You were probably online when most of the majors news and events that happened in this decade got around. Experts claim that today, social media has already become the main source of news and other info for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Facebook alone has more than 900 million users and is expected to hit a Billion user anytime this year (2012). Not counting the other millions of hoaxes, social media giants like Twitter has helped warn people of impending disasters, scams and other helpful information that went viral. Here we take a look at a nice infographic about the power of the internet and the subsequent power the people on the internet has. It’s no surprise that more than 13 million members of the general online community used the internet and other social media platforms to protest SOPA and PIPA, a proposed Internet censorship bill which Tech4idiots also participated in.
Apple has come out victorious in one of the biggest patent cases of our time. And they have won Big, and by Big we say by a Billion Dollars big ($1,049,343,540.00 to be exact). Although it’s less than half of the $2.5 Billion Apple was initially seeking, a billion dollars still, is definitely more than enough to put an exclamation point to Apple’s victory over Samsung. Initially the amount of damages awarded to Apple against Samsung was $1,051,855,000.00 but was changed to the final sum of $1,049,343,540.00 after the judge found an issue on how the jury calculated the damages for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE and Intercept.
According to Engadget, the federal court jury, after the 3 week long trial, deliberated for only just 21 hours and 37 minutes on their decision for the patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. The jury also ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung’s patents namely on the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. And promptly awarded zero dollars in damages against Apple.
Here are some of the key points in the final verdict:
I guess the guys at Microsoft realized it’s about time for a redesign.
Microsoft has finally unveiled a new logo for the first time since the 1980s, the last time the company changed its branding was in 1987. The company’s new logo now boasts a not so complete redesign but rather an update to their old logo, and still holding true to the traditional Windows branding.
In the new logo, the Microsoft name uses a more smoother, modern font called the Segoe, and next to it is their Windows 8 logo/flag but now with four colored squares instead of the window-esque style flag. The new logo seems to be patterned from the look introduced in the new Windows 8 interface.
In the video below, it seems that the Blue Square represents Windows, the Red Square for Microsoft Office, the Green Square for the Xbox and the Yellow Square for…. Zune? lol (I really don’t know yet) maybe something new in the works.
Here’s an intro video from Microsoft about the their new logo.
If rumors are true, the new iPhone is coming out very, very soon. And even before any official announcement has been made from Apple, rumored iPhone 5 parts get leaked and videos and pictures are taken and get spread into the wild wild web. Here is a video that purportedly shows some leaked iPhone 5 parts and iPhone 4s parts being compared. And obviously, the biggest difference is the bigger size of the iPhone 5 screen and the new smaller Dock connector port.
The guys behind this video is from a Repair company called Smartphone Medic. In the video they show off the front panel and flex cables of the new iPhone (nothing new, really).Anyway, here’s the video and enjoy:
In terms of evolution it’s hard to think of any piece of technology that can currently match the smartphone. There’s a boom in production as the mobile phone giants like Apple, Samsung, Nokia and HTC compete to dominate the market, and when it comes to buying a new smartphone, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with what are the latest products on the shelves right now. Here’s a few that you should think about if you’re on your way to making your world a smartphone world!
Apple iPhone 4S.
The daddy of the smartphone world both in terms of looks and capability. It’s hard to believe that Apple are already onto their fourth generation of smartphone, but the 4S is currently the one to beat if you’re looking for the latest and greatest smartphone. Apple’s OS operating system is the envy of other smartphones in terms of ease of use, flexibility and downright flair, and as the iPhone 4S comes in both 8GB and 16GB versions it appeals both to those who simply want a way to store every song they ever owned and video they ever recorded in one place, and the more hard core techies who use their iPhone as an extension of their laptop. Though its thunder has to a degree been stolen from within, by Apple’s own range of iPads, it would be impossible the argue that in the 21st century when someone goes looking for an smartphone that can perform a range of functions to a high level, and comes dressed up in the sleekest, most elegant clothing, they don’t have something like an iPhone in mind. Currently retailing on monthly contracts for somewhere usually between £28 and £40 per month, depending on the available add-ons and the specific retailer, the iPhone is and is likely to remain the smartphone to beat. If you want to have a look at one pop over to Dialaphone.co.uk.
Talk about taking gaming to the next level, this one is a seriously beefed up keyboard. This is obviously designed for hardcore gamers, the layout design lets you position its 5 constituent parts including the main keyboard, its got a 3-Part Active Palm Rest and Two Wrist Rests for your gaming marathons. One of the features that makes this gaming keyboard stand out is its own touchscreen display, called the V.E.N.O.M. TFT-LCD Touchscreen, where you can program a total of 24 functions with ease and you can also use it to launch and control different programs on your PC. (And it also looks freaking cool!)
It also has a lot of other features, like the interchangeable WASD and cursor keys, the backlighting which is capable of 16 million color variants (which is insane and I do not know any practical use for it), a good metal construct that makes is feel solid. Which would help justify the also insane price of $300.
Although I would still prefer the Razer Nostromo Keypad for my FPS gaming needs ( and is a bargain if you ask me, only $47.99 on Amazon), the Mad Catz Strike 7 gaming keyboard is still one top notch keyboard to get if you are looking for a serious gaming keyboard.
via [Mad Catz]
How amazing is it that NASA managed to land its 1-ton, car-sized space probe successfully on the surface of the Red Planet? Pretty freaking amazing, that’s how much.
Consider the facts:
- About 60 percent of Mars missions are failures.
- Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to another planet.
- It had to slow down from over 13,000 miles per hour to 0 miles per hour in just seven minutes.
- NASA scientists and engineers had to create an entirely new landing sequence for Curiosity—it was simply too big to utilize the ones that have been successful in the past.
- There was no room for error—either everything worked together and Curiosity landed or something went wrong and Curiosity ended up as a $2.5 billion piece of space junk on the surface of Mars.
- The testing and validating process for the landing sequence produced massive amounts of data—the data analysis was handled by two Dell high performance computing (HPC) clusters, Galaxy and Nebula.
- The final landing sequence parameters, fully supported using the HPC clusters from Dell, were only uploaded to Curiosity a week before the actual landing.
“Many hardcore gamers will look for the best ways to enjoy their favorite pastime. With all of the amazing games that can be downloaded to computers, it is important to know exactly what criteria to look for when you are seeking a gaming laptop. These are often the best gadgets for which to engage in your gaming as they give you the ability to compete against your friend and save your games directly to your hard drive, which many game consoles don’t allow you to do. There are several details you must explore when you plan on buying a gaming laptop that are essential in helping you to select the right one. For more information on gamming laptops and PC’s please click here.
Screen Size, Resolution and Laptop Dimensions
First of all, if you plan on being able to tote your gaming laptop with you wherever you go, you must consider the size you want. This not only includes the screen size and resolution but the actual dimensions of the machine itself. A thick, bulky laptop is not ideal for lugging around to your friends’ homes or to take with you when you go on vacation. If you intend on bringing it with you everywhere, you will want to go with a smaller, thinner model, such as those that include a screen that falls between 11 and 13 inches. However, if you plan on simply keeping your gaming laptop at home, you might want to opt for a larger machine that includes a significantly larger screen of 16 to 18 inches.
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With the release of iOS 6 Apple users can no longer control their excitement! iOS 6 is Apple’s newest mobile OS (operating system) that unveils a lot of distinguished features which make us crave for it. This operating system comes absolutely free for download on your Apple devices like iPhone and iPad. Are you eager to know what iOS 6 offers? One of the notable updates in iOS 6 is the revamped Maps application which gives you a new perspective of the world around you.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to download a movie or a picture on the web, only to find that it takes centuries to do so. Thankfully, all computers aren’t created equally. You may just have a computer that is either slow or in desperate need of an upgrade. To reach download speeds up to 20 Mbps or higher, here are some tips you may want to consider: