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Beat This: Swype & Samsung Set Guiness World Record For Texting

Beat This: Swype & Samsung Set Guiness World Record For Texting

Video: [HTML1] I haven’t been the biggest proponent of the new soft keyboard called Swype that allows you to input text into your mobile phone with a much different approach than any previous approach. For some reason it just doesn’t seem that effective to me, but others swear by the servic

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New Solar Tech Uses Both Light and Heat to Nearly Triple Energy-Gathering Efficiency

New Solar Tech Uses Both Light and Heat to Nearly Triple Energy-Gathering Efficiency

Stanford engineers have figured out a new way to make solar panels that use both the sun's light and heat to generate energy. It's a discover that could double the efficiency of solar panels. With today's photovoltaic panels, as the sun heats them up, they get less efficient. They can't use t

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Ecosquid Is Like Expedia For Gadget Selling, Recycling

Ecosquid Is Like Expedia For Gadget Selling, Recycling

Services like Gazelle and ecoNew are great, because you can sell them your old, unwanted gadgets for a decent price, and they'll be recycled, which is better than just throwing them in the trash. Ecosquid makes this process easy. Instead of manually entering in your info on multiple sites, Ecosqu

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ZPower's 40% Better Silver-Zinc Batteries Coming in Laptops This Year

ZPower's 40% Better Silver-Zinc Batteries Coming in Laptops This Year

The folks at ZPower, who make the silver-zinc batteries that get 40% better run-time than Lithium-Ion, just told us that a major laptop and a major cellphone manufacturer will use the technology this year. Still no details on which manufacturer and cellphone provider will do this, but ZPower d

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HKC Pearl is the Ultimate Knockoff Phone (It Runs Android!)

HKC Pearl is the Ultimate Knockoff Phone (It Runs Android!)

You have to respect any phone that takes its brand name and styling cues from HTC, model name from RIM and then throws Android on it. Because that's exactly what the HKC Pearl did. Ok, maybe its not the ultimate knockoff when you look at the tech specs, but the phone actually isn't too shabby,

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10 Things Android Does Better Than iPhone OS

10 Things Android Does Better Than iPhone OS

Since its 2008 debut, Android has grown - not only meeting all of the functionalities of the iPhone, but besting it in nearly all aspects. Here is our list of the top 10 things Android does better than the iPhone. 1: Android can Run Multiple Apps at the Same Time Starting with version 1.0, And

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Nikon Coolpix S80 Point-and-Shoot: 14.1MP with a 3.5 OLED Touchscreen

Nikon Coolpix S80 Point-and-Shoot: 14.1MP with a 3.5 OLED Touchscreen

The Nikon Coolpix S80 takes up where the S70 left off: bumping the megapixels up to 14.1 (from 12.1), upgrading the 3.5" touchscreen to OLED, and rounding some corners for a decidedly sleeker (like .7" thick sleek) look. The S80's touchscren will let you draw and stamp right on your pictures, jus

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Samsung HMX-H106 First Camcorder With 64GB SSD, Looks Like a Thermos

Samsung HMX-H106 First Camcorder With 64GB SSD, Looks Like a Thermos

Samsung's HMX-H106 camcorder's claim to fame is that it's the first camcorder with a built-in 64GB SSD. But its smoother-than-usual lines make it look like a Thermos I could pour thirst-quenching fruit punch in. It, along with its 32GB and 16GB brothers, the H105 and H104, respectively, have a 10x

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Nvidia GF100 512-Core Monster Graphics Card Previewed: Goodbye, Eyeballs

Nvidia GF100 512-Core Monster Graphics Card Previewed: Goodbye, Eyeballs

The curtain's been dropped on much of Nvidia's upcoming Fermi-based graphics cards, and the five-hundred-and-twelve-core GF100 looks like a behemoth, indeed. A completely overhauled architecture is all about three things: scalability, parallelism, and geometry. Oh, and ripping your eyeballs out

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The New Shuffle Available in Pretty Colors for $129, Unofficially

The New Shuffle Available in Pretty Colors for $129, Unofficially

While Apple insists on grey and black for the new iPod shuffle, Computer Choppers is happy to do some custom color anodizing for you. Any model in the pictured spectrum can be yours for $129, or a $50 premium over the stock iPod shuffle. But there are other options as well, such as copper, rose gol

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Intel’s Optical Breakthrough Downloads an HD Film in a Second, Literally

Intel's Optical Breakthrough Downloads an HD Film in a Second, Literally

Transfer a song to your phone. Seems pretty fast, right? Now imagine transferring the entire printed catalog of the Library of Congress in a minute and a half. says they’ve got the technology to make it happen (eventually).

Intel detailed their breakthrough to the press at an event today, marking the milestone of impressive 50 gigabits per second transfer speeds using an underlying technology that could go much, much further. We’ve covered the promise of fiber optic speeds before, but nothing like this. Intel CTO Justin Rattner explained just what “ photonics” even means, why the world needs it, and what it promises in the near future.

Silicon photonics is, simply, the combination of optical technology with traditional silicon chip manufacturing techniques—the same processes used to make all of our CPUs and GPUs. By employing existing methods, turning data into light and back again will be affordable.

The fundamental process is that of transferring data by converting electrons—which are what make the device you’re reading this on right now work—into photons. Intel’s photonic technology uses a dazzling bit of engineering—and I do mean dazzling, as we’re on the scale of your fingernail—to encode data into streams. These streams converge into one, and travel along a fiberoptic strand to their destination, where they are decoded from light back into electrons.

Intel's Optical Breakthrough Downloads an HD Film in a Second, Literally

Why would we need anything as complicated and sophisticated as this? The fact of the matter is that we’re nearing the limit of what we can do with electrons—and there’s no arguing with physics. Once we get in the realm of 10 gigabit transfer speeds, we’ve pushed copper wiring about as far as it will go without degrading the signal beyond usefulness. And with the mind boggling volume of data swirling around—HD movies, lossless audio, high resolution photos—what might sound excessive today will be essential sooner than we think.

Intel’s fiber connection, on the other hand, can take us farther and faster. Immensely so. At the speed Intel has announced today, you could download an HD film from iTunes or 100 hours of music in less than a second. And if they reach their theoretical potential of 1 terabit per second, you could slurp down three seasons of an HD show or backup your entire harddrive in the same amount of time.

Intel's Optical Breakthrough Downloads an HD Film in a Second, Literally

Rattner said Intel hopes to have silicon photonics “widely deployed” by mid-decade, though holding one’s breath in cases like this is usually a bad idea. We asked Intel, after hearing them tout the advantages silicon photonics offers for consumer devices, whether we could expect to see this technology replacing USB within this timeframe, prompting them to stress that the significance of the breakthrough is in its potential, not its concrete applications—commercial adoption will hinge on the market and manufacturing factors. Still, they have proven the technology works, and works well. For now, I can safely say that they have preemptively ruined USB 3.0 for me. [Intel Silicon Photonics Research]

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