Samsung Electronic has released their early estimates Q1 2013 earnings. According to source, the operating profit is expected to hit about 8.7 trillion won ($7.7 billion) – thanks to their current smartphone line up and the good expectation from the new Samsung Galaxy S4. It is actually a little lower than past year Q4 2012 – $8.27 billion. More detailed breakdowns by division will be released in April 26th. So for those who said Samsung is going down, no, they are doing fine. Press release after the break. Read more…
Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category
April 5th, 2013
January 18th, 2013
The Displair is basically the display + air. It is an air screen which displays any image in the air – powered by multi-touch, optical system that allows you to control the image via air by gestures only (working with 1500 touch points simultaneously). No special markers, gloves or other devices needed to operate it. The image is actually formed by a thin, cold stable air flow with tiny particles of water which are so small that they are stay stable even after clashing with physical objects. Check out the video after the break. Read more…
January 15th, 2013
I’m not sure how real is this. Some online seller in China is offering a this batteries for $2720. It is said to last 20 years with the need of recharging and they are made from nano-tritium.
The battery is in thumb-sized which is designed for smaller devices such as pacemakers, sensors, and implants. As in today, the nano-tritium based batteries can be found in signs, watches, and some types of glow sticks.
January 2nd, 2013
There’s a photo booth opening up in Omotesando that uses 3D scanner and printer to make a tiny replica of you. There are 3 size to choose from:
The booth is available at Omotesando from November 24 – January 14. How nice to have a 3d family portrait at your living room. Check out the video after the break. Read more…
January 2nd, 2013
It is an old school video showing a spinning machine that could destroy anything – including KOTEX :S . Check it out after the break. Read more…
November 22nd, 2012
15-year-old Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone, is a genius who loves to invent things which is capable of transforming garbage into functional batteries, generators and transmitters. He even set up a radio where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus – and all these are self-taught. He is one of the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. Video after the break. Read more…
September 27th, 2012
A new liquid cooling technology for servers is getting attention through a test deployment at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
According to the manufacturer, Flometrics, the “Cool-Flo” system relies on an outdoor cooling tower and indoor pump and can be deployed at rack level and direct-to-the-chip. Flometrics claims that the system is so efficient that it can allow data centers to achieve “practically unlimited density”, lower CPU temperatures by up to 30 degrees Celsius and reduce overall power consumption by 25 to 30 percent.
Few technical details about the cooling system were provided, but it uses a negative pressure pump that eliminates leaks, a pistonless pump system that primes immediately and lasts for more than five years. The system also allows data center engineers to remove individual servers from a system without encountering liquid drips.
According to Calit2, Cool-Flo “is based on rocket-cooling technology and utilizes a pump developed with a grant from NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research program.”
Its inventor, Flometrics CEO Steve Harrington, is a part-time instructor in UCSD’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department. There was no information when the technology could be commercially available.
September 25th, 2012
Sony announced on Monday that it will introduce a new line of external batteries for smartphones and tablets. Shipping in capacities of 3,500 to 7,000mAh, these external juice boxes weigh around 198 grams and measure 130.6mm by 12.9mm, making them about the size of a modern smartphone. Charging devices via USB, Sony claims that these portable pick me ups can be recharged up to 500 times and can charge most smartphones in an hour and a half. If toting another smartphone-like device around doesn’t sound ideal to you, Sony will also be releasing smaller “stick-type” (think flash drives) external batteries in assorted colors. Both battery types are set to launch this fall, with prices ranging from 2,300 yen ($30) to 7,000 yen ($90). Wouldn’t it just be easier to sell a marginally thicker phone with world-class battery life? A boy can dream…
SOURCE via Sony (translated)
September 25th, 2012
Globalfoundries wants to show that it can play the 3D transistor game as well as Intel. Its newly unveiled 14nm-XM (Extreme Mobility) modular architecture uses the inherently low-voltage, low-leak nature of the foundry’s FinFET layout, along with a few traces of its still-in-development 20nm process, to build a 14-nanometer chip with all the size and power savings that usually come from a die shrink. Compared to the larger processors with flat transistors that we’re used to, the new technique is poised to offer between 40 to 60 percent better battery life, all else being equal — a huge help when even those devices built on a 28nm Snapdragon S4 can struggle to make it through a full day on a charge. To no one’s shock, Globalfoundries is focusing its energy on getting 14nm-XM into the ARM-based processors that could use the energy savings the most. It will be some time before you find that extra-dimensional technology sitting in your phone or tablet, though. Just as Intel doesn’t expect to reach those miniscule sizes until 2013, Globalfoundries expects its first working 14nm silicon to arrive the same year. That could leave a long wait between test production runs and having a finished product in your hands.
SOURCE via Global Foundries
September 14th, 2012
We’ve all seen (and probably used) QR codes at some point. And, handy as they are for quick linking to apps, or value added content etc, there’s usually not much else going on. Unless you’re one of the team at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, that is, who have created a tiny version of the quadrilateral-codes that could be used to spot counterfeit money. The invention uses nanoparticles combined with blue and green fluorescent ink, and can be sprayed onto surfaces such as glass, plastic film, or of course, pictures of American presidents. The nano-code remains invisible until placed under a near-infrared laser, making it ideal for helping spot legit bank notes. The creators say they have done significant wear tests, which suggest that it’s durable, but they also accept that eventually criminal technology could eventually catch up, in the constant cat and mouse game between mandated money producers and forgers. Whether there’d be links to the Benjamin Franklin Wiki page is unclear.
SOURCE via Ubergizmo