Monday, January 31, 2011

USA Entrepreneurship: Obama Administration Unveils Startup America. Video

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National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, Council of Economics Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and other Administration officials participate in a kickoff event for Startup America, a national campaign to help America achieve these goals by promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country.



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HP hardware is ready for webOS devices for Feb 9 said HP CEO

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In a 3 days visit to  HP Bangalore, India  office  HP CEO Leo Apotheker told to employees to get rid of their  iphone and ipads, .” Adding, “There would be real, near-term introductions, as the hardware is ready.after he saw most of the 4500 employees raised their hands when he asked them “Those who think Apple is cool, raise your hands.”

He also told the employees to watch out for “new products from the US on February 9.


Tablets Market share 2010: Apple loses 20% to Android in 4Q 2010

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In one quarter Apple loses 20 % market share to Android. However Apple is keeping the lead with a significant 84.1 % for the final 2010 results for the global tablet market.

Also a incredible rise of the tablets units sold  happened in the 4Q 2010 with a 121% up from the 3Q 2010.

What will happen when the rest of tablets announced at CES 2011 hit the market ? Motorola XOOM, RIM Playbook, Acer, Samsung, HTC, and HP webOS fro Feb 9 and many more. How they will change the market share in 2011 ? and how much of the market pie  will show up in this year for Apple. ?


Africa: HP expands Durban office

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Tech giant HP, has increased its presence in Durban through acquisitions and staff hiring.
Manoj Bhoola, HP country manager of enterprise, storage, servers and networking ESSN, says HP has relocated to new offices in KwaZulu Natal and has made several staff appointments.
Bhoola explains that this follows HP's strategy to increase its IT services presence into the Durban region, after targeting KwaZulu Natal as a potential growth market.
“The Natal market is starting to pick up again,” says Bhoola. “It went through a period where the market was drying up, refresh cycles were getting longer compared to Joburg counterparts, and companies were sweating their assets.”
Bhoola says: “We currently have 24 staff members in our Natal office, which is mainly focused around providing service delivery and consulting services.” He adds that HP will be making more staff appointments in its KwaZulu Natal office this year.
“Now we find that organisations in the area, which are mostly manufacturers and retail stores, have started to become big IT spenders again. It's probably because the economy is starting to turn in that space. Trevor Manuel said that you can measure an economy by the way manufacturing companies start spending.”

Video: Blackberry PlayBook e-mail pairing with BB Torch

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The video above is a brief demo of email pairing with the  BlackBerry® Torch smartphone via BlackBerry Bridge, multi-tasking, viewing Microsoft® Office® documents, and secure access to business applications such as Flash®-enabled dashboards from SAP® BusinessObjects Explorer.


Breaking News: Intel Says Chip-Design Flaw to Cut Sales, Profit Margins. Video

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 Intel Corp. cut its first-quarter forecast after discovering a design flaw in the recently released Intel 6 support chip and implementing a silicon fix. Intel said it expects the flaw to cut revenue by $300 million and reduce gross-profit margin by 2 percentage points this quarter. 


Watch Bloomberg Video on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d9MRvZi_lg







Summary: HP 3 upcoming events , early 2011

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HP will hold 3 interesting events, this early 1Q 2011:

1.-February 9th. HP has sent several invitations and is making a lot of buzz on twitter offering one free way ticket to the San Francisco event: "Think Big, Think Small, Think Beyond" Palm blog

2.-February 14th-17th: MWC 2011: HP will be at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in  stand 7C37 at to demo HP Palm webOS smartphones with HP e-print.

"The HP Booth will demonstrate our passion and commitment to innovation and industry leadership in mobility, in areas including smartphones, devices, notebooks and netbooks. We'll share new products, services and apps, including offerings from HP Palm, and demonstrate the leading HP webOS operating system, and the latest services from HP ePrint. We'll focus on the work we're doing with application developers to provide customers with the ultimate in personalized experience. "


3-March 14th: HP  CEO Leo Aphoteker presentation with all the executive staff will hold a "March Summit Meeting"

Hewlett-Packard rounds out its cloud software and consulting with a new cloud service


While I can assume HP is planning cloud services around webOS (an OS built for web and cloud services), I can't be sure what those services might entail. That said, I'm willing to speculate that they'll be pretty broad. In addition to the typical contact, calendar, notes syncing, I wouldn't be surprised to see HP add a Dropbox-like storage locker, web-based access, and cloud/Internet-based printing (after all, that was one reason HP gave for buying Palm in the first place). The company could go even further by offering its own online office solution and providing a rich data/document sharing mechanism.

Another service already leaked   for the Topaz webOS tablet is the HP cloud-canvas service that could bring art ,graphic and  fashion designers to webOS.

HP cloud-canvas 

In short, I could see the company planning something akin to a webOS-specific version of the majority of Google's cloud offerings but, perhaps, with deeper device integration and deeper integration between services.

Europe: ViewSonic 7-inch tablet PC shipments goes 60,000 units monthly

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LCD monitor brand vendor ViewSonic is seeing its 7-inch tablet PC shipments reach 55,000-60,000 units per month benefiting mainly from strong sales in Europe, according to sources from channel retailers.

ViewSonic has also started selling its 10.1-inch tablet PC, ViewPad 10s, which has a better hardware configuration for the upcoming Android 3.0 operating system. Although the device is currently still using Android 2.2, once Google releases authorization to its downstream partners, the device will be upgraded instantly.

The ViewPad 10s adopts Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor featuring support for 1080P video and Adobe Flash 10.1 as well as a 10-inch LED screen with a resolution of 1024 by 600, 512MB memory, and 16GB storage space.

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Entrepreneurship USA: HP Joins the White House in Fueling Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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It is good to know when in any country you have the govermment central administration support in projects that can speed job oportunities and bring up great ideas  in innovation, science and in many fields, ready to start up and give young and entreprenurial people the chance to go beyond 

From the HP blog:

HP joins Obama administration in fueling entrepreneurship, expands HP LIFE program to United States



Representatives from HP today celebrated the launch of The Startup America Partnership at a White House event with top officials from the Obama administration. The participants included Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, SBA Administrator Karen Mills and White House Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee, as well as representatives from other companies. 

HP has invested more than $20 million since 2007 to fuel educational and technology outreach aimed at helping entrepreneurs and small business owners create and grow commercial opportunities. Two key programs include:

- HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) (http://www.life-global.org/) – a global program that trains entrepreneurs and small businesses owners to develop essential IT and business skills to grow their businesses. HP is expanding HP LIFE to reach more than 100,000 aspiring entrepreneurs in the United States over the next two years. The program is a partnership with Education Development Center Inc. (EDC), a nonprofit organization focused on addressing global critical social issues, and already supports more than 500,000 entrepreneurs worldwide.
 

- HP Startup Central (http://www.hp.com/go/startupcentral) – an online gateway that provides startups with business opportunities including HP partner and developer programs, patents and products. HP Startup Central helps entrepreneurs connect with investors and access tools and educational resources.
 
The Startup America Partnership is the private sector counterpart to the Obama administration's effort to spark high-growth firms in the U.S.


Press Release: 



HP Joins the White House in Fueling Innovation and Entrepreneurship
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011

On the occasion of President Barack Obama’s launch of Startup America, HP today announced new support for entrepreneurship through educational and technological outreach to startups and small business owners across the United States.

HP joins The Startup America Partnership, an independent private sector alliance responding to the President’s call to action in bringing together top entrepreneurs, startup firm funders, CEOs, university presidents, foundations and other leaders to help entrepreneurial companies start and grow.

HP, represented by HP Startup Central, a network supporting entrepreneurship and startup growth, and HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE), a global program that uses technology to help entrepreneurs establish and sustain growth, joins President Obama’s coalition, extending the company’s commitment to empowering innovators through entrepreneurial tools and market access.

“At HP, we know what it takes to build a startup ‘from the garage up,’ and we see a huge opportunity for our technology, expertise and relationships to support entrepreneurs,” said Stephen DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Whether their ‘garage’ days help them grow into small enterprises, move toward successful acquisition or emerge as industry giants, entrepreneurs will find HP is with them all the way.”

“Entrepreneurship is in HP’s DNA,” said Marc Dangeard, founder of Entrepreneur Commons and StartupCause, a collective of entrepreneur support organizations. “More than any other technology provider, HP supports new models that incubate and accelerate innovation and the success that grows from it. This delivers a ‘best of both worlds’ approach, combining the momentum of grassroots movements and collaborative models with HP-scale innovation, access to customers, technical resources and product excellence.”

Leading technology analyst and entrepreneurial leader Chris Shipley further acknowledged HP’s role in supporting entrepreneurship: “If we are to catalyze economic development and job growth in America, we must create a vibrant ecosystem that reaches out from technology innovation centers, grafting entrepreneurial best practices onto the root stock of cities and towns throughout the country and building a rich network to support startups on their path to sustainability. HP’s Startup Central is a vital node in this network, providing key resources to young, innovative companies and helping them to sustain growth.”

More information about HP Startup Central is available at http://www.hp.com/go/startupcentral, via Twitter at http://twitter.com/hpstartup and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/HP-StartupCentral/193744257309372.

More information about HP LIFE is available at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/socialinnovation/hplife.html and http://www.life-global.org/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HPLIFE.

MacWorld 2011: Free Games Developed by ClayWare Games

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Press Release

ClayWare Games, LLC was founded to create and develop fun and educational games, interactive storytelling apps, apps to enhance existing school curriculums, and other software. Currently we are using our existing library of games to bring attention to our accessory, the Pad Bracket wall-mount for the iPad and iPhone (http://padbracket.com).

Through sales of the Pad Bracket, ClayWare will fund the development of education titles designed to capture the imagination of young learners while building critical math, language, and reasoning skills, and exploring history, cultural awareness and creativity through storytelling.

ClayWare is well suited for the development of fun, educational titles, since each founder brings their own unique skills to the process. Co-Founder Debra Lewis brings her background in education and her skill as a creative writer. Co-Founder Lucas Jordan brings his background in software development and his love for gaming in all of its forms.

About ‘Space Attack!!’ (http://goo.gl/eaud7)
‘Space Attack!!’ is ClayWare’s first title. It demonstrates an understanding of making games fun. A shortly anticipated release will improve graphics and address the suggestions of its many fans.

‘Space Attack!!’ is an action game reminiscent of old favorites. Defend your cities from the Saucer People who are sending asteroids, bombs, and abduction saucers to reduce your cities to ruin. Defend yourself by launching missiles at their attacks.

But watch out, each enemy has a unique defense.

Enjoy ‘Space Attack!!’
Random levels keep you coming back.
Improve technologies to better defend yourself.
Grow your cities to earn more technology points.
‘Space Attack!!’ is available for free on the iTunes store. Improved graphics and
gameplay coming soon, so keep your eyes out for an update!

About ‘Colors and Shapes’ and ‘Numbers and Counting’ (http://goo.gl/snil5)
‘Colors and Shapes’ presents a young child with three activities that allow them to
develop skills in basic shape and color identification.

Activities:
Find balloons of a given color
Find balloons of a given shape
Find balloons of a given shape and color
‘Numbers and Counting’ continues their education by providing activities for the
development of number identification and counting.

Activities:
Identify a number.
Count the balloons.
Identify which numbers come before or after a number.

These two showpiece apps will ultimately be incorporated into a single larger app that will offer a growing collection of educational activities. The success of these applications has shown that parents are interested in using the iPhone and iPad as part of their child’s education. ClayWare is moving forward to fill this growing market.

Games published under the name Lucas Jordan: search Lucas Jordan to find these great games on the App Store.

Contact: Co-founder Lucas Jordan, (585) 662-9249
Macworld 2011 Booth #550
ClayWare Games, LLC, 640 Linden Street, Rochester, NY, 14620

UK: Events: GreenTouch is hosting a news conference and webcast on Tuesday, February 1.

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Events

GreenTouch News Briefing

The GreenTouch Consortium, a global research initiative leading the charge to improve energy efficiency in information and communications technology (ICT) networks by a factor of 1,000 within five years, is hosting a news conference and webcast on Tuesday, February 1.

At the news conference being held at 15 Hatfields, London, GreenTouch members will demonstrate a proof-of-concept from among the many technologies it has under development. The event will also highlight critical milestones already reached by GreenTouch and address announcements slated for later in 2011.
Who: GreenTouch Consortium
What: News Conference and Webcast
When: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 13:00-14:00 (GMT)
Where: To register for the live event, please click here.
To register for the webcast, please click here.
Speakers: This event will also feature presentations from several green technology visionaries, including:
‒ Gee Rittenhouse, Chairman of GreenTouch and one of the Global Telecoms Business Power100
‒ Rod Tucker, GreenTouch Executive Board Member, Laureate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne
‒ Claude Monney, Green Touch Executive Board Member, Senior Engineer, Project Leader, Environment, Swisscom
‒ Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman & Vice President Corporate Responsibility, Deutsche Telekom

Source: Greentouch

Asia: HP touts SaaS app store to Asia's ISVs

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SINGAPORE--Hewlett-Packard is targeting to pull both independent software vendors (ISVs) and enterprise customers into its orbit by providing a "connected cloud" through an app store platform that touts software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

Kelly Tan, vice president and managing director at HP Singapore, said the app store--called AP4SaaS (aggregation platform for SaaS)--has been operating globally since June 2010 but is only being actively marketed in the Asia-Pacific region now.

The gap was to allow HP to ensure the platform was working properly, and that both ISVs and enterprise customers would be onboard with the vendor's "connected cloud" vision, Tan said during a media briefing here Friday.

The AP4SaaS platform sits as a layer atop the vendor's standard infrastructure platforms based on its ProLiant Blade systems and Intel Xeon processors.

Tan said plans for AP4SaaS originated from the work the company had done with telco partners a couple of years back. "We had the technology on-hand to create this app distribution platform and it was just a matter of putting things together," she said.

In particular, the executive pointed to three industry verticals--government, finance and digital media--the company focused on as a "starting point" to get the platform going in the Asia-Pacific. But, it is now already looking to push the app store to other verticals, she said.

Tan explained that by pulling in its existing customer base to adopt the platform, this will in turn appeal to their partner ISVs and help populate the apps marketplace.

HP recently unveiled a slew of cloud-based offerings targeted at enterprises. Its Enterprise Cloud Services Compute, for instance, is touted to allow companies to automate the deployment process of private, or on-premise cloud systems, according to an earlier report..

Another product, HP CloudSystem, combines datacenter technologies with the vendor's cloud service automation software to deliver unified security, governance and compliance across applications and various cloud environments, noted Damien Wong, general manager of software for HP Southeast Asia, who was also at the media briefing.

According to Tan, these cloud products continue to illustrate the company's wider  “Instant-On Enterprise” strategy.

Source: Asia zdnet.

UAE: Dubai: Plastic Packaging Saudi Arabia - Going to Global Markets

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DUBAI, UAE 

The consumption level of plastics in the GCC has increased dramatically from 19 kg per capita in 2000 to 39 kg per capita in 2010 and should reach the kind of levels seen in developed markets by 2020 according to one of the world's leading petrochemical suppliers in the region.

Packaging has been identified as the fastest growing segment, followed by construction and wire and cable. The Middle Eastern countries, in their need to diversify from dependence on oil revenues, support the growth of the petrochemical industries as a mean to add value to their exports and also to generate employment for local citizens.

Zaheeruddin Ahmed is Director of Manufacturing for Saudi Plastic Factory, the first ever plastic manufacturer in Saudi Arabia. He understands the growth opportunities that exist in the Saudi Arabia market. According to Kamil Al Jawhari at Riyadh Exhibitions Company the Saudi Arabian market accounts for up to 70 % of the total 2 billion USD packaging market in the GCC.

Zaheeruddin will be speaking at the Plastic Packaging Saudi Arabia Summit 2011. He will share his views on how to improve efficiency and profitability in plastic manufacturing along with how to implement lean manufacturing concepts into the plants.

Other expert speakers at the event include senior representatives from Saudi Food and Drug Authority, NAPCO Modern Plastic Products, Manama Packaging, The Savola Group and The National Petrochemical Industrial Co. These keynote speakers will discuss current issues such as the benefits of the Saudi Arabian market as a future plastic converting stronghold and how to drive a qualified and skilled workforce within Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East.

IQPC's Plastic Packaging Saudi Arabia Summit will take place from 20-23 February 2011 at the Riyadh Marriott Hotel, Saudi Arabia. The event will feature converters, petrochemical companies and government who will discuss future trends, supply chain, innovative technology, lean manufacturing and six sigma. It will be four days of top-notch presentations and industry panels, alongside with a dedicated exhibition of international solutions providers.

About IQPC
IQPC provides business executives around the world with tailored practical conferences, large scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programs, keeping them up-to-date with industry trends, technological developments and the regulatory landscape. IQPC's large scale conferences are market leading "must attend" events for their respective industries.

IQPC produces more than 1,500 events annually around the world, and continues to grow. Founded in 1973, IQPC now has offices in major cities across six continents including: Berlin, Bangalore, Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Toronto. IQPC leverages a global research base of best practices to produce an unrivalled portfolio of conferences.

To register for the event call +971-4-364-2980, email enquiry@iqpc.ae or visit http://www.plasticpackagingsaudi.com.
SOURCE IQPC Middle East

T-Mobile:LG G-Slate First 4G tablet with Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) coming March 23

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According to a T-Mobile Roadmap posted by TmoNews image  below, the LG  G-Slate  First 4G tablet with Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) is coming  in March 23, 2011 to T-Mobile USA.


Press Release:


  • 4G capable
  • Powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • Featuring the latest Google mobile innovations

At 2011 International CES, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and LG Mobile Phones announced the upcoming Android™ Honeycomb-powered T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™, by LG.  Expected to be available in coming months, the G-Slate will be the first 4G tablet from the two companies powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the upcoming version of Google’s Android platform optimized for tablets.

“T-Mobile is proud to add a new milestone in the evolution of the Android platform with our first 4G tablet powered by Android 3.0,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “The T-Mobile G-Slate with Google will build on our rich history of Android innovation and leadership and deliver deep integration with Google services.”

“LG is dedicated to continuing its role as an innovation leader and is thrilled to announce its entry into the tablet marketplace with the G-Slate,” said Jeff Hwang, president of LG Mobile Phones. “Streamlining everyday tasks and enhancing entertainment with blazing fast 4G speed, the T-Mobile G-Slate by LG will deliver the latest in Android technology and provide users with an advanced tablet experience.”

The T-Mobile G-Slate will be among the first 4G tablets to fully benefit from the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 platform, which was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and addresses the unique aspects of tablet use cases and form factors. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. It will also feature the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D interaction, collection of more than 3 million eBooks and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.


 Source: T-Mobile G-Slate

T-Mobile: Samsung Galaxy S 4G coming in Feb 23.

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According to a T-Mobile roadmap (image below) the Samsung Galaxy S 4G smartphone is coming in  February 23, 2011 to T-Mobile USA.

  • Galaxy S™ 4G exclusively from T-Mobile will be the fastest smartphone running on America's Largest 4G Network™
  • T-Mobile's first smartphone capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 21Mbps
  • Rich entertainment experiences at even faster speeds
  • Brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen display
  • Powered by Android™ 2.2

More world´s brands smartphones makers to launch with dual-core CPU in 2011.

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 Most major handset makers all plan to launch dual-core smartphones in 2011 as Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Texas Instruments (TI) and Broadcom have come out with dual-core platforms, according to industry sources.

While LG Electronics (LGE) and Motorola already unveiled their dual-core smartphones at CES, HTC, Samsung Electronics and Nokia are expected to showcase similar models at the upcoming Mobile World Conference (MWC), indicated the sources.

The chance is also high for Apple, RIM and Sony Ericsson to roll out dual-core smartphones soon, added the sources.

The requirement for stronger capability to manage multimedia functionality including 3D games and HD video has pushed handset vendors to develop dual-core processors, the sources asserted.

Nvidia's dual-core platforms have been adopted by LGE, Motorola and Dell, while Samsung's devices have gained support from Apple in addition to being used in-house.

Sales of multi-core smartphones will account for 15% of global handset shipments in 2011 with the ratio likely to climb to 45% in 2015, according to an estimate by Strategy Analytics.

F1 Race Cars : Ferrari unveils 2011 F150

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 Formula One car with hydraulically controlled rear wing and KERS 


The project, which goes by the internal code name of 662, represents the Scuderia’s interpretation of the technical and sporting regulations that apply this year. Various factors influenced the design of the car, especially on the aerodynamic front, to the extent that the F150 can be seen as severing ties with the recent past.

The innovative aspects are in part dictated by changes to the regulations and partly down to original thinking from our designers. As far as the rule changes from 2010 are concerned, the double diffuser and the blown rear wing are banned, as is the use of apertures in the front part of the floor, while the use of an hydraulically controlled adjustable rear wing has been introduced.

After an unofficial agreement between the teams saw its use banned for 2010, KERS is back this year, thanks partly to the increase in the car’s minimum weight and stricter controls on weight distribution figures. The Scuderia has decided to incorporate this technology on the F150 and this has had a significant impact on the design, also taking into account that the dimensions of the fuel cell are very different to those of 2009. Also significant are changes dictated by the introduction of stricter safety requirements in terms of crash-tests, cockpit area protection and wheel-retaining cables for use in accidents.

At first glance, the front part of the F150 monocoque appears to be higher than that of the F10. The openings for the side air intakes are reduced in size, while the layout of the dynamic one above the driver’s head has been modified. The rear suspension features a new design, while that at the front has been modified, following changes to the front part of the chassis. The exhaust system layout is similar to that adopted for the second half of last season and the cooling system has had to take into account the return of KERS and the new air exit ducts. The braking system has been completely redesigned in collaboration with Brembo.

However, the aerodynamic package sported by the car at the presentation is very different to the one which will be seen for the first race in Bahrain: for the early stages of testing, the decision was taken to concentrate on development aspects linked to the mechanical components and on developing an understanding of the Pirelli tyres, while continuing to push on the development of aerodynamic performance in the wind tunnel.

Indeed, the tyres will be another significant new element this season: after a thirteen year relationship with Bridgestone, this year it is Pirelli who take up the baton as sole supplier to Formula 1 for the next three years and thus provide the tyres for the cars from Maranello. Given that the teams have so far only managed two days of testing with the new tyres back in November, clearly the fifteen days of testing prior to the start of the season will be very important when it comes to adapting the handling of the car to the tyres.

As the freeze on engine performance development is still ongoing, there have been no actual modifications to the 056 engine, but that does not mean Ferrari’s engine specialists have been idle. Work has gone into improving reliability, working especially on the pneumatic front, as well as on reducing costs. Furthermore, the reintroduction of KERS has led to a substantial change in the architecture of the front end of the engine, with modifications to the drive shaft system of the KERS itself and the crankshaft and this has led to changes to the cooling and lubrication systems.

The kinetic energy recovery system, designed by Ferrari, has been produced in conjunction with MTS and Magneti Marelli and was fine tuned based on experience acquired in 2009, with the aim of reducing its size and weight, while maintaining, in accordance with the regulations, the maximum useable power and its useage cycle over one lap. This is another area where great attention has been paid to cost reduction, both in terms of its development and the way it is run, so as to make the system equally viable for our customer teams, Sauber and Toro Rosso. The positioning of the KERS within the fuel cell was a further impetus to look at solutions aimed at reducing fuel consumption: in this area, the contribution from a key partner in the form of Shell was vital and will continue to be so throughout the season.

The number of testing days available to the teams remains the same, with 15 prior to the start of the season, therefore preparatory work on the test beds, prior to taking to the track has been ever more important, both on the chassis side and for areas such as the gearbox, engine and KERS.

As is always the case at Ferrari, great attention has been paid to the performance and optimisation of all materials used, in the design stages and when going through quality control, striving to maximise performance levels and reliability, while delivering the highest possible safety standards.

Science: Germany: Carbon nanotubes to make touch screens go at low-cost

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Capacitive touchscreens, the type most commonly used in consumer electronics, usually use a conductor made of indium tin oxide (ITO). This material is well suited to this purpose due to its excellent conductivity and its transparency in thin layers. Unfortunately there are few deposits of indium in the world, which has prompted a search for alternatives. One such new alternative are touchscreens containing carbon nanotubes, which researchers claim offer comparable performance to ITO, but are much cheaper.


The main components of the new electrode material developed by researchers at Fraunhofer are carbon nanotubes and low-cost polymers. The electrode foil is composed of two layers. One is a foil made of inexpensive polyethylenterephthalate (PET) like that used to make plastic bottles. The second is thin film that is formed when a mixture of carbon nanotubes and electrically conducting polymers that is applied to the PET as a solution dries.


These combinations of plastics have not been particularly durable in comparison to ITO because humidity, pressure or UV light put a strain on the polymers causing the layers to become brittle and break down. The carbon nanotubes solve this problem by hardening on the PET to create a network that firmly anchors the electrically conducting polymers and provide much improved durability.


Ivica Kolaric, project manager from Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, concedes that "the electrical resistance of our layer is somewhat greater than that of the ITO, but it’s easily enough for an application in electrical systems,” and its advantages over ITO far outweigh its drawbacks.


In addition to indium’s limited supply, ITO layers are also fragile, lack flexibility, and the process to deposit them onto a surface requires a vacuum and is costly. In contrast, the researchers say carbon is renewable, low-cost and available all over the world from organic matter such as wood and the thin foil is flexible, making it suitable for applications other than touchscreens.


“We could even make photovoltaic foils out of it to line corrugated roofs or other uneven structures,” says Kolaric, who has already set up a pilot production where the foil can be enhanced for a wide range of applications.


Touchscreens Made of Carbon

Touchscreens are in – although the technology still has its price. The little screens contain rare and expensive elements. This is the reason why researchers at Fraunhofer are coming up with an alternative display made of low-priced renewable raw materials available all over the world. The researchers are presenting touchscreens that contain carbon nanotubes at the nano tech 2011 fair in Tokyo (Hall 5, Stand E-18-11) from February 16-18.

Just touching it slightly with the tips of your fingers is enough. You can effortlessly write, navigate, open menu windows or rotate images on touchscreens. Within fractions of a second your touch is translated into control commands that a computer understands. At first glance, this technology borders on the miraculous, but in real life this mystery just is a wafer-thin electrode under the glass surface of the display made of indium-tin-oxide, ITO.


This material is nothing short of ideal for use in touchscreens because it is excellent at conducting slight currents and lets the colors of the display pass through unhindered. But, there is a little problem: there are very few deposits of indium anywhere in the world. In the long term, the manufacturers of electronic gadgets are afraid that they will be dependent upon the prices set by suppliers. This is the reason why indium is one of what people call "strategic metals."

Therefore, private industry is very interested in alternatives to ITO that are similarly efficient. The researchers at Fraunhofer have succeeded at coming up with a new material for electrodes that is on the same level as ITO and on top of it is much cheaper. 


Its main components are carbon nanotubes and low-cost polymers.


 This new electrode foil is composed of two layers. One is the carrier, a thin foil made of inexpensive polyethylenterephthalate PET used for making plastic bottles. Then a mixture of carbon-nanotubes and electrically conducting polymers is added that is applied to the PET as a solution and forms a thin film when it dries. 

In comparison to ITO, these combinations of plastics have not been particularly durable because humidity, pressure or UV light put a strain on the polymers. The layers became brittle and broke down. Only carbon nanotubes have made them stable.


The carbon nanotubes harden on the PET to create a network where the electrically conducting polymers can be firmly anchored. That means that this layer is durable in the long run. Ivica Kolaric, project manager from Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, concedes that "the electrical resistance of our layer is somewhat greater than that of the ITO, but it’s easily enough for an application in electrical systems." Its merits are unbeatable: carbon is not only low-cost and available all over the world. It is also a renewable resource that you can get from organic matter such as wood. Kolaric and his colleagues will be presenting their carbon touchdisplay at the 2011 nano tech fair. Since 2003 Fraunhofer researchers show their developments at the annual trade show.

There are a whole series of implementations for the new technology. This foil is flexible and can be used in a variety of ways. Kolaric sums up by saying "we could even make photovoltaic foils out of it to line corrugated roofs or other uneven structures." The researcher has already set up pilot production where the foil can be enhanced for a wide range of applications.


Source: http://www.fraunhofer.de/

Science: Hubblecast 42: Hubble's Greatest Hits. Video.

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Hubblecast 42: Hubble's Greatest Hits.

What makes a scientific discovery really important? It's partly down to how much scientists use the discovery in subsequent work — but it's also partly down to what inspires their imagination. In this episode, the Hubblecast talks to some leading astronomers about their favourite Hubble discovery.


How do we know if a scientific discovery is really important, or somehow special?

Well, when astronomers obtain a result, they usually write it up in an article for a scientific journal. And one way to know whether the result is important or not is to look at how often other astronomers refer to this article in their work.

That's the simple answer anyway. But there's a human component too. Some results simply capture our imagination more than others, and that too is an important part of what makes a truly great discovery.

In this episode, we're going to be talking to some leading astronomers who use the Hubble Space Telescope, and we're going to ask them about their favourite Hubble moments.

Joe Liske: "There's so many discoveries that Hubble has made. Some that we knew we would make such as measuring the speed of the expansion of the Universe, verifying the existence of black holes, and then there's some that were completely unexpected. In fact, my favourite I think is one that when Hubble was launched, we didn't know about any extrasolar planets. So my favourite Hubble discovery if you will, is the measurement of the atmosphere of a planet around a nearby star, that was made by the STIS instrument. I think it really boggles the mind, or stimulates the imagination to think that here on Earth with a telescope in orbit, we can actually spy on other planets in other solar systems."

Bob O'Dell: "My favourite Hubble discovery is of course one of my own! It was a surprise that should not have been a surprise. When we first looked at the Orion nebula, this region of nearby star formation, we found that we could actually see protoplanetary discs around many of the stars. Now, we should have expected to see this, we should have been looking for it, but we were looking for something else and found that. It was a wonderful feeling, to discover the protoplanetary disc. It was the closest thing to a 'heureka' moment that I have ever had in science. You look at the image and then suddenly everything comes together. You know exactly what you've seen. And you're seeing something that no-one else had ever seen before. It was wonderful."

Laura Ferrarese: "I've done a lot of research with Hubble and in fact almost all my work has been done with or based on Hubble images. But perhaps my very favourite was this one galaxy that we observed very very early on. NGC 4261.
And what we saw when we looked at this galaxy was that there is a very small disc of gas and dust at the centre and we could use the velocity of the gas in the disc to measure the mass of the central supermassive black hole. And that was one of the very first conclusive evidence for the presence of a black hole in a galaxy."

Sandy Faber: "I think that my favourite Hubble discovery is based on aesthetics. And it's the imaging of these giant clusters of galaxies that show these beautiful gravitational lenses. The red cluster galaxies and the blue background galaxies. General relativity in action there, bending light and making images that are just stunning. I wish I had done that!"

Monica Tosi: "I tend to favour the wonderful images that have allowed to obtain very tight and deep colour-magnitude diagrams, see how stars form and evolve in nearby galaxies."

Joe Liske: "So clearly Hubble has made a lot of fantastic observations of the Universe during its lifetime. And I for one find it hard to pick what my favourite Hubble moment is. So one of my favourite Hubble achievements were the images Hubble took of planet Fomalhaut b. These were the first images of an extrasolar planet that were taken in optical light. And by using multiple observations, Hubble actually allowed us to watch this planet move on its orbit around its parent star. So another great Hubble moment were the images that it took of the so-called Bullet Cluster. These are actually two colliding clusters of galaxies that demonstrate beautifully the existence of dark matter. And then of course the Hubble Space Telescope measured the so-called Hubble constant, which is the expansion speed of the Universe. Hubble did this more precisely than was ever done before -- and of course this was one of the main reasons for building Hubble in the first place."

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Road trains could be the future of highway driving

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With the recent successful test of road-train technology in Sweden, developers say convoys of cars on Europe's motorways could become a reality within 10 years provided car manufacturers can agree on a common standard.

T-Mobile: Dell Streak 7- 4g tablet coming in Feb 2. for $199.99.

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The Dell Streak 7 a 4G tablet is coming in February 2nd, 2011 to T-Mobile USA. for $199.99., with a 2 year agreement  on qual’g plan + $50 MIR req’d.
 

The Dell™ Streak™ 7—fun, fast, and amazingly priced
Entertain the whole family with our first 4G tablet,
powered by Android™:
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  • 7” multi-touch screen
  • Watch your favorite shows on-the-go with T-Mobile® TV
  • Thousands of family friendly apps like BrainPOP™, Zinio™, Kindle for Android™ and Blockbuster™
  • Talk Live with T-Mobile® Video chat powered by Qik™ with front and rear-facing cameras
  • Full Flash® support for a rich Web experience

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