In the future, we will look at these 885-foot-wide structures in the middle of the ocean and we won’t even blink. But, right now, I’m having a hard time imagining them spinning en masse at 20 revolutions per minute.
Today, Amazon announced the newest generation of Kindle, its popular e-reader.
As hardware is wont to do, the newest version of the Kindle has become smaller and lighter while retaining its 6-inch reading area. Contrast on the screen has improved by 50%, and page turns are 20% faster. Storage on the device has doubled, and battery life is up to an entire month. And for you type geeks, new custom fonts and hinting on the device mean that words and letters will be more crisp, clear and natural-looking.
A wordy headline, to be sure, but a pleasing one nonetheless. We came across HTC’s Chinese web portal listing the Desire as coming with Android 2.2 (with Sense!) and simply had to ping the official source for confirmation.
Thanks to a number of new HDTV and Blu-ray players, 3D technology seems about ready to explode into the world’s living rooms. Without the ability to create 3D content, however, those methods for consumption aren’t worth a whole lot. Late Tuesday night, Panasonic announced that it will be bringing that capability to consumers with the forthcoming HDC-SDT750.
It’s official: Porsche will build the 918 hybrid supercar.
The company’s board approved the project earlier today based upon “overwhelming response from the public and customers.” Those same customers must have very deep pockets, because the last we heard the Porsche 918 will cost something north of $600,000.
The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future.
The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come.
HTC started off the week by confirming its switch away from AMOLED for many of its phones. Devices with a 3.7-inch screen, such as the Desire and Nexus One, are switching to a Sony Super LCD instead. The company argues that Sony’s design is a “comparable visual experience” and actually improves in areas where AMOLED normally wins, such as battery life.
If energy issues seem to be attracting the attention of a lot of physicists, the Large Hadron Collider seems to be drawing the attention of many of the rest of them, including people in fields like cosmology, which deals with items on the opposite end of the size scale. In turn, the people working on the LHC and other particle detectors are carefully paying attention to the latest astronomy results, hoping they’ll put limits on the properties and identities of the zoo of theoretical particles that need to be considered.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the worst zoos in the world, the stories are pretty much all the same: small cages and living spaces, unnatural surroundings of concrete and iron, under-feeding and under-watering and well, cruelty in general.
Without question, AT&T’s wireless growth these past few years has been largely based on iPhone — and with apparently good reason, if you look at the numbers. As far as other platforms go, however, it’s not been as rosy. Android’s relation with the carrier, for example, is a story woven with years of hesitation, some questionable releases, and a rival that’s fully embraced it to notable success (releases like the Captivate and Streak suggest a stronger future).
According to PC World, the Droid 2 is likely to be the first Android handset to come pre-installed with Android 2.2, the latest version of the mobile operating system that still has not been made available to the vast majority of Android phone owners.
Digital Rights Management (DRM), the protocols by which publishers protect their electronic media, is about to get a reboot. The new version, which goes by the code name Ultraviolet, is aimed at tying together your account (and consequently your rights) with all of your media needs.
Unlike the many different flavors of DRM of years past, Ultraviolet is designed to allow you to watch media seamlessly between your different media players and between different vendor sources. This would also make it easier for consumers to manage their media purchases.
Do you have an iPhone 3G? Me, too. Have you updated it to iOS 4 yet? If the veins are popping out of your neck and your skin is turning green, you probably have. If your iPhone 3G hasn’t been updated to iOS 4 yet, then do your iPhone, yourself, and your sanity a favor: DON’T UPDATE YOUR iPHONE 3G TO iOS 4!
Sony has money and effort sunk into two technologies: the PlayStation Move and 3D televisions and movies. The company would love nothing more than to have you waving your glowing, ball-tipped controller while wearing glasses in front of your brand new 3D Sony television. While both technologies will require an investment above and beyond the system you already own, the software side of the effort is doing exactly what it needs to do to get you ready to buy: making sure that you already own games that support each option before you buy either one.
“Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.”—Lou Dorfsman
Could it really be this simple? According to Droid X Forums the new Verizon DROID X has already been rooted, and it’s a mighty simple process from the look of it. Hot on the heals of recovery mode for the smartphone being accessed come root privileges. — That was fast lol.
Since the late 1800s, scientists have believed that Triceratops and Torosaurus were two different types of dinosaurs. Triceratops had a three-horned skull with a rather short frill, whereas Torosaurus had a much bigger frill with two large holes through it.
Apple has displaced Oracle as the company with the most security vulnerabilities in its software, according to security company Secunia. Over the first half of 2010, Apple had more reported flaws than any other vendor. Microsoft retains its third-place spot.
Sadly no photos of the elusive beast as of yet (that’s the original Desire pictured above), but the guys over at SuperETrader have some rumored specs to go along with a rumored October launch date in the UK for the HTC Desire HD (previously known as the HTC Ace).
If you don’t know Jelena Jensen, you’re missing a lot. And I’m not talking about her beautiful face, vertigo-inducing curves, and all-natural 34F attributes. Or about the fact that she’s a porn actress. All those things aside, Jelena’s a supernerd. —That is so god damn awesome. I can respect that.
Confirmation of the final price of Microsoft’s motion-controlled Kinect peripheral is getting closer, as retailer Walmart has begun taking preorders for a $199 bundle package. — That’s pretty freaking expensive. The most I would pay is $100 and that would be including the console as well.