Not everyone is able to make good use of a social media platform like Twitter – there is an art to it, after all, as the New York Police Department (NYPD) found out to their chagrin. How so, you ask? The NYPD did ask folks who have a Twitter account to post images of themselves with police officers, and examples like the one above were the result of this “‘experiment”, which can be rather hilarious if you want to look at it from a different angle.
The NYPD went about this particular “experiment” by creating a hashtag known as #myNYPD, which was rather charming when you think about it. The NYPD’s Twitter Patrol began with this particular message: “Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook.”
There were a fair share of photos that showed off police officers doing their duty, but in the course of that, treating their fellow man as something less. Sure, we do not know the circumstances that lead to some of the more seemingly “cruel” situations depicted, but it is not exactly the “roses and everything nice” situation that the NYPD would have hoped to create in the first place.NYPD Twitter Effort Ends Up As A Disaster , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Twitter,
Hitachi has plans to work on what they deem to be the ‘world’s fastest’ lift in China, where it is touted to be able to hit floor 95 right from the bottom in a mere 43 seconds. Now that’s super fast, and I would like to think that the amount of time you would spend waiting for the lift to stop at your floor in a high density building would be a whole lot more than your travel time, vertically speaking of course.
According to Hitachi, they will go about installing a lift that can hit speeds of 72km/h (45mph) into a skyscraper that is located in Guangzhou, southern China. This particular skyscraper is widely tipped to be ready by the time 2016 rolls around, but do bear in mind that this is but an estimate. It would be interesting to see whether this skyscraper will end up as a tourist spot of sorts eventually, for those who want the experience of riding in the world’s fastest lift. No idea on whether there will be other lifts in the world that will be faster between now and the skyscraper’s completion though.
At the moment, the Taipei 101 building in Taiwan happens to be the record holder for the fastest lift, hitting a top speed of 60.6km/h. Hitachi is confident that their new lift will be able to offer a “comfortable ride” even at such high speeds, and you will not experience ear blockages due to the change in pressure since Hitachi intends to artificially alter air pressure within the car itself as it goes up, up and away.Hitachi Eyes World’s Fastest Lift In China , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in General, hitachi,
When one talks about Final Fantasy, we would most probably think about the RPG (Role Playing Games) genre, without ever seeing how the Final Fantasy franchise can evolve into something else. Well, apparently it can – with a little bit of tinkering and creativity, of course. Square Enix has just announced that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, the sequel to the 2012 rhythm action title that takes its cues from various scenes from the Final Fantasy series, will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS in Europe later this year.
The Nintendo 3DS is the ideal platform for a rhythm action game, as one could see how Elite Beat Agents kicked off that craze and made it mainstream on the Nintendo DS all those years ago In Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, one’s eyes would be treated to an extremely adorable art style, not to mention new game modes and more than 200 songs in total – which would mean that there are three times the number of songs for you to jive to as opposed to the original.
There will be 60 characters from the series that will appear in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, with various scenes taken from the likes of Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children, Lightning Returns, and A Realm Reborn among others.
As for the two new game modes, they would be Quest Medley that will enable players to alternate between playing FMS (Field Music Sequence) and BMS (Battle Music Sequence) games, while Versus BMS mode would allow players to challenge and compete against one another. [Press Release]Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Confirmed , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, 3ds, final fantasy, Nintendo,
Have you watched the movie Speed before? You know, the one where Keanue Reeves and Sandra Bullock had to save the world while they are on a speeding bus that is plunging its way to death and destruction. Well, if you want to watch the movie, albeit in a novel manner, how about checking it out on Twitter?
Yes sir, ‘Speed’ on Twitter sounds just about crazy, but apparently it has been done, thanks to a Twitter account created by freelance web developer Michaela McCann. This particular account will help you play catch you with the 1990s action classic, albeit doing so one snippet at a time. Since April 20th, @Speed_1994 has begun to tweet the movie – and by that, we mean every single line in the movie.
The Twitter account has already gone through the entire opening sequence, before making its way to the elevator scene that has proved itself to be of utmost importance. Right now, there are slightly more than 300 followers, where @Speed_1994 also follows a few famous faces from the movie. This is definitely not the first time something like that has been done, since the Top Gun movie too, was tweeted earlier in the year although it has already been taken down after Paramount lodged a complain. Hopefully, this version of Speed will not end up in a similar ‘accident’.‘Speed’ Movie Recreated On Twitter , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Twitter,
A couple of studies from the University of Colorado Denver has revealed new insight into the most common kind of ‘friend’ who is unfriended on one of the most popular social networks around, Facebook, as well as the unfriended person’s emotional response to such a situation. The possibility is extremely high that the unfriended person is no more than a high school acquaintance. Do you find the result of this study to be true in your experience?
According to Christopher Sibona, who is a doctoral student in the Computer Science and Information Systems program at the CU Denver Business School, shared, “The most common reason for unfriending someone from high school is that the person posted polarizing comments often about religion or politics. The other big reason for unriending was frequent, uninteresting posts.”
Other than high school acquaintances, the other people who respondents in the research unfriended include “other”, friend of a friend, work friends, or a common interest friend. As for the responses of those who were unfriended, the four most common ones were “I was surprised”, “It bothered me”, “I was amused”, and “I felt sad”.
Hey, no (wo)man is an island, so to lose your friends on Facebook is a big deal to some, although at the end of the day, it is the real world relationships that matter a whole lot more, including how others know how much you care for them, as they are grateful for your presence and company instead of whether you lead an exciting life that is an endless stream of Facebook updates.Research On Facebook Unfriending Impact , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Computers, Facebook,
The furor surrounding the Heartbleed security bug seems to be dying down slowly but surely, but this does not mean that it no longer poses a threat to computer users everywhere. Apple has more or less managed to evade the Heartbleed security flaw for quite some time now, but this does not mean that their products are 100% immune. In fact, Apple has just issued an update to their latest AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi routers in order to fix a Heartbleed-related vulnerability that will rear its ugly head if you so happen to rock to Back to My Mac remote access or are sending diagnostics.
Better a fix now than later, right? This particular flaw will not allow those with nefarious intentions to steal your personal data or credentials, it could still open some leeway for them to launch man-in-the-middle attacks which will eventually grant access to login pages on not only the router, but also on your computer as well.
For those who happen to be rocking to an older version of the AirPort, there is nothing much for you to worry about. This just goes to show that being an early adopter does not necessarily benefit you always. As for the other folks out there who happen to be making use of the latest networking devices from Apple, it would be highly recommended that you patch up your hardware without any further delay.Apple Fixes Heartbleed Bug In Latest Wi-Fi Routers , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Apple, heartbleed,
Just because one is disabled, this does not mean that one should not be entitled to have some fun and recreation time, especially where videogames are concerned. Hence, it is nice to see the University of Toronto opening its Accessibility Arcade this coming April 26th, where it showcases different technologies that will enable disabled gamers to have a go as well.
There is talent in this group of gamers, make no mistake about it, and to find an avenue that will allow such talent to flourish is definitely a commendable effort. The Accessibility Arcade is the brainchild of the AbleGamers Foundation, where its opening celebration will happen at the Semaphore Research Cluster.
Potential attendees will be able to register for tickets at Eventbrite. Do expect the grand opening to involve demonstrations in addition to “a master class on digital games and accessibility” by AbleGamers founder Mark Barlet. There will be staff on hand who will be more than happy to provide advice as to the recommended equipment that one ought to purchase, depending on one’s disability. Do bear in mind that the Accessibility Arcade will be open to the public by appointment only, so you cannot simply waltz it as you like with a bag of quarters.Accessibility Arcade For The Disabled Opens April 26 , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, science,
It does seem as though Call of Duty is starting to feel like it is a FIFA or NBA title on game consoles – there is a new version or edition with each passing year. Perhaps the Call of Duty franchise should just drop the title naming convention that it follows at the moment, and stick to plain Call of Duty 2015, 2016, ad infinitum. Well, having said that, what is deemed to be the first screenshot for this year’s version of Call of Duty has already surfaced, and revealed to the word by IGN.
The character model close-up that you see above does give one a better glimpse at Sledgehammer’s next-gen shooter. I must say, it looked like a photo at first glance, which should mean the graphics will be mouthwatering, although there is every chance of gamers getting disappointed with the final product. Hey, it is not as though that had not happened before, remember Duke Nukem Forever?
The image above was said to have been shown off during Sledgehammer’s ‘Quest for Quality’ GDC panel in March, where it is widely touted to be an “actual in-game character” from this year’s edition of Call of Duty. It has not been confirmed however, that the alleged leaked shot hails from the next generation console version, and not for the Xbox 360 and Sony PS3. Expect more to be revealed between now and the game’s alluded autumn release date.Call Of Duty 2014 Screenshot Appears , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, Rumors, call of duty,
Oculus Rift has definitely brought immersion in the world of video games to a whole new level, but are there other ways to let one “feel” the virtual world? Haptic gaming vests have been worked on in the past, but those never really made it to mainstream consciousness, which is something the KOR-FX haptic vest intends to change.
A company known as Immerz, having been founded by a physicist five years ago, had the vision to roll out a lightweight haptic vest that targeted gamers. One of their earlier attempts did appear at CES 2010, but Immerz did not come under the spotlight afterwards, at least not until this year with their latest version of the haptic gaming vest that is already ready for pre-order.
The KOR-FX haptic vest has been specially designed to fit into just about any kind of body type, where gamers are able to forget that they are wearing it while they play, at least until they receive a blow in a beat ‘em up. Many advancements have been made to the KOR-FX haptic vest, including the ability to work over a wireless connection, allowing you to wear it even when you are on board a gaming treadmill. There will be on-chest buttons and dials which allows you to control just how much of an impact you would like to feel.
The KOR-FX haptic vest is capable of delivering different effects depending on the detected in-game “impact”. For instance, explosions will pulse through your body, and if you were shot in the back, your shoulder will feel it. There is no word on pricing just yet, although a delivery date should happen later this year.KOR-FX Haptic Vest Lets You Feel Each Incoming Blow , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gaming, social hit, Wearable Tech,
Samsung is definitely quite the adept hand when it comes to rolling out mobile devices of all sizes, ranging from the entry level to the mid-range and going all the way to the high end spectrum. Well, an unknown quantity from Samsung, the SM-T2558, has recently been spotted.
Bear in mind that the Samsng SM-T2558 is most probably not a smartphone, since it comes with a 7” display which would certainly place it in the tiny tablet, or perhaps large phablet category, with dimensions that measure 191.24mm x 99.7mm x 8.95 mm, where it tips the scales at 245 grams. Of course, it also has the ability to make voice calls, too, which certainly places this into the phablet category despite the size.
When one compares the Samsung SM-T2558 to the other 7” tablets from Samsung such as the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 SM-T230, or the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-T210, it is not only narrower in stature, but taller as well. Chinese authorities have already approved the SM-T2558 earlier this month, where it does seem to be making its way toward China Mobile. Other specifications include Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, an 8MP shooter at the back, a 2MP front-facing camera, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB RAM, and a microSD memory card slot.Samsung SM-T2588 Is An Unknown 7-Inch Device , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Tablets, Samsung,
The Samsung SM-P907A was first talked about in December last year, where it has been rumored that this particular device would eventually make its way to AT&T in due time, being the mobile carrier’s very own version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. It is then encouraging to see that the folks over at the FCC have finally given their nod of approval to the SM-P907A, which certainly confirms that this is the Galaxy Note Pro that will come under AT&T’s umbrella.
How sure are we of this? Well, the diagram of the SM-P907A that revealed the back portion of the SM-P907A does show off the AT&T logo, in addition to featuring the likes of LTE band 2, band 4 and band 17, which are definitely the bands that AT&T makes use of. The thing is, it remains to be seen just when will AT&T make an official announcement of the Galaxy Note Pro as to determine both its availability as well as price point.
Folks living in the US can still get hold of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro right now though, since the SM-P900 Wi-Fi-only variant will retail for $699.99, or if you do not mind rocking to Verizon’s LTE-capable SM-P905V version, it is available for your use at $749.99 a pop on contract.Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Gets FCC Approval , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Tablets, FCC, galaxy note pro, Samsung,
There has been plenty of talk surrounding the recent rollout of the HTC One (M8) smartphone, in addition to its predecessor, the HTC One (M7)’s upgrade to the Sense 6 user interface. Well, HTC does have its fair share of older Android-powered smartphones too, and the HTC Droid DNA happens to be one of them. In fact, we are pleased as punch to announce that the HTC Droid DNA is on its way to receive a new Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, apart from the Sense 5.5 user interface update.
That bit of information came about from HTC executive Mohammad Versi, who claimed that Verizon has already approved the above mentioned updates for the HTC Droid DNA on the mobile carrier. Versi also mentioned that this particular update ought to start to roll out via Over The Air (OTA) this coming April 24.
It seems that the HTC Droid DNA’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is arrive a wee bit later compared to a previous estimate from HTC, but you know how the adage goes – better late than never, right? At least the KitKat update will finally be on its way, which is better than nothing at all. It remains to be seen just what kind of goodies that this particular update will deliver, so we will just have to sit back and wait.HTC Droid DNA To Receive Android 4.4.2 KitKat And Sense 5.5 Update , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, droid dna, HTC, kitkat,
With the rise of wearable technology and the trend of bitcoin, we guess we can’t say we’re too surprised that eventually both their paths would cross and the result is a bracelet-like device that is being made by a startup called MEVU. According to the company, they claim that the device will be the first wearable bitcoin wallet that will be able to make payments via gestures.
The device will be powered by Coinbase’s wallet API and will allow the wearer to send bitcoin to another person simply with a flick of the wrist. The idea is to facilitate smaller transactions, as opposed larger transactions which might involve hundreds or thousands of dollars. According to Apurv Mishra, the CEO and co-founder of MEVU, “If we use bitcoin or any other currency, if it has the facility for tipping, I think that’s what people would want.”
Unfortunately there might be issues regarding compatibility with mobile platforms. Apple isn’t exactly a huge fan of the bitcoin virtual currency, as we have seen in the past, so developing a companion app for iOS devices could be trick. However Mishra has stated that they are working on an Android version for now, so for now it looks like Android users will be the only ones who can check it out.
As it stands the bracelet itself stands as a proof-of-concept but are expected to go up for pre-order within a month which you can find out more from its website.MEVU Creates Wearable Bitcoin Wallet That Pays Using Gestures , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gadgets, bitcoin, Wearable Tech,
Xiaomi is a company from China that has put out some pretty impressive smartphones to date. Not only are their devices cheap, but they also pack some decent hardware which makes it value for money. However the downside is that for the most part, Xiaomi’s releases tend to be limited to China or the Asia region, but the good news is that it looks like they planning on expanding.
The company has since relaunched its website and instead of Xiaomi.com, it has been renamed to Mi.com. Xiaomi, which when translated from the Chinese language, literally means “small rice”, and perhaps not particularly international friendly sounding. However with the “Mi” name, it apparently is an acronym for Mobile Internet, which we guess we can thank former Google executive, Hugo Barra, for that.
Barra left his job at Google to work for the Chinese company and is now in charge of their global expansion. As it stands they are still focusing more on the Asia region but we can only assume that the Western market is one that they have their eyes set on as well. There are a handful of products that Xiaomi is planning on pushing with the launch of the new website.
This includes the Redmi Note, Redmi, Mi3, Mi TY, Mi Box, and the Mi Power Bank. The Mi3 in particular is pretty impressive as it is a device that managed to sell 100,000 units in 86 seconds which is a feat on its own.Xiaomi’s Website Rebranded To Mi In Light Of Global Expansion , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, xiaomi,
Windows Phone 8.1 has yet to be officially released. What they have released so far is the Developer Preview, which as the name suggests, is open to developers. Apparently this has not stopped regular users from downloading the preview anyway, since there are ways to go about doing that, but exactly how anticipated was Windows Phone 8.1?
Well according to the numbers, it has been estimated that there have been over 1 million Developer Previews installed since it was launched. The numbers state that about 3.1% of active Windows Phone users were running on Windows Phone 8.1, and based on the overall size of the Windows Phone user base, the conclusion is that there could be well over a million Developer Previews installed.
Of course we expect that out of these numbers, there are many who are probably actual developers who are looking into the update to help develop apps for the platform, but at the same time we’re sure there are just as many regular users who can’t wait to check out what’s new as well as to take Cortana for a spin.
In any case we reckon this is a good sign for Microsoft as it could show that many users are eager for the next version of Windows Phone. In the meantime did any of our readers manage to get their hands on the Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1 themselves?Over 1 Million Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview Installs Estimated , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Windows Phone,
Apple recently released iOS 7.1.1 and with update, not only did Apple address certain bugs and problems, like with Touch ID, but they have also made some changes to the iTunes App Store. Now apps that are listed with in-app purchases are clearly marked as having in-app purchases, which will hopefully help reduce the amount of headaches parents will encounter when their kids accidentally rack up a huge credit card bill on in-app purchases.
By clearly labeling which apps have in-app purchases, customers will be more educated. In the past we have seen how kids have unknowingly spent thousands of dollars in in-app purchases because they thought they were free. Parents also probably did not know about said in-app purchases as they weren’t clearly labeled in the app store.
Apple has since tried to curb this by warning users before making purchases, and they have also refunded customers who might have been affected by these accidental purchases. However we should note that this particular feature only appears in the Top Charts section of the iTunes App Store, meaning if you were browse the store regularly, apps will not be labeled, although we don’t see why Apple won’t roll out the feature to the entire store eventually.
What do you guys think of this new addition? Will it help to curb accidental in-app purchases, or do you think it could create a misconception which could turn users away from apps that have in-app purchases?iTunes App Store Now Labels Apps With In-App Purchases , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Apple, Apps, iOS,
When it comes to getting your hands on Apple’s beta products, like iOS or OS X beta, you will need to register yourself as a developer which also meant that you’d have to fork out $99 a year. Sure it’s a small price to pay to be able to access software and check out features before the rest of the world does, but the good news is that Apple has since opened up the beta program to non-developers as well.
According to Apple’s website, the program, dubbed OS X Beta Seed, will allow users to sign up to gain beta access to Apple’s software. “Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement. Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.”
However this is Apple we’re talking about and naturally they’re pretty secretive about the stuff that they do, at least until they’re ready to show it to the world. For those interested in participating, you’d have to sign a confidentiality agreement which basically means that you’re not allowed to disclose the information that you have been given access to.
Of course there will come a stage where Apple will allow users to share information, as we have seen in the past regarding iOS and OS X betas, but presumably the early stages of the beta could be a closed one that Apple would rather not share with the world just yet. In any case if you’re interested in participating, head on over to the OS X Beta Seed program page for the details.Apple Opens OS X Beta To Non-Developers , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Apple, Computers, OS X,
In some countries, like the US, mobile phones bought on contract with a carrier are usually locked to that particular carrier. This means that you will not be able to use it with another carrier unless the original carrier unlocks the device. This is pretty restrictive, although lately carriers have been making an effort in becoming more customer-friendly.
Sprint is expected to follow suit and according to a recent FAQ on Sprint’s unlocking policy, the carrier revealed that they are working towards making their smartphones SIM unlockable, at least as far as devices that have been developed and launched on or after the 11th of February, 2015. This means that we still have quite a long way to go but we guess it’s still progress, right?
It should be noted that because carriers such as Sprint and Verizon relied on different radios compared to AT&T and T-Mobile (CDMA and GSM respectively), it means that your phone is basically locked to their network, or at least only usable on another CDMA network. By allowing phones to be SIM unlockable, it will allow customers to bring their phones to other networks in the future if that’s what they want.
As it stands, Sprint’s current lineup cannot be unlocked, possibly due to the way that they have been manufactured, which might explain why this move is only taking place next year where a batch of fresh new devices will be unlockable, but like we said, better late than never!Sprint Working To Make Their Phones SIM Unlockable In 2015 , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Cellphones, Sprint,
US Cellular today launched a new 4G router for consumers and small business owners, offering them 4G LTE connectivity. This router would be perfect for customers who aren’t serviced by DSL or cable providers, or simply customers who just don’t want their connection to be limited to one location. One can use the router at home or at the office by simply taking it along with them.
Bear in mind though that this isn’t a portable router, so its not like users will be able to access the 4G LTE network in the car. The router doesn’t have a battery. It is actually a Netgear LG2200D router which has been specially customized for US Cellular. The router is capable of supporting up to 30 Wi-Fi clients as well as four ethernet-connected device through its LAN ports. The two USB ports can be used to share an external drive or a printer with network clients.
Customers will need to sign up for a two year data plan. The router itself costs $99, they will pay for service on top of that. There are a variety of plans available that offer data caps from 300MB up to 75GB, obviously the plan’s cost goes up as the data allowance increases.US Cellular Launches New 4G LTE Router , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gadgets, 4g lte, us cellular,
Time Warner Cable and Fan TV announced today that the Fan TV set-top box is going to feature Rhapsody as the exclusive music streaming service at launch. For those who don’t know, Fan TV is a new set-top box that is capable of streaming live TV, has a variety of applications as well as a touch remote. It offers Time Warner Cable subscribers with ability to access on-demand streaming services such as Redbox Instant by Verizon, Target Ticket, Crackle and now, Rhapsody.
The on-demand music streaming service, Rhapsody, has taken advantage of Fan TV’s native SDK or software development kit to create the “most immersive experience” for Fan TV users. The user interface is sleek and simple and allows users to scroll through it to search for music, genres, new releases, featured playlists and to access their own listening history.
Fan TV customers who already subscribe to Rhapsody will be immediately access the service and its global catalog of 32 million songs from the set-top box. Those who don’t already have a subscription can sign up with Rhapsody to receive a free one month trial.
Fan TV set-top box is now available for pre-order. Customers would need to be Time Warner Cable subscribers. Pre-order pricing is $99 whereas the regular price will be $149 after Fan TV starts shipping this June.Rhapsody Is Exclusive Music Streaming Service For Fan TV , original content from Ubergizmo, Filed in Gadgets, Rhapsody, time warner cable,