Monday, March 9, 2015

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'Click-ARM' Modular Tablet From ImasD Technologies Challenges Project Ara Concept

With all the hype surrounding Google's modular smartphone platform, news of a modular tablet should come as no surprise. Spain-based ImasD Technologies is building such a device, the Click-ARM One, and is currently taking pre-orders for 289€, or just over $313 USD. The tablet is expected to launch sometime between June and September 2015.
For starters, don't let the "ARM" name fool you; this is not a joint partnership with the popular processor core company. The ARM term here means "Advanced Removable Modules," a technology that allows the consumer to switch out modules on the fly. This method eradicates the need to purchase an entirely new tablet when the old one becomes obsolete.
Out of the box, the base tablet configuration will come packed with the CK-HUB 101motherboard featuring two USB ports, HDMI output, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. The CK-Core module will provide the Samsung Exynos 4412 processor, 2 GB of DDR3 memory and the power micro-controller, while another CK module will provide 16 GB of storage. All of this will power an interchangeable multi-touch 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution.
Additionally, the motherboard appears to offer four mini PCI Express slots. "All the modules that exist in the market compatible with the standard mini PCI Express," the FAQ stated. "The only thing you must bear in mind is the compatibility with the OS that you use."

In addition to the "out-of-the-box" components, imasD Technologies will also offer two additional Core modules in 2Q 2015, one with the Samsung Exynos 4412 chip with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, and an Intel "Bay Trail" chip with 2 GB of DDR3 memory. In 4Q 2015, the company will provide four separate Core modules spanning the Samsung Exynos 3250 (with 512 MB of DDR3 memory) to the Exynos 5260 (with 4 GB of DDR3 memory). Unfortunately, the company did not provide pricing.
The company plans to provide additional modules in 2Q 2015, including internal storage ranging from 16 GB to 128 GB (eMMC), two radio modules, and more. For the Mini PCI Express slots, the company will provide a communications module with Ethernet and a USB 3.0 port, an RS232/RS485/TTL module, a 3G/GPS module and two others.
The FAQ stated that end users can make their own modules and connect them to the mini PCI Express slots. These modules can be sold on the market.
"You can make your own devices and commercialize them," the FAQ states. "We only provide the PCB Click ARM modules and core. You, with your own contribution, can make it different and sell it. Furthermore, you have mini-PCI Express ports based on the standard, which gives you flexibility in implementing your modules."
What's also interesting with this tablet is that it supports any Linux-based operating system, whether it's Android, Ubuntu Touch, Madex or even Tizen. The consumer can also uninstall and install the Linux-based platform of their choosing.
"Click ARM allows you to have modules with different systems in a memory chip and be able to remove and add a chip to start up with one OS or another," stated the FAQ.
Consumers interested in acquiring this tablet may need to pre-purchase here as soon as possible, as the company is only offering 1000 units for now.,28709.html

HTC One M9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6: Which Is Better for Business?

Business users have two great phones to look forward to this spring: the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9. 
At first look, HTC's and Samsung's new flagship phones are very similar inside and out. They are both powered by Android, feature similarly large displays and pack on identical enterprise-level power that can keep up with even the most demanding business users. 
But how do the two really devices stack up? Read on to find out which one is better for business. [Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: Which Is Better for Business?]
Design and display
If you're comparing the One M9 and Galaxy S6 based on design alone, you'll have a hard time choosing between the two devices. The One M9 sports a 5-inch display, whereas the Galaxy S6's display is only slightly bigger, at 5.1-inches. However, the Galaxy S6 wins when it comes to resolution. Although the One M9 comes with a sharp 441-pixels-per-inch (ppi) Super LCD3 screen, the Galaxy S6 features a stunning 577-pixel Quad HD Super AMOLED one for better, brighter display. 
The two devices are also similar in build and durability. Like its predecessor, the One M9 comes with a full-metal unibody, making it strong and solid. In comparison, Samsung has done away with the all-plastic builds that made previous Galaxy S phones feel cheap and flimsy. It has upgraded the S6 with a magnesium-alloy frame and a back made of glass (if this sounds alarming, it's actually made from a supertough Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the sturdiest type of glass available). 
Moreover, there's not much difference in size; the One M9 measures 145 mm x 70 mm x 9.6 mm, while the Galaxy S6 is somewhat thinner at 143 mm x 71 mm x 6.8 mm. 
Since the One M9 and Galaxy S6 are so similar design, what really sets the two apart is software. Both devices run on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but don't be fooled. 
The One M9 uses on its own version, with the Sense 7.0 UI, while the Galaxy S6 runs on the customized TouchWiz UI — and this is why the Galaxy S6 wins for business users.
The M9's Sense interface lets you do things like use your own themes and add contextual widgets and other types of customizations, but the S6's TouchWiz layer is all about boosting productivity. TouchWiz lets you multitask with its split screen feature, which allows you to run two apps side by side in one screen. For instance, you can browse the Web while working on a document, or check your calendar while writing an email or setting up a meeting.
Power and performance 

If you're looking for a high-performance phone, neither device will disappoint. Here's how each phone breaks down in terms of processor, storage and battery life:
Processor. The lightning-fast 64-bit octa-core (eight-core) processor powers both devices, with the M9 running on the Snapdragon 810 version and the S6 on Samsung's own Exynos version. Each phone has 3GB of RAM to keep up with all your business demands. 
Storage. If storage is a concern, you'll get plenty of space with both devices, but how you get that storage may be your deal breaker. The M9 is equipped with only 32 GB of internal storage, but is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD. 
The S6, however, is a lot like the iPhone; it comes in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions, but there's no microSD slot if you need to add more storage. This means you're stuck with whichever internal storage you choose.
Battery life. In addition to getting rid of the microSD slot, Samsung is also ditching removable batteries. Unlike its predecessors, the Galaxy S6 will come with a built-in battery, so you will no longer be able to replace it with a backup battery when you need extra power. The company has yet to announce how much juice users can expect from the S6, but so far, we know that it will come with extra perks to extend battery life. That includes a quick-charge feature that provides 4 hours of battery life with just a 10-minute charge, as well as wireless charging. 
In comparison, the One M9 comes with a 2,800-mAh nonremovable battery, which is the biggest battery HTC has offered. It's said to provide nearly 22 hours of talk time and improved power consumption for all-day power. Like the S6, it also comes with quick-charging capabilities at the rate of 60 percent in 30 minutes. 
The Galaxy S6 wins hands down for business security. In addition to password screens, the S6 comes with a finger scanner, which lets you unlock your phone by tapping on the home button, adding an extra layer of security. It also comes with Samsung's Knox enterprise mobile-security platform, which features two-factor authentication and sandboxing of sensitive data from the rest of your device. This means you can use the S6 for work and play, while separating your business files and apps from your personal things. 
If you need a great camera, both the One M9 and Galaxy S6 have plenty to offer. 
HTC is already known for coming out with cameras that capture stunning photos and clear videoconferencing, and the M9 doesn't disappoint. It comes with what HTC says is the company's best camera ever on a smartphone, featuring a 20-megapixel, rear-facing camera that also captures 4K videos and a 5-megapixel, front-facing camera that takes 120-degree wide-angle selfies. 
Similarly, the Galaxy S6 comes with a 16-megapixel, rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel, wide-angle, front-facing camera that captures better images in offices and other low-light environments. This is a much-improved version from the Galaxy S5, which came with a 2-megapixel, front-facing camera. 
Bottom line 
When it comes to business phones, Samsung's Galaxy S6 is the better pick over HTC's One M9. Both are excellent devices that offer thin, sleek builds with large, bright displays and plenty of power and performance to get you through the workday, but the S6's productivity and security features makes it the clear winner for small business users.

Will Einstein's General Relativity Break Under Extreme Conditions?

A century ago this year, a young Swiss physicist, who had already revolutionized physics with discoveries about the relationship between space and time, developed a radical new understanding of gravity.
In 1915, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, which described gravity as a fundamental property of space-time. He came up with a set of equations that relate the curvature of space-time to the energy and momentum of the matter and radiation that are present in a particular region.
Today, 100 years later, Einstein's theory of gravitation remains a pillar of modern understanding, and has withstood all the tests that scientists could throw at it. But until recently, it wasn't possible to do experiments to probe the theory under extreme conditions to see whether it breaks down. [6 Weird Facts About Gravity]

$1.1 Million Brain Prize Awarded for Technique to Visualize Live Brain Cells

The world's most valuable prize for neuroscience research was awarded today (March 9) to four German and American scientists who invented a microscopy technique that reveals the finest structures of the brain, in both health and disease.
American scientists Karel Svoboda and David Tank and German scientists Winfried Denk and Arthur Konnerth shared the $1.08-million (1 million euro) Brain Prize for the invention and development of two-photon microscopy, a technique to create detailed images of brain cells and the connections, or synapses, between them, in action.
This new technique gives scientists the ability to study the function of individual brain cells, and how these cells communicate with each other as part of brain networks. [Beauty and Brains: Award-Winning Medical Images]

Apple Tool Could Transform How Doctors Gather Your Data

Apple's new iPhone platform could enable doctors to dramatically increase the amount of health data they can gather on patients, the company says.
The company revealed the platform, called ResearchKit, today at a talk at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California. ResearchKit allows doctors to develop their own apps to gather data on people's health conditions, from asthma to Parkinson's disease. The new system also makes it easy for medical researchers to enroll patients in clinical trials, a typically expensive and slow process.
So far, doctors have developed apps on this platform to studyParkinson's disease, blood sugar variability, asthma triggers, breast cancer recovery and cardiovascular health. But because the development platform is open source, meaning that anyone who wants to develop an app can do so, many more clinical trial apps could soon follow, said Dr. Michael McConnell, a cardiovascular medicine professor at Stanford University School of Medicine.