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It's called "Photonic Ink" or P-Ink, and it's pretty freakin' cool. You may have heard of E-Ink by now, in which microscopic balls flip and turn in order to show dark or light sides, allowing for a high-resolution monochromic display that looks and reads like a newspaper. But P-Ink takes this to another level. Just like E-Ink it can be flexible, low-power, ultra high-res, and it doesn't need a backlight. But P-Ink goes further, allowing vibrant colors as well.

The new displays, pioneered by a new firm called Nemoptic, use nematic liquid crystals which can be twisted to form any color in the visible spectrum. Each tiny crystal is individually controlled allowing, the display to form bright, vibrany high resolution images. It's like going from E-Newspaper to E-Magazines.

The displays consume far less power than traditional displays, yet can be easily viewed in the sun. The high resolution makes them a far better replacement for traditional paper displays, as they're much easier on the levitra vs cialis eyes, while being infinitely reusable.

For now we're going to viagra next day have to settle for drab monochrome readers, but it's good to see better things are on the way.

Via Technology Review

reCAPTCHA: Thwarting Spammers - Digitizing Books!

CAPTCHA images are wonderful. I mean, well, not exactly. I guess, the simple fact that they make spam less horrible is what makes them so great. In a perfect world...there'd be no need. But it's done us a great service. But we shouldn't forget the disservice of the spammers. Every day people across the world spend 150,000 hours typing in CAPTCHA codes. In watts of computer time, that's around 9 megawatt hours a day. Not an insignificant amount!

Which is why Luis von Ahn, who pioneered the use of CAPTCHA with Yahoo!, has created a system to put those CAPTCHA codes to good use. Instead of just a random string of characters, von Ahn has created a system that pulls unreadable words from book digitization projects and uses them for CAPTCHA.

About 8% of words scanned from old books can't be directly digitized by optical character recognition software. So these words have to be filled in manually, an extremely time consuming process. But using von Ahn's new system the words difficult-to-read words get filled in by enterprising commenters and bulliten board posters.

Already the project, called "reCAPTCHA" has digitized over 2 million unrecognizable words through CAPTCHA inputs. Check out for more information. It's a brilliant idea...thwarting spammers while aiding the woman and viagra infinitely admirable act of digitizing old books. Fantastic!

Via Technology Review

AT&T Fesses Up to iPhone Billing Mistakes

Remember eight hours ago when I went on a little rant about how evil AT&T is, and how their foolish 50-page-long iPhone bills were bound to kill tens of thousands of trees? Well, Muhammad Saleem, who did the original calculations of very good site levitra prescription the wasted paper's arboreal impacts, received a note from an AT&T employee discussing the ways in which AT&T is attempting to mend their mistake.

Now this isn't a high-up employee or anything, but they work at a call center, and so they know when policy changes take place. According to next day pharmacy the employee AT&T is switching to a "summary billing" system, where the bills are a normal one or two pages, but extra details are available online. New users will have to pay an extra two dollars to receive the full novella-length bill in their mail box.

Employees of the call center are asked to push paperless billing. However, this still isn't the default state, nor is it cheaper than receiving hardcopy bills. I don't understand this. Just make it default paperless already!

I guess we'll have to wait a few more years for that...though the time sure seems right to me. Anyhow, the anonymous employee finishes the only today lowest priced cialis email to Muhammad by saying that AT&T either "just wants to make an extra buck, or really does care about trees and is cheap viagra on line just trying to sway customers away from viewing their bill on paper, I like to think that they are doing the latter. Though, it’s probably the former. ATT doesn’t have the greatest scruples in the world."

Sounds about right to me.

Via Muhammad Saleem

AT&T's iPhone Bills: 70,000 Trees Per Year

OK...maybe this picture is a bit of an exaggeration, but there is something strange going on order cialis on-line with the way AT&T is billing for the iPhone. If the resources necessary to create this beautiful new device weren't bad enough, AT&T has been providing an itemized list of every single data transfer made by users with every bill. The result is that the bills are, on average, about 50 pages long.

Muhammad Saleem has done some quick calculations and discovered that as many as 70,000 trees will have to be harvested to create the paper necessary for all these bills. Then add in the amount of energy necessary to ship these massive documents all around the i recommend generic levitra in india country and you might start to question AT&T's environmental conscience.

Of course, this isn't different from the policies of other smart-phone providers, and it is important to note that AT&T offers a paperless online billing system for folks who sign up. But, this system needs change now.

Obviously all iPhone users have access to online billing. Maybe it's time that paperless becomes default, and you have to sign up for paper bills. Frankly, if there's a demographic that won't mind default online billing, it's iPhone users. Do it now AT&T, or expect more graphics like the one above.

Via Muhammad Saleem and Gizmodo


Electronic Newspaper Vending

Converting all of the world's newspapers to paperless publishing is an excellent idea. We like it, for a lot of cialis 100mg reasons. We're not old-fashioned, we don't like ink on our fingers, we want instantly searchable, zoomable, shareable newspapers that don't kill trees.

But what are we going to do with all those newspaper boxes!  Well, somebody has answered that question as well. Just take a look at the video, and see. Just slap a 17 inch LCD in there with a cellular internet connection and bam, you've got yourself an instant advertisement for your newspaper.

Plus, it's one wireless upload and credit-card transaction away from a pay-based system for digital papers. But we'll have to wait and see on that one.

Via Engadget
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