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Twitter planning to add filters, take on Instagram – report

A report in the New York Times claims that Twitter will be slugging it out with Instagram in the near future by offering its own range of image filters to users. The reports says that “In the coming months, Twitter plans to update its mobile applications to introduce filters for photos that will allow people to share altered images on Twitter and bypass Instagram, the popular mobilecentric p...[Read More]

Foldable, rollable electronic displays just got a little closer to reality

A team working at the University of Cincinnati’s Novel Devices Laboratory have this week published research detailing an advance that could bring us closer to rollable or foldable electronic devices. The paper, titled Bright e-Paper by Transport of Ink through a White Electrofluidic Imaging Film, has confirmed that a rollable screen is a viable technology, involving a thin sheet of film that...[Read More]

Startup Eta Devices may soon provide tech that halves smartphone power consumption

A company in Massachusetts called Eta Devices, co-founded by MIT electrical engineering professors Joel Dawson and David Perreault, says that they have hit on a new amplifier design for cellular base stations and smartphones that could sharply reduced power consumption in those devices. Power amplifiers in base stations and smartphones do the same things, just on different scales. Both convert ele...[Read More]

Samsung builds Solar Powered Internet School in rural SA

Samsung has set up a solar-powered classroom, created out of a modified shipping container, in Phomolong near Johannesburg in South Africa. The unimaginatively-named Solar Powered Internet School, which came about as part of Samsung’s corporate-social responsibility program, forms part of Phomolong secondary school and is outfitted with an array of electronic gadgetry. Solar-powered Samsung ...[Read More]

ISS trip complete, SpaceX Dragon capsule slashes down

Commercial space flight company SpaceX’s first official trip to the International Space Station (ISS) has come to a successful conclusion. The Dragon capsule yesterday splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, bringing the two week long trip to a close. The first of twelve missions that SpaceX is contracted to perform, the mission saw the Dragon capsule depart the ISS yesterday with over 1,600 pou...[Read More]

Cray’s supercomputer gets an upgrade and a new name

Cray’s Jaguar (XK7) supercomputer, which is housed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has just been upgraded with a fair number of NVIDIA Telsa K20 GPUs. And over 700 terabytes of memory. The addition of 18,688 of the Kepler-based K20’s has pushed the supercomputer’s performance over 20 petaflops, making the name change for the beefy piece of hardware rather appropriate. The newly...[Read More]

Microsoft planning on making more hardware – Ballmer

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, speaking to the BBC, has confirmed ahead of the Microsoft Surface launch, which is a bare day away, that Microsoft will keep on making hardware . Surface will be releasing along with Windows 8 and there will likely be other announcements from the company at tomorrow’s event in New York. Though there are no sales yet to judge from, Ballmer has stated that Micr...[Read More]

Microsoft announces new Skype for Windows 8

Microsoft is launching its new OS at the end of this week, for good or for ill, and just to show that they are not simply sitting around and waiting for release day the company has just announced that a new version of Skype will become available with Windows 8. Skype for Windows 8 will be a “…completely new Skype experience, which is designed to be always on, immersive, effortless and ...[Read More]

Microsoft strikes back

Microsoft is about to enter a new era this week with the release of the latest version of its Windows software. At stake is a lot more than just a new operating system for desktop computers. Microsoft has dominated the computer industry for three decades, its Windows running the overwhelming majority of computers – first desktops and then laptops. As they say in the Highlander film: There ca...[Read More]

8ta offers free WiFi in cabs for selected SA cities

Telkom’s cellular solution 8ta has managed a first for South Africa by deploying free WiFi access to branded cabs in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. 150 Nissan Lavina cabs (taxis) across the three cities will be offering the service at no extra cost, though only specifically branded cars will feature WiFi access. The vehicles participating in the WiFi rollout will be displaying advertise...[Read More]

The Pirate Bay takes to the cloud

File-sharing website The Pirate Bay has taken to the cloud in a slightly different approach to the one which would have seen them doing the same thing in a much more physical way. The Pirate Bay is getting rid of physical servers, opting instead for virtual machines based across a series of cloud servers, a move that is calculated to to keep the service running in the face of law enforcement crack...[Read More]

IBM’s Watson about to take on some not-so-elementary medical problems

IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence, which the company is considering condensing into a mobile form, will soon be moving on from defeating human contestants in trivia game shows to diagnosing patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The AI has spent at least six months being taught the treatment guidelines in use at the Center and soon the doctors there will be using ...[Read More]

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