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Wednesday, Aug 31, 2005

Xbox 360 Live Pricing Plans Leaked

Aug 31, 2005 | Category: News

Xbox 360Microsoft has recently revealed 5 pricing plans for the online program for Xbox 360 console. The most expensive subscription is the “Premium Gold” at $69.99, which comes with a 12 month subscription, a communications headset, an Xbox Live arcade game “Billiards,” a $20 discount on an Xbox 360 game purchase and 200 points in the Xbox Live marketplace.

The 3 month version of the Premium Gold Package is priced at $39.99. This includes a headset, a $10 off coupon for Xbox 360 games, 100 Xbox Live marketplace points, and access to the Xbox Live arcade game Joust.

There are also 3 different versions of the Xbox Live subscription card, with a $59.99 12 month Gold Card, and a scheduled $19.99 3 month Gold Card as well as a $7.99 1 month Gold Card.

The Xbox Live Silver subscription is made available to all Xbox 360 owners, but it will only grant access to the Marketplace and Chat functions.

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Creative Zen Neon Shipped with Windows Worm

Aug 31, 2005 | Category: News

Creative Zen NeonWhen you get your next MP3 player from Creative, not only will you be getting the Zen Patent - creative’s patented navigation technology, but also possibly a Windows worm!

Creative Technology has just announced that 4,000 of its Zen Neon portable music players are shipped with a Windows worm - Wullik.b worm.

The players sent to Japan in an allotment during late July are infected with the Wullik.b worm, a mass-mailed worm code. The Neon’s file system includes an infected file, but the worm won’t infect a connected PC unless the user browses the device’s file list and clicks on the infected file.

In addition Creative has already verified that none of the other creative products are affected by this Windows worm.

Shipments of the Zen Neon 5GB model have been temporarily suspended while the company investigates the matter and checks for possible infections.

“Presently these systems are removed rapidly, problem has already been corrected. We verify that problem was corrected in regard to Creative Zen Neeon which is newly produced at the factory where this time obstacle occurs.” a Babel Fish-translated statement from the company read.

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Tuesday, Aug 30, 2005

Camera Phones With 3-Megapixel CCD Modules

Aug 30, 2005 | Category: News

3-Megapixel CCD Camera Modules for Mobile Phones
Sharp Develops Two New 3-Megapixel CCD Camera Modules for Mobile Phones

Sharp Corporation has developed two new 3-megapixel CCD camera modules intended for use in camera-equipped mobile phones. The two camera modules feature a built-in autofocus function and the new LZ0P3758 features, in addition, an all-internal optical zoom lens that is switchable between normal and 2X zoom, an industry first. Both models will be available in quantity beginning in September 2005.

Cameras designed to be embedded in mobile phones are experiencing rapidly growing user demands for compact size, as well as greater functionality and higher image quality on a par with ordinary digital cameras.

The LZ0P3758 CCD camera module developed at this time offers sophisticated functionality, including a 3-megapixel CCD, 2X optical zoom and autofocus, and is also equipped with an all-internal zoom system in which the lens section does not protrude from the module body. Plus, Sharp’s proprietary high-density surface mount technology makes possible a compact module form factor with a volume of only 4.7 cc. The modules also feature a FIT* CCD image sensor and high-performance lens, providing high resolution and high image quality with minimal distortion.
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Monday, Aug 29, 2005

Revolutionary Designed Moovie Turns Into Reality

Aug 29, 2005 | Category: News

MoovieMoovie — an electrically powered car for urban use from André Costa of Portugal, the winner of the 3rd Peugeot Design Competition, 2004-2005 will be on display in this year’s
Frankfurt Motor Show. It will redefine the notion of what urban transport, or household appliances, will be like in 2020.

André Costa described the visual look on the vehicle as two big electric wheels with hollow rim, where the doors of the car are located. These two big doors allow the users to have enough space to enter and exit the vehicle comfortably.

According to André Costa, the bigger the wheel, the fewer turns it has to make to travel the same distance, hence less energy is required.

The front of the vehicle is supported by two spheres, these are purely for support, the car turns by a system that makes one electric wheel go faster then the other, this system allows the vehicle in some cases to make 360º turns which is great for parking and moving in small city streets.

MoovieThe wheels are at an angle of 10 degrees closing on the top so as to enhance the stability of the Moovie.

Instead of the conventional way of opening the doors sideway, the 2 round doors slide up along the sides of the car to waste less space in small parking spaces, optimizing the exit.

The two big round doors slide along the side-front of the car to waste less space in small parking spaces, allowing a better exit at all times.

The review mirrors can be folded up to prevent them from scratching the doors during the side slide.

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Monday, Aug 22, 2005

Urine-Powered Batteries

Aug 22, 2005 | Category: News

Urine-Powered Batteries for Biochip Devices
Singapore Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology develops first paper battery that generates electricity from urine

Urine-Powered Batteries 1Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have developed the first urine-activated paper battery for use in biochip devices. This battery could potentially be the perfect power source for cheap, disposable healthcare test-kits for diseases such as diabetes.

While researchers around the world race to produce ever smaller and more effective diagnostic biochips that can be mass produced cheaply, they have been unsuccessful in finding a power source that is as small and as cheap to fabricate as the detection technology itself. IBN’s latest invention solves this problem by using the urine test sample as the power source for the testing device.

The chemical composition of urine is widely used to test for signs of various diseases and as an indicator of a person’s general state of health. For example, the concentration of glucose in urine is a useful diagnostic tool for diabetics.

According to IBN Principal Research Scientist Dr. Ki Bang Lee who heads the team, a drop of urine placed on the battery will generate enough electricity to power a biochip device, enabling the latter to analyze the urine sample for specific disease biomarkers.

Urine-Powered Batteries 2The battery consists of an anode (upper layer), cathode (middle layer) and an electron-collecting (lower) layer between laminated plastic film (not shown).
Working principle: When a droplet of urine (0.2ml) is placed on the device, the capillary force drives the urine into the cathode layer and the battery is activated.

“We are striving to develop cheap, disposable credit card-sized biochips for disease detection,” said Dr. Lee. “Our battery can be easily integrated into such devices, supplying electricity upon contact with biofluids such as urine.”
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