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Lenovo reveals hybrid tablet

Lenovo has announced the release of a notebook computer that has a detachable screen that becomes a tablet PC. The notebook computer is two computers in one. When the screen is attached to the keyboard, it runs Windows 7 and has access to the hard drive and RAM. When the screen is detached, it runs on a touch-enabled Linux operating system designed by Lenovo with limited memory. Lenovo expects to start shipping the hybrid tablet this June.

Source: Revision3/Techzilla

Intel’s glasses-free 3-D TV

Intel has announced a technology, “glasses-free 3-D,” that allows one to watch 3-D content without wearing 3-D goggles. There is a special overlay applied to HDTV to make it glasses-free. The video has to be shot in a special format, and the current resolutions are slightly below 720p.
There is a current limitation of eight specific viewing angles from which one can experience the 3-D content.

Source: Engadget

Google pulling out of China

Google has threatened to end www.google.cn in China over concerns about censorship and hacking. Hacking targeted a flaw in Microsoft Internet Explorer, violating Internet user privacy, while censorship is a long-running dispute regarding human rights. Yahoo supports the decision, but Microsoft has no plans to exit China. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer disagrees with the situation: “There are attacks every day. I don’t think there was anything unusual, so I don’t understand.”

Source: Reuters

Innovation in e-book screens

Current e-book readers only display colors in black and white and aren’t useful for viewing color magazines. Pixel Qi is a hybrid display screen that can display colors when a backlight is on. When the backlight is off, the e-book displays black and white colors, uses 70 percent less power, and is readable in direct sunlight. It can also be used in devices like netbooks or tablets. Pixel Qi CEO Mary Lou Jepsen plans on seeing this technology sometime in the first quarter of this year.

Source: Engadget