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iPhone camera used to study traffic lights

By Tyler Lee

Don’t you just hate it when you’re headed towards a traffic light, brake, only to have the lights turn green 2 seconds later? If you didn’t already know, unnecessary or excessive braking will result in your car wasting energy and fuel due to the amount of fuel required to get your car moving again.

The good news is that a group of researchers from MIT and Princeton University are currently researching when is the best time to stop and restart your cars when at a traffic light. This is accomplished with an iPhone mounted on the dashboard of the car, and through the use of the iPhone’s camera and a GPS system called SignalGuru, it will be able to tell the driver when is the best time to slow the car down in order to help save fuel.

In the US it appears that the system works just fine, and when they tested it out in Cambridge, MA, it was reported that fuel consumption was cut down by 20%. However in other countries such as Singapore, it did not work as well as the researchers hope as the length of traffic lights in Singapore are determined by the amount of traffic in that particular area.

Given that fuel efficiency is the current buzzword, let’s hope that this system becomes more widespread and find its way to standalone devices or other smartphone platforms!

Click here to read the research report: SignalGuru: Leveraging Mobile Phones for Collaborative Traffic Signal Schedule Advisory

iPhone 5 (or perhaps iPhone 4S) will be launched on 4 October

Apple earlier today sent out invitations for a special media event scheduled for October 4th with a tag line “Let’s talk iPhone.” Apple’s CEO Tim Cook along with other executives are expected to unveil the iPhone 5 during this event.

The invitation confirms earlier reports about iPhone 5 release date event that was rumored to be held in the first week of October. Apple’s invite carries iOS icons for Calendar, Clock, Maps and Phone all depicting the details about the launch event.

Unlike, previous launch events this year Apple will announce the iPhone 5 / 4S at the company’s Town Hall auditorium at its headquarters in Cupertino, California. The event will begin at 10:00 AM PT.

The use of the word “talk” and one notification on the Phone icon could point to speech features in the fifth-gen iPhone and only one model being announced. Many analysts have been debating about the possibility of a low-end iPhone and we’ll just have to wait and see what Apple has in store for us on October 4th.

According to various reports Apple could make the iPhone 5 finally available for sale around October 15th and would probably start accepting pre-orders a week before that. iOS 5 is also expected to be a part of the special media event.

We’ve been reporting on possible features of iPhone 5 and it’s widely expected to feature 8 megapixel camera, higher RAM, include new “Assistant” feature and have a thinner design.

From http://touchreviews.net/apple-talk-iphone-5-4s-event-october-4th/

Apple launched new product today – iQuit

Today, Steve Jobs announced a new product – not iPhone 5, but iQuit.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has resigned as chief executive seven months after going on medical leave and asked the board to name chief operating officer Tim Cook as his successor.

More than those of any other company, Apple’s fortunes and products have been closely associated with Mr Jobs, who gives final approval on all major initiatives. His health concerns have been nearly as big a driver of stock movements as Apple’s rapidly growing profit. The shares fell more than 5 per cent in after-hours trading following the news.

The company, which briefly passed ExxonMobil this month to become the world’s largest company by stock market value, released a short letter from Mr Jobs in which he said that the day had come when he could no longer serve as chief executive and that he wished to remain Apple’s chairman.

‘I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,’ Mr. Jobs wrote. ‘And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

‘I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you,’ he added.

From TechWeb, FT ChineseThe Wall Street Journal

iPhone 5 Hard Shell Cases Appear for Sale

According to MacRumors, New “iPhone 5” cases based on the leaked design document have started appearing online. A Chinese manufacturer True Supplier has posted both “hard shell” case and soft case designed for the iPhone 5.

These new cases show the same tapered back design of the leaked design document, as well as the mute switch being moved to the other side.

The production and sale of these cases suggests that at least some Chinese case manufacturers are confident enough in the leaked case design specifications that they are willing to gamble some amount of money in creating these early cases. There is an enormous financial incentive to have inventory on the launch day of any new Apple device, as Apple doesn’t provide suppliers with detailed designs specifications until after the public launch of the device.

Welcome, iPhone 5

A video which appears to show the pre-release web pages on the German Apple website for the upcoming iPhone 5 has been posted on YouTube.

The video, uploaded on the iPhone5Website channel, demonstrates how by clicking an invisible link (ooh, magical) below the iPhone 4 links, a page for the iPhone 5 is brought up. If this is a fake, then the various screen views showing the phone from various angles in black and white colourways are extremely well executed. The black version has a black rear case, while the white handset has a brushed aluminium rear casing.

Ubergizmo says that this video on YouTube is confirmed to be fake due to some “rather glaring errors”.

Anyway, nobody can deny that iPhone 5 is about to release. Predictions are either on 7 September or in October.

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