September 16, 2014

Microsoft Buys Minecraft and Mojang Studios for 2.5 Billion Dollars

The last time Microsoft bought a successful video game studio (Halo creator Bungie) it quickly disbanded and left for a competitor (Sony's Playstation). Will Mojang be next?

September 11, 2014

Will Two Wrongs Make A Right For Microsoft's Smartphone Division?

Microsoft purchased Nokia's device and services business in September 2013 for $7.2 billion. Nokia, once a dominant player in the cellphone industry, has seen its market share decline steadily since 2010.

September 3, 2014

New Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: The Far More Interesting Note 4

Galaxy Note Edge Specs

  • Screen Size/Type: 5.6-inch Quad HD+ bent display (the "plus" in Quad HD+ refers to the 160 rows of extra pixels used on the side display)
  • Dimensions: 5.96 x 3.24 x 0.33 inches (151.3 x 82.4 x 8.3 mm) [3.8mm wider, 2.2mm shorter than Note 4]
  • Weight: 6.14oz (174g)
  • Camera(s): 16 megapixels (back) with 3840x2160 (4K) video capabilities and 3.7 megapixels (front)
  • OS: Android 4.4
  • Hardware: Qualcomm Snapdragon Quadcore 2700MHz, 3072MB RAM, 64GB storage.
  • Storage Expansion: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh battery
  • Available at: AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint

What the Future Users Say

"I can bet that this stupid thing that will cost a 100 USD extra(or more) will be nothing but a gimmick that no one will use." -yon1000

"This looks fine and everything but in day to day use I prefer the regular Note4. I think the edge can get annoying specially since this model is wider." -vampyren

"While this can come off as gimmicky or a shiny object, I think it's important to keep in mind this is probably more directional for the category than practical at this point. Which is important. Once the SDK is out then the really cool stuff will start to emerge. And, as OLED/curved technology improves it will only push the possibilities of this even further. I think we're seeing the beginning of something very remarkable. I say kudos to Samsung for taking the first step." -Deano1739

The Anti-Apple Fan

"Why Samsung why?!  I was so prepared to get this model of phone.  Then you introduced the VR headset, but that only works for the regular phone.  To all the iPhone trolls on here saying it's just a gimmick, didn't Apple just applied for a multi-screen patent?  Seems like a rip-off copying move.  And what about the fingerprint scanner, like that isn't a useless gimmick app.  At least this has multiple functions and capabilities that is actually useful.  Dammit, which phone should I get." -lee cam

Top image courtesy of engadget. Other images courtesy of Samsung and Limewit Blog.

August 27, 2014

Difference Between Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride and Lithium Ion Laptop Batteries

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries were the standard technology for many years, but today they are old technology and new laptops don't use them anymore. They are heavy and very prone to the "memory effect". When recharging a NiCd battery that has not been fully discharged, it "remembers" the old charge and continues there the next time you use it. The memory effect is caused by crystallization of the battery's substances and can permanently reduce your battery's lifetime, even make it useless. To avoid it, you should completely discharge the battery and then fully recharge it again at least once every few weeks. As this battery contains cadmium, a toxic material, it should always be recycled or disposed of properly.

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries are the cadmium-free replacement for NiCad. They are less affected by the memory effect than NiCd and thus require less maintenance and conditioning. However, they have problems at very high or low room temperatures which might actually cause them to catch fire. And even though they use less hazardous materials (i.e., they do not contain heavy metals), they cannot be fully recycled (yet). Another main difference between NiCad and NiMH is that NiMH battery offers higher energy density than NiCads. In other words, the capacity of a NiMH is approximately twice the capacity of its NiCad counterpart. What this means for you is increased run-time from the battery with no additional bulk or weight.

Lithium Ion (Li-ion)

Lithium Ion (Li-ion) are the new standard for portable power. Li-ion batteries produce the same energy as NiMH but weighs approximately 20%-35% less. They do not suffer significantly from the memory effect unlike their NiMH and Ni-Cd counterparts. Also, their substances are less hazardous. Because lithium ignites very easily, they require special handling. 

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August 19, 2014

Real-Time Face Projection Mapping: Digital Makeup (Video)

"My jaw literally dropped. I think that's the first time that's ever happened to me in real life."   -Brett Chapman, UK Indie Filmmaker.

"Absolutely amazing!!! Well done!!!" -Román Reyes, Spain Actor & Filmmaker.

"Spellbound. I have been using simple projection in my performances for the past two years, but this is something else." -Miss Morphic, UK Creative Videographer

Project Members
Nobumichi Asai (Planner / Producer / Technical Producer - P.I.C.S.)
Hiroto Kuwahara (Art Director & Makeup)
Paul Lacroix (Technical Director / Programmer - Transit Digital Works)
Jin Hasegawa (Cg Designer - Spade)
Takashi Ishibashi (Cg Designer - Spade)
Ayaka Motoyoshi (Production Manager - P.I.C.S.)

Special Thanks
Aya Kumakura (Production Manager)
Yoshihiro Ueno (Production Manager - P.I.C.S.)
Koji Kojima(Producer)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Colorist - Mcray)
Kenji Nakazono (Photographer - Creative Studio Works)
Kimihiro Morikawa (Photographer - Shooting & Lighting)
Jin Hasegawa (Spade)
Rhea Tor’s Inc.
Dan (Stylist)
K.Furumoto (Hair - &´S Management)
Yuka Sekimizu (Model - Satoru Japan)
Hideaki Takahashi (Music - Mjuc)
Spice (Optitrack Motion Capture Sensor)

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