Increasingly, TV is being augmented by entertainment pulled from the Internet and other media sources. Internet Media Tablets from Archos let consumers explore and navigate the Internet, then switch to TV or other media, displaying all video on a high-resolution 5-inch screen. The tablets have 60 to 250 Gbytes of memory and both Wi-Fi and 3.5G-ready cellular links. The Archos 5 and its larger Archos 7 both employ Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 processor. This chip includes a 600 MHz superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 processor and TI's video digital signal processor. Battery life ranges up to seven hours for video and 22 hours for audio playback.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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