Are Holograms Coming to Your Hand-Held Devices?

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Are holograms coming to our hand-held devices? [youtube]https://youtu.be/HifYH0888eo[/youtube] The world's first 'nano hologram' could bring 3D technology to your smartphone Wired - By: Alexandra Simon-Lewis - "Holograms have been a part of our imagination since the dawn of science fiction. But fiction is now starting to cross over into reality. A team of scientists from RMIT University and the Beijing Institute of Technology have designed the 'world's thinnest' hologram. It is said the hologram is capable of being integrated into everyday products such as smartphones. The work was led by RMIT's Min Gu led the project and claims the holographic technology can be seen without 3D goggles and is 1,000 times thinner than human hair. The academics dubbed the technology a 'nano hologram'. At present, the constraints that hold back…
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Is It Time to Buy a New Smartphone?

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Should you take the leap and get a new smartphone? There's no better time to buy a new smartphone than right now CNBC - By: Todd Haselton - "If you're in the market for a new smartphone, there's no better time than right now to buy one. Almost every single smartphone maker has its latest flagship out on the market, which means your device isn't going to be outdated in a week or a month, which is what most people worry about. It's a message I want to relay because, while eating lunch this afternoon, I overheard one of my CNBC colleagues speaking about buying a new phone for his daughter, questioning whether or not he should buy one now or closer to the start of the school year. 'Now!'…
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Amazon Refreshes its Tablet Line-up

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Inexpensive tablets with Amazon features... a win/win? Amazon hits 'refresh' with its tablet lineup LowellSun.com - By Hayley Tsukayama - "Amazon has cut the price of its Fire HD 8 tablet by $10, with an upgraded model that will be available next month for $80. The company also announced a new version of the 7-inch Fire tablet, which will keep its $50 price tag. It also introduced two new versions of its tablet for children -- a $100 update to its Fire 7 Kids Edition and brand new $130 Fire HD 8 Kids Edition -- and a limited promotion that will slice 20 percent off for anyone who buys at least three Fire devices at once. The price cut comes as Amazon and other manufacturers try to settle on the…
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The Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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(Reposted from the Dr. Bill.TV Site) [youtube]https://youtu.be/QFM4BpdQxPk[/youtube] Pixel and Pixel XL review: What happens when Google designs phones? Engadget - By: Chris Velazco - "Google's fascination with hardware stretches back years. Remember the early days of Android and the G1? The rise of the Nexus line? Those ill-fated Android@Home lightbulbs and those beautiful Chromebooks? It took Google a while, but that fascination turned into a sort of experimental hobby, and now into something far more serious. Software is Google's art, and the company has been working for a long time to craft the right canvases. That's where the new Pixel and Pixel XL come in. Google has more control over the development -- and destiny -- of these two smartphones than it ever had with any Nexus phone. It's not…
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Open Source Sirius Takes on Siri!

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Move over Siri! Now, there's an Open Source alternative for Linux users! Meet Sirius, the open-source Siri clone that runs on Ubuntu PC World - By: Chris Hoffman - "Sirius is an open-source virtual assistant, a bit like Apple's Siri (pictured above), Google's Google Now, or Microsoft's Cortana. But unlike those well-known helpers—and like Linux itself—Sirius is an open platform anyone can use and contribute to, from universities to startups. It's currently being tested on Ubuntu, and you can download and install it on your own Linux PC today… if you're particularly adventurous. How it works Sirius includes speech recognition, image recognition, and text recognition components. Ask it a question, and Sirius will analyze the meaning of the words, then extract the relevant knowledge from Wikipedia. One big feature Sirius…
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“On Body Detection” for Android Phones

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This would be cool, I don't like having to remember to lock my phone! New "On-Body Detection" Smart Lock Mode In Android Seems To Be Hitting Some Devices Android Police - By: David Ruddock - "Google is currently rolling out a new smart lock mode called on-body detection. The feature, described in the screens below, uses your accelerometer to figure out when your device is in your hand or pocket, and lock when it's not. The idea being if you leave your phone sitting on a table or forget it somewhere, it will lock, preventing would-be thieves from easily accessing your data. Once you unlock your phone, it will stay unlocked while you're holding it or it's in your pocket. Once you set it down, it will lock again. Picking…
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GCW-Zero – A Kickstarter Hand Held Gaming Platform

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Lon Seidman has a good review of this interesting device: [youtube]http://youtu.be/MgV7BIuoHjE[/youtube] They say of themselves: "We live in a technological era where it is possible to place powerful gaming hardware that exceeds yesterday's PCs in the palm of your hand. Tablets and smart phones are just one example of this. Their touch screens have already revolutionized casual, portable gaming. However, many gamers would agree that they are in their true natural habitat when in direct control of that experience with physical buttons and a real d-pad or authentic analog control. The world just needed these two ideas combined into one package for the gaming community. We are developing the Game Consoles Worldwide (GCW) Zero, a handheld console built around the Ingenic JZ4770 1 GHz MIPS processor. It is powerful enough…
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Hand Held Device Gaming Outstrips Console Usage

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It seems having our phones handy all day, every day, means we are playing more games there, than at home on consoles! Smartphone, Tablet Gaming Far Outpaces Handheld Console Games 24/7 Wall Street - By: Paul Ausick - "At the end of 2014, the installed base of smartphones worldwide was about 2.2 billion. There are, in addition, more than 600 million tablets in consumers’ hands as well. More than a third of that total of more than 2.8 million portable devices are used for gaming: more than a billion in fact. The installed base for Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android-based devices is nearly 75% of the total worldwide installed base of smartphones and tablets. Android’s share of the market rose by 5.2 points in 2014, compared with a decline of…
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Android “Lollipop” Disk Encryption Causes Serious Performance Issues!

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(Cross-posted from Dr. Bill.TV) If you recently upgraded your Android device to Android 5.0, known as the "Lollipop" version, you may be experiencing some strange performance issues after the upgrade if you enable encryption. It appears that the problem is caused by disk encryption of the Android device which can be turned off in the new Nexus devices. It is a "feature" and not a bug! However, users are very upset by the performance hit that this new feature causes. In testing a Motorola Nexus 6 that didn't have encryption enabled (which is not the way it normally comes) testers at AnanTech discovered that it was, in fact, the disk encryption in the Nexus 6 that slows down the read-write disk speeds... and, unfortunately, you can't turn it off once…
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