Samsung Challenges the iPad Mini and Nexus 7

KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 3 on Monday, a 7in tablet that it will release in May. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is the third generation of Samsung’s original Android tablet, as the firm looks to steal market share from the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. “Its compact, one-hand grip form factor ensures users can hold comfortably for hours as well as store in a pocket or small bag for reading…

"Samsung Challenges the iPad Mini and Nexus 7"

Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch tablet with decidedly mid-range specs

Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab was Android’s first iPad rival. “Rival” probably isn’t the best word, though: the iPad sold in bunches while the overpriced (US$600) Galaxy Tab collected dust. Almost three years later, a much more popular Samsung has announced the 7-inch slate’s second proper sequel: the Galaxy Tab 3. The Tab 3 takes some design cues from the Galaxy Note line, but make no mistake. This tablet is far from being a high-end piece…

"Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch tablet with decidedly mid-range specs"

An aerial view of the Bullitt Center, rooftop solar array under construction

The world of architecture figuratively doffed its cap to Earth Day on Monday with the opening of the Bullitt Center in Seattle. The Bullitt Center aims to meet the rigorous Living Building Design Challenge, which looks beyond design criteria and scrutinizes a building’s green credentials, including energy self-sufficiency, over the course of a year in use. But more significantly, its developers claim that the Bullitt Center is the greenest commercial building in the world. The…

"An aerial view of the Bullitt Center, rooftop solar array under construction"

Porsche unveils the new Panamera S E-Hybrid

Making its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, Porsche’s new Panamera S E-Hybrid stood front and center, metaphorically at least, among its Panamera siblings: a now nine-strong lineup, refreshed for 2014. The Panamera S E-Hybrid differentiates itself from its predecessor, the plain ‘ol Panamera S Hybrid, with a much-improved battery and electric motor. Performance-wise, the S E-Hybrid is no slouch, hitting 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 5.2 seconds, and nudging 167 mph…

"Porsche unveils the new Panamera S E-Hybrid"

The MacBook Wood Keyboard is compatible with all Unibody MacBook Pro models, including Retina

Apple’s MacBook Pro is a modern computing design classic, but if you find yourself tiring of its industrial looks, then the MacBook Wood Keyboard by Rawbkny may be of interest. It’s essentially a retrofit kit which modifies the look and feel of Apple’s pro-notebook using either bamboo or rosewood keys. The concept of adding an organic feel to Apple’s keyboard design brings to mind Robbie Tilton’s mossy keyboard. However, unlike Tilton’s prototype, the MacBook Wood…

"The MacBook Wood Keyboard is compatible with all Unibody MacBook Pro models, including Retina"

COMAN stays on its feet despite being pushed around by its human masters

We’ve seen robots optimized for stability before, but where, for example, Dr. Guero’s modified Kondo KHR-3HV could withstand the odd gentle prod with a finger, the Italian Institute of Technology’s COMAN is apparently made of sterner stuff, remaining vertical in the face of rather more determined jostling thanks to its sensor-equipped motorized joints.Being a sensing, autonomous machine, COMAN is a robot in the truest sense of the word. Despite its apparent state of headlessness, the…

"COMAN stays on its feet despite being pushed around by its human masters"

Microsoft is reportedly joining the party of companies developing a smartwatch

Come one, come all – step right up! Make your own smartwatch! Apple’s doing it, Samsung’s doing it, and so can you! Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that common, but it’s almost comical how many big companies are reportedly working on smartwatches. The latest Silicon Valley giant, Microsoft, knows a thing or two about being late to the party … maybe it wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again. The scoop comes from the…

"Microsoft is reportedly joining the party of companies developing a smartwatch"