Advanced Technology Project: LG Aims To Build Giant Flexible, Rollable TVs

LG is taking bendable screens to the next level, as it announced the launch of two new paper-thin TV Read more

The Secret to Using Technology

The secret to how our species achieved world domination was through the ingenious use of tools, and that tradition Read more

End Of Plasma TVs: Samsung To Stop Production This Year

Samsung has announced its plans to shut down its plasma business by November, blaming the decline in overall demand Read more

NASA Reattempts Satellite Launch To Study Global Warming

Five years after a satellite plunged into the ocean after liftoff, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is Read more

Android Kill Switch: Google, Microsoft To Add Anti-Theft Function

Microsoft and Google have agreed to add a “kill switch” function to the next versions of their smartphone operating Read more

Advanced Technology Project: LG Aims To Build Giant Flexible, Rollable TVs

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LG_TV'sLG is taking bendable screens to the next level, as it announced the launch of two new paper-thin TV panels, with one that can be rolled up to 3cm and another virtually transparent.

Roll up like a newspaper

LG said it will produce a 60-inch Ultra HD rollable TV by 2017, allowing consumers to easily hide it on home and office walls.

It is claimed that the technology used in the LG display screens is thinner, lighter, and more flexible than conventional TVs.

Flexible displays

Industry experts say the South Korean company’s plans could make televisions used in more creative ways.

“Flexible screens are an exciting prospect. First off, they’re far more durable than conventional screens, meaning that we can expect to see bigger, better screens in, for example, aeroplanes,” said Stephen Graves, online deputy editor at Stuff.tv.

“They also create the potential for some completely new gadget designs. Imagine a 10in (25cm) iPad that you can fold out into a 16in (40cm) screen – effectively doubling up as a small desktop computer or TV monitor.”

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The Secret to Using Technology

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technologyThe secret to how our species achieved world domination was through the ingenious use of tools, and that tradition of ingenuity hasn’t changed. The landscape through which humanity moves in is drastically different; the principles of success remain the same. The world is dominated by technology, and the only way up is to use that technology as an advantage.

The Possibilities Today

Unfortunately, many people only have a rudimentary understanding of what modern technology can do for them, mainly due to the lack of exposure. The most people know about what they’re capable of comes from direct experience with their computers and smartphones, but most of that is finished product, and only scratch the surface.

Learning about everything that’s possible, and done with the technology at our fingertips can take years of study. There’s simply too much information out there that it’s virtually impossible to compress everything into a single location.

What’s more, nobody will be able to use everything they learn, knowledge is wasted if it’s never used in the first place. The challenge lies in identifying the useful parts that people need to know, and the information they can put aside.

Needs determine means, matching what people need with what they have to do is the first, and most likely, the biggest challenge for any business. Fortunately, websites like is.co.za breathe technology, and can help people along with what they need the most, deciding needs the first among them.

The Need of Now

The success of any endeavour starts by finding the right tool for the job, after all, no one would try to open a door with a carrot. A business should be able to determine if it needs cloud computing, business intelligence, mobile technology, or internet portals in order to grow.

Reliable businesses are the ones that can provide their services more effectively. The strategy of specialisation is by far more successful than offering a multitude of services that don’t have any discernible connection to each other.

People don’t want variety as much as they want value for their money. Consumers are more willing to pay for the services of an I.T. professional who spends most of his time on computers, than the I.T. employee that moonlights as a sushi chef.

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End Of Plasma TVs: Samsung To Stop Production This Year

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Samsung has announced its plans to shut down its plasma business by November, blaming the decline in overall demand for its decision.

Last plasma TV

The South Korean tech giant has become the latest manufacturer to announce it will stop producing plasma televisions.

Panasonic, Sony, Hitachi, and Pioneer have also announced in recent years to scrap the technology and end production.

Analysts said this means LG is the last major manufacturer of plasma displays.

Future of big TVs

Samsung released a statement, saying: “We remain committed to providing consumers with products that meet their needs.”

The company said it will increase focus on producing curved and ultra-high-definition (UHD) TVs.

“It’s not at all surprising that Samsung has dumped plasma,” TrustedReviews editor Evan Kypreos said in a statement. “While plasma is a lot better than LED/LCD TVs in terms of image quality, such as contrast ratio, and motion handling, it has a few drawbacks. Plasma TVs can’t be made a thin as LEDs, for example. People like stylish tellies.”

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NASA Reattempts Satellite Launch To Study Global Warming

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earth-satelliteFive years after a satellite plunged into the ocean after liftoff, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is spending nearly $500 million to launch another one in a mission to monitor global warming and its effects around the world.

NASA will launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) in their first attempt to study carbon dioxide levels and greenhouse gases. Last month, scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reportedly faked global warming data.

Mitigate Climate Change

Trees and oceans absorb carbon dioxide, while the rest goes to the atmosphere, causing global warming.

The two-year project has been programmed to specifically pinpoint the location of the forests and oceans that reabsorb the atmospheric carbon.

With the project, scientists can record detailed measurements of carbon dioxide levels, which can help them plan methods to mitigate climate change.

Varying Carbon Dioxide Levels

The OCO-2 will be positioned 705km above the planet, inclined, so that it passes the Earth on the same point every 16 days. The calculation will help the scientists know how carbon dioxide levels vary over a specific period.

“The observatory will use its vantage point from space to capture a picture of where the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide are, rather than our cobbling data together from multiple sources with less frequency, reliability and detail,” Gregg Marland, an American geology professor, said.

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Android Kill Switch: Google, Microsoft To Add Anti-Theft Function

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Microsoft and Google have agreed to add a “kill switch” function to the next versions of their smartphone operating systems.

Cutting crime rates

touchsmartphoneA “kill switch” allows smartphone users to completely disable their device remotely in case it is stolen or lost.

“With the majority of phones still without a kill switch, smartphone-related thefts and violence remain a tragic reality,” according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Criminals now target devices not likely to be equipped with a kill switch, increasing the importance of immediately implementing the life-saving technology across all manufacturers.”

Theft deterrent technology

Kill switches is expected to be available for 97% of the smartphone market, Schneiderman said in a statement.

Smartphone manufacturers appear to be considering consumers’ demand for anti-theft measures.

Even though the technology is spreading, some older mobile phones can’t or won’t be updated.

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Twitter COO To Leave The Company, Tweets His Resignation

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Twitter Chief Operating Officer Ali Rowghani has resigned from his job at the company, announcing his move by posting a tweet.

Departure

twitter-bird“Goodbye Twitter,” Rowghani tweeted. “It’s been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories.”

Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo then responded, saying: “Thank you for being an incredible executive & partner. Twitter could not have succeeded without you.”

This is the biggest executive exit since the microblogging firm went public in 2013.

Rowghani joined the company in 2010 and was named COO in 2012.

Board support

During his tenure, Rowghani was credited for helping the company through its successful initial public offering last year.

According to an unnamed source, Rowghani had been well respected and had been doing great that the board members decided to task the former Pixar executive with fixing the company’s growth issue.

Twitter, however, failed to significantly grow its members that prompted fears from investors.

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Social Media Spying? : CIA Joins Twitter, Facebook

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The United States Central Intelligence Agency has finally joined Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to engage more directly with the public and make unclassified information on the agency “more accessible.”

First message

Cia-lobby-seal“We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” the spy agency said in its first-ever Twitter message.

The Internet immediately erupted with excitement. Within five hours of popping up on the social network, CIA gained more than 200,000 followers.

Apart from posting the latest news and career information, the CIA’s social media updates will also feature artifacts and other information from the agency’s museum.

Expanding online presence

“By expanding to these platforms, CIA will be able to more directly engage with the public and provide information on CIA’s mission, history, and other developments,” said CIA Director John Brennan in a statement.

“We have important insights to share, and we want to make sure that unclassified information about the Agency is more accessible to the American public that we serve, consistent with our national security mission.”

With the social media move, the CIA is perhaps trying to brighten its public face.

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Apple Challenges Dropbox, WhatsApp With iCloud Service

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Tech giant Apple Inc. has introduced a better way to manage files with the new iCloud Drive, which mimic the rival apps’ services.

Better file support

The company started its developer conference with a series of upgrades to iOS and its Mac OS, including an update to cloud and messaging service.

Apple’s iCloud service is getting a serious upgrade, which could pose a challenge to Dropbox, WhatsApp, and other online storage providers.

The technology allows users to save any type of file on the company’s remote servers and then access it through an Apple device, Windows PC, or Mac computer.

Series of software updates

The company did not mention if iCloud Drive is available to Android users.

“The announcements represent an ambitious move to diversify the Apple ecosystem into a number of new segments,” said Geoff Blaber, an analyst at the CCS Insight consultancy.

“Critics will complain of no new devices but the Worldwide Developers Conference creates the foundation for the products Tim Cook is promising in the second half of the year.”

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Google Reportedly Creating Tablet With 3D Capabilities

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Google is reportedly developing a new, cutting-edge tablet that can capture 3D images. The company plans to produce 4,000 of these next month.

Exploring Advanced Technology

The device, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter, will have two rear-facing cameras and advanced software that can capture three-dimensional images of objects.

This will be released at the company’s upcoming developers’ conference.

Google, however, said in a statement that it will not comment on “rumor and speculation.”

Virtual Reality Capabilities

The tablet is reportedly part of Google’s Project Tango, which was revealed in March to bring 3D technology to its devices.

The Project Tango’s product, a prototype smartphone, had already been tried out by 200 developers.

It’s a platform for Android devices designed to create a 3D map of the environment around it.

“Project Tango is an attempt to create a mobile device unlike like any other,” a website for Project Tango explains. “A mobile device that shares our sense of space and movement, that understands and perceives the world the same way we do.”

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Facebook Launches Audio-Recognition Feature; Identifies And Tags Title Updates

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fbFacebook has rolled out on Wednesday an audio-recognition feature that identifies a song or a television show, tagging the title in the post, and saving users the trouble of typing it.

The company said if users post a song to their timelines using the new Facebook feature, their friends will be able to listen to a 30-second snippet of the track. If the application recognizes a tv show, the season and the episode of the show will be posted.

Audio-Recognition Feature

The company discussed that if the feature is turned on, an audio icon will be shown on the phone’s screen while writing a post. The feature uses the phone’s microphone in detecting nearby music or television show.

Facebook said this application was aimed to avoid spoilers, and eventually join in the conversations after catching up.

Reaction Of Facebook Users

This breakthrough aimed at attracting more conversations about live television events, and more valuable data about the habits and interests of the users. Facebook users can also set the options of who will be allowed to see the post.

This audio-recognition feature, however, raised concerns about the users’ privacy. The company immediately responded, saying the application is optional. It is also designed not to store the sound data  gathered.

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