The Looking Glass Portrait is a cheaper holographic window to your smartphone photos and more



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Looking Glass Factory, a company that designs personal holographic displays, just launched a Kickstarter for its new Looking Glass Portrait, a smaller, more affordable take on its previous light field display. The new Looking Glass can operate as a standalone device, and in a clever move, supports portrait mode photos from smartphones like the iPhone for creating simple holograms.

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The Looking Glass Portrait displays holographic photos, videos and 3D models in a 58 degree viewing cone, which basically amounts to the experience of a 3D video or hologram, but viewable by multiple people without the need for special glasses. Holographic light field tech isn’t new, particularly in smaller sizes like a cellphone screen. Where Looking Glass Portrait differs from other displays, like Sony’s $3,000 Spatial Reality Display, is with a much lower price point of $349 (without promotional Kickstarter pricing).

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New lab-on-a-chip infection test could provide cheaper, faster portable diagnostics — ScienceDaily

The chip, developed at Imperial College London and known as TriSilix, is a ‘micro laboratory’ which performs a miniature version of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) on the spot. PCR is the gold-standard test for detecting viruses and bacteria in biological samples such as bodily fluids, faeces, or environmental samples.

Although PCR is usually performed in a laboratory, which means test results aren’t immediately available, this new lab-on-a-chip can process and present results in a matter of minutes.

The chip is made from silicon, the same material that is used to make electronic chips. Silicon itself is cheap, however, it is expensive to process into chips which requires massive, ‘extremely clean’ factories otherwise known as cleanrooms. To make the new lab-on-chip, the researchers developed a series of methods to produce the chips in a standard laboratory, cutting the costs and time they take to fabricate, potentially allowing them to be

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The home theater of your dreams is cheaper than ever with Samsung’s Cyber Week TV sales

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If, like us, you guiltily combine your work-from-home laptop time with the antics of your favorite reality stars on a big screen in the background, then there’s a good chance you’re watching your guilty pleasure on a Samsung TV. And if, on the other hand, you like to save screen time for special occasions — and want to make them even more special with the best picture — then, again, there’s a good chance you’re watching on your Samsung TV.

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And if you don’t have a Samsung TV but watch any television at all, it’s a good bet that

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The home theater of your dreams is cheaper than ever with Samsung’s Black Friday TV sales

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If, like us, you guiltily combine your work-from-home laptop time with the antics of your favorite reality stars on a big screen in the background, then there’s a good chance you’re watching your guilty pleasure on a Samsung TV. And if, on the other hand, you like to save screen time for special occasions — and want to make them even more special with the best picture — then, again, there’s a good chance you’re watching on your Samsung TV.

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And if you don’t have a Samsung TV but watch any television at all, it’s a good bet that

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FIFA seeks better tech for offside, cheaper video review

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Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski scores a goal that was disallowed for offside during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.

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FIFA is working with technology firms to develop better visuals of offside lines and improve decision making by referees, the soccer body said Tuesday.

FIFA provided an update on its innovation panel’s work to also study semi-automated offside calls that can help match officials and develop cheaper video review systems for less wealthy competition organizers.

A priority for the panel is “improvement of the visualisation of close offside incidents,” FIFA said.

The increasing use of video assistant referees has seen goals ruled out for marginal calls — including “armpit offsides” — that called into question the accuracy of on-screen graphics used to judge them.

The innovation panel has received proposals from tech providers who will be

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Scientists and students publish blueprints for a cheaper single-molecule microscope

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A team of scientists and students from the University of Sheffield has designed and built a specialist microscope, and shared the build instructions to help make this equipment available to many labs across the world.


The microscope, called the smfBox, is capable of single-molecule measurements allowing scientists to look at one molecule at a time rather than generating an average result from bulk samples and works just as well as commercially available instruments.

This single-molecule method is currently only available at a few specialist labs throughout the world due to the cost of commercially available microscopes.

Today (6 November 2020), the team has published a paper in the journal Nature Communications which provides all the build instructions and software needed to run the microscope, to help make this single-molecule method accessible to labs across the world.

The interdisciplinary team spanning the University of Sheffield’s Departments of

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Apple iPad Air 4th generation 2020 review: Pro features, cheaper price

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  • The new iPad Air feels like the premium tablet we’ve been wanting from Apple for years: a tablet with a modern design and larger screen similar to the Pro, but without the $800 minimum price tag. 
  • It’s the best iPad in Apple’s lineup for those who want a general purpose tablet for entertainment and productivity.
  • That also means there’s less that distinguishes the iPad Pro from the iPad Air, making it a harder sell.

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The tablet’s place in our daily lives has perhaps changed more than that of any other tech gadget in the last several years.

Early tablets like the first-generation iPad were positioned as being a more ideal screen for doing many of the things people had only just started doing regularly on their smartphones, like watching videos, browsing

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U.S. pitches cheaper solar tech to India amid high dependence on China

By Sudarshan Varadhan

CHENNAI (Reuters) – The United States wants India to explore manufacturing a cheaper alternative to silicon solar cells, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said on Wednesday, amid high dependence on Chinese technology.

Brouillette, who was addressing a virtual press conference at the conclusion of the India energy forum at the IHS CERA Week, said India was “perfectly positioned as a potential manufacturer” of perovskite cells, on which the U.S. was conducting research at its national laboratory in Colorado.

“We have seen recently with this pandemic, supply chain issues have arisen with countries like China and in certain cases we have become overly dependent upon one country,” Brouillette said.

India has an ambitious plan to increase its renewable energy capacity to 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022, nearly three-fifths of which will be solar power.

The energy hungry nation, which imports over 80% of its solar cells and modules

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Intel’s margins tumble as customers shift to cheaper chips, shares slide 10%

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – Intel Corp on Thursday reported that margins tumbled in the latest quarter as consumers bought cheaper laptops and pandemic-stricken businesses and governments clamped down on data center spending, news that sent its shares down 10%.

Intel, the dominant provider of processor chips for PCs and data centers, has struggled with manufacturing delays. In July, it said its next generation of chipmaking technology was six months behind schedule.

Chip sales are booming, but customers want lower-priced chips rather than Intel’s pricier high-performance offerings, dragging down overall gross margins.

The pandemic has given Intel a boost in the form or surging laptop sales as employees and students work and learn from home. Sales in its PC group were $9.8 billion, beating analyst estimates $9.09 billion, according to FactSet.

But Intel sold a higher volume of less-profitable chips in its PC business, driving operating margins down to 36%

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