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  • Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    A Japanese company called Aerial Burton has been using lasers to ionize air molecules in midair for a few years now, thereby creating bright pixels that float in space. Using the original system, however, you were essentially creating floating plasma which could burn you if you touched it. Now, however, the researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Utsunomiya University, Nagoya Institute… Read More

  • New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a single-step process to print conductive material on cloth, allowing manufacturers to build stretchable wearables that can test vital signs like heart rate and muscle contraction. From the release: Now, Professor Takao Someya’s research group at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering has developed an… Read More

  • 6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

    6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

    Today there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, and while growth has been levelling off in developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, it’s not stalling altogether by a long shot. By 2020, globally there will be 6.1 smartphone users led by huge growth in less mature markets. And with 6.1 billion smartphones in circulation, we will see a tipping point of sorts… Read More

  • Tracxn, Which Aspires To Be The “Gartner Of Startup Data,” Grabs $3.5M Series A

    Tracxn, Which Aspires To Be The “Gartner Of Startup Data,” Grabs $3.5M Series A

    Tracxn, an analytics firm co-founded by Sequoia and Accel alumni to track data from startups, has raised a $3.5 million series A round from SAIF Ventures. The company, which describes itself as “Gartner for startups information,” was launched in 2013 by Neha Singh, who was previously an investment analyst for Sequoia Capital, and Abhishek Goyal, a former associate at Accel Partners. Read More

  • This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. Read More

  • You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene. The accelerometers, called inertial measurement units, roughly tell the phone’s… Read More

  • Led By iPhone 6, Apple Passed Samsung In Q4 Smartphone Sales, 1.9B Mobiles Sold Overall In 2014

    Led By iPhone 6, Apple Passed Samsung In Q4 Smartphone Sales, 1.9B Mobiles Sold Overall In 2014

    If 2014 goes down as the year when smartphone sales globally passed the 1 billion mark (1.2 billion, to be exact, from a total of 1.9 billion mobile phones overall), Q4 will go down as the quarter when Samsung lost its footing as the world’s leader in the category for the first time since 2011. Today, Gartner published its figures for smartphone sales for the year and final quarter… Read More

  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    Google’s Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with… Read More

  • 1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

    1.2B Smartphones Sold In 2014, Led By Larger Screens And Latin America

    Apple is reaping the biggest rewards right now when it comes to selling its smartphones and other devices, but the overall picture for the smartphone market in the year ahead may be a little less rosy. According to the analysts at Germany-based GfK, in 2014 there were 1.2 billion smartphones sold, up 23% on the year before and crossing the billion-unit point for the first time. But… Read More

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