Glare-Free, Self-Cleaning, Water-Repellent Glass Of The Future From The Minds At MIT

How would you like your future smartphone screen to be completely glare-free, water-repellent, and self-cleaning? Researchers at MIT published a paper describing how they selectively removed parts of the glass to create microscopic cones, which apparently gives the glass the ability to resist fogging and glare. The MIT news site states the following:

“The new ‘multifunctional’ glass, based on surface nanotextures that produce an array of conical features, is self-cleaning and resists fogging and glare, the researchers say. Ultimately, they hope it can be made using an inexpensive manufacturing process that could be applied to optical devices, the screens of smartphones and televisions, solar panels, car windshields and even windows in buildings.”

The lack of glare or fog would make the glass nearly invisible. Also, water would literally just bead and bounce right off, taking any dust along with it, making it super easy to keep dust-free. Check out the video of water droplets  rolling off the glass after the break.


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Verizon’s Droid Does Campaign Back With a More Cozy Vibe

You remember back in 2009 when we started seeing the Droid Does commercial campaign? Remember how it called out the iPhone in what it couldn’t do? Remember how we just stopped seeing the Droid Does commercials? Well the point to this line of questioning is that the Droid Does Campaign is back but it’s much less edgier in its presentation than before. Given that Verizon sells both the iPhone and the Droid line nowadays it makes sense for Verizon to tone back the iPhone bashing.

So instead of the in-your-face campaign it once was, it’s now a more “warmth-of-a-cozy-fire” direction. If you don’t believe me you can hit the break below. There we have the new commercial for you that shows off the Droid 4, RAZR, and RAZR MAXX. We also have two of the older commercials too for the sake of comparison. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Is this new direction a nice breath of fresh air for the campaign or did you prefer the old anti-iPhone direction?


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Google Engineer Designs KegDroid, an Adruino-Powered Kegerator Activated by NFC

Many times when people are bored they turn to activities that can be rather uneventful or sometimes even deviant. In the case of Google engineer Paul Carff, his bout of boredom lead to a project that is neither deviant or uneventful and the term bad-ass definitely comes to mind. Meet KegDroid, aka “Betsy”, Carff’s automated kegerator that is controlled by a Motorola Xoom tablet and an NFC card.

KegDroid is essentially an Arduino-automated beer dispenser that that uses an NFC card to link to your Google account. Once linked up and as long as you are authorized, a special app pops up that allows you to pick from the two beers on tap and select the amount of brew to be poured. KegDroid is currently just a personal project that belongs to Carff but in the video he mentions that we would like to see it available around the world in the future. That means that we are stuck dreaming about owning such a cool toy for the time being. Jump past the break to see Carff’s full demo video and to see what could be in store for us in the future.
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Verizon Announces New Prepaid Unlimited Talk and Text Plan that Comes with 1GB of Data for $80

There is a new 3G prepaid plan arriving tomorrow that Verizon will be offering. It looks to be pretty good as it will feature unlimited talk and text with the added benefit of 1GB of data thrown in. You can get this all for $80 per month and no contract. Unlimited Mobile-to-mobile calls are inherent of the current prepaid plans but it’s suggested that Unlimited Talk will consist of being able to call any phone, anywhere. In the announcement Big Red also added some prepaid mobile broadband options to choose from. They include:

  • · $15 for 250 MB of data weekly
  • · $60 for 3 GB of data monthly
  • · $90 for 10 GB of data monthly
Hit the break below for the press release if you’re interested in reading more. While we will have to wait until tomorrow for this plan to go into effect, unlimited talk and text with a gig of data thrown in is not too shabby, although, it still doesn’t have Boost Mobile beat when it comes to unlimited prepaid plans.  Here’s hoping though that unlimited talk means being able to call anyone and everyone! Enjoy!

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich starts rolling out today to your Samsung device in Canada

 

Today Samsung announced that they will start pushing Ice Cream Sandwich to select GALAXY devices in Canada. This will continue through the next couple months. Android 4.0 bring tons of new features with an all new user interface. There are nine devices in total that are eligible for this update. Of course the availability of ICS will vary depending on the wireless carrier, but be patient, own a GALAXY device, live in Canada, and you’ll get your Ice Cream Sandwich. Hit the jump for the full press release.


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Lookout Mobile Security adds File System and Install Monitoring to both free and premium users

We’re big fans of Lookout Mobile Security here at Talk Android. They just keep getting better. Today they announced two new services: File System Monitoring and Install Monitoring. These two services are aimed at those of you that like to download apps from alternative markets, forums, or any other means. Lookout already has protection for scanning apps after installation, but this update will scan these 3rd party apps before installation. That’s the ultimate form of protection because there’s no sense installing something that’s malware to begin with.


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SiriusXM adds Slacker-like controls to Internet Radio app for Android smartphones and tablets

With services like Slacker, Pandora, Spotify, and others, satellite radio provider SiriusXM needed to seriously adjust their offerings to stay competitive. They just announced a new update for their Android app (version 2.0) for smartphones and tablets. Now with the internet radio app, users can now pause, skip forward, and rewind content as well as start songs or shows form the beginning and replay up to 5 hours of programming.


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Motorola MOTOLUXE to Land In Canada Sometime in Q2

Today Motorola announced that the budget friendly Motorola MOTOLUXE will be heading to Canada in Q2 of this year. As a friendly reminder, the Motorola MOTOLUXE is currently a Gingerbread powered device (ICS update under evaluation) and features a 4-inch touchscreen with a 480 x 854 resolution, an 800 mhz processor, 512mb of RAM, and an 8MP camera.

“With its stylish design and media features, MOTOLUXE is the perfect smartphone to complement our busy lives,” said David Petrou, sales director, Motorola Mobility Canada. “Not only does MOTOLUXE have the power of Android, it also has a fun, adaptive and easy-to-use user interface, a big vibrant screen and a sharp camera to help you capture your everyday life.”

No word on which carrier/s will offer the device or if the white version will be available but Q2 is just around the corner so we should have more details soon. We will fill you in as we learn more. To see the full press release jump past the break.
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