This has gone too far. I was one of many people to cast serious doubt on Samsung (005930) when it birthed the phablet category with the Galaxy Note. The screen was gorgeous and the hardware was solid, but using this gargantuan handset as a phone looked and felt ridiculous. Then Samsung sold 10 million of them. Fair enough.


It was quite clear at that point in time that a market existed for supersized smartphones, and that market has grown as smartphones continue to get larger and larger. Phones that would have been considered giant just 18 months ago are now the norm, and dimensions continue to grow bigger with each passing iteration.


But now we’re just getting trolled.


Samsung unveiled a sleek new tablet over the weekend. The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a fantastic design at just the right size, and its S Pen support and “Premium Suite” of stylus-friendly apps add unique value for the user. The new Note 8.0 also includes an ear speaker and voice calling capabilities, which might be one of the most ridiculous things that will happen in the consumer electronics market this year.


Today is Valentines Day, The Day Of Love.

Today is Valentines Day, The Day Of Love.
Today, I am going to tell you a story. A story of a boy, a girl and a leaf. This story is of someone like you, but there is one difference. He was in Love. and had decided that on this day that he would tell her everything, not worrying about the consequences….
She was standing at the bus stop with her friends waiting for the college picnic. The boy had sneaked out of his college to see her. He saw her getting into the bus. He immediately took out a pen from his pocket and tried to find something to write on. He could find even a bit of paper.
So he took a leaf from the ground, and wrote on it.
He gave it to a kid on the street and pointed towards the girl. The kid ran with the leaf towards the girl, who was just about to enter the bus. Just then did a convoy of trucks block his view and he couldn’t see the girl. When the last truck had passed, he saw that all the grils had already entered the bus.
As he turned, he saw the same kid standing with the leaf.
There was something written on the other side of the leaf, “I have waited so long to hear this from you ♥ ”
As he raised his eyes, he saw the bus moving. He ran behind the bus and stopped in the middle of the road.
Disappointed, he turned back. As he turned, he saw her standing infront of him. Her eyes filled with love, and her smile reflecting every bit of it.
So this was a true love story that happened on Valentines Day.
The girl’s father was the principal of the boy’s college and removed him from the institution. He was not taken elsewhere either. You might think of him as a crazy lover, don’t you ? Mad enough to Love his principals daughter ?But I know one thing, he listened to hs heart throughout his life. I know that he gave up everything for the woman he loved and I know that he still loves her…. and each day the love deepens more and more….



With driverless cars, Volvo seeks injury-free cars by 2020


It’s a Titanic-like claim (you know, the “unsinkable ship”), but one that, if it comes true, could have major safety implications for drivers.

Volvo believes that with the driverless car technology it’s developing, we could see virtually zero car deaths, at least in cars with the technology, The Wall Street Journal reports:

The 85-year-old company believes it can produce an accident free vehicle in just seven years. “Our vision is that no one is killed or injured in a new Volvo by 2020,” said Anders Eugensson, Volvo’s head of government affairs. […]

The company says it is preparing to launch in 2014 its first batch of autonomous vehicles capable of driving up to 31 miles per hour. The limited speed reflects the technology’s expected initial use in heavy traffic. Volvo says it is working on higher-speed autonomous driving, but isn’t yet disclosing when it would be available. Its prototypes have run thousands of miles of test drives on public roads in Spain and on the company’s test track in western Sweden.

“We are convinced this is the future and we want to get there first,” Marcus Rothoff, head of developing Volvo’s driver assistance technology, said during a recent autonomous-driving event at a track in Hallered.

The initial autonomous car technology that the company will release in 2014 will essentially be traffic jam assistance. Instead of stomping on the brake in frustration as you inch along the highway, you’ll be able to let the car take over while you do something else. And earlier this year, the company completed it’s first test of a “road train,” in Spain.

As for the possibility of Volvo’s cars being injury-free by 2020, there is some precedent from Google’s driverless car. According to Google, their driverless car has been driven 300,000 miles under computer control without being involved in an accident. (It’s was in an accident once when under human control.) That cars will cease to pose danger, though, is quite presumptuous, especially with other cars on the road that will lack the technology.

The Swedish car maker has been in a slide recently with only 436,000 vehicles sold last year and this year expected to be in the red, according to the WSJ. So it’s not surprising that the company has high hopes for the technology. It could be these innovations that turn the company around.

Volvo Stakes Its Claim to Driverless Vehicles [Wall Street Journal]


No, Nexus 4 users, Google hasn’t forgotten about you. About a day after Google started

No, Nexus 4 users, Google hasn’t forgotten about you. About a day after Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 to most Nexus devices, the company’s latest and greatest smartphone is also getting the patch over the air. When it shows, there will be a pair of small additional rewards for running the latest hardware — the Nexus 4 now plays a unique sound when wireless charging kicks in, as well as an updated low-battery sound. We wouldn’t upgrade just to get the new tones, but they cap what’s proving to be a more significant update than the version number would suggest.

Update: As Brian Klug over at AnandTech notes, Google both giveth and taketh away — that very, very unofficial LTE access disappears with the update. When 4G only worked in limited areas, and was never going to get official support, we won’t cry too much.


world’s most expensive military aircraft: B-2 Spirit: $2.4 billion

world’s most expensive military aircraft: B-2 Spirit: $2.4 billionImage
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (also known as the Stealth Bomber) is an American strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and nuclear weapons. The bomber has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class JDAM GPS-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.

The U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber is the flagship of the nation’s long-range strike arsenal, and one of the most survivable aircraft in the world. Its unique capabilities, including its stealth characteristics, allow it to penetrate the most sophisticated defenses and hold at risk high value, heavily defended enemy targets. The B-2 has demonstrated its capabilities in several combat scenarios, most recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It can fly more than 6,000 nautical miles unrefueled and more than 10,000 nautical miles with just one aerial refueling. With its ability to carry more than 20 tons of conventional and nuclear ordnance and deliver it precisely under any weather conditions, the B-2 also has the ability to change the outcome of a conflict with a single mission.



Wireless charging isn’t something that really resonates with smartphone users at this point, but it’s still a nice feature to have in the few smartphones that support it. While no wildly popular handsets include wireless charging out of the box, recent rumors suggest Samsung (005930) may look to make wireless charging mainstream with its next-generation Galaxy S IV. But whether or not the rumor pans out, Galaxy phone fans don’t have to wait for wireless charging thanks to a simple hack.

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Earlier this week, images that were purportedly of Samsung’s (005930) upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet leaked onto the Web. The slate looked like an oversized Galaxy S III smartphone and included the company’s physical home button, which had perviously been omitted from earlier Galaxy tablets. French blog Frandroid posted additional images of the tablet on Friday that confirmed it will include an S-Pen stylus, similar to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1.Image

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is rumored to be equipped with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The slate is also believed to include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.




GAMING February 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM by 

The long, painful wait will soon be over. Sony (SNE) on Thursday evening circulated invitations to the press and bloggers for a press conference in New York City on February 20th. The company did not reveal any details, but it did confirm that we will “see the future” of PlayStation in a teaser video released alongside the invitations. Needless to say, we’re all expecting the company to unveil its next-generation PlayStation 4 video game console during the event, and multiple unnamed sources have reportedly confirmed as much to The Wall Street Journal. Recent rumors suggest the new PlayStation may launch in October with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and 1080p HD resolution in 3D at 60 fps. BGR will be on hand covering the event live but in the meantime, Sony’s teaser video follows below.