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Posted by admin | 3D News,Reviews | Monday 12 July 2010 15:44

Google will have its own laptop, possibly, 3D

By Alastair Stevenson | May 16, 20

Having only just revealed the Samsung Series 5 as the first machine to make use of the its new Chrome OS, Google has now confirmed that the mobile network provider Three will be its official UK running partner at launch.

Laptop computers using Google’s (GOOG.O) Chrome operating system will go on sale in June, as the world’s No. 1 Internet search engine challenges Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Apple (AAPL.O) on their home turf.

  • While computer manufacturer Acer will be producing its own “Chromebook” later this year, the Samsung Series 5 will be the first new generation “Chromebook” to run using the new cloud-based operating system.
  • As opposed to Windows’ or Apple’s operating systems the Chrome OS will run all software through the worldwide web.
  • If Google’s initial promises are to be believed, by taking this alternative approach, not only will the machine be able to squeeze every possible bit of power out of its components, it will also be protected from several of the most prolific cyber threats, including viruses and spyware.
  • Additionally, as there is no immediate OS to run up, Samsung has revealed that the forthcoming Series 5 will be able to start-up in under 10 seconds flat.
  • The 12.1-inch Series 5 is currently set to be released packing a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N570 dual-core processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of storage, 8.5 hours of battery life, two USB slots, an SD card slot and space to insert a SIM card for 3G internet access.
  • The recently confirmed deal with Three means that as well as the above, the “Chromebook” will come pre-installed with a Three SIM card generously loaded with3GD of free data — though this data sadly must be used within three months of activation or be lost.
  • After the initial three months — or before depending on how heavily the 3G connectivity is used — Google confirmed that there will be several top-up packages available for the Three SIM.
  • Interestingly neither Google nor Three have at any point used the work “exclusive” when discussing the deal, meaning that upon the Series 5’s UK launch on 24 June and Acer’s later in the year, there could well be other networks offering similar or even better deals.

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3D movie and TV technology has made huge advances over the last year, with a list of the major 3D TV manufacturers reading like a who’s who of the giants in the TV industry. Names such as Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung – plus a handful of others – will be well known to pretty much anybody that’s ever bought a TV, HIFi, DVD Player, or Hifi. All of these have advanced plans to be included in a list of the top 3D TV manufacturers for many years ahead.

Films in 3D gained popularity throughout the 1950s and 60s, but in the 1980s they started to fade away from public view. In the past few years, however, they’ve seen a resurgence thanks in no small part to an almost re-invention of the technology for the filming of the blockbuster Avatar. Once Avatar proved that the appetite for 3D wasn’t gone but only sleeping, more movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans gained release dates.

However, 3D isn’t just for the movie theater anymore. The television industry sees the newly revived medium as the next great leap in home entertainment. This makes sense because once these new 3D films make their way to DVD and Blu-Ray, many home viewers are likely to want to replicate the experience they had in movie theaters. Coming hot on the heels of the HDTV wave, five companies are planning to jump right into the 3DTV market. Clearly, they’re betting that the move to 3D will be as lucrative a transition the switch from black-and-white TVs to full color.

Panasonic is one of the 3D TV manufacturers hoping to snag a big chunk of the 3D pie. The company is the largest manufacturer of plasma TVs in the industry. They seem to have an early advantage, since adapting plasma sets to accommodate 3D has a lower cost than other manufacturing methods. Thus they’re poised to seize a large part of the 3D revolution. They’ve even got some models already up and running, in sizes up to 65 inches.

Samsung is another 3D TV maker vying for a piece of the action as well. Already they’ve announced a new line of 3D TVs coming out in 2010, and not just in plasma form, either. Samsung is also creating LED and LCD versions of their 3D TV sets, offering customers a wide selection of both products and prices. While they don’t offer quite as large a screen as Panasonic, 55 inches of 3D fun is nothing to sneeze at.Another company set to make a dent in the 3DTV market is LG Electronics. They’re also boasting the first full LED 3DTV on the market. Available in screen sizes between 47 and 55 inches.
There’s still another contender for the 3D throne, and that’s Sony Corp. In June 2010, Sony plans to roll out its own 3D TVs. They’ve already successfully integrated 3D technology into their popular “Bravia” line of televisions, with plans to add the tech to other products in the near future. Sony isn’t just after TV either. They’re tackling 3D from all sides, with plans for 3D Blu-Ray players, laptops and even a 3D-compatible Playstation 3. They’ve even brokered partnerships for 3D content from a few networks in preparation for the switch. 

Finally, there’s Toshiba, which has taken into account the fact that there just isn’t much 3D in TV broadcasting arena yet. To compensate for the lack of direct 3D content, Toshiba has created a TV that can convert 2D into 3D on the fly. Available in either 55 or 65 inches, this TV can make even the weather report an eye-popping 3D experience.

It has taken nearly 90 years for the public to warm up to 3D technology in film and television. Or, more accurately, it has taken almost a century for the technology to catch up to what audiences want from their 3D content. Now that it has, though, the world is set for an explosion of three-dimensional excitement. Onlt just over a handful of companies are betting on this next wave right now, but it’s likely that many more will join the race in the next few years.

Surprisingly as it may seem, 3D technology isn’t new. In fact, the first 3D movie first appeared as early as 1922. However, the fusion of technology and art form has come a long way from disposable cardboard glasses, red and blue lenses, and fuzzy, gimmicky images.