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Submission + - Lenovo Revamps ThinkPad X1 Carbon With Broadwell, Traditional ThinkPad Keyboard (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Lenovo just revamped the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and in this third generation of the machine, they've adopted Intel's latest 5th generation Core Series Broadwell processors, along with a few other updates. In addition, they've retooled the keyboard and trackpad area, returning back to more traditional roots versus the second generation machine, which was met with some criticism due to its adaptive function key row and over-simplified, buttonless trackpad. Notable upgrades to this 3rd gen model are a faster Core i5-5300U processor and a self-encrypting Opal2 compliant SSD. Performance-wise, the new ThinkPad offers up some of the best numbers in utlrabooks currently, though battery life is a bit middle of the road, but still able to last over 8 hours under light, web-driven workloads.

Submission + - Here's Why Patents Are Innovation's Worst Enemy (singularityhub.com)

walterbyrd writes: Patents did serve an important purpose during the days when technology advances happened over decades or centuries. In today’s era of exponentially advancing technologies, however, patents have become the greatest inhibitor to innovation and are holding the United States back. The only way of staying ahead is to out-innovate a competitor; speed to market and constant reinvention are critical. Patents do the reverse; they create disincentives to innovate and slow down innovators by allowing technology laggards and extortionists to sue them.

Submission + - Pills with digestible microchips approved by US drug agency (nature.com)

ananyo writes: Digestible microchips embedded in drugs may soon tell doctors whether a patient is taking their medications as prescribed. The 'digital pills' are the first ingestible devices approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The pills contain a sand-particle sized sensor, consisting of a minute silicon chip containing trace amounts of magnesium and copper. When swallowed, it generates a slight voltage in response to digestive juices, which conveys a signal to the surface of a person’s skin where a patch then relays the information to a mobile phone belonging to a healthcare-provider. Currently, the FDA, and the analogous regulatory agency in Europe have only approved the device based on studies showing its safety and efficacy when implanted in placebo pills. But Proteus Digital Health, the manufacturer, hopes to have the device approved within other drugs in the near future.

Submission + - SPAM: Mobile Phone Development Completes Your Smartphone!

LorenaVelasco writes: "The mobile technology has developed tremendously in recent times. A revolution like has taken place in the world of Mobile phones. Initially, when mobile phones were new to the market, they were only used for incoming and outgoing calls and send messages, but now the trend is changing rapidly. It's the age of Smartphone which play the role of mini computers which fits right in your palm. The field of mobile app development can create and design several unique, innovative mobile applications that can allow you to send and check emails, gaming, internet faxing, net surfing, etc all in one mobile phone- Smart phone. Mobile application development brings in many elements to come up with innovative solutions."
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Submission + - Top 5 Sony PlayStation Vita Games of 2012 (digitizor.com)

kai_hiwatari writes: Having just launched in early 2012, the PS Vita has already accrued a wide variety of interesting and original games. Many of these new PS Vita games have been created to take full advantage of the Vita's unique system capabilities, including its rear touch pad and tilt sensor.

Submission + - Google Glass : Smart Glass Technology (blogspot.com)

arghahaykal writes: "Some time ago we might have heard about some secret project that will be done by Google, they have called "smart glasses".

Still not many know how it works and can connect to web or even be directly connected with our Android devices. These glasses will display all kinds of information in both text and image associated with anything that we see. For example, we're standing on the sidewalk downtown, you'll see information about shops, restaurants, transportation direction of where we are going, or any information we might want to know with this device.

Google will put the AR or Augmented Reality in the face of a pair of glasses. The concept that already exists on the smartphone. This concept is clearly an interesting idea that people compare to the sight like the one in terminator movie terminator.

It turned out to be real news, Google has confirmed that they were doing a project and the project is called "Google Glass" or Google Glasses. The concept is a great change and great ideas from the experts of electrical and computer science who also works for Google Labs X."


Submission + - The PSP is not a failure (goozernation.com)

kube00 writes: Some say the PSP is failure compared to the DS. Would a failure have sold over 71 million consoles worldwide? Would a failure have some of the best handheld RPGS a gamer could get? The PSP is still one of the better portable media and region free gaming devices on the market and best of all, its so affordable.

Submission + - bitcoin value implodes (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently unbeknownst to slashdot's editors and in spite of their relentless promotion of bitcoin a few months ago, bitcoin value has completely tanked in the few short months since June. Is it still too late to return those mining GPUs we've bought to Best Buy?

Is Ubuntu Getting Slower? 544

An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix has a new article where they provide Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10 benchmarks and had ran many tests. In that article, when using an Intel notebook they witness major slowdowns in different areas and ask the question, Is Ubuntu getting slower? From the article: 'A number of significant kernel changes had went on between these Ubuntu Linux releases including the Completely Fair Scheduler, the SLUB allocator, tickless kernel support, etc. We had also repeated many of these tests to confirm we were not experiencing a performance fluke or other issue (even though the Phoronix Test Suite carries out each test in a completely automated and repeatable fashion) but nothing had changed. Ubuntu 7.04 was certainly the Feisty Fawn for performance, but based upon these results perhaps it would be better to call Ubuntu 7.10 the Gooey Gibbon, 8.04 the Hungover Heron, and 8.10 the Idling Ibex.'"

Nintendo's Homebrew-Blocking Update Hacked 157

ElementC writes "Team Twiizers, the group behind almost all of the Wii Homebrew scene, has released an update to the Homebrew Channel (and installer) that allows for installation on a Wii with the most recent update installed. While the team still recommends against installing the Nintendo update, those who accidentally updated or purchase games that require the update are no longer left out to dry. This update to the Homebrew Channel also adds SDHC support, a feature Nintendo has not implemented in vanilla Wiis. The community has also created an app that updates just the Wii Shop Channel — allowing users to purchase Wiiware and Virtual Console games without losing their homebrew. It took the team only two days to get the fix out."

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