With a device like Google Glass, you can be sure that it would not stray too far away from controversy. After all, privacy issues would surely be raised from time to time, and the latest person to have been evicted from a public area because he or she is wearing a pair of Google Glass would be Nick Starr. Starr was wearing a pair of Google Glass at the Lost Lake Café & Lounge, when the request was made by the establishment to remove the Google Glass – a request that Starr denied to follow, which promptly saw him being asked to leave the premises.
Starr no doubt wasn’t too happy with the management’s policy of banning Google Glass which could not be presented at that point in time, although right now, customers to Lost Lake Café & Lounge have already been asked to ‘refrain from wearing and operating’ Google Glass whenever they are inside. According to staff at the eatery, this creed had its point, since other customers’ privacy could be invaded by a Google Glass wearer. This is not the first time that an establishment has outlawed the use of Google Glass within, and I am quite sure that it will not be the last, either.
Don’t you just love weddings? The songs, the people, food, and of course, the beautiful bride and groom who are really the stars for the day. It is two become one from that auspicious day forth, as both of them share the same family name, not to mention bank account (although some couples do take a different approach). Most weddings would also see the ceremony which features an exchange of rings to signify their unending and unbroken love for one another, and with the $150 Interlocking Ring Set, it would be the ideal rings for Lego lovers.
Why do I say so? Well, the Interlocking Ring Set is obviously inspired by Lego, and it would make for quite the gift for those who want something special this coming holidays. Specially created by Etsy user Shannon Conrad, these are hand-crafted rings which have been made from 100% recycled and locally sourced sterling silver. These are hand cast, and one Lego brick is sacrificed each time a ring is created, since the original brick would be destroyed. Pretty cool stuff, really. I can imagine placing one of those Lego figurines on top of the ring as a topper of sorts that will really deliver quite a comical effect.
The world of 3D has made quite a fair number of leaps and bounds in the past few years, where we now even have 3D movies that are being shown regularly, 3D printers for the home so that you can come up with some of your zanier creations, and here we are with word of an experimental 3D scanner that hails from MIT researchers which is touted to be able to create clear images of poorly lit objects with the clever use of single photons . Of course, all of it will be in 3D, no doubt about it.
This new technique will not rely on any kind of hardware that would not look out of place in the 22nd century, but rather, the MIT team had been working using a standard photon detector which will fire low-intensity visible laser light pulses at the targeted subjects. When that happens, specially developed algorithms would be able to detect any kind of variations in the time which it requires for individual photons to echo, or ping back. Once the software has done the hard work of separating noise as seen above, you would end up with a high resolution image which has been created using approximately a million photons.
It is every intention of any parent to want to see their little one grow up and succeed in life, and I guess that the same can be said for any software or hardware company to see their apps and devices be hugely successful on the market. Well, Google for one, has every intention to see Chrome apps fly, and the Internet search giant has done its fair bit in the past by throwing in better notifications, in-app payments for that added touch of convenience, and an app launcher in the browser, among others. The latest which we have heard is this – Google is looking to work on a way for the curious to try out Web Store apps without the need for any installation.
A couple of separate components are involved here, where ephemeral apps would allow you to give a Chrome app a go prior to installation, while linkable ephemeral apps would let you launch those apps directly from a hyperlink, now how about that? This would certainly make life a whole lot easier for those who do not want to go through messy installation procedures for sure. After all, only if you really want that particular app badly after giving it a go, do you go right ahead and install it for sure.
The Alcatel Idol X+ from TCL is said to be well on its way, especially since we have spotted an alleged leaked image of it just a few days ago. Assuming that it is well on its way to being announced, chances are also pretty good that it will be accompanied by a smartwatch as well as a smart bracelet. Just how do we know about this? Apparently, the Chinese website MTKSJ does seem to have put up a teaser image of the soon-to-arrive Alcatel Idol X+ announcement, with the image above showing “1 + 1 > 2?”. Just in case that is not obvious enough a clue, the smartphone was also accompanied by a smartwatch (or just a regular timepiece, who knows?) as well as what could very well be a smart bracelet of sorts.
Just to refresh our memories, the new Alcatel Idol X+ ought to arrive with a 5” Full HD display, a 13-megapixel shooter at the back, 2GB RAM, as well as 16GB of internal memory – with Android running on it, of course. As for the alleged smartwatch, it should in all probability be Android powered, and we could very well be looking at something along the lines of a clone Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Gear team up here.
If you are an avid fan of Killzone Shadow Fall just as it is, you might not want to download and install any more patches. After all, why bother to change a winning formula? It is just not done for sure, and you know what they say about something not being broke – there is absolutely no point at all in fixing it. Well, for those who think that Killzone Shadow Fall might be a better game when it has the latest patches installed, you might want to keep a keen eye out for patch 1.05, as that is the patch which will see tweaks introduced to the single player campaign in addition to throwing in left-handed support, news that is sure to keep southpaws more than happy.
Needless to say, just like any other self respecting patch or update, this particular patch 1.05 of Killzone Shadow Fall will also come with it its fair share of bug fixes. Apart from the option to support left-handed players, this patch will also shorten the sequences that are found in the single-player campaign. Do bear in mind that left-handed support would only affect the analog sticks, so the shoulder buttons as well as the triggers would remain untouched. Other than that, the end section of single-player campaign chapter 7, “Secure the Target”, has also been edited to be shorter after receiving player feedback. Do bear in mind that patch 1.05 will download and install automatically. [Press Release]
Just three days ago, it seems that a white colored version of the Motorola Droid Ultra was spotted, where it was headed to Verizon. Of course, until there is an official confirmation concerning that, it would remain but a rumor, so it is a good thing that Verizon is now offering white colored models of not only the Motorola Droid Ultra, but the Motorola Droid Mini as well. This would definitely appeal to those who have always wanted to pick up either smartphone from Verizon, but are not too pleased with the choices of just black and red. Other than the color change on the outside, the insides would remain pretty much similar without any change.
Just to refresh our memories, both of these smartphones will arrive with a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 10-megapixel shooter at the back, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice. Needless to say, the Motorola Droid Mini would be the smaller of the two, where it sports a 4.3” display while the Droid Ultra itself would come with a 5” display. Pricing would remain the same as black and red colored models, as the Motorola Droid Ultra and Droid Mini will burn a $99.99 and $49.99 hot in your pocket, respectively, accompanied by a 2-year agreement.
Just last month, we did bring you word of a possible new peripheral from Microsoft-owned Nokia, which is the Nokia Guru, where there was a leaked image that accompanied it. That leaked image (courtesy of @evleaks) arrived in a shade of cyan blue, where it has been nicknamed Guru for one reason or another. Heck, it might just be known as the BH-121 Touch, as the ‘Touch’ bit would stand for the integrated NFC compatibility. Other than the rumors, we have more or less remained high and dry when it comes to any official information concerning the device, although there were whispers going around that it will be slightly different from what has been spotted in the unofficial rendered images.
The latest leak also pointed to a possible launch of the BH-121 that is set to happen anytime from a fortnight to three weeks from now, which would make it available in time for Christmas. What will the Nokia BH-121 Touch be able to deliver? For starters, this is a Bluetooth headset which will be able to control playback on your Lumia, and the device itself comes with a volume rocker, a play button and a microUSB port. Of course, there will be integrated NFC connectivity that makes life a snap when it comes to pairing with compatible devices.
There are times when you need to carry a couple of SIM cards with you, but would you actually want to tote two smartphones in your pocket or handbag? It could end up to be quite the burden, which is why it is interesting to know that Samsung has come up with a fair number of dual SIM solutions, where one of their latest models would be the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 that was leaked recently, and this is also touted to succeed its hugely popular dual SIM smartphone that runs on the Android mobile operating system.
Just what kind of hardware will the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 bring to the table? For starters, it comes with a 4″ WVGA display at 480 x 800 resolution, is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and will also have a dual-core 1.2GHz processor alongside 768MB RAM, although it remains to be seen just what kind of chipset will it carry. Apart from that, you can also expect a 5-megapixel shooter, 4GB of internal memory which can be further augmented via a microSD memory card slot, and a 1,500mAh battery. Do bear in mind that this is one smartphone which will be very different from the Galaxy S 2 Duos which was released on China Telecom.
We did bring you news earlier on that Sony has already taken the step to disable certain PSN (PlayStation Network) features at launch over in Europe when the PS4 arrives, so that it will be a relatively smooth launch without running into any hiccups. Well, it seems that the PS4 launch in Europe alone will not see the turning off of such features, as folks who happen to live in Australia and New Zealand, too, will be on the receiving end of such “preventive” treatment. After all, isn’t it better to make sure that nothing untoward happens by treading a cautious path, rather than to be gung-ho about it and having to deal with firefighting tasks later?
Of course, the two features on PSN that will be disabled would be the What’s New and content info sections, and needless to say, Sony has guaranteed that once the launch day frenzy is over (or perhaps slightly more than that), all activity will resume as normal, as though nothing had happened between now and them. Sony is also pretty sure that turning off these PSN features will not have a negative impact on gameplay where multiplayer and other core features are concerned, but do take note that something like this is set to happen.
Companies would definitely need to do their bit when it comes to advertising their products, so that the masses would be aware of what is going on, and what are the options available for purchase when it comes to filling a need or want. Nokia’s latest ad surrounding their flagship Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone concentrates on one main aspect of this device – the camera itself.
Buttering up the audience by calling them those who “see things differently,” the Nokia Lumia 1020 does come with a camera that is worthy of mention, and in the ad, it touts the seamless integration of the camera alongside Nokia’s software that makes it a truly immersive package to lose yourself in. Needless to say, the ad would tout the capabilities of lossless zoom, not to mention the number of real-time settings which you are able to make with the camera prior to snapping a photo for the road. This 30-second ad spot ends by reminding you that AT&T has a offer with either the Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520 alongside Nokia’s recently announced tablet, the Lumia 2520 (which we have already reviewed if you want to know more about it). Would such an ad actually cause you to actually consider picking up a Windows Phone-powered device if you have been a staunch Android or iOS supporter all this while?
Modular Robotics, a company that hails from Boulder, Colorado, is all set to roll out a collection of robot-building kits to those who are interested, where it would enable you to work on just about any kind of robot that you would like – just use your imagination. Even better is the fact that there is no need for any kind of programming, now how about that? These kits are called MOSS, and they will come in a variety of sizes.
The larger sized MOSS kits will feature pieces that let you build your robot, where all of the plastic has been molded around several exposed magnets and ball bearings, so that connecting them would be a snap. Apart from that, Modular Robotics also has plans to roll out an app which would let you use a compatible mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet to control your semi-autonomous creations. Eric Schweikardt, the CEO and design director at Modular Robotics, mentioned, “It’s trying to give kids education and exposure to these computational components without putting up that barrier.” It is nice to know that what started off as a Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its goal of $100,000. Expect it to ship in February next year – so if you want to propose to your other half, why not use this creative method then?
When it comes to video games being turned into movies, it is not often that blockbusters arrive on the silver screen. Rather, it is more or less the case of the movie bombing, while the game itself continues to make tons of money. Remember Mortal Kombat? How about Super Mario Bros.? Even Mario’s widespread appeal could not prevent a box office bomb. Well, Sony does have a pretty decent movie studio, and their forays into Spiderman have proven to be rather lucrative in the past, so they might be casting an eye on turning video games into movies as well. We have seen the Need for Speed trailer before, and before you know it, Sony has been seen registering the domain name for The Last Of Us.
thelastofusmovie.net is now under the care of Sony, which would no doubt spark off plenty of speculation that there is a film version of the extremely cinematic PS3 exclusive coming our way. Of course, it might just be a purchase made on the defensive front for all you know, but I would like to think that Sony has a bunch of far more viable money making plans than this down the road. What do you think?
Huawei, a company that is known for its networking devices as well as slew of smartphones in recent times, just had another smartphone leaked out – namely the Huawei G750. This particular device had its photos leaked, and it does seem as though this handset will run on the MediaTek MT6592 processor, which has been touted to be the first “true” octa-core processor, where all eight cores are able to be active simultaneously, now how about that? Who knows, the Huawei G750 could very well be the exact same device that is known as the Huawei Glory 4, which is also touted to feature the very same MT6592 processor within.
According to MediaTek, this particular chipset is said to consume a whole lot less battery power in comparison to most of the quad-core processors that are found in other high end models today. Other hardware specifications of the Huawei G750 would include a 5.5” display at 720 x 1280 resolution, so no Full HD there if you were wondering. Still, perhaps news of 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory would help it look favorable in your eyes, not to mention a front-facing camera of 5-megapixels and a back shooter of 13-megapixels, in addition to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice.
Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has gained plenty of attention in recent times, is back in the news, but with a rather unfortunate twist to it. No, I am not referring to its value dropping to less than a dollar, but rather, one man who has spent a few years (since 2009) to mine more than 7,500 Bitcoins, might now be able to receive a single cent for all his effort. According to The Guardian, a certain James Howells of Wales claimed that he threw away an unwanted hard drive which was first installed in a Dell notebook four years back, and that notebook’s main purpose was to mine Bitcoins.
Three years ago, the notebook decided to give up the ghost, and while he took apart the machine for its parts, the hard drive remained in a drawer until he threw it away this summer without realizing the value of its contents. Howells, unfortunately, has no backups available on any of his other drives or USB flash drives. Howells even made the trip to the landfill site located near Newport, Wales in order to look for at least $7.5 million worth of Bitcoins in his hard drive but to no avail. Poor fellow, we hope that he has a slice of fortune that would help turn the situation around.
The dust has yet to settle after the two titans of console gaming, the Sony PS4 as well as the Xbox One, were launched recently, and both of them have also managed to sell more than a million units each in under 24 hours. The PS4 itself was launched a good seven years after the PS3 rolled out, and for the Xbox One, it has been eight long years since the Xbox 360 actually went on sale. EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund shared, “This console cycle may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted… a five, six year gap is what I expect going forward.”
Hmmm, a five or six year gap? That would be shorter than the previous two consoles’ respective cycles, and it would also mean that you should do your level best to pick up either one or both of the consoles as soon as possible if the next console cycle were to be this short in order to maximize your playing time on either one of them. Still, we do expect the PS3 and Xbox 360 to stick around for some time still, as at the end of their current cycle, there were still quality games that rolled out such as The Last of Us and GTA V, according to Patrick, which is not something that we would have expected a few years back.
I am quite sure that many of us would have already heard about the likes of Oppo of China, as that country is certainly on the rise when it comes to consumer electronics, although their branding exercises would need to be enhanced even more if they were to follow in the footsteps of Samsung and LG. Gionee is definitely not a name that most folks would have heard of, but the Gionee Elife E7 does bring something special to the table that other smartphones do not – it will feature a 5.5” 1080p display alongside the Android operating system, not to mention being the first smartphone that will feature the 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset (MSM8974AC) alongside an extremely sensitive 16-megapixel camera thanks to the Largan M8 lens which has a 1/2.3” sensor and large 1.34µm pixels.
Gionee has faith that this version of the OmniVision sensor will be able to offer the best balance when it comes to resolution and pixel size, and has touted that it will still blow the unreleased and speculated 1.12µm, 16-megapixel sensor that is rumored to make an appearance on the yet unreleased and definitely unannounced Samsung Galaxy S5. What do you think o the Gionee Elife E7?
Crime does not pay, and certainly it is a crime to steal something that does not belong to you in the first place. Software piracy is a very big issue that needs to be tackled, and Apptricity, the maker of logistics software that is used to track down the location of soldiers as well as shipments in critical missions, has decided to bring the US Government to court after the defaulted on software license fees. This means that the US military had been running on unlicensed copies of the software, which would be tantamount to piracy – and the kicker is this – it has been going on for nearly 10 years!
Apptricity claims that the US Government had unlawfully installed the software on 93 servers and approximately 9,000 devices, not to mention another 500 licenses which were paid for. The license fees for the software alone stood at $1.35 million for each server, while it should cost $5,000 per device – and taking out our trusty calculators, it would amount to roughly $224 million in lost revenue. The US Government has since decided to settle this lawsuit by handing over $50 million to Apptricity, which the latter accepted. It does seem as though their working relationship is set to continue in the days and years ahead though.
The folks over at Facebook have introduced the latest version of its Windows 8.1 app update, which has already happened several times before ever since the first version rolled out in slightly more than one month back. Right now, the Facebook app for Windows 8.1 happens to be the most popular free app in the Windows Store, so do expect it to remain somewhere at the top after the latest version has already been released, sporting a slew of new features and improvements to make your social network experience a more complete one.
The Windows Store page points to a change log that shows how the Facebook app will now be able to support tagging – a first for it, actually. You can download and upload both files and photos from Facebook messages using this latest update, not to mention being able to set up not only your cover but profile photos as well straight from the app. Hopefully the many bug fixes which were proclaimed but not revealed will also do their bit to make it all the more enjoyable. You can download the app here. For those who have already done so, how did you find your experience so far? Has it been a rewarding one?
The folks over at LG Electronics have just announced the most recent version of the popular Bluetooth stereo headset, calling it the LG TONE ULTRA – or the HBS-800 if model numbers are your cup of tea. The LG TONE ULTRA would arrive chock full with features, and it will definitely look set to bring listeners to greater heights as it succeeds its predecessor, the LG TONE (or the HBS-700/730), which was also a top-seller in its own right with over 2 million units sold ever since it was introduced in 2010.
The LG TONE ULTRA was specially developed to target a superior audio experience that boasts of eyebrow-raising stereo sound. Thanks to the adoption of noise reduction technology that they have called ambient noise cancellation (ANC), the LG TONE ULTRA is able to block out background noise, so that you, the listener, will be able to enjoy 100% focus on the music or conversation itself without any external distractions. Not only that, it also comes with an ergonomic 3D Neck Behind design that can be found in previous models, and it has also picked up a 2013 Red Dot Design Award that truly recognizes its ergonomics and aesthetic appeal. Expect it to arrive before the year is over in various regions worldwide. [Press Release