Protective glass manufactured by Corning can be found on the most relevant smartphone manufacturers. Specifically, Gorilla Glass is being used on three billion phones, including Samsung, LG, Sony and other smartphone brands, offering good protection, but still the screen could not be protected if the phone fall from a certain height. At least not until now.
Namely, the recently designed protective material is actually created to make it through collisions with rough surfaces, like the sidewalk, and it’s claimed to be very effective.
While the standard soda-lime glass will usually crack if you drop it from a meter (3.3 feet) above the surface, Gorilla Glass 4 will stay undamaged 80 percent of the time. You can’t be too careless in other words, but the added resistance might mean the distinction among a expensive out-of-warranty repair and carrying on with your day.
“With Gorilla Glass 4, we have focused on significantly improving protection against sharp contact damage, which is the primary reason that mobile devices break,” James Steiner, corporate vice president of Corning Specialty Materials, in a statement. “Dropping and breaking a phone is a common problem, and one that our customers have asked us to help address.”
Corning also announced that it’s currently shipping out experiment samples and shipments for the new glass, so you might expect to see it soon. It’s not identifying clients, but plenty of the largest phone, PC and tablet builders currently use Gorilla Glass, even if they do not often state it by name. There’s a good chance that your upcoming mobile device will be considerably better at surviving a face plant, preferably, you’ll never ever need to uncover this the hard way.
Mozilla, the free software community behind the immensely popular internet browser Firefox, is now accepting Bitcoin donations towards the Mozilla Foundation. The non-profit foundation looks toward protecting the open web and supporting open-source developments in its broad community.
Donations will be accepted through Coinbase, the Californian-based Bitcoin wallet service provider, as announced on its blog. As per its policies, Coinbase will not apply any charges for donation processes.
This announcement from Mozilla came shortly after a post on the Bitcoin usersub on Reddit, asking why the Mozilla Foundation does not accept donations using Bitcoins. The Mozilla vice president Geoffrey MacDougall responded by posting a link to the donation page, saying that the much-awaited move was a result of lengthy internal processes on security and compliance.
Other non-profit organisations supporting Open-Sourceness and free Web-based initiatives, like the Wikimedia foundation, have turned to accepting Bitcoin donations in recent months. Mozilla now joins ranks with them accepting digital currency in the facilitation of donations and removing costs linked to legacy payment methods.
On Mozilla’s website, the community outlined their goals on the initiative and declared their stance on the use of the internet: “Our mission is to promote openness, innovation & opportunity on the Web. At Mozilla, we’re a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. We believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.”
Until now, many Sci-Fi movies has shown us the concept of Smart Homes, or other items that we use regularly, like a car, in which regular operations are automated or smart.
The artificial intelligence is aware of our needs and which it fulfils for us automatically.
Examples of this concept is that we can take the automatic lowering of blinds if the sun shines too bright, or in the morning, to wake you up with the sweet fresh smell of newly brewed coffee, automatically open doors when we approach it, and much more. Slowly but definitely this concept and similar devices start to become a reality and LittleBits is that kind of company that wants to contribute to developing this kind of programmed items around you to refer to you as you see fit.
LittleBits has steadily expanded its Lego-like modular electronics platform this year, introducing new pieces that let users connect their creations to the internet and link them up to other hardware platforms like Arduino. Currently, using its latest kit, LittleBits are delivering their DIY philosophy inside your smart home.
Just a week after numerous sexual assault accusations against five-time Emmy – winner Bill Cosby, casinos in both Las Vegas and Arizona has canceled two of his upcoming stand-up shows.
The 77-year-old comedian was booked to perform at the Treasure Island hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 28 but that show has now been canceled, Variety has affirmed. Cosby was also booked to perform at the Desert Diamond in Tucson, Arizona for Feb. 15, 2015.
People who bought tickets with a credit card will automatically be repaid, and those who paid in cash will have to return to the casinos get a refund.
Still, on Thursday, the humorist, who became a cultural icon in the 1980s for NBC’s “Cosby Show,” took the stage in the Bahamas where he made no discuss of the sexual attack complaints.
Cosby has yet to personally respond to the allegations and went on to perform on Friday in Melbourne, Florida, and the show was sold-out.
Previously this week, NBC and Netflix pulled their future Cosby projects while TV Land yanked its Thanksgiving marathon of “The Cosby Show.”
This is not the first time the actor has experienced public accusations. In 2006, Cosby settled a civil suit with another woman who charged him of sexual attacks, according to the Associated Press, and the past supermodel Janice Dickinson charged him of drugging and raping her in a 2002 autobiography.
With the ever growing popularity of smartwatches in the consumer market, wearable technology in clothing looks set to become the next big thing. As technology improves, so does the ability to record more extensive data, and the less equipment to hinder the wearer, the better.
Apple and Android both look to release their entry in the wearable technology field with competing watches to be released in Spring 2015. Both of which aim to target the health and fitness market, with Apple planning their watch to tie in with the new health and fitness apps made available in iOS 8. Smart phones have been able to link up with smartwatches and fitness-tracking wristbands to record various data for a while now, but smartclothes aim to take it a step further by allowing the user far more in-depth data collecting.
Athletes have always wanted to monitor their performance, and now with improved technology, no longer will they require wires or bulky equipment to do such tasks. As these items of clothing are close to the body more advanced readings are now possible, including measuring heart rate and respiration, all the while transmitting data to a smartphone. One such example was showcased recently at the US Open back in August where athletes wore the Polo Tech ‘smartshirt’ by Ralph Lauren, which was used to record far more in-depth data for fitness tracking.