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Panasonic and Sanyo Fined over $56 Million for Price Fixing

Price fixing in the technology world is nothing new, multiple companies have been fined for fixing prices for various items such as LCD screens in the past. Both Panasonic Corp. and Sanyo Co. have each agreed to pay a portion of a massive fine for price-fixing in the battery and auto part markets. Each company will pay a portion of a fine totaling $56.5 million.


Private Companies Plan to Put a Telescope on the Moon

One of the reasons that the Hubble Space Telescope is such an important tool to astronomers and scientists is because it’s outside the Earth’s atmosphere giving it a better view of the galaxy around us. A pair of private companies are set to team up in an attempt to place a telescope on the surface of the moon. The two companies are Moon Express and the International Lunar Observatory Association.


Gmail to Introduce Full Screen Compose Window

It has been a few days since Google rolled out the new Gmail tabbed interface. Many have been in the favor while many don’t like the newly introduced interface. Recently, Google announced that it will roll out a new full screen compose window for Gmail. Previously, when you compose a new email, a small popup window appears that resides in the bottom right corner of the screen. You can click on the popup button to use it as a separate window but many users prefer to work in the same tab with a full screen compose windows, as it gives them more room to write emails.

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 To Feature Exynos 5 Octa

More details about Samsung Exynos 5 Octa have emerged through DDaily -a Korean publication. The report also claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will powered by the Exynos 5 Octa rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset.


Chrome OS Beta Update

Did you know there was a Chrome OS? I didn’t, but apparently some anti-establishment people out there are choosing to forgo Windows, Mac and Linux-based operating systems in favor of Chrome OS. The operating system is currently in beta and has recently received a major update.

All you Chrome OS users out there – yes, both of you – will now get to enjoy new features like the new “immersive” full screen mode, UI scaling, and wallpaper sync. There’s also a smarter app launcher in the new update. All you Google lovers looking for the full update list will need to follow the source link to find it.

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Are Electronics taking Yoga?

No, they’re not, but electronics are starting to become quite stretchy. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that nanoparticles and elastic components can be combined to make conductors that stretch.

This means bendable displays, batteries, medical implants that move with the body instead of pressing up against it, and much more. This could actually lead to the creation of paper thin displays and multimedia magazines and newspapers you can hold in your hands!

Of course, we’re still a long ways from that.

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Samsung Buys 3 Percent Of Sharp For $112 Million

Samsung and Sharp have announced that Samsung will buy a 3.08 percent share in Sharp, the deal is reported to be worth 10.4 billion Yen, which works out at around $112 million US dollars at today’s exchange rate.


New Zealand Police to deploy 9,900 iPhones and iPads

The New Zealand Police will have a new tool to fight crime. They will be issuing their frontline officers with 6000 iPhones. 3900 of them will also receive an iPad in an outsourcing deal with Vodafone worth $159 million over ten years, including cellular charges.


Arctic Unveils Cheaper MC001-XMBC HTPC

Computer accessory maker Arctic has announced a new lower price for its MC001-XBMC HTPC set top box. The box used to be available for $459 and now sells for $229 making it roughly half the price. For your $230, you get a set top box with a dual core Intel Atom D525 processor running at 1.8 GHz.