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Can Toshiba Innovate More Than Apple?

Toshiba’s concept-turned-commercial Libretto W100 is now on sale in the US. I believe that this is not going to be revolutionary by any means, but it puts a real dent in Apple’s desire to be the top innovator.

This laptop sports a dual screen and a touch screen for either a full keyboard or a split keyboard design, which is really freakin awesome! $1,099.99 buys you a Pentium U5400 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit), integrated Intel HD graphics, a memory card reader, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 62GB solid state drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an inbuilt webcam and an 8-cell battery. Check out the video above and let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Can Google Make A Come Back From This Crashing Wave?

Google has officially abandoned “Wave,” its social collaboration tool. Its demise, which has tremendously damaged Google’s social networking plans, has Facebook is poised to take continue to take the lead in the next web wave. “Google wave” was intended to be a real-time communication platform that combined elements of email and instant messaging collaboration software. As the beta for the program rolled out, many users found it incredibly difficult to understand, which showed that mainstream adoptions was inevitably unattainable. Coincidentally, it suffered the same fate as the twitter-like service “Google Buzz.” This was do in part by the lack of social tools really needed to make a revolutionary social media “wave,” that could have been knocking at the heels of facebook and twitter.

So what does this all mean for the rumored “Google Me?” It is very possible that like “Wave” and “Buzz”, “Google Me” will be far too technically advanced for any mainstream users to adopt. I think Google needs to move on, because while their failures may not seem to hurt them to much, it is still incredibly damaging. With Facebook’s over 500 Million users, and a more personalized search engine algorithm due to the collection of personal data from user profiles, Google is on a continuing downward slope. Although, with recent news of Google’s plans of acquiring twitter, Facebook’s long-time nemesis, there is a very good possibility that their social networking plans may take a drastic turn.

Is The New iPhone Jailbreak Worth It?

It’s been reported nurmorous times over the week, that the jailbreak released for the iPhone via the mobile Safari browser, posted by the iPhone Dev Team at Jailbreakme.com, is causing many issues.

Since the jailbreak can be performed just through Safari, it means potentially anyone could control your iPhone (or iPod Touch or iPad) just by visiting a certain Web page. A site can present the exploit as a simple PDF link, which requires no explicit user action short of clicking a link. It can then launch an exploit that takes advantage of the way the PDF viewer loads fonts.

As a result, the program can then have unrestricted access to your all of your internet enabled iDevices on all versions of iOS firmware. There are a few exploits and vulnerabilities. The first, is in the way the browser separates PDF files, enabling the code to get inside a protective sandbox (which is one of the iPhones many layers of defenses), and the other hole allows code to break out of the sandbox and get control privileges on the device.

“Vulnerabilities with reliable exploit code tend to get reused and repurposed for other attacks/malware/uses,” David Marcus, security research and communications manager at McAfee, wrote in a blog post. “This should serve as a wake-up call for anyone with a mobile device: remote exploitation is real and here to stay,” he wrote.

The Ultimate Gaming Simulator

This is called the “Motion Cueing Design and Experimental Validation” machine. Roughly translated, this is the ultimate racing game simulator.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany have built this machine using an industrial robot arm. They call it the CyberMotion Simulator; the player sits in a F1 Ferrari cabin suspended 6 feet off the ground, and then drives the car around a projected track with force feedback steering and pedals. In my opinion, that is one Sweet F1 simulator!

Hey Doc! I think Apple stole your bike and is going ‘back to the future!’

The US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application Thursday for a “Smart Bicycle System” that would use an iPod or iPhone to monitor sensor data and wirelessly share information. The patent application, discovered by Patently Apple, is similar to the Nike + iPod Sport Kit integration for runners. Using external and internal sensors, an iPhone or iPod would store and relay useful information while attached to a bicycle.
In the application, Apple focused specifically on the potential for wireless communication between devices and bicycles. The patent specifically lists “GPRS, CDMA, EV-DO, EDGE, 3GSM, DECT, IS-136/TDMA, iDen, LTE” as possible methods for sharing data.

External displays are also included in the patent application. In addition to listing several standard display technologies such as LCD and LED, the application lists a number of movable displays or projecting systems, such as “a video projector, head-up display, or holographic display.” Other highlighted features include mapping, automated video and audio recording, course reviews, and team data sharing. The patent application lists buttons on the bicycle or “the user’s apparel” and voice activation as potential input methods.

Could this mean that we’ll be seeing other modes of transportation taking advantage of this technology? Its seems very possible since all of the hardware and software is, for the most part, already there.

Glasses enabled with GPS sending visual directions to our EYEBALLS!!

First we had maps, which were delicate and so difficult to work with on may occasions. Eventually, our smart phones showed us were to go. We now have glasses that are optically designed to navigate you to your destination unobtrusively.

Maybe someday we can get GPS embedded contact lenses that will unobtrusively overlay directions onto our eyeballs!