Arduino Due out

Autore: Welcome to Fudzilla


The Arduino Due in the shops with a price tag of $ 49, is bound to give a boost to the platform.

The Due, which means 2 in Italian and is pronounced “doo-eh”, replaces the 8-bit, 16MHz Uno by a 32-bit, 84MHz processor board. It also comes with two micro USB ports, one for programming and communications and one that allows the Due to act as a client or host. This means it can run a USB mouse or keyboard.

The board is powered by the Atmel SAM3X8E, an ARM Cortex-M3-based processor. This gives it a boost in ADC performance from previous models. The theoretical sampling rate has gone from the 15 ksps (kilosamples per second) of the existing boards to 1,000 ksps.

Arduino has been used to build open source scientific instruments, but with the Due getting a digital-to-analog converter and an audio library it can playback .wav files. However, the Due also runs at 3.3V which should make it a lot leaner on power than its predecessors.

Pagamenti in mobilità: accordo tra gli operatori su NFC

Autore: IlSoftware.it

La tecnologia NFC (“Near Field Communication“) fornisce connettività wireless a corto raggio (10 centimetri circa) ed è oggi sempre più integrata negli smartphone e nei cellulari di ultima generazione (tranne che nei dispositivi a marchio Apple). NFC è stata progettata, in primis, per trasformare il telefonino in un vero e proprio “borsellino elettronico”: gli smartphone dotati di chip NFC, infatti, possono essere accostati a registratori di cassa compatibili per pagare senza estrarre dal portafoglio banconote, bancomat o carte di credito.
Eric Schmidt, oggi presidente esecutivo di Google, si è sempre mostrato entusiasta rispetto alla nuova tecnologia promuovendone l’impiego e preconizzandone l’adozione su scala planetaria nel breve periodo (vedere l’articolo NFC, una tecnologia destinata ad affermarsi in breve tempo). Oltre che per i pagamenti in mobilità, NFC può essere sfruttata anche per
l’interscambio di documenti e contenuti tra diversi telefoni, semplicemente avvicinandoli, o per interagire con altri dispositivi (ad esempio, casse acustiche o riproduttori multimediali).

La novità che anche in Italia NFC sta per compiere un netto balzo in avanti. I principali operatori di telefonia mobile (Telecom Italia, Vodafone Italia, Wind, 3 Italia e Poste Mobile) si sono accordati per sviluppare una piattaforma comune che consenta di portare i pagamenti in mobilità anche agli utenti italiani. Stando a quanto dichiarato, la piattaforma sarà “aperta”, pensata espressamente per favorire la partecipazione delle banche. La collaborazione degli istituti di credito è infatti essenziale perché sono loro a rilasciare le carte di credito associabili dal cliente al suo smartphone dotato di chip NFC.

Poste Italiane sarà la prima azienda ad offrire, nel nostro Paese, la possibilità di pagare semplicemente accostando il telefono con supporto NFC ad uno speciale POS. Per importi sino a 25 euro non ci sarà bisogno neppure di digitare alcun PIN mentre per transazioni di valore superiore si dovrà sempre digitare il codice di conferma sul proprio dispositivo mobile. Per semplificare ulteriormente le cose, Poste fornirà – ai clienti che ne faranno richiesta – una carta SIM già predisposta per i pagamenti in mobilità attraverso la tecnologia NFC.

Entro la fine del prossimo anno, inoltre, sul territorio italiano dovrebbero essere installati ben 150.000 POS capaci di accettare i pagamenti effettuati dagli smartphone e i tablet NFC.

Fuori dalla partita continua a restare (per scelta) Apple che anche nell’ultima versione dell’iPhone ha preferito non integrare il supporto per la tecnologia NFC. La posizione della Mela si colloca agli antipodi rispetto a quella di Google: mentre la società fondata dal duo Page-Brin è immediatamente salita sul “treno NFC”, Apple ha spesso mostrato il suo scetticismo (Tecnologia NFC: Google avanti tutta, stop per Apple). E se, almeno inizialmente, le voci di corridoio facevano riferimento ad una possibile integrazione del chip NFC nell’iPhone 5, Apple ha presto smentito le indiscrezioni.
Se si calcola che alla fine del 2013 l’80% dei telefoni in circolazione supporteranno la tecnologia NFC, quali potranno essere le mosse future di Apple?

Samsung to stop making LCD displays for Apple

Autore: ExtremeTech

The Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. the Apple iPhone 4S

In a further sign of the decaying relationship between the two companies, Samsung has reportedly decided to end its agreement with Apple to produce LCD displays for its products at the end of the year.

The Korea Times reports that sources within Samsung say that the number of LCD panels shipped to Apple has already dropped dramatically — apparently from 15 million in the first half to an expected 4.5 million in the second half of this year, and that the Cupertino company’s supply chain management is squeezing the profitability out of the relationship.

Sources say that Samsung was passed over by Apple to provide the displays for the highly-anticipated “iPad Mini” device. Apple is also looking to take its chipmaking contracts elsewhere as well, possibly aligning with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for future chipmaking needs. That was reported by the Korea Times also earlier this month.

iPad MiniAll in all it adds up to a further separation in the businesses of the two companies, which have been intertwined since the early 2000s.

It is not clear whether Samsung has decided to end the agreement, or if this is more a case of Apple purposely squeezing the Korean electronics maker as a result of their bitter court battle. One of the ironies of this spat is that Apple has depended on Samsung to supply much of the internals of its popular devices, while Samsung has leaned on Apple to pad its bottom line.

That might be changing. Both Samsung’s handset division and Amazon are increasing their LCD display orders, which could make up for the potential losses resulting from the termination of a deal with Apple. There are also rumors that Samsung may be preparing to release a 10-inch Nexus tablet at the end of the month, featuring its own 2560×1600 LCD panel, so it might have use for those LCD displays internally.

Italy’s top court said mobiles kill you

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Too many calls and its pasta la vista baby


Italy’s supreme court has decided that there was a link between a business executive’s brain tumor and his heavy mobile phone usage. The court’s decision flies in the face of much scientific opinion, but then the Italians did burn a bloke at the stake once for saying that there was life on other planets.

Experts have warned that the Italian ruling should not be used to draw wider conclusions about the subject. In this case company director Innocenzo Marcolini developed a tumour in the left side of his head after using his mobile phone for 5-6 hours a day for 12 years. He normally held the phone in his left hand, while taking notes with his right. Marcolini developed a neurinoma affecting a cranial nerve, which was apparently not cancerous but nevertheless required surgery that badly affected his quality of life.

He tried to get cash from the Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority INAIL which rejected his application, saying there was no proof his illness had been caused by his work. A court in Brescia later ruled there was a causal link between the use of mobile and cordless telephones and tumours.

Italy’s supreme court rejected an INAIL appeal against that ruling on October 12 though its decision was only reported on Friday. It said the lower court’s decision was justified and that scientific evidence advanced in support of the claim was reliable. But it added that Marcolini’s situation had been “different from normal, non-professional use of a mobile telephone.”

Marcolini’s evidence used studies conducted between 2005-2009 by a group led by Lennart Hardell, a cancer specialist at the University Hospital in Orebro in Sweden. The court felt that the evidence was more reliable because it was not financed by the same companies that produce mobile telephones.