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.

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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.

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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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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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Spotify Web Player Beta App Launches In The UK

Spotify has today released an early version of its new Spotify web player browser app in a beta format throughout the UK.

Allowing UK residents to put the new Spotify web player browser app through its paces before Spotify officially releases the fully finished Spotify browser app later this year.

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 Games Will Be Available To Download

Sony’s president of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has been confirming a lot of details about the new PlayStation 4. Details like the fact that existing PSN games can’t be transferred to the PS4, PS3 controllers won’t be compatible with the new console, and that the machine will function offline. Now we learn more.

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LG Optimus L3 II, L5 II And L7 II Leaked

LG will be announcing a number of new devices at Mobile World Congress later this month, they have been teasing a new series of smartphones, but we are also expecting to see some next generation models of existing devices.

It would appear that LG will be releasing new versions of their Optimus L series devices as details have been leaked on the new LG Optimus L3 II, the Optimus L5 II and the Optimus L7 II.

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Acer Liquid C1 Smartphone Launched In Asia

Last year Acer hinted that they would be launching a smartphone that will be powered by Intel’s processors. Now we have news that Intel has partnered with Acer to launch a smartphone called the Liquid C1 in Bangkok, Thailand. The smartphone is powered by Intel’s Lexington-based Atom Z240 processor and will retail for 9,990 baht or about $335.27.

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