The Epson Moverio BT-100 is a pair of augmented reality glasses that, in the wake of the future success of Google Glass and the Occulus Rift, keeps itself unique with its own combination of abilities. This week SlashGear had a chat with Eric Mizufuka, Product Manager of New Markets at Epson and Scott, a member
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angry tapir writes “‘Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place,’ Brian Kernighan once wrote (adding: ‘So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?’) However, Sean McDirmid, a researcher at Microsoft, has been working to remove some of the pain from debugging. McDirmid, based at Microsoft Research Asia, has been studying ways of implementing usable live programming environments: a solution that is less intrusive than classical debuggers. The idea is to essentially provide a programming environment in which editing of code and the execution of code occur simultaneously — and in the same interface as code editing — with tools to track the state of variables in a more or less live manner.”
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Google‘s Jeremy Ng has dropped another announcement on Google+, this time introducing Hangouts Capture, an app that allows Google Hangout users to take snapshots during a conversation. This makes it easy to record those here-now-and-then-gone moments of hilarity or other situations you’d like to record as a digital memory. While there are several options for
As they reach the stage when they’re approaching profitability, fast-growth companies have a choice: they can either focus on profits – or on market share and scale. Our preference is that they continue to focus on growth. Although this, in turn, stimulates economic activity and employment in the wider economy, that’s not the main reason we favour this route. We simply think it’s good business to build markets and market share rather than focus on profitability, which can be delayed and deferred.
In January of last year, Gil Ben-Artzy and Shuly Galili launched a startup accelerator with the intent to expose Silicon Valley to the next generation of hot Israeli tech companies — and vice versa. While Israel has long been a hotbed for innovation and is home to the R&D labs of many of the world’s biggest tech companies, the founders saw an opportunity to create a more fluid connection between Israeli startups and the Valley.
Facebook users in Canada can use the company’s Android phone app to make free calls
An update to Facebook’s messaging app for Android phones allows people in Canada to make voice calls to their Facebook friends also using the app for free (even if those friends are outside of Canada). The new feature puts the company in direct competition with other call providers such as Skype (owned by Facebook ally Microsoft) and cellphone networks.
OverTheGeicoE writes “TSA recently announced that it would remove all of Rapiscan’s X-ray body scanners from airports by June. As part of this effort, it is trying to move a millimeter-wave body scanner from the Helena, Montana airport to replace an X-ray unit at a busier airport. Strangely enough, they have encountered resistance from the Helena’s Airport Manager, Ron Mercer. Last Thursday, workers came to remove the machine, but were prevented from doing so by airport officials. Why? Perhaps Mercer agrees with Cindi Martin, airport director at Montana’s Glacier Park International Airport airport, who called the scheduled removal of her airport’s scanner ‘a great disservice to the flying public’ in part because it ‘removed the need for the enhanced pat-down.’”
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iZettle Launches Launches Wireless Chip & Pin Device, Starts Taking Visa And Partners With Santander
iZettle — what you might call the ‘Square of Europe’ given it’s also a dongle-based mobile payment service for small merchants — will now launch a new Chip & Pin device alongside its existing solution that currently uses a customer’s signature to interact with the iZettle app. It will also now accept all major cards, including VISA. Until now iZettle has been unable to allow VISA transactions (there was a workaround but it was too complex), meaning many vendors were put off from using the payment dongle. The Chip & PIN reader will be available in Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany and Spain. The move comes amid rumours tha PayPal may be making a move into this space in the near future.
New submitter jyujin writes “Ever wonder how long your SSD will last? It’s funny how bad people are at estimating just how long ’100,000 writes’ are going to take when spread over a device that spans several thousand of those blocks over several gigabytes of memory. It obviously gets far worse with newer flash memory that is able to withstand a whopping million writes per cell. So yeah, let’s crunch some numbers and fix that misconception. Spoiler: even at the maximum SATA 3.0 link speeds, you’d still find yourself waiting several months or even years for that SSD to start dying on you.”
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Microsoft has been having troubles keeping the 128GB model Surface Pro tablet on virtual and actual store shelves, but it looks like the drought, as promised, is ending. The tablet’s now up for pre-order on the Microsoft Store website with an estimated March 1st ship date. Best Buy will also be receiving shipments of the slate soon and is also willing to take your money now to reserve one. Alas, our friends north of the border in Canada are still without a 128GB Surface purchase option, but at least the folks at the Surface Blog have promised to provide more info on the matter sometime soon. Don’t believe us? Head on down to the source and see for yourself.
TechCrunch TV recently made the trek to Las Vegas, where we had the chance to check out the burgeoning startup community that’s taking shape there thanks in large part to a $ 350 million initiative called the “Downtown Project.” When many people think of Vegas, they think of nothing but the casino-, tourist-, and hotel-packed area known as the Strip — but the Downtown Project, which is headed up by Zappos CEO Tony Hseih, is focused on bringing new life to the area also known as “old Vegas” that used to be the playground for the likes of the Rat Pack.
New technology, including better control algorithms and communications, is improving the performance of wind turbines.
Superficially, wind turbines haven’t changed much for decades. But they’ve gotten much smarter, and considerably bigger, and that’s helped increase the amount of electricity they can generate and lower the cost of wind power.
Visitors to what used to be Buy.com will see a few changes on the front page this week — including a pronunciation guide for its new name.
Mobile technologies have been adopted around the world at a stunning pace, yet the implications are only beginning to emerge
The rise of mobile computing and the seeming ubiquity of cell phones have influenced nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Mobile technologies today are all but taken for granted. Despite the speed with which these technologies have been embraced, however, the impact of the mobile revolution and the opportunities it presents are far from being understood.
Hugh Pickens writes “With Windows 8, Microsoft has made a billion-dollar gamble that personal computing is taking a new direction and that new direction is touch, says David Pogue. It’s efficient on a touchscreen tablet. But Microsoft expects us to run Windows 8 on our tens of millions of everyday PCs. Although touch has been incredibly successful on our phones, tablets, airport kiosks and cash machines, Pogue says touch will never take over on PCs. The reason? Gorilla Arms. There are three big differences between tablet screens and a PC’s screen: angle, distance and time interval. The problem is ‘the tingling ache that [comes] from extending my right arm to manipulate that screen for hours, an affliction that has earned the nickname of gorilla arm.’ Some experts say gorilla arm is what killed touch computing during its first wave in the early 1980s but Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 will be so attractive that we won’t mind touching our PC screens, at least until the PC concept fades away entirely. ‘My belief is that touch screens make sense on mobile computers but not on stationary ones,’ concludes Pogue. ‘Microsoft is making a gigantic bet that I’m wrong.’”
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GoPro’s lineup of mount-anywhere cameras has been dazzling extreme sports enthusiasts for years. The original HD Hero first delivered stills and wide-angle HD video in 2009, and those capabilities improved with a higher-res sensor, faster burst mode and a wider field of view in the Hero2. Now, GoPro has rolled out the Hero3, which packs even greater performance (up to 4K video!) in a cube that’s almost a full centimeter thinner than its predecessors.
What kind of powerful imaging gear did the company boffins shove in that diminutive package? Just how pro do videos from the new GoPro look? To find out, we took a Hero3 up in a jet, strapped it to the roof of a car and recorded a base jump out of a hot air balloon (from the safety of the basket, of course). Join us after the break to see the results and find out how we got along filming with the Hero3.
Gallery: GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition
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Looks like the Christmas wish of our own East Coast editor John Biggs just came true. Hackulous, the company behind the popular (and controversial) app Installous which let people easily download pirated apps on jailbroken iOS devices, has shut down. In what iDownloadBlog’s Sebastien Page has rightly called “a small victory against app piracy,” it appears that Installous is also no longer available in the iOS App Store. Hackulous announced the closure today in a brief post on its website that reads: “We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence. With lots of love, Hackulous Team” Fans of the Installous are mourning the loss on its Facebook page, and, not surprisingly, offering up links to other piracy apps that are still up and running. The timing here is interesting, as it comes just one day after John Biggs wrote a TechCrunch article calling Installous “the scam iOS maker of the day” and calling for Apple to shut down the Installous app, which he called “a travesty, and an insult to those who strive to build great apps.” He was under the impression that there were two Installous apps out there, but it seems now that they were both the same thing. It’s unclear whether Apple heeded his call or if Hackulous pulled the app on its own as part of its planned shutdown. Either way, now it’s totally gone. It’s certainly not the end of mobile app piracy, but it is one small step forward for developers who want to earn an honest living for building fun mobile applications, and for those of us users who are happy to pay the the dollar or two it takes to download an app the honest way.
After Taking Flak For Sketchy Promotion, Carwash Startup Cherry Changes Wording And Cancels Trial Memberships
Some people really don’t like a recent promotion from Cherry, the startup that brings car washes to its users. In a series of tweets which he then aggregated on Storify, Rod Begbie declared that Cherry was made up of “scammy rip-off artists who deserve to die unloved and alone” — and it looks like the company is responding to his criticism.
Begbie’s complaint is with a free carwash promotion that Cherry was offering. Turns out that promotion came with some strings attached — the carwash is indeed free, but people who sign up for it were automatically enrolled in a Cherry membership plan, with recurring payments that automatically start after the trial period.
At long last, Apple appears to finally be approaching a launch date for iTunes in Russia — and it could come as soon as tomorrow. A tipster has forwarded us an email, in Russian, inviting a small group of people to an iTunes event in Moscow on the evening of December 4. The email does not give much away, simply noting that team iTunes will be holding a musical evening, and that it’s a small, invitation-only affair, at one of the city’s swanky shopping centers, GUM, located on Moscow’s Red Square.
Amazon has started taking orders of the larger version of its Kindle Fire HD tablet computer on Thursday, five days ahead of schedule.
Editor’s note: Bernard Moon is co-founder and CEO of Vidquik, a new web conferencing and sales solutions platform, and co-founder of SparkLabs, a recently launched startup accelerator in Seoul, Korea.
Qik co-founder Ramu Sunkara discusses the company’s voyage from its founding in 2006 in his garage to being acquired by Skype in January 2011 for $ 150 million.
alphadogg writes “The practice of flipping is probably most familiar to the general public from reality TV shows like ‘Flip This House’ on A&E. The idea is to buy a house for a lowish price, fix it up a bit, and then sell it on to a buyer, hopefully at a profit. Now, the secondary market for Android and iOS apps is beginning to see the same pattern. App creators without the time or inclination to service or monetize their apps can simply sell them off for a flat, up-front sum of money. Buyers can then either tweak them as they like or not, and either attempt to monetize them themselves or re-sell the apps to still another party. ‘Probably 80% of people who want to get involved in mobile either don’t know how to code an app or don’t know an app developer,’ says the founder of one app trading site. ‘So there’s this massive demand, but kind of a little bit of a barrier to entry.’”
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Color us not-too-shocked if it’s true, but the Verge has reported that AT&T will begin taking orders for Windows Phone 8 models from the likes of Nokia and HTC on October 21st. Microsoft has already sent invites around for a formal launch of the new smartphone OS for October 29th in San Francisco, so it would make sense for AT&T to start building its own list a week or so ahead of that. The company will also (supposedly) start taking your money for its US-exclusive Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Asus Vivo Tab RT on that day, which also jibes well with Redmond’s Windows 8 launch event on October 25th. Availability of those devices is rumored to be the day after (October 26th), while eager Windows Phone 8 users will get their hands on those models “in early November,” according to the source. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for confirmation, though it would be more surprising if all the order-taking didn’t commence around those dates.
Sure, we’ve all got a camera on us at all times, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and point-and-shoots, but these devices present an issue when it comes to that modern human desire to electronically capture everything that happens everywhere ever: having to actually take the pictures. That’s why the unsettlingly giddily-named OMG Life is working to unleash the Autographer, a hands-free, wearable camera that promises to take “thousands of photographs a day” via its wearable lens. Just drape it on your person and it will uses its six on-board sensors (GPS, color, accelerometer, motion detector, magnetometer and thermometer) to determine the right moment to snap one of its unwieldy volume of images. Says the company,
For instance, Autographer might capture an image when the wearer speeds up as they run for the bus, moves from a warm pub to a snowy street or turns around to greet a friend.
Also, you know, stuff like your wedding and the birth of your child. The camera’s got a five-megapixel sensor, OLED display, 8GB of on-board storage and built-in Bluetooth for sharing those pictures. The company’s currently aiming for a November release, just in time for capturing every single moment of the holiday season. In the meantime, the press info is after the break.
Samsung Electronics has been knocked hard on mobile phone design innovation in the last few days, but in what might be a spectacular display of diversionary tactics, it is also doubling down on another significant part of its business — chipmaking. Today, the Dutch semiconductor machine maker ASML announced that Samsung would be investing close to $ 1 billion — yes, more or less the same amount for which the jury in California held it liable over Apple patent violations on Friday — towards R&D and an equity stake in the business. In doing so, Samsung will be joining Intel, which took a 10% stake in ASML in July for $ 2.1 billion.
Back in the day, before the printing press made books a widely available commodity, students sat through class transcribing each and every word of a published work, as dictated by the teacher. We still take notes today, sure, but note-taking and lectures themselves have come a long way.
So as you tie your shoes, zip up your backpack, and head off to your first day of college (or second, third, or fourth first day of college), take these five methods into consideration for all your note-taking information-retaining needs.
Goodbye Moto: Google Will Send Out 4,000 Motorola Pink Slips Starting Today, Taking A Charge At Least $275M [Updated]
With Google’s $ 12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility closing in May, Google is now moving ahead on getting its new property in order. The New York Times is reporting that Google is preparing lay off 20 percent of the staff, or 4,000 jobs, and close one-third of its 94 worldwide offices – notifications will start to get sent out to employees beginning today (Monday), along with some other details, TechCrunch has learned. (Update: Google has now posted an 8-K form with the SEC noting a charge of up to $ 275 million for the cuts initially coming in the third quarter, but also forebodingly noting that additional future charges “could be significant”. More details below)
TechCrunch first reported these job cuts would happen back in May, and now we have a bit more colour on this:
Well what do we have here? Apparently Electronic Arts thinks Zynga ripped off The Sims Social and is now taking the social games giant to court. More specifically, Electronic Arts claims that Zynga committed copyright infringement with The Ville, which does look quite similar to The Sims Social. Of course, we’ve known that EA has
Just an FYI, the folks over at Facebook have shoved another update to their app for Android out the door today. While version 1.9.7 won’t add any new apps to your launcher, it does require some new permissions (phone status), require Android 2.2 and up, and offers some changes for the messaging and integrated camera experience. The camera app supports front-mounted shooter, while messaging improves switching between conversations, including friends of friends, sharing bigger photos and seeing who is available. There’s also various bug fixes, faster app login and navigation plus an unspecified security improvement, so even if your social media experience doesn’t include duckfaced self-pics and staying up on the latest gossip, it may be worth grabbing sooner rather than later.
The US Department of Justice has opened up an investigation into AT&T because the carrier has not followed federal regulations about the use of its IP Relay call service. The service is designed with the explicit and exclusive purpose of helping deaf or hard-of-hearing users in the US. The way the system works is that
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the NY Times:
“A new federal law, signed by the president on Tuesday, compels the Federal Aviation Administration to allow drones to be used for all sorts of commercial endeavors — from selling real estate and dusting crops, to monitoring oil spills and wildlife, even shooting Hollywood films. Local police and emergency services will also be freer to send up their own drones. But while businesses, and drone manufacturers especially, are celebrating the opening of the skies to these unmanned aerial vehicles, the law raises new worries about how much detail the drones will capture about lives down below — and what will be done with that information. Safety concerns like midair collisions and property damage on the ground are also an issue.”
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I had dinner last week with a senior exec from a global advertising holding company who asked what I often get asked these days, “What’s going on with mobile advertising?” it’s a timely question as last week Apple announced they were lowering the buy-in price for iAds from $ 500,000 to $ 100,000 and increasing the publisher revenue share from 60% to 70%. The move seems innocent enough, but with a little inspection is actually very worrying for a segment still struggling to shake off it’s inferiority complex, and potentially chilling for many innovators and entrepreneurs.
Telemedicine has been around since the 1990s, but psychiatrists say it’s increasingly used to treat remote patients as technology and security improves, and prices drop.
The BlackBerry PlayBook blues got you down? Fujitsu thinks you should consider riding the Android train to work. The company today announced the awkwardly named Stylistic M350/CA2 Android tablet, a seven-inch enterprise-focused slate aimed at folks looking for a sales terminal, catalog displayer or e-reader. The Stylistic has a WSVGA display and a battery that should give you around six hours on a charge. You can pick one of these guys up in mid-February, if you’re in Japan. An equally exciting press release can be found after the jump.
New submitter Microlith writes “Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security. Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: ‘On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enabled’ — which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: ‘Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems’ to prevent you from booting any other OSes.”
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Because drivers are being robbed when delivering to customers who ordered by cell phone, some restaurants stop responding to those who order by cell.
Mobile gaming is big and getting bigger. You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it one thousand times. Japan’s mobile, social gaming giants are killing it; Android and iOS games now generate more revenue than all of Nintendo and Sony’s portable games combined; and games are the most popular mobile app category in the U.S.
What’s more, according to the New York Times, quoting Gartner, game-related spending is on pace to reach $ 112 billion by 2015 (it’s expected exceed $ 74 billion this year, up from $ 67 billion in 2010), and mobile gaming is expected to increase to a 20 percent share of gaming platforms by 2015. Mobile is expected to hold the largest growth of all platforms over that time.
Computers and robots will replace humans in enough jobs that they will dramatically change the economy, said industry watchers and MIT economists at a robotics symposium Monday. And, they said, the transition has already started.
Google+ SVP Vic Gundotra and Google Co-founder Sergey Brin took to the stage today at The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco to talk about their new social network and what exactly they’re up to these days.
Among other things, Gundotra touched on the success Google+ has seen since its launch, most notably that users have uploaded 3.4 billion photos over the last 90 days — a statistic which “blew his mind”. Because of this early success, much of which was unexpected, Gundotra said, Google has been focusing on scaling the social network to make sure that it works for all of its users.