LG introduce new premium IPS7 cinema screen design monitors

LG IPS7 series monitors
LG Electronics new premium IPS7 series monitors (Image: © LG)

LG Electronics (LG) just announced the global roll-out of their new premium IPS7 series monitors. The launch will first start in the Asian markets of Korea and China, including Hong Kong, and other markets are yet to be announced. The monitors feature LG’s own Cinema Screen Design, with an impressively thin 1.2mm bezel for an unobstructed viewing experience, lifelike color consistency, and also a wider viewing angle. This is made possible by using IPS technology developed by LG. The IPS7 series also feature Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) that makes it easy to connect external devices, like smartphones, for viewing content on a larger screen.

“By combining CINEMA SCREEN Design and MHL functionality with the industry’s leading IPS technology, the IPS7 series is able to offer stunning design and performance”, said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the rapid growth in the number of mobile smart devices such as smartphones and tablets, the availability of content has greatly expanded. LG’s IPS7 expands the user experience, enabling viewers to take full advantage of this content-rich environment.”

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Cisco announce it has acquired privately held firm Virtuata

Cisco acquires Virtuata
Cisco has announce that it has acquired privately held company Virtuata, based in Milpitas, Calif.

Cisco Systems yesterday announced in a blog post by Hilton Romanski, vice president of corporate development at Cisco, that they have acquired the privately held company Virtuata, based in Milpitas, Calif. Virtuata develops new and innovative methods for securing virtual machine level information in data centers and cloud environments. According to the announcement, this acquisition will enable Cisco Systems to provide a consistent and enhanced security for virtual machines, and allow administrators to accelerate the deployment of multi-tenant, multi-hypervisor cloud infrastructures.

Virtuata was founded in October 2010 by Joe Epstein, a former engineer at Oracle, and Peter Danzig, that has among other things been an instructor at Stanford University, and a professor at the University of Southern California. Epstein held the role as CEO for Virtuata, and Danzig held the position as chief strategy officer.

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GE desalination technology achieves 99% water recovery rate

GE’s AquaSel NTBC Pilot Plant
GE’s AquaSel Non-Thermal Brine Concentrator Pilot Plant (Image © GE)

General Electric recently demonstrated a breakthrough water treatment method, they call AquaSel non-thermal brine concentrator (NTBC) technology, that virtually eliminates any water losses in ingredient water production. At a major global beverage company in Asia, GE recently conducted a pilot study were they achieved a near-zero liquid discharge (ZLD), and reduced water costs, without the normal energy expenses associated with a thermal evaporation system.

With today’s technology, bottling companies typically use 75 to 85 % of the incoming water for bottled water and the variety of soft drinks they produce, and the rest is discharged as a waste stream. Using GE’s AquaSel technology, these companies could safely treat and reuse the water, to achieve 99+ percent recovery in their plants.

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Scania get Environmental Prize for Active Prediction System

 Scania awarded German Energy and Environmental Prize for 2012
German motorist organisation Automobil Kraftfahrer-Schutz (KS) has awarded Scania it’s prestigious Energy and Environmental Prize for 2012, for their intelligent cruise control system, Scania Active Prediction. (Image: © Scania)

Scania has been awarded the ‘Energy and Environmental Prize for 2012’ from the German motorist organisation Automobil Kraftfahrer-Schutz (KS), for their intelligent cruise control system, Scania Active Prediction. The system can deliver a fuel saving of up to 3% when driving on undulating stretches of road by using GPS to determine the vehicle’s position and to predict the topography of the road ahead.

At first look a reduction of 3% might not seem a lot, and for a car this might be true, but if you instead apply the percentages on a 40-tonne truck combination (tractor unit and semitrailer) running 180,000 km/year, a fuel saving of 3 percent would reduce fuel consumption by about 1,700 litres (almost 450 gallons) per year. This would be equivalent to an annual reduction in fuel costs of almost €2,300 (about $2,800), and even more important a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of over 4 tonnes.

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Philips launches Solar LED Street Lighting pilot in Nairobi

Philips Solar LED Street Lighting
A new pilot project by Philips and the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority to install solar-powered LED street lighting in Nairobi ( Image © Philips)

A new pilot project had been announced by Philips and the Kenyan Urban Roads Authority to install solar-powered LED street lighting in Nairobi, Kenya. It has the potential to generate up to 100% energy savings if implemented correctly, and on a wide scale across the country. The pilot was launched on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and is the first of its kind in East Africa.

Philips recently announced the development of what they hope will be the most reliable and efficient solar powered road lighting solution per km of road available in the market today. It also aims to be the most cost effective solution available. The initiative want to highlight the benefits of sustainable energy sources and alternatives to expensive and less efficient traditional lighting. The announcement was made during the Kenya leg of the Philips Cairo to Cape Town 2012 road show.

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Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE Quad-core hits record sales in Korea

Samsung Galaxy S III LTE launch in Korea
Samsung hit new daily record sales of 50,000 Galaxy S III LTE units the first day of its launch in Korea (Image © Samsungtomorrow)

This Monday Samsung launched the Galaxy S III LTE in their own home country of Korea, and it managed to reach record sales on it’s first day of availability. Unlike the LTE version of Galaxy S III with a dual-core processor, previously released in the US and Canada, the Korean version is packing Samsungs own Exynos Quad-core processor.

On it’s first day, 50,000 units of the S III LTE where sold in total via all three major Korean carriers. In comparison these sales figures truly pales the first day sales in Korea of the previous Galaxy models. The Galaxy S sold 10.000 units, and the Galaxy S II sold 24.000 units their first day.

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Research give breakthrough images of ferroelectric materials

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven physicists Yimei Zhu (back) and Myung-geun Han examine the breakthrough nanoscale images of ferroelectric polarizations. (Image: © BNL)

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory, have developed a technique called electron holography to capture images of the electric fields created by ferroelectric materials atomic displacement. The new method give picometer precision that is crucial for learning more about these promising nanoparticles. If we can learn how to manipulate these nanoscale materials there is potential to lay a foundation for future more compact, efficient, and innovative electronic devices.

In research published online July 8 in the journal Nature Materials, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and other collaborating institutions, describe one such advance, a technique to store digital information. The scientist have revealed unprecedented details about the atomic structure and the behaviour of exotic ferroelectric materials, and how they are uniquely equipped to store information.

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Nokia have announced Lumia 900 in Pink, exclusive for AT&T

Nokia Lumia 900 Pink
Nokia Lumia 900 in Pink, exclusive for AT&T

The Nokia Lumia 900 already stand apart from the crowd with its the popular and vibrant Cyan colour, beautiful white and also it’s classic black version. Yesterday Nokia announced that the Lumia 900 soon will be available in an eye-catching pink version exclusive to AT&T.

This is not just a Magenta version, a colour previously introduced for the Lumia 800 and the Nokia N9, but a brand new colour for the Lumia series. Combined with the already established polycarbonate construction and the beautiful ClearBlack Display, this new Pink version might just have the potential to reach the same popularity as the Cyan version of the Lumia 900 already has.

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New satellite launched to improve Europe’s weather service

MSG-3 set to ensure quality of Europe’s weather service from geostationary orbit (Image © ESA)

At the end of last week, the latest weather satellite in Europe’s successful Meteosat second-generation project was launched with an Ariane 5 rocket. The launch was made from Europe’s Spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, at 21:36 GMT (23:36 CEST) on Thursday, 5 July.

The satellite is currently being controlled from ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, in Darmstadt, Germany, and on the 15 July, ten days after launch, the MSG-3 will be handed over to the satellite’s owner, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, EUMETSAT, to commission the payload, once all initial operations are completed.

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Samsung announce the new Samsung GALAXY Chat

Samsung GALAXY Chat
Samsung GALAXY Chat

Samsung Electronics just announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Chat, a sleek and compact phone designed for the socially-active user. The new GALAXY Chat will allow its users to connect the people around them more easily. The phone will be available from July starting in Spain and gradually rolled out to Europe, Latin America, Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia at a competitive price point

The phone combines a 3.0 inch touch-screen with a full QWERTY keypad, and is powered by Android 4.0. The design has the look and feel of the Nokia E6 and the classic Blackberry phones, and intends to make it easy to keep up with your social life and turn it into a fast and fun experience.

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