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Amazon’s cloud infrastructure said to power 1% of the Internet

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Amazon’s cloud computing infrastructure has seen tremendous growth and is silently becoming a core element of the Internet. According to research from DeepField Networks, one-third of the millions of users covered by the study visited a website that uses Amazon’s infrastructure each day, WIRED reported on Wednesday. While most people still think of Amazon mainly as an Internet retailer, the company is quietly becoming “a massive utility” that is responsible for 1% of all Internet traffic in North America, according to Craig Labovitz, the co-founder of DeepField Networks. “My mother, for example, has heard of Facebook. She’s heard of Google. She buys stuff from Amazon. But I don’t think most people realize just how pervasive Amazon is becoming,” he said. “The number of websites that would now break if Amazon were to go down, and the growing pervasiveness of Amazon behind the scenes, is really quite impressive.” The company stored 762 billion objects in its S3 storage cloud last year, three times the number of objects stored 2010, and it operates several data centers on the West Coast, across Europe, and in Virginia, Singapore and Tokyo.

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Gunze’s new touchscreen tech knows who’s touching it

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
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Touchscreens can’t differentiate between you, your friend or your cat. Truth is, they’re actually amazingly simple pieces of technology without much in the way of brains. A new type of display shown off at the International Nanotechnology Exhibition & Conference in Tokyo last week does imbue the panels with at least enough smarts to tell people apart. Gunze Ltd pairs a special capacitive screen with electrodes, which a user touches with one hand while interacting with a game or app. The immediate use would be for table-top arcade games, which would differentiate between up to four different players based on what particular circuit they complete when touching the screen. We wouldn’t be shocked if a version of the tech started showing up in multi-player video poker machines and bar games relatively soon.

Gunze’s new touchscreen tech knows who’s touching it originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Japanese ‘Dream Project’ looking to kill bugs with LEDs, harvest crops with robots

Monday, January 9th, 2012
Japanese 'Dream Project' looking to kill bugs with LEDs, harvest crops with robots

No, they aren’t harvesting us just yet, but Japan is putting in place a plan that could see automated farms that feature robotic tractors for tilling earth and collecting crops while LEDs keep unwanted pests at bay. It’s part of something called the “Dream Project,” a four billion yen ($52 million) effort to reclaim some of the farmland that was affected by the March tsunami. An area in Miyagi prefecture, 200 miles north of Tokyo, has been identified and, if all goes according to plan, these machines could start roving in as little as six years. Harvesting tiberium could take a little longer.

Japanese ‘Dream Project’ looking to kill bugs with LEDs, harvest crops with robots originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola’s Android future to be revealed later today, get your liveblog here!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Promising us something faster, thinner and stronger later today, Motorola has paired up with Verizon to make some big announcements. We’re going to be smack dab in the middle of it all, chronicling every little detail on our liveblog. “Sandwiched” between Blackberry’s DevCon and another dynamic duo, we’re still intrigued as to what (or even how many) phones and tablets Moto has crammed up their capacious Google-monogrammed sleeves. Could it spoil Samsung’s party with some Ice Cream Sandwich news of its own? Who knows, but it’s going to be a hectic day for tech news. Best grab another cup of coffee, and bookmark this page to keep up.

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Motorola’s Android future to be revealed later today, get your liveblog here! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Evolta robot to take on the Ironman Triathlon, conquer the course in a week

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Panasonic’s little battery-powered bot that could, the Evolta, has garnered our attention several times over the years. It’s already climbed out of the Grand Canyon and walked 500km from Tokyo to Kyoto, but apparently neither was enough to prove it and its namesake batteries’ true mettle. This time, Panasonic’s putting three of the robots through the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, and they’ve got a week to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and run a 26.2 mile marathon. Unlike the meatbags running the race who have a day to finish, the robots get a week — though they’ll be doing their thing 24 hours a day while only taking breaks to recharge their three AA batteries. Intrigued? The race starts on October 23rd, so there’s plenty of time to watch the appropriately dramatic video explaining the challenge facing the triumvirate of tiny triathletes after the break.

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Evolta robot to take on the Ironman Triathlon, conquer the course in a week originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Sep 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Even An Orangutan Knows How To Cool Himself Off [Video]

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
This orangutan at Tokyo’s Tama Zoo sure knows how to cool himself off. Faced with an 86 degree day, the primate grabbed a wash cloth, dipped it in water and wiped himself repeatedly. More »


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Breathalyzer Watch Tells You How Sozzled You Are, and When It’s Time To Pass Out [Watches]

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sony, Subaru, and Toyota close factories in wake of earthquake, other companies check in

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Sony, Subaru, and Toyota close factories in wake of earthquake, other companies check in

Our thoughts this morning are with the folks in Japan and the other Pacific areas affected by the massive 8.9 earthquake that struck about 230 miles East of Tokyo. Reports of damage are flooding in from the country, and indeed many familiar manufacturers are checking in. Sony and Toyota have both stopped operations in their factories due to damage. Tragically, one Honda worker lost his life after a wall collapsed, while several Panasonic workers are said to have suffered minor injuries. We’re still watching with concern to see what other impacts the resultant tsunamis could have, but for now we’ll keep hoping for the best.

Sony, Subaru, and Toyota close factories in wake of earthquake, other companies check in originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony’s official NGP announcement video hits the web

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Sure, you followed along with our Tokyo liveblog and breathless posts announcing Sony’s Next Generation Portable (codename: NGP, get it?) successor to the PSP. But nothing’s quite like viewing a video recorded 48-hours after the event to give you a true feel for the historic event… historic to nerds like us anyway. The power is now in your hands — use it wisely to watch a thrilling three-part trilogy after the break.

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Sony’s official NGP announcement video hits the web originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Jan 2011 09:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony about to issue PS3 update with ‘minor,’ mysterious security patch

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Sony just mentioned on its official PlayStation blog that the PS3 is about to get a “minor” update, v3.56. With Sony about to host a press event in Tokyo, it would be nice if we were getting some new functionality for our update timeout, but apparently all it adds is a security patch (just like 3.55), and for some reason we get the impression that this “security patch” is less about defense against baddies and more about trying to shore up the PS3 jailbreak that’s currently running rampant. Of course, there are some serious security concerns when it comes to jailbroken PS3s, like the fact that they allow some serious cheating in select multiplayer games, so a truly competent, non-user-hostile security patch wouldn’t be all bad. We guess we’ll see what we get when the update lands, presumably later today.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Sony about to issue PS3 update with ‘minor,’ mysterious security patch originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Japanese Toilets Have Crazy Video Games to Play While Peeing [Toilets]

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011