Vol 22 - Issue 18


Navy Ditches Crucible in Bulletproof ‘Glass’ Production

by Tom Allen

The press used in place of a crucible to produce Spinel.US Navy researchers have developed a bulletproof glass – or, more accurately, a ‘transparent material’ – called Spinel. It is actually a synthetic powdered …

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Tattoos? Apple Doesn’t Want to Know

by Tom Allen

As well as the tight supply chain issues, the rumours of failing components and the online-only orders, the Apple Watch has hit another snag: it won’t work if you have a tattoo. At least, …

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American Airlines Stays Grounded on iPad Glitch

by Tom Allen

‘Several dozen’ America Airlines flights were grounded at the end of April as the result of an iPad software glitch. Flight plans and pilot manuals are stored on the tablets. The airline said that …

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Gartner: PC Prices Rise and Spending to Fall

by Tom Allen

PC prices will have to climb this year, to offset the effects of currency devaluation, says Gartner. In particular end-user prices in the Eurozone and Japan, where local currencies have fallen up to 20%, …

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HTC CFO: Outsourcing Will Rise

by Tom Allen

HTC’s CFO, Chang Chia-lin, has said that the company is likely to raise its smartphone outsourcing orders to ODM partners this year. The move will be made to cope with emerging market demand.

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Radiant Predicts High Smartphone BLU Shipments

by Tom Allen

Radiant Opto-Electronics expects backlight units (BLUs) for smartphone applications to represent between 20% and 25% of its consolidated revenues in the second half of the year. The company said that it would invest NT$3 …

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HDMI Upgrades Will Depend on Manufacturer

by Tom Allen

In an interview with HD Guru, Jeff Park – senior technical specifications manager for HDMI LLC – said that updating to v2.0a of the standard (HDR Formats Come to HDMI) would depend on the …

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Orange Branches Out With TV Stick

by Vanessa Browning

Orange has launched an HDMI dongle, simply called the TV Stick. The product acts as a small form factor STB. It will be deployed in Romania first, followed by France and other European countries. …

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Cablevision will Offer Hulu Plus to its Customers

by Norbert Hildebrand

Cablevision announced that it will carry Hulu Plus for its Optimum customers. The agreement will be the first resell agreement Hulu is offering to any provider. According to the press release, both sides seem …

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LG Releases New G4 Smartphone

by Norbert Hildebrand

LG Electronics has released its new G4 Android smartphone. The latest model of the LG phablet comes with a 5.5″ QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution resulting in a pixel density of 538ppi. It also …

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Samsung Overtakes Apple for Smartphone Crown

by Tom Allen

With a renewed focus on lower-cost models, Samsung regained the top spot in the global smartphone market in Q1’15, said IDC. Shipment volumes were seasonally down QoQ – a difference exacerbated by Q4’14’s record …

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iScan Micro is Tiny Upscaler

by Tom Allen

A tiny video enhancement system has been developed by DVDO. The iScan Micro connects between an HDMI source and the display and uses VRS Clearview. It is able to scale content to UltraHD at …

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