Archive for the ‘Technological innovation’ Category
Soon it was discovered that there was no such respite . Just days after the announcement of the purchase, rumors began circulating that back , Blackberry was sold to the highest bidder . Since then there have been many suitors and few white knights , most more interested in the huge patent portfolio to get into trials active in keeping the factories. Gradually the feeling that something was wrong again became palpable , and finally confirmed the news today .
The sale of Blackberry has been canceled. Instead of waiting 4.7 billion , now the company will receive 1 billion to its shareholders of Fairfax , and thanks. In return , Blackberry fired its CEO, Thorstein Heins , and returns to the starting square to try to improve their situation. The new CEO , John Chen , now has the difficult task of showing that the Blackberry can be a sustainable business without having to be made close studies or plants. In fact , one could say that the only difference from the Blackberry before purchase intent is that now the board of directors of the company will have more members of Fairfax than before.
And that’s when it seems clear that the alleged “sale” of Blackberry never was. Played shareholders to seek the interest of other companies putting the company in the market and hanging a public price . If any of the companies we had talks nominated a figure similar to the initial $ 4.7 billion , had been his Blackberry . But as we have seen , no one could or wanted to bid , leaving no alternative but to Fairfax to remove the ” bluff ” . Arguably, no one wants to Blackberry , not even herself.
The Nokia 2520 is what Microsoft planned when it launched the first tablet Surface : create competition. He knew that a healthy market is a market in which it competes , and using the same tactics that Google with its Nexus , decided to launch its own official products to encourage other manufacturers dared Windows . Unfortunately for Microsoft , this did not work at first, and they were quite alone Living in the tablet market . Now Nokia has announced the first device to really create competition , the Nokia 2520.
The Nokia 2520 may seem at first glance that it is simply a Surface 2 with the logo changed, but in reality is a product itself and not just a copy . We started with the 10 -inch screen resolution 1920 × 1080 , which should please the most demanding . The processor section we see the great change from the Surface 2 , since the SoC Tegra 4 is replaced by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 , which in theory should provide similar performance , even higher. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage (expandable other 32 GB SD card ) . As we see similar features to the Nokia 1520 , with the big difference running operating system , Windows RT .
Connectivity is very neat , allowing 4G and WiFi connections , so it’s designed to be carried anywhere, and to prove it is the 6.7 MP camera with Zeiss optics that should get us out of trouble when you want to take pictures fast . At the front there is also a video camera , in this case 2 MP .
One detail that reminds me of the Surface 2 is the accessory Nokia Power Keyboard , a keyboard that can attach not only to write more easily but also to extend the life of the device in five hours thanks to its built-in battery , which will add to 8000 battery 2520 mAh . It also includes two USB ports and a multi-gesture trackpad . It will cost about $ 150. Read the rest of this entry »
Think of what feature you want to have the printers of the future! If you thought “Speakers”, congratulations! No, not a joke, but sometimes the industry movements appear to be a big joke that we do not know the end.
Some might say that little can innovate on a printer, and that this obsession with selling new equipment manufacturers are willing to do anything to us to renew our devices, but the truth is that few were expecting what Samsung has in store for the upcoming IFA, where besides the new Galaxy Note III and smart watch, teach speakers printers.
These speakers are to better hear the sound of heads dropping ink onto paper, but the idea is to connect our player or smartphone to play the songs that we saved. So actually these devices are bases such as those already sold everywhere, but with the ability to print our documents.
For now these printers are concepts, each with its own characteristics, such as a monochrome laser printer model that lets you install a cartridge to add color. But if all goes as Samsung wants, soon we encourage waits for a document is printed with your favorite music.
Now it frugal engines and ecological create and take advantage of the available energy to move the car, wherever it comes from. Until now, many hybrids used the energy wasted during braking to charge its battery, but a new development targets will soon be possible for energy even when we are in motion.
The key is in the car’s suspension system. In our daily life we constantly with potholes and roads that make us vibrate more than we would like. Levant Power Now the company has announced an agreement with the manufacturer to bring production ZF its energy recovery system in the dampers. The system works as it sounds: using the large number of movements recorded a suspension in daily use to generate electricity.
That electricity can then be used for two things: either to add power to the car or a hybrid, so as to reduce fuel consumption, or to operate the active suspension. This type of suspension moves according to the road conditions, and greatly improves the driving experience, making it more smooth and enjoyable. In addition, you can even lift the car by the side in case you do not have a cat.
It is hoped that this type of car suspensions reach everyone in the coming years, at a price yet demure but without detailing.
German research society has developed an iPad app to facilitate the work of surgeons. Sometimes the human factor and memory play an important role in remembering and memorizing where blood vessels, nerves, or vital key points. The objective of this application is to show the real image focusing where each field, every vein and every basis point, or in case of tumors that may involve complications typical signal their possible location to perform the best possible intervention minimizing risks.
The importance of this vital organ and the reason that the first application is oriented to the liver is so complex it can be to intervene in it by the large number of blood vessels and how the work done by filtering a liter and blood half a minute. This entails that if the surgeon makes an incision mistakenly in the wrong place can lead to massive bleeding the patient that can lead to death and enough help for surgeons to carry out their interventions accurately as possible.
This application has the experience and collected by the software MEVIS which has clinical reports from around the world and has been used in over 6000 patients. This software performs three-dimensional images MEVIS helps to create and recreate a virtual field on the locations of blood vessels in the liver.
What makes this application is using the camera of the tablet and contrast the real image with the image that corresponds to the information of what you are seeing and what is not but for the intervention have to touch. Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, after many years of development (7 to be exact), we find ready to Calibre in version 1.0, fully packed with improvements and new features that we can use in order to keep our collection of virtual books.
Calibre is an ebook manager very efficient. Being multi platform, something many appreciate, you can use either Windows, Mac OS, and in several flavors of Linux. Besides it is free and open source.
It has many features that are very useful indeed, not for nothing was developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. Among the main highlight are:
- Efficient administration of your library of books: With a design and visualization tailored to the needs of readers, also has multiple options.
- Viewer own e-book: A simple style but with everything you need.
- Virtual Libraries: We can create virtual libraries of our entire book collection, filtering by category, author, etc..
- Modify metadata of books: Assigns a new cover, change the author and corrects the description.
- Conversion E-book format: Ability to convert to and from a large list of formats.
- Synchronization with Devices: Send directly to your favorite reading device like Kindle or even your Android tablet.
- Download news directly from the web and turn them into an e-book: Calibre can automatically convert from news sites or RSS feeds in news in an e-book, with the ability to send any of our devices.
With new features and some are coming we are confident that we will be able to more efficiently manage all the e-books we have. The most successful of Calibre is the possibility of conversion and delivery to various devices such as smartphones, tablets, until Apple devices via iTunes.
One of its most interesting ideas is that meant to make our phone calls without having to touch it. Something impossible, think some, but considering that wireless technologies are booming, the truth is that this concept is quite reliable.
The device we are talking about will allow us to make voice calls, send text messages, access multimedia applications and utilities, check the weather, and develop new programs. As you can see, the things you are not few.
However, make emphasis on a detail. To enable all the features we have discussed, it is necessary that our mobile phone is nearby. Hot Watch does not perform some of the functions. What actually does is send commands to the phone you are associated with running them without touching the terminal. Works with Bluetooth,the range is a few meters away.
Explaining it in other words, we could say that Hot Watch is a remote control, but adds features and touch clock, also serve to manage your mobile phone. It is still an interesting object, it is true, so we recommend you to take a look in case you want more comfort when interacting with your phone.
The project is currently awaiting funding through Kick starter. You have more information at the official website of the invention.
An event that officially starts today in spite of all these events. Today Microsoft has decided to start strong trying to recover from the disappointment that has seen the debut of Xbox One with all its drawbacks with many upgrades and launches initiatives focused on the players.
Luckily, all that was presented today at the conference, little or nothing has gone the way previously established: we have not seen full of television or media centers, the conference has been designed to introduce new games and related features with them.
To begin with, and against all odds, we have presented a new revision of the Xbox 360, despite the presence of Xbox One: smaller and silent, with a design very similar to the Xbox has released One (half matte half gloss ). It is available today in the usual distribution channels.
We also have news for the current Xbox Live (this on Xbox 360): now for Gold subscribers will release two free games a month. We started this month with Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2, waiting to know when they will be available. Speaking of Xbox Live, it is also new things like changing the familiar Microsoft Points to the local currency of each country or the ability to share a subscription to Xbox Live Gold with other profiles that are on the same console (all this is available from Xbox One)
On the other hand, Xbox SmartGlass (Microsoft application that extends the Xbox ecosystem to devices such as Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS) is updated to deepen their integration with the system and games, not counting the redesign application. And surprise to discover Upload Studio: can record, edit and comment our games rebroadcast live well (in the conference have been tested to broadcast live on Twitch a game of Instant Killer with a single voice command).
First of all we must remember that 4K screens are those able to display their images at a resolution of around 4000 pixels (4096 × 2160) with a ratio of 17:9. Now it was a matter of time that 4K technology screens are also moved computer monitors.
Despite being a resolution that may seem ridiculous considering the needs of the average computer user, the technology transfer 4K computer monitors is focused, at least initially to graphics professionals that if they can take advantage of this new possibility and horizon in terms of attention to detail when it comes to edit and create their designs though obviously if money is not a problem, it can be spent watching movies or playing video games to a special resolution.
ASUS has been the first manufacturer to take the step of 4K technology to monitors with model PQ321, a monitor with a size of 31.5-inch screen capable of displaying 3840 × 2160 pixels presented at Computex 2013 in Taipei. This monitor is capable of supporting about 1,000 million colors and has a panel IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) which will make the energy consumption is extremely low with less consumption than LCD technology. It features a 350 cd/m2 brightness, 8ms response time and viewing angle of 176 degrees and, despite its large size and its great features occupy only 35mm wide. Read the rest of this entry »
The race for speed and the number of cores, performance and size in nanometers but as it has been in recent years, segmentation and the difference in ranges like the difference existing customers depending on their purchasing or tastes in the smartphone market makes the difference, not only in terms operating systems as we have seen in Android but also for manufacturers of components that are not oblivious to this reality.
For this reason, manufacturers of microprocessors must be aware of this reality and create new microprocessors but reduced cost such as the ARM Cortex-A12. The ARM Cortex-A12 can be up to 40% performance increase over the current Cortex-A9 that we can find nowadays on chips like the Tegra 3 performance without actually representing eg Cortex-A15 which is mounted on devices Samsung Exynos 5250 or Nvidia’s Tegra 4.
Besides the power available to the ARM Cortex-A12, the highlight of this processor is its cost and would be assembled in ronde free phones costing between 200 and 350 USD.
Besides cost, another advantage is the ability to unify this processor with the Cortex-A7 in order to find a balance in low-end and mid range between power and consumption using the ARM Cortex-A12 if you need performance and power and change the Cortex-A7 to increase battery life if you do not need to use your phone as when it is standby.
Optionally, the Cortex-A12 could be matched with other chips such as the new Mali-T622 graphics processor and the new Mali-V500 decoder announced on June 2, allowing the use of GPU and OpenGL ES 3.0 for the use of applications 3D offers an optimization in the consumption of the battery. Mali-T622 Tl as the Cortex-A12 born with views and smartphones aimed low and medium range offering great possibilities without increasing the cost.