In a trend kick-started by the Apple iPad, more than 46 million media tablets are expected to ship in 2014, according to the new "Worldwide and U.S. Media Tablet 2010-2014 Forecast" released by IDC on Thursday.
Up substantially from the 7.6 million tablets likely to ship this year, that forecast points to a compound annual growth rate of 57.4 percent. Of course, that includes not just the iPad but other tablets following its lead and competing in the marketplace, including the new Archos 7 Home Tablet, a tablet from the likes of Intel, and a … Read more
Hewlett-Packard makes 65 million devices every year that sport a glass display.
That--the glass part, at least--is coming to an end in the next decade, according to Carl Taussig, the head of HP Labs' Information Surfaces Lab.
"In 10 years, glass will be as much a memory of displays as cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are today," Taussig said during a tour of his lab Friday.
So why plastic? Because plastic substrates--and their manufacturing process--are cheaper than the glass substrates currently used to make your laptop display or monitor. The thin films of plastic they're using are 40 … Read more
Big photo-editing programs like Photoshop are great when you need to do a lot of work on your images, but sometimes you just need a simple tool that can handle cropping, rotating, and other basic editing functions. ExifPro lets users edit, organize, and share images without a lot of hassle.
The program's interface is sleek and intuitive, with its major functions split into well-organized panes, all of which can be moved around within the interface or closed. The Folders pane lets users browse to specific image files, whereas the Images pane displays thumbnails of the images contained within selected … Read more
OPower's task in the world is to make boring energy information interesting.
The Arlington, Va.-based start-up has developed a software system that analyzes years of utility data and provides recommendations to consumers on how to shave their bills. Next month, utility ComEd will install an updated version of the system to about 120,000 customers who are receiving smart meters.
There are dozens of companies vying for a piece of business in home energy efficiency and the smart grid. Although not totally unique, OPower's approach stands out in that it combines analytical software with expertise in behavioral … Read more
LONDON--After 16 months at Yahoo's helm and an expectations-beating first quarter, new chief executive Carol Bartz brought some of her down-home style to the Old World for her European press debut Wednesday.
Bartz fielded questions, touted Yahoo's refurbished strategy, and, flanked by the company's head of European operations, touted news that the Internet pioneer won sole rights to show game highlight videos for the Premier League, the 20-club group top of the English football competition pecking order. Bartz was here as part of a tour to meet senior ad agency executives in London and was due for … Read more
The next time you play Halo or Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, you could be flexing your gameplay skills on a thin, bendable projection screen.
Code-named Cobra (PDF), that future has yet to come. But the guys at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, are working at it. Human Media Lab's Zi Ye and Hammad Khalid have developed a system that combines a wearable computer and shoulder-mounted pico projector with a flexible display fitted with flex-sensing wires and sensors.
To play, the system projects the game onto the screen, which users can flex, tap, or shake to activate … Read more
An ongoing issue with OS X 10.6.3 seems to corrupt graphics on external displays when you present in full screen with "mirrored" displays. The display will work and show the mirrored desktop in the Finder, but when applications take over use the display to show full-screen presentations, media, or other purposes, the graphics will garble and can only be fixed with a restart.… Read more
Now, Korean materials maker NeoView Kolon has taken the wraps off its T-OLED (transparent OLED) technology found on a transparent display that aims to bring the very cool touch-sensitive transcreens of "Minority Report" and "Avatar" from reel to real.