Amazon.com Inc. is reportedly developing some enhancements for their Kindle devices to compete more with the leading tab manufacturers Apple Inc. and Google Inc.
According to the poeple knowledgeable about the matter, the e-commerce company has recently been working on array of new devices including smartphones and audio streaming devices to broaden their reach beyond their tablet computers.
One of the smartphones that they currently working features a screen that allows 3D effects without having to use a glass. With “retina-tracking” technology, images will appear like a hologram and seems floating above the screen. According to sources, users can also navigate the smartphone using their eyes.
These projects of from the Seattle-based e-commerce firm is not new anymore and has been publicized. In 2012, news came out that they are developing their own smartphones, and just last month, media outlets reported that Amazon is working on a movie-streaming device.
These devices are due to roll out this year as part of the company’s goal but people familiar with these projects advised that these gadgets could not directly compete with the leading manufacturers due to financial concern, performance and other matters.
With the tech market getting aggressive, particularly in the tablet and smartphone sectors, technologies from the tech giants and manufacturers are evolving in a fast pace making gadgets that are more convenient and easy to use.
This time, Samsung, one of the most aggressive mobile manufacturer is currently working on a new technology and had teamed up with the researchers at the University of Texas. They are working on a project that involves an EEG (electroencephalogram) cap and the human mind to control smartphones and tablets.
At this stage, the on-going project is very complicated according to the researchers. They say this technology targets people with disabilities for them to use mobile phones and tablets. According to Samsung, they are also interested in other input methods.
With some test with the participants, the accuracy of the this EEG cap system is around 80 to 95 percent. This is quite high already and seems to be closing to success. Participants are able to choose from the selections on the tab on an average of every five seconds. With the current input method, EEG cap, which is intrusive if you use it in every life, researchers have to develop a new EEG cap design that will look normal or approachable.
There were no statements yet from the researchers and Samsung that they are getting close to success but the tech giant seemingly wants to take this new invention to mainstream market.
With the tech market focusing more on tablet PC’s and smartphones, there is no way that manufacturers are going to leave the development of their desktop computers. Though desktop PC’s are not so popular nowadays compared to the latest small gadgets, they are still the most powerful units in terms of gaming, production, and other purposes.
Dell, one of the most outstanding computer manufacturer, attempts to meet the needs of Linux fans with their PCs. The laptop line “Project Sputnik” is a product of the effort of Dell which is an advanced version of the XPS 13 which handles Ubuntu. For extreme gamers and power-hungry users, Dell’s Alienware x51 slimline PC might just meet your needs. It is now available and currently handling the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
The Alienware X51 costs $599, it will have a Core i3-3220 3.3GHz dual-core processor and GeForce GTX 645 GPU 1GB GDDR5, now that sounds basic for gamers, right? If that doesn’t appeal you enough, you might want to upgrade it to Quad-core processor with 8GB of RAM, and advanced GeFore GTX 660 with 1.5GB RAM. That will cost you a good $1,049.
The computer sure does look good with its dimension, too. It weighs 12.1 pounds, 3.74 inches wide, and 12.5-inches high.
If you are a Windows OS user, it will cost you more than the Ubuntu OS. The Windows version costs $1,249 but there is a sale on going and you might save your $100. Same price with the Linux version for only $1,049.
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Law makers in West Virginia wants to ban the wearing of head-mounted displays such as the Google glass while driving in their state. This is an extension of the law banning phone calls and text messaging while driving or simply using any electronic devices while driving.
According to Gary G. Howell, the host of the bill, in an interview from CNET he said “I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law. It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension.“
Making phone calls or text messaging while driving is dangerous, Google might seem to be less effective, but it can still distract. New cars today are already loaded with gadgets that can be very distracting such as the screens, buttons, and unresponsive infotainment systems that seems to be eventually controlling the car.
If you are on the steering wheel, that is what you have to focus on. If you want to make a call, text, tweet or post an update on facebook, then pull over.
The law will include any head-mounted displays, it will be grouped in the electronic devices such as cellphones which are currently banned while driving. The fine for the first offense would be $100, followed with $200 for the second offense, $300 for the third time, and so on.
Samsung Electronics Co. has released its Galaxy S IV smartphone.
The South Korean tech giant Samsung has already launched the newest addition to its line-up of handsets during a New York launch event. Its all-new Galaxy S IV is a move in solidifying the company’s domination in the smartphone market globally.
On Thursday, Samsung announced the release of Galaxy S IV with a feature of a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display. This is a big jump towards a bigger and brighter screens for smartphones.
Galaxy S IV has a quad-core or octa-core processor that depends on the market where it will be release in both versions of third generation and long-term generation.
The tech giant is planning to give out the new model in the second quarter through 327 operators in over 150 countries. However, there was no scheduled date for this info.
According to Shin Jong-kyun of Samsung Electronics, Galaxy S IV will enhance the way people live, indicating to the new user experience features that were added to the new smartphone.
Samsung is continuing to gain more profit with its high-powered phones and gadgets.
Smartphones selling great for 2013’s first quarter.
According to market researcher IDC, there will come a day that the sales of smartphone s will be outpacing thoe feature phones. This is because of more 4G wireless networks and lower-cost gadgets.
Smartphones are finally on the peak of outpacing feature phones in sales globally.
For several years, there are analysts who have been setting predictions that these smartphones would overtake basic feature phones regarding worldwide profits. A report was presented that manufacturers are estimated to ship 918.6 million devices this year. This estimated figure is also expected to increase up to 1.5 billion in shipments by the end of 2017.
There are two key reasons why this can happen. One is it can surf the Web, access email, and act as GPS navigation devices and check you into your favorite places thru social media apps.
The webOS software found a new home.
The famous webOS software of Hewlett-Packard is already sold to LG Electronics, a South Korean electronics company.
On Monday, the deal was announced by HP, which has gotten the company off of the centerpiece of its unfortunate purchase of $1.8 billion for Palm Inc. three years ago.
In 2011, HP used webOS as the facilitator into the tablet computer and smartphone market as well. However, the company immediately got rid of the mobile devices that runs on the software along with the failing revenues. As a result, HP decided to stop the development of the webOS for its own products and to give away the principal technology as open-source software for programmers everywhere in order to change for their personal necessities and prerequisites.
On the other hand, LG Electronics has larger plans for the software. Primarily, the webOS will be combined with a new line of Internet-connected televisions from the company. If this event becomes successful, then LG will consider selling household appliances and other gadgets running on webOS. The main concept of LG is to create a so-called “smart” home.
Moreover, along with the commitment of LG to webOS, the team of engineers who had been working on the software for HP will also be acquired by the company. However, it is not known if LG will also take over of the team’s offices or will move them to other locations.
Hewlett-Packard’s stocks recently dropped thirteen cents to close at $19.07.