Posted on | May 20, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
LG Display is preparing to demonstrate a new, flexible smartphone panel that promises to be unbreakable.
The new screen is set to pop up at the Society for Information Display's annual exhibition, Display Week 2013. The event, which showcases display products, is taking place this week in Vancouver, Canada.
The OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology used in the LG screen is apparently thinner, lighter, and more flexible than conventional LCD displays.
According to LG, the screen "comes at a crucial time when smart devices are being used more than ever and at increased risk for damage from drops, hits, and other accidents."
Yoon Bu-hyun, LG's vice president of mobile, revealed last month that the company plans to launch a smartphone with a flexible OLED screen in the fourth quarter.
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Posted on | May 20, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: Jolla)
The first phone running Sailfish, the open-source operating system from the people who tried to get MeeGo going, is the Jolla, it'll cost you 399 euros ($512), and it's coming by the end of the year.
Jolla -- pronounced "yo-la," not "joller" or "holler" -- is the name of the phone and the Finnish company that makes it. It has a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core chip, 16GB of storage expandable via microSD, 4G, an 8-megapixel camera and a battery you can replace yourself.
Sailfish is "Android app compliant," which hints you'll be able to install standard Android apps on it. Jolla hasn't explained what this means in practice, but it sounds like you'll be able to sideload apps from Google Play, and that it'll be very easy for Android developers to translate their wares to Sailfish.
If you plop down 100 euros ($128) for a pre-order, you'll help fund the mobile's production and bag an exclusive "other half." Jolla doesn't explain what that means, but from the phone's split design I'm guessing it's the removable backplate, like fashion-forward Nokias of old.
Here's Jolla's launch video [warning: LOUD]:
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Posted on | May 19, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)
NASA announced this week that a key piece of gear on its Kepler space telescope has run into trouble. And though the space agency hasn't given up on a jump-start, the mission may well be at risk.
It's already gone well beyond its planned duration, however, and presented us with many fascinating discoveries.
In this gallery, we take a look back at that mission -- at Kepler's intriguing quest to find Earth-like, life-friendly planets among the Milky Way's many stars.
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Posted on | May 19, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)
Verizon looks to be pushing harder to get Samsung's new Galaxy S4 into the hands of customers.
Some Verizon customers have begun to report receiving notifications from the carrier that their new Android superphones have shipped earlier than expected.
While I've yet to see video footage, I can only assume that many happy dances have followed receipt of these emails.
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Posted on | May 18, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: CNET)
It's a natural instinct to resist if someone tries to steal something out of your hand.
In Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, that instinct might have cost a 15-year-old boy his life.
As the Las Vegas Sun reports, Marcos Vincente Arenas was walking down the street, holding an iPad.
Police say an SUV pulled up alongside him. A man allegedly got out of the passenger seat and tried to wrest the iPad from Arenas.
The teen wouldn't let go of the device, so, investigators say, he was dragged along by the alleged thief toward the vehicle.
He was still near the passenger door when the car took off. Arenas was run over and died in hospital of his injuries.
Police have issued descriptions of both the driver and the passenger of the SUV, said to be a white Ford Explorer or Expedition.
This is the latest and most gruesome example of the phenomenon known as "Apple-picking."
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Posted on | May 18, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)
Watch out for that stair car... and any of the other numerous running jokes from resurrected cult hit "Arrested Development."
In honor of the show's triumphant return to Netflix, with 15 new episodes set to start streaming May 26, NPR has compiled, logged, and cross-referenced all the recurring gags from the show's original three seasons to make sure you don't miss a beat.
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Posted on | May 18, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
The attractions of Snapchat are essentially intellectual.
In creating the conditions for a spontaneous "now you see me, now you don't" aspect to your life, it allows for a greater and more nuanced level of excitement to permeate human relationships.
Recently, however, there have been concerns that the topless, bottomless, or merely hapless shots sent by Snapchat users might not truly disappear.
They remain stored in the nether regions of your phone, able to be retrieved by a nosy policeman, parent, or pupil of the average high school.
The company claims that, technically speaking, it can remove the .nomedia files to which Snapchat photos are converted.
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SPOILERS AHEAD: The new "Star Trek" movies with J.J. Abrams at the helm have turned into commercial successes, but some long-time Trekkies aren't thrilled with the direction the franchise is taking. Check out the Reddit responses to Wil Wheaton's take on Abrams to get an idea of the discussion.
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My history of Trekkin' First, let me establish my fandom. My "Star Trek" cred goes way, way back. My mother used to watch reruns with me when I was a baby. Somewhere in elementary school, I got totally hooked on the original series, to the point where I was saving my allowance to buy shiny gold insignias, spending hours poring over blueprints f... [Read more]
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Posted on | May 18, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: Kickstarter)
Do you still have your original "Star Wars" action figures? Mine are tucked away in storage, but looking at Rob Burden's artwork makes me want to dig them out.
The San Francisco artist is so obsessed with his old "Star Wars" figures that he does 10-foot-tall oil paintings of them, like "The Birth of a Jedi," above. The works don't portray the characters from the series, but the actual action figures themselves.
Now he's taking his passion to new heights on Kickstarter with a $24,000 campaign to produce two enormous 10x14-foot "Star Wars" canvases.
The two paintings will depict dozens of "Star Wars" action figures and toys. A character will be the central subject of one, while the other will have a vehicle like the AT-AT Walker or a creature as the focus. Burden wants enthusiasts to vote for which toys are included in the paintings; you can vote on his Facebook page.
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Posted on | May 17, 2013 | Comments Off(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)
I wish I could tell you about driving the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse up to its record-breaking speed of 254 mph. Race car driver Anthony Liu did it. Of course, he drove the Veryon on a 5.6-mile straightaway at Volkswagen's test track in Ehra-Lessien, Germany, taking the speed record for a production convertible.
On the rural roads in Napa, Calif., the best I could manage was a few seconds of maximum acceleration, making all four wheels grab pavement with neck-snapping force from the engine's 1,106 pound-feet of torque.