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Light-powered screens could see never-ending battery life for devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 7:29 am

One thing that bothers most of us, is the battery life on our smart devices, but if a revolutionary new technology has anything to do with it, we won't be recharging our mobile devices... ever again.

 

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Wysips (What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface) is the new technology, which converts energy from both sunlight and artificial light into electricity, that could perpetually power your smartphone. Wysips uses light-collecting crystals that can be installed either both underneath, or on top of the screens for smartphones, tablets, and even smartwatches.

 

Early prototypes have seen decent success so far, where 10 minutes of light exposure resulted in four more minutes of battery life. The crystal component of Wysips is 90% transparent, which is said to be invisible to the naked eye.

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SpaceX's Elon Musk designs rocket parts with his hands and lasers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 6:27 am

Does Elon Musk get any sleep? I don't think so. The SpaceX founder has tweeted that he has invented a new way of creating rocket parts, by simply using hand gestures and a laser printer. He has posted a video showing this off, which is an incredible achievement.

 

 

Musk explains in the video above: "Right now we interact with computers in a very unnatural, 2D way. And we try to create these 3D objects using a variety of 2D tools. And it just doesn't feel natural - it doesn't feel normal, the way you should do things." Musk continues, demonstrating how he combined a bunch of technologies, including Oculus Rift, Leap Motion 3D controllers and holograms, in order to create a way to engineer a rocket engine, all without physically touching it.

 

Musk says that this system is "going to revolutionize design and manufacturing in the 21st century." The technology shown off by Musk is quite incredible, as it's all in early stages right now.

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Atari founder says Nintendo faces 'path to irrelevance'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 5:30 am

Nintendo isn't in the best position right now, facing low sales on its 'next-gen' Wii U console. But the Japanese company is about to face an entire new world of hurt once the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft launch in the coming weeks and months.

 

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Now we have Atari founder Nolan Bushnell rubbing salt in the wound during an interview with the BBC, saying that Nintendo was left in a "very difficult position" and could be on a "path to irrelevance." Games analysts are currently drawing parallels between the two companies, comparing the Atari Jaguar console from 1993, and the Nintendo Wii U.

 

He had quite a lot to say: "I don't think handheld game-only devices make sense anymore. Not when you have an iPod or an Android microtablet. When it comes to the console market, I think the market is truncating. Nintendo always had a soft spot for young people - they sort of did the 12-and-under pretty well, and the other guys did the 12-and-over. And now I think the other [consoles] are good enough on those things, and the rush to upgrade from the 12-and-under is not nearly as important."

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Kim Dotcom unveils new music service called Baboom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 4:30 am

As a heavy Spotify user, it's going to be very hard to make me, and millions of other Spotify, Pandora, or other music streaming service users change, but Kim Dotcom hopes we will with his new music service, Baboom.

 

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Baboom is still months away from a public release, but it's yet another service in the constantly growing line of services from Mega founder, Kim Dotcom. Baboom is currently being prepared for a public launch, which will launch at Baboom.com. Dotcom has said that he's secured several million dollars in funding for Baboom, and has 22 developers working on it.

 

Dotcom believes that Baboom will revolutionize the music industry, handing over the power to artists once again. Dotcom told TorrentFreak: "I am really excited about Baboom. I can't wait for artists to see what i have created for them. Their entire career can be managed on Baboom. Artists never had more freedom, transparency and control."

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition sales 'likely to be small'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 3:30 am

DigiTimes is back, this time reporting that Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet won't sell well initially, stating that sales on Samsung's latest 10.1-inch tablet are "likely to be small" according to unnamed industry sources.

 

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The site adds that shipments will reportedly land somewhere in-between 400,000 to 600,000 units per month at first, as consumer demand shifted to smaller slates quite a while ago. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition isn't a slouch, though, as it features an eight-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 10.1-inch 2560x1600-pixel display.

 

I think I'll be picking one up, but I'll be using it mainly for Battlefield 4's second screen mode.

We take a look at ASUS' gorgeous Transformer Pad TF701T at IFA 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 2:34 am

IFA 2013 - One of the hottest devices unveiled at IFA 2013 would have to be ASUS' Transformer Pad TF701T. This 10.1-inch slate stands out from the crowd with its incredible 10.1-inch 2560x1600-pixel WQXGA panel, but it's also no slouch when it comes to its internal components.

 

 

We have NVIDIA's high-performance Tegra 4 SoC, which is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, backed up by a 72-core GeForce GPU. This means you can play some seriously high-end games on a tablet, that also has some astounding battery life. We have 13 hours of battery life for the slate itself, but when it's docked on its keyboard dock, we have a total of 17 hours battery life.

 

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This is great, as it can allow a TF701T owner to use the tablet as a netbook/notebook, with more battery life than a similar priced notebook. Better yet, the TF701T can also drive a 4K display from its HDMI connection, which is just amazing. All of this gets crammed into a device that is just 8.9mm thick and weighs just 585g.

NASA plans to revisit the moon, will bring robots and lasers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 2:29 am

It has been quite a while since NASA has bothered with the moon in any great deal, but the US space agency is looking to make a lunar come back next month.

 

 

NASA sent up its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer from its Wallops Flight Facility launch pad based in Virginia. LADEE is currently orbiting the Earth at the moment, but next month it will be circling the moon conducting various experiments, all without a human being on-board the craft.

 

NASA will be using a Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration, which, in a nutshell is fancy laser-powered space Internet that puts anything you use to shame.

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RumorTT: Amazon to give out free smartphones, without a contract

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 8, 2013 1:27 am

We all live in a world of one- or two-year contracts for smartphones, unless you go pre-paid, but it looks like US giant Amazon would like to give out smartphones for free, off-contract. The news is coming from sources of former Wall Street Journal reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica E. Lessin.

 

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The two claim that Amazon has talked with various wireless carriers about offering the smartphone through traditional carrier channels, but at the end of the day the company would like to offer the device on its own website, where they don't need to force customers to sign up to a two-year wireless contract in order to receive the phone.

 

Amazon would have to pull in some serious favors to see this happen, but it isn't that far out of the question at the moment. The company could push Amazon Prime, which usually sells for $79 per year and offers multiple member perks such as free two-day shipping and $3.99 per item overnight delivery on millions of Prime eligible items.

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Hands-on with Sony's new Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 4:50 pm

IFA 2013 - While at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany, our very own Johannes Knapp went hands-on with Sony's latest flagship smartphone. The Xperia Z1 is a water-resistant Android-based smartphone that heads up Sony's smartphone lineup with impressive specifications. Check out our hands-on impressions in the video below:

 

 

The Xperia Z1 follows in the footsteps of the Z-models that came before it by continuing to be waterproof. It features a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display. Powering the display is a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 CPU. On the back of the device, a 20.7-megapixel camera can be found. Johannes notes that the camera preview is really smooth and guesses that it's running at 60FPS.

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We check out Sony's new VAIO Fit 13A

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 4:43 pm

IFA 2013 - Our man Johannes Knapp is on the ground at IFA 2013, a tradeshow currently taking place in Berlin, Germany. He got his hands on Sony's new VAIO Fit 13A, a 13.3-inch notebook that packs a punch. You can see his hands on video below:

 

 

The specifications for the 13A vary depending on the model. The one he got his hands on features a 13.3-inch Full HD display with touch capability. The 13A is one of the new convertible notebooks, meaning that the system can be switched into a tablet. It features USB 3.0, HDMI, and a card reader. Powering the system is a capable Intel Core i7-4500U and 8GB of RAM.

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