Bing, Microsoft’s attempt to take on Google directly. When it first launched there was quite a bit of fanfare and its market share grew quickly. It didn’t exactly hack away at Mountain View’s dominance, but it certainly made a small dent. Since then, things have slowed down and other players have asserted themselves in the global search battlefield. While Baidu has been riding high for quite some time, Yandex is a relative new-comer to the leader board. And, somewhat surprisingly, has already surpassed Microsoft for global market share according to stats provided to us by comScore. Though the margin is small, the Russian company saw more searches performed through its site than Microsoft in both November and December of 2012. The difference is small enough that those positions could swap again but, where as Bing has seen its numbers plateau over the last six months, Yandex has continued to grow. Of course, neither is anywhere near challenging Google which accounts for roughly 65 percent of the search traffic according to comScore’s numbers and both only see about half the traffic of the number three competitor, Yahoo. Microsoft can still claim one victory over Yandex in the number of unique searchers, though. If you’re curious for more we’ve put the entire chart after the break.
Question by VP: How to become a robotic surgeon? I know the details to become a surgeon but what do u have to do specialize in robotic surgery systems like Da Vinci
Answer by ChucklesFirst you have to go to medical school and become a general surgeon. After that you can specialize in the robotic stuff.
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Question by Mr. Flibbles: What mathematics and science would one need to know in order to become a robotics scientist.?
Answer by TessaMath all the way to Calculus. Physics, chemistry, electronics, statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, and computer firmware.
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Question by Saturnine: how do you become a Robotics Engineer? Simple enough right? This is the career that im wanting to go into and im wanting to know what all i need to have to be come one. Exp,college courses etc. Also what is the best college for that particular field?
Answer by do-anh1 Start preparing yourself for the challenges of working as a robotics engineer while earning your high school degree. You should take any advanced placement math, science or computer courses offered by your high school. These classes might include algebra, trigonometry, physics, computer science or computer-aided drafting.
2 Join your high school’s robotics team. High school robotics teams design and construct actual robots, and then enter the robots into competitions against other high school robotics teams. Being a part of a robotics competition will help better prepare you for the challenges of a college-level engineering program.
3 Apply to colleges that offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Upon entering college, you should enroll in an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or ABET, Engineering program. More information about this program can be found in the Resources section below.
4 Decide on a specialty while in college. Robotics engineers can specialize in electronic, electrical, manufacturing, industrial or mechanical engineering. Your coursework should help you decide which specialty most interests you. Some of your courses will include robotics theory, design and development, electronics, electrical theory, robotics laboratory and machine automation.
5 Expect to spend five years earning your bachelor’s degree. Most engineering programs take five years to complete, as opposed to the traditional four years. During that time, take advantage of any on-the-job training or field work your university offers. These types of programs offer students invaluable training, as well as networking opportunities that could help you find work when you graduate.
6 Decide what type of institution or company you’d like to work for upon graduating. Robotics engineers typically work for corporations, private organizations, manufacturing companies or military agencies. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, located in the Resources section below, can help you find find employment as a robotics engineer.
To become a robotics engineer, you’ll need to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering
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The day of September 6th is gearing up to be a rather hefty one for Verizon: earlier we reported that the Samsung Galaxy Stellar is slated to launch on that date, and it’s also the day after Motorola unveils its latest lineup for Big Red. Why not throw in another device that we’ve heard so much about, such as the LG Intuition? Indeed, docs detailing the CDMA-clad Optimus Vu is now beginning to make the rounds in Verizon’s internal system — and its intended launch date is among the trove of treasures to be found within. According to the docs, we should expect to see the 5-inch device available online in time for the 6th, while all channels won’t be ready to go until the 10th. We can’t imagine that too many people will be upset over having to wait another four days, however.
In terms of specs, here’s what we can anticipate from the Intuition: Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 (Snapdragon S3) processor paired with MDM9600 LTE modem and 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass, a 5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768, 15 hours of talk time, 8MP rear camera with 1.3MP front-facing cam and no microSD expandable storage option. Ultimately, the Intuition is Verizon’s variant of the Optimus Vu, and boasts that commonality right down to the components and design — you won’t find any difference in specs, weight or dimensions between the two. We’ve compiled a few images for your enjoyment, so head below to see. As before, we had to be creative in how we treated these images to protect the identity of everyone involved.
Gallery: LG Intuition on Verizon details
The final price may end up being more than the initially proposed $ 186 million, but Seagate has successfully acquired a controlling share of LaCie stocks. The provisional price of €4.05 per share could increase to €4.17 if Seagate manages to accumulate 95 percent of the company’s stocks in the next six months. As of now, however, it hold just shy of 65 percent, enough to take control of the French manufacturer. With LaCie and its valuable consumer business under its belt and Samsung’s SSD expertise, the move to reject a Western Digital take over is looking better and better. After all, consumer choice is the engine of capitalism and now Seagate has more than enough ammunition to take on WD and its Hitachi properties. Check out the PR after the break.
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Question by : How to become a Robotics Engineer? As of right now im a freshman in hs and am planning on become as metioned above. Can anyone give either a a how to or a website that tells how. Thanks
Answer by Sergio__You can either go for electrical, mechanical or mechatronics engineering. The last one is entirely focused in robotics and industrial automation. There’s also an area of concentration called control systems, and is usually a part of electrical or mechanical engineering and is recommended to those who want to go for robotics.
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It was almost a year ago in July that I jumped off the Tube at Oxford Circus in London’s West End and wended my way deep into Soho to Nokia’s chi-chi central London office. There, I sat down with a handful of other journalists to interact via live video conference with Marko Ahtisaari, Nokia’s legendary design guru, about their new smartphone. By this time we’d already had the Burning Platform strategy unveiled by new CEO Stephen Elop. But Ahtisaari unveiled a beautiful, MeeGo-powered smartphone, the N9, and assured the hacks that Nokia was committed to it. It even had Angry Birds! But, with Nokia in bed with Microsoft, we all knew that this would probably be the only MeeGo phone Nokia would produce.
Last week Nokia released a major software upgrade for the N9, but it’s probably the last upgrade we’ll see. Even then, few people even saw a MeeGo-powered N9, basically the shell of what became the Lumia 800 and 900 devices. So what of the poor neglected Meego, the platform that barely existed?
Well, Jolla Mobile – a company without even a web site yet – hopes to be its resurrection. In the last couple of days it’s emerged that much of the team inside Nokia’s MeeGo’s development have left to created actual new smartphones based on for the platform. A spokesperson has categorically denied to TechCrunch that the Jolla Mobile will get any Intellectual Property Rights from Nokia to achieve this, but, according to the CEO, we will see two – count ‘em – MeeGo phones appear this year. They are even thinking about entirely new products based on MeeGo.
I managed to rack down CEO and co-founder Jussi Hurmola. Hurmola is someone who, to coin a phrase, knows his MeeGo onions.
“We started at the end of last year looking at Meego and the ecosystem around it, and we just knew there could be something we could do,” he told me today via a phone interview. “We started going round talking to partners and some of the ‘heavyweights’ in the business. We understood quickly that you would need to be big to survive, and that offering only a small part of the ecosystem would be difficult.”
Perhaps that’s why Jolla’s play is ambitious. It plans to build two smartphones in the next year – pretty big stuff for a startup.
As Hurmola says: “We are will be making smartphones and in order to do this we’ll need an ecosystem and a platform around us. We are going for a pretty big strategy. This is our mission.”
Big mission indeed. Hurmola believes Jolla Mobile could be so influential that it could in fact allow the MeeGo ecosystems to “come back” – because, he argues, it never went away. Indeed, the Meego’s heritage contains within it the original vision of creating a truly open source smartphone platform – not the faux open source that Android represents.
And if anyone can do it Jolla can. Half its team has worked on MeeGo and the other half are hard-core ex-Nokians – the kinds of people who built one of the world most successful mobile companies, at least at one time…
“We’re confident we can do it again” he’s says. “Jolla alone cannot do this so we are talking to big partners. We’re putting those relationships together. We want to create as big a wave as possible.”
But the question is, with smartphone platforms morphing into tablets, can Jolla service these new categories as well?
“We will look at products like tablets, but the market is changing so fast and the categories are being redefined. Netbooks have already disappeared and the smartphone screens are converging. We will start with a smartphone but in 6 months there could be a category for a new kind of product s that is not just a handheld or a tablet.”
Hurmola says that the actual details of the devices Jolla will make can’t yet be revealed, but they want to address two markets – and that will mean two devices. One will be a ‘mass-market’ smartphone aimed at general users. But the other will be aimed at tech users to, as Hurmola says, “honour the origins of Meego, Maemo, Moblin and the others.” Let’s hope it actually makes them some money as well…
MeeGo was created by Nokia in partnership with Intel and Samsung. It was the smartphone platform that might, had it come out, taken on iOS and Android. Can Jolla fulfil that promise?
There are no details on the devices as yet, but Hurmola tells me that although he “can’t say much” right now, the “UI is a major thing and one of the reasons we selected Meego. With Android we can only copy — but with Meego we can introduce something brand new to the market.” Sounds intriguing…
Jolla is one of the products of Nokia’s Bridge project and it’s clear Jolla will have an ongoing relationship with Nokia, even it’s pretty informal. As Hurmola says” Helsinki is a pretty small place.”
As the startup’s LinkedIn page says, the Jolla team is formed by directors and professionals from Nokia’s MeeGo N9 organisation… “Nokia created something wonderful – the world’s best smartphone product. It deserves to be continued.” Indeed, the COO is Marc Dillon, formerly principal engineer on MeeGo.
Hurmola readily admits he was “the guy shouting about fragmenting the code base” when Nokia lost its way. He had worked on Symbian Maemo and finally Meego. He wasn’t going to throw all that away.
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T-Mobile might have just gone with the nuclear option when it comes to ridiculous smartphone names. Apparently not content to let Sprint’s Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch hold on to the crown for unnecessarily wordy titles, Magenta is reportedly launching Samsung’s T699 as the Galaxy S Blaze Q. Yep. If you’ve stopped giggling, you’ll be glad to know TmoNews‘ leaked photos and details at least hint at a serious QWERTY slider attached to the silly name. The Android 4.0 hardware should be a slightly detuned Galaxy S III, with the familiar 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 and 720p display being tempered by a more restrained 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel back camera. As long as a store layout document proves accurate, we’ll have the choice of snagging a Blaze Q at T-Mobile on August 15th… assuming the store clerk doesn’t get tongue-tied first.
Little by little, Google is slowly piecing together a more cohesive and complete mobile OS. Having the right hardware to drive Android doesn’t hurt either. While the Nexus 7 isn’t quite what I expected Google to roll out last week at I/O given the Motorola Mobility acquisition, it’s arguably the first real Android tablet to date.
With a $ 200 starting price, Android users and those looking for a smaller tablet now have a legitimate alternative to the Kindle Fire.Smooth as butta
At its core the Asus-built tablet would be nothing if not for Jelly Bean (Android v4.1) and vice versa. Project Butter has made a surprising impact smoothing out the overall feel and experience with faster app switching (multitasking), frame rates and animations. Touch responsiveness has also seen an overhaul from past iterations of Android that tracks more accurately. Roboto, the system font for Android, has also been tweaked in Jelly Bean with better readability across the OS. Notifications are now actionable delivering even more content without having to actually launch a particular app. It can, however, cause sensory overload when notifications are expanded with a simple two-finger gesture.
Jelly Bean is also the first iteration of the OS that focuses on properly onboarding new users with semi-transparent overlays chock-full of helpful tips and tricks. Voice dictation can be taken offline, which is a plus considering the Nexus 7 appears to only be shipping in Wi-Fi trim. But it’s not quite the Assistant some had expected. It falls somewhere in between simple voice dictation and Siri for basic search queries. Most, if not all, Google apps come preloaded like the updated Google Maps and the new default Chrome web browser, which is noticeably faster than the ho-hum default browser on pre-Jelly-Bean devices. (Oddly enough, though, the Galaxy Nexus loaded with Jelly Bean given out at I/O still carries the old browser and Chrome has to be downloaded.)
The magazine experience on the Nexus 7 is just as wretched as it is on the Kindle Fire. Design is a huge part of what makes magazines great and that is all but lost on the Nexus 7 because of the 16:9 display, which forces you to flip over into text-only mode. The back-lit IPS display (1280×800 w/ 216 pip) just isn’t dense enough to read copy in its more natural magazine form.
On the moving picture side of media, most of the popular shows you’d expect are now available for download but not everything is available as a whole. Only the latest season of uber popular shows like “Breaking Bad” are available, whereas the whole series to date is available on the Kindle Fire via Amazon. Otherwise shows and movies will stream automagically but you’ll have to manually force the download if you want to store it locally. Not a deal breaker but just an observation. Pricing is also competitive with similar offerings from Apple and Amazon.
Games play remarkably well on the N7 due in part to Butter and the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Another win over the Kindle Fire.
But this isn’t the final version of Jelly Bean, so things could change. For instance, the home screen is locked into portrait mode but flips between orientations in apps. Google Now is still a bit skittish. The prevailing issue, however, is the lack of tablet-specific apps for Android.
Will developers finally jump on board and optimize for tablets given the price point?Something’s gotta give
Not a bad start for Google and Android but the hardware may be a deal breaker for some. But if sales of the Kindle Fire are any indication, its shortcomings might not matter to the general consumer. For early adopters or those looking for something less iterative, you may need to look elsewhere.
The Nexus 7 lacks expandable memory and only comes in 8GB ($ 199) and 16GB ($ 249) trim, which explains why video content is streamed by default. There’s also no way to output any content to a larger screen, so you’re stuck with whatever content you download to the 7-inch display. Luckily the screen is vibrant and offers pretty decent viewing angles but it definitely reflects a lot of light. Compared to the Kindle Fire, the 1280 x 800 screen on the N7 is much, much better. The display is listed as having Corning Glass. Whether that means it’s sporting Gorilla Glass or GG2 is anyone’s guess.
You’ll also want to mostly plug in headphones on the Nexus 7 as the speakers are placed on the lower portion of the backside and not along the edge.
At 0.74 pounds (compared to the Kindle Fire’s 0.9 pounds), the Nexus 7 is easy to hold and use for extended periods of time.
Files can be transferred to other Android devices via NFC, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Depending on usage and other variables like screen brightness, I managed to eek out just over seven hours. Based on other reviews, battery usage appears to range anywhere from six to nine hours.
The best part of the Asus hardware might be the fact that there is no back camera. Alternatively, you can’t do much with the front-facing camera other than hangout in Google Plus since there is no dedicated camera app.Buy or Pass?
Look, if you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet or any tablet of the Android variety, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better than the Nexus 7. It runs vanilla Android (future proof, perhaps) that’s actually optimized for the hardware and is relatively cheap. It’s faster, nicer and smoother than the Kindle Fire but keep in mind the lack of tablet-specific apps and how Google is touting that it’s made for Google Play.
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