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Whether you like it or not, tablet photography is here to stay — it’s only fair that slate owners get a fair chance at taking nice pictures. Sony certainly thinks so, since it has unveiled a new mount, the SPA-TA1, that attaches its QX lens cameras to tablets. The peripheral isn’t just for small devices, either; it includes six adjustable arms that accommodate larger hardware, like the Xperia Tablet Z and VAIO Tap 11. Sony ships the camera accessory to Japan this April for a suggested price of ¥3,675 ($36). There’s no word of a US release, but we wouldn’t rule out an eventual stateside launch.

Courtesy – Engadget

Evernote now syncs your documents four times faster

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Syncing Evernote content was quick when most users had just a handful of notes, but times have changed — many people are now transferring pictures, presentations and web clips. The company may keep up with that seemingly insatiable demand, though, as it just launched a brand new sync engine. The improved infrastructure syncs data roughly four times faster than before. You may not notice a difference if you’re a casual user, but veterans and Business customers should see the impact right away. This isn’t the end of the story, either. Evernote is updating its native apps to make better use of the engine, and developers will get to take advantage of the upgrade in the future.

Courtesy – Engadget

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch and its rumored Galaxy Glass device indicate that the company plans to rely heavily on experimentation as it innovates its way into the future. The true passion and excitement behind Samsung’s vision of the future is on full display in a concept video quietly released during the company’s most recent Analyst Day in Seoul, Korea.

“Display Centric World” (see video above) offers a glimpse at a world full of interactive displays in which nearly every surface, window and tabletop has the ability to show the user video content and context-specific data.

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One of the first concept devices to make an appearance is an interactive coffee cup embedded with a fingerprint scanner that enables the cup to display the drinker’s health information directly on the cup’s surface via an imagined program called “My House Doctor.” The wrap-around cup display includes a diagram of the human anatomy as well as a real-time heart monitor.

Next we’re shown display that takes up an entire wall designed to look as though it’s part of the user’s real world environment. Shortly after, we see an ultra-thin translucent alarm clock about the height and width of an iPad that folds in half when the user turns off the alarm.

Of course, the use case for such a device might seem like something out of science fiction, that is, until you remember that Samsung has devoted a great deal of its resources toward delivering curved and foldable displays.

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Perhaps one of the most immediately realizable concept devices shown in the video is a display-enabled kitchen cutting board that delivers information about the food the user is preparing right under her fingertips. While in use, the display can also be turned into a recipe display panel that lists the nutritional and caloric properties of all the ingredients currently being prepared.

In the area of mobile display concept solutions, the video then puts us inside a car in which the passenger has the ability to control various functions through the car’s interactive display. The window not only shows the current time and temperature, but it also allows direct manipulation of the vehicle’s heating and cooling system controls.

Later, the video puts us in the middle of the classroom of the future, where a teacher uses a transparent interactive blackboard display and children have the ability to play with each other from classrooms in two different remote locations.

Finally, back in the personal use arena, the concept video shows us what at first looks like a purse, but then the object folds out into a fully interactive display unit. That same user then uses her smart bracelet (which looks a lot like a Nike FuelBand) to interact with a nearby smart window display that does everything from show retail items for sale to allowing the wearer of the bracelet to call a family member.

These visions of a display-centric future might have been seen as overly ambitious just a few years ago, but as many of the evolution of display technology from Samsung and many others continues apace, videos like this one are increasingly looking more like a forecast rather than an optimistic prediction.

Courtesy – Mashable

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Though we were able to tell you all about the Geeksphone Revolution’s specs last month, the gestation-themed stock photo gave no clue as to how it actually looked. Now, we finally have pictures of the Firefox OS/Android multiOS handset (there’s another after the break) and a further description of how it’ll work. First off, Geeksphone is referring to the Firefox OS option using the original “Boot2Gecko by Mozilla” name, since Geeksphone isn’t licensed to use the Firefox brand or logo. It’ll come with Android installed (a version hasn’t been specified yet) but you’ll be able to switch to Boot2Gecko or “any other community-supported ROM” via a user-friendly graphical interface with “just a couple of clicks.” That’ll also let you get OTA updates for whichever OS option you choose, along with any additional software packages. As for the phone’s hardware, you’ll still get a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 4.7-inch 960 x 540 screen, 1GB of RAM and 8-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front cameras. There’s still no sign of a release date and, more importantly, the price — that’ll no doubt weed out those willing try the MultiOS device from those who prefer the devil they know.

Courtesy – Engadget

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Making stem cells in the lab is typically a complicated process, and there isn’t much variety in the results without resorting to foreign DNA. However, researchers at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Japan’s RIKEN may have found a way to easily create most any stem cell a doctor would need. Their new technique subjects adult cells to extreme stress, such as oxygen deprivation. The victims that survive the process retreat into a state much like that of an embryonic stem cell; after that, scientists just have to grow the cells in the right environment to get the stem cells they want. It will be a while before the team tests this process with humans, but it could lead to stem cells tailor-made for specific patients — you’d only have to provide a blood sample to get replacement tissues.

Courtesy : Engadget

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Searching Twitter for a video you saw last week isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, but a new update for the microblogging platform might fix that. New search filters are available that’ll allow you to separate your query by location, whether the tweet has a video or photo attached or if it’s a newsy 140 characters. This seems more like a universal roll-out than a test, but, given Twitter’s history, you may have to wait for a more controlled way of searching for time-travelers.

Courtesy – Engadget

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Google and Samsung agreeing to a 10 year patent licensing deal was good news for Android. But that might only be the tip of the iceberg. According to a report from Re/code the two are working together on a broader initiative that will bring the Samsung version of Android more inline with Google’s vision. The talks appear to have started at CES following the reveal of Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro lines, which featured a new skin called Magazine UX. The interface was not only a dramatic departure from the familiar TouchWiz, but from the very core of Android itself. In fact, the panel-based home screen looks a lot more like Windows 8 than Mountain View’s mobile OS. But Re/code’s sources say that future Samsung devices will either feature a drastically scaled back version of Magazine UX or lose the interface all together. Obviously, keeping the Android experience as consistent as possible across devices and brands is good for Google, but it could also help Samsung, which is now looking at maintaining three different Android-based tablet skins.

Google has been pressuring companies to minimize the tweaks to the Android UI (with varying degrees of success) for sometime now. So it balking at Magazine UX should come as no surprise. The more interesting part of the deal reportedly involves Samsung’s in-house apps. For years now the South Korean giant has been promoting its own (often lackluster) products that replicate functions of Google’s core Play Services. For example, WatchON, ChatON and the mSpot-enhanced Media Hub. Sammy has apparently agreed to instead shift focus to the Play store, Newsstand, Hangouts and other Google-built apps. Again, this will bring additional consistency to the Android universe and, considering the size of Samsung’s market share, will broaden the reach of Mountain View’s services.

Courtesy – Engadget

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As expected after the Q3 numbers, mobile advertising now accounts for 53% of Facebook’s revenue, thanks in large part to News Feed ads and auto-play videos. In total, the outfit earned $2.59 billion in revenue during Q4 of 2013. The company’s 556 million daily active users on mobile for the month of December (a 49 percent increase year-over-year) and 945 million mobile monthly active users (up 39 percent year-over-year) easily explains the bump from those accessing the social network on the go. Those numbers are also sure to rise as Facebook preps its targeted ad network to outfit apps other than its own, a rumored Flipboard competitor and the suite of standalone applications already tipped for 2014 release. Nearly a billion monthly mobile users should begin to ease concerns after the company faltered following its IPO, too.

The big news from Facebook’s Q3 earnings call came from CFO David Ebersman’s comment that the social network had seen daily use “among younger teens” decline. This time around we expected an update on those usage stats, but Ebersman stated that there was “no news to report” on the subject.

Courtesy: Engadget

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In an effort to predict what you want to read, Flipboard is updating its Cover Stories to learn from your perusing habits. This section of the app learns how you navigate content and will feature articles from sections that you spend the most time reading — rather than displaying selections in the order they’re posted. Here, stories will also be sorted by source, social network and topic for quick scanning, and the mute function is still in play for the text you wish to hide. The outfit plans to integrate the functionality in other areas of the app too, like its curated magazine The Weekend. Android and iOS users can expect to see the new Cover Stories features soon, as the roll out has already begun.

Courtesy – Engadget

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Eyeglasses have long improved the vision of nearsighted and farsighted people, but now, researchers at the University of Oxford are developing a pair that could help the blind see.

Assisted Vision glasses are worn just like any other pair of frames, but they use an OLED display and cameras to provide spatial information to users.

The system works because 75% of registered blind people have the ability to detect light, according to the research team.

Assisted Vision’s sensors gather data through two cameras, a gyroscope, a compass and GPS. The sensors can capture movement, direction and the exact location — down to within 4 inches — of the objects in front of a user.

The sensors send data to a pocketable processor, which crunches the images. The processor then transmits the reduced data to a display inside the glasses, where objects in front of the user are rendered as a series of lights.

The OLED technology can show different colors and intensities of light to indicate an object’s distance. It can also differentiate between objects that are moving and those that are still.

Assisted Vision also comes with a headphone and text-to-speech software, which helps users gather even more information. “This could give directions, read bus numbers or signs,” according to the device’s official website.

Creators say the glasses could be especially useful for users with cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, among other eye-related conditions.

The team behind Assisted Vision aims to go into production with its first commercial pair of glasses at the end of 2014.

Courtesy – Mashable

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