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Intelligent Portable Solar - First Solar Kickstarter in Japan



Working Prototype Seeking Support for Japan Launch



Tokyo, Japan – April 14, 2014 - Power8, a company formed by Italian entrepreneur Vincenzo Lufino, has announced success in producing what it believes will be the most powerful ultra-compact solar power kit on the market. Designed in Japan with intelligent features to solve several specific shortcomings of current portable solar power offerings, Lufino is also proud of Power8's high level of style and quality. The 4w combination panel and storage unit fits in your pocket and can charge an iPhone 30% an hour and an iPad 7% an hour. The super small and stylish storage unit doubles as a water resistant flashlight, comes in a choice of five colors, and holds enough charge to bring an iPhone from zero to 100%.






"I was immediately turned on to solar power after experiencing the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011," said Lufino. "Especially technology that you can take with you and keep you mobile. But none of the products I tried worked as well as they could, and for simple reasons having to do with power management, which can be solved with intelligent features of the Power8 design. I designed the Power8 kit with two smart technologies to eliminate needless shutting off due to intermittent sunlight and to allow charging the device and battery at the same time. I also believe if you look at what's on offer today, there is a lack of style and convenience in the kitting. I've designed something you will want to carry around with you when you travel, and the pieces form a nice whole."



Lufino created several prototypes until a mass-production model was achieved last year. He intends to ask Kickstarters for support at this critical stage, which is believed to be a first for a solar product designed in Japan.



"It's really Italian designed," said Lufino. "But I had tons of input from my Japanese team, colleagues, and friends who bring the Japanese sense of quality and functionality. Now I have something that looks good, is very dependable, and can be used as well in the city, on outdoor adventures, and in emergencies."





The Power8 team is now working on a Kickstarter campaign that will highlight the stylish features as well as describe a new level of reliability and functionality that ensures continuous charging under changing conditions.





"We plan to launch the campaign by the end of April," said Lufino. "The Power8 portable solar power kit is ready and works as designed, and we have filmed it in action. I think this is another advantage we have over other crowdfunded solar products. The design is done, we have covered our manufacturing bases very thoroughly, and we're ready to deliver."



Why the name Power8? The 8 is the symbol of infinity stood on end, representing the energy that, for all practical purposes, is infinitely available from the sun.





Vincenzo Lufino was born in Italy but has lived in Japan for the past 15 years. He is also the founder and CEO of Ecotech Japan, an IT service provider, and SafeCasa, an emergency supplies distributor and retailer.


For more info visit ecotechjapan.com
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Infographic: Getting to know Google



Founded in California in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is a hugely successful American Multinational Corporation employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford University and they founded the company in a local garage.

Google literally has the power to make a company a lot of money by their ranking algorithm. A high ranking on Google can mean the difference between success and failure for an online company. The algorithm is said to be made up of over 200 ranking factors and SEO companies worldwide are daily trying to understand this.

Google is certainly a major part of our daily lives; it is even recognised as a verb in all the major
dictionaries. While it does have rivals, none will have the influence or market share that it has. For a company formed in 1998, they have a chequered history already with an abundance of acquisitions throughout the period. With a share price of $85 from their IPO in August 2004, the share price is now an astounding $1158.72 (as at March 26th 2014).

 This infographic explores the history of Google which is marked with an abundance of innovations and acquisitions. It charts other aspects of the company such as the name, the people behind the corporation and some interesting facts and possible prospects for the future.


Google Glass Now Displays iPhone SMS Messages




The latest update to Google Glass now enables owners to view text messages from their Apple iPhone device directly on the Google Glass screen, in a similar way to the feature that is already available to users of Android smartphones.


Once you have paired your Google Glass eyewear with your iPhone it will appear as a notification on Glass screen. However you still won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with the iOS operating system says Google.
Google has also rolled out a new Calendar Glassware which is now available on the Glassware tab in MyGlass. Once this has been enabled it will allow you to see your agenda to the left of the home screen. Also simply tapping a calendar card from your timeline will allow you to change the title, time, location, and RSVP as well as delete the event or dismiss it from your timeline.
If the new Google Glass updates are not available to you already, Google says that the updates will be rolling out during this week.
Source: Google

The Savvy Guide to Saving Money on Energy Bills



Like many people, there seems to be too much month at the end of your money and so it is imperative that you start saving money on your energy bills. As one of the main expenses of the household, saving money on this is vital to a healthy bank balance. The cost of living is constantly rising, so by being savvy with your money and by shopping around for better deals, you are subsequently giving yourself a great quality of life. After all, who doesn’t want more disposable income at the end of every month?



Of course, for some of us money is an object. For those of us who need to cut back on their expenditure, there are cheaper methods of insulation. 

Thick curtains, good quality Change Providers:
It seems that in this thoroughly modern age, loyalty does not pay. The best deals are given to new customers, so be another companies new customer. This has the potential to save you hundreds year on year. Energy companies tend to change their prices twice a year, so you are likely to be in for a price hike at least once during your time with that company. Moreover, those who opt for duel fuel from one provider are likely to save more money too. Switch around and shop for a better deal. See what the competition holds. Likewise, by switching to a smaller company, you have the potential to save a small fortune. Check out Duke Energy in Ohio, who can offer great rates.
Turn It Off:
Turn all electrical items off if you are not using them. It seems to be fairly commonsensical to do so, but so many of us leave our gadgets and electrical items plugged in and on stand-by even if we’re not using them.
High Cost Insulation:
Have you considered that your home may be a black hole for heating and energy? Insulation is the key to ensuring that you are not wasting more energy than you need to be. Should you have old doors, windows and a lack of insulation in general, you will be wasting more energy than you think. It may be worth investing in new windows and doors, as well as cavity wall installations to save yourself a potential fortune.
Cheap Insulating Methods:
carpet and buying draft excluders means that you can save money on your energy bills. While draft excluders may not be the sexiest item on your shopping list, the possibilities of spending the extra money you have saved is endless.
Boiler Checks:
One of the most expensive ways to see good energy go to waste is through your current boiler. While the old boiler may hold some sentimental attachment, it is time to let go. Invest in a new boiler. The initial outlay may be more costly, but having an overall efficient boiler is a great way to save money. Boilers have energy ratings, so it may be worth doing some desk research to see which boilers are the best for investing in.
Watch the savings coming flooding in, giving you more money to buy the things you love.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition Announced


Audi has taken the wraps of a new special edition version of the Audi RS7, the Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition, it will go on sale this summer in the US and will retail for $146,045.
The Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will come with a range of special features, which include performance DRC suspension, carbon fiber elements and more.
The Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will come with a range of new features, which include performance DRC suspension, carbon fiber elements and more.“The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition exemplifies just some of the personalization options that are possible through our Audi exclusive program”, said Filip Brabec, Director of Product Planning, Audi of America. “The combination of our most powerful RS model ever and the added customized elements make this a truly special car to drive and to behold.”
The exterior is highlighted by Tornado Red brake calipers with RS 7 logo and 21-inch Gloss Black wheels. Carbon fiber splitter, diffuser and carbon fiber engine cover further underline the performance character of the exclusive RS 7. Four exterior colors are available to complement the exclusive design elements: Ibis White, Suzuka Gray metallic, Daytona Gray pearl, Phantom Black pearl.

You can find out more info about the new Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition at the link below.

Source Audi, Autoblog
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Yahoo to replace Google as Apple’s default search




Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s has a few internal projects to bring the company forward and one of them is pretty ambitious: getting Apple to replace Google with Yahoo as its default search engine for iOS. That is a very ambitious goal. It seems very unlikely.

The information comes from inside sources that spoke to Re/code, who claim that Mayer is heading the project. Apparently to pitch the idea to Apple, Yahoo prepared “detailed decks” to help win over Apple executives.
A few executives are apparently already aware of the plan, but nothing official has been presented to Apple yet. The source says that Yahoo’s lack of applicable technology at this time is a hurdle toward meeting this very ambitious goal.
One source said, “This is the aim of the whole effort here, to grab the pole position in iOS search. It will take more than pretty pictures though to convince Apple to give up Google, given its focus on consumer experience being top-notch. But Marissa wants it very badly.”
Source Slashgear

Porsche 918 Spyder In Action


Porsche have released a new video of the Porsche 918 Spyder in action, in the video be get to see what Porsche Works Driver, Patrick Long, sees behind the wheel.
The video shows Patrick Long driving a hot lap of the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, TX, and we get to see the Porsche 918 Spyder in both all electric modes and sport hybrid modes.
Multi-time Champion Patrick Long, Porsche Works Driver, utilizes all the systems of the new plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder for a hot lap of the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. Watch as the Porsche 918 exits pit lane under all-electric mode, accelerates under sport hybrid mode, and uses the hot-lap button on the back straight at 170mph.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has a o to 60MPH time of just 2.5 seconds, and it can reach 124MPH in just 7.2 seconds, it has a massive 887 HP V8 engine which is combined with two electric engines.
Source Autocar

Sony 4k Bravia TVs Pricing Announced


Sony has announced the pricing for its latest 4K Bravia TVs, which the company first announced at CES 2014 back in January.
Prices for Sony’s 4K Bravia TVs will start at $2,099 for their 49 inch model, all the way up to $24,999 for their 85 inch model.
The new line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs give consumers more 4K Ultra HD TV options than ever before.  Using a combination of unique Sony technologies, these models offer a superior picture quality than standard 4K resolution. Sony’s 4K X Reality™ PRO picture engine can upscale a variety of content regardless of source to beautiful 4K resolution; while TRILUMINOS™ Display’s wide color spectrum works in unison to reproduce lifelike color, a heightened 
sense of depth and accurate shading to ensure the highest quality picture.
Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range PRO technology provides a screen with higher peak brightness and deeper blacks to deliver a truly brilliant picture quality.
There will be a total of nine different models in the Sony Bravia 4K TV range, they will be available to pre-order shortly and will hit the stores in June in the US.
Source Sony

Google Glass Public Units Sold Out


Google made Google Glass available to the public for the first time yesterday, the device was available to buy for $1,500 yesterday only.
Now Google has revealed that they managed to sell all of the Google Glass devices that were allocated for the public, although they did not reveal home many Google Glass Units were sold.
Welcome to our new Explorers! All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry. We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future. You can sign up below to stay updated. That’s all for now, folks.
It looks like Google has plans to offer Google Glass to everyone again in the future, although the company has yet to reveal any details on this.
Source GoogleThe Next Web
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Google Glass Kit Kat Update is Released


Google Glass will go on sale today to the general public, it will be available for one day only, and anyone will be able to purchase the device in the next twenty four hours.
Ahead of the general sale of Glass, Google has released the Android Kit Kat update for Google Glass, and this brings a range of new features to Google’s wearable device.
You’ve been asking us when the next round of updates were coming. Well, they’re coming later this week! We know it’s been a little while, but this is a big one and we think it’s well worth the wait. Here’s what you’ll find in the new release:
KitKat for Glass – Our most exciting update is subtle, but big. We’ve been working on a significant upgrade to a new version of the Glass software. It’s not a change you can see, but it brings improved battery life and makes Glass more reliable and easier to update in the future. And now that Glass runs Android KitKat, developers can write Glassware using the latest Android SDK goodness, along with new features from our GDK.
The update brings a range of new features to Google Glass, which include updates to photos, although Google has decided to remove video calls from Glass for now.
Source Google
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

iPhone 6 Front Panel Leaked



The photo shows an iPhone 5S next to what is reported to be the iPhone 6 front panel, and as you can see from the photo, it is considerably larger than the iPhone 5S.


The photo of the alleged iPhone 6 front panel was posted on Weibo, and this is said to be the front panel for the 4.7 inch version of Apple’s iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is said to come in two different sizes, one with a 4.7 inch display which will apparently launch in September, the other with a 5.5 inch or 5.7 inch display that will launch later in the year.
The iPhone 6 will come with Apple’s second generation 64-bit mobile processor, the Apple A8, it will also come with a new version of Apple’s mobile OS, Apple iOS 8, this is expected to launch in September along with the iPhone 6 and the Apple iWatch.
We are expecting the display of the iPhone 6 to come with sapphire glass, this is something that Apple is also apparently using for the Apple iWatch display.
Source Gforgames

Android Icons To Get A Makeover


Google redesigned some elements of the Android operating system in the latest KitKat update, but it seems more changes are on the way.
According to a new report, Google is working on redesigned icons for the Android operating system, which looks much more elegant compared to the current icons.
The news comes from Android Police, but before we get any further, do keep this thing in mind that there’s always a chance for rumors to be incorrect, no matter how authentic the source is — Android Police has a decent track record when it comes to Android-related information.
The new styles are known as “Moonshine” internally, and the icons looks a little flatter compared to the current ones. The icons look quite similar to the web icons for Google services, and an image has been released that compares the current icons with the proposed ones.
Source: Android Police
Monday, April 14, 2014

44 Percent of all Twitter accounts have never tweeted



Twitter is one of the largest social networks, it doesn’t have a problem getting people to sign up. It ranks just behind Facebook. It is great for real-time information. However you might be surprised by how many Twitter accounts never actually tweet.


A report from Twopcharts suggests that nearly 44 percent of the 974 million accounts have never sent a single tweet. No one has heard a tweet out of them. Twopcharts monitors activity on Twitter accounts. We don’t know if those users even log into their accounts. Some of them may just be using Twitter to follow their favorite celebrities, news, or personalities and don’t have anything to say.
Twopcharts can only tell when an account retweets or sends out its own tweet, it can’t account for users who log in and read tweets all day long, but keep silent. So that 44 percent of Twitter’s population may not be just a void. In the last three months of last year Twitter had 241 million monthly active users. Twitter’s defines an active user as one who logs into the service at least once a month. They don’t have to tweet to be active. Twopcharts also says that only 30 percent of existing accounts have sent 1-10 tweets and only 13 percent have posted at least 100 tweets.
Twitter would do well to come up with ways to get that 44 percent tweeting.
Source Ubergizmo

iPhone 6: Leaked Screenshots Shows iOS 8 On A Large Screen iPhone


iPhone 6 rumors we came across hinted at the launch of the device with a larger display, possibly two versions: one with 4.7-inch and other with a 5.7-inch.
The device is rumored to ship with iOS 8 as its operating system, which we’ve seen on some occasions in the past. Recently, an alleged screenshot was posted on Weibo, expected to be iOS 8 running on a large screen device.
The screenshot shows a different arrangement of icons — follows a five rows and seven columns layout, compared to 4 by 6 row layout on the 4-inch iPhone 5S and 5C. Additionally, the image posted on Weibo had a rather strange resolution 1,600 x 966 which doesn’t represent any current Apple device, iPhones or iPads.
It could be the latest iOS 8 running on the alleged iPhone 6 with a larger display, but there’s no way to confirm if the screenshot is legit or not, or if its running on the 4.7-inch device or 5.7-inch one.
Apple is rumored to launch the new iPhone in September later this year, but there’s no official word from Apple so a grain of salt is required to digest this.
Source: BGR

Samsung Gear Now And Gear Solo Trademarks


We heard before that Samsung is working on a new smart watch, the Samsung Gear Solo, and now two new trademark filing have been discovered for Samsung Gear devices.
The new trademarks that Samsung has filed with the USPTO are for the Samsung Gear Now and the Samsung Gear Solo, both devices are expected to be smart watches
We also heard that the Samsung Gear Solo, will be a stand alone device that will come with cellular built in, this would allow this new smartwatch to function without the need for a smartphone or tablet.
The Samsung Gear Solo will apparently let you make phone calls, send and receive texts, read emails, and more without needing to connect the device to a compatible smartphone.
As yet there are no details on when Samsung will launch the new Gear Solo and Gear Now, we do not have any information on the specifications on the Gear Now.
Source kopengalaxys5.
Friday, April 11, 2014

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