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2014 Fiat 500L Lounge 5-Door Review & Test Drive

By Malcolm Hogan


In America, some will surprisingly find embedded deep into the younger culture the desire to accept new-found fashion statements as well as new innovation. With the introduction of Fiat in the states, not only has the young culture accepted what is considered as a new ‘statement’ of rolling fashion, but every other age group has embraced the Italian brand with curiosity being the initiator.

The curious and inquisitive minds of just about every age group have taken on yet another endeavor to welcome the all-new Fiat 500L, dubbed the 5-Dorr Urban Utility Vehicle . We first had the Fiat 500 with a multitude of various trims already claiming its acceptance on US shores. The joint efforts of Chrysler and Fiat’s US synergy now birth the larger 5-door and 5-passenger Fiat 500L.


The all-new 2014 Fiat 500L literally builds upon the foundational design of the current 500 with a stretched wheelbase, 5 doors, an economically fit drivetrain and crossover-like versatility. Having had the chance the drive the new Fiat 500L I was taken back to my preconceived thoughts of older European “larger” Fiats that were not so appetizing to the eye. For the new Fiat 500L, it brings about face that a mother can love as well as long-time friends – but not without expressing its self-proclaimed cute aspects in your own choice words.

The new Fiat 500L isn’t ugly; it just has a unique personality. Those who have already become acclimated to the current Fiat 500’s looks will have no qualms with falling in love all over with the 500L, especially when you get a good look at its larger bodily dimensions. The new Fiat 500L, to most, won’t fall into an obvious automotive category in America, though it will appease those who seek something different yet large enough to cutely transport humans and stuff. Basically, you can call it a wagon and avoid getting frowning faces from all of your friends.


A total of 4 trim levels are available to choose from for the new Fiat 500L – all having the same engine starting with the Pop version getting a standard six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel wheels, tilt & telescoping steering column, cruise control, power-heated exterior mirrors and a Uconnect 5-inch touch screen LCD for operation of the audio system and Bluetooth functions. The next trim is the 500L Easy adding the choice of 3 roof colors, 16-inch aluminum wheels and availability of the 6-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission as an option. The Fiat 500L Trekking trim adds 6 exterior color choices and unique satin-silver body-bumper moldings and door handles. The top-range 500L Lounge trim adds the automatic transmission as standard equipment and you get chrome exterior mirrors, door handles and body side molding inserts. The Lounge version, as found on my test vehicle, opens up the availability to add on a dual-panel power sunroof encompassing most of the roof itself. One thing to …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Automotive Addicts

Dustin Kirkland: I Want a PC, that Fits in My Pocket, and Happens to Make Phone Calls Too

Slashdot article today poses the question:

“It’s interesting to watch the Ubuntu phone development process, even as those who are satisfied with Android phone or iPhones, ask, ‘Why?’ We could ask the same about the Firefox OS Phone, too. Maybe the most realistic answer in both cases is, ‘Because we could.'”

I’d like to take a crack at answering that question…

  1. AndroidiOS, and Blackberry started with a phone, and have spent years adding general computing capabilities
  2. Ubuntu started with a general purpose operating system, and recently added the ability to make phone calls

And frankly, as we’re on the technical cusp of device convergence…

What I really want
is a general purpose PC,
that fits in my pocket,
and makes phone calls too!

I believe that the latter approach will actually succeed in that endeavor.

I want a super speedy user input interface when using the handheld device, but it must also quickly, seamlessly, and ideally, wirelessly, dock into a PC environment with the creature comforts of a huge LCD screen, comfortable keyboard, and mouse.

Is that too much to ask?  Perhaps not

Dustin …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

Honeywell thermostat died, now will not control a/c. A/c unresponsive

By zak233

yesterday I noticed it getting warm, and went to check the thermostat. the LCD display was blank. I took it off and looked at it, there was a spot for 3 AAA batteries but not in it – I do not think we have ever put any in it in the years we’ve had it. I put some in there and it came up, put it back on the mount. I have tried just about every setting and nothing happens. It will sometimes say Wait for a period of time but will come up as Cool On yet nothing is happening. I’m guessing power from the thermostat unit to the A/C is broken somewhere? Maybe a fuse, or maybe the unit is broken

I should also mention that I checked the breakers numerous times, none ever tripped. I reset them anyway, nothing changed. Also the outside unit is not frozen up. I let it sit overnight, no change.

It is a Honeywell TH8320U1008 thermostat

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Source: DoItYourself.com

With $10B In Deals Today Corporate Bond Market Shifts Into Higher Gear

By John Atkins, Contributor Another large slate of new issues marketed primarily by financial institutions boosted visible supply on the day to $10.4 billion, marking the highest amount on offer over a single session dating to May 13, according to LCD (excluding sovereign, quasi-sovereign, supranational, and preferred and hybrid-structure deals). The per diem average so far in 2013 is roughly $3.5 billion under those criteria. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

New thermostat doesn't use C

By zargonog

Hey all,

My AC stopped coming on one day, so I decided to replace the thermostat to see if that would fix the issue.

My old thermostat, Totaline P374-1000, had W1, Y1, G, R, and C connected.

My new one is a Honeywell RTHL111, just real simple non-programmable. It is taking in the W, Y, G, and R, but it clearly says to leave C unconnected.

I’m back to the same position, everything works but the AC. I have a guy coming out to take a look at the outside unit, as I believe that is where the issue is, I just want to confirm if this setup is OK or not. Do I need to do something with the C wire, or get a different thermostat?

Broke the LCD on the old one so can’t use it anymore, and the last thing I want is for the tech to come out and charge me just to look at the thermostat and say get one a new one that takes in the C wire, even though the AC unit stopped working with the old thermostat.

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Source: DoItYourself.com

Leveraged Loan Market Heats Up As Investors Regain Bullish Stance

By Tim Cross, Contributor

The U.S. leveraged loan market is rebounding, both in volume and investor tone, as aggressively structured transactions, downward flexes in proposed interest rates and covenant-lite loans return to the scene (though investors remain cautious on some transactions). As for the deals, activity for the week totaled roughly $10 billion, nearly matching the $11 billion seen last week. Both totals are up noticeably from the scant volume of the previous two weeks (one of which was holiday-shortened).  As telling as the numbers, however, is what’s happening to deals already in the loan syndications market. This week, no fewer than seven issuers tightened interest rates on deals currently under consideration by investors, according to LCD’s Chris Donnelly.  …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Kia Prices 2014 Cadenza; New Near-Luxury Model Starts at $35,900

By Kirk Seaman

Kia has announced pricing for the 2014 Cadenza, its entry into the near-luxury segment. For $35,900, buyers will get a well-equipped sedan featuring a 293-hp V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic. Kia is keeping things simple, offering only one trim level to which buyers can then add their choice of two options packages.

The base Cadenza offers standard features such as keyless entry, navigation with satellite radio and SiriusXM Traffic, Kia’s UVO infotainment, Bluetooth, an eight-inch touch screen, a 550-watt Infinity sound system with 12 speakers, rearview camera, leather seating surfaces, and heated power-adjustable front seats.

For those seeking more features, the two options packages—Luxury and Technology— are available as follows:

Luxury: $38,900; adds a full-length panoramic sunroof with a power-operated sunshade, upscale Nappa leather trim, a 12-way adjustable and ventilated driver’s seat, heated outboard rear seats, a heated steering wheel with power tilt/telescope, a seven-inch LCD instrument panel, and HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting.

Technology: $41,900; the Technology package includes all of the features of the Luxury package and adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, and lane-departure warning. In addition, the front side windows feature “hydrophobic technology,” which repels water for increased visibility when driving in rain.

Kia is making a bold move with its pricing, making the base Cadenza a higher-priced alternative to the Toyota Avalon XLE ($31,785), the new Chevrolet Impala LT V-6 ($30,760), the Buick LaCrosse V-6 ($32,555), and the Ford Taurus V-6 ($27,495). Instead, Kia seems to be stealing buyers from the competition one rung higher up the luxury ladder, such as the Lexus ES350 ($37,265) and the Acura TL ($36,800).

Is it crazy to think that Lexus shoppers might look at an Asian manufacturer that’s new to the class? Perhaps, but then that’s what a lot of people thought back when Lexus introduced the LS400 in 1990, and look how that turned out.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/caranddriver/blog/~3/u801KuZQg1s/

3M Expands Surface Capacitive Touchscreen System Offering

By Business Wirevia The Motley Fool

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3M Expands Surface Capacitive Touchscreen System Offering

Polished-like touchscreen helps enhance interactive high-definition 3D graphics

METHUEN, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– As an innovation leader in surface capacitive touchscreen technology and electronics, 3M Touch Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M Company, announces a new addition to 3M’s Surface Capacitive product portfolio, the 3M MicroTouch System SCT3210EX, an ideal touchscreen solution for applications that require advanced clarity and brilliant optical performance. The SCT3210EX system’s polished-like glass surface complements and enhances high-definition interactive LCD screen graphics by transmitting crisp and vivid images that seem to pop off the screen. Popular applications that benefit from the SCT3210EX system’s optical clarity are interactive 3D graphics, healthcare displays, gaming machines, and digital signage installations. Available in sizes ranging from 10 to 32 inches, the SCT3210EX system has all the robust surface durability characteristics of 3M’s standard surface capacitive product offering, 3M MicroTouch System SCT3250EX, while featuring an enhanced, ultra-clear surface finish.

Popular applications that benefit from the SCT3210EX system’s optical clarity are gaming machines. (Photo: 3M)

Also available in 3M’s surface capacitive touch technology offering:

  • 3M MicroTouch System SCT3250EX is the result of more than 25 years of capacitive sensing expertise and a purpose-built touch solution for gaming, retail and other commercial applications that require both high transmissivity and a high-utility anti-glare finish. Available sizes range from 5.7 to 32 inches.
  • 3M MicroTouch System SCT3855EX adds a privacy viewing feature (using 3M Light Control Film) for applications where personal information can be displayed on screens in public or work areas. Available sizes range from 10 to 19 inches.
  • 3M MicroTouch System SCT7650EX adds a ruggedized feature with a laminated glass construction for applications where screen breakage is a primary concern. Available in sizes ranging from 10 to 32 inches.
  • 3M MicroTouch System SCT7655EX combines privacy viewing with ruggedized features. Available sizes range from 10 to 19 inches.

3M surface capacitive touch systems are available from leading

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/3m-expands-surface-capacitive-touchscreen-system-o/

Meet Samsung's Steve Jobs

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Everyone knows Steve Jobs. The Apple co-founder easily reached celebrity status by the time he died in 2011, uncommon for the CEO of a major tech company, particularly to the degree that the public exalted him. Jobs undeniably cemented his visionary status with a series of breakthrough products.

Along the way, Samsung emerged as the most credible threat to the Mac maker. The South Korean conglomerate’s success in smartphones has been built on a multi-prong strategy involving product imitation, operational efficiency and agility, sheer size and scale, and a disproportionate marketing budget. Even though people may not know him as well as Steve Jobs, Samsung has a visionary leader of its own.

Meet Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee.

A different kind of visionary
To be clear, Samsung’s chairman is not a product visionary in the same way Jobs was. However, Lee is a corporate visionary in that he led the company’s dramatic expansion over the past 25 years after becoming chairman, transforming Samsung into the largest electronics conglomerate in the world by total revenue. Samsung’s total revenue has grown 39 times under his leadership.

Lee implemented the corporate culture of having Samsung in a perpetual state of crisis, even when it’s succeeding. In this way, the company can fend off the tendency to become complacent and won’t rest on its laurels. Six years after he took the helm, at a time when Samsung was a second-tier manufacturer, he held a famous corporate meeting in 1993 in a German hotel to unveil his grand transformational plan. It entailed learning an industry from the inside out by first becoming a supplier willing to devote capital expenditures to build up infrastructure, and then subsequently moving upmarket to compete. Smartphones and Apple are just the latest example; Samsung has previously executed the same strategy in LCD panels, TVs, flash memory, and hard drives, to name but a few.

He famously told Samsung executives to “change everything but your wife and children.” The principles conveyed that day have been immortalized in a 200-page book that’s given out to Samsung employees, and the company has transcribed more than 350 hours of Lee’s lectures. Samsung even bought all the original furniture from the German hotel room to transplant it to South Korea. Recordings of Lee’s teachings are played over loudspeakers.

That level of fanaticism is not unlike the loyalty that Steve Jobs inspired among Apple employees and customers.

Pardon me
Also like Jobs, Lee has run into his fair share of corporate scandals. Jobs was at the center of Apple’s infamous options backdating scandal from the early 2000s, which the company ended up settling in 2010 for $16.5 million. However, that amount is paltry compared with some of Lee’s alleged and proven transgressions.

Lee was convicted of embezzlement and tax evasion in 2008, with South Korean courts finding him guilty of skipping out on $39 million in taxes. Whistleblower Kim Yong-chul, Samsung’s former chief …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Panasonic Debuts 3rd-Generation VariCam with Native 1080P, AVC-ULTRA Recording and Expanded Off-Spee

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Panasonic Debuts 3rd-Generation VariCam with Native 1080P, AVC-ULTRA Recording and Expanded Off-Speed Shooting; Announces Native 4K Resolution LCD Production Monitor

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual convention, Panasonic has unveiled its third-generation VariCam® HD production camera, and a new 31″ LCD production monitor with native 4K resolution for 4K/2K/HD cinema production. The recently announced AJ-PX5000G and AJ-PD500, the company’s first P2 HD camcorder and recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots, will be shown for the first time here.

Panasonic also announced major sales to broadcasters Griffin Communications and Denali Media Holdings.

The third-generation VariCam improves upon the camera brand’s signature features–off-speed shooting and film-like image production—while incorporating Panasonic’s new AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The camcorder utilizes three advanced, full 1920 x 1080p wide dynamic range MOS imagers for native 1080/60p recording/operation, and boasts a true RGB imager/prism system that provides full resolution color. With an EFP-style body, the VariCam’s 2/3″ B4 lens mount enables use of native format prime lenses and servo zooms, eliminating the expensive and cumbersome workarounds required when using such optics on larger formats. Among the camcorder’s top-level production features are real-time high frame rate, off-speed recording to 120fps in full 1080p (in AVC-Intra Class100), a wide dynamic range and 24-bit LPCM audio. The camera will feature a range of high-quality recording formats including AVC-Intra Class100, AVC-Intra Class200 and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4. The third-generation VariCam will be available early next year, with pricing to be announced.

The BT-4LH310 is a 31-inch 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD monitor for unrivalled 4K/2K monitoring in the field, including use in a video village for live viewing of 4K cameras and devices with I/Os as well as for viewing of dailies. The 4LH310’s 4K 10-bit IPS panel affords native 4K resolution (more than four times that of full HD), a wide viewing angle, and faithful reproduction of up to 1.07 billion colors. Equipped with a production-tough aluminum frame, the BT-4LH310 features multiple professional inputs (including HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HDMI); true color processing with a 3D look-up table (LUT); HD/SD closed captioning; 28V DC operation for field use; and an eco-friendly panel with mercury-free LED backlight. In addition to 4K, the 4LH310 Iis ideal for 2K and HD resolutions, meaning it can be used for all types of cinema production and post production. The BT-4LH310 will be available in fall 2013, with pricing to be announced.

The 2/3-inch, 2.2M 3-MOS AJ-PX5000G combines superb image production, light weight and innovative expandability. The camcorder features 720p and 1080p/i recording, and is the …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

This Is Apple's Next Big Opportunity

By Sean Williams, The Motley Fool

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The debate over whether Apple is growing or slowing could go on all day.

On one side of the aisle are the enthusiasts who will point to Apple’s market-leading innovative track record, its impressive $137 billion in cash, and the fact that it sold a record 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads in its most recent quarter. Further, Apple’s U.S. market share for the iPhone improved 3.9% from November 2012 through February 2013 to 38.9%, as Google‘s Android operating system sank 2% to 51.7%, according to comScore.

Source: comScore as of February 2013. Market share rounded to nearest whole figure.

The other side of the coin paints the picture of large numbers, which historically tells us that Apple’s previously exponential growth rate is bound to slow. Evidence includes Apple’s pared-back LCD orders from manufacturers such as Sharp in January because of tempered demand for the iPhone 5; ever-growing smartphone competition from the likes of Samsung, which grew its global market share from 19% in 2011 to 39.6% in 2012, according to research firm IDC; and its subservient position in the OS market to Google’s Android on a global basis. 

Regardless of which side you fall on, one thing is quite clear: Growth prospects for Apple are narrowing both in Europe, because of austerity measures enacted throughout the region, and in the U.S., where competition among cellular devices and operating systems is fierce.

That’s why Apple must look elsewhere for its next big opportunity. We’ve already seen stellar results from overseas markets, with Apple delivering 67% revenue growth in China in its most recent quarter. That’s largely why I think Russia offers Apple its next great frontier of growth.

The answer to Apple’s woes
If you think about it, Russia offers the perfect groundwork for Apple to build its presence. As of the third quarter last year, Apple’s smartphone market share in Russia was just 7.2%, according to estimates by Russia‘s largest carrier, Mobile TeleSystems . That’s up nicely from the 5.7% in the year-ago period, but it’s still a long way from approaching Samsung and Nokia , which claimed 44% and 17.8% of Russian cell-phone market share in the corresponding period, according to my Foolish colleague Evan Niu

The two primary factors that have held Apple back in Russia are a lack of a physical presence and the slow growth of Russia‘s own wireless infrastructure.

Building a franchise
In the U.S., it’s easy to understand why Apple grows so rapidly — it has 250 physical stores. However, Apple has been rapidly expanding its physical presence in international markets, ending fiscal 2012 with 140 international stores spread throughout 12 countries.

Source: Brandon Daniel. 

What’s more, average revenue per store (across its entire network) increased 19% over the previous year, gross margins expanded 340 basis points, and, according to ifoAppleStore.com, its stores catered to 372 million visitors. This is why launching an iTunes …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Baidu's Keeping an Eye on Google Again

By Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool

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Baidu makes no bones about following Google‘s lead.

If something works for Big G, it’s a safe bet that Baidu will find a way to introduce it into China itself.

  • Google rolls out a search engine. Baidu launches.
  • Google establishes the AdWords keyword bidding program. Baidu follows with Phoenix Nest, a similar pay-per-click platform.
  • Google champions a mobile operating system in Android. Baidu joins the fray, this time building on top of Android.

China may not be ready for self-driving cars, YouTube, or a treasure trove of April Fool’s Day jokes, but something as crazy as Google’s high-tech specs may be Baidu’s next copycat move.

Sources are telling Sina Tech that China‘s leading search engine is working on Baidu Eye. The glasses are voice controlled and can recognize images and perform basic computing functions through an LCD display.

If this sounds a lot like Google Glass, step up and take a prize out of Big G’s broom closet.

The report is detailed enough to claim that Baidu is already working with Qualcomm to devise a chip that gets at least 12 hours of battery life.

Whether or not Baidu Eye is real, we know for a fact that Google is making a play in wearable computing with Google Glass. Would it really be a surprise to learn that Baidu is going along for the ride?

Baidu is already taking a hit because the perception out there is that China‘s undisputed champ of desktop search may struggle to make the transition to mobile. Baidu’s push into the smartphone space has yet to bear fruit, so why not take a chance on wearable computing?

Baidu can even beat Google to a commercial launch for a change.

Google recently revealed that it chose 8,000 winners of its contest to don Google Glass prototypes. They will have to pay a steep $1,500 for the early adopter privilege. As Google stretches this out, Baidu can rush to the market with a cheaper pair of specs.

Technically Baidu is once again copying Google, but that may not hold true if Baidu actually beats it to the starting line.

Eye on China
Regardless of your short-term view on the Chinese economy, there may be opportunity in Baidu (aka the “Chinese Google”). Our brand new premium report breaks down the dominant Chinese search provider’s strengths and weaknesses. Just click here to access it now.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Baidu, China’s Google, Is Developing Product Similar To Google Glass

By The Huffington Post News Editors

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Baidu Inc , China‘s largest search engine, is developing prototype digital eyewear similar to Google Inc’s Google Glass that will leverage Baidu’s strengths in image search and facial recognition, a Baidu spokesman said on Wednesday.
Internally known as project “Baidu Eye“, the glasses are being tested internally and it is not clear whether the product will ever be commercialized, said Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s spokesman.
Kuo said the device will be mounted on a headset with a small LCD screen and will allow users to make image and voice searches as well as conduct facial recognition matches.
“What you are doing with your camera, for example, taking a picture of a celebrity and then checking on our database to see if we have a facial image match, you could do the same thing with a wearable visual device,” Kuo said.
Baidu’s first foray in wearable technology will draw comparisons to Google’s Google Glass product, which is a piece of electronic eyewear that can live-stream images and audio and perform computing tasks. Earlier this year Google launched the Google Glass Explorer program, opening up the eyewear for early enthusiasts to test.
Kuo said comparisons to Google Glass were premature as Baidu has not decided whether or not to commercialize the product.
“We haven’t decided whether it is going to be released in any commercial form right now, but we experiment with every kind of technology that is related to search,” Kuo said. Kuo declined to comment on the other functions of the Baidu Eye or whether Baidu is working on other forms of wearable technology.
Wearable technology is the latest technology initiative with many firms, including Google and Apple Inc , set to roll out devices based on the belief that users will increasingly seek to stay connected without being tethered to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.
Apple is experimenting with a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same platform as the iPhone and would be made with curved glass, the New York Times reported in February.
(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Matt Driskill)

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Reviewed: Three touchscreen displays that bring Windows 8 to life

You don’t necessarily need a touchscreen monitor to use Windows 8, but swiping your finger to invoke the Charms bar is a lot more fun than holding down the Windows key and pressing C. I’ll admit that initially I had to force myself to use the new touch gestures, but after a short time with the OS I found myself reaching out to touch even my MacBook Pro’s screen.

Since the debut of Microsoft’s latest operating system, monitor manufacturers have been working to bring touchscreen support to desktop users. At first it was near impossible to find a display that responded to all the gestures in Windows 8, but now we’re able to review three 23-inch models with 10-point multitouch support (meaning the monitors recognize all 10 fingers on both your hands). 

We put the three monitors through a gauntlet of tests to find which one offers the best value, quality and feature set to win a spot in your workstation.

Acer T232HL

Acer’s T232HL is a 23-inch, 10-point touchscreen LCD monitor with a resolution of 1920 by 1080. It uses environmentally friendly LED backlighting and a high-quality IPS panel for wide viewing angles.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

KYOCERA Announces Enhanced, Unified Display Division

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KYOCERA Announces Enhanced, Unified Display Division

New Business Unit Integrates Kyocera Display America, Inc. Into Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation’s LCD Division

PLYMOUTH, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation (KICC), today introduced Kyocera Display Division, a new business unit combining the strengths of Kyocera Display America, Inc. (the former Optrex America, Inc.) and Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation’s (KICC) LCD Division.

The merger results from global parent Kyocera Corporation‘s previously announced intent to transfer its LCD-related business operations to Kyocera Display Corporation (KYD) in Japan and consolidate KYD‘s regional sales subsidiaries into other local Kyocera Group subsidiaries. As a result, Kyocera Display America, Inc. merged into KICC effective April 1, 2013, creating the new Kyocera Display Division within KICC.

This integration optimizes the strengths of both organizations and will facilitate the expansion of Kyocera’s North American liquid crystal display and touch-panel businesses. The combined enterprise will streamline operations for greater efficiency while positioning Kyocera for continued success. Customers will benefit from a unified sales force offering superior customer service and a broad line of display products and solutions for the automotive, industrial, medical and consumer markets.

The new Display Division carries a 36-year history of LCD expertise in key industrial and automotive markets. Kyocera offers long-term product availability, which distinguishes the company as a preferred and reliable supplier for industrial, automotive and medical applications.

Kyocera’s products include high-performance, cost-effective TFT and passive display solutions. As a leading manufacturer of LCD products, Kyocera is known for its advanced technology and high quality. Kyocera produces state-of-the-art low temperature polysilicon and amorphous silicon panels of various sizes suitable for automotive and industrial use and provides flexibility to support mid- to high-volume production runs.

Kyocera displays are developed using the latest high-efficiency, long lifetime LED backlighting solutions in both standard and high brightness (1200 nit) versions to ensure readability for both indoor and outdoor use. Other features include touch-screen options, built-in LED driver control, advanced super-wide-view technology to deliver true color and wide viewing angles and a wide operational temperature range to support the extreme environments of automotive and industrial applications.

With its strong engineering team, the Display Division provides technical support and guidance from the early design to production phases of product development, offering various technical solutions to customers, including toolkits, touch-screen lamination and assembly services through its sub-contract assembly production facilities in Plymouth, Michigan and Tijuana, Mexico.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

The Next Computing Revolution Will Take Us Beyond the Screen, but in Which Direction?

By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool

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There’s a war going on out there. It’s not the war for mobile between Apple and Google , with everyone else launching half-hearted sallies at an occasional exposed flank. No, this war may have more far-reaching implications: It’s over the delivery of your digital experience. Will the future be spread out before you in full 3-D like the iconic Star Trek holodeck, or embedded with your inner life, unique and unseen to anyone else? Let’s see where the major players stand on this battlefield, and what their stances might mean for the future of computing.

Open immersion: the holodeck approach
The holodeck was one of Star Trek‘s favorite plot-filling devices across multiple series after its introduction in the Patrick Stewart-led Next Generation. It’s easy to see why. When you can create virtually any environment, with nearly any possible cast of characters, a trek through the final frontier can easily become a musing on loyalty in the Old West, or the nature of artificial intelligence, or a way to get your favorite android to play poker with historical intellectuals — or anything else you can imagine, really. We’re nowhere near the total immersion experienced by Star Trek‘s characters on the matter-manipulating holodeck, but we do have the early underpinnings of immersion already in place.

Microsoft has been an early proponent of the projected display, which resulted in the OmniTouch project in 2011, and, more recently, the IllumiRoom, which is the closest thing to a “holodeck” our 21st-century technology can come to Star Trek‘s 24th-century wizardry. Here’s a video of the IllumiRoom in action:

Other tech companies are hard at work on ways to create holograms, which would help expand IllumiRoom beyond the wall and into the room itself. Hewlett-Packard , for example, unveiled a 3-D display technology from its HP Labs that attempts to create holograms with LCD technologies already available. It’s not quite as exciting as Microsoft’s project, and it appears further away from commercialization (to say nothing of video production values), but you can see a video of HP‘s display in action as well:

Apple has apparently been working on a less-immersive form of projection that simply links devices to a projector, for which it received a patent in 2011. Apple has the resources and the technical expertise to pursue either a room-projection or a 3-D holographic projection system — or both. The question is: Does anyone at Apple really want to?

Inner experience: the wearable approach
If Microsoft is leading the charge on projected immersion, Google is taking the opposite path and has staked out a claim as the undisputed early leader of wearable displays with Project Glass. Google recently began accepting a small group of people into what amounts to a highly public beta test for the devices. Will their experiences look anything like this early Project Glass concept video?

Or are its first public users more likely to experience …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

KWin Magnifier Plugin Improvements

Over the years I’ve been in KDE, one thing has always bothered me, as I am sure many users feel the same way as I. The topic that comes up the most, and honestly, is the most important of all other developments in KDE, is that of pixel perfection.
It is really bothersome when I’ve seen so many developers worry about less pressing things like porting to this new “Qt 5” and “QML” nonsense. Or adding more features, porting to other platforms, etc.
But what about refining existing basics? I think that is more important, every developer I know simply does not care about pixel perfect alignment, as if they’ve got more important things to do with their time.
However, there is a bit of a problem – not every developer has vision as fantastic as mine and are not as keen at picking out these glaringly obvious sore thumbs of GUI elements that could be as much as 1 pixel misaligned!
So it finally struck me! What if every developer could easily see these obvious issues? If they can see them, they will fix them and hold off every release until every one of these pixel misalignment issues are fixed.
The past two weeks I’ve been working on revamping the KWin Magnifier plugin, a plugin traditionally used to help those who are disabled. But then again, I guess revamping it to help those developers that are disabled (because they cannot see things at a subpixel level, sadly) is just as much of an aid as the Magnifier’s original purpose.
What exactly did I do? Well, the magnifier now shows, upon hovering over an area, the alignment and values of the subpixels of your monitor. This was actually quite complex to do, as I had to dig into a lot of X code in querying the display type and calculating and rendering the result properly.
This is especially important because each display type, e.g. CRT, OLED, LCD have different designs of their layout of pixels on the screen. So in order to properly match this with the image before it is rendered to screen, one needs to take this into account.
Before, using regular KWin Magnifier:

After, using the new KWin SubPixel Magnifier:

I believe the results speak for themselves, really. From now on I expect every developer to stop what they are doing and use this useful plugin to eliminate all of these types of bugs.

Don’t forget to report your bugs, and most importantly..mark …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet KDE

Tokyo smelling-screen demo lets scents go virtual

(Phys.org) —”Scent-delivery” technologies continue to interest marketers, who are always looking for ideas on how to deliver an enhanced shopper experience. Scent stimulation related to targeted products is one way to go. Now, a “smelling screen” has been developed by researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) and it makes smells appear to come from the exact spot on any LCD screen that is displaying the image of a food item. A peach or a steaming cup of coffee, for example, would lend the illusion that their respective smells were coming from the images on the screen direct to the viewer. The smelling screen was shown at the IEEE Virtual Reality conference in Orlando, Florida, which ran from March 16 to March 23. …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org