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US authority lets farmers spray crops from drones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 mins ago

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted farmers the ability to use the RMAX drone, which can hold fertilizer and pesticide tanks. The drone weighs more than 200 pounds and was developed by Yamaha, and is the first drone craft that can carry a significant payload.

 

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The FAA has been careful in approving aircraft for commercial use, with farmers using small drones for agricultural purposes. The drones are mainly taking pictures and helping land owners inspect their crops, and for little else.

 

However, using drones for precision spraying will help limit costs, and keep material costs down - in such cases as vineyards, which can be difficult to access by ground workers.

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Study: 'Smart' clothing will top 10 million in 5 years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 7 mins ago

Consumers are expected to begin adopting wearable "smart" clothing at a rapid rate in the coming years, with the market topping 10 million units each year by 2020, according to the Tractica Research firm.

 

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The sports market gets most of the attention related to smart clothing, with athletes wearing shirts, shorts, socks, and other apparel using embedded sensors to track physical data. However, a transition from sports material to street apparel is expected for smart clothing, as the necessary technology begins to drop in price.

 

"The ultimate wearable computer is a piece of smart clothing that one can wear as a garment or a body sensor that can track and measure specific vital signs," said Aditya Kaul, director of Tractica Research, in a statement published by VentureBeat. "Both of these device categories are designed to seamlessly integrate with users' daily lives."

Report: Microsoft Xbox One receiving TV DVR functionality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 hour, 57 mins ago

Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Windows Media Center for Windows 10, but has something special planned for Xbox One gamers. Console owners can view live TV through the Xbox One, and will soon have the ability to record content.

 

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"Of course, many Media Center fans actually use the product to record and watch TV shows via Media Center PCs in the living room," said Paul Thurrott, a Microsoft blogger, in a statement to GameSpot. "Microsoft's solution for this need will apparently be the Xbox One."

 

The update will reportedly go live sometime later this year, as Microsoft wants to provide a variety of different streaming options for gamers. Both Microsoft and Sony want to keep users engaged with their consoles, but Microsoft hopes to have an advantage after the release of Windows 10 later this year.

Epic Games provides support for SteamVR in Unreal Engine 4.8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 5 mins ago

Epic Games has been making waves with its new iterations of Unreal Engine, with the latest version including integrated support for Valve's SteamVR platform.

 

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Unreal Engine 4.8 is available right now, with the team at Epic explaining: "Virtual Reality technology is evolving rapidly and becoming more powerful and immersive by the day. Even if you're starting with a simple project to learn VR or AR, build your team, your assets and your workflow around a technology that can deliver on your creative vision - now and in the future. From students just starting out and small teams of veteran developers, to world renowned VFX houses and Hollywood storytellers, you'll never outgrow Unreal Engine 4".

 

The team continues: "To create immersive experiences that are believable to the human mind, VR requires scenes to be complex scenes rendered at very high framerates. There are no shortcuts. Because it was designed for demanding applications such as AAA games and photoreal visualization, at its core Unreal Engine 4 meets these requirements and provides a solid foundation to build upon".

 

  • Rendering pipeline that gets you to 90 Hz stereo framerate or faster at high resolutions, no code changes required.
  • Tools that scale from simple to extremely complex scenes, environments and characters.
  • Advanced cinematic, post processing and PBR capabilities out of the box.
  • Plug in your dev kit and go. Low friction startup and rapid iteration.
  • Frequent updates that take advantage of rapidly evolving hardware.
  • Support for all the latest VR hardware including Oculus Rift,Samsung Gear VR, Steam VR, Leap Motion, and Sony Project Morpheus

Far Cry 4 Complete Edition includes all DLC for the PS4 and PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 3 mins ago

Ubisoft has just announced Far Cry 4 Complete Edition, which will include Far Cry 4, and the Season Pass that comes with five DLC packs. This means that the Complete Edition will well and truly be the complete edition, with access to all of the missions, weapons and DLC. The Season Pass includes:

 

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  • The Syringe DLC: Players must find a rare and potent recipe before Pagan Min's forces use it against the rebels.
  • Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC: Without anything to defend themselves with, players will have to complete a series of challenges to reach an extraction point.
  • The Hurk Deluxe Pack contains five missions and an arsenal of new weapons including "The Impaler", Hurk's harpoon gun.
  • Overrun DLC allows players to team up as Rakshasa or Golden Path to swarm conflict zones and overrun their opponents in maps based on Kyrat's countryside.
  • Valley of the Yetis DLC: After crashing in the Himalayas, players must explore a new frozen landscape and discover the secrets behind a mysterious cult.

 

Strangely, Far Cry 4 Complete Edition will not be released on the Xbox One, and will only see the light of day on the PlayStation 4 and PC. Not only that, but it will also be limited to just a few countries: Europe, the Middle East and African territories. No release for the US, UK, or Australia.

The beautiful Project Cars is only a 17GB installation on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 6 mins ago

Project Cars is out today, with my version of the game currently downloading from Steam at a nice 10.4MB/sec. The HDD space required by Slightly Made Studios' driving game is just 17GB.

 

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Comparing this to recent games like Titanfall which wanted 48GB of HDD space, or even GTA V which sucked up a huge 65GB, Project Cars is actually light on your HDD. Project Cars is one of the best looking games out right now, so expect a performance analysis from us on the game sometime next week. For now, this is a list of the recent games that have chewed up the most space on our storage:

 

  • Project Cars - 17GB
  • Grand Theft Auto V - 65GB
  • Titanfall - 48GB
  • Battlefield: Hardline - 60GB
  • Wolfenstein - The Old Blood - 38GB
  • Wolfenstein - The New Order - 50GB
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity - 50GB

AMD Radeon R9 390X caught on camera, should be unveiled at E3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 hours, 26 mins ago

We all know it's coming, but when will AMD unveil it? We have two of the biggest events coming in the next month: Computex and E3, but from what we've heard, AMD will unveil its new Radeon R9 390X at E3, during its PC conference. One of the most exciting things about the upcoming Radeon R9 390X is that it will feature HBM memory, at least 6-9 months before NVIDIA can make it happen.

 

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WCCFTech has gotten its hands on some images of the upcoming Radeon R9 390X, where we can see that the card is cooled by a watercooler. Not only that, but we can see that the design of the card sticks close to the reference look of the R9 295X2, and if this image is correct, the R9 390X is a super-short VGA card. Judging by this picture, it could be "half the length of the R9 295X2" reports WCCFTech.

 

Something else I'm enjoying from this picture, is that we have three DisplayPort outputs, and a single HDMI output with no DVI port to be seen. We can see that the R9 390X is a dual-slot design, but that watercooler is going to be quite the hassle for many users. Here's hoping the previous rumors were true, and that we get two cards: one with the watercooler, and then the partner cards from the likes of SAPPHIRE, MSI, ASUS and all the rest with exotic cooling systems.

Hulu lands 'Myst' TV show

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 hours, 44 mins ago

The 1993 classic point-and-click adventure game 'Myst', which spawned three sequels and a series of books is set to be visualised in a sci-fi/ fantasy drama for Hulu according to a report by Deadline Hollywood.

 

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The offshoot of the production company that bought 'Pacific Rim', 'Godzilla' and the upcoming 'Jurassic World to screens; 'Legendary television, took control of the rights from developers Cyan late last year.

 

According to the report, Hulu has accepted Legendary's pitch, but neither company has yet officially commented.

Razer CEO gives every employee the new 14-inch Blade gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 32 mins ago

Exclusive: We've just had a source of ours reach out to us to inform us that Razer has reportedly given out a 14-inch Blade gaming laptop to each and every single person who works at Razer.

 

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The source said that "everyone in the company" was given the new 14-inch Blade gaming laptop, and it's "not a 'work use' machine, but something to just game on and personal use". This is part of Razer's company motto that Razer is "For Games. By Gamers" with company CEO Min-Liang Tan wanting to make sure that everyone in the company could game for as long as they wanted.

 

Considering the 14-inch Blade starts at $2399 on Amazon, that's quite the early Christmas present.

Consumer Reports says Apple Watch is best smartwatch right now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 8 hours, 7 mins ago

The Apple Watch is currently the best smartwatch available to consumers, according to a recent Consumer Reports tested 11 different smartwatch models, including several different Apple Watch models. The results are based on various tests that include durability, water resistance, readability, ease of use, ease of interaction, and health functionality.

 

 

The Apple Watch tops the Apple Watch Sport and LG G Watch R (tied for No. 2), Pebble Steel, Moto 360, ASUS ZenWatch, Samsung Gear S, Martian Notifier, and Sony SmartWatch 3.

 

"In the end, our top-rated smartwatch is the stainless-steel Apple Watch," according to Consumer Reports. "Its performance on the scratch-resistance test and excellent scores for ease of pairing and ease of interaction make it our top choice. Not an iPhone user? Not to worry, several Android-compatible models and one multi-OS-compatible smartwatch got very good overall scores as well."

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