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Google Nexus 7 Is Now Available in France, Germany And Spain
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 27 August 2012 14:39

From TechCrunch:

The Nexus 7 is now available on the Google Play store in France, Germany and Spain. The 8GB and 16GB models are both available for €199 and €249 (respectively $249 and $312, sales tax included). Google is the only seller of the 8GB model as the 16GB model will be available in selected retailers as well on September 3.

Power Cell Charges Itself By Converting, Storing Energy
Written by Danrok   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:08

From DailyTech:

It could be used to harness energy from walking and vibrations from ocean waves

A new self-charging power cell that eliminates the need for separate batteries or generators has been developed, and could be beneficial in many different areas, such as the military.

PC Makers: Windows 8 May Not Be All It's Cracked Up to Be
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 17:24

From DailyTech:

Acer and other PC makers lower forecasts for second half 2012 PC shipments

While many PC makers saw the coming of Windows 8 as an opportunity for growth and increased competition against Apple, those feelings are slowly fading.

Curiosity's Camera Project Manager Explains Why MSL Used "Archaic" 2 MP Cameras
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:45

From DailyTech:

Reasons included the amount of data produced, the fact that they had to meet the needs of different cameras, and the team's familiarity with these sensors

NASA recently accomplished a huge feat by landing its Mars rover Curiosity on the Red Planet, but one of the questions on the minds of many was why such a sophisticated machine used 2 MP cameras.
Got an old iPod? Seven ways to offload your used electronics for cash
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 13 August 2012 17:03

From ArsTechnica:

The Internet was supposed to make selling your old gadgets easier, but in some ways, it has only become a bigger pain in the ass over time. Who really wants to put a laptop on eBay these days, or deal with the flakes who make up craigslist? Sometimes, the amount you're looking to recover from your used device might not be enough to justify the headaches involved in selling it—luckily, some devices tend to hold a relatively high resale value compared to some of their more common counterparts, but even Macs and iDevices can be a pain to offload much of the time.

Google halts new orders for 16GB Nexus 7
Written by Danrok   
Sunday, 22 July 2012 16:25

From the Guardian:

Heavy demand for the 16GB version of the new Nexus 7 tablet has caught Google out after it expected more customers ordering through Google Play to want the 8GB version

Sources close to Google say the search giant seriously underestimated the demand for the 16GB version of its 7in Nexus 7 tablet, which has sold out from stockists and other sources while demand for the smaller 8GB version remains comparatively low.

Apple ditches Google Maps software in latest iOS
Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 20:56

From the BBC:

Apple has unveiled its latest mobile operating system, iOS6, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The operating system, which runs on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, will no longer include Google Maps software.

Nexus 7 can be repaired
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 20:53

Nexus 7 cracked open using basic tools

iFixit have dismantled a working Nexus 7 tablet in order to discover how easily one of these Asus-built devices might be to repair.

Bifacial solar panels boost yields
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:23

10% to 30% boost over single-sided PV panels

BSolar is a company with R&D in Israel, and production facilities in Germany.  They claim to have developed the most efficient photovoltaic panel system which collects energy from the sun, on the front and back.

Top smartphone platforms
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 02 July 2012 20:41

Google retaining ~50% of market share

Recent U.S. figures, which show the market share for each of the popular mobile phone platforms, indicate that Apple has made little gain since February 2012 - up just 1.7 points, in May, to 31.9%.

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