Archivi giornalieri: 19/12/2011
Some of the biggest events in sci-tech happen with nary a whimper. This seems to be the case with a new breakthrough that could radically alter how most consumer electronics are made. But since the exciting stuff happened in a lab somewhere (Vanderbilt University to be specific), it won’t send massive ripples across the world. Before a torrent of rather technical and utterly nerdy factoids comes pouring forth, let it be writ that this thermal breakthrough involved nanoribbons, a science journal, and this guy named Li.
Seen above: A colorful stock image that shows up if you Google ‘nanoribbons.’
Okay, so Deyu Li is the man credited for his research in re-arranging nanoribbons. The big deal about nanoribbons is Li thinks by manipulating their connections with an alcoholic solution, thermal conductivity can be adjusted.
The significance of his findings is the so far unassailable consensus that you can’t simply alter thermal conductivity. Well, Li and his team did just that and their findings were published recently in Nature Nanotechnology.
If Li’s efforts to manipulate nanoribbons does eventually pay off, then it could impact the world of electronics by transforming how microprocessors are designed and built.
Source Science Daily
It looks like Google has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Google Nexus S, and the update is now available for the GSM/UMTS version of the Google Nexus S.
This is the first device to get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, excluding the Nexus Prime which comes with ICS out of the box, and we suspect more devices will get the update over the next few weeks.
You can find out more information about the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Google Nexus S over at Google+.
Google has announced a new updated version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the new version is Android 4.0.3, and Google has said that Android 4.0.3 should be rolled out to some smartphones and tablets in the next few weeks.
Android 4.0.3 comes with a range or enhancements and bug fixes, and Google has released an updated SDK for developers as well as some new API’s for developers.
Today we are announcing Android 4.0.3, an incremental release of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform. The new release includes a variety of optimizations and bug fixes for phones and tablets, as well as a small number of new APIs for developers. The new API level is 15.
You can find out more information About Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich over at the Android Developers Blog.
Verizon released their version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus last week, and Verizon has decided not to use Google’s mobile payment service, Google Wallet on the handset, but now it would appear that Google Wallet can be installed on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
The guys over at the BGR managed to get Google Wallet running on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, although they did point out that doing this may violate Google Wallets terms of service.
You can find out how they managed to get Google Wallet running on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus over at the BGR, this will require you to root your Galaxy Nexus.
We wouldn’t bet the farm on those “Apple is building an HDTV” rumors just yet, but tonight the Wall Street Journal reports the company is still interested invading the living room in a real way, based on “vague” talks with media executives. That vision includes a TV that packs wireless streaming with AirPlay to deliver TV shows and movies as well as technology it’s developed to tie-in DVR storage and iCloud, but also focuses on personalized, synchronized access across other devices including phones and tablets. Naturally, voice and gesture recognition are mentioned, although the reports indicate Apple itself is staying cagey about what devices it’s working on and that it hasn’t tried to license content for any new products — yet. Getting media and telecommunications companies to play ball with any solution will be the key (just ask CBS why it turned down Apple once before) to making this all go — or at least beating efforts by Google and Microsoft to the punch — so there will likely be more boardroom leask before we find out exactly what hardware plans may be in store.