2010 was the year in which 3D technology really entered the mainstream. After sixty years of trying a variety of different techniques, the film studies finally cracked the art of producing films in high quality 3D. As with so much that starts in the film world, technology companies are now working on turning the 3D technology in our cinemas into 3DTVs that we can enjoy in our own living rooms.
There are several obstacles that need to be overcome before 3D television sets become the norm in our homes. First of all, there is the relative lack of 3D programming, although Sky have blazed a trail with the launch of their dedicated 3DTV channel (which was, at the time, the first in Europe).
This, however, is a relatively insignificant problem compared to the usage of glasses, which makes a real difference. In the cinema it’s fine to wear special glasses for 3D, it’s only for an hour or two and it’s part of the viewing experience, but in your house, it’s a completely different matter and many experts believe that until glasses-less 3D is perfected, people are going to be reluctant to buy the television sets.
To that end Toshiba have been working round the clock to produce a 3D television set that doesn’t require glasses. The end product is incredible, featuring nine different overlapping images and a computer processor big enough to fire a Playstation 3. The overlapping images mean that each eye sees something different and produces the illusion of 3D.
Unfortunately, even with their most advanced prototype, you still need to be sat in a rather specific place for the effect to work. This is potentially fine for gaming, but if you wanted to sprawl out on the sofa, or even have several people watching the same screen, the 3D effect just isn’t convincing. For that reason, many of the other major manufacturers have stuck with 3D with glasses so far.
Some cynics are unsure as to whether glasses-less 3D will ever actually really work, and even if it does, whether several people will be able to watch the same screen and enjoy the 3D at the same time. With the technology developing rapidly, and with major broadcasters taking an interest in 3DTV, it seems only a matter of time before the perfect television set is made, but until then it’s unlikely that 3D will ever really get out of the cinema.
So, it’s the same Galaxy Tab 10.1 (hopefully with Android Honeycomb 3.1, of course), this time with higher pricing (but not by much): the 16GB version for $529.99 or the 32GB model for $629.99 with a new two-year contract and a monthly 4G LTE data plan with Verizon Wireless. Specs for all Galaxy Tab 10.1 units at this point include a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, a 3-megapixel rear camera, comes in black or white back covers, and the .33-inch thinness that makes it the thinnest tablet in the world (thinner by only a hair or so than the iPad 2). Pre-orders start on June 8th, but no release date is given, however.
PR after the cut.
Here’s the story, plain and simple: the Galaxy Tab 10.1, laden with Android Honeycomb 3.1 and no Touchwiz, all on a .33-inch thin tablet with nearly all of the latest specs, is headed to the BestBuy Union Square location next week on June 8, whereas all Best Buy locations in the United States get their Tabs on June 17th. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, the world’s thinnest tablet, will be available starting at $499 for baseline 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB version. Press release is in its usual place; after the break.
Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky took the time at today’s D9 conference to demo the new Windows 8, in full Windows Phone 7-esque Live Tiles, optimized for both tablets and desktops. No release date was given, but still, this is quite amazing, even by Microsft’s standards. HTML 5, full desktop and Java applications are also supported for tablets, meaning low-power apps are possible. Also, included by default is Internet Explorer 10. As usual, Intel devices will support Windows 8 as well as ARM. And now, I think it’s time for you to hit up the source link to see both the press release and video of Windows 8. Via: Microsoft, YouTube
Is anyone ready for a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch Super LCD at qHD resolution, 1080p HD video recording with an 8 megapixel camera, HSPA+ “4G”, and a price of $199 at T-Mobile retail stores on June 15th, for the HTC Sensation 4G? Good. Also, Walmart will be selling the Sensation three days earlier, on the 12th. Looks like the Samsung Galaxy S II isn’t the only hot handset on the block right now. Press release after the cut.
We’ve heard from multiple sources that Twitter is likely to have a big-time partner for such a service: Apple. Specifically, we’re hearing that Apple’s new iOS 5 will come with an option to share images to Twitter baked into the OS. This would be similar to the way you can currently share videos on YouTube with one click in iOS. Obviously, a user would have to enable this feature by logging in with their Twitter credentials in iOS. There would then be a “Send to Twitter” option for pictures stored on your device.
So close to the bigger story, but yet so far. Imagine what else the system could provide if your Twitter account was a system-level service.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has published what may be a game-changer combined with some fear about the doubt of cell phone usage and it possibly being linked to cancer risks. According to WHO, “radio frequency electromagnetic fields” are “possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.” Moreover, 31 scientists from 14 countries from May 24th through May 31st, 2011 came together to evaluate and conduct the studies. Also: “Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones,” IARC Director Chrisopher Wild said. “Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands-free devices or texting.”
The full report is available at the source link as a PDF, and another news story coming from The Washington Post.
If you ask Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, genius creator of Minecraft, then he’ll probably tell you Minecraft 1.6 was one of the biggest updates and worst to maintain in the history of the game. After 6 different patches, Minecraft Beta 1.6.6 is here and is easily acquired: Just start up Minecraft Beta and it will auto-update. Notch also mentioned that this will be the last update until 1.7 (unless something goes wrong), which is a good thing.
It also seems Notch is getting the long-awaited Adventure mode to debut in version 1.7 — Adventure is a game mode where you complete a series of puzzles or challenges in the Minecraft world without the ability to break blocks (unless you are told to) and materials of any sort are provided (if needed). It sort of makes the game more straightforward rather than the current Survival mode, which forces you to use your surrounding environment to survive, defeat mobs, build mega-structures and invent.
The full changelist of bug fixes and new features is at the source link. Via: The Word Of Notch