Author: Raggy Jin

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Jimmy Lin reveals 7-inch iPad 2 “prototype”

By now, most of us may have caught a glimpse of Taiwanese pop-star Jimmy Lin holding an iPad in one hand, and what appears to be a 7-inch iPad prototype in the other. As convincing as this “prototype” appears, I have serious doubts. It’s nothing more than a Chinese knock-off, the W11, who seem to refer to their product as the W11 iPad. This post translated from a blog in China on Oct. 5 talks about the product’s head start in production before the “legendary 7-inch iPad 2.”

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New hydrogen technology shrouded in mist of secrecy

Energy Technologies CZ a.s., small, independent research and development company in the Czech Republic announced a breakthrough in hydrogen fuel generation. According to a company press release, they’ve found a way to produce hydrogen fuel from water “cheaper” than any fossil fuels we use today; 790% cheaper than the current cost of gasoline or diesel in the U.S., and 1400% cheaper than in the Czech Republic.

Technology
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Vicon “Peer” Revue

The idea is simple enough. Wear a small, square camera as a necklace all of the time, and allow it to take up to eight photos per minute of everything you do.

Technology
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The Vostok Cabin

Atelier van Lieshout (literally “workshop of Lieshout”), the same highly disturbed Dutchmen who gave the world SlaveCity, the Wombhouse, and mounted a 57mm Canon on the company car, have finished their newest project: The Vostok Cabin.

Technology
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The sweet taste of vision for the blind

Four years ago, the University of Montreal made ABC headlines while testing the “BrainPort vision” device. In the study, a blind volunteer strapped what appeared to be a webcam mounted on safety glasses to his forehead and slipped a small electrical grid on a wide, flat orange tether into his mouth – and used his […]

Technology
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Volt: A Chevy facade

What ever happened to the maximum range of 80–100 miles (130-160 kms) per charge on GM’s EV1 in the mid 90s? I mean, that was the 90s. There’s no way technology has gotten 65 per cent worse over the last 15 years. Come to think of it, wasn’t that right about the same time Microsoft decided they should add internet capabilities to their products?

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NASA’s shrinking solar system

NASA is redrawing models of our solar system as their Voyager 1 spacecraft reaches the cusp of interstellar space ahead of schedule. But this isn’t the first time the Voyagers have disrupted scientific prediction and theory. Launched in the summer of 1977, the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were originally intended for four-year missions to observe Saturn and Jupiter.

Sony
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Sony brings back flower power with solar windows

Unveiled at the Eco Products 2010 exhibition in Tokyo last weekend, the “dye-sensitized solar cell” windows can be screen-printed with custom designs, allowing future consumers to make their homes more artsy while lowering their electricity bills.

Technology
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Road trains will mean easy mornings

According to a documentary SARTRE released last weekend, the project is undergoing a ridiculous amount of safety testing, from the systems that take over steering in the individual cars, to the reactions of everyday people to following so closely behind another car at 90 km/h without control of the vehicle – and even the programs that detect the expressions on the face of the lead truck’s driver to ensure he’s not being distracted.

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Google hides laptop giveaway in marketing video

While watching the video for the new Cr-48; “How to remain calm despite what’s about to happen to your Chrome notebook,” Zimmer says he noticed a long mathematical equation on a chalkboard at the 2:23 mark in the video.

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New infrared technology could go far

When I heard about the Northwest University’s revolutionary new high-resolution infrared camera technology, the first thing that popped into my mind was that Predator movie with the Governator; how clever that whole mud thing at the end was. I quickly brushed that thought aside. Besides, it probably wouldn’t work anymore given that the new Type-II […]

Technology
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Physicists create tiny supernova at Canadian university

Physicists from the University of Toronto and Rutgers University may be clinking champagne after successfully one-upping the lava lamp and creating a “supernova in a jar” last week. The emulation of an exploding white dwarf star – carried out through an iodate  arsenous acid reaction – may aid in understanding the size and evolution of the […]

Mercedes
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Mercedes-Benz Biome vs. reality

Out of the Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge –– which seemed to be based on the premise of having automakers dream up the most irrational 1000 lb. cars possible –– came the Mercedes Benz Biome; easily the most ridiculous concept vehicle in the contest. A car grown in a lab from genetically altered seeds […]

Mobiles
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Updated Jolicloud 1.1 available for download

Jolicloud’s revamped OS is now available for download, promising a prettier interface, better battery life and all-around improvements in performance. The free, Linux-based OS, dubbed the “anywhere OS” for users’ ability to sign on from any computer, can be installed alongside or instead of Windows. What’s more, it’s reportedly lighter and snappier than Windows and […]

Samsung Reviews
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Galaxy Tab’s million-sale milestone

Samsung has announced 1 million Galaxy Tab sales in roughly two months, furthering the now widely-held consensus that the 7-inch Android tablet is the first real competition for Apple’s iPad. But how true is that really? After 28 days Apple sold 1 million units. By the 80-day mark, they had sold 3 million iPads; according […]