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Articles tagged with: new tech

Google Acquires Facial Recognition Company, Pittpatt

Google is keenly interested in upgrading its current projects and adding new and exciting features to them. Recently, Google bought Fridge, a social networking firm. Now Google has acquired PittPatt(Pittsburg Pattern Recognition), a face recognition software company.

LEAK: Apple Works On 3D Gesture Control Tech For iOS

Apple Inc. has filed a new patent for 3D gesture control with a physics metaphor control. Hopefully Apple is just experimenting with future technologies because I can’t imagine the iPhone 5 having NFC, 3D video recording, and virtually every ‘latest and greatest’ feature we’ve been learning about recently.

I mean, can’t a phone be *too powerful for its own good? Anyways, the developing technology was first reported as a patent leak and people suspect Apple will use this as some kind of tool for developers to better aid themselves in the workplace.

Why Is Thunderbolt So Expensive?

We’ve all heard about Apple’s blazing faster Thunderbolt technology, but we also know that the speedy tech comes at a cost, $49 for a thunderbolt cable to be exact. At first, it just seemed that Apple was taking advantage of owning proprietary hardware, but then we got a closer look on why the cable is so expensive.

So what costs so much in the thunderbolt cable? Well, surprisingly it’s right by the port of the cord, where there is a small Gennum chip. This chip allows the data to reach a full duplex 10Gbps speed.

Leak: Nokia 700 Zeta Smartphone

We’ve just heard about the Nokia 700 Zeta leak, designed to succeed the previous Nokia C6-01. The phone will feature the latest in Symbian software using Belle as its operating system. The Zeta is expected to be one of the thinnest Nokia phones out there.

The phone features a 5MP camera with LED flash, NFC support (yay), and a gorgeous 3.5″ nHD AMOLED display that will make your mobile games come to life. I have heard some criticisms that AMOLED displays cause stress on the eyes when used for longer periods of time, but let’s just hope you’re not one of those phone addicts.

Tesco Brings Virtual Shopping To Subway Stations

Tesco, known as Fresh & Easy in America, and Home Plus in South Korea has come up with the concept to use photos of grocery products, as well as QR codes. The grocery products will be displayed on billboards, subway stations, and users will simply have to scan the image using the camera on their smartphone and add the item to their virtual basket.

The users can also pay through the platform and have the items delivered to them on the same day. This means that working mothers can scan some vegetables, fruit, and a few other necessary products, continue on with their day and come home without having to visit the grocery store.

Alcatel-Lucent Invents 400GB Routing Chip

Alcatel-Lucent has just invented a new FP3 chip in the latest of a packet-processing chip series that can route traffic as fast as 400 gigabits per second! The new technology launched Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 and is expected to take on Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks in the future.

The new tech will handle the IPv6 addresses that are scheduled to roll out next year, very well. If you consider that the 100-Gigabit Ethernet standard was approved just last year, it’s amazing to learn of the speeds that new technology brings.

FlashSoft Raises $3 Million In Funding

Flashsoft, a company founded in November 2009, provides software that allows data center administrators to direct data from a server, to a flash-based solid state drive. The transition to solid state drives allow the data to move closer to the processor, and with the Flashsoft software, applications are able to run faster.

The software is similar to what memcached does for web servers. Flashsoft has recently raised $3 million in funding led by Thomvest Ventures.

White House Seeks To Increase Auto Industry Avg To 56MPG

The White House unveiled an ambitious proposal to update the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. The new plan would require auto manufacturers to bump the average fuel economy from 34mpg by 2016 and 56.2mpg by 2025.

The new MPG requirement will apply to cars, trucks, and SUVs and represents about a 5% per year of fuel efficiency. Although the new requirement will no doubt be expensive, it will also save the United States 4.7 billion barrels of oil and $705 billion US by year 2030.

Change Trains At High Speeds Via Boarding Dock

A man by the name of Paul Priestman used his Industrial design skills when he conceived of two trains, running continuously, that would allow passengers to switch trains even while moving at high speeds.

I am sure we have all seen this in some movie, where a character jumps between two moving cars, trains, buses, what have you–the only difference with this concept is that this would be safe and not trigger a ton of adrenaline while you switch trains.

Sony VAIO E And C-Series Get Updated

Sony has just refreshed its E-Series and C-Series notebook lineup. Both laptops feature the new, second gen Sandy Bridge Intel Core processors and come in a couple different screen sizes, giving consumers the options they seek when shopping for a new computer.

The E-series comes in three sizes, 14″, 15.5″, and 17.3″ and offer Intel i3 or i5 processors with Intel’s integrated graphics. With Intel Wireless Display technology, users can wirelessly hook up their laptops to the big screen without searching for the appropriate cables.