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— Mobile Technology

Three new smartphones join Sony's Xperia range

By - August 30, 2012 22 Pictures
Sony's Kazuo Hirai bounced up on stage for his very first IFA in the capacity of his new role as CEO. Hirai presented the company's new direction, stating: "There have been more changes in the last 10 year than in the previous century's combined... Now is the time for Sony to change. This company cannot stand still." One of Sony's core focus areas to keep it moving is (no surprises here) Mobile, and Hirai announced three new additions to the Xperia range. the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia J, all of which will be brought to market over the next few months. Read More
— Mobile Technology

GoNote 10-inch ICS touchscreen netbook launches in time for return to school

By - August 21, 2012 11 Pictures
Thanks to Google, whenever we hear someone mention Ice Cream Sandwich we automatically think of recently released tablets or smartphones. Now there's another mobile computing format to consider with the launch of Ergo Electronics' GoNote, the UK's first touchscreen Android hybrid netbook. Pitched as the perfect modern homework companion and playtime buddy for students about to return to school, the budget-friendly device features a full-size chiclet keyboard and trackpad, and also brings touchscreen functionality to the form factor. If you'd rather opt for a cheap tablet, the company has also launched a new ICS tablet called the GoTab Epic V. Read More
— Science

Triboelectric generator could allow electricity-generating touchscreens

By - July 9, 2012 3 Pictures
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken advantage of the triboelectric effect, which sees an electric charge generated through friction between two different materials, to develop a generator that could supplement power produced by piezoelectric nanogenerators previously developed at Georgia Tech. The triboelectric generator could be used to produce electricity from activities such as walking and even has the potential to create touchscreens that generate their own power. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Ringbow touchscreen enhancement device heads for production

By - June 29, 2012 7 Pictures
Since bringing news of the release of a limited supply of evaluation Ringbow prototypes in April last year, quite a few changes have been made to get the "touchscreen gaming accessory" ready for production. Developers Efrat Barit and Saar Shai have enhanced the directional pad on the outside of the device and narrowed down its main user base to mobile gamers, where the extra control would doubtless be most welcome. It's also moved beyond its Android-only confines to other platforms and includes an internal battery that's said to be good for at least five hours of continuous use. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Canon brings Hybrid AF and multi-touch display to new EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera

By - June 8, 2012 21 Pictures
At face value, all the headline-grabbing features of Canon's new EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera (EOS 650D in Europe) look identical to those of the T3i (EOS 600D) before it, but not everything is at it first appears. Canon says that the new flagship Rebel model is its most consumer-friendly DSLR to date, and is the first of the company's cameras to feature a sensor-based hybrid AF system that allows for continuous autofocus while recording video. It also benefits from the latest DIGIC 5 Image Processor that's six times faster than its predecessor, and a high resolution multi-touch display panel with touch focus and shutter operation. Read More
— Computers

Playsurface: The affordable flat-pack touchscreen for the masses

By - May 17, 2012 7 Pictures
Founded upon open source plans for optical touch tables, the designers of the Playsurface hope to develop a versatile touchscreen table-top suitable for a variety of "blazingly fast" applications (yes, including gaming) supporting multpiple users. Though purely an input and display device, the table can be had with an integrated PC as an extra. If the project goes ahead (funding is currently sought through Kickstarter), its designers claim it would be as easy to assemble as Ikea furniture. It's not a bad comparison: the flat-packed, affordable Playsurface is a product that its makers at Templeman Automation hope will close the disconnect between the popularity and availability of table-top touchscreens. Read More

Rumors suggest iPhone 5 will feature a 4-inch screen

Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at its annual mobile keynote this year and as is the case with any high profile product launch, rumors about the device are beginning to materialize months before the event is scheduled to take place. Most recently, Wall Street Journal sources suggest that Apple intends to upsize the iPhone’s display from 3.5 to 4 inches. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Mamiya launches Leaf Credo 40, 60 and 80 megapixel medium format camera backs

By - May 16, 2012 3 Pictures
Medium format camera manufacturer Mamiya-Leaf has announced three new high resolution camera backs named the Leaf Credo. All of the new backs sport a specially designed DALSA CCD sensor, a touchscreen LCD display with Live View functionality for both tethered and untethered photography, and a dual-core microprocessor that's said to offer the fastest available image viewing, focusing and editing. Read More
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