Friday, November 29, 2013

MC2 Post 1753 Engadget Giveaway: Win a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV courtesy of Sony







Wait a Minute. 

There Is No REAL Ultra HD CONTENT to See 
on that Beautiful Screen.

Just Like the PUSH to 3D,  ULTRA has an 

Enormous Hill in Front of  it ---  MEDIA Content



From:   http://www.engadget.com



Whether you've decided to spend the day battling bargain hunters for an insanely low-priced wafflemaker or just chillin' by the warm glow of your computer screen watching the mayhem unfold, we've got a little surprise for you. We've managed to snag a brand new Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV and we're giving it away to one lucky Engadget reader.






Yeah, It's Worth a Shot.


Wingman.










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So what's the Real problem with Ultra HD TV Content?



See my previous MC2 Post #1732

Why the Move to Broadcast 4K TV Is Going To Be SO TOUGH 



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Gionee Elife E7 Boasts Most Sensitive 
16MP Camera




From:   http://www.engadget.com



Gionee isn't exactly a name that you'd come across in the Western market every day, but this time, the Chinese company has big global ambitions.


The latest proof is its Elife E7, a 5.5-inch 1080p Android phone that boasts two titles:  it's the first known phone featuring the 2.5GHz flavor of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chip
(MSM8974AC); plus it has the most sensitive 16-megapixel camera, courtesy of its Largan M8 lens (though the aperture is still unknown) and 1/2.3-inch sensor with large 1.34µm pixels. Compared to the competition, Gionee believes this particular
OmniVision sensor has the best balance between resolution and pixel size, and the phone maker even went as far as claiming this already beats the 1.12µm, 16-megapixel counterpart on the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S 5.










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Liquid Metal Printer Lays Electronic Circuits 
on Paper, Plastic, and Even Cotton





One of the dreams of makers the world over is to be able to print electronic circuits on more or less any surface using a desktop printer. The great promise is the possibility of having RFID circuits printed on plastic or paper packaging, LED arrays on wallpaper and even transparent circuits on glass. Or simply to rapidly prototype circuits when designing new products.



From:    http://www.technologyreview.com



Until now. Today, Jing Liu and pals at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry in Beijing say they’ve worked out how to print electronic circuits on a wide range of materials using an inkjet printer filled with liquid metal. And they’ve demonstrated
the technique on paper, plastic, glass, rubber, cotton cloth and even an ordinary leaf.











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Thursday, November 28, 2013

MC2 Post 1752 Solar Cells Get Down to Pop Music










From:   http://physicsworld.com



It is not just humans who respond to motivational music. Researchers in the UK have discovered that blasting beats at zinc-oxide solar cells makes them perform up to 50% better. According to the researchers, pop and rock music gets the cells going more than classical music, but they suggest that any noise with a broad range of frequencies will produce similar effects. The discovery might be exploited by placing the devices on top of buses, air-conditioning units and in other noisy spots.











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Does the Positron 'excess' really Exist?



The positron “excess” measured by two independent space missions and linked by some physicists to dark matter or pulsars does not exist, according to new theoretical work done by an international team of researchers. Instead, the researchers have calculated a "robust" upper limit for the positron flux created via interactions of high-energy cosmic rays with ambient gas in the galaxy and say that the flux measured by the Payload for Antimatter/Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics (PAMELA) experiment and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) lies below this limit.


"Oh, Really?"



These Stories I used to Post on my 'Dark Matter' Blog or as a Propeller Hat Story when Posted Here on my General Blogger Postings.


"But What The Hey, it's Thanksgiving.... Feast UP!"

Wingman.
 


From:   http://physicsworld.com









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How to watch a Bose–Einstein Condensate 
for a  Very Long Time




A new way of making measurements on Bose–Einstein condensates (BECs) has been

proposed by physicists in the UK and Australia. Calculations made by the team suggest that the technique could allow researchers to monitor BECs over much longer timescales than the several seconds possible today. If successfully implemented in the lab, the process could increase the use of BECs in practical applications such as atomic clocks and accelerometers.

A BEC is created by holding atomic gas in a magnetic trap and cooling the gas to nanokelvin temperatures










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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

MC2 Post 1751 Engadget's Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Tablets







From:   http://www.engadget.com




Tablets are right up there with 3D-enabled 4K TVs in terms of gift appeal; no one can resist firing them up the moment they've been unwrapped. Maybe it's their super-thin form factors; maybe it's because they make great couch companions; or maybe it's because they're just plain fun. Whether it's an Android, Windows 8.1 or iOS slate you're shopping for, you'll find suitable picks across all budgets below.








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Android 5.2.27 Slowly Rolling Out 
[APK Download]




From:   http://www.androidpolice.com





The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.



Google is quietly rolling out an update to YouTube for Android with version 5.2.27 on top of the current version 5.1.10. If you're eager to install it right now, we have some download links towards the end of the post.


What’s new?


While 5.2.27 does have a whole bunch of changes under-the-hood which are mostly related to the upcoming offline download support, there are, surprisingly, no UI tweaks and new features that you can dive into right now.Usually, when we see an app go from X.1 to X.2, there is at least something new to play with, but after looking at every screen I could think of, I saw nothing. Outside of the existing and pretty much broken preloading of videos in subscriptions and the Watch later list, offline support that is supposed to let us cache videos for up to 48 hours without a working Internet connection is currently still MIA. Perhaps Google will be able to flip the switch server-side and turn it on in November, or maybe there will be a follow-up update later. 5.2.27 feels like a ticking time bomb, which is strangely exciting.


However, I do have some good great awesome news. We're still combing through all the source files, but I can promise you right now that the APK teardown is coming, and a lot of you will be ecstatic after seeing it. In the meantime, grab the APK and start hunting for more changes.



Update: [APK Teardown: YouTube 5.2.27] Hallelujah! Background Audio Is Finally Coming To YouTube For Android.



File name: com.google.android.youtube-5.2.27.apk.

Version: 5.2.27.

MD5: 212e281cf59916852c92e6d3ec3f090d.

    Android Police mirror #1
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Black Friday 2013
all the best deals from 

Target, Best Buy, Amazon and more



 

The day after Thanksgiving in the US has since the 1960s been known as "Black Friday." Originally coined in Philadelphia to describe heavy car traffic following the holiday's travels, the term has since become synonymous with shopping and bargain basement deals. Over a half-century later, things have only escalated, with Black Friday 2013 promising to be the earliest yet, as some stores began opening their doors literally on

Thanksgiving night.









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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MC2 Post 1750 Sony Filed A Patent For A 'SmartWig'









The wearable tech space is booming and different companies are vying to create the next big thing.

But Sony engineers just filed a patent that veers sharply from Google Glass or its own new smartwatch: A smart wig.

We first found the SmartWig thanks to Engadget.  
(see link below)








From:   http://www.businessinsider.com







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Monday, November 25, 2013

MC2 Post 1749 The Wisdom of Moving Deck Chairs ..before Turkey Day.





Tipsy Turvy Times At The Top


And CEO's, Celebrities and Iconic  Leaders...before  Turkey Day.


Even before Retail's less days between Thanksgiving and  Christmas.  And Black Friday jumping ahead a couple of Days.


 Heads and Hats start to Roll.



 



New Wal-Mart CEO is Company Insider


Walmart's get a New CEO and Blackberry Cleans House As COO, CMO And CFO Depart.  Yahoo's Marissa Myers Snaps Up Katie Couric from ABC  and John Carmack, the Iconic coding Backbone of  ID says goodbye.


















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Katie Couric to be the 'face' of Yahoo News










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Saturday, November 23, 2013

MC2 Post 1748 WHO Is That Man Making The Noise -- It's Not the Doctor !






How Norfolk man Created Dalek and Tardis Sounds



A broken-down Sunday school piano and the key to a mother's front door were the unlikely origins to unlocking one of the most recognisable sounds in Doctor Who history.

But for Brian Hodgson, a former BBC Radiophonics Workshop sound engineer, these basic items were the starting point for creating the distinctive, unearthly, sound of a Tardis - the sometimes temperamental vehicle of the Time Lords.


As Doctor Who marks its 50th anniversary, Mr Hodgson, who now lives on the Norfolk Broads, remembers: "It was quite difficult as everybody knew rockets went 'bang, whoosh' - but what does a time machine do?"

 

From:   http://www.bbc.co.uk









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Viewpoint: Who Cares About the Doctor?


From:  http://www.bbc.co.uk







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Android 4.4 KitKat review




Given some latitude, KitKat will soon know you better than you know yourself – and that makes it the cleverest, scariest smartphone OS yet



From:  http://www.stuff.tv



KitKat 4.4 is a complete relaunch of Android, in some ways going further and faster than any single previous release. And rather than abuse your intelligence by insisting that you scroll down this page for a verdict, we'll tell you what we think right now. It's brilliant. But not the usual gushing hyperbole-fuelled brilliant. No, KitKat 4.4 is weird, Machiavellian, never-saw-that-one-coming brilliant.


 
It's the OS for Neal Stephenson fans. And if we're going to come over all pseudo over a huge dollop of code, you at least deserve a credible explanation as to why...

 

FORM: LESS SKIN, MORE CONTENT









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Wingman Gets KitKat Android 4.4 
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

MC2 Post 1747 XBOX One -- The Other SHOE Comes Out Tonight






XBox One Hit's tonight at 12:00 am.








Xbox One teardown reveals replaceable hard drive, off-the-shelf parts



The chip-obsessed gadget archaeologists at iFixit already have an Xbox One, and they're already ripping it apart. Those monsters! While they're not done dissecting and analyzing every single piece just yet, they've already found some interesting tidbits: for one, the Xbox One's 500GB HDD is a standard SATA II 2.5-in. (of the Samsung Spinpoint variety, with an 8MB cache).




From:   http://www.engadget.com






TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/lvdjapd



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PS4 and XBox One hit 

Evil Controllers 

customized lineup



Link:   http://www.slashgear.com/ps4-and-xbox-one-hit-evil-controllers-customized-lineup-
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Oldest minerals from Mars found on Earth


A meteorite recently retrieved from the Sahara Desert bears the oldest known minerals ever seen from the planet Mars, say scientists in the US, Australia and France. These minerals are 4.4 billion years old and therefore formed just 150 million years after the red planet's birth. Their age confirms earlier indications that the Martian crust formed quickly, as did the crusts of the Earth and Moon.

Although NASA has tried to land eight spacecraft on Mars – and succeeded seven times – these landers were not able to measure the ages of rocks nor determine all the chemical elements that constitute them. Scientists therefore value Martian meteorites that they can scrutinize in the laboratory – rocks with isotopic compositions that reveal they came from Mars. Unfortunately, with only one previous exception, all the other Martian meteorites are so young that they originated long
after the climate deteriorated.





Link:   http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/nov/21/oldest-minerals-from-mars-
found-on-earth




TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/lmlfpcg



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" Missed it by that Much..."


Boeing 747 Mistakenly Lands At Tiny Kansas Airport



From:   http://online.wsj.com











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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MC2 Post 1746 8 Days Before BLACK Friday and Maybe we've Got A Winner !




Sony Sells Over 1 Million PlayStation 4s in First Day
  


From:  http://www.cbsnews.com



From:  http://news.yahoo.com




AP  19 hours ago



The consoles went on sale Friday in the U.S. and Canada. Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a release Sunday that sales remain strong in North America. The company will launch the gaming system in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29.


Sony has said it expects to sell 5 million units by the end of its fiscal year in March.

The PlayStation 4 is Sony's first new video game console in seven years. It faces competition from Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox One, which goes on sale this week.





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But unlike seven years ago, video game systems are also NOW competing against tablets, smartphones and other gadgets for the attention of  New Gamers.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

MC2 Post 1745 French Computer Academy “42″ Disrupts formulaic Education System






From:   http://www.slashgear.com



A new school for scrappy young programmers is opening in Paris next month, and it is every bit as freewheeling and disruptive as the Douglas Adams book its name references. 42*, as the school is dubbed, costs nothing to attend. All you have to do is prove you can innovate, solve problems, and apply logic to programming problems in creative ways.










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Time Machines: Silver Platters




From:   http://www.engadget.com




It bears a passing resemblance to the vinyl record, but this futuristic concept was envisioned as more than just sound on a platter. The recording method involved electron beams and lasers; the base material was a coated, transparent plastic disc; and you'd get both an eyeful and an earful from the end product. Its intended goal in the market may have initially flubbed, but its core design has been patently embedded into a variety of successful formats ever since. Take a spin past the break to find out more about this invention.Optical disc technology



That pile of plastic discs that litters your living space or sits in a "free" box by your doorstep has a history that goes back more than 50 years. The inventor, David Paul Gregg, has been dubbed the "Father of the Optical Disc" by some, but it's indisputable that his ideas lie at the heart of the technology. His innovative designs for recording video were ahead of their time in the '60s and managed to pique the interest of many in the industry. Unfortunately, the commercial release saw limited adoption and strong competition from its videotape-based competitors. The core elements of the format, however, had broader applications than simply video playback.






Gregg began to form the idea for the optical disc in the late 1950s while working at a motion picture and audio company called Westrex. His design was a deviation from the costly tape technology in use at the time. It involved writing data onto an optical disc, stamping for mass replication and using a concentrated light source to play back the data. In 1960, he took a job with Mincom, a video division at 3M, which had been looking for new, marketable technologies. He authored at least one patent for the company while he was there, one that described electron beam-based recording onto a multilayered surface. Gregg was cagey about his concept, though, and kept most of his ideas close to the chest.




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While it took a few decades for technology to match the high standards of Gregg's innovative vision, its final form influenced a major market shift. In stores, displays once stacked high with videotapes and cassettes gave way to slim, all-purpose plastic discs. The product was cheap, easy to mass-produce and offered the sharp clarity of digital for both audio and video output. The optical disc helped users escape the questionable fidelity of consumer tape products, bridging the gap until bandwidth and processing power made digital downloads plausible. Optical disc technology brought us the age of CDs, CD-ROMs and perhaps most notably, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, which came full circle to the optical disc's origins, finally delivering the product as it was originally intended.










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