Pirelli teamed up with tattoo artist Scott Campbell for a special project at the tire manufacturer’s newest flagship store in Milan, Italy. Campbell turned his skill with a needle and ink to tire sculpting. Using a gouge, the artist inscribed images of an eye, a heart and a skull into the tread of a Diablo Rosso II tire that was then fitted to a special-edition Ducati Diavel on display at the Corso Venezia store. Those same designs were also featured on a unique Dianese riding jacket alongside an image of St. Christopher, who is apparently the patron saint of motorcycle riders (who knew?).
Have people gone off their BlackBerrys? Earlier this month, BlackBerry users were hit with an outage that lasted several days. It took Research In Motion three full days to restore normal service around the world, and for many users, this just wasn’t good enough. We know a couple of folks personally who said that the service problems were the last straw and what prompted them to change phones. However, it seems like a lot of people are deciding to ditch their Blackberrys this month, and not all because of the service outage.
Gadget trade-in website Gazelle reports that BlackBerry trade-ins are up 80 percent in the last week alone. This is an increase from the record setting number of BlackBerry trade-ins the site saw last month. While the company doesn’t outright blame the outage for the huge surge, the timing would seem to suggest that numerous Blackberry owners decided enough was enough. That said, there’s another major event that has also resulted in a surge of Berry trade-ins.
Speaking to CNet, Gazelle’s Anthony Scarsella said that he reckons the iPhone 4S is to blame. This is “easily the highest volume of BlackBerry trades ever seen period,” he said, including the spike following the recent outage in his statement. However, he added: “In the grand scheme of BlackBerry growth over the past month, it can be pretty much entirely attributed to the launch of the iPhone 4S.”
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. 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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A soupçon of extra news has trickled out from the Galaxy Note’s bombastic launch event in London. 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.
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Apple recently announced a bit of news that will set people in certain circles abuzz. The company’s lossless audio codec, ALAC, is going open source. Similar to FLAC, the Apple Lossless Audio Codec offers some file compression while still delivering a bit-for-bit recreation of the original source material. The primary difference being that Apple devices and software do not support FLAC (at least without some tinkering) but can handle the Cupertino developed ALAC. The decision to release the code under the Apache license won’t have much of an immediate impact on your digital audio routine, but expect support for ALAC to start popping up in more media players (both hardware and software) soon.
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Samsung and Google announced the Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong earlier this month without saying a word about a release date or carriers. Considering the location of the event, it was understandable that the company didn’t go into details regarding carriers and pricing for the North American or European market. However, what we couldn’t understand was why the company wouldn’t give us anything more than a vague ‘November’ when it came to a release date.
Today we finally have a release date for the device. Leaked by Amazon UK and later confirmed by Samsung, the phone is scheduled to arrive on in the UK on November 17. Though Samsung hasn’t been quite so generous when it comes to a specific launch date for the U.S. market, let’s hope that it’s not too long after (or maybe even before!) our friends in the UK get it. After all, at the launch event, it was specified that the global launch would start in November, so fingers crossed North America is among the first few markets to get the device.
As far as pricing is concerned, we’re still in the dark on that front, too. Amazon UK is pricing it at £549, which translates to nearly $900. However, you probably don’t need us to tell you that that likely won’t be the off-contract price here in the States. We’re more than likely looking at something more along the current going rate for off-contract phones, which is between $500 and $600. Not cheap, but not $900, either.
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Ever since the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has made it obvious that it envisions a future filled with rich touch interfaces and virtual interaction systems, and the research team’s most recent development is no exception to the company’s motives. Dubbed Holodesk, Microsoft’s research project allows users to interact with virtual, 3D objects using other objects or even their bare hands.
This futuristic tech developed from the Sensors and Devices group of Microsoft Research Cambridge looks like it came straight from the future. It may not be as refined as the interfaces we see in sci-fi flicks, but future developments could lead to some very interesting gaming or engineering interfaces.
At the moment, users will only be able to view the 3D holographic objects through a plastic sheet attached to the machine, but we’re definitely excited to see later versions of the Holodesk. Head on over to the Microsoft Research YouTube channel to subscribe for future updates.