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Modbook Pro X project succeeds with limited time remaining

Electronista - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:28
The Modbook Pro X tablet modification Kickstarter has blown past its goals. Earlier this week, the project passed its $150,000 milestone, with 36 people having contributed to receive a full conversion from the company. Notably, none of the donors chose to send in an existing computer, with all contributors receiving the tablet choosing for Modbook to source the entire project....






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Getty Images sues Microsoft over new Bing tool for embedding photos

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:05

Getty Images sues Microsoft over new Bing tool for embedding photosThousands of people running small blogs and websites over the years have received threatening letters from for using its professional photos without a license, but now the photo service is going after something a little bigger: Microsoft. filed a lawsuit this week against Microsoft, claiming that its new Bing "Image Widget" tool constitutes "massive infringement" of copyrighted images. Bing "Image Widget" launched just a couple of weeks ago in beta form.


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Apple recruits renowned designer Marc Newson

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 09:34

Australian designer Marc Newson was listed as one of the planet's 100 most influential people, according to Time magazine in 2005Apple has recruited renowned Australian designer Marc Newson, whose creations have been featured by museums such as New York's famous MoMA. "Marc is without question one of the most influential designers of this generation," Jonathan Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, told Vanity Fair magazine's website. An Apple spokesperson confirmed the comments. Newson -- deemed by Time magazine in 2005 to be among the planet's 100 most influential people -- is especially well known for his furniture, in particular chairs with rounded forms.


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Samsung's bendable TV is more impressive flat than curved

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 08:20

Samsung's bendable TV is more impressive flat than curvedI came, I saw, and I still don't know what Samsung has conquered. Samsung's massive new prototype TV takes pride of place in the entryway to the company's grand IFA venue. Both Samsung and LG would argue that the point of bendable TVs is to have flexibility and not have to choose, but I struggle to see the need for choice at all. Whereas a flat TV can be likened to a window in your house, there's no easy analog in daily life to the curved display.


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Apple holiday shipping volumes putting squeeze on other manufacturers

Electronista - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:26
According to reports out of China, Apple has begun to dominate the supply chain both in shipping and manufacturing, squeezing out other companies. According to reports, major supply chain shipping companies including both FedEx and UPS have "incredibly high" volumes for the holiday quarter, just from Apple's logistics under the weight of a new product lineup....






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The Weekender: printing brains and building robots

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 07:17

 printing brains and building robotsWe headed out to Motorola's Chicago headquarters to see how it built its latest smartphone — and then try it out ourselves. Doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital had to operate on an infant's brain after he began having potentially catastrophic seizures. We spoke with him and the hospital about how 3D printing could change the face of complicated surgeries. We've known all along the Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch was going to be the most stylish Android Wear watch out there around launch, and it doesn't disappoint.


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Apple courts fashionistas as smartwatch expectations mount

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 06:23

The Apple logo is pictured at a retail store in the Marina neighborhood in San FranciscoBy Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has invited top fashion editors and bloggers in unprecedented numbers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch. Apple is forging closer ties to the fashion world as it plots its foray into the fertile field of wearable technology, trying to win over a critical crowd that may prove crucial to the success of consumer gadgets worn around the body. Several fashion media editors told Reuters they received invitations for the first time to an annual September product-launch, which they took as confirmation of a wristwatch in the wings. "This suggests Apple is serious about tapping into the fashion world, which often sits on the sidelines." Apple declined to comment.


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An inside look at how Motorola makes mobile devices

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 06:00

An inside look at how Motorola makes mobile devicesMotorola threw open the doors to its new downtown Chicago headquarters, offering a peek at everything from its 3D printers to mock-ups of the Moto 360 smartwatch.>


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Nest expands into Europe, reveals new parterships

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 03:30

Nest expands into Europe, reveals new partershipsFrom the end of September, Nest products will go on sale officially in more European countries.>


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Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's apocalypse novel 'Good Omens' is being adapted into a BBC Radio drama

Yahoo Technology News - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 01:02

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's apocalypse novel 'Good Omens' is being adapted into a BBC Radio dramaThe BBC announced today that it has begun production on an audio drama adaptation of Good Omens, the hit 1990 comedic fantasy novel about the apocalypse from celebrated authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Both authors are onboard to help develop the miniseries, which has already begun recording in a secret location in London, for a scheduled airing on BBC Radio 4 sometime in December. Dirk Maggis is directing, a natural choice given he was also the director of the BBC's well-received radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere last year.


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Western Digital launches My Passport Wireless hard drive with built-in SD card reader

Digital Photography Review - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:01

Western Digital has launched a new wireless-enabled hard drive that uniquely features a built-in SD card reader. The My Passport Wireless might be coming to the market after other wireless options like the LaCie Fuel drive, but it’s the inclusion of the SD card reader that makes this product of particular interest to photographers. Read more

Epson launches A3+ SC-P600 printer with ‘industry’s highest black density’

Digital Photography Review - Sat, 09/06/2014 - 00:00

Epson has announced a new A3+ desktop inkjet printer aimed at the professional and semi-professional photographer that it claims is capable of producing a maximum black density of 2.8. According to Epson this beats all competitors’ A3+ machines that use 6 or more inks. The SureColor SC-P600 is part of Epson’s plan to introduce ten new professional printers to the market under the ‘Sure’ brand by 2016, and is the first SureColor model to be aimed at the photo market. Click through to read more.

Briefly: i-box's Slix, Crystal Acoustics' WiSound wireless speakers

Electronista - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 23:45
British tech brand i-Box has introduced its new Slix Bluetooth wireless speaker today at IFA 2014. A compact 6W speaker, the Slix features a durable chassis and rubber detailing designed for protective coverage, with a water-resistance rating of IPX5. Measuring at 155 x 58 x 28mm, its 1.5-inch full-range drivers are supplemented by a passive bass radiator....






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