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07 Apr

It certainly sounds great. An iPhone at a fraction of the cost. It would open up the market to people who couldn't previously afford iPhones, possibly expanding Apple's market to a wider range of the population.

But drill down deeper into the concept and you have what could potentially be a smartphone market killer. It's a bold move for Apple, certainly--a move that could stand to bring in winning numbers for the technology giant in the final quarter of the year, but that brings another question. What will a budget iPhone do to the rest of the smartphone market?

05 Apr

Apparently banking on the idea that two eyes will be better than one, Sony continues to develop a product, in the works in some form since 2008, that's designed to compete with the much-hyped Google Glass.

Google's product, which looks like a pair of lens-less glasses with a translucent display cube mounted on one side of the frame, functions as a head-mounted computing device. Wearers can observe information on the micro-display and also give voice commands to the computer -- such as telling it when to snap a photo, or when to display driving directions. Published reports, and Google's own site dedicated to the project, indicate that Google might fit the frames with sun-resistant lenses, an idea that conjures up images of an ultra-modern Internet surfer dude. With or without the board.

04 Apr

Biofuels have long been the talk of the science community, with researchers seeking new ways to power vehicles. The challenge, however, is in finding a biofuel that is inexpensive for consumers while being safe for the environment.

A high school student may have found a solution. Sara Volz, age 17, recently won the annual Intel Science Talent Search, taking home a $100,000 college scholarship for her innovation. Volz, who kept her "biofuel lab" beneath her bed, has been working on a biofuel solution since seventh grade, when many students are still trying to pass science class. She focused her efforts on isolating algae cells that produced high levels of oil, which could then be channeled for use as diesel fuel.

03 Apr

Judging by the coverage it gets, 3D Printing seems very much a world away from tapping its full potential.

Just weeks after researchers used 3D Printing to create a full-color bust of Richard III, whose remains were recently discovered under a UK parking lot, a couple of Cal-Berkeley grads introduced a vending machine that makes and stores 3D products, practically on demand.

Now comes word that 3D Printing might someday be used to recycle and re-print clothing at home, though the projected date for doing so is currently set at 2050. Which should allow plenty of time to plan for a new wardrobe.

The idea is the brainchild of Joshua Harris, a designer who claims that, with 75% of the world's population living in cities by 2050, space will be at a premium -- a situation that will require innovative and efficient solutions.

01 Apr

On 27th March, Standard and Poor’s 500 Index that tracks 30 big name companies, was about to set a record for all-time high. It could’ve easily broken its record of 1,565.15 points set in 2007 if it wasn’t for that most valuable company in Cupertino-Apple. A year ago, this might have sounded incredulous. But today, this reality has made everyone, from investors to consumers, almost believe what they have been fearing all along-that Apple may not continue to be Apple anymore.

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