Monday, 31 October 2011

So Much News in China? #019

There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech industry news we have left out for this week, so check them out and hope everyone will have a great weekend ! So has everyone of you finished reading the 600 pages of Steve Jobs biography ? Video for this week, a recycle story in animation.

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Native iOS Gmail: Imminent?

MG Siegler has me all excited over the possibility of Google releasing a Gmail app for the iPhone. (Hope it has an iPad version, too.)

Source: http://technologizer.com/2011/10/31/native-ios-gmail-imminent/

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The One Really Nice Thing About Android?s Back Button

Back in June, I took up the unpopular stance that Android’s navigation buttons are kind of useful. This was before Google introduced Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which, as rumored, allows smartphones to drop physical buttons in favor of software buttons. But Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t remove buttons altogether, it just moves them to a different [...]

Source: http://technologizer.com/2011/10/31/the-one-really-nice-thing-about-androids-back-button/

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ZTE Leapfrogs Apple Again in Global Cellphone Rankings

ZTE claimed the world's No. 4 handset spot in the third quarter of this year, nudging Apple down again to No. 5 spot. ZTE came away as the biggest winners this quarter, shot up by a whopping 57.9 percent, launching the company to remain in the fourth place. Apple saw 21.3 percent growth in its shipments and a slight bump in market share, but still couldn't avoid getting leapfrogged by the Chinese vendor. During the first quarter of this year, Apple has past ZTE to be 4th-largest phone maker worldwide, but now those low-cost Android phones which ODM by ZTE are starting to surpass the popularity of iPhone ...

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Mexican soccer team replaces players? names with Twitter handles

Have you heard of the Mexican football team�Jaguares de Chiapas? This First Division club recently launched an innovative social media initiative by replacing players’ names on the back of their...

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Rotisserie Grill In Aluminum Briefcase for Secret Agents? Cookouts

What could be better than rocking up to a picnic carry this sleek aluminum briefcase in one hand and a parcel of delicious raw meat in the other, and then flipping the case open to reveal… A rotisserie grill?
Nothing, that’s what (as long as somebody remembered to bring the beer). The Carson Portable Rotisserie Grill [...]

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Googlers carve real-life Doodle into giant pumpkins for Halloween [Video]

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The holiday spirit is in the air and those crazy folks over at Mountain View, California are up to no good. You know what?s better than a scary Google Doodle...

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Porsche-Designed BlackBerry Is a Sleek Slab of Steel

What would you get if you took a Motorola RAZR (the original), a BlackBerry and a mid-1980s Bang and Olufsen stereo, tossed them in a blender and poured the results to set in a shallow cake tin? You’d get the Porsche Design P?9981 Smartphone you see above.
Specs-wise, the phone doesn’t do anything special. It simply [...]

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Invuity Eigr Illuminated Breast Retractor Brings the Light to the Surgical Field

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Lighting of the operating field can be tricky, with light typically coming from large overhead lights or small headlights, which each have their own disadvantages. Invuity is introducing a new solution for breast surgery, its illuminated breast retractor system. It uses the company’s proprietary Eigr technology, integrating the light with the retractors, so it is always where it should be (inside the incision). This way it can shine the field from several different angles, eliminating shadows, reflections and glare. Especially when the surgical access site is small, this can be a great advantage.

The system is designed for breast mastectomies, lumpectomies, sentinel node biopsies and reconstruction procedures. The system includes several different retractors designed for various surgical approaches. A fiberoptic cable transmits the light, coming from standard surgical light sources, to the distal part of the retractor. Because of this approach, the light-source is cool and the retractor itself can be kept lightweight and low-profile.

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Google TV Lives!

A year ago, the first devices based on Google TV–Logitech’s Revue box and some Sony TVs–debuted. Initial irrational exuberance over for the platform melted away quickly: The software was buggy and confusing, and major media companies such as the big networks started blocking Google TV from streaming their content. And then everybody sort of forgot [...]

Source: http://technologizer.com/2011/10/28/new-google-tv/

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TEDMED Day 3 ? Mushroom Loving Insects and FDA Blues

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We’re here at TEDMED 2011 and have just finished up day three of the conference. It was a spectacular. Yesterday (day 2) was solid and today (day 3) was stellar. The talks, ranging from mushrooms to the FDA,�allowed TEDMED to really flex its muscles as a world class affair.

Today’s proceedings started with another song-based wrap-up (of yesterday’s talks) by Jonathan Mann and led into a talk by�renowned�photographer Rick Smolan. His photography book The Power to Heal was given as a part of the TEDMED schwag bag and his talk told the story of his career including the conception of the day in the life series which grew to be one of the most popular photography projects in history. His next goal is to produce a work that takes the digital pulse of the nation through “Big Data.” He’s on the hunt for collaborators so if you’re interested in how data reflects the state of human beings, email us and we can pass your thoughts his way.

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News From the Future: Chips The Size of Blood Cells

In less than a decade, that smartphone you're holding could have 32 times the memory, 20 times the bandwidth and a microprocessor core no bigger than a red blood cell, the CTO of chip design company ARM said on Thursday.

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Alibaba Launches YunPad and Second-Gen Aliyun Smartphone [Update]

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Today the promised YunPad surprisingly appeared at Aliyun developer conference. Unfortunately, it is only a prototype and it is not working yet. Rather than the alleged tablet showed up in the conference, Alibaba also decided to display its next-gen Aliyun smartphone which has been named as W800.

UPDATE: YunPad and Aliyun smartphone Prototype photos and specs

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White Galaxy Note appears, developers wanted to pen third-party apps for its stylus

We've already inspected every inch of Samsung's big bad phone-tablet hybrid, but a soupçon of extra news has trickled out from the Galaxy Note's bombastic launch event in London yesterday. Those looking for brighter color scheme to match the striking glow of its HD Super AMOLED display are in luck, as the Galaxy Note looks set to arrive in white; the ethereal ying to its companion's midnight blue yang. Sammy added that the Galaxy Note's S-Pen SDK will be available to third-party developers starting December, hopefully bringing more uses for that slide-out stick. And that's despite the latest Android OS offering native stylus support -- the Galaxy Note remains a Gingerbread affair. The current smartphone king was unable to confirm if the UK would be getting the white model on the November 3rd launch day, or ever. Similarly, we're still waiting on Samsung to put S-Pen to paper on pricing and any possible US launch details.

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The Guardian: HP shutdown of webOS division said to be 'imminent'

Could the writing have already been on the wall for webOS when former VP of worldwide developer relations Richard Kerris left HP for Nokia this week? While nothing is yet confirmed, The Guardian is now reporting that HP will indeed finally shut down its webOS division, which could affect up to 500 jobs (either through reassignment or layoffs -- we've previously heard that some layoffs had already begun). That word comes from some unnamed internal HP sources, who reportedly expect an "imminent closure," with one employee adding that "there's a 95% chance we all get laid off between now and November." For its part, HP remained noticeably mum on any news about webOS when it announced that it would hang onto its PC business this week, and its decision to use Windows 8 on tablets certainly didn't do much to inspire the webOS faithful.

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IDC: Samsung, ZTE see jump in mobile shipments, Apple slides to fifth place

Q3 earnings reports have been pouring in over the past few days, which means it's time to check in with IDC on the state of the mobile market. The research firm's latest report, released today, is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, Q3 global shipments increased by 12.8 percent year-over-year -- higher than the 9.3 percent that IDC had predicted for the quarter and the 9.8 percent growth observed last quarter. At the same time, however, the market grew at the second slowest pace in two years and shipments to Western Europe and the US actually declined over the year, something the company attributes to more restrained consumer spending and more widespread economic uncertainty.

On the company level, both Samsung and ZTE came away as the biggest winners this quarter; Sammy's shipments increased by 23 percent over the year, good for second place, while ZTE's shot up by a whopping 57.9 percent, launching the company into fourth place. Apple, meanwhile, saw 26.2 percent growth in its shipments and a slight bump in market share, but still couldn't avoid getting leapfrogged by ZTE and dropping down to fifth place. And then there's LG, which had by far the worst quarter, relative to Q3 2010. The manufacturer saw shipments decline by nearly 26 percent over the year, while its market share slipped to 5.4 percent. All these horses, however, are still chasing Nokia, which saw a small drop in shipments, but managed to hang on to the top spot, with over 106 million shipments during the quarter -- good for 27 percent of the market. For more numbers and insight, check out the full PR after the break.

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Unlocked iPhone 4S Goes on Sale Across The World

The iPhone 4S begins its second international wave today, going on sale in much of Europe. And unlike the stateside iPhone 4S, this one can be had unlocked.
Customers in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland can now [...]

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BYD's e6 goes on sale in China, still mulling trek across Pacific

While it has yet to show up stateside as promised, that hasn't stopped BYD from beginning consumer sales of its EV back home in China. Shenzhen citizens are finally getting a crack at owning an e6 after seeing it on the city's streets in taxi and governmental garb for over a year. On sale for 369,800 RMB (or about $57,000), buyers will only have to part with 249,800 RMB (or about $38,000) come check writing time, thanks to extensive rebates from the government. In exchange for all that cash, you'll get an auto equipped with BYD's "i" system, which lets you access vehicle functions and info (like keyless entry and the car's location) from your smartphone. BYD-i comes onboard a five-seat crossover with a range of up to 190 miles (!) that supports rapid charging -- apparently there's plenty of the speedy power stations in Shenzhen. Those keen to charge at home will also get some installation "assistance" from the automaker, which we'll assume means a subsidy. Given that BYD's electric buses will hit our shores soon, China's first "domestic, long-range, all-electric" crossover can't be that far behind, right? PR awaits you, after the break.

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News From the Future: Chips The Size of Blood Cells

In less than a decade, that smartphone you're holding could have 32 times the memory, 20 times the bandwidth and a microprocessor core no bigger than a red blood cell, the CTO of chip design company ARM said on Thursday.

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Growing up Geek: Dave Altavilla

Welcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have the Editor in Chief of HotHardware, Dave Altavilla.

Growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts has its pluses and minuses. Certainly, in the summer time, being so close to the seaside made for fantastic boyhood memories at the beach, but in the off season you need to find ways to keep yourself busy. My fascination with technology and computers began with an Atari 2600. Then it was called a "Video Computer System," but now we all know better. That joystick marked it much more akin to a console, but don't hold that against me. Regardless, many hours were logged in on the Atari in scenic South Yarmouth, at least when it wasn't a beach day or if Dad wasn't heading down to the harbor.

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This Is The Largest ?Fake Leica? Camera Ever Built By Chinese Artist

Sure, Leicas are gorgeous works of industrial art. They deserve to be sculpted. A Chinese artist, Liao Yibai, designed and built an amazing Leica sculpture from a combination of wood, wire, and clay for the underlying shape, then plated it in stainless-steel. It weighs 350 kg, and there's only three copies exist on Earth; one at the Foto Henny Hoogeveen Leica store in Lisse, the Netherlands, one at Leica Camera AG headquarters, and a third in the possession of a Leica distributor. Check out more photos after the break.

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How Microsoft borked a key iCloud hire for Apple

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In April, the�technology�media was sent aflutter when Apple was discovered to be hiring Kevin Timmons from Microsoft. At that time, Timmons had spent the prior two years as a key...

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AUO's flexible e-paper to take on Stretch Armstrong in battle of the bendiest

There's nothing better than unplugging on a Sunday afternoon with a newspaper and a cup of Joe, which is exactly what AU Optronics hopes to facilitate with its 6-inch Rollable Organic TFT E-paper. We've heard rumblings about the foldable photovoltaic device before, but the company has finally delivered a working prototype that is completely solar powered and elastic enough to make even Gumby jealous. Made of organic TFTs, the SVGA e-paper has an amorphous silicon PV battery, which turns natural or indoor light into solar energy without requiring a power plug. The only downside? Unlike the dead tree variety, wrapping presents in this stuff is a no-go. Check out the extended PR after the break.

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Invuity Eigr Illuminated Breast Retractor Brings the Light to the Surgical Field

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Lighting of the operating field can be tricky, with light typically coming from large overhead lights or small headlights, which each have their own disadvantages. Invuity is introducing a new solution for breast surgery, its illuminated breast retractor system. It uses the company’s proprietary Eigr technology, integrating the light with the retractors, so it is always where it should be (inside the incision). This way it can shine the field from several different angles, eliminating shadows, reflections and glare. Especially when the surgical access site is small, this can be a great advantage.

The system is designed for breast mastectomies, lumpectomies, sentinel node biopsies and reconstruction procedures. The system includes several different retractors designed for various surgical approaches. A fiberoptic cable transmits the light, coming from standard surgical light sources, to the distal part of the retractor. Because of this approach, the light-source is cool and the retractor itself can be kept lightweight and low-profile.

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