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Oculus Rift used to skydive, we're one step closer to VR Superman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 5:31 am

Someone has used Oculus VR's Rift headset in quite an amazing way, hoisting themselves on a device, slapping on Oculus Rift and then skydiving using the SkyDIEving Tech Demo, as you can see below.



It looks like some awesome fun, and you can see he actually moves his hands around his head as he's 'falling' through the 'rock.' The next time I see this, I want to see something similar, but with a $50 million budget and in the world of Superman. Give me a real-world, Oculus Rift-capable Man of Steel game and I'll pay anything you want.




My wallet is already hitting the screen and nothing, absolutely nothing is happening.

Refreshed Nexus 7 receives an update to fix touchscreen problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 4:35 am

Google has pushed out an update to the refreshed Nexus 7 which should fix the touchscreen sensitivity issues that some Nexus 7 users have been experiencing. According to Google's Paul Wilcox:




As a couple of you have mentioned, there's a new system update that's started rolling out for your Nexus 7s. This update does address the touchscreen issues discussed in this thread. If you're one of the people experiencing touchscreen issues, please let us know how it's going after you've received and installed the update.

Tesla Model S blitzes crash protection tests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 3:36 am

It looks like Tesla Motors' Model S electric car is about to sell a bunch more vehicles, after it received five stars for all of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's tests.



There were four tests involved: front, side, pole and rollover. The Model S from Tesla scored five stars in every single test, which is somewhat of a record considering most safe cars score five stars on the frontal crash protection test, and four stars for side impact protection. Tesla adds in its announcement that during a previous roof crush test used during validation, the machine failed when applying more than 4 G's of pressure.


This pressure is the same as stacking four of the Model S cars on top of each other, all without the roof breaking - quite incredible. The NHTSA has said that the total scores made up of five stars for all tests, is one of the highest on record for a production vehicle, but how did Tesla do it?

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Omate's TrueSmart is a water-proof, standalone 'Smartwatch 2.0'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 2:33 am

Omate has just popped up onto the tech industry radar with TrueSmart, which is a "truly standalone water-resistant smartwatch." Omate has taken to Kickstarter to fund the wearable device, which is capable of working independently from your smartphone, as it features 3G capabilities, as well as voice and gesture controls.




The biggest ticket is that the TrueSmart smartwatch is water-resistant, which is perfect for those who would be in the rain, or would wear the watch in the shower for example. It has more functions than most smartwatches, such as a watch, phone, camera, GPS, notifications, Android apps, LBS tracker, SOS device, monitoring and much more.


The Omate SmartWatch will cost around $179 by the looks of its Kickstarter page, and required a goal of $100,000 worth of funding. They've smashed through this with 1,123 backers at the time of writing, and $218,477 in funding so far with a huge 28 days to go.

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MakerBot releases Digitizer 3-D scanner for pre-order, costs $1400

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 2:31 am

Many years ago when I first got involved in the RepRap 3D Printer project, one of the goals all of us had was to one day develop an affordable, home-sized 3-D scanner. Over the years, several design concepts have popped up and a few working examples were hacked together in basements and workshops, but no commercially viable option ever came to fruition. That is until now. Today, MakerBot announced that it has started accepting pre-orders for its MakerBot Digitizer.




The MakerBot Ditigizer is a desktop-sized 3-D scanner that is able to scan objects up to 8 inches tall and 8 inches wide that weigh no more than 6.6 pounds. The way it works is the digitizer fires two lasers at the object being scanned that are then reflected back into an imaging sensor. Software then takes that information and creates a 3-D digital file that can be printed on the company's Replicator 2 3D printer.


The company says that the Digitizer is not for everyone and that "the MakerBot Digitizer is for early adopters, experimenters, and visionaries who want to be pioneers in Desktop 3D Scanning. This includes, but is not limited to, architects, designers, creative hobbyists, educators, and artists." Pricing starts at $1400 with an $150 tossed in for the company's MakerCare warranty.

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LeakedTT: High-quality images surface of "Gold" Apple iPhone 5S

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 2:02 am

Earlier today, a Japanese website leaked new images that seem to confirm the existence of a gold-colored iPhone 5S. Just like the rumor suggested, the color is less gold and more champagne in appearance, which makes more aesthetic sense than something bright metallic yellow.




The images also show off the silver and black anodized versions in what can only be described as the highest quality photos we've seen of the iPhone 5S to date. The iPhone 5S and the lower-cost, plastic-bodied iPhone 5C are both expected to be unveiled on September 10 at an event Apple will holding at its campus. Devices are expected to hit store shelves on September 20, just 10 days later.

Apple's upcoming iPhone 5C leaks again, this time in video form

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:32 am

I don't think I've ever seen a smartphone leak is many times as we have seen Apple's upcoming iPhone 5C leak in images. Unlike the previous leaks, today we actually get to see a video of the device being put through some rigorous stress testing thanks to website Apple Daily.



In the video above, we see what appears to be a pastel blue iPhone 5C put into a Ziploc bag with some keys and change and then shaken vigorously in an attempt to scratch the screen or damage the case. Additionally, a vehicle key is used in an attempt to scratch the rear of the case, but with the video being such poor quality, we cannot tell if it actually does.


In any event, what we see here appears to be a fully functional model of an iPhone 5C. While we never see the screen powered on, the screen does appear to be present, which means that the device is most likely completely built. This is one of the first times we've seen the iPhone 5C in its complete form. What do you think? Is the real deal or is someone playing shenanigans? Let us know in the comments!

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Mozilla adds "awesomescreen" to Firefox for Android nightly builds

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 1:31 am

Many years ago, Mozilla revolutionized the browser world with its addition of the "awesomebar" to its Firefox web browser. This awesomebar allowed users to do so much more from the URL bar than just entering URLs. Today, the company announced that it has completely revamped the "awesomescreen" feature in its Firefox for Android app.




In a blog post, user interface engineer Lucas Rocha said that Mozilla has accepted the new awesomescreen design into its beta-stage "nightly" builds, which is where the new feature will be tested, debugged, and further refined before being released into the mainstream app.


The awesomescreen basically meshes together two key features of Firefox: the browser start screen and the screen that is shown when users tap the address bar. Much like Chrome, this new awesomescreen will display thumbnails of webpages from a user's browsing history, bookmarks, and a reading list. Each of these different segments can be featured by swiping from side to side among the different topics.

SteelSeries introduces 7.1 surround Siberia Elite Gaming Headset

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:57 am

Earlier today, SteelSeries introduced the world to its latest flagship headset, the Siberia Elite Gaming Headset. SteelSeries says that the new Siberia Elite features the high-quality audio drivers and is equipped with Dolby technology that creates a realistic 7.1 virtual surround sound. The headset will be available for pre-order in September and will retail for $199.99.




The new headset's design features a self-adjusting suspension system that is anchored to a still arc. The headset's ear cups feature RGB illuminated dials that are capable of reproducing 16.8 million color options. These dials control the Siberia Elite's audio and microphone, while the company's SteelSeries Engine 3 software ushers in new levels of customization and profile generation.


"First introduced in 2004, SteelSeries' Siberia headset brought together amazing audio quality with first-ever features like a self-adjusting suspension design and circumaural earcups to the market. The headset quickly became popular amongst gamers with its outstanding quality and performance as well as caught the attention of DJ's and musicians, appearing in popular videos and in places that expanded even beyond our core gaming audience," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "Siberia is recognized today as one of the fastest growing and highly rated line of headsets by consumers from around the globe. Expanding upon this legacy, today we introduce the next level of Siberia audio combining the acclaimed features, which makes the Siberia brand successful, with the newest and highest-quality audio technology and software that can truly be categorized as Elite."

Apple says only 1 percent of users experienced early morning outages

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:27 am

Early this morning, Apple customers around the world began experiencing outages to several of Apple's services including iTunes, iMessage, and iCloud. The outages started around 12:30 AM EST on August 22 and persisted for some users throughout most of the day.




According to Apple, the outages were only experienced by 1 percent of its user base, but other reports suggest that as many as 16.6 percent of users were unable to reach services such as iTunes. As of this writing, it appears that full functionality has been restored to all affected services. I have reached out to Apple for a comment but have yet to receive a reply. Did any of you experience an outage this morning? Let us know in the comments!