Samsung’s Stripe battery bends like a piece of fiber

Samsung SDI was both a sponsor and attendee at the InterBattery 2015 exhibition in Seoul, Korea last week. And it turned up with two new battery products that could revolutionize wearables in terms of just how long they can function without needing a charge.The new batteries are called Stripe and Band. Stripe is the more flexible of the two, acting just like a piece of fiber. At only 0.3mm thick the Stripe can be flexed in many different ways, with Samsung suggesting it can be used as a necklace, hair band, or some form of accessory hanging from your clothing for on-demand power. Although light on specifics, Samsung claims a Stripe battery has a much higher energy density than anything else comparable on the market today.
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Amazon Sales Top Estimates on Prime Day Event, Cloud-Computing Inc.’s stock soared after third-quarter sales topped analysts’ estimates thanks to the company’s fast-growing cloud-computing division, a boost from its July Prime Day promotion and a watchful eye on spending.

A surprise profit of $79 million, or 17 cents a share, spurred shares as much as 13 percent higher in extended trading on Thursday, catapulting Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos into the spot as the third-richest person in America. The earnings compared with a loss of $437 million, or 95 cents, a year earlier, signaling an abrupt change from the tumble Amazon took after poor sales of its Fire smartphone.

“Jeff Bezos whiffed with the Fire phone last year and he realized he has to keep Wall Street happy because he pays people with stock,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc. “The upside here is coming from less spending on stupid products like the Fire phone.”

While investors rejoiced that revenue rose faster in the quarter than expenses, Amazon emphasized it will continue to make devices that people can use to watch videos, read e-books and shop online. Bezos trumpeted the 7-inch Fire tablet for the holiday season.


“For the first time, we’re recommending you bring home a six-pack for the whole family,” he said in a statement. “At a price of $50 for one or $250 for a six-pack, Fire sets a new bar for what customers should expect from a low-cost tablet.”

Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said the company would manufacturer “millions more” Fire tablets than initially planned.

Investors have regained confidence in Amazon as the world’s biggest Internet commerce company expanded its core business and the cloud-computing unit without spending a lot to develop new gadgets. The Seattle-based company’s shares have gained 82 percent this year.

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Smartwatches aren’t what we expected, and that’s okay

Let’s face it, smartwatches aren’t what we expected them to be. Dreams of a world managed from your wrist — control over your budding smart home, curated notifications to cut down on the noise, and excellent health-tracking features — have been replaced by the reality of an inconsistent drip of half-baked apps, a constantly vibrating wrist, and a glorified FitBit for double or triple the cost.
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Domino’s crowdsourced the ultimate pizza delivery vehicle

Domino’s new delivery vehicle might look like a run-of-the-mill subcompact. The reality, however, is very different. This is, they say, the ultimate delivery vehicle, and in the time it took to create it, Domino’s delivered millions of pizzas.This is the Domino’s DXP, and it took more than five years to go from a concept to a reality. The DXP is the result of a collaborative design competition set up by Domino’s and Local Motors, who have been pushing the envelope with their open source and 3D-printed designs. The goal was to create a vehicle with a price tag under $20,000. The DXP had to be fuel-efficient and safe, and it had to be so perfectly suited to the task of delivering pizzas that franchise owners would choose it over anything else on the market. A stock Spark interior wasn’t going to cut it, and the exterior would need plenty of tweaks, too.Dozens of designers and engineers submitted their ideas, which included everything from a textured cargo area that provided extra grip to keep pizzas from sliding around to an integrated rail system that made it easy to load big orders.
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AMD’s Excavator CPU, DDR4 memory debut in embedded markets

When AMD, Intel, or Nvidia launch new hardware, they almost always focus on the high-end of the consumer market. Low-end parts and server/workstation solutions typically follow at later dates. This time around, however, AMD is shaking things up and introducing support for DDR4 in a new embedded SoC, codenamed Merlin Falcon. The new chip leverages the Excavator CPU and the same basic silicon as AMD’s Carrizo, but with additional validation and testing for the embedded market, including support for its L2 cache and RAM.
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Should you upgrade to a wireless Xbox One controller on your gaming PC?

Nearly two years after the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has finally gotten around to releasing a USB dongle that allows for its controller to be used wirelessly with Windows PCs. So, is it finally time to step up to an Xbox One controller, or should you stick with what you have?

While some outlets apparently started selling this $25 USB stick earlier this week, both Amazon and GameStop have the anticipated release date listed as October 27th. Regardless of the logistics, this long-awaited wireless adaptor is good news for PC gamers who are tired of being tethered to their towers with a USB cable.
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