the full site show up almost instantly, according to Google. Google have also introduced an extension to its Safe Browsing technology, which protects users against malicious downloads by analysing executable files, including Windows .exe and .msi files, for known malware.

 

With this new extension, Chrome will issue a warning if a certain file appears to be malicious and will also alert the user if a file is downloaded from a website with a poor reputation for hosting malware-infected files. What this does, is protect users from the "social engineering" type of threat, such as anti-virus products being offered online, but it's still up to the user to proceed with the download or discard it.

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Sony quits consumer OLED display business, temporarily?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 5:24 am

Let's keep going with some display news, shall we. The industry, customers and everyone in between have been excited for the next-generation OLED display technology for not only consumer TVs, but computer monitors and should roll out this year.

 

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LG are set to show off some OLED TVs at CES over the next few days, and Sony were also due to intro some OLED TVs to consumers. But, Sony kept their face mangled and the wind changed, so now they have to live with the following consequences: their OLED plans have been shelved, according to The Daily Yomiuri. Sony will only continue to sell the technology to corporate customers like broadcasting companies, as well as associated research and development into better displays.

 

The reason for dropping the consumer market is said to be due to poor business performance in this area, with Sony cutting back on capital investment, which in turn reduced its price competitiveness with its Korean-based rivals such as LG and Samsung. It's a strange move indeed, but maybe Sony see the market not being strong in 2012. There's sure to be a number of investment, banking and debt problems throughout this year and the last thing people are going to spend their money on is some next-gen OLED displays.

LG Cinema Screen LCD HDTVs, now just 1mm bezel, also lets two viewers share one TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 4:40 am

Just when I'm looking to upgrade my TV, LG have announced a new TV. LG have of late been pushing their 3DTVs as Cinema 3D, but now they're introduced some new 3DTVs that include a 1mm thin LCD bezel called "Cinema Screen".

 

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LG claim that this brings the experience closer to the theater, but that's not the only cool feature this new range sports. LG have also announced it will throw in Dual Play, which uses polarized glasses to allow two different players only view their perspective on the full screen at once in games that support it.

 

President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company, Havis Kwon, chimes in with:

 

The 3D experience is still evolving and we at LG intend to push the limits of what 3D can deliver. With our 2012 CINEMA 3D Smart TVs, we have been able to take a significant step forward, thanks to a series of new and upgraded 3D features led by the CINEMA SCREEN Design.

 

You may remember this kind of technology, as Vizio have "Versus" and Sony have the same tech in their PlayStation 3D display. CES should be a very, very good time for screen technology. I wonder if I'll see something I want and will wait for, or whether it will drop the prices of the current 65-inch screens I've been looking at. Although, a 1mm thin bezel is damn sexy indeed.

ASUS confirms some goodies, Windows 8 ARM tablet, 3G Transformer Prime and new 10-inch tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 4:08 am

CES is upon us, and whilst our boss Cameron is over there, one problem: he forgot my ticket. It must've been lost in the mail, and I'll forgive him... this time. Ha. Onto the exciting ASUS News. ASUS were barely able to contain their CES excitement, and at a press event in Taipei, Vice President and General Manager of the Eee Systems Business Unit, Samson Hu, let loose the ASUS tablet road map.

 

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ASUS confirmed they will be launching an ARM-powered, Windows 8-based tablet that will hit at the end of this year, there is a 3G version of the Transformer Prime confirmed for a March release and also includes a more powerful GPS module. Netbook News are expecting ASUS to unveil a 7-inch tablet, which should be the ASUS Memo as well as a high-resolution 10-inch tablet. The excitement doesn't stop there though, two new 10-inch tablets were announced for 2H 2012, but no additional details were provided.

 

ASUS also gave some projections for 2012, with sales expected to reach the 6 million mark. ASUS are also expanding their Android Tablet division from 300 to 400 employees. Right now, ASUS have 150 developers and engineers working on the new Windows 8 tablets. As you can see from the increase in employees, ASUS are really pumping some energy into the tablet market, which in my opinion, is a very smart move indeed.

30-story building built in China, only took 360 hours, timelapse video included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 8, 2012 3:10 am

This is something truly amazing, Xian Min Zhang sent in a video to Gizmodo of his company's latest project, a 30-story tall, 183,000-square-foot hotel built in just 360 hours. 360 hours is just an amazing 15 days. What is more impressive is that it's not just a simple hotel built, there are some great features built-in.

 

 

The hotel was built near the Dongting lake, in the Hunan Province, China, by Broad Group, a Chinese construction company who specializes in sustainable architecture. The building uses prefabricated modules (with a +/- 0.2mm precision in the fabrication process) mounted on a steel structure, with diagonal steel bracing.

 

What impressed me the most, are the following features of the building: it can resist a 9-magnitude earthquake (and was tested by the China Academy of Building Research), which is claimed to be five times more earthquake-resistant than conventional buildings. It is also five times more more energy efficient, with 6-inch thick glass curtain wall insulation and four-paned windows with built-in shades, a heat recovery system and 3-stage filtration air conditioning process that actually purifies indoor air to be 20 times (!) purer than the air outside.

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