In these trying times we live in, I know it can be hard to imagine any hope for humanity that doesn’t involve blasting off into space and just starting over. But to remind us all the world isn’t doomed just yet, here’s a compilation video of positive, inspirational videos caught by Russian dashboard cams. There are people stopping and waiting for animals, drivers helping push each other’s cars out of the snow, and a whole bunch of people jumping out of their cars to help old ladies cross the street. I really encourage you all to take the five minutes out of your day to watch it. So the next time you’re wishing the world would just burn after reading some piece of depression in the news, remember: in Russia, right now — at this exact moment — someone’s getting out of their car to make sure somebody’s grandma gets across the road safely. And that’s a beautiful thing.
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Gianfranco Lanci’s departure from Acer last month came as a bit of a surprise, but looking at some fresh PC shipment data from the IDC, we can now understand why it had to happen. In Q1 of 2011, Acer suffered a precipitous 42.1 percent drop in PC shipments to the United States, falling from 2.3 million units in the first quarter of 2010 to 1.3 million in the first three months of this year. That’s matched by a global downturn of 15.8 percent for the company’s computer business, taking its market share from 12.9 percent down to 11.2. A percentage point and a half might not seem like much, but in the high stakes business of selling high volumes of devices with low profit margins, that can clearly make the difference between winning and losing, between living and dying (as a CEO). On a happier note, Lenovo surged upwards by 16.3 percent globally amid a market that shrunk a little overall. The IDC — whose numbers are considered preliminary until companies confirm them in their quarterly financial reports — identifies Acer’s exposure to the shrinking interest in netbooks as the chief reason why it’s now having to reorganize itself. That overhaul is already underway with a new logo and some attractively priced tablets, but it’s likely to be a while before Acer gets back to challenging HP for world domination.
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Oh, honey. Sony PlayStation’s (entirely fictional) Kevin Butler holds many (also fictional) positions within the company, but apparently none of them require him to keep up with (very real) news events. Travis La Marr (aka @exiva) tweeted the now-infamous PS3 METLDR root key towards Butler and challenging him to “Come at me.” What’s a spokeperson to do but confuse it for a Battleship refrence and retweet the entire code? Obviously someone let him in on the joke, as the tweet’s since been removed (original URL can be found as More Coverage below). At least Sony won’t have to subpoena for his info here. Geohot, we hope you’re laughing.
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Someone call 50 Cent. A Pittsburgh-based (say hi to Bruno Sammartino for me, guys) start-up called Dynamic Eye has developed a pair of LCD sunglasses that only work when they have to. The idea of dynamic lenses isn’t exactly new, but Dynamic Eye’s specific implementation is worth a mention.
The glasses are powered by an LCD and on-board camera tag team. The camera measures the amount of light entering the lens, and, most importantly, where the light is brightest, and then the LCD responds in kind, darkening and lightening where appropriate.
Whereas traditional polarized lenses will darken or lighten entirely, Dynamic Eye’s glasses will only darken the part of the lens where it’s brightest.
Dynamic Eye sez:
You can do what you want to do, look where you want to look, and see what you want to see. You no longer need to squint or tense up when you face the sun, or use the sunshade when driving. Instead of shifting to get your eyes in the shadow of your rearview mirror, you drive comfortably, confident that your sunglasses will protect you from the sun no matter where it appears.
Sounds genuinely useful, right? I’d say so. That’s why it’s a shame that the glasses aren’t in full production yet. It would seem the company could use a couple more dollars of funding before any of this fully sees the light of day. (See: puns can be fun for everyone!)
If there is a problem with the iPhone, it’s that it isn’t 3D-capable. Sales could have been so much higher if only it was, and 480Hz and 1080p to boot! But don’t worry. Hasbro has you covered, bro.
After watching our recent in-car tour of the Ford Edge Sport, I noticed the same problem Matt and our commenters did: the in-dash interface is a pain. Slow and unfamiliar, just like most other car dash touchscreens. Don’t you wish you could just have something you already knew, or maybe use whatever’s on your phone or iPod already? Well, that’s actually starting to happen, and this demo from QNX of Blackberry OS 6 running on the car touchscreen actually looks pretty solid.
I’m not sure whether Blackberry would be my first choice for a car OS, but to be fair, it’s been designed around both touch and non-touch input, so navigation via steering wheel buttons wouldn’t feel as weird as navigating, say, Android. The “terminal mode” seems to switch on quickly, and although there are probably some resolution disparities that need to get reconciled, it’s probably best to just let the user use the interface they’re most familiar with.
A lot of phones now have a “car mode” anyway, which emphasizes voice control and provides no access to stuff like texting. Being able to just clone that onto my car display would be fantastic — really, I don’t ask more much more than that.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and the same usually goes for tablets. But in the Great Venn Diagram of slate form factors, the ViewSonic MB-P702 seems to hover around the intersection of tablets and e-readers. It’s got a 7-inch 800 x 480 resolution touchscreen LCD display and functions as both an e-reader and a movie player — but not, as far as we can tell, an internet-based experience. Looking to the former function, the MB-P702 reads PDF, TXT, EPUB and others with handwritten notation capabilities. For video, we’re looking at MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, and RMVB, with 1080p support and HDMI out. Unfortunately, all we’ve got is rough machine translation and some renders of the product. A sea of 7-inch slates on the horizon — ViewSonic’s own ViewPad 7 included. With any luck, it’s an “optimized experience” (and a competitive price point, knowing the company’s MO) that’d keep it in check.
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