Who knew a commercial could give you nightmares? When I was just a young lad, I remember seeing the original Jaws in the movie theater. It was my first horror movie and it scared me so much, I was convinced the shark would come up out of my carpet and get me while I was sleeping. Needless to say, I didn't sleep too well that night.
I'm pretty sure I just watched something that will haunt me in ways that Jaws never could. LG just succeeded at making the most horrible and disturbing commercial I have ever witnessed. In fact, if I could "unwatch" it I would gladly do so, which makes it all the more funny when I share it with you!
Whatever you do, don't watch it! No really! I warned you! :blink::icon_ devil:
originally written by dgstorm
[Editor's personal note: please consider this a practical joke story and feel free to share it with your friends!]
We have a couple of cool leaks for you guys today. Asus has two new Transformer Pad products in the pipe-line: the TF103 and TF303. We have some pics to share, but we only have specs for the TF303. What has been gleaned is that the TF303 will be a premium replacement for the Transformer Pad TF701, and will be called the Transformer Pad TF303 Infinity. It will include some unique internals too.
Here's the breakdown:
- Android OS 4.4 KitKat
- Intel Bay Trail processor
- Full HD 10-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution)
- Unspecified, yet long battery life
Unfortunately there are no details on the TF103, but we can expect it to follow tradition as a mid-range device. We'll keep an eye out for this and share more details when they emerge.
As always, it looks like Asus will have an impressive lineup for us this year. Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!
originally written by dgstorm
Although fingerprint scanners in smartphones seem to be "all the rage" these days, Fujitsu is banking on the idea that their new ID tech will be the victor, or at least a better alternative. They are working on a palm vein scanning tech for smartphones. This technology is something they have actually been working on for quite some time and have even implemented in some laptops. Here's a quote with a few more details,
This seems like an interesting security feature for smartphones. It makes you immediately wonder how you would implement that large of a sensor in the smartphone? For it to see your whole palm, wouldn't it need to take up the whole area behind the display? Luckily, Fujitsu has already worked that out. The tech doesn't use the same kind of sensor that a fingerprint sensor uses. Instead it utilizes near-infrared light which means you wouldn't even need to lay your palm across the phone. You could simply point your palm at the device, and it would work even from a short distance. Their latest version is the size of a postage stamp.
The principle behind this relatively less-known biometric is almost the same with fingerprints. Palm patterns are just as unique as a fingerprint, but it is only one half of the equation. The other half involves vein points, which are scanned using near-infrared light and matched against previously recorded patterns and points. There is one key distinction here. Blood needs to be flowing through those veins for palms to match. No disembodied hands here for faking identities. Fujitsu boasts of a 0.0008 percent false positive and a 0.01 percent false rejection rate with this system.
This might sound even more fictitious than fingerprint scanners, but Fujitsu has already proven it to work. It has been fiddling around with palm-vein scanning technology for a long time now, placing those gadgets in laptops such as the Lifebook E741/C and the Celsius H730. Laptops such as these have been put to use by banks in Japan, Fujitsu's home town. Now it is working on putting that same technology on mobile devices as well, particularly smartphones.
article originally written by dgstorm
Mar 03, 2014 - 11:35 AM - by dgstorm
Be forewarned, the above video is awful, but that's not why it's interesting or relevant. The content of the video is what is important. On Sunday, a young kid named Roshan Jamkatel uploaded this video which compares the older HTC One directly to the new M8 (All New HTC One). Who knows how this kid got hold of it... Regardless, he decided to video his own review comparison.
There are two things interesting about this video...
Continue Reading: Kid Leaks Awful Review Video of HTC M8; Gets Personally Chastised by HTC's Gordon
Mar 01, 2014 - 6:33 PM - by CR6
Samsung not only gives us some great phones and other electronic devices, they serve in helping in humanitarian efforts as well. This academic year, they been providing awards of tablets, laptops, and video cameras and other technology to schools around the nation in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition.
I became aware of this competition after seeing the story on our local news station. One of our local Idaho middle schools has qualified in the final 15 schools across the nation for competing for the grand prize with their Earthquake Protection project. To see all entries and schools chosen for this honor see this link.
Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibilities. We do this by creating products and technology that inspire passion and give consumers experiences they never dreamed were possible. With these practices in mind, Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of more than $2 million* in technology products.
Check out the link and place your vote for the school of your choosing to help these talented students! The winner will be announced March 14, 2014 so get your votes in now. VOTE here.
A couple of students from each school will present its project before a panel of judges in Austin, Texas, where only 15 remaining classes will compete. Five of them will earn $140,000 in technology from Samsung, while the remaining 10 classes automatically earn $35,000 for making it.
One class will will win the $140,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., for winning the Community Choice Award. The award is won by receiving the most online votes.
Solve for Tomorrow Competition
Sandcreek Middle School class cashes in
It looks like Sammy is turning around their "mobile wearables" image. Despite the fact that the first Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch from last year wasn't very well received, their new Galaxy Fit has garnered the highest praise possible from Mobile World Congress this year. The Gear Fit won the MWC 2014 "Best Mobile Device" of the event.
The Fit had a great deal of company from Samsung devices in that category before it won. The Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Gear 2 and the Galaxy Gear 2 Neo were also nominated. The GSMA, which is the governing body of the trade show, handed out the award. Here's a spec and feature recap:
- Smartwatch functionality
- Personal fitness tracking
- 1.85-inch curved Super AMOLED display
- A variety of fitness sensors: heart rate monitor, pedometer, and sleep tracker
- Tizen-based OS
- Battery life of 3-4 days
The Gear Fit is a pretty amazing device, so it's victory is not too surprising.
originally written by dgstorm
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