Tesla has hit an undeniable home run with this Model S electric vehicle, despite the car’s high cost. Tesla has created an attractive electric vehicle with an impressively long driving range that has wowed drivers and reviewers alike. The only downside to the vehicle is that a well-equipped version runs and the $ 100,000 range. Recently
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Google Now is one of the main features in the latest Android iteration, known as Jelly Bean, but it’s also hinted for iOS and it’s in the works for Chrome. However, according to some source code from Google Now, the search giant looks to be planning to implement Google Now in the web, meaning that
An anonymous reader writes “Google appears to be preparing the launch of a game center for Android with an unknown name. It looks like the new hub will sport a slew of features, including multiplayer support, in-game chat, lobbies, leaderboards, and achievements. The leaked information come to us courtesy of Android Police, which amusingly stumbled on the details by tearing apart the apk file for MyGlass, the Google Glass companion app that launched earlier this week. The feature list was hidden within, though it’s not clear if this was done on purpose to build hype or entirely by accident.” While on the topic of Google-branded Android hardware speculation, this wishlist at The Full Signal makes some feature-list pleas for the rumored Nexus 5.
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Some of the details surrounding Biz Stone's new Jelly app have just been firmed up: Apparently it will help people "do good."
A recent change in Microsoft’s hardware requirements for Windows 8 is creating a lot of speculation on what Microsoft has planned in the future. Previously, Windows 8 could only run on displays with a resolution of at least 1366×768. However, that requirement has been lowered to only 1024×768, which means that we could see smaller
One way to protect a delicate device like a smartphone is to wrap it in layers of shock-absorbing rubber and plastic. Now, that can mean a case or you can simply build the handset out of those materials in the first place. Obviously, Apple is kind of attached to the premium feel of glass and metal, so the company is proposing another solution. A patent application discovered today suggests using a mechanism to shift the center of gravity or orientation of a device if sensors on board indicate it is falling.
The sensors in question are pretty standard fare: accelerometers, gyroscopes, etc… but some of the countermeasures are quite unique. Shifting weights could be hidden under the hood, but other proposals include a locking headphone jack that would prevent the phone from hitting the ground, airfoils and even a reserve of gas for thrust. Many of the solutions are more than just a little impractical, especially when trying to design the sleekest smartphone possible. The concept could also be used in laptops and tablets, but it would certainly be most useful in shatter-prone mobile devices like the iPhone. If you really like digging through patent minutia check out the source link.
Via: Apple Insider
It’s been a slow news day for most of the tech industry, but it’s been a helluva Monday for T-Mobile. First the carrier announced expansion plans for its fledgling LTE network, and said that the Galaxy Note II would be getting an over-the-air update allowing it to take advantage of T-Mo’s new 4G speeds. Now, Big Magenta is planning a press event for March 26th in New York City, reports AllThingsD. As you can see, the invite promises the wireless operator will no longer be acting like one, which makes us think a splashy product launch isn’t in the cards. Given the teaser, we have to wonder if T-Mo is finally ready to elaborate on its plan to offer Value plans only, under which customers pay for their phones outright in exchange for lower monthly fees (and no contracts, of course). If we were betting types, that’s where we’d be putting our money, but it’ll be another eight days before we know for sure.
What if the future of human-computer interaction had a lot less interaction in it?
The best essay on human-computer interaction I’ve read this year was a fake news piece in The Onion. Its title: “Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity.” What if people just “want to visit websites and look at them”? What if “using” a piece of software is simply not what we want to do with it, most of the time?
Newly observed properties mean the material could be a highly efficient converter of light to electric power.
Researchers have demonstrated that graphene is highly efficient at generating electrons upon absorbing light, which suggests that the material could be used to make light sensors and perhaps even more efficient solar cells.
Conventional materials that turn light into electricity, like silicon and gallium arsenide, generate a single electron for each photon absorbed. Since a photon contains more energy than one electron can carry, much of the energy contained in the incoming light is lost as heat. Now, new research reveals that when graphene absorbs a photon it generates multiple electrons capable of driving a current. This means that if graphene devices for converting light to electricity come to fruition, they could be more efficient than the devices commonly used today.
Previous theoretical work had inspired hope that graphene had this property, says Frank Koppens, a group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Spain, who led the research. He says the new result, described this week in Nature Physics, represents the first experimental proof.
To perform the experiment, the researchers used two ultrafast light pulses. The first sent a prescribed amount of energy into a single layer of graphene. The second served as a probe that counted the electrons the first one generated.
Kim Dotcom has just announced through Twitter that Mega, his successor to Megaupload, will now be accepting Bitcoin as payment for its cloud storage services. You can purchase your Mega service with Bitcoin through Mega’s newest reseller, Bitvoucher. Bitcoin is a P2P digital currency that allows you to instantly make a payment to anyone, anywhere
Apple TV rumors have slowly been gaining steam recently, and even more speculation should be wound up from the fact that Apple has a job listing that looks to find an “experienced engineering manager to help deliver the next generation features for Apple TV.” While it makes sense that Apple will update the Apple TV
In a question-and-answer session on Reddit Wednesday, Microsoft’s Surface Pro team ignored most questions about the tablet’s battery life, but hinted that the company might sell an add-on battery pack in the future.
Scientists have the first hints of life from a lake long trapped beneath tons of Antarctic ice.
Research In Motion has hinted that it will launch two new handsets early next month to accompany the release of its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Xi3 has taken some time at this year’s Pepcom to reveal the new 7 series modular computer. The Xi3 7 series is comprised of the 5A and the 7A, with both pulling only 20 watts and each computer as a whole coming in at only 4-inches per side. This could mean big things for computing,
It feels as though the iPhone 5 just hit store shelves, but developers say they’ve seen evidence of the next-generation model already.
Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Tech Hints That Its Next Stop Is Hong Kong As It Seeks To Become “China’s Apple”
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which has been referred to as “the Apple of China,” strongly hinted at an expansion into Hong Kong on its official Twitter account. Though the tweet was cryptically worded, attached is a graphic featuring the company’s latest model, the Xiaomi Mi2, with specs listed in traditional Chinese characters (which is used in Hong Kong, but not mainland China), Hong Kong floral emblem the Bauhinia flower and a silhouette of the Hong Kong islands and peninsulas.
Valve has been making a visibly deep push into the living room, but in bits and pieces — controllers here, Big Picture interfaces there. Company chief Gabe Newell may have just hinted at a more holistic, though non-exclusive, approach in the works. Chatting on the sidelines of the Video Game Awards, he tells Kotaku that any Valve hardware would involve a “turnkey solution” with a “very controlled” environment, not unlike a console. While that’s not necessarily the confirmation of the rumored Steam Box, Newell only stokes the speculation further through his eagerness to put Big Picture on Steam for Linux and get that much more control when building hardware. The game developer doesn’t see his company monopolizing couch-based devices should it get involved, however — he predicts more companies will be selling PCs in 2013 tailored for the TV in a way that would favor Steam. We won’t consider either a Valve-made gaming box or its third-party equivalents to be imminent based solely on award show banter, but the remarks suggest that at least one of the PCs is more than just a dream.
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Curiosity did make a big discovery on Mars, one that had the world speculating about the potential discovery of “organics” on the Red Planet. There’s something there all right — but it’s little more than a pile of scientifically relevant sand, experts from the space agency said Monday.
Microsoft has been busy streamlining SkyDrive to make the most of our time in the cloud, but it hasn’t yet cut out the middleman for audio playback; if a song wasn’t obtained through a channel like Xbox Music, it won’t play online in Microsoft’s universe. LiveSide has made some code discoveries suggesting the storage service could at least partly remedy the problem with a web-based music player. We don’t know much of how it would work, although the presence of interface elements hints that Microsoft is at least committed to development. The real dilemma is an absence of clues as to when (and if) playback will ever go live — and there’s nothing that would reveal whether or not SkyDrive is the heart of an upcoming option to upload personal tracks for Xbox Music streaming. If the music player mentions reflect more than just experimentation, however, the Redmond team may soon have a more direct answer to the likes of Amazon Cloud Player or Google Music.
As expected, Microsoft on Tuesday shipped a major preview of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) for Windows 7, using a moniker that hints at a final release as early as next month.
It may not have a cool name like “Siri,” but you can’t accuse Google’s Voice Search app of lacking personality. Or self-awareness, for that matter. In case you missed it, Google upgraded its iOS search app on Tuesday with improved voice search functionality – it’s the closest iOS users can get to a “Google Now“-like experience. The new app can return information like weather, stock quotes, sports scores, flight details, language translations, YouTube videos, and any other fact-based answers which Google’s Knowledge Graph can quickly deliver. And when an instant answer isn’t available, the app simply launches a Google web search instead.
Apple’s executive shake-up this week is a sign that design is the ‘tip of the spear’ for the company, but the reorganization won’t disrupt the firm’s product delivery and may produce groundbreaking moves, analysts said today.
Apple today issued invitations to an Oct. 23 event in San Jose, Calif. where it’s expected to unveil a smaller tablet, tagged as the “iPad Mini” by most.
When Google bought Nik Software, there was some worry that Snapseed would go the proverbial dodo’s route and fade into obscurity as part of a larger Google app. We won’t see that ignominious end anytime soon if Senior Engineering VP Vic Gundotra’s photography is as valid a clue as it looks. On an evening flight to Baltimore, Gundotra posted a view of the setting sun to Google+ using Snapseed — a rather unique achievement given that the existing, iOS-only app doesn’t know the social network exists. Knowing the executive’s usual choice of smartphone, the public use could be the hint of the already planned Android port getting close to launch, even if there’s no way to know exactly when and how the image editing app could arrive. Let’s hope that Gundotra’s post is more than just a fleeting glimpse of a product that gets shelved later on.
Taptu, a competitor with Flipboard and Pulse in the ‘tablet news reader’ stakes, was aiming to be the new-new thing when it launched back in 2010. A few iterations and fund-raising’s later it’s fair to say that it concluded it was going to be tough to compete in that market. Today it’s announced its acquisition by Mediafed. Who, I hear you ask? London-based Mediafed has been around since 2007, selling advertising into the RSS feeds of major newspaper and magazine publishers. Financial terms were undisclosed, but to date Taptu has received $ 18 million in venture funding from 3i Group, Sofinnova Ventures and DFJ Esprit. Now, MediaFed will effectively use Taptu’s app – which will still be developed – as a vehicle for its client’s feeds (as well as whatever users themselves choose). Taptu CEO Mitch Lazar will stay on for a period as an adviser and the Taptu developer team stays on board.
New submitter inotrollyou writes “Drones are getting more sophisticated, and will soon carry ‘soft’ biometrics and facial recognition software. In other news, sales of hats, tinfoil, and laser pointers go up 150%. Obviously there are major privacy concerns and not everyone is down for this.” It’s not just drones, either: In my old neighborhood in Philadelphia the Orwellian police cameras were everywhere, and they’re being touted as a solution for crime in my Texas neighborhood, too. The report itself is more predictive than proscriptive; under U.S. law, as the Register points out, you can expect less legal as well as practical privacy protection the further you are on the continuum between home and public space.
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French security firm Intego discovered a new Mac Trojan horse this week that is being used to target specific individuals.
Rovio recently gave us a big hint on the Angry Birds Facebook page that a level editor could be coming soon to the game. The Facebook post showed an image of a green pig with building blocks surrounding it, and the pig having thought bubbles illustrating how the blocks might be put together. The new
Fossilized human feces and other evidence from a West Coast cave demonstrates the existence of a long-lost, 13,500-year-old American culture, scientists said Thursday.
During today’s shareholder meeting RIM CEO Thorsten Heins hinted that BBM, the companies celebrated group messaging service, might be getting some significant upgrades with the debut of BB10. In particular, the words “video chat” were tossed out as an example of how it planned to keep pace with the evolving mobile landscape. In response to a shareholder question, Heins said:
“BBM is a very, strong platform… With upgrading it into a new experience, think about adding features on BB10 such as video chat, for example, within BBM. There’s many other features to come with BB10 that will really level this BBM experience… which will upgrade that experience to a whole new social networking experience based on BBM… we want to use this to build a BlackBerry-driven social networking platform.”
So, does that mean BlackBerry is getting ready to take on Skype and Google? Perhaps. It would certainly make sense, but we’d stop short calling it a sure shot. What is clear, is that Heins really wants to push BlackBerry as the “social” platform focused on “experience” and seems content to let those other mobile OSes win the apps race.
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One of the biggest new content partnerships to be announced for Google TV this year is the deal that Google has secured with cloud gaming service OnLive. At the time, it was announced that LG’s upcoming Google TV sets would incorporate the OnLive app to allow users to have instant and seamless access to triple-A
An anonymous reader writes “A 56-page leaked document details Microsoft’s plans to build a Project Glass competitor. Kinect Glasses is marked as a 2014 project designed to connect to a future Xbox 720 console. The document also includes potential pricing for the next Xbox — $ 299 with a Kinect 2.”
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We’ve wondered ever since Roku’s media streamers went on sale at Walmart about a year ago when or if the retailer’s Vudu streaming service would be available on them, and that time may be drawing near. While there’s still no official word or appearance of the channel, Dave Zatz posted an image of an upcoming June 10th Walmart ad from SlickDeals.net for the Roku HD that includes a logo for Vudu. Of course, even if the app is released, as he mentions there’s no assurance they’d be able to handle the highest quality HDX streaming, but it would be one more way to get video on-demand, and access to cloud stored Ultraviolet movies.
Based on its pre-IPO video, expect more ads, changes to its mobile offerings, and a world where all software links to Facebook.
As Facebook heads for an expected $ 100 billion debut on the stock market two weeks from today, many users of the site may be wondering what this means for their experience of the social network. The 30-minute “retail road show” video made public by Facebook yesterday to tempt investors gives some clues. Here are five of them.
Windows users appear half as interested in trying out the new Windows 8 as they did three years ago when they jumped at the chance to test drive Windows 7, data shows.
Apparently there will be big Samsung news unveiled when the calendar hits April 23. The manufacturer has launched a new teaser site with a countdown timer set to expire in the early morning hours of tomorrow, in US time at least. The site is a seemingly nonsensical tgeltaayehxnx.com, but if you put your anagram skills
theodp writes “A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application, reports GeekWire, describes a ‘user-following engine’ that analyzes your posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to deduce your mood, interests, and even your smarts. The system would then automatically adjust the search experience and results to better match those characteristics, explains Microsoft, such as changing the background color of the search interface to suit your mood, or bringing back only those search results that won’t strain your feeble brain. From the patent application: ‘In addition to skewing the search results to the user’s inferred interests, the user-following engine may further tailor the search results to a user’s comprehension level. For example, an intelligent processing module may be directed to discerning the sophistication and education level of the posts of a user. Based on that inference, the customization engine may vary the sophistication level of the customized search result.’”
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Sonosite appears to be contemplating replacing custom hardware with a tablet computer
In what might be a larger trend for makers of all kinds of screen-centric, processor-intensive technologies, engineers for portable ultrasound device maker Sonosite appear to be contemplating replacing the guts of their machines with Apple’s iPad or other tablet.
Time to put on our “skepticles” as we pore over some reportedly leaked Tegra 4 details. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang went on record saying that we could expect a new Tegra “every single year”, so if anything, the fourth iteration of the series is slightly overdue. Chinese site VR-Zone, however, thinks it’s got the inside skinny on how the next deployment might look. If its alleged roadmap leaks are to be believed, there will be four variants, three with a quad-core ARM Cortex A15 configuration, with clock speeds from 1.2 to 2.0GHz. What caught our eye a little more, though, was the “SP3X” flavor. Not because it favors the A9, but because it appears to bring LTE to the table right off the bat. That said, given that it’s not that long since NVIDIA announced the same for Tegra 3, we can’t help but wonder if something just got lost in translation.
A twins study sparks debate over the usefulness of medical genome sequencing.
On the steep slope of plummeting DNA sequencing costs rides the suggestion that whole-genome sequencing will soon be a part of the clinical experience for most patients. But researchers have now shown that deciphering the genetic code of most people would alert them to an increased risk for at least one of 24 common diseases, but fail to warn them about other diseases they will ultimately develop.