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Toshiba To Offer A 20-megapixel Image Chip For Digital Cameras

December 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba To Offer A 20-megapixel Image Chip For Digital Cameras

Toshiba is gearing up for to offer a 20-megapixel image sensor for digital cameras that it says will be the highest resolution of its kind. The Tokyo-based firm said the new chips will be able to support capturing 30 frames per second at full resolution. They will also be able to shoot video at 60 frames per second at 1080P or 100 frames at 720P. Toshiba said it will begin shipping samples of the new CMOS chips in January, with mass production to begin in August of 300,000 units monthly. Toshiba... 

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Ivy Bridge For Tablets Will Use 13W

December 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Ivy Bridge For Tablets Will Use 13W

Intel’s Haswell Y-series processors as we said a few weeks ago have yet launch. The current plan is to launch two Ivy SKUs in Q1 2013, both dual-cores, and later in 2013 Intel plans to replace them with Haswell Y series parts, with even lower TDP. The faster one is called Core i7 3689Y and has two cores and two threads, as well as a base clock of 1.5GHz. With the help of Intel Turbo Boost 2.0, the top single-core turbo clock is an impressive 2.6GHz, while the maximum dual-core turbo clock... 

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E-book Reading Continues To Make Gains Against Printed Books

December 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
E-book Reading Continues To Make Gains Against Printed Books

More people read e-books in the last year, with 23% of those ages 16 and over going digital, compared to 16% in the previous survey for the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which has released its latest results on e-book readership. The rise coincided with a larger percentage jump in e-reading device ownership. Those owning a tablet computer such as an iPad or Galaxy Tab, or an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook, rose to 33% late this year compared to 18% in late 2011. As of November, a... 

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AMD Goes 8 Core On The Desktop

December 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Goes 8 Core On The Desktop

AMD is looking to end the year on a positive, power efficient note. The outfit will launch a 95W eight-core desktop processor launched on December 29th. The FX-8300 is based on the Piledriver architecture and its base clock is 3.3GHz, but it can hit 4.2GHz on Turbo, much like the FX-8350. However, it needs doesn’t need as much juice as the 125W FX-8350. AMD’s first 95W eight-core is expected to sell for $199, which is a tad pricier than the FX-8350. Then again it could help out a family of polar... 

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FCC Is Making In-Flight Entertainment Service Easier

December 31, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC Is Making In-Flight Entertainment Service Easier

The FCC is removing some of the hassles associated with in-flight Internet services on planes in the U.S. by setting up a standard approval process for on-board systems that use satellites. Since 2001, the Federal Communications Commission has approved some satellite based Internet systems for airplanes, called Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft (ESAA), on an ad-hoc basis. Late last week, the agency said it had formalized ESAA as a licensed application, which should cut in half the time required to get... 

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Astronomers Take Dazzling Picture Of Nebula

December 31, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Take Dazzling Picture Of Nebula

NGC 1333, a reflection nebula in the constellation Perseus, dazzles in this night sky photo. Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera captured this photo on Nov. 5, 6, and Dec. 10, 2012 from Eagle Ridge Observatory, Foresthill, Ca. The Feras used an Officina Stellare RC-360AST 14″ f/8 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope with two-element field flattener to observe the nebula. An Apogee Alta U16M CCD camera with Astrodon filters was used to capture the photo. Located about 1,000 light-years away,... 

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Intel Patents Motion Control

December 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Patents Motion Control

Intel has gained a new patent that could mix motion control popularized by Nintendo with a variety of safety features to protect gamers and their furniture. United States Patent 8333661, a “Gaming System with Safety Features”, is being seen that as Intel developing a multi-core processor designed to help “avoid or minimise the probability of a collision between the user of the gaming console and the surrounding objects while the user is playing a game. According to Intel’s patent claims,... 

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China On Track To Surpass The U.S. In R&D Spending

December 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
China On Track To Surpass The U.S. In R&D Spending

If current trends hold, China is on track to surpass the U.S. in spending on research and development in about 10 years, as federal R&D spending either declines or remains flat. The U.S. today maintains a large lead in R&D spending over China, with federal and private sector investment expected to reach $424 billion next year, a 1.2% increase. By contrast, China’s overall R&D spending is $220 billion next year, an increase of 11.6% over 2012, a rate similar to previous years, according... 

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Did Tablet Gaming Overcome Console Gaming?

December 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Did Tablet Gaming Overcome Console Gaming?

There is no “perfect answer” to doing business with video games. Let’s call a halt to the pointless “zero-sum” debates that blighted 2012 A day in which you learn nothing is a day wasted; by which standard, a year in which we learned nothing would be a pointless waste of time indeed. It’s worth, as 2012 draws to a close (all that’s left now is the few days of indulgence before the year, in harmony with our waistbands, croaks its last), thinking about what... 

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Microsoft Retail Stores Plan Revealed

December 28, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Retail Stores Plan Revealed

Microsoft has unveiled plans for six new retail stores it will open in early 2013, including four converted from its holiday specialty stores, dubbed “pop-ups,” that it established in October. The move will expand the company’s ability to sell its own hardware, notably the Surface RT tablet launched two months ago, and the upcoming Surface Pro. Geekwire first reported the new outlets. Microsoft also blogged about the 2013 store locations. According to Microsoft, the new brick-and-mortar... 

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Will We Find A True Alien Earth Like Planet In 2013?

December 28, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will We Find A True Alien Earth Like Planet In 2013?

The first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe. While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world — such as size or inferred surface temperature — they have yet to bag a bona fide “alien Earth.” But that should change in 2013, scientists say. “I’m very positive that the first Earth twin... 

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Rumor: Google Working Secretly On Mobile Phone, Tablet Devices

December 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Rumor: Google Working Secretly On Mobile Phone, Tablet Devices

Google Inc is secretly developing a handset code-named “X-phone” with recently acquired Motorola, aimed at garnering market share away from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the Wall Street Journal said, citing sources familiar with the matter. Google acquired Motorola in May for $12.5 billion to bolster its patent portfolio as its Android mobile operating system competes with rivals such as Apple and Samsung. The Journal quoted the people saying that Motorola is working on... 

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Chrome 25 Blocking Stealthy Add-ons

December 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Chrome 25 Blocking Stealthy Add-ons

Google is stating that  with Chrome 25, now in development, it will institute automatic blocking of browser add-ons installed on the sly by other software. The move follows a decision that rival Mozilla implemented for Firefox over a year ago. Auto-blocking has already appeared in Chrome 25 for Windows on the “dev” channel — Google’s least-polished public version — which debuted last month. By the browser’s semi-regular release schedule, Chrome 25 will reach the... 

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Flickr Offering 3 Free Months Of Its Pro Service

December 27, 2012 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Flickr Offering 3 Free Months Of Its Pro Service

Yahoo’s holiday gift to the masses is three free months of its Flickr Pro photo and video hosting service, which is usually priced at $24.95 a year. Sign up and you get unlimited uploads up to 50MB per photo, unlimited viewing of your photo library, the ability to post photos in as many as 60 groups as well as download high-resolution images and upload and play unlimited HD videos. It’s a pretty good deal for photo and video enthusiasts considering a free Flickr account normally only... 

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Did Qualcomm Own The ARM/SoC Market In 2K12

December 27, 2012 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Did Qualcomm Own The ARM/SoC Market In 2K12

We saw a lot of progress in the ARM world this year and 2013 promises to be even more eventful, with new A15 parts coming on line as we speak. Still, there can be only one clear winner and 2012 goes to Qualcomm, or its Krait chips to be more precise. The custom core MSM8260 and APQ8064 made short work of vanilla A9 cores and in some respects they are still competitive in the A15 world. Impressive to say the least, and let’s not forget on board LTE support for our US readers. Apple’s A6 easily... 

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