Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced today the world’s most efficient LED, which it will integrate into the market’s first full-visible-spectrum, large-form-factor lamps. Soraa’s third generation (Gen3) GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency, outperforming the nearest competitor by 20% at normal operating conditions.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index pushed into record territory Monday after a round of corporate deal making. The index last closed at an all-time high nearly six weeks ago, then slumped as investors grew worried about slowing growth in the U.S. and China, as well as emerging markets like Argentina.
Netflix shares edged up ahead of Monday's opening bell on news that the online video service had reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly. No details have been released about payments to Comcast, which had long been resisted by Netflix, which uses a tremendous amount of bandwidth.
WhatsApp is starting to work again after the messaging app that Facebook is buying for $19 billion had some technical trouble. Associated Press reporters noticed that the app wasn't functioning Saturday starting at about noon PST, but by 2:30 p.m., Twitter users around the world began saying WhatsApp is working again.
The XchangE autonomous concept car from Rinspeed — engineered by 4erC — takes a Tesla Model S and modifies it into a luxury vehicle that you don’t need to drive. Is this the future of automobiles? Underlining the point that the XchangE probably won’t be cheap, the concept car includes a 32-inch, 4k monitor in the rear seat....
EBay says it's sticking with PayPal, whether minority shareholder Carl Icahn likes it or not. The online auction site said Monday that it continues to believe stockholders are best served by keeping PayPal as part of the company. EBay was responding to a blistering letter from Icahn that pressed for the San Jose, Calif., company to shed the payments business.
The U.S. Naval War College has released a trove of World War II information by posting online the operational diary kept by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz during the war against Japan. The more than 4,000 pages includes a running estimate of the situation for every day of the war in the Pacific compiled by Nimitz's planning staff, starting with Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. It is posted at www.usnwc.edu/graybook .
Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to take over Nokia's handset business. Nokia will ditch many of the Google services that come with Android and use instead the Microsoft services such as Bing search, Skype communications and OneDrive file storage.
Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Kazuo Hirai, president and CEO of Sony Corp., described Sony's new lineup as "products that are built on the shoulders of 60 years of design, engineering and artistic excellence."
LG Electronics Inc. said it will launch a computerized wristwatch later this year, entering a nascent market where Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and smaller companies such as Pebble are already jostling for dominance. Park Jong-seok, president of LG's mobile communications division, said...LG's strategy is not to release a half-baked product, but like other smartwatches, the LG smartwatch will be paired with a smartphone.
A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be pumped into and recovered from wells – move through deep rock formations....
I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.
Microsoft will update its Windows system this spring to address some of the gripes people have had when they use devices without touch capabilities. Windows 8 and last fall's 8.1 update were designed for a touch environment. But some of the gesture commands don't translate well when using traditional mouse and keyboard controls. Among other things, Microsoft Corp. will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page...
Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automakers are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Rinspeed presents the "XchangE" study to the public in a world premiere.
The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have detected a stream of stars in one of the Andromeda Galaxy's outer satellite galaxies, a dwarf galaxy called Andromeda II.