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Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 1

Project M.A.R.V: The Multi-Rotor Aerial Reconnaissance Vehicle, Part 1

With multi-rotor helicopters getting a bad rap lately, Charles created his own multi-rotor to show that they can be used for more than controversy.

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HTC hires former Samsung marketing exec on three-month contract

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 hour, 44 mins ago

It looks like HTC is desperate, with the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer hiring Paul Golden, who was previously in a marketing position at Samsung. With HTC continuing to experience all sorts of obstacles in front of it being successful, this is an important bit of news.

 

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Golden has been hired by HTC on a three-month contract, where we're sure he'll come in and talk to the company about how to better market its smartphone against the likes of Samsung and Apple. HTC's just-released One M8 has been met with positive reactions from both the press and consumers, but I don't think it has been a big enough success for HTC against Samsung - which is set to ship a massive 35 million Galaxy S5's in Q2 2014 alone.

GoPlug wants to be your new tech-infused backpack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 41 mins ago

I'm a massive fan of portable batteries, reviewing countless models over the last year or so - but powered backpacks? That's where it's at. Josh Cross, based out of Salt Lake City in the US, has unveiled the GoPlug bags - power that moves with you.

 

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Cross took to Kickstarter, offering up various bags and devices for tech users that are on the move. For the early bird pricing of $159 ($179 after) you can get the GoPlug Computer Bag that also comes with a Swag Pack. The GoPlug Computer Bag features a patent pending mobile outlet that packs 115V, 60Hz of power that is good to drive right up to 80W.

 

Inside, there is one 360-degree rotating AC outlet, two front-facing USB outlets to charge various smartphones and tablets, and a rechargeable 12V LiPo battery. The bag itself has organization parts galore, padded hip panel for added comfort, an adjustable shoulder strap and grab handle, and much, much more. There are other backpacks on offer on the Kickstarter page, as well as bags aimed at photographers.


Netflix teases season two of Orange is the New Black for June 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 3 hours, 49 mins ago

Orange is the New Black is one of my favorite shows, so my personal recommendation is: if you haven't watched it, do it. You will not regret it, but Netflix has just unleashed the full trailer to season two, something you can watch below:

 

 

It looks great, continuing off of the massive cliffhanger of the first season. Orange is the New Black's season season debuts on June 6, where Netflix will do what all networks should do: making all of the episodes available at once.

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Keep your friends closer with Facebook's new 'Nearby Friends' feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 hours, 35 mins ago

Facebook has just rolled out a new "Nearby Friends" feature which joins a bunch of other location-broadcasting apps that are already available. Nearby Friends will allow you to see which of your Facebook friends are close to you.

 

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The new feature is an opt-in option, where you'll have to enable it on your account. The service will let you see which of your friends are nearby, but you can turn the location tracking off whenever you want. Both you and your friends will need to have it enabled in order to see each other on the map, but once it is activated on both sides, you'll receive a push notification telling you that your friend is nearby.

Microsoft sells 5 million Xbox One units, Sony is now in the lead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 45 mins ago

Sony has shipped over seven million PS4's to retailers and consumers, but today Microsoft has announced it has sold over five million Xbox One consoles around the world. This means that Sony is in the lead by two million consoles.

 

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Considering both consoles have had some great exclusives, with Titanfall on the Xbox One and inFamous: Second Son on the PS4. There should be a bump in numbers when we see the sales of the Titanfall bundles with the Xbox One, but it is early in the next-gen console war. It should be an interesting picture after E3, and the holiday season at the end of the year.

Toyota will launch its hydrogen fuel cell-powered car next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 8 hours, 11 mins ago

Next year is going to be a big year for both the automotive market, and more specifically, Toyota. The Japanese giant will be offering up a new hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in 2015.

 

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The new car will be a mid-sized saloon, something the company compares to its current Avensis, and will feature a high-density fuel stack that will be capable of 500 miles from a single tank of fuel. But, according to Toyota's European President Didier Leroy, fuel cell technology will take a while to become common: "To help that happen we will bring a reasonable number of cars to Europe. The volume will be limited, but they will be visible on the streets".

 

Toyota has teamed up with BMW to boost its fuel cell research and development, where Toyota Europe's second in command saying the company would pioneer the technology, pointing to Toyota's position in the widespread adoption of hybrid drivetrains. He said: "There is of course a long way to go, as with any game-changing technology, but remember the same was said about hybrid only 10 years ago. Toyota is ready to back and lead this change, so we will be pioneering fuel cell step-by-step".

 

He continued, saying that hydrogen fuel is easy to store, and that it's better at capturing renewable energies than batteries, and that it can be produced anywhere. He finished with: "Taking these facts into account reinforces how Toyota is convinced fuel cell can deliver our ultimate goal of zero emissions and sustainable transport".

Edward Snowden asks Vladimir Putin about Russian spying activities

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 18 hours, 3 mins ago

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden recently had the chance to quiz Russian President Vladimir Putin about his country's cyber surveillance and snooping activities. During a video interview, Snowden posed the following question: "Does Russia intercept or store or analyze the communication of millions of individuals?"

 

 

Putin's response to the question: "Our agents are controlled by law. You have to get court permission to put an individual under surveillance. We don't have mass permission, and our law makes it impossible for that kind of mass permission to exist."

 

Of course, western intelligence sources are hesitant to believe what Putin claims, especially with Russia often blamed for cyber espionage and various cybercrimes. Meanwhile, it seems Putin is having a fun time poking fun at the United States and England, which following Snowden's disclosures last year, indicate both nations have sophisticated spying programs.

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Google sells out of Glass spots in only a day

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 18 hours, 51 mins ago

You might recall that we had mentioned Google Glass was going on sale to the general public on April 15. You didn't need an invite to buy the Glass headset on that day, but you needed your $1500 to get hands-on the expensive wearable.

 

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The caveat to the public sale of Glass on the 15th was that it was only good while a certain number of Explorer spots were filled. Google never said how many spots it had available. In fact, we still don't know how many were available. What we do know is that Google sold all the spots it had in one day.

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Nokia stops Lumia 2520 sales in Europe due to charger issue

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 19 hours, 24 mins ago

Nokia has announced a product advisory in some countries for its Lumia 2520 tablet. The advisory has to do with a charger that was sold with the tablet in some European countries and the UK. The charger is the AC-300 unit and it is only used with the 2520 tablet.

 

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Nokia says that customers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the UK are advised to stop using the charger immediately. Nokia discovered the issue during its normal QA process noting that the cover around the plug adapter could come lose and pose a risk of shock.

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Sony wanted Respawn to make a PS Vita version of Titanfall

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 57 mins ago

Sony gamers are left out of enjoying the cool game Respawn hit the market with not long ago called Titanfall. Titanfall is only offered for PC gamers and Xbox consoles. That means if you are on the PS4 or PS3, you are out of luck.

 

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Details have surfaced indicating that before Respawn signed that exclusive deal with Microsoft, the game developer had approached Sony and asked for details on the PS4 to make the game. Sony reportedly told Respawn that it wasn't ready to talk about the console.

 

Sony is also said to have liked the game well enough to try to talk Respawn into making a version of Titanfall for the PS Vita portable. Since the game is exclusive with Microsoft now, Respawn clearly turned Sony down. You have to wonder if Sony had coughed up the specs for the console if Titanfall might be available for PS4 gamers right now.

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