Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Apple has been awarded a patent for the wedge design of the MacBook Air. The definition of the design is broad enough to cover many ultrabooks, extending Apple's apparent ownership of black rectangles to thin, vaguely katana-like triangles.
The design is defined by the solid lines in the patent drawings—the dotted lines are what Apple deems irrelevant to the overall patented design. So really, any laptop that is wedged could fall into this category. Even machines like the new Lenovo X1 Carbon, or the Dell XPS 13, both of which are substantially different from the MacBook Air, but are shaped kinda the same sort of a little. Ugh.
Here's the thing, though.
If we take Tim Cook at his word—which, let's do that for the sake of argument—he doesn't want to bludgeon everyone on patents. But given the landscape, it's obliterate or be obliterated. It's Larry Holmes beating up Muhammad Ali, begging the ref to call the fight. Or, you know, take the fight out back and blow it up with a nuclear warhead. [Verge]
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Published on May 30, 2012 by Euronews : 3D printing technology is progressing rapidly, and some experts say it could revolutionise the way objects are made in the future.
An object is scanned - or designed on computer modelling software - then sliced up, into many thousands of tiny layers, which are then printed out, eventually forming a solid three dimensional product.
Finally! Enough Android 4.0 tablets are now in the wild to warrant a Top 5!
Still a bit expensive compared with what the rest of this list offers, but the Acer Iconia Tab A510 gets points for Tegra 3 power, expandable storage, and Micro-HDMI. Read the full review.
Though 7-inch Android 4.0 tablets will likely soon be even cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with its $250 price, for now, this is one of the most highe-value full-Android 7-inchers on the market. Read the full review.
Sony recently bestowed an Android 4.0 upgrade on the Tablet S, which retains the very distinct Sony aesthetic as well as its software features. Also, with its new, lower price, the S is one of the better tablet buys right now. Read the full review.
The best full-size Android tablet value out there. It includes the expected extras like Micro-HDMI and expandable storage, but also a powerful Tegra 3 processor and a pretty fantastic camera.Read the full review.
The current big daddy of Android tablets, with fast performance, sensible and durable design, and a robust feature set, the Prime isn't only the best Android 4.0 tablet, but is second only to the iPad as the overall best tablet available. Read the full review.