Acer outs monitor capable of on-the-fly 2D to 3D conversion

December 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles, Components, Displays, News, Products

Looks like the 3D crazy seem to be having the last laugh as more and more manufacturers are not only embracing the technology but also seem to be looking for new ways to rub it in the faces of the non-believers.

This latest bit of technology from Acer utilizes what they dub to be their own “chip-based solution” which will convert all 2D content to 3D in real time. The 27-inch HR274H monitor also comes with a set of passive, polarized 3D glasses. The technology, which can be toggled on and off from the TV itself comes at a hefty price of $599 and is, apart from the conversion, a relatively normal monitor with no specs to write home about. According to Engadget the panel will also be of just a standard 1920×1080 resolution.


Whoops – More Android Security Issues Exposed

Just when all the Paranoid Androids out there were up in arms about CarrierIQs super snooping skills, a new threat seems to have emerged. Researchers at North Carolina State University seem to have uncovered more vulnerabilities in pre-installed Android apps.

The vulnerabilities according to Phandroid are said to be able to allow malicious applications run amok within a device unbeknownst to their unsuspecting users. The researchers, using a tool dubbed ‘Woodpecker’ combed through pre-installed apps looking for ‘capability leaks’. Tested devices included the  HTC Legend, Evo 4G, Wildfire S; Motorola Droid, Droid X; Samsung Epic 4G, Google (HTC) Nexus One and (Samsung) Nexus S.

The vulnerabilities were then reported to their respective manufacturers and out of the likes of HTC, Samsung, Motorola and Google the only ones who confirmed them were Google and Motorolla.

The researchers categorized the ‘crimes’ under two labels- Explicit and implicit. The tests found that the worst offender was the HTC Evo 4G which was found to have 8 explicit leaks. Even more surprising was that the Nexus One and the Nexus S were found to have one implicit error each even though they run the purest form of the Android OS.

Google has yet to announce a fix or possible solution for the vulnerabilities even though they affect ‘out-of-the-box’ apps.


iSpit Diagnostics for your iPhone?

December 1, 2011 by  
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OCD? Well, this isn’t for you. The latest bit of research coming out of Korea claims that the capacitive touchscreens on our phones and tablets could actually be used to analyse and diagnose the diseases in our saliva.

Taking self diagnostics to a whole new level, the scientists claim that it works through the screens ability to detect minute capacitive differences in the liquids (saliva) placed on its surface. The scientists, Hyun Gyu Park and Byoung Yeon Won at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology in Daejeon have, according to Engadget, managed to detect chlamydia microbes in three concentrations it tested.

The diagnosis is not yet fool proof as the read outs could be compromised by other moisture on the screens such as moisture and sweat. A proposed solution to this is the application of a disposable film placed on your devices screen.

Adds a whole new dimension to the fear of buying second-hand phones doesn’t it?

China bringing it’s A(ndroid) game- Demos first ICS tablet

December 1, 2011 by  
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More tablet news from Phandroid as they take on a peek at the latest in chinese tablet technology.  This arcane tablet is said to be powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

The tablet, which some are pegging as a xoom knockoff actually isn’t too far off current tablet specs as the 10 inch slate also boasts 16GB of storage, two cameras, GPS, HMDMI, and a 3G sim slot.

As for details, neither pricing nor availability have been announced as of yet but sources have said that it wont be all that expensive (No real surprise there). Only major con that can be discerned as yet is that it doesn’t come equipped with the normal Google Apps suite most of us are used to.

Asus Eee Pad MeMo set to launch in January

December 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles, Gadgets, News, Smartphones, Tablets

The Asus Eee Pad MeMo showcased a couple of months ago has finally got its own release date. The folks over at Phandroid have it from their sources that it’s set for a January launch. The Eee Pad MeMo also comes with Ice Cream Sandwich and it’s little MeMic buddy.

The 7-inch tablet, featuring the latest iteration of the Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, is set to come bundled with it’s own little ‘mini-me’. The bundled device, affectionately known as the ‘MeMic’ works via bluetooth and acts as a remote control for the device itself, enabling users to control and listen/view what ever media they have on their tablet. It also acts as a phone, thus giving the tablet a rounder experience.

What remains to be seen is how the public will take to the duo. Is being attached to one single phone/tablet combo too much?

Reddit Gains independence

September 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles, Industry, Internet, News

Reddit, the extremely popular go-to site for geeks to share stories and other pages has just claimed independence from its previous corporate admin, Conde Nast. The company was bought over by Conde Nast late 2006 and since then has grown by immense proportions even beating the likes of Digg. It now garners over a billion page views per month and is funded by roughly only a dozen employees.

The site has long since sought out this independence and, as reported in wired, can finally claim to be only a wholly owned subsidiary – Reddit Inc. This move comes in an effort to allow the site to be more adjustable as well as a way for it to attract outside investors. Ad revenue is not a feasible option for the site as the vast majority of it’s users are rather proactively ad-averse.

Shareholder calls on RIM to consider selling of company

September 7, 2011 by  
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In what comes as a surprising move from a relatively small shareholder of the company, Vic Alboini,  the CEO of the Jaguar Financial Corporation and RIM shareholder issued an open letter in which he urged the canadian phone manufacturer to consider drastic actions to try and save itself. He suggested a transformational change which involved not only the proposition of selling some patents but selling the company as a whole.


Alboini, as the Jaguar Financial Corporation, owns less than 5% of RIMs shares but as BGR reports has claimed that the views of his letter are not just his own but are shared by other shareholders. “We are representing several shareholders in making this statement,” he said. “I’ve said to them if they want to step out and make themselves known, that’s entirely up to them.”

WiLAN lawyers take on the world

September 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Accessories, Articles, Industry, News


You wanted more lawsuits? Well, your wish has been granted by the folks over at WiLAN. In November of last year the Canadian company brought it upon themselves to sue cable companys over broadcasting data to remote networks and computers. This time though, they’re taking on a whole bunch of big wigs who manufacture phones.

Engadget has reported that WiLAN lawyers have taken on Apple, Dell, HP, HTC, Kyocera, Novatel, Alcatel-Lucent and Sierra Wireless. The patents in question here are those that cover CDMA and HSPA data transmission as well as one which is related to the tech in WiFi and LTE.

One things for sure all these lawsuits is probably leaving the unemployment levels for lawyers at an all time low.

Activision outs Modern Warfare 3 limited edition Xbox 360 set

Call of Duty may be one game that many are already familiar with, but that doesn’t seem to stop activision from going all out with their seemingly guerilla marketing tactics. The latest installment of their pre-release hype is this awesome looking limited edition 320Gb Xbox360.

The console comes with two controllers of the same style as well as boot sounds which are specific to the COD franchise. The console, as reported in Engadget is said to go on sale on the 8th of November for $399.

If that isn’t enough to soothe your Modern Warfare cravings activision also has a limited edtion strain reducing glasses by Gunnar Optiks as well as limited MW3 headsets by Turtle Beach.

Baidu and Dell to take on the Chinese Tablet and Smartphone market together

In a move that comes as no large surprise, especially after the announcement of it’s very Android-esque mobile OS, Baidu has annoucned that it is joining forces with Dell in a bid to widen its hold on the chinese market.

The merger, according to Engadget, will see the duo producing a range of phones and smartphones to captalize on a market which has the potential of more that 900 million mobile subscribers. Sources on the inside have indicated that the devices will be seen on shelves as early as November. Thus hitting the holiday season.

The annoucement also comes after Dell saw a growth of 22% in sales in China during the first quarter of 2011. Only time will tell if this will see a major impact on the big fish in the market – Apple.




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