4″ flexible transparent OLED from Universal Display and LG

4 inch flexible transparent OLED from Universal Display

It may only be 4″ across (diagonally) and 320×240 pixels at the moment but this flexible transparent OLED display has massive implications for how we use and interact with technology in the future.

No more pecking away at a smartphone or trying to use a tiny keyboard and 5″ screen on the latest ultra-ultra-portable device: just unroll your full size monitor and keyboard and work productively.

Want to check your email, the latest twitters, or surf CNN? easy, the monitor is on your sleeve.

Time to watch TV? just roll down the blinds on your window and the TV rolls down with it.

Troops in Iraq being able to check each others locations on an overhead map display sewn into their uniform and the nearby medic getting the same view with vital signs superimposed.

Ok, we’re still a long way from anything like that but the prototype being shown off by LG and Universal Display is a big step in the right direction.

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YAEC: Emtec gdium EM-PC ultra-portable

Emtec gdium EM-PC ultra-portable

YAEC = Yet another EeePC clone…… but for once the company has put a bit of thought into it’s design. We’re impressed with the non-EeePC look!

Their website tells us it will be on sale in July for A$449 (US $420), that it has an 8.9″ 1024×600 pixel screen, and that it doesn’t have an internal hard drive – instead it uses a USB flash drive to load a linux operating system.

What they forget to tell us is what processor it has and how much memory, but why worry about the little details, right?

Back to the (probably very slow) USB drive: They call it a GKey and the idea is that the OS is on there along with all your files and some security software so you can keep it with you and plug it in anywhere to access your files.

They suggest using it in internet cafes, in school labs, at friends’ houses….. I foresee a lot of customer support calls from people who don’t realize many of those places restrict access to USB ports.

Emtec via engadget

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow

EeeUser Forums have tested the read/write speeds of the solid state drives (SSDs) shipping with the EeePC 900 and found one of them to be lacking in performance.

The EeePC 900 comes with two SSDs: a 4GB one with the operating system and a 8GB (XP) or 16GB (Linux) one for your data – they system drive performed adequately (faster than the older EeePC 700) but the data drive was slower than a retiree in an oldsmobile “out for a leisurely drive”.

Head on over to EeeUser forums for their full testing results, and don’t go planning on using that 8/16GB SSD for efficient dual booting.

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow via liliputing

Acer announces Predator gaming PCs

Acer Predator PCs

Acer has announced a new line of high-end gaming PCs that feature an interesting lever open case design (that looks like a cross between Gordon Freeman and Transformers) and the tagline “Faster. Deeper. Harder. Further” (which hopefully won’t get this page tagged as “adult” in the search engines.

These PCs come with Vista (unfortunately), Intel Core 2 Extreme or Quad processor, nforce 780i SLI chipset, up to 8GB RAM, 4 hot-swappable RAID capable hard drive bays, and up to 3 way SLI with Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX graphics cards.

No word yet on price or availablity.

Acer Predator PCs

Toshiba Portege G710 GPS smartphone

Toshiba Portege G710

The Toshiba Portege G710 is a smartphone for Europe that comes with Quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), GPRS Class 10 and EDGE, Integrated SiRF Star III GPS receiver, 2.4″ TFT LCD screen with 320×240 pixel resolution, OMAP TI processor at 266 MHz, 2MP digital camera with 8x digital zoom, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM, Bluetooth 1.2 compatible A2DP (stereo), microSD card slot, MiniUSB 1.1, 1,050 mAh lithium-ion battery with 200 hours of endurance stand-by and 3 hour in communication, Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard.

Nothing special in my opinion: low resolution screen, very little storage, weak camera.

It was announced back in January and it looks like it will be available to buy any day now got about $450 (before any provider subsidies).

Toshiba Portege G710 via navigadget

Toyota Prius: only the 2nd greenest car in the US

honda civic gx

The legions of Toyota Prius fans will be disappointed to hear there is a car in the US that is greener than their own little eco-statement hybrid.

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) who put out a list each year of the 12 greenest cars the Prius only comes in second!.

The winner: The Honda Civic GX which although it only gets 24mpg in the city is rated #1 due to being fueled by natural gas.

How many more years must we wait until the greenest car is one that is powered by a renewable resource instead of just swapping the juice from one kind of hole in the ground for another?

12 greenest cars at CNet

RIM gains market share while overall US sales plummet

blackberry bold

Blackberry maker RIM is the only winner in the latest cellphone sales numbers increasing their market share to 5% and becoming the 5th biggest seller of phones in the US.

Overall sales of cellphones in the US dropped 22% year on year but there was an interesting trend of high-end phones increasing in sales while inexpensive basic phone lost market share: 17% of all phones sold were smartphones, 60% of all phones sold could play music, and 79% of phones had bluetooth (all the better to track you with).

Phone sales data via moconews

Rotating Power Strip

Rotating Power Strip

This is a clever concept from Japanese designer Takumi Yoshida: a tower of power outlets each rotating individually so you can plug in all your gadgets without them interfering with each other.

I like it but have a couple of suggestions that would need to be implemented before I would buy one:

1) three hole sockets not two (computers, tvs, printers etc need that third hole).

2) combine it with a UPS (working from home with lots of expensive gadgets I am obsessive about good surge protected power. Also our power goes out a few times a year and it takes 6-8 seconds for our automatic backup generator to take over – during that time I need the battery backup of the UPS to save my PCs.

Rotating Power Strip via techdigest