With Gorilla Glass 2 and Lotus Glass already in production, Corning is today adding yet another glass to its portfolio with the launch of an ultra-slim and flexible substrate called Willow Glass.
Amazon has released a software update for its base-model $79 Kindle that includes an improved reading font with higher contrast and clarity. We didn’t notice any obvious legitibility issues when we reviewed the e-reader last year, but the company says this latest font offers the same “paper-like reading experience” that you’ll find on its other E Ink-based hardware.
Every tech journalist in New York City packed into Milk Studios in Chelsea this morning for the debut of Airtime, the new video chat startup from Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, founders of Facebook and Napster. Martha Stewart snapped photos of the crowd. The pitch, it’s a browser based version of Chatroulette that let’s you seamlessly chat with friends and people who share your interests, but uses Facebook connect to ensure people’s real identities and hopefully keep their pants on.
Ellis Hamburger checks out the just-launched Mac search tool.“Search is a very anxiety-ridden process — the moment you start thinking about search, you’re anxious,” says Found Chief Product Officer Vijay Sundaram. “We’re really trying to break the assumption that desktop search is slow,” adds CEO Stephen Brady. We’re chatting about Found, their new free search app for the Mac, which blends together Spotlight-like local search with cloud search of online services like Gmail, Google Drive, and Dropbox. Unlike Spotlight, Found pops up a preview of the best match for your search immediately — the assumption being that you only need a quick look (or listen) at what you’re searching for. “That extra 400ms it takes changes the experience,” says Brady.
FUN FACT: The first webcam was invented at The University of Cambridge to let people know if the coffee pot was full or not.
Task is the handiwork of Nuage Touch, a France-based app development company. It’s an iOS app that offers a simple way to plan EVERYTHING in your life, and professes to be as easy as tweeting or sending a text message. (via Task is an Awesome iOS To-Do List App)
Sony RX100 - new compact camera king?
Wow, Sony just threw an interesting curveball at the compact camera and the CSC segments. For packing a 1 inch sensor, the Sony RX100 - with a fixed, fast f/1.8, 3.6 x zoom lens - is impressively small. Imaging Resource has already posted a review, so head over there if you want to see how this little shooter holds up.
photo: Imaging Resource
Nokia has launched three new touch screen devices for its Asha series, as it looks to bridge the gap between feature phones and smartphones and add new appeal to the range. The firm has unveiled the 3.5G-compatible, 1GHz powered Asha 305, the dual-SIM, 2MP camera-wielding Asha 306 [pictured below] and the Asha 311, which becomes its cheapest available Wi-Fi-compatible phone. The Asha 305 will ship this quarter with a recommended price of $79 (EUR 63), while the other two will ship during the third quarter, Nokia says. The Asha 306 is priced at $85 (EUR 68) and the Nokia Asha 311 $115 (EUR 92). (via Nokia launches Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311, its first full-touch Series 40 handsets - The Next Web)