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A fully-functional keyboard made out of... Lego!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 4:08 am

Jason Allenmann makes some truly amazing things with Lego, but his latest creation is something for PC lovers: a fully-functional keyboard made out of the little plastic blocks.

 

 

Underneath the keyboard is the traditional circuit board and sensor pad from a normal keyboard, but the exterior is entirely made out of Legos. Allenmann said that his biggest hurdle was to interface the Lego keys with the sensor pad, but instead of using custom-painted tiles or stickers, Allenmann used printed tiles that Lego has officially released over the years.

 

Allenmann was quite creative with this bit of the keyboard, where the Home key is represented by a roof-shaped Lego, while a tile with a photo of a scroll is used for the Scroll Lock key. The Caps Lock? A mini baseball cap - a nice touch.

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Snowden calls for "a watchdog that watches Congress"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 3:37 am

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed the SXSW audience from a web broadcast, where he gave some policy suggestions on how the government can better protect US citizens' 4th Amendment rights.

 

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Snowden started by saying that intelligence agencies need to bring in a "law enforcement" model of defense, which means we could see a stop of the bulk collection of Internet and phone data, exchanging this capture-all-data method to only capturing data from suspects with a warrant. Thing is, Congress is already talking about this, with US Senators Rand Paul and Ron Wyden proposing these changes.

 

But, Snowden saw an overall bigger issue with Congress, who he accused of "cheerleading for the NSA instead of holding them accountable." He used the example of when the Director of the NSA, James Clapper, admittedly gave false answers to Congress about the massive data collection the NSA carries out, some members of the Intelligence Committee jumped to his defense. Snowden said: "We need a watchdog that watches Congress."

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Titanfall on Xbox One will be 792p, will increase later with a patch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 3:14 am

Titanfall is nearly here, where we have information on the resolution it will run at on the Xbox One: 1408x792 or 792p. This is the launch resolution, but Lead Engineer on the game Richard Baker confirmed the news with Digital Foundry.

 

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Titanfall on the Xbox One will run at 792 at 60FPS, with Baker explaining that Titanfall is "likely to increase resolution after we ship," though day-one players will be locked at 792p." He continued: "We've been experimenting with making it higher and lower. We're going to experiment. The target is either 1080p non-anti-aliased or 900p with FXAA. We're trying to optimize... we don't want to give up anything for higher res. So far we're not 100 per cent happy with any of the options, we're still working on it."

 

There should be a patch that arrives soon that will bump it from 792p to 900p, still shy of the 1080p that the Xbox One is capable of. On the PC, it will be able to drive up to 4K and beyond. Remember to have 48GB free on your HDD or SSD if you're installing it on your PC, as Titanfall requires quite the mammoth amount of hard drive space.

Dell releases Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation notebooks

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 12:31 am

Dell introduces a new mobile workstation with ISV certification with optimized performance and dependability. Dell's Precision M2800 is a 15 inch mobile workstation with starting price of $1,199. The mobile workstation is made for engineers, designers and video editors to need a proper set for critical functions and reliability along with speed.

 

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Dell Precision M2800 can be paired with either 4th gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, followed by AMD FirePro W4170M 2GB GDDR5 graphics, up to 16GB memory and up to 1TB of storage. The panel is a 15.6 inch UltraSharp display comes with either HD or Full HD, multi-monitor support and docking compatibility.

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Huawei working on smartphones with ceramic body

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 11, 2014 12:03 am

China based smartphone manufacturer Huawei confirmed that it plans to launch high-end smartphones using ceramic. The company made plans to penetrate the high-end smartphone marketing segment by 12 years.

 

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Shao Yang, Chief Marketing Officer said,""The material is one of the most important things for consumers, not only because it will have the different feeling, but because it can make the different architecture."

 

Huawei also will be pushing further into metal clad smartphones, like its previous release: Ascend P6. Mr Yang said,""We think people are very welcoming to metal phones and they think glass is also a good material but plastic is not so good."

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Pebble launches new App Store for Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 11:51 pm

After what seemed like forever, Pebble has finally launched its App Store for Android. While the App Store has been around for the iPhone since February, Android users who own Pebble smartwatches have been left in the dark when it comes to compatibility with their smartphone. The new Pebble App Store for Android allows users to select new screens, and apps and upload them directly to the watch from the App Store via your phone.

 

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The new Pebble App Store also allows users to easily customize and change App settings directly from the Smartphone and negates the need for intensive editing and uploading that Pebble users were subject to before. Do you have a Pebble Smartwatch? Check out the App Store and let us know what you think about it.

Google will release an SDK for wearable devices this month

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 11:38 pm

It was confirmed by Sundar Pichar, the SVP of Android, Chrome and Apps for Google that the company will be releasing a software development kit specifically to be used with wearable devices within the next two weeks. The company requires a common set of protocols to make it easier for sensors to connect with the Android OS.

 

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By doing so, it will enable developers to create multiple types of wearable devices. The SDK should enable the developers to make wearable devices even for games and fitness trackers.

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Valve is now letting developers set their own pricing on Steam

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 11:34 pm

Valve says that it will now let developers set their own pricing on games they sell through Steam, something the company has had strict control over in the past. Word first came of the change in policy via a Reddit user named "Sharkiller," who leaked the information from Steam's private developer forums.

 

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The new policy allows developers to set fixed week-long promotions as well as custom promotions that set a percentage off of the price for up to two weeks at the time. Users can also now set the full price of their game to their liking which could lead to pricing wars between developers and extra savings in the pockets of consumers.

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Apple releases iOS 7.1 and brings CarPlay support to the iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 9:49 pm

Today Apple began rolling out its first update to iOS which ended weeks of speculation on when the update would drop. iOS 7.1 ushers in support for CarPlay Automobile Integration, something Apple announced earlier this month. CarPlay is centered around an in-dash system that allows users to control their phone, music, apps, messages and maps from their steering wheel or by voice.

 

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Siri has also been improved in iOS 7 and now has a feature that allows you to press a button which lets Siri listen to your command and then stop listening when you let go of the button. Siri's voice has also been updated to sound more natural in Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese. Updates have also been applied to iTunes Radio, Calender, and Accessibility. Additionally very stubble changes have been made to the UI that most will not notice.

Sony and Panasonic announces 'Archival Disc' with 300GB storage space

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 9:17 pm

Sony and Panasonic have made a joint announcement about its new optical disc standard made specifically for long term storage, called as 'Archival Disc'. One of the features of this drive is that has the ability to storage large amount of data per disc.

 

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A single archival disc can store up to 300GB of sata, but also mentioned that its future implementations should allow 500GB to up to 1TB storage per disc. These drives will also be dust and water resistant with durability that can withstand changes in heat and humidity.

 

This disc standard is made for professional use who need larger storage solutions than the currently available discs.

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