Galoo Daily Trends 26.02.2013
There is a place under the sun for Firefox OS too
With another 2 billion people hooking up to the Internet in the next five years, there’s plenty of room for another mobile operating system, Mozilla Chief Executive Gary Kovacs said today in a sales pitch for his new Firefox OSFirefox OS.
Apple and Google have led the way in the smartphone market but can’t cover the whole thing, he said in a speech to thousands at the Mobile World Congress show here, though he didn’t mention the companies by name.
“I find it impossible to understand how 3, 4, 5, or 6 billion people are going to get their diverse needs satisfied by one or two or five companies, no matter how delicious those companies are,” Kovacs said. “Is the farmer in the Indian countryside going to have the same needs and requirements as a lawyer sitting in New York?” (more at: cnet.com)
MWC 2013 announcements – LG, Sony, HP and others
Sony had plenty to announce, as well, most notably the U.S. availability of an Android tablet called the Xperia Tablet Z. The company first showed off the device, which runs Google’s Android operating system and has a 10.1-inch display, last month but said Monday that it will come to the United States this spring. It measures just under 0.3 inches thick and will cost $499 for a 16 GB model. A 32 GB model will cost $699. Like other Xperia gadgets, the tablet will also be water-resistant. Sony said it can withstand being submerged up to three feet for up to half an hour. The company also announced new Cyber-shot digital cameras.
In other tablet news, HP also released a new tablet — it’s first consumer-focused slate since it discontinued the TouchPad tablet last year. HP’s TouchPad got high marks for its software, but its hardware left much to be desired. (more at: washingtonpost.com)
How much will cost Nobel prize medal on auction? We will find out soon
Sixty years after the discovery of DNA’s spiraling, ladder-like structure first hinted at the mechanism by which life copies itself, one of the Nobel Prize medals honoring this achievement is up for sale.
Three men who played crucial roles in deciphering DNA’s double helix in 1953 later received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The family of one of those men, Francis Crick, plans to sell his medal, the accompanying diploma and other items at auction with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit research institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. (more at: livescience.com)
Sony Xperia Tablet Z – thin amphibia
If you were to pick up Sony’s new 10.1-inch tablet and not look at it, you’d think you were holding a 7-inch device in your hand. It’s that light.
The Xperia Tablet Z is just 0.27 inches thick and 1.09 pounds. That’s 27% thinner and 24% lighter than Apple’s fourth-generation iPad.
Announced last month and on display for the first time at Mobile World Congress, which began Monday, the Android-powered Tablet Z packs a decent amount of punch for its size. It sports a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and a full HD resolution of 1920×1080.
But on internal components alone, the Tablet Z wouldn’t be enough to make anyone take notice. It’s by no means the fastest tablet on the market — its Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset from Qualcommis last year’s model. Its display isn’t the most pixel-dense, but it’s suitable enough for 2013. (more at: cnn.com)
Russia’s Chelyabinsk region is gripped by a kind of meteor fever, with thousands combing through fields trying to find meteorite fragments.
Near the villages of Deputatsky and Pervomaysky, an hour’s drive from Chebarkul city, whole families of meteorite hunters are hard at work.
The meteorite passed over the area before reportedly crashing into the Chebarkul lake, and the snowy fields are covered with human footprints.
The nearby home of the Belizkaya family was filled with soot from their oven after the meteorite explosion, which caused the ceiling to crack.
Initially frightened, now the family calls that day their “rebirth”, and have so far found three 1cm-wide meteorite fragments.
“We came with all the family, we do it out of interest, really, this is such a memento of that event,” says Elena Belizkaya of the hoard. “We’ll keep it at home for now, but if there’s a chance to sell it, we’ll sell some, of course!” (more at: bbc.co.uk)