Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cool Gadgets coming out in 2012

From new ultra-light and super-thin notebooks to TVs you can draw on and designer 3D glasses, the coolest tech toys and latest gadgets were on grand display this month at the IFA technology fair in Berlin. Technology companies have high hopes for these new products.

Read on to see 10 of the coolest tech toys for 2012.

1. Samsung Galaxy 7.7 Tablet
2. Samsung Note with 'S Pen'
3. LG Smartscan Mouse
4. Sony Personal 3D Viewer
5. Toshiba No-Glasses 3D TV
6. Designer 3D TV Glasses
7. The World's Slimmest Digital Camera
8. Panasonic Viera 2D-to-3D Conversion
9. LG's Plasma TV With 'Pentouch'
10. Toshiba Ultrabook

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Breaking Dawn Trailer

"The Twilight Saga" is officially entering the end game, and director Bill Condon certainly doesn't seem to be pulling his punches. A brand new trailer for the first part of "Breaking Dawn," the two-part "Twilight" finale, sunk its teeth into the web late last night, and to say it's a doozy is a bit of an understatement.

Bella, Edward, and Jacob will return to the big screen on November 18th with more romance, action, passion, conflict, and turmoil than ever before — yes, we said more. The highly-anticipated "Breaking Dawn" trailer was released yesterday and we must admit, it was worth the wait! With glimpses of Bella and Edward's first passionate night together, Jacob's flawless physique and relentless valor, and a shockingly complicated pregnancy, experts and "Twilight" superfans are stunned by director Bill Condon's nail-biting trailer.

Needless to say, if you're a "Twilight" fan and you missed last night's "Breaking Dawn" trailer premiere, you're about to set the bar for having a really awesome day.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Windows 8: A tablet operating system for the PC age

Windows 8 is going to be a "true" tablet platform that provides first-class support for touch-based tablet systems. But not everyone wants a tablet. Lots of us use PCs and are happy with our mice and keyboards. We don't have touch screens, and even if we did, we wouldn't want dirty fingerprints all over our monitors. Are we going to be left behind by this brave new world of the post-PC?

Windows 8 will be a tablet operating system. But it's also an out-and-out PC operating system. The PC still matters. The PC is still a core platform and PC users are still a core demographic. PC applications are never going to disappear, and Windows must continue to support them.

Windows 8 will run existing Windows applications on a regular Windows-looking desktop. It will, of course, support mouse and keyboard input—and pen, for those rare people who want to use styli—and for regular Windows applications, nothing much will change.

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Safer Lithium Jelly Batteries

Although it seems strange to say it, the design of many modern electronic devices, from the smartphone to the laptop, is dictated by the size and shape of the battery. Do you have a chunky laptop sitting on your desk? Well, the laptop is chunky in part because the lithium battery is chunky. Is your handset cumbersome and thick? That's because the smartphone manufacturer needed a shell to hold a battery large enough to last more than a couple of hours.

All of which explains the buzz this week about the new set of "jelly batteries" tested by a research team at the University of Leeds, in England. The team, led by professor Ian Ward, have invented a polymer gel – or jelly, if you like – that Paul believes could replace the liquid electrolytes currently used in rechargeable lithium batteries.

"The polymer gel looks like a solid film, but it actually contains about 70 percent liquid electrolyte," Ward said in a statement released to the media. "It's made using the same principles as making a jelly: you add lots of hot water to 'gelatin' — in this case there is a polymer and electrolyte mix — and as it cools it sets to form a solid but flexible mass."

The jelly batteries have some serious scientific potential: Not only would they allow designers to build lighter and more portable devices, but would probably be safer than traditional lithium batteries.

"Safety is of paramount importance in lithium batteries," scientist Peter Bruce, who was not involved in the study, told the BBC. "Conventional lithium batteries use electrolytes based on organic liquids; this is what you see burning in pictures of lithium batteries that catch fire. Replacing liquid electrolytes by a polymer or gel electrolyte should improve safety and lead to an all-solid-state cell."

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Study Puts Spongebob in hot water

Cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

Kids who watched just nine minutes of the fast-paced children's cartoon did worse afterward at tasks requiring focus and self-control than did kids who watched a slow-paced cartoon and kids who entertained themselves by coloring.

The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to watch either “SpongeBob SquarePants” or the slower-paced PBS cartoon “Caillou” or assigned to draw pictures. Immediately after these nine-minute assignments, the children took mental function tests; those who had watched “SpongeBob” did measurably worse than the others.

Children’s cartoon shows typically feature about 22 minutes of action, so watching a full program “could be more detrimental,” the researchers speculated, but they said more evidence is needed to confirm that.

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Super–Earth: Alien Planets Could Possibly Support Life

More than 50 new alien planets — including one so-called super-Earth that could potentially support life — have been discovered by an exoplanet-hunting telescope from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

The newfound haul of alien planets includes 16 super-Earths, which are potentially rocky worlds that are more massive than our planet. One in particular has captured astronomers' attention because it orbits at the edge of its star's habitable zone, suggesting conditions could be ripe to support life.

The planet, dubbed HD85512b, circles an orange star somewhat smaller and cooler than our sun about 36 light-years away. The star, HD85512, is visible in the southern sky in the constellation Vela.

The newly found planet circles this star every 59 days, putting it at the edge of the “habitable zone” where water could exist if atmospheric conditions were right.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 Remembered

Hero of 9/11 gave life to save thousands

Richard "Rick" Rescorla has been called a "prophet" for being so ready for the attacks, "the Man Who Predicted 9/11" in a History Channel special, and a true American hero by countless others.

The tragic morning of Sept. 11, 2001 held unexpected miracles, and Rick was at the center of one of the greatest -- the evacuation of financial-services behemoth Morgan Stanley.

As a 62-year-old retired and decorated U.S. Army colonel, he focused on security at the World Trade Center for years. Even after he was told to focus only on his companies' floors, he didn't stop thinking about security weaknesses and terrorism. He insisted on holding twice-yearly evacuation drills by the stairwell for the firm's 22 floors in the south tower. The result: On Sept. 11, 2001, his team was ready.

Rescorla told Morgan Stanley staffers to follow his evacuation plan, and he sent them two by two, as they had practiced, down the many flights of stairs. His decision and his preparation made all the difference. Although 13 employees -- including Rescorla -- perished, more than 2,500 employees left the tower alive. That's where the word "miracle" comes in. It's also where the word "hero" comes in.

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Gadhafi’s Troops Slowed down Rebel’s Push

Resistance by Gadhafi loyalists rooted in two strongholds has stalled the rebels' final push for complete control over Libya.

Libya's new rulers say that capturing the towns, along with the remote southern stronghold of Sabha, is just a matter of time. They insist they've been slowed by unsuccessful attempts to negotiate surrender deals with tribal leaders where two representatives from the negotiation team were killed on Sunday.

However, the former rebels may have underestimated the continued support for Gadhafi in Bani Walid and the other strongholds, which had been favored by the old regime with jobs, investments and other perks.

Arguments among anti-Gadhafi fighters have further complicated the assault, especially in Bani Walid, home to the Warfala, Libya's largest tribe with about 1 million people, or one-sixth of the country's population.

In recent days, fighters who had rushed to the front from other towns complained bitterly about being kept out of the battle by their comrades from Bani Walid, who told them they do not want
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