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More Photos + Video of Microsoft and HP’s Tablet PC

More photos of the tablet PC both Microsoft and HP and working on together which was unveiled yesterday at CES. More photos and a video after the break.

The tablet PC was shown of at movie mode, ebook mode and PC mode:


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Intelligent vehicles making 13,000 km trip with no drivers

VisLab Vehicle Intelligent vehicles making 13,000 km trip with no drivers

If you happen to be driving on route from Italy to China between now and October then don’t be freaked out if you happen to come across two bright orange vans with no drivers at the wheel, it’s just a VisLab project in action.

For the first time in history, the vehicles will be making the epic driverless trip in a bid to demonstrate the automated technology VisLab have been working on for years. What’s even better is that the vans won’t even be polluting the planet in the process.

“After about two decades of continuous research on Intelligent Vehicles, VisLab is preparing to set a new worldwide milestone in the field of Vehicular Robotics” it says on the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge website.

“Autonomous vehicles are being prepared and tested to drive with no human intervention from Parma, Italy, to Shanghai, China, along a 13,000 km and 3 months unique journey.”

The vans are running on electrical power and the electronic pilot is powered by solar energy.

On the trip some goods will be loaded up in Rome and some will be collected on the way. As a precaution and in case of the need for intervention there will also be other vehicles and technicians following the vans on the trip, including vehicles for media coverage and live broadcasting.

Automated Vehicles Intelligent vehicles making 13,000 km trip with no driversThe first vehicle will conduct some experimental tests on sensing, decision and control subsystems, and the second will automatically follow the route defined by the first vehicle using GPS if the first vehicle happens to be out of the line of sight.

There will be virtually no human intervention although some is obviously required to define the route.

“What we are trying to do is stress our systems and see if they can work in a real environment, with real weather, real traffic and crazy people who cross the road in front of you and a vehicle that cuts you off” said Alberto Brogg, the project leader, reported by the Daily Telegraph.

Self drive vehicles are nowhere near ready to be introduced into the mainstream market but the technology is being perfected all the time and if this trip is successful, that day won’t be too far away.

If you want to follow the vehicles on their route you can do so on the Intercontinental Challenge website where live streaming will be available throughout the whole trip which is scheduled to end on 10th October.

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Speedo Aquashot walks on water, takes pictures

The Speedo Aquashot, floating

It’s not a name you’d normally associate with digital cameras, but Speedo’s latest creation is exactly that: a camera which, as you might expect from a swimwear manufacturer, is perfectly at home around water.

The Speedo Aquashot, for that is its name, isn’t likely to set the world on fire with its specifications: a five megapixel sensor would be more at home on a smartphone than in a dedicated camera, and its fixed lens doesn’t have any optical zoom capabilities whatsoever. Even the video recording functionality seems like an afterthought, with support for a mere 0.3 megapixel, or 640×480, resolution.

The design of the beast, seen over on Chip Chick, also seems a trifle old-fashioned: the tiny 2.4″ LCD display on the rear is cramped, and there’s no optical viewfinder in sight. The bulky body is likely to be a love-it-or-hate-it feature, but it’s there that you’ll find the hidden functionality that makes the Speedo Aquashot worth writing about.

As you would expect from the name alone, the Aquashot has nothing to fear from water: supporting photography at depths of up to three meters, using it around the pool – or even shallower parts of the sea – won’t be a problem. So far, so like a wide range of waterproof cameras on the market.

Where the Aquashot differs, however, is in its buoyancy: unlike traditional waterproof cameras, which sink when dropped, the Speedo Aquashot is designed to float in water – making it an ideal choice for those who find themselves using a camera above deep water. The quality might not be the highest, but unlike traditional cameras if you drop this one in the drink you just need to pick it up from the surface rather than prepare a dive team.

It’s this flotation feature which makes the Aquashot useful: a camera which can survive a dip is all well and good, but if it sinks to the bottom of a lake or sea then you’re going to have trouble retrieving it whether or not it’s still functional. By producing a camera which can float, but which can also be taken beneath the surface in your hand without feeling like it’s trying to escape your clutches, Speedo has cleverly resolved the problem – and watersports fans, fishermen, boat racers, and other water-loving types are sure to rejoice at the news.

The Speedo Aquashot is available in pink or green now for around $130.

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HTC EVO 4G Android Phone

Exclusively from Sprint, the HTC EVO 4G mobile phone is the world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, offering simultaneous voice and data connectivity and download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, the HTC EVO 4G can still connect to 3G data services in areas not currently served by Sprint’s 4G network (learn more about Sprint’s 4G network below).

The HTC EVO 4G’s 4.3-inch screen is perfect for watching video on the go (see larger image).

Packed full of powerful mobile communication and multimedia features, the HTC EVO 4G has a large, vibrant 4.3 inch display and a built-in kickstand for easy viewing of videos–from Sprint TV programming to HD movies captured on the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. It’s powered by a screaming fast 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Google’s Android 2.1 operating system. With integrated Google technology, the HTC EVO 4G brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by Voice, YouTube and Picasa. The HTC EVO 4G also provides easy access to both personal and corporate email, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail.

And through Android Market, you’ll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day. The HTC EVO 4G also includes HTC Sense, a user interface overlay from HTC that makes it easy for you to create an individualized mobile experience tailored specifically to your needs.

The forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera makes it easy to have video calls using the two-way voice and video service from Qik (upgraded account service required). And with built-in mobile hotspot functionality, the HTC EVO 4G also allows up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices–including laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device–to enjoy the benefits of 4G speeds on the go. Other features include music downloads from the Amazon MP3 Store, microSD memory expansion (8 GB card included; optional 32 GB cards supported), Adobe Flash support, HDMI audio/video output, and up to 6 hours of battery life (learn more about power management on the HTC EVO 4G).

The HTC EVO 4G offers lightning fast 4G speeds, Android 2.1 operating system, and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor (see larger image).

The handy kickstand makes it easy to watch videos on-the-go.

Key Features

  • Ultra-fast 4G connectivity with simultaneous voice and data capability (peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps)
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) in areas not yet served by 4G (peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
  • Powered by the Android 2.1 operating system with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
  • Google mobile services including Google Search, Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube , and syncing with Google Calendar
  • Access to Google Goggles to search with pictures instead of words. It works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
  • Updated HTC Sense user experience includes Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates.
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor speeds up everything–from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • GPS using Sprint Navigation for turn by turn directions, and points of interest searches
  • 4.3-inch capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
  • 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED flash
  • Capture HD-quality video (720p)
  • HDMI audio/video port enables you to output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately)
  • Forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for making video calls. Two-way voice and video capability will be available as an upgrade to the preloaded Qik app on HTC EVO 4G to enable conversational, interactive, real-time sharing between mobile devices or from mobile-to-desktop.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB (8 GB card included).
  • Digital audio player and FM radio
  • Access to personal and corporate e-mail with Microsoft Direct Push Technology and HTML support. Send and receive email from multiple corporate and personal email accounts. Also, get wireless email access to popular commercial POP3 and IMAP accounts like AOL, Gmail, and Yahoo!
  • Instant messaging via popular services including Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger.
  • View documents including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF on the go to maximize your productivity
  • Visual Voicemail gives you quick and easy access to just the messages you want to listen to by letting you go directly to a specific message, without needing to listen to or skip past previous messages.
  • Full HTML Web browser
  • Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
  • Built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing
  • 3.5mm stereo headset jack

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India’s purchase of anti-missile system to counteract China’s DF missiles ?

India’s test fire of anti-missile interception

India, the regular customer in the world arms market, now plans to spend three billion US dollars to buy anti-missile systems.According to reports from US media, the Pentagon’s report on the Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) deploys DF-21 medium-range ballistic missiles in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Therefore, India holds the opinion that the slow development of its home-made anti-missile systems cannot fulfill strategic needs and it thus seeks to purchase the most advantaged anti-missile systems globally to strengthen its defense capability. More after the break…

Reports say US Patriotic-3 and Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems are all in India’s favour. The contract of Patriotic-3 is likely to be announced before US President Barack Obama visits India in November. Meanwhile, India and Israel both show their willingness to make such a deal for anti-missile systems. However, India must first gain US permission before its purchase of Israel’s anti-missile systems, because the development of these weapons relies on the funds and technology of US.
US Patriotic-3 missile system
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense systems
Israel’s David’s Sling missile defense systems

Analysis points out India’s urgent purchase of anti-missile systems results from the pressure of Chinese missiles. Indian defense officials state China targets its hundreds of nuclear missiles at India.According to reports, US’s recent report of Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China points out in order to enhance military deterrence, PLA deploys more advanced solid fueled CSS-5 (DF-21) nuclear missiles with better anti-destruction performance in the area nearer to the China-India border. India worries that its home-made anti-missile systems are still under development and cannot be put into real battles in a short time. Therefore, it’s necessary to bring in the west’s more advanced weapons.

China’s DF missiles

Indian military experts have stressed many times that China has geological advantages over India when a battle breaks out between China and India. The China-India border is about 5,000 kilometers away from Beijing, while it’s only more than 900 kilometers away from New Delhi, which means PLA could launch attack on India’s main military targets in the north of India within more than ten seconds by deploying DF-11/15 strategic ballistic missiles. Furthermore, the more powerful DF-21 medium-range missiles have bigger military deterrence to India’s military. Therefore, India urgently seeks to purchase advanced and reliable anti-missile systems.

According to Indian media, India’s indigenous anti-missile weapons include Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missiles and surface-to-surface “Prithvi” missiles. It’s reported that totally five test fires gained good results. An Indian defense expert states the Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile has better performance than Patriotic-3. He also says India is expected to become the fourth state capable of intercepting missiles with a range of 5,000 kilometers after US, Russia and Israel.

However, an Indian missile expert points out the fatal weakness of India’s missile defense is the poor foundation of the national industry. Even though there are foreign technologies, some key parts related with interception missiles cannot be produced at home but can only rely on exports.

Does India’s global purchase of anti-missile systems aim to counteract China’s DF missiles?

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Nokia X2 – The Budget "Music" Phone

Nokia has announced a mobile phone X2. This is a classic candybar with a numeric keypad, which is an affordable music solution. NEW has expanded range of devices, which until then was presented models of Nokia X3 and X6, as well as Nokia X5. At Nokia X2 is not only a MP3 player, but also FM radio. To control the playback tracks are special keys, and you can either listen to music through speakers (provided 2 pieces) or headphones. Aside from music, Nokia X2 provides integration with social networks, for example, implemented a quick access to Facebook right from the start screen. New product will be relatively inexpensive: its cost without taxes and discounts will be 85 euros. Home sales planned for the second quarter of this year. In some markets, the phone will be available with the support of Nokia Music Store and Comes with Music. More images after the break…

Features Nokia X2:
  • Cellular GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Software platform Series 40
  • 2.2-inch screen with QVGA resolution and 262K colors
  • 48 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD card
  • Micro-USB port
  • 3,5 mm jack
  • Wireless Interface Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Opening hours in standby mode – up to 25.8 days
  • Opening hours of talk time – up to 13,5 hours
  • Opening hours of music playback – up to 26,8 hours
  • Dimensions – 111h47h13, 3 mm
  • Weight – 81 grams
  • Color – black and red, silver blue

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Nokia N8

Nokia N8 – official photos and video of the new smartphone

Nokia announced adhered until a certain time smartphone N8, fitted with a capacitive 3.5-inch screen, 12-megapixel camera, Xenon flash, and HDMI-output. Actually, the full specifications Nokia N8 became known yesterday, but now there are beautiful formal photographs – the device looks friendlier with his gay with bright flowers. More images after the break…

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Audi Centenary Sculpture by Gerry Judah

This 32 metre-high and 44 tonne sculpture is designed by Gerry Judah for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England. Structural Engineering by Capita Bobrowsk, Steel Fabrication and Installation by Littlehampton Welding Ltd. It features a vintage Audi and a modern car racing into the sky. It is sponsored by Audi to commemorate its centenary year. More pictures after the break.

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Towers Around The World

Highest Towers – of the World
Location : Paris
Height : 318 Meters
Floors :
Built : 1887

Location : Dubai
Height : 321 Meters
Floors :
Built : 1999

Location : Shanghai China
Height : 421 Meters
Floors : 88
Built : 1998
Location : Chicago Illinois
Height : 443 Meters
Floors : 110
Built : 1973
Location : Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Height : 452 Meters
Floors : 88
Built : 1998
Location : Shanghai China
Height : 492 Meters
Floors : 101
To Be Completed : 2007
Location : Taipei Taiwan
Height : 508 Meters
Floors : 101
Built : 2004
Location : Guangzhou, Shanghai China
Height : 514.8 Meters
Floors : 131
To Be Completed : 2010

Location : WTC Manhattan NY

Height : 541 Meters

Floors : 69

To Be Completed : 2010

Location : Tokyo Japan
Height : 600 Meters
Floors :
To Be Completed : 2007
Location : Dubai
Height : 705 Meters
Floors : 160
To Be Completed : 2008
Location : Shanghai China
Height : 1228 Meters
Floors : 300
To Be Completed : 2020

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Great Driving Road

World’s Greatest Driving Road U.A.E

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