Corning says its Gorilla Glass 5 will protect more smartphone displays from breaking, with tests showing that the product survives 80% of falls from about 5 feet up. Broken screens are a top complaint from smartphone users, with 85% saying their phone has fallen at least once in the past year and 55% saying they have dropped their phone three or more times, per Corning data.
Computer scientists at the University of California at San Diego have developed a process for rendering pictures of shiny surfaces on the computer up to 100 times faster. Surfaces such as water and metal often take a long time to render due to small scratches and a reflective nature that scrambles light and produces an undesirable image.
Japan-based Funai Electric, the last standing VCR manufacturer, will halt production by the end of July after 33 years in the business. Last year, Funai sold 750,000 VCRs.
Short-throw projectors can deliver big screens from a few feet or even inches away from the wall. Home theater projectors such as Sony's Life Space UX Portable, the BenQ i500 LED and LG's PF1000U Ultra Short Throw LED provide convenience and quality video without requiring the user to find space to install a big screen.
Free speech is unduly limited by rules established in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues in a lawsuit. The law could prohibit such activities as unlocking a phone to access another carrier or even repairing a car if the work involves the car's computer software.
Facebook Messenger has emerged as one of the world's top three apps with more than 1 billion users, just two years after it split from Facebook's main app. Messenger has benefited from Facebook's heavy investment, including the addition of chatbots that allow businesses to communicate with users, Yasmeen Abutaleb writes.
Ford and Nissan officials shared the unique complexities of developing autonomous vehicle technologies at a San Francisco conference. Nissan's Maarten Sierhuis discussed the challenges of building driverless cars for various cultures, which handle interactions between cars, pedestrians and bikes differently, while Ford's Colm Boran talked about the need for backup systems to take over when the primary tech component that operates a self-driving vehicle fails.
Paramount Home Media Distribution is preparing a lineup of Blu-ray titles that will feature DTS:X soundtracks, with the first four titles touting DTS Headphone:X for a special headphone-only experience. Users will need a soundbar or A/V receiver with DTS:X compatibility to get the full effect of the audio technology.
Laugh.ly will launch its public comedy streaming application Aug. 10, with the public beta version already available. The app will feature 400-plus top comics, including Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer and Louis CK, and will be offered for free with ads, or for $3.99 per month for interruption-free listening.
Audi is shifting its strategy to increase its focus on developing electric, connected and autonomous vehicles, with an ultimate goal of having 25% of its sales come from electric vehicles by 2025. The automaker said it will boost research and development expenses dedicated to new vehicle technologies to represent one-third of all such spending.
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