Apple boasts that the "Retina Display" on its new iPhone 4 packs in more pixels per inch than the human eye can identify, at 326 ppi. This new screen, from Casio and Toppan Printing, crushes it with a whopping 458 ppi. The real loser here: our suddenly inadequate-seeming eyes.
Samsung's Android-running Galaxy Tab tablet just popped up at Sprint, where (unlike at Verizon) you'll have the option to sign up for a two-year contract in exchange for a $200 price cut, down to $400.
At today's event in Cupertino, Apple took a further step towards their idea of the future of computing: They're bringing ideas, in both hardware and software, from the iOS line (iPhone and iPad) and integrating them into the Mac. Oh, and they also announced a ludicrously thin and lustworthy new MacBook Air.
The BlackBerry tablet has been rumored for almost as long as Apple's iPad, but with considerably more dread: Can BlackBerry's aging (read: ancient) OS translate to the larger screen and greater power of a tablet? The answer, it turns out, is no. Thankfully, the BlackBerry tablet, to be called the PlayBook, opts to use an entirely new operating system, and it looks surprisingly great.
Good news for anyone out there straining to read this text: Pixel Qi plans to ship its 3Qi technology in an easy-to-install DIY kit sometime toward the end of the second quarter of this year.
Pixel Qi's dual-mode 3Qi displays function as both full-color LCD monitors and e-ink-like, low-power black and white displays, giving laptops and netbooks the ability to toggle between vibrant, video-playing LCD color and an energy-efficient, eye-strain-saving e-reader mode.
MIT chemists cover the whiteboards and even windows of their with graphical diagrams of molecular bonds, but they need not rely upon dry-erase markers much longer. Their computer science colleagues have begun developing sketch-recognition for tablet computers such as Apple's iPad that can interpret stylus drawings of chemical bonds and element symbols for chemists, circuit components such as batteries or capacitors in an electrical engineering diagram, and even family trees.
The iPad, one of the most anticipated gadgets in history, is here. And the stakes, clearly, are high: to my knowledge, this is the first time Apple has referred to one of their products as "magical." Here's what it's like to play with one.
Although we believe in a strong future for print media, we're even more excited about the digital potential for magazines. That's why we're thrilled with this initial vision for a future PopSci developed by Bonnier's R&D group with design firm BERG.