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Polytron Technologies shows off transparent phone prototype, promises working example by end of year

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 2:57 pm

Polytron Technologies has just shown off its latest transparent mobile phone prototype to website MobileGeeks. The video below showcases the prototype and its "Switchable Glass" technology, which amounts to a conductive OLED screen.

 

 

The screen works similar to that of normal LCD's in that it uses electric current to align liquid crystal molecules which make up the text and images. The result is a screen that is completely transparent. The device show in the video is just a concept design, and is not a fully functional working unit just yet.

 

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Polytron said that the working unit would have touch screens on both sides of the device; the electronics section would be coated to hide the internals, as well as hiding the speakers, microphones and switches. Rumors are circling that the company is also working on a tablet design, and that we could see a fully functional prototype by the end of the year.

Police use Facebook to alert mother of son's death, say they tried more conventional methods first

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 12:08 pm

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Clayton County Police Department used Facebook to contact Anna Lamb-Creasey to inform her of her son's death. The department says that they tried more conventional methods first, but resorted to Facebook after those failed.

 

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The Chief of Police stated, "Society has accepted social media as a major form of communication, and so have I."

 

Lamb-Creasey doesn't think the department should have used Facebook to contact her. She says, "They told me that they did the best that they can do. But I'm not sure about that. [Because] if they can track a criminal down, they couldn't track me down? They could have done better. I've been on my job 13 years. They could have found me."

 

She makes a good point. The police are pretty well trained at tracking people down, so it's a wonder that they weren't able to locate her. Of course, we'll never really know for sure what other methods the department tried first. They have made one change to their Facebook policy. Instead of sending the message from an individual officer's account, as was the case here, the department has created their own page that can be used for things like this.

 

I'll leave the debate about whether this is an acceptable way to deliver news such as this up to you.

Acer outs Liquid Z2 details ahead of MWC 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 11:07 am

Acer, looking to get a jump on the Mobile World Congress 2013 press, has outed the Liquid Z2 handset. This entry-level Android Jelly Bean smartphone won't break the bank, but those savings come at the cost of better hardware specifications.

 

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The Liquid Z2 features a 3.5-inch HGVA display and either a 3MP or 5MP rear-facing camera. The device is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Internally, the device will pack 4GB of storage which can be expanded by a microSD card.

 

The device has been confirmed for a European launch, though the exact date hasn't been set. The price is also a bit sketchy, with a range of 99 euros to 129 euros being quoted, though that could change. We should know more at Mobile World Congress next week.

ReportTT: Google to release touchscreen Chromebook sometime this year

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 10:08 am

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has developed a touchscreen Chromebook that could go on sale as early as this year. Google is continuing to put pressure on rivals Microsoft and Apple with its competitively priced mobile devices and Chromebooks and a touchscreen version is the next logical step.

 

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During the fourth quarter alone, Google is said to have sold around 100,000 Chromebooks. Combine that number with the fact that 25 percent of all Windows 8 laptops sold last month were touchscreen capable and you start to see why Google would be working on developing a touchscreen Chromebook.

 

Google is lucky in that they've had a fair bit of experience with touch interfaces. Thanks to the Android operating system, Google should be able to overlay a touch interface on the current Chrome OS. The report doesn't say who Google might be working with on this new project, but could this be something along the lines of the rumored Google Pixel?

Pictures of the LG Optimus F7 and F5 break cover ahead of MWC 2013 in leaked images

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 9:04 am

More devices that will be announced at Mobile World Congress 2013 have broken cover, though this time the company didn't want them to. Thanks to @evleaks, we have pictures of the upcoming LG Optimus F7 and Optimus F5 devices which are set to be announced at Mobile World Congress 2013.

 

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We don't have very much information about the two devices yet, though we do know that the two devices are both Android powered. Take a look at the devices and let us know what you think of the styling.

Google updates Android Drive app, supports streaming video, pinch-to-zoom on Android 3.0+

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:14 am

Google has pushed out an update for their Drive application on Android. The new app features a range of improvements and feature additions and is now available in the Google Play Store for download. The main improvement made with this version of the app is increased performance throughout.

 

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In addition to better performance, Google has added the ability to stream video directly in the app on Android version 3.0 and above. While this means that only 43.9 percent of the community is supported, users will hopefully be upgrading their version of Android soon.

 

Users of the app will now be able to pinch-to-zoom when using the presentation viewer. This is a welcome addition for devices that have small screens.

Sony says PlayStation 4 will not block used games

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 7:03 am

Sony has confirmed to Eurogamer that used games will not be blocked on the PlayStation 4, allaying fears that the next-gen console would look to stuff out the used game market. "They purchase physical form, they want to use it everywhere, right? So that's my expectation," Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said.

 

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Yoshida faltered a bit when directly asked if Sony was going to block used games from being resold. After consulting his Japanese PR adviser, he responded back, "used games can play on PS4. How is that?"

 

This is good news for everyone who had seen and heard the rumors that the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony were going to block used games. Microsoft could still take that route, though this would likely hurt sales.

Proper specs on the PlayStation 4 emerge, 8-core AMD "Jaguar" CPU resides inside the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 6:01 am

We saw the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4, but details on the actual hardware inside didn't exactly arrive on paper. Now Sony's PR is o ut and we have some concrete specs on the next-gen console from Sony.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will feature an AMD-built, 8-core 64-bit x86-based "Jaguar" CPU, with a Radeon GPU including 18 "compute units" which are capable of pumping out 1.84 FLOPS in graphics performance and more. Backing that up, we definitely have a Blu-ray drive, and 8GB of insanely fast GDDR5 RAM which pumps up to 176GB/sec of bandwidth.

 

Connectivity wise, we have 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, optical out and Sony have even sprung for analog AV out. How's dem Apple's?

NVIDIA working on new headquarters in Santa Clara, located right across the street from old one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 5:19 am

NVIDIA has announced that they are working on building a new headquarters right across the street from their current Santa Clara headquarters. The new building's design is being worked on a team at Gensler and is being led by Hao Ko. NVIDIA says the arhitect shares their "values and drive to perfection."

 

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The current renders of the new building are quite awesome and could rival Apple's new headquarters. As you can see in the picture above, NVIDIA's new headquarters will be shaped like two triangles with a connection in the middle.

 

The design harmonizes smart functionality and a shape that connects with and inspires our employees - a triangle, the fundamental building block of computer graphics. Efficient in every way, the design is thoughtful in its use of space, energy, and environment, and, of course, cost.

 

Let us know what you think of the planned headquarters. I think it looks pretty nifty. You can read NVIDIA's announcement blog post on their website.

Sony demos lots of games alongside PlayStation 4 announcement

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 1:04 am

Sony is currently onstage demoing numerous games that will launch on the PlayStation 4. Here's an incomplete list of games that we can expect to play on the next-gen PlayStation 4.

 

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  • KillZone: Shadowfall
  • DriveClub
  • inFamous Second Son
  • The Witness
  • Final Fantasy
  • Watch Dogs
  • Diablo III
  • Destiny

 

More information and pictures of the games can be found over in our very own live coverage of the PlayStation 4 event that is currently going on. We'll have more on these games after the event concludes.

 

Sony has also demonstrated several new game engines that will be put to use on the PlayStation 4. Square Enix demonstrated their Luminous game engine, Capcom demonstrated their new "Panta Rhei" game engine, and Quantic Dream teased us with an animation of an old man's face.

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