After two generations of relatively hefty 9.7-inch iPads, Apple may finally be ready to ship a lighter “iPad 5.” [Read more]
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The five month old LG Nexus 4 just showed up on the Bluetooth SIG for a second inspection. The SIG’s site appears to be down right now, but TechTastic took a screen grab which lists the revised handset as supporting Bluetooth 4.0. This is interesting, because up until now the Android Open Source Project hasn’t supported the lower power Bluetooth spec, meaning that the original Nexus 4 couldn’t use it despite having the necessary hardware. Judging by the appearance of this SIG listing, Bluetooth 4.0 support for stock Android could be announced at I/O later today. Coincidentally (or not), HTC is due to give to give a talk at a local Android User Group tomorrow about Bluetooth Low Energy. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of a potentially updated Nexus 4, there have been more sightings of a white version in Dubai (shown above). Ripe for another I/O giveaway?
A planned Windows 8 update to address complaints and confusion with Microsoft’s new operating system will be made available for free this year, the company said Tuesday.
A year after launch, a startup program is helping U.S. companies reach China—and vice versa.
When Jon Bonanno, chief commercial officer of the clean-tech startup Empower Micro Systems, got up to face a small, packed room in Santa Clara, California, last week, it wasn’t like the polished “demo days” run by the highest-profile Silicon Valley startup accelerators. There was no stage, not even a screen for the projector. The sound system buzzed with painful feedback. The 100 or so guests stood or sat in folding chairs under bright fluorescent lights in a space adjoining a large startup workplace that contained a distinct no-no of Silicon Valley office culture: cubicles.
Remember that Raspberry Pi camera module we wrote about a few months ago? It looks like UK-based electronics retailer CPC / Farnell will start taking orders for the shooter on May 14th. Users on the Raspberry Pi forums who signed up for info about the camera module have received an email from the retailer inviting them to order tomorrow. As a reminder, the five megapixel fixed-focus shooter — which only measures 25 x 20 x 9mm — can snap 2592 x 1944-pixel images and capture video at 1080p (30fps), 720p (60fps) and VGA (60 or 90fps). While the accessory is expected to cost about $ 25, there’s no actual pricing details on CPC / Farnell’s website. Wanna see the camera module in action? One lucky Raspberry Pi user’s received the device early and shared a video — check it out after the break.
Via: Raspberry Pi forums
Source: CPC / Farnell
As part of Microsoft’s loan of $ 2 billion to a group trying to buy PC maker Dell, the two companies must modify the payment terms of Dell’s current agreements with Microsoft, a document filed with U.S. regulators said.
After becoming available on the Z10 just last month, it was only natural for WhatsApp to eventually expand its horizons within BlackBerry 10. And with the Q10 finally nearing its time to take off around the globe, what better time to make the renowned messaging app also compatible with the latest in physical QWERTY keys from the Waterloo-based company. As usual, it won’t cost you a dime to get WhatsApp installed on that BlackBerry Q10 of yours, however a yearly fee of about $ 1 will be due if you’re planning on using it for longer than the first twelve months. Either way, it’s up for download now, so pay the source link below a visit if you’re one of the lucky few to have
RIM’s BlackBerry’s new jewel in your possession a little earlier than others.
Source: BlackBerry World
Let’s be frank: many dedicated console gamers among us have at least briefly dreamed of ordering food without having to lift our hands from the controller. That’s about to be more than a fleeting fantasy for Xbox 360 owners, as Microsoft is launching a Pizza Hut app today for those permanently lodged in the living room. The release puts all of the delivery menu a quick hop away on the Dashboard, including custom orders. Buyers can tempt their friends through Facebook, and there’s even Kinect support for greasy-handed customers who’d rather not touch the gamepad (or a napkin, apparently) when requesting a second serving. Microsoft stresses that the Pizza Hut partnership isn’t the start of a broad trend toward ordering real products through an Xbox, which is just as well — our arteries can only take so much inactivity at once.
With price reductions on both sides of the Atlantic, and a battery replacement promise, Nissan is clearly keen to lure you over to the EV side of the fence. The latest ploy comes in the form of a battery leasing scheme in the UK market. Dubbing them “Flex” models, cars bought with a leased battery will start at £15,990 (about $ 24,000) thanks to a British government grant scheme that knocks £5,000 ($ 7,700) off the price. It’ll then cost £70 ($ 108) and upwards a month to rent the battery depending on the contract and mileage. The new British-built version also comes with a swathe of improvements (over 100 claims Nissan), with top-billing going to the extended range — from 109 to 124 miles. With charging times also said to be close to 50 percent of those of the original Leaf, the car certainly seems to be moving with the times. Those who prefer to buy the car and battery together as one, can still do so, at the expense of the £5,000 grant. Still undecided? Remember even more improvements could be on the way.
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There’s nothing worse than seeing a handy new update hit your favorite app on the wrong OS. Luckily, time heals all
wounds platform fragmentation. TuneIn’s Android app has just been updated with TuneIn Live, a content discovery interface introduced on iOS back in February. What this really amounts to is an extra tab on the app’s main screen, but what it offers is pretty neat: a customizable layout of eight tiles, each previewing live music representative of its respective category. Users can peek at what various stations are playing at a glance, casually flipping through their favorite genre’s live offerings by swiping each tile individually. It’s nothing we haven’t already seen from the folks at TuneIn, but its nice to see the app updating consistently across platforms. Check out the adjacent Google Play link to snag the update for yourself.
Source: Google Play
If you need something to keep the shorties quiet while you’re emptying the drinks cabinet, then Lovefilm is where you need to be. The Amazon-owned streaming service has nabbed a big chunk of the BBC’s kids TV output, including The Sarah Jane Adventures, Tracey Beaker, Balamory and, yes, even Teletubbies. The episodes haven’t found their way into the instant service just yet, but we can’t imagine it’ll keep you waiting too long. If, like Laa-Laa and Po, you prefer everything to be said twice, you can check out the press release below.
Two-step verification (also known as two-factor authentication) is becoming all the rage now. After the recent influx of security breaches and hacks on major services, companies are starting to implement two-step verification to prevent social engineers from gaining access to your personal data. Today, Apple is beginning to roll out its own two-step verification process
In an attempt to offer a compromise for UK viewers who may want to watch the occasional sporting event but don’t want a full pay-TV package, Sky Sports is available in pay-as-you-go form on its Now TV service. Access won’t come cheap however, priced at £9.99 for 24 hours of access to Sky’s six sports channels. That does however open up streams for all of the sports it airs, like F1, soccer, cricket and more, on TV-connected devices like the Xbox 360 and its mobile apps. Check below the break for the details in the press
This week at the developer and startup-centric F.ounders conference, Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer has announced that his company’s JackThreads iPhone app is responsible for 45% of their overall revenue. This statistic was part of the CEO’s talk about how a modern mobile-centric strategy for a company such as Thrillist can be – and is –
Remember the adage that good things “come to those who wait?” Well, if you managed to hold your nerve and resist signing up with Suddenlink, then your patience is ready to be rewarded. The TiVo Mini is finally ready to strike out on its own
two feet four rubberized corners. The DVR extender will set you back $ 99.99, plus a monthly charge of $ 5.99, or a one-off payment of $ 149.99 — in a way, you kinda wish the company had just priced it at $ 249.99 and let us get on with it.
Via: The Verge
Android users have had access to Google’s Field Trip for several months now, but the location-discovery app is just making its way to iOS now. The service runs in the background on your smartphone, alerting you when you’re near a historic spot or Zagat-recommended restaurant, for instance. In addition to helping you discover new POIs, the app can act as a tour guide with audio read-outs about nearby places, and you have the option of posting newfound locales to Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Click through to the source link to give the free download a whirl on your iPhone or iPod.
Facebook has no doubt been focusing more and more on mobile platforms. Granted, it took them a while to come around to the idea of a native iPad app, but the social network has apps on all the major mobile platforms now, and the company is constantly adding and updating mobile features. Where’s all this
The blink-and-you-miss-it phone you see above is the LG Optimus L3 II, the smallest in the Korean manufacturer’s trio of style-driven devices. Much like its predecessor, the L3 II is a 3.2-inch Android handset; the difference this time is the fact that it’s running Jelly Bean, a firmware version that way too many larger smartphones — even some new ones — are still lacking. The twist here is that only Android fans with small hands and no need for raw processing power need apply, as there’s only a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chipset (MSM7225) and 512MB RAM running the magic behind the show. Additionally, we were greeted by a QVGA (320 x 240) resolution, 3.15MP rear camera and 1,540mAh battery.
The fact that such a small phone with rather “budget-friendly” specs can run Jelly Bean without too much concern is a fact-check to manufacturers that claim their older devices can’t be upgraded to it due to fears that it won’t perform properly. Granted, the device was slower than we’re accustomed to seeing on other Android 4.1 phones, but we have a feeling that it wouldn’t be that much different a story if it were using Ice Cream Sandwich.
When it comes to the fit and feel of the L3 II, you probably won’t be terribly surprised to learn that it wasn’t terribly comfortable, though admittedly we’re now conditioned to do hands-ons with phones as large as 5.5-inch (and even 6.1-inch). That said, its pebble-like form factor nearly got buried in our hands and it was difficult to see even the most trivial of apps, thanks to the vastly limited screen real estate. Still, we recognize that this particular size is designed to fit a very specific demographic, and it will likely delight anyone who is in the market for a smaller handset. Regardless of its size, the L3 II at least feels as if it’s made with solid build quality. The white version offers a matte finish, while the black remains glossy — and yes, a massively annoying fingerprint magnet.
Gallery: LG Optimus L3 II hands-on
Apple hasn’t done much to change the way iOS works at its core, in terms of navigating within and between apps and the home screen. In fact, iOS is maybe the mobile OS that has remained the most fundamentally the same since its introduction, at least among those that are still in active use.
But while Apple hasn’t been making huge changes to the basic iOS user interface, third-party developers have been pushing the boundaries and creating great examples of how things could be better for a next-generation version of Apple’s mobile OS.
Android tablets have nearly caught up to iPad devices as the world’s most popular tablet platform, and some project that they may even overtake iPads later this year. According to new research from app analytics company Localytics, the U.S., and specifically Amazon, should take the most credit for that trend: some 59% of all Android tablet usage came from the U.S., with over half of that attributed to Kinde Fire and Fire HD tablets.
We’ve known since last year that Jurassic Park would make its return to theaters in 3D this April, but now Universal has also dropped the details about its Blu-ray 3D release, as well as the 2D release of all the flicks individually in March. Just to fill in the timeline: first Jurassic Park 1, 2 and 3 will hit Blu-ray/DVD individually (following the triple pack that shipped in 2011) on March 26th, then Jurassic Park in 3D arrives April 5th in regular and IMAX theaters (no, the now-dated CGI has not been redone, you can get a peek in the trailer embedded after the break) followed finally by the Blu-ray 3D April 26th.
While news that the flick is back on the big screen is exciting, we can’t help but think there’s a few missed opportunities here like the previously mentioned CGI, and lack of any extras detailing the conversion process on the disc. Still, some had complaints about the picture quality of the previous release and it’s possible that remastering done in the name of 3D could see a better version this time around for all viewers. Either way, after Titanic, I, Robot and even Top Gun seeing 3D re-release it appears this is definitely a trend. The individual movies are priced at $ 24.49 on Amazon, and the 3D combo pack is $ 34.99.
o. Digital Copy of Jurassic Park (redeem by 4/30/2015)
o. Includes UltraViolet (redeem by 4/30/2015)
o. Return to Jurassic Park: Dawn of a New Era
o. Return to Jurassic Park: Making Prehistory
o. Return to Jurassic Park: The Next Step in Evolution
o. The Making of Jurassic Park
o. Original Featurette on the Making of the Film
o. Steven Spielberg Directs Jurassic Park
o. Hurricane in Kauai Featurette
o. Early Pre-Production Meetings
o. Location Scouting
o. Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors in the Kitchen
o. Animatics: T-Rex Attack
o. ILM And Jurassic Park: Before and After the Visual Effects
o. Foley Artists
o. Production Archives: Photographs, Design Sketches and Conceptual Paintings
o. Jurassic Park: Making the Game
o. My Scenes
o. pocket BLU App
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Bonus Materials:
Return to Jurassic Park: Finding The Lost World
Return to Jurassic Park: Something Survived
The Making of The Lost World
Original Featurette on the Making of the Film
The Jurassic Park Phenomenon: A Discussion with Author Michael Crichton
The Compie Dance Number: Thank You Steven Spielberg From ILM
ILM & The Lost World: Before & After the Visual Effects
Production Archives: Production Photographs, Illustrations and Conceptual Drawings, Models, The World of Jurassic Park, The Magic of ILM, Posters and Toys
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Jurassic Park III Bonus Materials:
Return To Jurassic Park: The Third Adventure
The Making of Jurassic Park III
The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park III
The Special Effects of Jurassic Park III
The Industrial Light & Magic Press Reel
The Sounds of Jurassic Park III
The Art of Jurassic Park III
Montana: Finding New Dinosaurs
Tour of Stan Winston Studio
Spinosaurus Attacks The Plane
Raptors Attack Udesky
A Visit to ILM
Storyboards to Final Feature Comparison
Feature Commentary with Special Effects Team
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First time accepted submitter ggrocca writes “Using human mucus as a testbed for how well influenza virus thrives in different humidity conditions, researchers at Virginia Tech found that the virus survived best if humidity is below 50%, a typical indoor situation during the winter in temperate climates due to artificial heating. The virus begins to find itself at home again only when humidity reaches almost 100%. Unsurprisingly, the latter finding explains flu spikes during rainy season in tropical climates. Full paper on PLOS ONE.”
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After being delayed, Top Gun 3D will be released by Paramount in 2013. Prior to his passing late last year, director Tony Scott personally oversaw the remastering and conversion of the 80′s classic performed by Legend3D. According to the press release, the process of remapping and adjusting the depth of elements in the movie brings additional clarity to its aerial dogfights in both the long shots and cockpit closeups. This comes after the 3D rerelease of Titanic last year, and ahead of the theatrical return of a converted version of Jurassic Park this summer. Before the Blu-ray 3D version hits stores February 19th it’s due for a six day IMAX run, although if you’re only into it for the 2D (and Tom Cruise, of course) a remastered version is included as well. Check after the break for a trailer and the press release with all of the specs, it’s currently available for pre-order from Amazon for $ 19.96.
Who wins Monday at CES matters, and in 2013, Samsung backed up its sales figures with an impressive display of its next 12 months in hardware.
Archos has been big on custom, exclusive software as a selling point for its mobile devices, even into Android models where the extra work isn’t strictly necessary. It’s giving the rest of us a taste by allowing everyone to download its Video Player app from Google Play. Any phone or tablet running Android 4.0 or later can use the app to play “most” movie formats, the company says. The app primarily touts a larger amount of network intelligence than some of its peers, including SMB and UPnP sharing, device-to-device playback syncing and internet retrieval of movie details like subtitles. While Archos isn’t exactly giving away the keys to the kingdom with a $ 5 asking price, we at least won’t have to switch to new hardware to see what we’ve been missing.
Source: Google Play
Numerous reports on Twitter indicate that a temporary outage has struck Google’s Gmail service, knocking down communication across the country for many.
In a bid to catch mobile payment rival Square napping, Intuit GoPayment is leaping across the pond to begin an assault on the UK. It’s certainly putting the effort in, having had to rework its hardware to be compatible with Chip-and-Pin and being forced, for legal reasons, to drop the “Go” and “ment” parts of its name. The service is currently in a limited trial before being rolled out to switched-on stallholders and itinerant fraudsters (we kid) nationwide.
Sky’s Now TV service is continuing its uphill battle against the armies of Netflix and Lovefilm today, setting up camp in Roku’s streaming boxes. Matching its Xbox 360 launch offer, you’ll be able to try the service for 30 days without charge, but it’s added another enticing deal for the Roku launch — pay a reduced price of £8.99 for the first three months before the regular £15 per month fee kicks in. As well as boasting its exclusive Harry Potter catalogue suitable for a holiday marathon, we’ve been told Sky Sports will finally be coming to Now TV “in a few months.” Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living will also eventually be added to the service, but there’s still not even a loose date for those. Now TV might not reach all the hardware it intended to before the end of the year, but at least with this latest launch, Roku can start showing Sky it was worth all that cash.
Mozilla puts out an alpha version for testing.
Mozilla has long been promising to make a mobile OS of its own, and this week, it opened up a prototype simulator for all to test. The thing is a little buggy still, but by putting an early build out there, Mozilla presumably hopes to entice developers to create apps for the platform. You can even try it out yourself by heading here.
Netflix’s reluctance to support playback on Linux computers is
infamous notorious ridiculous well documented. Well, while the company isn’t ready to officially start streaming to your Ubuntu box, you can gain access to its vast library with a specially patched version of Wine. For those of you that don’t know, Wine is a compatibility layer that allows Windows apps to run under Linux. Fire up the Windows version of Firefox with this version of the software, install Microsoft’s Silverlight and voilà — Netflix on Linux. Unfortunately, that makes the whole ordeal sound a lot simpler than it is. For the moment you’ll need to download Wine from its Git repository, then download and apply five different patches. Then you’ll have to download and install Firefox 14.0.1 and Silverlight 4, neither of which are the current (read: easy to find) versions. So far the hack is only confirmed to work on the 32-bit version of Ubuntu 12.10, but we imagine getting it up and running on other distros shouldn’t be too difficult. The work around should get easier once the crafty devs get a PPA up and running that will streamline installation. If you’re the impatient type you can hit up the source link to get complete instructions.
China Mobile is set to release Nokia‘s flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, on December 5. It’ll be called the Lumia 920T, and the carrier just leaked some more details about the device. One particular piece of information is that the processor in the leaked Lumia 920T will be slightly faster than the US version of
The pieces are coming together for NASA’s newest spaceship Orion, with its first unmanned launch test scheduled for September 2014.
The BBC and Sky may represent polar, warring opposites of the broadcasting business, but that doesn’t mean their technology platforms can’t get along. Following a promise made all the way back in January, internet-connected Sky+HD boxes will be able to access BBC iPlayer from today. The service has been integrated into Sky’s world-class program guide, with users even able to plump to catch available shows in high definition. The announcement also let slip that 4OD, the last remaining holdout to the service, will be added in early 2013. If you’ve yet to hook your Sky box up to the internet, you just need an Ethernet cable or wireless adapter — but let’s hope for your sake they aren’t at opposite ends of your house.
After a year of living in beta, Chrome Remote Desktop is finally ready for primetime. Similar to other screen sharing services like LogMeIn and Splashtop, Chrome Remote Desktop lets you access other computers remotely. Of course, it is special to the Chrome browser, and by extension, the Chrome OS. The latest version of the app adds a couple of new features like a real-time audio feed for Windows users and the ability to copy-and-paste between remote and local computers. You can use this with any Chrome browser of course, but it could prove especially useful for those with Chromebooks, as you can easily communicate with a presumably storage-laden home PC while still toting around a lightweight notebook.
Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop Screen Sharing Service Comes Out Of Beta, Adds Real-Time Audio For Windows
Google just announced that it is taking its Chrome Remote Desktop screensharing service out of beta. As the name implies, the Chrome Remote Desktop app runs in Chrome and allows you to share your desktop with others or control theirs to see presentations or, as Google notes, become the family hero by “adjusting printer settings on your mom’s computer to finding a lost file on your dad’s laptop.”
We’ve already gotten our collective mitts on Sony’s Xperia TL, and come November 2nd, you’ll be able to do the same by plunking down $ 99.99 and inking a two-year contract with AT&T. In case you need a refresher, the LTE handset runs a skinned build of Ice Cream Sandwich, packs a 1.5GHz dual-core S4 processor, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, NFC and a 4.6-inch 720p display powered by the firm’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine. Since Sony’s smartphone flagship is lucky enough to call itself the official James Bond phone, it’ll come stuffed with behind the scenes footage of the upcoming film Skyfall and Bond-themed ringtones, wallpapers and more. For the full lowdown on the Xperia TL’s arrival on Big Blue, hit the jump for the press release.
We’re fans of the LG Optimus G, although the custom ROM lovers among us might want to tamp down their expectations after this. We’ve confirmed comments to Android Central that the late 2012 flagship has a locked bootloader much like the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu that went before it — any serious experimentation with a typical carrier variant could at least require jumping through some hoops, if it’s possible at all. It might not matter much for the sort who cares about bootloaders, though. If statements by other LG staffers are more than just wishful thinking, there could be a Nexus variant of the Optimus G next week that’s as good as a blank slate for modders.
Nintendo’s Wii U isn’t the only gaming console launching this holiday — portable Neo Geo hardware is arriving on December 6, and it’s called the Neo Geo X. The somewhat pricey handheld is now available for pre-order, and incentivizing that pre-order is the promise of an extra game (ADK-developed fighting game Ninja Master), bringing the total of pre-loaded game software to 21 titles. This “limited edition” version still costs the same $ 200 that the normal version does, and it still comes with the same variety of supplementary hardware we’ve seen before (that $ 130 standalone remains date-less, sadly). For the full list of games in the LE, head past the break (spoilers: it’s all the previously revealed 20 games, plus Ninja Master).
paroneayea writes “MediaGoblin and LulzBot have teamed up to bring 3-D model support to MediaGoblin! The announcement shows off a live demo of the new feature… it uses Blender on the backend to render stills and thingiview.js to show realtime WebGL previews. This means MediaGoblin is becoming more useful for 3-D artists and people interested in 3-D printing, especially those looking for a free-as-in-freedom alternative to Thingiverse.”
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Dish Network customers have been without AMC and its family of channels since July 1st, but thanks to a settlement between the satellite company and Cablevision’s former Voom HD unit, AMC will be back on the air starting tonight. The possibility of a settlement leaked out late last week via a court filing, and according to the terms Dish will hand over $ 700 million in cash plus its 20 percent stake in Voom, and receive 500MHz of video and data spectrum licenses in 45 areas. In a separate deal, Dish and Cablevision spinoff AMC Networks have a new multiyear deal that should bring back AMC in time for The Walking Dead to air tonight, and all of its other channels (IFC, WE tv, Sundance and for the first time, Fuse) starting November 1st.
GoPro’s new Hero3 is lighter, faster, higher res and has WiFi, comes in three flavors starting at $199
At a San Francisco launch event GoPro has just revealed the next addition to its line of action cameras, the Hero3. The Hero3 claims specs that are 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, with a resolution that’s up to 4x higher and it has WiFi included. The top of the line Black Edition is capable of capturing video at up to 4K res — if you’re willing to drop the framerate down to 15fps — however thanks to a processor it says is 2x faster, it has also doubled frame rates at lower resolutions. That means 1080p60, 1440p48 and 720p120 modes are supported for your super slow and still-HD capture needs. The Silver Edition maxes out at 11MP stills and 1080p30 video, while the White Edition drops down to 5MP stills.
As far as pricing, the Black Edition is $ 399, the Silver is $ 299 and the White $ 199. Pre-orders are scheduled to start at 12:01AM PT (3:01AM ET), and there’s a handy counter on the GoPro site if you otherwise might forget. Naturally we were in the house and will have hands-on pics and impressions soon, check after the break for a quick list of specs.
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Gesture control, devices that recognize different people, and tricks to make a screen feel as if it has physical buttons could be coming to your gadgets.
In a few short years, the technologies found in today’s mobile devices—touch screens, gyroscopes, and voice-control software, to name a few—have radically transformed how we access computers. To glimpse what new ideas might have a similar impact in the next few years, you need only to have walked into the Marriott Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this week. There, researchers from around the world demonstrated new ideas for computer interaction at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. Many were focused on taking mobile devices in directions that today feel strange and new but could before long be as normal as swiping the screen of an iPhone or Android device.