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The Daily Slash: November 4 2010

Today we review a tiny yet quite powerful speaker by the name of JAMBOX, discuss What Zuckerberg Never Said About the iPad, and review the lovely Acer Aspire 8943G. Then there’s a hands on of the LG Optimus One and we toss a Motorola Defy in the pool with all the duckies and what looks to be that same pool cleaner they had in Paranormal Activity 2. Scary. Calvin Klein designs a set of 3D sunglasses and AT&T attack T-Mobile’s 4G network claims. It’s a fight!

SlashAWESOME ThinkGeek have never had a shortage of amazing products to offer this world full of nerds. Today they’ve got “From Tokyo with Love” James Bond related shirt that looks just fabulous. If that wasn’t enough, take a closer look at the camera that fantastic man is holding. It’s a hidden camera: a real one. Take a look at it over here.

[Via BoingBoing]

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Android Gets Twitter Update [UPDATE]
Virgin Mobile Canada Getting BlackBerry 9780 and Samsung Galaxy S [RELEASE]
AT&T Attack T-Mobile 4G Network Claims[FIGHT]

Android Community
Motorola Defy Takes a Swim [Video] [WOOSH]
Droid 2 Global coming November 11th? [RELEASE]
Beta Release of Google Instant for Mobile [RELEASE]
Samsung Continuum Arriving at Verizon Stores [RELEASE]
LG Optimus S Launching November 7th, Brings Sprint ID Along for Ride [RELEASE]
Motorola Milestone 2 Lands on Amazon, Begins Shipping November 9th [RELEASE]
LG Optimus One hands-on [Video] [HANDS ON]
Toshiba now shipping FOLIO 100 Android tablet [RELEASE]
Sharp GALAPAGOS 003SH & 005SH 3D Android smartphones hit Japan [RELEASE]
myTouch 4G Updates for Reviewers, Download for All New Users [UPDATE]

UK Security Firm Earns Grant to Film You Through Movie Theater Screens [SCARY]
Samsung Predicts Selling 40 Million Smartphones in 2011, plus an Array of Tablets [YODA]
First Free Electric Vehicle Charger at Meijer [GREEN]
Acer Aspire 8943G [REVIEW]
Calvin Klein Teams with Marchon3D to Create 3D Sunglasses [CK3D]
What Zuckerberg Never Said About the iPad [COLUMN]
Will Facebook’s deals platform drive more location based service usage? [ON TIME ANALYSIS]
Dell Inspiron Duo gets official video teaser [TEASE]
Apple working on MacBook Air display glitch fix [BROKEN]
Notion Ink Adam pre-orders in December; webOS-style notifications detailed [HOORAY]

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Lumix GF2 HD Camera Gets Looked at Close Up

Mister Vlad Savov of Engadget got the chance to wrap his fingers around Panasonic’s newest and smallest Micro Four Thirds and take a bunch of photos and video with it. It’s full HD. It’s very much excellence it does seem. This camera is reportedly 19% smaller than the Lumix GF1, and that’s saying something. It’s also 7% lighter, functions with a lovely touchscreen user interface, and takes video in 720/60p or 1080/60i recording in AVCHD format. Behold this cool maybe-bulky, maybe-tiny enough for a pocket large-sensor shooter.

Savoy judges the UI to be a bit difficult to master, but that the user manual that comes with relieves the load considerably. Moving away from a physical dial and to a touchscreen may not have been the best idea, but only to some. The camera itself is lovely to look at and all components seem to be very light, but pro. A more than substantially nice flash for non-pro users, bulk reduced from the previous model, and the inclusion of HD video 60fps (which is super hot, if you did not know), make this a camera that should definitely be out today rather than January. I want one too, Savov! Lemme just borrow that one!

A note from Savov:

Please note: Panasonic has not yet finalized the GF2′s firmware, meaning that the sample images … below may not necessarily be indicative of the quality you’ll get from the final product.

To see examples of video playback and sample images, head over to Engadget.

[Via Engadget]

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UK Security Firm Earns Grant to Film You Through Movie Theater Screens

Specialist security company Arlia Systems has just earned a grant to use special cameras embedded in the screens at movie theaters to film your facial expressions so that they might serve you more relevant advertisements. The firm plans on using infrared cams to detect and collect the way you are reacting to the images and sounds around you, using 3D facial recognition technology to determine how much you love or hate what they’re presenting on the screen.

The photo above is borrowed and modified. The original image can be found in the folders of flickr user ToastyKen

This reminds me of the worst/best superhero movie ever made: Batman Forever, where the Riddler uses technology with televisions to both put images in your mind while extracting all of your knowledge in the process. Aralia Systems has been awarded both a grant of £118,000 from the Technology Strategy Board and the EPSRC as well as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with UWE’s Machine Vision Lab (MVL) worth more than £215,000. With this cash, they are to redevelop imaging technology currently used for detecting pirates in the audience making bootlegs of movies by filming them in the theater.

The technology will also be used to monitor attention and audience movement. So probably they will be able to see you making out in the back row. Prof Melvyn Smith, director of the MVL, had this to say about the project’s 3D mapping of facial features: “Because our data is richer we think we might be able to acquire additional information about what the audience is doing, … What we’re keen to determine is: are they sitting in family groups? At what point are they enjoying the film? Is there a point when the section of the audience is looking bored or disinterested?”

A Canadian company by the name of Pikaia Systems is currently in a partnership with Aralia and will eventually be reponsible for deploying and marketing the final product.

[Via D-Vice]

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Apple adds calendars back to iPhoto

When iLife '11 software was introduced two weeks ago, calendars were strangely missing from iPhoto. Now they're ready to go, Apple says.

Originally posted at Circuit Breaker

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Angry Birds Meets South Park, Tylenol Sales Spike

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Had enough on Angry Birds? Didn’t think so. Someone with way too much time on his hands and a love of old school South Park decided to make a construction paper stop motion video of the game. It’s good for a chortle and got one YouTube click out of me.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I need to get back to playing.

[via TechCrunch]

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Droid Online Workshop November 8

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Verizon is giving Droid owners a chance to elevate their Android game in an online workshop.
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If you want to register, but hate typing, here you go:

Possible topics to be discussed?

  • Task Killers: Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
  • iPhone Will Eat Your Soul, But Not The iPad
  • Tethering, It Works Better When You Pay For It
  • 2.3 Is Only .1 Better Than 2.2, BFD

What else will they talk about?

[via DroidLife]

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iAds begin to roll out globally

Hot on the heels of today news that Apple is building a New York City office for the iAd team, MacRumors is reporting that Apple has begun to deploy iAds on a global scale. Previously, iAds were limited to the North America and the United Kingdom, but now iAd impressions are appearing from other countries as well.

MacRumors notes that of course this is only a good thing for developers who use iAds, as their ad revenue will grow from increased global impressions.

TUAWiAds begin to roll out globally originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 04 Nov 2010 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple pushes out yet another iPhoto ’11 update

Following an update last week to fix data loss and corruption, this latest bug fix adds some additional print product options and fixes what Apple calls "overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues."

The 9.1 update gives users photo calendars back, and adds some holiday card options. The first release of iPhoto '11 about 2 weeks ago caused some users to lose their photo libraries. That issue seems to have quieted down, but many users are very upset about how this new iLife app works. It's good to see Apple jumping on these issues quickly, although this latest iPhoto has been a rough ride for many users.

The update is about 65 MB, and can be downloaded from the Software Update option under the Apple Menu. After you upgrade the app will rescan and update your photo library, so take a deep breath.

TUAWApple pushes out yet another iPhoto '11 update originally appeared on TUAW on Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Retiring the Air Force’s Centrifuge, then Building Another

The particular centrifuge you see in the image below this sentence is the only US Air Force-owned human centrifuge used for aircrew training since it was certified for use in 1988. It is housed at the Physiological Training Center at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico and has been since it’s inception. On November 2nd, 2010, it spun it’s last spin. The very last rider of this amusement park ride from heck was Capt. George Cannon, the 48th Operations Support Squadron Tactics Division chief from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, who pulled 9 Gz in prep for his assignment as an F-22 pilot at Langley AFB, Virginia.

Cannon has the following to say about his historic final spin: “It’s a pretty cool feeling, …This centrifuge has a lot of history so it was a pretty cool thing to be the last person to go through, but I’m sure the new one they’re building at Wright-Patterson (AFB) will be even better.” At Cannon’s spin, almost 32,000 students had been spun as training for flight.

The new centrifuge Cannon speaks of will be built in Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, where also due to the Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure of 2005, there will be a consolidation of fighter acceleration training and aerospace medicine research. This new centrifuge will be completed by 2012, but until then, flight students will be using a contractor’s centrifuge already in operation in Brooks City-Base, Texas. Keep on spinnin.

[Via US Air Force]

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New Journal of Physics in UK Reports “Huge Step Forward” for Invisibility Technology

Everyone’s favorite invisibility cloak concept is continuing to move forward in the UK as scientists demonstrate a flexible film that contains tiny structures that together form a “metamaterial.” This metamaterial can manipulate light in such a way that renders objects invisible – metamaterials like the one currently under examination have been created before, but only worked for light of a color beyond what a human can see with the naked eye. This new bendy approach (for visible light) is reported in the New Journal of Physics.

The reason invisibility is so difficult to attain is the fact that the laws of optics say waves are only manipulatable by structures as large as the waves length. Because of this, nanostructures (very tiny) need to be manufactured to match the tiny size of light waves.

The author of the paper in the New Journal of Physics explaining the technology, Andrea Di Falco of St Andrews University, says so very rightly, is “The first step is imagining first of all that this could be done… All the typical results have been reached in flat and rigid surfaces because this is the legacy of the procedures used to create nanostructures.”

In the past she speaks of, stacks of “fishnet” structures have always been built on top of brittle and hard silicone. What the doctor involved in this new project, Dr Di Falco, has done is to use a thin polymer film instead. Physicist Ortwin Hess, Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials at Imperial College London, had the following to say to the BBC about the project:

“It clearly isn’t an invisibility cloak yet – but it’s the right step toward that,” noting the next step to be characterizing the change in the material’s optical properties as the material bends and folds. BBC notes that properties such as this could, if sensitive to movement, lead to next-generation lenses for handheld cameras. On the other hand, BBC notes, if the material were not bendable at all, the films could be used in contact lenses. Proffessor Hess said this technology was still far down the road, but is somewhere in the future. “Harry Potter has to wait still – that’s the huge goal,” he said.

[Via BBC]

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