As amazing as Super Hi-Vision televisions are, most of the footage we’ve seen is of slow-moving cityscapes, nature and portraits. We may get more action sequences soon, thanks to a new CMOS sensor capable of picking up 8K (33MP) footage at 120 frames per second. The joint project between NHK, Shizuoka University and the Research Institute of Electronics is being shown off on the 27th at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference The chip is developed on a .18 micrometer process, with an enhanced analog to digital converter that enables the faster frame rates. That cut down data processing time and power consumption, all key to getting some sweet super high res televisions (16x more pixels than your current HDTV) in our living room sooner rather than later. Our only question? If they can build a new camera around it in time to catch the world’s fastest human being do his thing at the 2012 London Olympics.
We may live in a digital world, but analog still rules the roost when it comes to audio, and a dedicated DAC can improve the quality of your tunes considerably. Back at CES, we teased you with NuForce’s Air DAC that wirelessly streams music from mobile to your home stereo on the 2.4GHz band at a range of 30-65 feet (10-20 meters). Well, it’s been priced and is now officially available. For those with Apple devices, the 30-pin iTX dongle will set you back $79, and those keeping their music elsewhere can grab the uTX USB transmitter for $59. On its own, the DAC receiver costs $149, though the whole iOS-compatible kit can be had for $199, while the USB version’s yours for $179. PR’s after the break.
00:07:58 – LG Optimus 4X HD unveiled: Quad-core Tegra 3, Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.7-inch display 00:13:59 – LG Optimus Vu officially revealed ahead of MWC with stylus, 1.5GHz CPU (Updated)
00:20:24 – LG Optimus 3D Max is a slimmer sequel, world’s first phone with 3D video editing
00:28:35 – LG busts out a trio of L-series phones in the run up to MWC
00:35:55 – LG’s Optimus LTE gets NFC variant, wants to be known as Optimus LTE Tag 00:39:30 – Nokia bringing two Lumia devices to MWC next week? 00:40:30 – Nokia teases with imaging-themed video ahead of MWC 00:55:44 – Samsung Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy mini 2 officially revealed, launch first in Europe 00:56:05 – Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G making its way into T-Mobile stores in March for $150 00:58:14 – Samsung Rugby Smart officially coming to ATT March 4 for $100 01:06:05 – ZTE to unleash eight new phones at MWC, hopes multi-core chipsets and LTE push them into third place
01:07:50 – ZTE Mimosa X official: ICS, Tegra 2, HSPA+ and 4.3-inch qHD display, arriving in Q2 01:09:03 – ZTE announces two LTE Android smartphones: high-spec PF200 and low-spec N910 (updated)
01:10:10 – Panasonic: Eluga means ‘Elegant, user-orientated gateway,’ not a cry of distress
01:12:12 – Sony Xperia U ‘Kumquat’ pics leak, gets sized up ahead of MWC 01:15:30 – Huawei Ascend D1 Q shows off its corners, packs the same number of processors? 01:18:00 – T-Mobile lost more customers in Q4, will launch LTE in 2013 with AWS spectrum from ATT 01:24:24 – Droid RAZR ICS screenshots leaked, could this be the next Blur?
01:29:00 – Fujitsu readies its ‘final model’ quad-core smartphone for reveal next week
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There are DIY projects that you should do at your own risk, and then there are DIY projects that you should do at your own risk. This conductive ink concocted by Jordan Bunker falls into the latter category, but it should be relatively straightforward for those who know what they’re doing (or those with proper supervision), and it results in a product that’s markedly cheaper than existing off-the-shelf alternatives (Jordan spent around $150 for a decent-sized batch). That can then be used for any number of electronics projects, of which you’ll have to discern your own degree of danger. Jordan’s promising a video soon, but you can find the complete instructions for making your own at the source link below in the meantime.
It may be the dead of winter, but you wouldn’t know that in Barcelona. The sun’s shining bright on Fira, the Spanish city’s main exhibition center, as construction crews work furiously (read: gather on staircases for seemingly day-long lunch breaks) to prepare for Mobile World Congress. We’ve arrived in the Catalonian capital to bring you the latest and greatest from el mundo de la telefonia movil, beginning with tomorrow’s manufacturer previews. For now, grab a glass of sangria and enjoy el fin de semana — the fun begins at dawn.
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Just because Arris found limited success with its Moxi DVR in the consumer space, that doesn’t mean it won’t continue to seek success providing hardware to cable companies. Ultra TV is what the number 15 TV provider (432k subscribers) in the US, WOW!, will be calling the 6 tuner, 500GB multi-room DVR, with MoCA, VOIP and WiFi — a deal that seems to be a bit better than the one TiVo offers for the number 16 provider in the US, RCN. The Moxi user interface in the video below looks like the Moxi we know, but we assume the DVR gateway and players will resemble the Shaw counterparts rather than the retail ones. A comment on the WOW Buzz blog indicates that a gateway and two players will set you back $25 a month, while another indicates that installs are already being scheduled.
In our review of PlayBook 2.0, we were eager to check out how well Android apps worked on the platform, and one of the first we reached for was the Dolphin HD browser. Curiously enough, it turns out Dolphin’s makers MoboTap had no idea their app was available via BlackBerry’s App World. The discovery came after we were notified by developer Steve Troughton-Smith that Dolphin HD had been submitted to App World by white label store Handster (owned by Opera). We reached out to MoboTap who confirmed they didn’t authorize any submission by Handster, with a spokesperson telling us “We do not condone Handster submitting our Dolphin Browser app to BlackBerry’s App World for us and are currently working to take it down and assure Handster will not submit our app for us again. We will assess developing for BlackBerry when the time is right.” Dolphin HD may be a free app, but the question remains: why is Handster submitting it without permission? Has your app been submitted to App World without your knowing?
EV maker Tesla has come under fire for allegations that its vehicles can be “bricked” when their batteries are completely discharged. Such instances require that the cells be replaced to the tune of $40,000, which doesn’t sit well with folks who already forked over six figures to buy a Roadster in the first place. Tesla doesn’t deny the charge (pardon the pun), but it does offer a common sense suggestion to avoid the problem: simply plug the car in. Tesla implies this danger is only likely for early adopters, and says it’s also made strides to idiot-proof later vehicles with advanced warning systems — Tesla 2.0 Roadsters can phone home to Tesla headquarters with a low juice alert, for example. Tesla documents safe battery charging practices in the owner’s documentation, though, so here’s an idea: if you’re going to spend $109,000 on an electric sports car, maybe it’s a good idea to RTFM (read the freaking manual).
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/25/tesla-to-owners-plug-it-in/
It’s been a few months since we last heard about the legal kerfuffle between Sky and pub owner Karen Murphy. In case you’ve been out of the loop, it all started when the UK broadcasting giant went after Murphy for using what was deemed to be an illegal method for screening FA Premier League matches at her, or any, bar. The Greece Nova decoder, which is considered a legal bit in the privacy of your own home, was helping Murphy bypass Sky’s 480 ($740) required monthly fees for bar owners and saving her over 350 ($555) in the process. Now, over $260,000 in legal fees later, Mrs. Murphy’s conviction has been overturned by the relentless High Court. The ruling allows her to keep using the troubled Greek gadget to screen any EPL game without facing any troubles — except the occasional drunken fracas. So, now you know where to go the next time you’re in Portsmouth and want to catch a good ol’ footy match.
Believe it or not, pinball (that most beloved of nerd pastimes) hasn’t always looked this way — a familiar field of bumpers with a pair of forward facing flippers at the bottom. That particular design originated with the 1948 title Triple Action, the work of Steve Kordek who died this week at the age of 100. Kordek is credited with a number of innovations to the analog arcade games, including multi-ball mode and drop targets. All told, the pioneer designed well over 100 different machines for Genco, Bally and Williams — some of the biggest names in the pinball pantheon — over the course of his roughly 60 year career. So, it is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to a man that provided us with hours of entertainment and cost us plenty of quarters.