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ZUtA Labs' Pocket Printer is a small mobile robotic printer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

ZUtA Labs has taken to Kickstarter to fund its super mobile robotic printer known as the Pocket Printer, which will set you back just $180 if you fund it on Kickstarter now, or $200 when it begins shipping early next year.

 

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The Pocket Printer will scoot along a piece of paper - of any length - leaving ink as tracks. It will print much slower than a traditional printer obviously, but you can't kick its portable goodness. You could take it anywhere, printing something on the plane while you're travelling, or in the coffee shop while you're trying to connect to its Wi-Fi.

 

ZUtA Labs' Pocket Printer has a print speed of just 1.2ppm in its current prototype specs, and in its current form, prints at 96x192 DPI. It has Bluetooth connectivity, supports Wi-Fi, has a run time of around one hour, charge time of three hours, supports Android, iOS, Linux, OS X and of course, Windows. It is just 10cm or 3.9-inch high, and 11.5cm or 4.5 inches in diameter, weighing in at 300g or 10.5oz.

Regulators tell US Banks to plug 'Heartbleed' vulnerability

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Banks and financial institutions recently received a memo urging them to fix the security hole that is exploited by "Heartbleed," and they should consider upgrading encryption software and changing passwords, according to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

 

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"Attackers could potentially impersonate bank services or users, steal login credentials, access sensitive email, or gain access to internal networks," the memo states.

 

Amazon, Yahoo, Netflix, and other major websites were quick to fix security holes, and users can change passwords on those sites.

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Chrome for Android beta now allows you to 'undo' a closed tab and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Google has just pushed out an updated Chrome for Android beta, which includes some new features. One of the new features is the ability to "undo" the accidental closure of a tab.

 

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The video player has been updated, which will let your phone or tablet use HTML5-based full-screen video with subtitles and on-screen playback controls. The latest Chrome for Android beta also includes support for the multi-window features on select devices, as well as support for sending some videos from the browser, over to Google's cheap Chromecast, direct.

 

You can get the latest Chrome for Android beta right here at the Google Play store.

Classic Star Wars back on the big screen for one day only

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Whilst Star Wars fans have to wait until December 2015 to see the next installment in the Star Wars saga in the as-of-yet untitled Episode VII, Australian Star Wars fans have been granted a special treat: all six films are coming back to theaters in a movie marathon.

 

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This marks the first time that the original trilogy has been in theaters since the release of the special edition versions back in 1997; rights holders Disney and Twentieth Century Fox have teamed up to honor the international Star Wars day on May 4 (May the fourth be with you, geddit?) with selected theaters from Village, Hoys and Event cinemas Australia wide and throughout New Zealand all participating.

 

On Saturday, May 3, cinemas will play the prequel trilogy of Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, while May 5 will play A New Hope, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Each session begins at 12:30pm and runs approximately seven hours. Tickets to each day sessions are $25.

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Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 is now available across the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It has been a long time coming, but the Galaxy S5 is now available to purchase. Samsung's latest flagship handset has just launched in 125 markets, including some of the biggest: United States, Europe and most of Asia.

 

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The Galaxy S5 launches side-by-side with the South Korean giants Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, as well the Gear Fit health tracker. The Galaxy S5 packs the fastest processor on the market inside its thin body, as well as a slew of fitness-based features. It is water resistant, which is another nice touch from Samsung - a much-loved feature on Sony's Xperia line of devices.

 

Whatever you do, just don't smash your Galaxy S5 with a hammer, okay?

iTunes rumored to be overhauled to fight off Spotify, Pandora

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It looks like music streaming services like Spotify and Pandora are making Apple push in changes to its own service quicker than the company previously would've liked to have done so.

 

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Apple hasn't been seeing increased music sales since it launched its iTunes Radio service last year, but a continued decline. Billboard is now reporting that Apple wants to dramatically overhaul its iTunes Store in order to better compete, which might include "an on-demand streaming service, an iTunes store for Google's Android devices and negotiating download sales windows that favor Apple".

Amazon acquires comiXology, a digital comic provider

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Amazon has just announced it is acquiring comiXology, a digital comics platform. There's no details available on what Amazon shelled out for the company, but comiXology was one of the best places to source comics from, so it makes sense for Amazon to bolster its comic business.

 

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ComiXology said: "ComiXology's mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novel". Amazon's Vice President of Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing, David Naggar, said: "Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world. We've long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers".

 

No one knows what is going to happen in the immediate future, but we should see Amazon make a move in the comic space this year thanks to the acquisition of comiXology.

Nikon's new 1 J4 compact camera features an 18-megapixel sensor

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Nikon has unveiled the latest edition to its J-series of Nikon 1 Cameras. The new J4 is the follow up on last years popular J3 compact mirrorless camera, and upgrades include a new 18.4-megapixel sensor, and the Expeed 4A image processor. The sensor is also missing its low-pass filter making for exceptionally sharp image quality.

 

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The new Nikon 1 J4 features 105-focus points, and very accurate phase detection autofocus. 171 points are utilized for contrast-detection autofocus as well and the camera is able to handle up to 20-frames per second with the auto-focus set to tracking mode. 60 frames per second is capable when the focus is locked, and the camera actually records 20 frames before and 20 frames after the shutter has been pressed to ensure that the photographer gets the perfect shot. 1080p video at 60 frames per second recording is built-in, and the camera has an ISO range from 100-12,800. Additionally the new J4 ditches the full-size SD card for the more popular microSD format.

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New iWatch rumors suggest two models, one that would cost 'thousands'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The wearable game just got very hot, with Google announcing it will sell its Glass headset starting April 15, but what about Apple's place in the wearable market? New rumors of its iWatch suggest that we could see two versions of Apple's smartwatch released, including a high-end version that would cost thousands of dollars.

 

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually on the ball with most Apple rumors, said in a research note to clients on Thursday morning that Apple was preparing two iWatch models for this year. The first of which would be a smaller 1.3-inch device for people with smaller wrists, and another model that would feature a 1.5-inch screen.

 

Both models would feature a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire crystal display covers. Kuo said that Apple's iWatch would have a host of sensors that would monitor multiple things like motion, heart rate and more. The analyst noted the iWatch would have deep integration with iPhone and iPad, and would include an NFC chip, wireless charging capabilities, and a "fashionable appearance".

 

Kuo wrote to his clients: "Fashion is the name of the game; most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars. Referring to the rules of the fashion market, we predict the iWatch casing and band will come in various materials. The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars". Kuo forecasts that Apple will sell some 5.5 million units of its iWatch this year, ramping up to somewhere between 30 million to 50 million in 2015.

The PC version of Watch Dogs looks incredible thanks to NVIDIA tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

We all knew Watch Dogs on the PC was going to be something special, but just wait until you watch the video below. It shows off Watch Dogs powered by NVIDIA hardware, and it looks sublime.

 

 

It looks absolutely incredible, with anti-aliasing cranked up, and shadow detail on maximum. It's very fluid to watch, where it looks to be running at between 30-60FPS. HBAO+ is a big part of the graphic goodness, thanks to NVIDIA.

 

For the open-world game to look this great and run that smooth, I'd love to know what requirements I'm going to need to run it at 4K at 60FPS minimum. Maybe four GTX Titan's? Or do you think you might need something like two GTX Titan Z's when they're released? Whatever the case, my wife is going to be pretty mad when I upgrade.

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