Are there memorable moments that the Oculus Rift is able to deliver to those who are dying? Apparently so, as game artist Priscilla Firstenberg managed to spend some time with an Oculus Rift dev kit in order to assist her grandmother to experience the outside world before she is called home to glory. Cancer patient Roberta Firstenberg was too weak to be able to take a walk around her yard, which has led to her granddaughter Priscilla to use the Oculus Rift so that her grandmother is able to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of her home, albeit in a virtual manner.
The military is definitely one place where you can work and “play” with the latest “toys” that are in the market – or maybe not even released yet. Most of the time, such tools will be used to make your military unit as efficient as possible, whether it is meant for offense or defense. Logos Technologies recently picked up a DARPA award in order to work on a silent-capable hybrid electric military motorcycle.
It does seem as though Apple’s iPad Air is due for a hardware revamp, and new photos have hit the Internet, depicting the purported next generation iPad Air that will sport a bonded display. Now, do bear in mind that this happens to be a rumor since nothing has been confirmed yet, but it might very well be the real deal. If it were to be an actual device, that it is an even thinner version of Apple’s flagship tablet that ought to send pulses racing. This alleged revised iPad Air display assembly with the LCD and cover glass were manufactured as a solitary unit, which is not too far away from what Apple has done where the iPhone is concerned for the past few years.
Samsung has inked a deal with Swiss Federal Railways recently, and just in case Swiss Federal Railways seem familiar to you, that is because this happens to be the organization that was not too happy at Apple for copying one of their iconic clock designs a couple of years ago. To see Samsung, who is in some legal tussle with Apple themselves, work out a contract with Swiss Federal Railways could be sensationalized by some to be an indirect dig in the direction of Apple.
Panasonic of Japan has managed to produce a full-length movie that depicts a 4,500-kilometer drive all the way from Cape Sata in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south to Cape Soya in Hokkaido in the north. What did they make use of in order to make this journey all the more memorable? By utilizing the highly functional driving camera that has been mounted on “Gorilla EYE,” which is a portable car navigation system in Japan that is extremely popular. This 80-hour journey has been dubbed “ONE SKY, ONE ROAD,” where it boasts of the trans-Japan drive for all and sundry to see.
Milk Music happens to be a fully customizable, free and ad-free music radio service that boasts of an intuitive user interface, delivering more than 200 stations for your listening pleasure. Well, all good things must always come to an end, and the ad-free version of Samsung’s Milk Music service will no longer remain in that state unless you are willing to fork out a $4 monthly fee.
When it comes to cameras on a smartphone, you can more or less say that the improvements made in this department has definitely blown the mind, with the VGA quality shots of the previous decade being nothing more than a bad memory. HTC has certainly done their bit to ensure that camera technology has improved tremendously in their previous flagship smartphones, with the HTC One (M7) delivering an UltraPixel camera which has a higher focus on low-light performance compared to simply having a high megapixel count, while the HTC One (M8) has a Duo Camera setup that will boast not only of an UltraPixel shooter, but also a secondary camera that enables the user to blur either the background or foreground of a photo. What’s next down the road?
If you happen to own the HTC One M8 from Verizon Wireless, then it would be prudent for you to pay attention – this particular flagship smartphone is on its way to picking up a software update, and of course, with this new software update, one will be able to enjoy a slew of new features and fixes that ought to make your HTC One M8 user experience a whole lot more pleasant. The US models do seem to have fallen behind their counterparts in different areas of the world when it comes to software updates, but better late than never would apply beautifully here.
When it comes to an online service like Twitter, there is certainly entertainment value there if you know just where to look For instance, there are plenty of parody accounts out there that pop up from time to time, and one of the more recent ones that we could think of is Steve Ballmer and his iPhone gig, which has proved to be a fake account. Majority of these accounts tend to be left alone because they have clearly explained themselves to be satirical in nature instead of trying to pass themselves off as the real McCoy. Of course, there are other accounts that could be held accountable for misrepresentation.
Chuwi, the Chinese relative of Chewbacca – no, I jest, they happen to be a China-based device manufacturer, and their latest Android-powered tablet seemed to have taken a major page right out of Lenovo’s Yoga range of tablets that run on the Android mobile operating system. I suppose you can even call it a clone of Lenovo’s offerings, where it boasts of a kickstand as well so that you will be able to prop up Chuwi’s tablet on the table, leaving your hands free to shovel some pizza into your mouth as you watch the latest downloaded movie there.
There is a new rumor that has made its way out from China, touting that Internet search giant Google will select MediaTek as their chipset supplier for their upcoming Nexus smartphone model. It might be nothing but hot air, really, considering how just about everyone else makes use of Qualcomm processors in this day and age, it would be a real surprise if Google were to make use of MediaTek’s achievements in this department.
Word on the street has it that Motorola is working on a new smartphone that sports a 4.3” display, where this alleged handset will arrive in three different models – the single SIM XT1021, the dual SIM XT1022, and the XT1025 that sports dual SIM capability in addition to digital TV ability. Apparently, all three models have already picked up the nod of approval by the relevant Brazilian authorities, which means we ought to be able to get a closer look at them soon.
If you’re running low on space on your phone, an alternative would be to install apps onto your SD card. Granted this will not be as fast compared to storing it on the phone itself, but it will get the job done. This is a feature that Microsoft will be supporting with Windows Phone 8.1 but unfortunately not all apps will want to take advantage of it. (more…)
Bing might not necessarily be a search engine that most people use by default. After all Google has proven itself to be pretty efficient and not to mention very familiar when it comes to using its search engine service, so why bother with another brand or website, right?
That being said, this could also apply to advertisers who might find Google’s platform a more lucrative place to place their ads, although the recent State of Paid Search report, it seems that advertisers are spending more money on Bing than ever. (more…)
So a few days ago we reported that Blizzard had recently launched a reality series of their own called Azeroth Choppers. Basically what the show is about is that it will part some of the World of Warcraft developers, artists, and producers, against each other in a Horde versus Alliance scenario where both teams get to design a custom motorcycle.
The goal is to create the motorcycle with a theme related to the World of Warcraft universe and the factions (Horde and Alliance) respectively, and the best chopper, as voted by fans, will win and have their design immortalized in the game. It sounds like a pretty cool idea and if you wanted to check it out, the first episode in the webseries has been launched. (more…)
It’s only April but yet we’ve come across a fair amount of leaks, rumors, and alleged photos that supposedly shows off what we can expect from the next-gen iPhone. Of course none of this can be officially confirmed right now but thanks to the folks at French website, Nowhereelse.fr, they have teamed up with renowned designed Martin Hajek to create some additional concept images of what the next-gen iPhone could look like in a case.
As you can see in the image above, the design looks more or less the same as per previous designs, which we guess are mostly based on the allegedly leaked schematics of the iPhone. However this time it shows what the phone could look like if it were kept in a case and it is a pretty sleek affair. (more…)
We have heard about Google’s Project Loon before, where this initiative intends to bring Internet connectivity to the masses using air balloons that float up high in the sky. It takes less than a month to make its way across the world, and has the potential to deliver up to 10Mbps speeds for users. It seems that these high-flying Wi-Fi balloons could also be testing out 4G LTE connectivity as they make their way on top of the Nevada desert.
Video games – this is a topic where many people have different opinions. Some believe that there are games out there which are just way too violent even with the ratings board approving it, while others figure out that regardless of the kind of video game played, it is still better to turn off the screen and head outdoors for some real fun. Whatever it is, video games have certainly captured the imagination of the masses – otherwise, how else could we see an explosion of the mobile scene that we know today? Sweden intends to change one’s perspective about video games through the Democreativity initiative.
Toshiba did make the headlines this earlier this week, and the Japanese company intends to cap it all off by debuting the fastest microSD memory cards in the world. These new microSD memory cards happen to be the first in the industry that complies with the High-Speed UHS-II Interface Standard. It so happens that this is the ultra high speed serial bus interface that has been defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20, and those who are interested will be able to choose from 32GB and 64GB capacities.
We have seen our fair share of Eyefi products in the past, and this time around, the global leader in digital camera connectivity has unveiled Eyefi Cloud. This is not a personal project by Nick Fury, but rather, Eyefi Cloud happens to be a private photo-centric cloud service which would allow recently captured photos to be instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Yes sir, the Eyefi Cloud was specially designed to cater for photo enthusiasts who would need the superior image quality that digital cameras provide but do not want to be shackled by the time-consuming processes that are required to enjoy such photos across multiple devices.