Along with the mythical iTV, a smaller iPad is perhaps Apple’s most heavily-rumored device right now — and Bloomberg is saying this afternoon that it’s coming with a launch date in 2012, just in time to put a damper on the Nexus 7’s plans. The new model would allegedly fall somewhere between 7 and 8 inches (compared to the current model’s 9.7) and not feature a Retina display, an omission that’s sure to keep the price down. Apple may be targeting an October launch, the story reports.
Racism is hardwired into the brain and operates unconsciously because areas that detect ethnicity and control emotion are closely connected, according to scientists.
Researchers explain that the same brain circuits that allow us to classify a person into an ethnic group overlap with other circuits that process emotion and make decisions, leading people to make unconscious decisions based on another’s race.
Leap Motion’s not the household name Kinect is, but it should be — the company’s motion-tracking system is more powerful, more accurate, smaller, cheaper, and just more impressive. Leap CTO David Holz came by the Verge’s New York offices to give us a demo of the company’s upcoming product (called The Leap), and suffice to say we’re only begrudgingly returning to our mice and keyboards.
Since retiring its iconic camera, Polaroid has been getting back into the instant photography business by combining digital imaging with a built-in printer. Now it’s announced the Z2300, a stylish and more powerful alternative to the tiny PIC-300 with a smaller form factor than the Z340 launched last year. The Z2300, currently on pre-order, bumps the specs and cuts the price of a similar older model, offering a 10-megapixel camera that can shoot in 720p video for $159.99. Film is loaded behind the display and prints out in a little over 30 seconds — besides its shape, the roughly business card-sized output looks a lot like that of the original Polaroid.
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Samsung’s booth at Computex has an interesting curio — a prototype Series 5 Hybrid PC with a magnetic dock that runs Windows 8.
With Gorilla Glass 2 and Lotus Glass already in production, Corning is today adding yet another glass to its portfolio with the launch of an ultra-slim and flexible substrate called Willow Glass.
Physicists give new meaning to the “cloud storage.”
Remember when you could barely fit a few digital photos on a USB storage stick? In the future we won’t even need solid objects to carry around our files. We’ll use vapor. This new method for storing images could represent an important leap for quantum computing and communications.
Four billion years from now, the Milky Way galaxy as we know it will cease to exist.
Our Milky Way is bound for a head-on collision with the similar-sized Andromeda galaxy, researchers announced today (May 31). Over time, the huge galactic smashup will create an entirely new hybrid galaxy, one likely bearing an elliptical shape rather than the Milky Way’s trademark spiral-armed disk.