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Goodbye Infinite SMS, Mitsubishi 3D Touch Panel Prototype, Apple Orders 10-Inch Touchscreens, Lithium Breakthrough Could Charge Batteries In 10 Seconds

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iPhone and iPod Touch users can now say goodbye to the Infinite SMS app. Before today, iPhone / iPod Touch users were able to send free texts via a 3rd-party application using Google Talk, but Google has now shut it down because it is "unwilling to foot the bill." This means that they simply don't feel like paying the bill for you. The SMS service is still available in Labs, but "users of the popular Infinite SMS app will undoubtedly be disappointed."

Mitsubishi showed off their 3D touch panel prototype last week. The prototype that was shown consisted of a 5.7-inch touchscreen with a 640 x 480 resolution. "The panel is also capable of judging the speed of the finger's approach by calculating the time variation of capacity on the z-axis and so could trigger different actions based on velocity, not just position." Man, technology really has come a long way. You don't even have to touch the screen to perform an action. Now, this technology is not exactly the newest thing, but it's good to see that Mitsubishi has a working prototype that is aimed at mobile devices. "The screen's response speed is also affected depending on the state, jumping to 50ms in the proximity state ["when the finger is away from the screen"] but sitting at 10ms in the contact state." This is interesting and i'm excited to see what transpires from these 3D touch panel prototypes from Mitsubishi.

According to a new rumour, Apple has reportedly ordered 10-inch touchscreens from Taiwan. Looks like these Apple netbook rumours may be true and i actually can't wait to see Apple's attempts at a netbook / tablet.

Basically, new breakthrough research states that a new Lithium breakthrough could charge batteries in just 10 seconds. If you want to read the whole story click here, it really goes in depth about the research and how it is possible. Who knows how long it will take for the technology to be perfected and to be actually used in our everyday lives, but i guess it's mighty expensive right now. It will be incredible if this ever becomes a reality in our everyday lives in the next couple of months / years.

Goodbye Infinite SMS (and picture): http://i.gizmodo.com/5168080/google-shuts-down-infinite-sms-for-gmail-iphone
Mitsubishi 3D Touch Panel Prototype (and picture): http://www.electronista.com/articles/09/03/11/mitsubishi.3d.touch.panel/
Apple Orders 10-Inch Touchscreens: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/09/03/11/apple_orders_10_inch_touchscreens_for_mystery_product.html
Lithium Breakthrough Could Recharge Batteries In 10 Seconds: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/03/lithium-breakthrough-could-charge-batteries-in-10-seconds.ars


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