Texas Instrument’s TI-84 makes quick work of graphs and equations like nobody’s business, but it’s done so for years while clinging to an outdated black and white screen. Now, however, it looks like that’ll change for at least one flavor of the souped-up digital abacus. Cemetech forum user 0rac343 posted a photo of a TI-84+ C Silver Edition, claiming that it was one of 24 provided by TI for in-classroom testing and that it’s slated to launch next spring. Tech Powered Math reports that a contact who’s worked with Texas Instruments has confirmed that the calculator is the real McCoy. In fact, the firm’s website has a page where visitors can sign up for updates about the number cruncher in question. With the help of the refreshed TI-84, we might finally be able to tell if Blinky, Inky, Pinky or Clyde is the ghost chasing us down in the hardware’s Pac-Man clone.
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If you found yourself on the wrong network for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Stellar smartphone, consider this: The Galaxy Victory. This little slab was leaked to Android Central recently, sporting similar specs to Verizon’s upcoming budget device. Like its cousin, the Victory appears to have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a TouchWiz flavored serving of Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4-inch 800 x 480 display — but it sets itself apart with a five-megapixel rear facing camera and quad-band GSM support. The handset also plays nice with Samsung’s TecTiles accessory, as well as Google Wallet, Beam and other NFC standards. An internal employee promotion from Sprint pegs the device for a September release, but makes no mention of price or specific availability.
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Mark Stoddart‘s Animal Coffee and Dining Tables are a quite interesting alternative to a simple table design. A transparent glass table top is pierced by the body of an animal, making it look like the “beast” is emerging out of the water. There are different versions available, like Hippo “The Lad” Coffee Table, Hippo Mother and Baby Coffee Table, the Bronze Rhino Table, the table depicting an elephant or the one adorning the glass table top with a dog. They all look like coming out of the water, except for the rhino, who apparently feel better under water. The one representing the mother and baby hippo raising their heads above the waterline captures an infinite love between the new born and the one who gave it life. In each table sculpture, the designer bolted the animal to the glass surface, securing it with handmade PTF grommets. Mark also produces bespoke pieces and even your beloved animal can be replicated in bronze to be displayed in your home.
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