It seems unlikely that drones will become commonplace in everyday life for consumers, but that doesn't mean there aren't potential long-term ramifications. An estimated 12 percent of a booming $98 billion for aerial drone spending in the next 10 years will be dedicated to commercial drones.
Looking ahead, companies hope to see drones used to deliver groceries and product shipments, along with agricultural development, and to help conduct high-level construction supervision. Starting in 2015, commercial drone flights - with drones weighing 55 pounds or less - will help offer guidelines and regulation of wide-scale drone use.
As more drones take to the skies, there will be continued concern of privacy and safety issues, which will remain a major threat. However, drone-powered applications will be required to meet certain standards to prevent possible invasion of privacy cases.
Google has only just unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop, but one of the bigger surprises it has is Gmail 5.0 for Android. Gmail 5.0 for Android will sport a new look, pulling it alongside the new refreshed look of its Android apps of late, but it will do something that should shake up other companies: supporting Outlook.com and Yahoo accounts.
This sees Google wanting to have Gmail as a one-stop-shop for all things email, baking in support for two of its biggest competitors. In a leaked video, we can see that other mail services that are supported, apart from Outlook.com and Yahoo, will include IMAP and POP3, as most would expect. Some rumors suggest that Google has sprinkled Exchange ActiveSync over Gmail 5.0 for Android, which will stop people from having to switch between email apps, keeping it all within Gmail.
We should expect Gmail 5.0 to roll out when Android 5.0 Lollipop launches in a couple of weeks time.
There have been some truly incredible creations within Minecraft, but this one would have to be one of the most elaborate: a working iPhone. You need to check out the video, below.
The creation was done with countless hours by YouTuber "SHUFFLE" who made the 'working' iPhone within Minecraft, something that even has working apps. The video above is in German, so most of you won't understand it, but you can still see the working iPhone, well, working in Minecraft, which is a sight to behold.
InWin has just unveiled two new cases to the world, with the new 707 Full Tower, and 703 Mid Tower. Starting with the 707, we have two colors available: 'Gaming Black' and 'Silent White' with both chassis' "constructed from strong and reliable SECC steel".
The black version of the 707 features an acrylic side panel window, while the white version sports sound damping to provide quieter operation. Inside of the 707, we have some serious cooling capabilities, where support for both 360mm and 240mm radiators is allowed, at the roof, and bottom of the 707, respectively. InWin have generously provided 206mm of depth on the opposite side panel, which provides additional room for those super-tall coolers.
There are three 5.25-inch bays hidden behind a one-touch, pop-open door, while inside there are eight 3.5-inch HDD bays with screw less installation. Cable management is provided throughout the 707, as well as a big 20mm gap behind the motherboard tray that will keep your build nice and clean, as well as providing increased airflow.
Dyson has burst into a new category, announcing its new Humidifier. The new Dyson Humidifier isn't the usual humidifier you might be used to, but this high-tech device will add moisture during those dry winter months, safely.
Dyson says that some competing ultrasonic humidifiers emit over 280 counts of bacteria within two minutes of turning the machine on. Others however, evaporate water directly from a wet wick, where bacteria can manifest. The Dyson Humidifier on the other hand is based on the desin of its bladeless fans and heaters, with the company claiming it kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water, using ultraviolet light.
The new Humidifier is also capable of operating for up to 18 hours on a single three-liter (or 100 oz) of water. It comes equipped with a remote control so that you can adjust the Humidifier from a distance, or even set a timer without having to get up to turn it off. During the hotter months, the Humidifier will act like a regular fan. The company has pumped some $60 million into the R&D of its latest device, creating 643 prototypes before getting it right.
Spotify has announce that it will soon allow multiple accounts under a new family plan, something that will see existing Spotify accounts priced at $9.99, with additional members adding on $5 per user, versus $9.99 for a new subscription.
This means that two users will cost $14.99, three at $19.99 up toi a total of $29.99 per month for five users. The streaming music outfit hasn't said how it will enforce the 'family' part of these plans, and whether it would force them under a single IP address, which would stop a group of friends sharing one single account, at $5 cheaper per month or not.
Ubisoft is now detailing its season pass for Far Cry 4, something that will cost $20 when the game launches next month. Far Cry 4's DLC will include an exclusive launch-day mission, a new PvP multiplayer mode, five missions with Hurk, and more. For $30, you'll receive:
- The Syringe - Available from launch exclusively for Season Pass holders, players must keep a rare and potent recipe from falling into the hands of Pagan Min's forces. Playable in single-player and co-op, players will need to ensure that he does not use its devastating effects on the rebel forces.
- Escape from Durgesh Prison - Ajay and Hurk have been rounded up and tortured in Yuma's prison. Team up with a friend to escape and survive the hostile lands of Pagan Min's Kyrat.
- Hurk Deluxe Pack - Five missions, playable in single-player and co-op, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk's Redemption are available. Access an arsenal of new weapons including a harpoon gun for Hurk.
- Overrun - Team up as Rakshasa or Golden Path in this PvP mode and control a series of neutral locations across Kyrat's countryside to protect them from being overrun by your opponents.
- Valley of the Yetis - Ajay's helicopter has crashed on an unforgiving Himalayan ridge. Explore the frozen landscape and find tools to upgrade your camp and protect it from a dangerous cult when night falls. With single-player and co-op options, players will not be alone, but in the darkest caves players will have more to fear than just the cult as the yetis await their prey...
It was only back in March that we reported there was a "beta" of Grand Theft Auto V floating around for the PC, fooling unsuspecting gamers into its phishing arms. Well, we're back again with another supposed beta for the game, this time, for the remastered version.
Rockstar Games, the developer behind GTA, has said on its "no beta" page (something that has been up since May 2013) "Please note: There is no pre-release 'beta' test for Grand Theft Auto V. If you see ads or solicitations to join a beta program, beware as this is likely some type of online phishing scam".
The re-release of Grand Theft Auto V will reach the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 18, with the PC version delayed a couple of months, with a release date of January 27, 2015. Grand Theft Auto Online will be included with GTA V on the PS4, Xbox One and PC when it launches, something that supports 30 players at once.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on November 4, but you'd better have some HDD space free, as well as copious amounts of RAM. The new Call of Duty requires 6GB of RAM, which we've previously reported, but the required HDD space has been increased from 40GB to 55GB.
The update on the HDD requirements are thanks to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's system requirements on Steam, which state it will only work on 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, as well as requiring 6GB of RAM and 55GB of available HDD space. The last game in the series, Call of Duty: Ghosts, required 6GB of RAM and 40GB of HDD space, but the 6GB of RAM requirement was later reduced.
Lenovo is really hitting a stride lately, especially with their great Yoga range of slates and Ultrabooks, but what about smartphones? The latest rumor is that the Chinese electronics giant will announce an acquisition bid for Canadian phonemaker, BlackBerry... this week.
Unnamed sources have talked with Benzinga.com, a financial news site, that Lenovo is going to offer BlackBerry $15 per share, which is a premium over the $9 or so that its stock has been trading at lately. If BlackBerry declines the first offer, Lenovo will reportedly back it up with an increased offer of $18 per share.
Both Lenovo and BlackBerry have declined to comment on the rumors so far, but this isn't the first time they have been floating around. We heard about this back in October last year, but nothing happened. The issue was that the Canadian government wouldn't give its approval for Lenovo to acquire BlackBerry due to national security concerns.