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Galaxy Note Edge is a real phone that looks like a concept.
When I first saw this I thought it was another concept design photoshopped by some fan, but nope, this is a real phone coming soon to stores.
The Galaxy Note Edge was unveiled today alongside a new, regular Galaxy Note device by Samsung. The ‘Edge Panel’ is said to offer functions that many of the phone’s stock apps will take advantage of, although it’s not clear if regular apps will also wrap around the edges or simply display in on the front of the screen.
I can see it getting pretty annoying pretty fast having your fingers accidentally performing actions while just trying to hold the phone, plus it seems like just another part of the phone to damage if the phone is dropped or scratched, although it does look pretty futuristic.
Edit: The display only wraps around one edge of the phone.

Galaxy Note Edge is a real phone that looks like a concept.

When I first saw this I thought it was another concept design photoshopped by some fan, but nope, this is a real phone coming soon to stores.

The Galaxy Note Edge was unveiled today alongside a new, regular Galaxy Note device by Samsung. The ‘Edge Panel’ is said to offer functions that many of the phone’s stock apps will take advantage of, although it’s not clear if regular apps will also wrap around the edges or simply display in on the front of the screen.

I can see it getting pretty annoying pretty fast having your fingers accidentally performing actions while just trying to hold the phone, plus it seems like just another part of the phone to damage if the phone is dropped or scratched, although it does look pretty futuristic.

Edit: The display only wraps around one edge of the phone.

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uBeam allows wireless charging, at a distance.

2% of developers take 54% of app revenue

A survey of 10,000 developers by Developer Economics shows that two percent of app developers take in over $100,000 per month.

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The data also shows nine percent of developers getting $10,000-$100,000 per month, and 88% of developers on under $10,000 per month.

The study chose a ‘poverty line’ for developers of less than $500 per month - a figure which means their app is unsustainable as a business. A huge 50 percent of iOS developers and 47 percent of Android developers are below that line.

Most games — 57 percent of them — make less than $500/month.

To solve that revenue problem, many game developers release more than one app. In fact, the majority of those making over $100,000/month have published a minimum of 11 games in an effort to give themselves more chances at the app store lottery.

Real the full story at Venturebeat.

Prototype Robot With Smartphone to Test 3-D Mapping, Navigation Inside Space Station
The next launch to the International Space Station will carry this prototype free-flying space robot equipped with a smartphone, known as Smart SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites).
NASA has been testing SPHERES on the space station since 2011. This summer, astronauts will upgrade these existing space robots to use Google’s “Project Tango” smartphone, which features a custom 3-D sensor and multiple cameras. NASA will then use the Smart SPHERES to test free-flying 3-D mapping and navigation inside the space station. NASA is developing the Smart SPHERES to perform work on the space station that requires mobile sensing, such as environmental surveys to monitor levels of radiation, lighting and air quality. They also will be used to monitor inventory and conduct experiments. The development and testing of Smart SPHERES is funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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Prototype Robot With Smartphone to Test 3-D Mapping, Navigation Inside Space Station

The next launch to the International Space Station will carry this prototype free-flying space robot equipped with a smartphone, known as Smart SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites).

NASA has been testing SPHERES on the space station since 2011. This summer, astronauts will upgrade these existing space robots to use Google’s “Project Tango” smartphone, which features a custom 3-D sensor and multiple cameras. NASA will then use the Smart SPHERES to test free-flying 3-D mapping and navigation inside the space station. NASA is developing the Smart SPHERES to perform work on the space station that requires mobile sensing, such as environmental surveys to monitor levels of radiation, lighting and air quality. They also will be used to monitor inventory and conduct experiments. The development and testing of Smart SPHERES is funded by the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Video: The PowerUp Drone.

PowerUp is a small plastic propellor and rudder which connects to a phone via bluetooth. When attached to a paper aeroplane it can become a remote controlled drone.

The makers of the device say the next generation version will have a magnetometer, accelerometer and gyrometer, and they are working on a dogfight mode that lets one pilot “shoot down” another plane by sending a signal to stop its engine.

Concept design: LG flutter phone

Concept design: LG flutter phone

Dual screen YotaPhone2 unveiled

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While the first generation of the twin-screen device has only recently launched outside of Russia, the second generation of the device has been shown at MWC, and it looks waaay more slick.

Magic keyboard appears from flat touchscreens.

The Tactus system allows raised buttons or shapes to appear from a flat touch screen when required, helping users navigate keyboards, gaming controls, or other UI features.

Tactus has created a thin layer that can replace the Gorilla Glass on top of the touch sensor and display layers of a smartphone or tablet. The surface of that layer is a semi-elastic polymer under which there are little channels filled with a special transparent micro-fluid. To make buttons appear (for a keyboard, a game controller, whatever), you can increase the fluid pressure in a certain area. The added fluid physically stretches and raises the polymer surface.

Presto! Real buttons on your previously flat screen.

Check out this demo video for more.