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When Huawei revealed the Ascend Mate at CES this year, it felt like smartphones had reached an end point — they surely couldn’t get any larger. We’ve since been proven wrong by Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3, but the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate has gone on sale first, and it’s every bit as intimidating as it was in January. The question is whether or not Huawei has more than just size on its side. Is this nearly tablet-sized device worth putting in our pockets, and can it fend off the suddenly tiny-looking Galaxy Note II and Optimus G Pro? Read on past the break, and you’ll find out.
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RIP, away messages and buddy lists.
According to new data from comScore, desktop instant messaging is down almost uniformly among the services, with one-time titans like Yahoo Messenger and AIM down 43% and 29%, respectively from 2012. Even Skype, which actually grew 8% between 2011 and 2012, saw a substantial 12% loss in 2012.
The decline, which seems to start in earnest around 2008 when Yahoo Messenger dethroned AIM as the top instant messaging service, is pretty easily traced to the rise of social networks, like Facebook, which launched its chat functionality in April 2008, and mobile chat apps. As of June 2012, Gchat, which is use primarily in the browser, had 425 million active users.
For those that remember AIM’s heydey, though, the numbers are remarkable proof of a swift and sudden change in how we talk to one another online. In a pre-Facebook and MySpace world, services like AIM were, effectively, the dominant social networks of their time. A good IM client, such as Adium or Trillian or Miranda, was one of the most important programs on your computer.
Today, these services are becoming ghost towns, left struggling to reinvent themselves in the face of yet another round of competition from over-the-top internet-based messagers such as WhatsApp. Mac's iChat client, which was in its prime mostly an AIM client, has been rebranded as Messages, and synced with Apple's mobile iMessage service.
AOL still isn't shuttering AIM outright, but the company did, however, lay off nearly all its development team in 2012. The sun has definitively set on desktop messaging: social networks injured it severely, and mobile apps may finish the job.
This is a computer graphics clash in between the forces of Star Wars and Star Trek in and above San Francisco. Who gains? I’m not saying, that would be a spoiler. I’m joking, the video’s called ‘Death Star Destroys Business’. It’s a special prolonged re-release of this crappier variation made in 2009. Can you think I remembered that? ME NEITHER. It resembles how some days I can’t remember my ATM PIN however I could easily stand there singing the whole f \*\*\* ing DuckTales signature tune. Whoo-oo!
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- Weight – 4.48 oz (127 g)
- Dimensions – 5.15″ x 2.71″ x 0.28″
- Talk: 12.5 hours max.
- Standby: 204 hours max.
- Resolution: 540 x 960 pixels
This revival of the RAZR brand packs all of the features of the Droid Bionic into a lighter body that’s one of the thinnest phones in the world. This Android phone with 4G LTE sports a large qHD screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, front-facing camera, 8-megapixel main camera, 1080p HD video capture, and support for PC-like dock accessories.
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Plextronics awarded SBIR grant for reducing OLED lighting costs
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LG's curved OLED TV wants to make flat screens obsolete
OLED stands for 'organic light emitting diode' which means there is carbon within the molecules of the emissive (light producing) layer of the panel. Thus, large-screen OLED panels need no lamps — they are self illuminating. The lack of lamps in OLED …
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Updated AMSAT LVB Tracker to be shown at Dayton
Updated AMSAT LVB Tracker to be shown at Dayton. AMSAT has sold the popular G6LVB Tracker for several years. This year, we will have a new version which replaces the amber LCD display with an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. The new …
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Samsung’s been teasing its flexible, full-color display technology since 2011 when it acquired Liquavista, but it never actually shipped in a consumer product. One of the few companies that still has a viable e-reader business, Amazon today confirmed to CNET that it had purchased the company from Samsung, following early reports from The Digital Reader. With tablets, e-readers, and rumored plans to get into the phone game, Amazon should be able to take advantage of Liquavista’s electrowetting displays (EWD) that enable flexible, full-color, low-powered touchscreens.
10BN+ Wirelessly Connected Devices Today, 30BN+ In 2020′s ‘Internet Of Everything’, Says ABI Research
How big is the connected devices universe? Analyst ABI Research reckons the Internet of Things contains some 10 billion+ wireless connected devices today — but it’s predicting this figure will triple in size to more than 30 billion devices in an Internet of Everything by 2020 as more and more objects are plugged into the network. The figures come from new ABI research published today.
The analyst says the standardisation push behind ultra-low power wireless technologies is “one of the main enablers” of this Internet of Everything — which already contains such curios as the Hapifork and keyless entry systems that let you open your front door from an app. ABI analyst Peter Cooney notes that while 10 billion devices might sound like a lot, there’s still many years before the IoE “reaches its full potential” — whatever that means.
“The next 5 years will be pivotal in its growth and establishment as a tangible concept to the consumer,” says Cooney in a statement.
ABI says a range of wirelessless technologies — including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Cellular and RFID, plus many others — are all important to driving growth in smart connected devices but says the “long term expansion of the market” depends on wireless technology “becoming invisible so that the consumer will be oblivious to which technology is used and only know that it works”.
And while today, “hub devices” — namely smartphones, tablets and laptops — are the enablers of the IoE ecosystem (such as the iPad being used as the hub for a smart connected kitchen scales, for instance) ABI sees future growth in this network being driven by “node or sensor type devices”, as device-makers start to think about connecting more of the things more of the time, not just things that are in close proximity to people some of the time.
ABI predicts that by 2020 nodes/sensors will account for the majority (60%) of the total installed base of IoE devices. Personal connected mobile devices will still be “an essential building block”, however.