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The answer is positive, at least, when it comes to nano-sized ones, which are actually controlled sound ripples.

A research team from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology found out that these ripples could change electronic properties of substances. Thus, when the researchers tested it on a photoluminescent 2D material, the material tended to emit more light as the sound ripples grew more intensive.

The discovery can be useful for enhancing performance of cellphone cameras under dim light conditions, efficiency of solar cells and smart windows, and for a lot of other purposes. All the more, the above effect of sound waves is not permanent and disappears as soon as the “earthquake” stops.

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Toshiba has crossed the line. New 7-inch Windows tablet for $120

Evolution of Windows-based tablets is a long tale about how to make device… smaller and cheaper. Indeed, every new product sets a record in price and new 7-inch Encore Mini by Toshiba is not exclusion. Priced for only $120 it passed the lowest $200-line common for 8-inch tablets. However, do not expect high-end specs for such a price: based on Windows 8.1, Encore Mini has a quad-core 1GB RAM Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1024 x 600 display, 16GB of storage, 2MP main camera and 0.3MP frontal camera. It’s a bit heavier than Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but nevertheless it won’t be a problem to keep additional 350 grams in your bag.

Definitely good news that purchase of Encore Mini grants you with a free year of 1TB storage on One Drive and either Office 365 service. Moreover the tablet is designed with additional microSDXC slot, so you can increase the storage up to 128GB.  Producer did it best to improve the scaling, thus you will always feel comfortable to work with on-screen objects in desktop mode. Attractive price, compact size, a plenty of storage – if you are tempted, Encore Mini is already in stores.  

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It has been reported on the Texas Governor’s web-site that the world’s first spaceport is to appear 27 km away to the north-east of Brownsville. The project has already been approved by Brownsville’s mayor and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Plans have it that the spaceport’s annual throughput will be 12 space launch vehicles. It is to be used both for NASA purposes and for private companies’ projects. The new spaceport will create 300 jobs, the state’s benefit amounting to around $85 mln. So, the authorities are expected to invest some $15 million in it.

The project was initiated by SpaceX company, namely, Elon Musk, its founder and chief designer (and PayPal originator). The company specializes in manufacturing and launching Falcon space launch vehicles and Dragon recoverable capsules.

The first three attempts to launch Falcon family space launch vehicles failed. Only the fourth one was a success, with Falcon-1 placing into orbit a test payload of 165 kg and, a year later, – Malaysia’s RazakSAT satellite.

In 2010, the new Falcon-9 delivered a Dragon spaceship to the earth orbit, which, having accomplished its mission, splashed down successfully in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, the Dragon spaceship delivered its first cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Later, SpaceX and NASA concluded a $1.6 bln contract for Dragon to take another 12 space flights to the ISS.

Currently, SpaceX is developing a new Falcon modification – Falcon Heavy, while launching space vehicles, using the Cape Caneveral spaceport and Vandenberg Airforce base.

by menarate
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Taken today’s highly competitive smartphone market, BlackBerry has had to come up with a unique sales approach to beat its major competitors, such as Samsung and Apple. So, under the current CEO, John Chen, the company is focusing on making BlackBerry the world’s “most secure and complete communications network.”

With this idea in mind, BlackBerry recently joined its efforts with Samsung and IBM to design a tablet to meet the demand of governmental agencies and industrial enterprises for a secure communications infrastructure. The collaboration resulted in the novelty SecuTABLET, which is currently under the certification process in Germany. The device was designed based on Samsung's S10.5 Galaxy Tab and is claimed to be up to the highest security standards.

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Google Androidis the most popular mobile OS in the world, far from being named the most secure.

On the scale of vulnerability threatening the security of personal data of Google Android users, specialists of Bluebox Labs said, but the portal of PCWorld noted that it is probably one of the biggest in the history of Android system. The first informations about this problem were obtained in 2010, and the Google company, of course, has taken steps to close the breach in security that prevents malware to actually penetrate smoothly to mobile devices, making their users helpless in the face of intruders. Nevertheless, to eliminate Google problem was managed only in the latest version of Android, so that all users of previous OS versions should remain on the alert.

This problem, or «FakeID», as it is called in the Bluebox Labs, according to the same Bluebox Labs, is associated with deficiencies in the mechanism of verification of certificates and fraught with consequences not only for users of Android, but also for the reputation of Google company. Taking advantage of the privileges granted on the mobile devices in some applications, intruders can break into the system that give them access to personal photos and passwords, and credit card numbers. So what is the advice to all users of OS Android versions 4.3.1 and below: arm with reliable antivirus and beware!

by Axiom telecom
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iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, iOS 8 presentation

Weight and Dimensions

iPhone 6 Plus
Height: 158.1 mm
Width: 77.8 mm
Depth: 7.1 mm
Weight: 172 grams

iPhone 6
Height: 138.1 mm
Width: 67.0 mm
Depth: 6.9 mm
Weight: 129 grams

Display

iPhone 6 Plus
Retina HD display
5.5" (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Full sRGB standard
Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
Display Zoom
Reachability

iPhone 6
Retina HD display
4.7" (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
1400:1 contrast ratio (typical)
500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)
Full sRGB standard
Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front
Display Zoom
Reachability

Chips

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
A8 chip with 64-bit architecture
M8 motion coprocessor

iSight Camera

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
New 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5μ pixels
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
μ/2.2 aperture
Optical image stabilization
True Tone flash
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination sensor
Sapphire crystal lens cover
Auto image stabilization 
Auto HDR for photos
Improved face detection
Exposure control
Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
Burst mode
Tap to focus
Photo geotagging
Timer mode

Video Recording

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
1080p HD video recording
(30 fps or 60 fps)
True Tone flash
Slo-mo video (120 fps or 240 fps)
Time-lapse video
Video stabilization
Cinematic video stabilization
Continuous autofocus video
Take still photos while recording video
Improved face detection
3x zoom
Video geotagging

FaceTime Camera

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
1.2-megapixel photos (1280 by 960)
ƒ/2.2 aperture
720p HD video recording
Backside illumination sensor
Auto HDR for photos and videos
Improved face detection
Burst mode
Exposure control

Power and Battery

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Talk time:
Up to 24 hours on 3G
Standby time:
Up to 16 days (384 hours)
Internet use:
Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback:
Up to 14 hours
Audio playback:
Up to 80 hours

Touch ID

Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

Apple Pay

Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and in apps

 

#SMS, #law, #UAE
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A citizen of the United Arab Emirates was fined for insulting SMS

"Verbal restraint caused heavy fine for one resident of the United Arab Emirates", - reported by local Newspapers. Fine in the amount of 5000 dirhams (equivalent to $273) was appointed by the court for insulting message that the accused in the SMS sent his opponent.

The accused did not want to admit their guilt, turning in a few instances in the proceeding. However, direct evidence in the form of saved messages in the phone of the victim has not left the court has doubts about the guilt of the defendant. In the message of a man named plaintiff's a liar, accusing in the falsehood of his wife and close relatives, reported by the local media.