Gorilla Glass maker moves to compete against sapphire
Corning is working on a version of its toughened glass, used in a large number of tablets and smartphones, that can compete with sapphire. The glass manufacturer's Project Phire, announced on Friday, aims to make a glass that can combine the same drop protection that Gorilla Glass is known for with sapphire-level resistance to scratches, a weakness of currently-produced Gorilla Glass.
Latest generation of Gorilla Glass claimed twice as durable compared to competitors
Corning has introduced the fourth generation of its hard-wearing glass, used by a large proportion of smartphone and mobile devices. Gorilla Glass 4 is said to be twice as resistant to damage compared to its competitors, and with initial shipments of the new glass already being sent to manufacturers, could make an appearance in new smartphones from early next year.
Photos stored in Auto Backup now accessible in Gmail messages with new button
Google today announced its latest addition to Gmail's email message composition tools, with the release of the Insert Photo button for its web version. Allowing users to access and insert photos that have been uploaded to their Auto Backup from their phone, including photos in emails through a web application is now simplified. Entire albums can also be shared, if images are uploaded and organized on Google Photos. Within the body of an email draft, users can resize images by dragging on any corner of the inserted photo.
Should be integrated into future phones, tablets
On top of an earlier unveiling of curved glass, Corning has announced plans to produce an antimicrobial variant of Gorilla Glass. The material is manufactured using an antibacterial agent, ionic silver, in quantities large enough to sustain microbe-killing throughout its lifespan. The technology has been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and is "being tested with numerous manufacturers for various applications," according to Corning.
Lengths of up to 100 meters tested, 10x longer than copper
Making good on promises from January to release an optical Thunderbolt cable, Corning has announced at the IFA tradeshow that Intel has certified its all-fiber optic Thunderbolt cable for release. The technology uses Corning's ClearCurve technology to allow for high data speeds with significantly less data loss than copper cables, allowing for longer cabling.
Product would allegedly ship in first half of 2014
Officials from Apple met with peers at Corning, Foxconn, and G-Tech Optoelectronics in the US about two weeks ago to talk about the production of a TV set, according to sources for Taiwan's Economic Daily News. Foxconn is reportedly asking Corning to share some data about Gorilla Glass with G-Tech, so that the latter can do surface treatments needed to produce the set. G-Tech is relatively unknown in the West, but was once rumored to be behind the anti-reflection glass for the 2012 iMac.
Claimed eight to ten times scratch resistance of soda lime glass
Corning has introduced a new version of its tough Gorilla Glass designed for notebooks with touchscreen displays. Following on from its extensive use in smartphones and tablets, Gorilla Glass NBT is claimed by the company to provide enhanced scratch resistance, a better retained strength after a scratch occurs, and reduced scratch visibility compared to soda lime glass normally used in notebook screens.
Gorilla Glass could lower car weight, improve fuel economy
Gorilla Glass could be heading to vehicles in the future, according to a Corning executive. The glass, currently used in a vast number of smartphones and mobile devices, could be used with, or replace entirely, some sections of glass used in automobiles, though the company is also looking into other glass applications.
Dispels speculation about use in 'iWatch'
Corning's flexible Willow Glass won't appear in products until 2016 at the earliest, the company tells Bloomberg. Corning Glass Technologies president James Clappin explains that despite the company's own hopes that Willow would reach the public in 2013, potential buyers haven't yet developed products that can actually exploit the glass. He does add, however, that the company is training "very big name" clients on how to handle Willow, which can be produced in rolls like newsprint.
Plan would see Samsung shift glass manufacture from Korea
Samsung and Corning are planning to build a new glass plant together in China. Estimated to cost $600 million, the factory will focus on glass production for TFT-LCD displays, according to Reuters. Although still to be finalized later this year, the joint venture is expected to be constructed in China's Wuxi New District, an industrial zone 120 kilometers west of Shanghai that is popular with international manufacturers.
Corning does not reveal hardware partners for its latest Willow Glass product
Corning, which makes Gorilla Glass found in many portable electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks, has now introduced a new product called Willow Glass. It's promised to be very thin and flexible, allowing future gadgets to be wrapped completely in it, Corning said. Willow Glass will support thinner backplanes and color filters for OLED and LCD screens and enable the production of curved screens as well.
Corning Day Made of Glass 2 previews far future
Corning gave a glimpse into its vision for the long-term future with a sequel concept video (below). Its use of technology imagines that screens going beyond Lotus Glass could be used for transparent displays virtually everywhere. While it starts with smartphones, tablets, and car displays, it imagines super-sized touchscreens that go as large as classroom walls and even the entire fences around nature parks.
Samsung Mobile Display hints at tough OLED plans
Samsung Mobile Display has struck a deal with Corning to use its Lotus Glass for OLED screens. The joint venture will operate out of Korea. Although Samsung will be a core customer, the two will supply glass substrates for many companies using OLEDs.
Surface SUR40 arrives a year later
Microsoft on Monday confirmed that the first Surface 2.0 table, the Samsung Surface SUR40, was shipping. Coming out a year after it was first shown, the multi-touch table introduces optics in the panel itself that can see objects and react accordingly. It can now react to as many as 50 simultaneous contact points and uses a quicker 2.9GHz AMD Athlon II X2, a Radeon HD 6700M graphics chip, and runs on Windows 7.
Updated tech said to expand design possibilities
Corning has announced that it is set to introduce an improved version of its popular Gorilla Glass technology next week at CES. The second-generation formula, referred to as Gorilla Glass 2, is said to provide expanded flexibility for touchscreen devices with smaller form factors.
Streak Pro coming to China with Baidu Yi OS
Best known for its computers and monitors, Dell has just announced it will soon offer its Streak Pro smartphone in China, a key market for the company. Already promised for the Japanese market, the device is the first with the Baidu Yi mobile platform from China's Internet search giant Baidu. It integrates the popular Ting music service and other cloud services also offered by the search engine.
Corning Lotus Glass in production for mobile gear
Corning late Tuesday said it had started producing its next-generation tough glass for mobile devices. Lotus Glass has better tolerance for heat and size than earlier technology, making it an ideal fit for future smartphone and tablet displays. The screen is built with next-generation LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) LCDs and OLEDs in mind, where higher resolutions and faster refresh rates could put extra wear on previous glass.
Schott intros Xensation glass for mobile devices
German company Schott just announced it will finally bring a competitor to Corning's Gorilla Glass with its Xensation product. It promises to be stronger and can be used for capacitive and resistive touch applications as well as optical and acoustic glass. Depending on said application, there are different Xensation-branded glass products made up of different materials.
Tag Heuer outs ultra-luxury rugged Link phone
Tag Heuer is no stranger to making ultra-luxury handsets, and is now back with another mega-dollar offering. The Android-powered Link smartphone differs from other similar exclusive devices as it's more rugged. The maker says the device is impervious to water, shock, and dust, and has a 3.5-inch Gorilla Glass screen to guard against scratches.
Asahi Dragontrail to rival Gorilla Glass
Asahi Glass unveiled a new form of ultra-strong glass meant to take on Corning's Gorilla Glass for use in mobile devices. Dragontrail has the same near-scratchproof surface as its American rival, will survive most common drops and can take 16kg (35lbs) of concerted pressure that could bend the display without breaking. The survivability lets hardware manufacturers use thinner glass as well and can result in both slimmer and thinner devices.
Gorilla glass to be used in shatter-resistant TVs
Corning's super-strong Gorilla glass, used thus far in cellphones that include the Droid and is rumored to be part of the iPhone 4, may soon be used in the production of high-end HDTVs and touchscreen tablets. According to reports, the company expects this to result in bezel-free TVs, with the glass itself protecting the display. Corning is currently in talks with Asian TV makers to bring its product to their TVs early in 2011.
iPhone 4 has same speed as iPad
A quick dissection of the iPhone 4 by iFixit has discovered that it theoretically has performance as least as good as an iPad. The already-known A4 processor should run at the same 1GHz clock speed as seen in the Apple tablet, in spite of the smaller size, but with 512MB of memory should be better with multitasking. Whether Apple has quietly underclocked or otherwise detuned the A4 isn't known, but early benchmarking has suggested it's faster than an iPhone 3GS but not as fast as an iPad in practice.