Toshiba's dual-camera system enables second-chance manipulations

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Dual camera module, "TCM9518MD", enabling simultaneous output of images and depth data. Credit: Toshiba (Phys.org) —Smartphone cameras are taking on advanced features as smartphone vendors continue to compete for sales. Toshiba last week announced a dual camera system that will be a talking point in mobile devices at some time in the future. Toshiba last Thursday announced a dual camera system "TCM95…
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E-paper display powered by NFC from smartphone (w/ Video)

E-paper display powered by NFC from smartphone (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Researchers from Intel, the University of Massachusetts and the University of Washington have teamed up to build an e-paper display that can be powered by the Near Field Communication (NFC) signal from a smartphone. Called a wirelessly bistable display tag, the device works by harvesting more energy from the NFC transaction than it consumes in converting the data it receives into an imag…
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Australia's new supercomputer a boon for climate scientists

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This recent undated handout picture released on July 31, 2013 by the Australian National University in Canberra shows a supercomputer which has been named Raijin—after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms. Australia's most powerful computer was unveiled Wednesday, in a boost for climate scientists who need to crunch vast amounts of data to make forecasts and pinpoint extrem…
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Intel's multimillion baby Omek is acquired for motion sensing

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(Phys.org) —What would Intel do with a company focused on motion sensing technology? A number of ideas circle around the announcement this week that Intel has bought Israel-based Omek Interactive. An Intel spokesperson in Israel said the deal would raise Intel's capabilities in immersive "perceptual computing" experiences. Perceptual c…
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ARM chip makers set to reach 3GHz next year

ARM chip makers set to reach 3GHz next year
(Phys.org) —ARM chip makers TSMC and GlobalFoundries have revealed that they plan to release ARM processor chips capable of running at 3GHz sometime next year. Such chips will almost certainly be welcomed with open arms by the users of the millions of phones, tablets, etc. which have them as part of a System-On-Chip (SoC) platform. …
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China supercomputer world's fastest: report

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A Chinese supercomputer is the fastest in the world, according to survey results announced Monday, comfortably overtaking a US machine which now ranks second. A Chinese supercomputer is the fastest in the world, according to survey results announced Monday, comfortably overtaking a US machine which now ranks second. …
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Tianhe-2 supercomputer at 31 petaflops is title contender

Tianhe-2 supercomputer at 31 petaflops is title contender
(Phys.org) —How is this for bragging rights in the always-on title grab for the world's fastest supercomputer: China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer, aka Milkyway-2, recently measured at speeds of 31 petaflops (30.65) out of a theoretical peak of 49.19. The kicker is that it was not even running at full capacity. The fastest result was only using 90 percent of the machine. The stats come from a five-hour Linpack test us…
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Intel introduces fourth generation processors

Intel introduces fourth generation processors
Intel Corp. unveiled its fourth generation processors in Taipei in a bid to give personal computers a new lease of life amid stiff competition from smartphones and tablets. Intel Corp. unveiled its fourth generation processors in Taipei on Tuesday in a bid to give personal computers a new lease of life amid stiff competition from smartphones and tablets. …
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Use of quantum dots with LCD screens in consumer devices edging closer to reality

Use of quantum dots with LCD screens in consumer devices edging closer to reality
Comparison of LCDs without (left) and with (right) 3M's QDEF solution. Credit: 3M (Phys.org) —A recent press release by 3M announcing that its partnership with Nanosys, Inc. is about to bear fruit appears to be a sign that LCD's with quantum dot technology are close to fulfilling the promise of much more colorful displays. Not to be outdone, Sony recently began shipping its quantum dot …
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Intel's Haswell to extend battery life, set for Taipei launch

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(Phys.org) —One key selling point in laptops is battery life and Intel earlier this week had good news on that very front. Its upcoming Haswell processors will give users 50 percent more battery life than Ivy Bridge. That is just one part of what Intel thinks is so great about Haswell. …
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