Lenovo brings Haswell to rest of ThinkPad line-up, including monstrous ThinkPad W540

Lenovo updates ThinkPad business notebooks with Haswell chips, better security

Lenovo outed no fewer than five new notebooks just last week, but it doesn’t want to stop there. With a distinct focus on business, the world’s biggest notebook maker has come to the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) with a refreshed range of T, W, L and E Series laptops, outfitting them with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processors, better graphics, improved security and faster connectivity. Do Lenovo’s new buttoned-down notebooks offer more than their glossy counterparts? Find out after the break.

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iSketchnote digitizes your doodles to an iPad using a natural pen (video)

iSketchnote digitizes your doodles to an iPad using a natural pen

iSketchnote has hit Kickstarter with an interesting take on the sketch digitizing game. Rather than drawing straight onto the screen of your tablet with a stylus, Galaxy Note or Wacom style, its iPad cover digitizer lets you draw in ink with a “natural pen” onto any notebook or paper. A sensor matrix detects your scrawls and even color thanks to a magnet in the pen, and the drawings appear on your iPad screen with about 50ms of latency. Thanks to a built-in SD card slot, you’ll also be able to take the cover on the road without the iPad (4GB will hold about 100 pages). When it ships around May 2014, it’ll just work with an iPad, but the developers say you’ll eventually be able to digitize to a Mac or PC with a free software update. iSketchnote’s already zoomed past its $35,000 Kickstarter goal, having bagged around $50,000 with 29 days left. If you want to grab one along with three pens, its $119 for early birds at the source.

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Volkswagen e-Golf unveiled: 118-mile range, charges 80 percent in 30 minutes

DNP Volkswagen Golf Blueemotion becomes eGolf, readies pair of EVs for launch,

We’ve kept an eye on Volkswagen’s Golf Blue-e-motion EV for the past few years and are ecstatic to report that it’s getting a release window. The e-Golf is showing up stateside later than expected, but the German automaker promises we’ll see it by late 2014 or early 2015. Once the hatchback lands it’ll be packed to the gills with all manner of settings and improvements since we last saw it, too. We’re talking full LED-headlamps, zero to 60MPH in about ten seconds and (with optional accessories) a battery that goes from dead to 80 percent charged in a half an hour. What’s more, the previous range has been boosted from 100 miles to 118 miles.

While none of this sounds all too impressive when compared to gas or hybrid engines, it’s an important milestone for the people’s car company. How so? Well it, along with the Europe exclusive e-Up! that’s finally moving into production, represents the first part of Wolfsburg’s mission to take EVs to the mainstream. There’s a set of press releases after the break, but you might want to grab a fresh cup of tea before settling in — they’re quite lengthy. …read more

ATD: Apple TV software refresh arrives with iOS 7 on September 18th

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Though it was all about the iPhones during Apple’s big event yesterday, Apple TV is about to receive an overhaul soon as well, according to AllThingsD. It’ll arrive on September 18th, the same day as iOS 7, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans. There’s no mention of what changes are in store, although the same source believes that Apple TVs will be able to play other users’ content via AirPlay. You’d think such change would have been mentioned by the company last night, but as with all rumors, we’ll believe it when we see it.

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Disney's Second Screen Live asks moviegoers to bring their iPad this time (video)

Disney's Second Screen live event tells moviegoers to bring their iPad video

We all know the drill by now, and if you forget there’s usually a warning: please turn your mobile devices off / silent, the movie is starting. For a special Second Screen Live showing of Disney’s The Little Mermaid however, it’s going to be different as moviegoers are encouraged to use their tablets for an augmented experience. Disney has created an iPad app for viewers to download before they get to the theater, which mirrors apps we’ve seen for home viewing with synchronized games, sing-a-longs and trivia. That’s no coincidence, since the movie’s return to theaters is timed ahead of its Blu-ray release on October 1st.

Viewers shouldn’t worry about this encroaching on their Oscar-season previews however, as it’s limited to a monthlong run at the El Capitan in LA starting on the 15th, and limited showings at select other theaters (listed after the break) nationwide starting on the 20th. This is Disney’s first public use of the tech after a trial run last fall alongside Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas, which had a response it described as “positive.” For a family movie likely loaded with kids we can see where this might be more …read more

Disney's Second Screen Live asks moviegoers to bring their iPad this time (video)

Disney's Second Screen live event tells moviegoers to bring their iPad video

We all know the drill by now, and if you forget there’s usually a warning: please turn your mobile devices off / silent, the movie is starting. For a special Second Screen Live showing of Disney’s The Little Mermaid however, it’s going to be different as moviegoers are encouraged to use their tablets for an augmented experience. Disney has created an iPad app for viewers to download before they get to the theater, which mirrors apps we’ve seen for home viewing with synchronized games, sing-a-longs and trivia. That’s no coincidence, since the movie’s return to theaters is timed ahead of its Blu-ray release on October 1st.

Viewers shouldn’t worry about this encroaching on their Oscar-season previews however, as it’s limited to a monthlong run at the El Capitan in LA starting on the 15th, and limited showings at select other theaters (listed after the break) nationwide starting on the 20th. This is Disney’s first public use of the tech after a trial run last fall alongside Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas, which had a response it described as “positive.” For a family movie likely loaded with kids we can see where this might be more …read more

Mischief managed: researchers produce an invisibility cloak in just 15 minutes

DNP invisibility cloak

Grab your Marauder’s Map and get ready to roll. Researchers at Zhejiang University in China have pioneered a new, time-efficient method of producing real world invisibility cloaks made out of Teflon. While it isn’t the first time we’ve come across an invisibility cloak, it is the first to make use of an innovation called topology optimization. Thus far, physicists working on invisibility have largely relied on metamaterials — synthetic materials that alter the behavior of light as it interacts with objects — but the cost and difficulty of manufacturing them has made them an impractical option. The Zhejiang team has circumvented those obstacles by creating a so-called “eyelid” out of Teflon, the computer-altered topology of which minimizes the distortion of light as it moves past a cloaked object — and it only took 15 minutes to produce. Since the Teflon eyelid is only invisible to microwaves, it won’t enable you to roam the halls of Hogwarts unseen, but the technology could potentially open up new avenues in exploring invisibility on other wavelengths. To learn more, read the full paper at the source link below.

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Toys R Us' 8-inch second-generation Tabeo kids tablet coming in October for $150

DNP need images Toys R Us' 8inch secondgeneration Tabeo kids tablet coming in October for $150

Toys R Us, no stranger to the odd controversial lawsuit when it comes to its Tabeo kiddie tablet, has launched an updated version of the white-label slate for the holidays. The Tabeo e2, which is an inch bigger than its predecessor, comes with a dual-core 1 GHz CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB of in-built storage, which can be bolstered via its up-to 64GB microSD card slot. Up front, you’ve got an 8-inch 1,024 x 768 multitouch display, displaying Android 4.2, with all of the parental controls and child-friendly apps you’d expect from such a device. If you’re looking for something to keep the rugrats occupied whilst you gaze lovingly at your new 4K TV, the e2 will launch in October for $150.

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Google teams up with edX to create the YouTube for online education

DNP Google teams up with edX to create opensource online course portal

Google’s big list of open source projects just grew by one — the company has introduced a new online learning platform called MOOC.org. Despite the name, it’s not a website about cows — MOOC stands for “massive open online courses,” and it’s a product of the marriage between Mountain View and edX, an educational website by MIT and Harvard. However, while edX only features free courses from affiliated universities, MOOC.org will accept material submitted by other institutions, governments, businesses and even individuals. In short, just about anyone can pitch in — edX’s president even revealed that they want the site to eventually become the “YouTube for MOOCs.” The companies have yet to reveal how they’ll screen submitted courses for quality and how contributors can earn money, but we’ll likely find out when the site launches in mid-2014. Self-motivated folks eager to learn will have to hang out around libraries, campuses and TED talks until then.

[Image credit: University of Salford, Flickr]

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Via: Slate, WSJ

Source: mooc.org, Google Research

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Apple quietly terminates its Cards app on iOS, suggests using iPhoto on a Mac

Apple had two phones and the final iteration of its mobile OS to show off, so it’d be forgiven for letting smaller news slip through the cracks — especially when it’s the termination of an older service. It looks like not many people were in need of Cupertino’s Cards app, which launched alongside the iPhone 4S back in October 2011. In case you forgot, iPhone (or iPad) users could send an ole-fashioned greeting card through the app interface which would then be sent via snail mail. Apple’s official support page confirms that the service is being shuttered, but reminds us that it still has a Hallmark alternative and that we can make “beautiful letterpress cards customized with your photos and text using iPhoto on your Mac.” At $2.99 per greeting in the US (or $4.99 to send it globally) the service wasn’t cheap, so perhaps you’d already resorted to sending your photos and greetings digitally (and for free) on iMessage — Apple publicly launched its messenger app at the very same event.

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Via: 9to5Mac

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