Google Nest Acquisition Hardware

This may be the most important reason Google bought Nest

By on January 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

This may be the most important reason Google bought Nest

When Google first announced that it was buying Nest, most of the chatter revolved around how Google’s software would affect Nest’s smart thermostats. However, one overlooked aspect of the deal is how Nest will impact Google, particularly when it comes to hardware design. Unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that Google wants Nest CEO Tony Fadell and his team to take over as Google’s lead hardware designers, a move that could give Google’s products a stronger element of style. More →

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Hershey's Chocolate 3D Printer Announced

The sweetest new technology of 2014: A 3D chocolate printer

By on January 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

The sweetest new technology of 2014: A 3D chocolate printer

3D printing has never tasted so sweet. CNN reports that Hershey’s is teaming up with 3D Systems to make a 3D printer that can make chocolates and other sweets that you can custom-design right in your home. This means that, provided you have enough raw chocolate on hand, you can finally fulfill your dream of creating a giant chocolate replica of Michelangelo’s David, Rodin’s Thinker and other famous sculptures… or you can just pop out a ton of Hershey’s Kisses and eat them. A Hershey’s representative tells CNN that the company wants to “embrace new technologies such as 3-D printing as a way to keep moving our timeless confectionery treats into the future.” No release date or pricing information for this incredible product have yet been announced.

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1TB LaCIe Fuel iPad, iPhone, Mac hard drive

LaCie fuels 1TB storage dream for iPads and iPhones

By on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

LaCie fuels 1TB storage dream for iPads and iPhones

LaCie at CES 2014 unveiled a 1TB portable hard drive specifically crafted for iPhone, iPad and Mac users who require more storage on the go. The Fuel drive doesn’t need an Internet connection to wirelessly connect to iOS and OS X devices and offers battery life of up to 10 hours, allowing it to work without a power source. However, when connected to the Internet, the Fuel can also double as a mobile hotspot. More →

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ZTE Projector Hotspot CES 2014

Meet the Wi-Fi hotspot that doubles as a video projector

By on January 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Meet the Wi-Fi hotspot that doubles as a video projector

In this digital age, we expect all of our devices to multi-task as much as we do. Our video game consoles need to serve as capable media centers, our watches need to receive email, and apparently our projectors need to double as Wi-Fi hotspots. ZTE announced its lineup for CES 2014 on Thursday, and one of the most interesting devices on the list is succinctly titled the Projector Hotspot. More →

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Apple M7 Processor Analysis

Apple has big plans for its M7 dedicated motion co-processor

By on September 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM.

Apple has big plans for its M7 dedicated motion co-processor

While the iPhone 5s’s 64-bit A7 processor has received the lion’s share of attention, 9to5Mac points out that we should take a look at the device’s M7 dedicated motion co-processor as well. As Apple describes it, the M7 is technology that “knows when you’re walking, running, or even driving” and can do things like automatically switch the type of directions it gives you when you stop driving and start walking. More →

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Apple A7 64-bit Processor Analysis

Why Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor matters

By on September 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM.

Why Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor matters

Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5S has generated considerable buzz even though some observers have pointed out that having a 64-bit smartphone won’t pay immediate dividends in terms of performance since the device doesn’t have anything close to 4GB of RAM. But as CNET’s Stephen Shankland explains, being the first to market with a 64-bit smartphone processor is all about long-term positioning for Apple and isn’t about an immediate boost in performance. More →

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Google Back Panel Touch

Google files patent for back-panel smartphone touch controls

By on March 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM.

Google files patent for back-panel smartphone touch controls

Touch displays are obviously terrific, but there are times when it would be great to have an alternative way to navigate on our smartphones, especially if we don’t want to muck up our screens with greasy fingerprints. Patent Bolt has found that Google (GOOG) is apparently following Apple’s (AAPL) lead by working on a technology that provides smartphone touch controls on the back panel of the device instead of on the front display. Patent Bolt notes that the back-panel controls would obviously perform simple tasks since it would be difficult to type words if you can see a keypad. However, Patent Bolt says that the controls could allow you to “turn a page of an ebook, article on the web or flip to ‘next’ or ‘previous’ views of photos,” among other things. The technology outlined in Google’s patent is similar to technology outlined in a patent filed by Apple in 2006, although so far Apple hasn’t developed any sort of back-panel controls for either the iPhone or the iPad.

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Samsung Flexible Displays

Samsung unveils flexible display technology at CES

By on January 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM.

Samsung unveils flexible display technology at CES

Samsung (005930) continues to push the envelope when it comes to high-end display technology. On the second day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company revealed its new flexible OLED display for mobile devices. Samsung showcased a flexible display prototype that at first appeared to be an ordinary phone, however it was able to fold out and transform into a tablet. Flexible displays will allow manufacturers to make bendable, rollable and foldable displays for mobile devices. The technology, which is also designed to deliver better colors and contrast in a super thin form factor, will be marketed under the name Youm and is expected to reach consumer devices in the coming years.

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Kingston 1TB Flash Drive

Who needs a hard drive? Kingston announces 1TB flash drive

By on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM.

Who needs a hard drive? Kingston announces 1TB flash drive

Remember the scene in This is Spinal Tap when guitarist Nigel Tufnel showed off amplifiers whose volume went all the way up to 11? Well it looks as though Kingston has taken a similar approach with its new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 flash drive that can store as much as 1TB — yes, that’s one terabyte — of data. Needless to say, such an enormous flash drive packs some decent speed as well and Kingston says it delivers a maximum 240Mbps read speed and a 160Mbps write speed. Kingston hasn’t yet announced pricing for its 1TB flash drive, but given that its 512GB drive sells for $1337, then it’s highly likely that the 1TB version will be in the $2,500 range.

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Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning will show off its third-generation Gorilla Glass at CES

By on January 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM.

Corning will show off its third-generation Gorilla Glass at CES

It’s almost time for the Consumer Electronics Show, which means that it’s time for Corning (GLW) to announce a new generation of its super-tough Gorilla Glass. Corning said on Thursday that it would formally unveil Gorilla Glass 3 at CES next week and this year the company is promising “a new glass composition with durability enhancements” that will make your laptops, smartphones and tablets even tougher to crack in the coming year. Corning will also show off its new Optical Cables, which it describes as a fiber-based device-to-device connection product that will “significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.” The company’s full press release is posted below. More →

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Apple's plan to ditch Samsung started with the iPhone 5's A6 chip

Apple's plan to ditch Samsung started with the iPhone 5's A6 chip

By on October 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM.

Apple Samsung Manufacturing

Apple (AAPL) has long relied on Samsung (005930) for help with its hardware even though the two companies are perpetually at each other’s throats. But now unnamed sources have told the Korea Times that things have already started to change because “Apple has not collaborated with Samsung in the process to develop its A6 microprocessor used in its latest iPhone 5.” Samsung has traditionally manufactured the processors for Apple’s smartphones and tablets, and has also provided key development input as well. If the Korea Times report is correct, it means that Apple has already downgraded its relationship with Samsung to “manufacturing-only” and is likely to split off from Samsung entirely next year when it starts work on the successor to the A6 chip. More →

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Apple hires away former star Samsung chip designer

Apple hires away former star Samsung chip designer

By on October 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM.

Apple Hires Samsung Chip Designer

The rivalry between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) just became a whole lot more intense. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has hired former Samsung chip designer Jim Mergard to possibly design new mobile processors for future devices. A former AMD (AMD) vice president and chief engineer, Mergard is said to be “very capable of pulling together internal and external resources to do a PC processor for Apple,” according to another former AMD executive and colleague Patrick Moorhead, who now works at Moor Insights & Strategy.

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