Samsung and Visa join forces to enable NFC mobile payment at 2012 Olympics

From a gadgeteer’s point of view, one of the best things about the Olympics is its tendency to bring in new technologies to the hosting city. Take the 2012 games, for example: not only are the London Underground stations getting WiFi hotspots, but news has it that Samsung and Visa are holding hands to deliver NFC mobile payment solutions to the city. In fact, more than 60,000 locations in London are already geared up with contactless payment systems, and right now Visa is negotiating with banks to get its contactless cards and mobile phones approved. For the latter, one such device will be Samsung’s Olympic and Paralympic Games mobile handset that comes with a Visa-enabled SIM card, and it’ll be made available to sponsored athletes as well as various retailers. Furthermore, this alliance will continue after the Olympics, and Visa is rolling out its mobile payments solution in many other countries as we speak, so it shouldn’t be long before we hear more Visa handset announcements.

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Zdenek Kalal’s object tracking algorithm learns on the fly, likely to make next 007 flick (video)

Microsoft’s own OneVision Video Recognizer may be novel, but if the folks in Redmond are seriously looking to take things next-level, they should probably cast their gaze across the pond. Zdenek Kalal, a researcher at the University of Surrey, has just created what may be the most sophisticated vision system known to the civilian world. In essence, it takes the mundane task of tracking objects to an entirely new platform, enabling users to select an object on the fly and have the algorithm immediately start tracking something new. Within seconds, it’s able to maintain a lock even if your object twists, turns, or leaves / returns. Furthermore, these “objects” could be used as air mice if you force it to track your digits, and if you teach it what your staff looks like, you’ll have a fully automated security scanner that can recognize faces and grant / deny access based on its database of white-listed individuals. Frankly, we’d rather you see it for yourself than listen to us extolling its virtues — vid’s after the break, per usual.

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HTC Flyer vid shows off Scribe (CNETAustralia)

A new, official HTC Flyer video shows off some of the tablet’s strongest
features, with an extensive look at the new capacitive Scribe pen.

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Ask Engadget: best USB headset for Skype calls and on-the-go podcasting?

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget question is coming to us from yours truly, who managed to destroy his Freetalk Everyman during a rough battle within a piece of carry-on luggage. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I previously owned a Freetalk Everyman, also known as a low-end, USB headset that was ultra handy for making Skype calls and even podcasting in a quiet room. It traveled well, but not well enough. Recently, one of the ear cups were demolished during a turbulent flight back from NYC, and now I need a replacement. I’m too rough on these things to spend more than or , so outside of replacing it in kind, what are my options for a USB headset that travels easily? You’ll be hearing a lot of me in the months to come, so don’t lead me astray. My life, as it were, is in your ever-so-capable hands.”

Ain’t much more to say when the question’s not coming from a third-party, so… have fun in comments!

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Vodafone moves call centre to NZ, 100 new jobs (New Zealand Herald )

Vodafone is moving an Egypt call centre to New Zealand in a move expected to
create more than 100 local jobs.The company announced last night it is closing
down the offshore call centre, which has dealt with calls from mobile…

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Today’s Mobile News in Brief (March 31, 2011) (cellphones)

As reported here on Cell Phones Etc. and across the Web, here’s your daily
brief on what happened in the world of mobile phones this Thursday, March
31st, 2011. Microsoft details Windows Phone 7 by the numbers: 11,500 apps,
36,000 developers Microsoft took the wraps of Windows Phone 7 a year ago. It
officially debuted on handset [...]

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Sony offers sneak peek of new LA store – no fooling (video)

You might see a bunch of fake news on the internet tomorrow, but considering what we’ve seen of Sony’s new LA storefront, we’re fairly certain this isn’t a prank. That’s right, Sony’s launching a newly branded retail store in the City of Angels Friday, and from the look of things, it spared no expense. The 4,200-square foot space is the first to ditch the Sony Style moniker for the more simple Sony Store, and while the aesthetics are decidedly minimal, the experience is anything but. As you might expect, the shop offers demos of a slew of devices; it’s packed full of everything from VAIOs to ray modelers to 3D Handycams, and it’s also rocking a fully loaded home theater setup called “The Cube.” Considering the outfit’s been looking to up its retail cred, we’d say the new spot has the stuff to do the job, even if that bright white modular look does seem strangely familiar. If you’re in the LA area, you can check out the new digs starting tomorrow — if not, hit up the guided video tour above.

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SIM-Drive’s SIM-LEI electric car achieves 207-mile driving range in Japan

Manufacturers are constantly optimising the driving range for electric vehicles, and sure enough, a Japanese startup recently made a breakthrough with its first prototype. Dubbed the SIM-LEI, this cute four-wheeler from SIM-Drive sips juice off a Toshiba 24.9kWh lithium ion battery, and can go from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.8 seconds, with maximum speed topping at 150km/h (93mph). What’s more impressive, though, is that SIM-Drive managed to squeeze out a driving range of 333km (207 miles) on a JC-08 cycle (a standardised test that simulates driving in congested Japanese city traffic), putting the LEI well ahead of its competitors on the chart — Nissan’s Leaf does about 100 miles, for instance. Sadly, mass-production won’t kick off until 2013, which should hopefully let the others do a bit of catching up with this remarkable newcomer.

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Nanogenerators produce electricity by squeezing your fingers together, while you dance

It’s been a while since we last heard about nanogeneratos — you know, those insanely tiny fibers that could potentially be woven into your hoodie to juice up your smartphone. Dr. Zhong Lin Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology has reported that he and his team of Einsteins constructed nanogenerators with enough energy to potentially power LCDs, LEDs and laser diodes by moving your various limbs. These micro-powerhouses — 1 / 500 the width of a single hair strand — are embedded with piezoelectric zinc oxide atoms and can generate electrical charges when flexed or strained. Wang and his team of researchers shoved a collection of their nanogenerators into a chip 1 / 4 the size of a stamp, stacked five of them on top of one another and can pinch the stack between their fingers to generate the output of two standard AA batteries — around 1.5 volts. Although it’s not much, we’re super excited at this point in development — imagine how convenient to charge your phone in your pocket sans the bulky battery add-ons. And that’s only one application of this technology. Yea, we know.

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First practical nanogenerator produces electricity with pinch of the fingers

ANAHEIM, March 29, 2011 – After six years of intensive effort, scientists are reporting development of the first commercially viable nanogenerator, a flexible chip that can use body movements – a finger pinch now en route to a pulse beat in the future – to generate electricity. Speaking here today at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, they described boosting the device’s power output by thousands times and its voltage by 150 times to finally move it out of the lab and toward everyday life.

“This development represents a milestone toward producing portable electronics that can be powered by body movements without the use of batteries or electrical outlets,” said lead scientist Zhong Lin Wang, Ph.D. “Our nanogenerators are poised to change lives in the future. Their potential is only limited by one’s imagination.”

The latest improvements have resulted in a nanogenerator powerful enough to drive commercial liquid-crystal displays, light-emitting diodes and laser diodes. By storing the generated charges using a capacitor, the output power is capable to periodically drive a sensor and transmit the signal wirelessly.

“If we can sustain the rate of improvement, the nanogenerator may find a broad range of other applications that require more power,” he added. Wang cited, for example, personal electronic devices powered by footsteps activating nanogenerators inside the sole of a shoe; implanted insulin pumps powered by a heart beat; and environmental sensors powered by nanogenerators flapping in the breeze.

Wang and colleagues demonstrated commercial feasibility of the latest nanogenerator by using it to power an LED light and a liquid crystal display like those widely used in many electronic devices, such as calculators and computers. The power came from squeezing the nanogenerator between two fingers.

The key to the technology is zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires. ZnO nanowires are piezoelectric – they can generate an electric current when strained or flexed. That movement can be virtually any body movement, such as walking, a heartbeat, or blood flowing through the body. The nanowires can also generate electricity in response to wind, rolling tires, or many other kinds of movement.

The diameter of a ZnO nanowire is so small that 500 of the wires can fit inside the width of a single human hair. Wang’s group found a way to capture and combine the electrical charges from millions of the nanoscale zinc oxide wires. They also developed an efficient way to deposit the nanowires onto flexible polymer chips, each about a quarter the size of a postage stamp. Five nanogenerators stacked together produce about 1 micro Ampere output current at 3 volts – about the same voltage generated by two regular AA batteries (about 1.5 volts each).

“While a few volts may not seem like much, it has grown by leaps and bounds over previous versions of the nanogenerator,” said Wang, a scientist at Georgia Institute of Technology. “Additional nanowires and more nanogenerators, stacked together, could produce enough energy for powering larger electronics, such as an iPod or charging a cell phone.”

Wang said the next step is to further improve the output power of the nanogenerator and find a company to produce the nanogenerator. It could hit the market in three to five years, he estimated. The device’s first application is likely to be as a power source for tiny environmental sensors and sensors for infrastructure monitoring.

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The scientists acknowledge funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (of the U.S. Department of Defense), the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Air Force.

The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Mercedes’ A-Class E-Cell gets taken for a test drive

Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class E-Cell may be a limited production vehicle, but it is a production vehicle, which likely means that some folks will be interested in how it actually drives. Thankfully, the folks from PluginCars have now managed to take one for a quick spin, and have delivered a few first impressions. The short of it is that while it’s a “nice ride,” it’s apparently not a very powerful one — in fact, the site says that the car felt “significantly slower” than the Nissan Leaf, which also of course has the advantage of being cheaper and more widely available. The Mercedes does apparently handle much better, though, and while the floor is a bit higher than a normal car, the interior otherwise seems to be top notch. Unfortunately, the test drive wasn’t exactly long enough to truly test the car’s Tesla-provided batteries, but the site was at least pleased to see the current state of charge conveniently placed right in the middle of the dashboard.

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Zillow app for BlackBerry users now available (Mobile Burn)

BlackBerry fans can join in on the real estate fun with Zillow’s newly
launched app that offers users a quick glimpse at homes for sale or rent in
the neighborhood, direct from their smartphones.

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Apogee rolls out Duet 2 pro audio interface for Macs

Recently drop 0 on an Apogee Duet audio interface for your Mac after pondering one for all these years? Then we’re afraid we’ve got a bit of bad news for you, as the company has now finally rolled out a successor to the highly-desirable device. Apparently redesigned from the ground up, the new Duet 2 expectedly ditches FireWire in favor of USB, and packs some “completely redesigned” mic preamps and converters, along with two inputs and four outputs, a pair of configurable touch pads, and even an all new OLED display that replaces the basic LED meters on the original. Of course, the one thing that stays the same is the professional-level price — look for this one to set you back 5 when it’s available next month.

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Video: HTC Desire S video tour – part 1 of 2 (Mobile Burn)

The HTC Desire S is a new Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone with a large
3.7-inch touchscreen display, 1GHz processor, and 5 megapixel camera. Where
the Desire S differs from the original Desire is with its sleek new aluminum
unibody, forward-facing camera, increased memory, and slightly larger battery.

Watch the video here.

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BlackBerry Touch / Monaco gets manhandled, said to get official in May

Our interest in the BlackBerry Touch (codename Monaco) was piqued when we first caught wind of the device, and we had a feeling it’d be making its way into the wild ever since one showed up in Verizon red around mid-Feburary. Now, BGR has managed to procure an unreleased prototype, and we’ve gotta say that we like what we’re seeing. According to the pub, it should get official at BlackBerry World in May, and it’ll run OS 6.1 underneath that 800 x 480-pixel screen. The new BB6 is said to use a BlackBerry ID in place of a PIN for certain key functions — a necessary move for non-BB platforms rumored to be getting BBM (a historically PIN-based service). BGR also claims it won’t be getting the Storm nomenclature, so we apologize in advance to the SurePress fanboys. Either way, we’ve got an inkling that we’ll be hearing more as we get closer to May, but unfortunately our dreams of a super AMOLED-equipped Torch running stock Android with a BBM app will just remain figments of our imagination.

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Images leak out of Pentax NC mirrorless camera system, makes us long for summertime

At this point, we’re guessing that it’s just a matter of time before the likes of Pentax and Nikon toss their hat into the ever-expanding mirrorless camera ring, and at least for the former, it looks as if that could come sooner rather than later. If the (predictably grainy) image above is to be believed, the NC-1 is dangerously close to being ready for primetime, and according to leaked materials, it’ll be the world’s smallest mirrorless camera when it gets official in May / June. Purportedly, we’ll find a 14 megapixel sensor and a pair of lenses to choose from — an 8.5mm f/1.9 prime lens as well as a 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 standard zoom. Crazier still, the NC system could be followed by a larger system in the summer, with that fellow sporting an APS-C sized sensor and compatibility with K-mount lenses. ‘Course, we’d invite you to chase all of this with a dash of salt for now, but you can bet we’ll be scrounging for more.

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