BlueAnt is a company that has been making Bluetooth headsets for mobile phone users for a long time. The company has announced its latest product called the BlueAnt Pump. The new headset is aimed at active users that like music while they workout.
The headphones promise clearer audio and they are IP67 waterproof rated. That means they can be rinsed under the faucet after a workout and won't break. BlueAnt says that it developed the Pump headset with cooperation from extreme athletes.
BlueAnt says that the headphones will deliver deep bass and clear high and mid-range sounds. The headphones also support wireless phone calls and have easy to reach and use controls on the ear piece. The drivers inside the headphones are 12.5mm units and they have mylar composite diaphragms.
Boutique PC gaming company Digital Storm today announced its VANQUISH II gaming PC, which starts at an affordable $699 price tag. The Vanquish II has an open architecture so gamers can easily make upgrades to ensure it can support current video games for the next few years.
Digital Storm promises graphics up to three times the resolutionÃ‚Â of video game consoles - and the Good configuration ships with an Intel Core i3 4330 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1GB GPU, with the Ultimate build including an Intel Core i5 4570 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB GPU.
Once an order is placed, Digital Storm promises to have VANQUISH II units shipped with 72 hours - and each machine is benchmarked, stress tested, and undergoes final QA inspection before being boxed up.
This New York City Residents awoke to a loud explosion that reportedly shook buildings and busted windows for dozens of blocks. The explosion was centered on the corner of 116th Street and Park Avenue, and it appears that two buildings have collapsed due to the explosion and resulting fire. No cause has been determined as to what may have caused the explosion, but there were reports of a natural gas smell near the buildings just before the explosion.
Around 9:15am this morning, New York City utility company ConEdision dispatched a crew to reports of a "strong gas smell" at a building on Park Avenue. Before the crews could arrive, the two buildings exploded and blew debris for blocks and shutting down the Metro subway system's North Line. At the moment, authorities are reporting just one fatality, and more than 20 injuries ranging from minor to serious.
NBC Channel 4 is reporting that the Metro North Line may be shutdown for the rest of the day, and the news station has confirmed that the smell of gas was reported by several people in the area just before the explosion. Residents and business owners in the area have also reported shaking around the time of the explosion, which has lead to speculation that construction inside the two buildings could have ruptured a major gas line. At the moment, the fire is under control, and first responders are now combing the rubble at the scene for anyone who may be trapped in the debris.
Apple has been operating a series of very successful retail stores around the world for a number of years. The stores Apple operates are so successful that Microsoft and others have tried to offer their own retail locations with varying degrees of success.
Last year rumors started to pop up that Google was eyeing its own permanent retail stores. The rumors suggested that the retail stores would begin to show up at the end of 2013. Those stores never materialized, but a new rumor suggests that Google's first retail store might go up in Manhattan.
Google is tipped to be looking at a retail space at 131 Greene St that is about 4100 square feet and located near high-end retailers in the popular SoHo district. Sources claim that Google is close to signing the lease on the space and if it does this will be the first permanent brick and mortar store for the firm.
Many people out there spend a lot of time trying to make their tech in the home hide when not in use. There are all sorts of systems out there for hiding TVs behind mirrors and artwork for instance. Typically, if you want to hide speakers you can embed them inside a wall or ceiling or just hide them behind furniture.
A company called Soundwall has a speaker system that hides in plain sight as a piece of art on the wall. The Soundwall speaker system uses a distributed mode speaker that hides a Raspberry Pi controller inside and supports Apple AirPlay and UPnP.
The artwork the speaker features is customizable and applied to a special foam core material that promises high quality sound. Soundwall uses Wi-Fi connectivity to content to streaming music sources. Multiple Soundwall speakers can be used in one location.
Pando Daily is reporting that Google has acquired parts of Green Throttle Gaming, a small company who developers Bluetooth controllers and Android-based virtual gaming consoles.
Google scooped up Green Throttle Gaming's two founders, as well as the parts and labor division of the company. A Google spokesperson has confirmed the deal, but didn't extend its terms to the public. The deal sees Green Throttle's business rights stay with co-founder Charles, while the company's staff and co-founders move over to Google.
The other co-founders of Green Throttle are Karl Townsend, who is the company's Lead Engineer on the original and second generation Palm Pilot, and President and Chief Operating Officer Matt Crowley, who used to work for Nokia and Palm. The company has worked on an Android-based virtual console, which allows gamers to connect their smartphones and tablets up to their TVs through an HDMI connection to play mobile games with Green Throttle controllers.
The San Francisco Planning Commission along with the city's Board of Supervisors have approved Apple's plans for an upcoming Union Store Apple Store. Now that the city has approved its plans, the company can being construction on the new store, which will be located just three blocks away from its existing store in San Francisco.
"We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs," said Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette when talking to Re/code. She continued: "Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square."
We should expect the new flagship Apple Store to feature 44-foot tall sliding glass panels at its entry, with an Apple rep calling the new location "more iconic" than its well-known Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
Flappy Bird has been gone for a month now, but the creator behind the game, Dong Nguyen, has finally come out and talked about his super famous game in a feature interview with Rolling Stone.
In the interview itself, Nguyen says that he is "considering" bringing Flappy Bird back, even after all the attention - good and bad - he has received. The Flappy Bird creator says that he the game even saw him hit with threats. Even with the threats, he is exploring his options, warning players to take breaks from the game as it has addictive qualities - a big part of why he took the game down.
Nyugen also talked about the inspiration for Flappy Bird, and how the culture of his home city of Hanoi influenced the game's simple mechanics. He says that the citizens dashing through the city, eyes focused on their smartphones, which is where the simply 'tap' control method made its way into Flappy Bird.
When we reported about the mammoth installation of Titanfall on the PC, we wondered what could be so big that it warranted a 48GB installation. Well, that 48GB install is filled with a massive 35GB of uncompressed audio.
The installation of Titanfall on the Xbox One weighs in at just 17GB, so jumping up to 48GB on the PC is quite ridiculous. Respawn decided to give PC gamers uncompressed audio, to account for less powerful hardware configurations. This is due to the large amount of dual-core machines, which just meet the minimum requirements on PC for Titanfall.
Respawn's Lead Engineer, Richard Baker, said that "a two-core machine would dedicate a huge chunk of one core to just decompressing audio," so the studio decided to go for uncompressed audio, in order to squeeze more performance out of the slower machines. This comes at the cost of 35GB, which is quite the chunk of hard drive space.
Legitimate WordPress sites can be compromised and turned into a weapon to use as part of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, according to security researchers. A HTTP-based distributed flood attack from more than 162,000 attacks recently brought down a larger site, with the victim WordPress site forced offline due to a tremendous amount of traffic.
Compromised websites likely didn't realize they were hijacked and used as part of the attack, though administrators can search for XML-RPC "POST" requests in website logs.
"Any WordPress site with XML-RPC enabled (which is on by default) can be used in DDoS attacks against other sites," said Daniel Cid, Sucuri CTO, wrote in a blog post. "Note that XML-RPC is used for pingbacks, trackbacks, remote access via mobile devices and many other features you're likely very fond of."