Archive for August, 2007
Sony announced the development of a bio battery that generates electricity from the chemical reaction of enzymes in the battery feeding on an added sugar solution.
Even the casing, measuring 1.5 inches along each edge in the prototype, is far more environmentally friendly than current battery casings, as it’s made from a vegetable based plastic (polylactate – a corn derived bioplastic).
The test bio battery hooked up in a series of four has generated an electrical output of 50 milliwatts, which Sony says is the highest level ever achieved for passive-type bio batteries. This is enough power to allow for music play back on a memory-type Walkman.
A sugar solution is poured into the top of each cell; enzymes within the cell react with the solution, and thus generate electricity, which powers the music player...
Stuck pixels on LCD screens are an unfortunate reality. If you’ve never had to deal with stuck pixels, you have to know that these little screen defects are usually caused by malfunctioning transistors or an uneven distribution of the LCD liquid inside the display. Fortunately, this problem can usually be fixed.
Note: There’s a (big) difference between a “dead” pixel and a “stuck” pixel.
As you might know, an LCD pixel consists in fact of 3 liquid crystals: a red, a green and a blue one. If one of them stay lit, we have a “stuck” pixel. If one of them stops working, we speak about a “dead” pixel.
It is possible to get those stuck pixels in working order again via a simple (and free) piece of software…
Ariel Shamir of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science in Herzliya, Israel, is working on an interesting new concept: content-aware “smart” image sizing:
Retargeting is a new technology focused on solving problems with changing sizes of digital photography, while traditional crops often fails to include all elements and resize may make the image too small to distinguish, retargeting, using an algorithm, recognizes what’s relevant to the image, and column by column of pixels are removed.
Google launched a new service called Sky that lets you explore the heavens from within Google Earth. You get a 3D view of all the constellations viewable from earth, and you can explore them in 3D.
Today Adobe Systems announced a beta version of its web-pervasive Flash Player, code-named “Moviestar” that can display HD video content using the open-source H.264 standard. The H.264 codec is part of the MPEG-4 video standard, and it’s implemented in both the Blu-ray and HD DVD high-def formats. The company also announced support for High Efficiency AAC audio and hardware-accelerated, multicore video playback. The beta will be available today at labs.adobe.com.
Photosynth is a new technology developed by Microsoft’s Live Labs that takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.It really is amazing. This technology has a gazillion applications from consumer oriented 3D tours of vacation spots, travel planning and other event sharing to military and commercial use for area simulations, strategic analysis, mapping and so on.
“We have concluded that we should find a new, separate organizational setting for Thunderbird; one that allows the Thunderbird community to determine its own destiny.”
Mozilla is currently only focused on Firefox:
“Thunderbird effort is dwarfed by the enormous energy and community focused on the web, Firefox and the ecosystem around it. As a result, Mozilla doesn’t focus on Thunderbird as much as we do browsing and Firefox and we don’t expect this to change in the foreseeable future.”