The human brain is a wonderful thing to taste er, test. That’s why a new paper explores the possibilities of improving memory by manipulating a specific enzyme. Why is this important? For starters, it could potentially open a new frontier of brain-specific medication.
What happens when a Scandinavian designer and a Japanese company join forces? Weird gadgets is what happens. The Necono is not a paperweight or a fridge magnet, though it does have magnets on its feet/base. The Necono is a small feline shaped camera that can take video and pics thanks to a hidden MicroSD card.
Not only does it mark you for life, but imprints a religious symbol on your arm. So no vague tribal tats here, boys and girls. You can’t choose the ink design either cos it’s random. If you’re Jewish and the machine delivers a green crescent, just gulp and move on.
Having just had my very own Steam account hijacked not two weeks ago I welcomed Valve’s recent announcement of their new Steam anti-hijacker protection system with tears of joy and of hitting my shin against a chest of drawers. But mostly joy. Which makes Gabe Newell’s stunt of offering up his Steam login details as a challenge to the new system so hard to watch, because although Valve is as dear to me as the aforementioned shin, like hitting said shin on a piece of furniture, this can only end in tears.
If you are rocking a computer that you can’t crack open or a notebook that has slower WiFi connectivity and you need a nice upgrade a new USB adapter from TP-Link has surfaced. The new adapter is interesting in that it has a pair of articulating 3dBi antennas that you can adjust for optimum signal strength.
The good news is humans will survive it. The bad news is little else will. So much for good news, then.
Nicholas Matzke, a graduate student from the U of California, Berkeley has just published a paper that concludes 3/4ths of all life on Earth will be extinct within 300 years. Matzke arrived at this grim finding after he conducted research that was the result of a 2009 seminar. He then began comparing extinction rates and modern data, which produced quite an Uh-oh moment.
If you are in the market for a new tablet, you may have a hard time deciding what tablet to go with now that the new iPad 2 has been unveiled. Motorola unveiled its slick Xoom tablet back at CES and the thing will come in 3G and WiFi only versions. The big downside has been that the tablet is expensive with hints that the WiFi version would go for $599.
Surfing has just gotten a much deserved boost thanks to efforts by two Spanish companies who want that competitive edge during competitions. Tecnalia and Pukas have collaborated to create the Surfsens, a board that has built in flash memory so its performance on the waves can be assessed.
The Web App Store is still currently under development but the release now means that the OWA Application Manifest spec is now stable and ready for developers to start creating applications on it. Check out the brief video after the jump for more details.
We just got our hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Ace which was announced back in January, and thought we would show you guys some hands on photos of the Galaxy Ace.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels it comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and features a 5 megapixel camera.
Yesterday at the Game Developers Conference, San Francisco the Khronos Group today released the final WebGL 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins.
The new WebGL 1.0 specification is great news for everyone running Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari but unfortunately if you running Internet Explorer your unfortuanetly not going to be able to benefit from the new specifications. As Microsoft would rather stick with its DirectX-based hardware acceleration rather than the new WebGL 1.0 specification.
The fragmentation of Android on older devices has been a problem for developers and Google alike, but with the release of Honeycomb this fragmentation will hopefully come to a stop due to the inclusion of a library built into the software to offer new tools to avoid issues like different screen sizes.
Google has now released this library to older devices running Android 1.6 or later so they can now benefit from the API’s and hopefully help eradicate the fragmentation problem suffered by these older devices.