Raspberry Pi Foundation Asked to Install Malware

Earlier this week the Rpi foundation were approached by a lady called Linda. Linda asked the team if they would ever so kindly distribute an exe file alongside their Linux operating system, Raspian. The e-mail they were sent asks if the foundation would perform the miracle of running an exe on a Linux operating system in return for a sum of money based on a Price Per Installation scheme (PPI).

It’s amazingly surprising the sheer cheek that this company has, as they’re asking one of the world’s most know organizations to cheat its customers. Why on earth would this company think they would go along with it? I don’t know. However, I can safely say that the foundation has not accepted this fantastic offer. The Raspberry Pi foundation is now a huge corporation with over 5 million Pi boards having been sold since the release of the original Pi. The use of an open source operating system has also done them wonders. There are thousands upon thousands of scripts and programs for the Pi available to the public.

Pi Facts: The name “Raspberry” originates from the fruit-based naming tradition for microcomputers in old days. “Pi” refers to “Python” because Python was one of the first programs ported to run on Raspberry Pi. Hence the rather unusual name.

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New Flexible Displays Unveiled by Nokia

It appears that Nokia has unveiled its new folding display technology at the Society for Information Display 2014 conference, having on display two types of high-resolution OLED folding displays.

Though the technology is at its early stages, Nokia cloud be hinting at potential new handsets featuring the flexible displays in the near future. Other manufacturers, such as LG and its Flex handset, have also entered the market with such handsets bearing flexible displays, therefore Nokia might be heading on the right path with these new displays.

The first display is said to have the ability to be folded twice, having Nokia calling it a ‘book type’ display, while the second display has the ability to be folded three times. Both screen are said to measure in at 5.9-inches, having a pixel per inch count of 249 and bearing a resolution of 1280 x 720.

Although the display can be folded, that does not mean it can be folded indefinitely. Nokia has stated that the maximum folds before the display breaks is currently set at 100,000 folds. In addition, the displays can be folded to a 2 mm radius, meaning the screen can not quite touch, but it is impressively close.

In terms of production, the displays are said to be made by forming release, colour filter, TFT and OLED layers on a glass substrate, having the colour filter and OLED layers attached to each other and finally having the glass layer replaced with flexible substrates.

Nokia has not officially stated their intentions with the given flexible displays, but given that the company is a handset and tablet manufacturer, one would guess that new flexible display Lumias could surface in the future.

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Forecasts Point To Millions Of QHD Smartphones Being Shipped In 2015

According to a Phonearena report, NPD DisplaySearch is predicting that QHD display smartphones, 1440 x 2560 resolution, will be selling by the millions in 2015. More specifically, the company estimates a number of 23 million shipments will be seen next year.

NPD DisplaySearch states that more than 5 percent of Ultra-HD smartphone shipments will be seen in North America and Japan, followed by Europe with almost 5 percent. The Company also sees global shipments of smartphones having 720p and 1080p displays to reach 570 million in 2014, followed by QHD smartphones at an estimated number of 41 million.

The company points to AU Optronics, JDI, Samsung Display, and other companies which already have QHD displays ready for the market. It is reported that Samsung has confirmed its production-ready QHD display with a 560 PPI density products. Chipset manufacturers have also confirmed they have CPU and GPU solutions to cope with the high-density displays.

When talking about big displays and performance-oriented components, you can’t rule the issue with battery life and capacity here, since it’s the main feature everyone is looking at when faced with these type of technological advancements. Nobody wants their smartphones to eat their battery life in a couple of hours after fully charged. Here’s where Tina Teng, DisplaySearch’s Senior Analyst, claims that “increasingly affordable application processors” will enable manufacturers to provide “greater resolution and lower power consumption”. We hope that the claims are true, since nobody will ever buy a smartphone that requires a power plug strapped to it all the time.

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