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CyanogenMod 10 preview build now available for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus

CyanogenMod 10 preview build now available for Verizon's Galaxy Nexus

We know it didn’t take much time for the Tenth iteration of that CM greatness to reach Google’s popular Nexus 7 and Samsung’s most colossal Galaxy handset on the block, but one other Android big shot was still yet to join the “preview build” bash. The marvelous news is Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners can now also take part in the early adoption process, as CyanogenMod’s Brint Kriebel has said via Mountain View’s social network that CM10 for Big Red’s GNex is out and up for grabs. That said, he’s let it be known the goods aren’t exactly fully baked, though he has been rockin’ it as his “daily driver” for about two weeks — which, needless to say, is quite a good sign. Those interested in going a step further can hit up bekit’s Google+ page, where you’ll find the rest of the underlying details.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/29/cyanogenmod-10-preview-build-for-verizon-galaxy-nexus/

Alt-week 7.28.12: social mathematics, Pluto’s moons and humans-on-a-chip

Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.

Alt-week 7.28.12

It’s a beautiful world we live in. And, while the sweet and romantic part is debatable, strange and fantastic is not. Our universe is one populated by non-planetary celestial bodies with their own non-planetary satellites, high school social heirarchies based on predictable mathematical formulas and military-funded “gut-on-a-chips.” It’s a weird place filled with weird stories, and we just can’t get enough of it. So, what has the last seven days brought us from the fringes of science and tech? Keep reading after the break to find out. This is alt-week.

Turns out, math isn’t just something you suffer through in high school — it can actually determine your social standing. In the clique-filled world of secondary school there is a clear social hierarchy, and researchers at the University of Michigan believe they’ve found the formula that unlocks its secrets. The unfortunate truth is that social circles are filled with one-way relationships and, the more unreciprocated ties you’re the benefactor of, the higher your social standing. Not only that but, the more lower-ranked individuals claiming friendship with you increases as you advance from one grade to the next and as your number of true friendships grows. Turns out high school isn’t really all that tough to figure out after all — so long as you can pass pre-calc.

Altweek 72812 social mathematics, Pluto's moons and humansonachip

Maybe you couldn’t quite figure out that whole “people” thing in high school (there’s enough us on staff at Engadget — we understand), but perhaps you could increase your social standing by making your own friends. We’re not quite to the point where you can cause a beautiful woman to materialize Anthony Michael Hall-style, but researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard are inching us closer with some help from DARPA. The military research arm has agreed to work with the school’s scientists and provide them with up to $37 million in funding to further develop their organ-on-a-chip program. The goal is to use flexible plastic circuits to recreate all the basic functions of the human body, from digestion to breathing and everything in between. They claim that the primary goal is to provide platforms for studying diseases, toxins and medication, but we know the truth — the army wants replicants.

Not every attempt to recreate the human anatomy in synthetic form is destined to lead to our enslavement, however. Engineers at the University of Missouri are using the human eye as inspiration for what may be the printers of the future. See, your eyelids actually spread a film of oil over your eyeball which protects a thin layer of tears that allow you to keep your eye open without it drying out. Similarly, an inkjet printer’s nozzles need to be kept open to put words and images on paper, but drying out can lead to clogs and less than desirable results. By placing a tiny droplet of silicon oil in the nozzle the researchers are able to prevent the ink from crusting up. Obviously an eyelid-like shutter mechanism would be too large and complicated for something as small as a print head, so an electrical field is applied instead to keep the film spread thin.

Altweek 72812 social mathematics, Pluto's moons and humansonachip

Our eyes aren’t just good for inspiring technology, they’re also pretty good for lookin’ at stuff. Sometimes they need a little help from something like the Hubble Space Telescope, but its our peepers that ultimately spotted Pluto’s fifth moon, P5. Since being demoted from planet to dwarf planet in 2006 we’ve actually discovered two new moons orbiting the icy sun satellite. Which makes us wonder if — is Pluto trying to convince the International Astronomical Union to reverse its decision? At least it’s got entire class of space debris named after it now. Being the inspiration for the name Plutoid has to count for something, right?

Altweek 72812 social mathematics, Pluto's moons and humansonachip

Seen any other far-out articles that you’d like considered for Alt / week? Working on a project or research that’s too cool to keep to yourself? Drop us a line at alt [at] engadget [dot] com

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/28/alt-week-7-28-12/

AT&T’s Garnet Red Galaxy S III for vampires: we go hands-on

ATT's Garnet Red Galaxy S III for vampires: we go hands-on

While ATT’s been flaunting a rather patriotic red, white and blue Galaxy S III lineup since launch, the carrier’s exclusive Garnet Red handset’s been rather elusive so far, with pre-orders starting July 15 and deliveries expected July 29. If you’ve been eying Samsung’s blood red $199 flagship, you’ll be happy to know that we received our review unit yesterday and snapped a bunch of pictures, including comparison shots with the white and blue models. The phone is identical to its siblings other than the burgundy screen bezel and back cover, and the gunmetal rim running along its edge. It’s a pretty gorgeous color scheme that’s sure to attract vampires everywhere. Still unsure? Peek at our hands-on gallery below, then sound off in the comments.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/28/atandts-garnet-red-galaxy-s-iii-for-vampires-we-go-hands-on/

Sony Xperia J possibly spotted, may court entry-level fashionistas

Sony Xperia J possibly spotted, may court entrylevel fashionistas

That didn’t take long. We’ve only known about the Sony Xperia J and its reported ST26i codename for a short while, but ePrice has already given the purported starter smartphone the full photo tour. From cursory looks and specifications, the J will slot neatly between the Xperia miro and tipo at the start of the line and the small but potent Xperia U: while it’s not believed to be quite as fast or iconic as the dual-core U, the single-core, 1GHz J could still be faster than its tiniest cousins and strive for some chic with a brightly colored back wrapped around a 4-inch display. The real highlight may simply be an Xperia that ships with Android 4.0 from the get-go instead of requiring yet another upgrade merry-go-round. When the Xperia J shows is still up in the air, despite presumptions of an appearance at IFA; however, we won’t be surprised if the J appears side-by-side with the Mint when it’s officially ready for a close-up.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/27/sony-xperia-j-possibly-spotted/

CM10 preview builds out for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note: official but experimental

CM10 preview builds out for Nexus 7 and Galaxy Note: official but highly experimentalReady for the latest bout of XDA Recognized goodness? If you own a Nexus 7 or Galaxy Note (oh yeah) then you’ll find official preview builds of CyanogenMod 10 for each device at the source links below. They’ll bring some added sparkle, like an almost-buttery version of Jelly Bean on the Note and USB storage on the Nexus 7, but neither build is ready for daily dependence — so tread carefully or just consider them proof that the CM and Team Hacksung folks are almost there.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/27/cm10-nexus-7-galaxy-note/

Samsung’s Q2 2012 earnings show $5.86 billion operating profit, that’s a lot of Galaxy S IIIs

Samsung Electronics Announces Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Results

– Posts record operating profit of 6.72 trillion won on consolidated revenues of 47.6 trillion won

SEOUL–(Korea Newswire) July 27, 2012 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced revenues of 47.60 trillion Korean won on a consolidated basis for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, a 21-percent increase year-on-year.

For the quarter, the company’s consolidated operating profit reached a record 6.72 trillion won, representing a 79-percent increase year-on-year. Consolidated net profit for the April-June period was 5.19 trillion won.

In its earnings guidance disclosed on July 6, Samsung estimated second quarter consolidated revenues would reach approximately 47 trillion won with consolidated operating profit of approximately 6.7 trillion won.

Samsung posted solid sales and maintained its profit streak in the second quarter across all business segments, excluding semiconductors, amid lingering global business uncertainties. Digital Media Communications – comprising the Consumer Electronics and IT Mobile Communications business sectors – accounted for 36.57 trillion won in sales, up 37 percent year-on-year.

For Device Solutions, the results were mixed. While operating profit for the Display Panel segment registered an on-year increase, the Semiconductor Business saw profits drop by 38 percent compared with the same period last year, despite outperforming the previous quarter.

By business unit, the Mobile Communications Business was one of the leading growth drivers in the June quarter with 20.52 trillion won in revenue. With the successful launch of this year’s flagship GALAXY S III smartphone and robust GALAXY Note sales, the handset unit saw earnings jump by 75 percent from a year earlier.

The Visual Display Business also contributed to earnings gains with its diverse portfolio of TV models for both developed and emerging markets with 8.58 trillion won in revenue for the quarter.

“Despite a difficult business environment, we achieved stable profits in the second quarter through our differentiated products and competitive technology,” said Robert Yi, Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations. “As we move into the second half, continued fiscal instability in Europe and its effect on the global economy will result in the possibility of a slower-than-expected recovery and intensified market competition.”

Mr. Yi added that despite the economic uncertainties, “Samsung will enhance the competitiveness of our main businesses and reinforce our value-added, differentiated products as a means to improve earnings.”

Overall, the third quarter is expected to be marginally positive as demand for consumer electronics goods, including smartphones and tablets, remains strong and a stream of new products hit the market. Supply for display panels is also expected to increase, as TV makers prepare for the year-end holiday season.

Capex 14 Trillion Won in First Half

Capital expenditure in the first six months was 14 trillion won, with 9.7 trillion won invested in the Semiconductor Business and 2.6 trillion won in the Display Panel segment. The total capex for the first half accounted for 56 percent of the annual capex budget of 25 trillion won planned for 2012. Capex for the first quarter was 7.8 trillion won.

Mobile AP Chips Sustain Growth

Samsung’s Semiconductor segment – including the Memory and System LSI businesses – posted an operating profit of 1.11 trillion won on revenue of 8.6 trillion won for the quarter, which equates to a 6-percent year-on-year decline in sales.

Weak global demand for PC DRAM chips still weighed on Samsung’s push for a recovery, although it responded to increased orders for server and mobile DRAM and hastened migration to the 30-nanometer and below process.

The NAND market picked up on higher OEM-related demand, improving quarter-on-quarter sales, particularly in solution products such as Solid State Drives (SSDs) for notebook PCs and Embedded Multimedia Cards (eMMC), but a steepening price decline hampered stable growth.

The System LSI Business, which creates application processors (AP) and image sensors for smartphones, is forecasted to maintain profitability in the third quarter as demand for faster and higher-capacity chips used in mobile devices increases.

Samsung will also look to gain a leading edge in the mobile AP business, following the recent announcement of our acquisition of CSR’s mobile business and NanoRadio, which we expect to reinforce our already differentiated mobile AP technology.

In the third quarter, we anticipate a weaker-than-expected recovery in demand for PC DRAM due to lackluster back-to-school orders and intensifying competition.

In contrast, we expect market conditions for NAND to improve in the lead-up to the National Day and Black Friday holidays in China and the U.S., respectively. Samsung will continue to concentrate on value-added products such as server and mobile DRAM.

Display Panel Continues Improvement

The Display Panel segment recorded an operating profit of 750 billion won on revenue of 8.25 trillion won. This amounted to a 470 billion won increase in profit from the previous quarter and a 16-percent increase in sales compared to the same period last year.

Despite weaker than expected panel demand due to the economic slowdown in Europe and low seasonality, Samsung’s total TV panel shipments increased in the low 10-percent range on-year due to strong sales of high, value-added products such as panels for 3D TVs and LED TVs.

Looking ahead, demand for TV panels is expected to grow in the next quarter as TV makers prepare for the end-of-year high-demand season and the Chinese National Day holidays. The effect of an energy saving subsidy in China is also expected to stimulate demand for LED TV products.

For the IT panel sector, the continuation of weak demand for panels used in notebook PCs and monitors was offset by strong demand for tablet PC panels. Launches of new smartphone products also contributed to continued profitability in OLED panels.

In the third quarter, economic uncertainty in developed markets and the sluggish market demand for notebook PCs and monitors is expected to dampen overall demand. The expansion and diversification of the tablet PC market, however, is forecast to fuel an increase in demand for tablet PC panels and Samsung will aim to expand sales of LCD and OLED panels for smartphones.

Sales of Smart Devices Lead Gains

The IT Mobile Communications division, comprising Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, IT Solutions and Digital Imaging, registered quarterly operating profits of 4.19 trillion won for the second quarter. Revenue reached 24.04 trillion won, and the mobile unit accounted for 20.52 trillion won, a 75-percent increase year-on-year.

The highly anticipated launch of GALAXY S III and upbeat sales of GALAXY Note, along with a more competitive average selling price (ASP) than the previous quarter, have cushioned an on-quarter operating loss brought on by the seasonably weak earnings of businesses in IT Solutions and Telecommunication Systems.

Handset shipments gained quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year, driven mainly by global orders for premium smartphones.

A sales decline in Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband technology equipment and slow demand for PCs and printers in the quarter will turn around in the July-September quarter with the expansion of LTE networks in developed countries and modest revenue growth in IT products.

The smartphone market, in particular, will continue to be profitable as consumers are given a wider choice of new products at a wider range of prices while orders from emerging markets increase.

In the third quarter, Samsung expects to further strengthen its leadership in the high-end smartphone market with the sales of GALAXY S III and also in the LTE equipment business with new devices.

TV Demand Boosts Profitability

The Consumer Electronics Division – encompassing the Visual Display and Digital Appliances businesses – posted revenue of 12.15 trillion won for the second quarter, a 7-percent increase year-on-year. The operating profit of 760 billion won represented an increase of 66 percent compared with the same period last year.

Although demand for TVs remained flat year-on-year, Samsung posted improvements in both shipments and profitability. Increased sales in developed markets for the company’s premium TVs, such as the flagship ES7000 and ES8000 models, and expansion of region-specific LED TV models in emerging markets spurred a significant lift in earnings compared with the same quarter of last year.

This increase in demand saw Samsung increase its portion of LED TV sales from the mid 60-percent range to a mid 80-percent share, quarter-on-quarter.

Heading into the third quarter, although growth in developed markets may stall, Samsung aims to expand its presence in emerging markets with region-specific products and entry-level LED TVs. The company will also look to continue its leadership in Smart TVs in developed markets with continued cooperation with media and content providers.

As for Digital Appliances, sales of air conditioners rose on the back of strong seasonal demand and favorable market conditions in emerging markets. Moving into the third quarter, Samsung will focus on expanding sales of premium products and stabilizing overseas operations in the face of a possible slowdown in emerging markets and weak consumer sentiment in developed markets.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/26/samsungs-q2-2012-earnings-record-profit/