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Look up for a breathtaking light show; WEATHER WATCH
February 01, 2015
'BREATHTAKING' IS a word often used to describe the aurora. Known as the Northern Lights or aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere, and the Southern Lights or aurora australis in the southern, these dramatic, unearthly displays of mobile coloured lights are seen most often in polar latitudes, but sometimes penetrate as far as the 40th parallel. In Europe, that is as far south as Lisbon, Mallorca and Naples; further afield it includes Beijing, north Japan and northern California.

Nexus 9 hands-on review: The iPad challenger
January 31, 2015
It teased us long enough before it finally made its way to Indian shores. The Nexus 9 is not just aiming to be the premier tablet on planet Android, but would like us to believe that it's the finest tablet out there. It lands exactly in between the iPad Mini and the iPad Air 2, with its 8.9-inch screen, and is the slightly overdue Google flagship tablet that eclipses the somewhat dated Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The HTC Nexus 9 is also the tablet that was probably designed to show off Android's latest iteration - Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop.

Leaked Nvidia driver offers taste of mobile G-Sync
January 30, 2015
Earlier this week, news surfaced of a leaked Nvidia driver that could supposedly enable G-Sync on any mobile or desktop display. The author used this driver to argue that Nvidia's GeForce was nothing but a DRM scam, and that the Altera Arria V FPGA inside the G-Sync module was nothing but a DRM mechanism designed to ensure that G-Sync was limited to Nvidia-approved monitors and video cards. Gamenab's various claims run the gamut from flatly incorrect to highly dubious, but there is a kernel of accuracy to them - specifically, the driver the website leaked does enable an early version of G-Sync support on at least one laptop. Gamenab makes a number of inflammatory accusations concerning G-Sync support. According to the site, G-Sync is "a kind of DRM component protection," CUDA "was made to force the developers to work on an Nvidia GPU," and the Altera FPGA inside the G-Sync module "does nothing else than confirm that the module is right here."

-Al-Hada Hospital extends its Barco diagnostic display fleet with Coronis Fusion 6MP LED
January 30, 2015
Kortrijk, Belgium - Enterprise visualization expert Barco announced today that the prestigious Saudi Arabian Al-Hada Military Hospital has selected its Coronis Fusion 6MP diagnostic display system, including its online MediCal QAWeb management service. As a long-term Barco customer, the hospital has been using Barco's Nio 2MP and 5MP display systems since 2006, throughout their imaging department. By adding the Coronis Fusion 6MP display systems, it helps its radiology team to make confident and faster diagnoses.

-FPD market stays buoyant
January 30, 2015
Increasing sizes of display panels for TVs and other devices are driving growing demand in the total flat-panel-display (FPD) area according to research from IHS.

Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System; Federal Register Extracts
January 30, 2015
SUMMARY: Consistent with statutory requirements and provisions, the Coast Guard is expanding the applicability of notice of arrival (NOA) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements to include more commercial vessels. This final rule amends the applicability of notice of arrival requirements to include additional vessels, sets forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOAs, and modifies related reporting content, timeframes, and procedures. This final rule also extends the applicability of AIS requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas to all U.S. navigable waters, and requires that additional commercial vessels install and use AIS, consistent with statutory requirements, and in limited cases, the Secretary's discretionary authority. These changes will improve navigation safety, enhance our ability to identify and track vessels, and heighten our overall maritime domain awareness (MDA), thus helping us address threats to maritime transportation safety and security.

Dell launches new Precision M3800 mobile workstation with 4K display
January 30, 2015
American PC manufacturer Dell has updated its M3800 mobile workstation that it launched in November 2013. The updated model doesn't just come with newer internals, but includes a few design changes and a number of new features.

Garmin unveils Approach S5 GPS golf watch
January 28, 2015
HIGHLIGHT: Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., has unveiled Approach S5 GPS golf watch.

How to Buy an HDTV
January 27, 2015
Whether you're looking for a very basic low-cost set or a feature-packed, razor-thin 4K HDTV, selecting the right television isn't easy. There are plenty of questions to answer: What type of display should you get? How big should the screen be? What about resolution, refresh rate, and other specs? What sort of extras do you need? Understanding the basics will help you make your choice (and your video) crystal clear, so here's what you should consider when shopping for your next HDTV. LED or Plasma? Probably LED, Because Plasma's Nearly Dead. Plasma TVs were the only flat-panel models available when they were first introduced more than a decade ago. But given evolution of LCD and LED TVs in the past couple of years, most manufacturers have stopped making plasma sets entirely. That means your choices will mostly consist of LED-backlit LCD HDTVs, or LED TVs, with the exception of much, muchrarer and much, much more expensive OLED displays.

Casio Signature XJ-M156
January 26, 2015
The Casio Signature XJ-M156 ($1,309.99) is a data projector that displays bright colors for a DLP-based model, thanks to its hybrid LED/laser light source, which has a very long lamp life. It has a good set of connection choices, including the ability to connect via Wi-Fi. Data-image quality is solid, suitable for typical business or classroom presentations. Design and Features The XJ-M156'slight source is rated at 3,000 lumens, and it has XGA (1,024-by-768) native resolution. It employs Casio's hybrid LED/laser light engine, which produces red light with LEDs, blue with lasers, and green by shining blue laser light on a phosphor. Its optical system directs the red, green, and blue light to the DLP chip, and out the front lens. The light source is rated at 20,000 hours, meaning that it should effectively last the lifetime of the projector.


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