Will It Blend? – iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3

Who’s the strongest of these top smartphones?

See who blends first in this video:

via Will It Blend? – iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 – YouTube.


High-capacity 3D transparent memory a step closer to reality

Rice University researchers led by chemist James Tour have just written a paper in the journal Nature Communications that describes transparent, non-volatile, heat- and radiation-resistant memory chips created in Tour’s lab from silicon oxide sandwiched between electrodes of graphene, the single-atom-thick form of carbon.

More than four years ago, they discovered it was possible to make bits of computer memory from silicon and carbon, but make them much smaller and perhaps better than anything on the market today.

They have now been able to put those test chips onto flexible pieces of plastic, leading to paper-thin, see-through memories they hope can be manufactured with extraordinarily large capacities at a reasonable price.

Imagine heads-up windshields or displays with embedded electronics, or even flexible, transparent cellphones.

“The interest is starting to climb,” said Tour, Rice’s Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science. “We’re working with several companies that are interested either in getting their chips to do this kind of switching or in the possibility of making radiation-hard devices out of this.”

In fact, samples of the chips have been sent to the International Space Station (ISS), where memories created and programmed at Rice are being evaluated for their ability to withstand radiation in a harsh environment.

“Now, we’ve seen a couple of DARPA announcements asking for proposals for devices based on silicon oxide, the very thing we’ve shown. So there are other people seeing the feasibility of this approach,” Tour said.

Continue reading @ High-capacity 3D transparent memory a step closer to reality | KurzweilAI.

Samsung Sues Apple Over iPhone 5, Allowed to Sell Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung is suing Apple over claims that the iPhone 5 infringed on its patents.

The Korean electronics giant filed the lawsuit in a U.S. court Tuesday, Reuters reported.

“We have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights,” Samsung said in a statement.

Last month, court documents filed by Samsung revealed plans to add the latest iPhone to its existing patent lawsuits against Apple.

“Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product,” the company said at the time. “Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models.”

The company previously warned in late August that it would sue Apple if the iPhone 5 was LTE-capable.

Samsung’s recent claims come after a U.S. court removed a temporary sales ban against its Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Monday, according to Reuters. Apple won the injunction in June after claiming the tablet infringes on an iPad-related patent.

“We are pleased with the court’s action today, which vindicates our position that there was no infringement of Apple’s design patent and that an injunction was not called for,” Samsung said in a statement.

Apple filed a motion last month that sought additional damages of $535 million, plus $172 million in supplemental damages, on top of its previous award — a total of $707 million. It also requested a court order for a permanent U.S. sales ban on Samsung products that allegedly violate its patents.

In August, Apple won more than $1 billion in damages after a highly-publicized court battle that found Samsung guilty of patent infringement.

via Samsung Sues Apple Over iPhone 5, Allowed to Sell Galaxy Tab 10.1.


The iPhone 5 Will Cost You at Least $1,800

The iPhone 5 Will Cost You at Least ,800 [INFOGRAPHIC]

The iPhone 5 Will Cost You at Least $1,800 [INFOGRAPHIC].


Maps on smartphones: Lost

The criticism heaped on Apple shows the growing importance of cartography.

… Maps are becoming important strategic terrain. They are more than an aid to getting from A to B. Apps based on location—to summon a taxi, say—need maps inside them. Digital maps can include countless layers of information, plus advertisements from which money can be made. There are thousands of indoor maps, too, of airports, department stores and so forth. Smartphones also act as sensors, reporting their whereabouts, which can be used to improve maps. According to comScore, a data firm, in August 95% of American iPhone owners and 83% of owners of smartphones with Google’s Android operating system used a mobile map…

via Maps on smartphones: Lost | The Economist.


Bioengineers introduce Bi-Fi | The biological Internet

Bioengineers introduce Bi-Fi -- The biological Internet

If you were a bacterium, the virus M13 might seem innocuous enough. It insinuates more than it invades, setting up shop like a freeloading houseguest, not a killer. Once inside it makes itself at home, eating your food, texting indiscriminately. Recently, however, bioengineers at Stanford University have given M13 a bit of a makeover.

The researchers, Monica Ortiz, a doctoral candidate in bioengineering, and Drew Endy, PhD, an assistant professor of bioengineering, have parasitized the parasite and harnessed M13’s key attributes — its non-lethality and its ability to package and broadcast arbitrary DNA strands — to create what might be termed the biological Internet, or “Bi-Fi.” Their findings were published online Sept. 7 in the Journal of Biological Engineering.

Using the virus, Ortiz and Endy have created a biological mechanism to send genetic messages from cell to cell. The system greatly increases the complexity and amount of data that can be communicated between cells and could lead to greater control of biological functions within cell communities. The advance could prove a boon to bioengineers looking to create complex, multicellular communities that work in concert to accomplish important biological functions…

Continue @ Bioengineers introduce Bi-Fi — The biological Internet.


Wrong turn: Apples buggy iOS 6 maps lead to widespread complaints

By Nilay Patel and Adi Robertson

Apple has a maps problem.

The major new feature of the company’s new iOS 6 mobile operating system is a new mapping module developed by Apple itself — a replacement for the Google-supplied maps that have been standard on the iPhone since it debuted in 2007. It is a change borne not of user demand, but of corporate politics: Google’s Android platform is the biggest competitive threat to the iPhone, so Apple is cutting ties with Google. iPhone owners might have loved Google Maps, but Apple has no love for Google.

“It’s going to be messy for them.”

Unfortunately, Apple’s new maps are simply not as good as Google’s. The release of iOS 6 yesterday was immediately followed by users complaining about the…

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Motorola asks ITC to ban every Mac, iPad, and most iPhones

The International Trade Commission voted yesterday to investigate Apple for patent infringement allegations launched by the Google-owned Motorola Mobility. As expected, Motorola is asking for import bans on just about every iOS device, including iPhones, iPods, and iPads. What might be surprising is that Motorola is also asking for a ban on every type of Mac OS X computer, claiming Apple’s iMessage technology infringes a Motorola patent.

On the whole, Motorola names seven patents, all of which are allegedly infringed upon by some or all of these iOS devices: the iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and all three generations of the iPad. Presumably, the iPhone 5 would have been included had the complaint been filed a bit later.

According to Motorola, one of the seven patents is infringed upon by every Mac computer, specifically the Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. This patent, filed for in 2001 and issued in 2006, covers a “System for providing continuity between messaging clients and method therefor.”

Continue @ Motorola asks ITC to ban every Mac, iPad, and most iPhones | Ars Technica.


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