Vantablack Video

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

By on July 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Scientists have developed a black so deep it makes 3D objects look flat

Coating objects with a layer so black it makes them look like flat holes in reality is potentially important for developing stealth weapons. But we all know the coolest implementation would be an iPhone that would look like a black splotch on the table.

We are now a step closer to this reality, as British scientists have developed a new material called Vantablack. More →

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Samsung Food Showcase Smart Fridge

Samsung’s ‘Plan B’ already looks like a flop

By on July 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

Samsung’s ‘Plan B’ already looks like a flop

The global slowdown in smartphone and tablet unit growth rates has been tough for a variety of vendors, from HTC to Apple. But for Samsung, the evaporation of mobile division revenue growth is particularly galling, because the company’s winning streak was so long. Two years after HTC’s sales growth stalled and several quarters after Apple’s growth petered out, Samsung sailed on. More →

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood iOS App

Kim Kardashian shocks the app market

By on July 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Kim Kardashian shocks the app market

There are few things as despised as celebrity apps. Vanity apps are largely viewed as shameful sidekicks of the app market – expensive productions that may make a few bucks for the app vendor, but practically never bring in real revenue. But in July 2014, Kim Kardashian changed the game. Her new app is so popular that it has boosted the share price of Glu Mobile by 50% since June, adding more than $100 million to its market cap. More →

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Motorola Smartphone Sales

Motorola’s astonishing low-end success is a grim warning for HTC and Samsung

By on July 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM.

Motorola’s astonishing low-end success is a grim warning for HTC and Samsung

It’s been a dim couple of years for Motorola, a company that has had badly misfiring high-end smartphone strategy. Just two months ago, the company decided to shut down its vaunted U.S. manufacturing plant in Texas. Google grew tired of the issues last January, offloading Motorola to Chinese electronics giant Lenovo, and many questioned what Lenovo could possibly gain by buying the old warhorse.

We now have an answer. More →

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Solar Vs. Coal Power

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

By on July 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM.

Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia

Rooftop solar panels are becoming such a powerful factor in the energy market that they now can push the price of electricity to negative territory in the sunniest regions of the world. This is possible because powering down fossil fuel energy generators during peak solar power periods would be more expensive than paying customers to use the electricity. More →

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Uber Vs. Lyft New York

Uber and Lyft appear poised to destroy New York’s iconic taxi industry

By on July 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Uber and Lyft appear poised to destroy New York’s iconic taxi industry

Are there more empty taxis than usual rolling around Manhattan today? It seems that way — and it would be no wonder, because the New York transportation system is going through its biggest upheaval since 1900. And as you may have guessed, one of the world’s hottest mobile apps is the new omen of turmoil in 2014. More →

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Google Right To Be Forgotten Europe

Just how far will Google go to make the world forget you?

By on July 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM.

Just how far will Google go to make the world forget you?

The Guardian is now starting to report on the bizarre first wave of Google search results that are being erased thanks to the so-called “right to be forgotten” ruling. After a European court ruled that individuals have the right to demand that “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” search results be erased, we are now witnessing the first signs of random people’s awkward and embarrassing incidents vanishing from collective consciousness. More →

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Windows Phone Market Share

Why Windows Phone cannot rebound

By on July 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Why Windows Phone cannot rebound

The latest Kantar Worldpanel numbers for smartphone market share may not be surprising, but they are grim indeed for Microsoft. In the heart of the Windows empire in the United States, Windows Phone’s market share dropped from 4.7% to 3.6% between May 2013 and May 2014. In Germany, the decline was from 6.2% to 5.9%. In Brazil, the share remained flat at 5.5%. In China, Windows Phone saw a collapse from 3% to o.6%. More →

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Nokia Future

Nokia’s destiny: From boots to phones to… boots

By on July 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Nokia’s destiny: From boots to phones to… boots

The year 1973 was crucial for one for the giants of European industry. That was when Finnish Rubber Works merged with Finnish Cable Works, forming a company called Nokia Corporation. That year, Nokia had a massive consumer market blockbuster with Kontio Rubber Boot. Kontio was named after the Finnish term of endearment for “bear” that was commonly used in Middle Ages to avoid the religious taboo against using the true name of this animistic deity (Karhu).

This groundbreaking footware introduced many key features that would become staples of modern rubber boot manufacturing: a tightening strap, a reflective band and a rotationally rigid midsole construction. Kontio would define the Nokia brand in Europe during late 1970s and the 1980s. More →

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Best Crowd Funding Projects Silent Power

Ingenious new PC uses copper foam as a revolutionary cooling material

By on June 30, 2014 at 5:07 PM.

Ingenious new PC uses copper foam as a revolutionary cooling material

One of the most unusual crowd-funding projects out there is what is being billed as “the smallest high-end PC in the world.” The device is called Silent Power and its most notable feature is a slab of copper foam that’s on top of the computer. All the hottest elements of the computer are placed next to the foam slab, which sucks up and dissipates heat without need of air or liquid cooling systems. The Silent Power’s manufacturer claims that the computer never heats up above 50 degrees centigrade, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Dimensions of the device are 15 x 13 x 7 centimeters. More →

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Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Release

This is how Samsung will ensure it keeps the smartphone crown

By on June 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM.

This is how Samsung will ensure it keeps the smartphone crown

On Sunday evening, Samsung announced several new smartphone models. The most important may turn out to be Samsung Galaxy Star 2, which shows just how deeply into the budget market Samsung intends to burrow. More →

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