Mathematical model could streamline the development of new plastics

A newly-developed mathematical model could make the development of new plastics much more ...

When it comes to the development of new plastics, two things have generally happened – a plastic is created and then a use is found for it, or a long trial-and-error process is undertaken in order to create a plastic with specific qualities. In a move that has been described as “comparable to cracking a plastics DNA,” however, scientists at the University of Leeds and Durham University have created a mathematical model that should allow specialty plastics to be created much more quickly and efficiently…
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Softbank Announces Sharp Aquos, First Announced Ice Cream Sandwich Device due Next Year

Soon Google will be launching the first ever Ice Cream Sandwich powered device with Samsung and we can’t wait! But if you want to check out the first ever announced Ice Cream Sandwich device, then behold — the Sharp Aquos Phone 104SH. Obviously this one wouldn’t be the first ICS device to hit the market, but we can say that it’s the first one to be announced as an Ice Cream Sandwich device. No doubt the device is very sexy and good looking, not only from the outside, but it also has a lot of amazing goodies on the inside. It will be launched by Japanese network Softbank and they are planning to launch it somewhere in spring of 2012. Don’t know when or if it will be hitting other countries but I’m sure by then, we will have a huge number of ICS powered phones to choose from. Have a look at the spec sheet:

  • Dual-core TI OMAP 44601.5-GHz  processor
  • 4.5-inch touchscreen (1280×720 resolution)
  • 12.1-megapixel primary camera (capable of 1080p video capture)
  • 2 GB storage
  • microSDHC expansion slot
  • dust-proof and water-proof build
  • compatibility with WCDMA and GSM networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 support
  • physical dimensions of 65 mm × 129 mm × 8.7 mm

I think these specs are just ‘okay’ if the device is hitting market next year, especially since quad-core phones are expected to also hit the market in 2012. Anyway, any Asian consumers looking forward to grabbing this hot-cake? Let us know in the comment box below.

Source: Softbank

Softbank Announces Sharp Aquos, First Announced Ice Cream Sandwich Device due Next Year originally appeared on AndroidGuys.

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Free Your Bionic From The HDMI Dock

So, as you are probably aware, the Droid Bionic is rather locked down all the way to the things that we can or cannot do without certain accessories. In case you are wondering, it seems that without a little “official” HDMI dock for the phone, the webtop application cannot be used, not even if you attach a HDMI cable to the device. This is now a thing of the past thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Fenny who just put a very nice and simple tutorial on how to get rid of the hardware verification done by the device. In essence, you have two ways of applying this: via ADB for those who like to do things the old fashioned way, and by flashing a zip file on your device. The end result is your newly acquired ability to use the webtop interface without the need to spend a single dime on an overpriced dock.

If this sounds like something you were waiting for, please give it a shot and post your feedback.

It removes the device ID string check from PortalApp, and enables the webtop option in DockService. Replacing these two apk files effectively allows the webtop to launch without proprietary hardware.

You can find more information in the original thread.

Want something published in the Portal? Contact any News Writer.

Thanks Fenny for the tip!

Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) Unveiled on October 11th? Samsung & Google Event Scheduled for That Date!

Samsung has just started sending out invites for a Google-related event that’s most likely the perfect opportunity to announce the long rumored Samsung Nexus Galaxy (Prime) handset). Also, we might witness the launch of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS on the same date.

October will be a very hot month, as the iPhone 5 will be unveiled on October 4th and a mere week later the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone will become a reality. Taking place at 11:30 AM in San Diego, the unveiling is advertised in invitations through a short tagline: “what’s new from Android”. Nexus Prime has been rumored for a while now, but it has yet to be confirmed, although Samsung sending a cease and desist to someone using the handset’s firmware meant that it’s very much real.

We’re expecting a dual core 1.5GHz device with a 4.5 or 4.65 inch display and maybe with a 720p resolution, according to rumors. LTE would also make a fine addition to it, as well as an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture and a nice battery life. This is the follow-up to HTC’s Nexus One and Samsung’s Nexus S, so it will have to something really, really special.

Could GPS receiver be stuck on? Short battery life …


I have a couple of new batteries after thinking a previous battery was going bad.

My problem is that my Blackberrry runs down after about 9 hours from a full charge without using for any voice time – just receiving occasional e-mail and occasional SMS msgs.

Only the telephone network is on. No WiFi. I have done complete resets with taking out the battery. I don’t see where to check if the GPS receiver could be turned off and on.

Any ideas, or could it be the BB hardware some way draining the battery? Thank you!


James 😎

O2 plan no mms shocked!

Just realised that my BB plan on 02 doesn’t include mms, proper shocked that this wasn’t included. I’m on a pretty high plan IMO £35.00 pm with 750mb of data,1000 mins and unlimited text. You would have thought mms was pretty much par for the course on that plan but I just got billed 34p for 2 mms. Just goes to show you should check your plan thoroughly before signing up!
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Undisclosed Recipients

I noted several references by bb users that they were seeing "undisclosed recipients" in the from and to fields when sending messages to yourself. If you are using Outlook, instructions for sending messages to a distributioin list in which you do not want recipients to see who else is receiving the email can be accomplished by creating a Contact entry for "Undisclosed Recipients" and associating this entry with your email send address. Recipients can be put in the bcc field and will not see who is getting the email. Outlook users are instructed to keep this item for future use. Unfortunately, bb sync puts this item in the bb contact list and uses the name on future emails. To rectify the problem, delete the contact from the Outlook contacts and sync. Hooray, the problem is resolved. Simply add this item back into the Outlook contact list if you wish to use this feature in the future or delete the email association in that contact until it is needed in future. Since this feature is seldom used by bb users, bb support has little help for this issue and has not gotten developers to find an ultimate solution. The real solution would be for Microsoft to find a more robust and user friendly approcah to this need in future releases instead of this strange workaround. for BlackBerry Playbook – Stay up to date on all your favorite soccer teams


If you’re looking to keep up to date on all the happenings in the soccer world (football, depending on where you live) the folks from Handmark have you covered. They’ve teamed up with to being the app to the BlackBerry PlayBook and it’s pretty slick. The layout is nice, the content is great and the app overall just works mighty fine. When it comes to built-in features, it’s no slouch either:

  • Breaking news, fully illustrated with high quality images
  • Live match commentary with play-by-play details from 10 leagues around the world and major tournaments
  • League standings from the world’s major leagues
  • New ‘My Teams’ menus and content – Bringing you the news you care about quicker with customized content related to hundreds of clubs around the world.
  • Transfer zone updates 
  • Live Twitter feed
  • Regular updates, meaning the app is ready to read when it’s opened

They’ve included some Facebook integration into the app, making it capable of sharing news to your Facebook account. If you’re a soccer / football fan, this is the app to have on your PlayBook as it offers a complete package. Best of all, it’s available for free in BlackBerry App World right now.

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Free Phone Friday at Best Buy Canada features BlackBerry 7 smartphones!

Free Phone Friday at Best Buy

Who doesn’t love free phones? Best Buy Mobile in Canada is running their Free Phone Friday promotions through October, and this week’s special is none other than BlackBerry! But, not just one BlackBerry. Today only you can grab a Bold 9900, a Torch 9810, or a Curve 9360 from various carriers for just a penny with a new 3-year activation. Make sure you read the fine print for all the details on the offer. Thanks to everyone that sent this in!

More information from Best Buy‘s feed sponsored by Free Phone Friday at Best Buy Canada features BlackBerry 7 smartphones!

Swatch Touch watch reacts to your, well, you know

Admit it, you’ve either owned or lusted after some sort of quirky Swatch in your lifetime. If not, its new Touch watch may be the one to finally give you a case of GAS. According to T3, the timepiece sports a convex LCD touchscreen, used for swiping or tapping through settings. Aside from displaying the time and date in an eye-caching (nearly unreadable) manner, it features an alarm, a timer, chronograph functionality and keeps track of two timezones. The Swatch Touch is said to hit the UK scene on October 1st, in a choice of six colors for 0 (roughly 7). Looks like Tokyoflash just got itself a worthy foe.

Swatch Touch watch reacts to your, well, you know originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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