Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) is developing an AMOLED display that is crush-proof and can be bent while showing video without ill effects. The prototype display is sized at 2.8 inches and has a resolution of 166ppi. It weighs just 0.29g and is 20 micrometers thin. Samsung believes it can bring the AMOLED display on a universal board to market by 2012.Such displays would be useful in smartphones, bringing new levels of thinnes and ruggedness and allow for new form factors. SMD plans to introduce a TFT on the plastic panel and to replace the existing vinyl protection sheet with polyimide film to prevent residue when light is emitted. [via OLED-Display]
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
AT&T killed its unlimited data plans recently due to large volumes of data, most probably from the Apple iPad. From $30/month for unlimited plan to $25/month for 2 GB of data bandwidth transfer per month for the Apple iPad. $20/month for iPhone limited to 2GB as well. For some it may seem like 2GB is enough, but it really depends on how often you use your data services. How often are you using your email?
Apparently, this bandwidth payment deal started around June 7th.
Engadget reports that Verizon will be switching to this limited data system soon as well (that they've hinted at for a while). No word or confirmation on pricing or whether it even will happen but Verizon will probably not miss out on this opportunity to make extra cash, especially if their biggest competitor is doing it.
This is where I'm glad I still use T-Mobile--I hope they won't follow these other company leads.
If consumers want to actually make a difference, they need to use their purchasing power to force these companies to get rid of these rip off offers. For example, all airline companies now charge $25 for the FIRST bag; Southwest doesn't, so it makes sense for consumers to start using Southwest. Similarly, we need to switch cell-phone carriers to unlimited plans to make those limited plan ideas crawl back under the rocks from whence they came.
The only way capitalism can work perfectly is through informed consumers who will punish those companies that find loopholes and ways to charge more money. Informed consumers like yourselves need to take a stand and switch to the competition no matter what. Another example, almost every cell phone company makes 2-year contracts; well then we should try to switch to providers who don't have any contracts (if they exist).
Unfortunately, most consumers are use to taking whatever is thrown at them and biting the bullet. Imagine the charge amounts when you accidentally download too many attachments (which sometimes automatically get downloaded if they are images). They already double the monthly charge when you accidentally go over your minutes.
Google has pulled the plug on the Nexus One, its once highly anticipated smartphone, following disappointing sales. The last shipment has arrived at Google HQ, and once those are gone there will be no more Nexus One devices for U.S. consumers.
The handset will still be sold through Vodafone in Europe and some Asian carriers, and developers will still be able to get their hands on one. However, it looks like the Droid phones and other third-party devices will carry the mantle for Google’s () Android () mobile operating system in the United States. This is the end of the company’s grand experiment with an unlocked consumer handset in the U.S.
Google announced the closure of the Nexus One web store two months ago; this final nail in the coffin was well overdue.
Google announced the end of the deal on its blog () on Friday, but there was so little fanfare or interest in the story that the story slipped through the cracks. Although the Nexus One was popular with geeks, most American consumers probably just didn’t understand the concept of an unlocked handset, and Google didn’t put much marketing muscle behind the device.
Thus, it’s no surprise that the phone has been discontinued and hardly anyone noticed. It’s too bad, actually. It was a fine device, improved further by the Android 2.2 update a couple of weeks ago.
Update: In one line we mistakenly gave the impression that the web store had already closed two months ago. We’ve reworded that to be more clear. Sorry for the confusion!
Let’s be open-minded, finger painting is no longer just child’s play. There are numerous online artists including some friends of mine who are designers love to use their iPhone and iPad to draw pictures.
Thanks to some apps like Brushes, these artistes can upload their masterpieces directly online to social networking sites like Deviant Art, Facebook or Flickr. They also created some awesome videos teaching you how you can do that too.
Below are 20 Piece de Resistance (which means masterpieces) that are painted only with iPad.
By Mike Miller
By Mike Miler
By Fabric Lenny
By David Newman
By Kevin Barba
By Fabric Lenny
By Luis Peso