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HTC EVO 4G: Sprint Android Official For Summer 2010

HTC EVO 4G: Sprint Android Official For Summer 2010

We’ve heard rumor after rumor after rumor regarding the HTC Supersonic destined to be an Android in overdrive, headed to Sprint as the company’s first 4G powered handset. That phone WAS announced today at CTIA, but with a different name – the HTC EVO Some of the specs that instantly make

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Toshiba 512GB Solid State Laptop Drive: Come to Papa

Toshiba 512GB Solid State Laptop Drive: Come to Papa

256GB SSDs were a possibility in my mind as storage in a fantasy rig. But a 512GB 2.5-inch laptop drive is big enough to dream about from the depths of my storage fanboy heart-of-hearts. TOSHIBA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY’S FIRST 512GB SOLID STATE DRIVE and NEXT- GENERATION SSD FAMILY USING 43nm MLC N

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Verb for Shoe Auto-Adjusts Comfort With Built-in Computer [Footwear]

Verb for Shoe Auto-Adjusts Comfort With Built-in Computer [Footwear]

The adapting Verb shoes from VectraSense Technologies, an MIT spin-off company, have been in development for a while, but now they're finally ready to buy. They're not quite Marty's amazing Nike's from Back to the Future 2 but they are clever: the built-in twin air bladders are controlled by an on-b

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LED Lights Able To Stream Video At 2Mbps Thanks To Chinese Research

LED Lights Able To Stream Video At 2Mbps Thanks To Chinese Research

Turn off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, everyone! Well...not quite yet. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully used LED lights to transfer wireless data to a laptop at a speed of 2Mbps. What does this mean? Well, it's obviously another option for sending and receiving dat

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Lenovo U350 Is Pretty Thin, Pretty Light, and Pretty Cheap

Lenovo U350 Is Pretty Thin, Pretty Light, and Pretty Cheap

Just last week Intel was all "Hey! Thin, light and cheap laptops are the next big thing, TRUST US!" The Lenovo IdeaPad U350, a $650, 13.3-inch ultrathin notebook, is exactly what they were talking about. Intel and Lenovo's concept makes enough sense: take those ultrathing, ultra-expensive notebooks

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Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.1389 Beta

Yahoo! Messenger 9.0.0.1389 Beta

Yahoo! Messenger is a popular advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!, that allows you to see when friends come online and to send them instant messages. It also can alert you to new e-mail in your Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Personals accounts, or when

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Researchers Discover Antibody That Kills 91% of HIV Strains

Scientists have discovered three very strong antibodies that kill various HIV strains. The strongest of these antibodies actually manages to neutralize 91% of known HIV strains. While this isn't exactly a cure to HIV or AIDS, it's certainly a step in the right direction. [WSJ]

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Boeing Shows Off Futuristic Fighter Jet Designs

Boeing Shows Off Futuristic Fighter Jet Designs

The US military is gonna need some new fighter jets at some point, probably after 2025. It's never too early for Boeing to start pitching for their business! The two twin-engine concepts can both fly either with a pilot or without, and they definitely bear a strong resemblance to the famous st

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Quantum Dots Could Make Dark, Grainy Cellphone Party Pics Obsolete

Quantum Dots Could Make Dark, Grainy  Cellphone Party Pics Obsolete

I’ve all but accepted my iPhone will never take Matt Buchanan-esque in low light. Hell, even in good light the results are oftentimes dull and grainy. Luckily an enhancement, like all things from the fantastic future, is almost here.

In fact, part of the fix is already here, it’s just not in camera phones yet. Called “quantum dots,” these minuscule little helpers could one day replace the that powers today’s sub-par camera phone technology.

Manufacturer InVisage explains the dots are tiny semiconducting crystals—just a few nanometers across—that are able to absorb various colors thanks to a nifty doppelganger trick that sees them changing size. When the dot is large, it absorbs red light; when it is small, the hue is blue.

Better still for the budding camera phone photographer is this final tidbit:

Placing the dots on top of the electronics means more pixels can be crammed into a given area and less incoming light is lost. Moreover, photodetectors based on dots produce less noisy images, so the picture is sharper even if the number of pixels is not increased.

InVisage plans to take the quantum dots tech into the solar panel realm too, where it could be put to use as a more efficient alternative to, you guessed it, the silicon version.

As for timing, who knows? Quantum dots are very real (they have a Wikipedia page! There’s a picture, above!), but their application in the camera phone world is, as you can see with InVisage’s work, still being tested.

Image: TUDelft [Economist]

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