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Corning, the company behind the popular Gorilla Glass on most of the phone screens, will be showcasing it's latest generation of Gorilla Glass, version 3.  According to Engadget, the glass is now three times more scratch resistant than the previous generation, and 40 percent fewer scratches will be visible to the human eye.


Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013 next week, the new glass composition with durability enhancements, and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.  See below for the Press Release.


Press Release:


CORNING, N.Y. , January 3, 2013 - Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its plans for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Corning booth, #14813 Central Hall, will highlight the company's newest specialty glass solutions and their benefits for today's consumer electronics device trends.

 

Corning plans to introduce two new products at CES 2013: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, a new glass composition with durability enhancements; and Optical Cables by Corning, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables. Full product details will be included in announcements planned for Monday, Jan. 7.

 

"This year at CES, Corning will demonstrate its industry leadership in specialty glass and fiber optic technologies with the introduction of two products designed to enhance and extend the capabilities of consumers' favorite devices," said Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer, and president. "These new innovations build on the increasingly important and continually evolving role of highly engineered glass technologies in delivering improved product performance and functionality through touch capabilities, protective cover glass, and device connectivity."

 

In the Corning booth, experts will be on hand to discuss and present hourly demonstrations of the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3 as well as the connectivity and flexibility of Optical Cables by Corning. The booth will also showcase the benefits of Corning Gorilla Glass in larger format, multi-touch displays for education, entertainment and other applications.

 

Additionally, James P. Clappin, president, Corning Glass Technologies will be a panelist in the "Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Games and Video" session at 11a.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at LVCC, North Hall N255-257. He will discuss the important role of highly specialized glass in some of the latest consumer electronic technologies such as hi-res, 3D, HD video, Internet-connected TVs, conformable displays, tablets and viral apps.

 

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements


This press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), which are based on current expectations and assumptions about Corning's financial results and business operations, that involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include: the effect of global political, economic and business conditions; conditions in the financial and credit markets; currency fluctuations; tax rates; product demand and industry capacity; competition; reliance on a concentrated customer base; manufacturing efficiencies; cost reductions; availability of critical components and materials; new product commercialization; pricing fluctuations and changes in the mix of sales between premium and non-premium products; new plant start-up or restructuring costs; possible disruption in commercial activities due to terrorist activity, armed conflict, political or financial instability, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, or major health concerns; adequacy of insurance; equity company activities; acquisition and divestiture activities; the level of excess or obsolete inventory; the rate of technology change; the ability to enforce patents; product and components performance issues; retention of key personnel; stock price fluctuations; and adverse litigation or regulatory developments. These and other risk factors are detailed in Corning's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the day that they are made, and Corning undertakes no obligation to update them in light of new information or future events.

 

 

 




Android is truly making everyone nervous! Now, even China admits that they are being too dependent on android and that most of their "country's mobile operating system R&D is too Android-dependent." Furthermore, it expresses concern on how Google controls the core technology of an open source OS and even asserts that Google discriminates against Chinese developers by not releasing the codes on immediately.


For this reason, China plans to improve their technology and create their own operating system but not without Chinese officials preventing the development of Android. Since China is a major consumer market, this can be a game-changer both for Android as well as others. Furthermore, many believe that China does not like Android because it is open-source, despite commending the OS for it on record, because the government will not be able to control or censor it and consequently, earn plenty of money from it.


Source: Reuters



SugarSync, a leader in sync, online backup, and file and folder sharing, has updated their app in the Google Play (See Change Log below)


If you have no idea what Sugarsync does, SugarSync is the easiest and most advanced way to sync, share, search and access all of your files - documents, photos, videos and music. SugarSync for Android puts all of your files from across all of your computers right at your fingertips, making you more productive when you're on the go.  Check them out.


The latest version features a major re-design and comes with powerful new features.


• Matches the simple design of the SugarSync 2.0 desktop and web apps.
• Cloud search enables you to search for files across all your computer
• Sync folders from the SD card to SugarSync
• Beautiful photo gallery with larger thumbnails
• Thumbnail images for popular video file format
• Improved performance and battery life optimization


Google Play Store Link

 

 

 



Beautiful Widgets, the perfect widgets application get a facelift and is back in a brand new version!


Tons of widgets, tons of themes, just for you. Beautiful Widgets is your best friend for customizing your home screen. Make it personal, be unique & express yourself.


Beautiful Widgets was the first paid app reaching 1 million of downloads. It has been Google Editor's Choice for more than a year, and more then 3 years in the top #5 paid applications in the Android Play Store (previously Android Market).


What's in this version 5.1:

  • - New weather provider WeatherUnderground
  • - New Forecast Fragment Lifestyles
  • - New widgets for tablets
  • - New beta channel
  • - New layouts for WeatherWidgets 4x1
  • - The geolocation can be removed
  • - Add a setting to disable the weather animations
  • - Hide Home Fragment, and put Tutorial when there is no widgets
  • - New translations
  • - Physical menu button opens the Sliding menu in the Forecast Screen
  • - Fix a lot of bugs



 



Today Zappos updated its Android app to version 3.0 with many new enhancements. You can now color code and nickname your credit cards, a big plus for those of who you need shoes so quickly you couldn't possibly be expected to stop and compare card numbers.


If you have never use Zappos, Zappos.com made it possible for you to go shopping without putting your pants on! They've worked overtime to create the same awesome experience you get on their website with the added convenience of portability.


Zappos app includes express checkout, and allows you to track your order and initiate returns. It also enables you to find similar items to the ones you're browsing from every product page!


What's in this version:


  • - We added a Widget that you can use to track your order... or any UPS Tracking Number!
  • - Brand new and easier to use Checkout process.
  • - You can organize your Payment Types and Addresses using names and colors.
  • - We've reworked our login system - no more PIN to remember! This requires new permissions.
  • - All new account pages, including an updated Return process.
  • - Brand new Product pages on both 10 and 7 inch tablets.
  • - And of course... the normal assorted bug fixes and improvements.



Link: Google Play Store



Google Maps updated yesterday. In the update, we're seeing faster navigation, that also has route previews and better traffic overviews. There are improved hotel search results with sponsored rate and booking links (read: advertisements). And Google even included a "Tips and Tricks" menu that can be accessed through the slideout navigation, though it's nothing more than a redirect to a Maps support page.


Explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world with Google Maps. Available on Android phones and tablets with a simple, easy-to-use design.


- Get where you need to go quickly with voice guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation, or try public transit, biking, and walking directions
- Find the perfect spot for any occasion with local reviews from trusted friends and experts
- Tour cities with stunning, 360-degree Street View and see inside restaurants, museums and more
- Sign in to save favorite locations, get tailored recommendations, and access past searches across devices


What's new:


- Faster access to navigation, complete with route and traffic overview
- Improved hotel search results with sponsored rates and booking links
- Tips and Tricks available in the side menu
- Bug fixes


Google Play Store Link

 

 



Google Glass has received its sofware update code-name XE7, features including a boost of web browsing abilities, touch sensitivity, and oodles of sharing, in my opinion most exciting in very basic way - is the ability to browse the web.


While last month and the XE6 update improved the camera, added HDR, and slightly touched on voice controls. Today's update is much bigger while also addressing a few key limitations the wearable initially had. That being easy calling and messaging, web browsing, and full Google contact list support. We already received it today. Excellent stuff Google!


With XE4 and 5 improving battery life, XE6 fixing the camera, and now XE7 working on web browsing and voice commands it's obvious that Google is hard at work with Glass. 



Here's the full change log.

 

 


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