DARPA Equips Jets With Lasers, Are Sharks Next?Forget about missiles fired from a fighter jet towards the enemy in a dogfight, and neither do you need to worry about bullets. DARPA, the research arm of the US military, is currently working on two systems, the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS), and Aero-Adaptive/Aero-Optic Beam Control (ABC). HELLADS, as seen above, will bring back memories of the USS Enterprise firing away its pulse cannons and phasers, but in real life, this is a 150-kilowatt system which is said to be ten times smaller and lighter compared to existing systems, and is suitable for use both on the ground and in the air. This laser tips the scales at under five kilos per kilowatt and can cram into a total space of three cubic meters, so while fighter jets with lasers sound frightening enough, how about equipping them on sharks? Now that’d be a real nightmare.

It would be nice to see how the tracking systems work to trace down different targets within range of the lasers mounted on a fighter jet, and traditional countermeasures such as flares will not work with lasers once it has locked on to the target, since lasers would theoretically move at the speed of light – correct me on that as physics is not my strong suit, but I believe it would be faster than your average missile.

Denso Wireless Smartphone Charger For VehiclesDenso Corp. of Japan is proud to announce that they believe they are first out of the blocks when it comes to the inaugural wireless smartphone charger designed for use in a vehicle worldwide. This charger is tipped for a rollout this coming spring, and will be available for those who have set their eyes and hearts on the “Toyota Avalon Limited” which will be sold to folks living in North America. At the moment, if you want to charge your exhausted smartphone’s battery when driving, you will need to hook up a charger and the smartphone via a cable, but with the new charger from Denso, all you need to do is place your device on the charging pad, and drive away cheerfully.

This wireless charging pad will play nice with smartphones that are compatible with the “Qi” wireless charging standard, but fret not if your smartphone fails to fall under such a criteria, as there is always a Qi-compatible cover to remedy that situation. Now, you just got to make sure that your smartphone does not go flying all over the place on the wireless charging pad especially if you tend to tackle those corners at high speeds.

Ouya Controller RevampedGood news, gamers! If you thought that companies rarely listen to their customers, things have definitely changed for the better with the advent of more awareness among the customers, and word of mouth via the Internet has proven itself to be a venerable tour de force, too. Those who figured out that the Ouya console’s controller did not seem as though it will be up to snuff when released will be pleased to hear that the hardware design team at Ouya have taken your suggestions into consideration, slept over it, and surprise, surprise, did something about it.

Basically, the Ouya controller has been tweaked according to the whims and fancies of gamers. After all, don’t you think that gamers know best, considering that they are the ones who will be spending hours upon hours in the living room with the Ouya video game console buzzing away, while their palms and fingers will pummel away the buttons on the Ouya controller?

RAmos W42 Tablet Has Exynos 442 ProcessorAnother day, another tablet this the news at the very minimum, and this time around, it would be the RAmos W42 that hails from China. Well, this will be an Android-powered tablet that will join the many hundreds out there, but what makes the RAmos W42 different from the rest would be its screen size that offers an alternative purchase at 9.4”.

You will find that the RAmos W42 will run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (no Project Butter here I guess), accompanied by a Mali-400 GPU and a Samsung-made quad-core processor, namely the Exynos 4412. The IPS display will carry a resolution count of 1,280 x 800 pixels, and 1GB RAM as well as 16GB of internal memory which can be further expanded via a microSD memory card slot completes the list of features. Oh yeah, how could we forget – two cameras grace the RAmos W42, with one at the back and another in front. It looks set to retail under the $200 mark, which should make it mighty attractive.

Lenovo And RIM To Strike A Deal?RIM (Research in Motion) did seem to be dragging its feet through the doldrums in recent years, especially when their market share was steadily chipped away by the modern day interpretation of the smartphone – full touchscreen and all, but things do seem to be looking up with the impending release of the BlackBerry 10 operating system that is set to happen at the end of this month, along with its fair share of hardware to go along with the software, of course. Well, CEO Thorsten Heins might have given away more than he wanted by dropping hints that RIM could consider selling off its hardware division, or perhaps to license its BlackBerry OS to third parties.

According to Bloomberg, Lenovo’s Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai mentioned in an interview, “We are looking at all opportunities — RIM and many others…We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders.”

Do you think that RIM’s synergy with Lenovo would be able to produce some revolutionary devices down the road? The possibilities are always endless, as it really depends on the creative team behind it.

Who would have thought that science could mimic nature to such an exact point? The video above depicts an artificial photosynthesis system that is said to share a similar efficiency level as that of plants when it comes to reducing the amount of CO2 levels. This is made possible thanks to a group of boffins over at Panasonic, whose Artificial Photosynthesis System produces organic materials with a world-leading efficiency of 0.2%, which is on par with that found in real plants used in biomass energy.

Just what does artificial photosynthesis do? This technology will rely on natural sunlight to produce oxygen and organic substances from water and carbon dioxide, in the same way that plants do, except that you need not water or put fertilizer for your plants, and I don’t think you will suffer from issues like your cat or dog chewing on the plants or digging them out. This could very well be a future forward technology that could solve global warming and energy issues, but let us not get too far ahead of ourselves first, no? [Press Release]

Over 100 Epson Printer Models Now Support Apple AirPrintApple’s AirPrint is now supported by more than 100 Epson printer models, and if you love being exact, we are talking about 105 printers from Epson in total. Just what is AirPrint all about? Well, AirPrint basically makes it a snap to print emails, photos, web pages, and documents straight from the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, all without the need to hook up software, drivers or cables. This would be Epson’s effort in making mobile printing a whole lot more convenient and productive for the masses. .

Ian Cameron, general manager, Global Web & Communications, Seiko Epson Corporation, said, “Epson’s widespread support of AirPrint demonstrates our global leadership and commitment to providing customers with easy printing solutions that meet their evolving mobile business and personal lifestyle. We recognized some time ago that mobile printing wasn’t just a novel idea, it was a necessary requirement for both sharing memories and mobile productivity in a rapidly changing digital marketplace. As iPhone and iPad momentum continues to grow, Epson will continue to lead the development of various innovative mobile digital imaging solutions.”

It is also rather interesting to note that this would mean Epson has expanded their range of AirPrint-enabled printers by over 80% compared to the figure compiled in 2012.

JJ Abrams Is Star Wars 7 DirectorHas the news of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm sunk in yet after all these months? Well, we do know that Star Wars 7 has been speculated to arrive sometime in 2015, and word has it that JJ Abrams will be the director. The House of Mouse will most probably see plenty of box office receipts coming their way, despite the fact that JJ Abrams himself did stress his commitment to Star Trek recently, but I guess things do change from time to time, including feelings, no?

JJ Abrams mentioned in the past, “There were the very early conversations and I quickly said that because of my loyalty to Star Trek, and also just being a fan [of Star Wars], I wouldn’t even want to be involved in the next version of those things. I declined any involvement very early on. I’d rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them.”

Well, we hope that Toy Story 3 screenwriter Michael Arndt would do a good job with Star Wars Episode 7, and perhaps with Mickey Mouse being the new Emperor of the galaxy, we might see the Sith team up with the Borg, as Vader and his cohorts beam down onto the Enterprise which has crash landed on Coruscant. Ouch, my head.

Red Nokia Lumia 822 Offers Valentine’s Day Gift OptionsIf you are a Forever Alone dude, then February 14th would most probably pass by you without anything significant
happening. I mean, you need not worry about what kind of gift to purchase for your other half, and neither do you need to stress yourself out with the different kinds of bookings that you need to make for shows, dinner, and perhaps even a hotel room to romance your other half all the way through to the morning. Hey, if you’re cold at night, just turn up the heat or use a hot water bottle, no?

As for the rest of the world who are attached or married, Valentine’s Day could be very stressful, as you have run out of gift ideas after celebrating your 50th anniversary in 2012. Hey, maybe it is time to ditch the traditional flowers and chocolates (although those tend to be classics), and settle for the Nokia Lumia 822. This time around, the Lumia 822 from Verizon will come in a flashy red color, instead of its boring white, black, and grey shades. It is now available for free from Verizon with a two-year contract, now how about that for a steal?

It was yesterday where we reported that the Samsung Ativ Odyssey will be arriving at Verizon today, and true to their word, the mobile carrier has made available the Samsung Ativ Odyssey to the masses, offering yet another affordable Windows Phone 8 option to pick from. This is not the first, and neither is it the second, but rather, is the third Windows Phone 8 model within the company’s 4G LTE range, where it will cost an extremely affordable $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and agreeing to a new two-year contract.

Just to refresh your memory, the Samsung Ativ Odyssey will come with a 4-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED display (which is a departure from all the Full HD 5” displays we’ve been hearing about lately on the Android front), a 5-megapixel camera at the back with full 1080p recording and playback capability, a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, running on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with a 2100mAh battery in tow. Is the Samsung Ativ Odyssey from Verizon Wireless your Windows Phone 8 device of your choice, or do you prefer something else that has more firepower underneath the hood, such as the offerings from Nokia and their flagship, the Lumia 920?