October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween: Special Limewit Treat

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October 25, 2012

A CD That Transforms Into a Mouse? Yup.

Is your CD-ROM drive sitting empty on that laptop of yours? Probably. Now you can fill your CD-ROM drive with this foldable, flat-pack mouse if it was more than just a concept for the 2012 iF Design competition by designer Taewon Hwang, but it's clever enough that we're comfortable blowing some of our imagination juice on it. 

When unfolded, the mouse is flat and round and matches the size and shape of a CD, which means that you can store it inside your computer when you're not using it. When you need a mouse, just pop it out and fold it up, and you've got what looks to be a tolerably comfortable two-button mouse with touch buttons and a scroll wheel. Also, when folded, it kind of reminds me of a 5.25" floppy. No, that's not a euphemism, kids. Get off my lawn.

Stealthy. This is something The Batman would use.

Written by Evan Ackerman
Edited by Limewit Tech Blog
Photos courtesy of Taewong Hwang

October 23, 2012

It's Official - Apple's New iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad

  • Starts at 16GB of storage Wi-Fi @ $329 
  • 32GB @ $429 and $529. Cellular at $459, $559 and $659. 
  • Five colors for the smart covers plus a Product Red one as well. 
  • Wi-Fi ship November 2nd. Pre-orders for Wi-fi start on Friday. 
  • Largest and thinnest battery in an iPad yet 
  • There's no more aluminum hinge. It's all one material.
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi @ 5.2Ghz
  • 10 hr battery
  • Dual-core A5 processor
  • FaceTime HD front-side camera
  • 5 megapixel iSight camera
  • LTE
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October 22, 2012

Intel Wants To Increase Your Tablets Battery Life

One of Intel's goals with Haswell, the CPU architecture that is slated to replace the current Ivy Bridge processors next year, is to get the CPUs into more tablets. Ivy Bridge processors will appear in some Windows 8 tablets (like Acer's Iconia W700) this year, but tablets running Haswell chips should be thinner and lighter and, most importantly, get better battery life. AnandTech's analysis of the new architecture sheds some light on just how Intel plans to get its high-end tablets to use less power.

Many of the methods being used to lower Haswell's power consumption are pretty conventional, and we touched on them a bit in our overview of the architecture: more power gating means that the CPU can turn off more parts of itself if they're not being used, and the Haswell platform can also transition between these different power states more quickly than could Ivy Bridge. The new S0ix system power states will also lower power consumption—these "active idle" states will allow the tablets to consume less power during light use like web browsing or checking e-mail, and they'll also enable the tablets to come out of sleep mode more quickly.

The most interesting part of the AnandTech piece isn't about how Intel will be reducing power usage in its own chips, but in how it will exert its reach over third-parties to lower power consumption of other non-Intel system components like voltage regulators and motherboard micro-controllers Intel wants to recommend not just specific components, but also things like component firmware versions, all in the name of saving power.

Intel even wants to dictate the components in displays—it wants manufacturers to begin putting small amounts of RAM into their display panels to make them capable of storing static images. That way, if a user is reading a document or Web page but not interacting with anything on the screen, the computer could display a static image of the screen rather than continuously refreshing it for no reason.

None of the Haswell platform's power management tweaks amount to huge savings by themselves, but taken together they add up to much improved potential battery life—if not comparable to ARM, then at least within spitting distance. The downside is that, to achieve the best results, Intel goes beyond the processor itself and begins dictating which components third-party manufacturers should and shouldn't use. This may maximize battery life, but if Intel succeeds in making serious inroads against ARM in the next few years, it puts a worrisome amount of control to put in the hands of a single company.

by Andrew Cunningham, ArsTechnica

October 18, 2012

New York Fashion Week Meets Google Glass (1st Video)

Experience the DVF Spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week through the eyes of the people who made it happen—the stylists, the models and Diane von Furstenberg herself. All the footage you see here was filmed using only Glass, Google's latest technology that lets you capture moments from a unique, new perspective. See what happens when fashion and technology come together like you've never seen before.

video courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

October 15, 2012

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October 11, 2012

eBay's New Logo : Good or Bad?

EBay Inc executive Devin Wenig unveiled a new logo on Thursday, a re-design he said reflected a shift by the online marketplace away from auctions and collectibles toward full-priced, buy-it-now merchandise.

The new logo keeps eBay's famous colors, red, blue, yellow and green, but the letters are thinner and arranged inline, rather than the previous, slightly jumbled approach.

The new design will be rolled out across the company's websites this fall.

"The eBay logo is known the world over, so changing it was not a decision made lightly. The time felt right," Wenig, president of eBay Global Marketplaces, wrote in an email to employees.

What do you think of their new logo?

Edited by Limewit Tech Blog
By Alistair Barr, Reuters
Photos courtesy of eBay.com

October 8, 2012

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October 4, 2012

Which Careers Consume the Most Coffee? (infographic)

Which careers consume the most coffee? 
Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder.com did their annual survey on U.S. coffee consumption trends in the  workplace. This infographic was made by Ryoko Iwata. She used information gathered from this survey.

October 1, 2012

New Battery Can Charge 120 Times Faster

The Chevy Volt
A group of Korean scientists, working at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), have developed a fast-charge lithium-ion battery that can be recharged 30 to 120 times faster than conventional li-ion batteries. The team believes it can build a battery pack for electric vehicles that can be fully charged in less than a minute.

One of the main issues with rechargeable batteries is that they take longer to recharge as their physical volume grows. When you recharge a battery, it charges from the outside in — so the larger the battery, the longer it takes. You can somewhat avoid this by breaking larger batteries into smaller individual cells, but that technique only gets you so far.

The Korean method takes the cathode material — standard lithium manganese oxide (LMO) in this case — and soaks it in a solution containing graphite. Then, by carbonizing the graphite-soaked LMO, the graphite turns into a dense network of conductive traces that run throughout the cathode. This new cathode is then packaged normally, with an electrolyte and graphite anode, to create the fast-charging li-ion battery. Other factors, such as the battery’s energy density and cycle life seem to remain unchanged.

These networks of carbonized graphite effectively act like blood vessels, allowing every part of the battery to recharge at the same time — thus speeding up recharge by 30 to 120 times.

Now, for all intents and purposes, this is a standard lithium-ion battery that could be used in smartphones and laptops — but the network of conductive traces does increase the overall size of the battery, so it’s probably better suited for use in electric vehicles (EVs). Obviously, an EV that can be recharged in under a minute is pretty crazy — though it still only brings them in-line with their gas-guzzling cousins. Being able to charge quickly is convenient, but it doesn't get around the fact that li-ion battery packs are incredibly expensive — and the Korean carbonized LMO battery certainly won’t be cheap.

I could see fast-charge batteries as being a nice option for smartphone and laptop users, though: You could have a normal battery and a fast-charge battery, and switch in whichever one makes most sense for your daily routine. Fast-charge batteries could be convenient in wireless mice and keyboards, and other gizmos, too.

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Edited by Limewit Tech Blog
Written by Sebastian Anthony
Photos courtesy of UNIST
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