Green Gadgets

Bargain deals, TV steals on LED TVs due to 3D TV push

Bargain deals, TV steals on LED TVs due to 3D TV push True to the season, TV prices are set to fall on many LED TVs . It really should come as no shock that as Black Friday approaches, retailers are getting ready to slash prices, move products, and this year, sell all sorts of LED and regular LCD TVs to carry profits well into the new year. This year, however, TV manufactures may be putting a little more pressure on retailers than usual to make certain TVs are heading out the door to make room for the even more pricey items: 3D TVs.

The movement to 3D really began at the beginning of last year when Samsung kicked off the 3D TV arms race by beginning the mass production of 3D panels well before 3D had any sort of legitimacy as a home entertainment option. Slowly, major manufacturers including Sony, Panasonic, and Toshiba put 3D LED TVs on the market and this summer generated a fair buzz around the new TVs.

E Ink now supports color, but no Kindle 4 with color yet

E Ink now supports color, but no Kindle 4 with color yet Chinese company Hanvon, the developer of the E Ink technology that empowers most e-book readers, announced that it will soon ship a color-capable E Ink screen. At first glance that announcement is pretty exciting. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows though because companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble aren’t clamoring to buy color E Ink screens for the Kindle or Nook.

E Ink is ubiquitous in the e-reader space – the technology powers around 90 percent of e-readers currently on the market, displaying text and graphics in monochrome. E Ink holds one large advantage over more traditional display technologies like LCD or LED: it much more closely mimics the experience of reading and viewing a printed page. With that in mind, what could possibly be constricting enthusiasm from companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble?

Soon: ditch the plastic and go green by paying locally with PayPal

Soon: ditch the plastic and go green by paying locally with PayPal Imagine visiting a grocery store for a few things missing for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of pulling out a credit card to swipe for payment, a screen prompts asking for an approval to deduct from your bank account. The transaction is facilitated by wireless communications between your mobile phone, the merchant’s system, and PayPal. That scenario could be coming sooner than you think. PayPal just launched a pilot in San Francisco where customers can pay local merchants with their mobile phones, and that may mean more convenient transactions along with less plastic credit cards in our landfills.

Does Apple iPad at Verizon equate to a Verizon iPhone soon?

Apple Rumors of Verizon taking on the iPhone have been buzzing since Apple signed it’s exclusive agreement with AT&T. Those without an AT&T contract, grudgingly or not, signed a contract with AT&T to get their hands on the iPhone, and those with the nation’s largest 3G network, Verizon, wanted to know when the iPhone, like other smartphones, would make its way to Verizon stores. All along it seems the two titans, Verizon and Apple, would not back down, but now, just maybe, stubborn sides have reached reluctant compromises to at the very least, test an iPad in stores. So, what does it really mean as it pertains to the iPhone?

The problem from the beginning has been that the iPhone uses GSM technology and Verizon uses CDMA radios which are simply not compatible. Even the best hacks understand that the iPhone, as it is today, would never work on the Verizon network.

So, until now, the Verizon iPhone, to the consumer, has been just a glorified rumor.

Adding water to graphene may make powerful, green microchips

Adding water to graphene may make powerful, green microchips Researchers continue to find new ways of applying graphene to daily life because of its potent characteristics. To that end, experts recently identified a way to make graphene viable for use in transistor computing. So far, graphene hasn’t worked well as transistor material. The problem? It conducts electricity too well.

Water might be the solution, because it creates band gaps between atoms of graphene. But before getting too technical a little background. Transistors are the basic functional element of most computer processors – they record an “on” or “off” state – and with each processor typically containing millions of them it’s easy to see why computers can make objective decisions very quickly.

Amazon Kindle 3 is selling even better than the Kindle 2

Amazon Kindle 3 is selling even better than the Kindle 2 The e-book reader space is busy as ever with several heavyweights battling for market share. Apple’s iPad, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Sony’s Reader Touch Edition all have varying bells and whistles but Amazon started true mainstream adoption of e-book readers with the Kindle. That in mind, the eCommerce retailer giant is in an intense struggle to maintain that market lead by emphasizing a single function device with an easy-on-the-eyes screen. And it’s seeing some success.

Success in the form of sales volume: Amazon is selling three times the number of Kindle 3’s when looking at the first 9 months of this year compared to the same period last year (when the company was still selling Kindle 2’s). It’s also the top selling item for Amazon in the United States. Impressive!

Barnes & Noble has a full-color plan for a new Nook

bnnookBarnes & Noble has a full-color plan for a new Nook The e-reader war has never been a casual affair; companies are serious about commanding market share as the holiday season approaches. Apple has the iPad at Target, Amazon’s got the Kindle at office supply giant Staples, and Barnes & Noble is making moves to leapfrog each of them in the coming months. Not to be left out, the bookseller has arranged to sell the Nook at Wal-mart and they may have a color version of the e-reader ready soon.

Amazon’s latest iPad attack ad displays two big problems with the gadgets; the iPad’s colorful yet shiny screen and the Kindle’s non-reflective yet grayscale screen. The rumored “Nook Color” hopes to meet each device halfway with a non-reflective color screen that measures seven inches.

Graphene may help transform transistors inside new “spin computers”

Graphene may make transistors obsolete with new “spin computers” Computers continue to miniaturize and that trend is likely to continue with people wanting instant access to information or entertainment regardless of their physical location. Instant gratification, providing energy to those portable devices, and connectivity to ubiquitous cloud services are three demands graphene is well positioned to assist with. Its role in the concept of “spin computers” may enable them to use less energy while processing data much more quickly, all in a smaller form factor.

Instead of using tiny switches, or transistors, spin computers would interpret the status of electrons; specifically their spin state. Electrons spin up or down, according to physorg.com, and that would effectively replace the role transistors have traditionally filled by reporting an “on” or “off” status.

Amazon faces anarchy in the UK with an e-book price battle

Amazon faces anarchy in the UK with e-book price battle Apple may have stolen some hype from Amazon’s Kindle with the introduction of the iPad, but they still can’t compete with the retail giant when it comes to content. Simply put, the Seattle based giant rules when it comes to e-books. Unlike Apple, Amazon has deals with a number of publishers that include Random House, the US publisher of Steig Larsson's wildly popular Millennium Trilogy. While they may have a lot of titles, Amazon is hoping to avoid some e-book pricing mistakes they’ve made stateside when it comes to Amazon.co.uk.

3D TV pessimists blind to the future; 3D TV will be booming

3D TV pessimists blind to the future; 3D TV will be booming Resounding pessimism seems to be buzzing around the 3D TV market. It wasn’t long ago that Avatar made its debut in 3D and got the whole world excited about maybe, just maybe having the same type of experience at home; TV manufacturers like Samsung started producing 3D TVs in bulk quantities and content providers started looking for movies, sports, and television shows to broadcasts in 3D. The perfect match had been formed: 3D TV manufacturers with mainstream media outlets. Now, not more than a year later, consumers are beginning to defame the coming of age of the 3D TV and its content comrade, but is it already time to kill the 3D TV and leave 3D content only for the big screen?

Perhaps the honeymoon is over with 3D TVs, but before counting them out just yet, it may be worth looking at the bigger picture.

A few common negative threads seem to exist among all 3D TV naysayers.