I have been awaiting a real advance in display technologies for over a decade. Now lofty Samsung heralds a new transparent display technology. They are showing around a prototype is called TDK’s flexible OLED display, lately Samsung has started to mass produce a 22-inch transparent LCD panel relying on ambient light instead of back lighting, the transparent panels consume 90 percent less electricity than regular LCD panels. it will be quite a while before these transparent panels see the light of day on our desktops but Samsung is producing 2 transparent LCD panels – one black and white and the other a color version. Both have a contrast ratio of 500:1 and resolution of 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA). Both also incorporate HDMI and USB interfaces.
These display panels are expected to come in at high prices – and possibly while the bigwigs at Samsung search for real markets and uses in home and office applications – Samsung is aiming at corporations and schools that could use them as an interactive communication devices. What will Apple do with them?
MANY THANKS AND CREDIT TO GIZMAG FOR THE STORY LINKS AND LEAD.
Apple iPod Touch
If the Apple iPad’s sizable form factor and cost won’t fit in your pocket or pocketbook and you’re bound to a multi-year contract with another carrier that keeps you from getting an iPhone 4 you just might be the very candidate for the latest Apple iPod Touch. Minus cellphone capability the iPod Touch does almost everything else, in fact many choosey users actually prefer it to either the iPad or the iPhone. The latest Touch is a giant leap ahead of the older more conventional iPods now being retired or the newer styled iPod Nanos finding new usage as rather cool wristwatches. Plus the Touch is packing more storage capacity, runs the latest iOS apps and is seriously thinner and absolutely drop-dead georgeous. With the Zune now out of the game the Touch has the reign and domination of the media player market all to itself.
iPod touch — has a built-in HD video camera — for high definition recording and editing in a few taps.
The Retina display is a huge step ahead offering incredibly high pixel density for much better viewing all around. Even though it’s only an “iPod” Apple’s FaceTime supports video calling on the iPod touch.
Joining well over 200+ tablets out there in the wild or running around the rumor mill, LG is offering up a new tablet called the G-Slate on T-Mobile. This is the first 3D tablet officially running the very slick Android Honeycomb and sporting a Dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, 3D camera for video, a 8.9-inch display, and a forward-facing camera for video chats in addition there are a few interesting features. If rumor holds true, it comes in at or around $1,350 making it a bit too costly for much of the consumer market and much more expensive than the market dominant Apple iPad 2.
Too often I find absolutely nothing on cable worth watching. I have and enjoy Netflix and Roku. Both have expanded my avability of quality content. Even those options can get a little thin after time. I was recently forced to search for new sources of video beyond what I can easily find on YouTube. Enter UStream. This service is a sort of a broadcast entity. I have able to find some unique sources of live video broadcasts that keep me coming back for more.
Intel has entered the high-capacity race with a new series of solid-state drives offering up to 600 gigabytes.
Intel is branching out with the introduction of their solid-state drive 320 Series. Intel’s third-generation SSD 320 has great capacity of 40, 80, 120, 160, 300, and 600GB, and they’re fast.
Intel solid-state drive 320 Series.
Lenovo Thinkpad W520
W520No other company has been handed a head start any more than Lenovo when they acquired IBM’s ThinkPad line of computers. The trick for Lenovo was to stay competitive and aggressive in a rapidly changing marketplace.
That has been a bit of a challenge of late but now Lenovo is steping forward to make a strong statement with the previously announced release of their new Thinkpad W520, a 15.6 inch quadcore notebook, with a 2.7GHz i7-2620 chip, 4GB RAM and NVIDIA 1000M Optimus graphics. Thinkpad W520 prices in at an affordable $1,649, well below Apple’s comparative MacBook Pro.
Slash Gear does a really good job of “feeding our Gadget and Tech Obsessions” with timely information, product reviews, RSS feeds, analysis, videos and articles on trending topics. One could easily mistake it for just another tech site, but after reading the full content of their stories you soon come to understand that they are serious about their mission to deliver quality content to their readers and visitors. I like the direct no B.S. presentation and comprehensive nature of their website. I was inspired to place it in my “choice bookmarks” folder and return to the site “when there is enough time”.
3/29 UPDATE: WWDC SOLD OUT IN A MATTER OF HOURS
For at least five hopefully sun-filled San Francisco days Apple developers will clog the streets and stumble through the neighborhoods of San Francisco from June 6th to 10th. on their way downtown to gather at Moscone West for 2011′s SOLD OUT Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, most will come to see “the future of iOS and Mac OS”. There will be more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. At WWDC10 Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4.. iPhone 5 may be on the agenda and it continues to be broadly speculated that the next iPhone and the future of iOS 5 may indeed be topics high up on the list. Hopefully you’ve got your ticket and flights squared away. We’ll see you here 6/6/11.
If you thought this was a hot ticket, you were right! WWDC 2011 TICKETS ARE BEING SCALPED AND SOLD FOR ROCK SHOW PRICES!
2012 star hoax
There are words that give folks permission to speculate or hypothesise just about any fantastic theory, concept or idea they please no matter how bizarre or out there.
Some of these Go Words are: … may be; … could mean; … might indicate; its possible that …; … suggests; ….seems to indicate…
Whole new TV series like “Ghost Hunters” and “Fact or Fantasy” rely on these. Many Multi-million dollar movies are using go words as springboards to theories and plots sometimes long disproved or reviously discredited.
The latest and possibly greatest example of this is all of the manic frenzied speculation around predictions for coming total World collapse in December of 2012.
My favorite question to ask those in this know is…”where is all this going?” Curiously, I usually get back a blank stare, then sometimes a nasty smirk as if to say “Oh, so you don’t know, huh? Well then, I’m not gonna tell you!”
I think back upon this frequently. Am I missing something? Is their a gestalt-like dawn of illumination or thunderbolt of awareness that I have yet to experience? If I were to judge from headline news I would surmise “its going to Hell in a handbasket”
I am not asking ground shaking questions like “what is the meaning of life” or anything, I just want to know is any of this leading to something significant, practical or are we on a digital treadmill going nowhere?
Change and innovation both almost expressly display non-linear behavior. There is no direct path things take or any certain way to anticipate exactly what will come next. One can attempt to predict it, but almost certainly they will be wrong by a little or by alot. Something evolutionary, revolutionary and often disruptive is certain to come along and blow away all expectations.
As time passes things are getting more complex and complicated. There are too many paths and new directions to explore and simply not enough time to do the work. I probably need to track down a sage wizened elder Buddhist monk or a digital Jedi because I am coming up with nothing the way I am going. Is there an order or sense of direction to any of this or are we just wandering aimlessly down untraveled paths? Where should we turn for answers? To physics, gurus, pundits, magicians, programmers, scientists, visionaries, or futurists? Is there a channel we can turn on to see special reports and documentaries or a website we can surf to see tipping points or get clues?
c|net has been a favorite media site of mine for years. I even enjoyed daily their San Francisco AM broadcast radio station. My other favorite was ZDnet. Fast forward a few years. In some way I still don’t understand they are both joined or at least friendly and after a world of new trends good old c|net is hanging in there tough. Their roster of spirited hosts and bring levity and expertise to what could otherwise be dull and drab tech banter. c|net has above all been consistent in professionally covering the width and bredth of new technology in unique ways that no one else has.
If you are new to the web or plain tired of just about everything else out there, do yourself a turn, bop over to c|net and give it a try. Also, whenever you are interested or motivated to purchase a new product you should consider researching the product and compare it by looking through c|net reviews and analysis.
It started long ago on San Pablo Blvd. in Berkeley, CA as a very unique and seriously hip cult video store housing extensive collections of all sorts of very hard-to-find videos, magazines and other assorted miscellanea. Over time and through many changes it has morphed into an online presence with links to choice finds such as “This day in Black History”. On the site you can expect to find collectibles, books, info on conspiracy theories, consignment sales and much more. The site also hosts fan’s opinions and the professor’s blogs to fostering a sense of community and of course generating vital sales and commerce. Enjoy!