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Land Rover Invisible Bonnet concept creates a see through car

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 4:18 pm

Land Rover is showing off one of the coolest concept technologies I've seen in a car recently. The tech is called invisible bonnet, bonnet being a hood for those of us in the US. The tech uses a camera in the front of the Land Rover that shoots data to some sort of HUD inside the car.

 

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The result is what appears to be an invisible hood that allows the driver to see through the car to get a look at what is under the vehicle. This could be a great feature to keep Land Rover drivers from getting stuck when off-roading. If you have ever driven off road, you know just because an obstacle makes it past the bumper doesn't mean it will make it past all the hardware under the car.

 

Land Rover will be showing the new invisible bonnet tech off at the New York International Motors Show. The tech is pure concept right now and there is no word of it coming to a production vehicle. In addition to seeing the surface under the car, the tech will also show the driver the position of the wheels and their angle.

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Samsung Gear teardown shows a very repairable smartwatch

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 3:48 pm

Samsung started taking pre orders on its new wearable devices, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit not long ago. The wearable products all have compatibility with certain Samsung smartphones and offer fitness tracking tech and smartphone notifications. The most feature packed of the devices is the Gear 2.

 

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The gang at iFixit has taken a new Gear 2 and torn the smartwatch apart to see what it looks like on the inside and to get an idea what it would take to fix the device. We know the Gear 2 is waterproof and that waterproofing comes in the form of a gasket between the two halves of the case and around each of the screw holes.

 

One of the good things the teardown found was an easily removable battery. If that battery stops taking a charge you can open the case and replace it with no trouble at all. In fact, one of the only parts that isn't easy to take apart is the LCD assembly. It looks like that entire assembly has to be replaced in one piece if you break a screen. The overall repairability score for the watch is 8 out of 10.

The Last of Us Remastered banner promises pre-orders

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 3:12 pm

If you are a PS4 gamer that has been counting the days until you can get your hands-on the fantastic game The Last of US, you are certainly not alone. The first confirmation we had that the game was in the works for the PS4 came from an unknown Sony manager late last month.

 

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Real confirmation came today when a banner for the game turned up on the Sony Entertainment Network online store. That banner did bring with it a big question though. Did it land early before Sony meant it to, or is someone just missing the error the banner gives when you click it?

 

The banner cries out for gamers to pre-order the game now, but when you click it, you get an error message rather than the pre-order page. The question is did the banner go live early before the purchase page was ready, or did some hapless web admin just link it to a bad page?

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Logitech K830 is a backlit HTPC keyboard for couch potatoes

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 2:42 pm

Logitech has rolled out a new keyboard that is aimed squarely at the users out there who are watching video and playing games on the big screen in the living room. The new keyboard is called the Logitech Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard K830.

 

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As the name suggests, the keyboard has backlit keys. An ambient light sensor on the keyboard automatically adjusts the backlight brightness to suit the conditions of the room and save power. Power comes from an internal rechargeable battery.

 

One of the biggest challenges with a HTPC is controlling the mouse, the K830 has an integrated track pad. Connectivity to the PC comes from a Logitech Unifying receiver that has 2.4GHz tech and a 33-foot range. Logitech says that the keyboard is good for ten days of use per charge.

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AMD launches the new Socket AM1 platform, new Athlon and Sempron APUs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 12:00 pm

AMD's Athlon and Sempron lines are back and now in APU form. This morning AMD announced the launch of its new quad-core and dual-core Kabini APUs, and the new Socket AM1 platform. Kabini brings back the legendary Athlon and Sempron brands and pairs them up with AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next architecture and Jaguar CPU cores to form a flexible and powerful APU platform.

 

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"AMD consistently builds on its industry leading technology by continuing to offer a diversified product stack which is proven today with the availability ofthe AM1 platform with "sockete" Sempron and Athlon APUs designed for the mainstream market," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "With quad-core performance and AMD Radeon graphics the AM1 platform is an affordable solution that provides great flexibility due to an infrastructure built to deliver a multitude of options to our end users and system builders."

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Newegg begins pilot program to ship products to the UK, and Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 11:32 am

Newegg is looking to expand its reach across the pond, into the United Kingdom and Australia with a new pilot program. Customers located in the new countries Newegg is shipping to will be able to order a limited range of products from the US giant.

 

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Each country will have a select range of products to choose from, but there are several thousands to choose from right now. Customers can also enable a "Newegg Global Eligible" filter which will show purely internationally-shippable products, where the cart will display the estimated shipping charges, tax, and duty to any orders placed.

 

Newegg's Chief Marketing Officer, Soren Mills, said in a statement: "We're extending the Newegg customer experience beyond North America, selectively addressing English-speaking countries overseas to begin that process. This is an important step forward for our company and we're taking a very deliberate approach to our international growth".

Amazon says it dominates video streaming against Apple and Hulu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 10:31 am

Amazon has said that its Instant Video streaming service is now the third most popular video streaming service in the United States, and while Netflix may dominate in the area, Amazon says it has passed both Apple and Hulu.

 

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Qwilt, a video-delivery analysis company, has some data that shows that Amazon video streams have tripled in the past twelve months, pushing them from fifth place, to third. Netflix and YouTube are sitting in positions one and two, forcing Apple and Hulu lower down the video streaming ladder. Yahoo is rumored to be launching its own instant video service in the near future, with original programming. Microsoft is also putting its hat into the ring with the Xbox, so we should expect the video streaming space to really heat up.

 

But, Netflix has some incredible original shows under its belt with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, so the competition has a heavy uphill battle if they want to fight against Kevin Spacey and some really tough women in jail, including the still-sexy Captain Janeway, or Red.

Twitter acquires Cover, an Android lockscreen start-up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 9:36 am

We talked about Cover last year, knowing it was going to get big - but big enough for Twitter to acquire? I didn't see that coming. The social network has acquired the Android-focused start-up.

 

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Cover took to its blog to talk about the acquisition, where it said: "Twitter, like Cover, believes in the incredible potential of Android. They share our vision that smartphones can be a lot smarter - more useful and more contextual - and together we're going to make that happen". Cover launched last year, where it used your location and app usage history to predict which apps you would use next. It provided these apps in a beautiful quick access menu on your lockscreen, depending on where you were - home, at work, in the car, or when you're out.

 

With this acquisition, we can see that Twitter wants to be more of a force to be reckoned with on Android, and rightly so, considering that 75% of Twitter users are using the social network on their smartphones. Just what will Twitter do with Cover? That remains to me seen, but I'm now very interested in what the company will do with the exciting new start-up.

Lenovo's refreshed A-series tablets start from just $129

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 8:33 am

Lenovo has refreshed its 2013 lineup of A-series slates, with the TAB A7-50, TAB A8 and TAB 10 priced quite competitively. All of the Lenovo A-series tablets are powered by a MediaTek quad-core processor, with each slate featuring a 1280x800 display.

 

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We have screen sizes matching up with model numbers, so expect a 7-, 8- and 10-inch slate from Lenovo. Each device ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but will include an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future. Common features among the new A-series slates includes 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board flash storage, an SD card slot, and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Camera wise, we have a 5-megapixel rear-shooter backed up by a 2-megapixel shooter on the front.

 

The A7-50 weighs 320 grams and comes in at a cost of just $129, while the A8 is a little heavier and more expensive, at 360 grams and $179, respectively. The A10 is the heaviest, which shouldn't come as a surprise, weighing 560 grams and priced at $249. The new Lenovo A-series tablets will hit US shelves and e-tailers starting next month.

More rumors of GTA V hitting the next-gen consoles, PCs in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2014 7:31 am

It feels like we've been reporting on this for months now - well, we have - but there is a new rumor from TECH-NICK, the manager of German retailer Saturn.de, who said in a tweet that Grand Theft Auto V is coming for next-gen consoles and the PC in June.

 

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He did clarify in a follow up tweet that it is just a rumor for now, but E3 is getting close, so we should hear more about GTA V on next-gen consoles and PCs then, hopefully.

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