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Samsung's Android projector phone coming to India in April

With Samsung Galaxy Beam, you can watch your photos and videos by beaming them directly onto walls.Samsung has forayed into the projector phone segment with the unveiling of Galaxy Beam, which is an Android 2.3 Gingerbread based smartphone with 1.0 GHz dual-core processor. The Samsung Galaxy Beam projector smartphone, which allows users to display and share multimedia content anywhere on a large luminous screen, was unveiled at a Samsung event in Bangkok.

According to a spokesperson of the company, "The device will be launched in India in April." Galaxy Beam lets users spontaneously share photos, videos or other digital media with family or friends by beaming the multimedia contents stored on the device directly onto walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces. The device features a projector-dedicated application which makes it easy to select content and activate projection in a few simple steps. The Galaxy Beam has a 5 megapixel camera. Despite featuring a full built-in project…

Five things the next-gen MacBook Air needs to compete with ultrabooks

The latest ultrabooks haven't beaten the MacBook Air yet, but they're getting closer. Here are some upgrades the next ultrathin Apple laptop could use to maintain the lead.
A new generation of slim, lightweight laptops has taken the PC world by storm. Theseultrabooks (to use Intel's trademarked marketing term) are exactly what many laptop shoppers have been longing for, a PC version of Apple's MacBook Air that runs Windows. But despite very strong showings from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and others, there still is not an ultrabook on the market right now that really beats the MacBook Air in a head-to-head shootout. That's not because of price, processing power, or features -- the Air is more expensive, has about the same CPU horsepower, and lacks many of the ports and connections found on the best ultrabooks. But it still wins on overall experience, thanks to an excellent keyboard and touch pad, the tight unibody construction, extra-long battery life, and sleep, resume, and i…

Facebook: Don't reveal your password to snooping employers

As more companies ask workers for access to their Facebook accounts, the social network says that sharing or soliciting a password is a violation of its own guidelines

Has an employer or potential employer ever requested access to your Facebook account? If so, Facebook itself advises you to just say no. Responding to growing complaints from employees over the practice, Facebook made its own position quite clear in a post published today. Noting an increase in the number of such requests from employers, the social network said they undermine both the security and the privacy of the user and the user's friends. And the practice can put employers themselves at risk. Companies making such requests may not have the right policies or training in place to deal with private information, according to Facebook. Further, companies might be held liable if the information they find proves problematic, such as a post that "suggests the commission of a crime." Employers could face other tho…


These are the eye-watering visuals Sony and Microsoft's next gen consoles will be capable of. At least, that's what PSM3 and Xbox World magazines are saying in their latest issues.

In collaboration with Codemasters' lead artist Mike Smith and Dead End Thrills techmaster Duncan Harris, both magazines present a glimpse of the future: what PS4 and Xbox 720 will be capable of in terms of visuals - but also what they'll be capable of in terms of scale, lighting, landscapes, AI and procedural generation. With developers harnessing what the magazines claim will be "six times the power", Codemasters' Smith says: "If you look at the amount of effort that goes into lighting at companies like Pixar, we're quite some way away from being able to leverage that control. (But) once we have a toolset to do that, art directors can go crazy." What's interesting, particularly for PlayStation owners, is that the screenshots running in PSM3 are from tech that ec…

Will the third-generation iPad finally replace your laptop ?

Every new tablet, super-size smartphone, or other multifuncton device seems to give industry watchers yet another excuse to declare the traditional laptop dead, or at least on the way out. With the new features and capabilities built into the just-announced third-gen iPad (also known as the "new iPad"), I expect a flood of reader e-mail over the next few days, asking if a revamped iPad is better investment than a new laptop. And it's not a crazy question, even if you've thus far resisted the urge to move more and more of your computing tasks to a tablet. This was one of the most controversial debates about the original iPad in 2010, and just before that first-generation system hit stores, I had managed to get my hands on an early unit and weighed in on its skills as a PC replacement. That story was called, "Is the Apple iPad a Netbook killer?" which gives you some idea of how long ago 2010 was. Back then, Netbooks--small 10 and 11-inch laptops that cost $300-$…

Small Apple tablet chatter gets louder from suppliers

Don't believe Apple will release a small tablet? Maybe not. But that hasn't stopped a constant trickle of reports citing Asia-based suppliers who are reportedly gearing up to make parts for the device in the third quarter of this year.

AU Optronics and LG Display will supply the 7.85-inch screen for the Apple device, according to Taipei-based Economic Daily News--that report was cited in the Macotakara blog in a post dated March 6. Other suppliers listed in original Chinese-language article include: Radiant Opto-Electronics and Forhouse, which will supply the backlight module; Renesas Electronics, which will make driver ICs (integrated circuit); and Toshiba, which will deliver the NAND flash memory. An Asia-based report in December also cited AU Optronics and LG as display suppliers. And an analyst told CNET at that time that Apple was showing increasing interest in making a small tablet based on a 7.85-inch screen.