Last week in Japan, NEC announced the Medias X 06E smartphone. Only available for the Japanese market, the NEC Medias X 06E sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch 720p OLED screen, a Sony Exmor RS for Mobile 13MP camera, and is liquid-cooled as well.
Similar to the pricey high-end desktops for enthusiasts, the Medias X 06E has a heatpipe that funnels heat away from the processor – possibly making it the first ever liquid cooled smartphone. Also, the graphite sheet placed parallel to the motherboard further reduces the heat emanating from the NEC smartphone.
Funny thing is, the Medias 06E isn’t the most powerfully-specced smartphone in the market. The decision to add this liquid-cooling feature becomes a little more bewildering when one considers the fact that NEC is marketing this smartphone as a female-oriented device – complete with the dangly charms that looks like they fit into the 3.5mm audio jack.
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- Booking period: 29 Apr 2013 to 20 May 2013.
- Travel period: 29 Apr 2013 to 31 May 2013.
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- Valid for Economy Class purchases only.
- Not applicable for promotional fares.
- Complimentary child ticket applicable for first accompanied child. For second child onwards, normal fares will apply.
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- Promotion is not applicable during peak periods, demand flights and subject to seat availability.
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The Internet loves cats – that much is obvious. But just how much, exactly? Besides the deluge of cat videos readily available on YouTube (with the most recent one going viral being “Cat in a Shark Costume Chases a Duck While Riding a Roomba“), there is also a deluge of cat related animated gif images online. And who can forget the Internet sensation, Grumpy Cat? Oh, and the Internet-christened Caturday, where netizens share the feline love online?
Perhaps, this obsession with cats simply isn’t enough. Or perhaps, the Japanese have elevated the feline-Internet relationship to a whole new level. Regardless, the latest creation from the Land of the Rising Sun is called Neko Font (“Neko” means “cat” in Japanese). Neko Font is just like any other font, except that the characters are made entirely out of cats, posing in various positions. Real-life cats, too: they’re called Raizou and Mondo – presumably owned by (or owning) the creators of the Neko Font.
It sounds absolutely ridiculous at first, but you’d be surprised at how long you’ll spend typing out anything and everything, just to see how it’ll turn out. Happy (early) Caturday!
As is usual with most global product launches, some marketing pitches never go past the drawing board. Others, like the “Windows 8 Training Camp” videos (featured above and after the jump), need only be published. The three-vide0 skits are brilliant: each video presents one particular feature of Windows 8 succinctly, with plenty of humour to boot.
These videos, according to Microsoft, were meant for the Asian markets – but to be honest, the ads would not have been lost on Western countries as well: not only are the characters speaking gibberish disguised in Pan-Asian accents, the videos are presented in a relaxed, easygoing manner that transcends cultures.
Too bad they were never officially published.
*More videos after the jump.
Known for their creative suites of editing software and being a staple in many a creative professional’s workflow, Adobe have announced that it would be making waves with their first pieces of hardware, codenamed Project Mighty Smart Stylus & Napoleon Ruler. The devices, connecting to an iPad and iPhone over Bluetooth will act as a stylus and combined with the ruler, will be able to create curved and angled shapes in a way that would be difficult with any other third party stylus. So far, the devices have been demoed working with an unreleased app that is developed with a specific piece of hardware.
The design of the devices is very reminiscent to early brushed metal Apple product. The stylus has a single button and the ruler has markings with a series of shapes that can be switched to alter how the stylus draws. So far nothing solid has been released as they are still in development but this is a very interesting first step to the whole content creation and creative cloud that Adobe are banking on for their future suites.
(Source: The Verge)
3D printers are not only cool and amazing, they could be dangerous too. About 2 weeks back, a guy named Cody Wilson took up the challenge to print a gun entirely out of a 3D printer. He said that the project will be done in a couple of week’s time and it looks like the day is finally here. Few days back, Cody Wilson showed off the “Liberator” handgun that he printed, but will it work? Watch the video to find out.
The Liberator handgun consists of 16 parts, 15 of which are printed with a 3D printer while the last part is a simple nail you can get in any hardware store. The Liberator was then put through a series of tests whereby the trigger was pulled by a string. Cody Wilson then took the gun and fired a shot himself and the result? Here’s a spoiler in case you haven’t watched the video yet – both Cody and the gun survived with no damage at all though, the gun did receive a crack on a pin but I assume it could be printed back in no time.
Catch the video of the firing process below.
Now that Google has released the source codes for its revolutionary Google Glass, developers are discovering new features within the code for some cool new features. One of the first is the ability to snap pictures with just a wink, instead of voice command or tapping the side of the glasses.
Interestingly, while this feature is supported in the code, Google Glass is shipped with this feature disabled. Mike DiGiovanni, a Glass developer, unlocks this feature with his Winky app. According to Ars Technica, the app rearranges the priority of a wink gesture within a user’s Glass, where the default mode disregards all wink gestures that Glass detects. The app then “intercepts the wink with a higher priority than anything else”, so any wink gesture will snap a shot on Glass.
Unlike the NY Times app, however, the app is not compiled – a move to protect users’ personal info. Instead, those interested needs to compile and run it as an APK themselves.
Yesterday, IBM took the curtains off its “world’s smallest movie” made using one of the smallest elements in the world – atom. Named “A Boy and His Atom”, the movie has been certified by the Guinness World of Record as the “World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film”. How small is an atom? The images has to be enlarged by 100 million times – according to the team behind the movie, “if an atom was the size of an orange, then the orange would be the size of the whole planet earth”.
All images were taken using IBM’s very own 2-tons scanning tunneling microscope that operates at a temperature of negative 268 degree Celsius. To move the atoms around, the researchers had to use a super sharp needle only 1 nanometer away from the surface – the needle can physically attract atoms and molecules on the surface, thus allowing the researchers to move them around. The movie was made using thousands of atoms in 242 frames of stop-motion action.
Catch the atoms in action in the video below, or hit the break for more videos explaining how things work.
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