Samsung Claims "Breakthrough" in Magical Material Graphene Production

Samsung's trying to bag itself a lead in the commercialisation of graphene, claiming that its Advanced Institute of Technology has done something clever with synthesising large-area graphene into a single crystal on a semiconductor. Seriously! Read More >>

You Can Wear This Fabric Wi-Fi Antenna

Forget what you know about wearable technology. The future of wireless connectivity is going to be woven into the very threads of your clothes. Read More >>

New Form of Graphene Should Finally Make Graphene Electronics Possible

For years, scientists have struggled to build graphene-based electronics that could do the same thing as silicon superconductor chips. A new breakthrough from an international team of scientists might just change all that. These geniuses just invented a new form of graphene that's ten times more conductive. Read More >>

IBM's Graphene Circuit: A Genius Reminder of How Far Graphene Has to Go

IBM's mad scientists have created a graphene-based circuit that's 10,000 times more powerful than existing alternatives. This radio receiver is so sophisticated and futuristic, in fact, that it can... send a text message to your friends. Read More >>

The World's Simplest Speaker is Silkscreened On a Piece of Paper

From afar, designer Coralie Gourguechon's work looks a little bit like macaroni art—or at least a very abstract collage. Up close, though, each piece is an extremely simplistic but entirely functional electronic device. Even this paper-cone speaker. Read More >>

Now You Don't Have to Shut off Your Electronics on European Flights

After last month's hugely celebrated decision by the United States FAA to overturn the personal electronics ban on flights, Europe's EASA has come to a similar decision. The Guardian reports that by December, passengers on European flights will no longer have to turn off their mobiles, e-readers, or laptops, though larger devices will need to be stowed during takeoff and landing. The revolution's going worldwide! Read More >>

New Material Could Cool Gadgets Even Better Than Diamonds Do (Wait, What?)

A research team from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Boston College has discovered that cubic boron arsenide, a semiconductor, has heat dissipating capabilities that meet or exceed those of diamond and graphite materials once thought to be most efficient. Since these materials don't conduct electricity under normal conditions, building them into tiny electronic devices doesn't require the circuit insulation of traditional metal heat sinks. And since even synthetic diamond is expensive and limited in supply, a cheaper high-performance heat management material is the hot ticket in device design. Read More >>

"Born to Die" Electronics Dissolve When Wet

Leading the pack is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign material scientist named John Rogers, who heads up a team of researchers working on circuit boards that dissolve when wet. The nickname for the project? Born to Die. "You don't need your cellphone to last for 25 or 50 years," he told the Associated Press this week. "You don't want to keep it that long anyway." Instead, Rogers and his team imagine devices with extremely precise use-by dates — after which they wither away like a dead plant. Read More >>

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3D Printing Graduates from Plastic Chunks to Incredible Micro-Batteries

3D printing is great for building lifeless husks out of plastic, but soon we'll be able to start printing guts as well. Scientists have figured out how to coax a fully functioning lithium-ion battery out of nothing but some paste, and those small batteries could have big applications. Read More >>

Sony's Finally Back in the Black After Five Years of Losses

The Sony we used to know and love is slowly returning. With products like the Xperia Z, awesome headphones, some seriously good TVs, and cutting out the crap, Sony's managed to drag its loss-making arse back into the black. It made its first annual profit of £280 million in five long years, but it's not all good news. Read More >>

Getting Robots To Pick Things Up Is Actually Really Hard

Our hands are a pretty major feat of evolution (opposable thumbs! dexterity!), and it's hard to artificially replicate everything they can do. Especially when it comes to super fine motor skills like picking up very flat, thin or small objects. As part of DARPA's ARM program, iRobot and collaborators at Harvard and Yale are working on versatile robot "hands" that can bear significant weight while also producing subtler gestures. Read More >>

Carphone Warehouse Adds the Whole of Best Buy Europe to Its Empire

Having set up a joint venture with Best Buy in Europe, the American retailer has recoiled back into the US, selling its half to Carphone Warehouse. Considering Best Buy didn't exactly do that well in the UK, I'm not sure it's that great a purchase, but who knows. We might get more Best Buy stores opening here again. [FT] Read More >>

How Graphene Could Transform the Gadgets of the Future

Graphene doesn't need any introduction: it's the super material to beat 'em all. But this beautiful video demonstrates how it could transform the future of the gadgets you use everyday. Read More >>

Dixons Online Is Dead

Dixons, the once famous high street electronics retailer that was swallowed up into Currys and PCWorld in DSGi's efforts to save costs, still clung on in there as an online brand for a while. Now even its online presence ceases to be, leaving the Dixons high street name gathering dust just like Woolworths and Radio Rentals before it. Read More >>

Scientists Build Incredible Supercapacitor Using... Pen Ink?

Standard pen ink is the surprise component in a flexible carbon fibre supercapacitor which can be bent in a full circle with barely any loss of performance. Read More >>

You Can Now Buy the Raspberry Pi on the UK High Street too

If this doesn't scream mainstream adoption, I don't know what does. You can now buy a Raspberry Pi starter kit from Maplin, which will set you back a pricey £70 -- you did want a keyboard, mouse, and a Wi-Fi dongle with that, right? Read More >>


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