Facebook to launch two smartphones next year

Note: these are not Facebook's smartphones. Courtesy of phonemag.com

Rumors concerning the launch of Facebook’s smartphones are running from last week, but were denied by the company.

The gadgets will use the Android Operating System developed by Google, said the sources quoted. The smartphones will be built around the Facebook online social services. They will be launched in Europe by mid next year and in the U.S., in the second half of 2011.

One of Facebook’s smartphone will have QWERTY keyboard and touch screen. The other will only have a touch screen and will look and feel like the iPhone. Their prices may be more than $100, in U.S..

Approximately 25% of the over 500 million Facebook users login to their accounts using wireless devices. So far, AT&T, the second largest wireless telecommunications operator in the U.S., has not yet taken a decision whether to promote Facebook’s phones exclusively.

Btw, talking about smartphone new concepts, take a look at Mozilla Seabird! It’ll blow your mind!

Mozilla Seabird: the first smartphone that could overcome the mighty iPhone!

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Take a look at Seabird showcase in 3D

It’s just a prototype for now … but what a prototype! Conceived by Billy May in early 2009, the Seabird is an Open Web Concept Phone.

Take a look at -what we call – the most interesting / beautiful / smart / outstanding mobile phone concept we’ve seen so far! This is Seabird in their own words:

The Mozilla Seabird, part of the Mozilla Labs’ Concept Series, is an experiment in how users might interact with their mobile content as devices and technology advances.

The Seabird introduces a few possibilities into how user interaction might evolve with the advancing motion capture and projector driven innovation in the market.

First out, the Seabird imagines how a multiple use dongle might augment the crowded gestural interface with greater precision and direct manipulation of content in 3D space.

With mobile phone companies such as Samsung, LG and Motorola moving towards display applications for projectors, the technology remains open for expanding user interaction and input at the same time.

The Seabird, on just a flat surface, enables netbook-quality interaction by working with the projector’s angular distortion to deliver interface, rather than content. With the benefit of a dock, each projector works independently and delivers laptop levels of efficiency.

The form development took its cues from various aerodynamic, avian and decidedly feminine forms. Its erect posture intends a sense of poise while its supine conformity to the hand reconciles that with the user’s desire for digital control.

The curvature of the back also serves a functional role in elevating the projector lens elements when lying flat.

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Here are the most expensive watches 2010 in the world

The most expensive watch in the world is the Meteoris concept: it is a set of four clocks, for each being used pieces of meteorites from Mars, the Moon, asteroid and also from the oldest meteorite found on Earth called “Rosetta Stone”.

Meteoris was launched in early 2010 by Swiss watchmaker Louis Moinet, according to BusinessWeek.com.

1.Louis Moinet

Meteoris
Price: $4,599,487

The company got the meteorites from Luc Labenne and worked with specialists from universities to identify it. The watch cost $4,599,487.

Moreover, among the most expensive watch models in the world are Emperador Temple of Piaget House, which costs $3,300,000 and a Cartier watch, which costs $2,755,000.

2.Piaget

Emperador “Temple”
Price: $3,300,000

3.Cartier

Secret watch with phoenix decor
Price: $2,755,000

4.Franck Muller

Aeternitas Mega 4
Price: $2,700,000

5.Parmigiani Fleurier

Fibonacci Pocket Watch
Price: $2,400,000

6.Blancpain

Tourbillion Diamants
Price: $1,812,700

7.Patek Philippe

Sky Moon Tourbillion
Price: more than $1,091,869

8.Ulysse Nardin

Royal Blue Tourbillion
Price: $1,000,000

9.Hublot

Million $ Black Caviar Bang
Price: $1,000,000

10.Jacob & Co.

Crystal Tourbillion
Price: $900,000

Image source: BusinessWeek.com

$1 million advent calendar by Porsche Design

After they launched their fall-winter 2010-2011 fashion collection, a clothing line which includes several leather jackets and lots of accessories, Porsche Design announced they’ve just launched an exclusive $1 million calendar.

Of course, it’s not the usual 12 months paper calendar, it is made out of polished aluminum, is 1.75 meters tall and will be produced in only five copies. One for each continent.

The holder of such a timetable will get a special surprise every day, from December 1st to December 24th. Each day has its own dedicated box, which can be accessed only in that day and has a special gift that could vary from golden sun glasses, writing tools or Bounce S2 snickers.

On December 24th, the calendar will open its last box, revealing the last gift. It could be a P6910 watch, a P7340 Porsche Design kitchen or a RFF28 yacht.

Usually, an advent calendar is a box with 24 little chocolates with a story underneath. But Porsche Design went further with this tradition, replacing the chocolate with luxury items.

Yahoo! has ambitious plans for the next three years: 1 billion users

Asked to be more specific about those internal goals, Irving declined to tell the audience more details.

“Irving said there are internal goals that the company will use to measure its success, but he declined to share them with reporters,” says VentureBeat.

However, TechCrunch heard from a source close to Yahoo: an increase in the number of unique visitors to Yahoo properties from today’s 622 million to a cool 1 billion. And an increase in overall Yahoo revenue from last year’s $6.5 billion to a whopping $10 billion.

Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, believes Yahoo’s goals are not doable:

“Doable? Not a chance. Well, maybe on the user number. They grew 9% over the last year in unique users according to Comscore. If they keep that up they’ll be at around 800 million, and I guess they could buy their way to a billion buy buying WordPress, Glam and/or Myspace, each with about 165 million unique monthly visitors. But short of some sort of massively popular new product, 1 billion unique visitors isn’t going to happen.

“The revenue target is even less likely. 2008 revenue was $7.2 billion, dipping down to $6.5 billion last year. 2010 looks flat v. 2009 so far. “

image source: techcrunch.com

Auto manufacturers focuses on Internet services

BMW offers unlimited Internet access

BMW offers its customers a choice for a package of Internet connection regardless of the model purchased. The only requirement is to be equipped with multimedia Connected Drive system.

While many manufacturers have praised the introduction of Internet in the car, BMW is the first manufacturer that promises unlimited Internet access throughout the life of the model equipped with this function.

The brand even remember, on this occasion, that it’s the one who first introduced the on-board computer in 1980. The first radar back in 1990 and GPS navigation in 1994.

In 2010, BMW’s system is based on multimedia Connected Drive which already includes a multitude of other services, such as navigation, communication with other devices such telephone or computer, the interaction between the safety devices (night vision, head covered high, parking assistance, emergency call), and adds the ability to surf the Internet from the front seats when the vehicle is stationary.

It is even possible to surf from the vehicle rear seat, but only with the option Multimedia Station on the 5 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series GT. The option costs only 90 EUR and its validity is equal to the lifetime of the car. No subscription to pay later.

General Motors wants to update your Facebook status by voice command

General Motors is testing a software that will allow drivers to update their status on Facebook while driving, through a voice command.

GM will also test a program that reads drivers’ SMS and allow them to respond by choosing one of the preset messages with a button on the steering wheel.

The company hasn’t said when these programs will be available, but spokesman Jocely Allen said they should be evaluated very carefully to ensure it does not distract drivers attention from the road.

CEO, Eric Schmidt about Google’s new definition – “did you know?” & fast search

With Google TV on its way – plans are to launch this fall, the Android mobile search traffic which grew 50 percent in the first half of 2010, the increasing money maker YouTube and a new Google Music, Google’s new guiding principle is in serving users automatic and fast search results, all the time.

“Our new definition of Google, we’re trying to get you something fast – never underestimate the importance of fast.”

“Ultimately, search is not just the web but literally all of your information – your email, the things you care about, with your permission – this is personal search, for you and only for you.”

“The next step of search is doing this automatically. When I walk down the street, I want my smartphone to be doing searches constantly – ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’, ‘did you know?’.”

“This notion of autonomous search – to tell me things I didn’t know but am probably interested in, is the next great stage – in my view – of search.”

Google TV will call up both free and paid web video, including PPV from DISH Cinema, Google TV product marketing manager Brittany Bohnet demonstrated. Android Market on Google TV is coming early in 2011, she said.

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Here are some hints & numbers offered by Eric Schmidt:

On Google Music – “Think about a music player – if it’s not connected to the internet, it just has what’s stored on it; it can’t get the music nearby, it can’t get the latest music. It has to be on the net. The same is true of everything.”

On Android Mobile Phones – “One in three queries from smartphones is now around where I am. Our mobile search traffic grew 50 percent in the first half of 2010 – it’s growing much quicker than everything else. Search traffic from Android phones tripled in the first half of 2010.”

About YouTube – “Business is doing very well with more than two billion monetized views a week. The number of monetized views is up 50 percent in the last year.”

Stephen Hawking says the universe was “not necessary” created by God

In the new book, Stephen Hawking argues that the Big Bang was inevitable due to the law of gravity, rather than occurring following the intervention of a divine being.

22 years ago, in 1988, Hawking had a slightly different approach. In his book “A Brief History of Time” he had seemed to accept the role of God in the creation of the universe. “If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we should know the mind of God.”

“The Grand Design”, an extract of which appears in the Times today, contests Sir Isaac Newton’s belief that the universe must have been designed by God as it could not have been created out of chaos.

“Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” he writes. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.

“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

“The fact that we human beings – who are ourselves mere collections of fundamental particles of nature – have been able to come this close to an understanding of the laws governing us and our universe is a great triumph.”

Hawking says the first blow to Newton’s belief that the universe could not have arisen from chaos was the observation in 1992 of a planet orbiting a star other than our Sun. “That makes the coincidences of our planetary conditions – the single sun, the lucky combination of Earth-sun distance and solar mass – far less remarkable, and far less compelling as evidence that the Earth was carefully designed just to please us human beings,” he writes.

Dry water could fight against global warming! What?

Each particle of dry water contains a water droplet surrounded by a sandy silica coating. In fact, 95 per cent of dry water is ”wet” water. Right …

The Telegraph quotes scientists who believe dry water could be used to combat global warming by soaking up and trapping the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Tests show that it is more than three times better at absorbing carbon dioxide than ordinary water.

Dr Ben Carter, from the University of Liverpool, presented his research on dry water at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

He said: ”There’s nothing else quite like it. Hopefully, we may see dry water making waves in the future.”

Let’s wait and see what they’ll have to say after the “wet fire” research …

Internet Explorer 9 probable layout (LEAKED PHOTO)

First we must say that this image is not officially provided by Microsoft. It just “escaped” on to the internet from Microsoft Russia. Officially, Microsoft hasn’t confirmed nor denied the accuracy of the image.

Ok, so … let’s say it’s real. Don’t you think that IE 9’s Chrome-ization is just too obvious? As Firefox 4 does, Internet Explorer 9 takes from Google Chrome the principle of making the useful space as bigger as possible. From the browser area, the toolbars are merged closely to provide as much space for the actual websites.

From this picture you can see that:

  • The address bar and search bar were merged into one
  • The tabs are also placed next to the address bar
  • Text menus on the right side bar were replaced by buttons: home, bookmarks and settings
  • The status bar simply disappeared (from the bottom of the window)

The first beta of Internet Explorer 9 is announced for September 15. Then we can test it and we can make a more honest opinion about what the new version of Microsoft’s browser will be.