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Three versions of iPad 2 for 2011?

December 30th, 2010

Three versions of iPad 2 for 2011?

Not sizes, but features at least. Currently there are two versions of iPad being released, a WiFi-only and a WiFi + 3G. Now, sources close to industry stated that Apple will be adding CDMA into that lineup. That means we’ll see iPad 2 in Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA. Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers. Read more…

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History's land-speed record cars

December 30th, 2010

History's land-speed record cars

All these while no matter where human goes, this greedy species has always wanted to be the fastest, be number one. That’s where the Olympics come from, that’s where all the racing comes from. From two legs to two wheels; to four wheels and no wheel. . It should be no surprise, then, that the internal combustion engine and the land-speed record have evolved at roughly the same pace over the last century or so. In order to celebrate the Bloodhound SSC’s quest for land speed supremacy, designer Stefan Marjoram took on the ambitious project of creating a massive poster commemorating and comparing history’s official land-speed record holders. You can even get the copy for yourself if you have the wall space and are so inclined, but it’s a massive 16.5 x 23.4-inch copy.

Marjoram says that he did his best to keep the vehicles size relative to one another in order to underscore just how much land-speed record vehicles have changed over the years. From simple car shapes to cars that looked like spears. While the drawings are simplified, stylized interpretations of the quickest machines throughout history, this will look very cool on the wall of a motorhead. If you’re interested, head over to StefaanMarjoram.com for more details.

SOURCE via Stefanmarjoram

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Mika Hakkinen stumbles on old rival while driving

December 30th, 2010

Mika Hakkinen stumbles on old rival while driving

During this frosty and jolly season, Mercedes Benz has aired an advertisement to promote their new 4Matic all-wheel drive system for those that ‘race’ in the snowy mountains. You know, sometimes senior citizens like to have some fun too. Apparently Mika Hakkinen was driving down a snowy mountain road in an E350 wagon when he comes upon a very classical old SL, but it’s not moving fast enough. Once he found a chance to overtake the slowpoke, he was greeted with a very familiar face, but surprisingly Mika couldn’t recognize him, as only referring him to ‘a typical Sunday driver’.

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Apple wants to ship 65 million iPads in 2011

December 30th, 2010

Apple wants to ship 65 million iPads in 2011

Yes, that’s a very massive number. Though they didn’t really mention if that’s the original iPad or the new iPad as nobody mentioned about it, and the size are still the same. There’s also no mention of what type of panel are Apple ordering. Digitimes receives this number from the amount of LCD orders Cupertino ordered. Insiders has said that LG Display is asked to ship about 35 million of the tablet’s displays, but the original iPad’s sales was not that promising due to LG unable to cope with the massive demand. So for 2011 Samsung and Chimei Innolux are said to contribute some to Apple. Besides the 35 million from LG Display, each of the other two companies is said to deliver about 15 million of their own to Apple. Over-confidence and over-commitment from Apple?

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CCTV in city help solves six crimes per day

December 30th, 2010

CCTV in city help solves six crimes per day

London, the city where the graffiti ‘One Nation under CCTV’ is placed, which has 59,000 CCTVs around the city, says that the CCTVs actually help solves an average of six crimes per day. London’s Metropolitan Police has a comforting stat to share: almost six crimes a day are being resolved with the help of CCTV footage. It’s being used mainly to aid the identification of bad guys on the run, and the number of suspects identified as a result has gone up to 2,512 this year. Though, there is a bright light for criminals, as the Met confesses digital recordings aren’t kept about as long as legacy ones used to be, meaning that if you slip the dragnet once, you’ll probably be alright. Care to try?

SOURCE via BBC

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Samsung readies 23mm-thick 3D Blu-ray player for CES

December 30th, 2010

Samsung readies 23mm-thick 3D Blu-ray player for CES

Here’s the world’s slimmest Blu-ray player, because you just need to have the slimmest. Samsung’s obsession continues with this 23mm-thick unit which will be unveiled at CES 2011. What we know of it so far is that it’ll be able to both play back native 3D content and convert 2D to “quasi-3D,” it’ll come encased in a metallic, wall-mountable chassis, and it’ll feature the now familiar trimmings of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter integration. Now all your friends know you’re stalking a specific girl.

SOURCE via PC World

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Lightning photographed by superfast X-ray camera

December 30th, 2010

Lightning photographed by superfast X-ray camera

Here’s a picture of a lightning taken, but don’t you feel that it looks weird? There’s the green stuff that you never see before. That’s because you’re not using a 1,500-pound heavy X-ray camera. That’s a picture of a lightning taken using an X-ray camera that shoots crazier than Sergeant Frank Woods. Ten million frames per second. That’s how fast the thing can shoot. But the story of the photo is more than just ten million and some luck.

You see, the lightning is human-made. That’s why they know where and when to use the camera. This was done by shooting rockets into thunderstorms, with attached wires directing the flow of energy down into their target zone. The imagery produced from the X-ray sensor is actually extremely low-res — a 30-pixel hexagonal grid is all you get — but it’s enough to show that X-ray radiation is concentrated at the tip of the lightning bolt. What’s the point of all these? Well, nobody really knows.

SOURCE via National Geographic

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Periodic table of sports cars

December 30th, 2010

Periodic table of sports cars

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1,000 core processor plausible?

December 30th, 2010

1,000 core processor plausible?

A team of researchers at the University of Glasgow led by Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede announced that they have “effectively” developed a 1,000 core processor based on the technology field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). To do that, the researchers divvied up the millions of transistors in the FPGA into 1,000 mini-circuits that are each able to course their own instructions — which, while still a proof of concept, has already proven to be about twenty times faster than “modern computers” in some early tests.

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South Korea rolls out world’s first commercial electric bus service

December 30th, 2010

South Korea rolls out world’s first commercial electric bus service

The city of Seoul is going green with the roll out of probably the world’s first electric bus service in the city. The Seoul Metropolitan Government is going all out with working commercial service, developed in agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hankuk Fiber, and the buses themselves can run up to about 52 miles on a single charge (which takes about 30 minutes). Besides, it can also go up to 62 miles per hour. Though several other cities have small fleets of electric public transportation, Seoul has announced that half of its massive fleet of buses will be electric by 2020. This will be a good start, as South Korea International Expo 2012 is getting near.

SOURCE via Gizmag

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