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13May/11Off

DIY R2-D2 rolling trash can would get stolen (by me)

I guess like most neighborhoods, mine is apparently packed with mostly idiots. Few here have a sense of humor and they don’t really tolerate anything out of the norm. I guess that’s why the homeowners association doesn’t like my yard. We all have these big rolling trashcans and if you leave it on the curb [...]


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KURMET bipedal robot proves it’s easy not being green

Each week I am seeing more and more robotics projects and research material show up on the web. It’s cool to see so many colleges and universities building robots for one task or another. Had my college let us build robots rather than mousetrap-powered cars, I might have stayed in engineering school. The latest robot [...]


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HTC Sensation bucks Android trend with anti-mod bootloader

This is going to be really bad news for fans of Android smartphones that are waiting with anticipation for the HTC Sensation to hit. A new system dump has been unearthed, and the dump shows that the Sensation has a locked bootloader. That means that it will be very difficult if not impossible for owners [...]


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BeBook Live Android tablet lands in UK on June 21

If you are in the market for a cheap entry-level tablet that runs the Android OS and has decent hardware, you might be interested in the BeBook Live tablet. I mentioned last week that the little tablet had been tipped to launch this summer at an affordable price of around $280. This summer is rather [...]


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13May/11Off

Future iPhone could slur speech when battery low

Your next iPhone could whimper like a tired puppy when its battery is close to empty, or get frantic when connected to 4G networks, if one of Apple’s latest patent applications has its way. “Adjustable voice output based on device status” promises to adjust the voice output of various device status reports according to other [...]


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Samsung develops sweet foldable AMOLED screen with no seam

There are a lot of good reasons to have a mobile device like a smartphone or MID that has a large screen. More screen space is typically very welcome when you are watching a movie or playing a game. The downside to having a larger screen is that the device is more bulky and can [...]


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13May/11Off

Samsung Chromebook official page goes live and official commercial surfaces

We have been impressed with the Chromebooks that are surfacing and being shown off. Whether or not you think Chromebooks are the future of notebooks, they are impressive in many ways. We have gone into the basics of what a Google Chromebook is previously if you aren’t familiar, you can check out our SlashGear 101 [...]


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13May/11Off

HTC Gives Another Close Look at Sensation, Doesn’t Mention Locked Bootloader

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Let’s face it – HTC Sensation news has been scarce and we’ve all been bugging for more. That’s why I was quite pleased to see that HTC had uploaded a new look at the device on YouTube. Nothing’s changed since they’ve announced it but if you need to see this thing at every angle and in every light then this nearly 6-minute video should hold you over.

And about that other part in this article’s title – this thing does have a locked bootloader (this was discovered in the Sensation’s system dump), but who’s surprised? They’ve already done it for a couple of their newest phones and the HTC Sensation seems to be no exception to their new security practices. Get used to it, folks. I’d refresh your mind on the Sensation’s specs here but the video does a thorough job of that so hit that play button above.


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Samsung 10.1″ 2560 x 1600 tablet panel could be iPad 3′s Retina Display

Samsung has announced a new 10.1-inch, 300dpi PenTile prototype display running at a massive WQXGA 2560 x 1600 resolution, which the company says is headed to commercial tablets later this year. Although offering twice the resolution of most current tablet screens of the same size, Samsung’s uses up to 40-percent less power; most interestingly – and of course not mentioned by Samsung itself – is the possibility that this could be the iPad 3‘s oft-rumored Retina Display.

According to Samsung, the nee PenTile display is also capable of an outdoor-viewing mode, which boosts brightness to 600 cd/m2. A 72-percent color gamut range is also well ahead of current-gen tablet LCDs, which apparently can muster a mere 55-percent NTSC.

It’s all thanks to the PenTile RGBW technology, which allows Samsung to hit the 300 dpi resolution despite having two-thirds the number of subpixels of a traditional RGB stripe LCD. If you’re not a display geek, that basically boils down to higher resolutions with lower power consumption and thinner panels, or in short something that could make the third-generation iPad – or indeed Samsung’s own line-up of Android-based slates – even more luscious on the eyes.

Samsung will show off the new panel at SID 2011 next week.

Press Release:

Samsung Electronics and Nouvoyance Demonstrate 10.1-inch, 300dpi WQXGA PenTile RGBW Prototype Display for Tablet Market

PenTile RGBW is the only display to optimize balance between power efficiency and high performance viewing in tablets

SID Display Week 2011

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium (LA Convention Center, Booth 707) May 17-19, Samsung Electronics is demonstrating the industry’s first 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) format PenTile™ RGBW tablet display, an ultra-high resolution, liquid crystal display (LCD). The prototype demonstration marks the first time this resolution has been available for the tablet market in the popular – 10.1-inch – format, rivaling the highest resolution smartphone displays now on the market. Samsung expects to have commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year.

Because tablets are regularly used for viewing rich-colored images, the 10.1-inch 300 dpi display is ideal for applications that require extraordinary image and text clarity such as browsing the web and viewing high-definition movies, or reading books and spreadsheets.

“In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design,” said Joel Pollack, executive vice president of Nouvoyance, Samsung’s affiliate company that developed the PenTile RGBW technology.

Lightness and power efficiency of the display are critical factors since higher resolution displays typically draw more power.

“Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display,” said Dr. Sungtae Shin, Senior VP of Samsung Electronics.

PenTile RGBW WQXGA Technology Highlights

- This 10.1-inch tablet panel is capable of 300 cd/m2 of luminance, yet uses 40 percent less power than that used by legacy RGB stripe LCDs in power-saving modes.
- An outdoor brightness mode of as much as 600 cd/m2 luminance enables viewing in bright ambient lighting.
- The display’s color gamut is 72 percent., allowing greater color realism than legacy RGB stripe tablet displays that have a typical color gamut of 55 percent NTSC.
- PenTile technology achieves 300 dpi resolution with two-thirds the number of subpixels, maintaining the VESA/ICDM display resolution standard.

For more information about the technology behind this WQXGA ultra high-resolution display prototype, go to www.pentileblog.com


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13May/11Off

Samsung Shows Off New 10.1 Inch, 2560×1600, 300dpi Display For Tablets

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Hot on the heels of Google I/O and their upcoming foray into the US Honeycomb tablet scene, today, Samsung and Nouvoyance showed off a new prototype 10.1-inch, 300dpi, WQXGA PenTile display for tablets. Sounds pretty impressive right? Apparently, some of the benefits of using a PenTile displays over LCD is the standard better battery life, outdoor visibility, and of course, an ABOVE 1080p, 2560×1600 high-def display that is sure to make your eyes bleed.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard some of my rants with the current PenTile matrix displays found on Samsung’s 1st gen Galaxy S/SAMOLED devices. One of my complaints is that although colors are vibrant, there is a graininess to the overall picture quality and one of the reasons I’ve always opted for clarity of traditional TFT LCD. I called it “the checkerboard effect.”

(SAMOLED on the left, LCD TFT on the right)

Now, your average person has most likely never noticed this “problem,” but if you’re one of those with special eyes like me, you have no doubt been bothered SAMOLED displays. But fear not, with these new PenTile displays, although technically the problem is still there, a dpi of 300 and onscreen resolution of 2560×1600 will all but obliterate any of the graininess that plagued the lower resolution PenTile matrix displays while offering all of the benefits over LCD.

But before you get your hopes up that Samsung might release these new displays anytime soon, keep in mind a Tegra 2 trying to push 2560×1600 pixels would make a tablet all but cry and run home to Sammy. Mobile processors definitely have some catching up to do if we are ever to experience these new uber-high-def-displays firsthand. Lets just cross our fingers that Nvidia’s Tegra 3 will be up to the challenge.

The only question that remains is whether or not Samsung will offer these new displays in the next iPad or will they horde this new technology all for themselves? I, for one, am hoping they keep this new tech far away from Apple. A display like this would compliment a quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich tablet quite nicely.

[Via Business Wire]


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