Technology News: Apple iOS 5

Apple today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall. We break down the key highlights and add some information on each below. Further updates regarding these latest developments from Apple are available through the official Apple website.

I cant wait til Fall. More info after the jump.

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Technology News: Scientists Create Super Material: Graphene

NEW material processed from raw graphite is stronger than steel and may revolutionize the automotive and aviation industries.
Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a new graphene paper, a composite material made from processed graphite that is as thin as paper but is stronger than steel.

The UTS research team’s breakthrough with the material is the result of their unique production and heat testing method which found out these exceptional properties for the graphene paper.

The research team, supervised by Professor Guoxiu Wang, took raw graphite, purified it, filtered it with chemicals and pressed it into sheets. The graphene paper not only has ten times the strength of steel but is extremely flexible, is two times as hard and six times lighter with lower density. The graphene nanostack sheets also vaunt excellent thermal, electrical and mechanical properties.

Ali Reza Ranjbartoreh, the lead researcher on the team said, “ Not only is it lighter, stronger, harder and more flexible than steel it is also a recyclable and sustainable manufacturable product that is eco-friendly and cost effective in its use.”

The properties and promises of the graphene paper make it seem like a dream material. Indeed, it holds much potential for the automotive and aviation industries. Ranjbartoreh went on to say that the use of the graphene material would allow companies to create lighter and stronger cars and planes which would be more fuel efficient and eco-friendly. These improvements would be cost favorable for both consumers and companies alike.

A jump to the graphene paper wouldn’t be so large for aerospace companies such as Boeing who have already replaced metal with carbon-based materials. Austrialia, the country where the research was conducted, is home to plenty of the raw graphite and would welcome the boost to their industry from the graphene paper production.– DT

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Technology News: Adobe Unveils Creative Suite Subscription Editions: Photoshop For $50/Month

Truth be told, most people don’t need Adobe Photoshop. There a number of free programs, some even cloud-based, that will allow you to resize images and do some light editing. Few people need, or can afford, to drop $700 on the full Photoshop program. Adobe realizes this. To help, the company has introduced a new pricing plan that would allow customers to rent its programs.

The new plan would allow customers to pay $50/month to rent Photoshop, Indesign, and Flash; $29/month for Dreamweaver, and $75 for its video editing program After Effects. Adobe will allow also customers to rent software for the entire year.

Renting software won’t make sense for everyone. If you’re a freelancer and your job depends on Photoshop, it would make sense for you to just save up and drop the $700. But if, say, you’re working on a short-term project that calls for Photoshop use, spending $50 a month, rather than buying the program outright (or downloading an illegal copy), may be the way to go.

Check out all the prices and links to rent here.

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Technology News: Apple Files Patent for 3D IPhone

Apple filed a patent filing suggesting it may be considering 3D image and video recording technology for a new iPhone, signaling the company’s intentions to compete with Android handsets on new technology.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company filed an application titled “Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors” this week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent details the potential for an iPhone to use two cameras to make 3D videos and pictures.

The system would be based on hardware instead of software, which could make for better image quality, according to language in the patent application. Instead of software that guesses dimensional disparity, Apple would use “deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation,” according to the application.
Adding 3D capabilities on the iPhone will mostly likely help Apple compete with Android handsets, which have started to ramp up their processing and image capabilities with better cameras and wider screens. While 3D media is not widespread, more and more film and TV offerings are hitting the market with the capability, perhaps indicating that its moment may be ripe to hit the mainstream soon.

Some 3D handsets have already hit the market. The HTC EVO 3D for Sprint and the LG Thrill 4G for AT&T both feature 3D recording. Both handsets integrate two 5.0-megapixel cameras to make HD and 3D videos and pictures. These phones can show 3D images on their displays without requiring special glasses to see the effect.

Nintendo also recently rolled out its 3DS portable handheld game console, which also brings 3D to games without special equipment as well.

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Technology News: BlackBerry Messenger Coming to iPhone on April 26?

We’ve heard rumors of BlackBerry Messenger coming to iOS — and Android for that matter — this year and interestingly enough, the Android version was rumored to hit first due to the strictness of the Apple ecosystem. According to recent reports though, BlackBerry Messenger for the iPhone could land on April 26.

Looks like RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie made the information public while speaking at an event held in Toronto. The BlackBerry Messenger application for iOS will be allegedly available for download in the App Store on April 26. Additionally, there will be an update coming this summer to improve on the messenger’s notification system.

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Technology News: Apple’s New iPad in Production

Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter. Apple has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor. WSJ’s Yukari Kane joins Stacey Delo to discuss.

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Technology News: Solar-Powered ‘Smart’ Roads Could Zap Snow & Ice

(CNN) — The mayors of New York and Atlanta, Georgia, suffered stinging criticism for their handling of recent winter storms, but in the near future, technology could clear city streets of ice and snow — by simply melting it away.

America’s harsh winters cost the nation’s economy billions of dollars each year in snow removal equipment, weather damage to streets and vehicles, extra days of school and revenue lost to closed businesses.

Scott Brusaw, a 53-year-old electrical engineer in tiny Sagle, Idaho, thinks he has a solution. So far, he’s generated interest from the federal government and General Electric in his idea for a solar-powered roadway made from super-strong glass, instead of conventional asphalt or concrete.

“I’m looking out the window now at about a foot of snow, so if we can make it work here, we can make it work anywhere in the country,” Brusaw said. “I’m hoping this spring we’ll start laying the foundation for it right outside our building here.”

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