Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,487 Reviews & Articles | 55,030 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2069

Lockheed Martin fires 30-kilowatt laser, the highest power ever fired

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 11:30 am

Lockheed Martin has fired the highest powered laser ever tested, with its new 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser. The record-breaking power output was reached by combining many fiber lasers into a single, near-perfect quality beam of light.

 

lockheed_martin_fires_30_kilowatt_laser_the_highest_power_ever_fired_02

 

This is called Spectrum Beam Combining, which sends beams from multiple fiber laser modules, which each have their own unique wavelength. Combining them all into one super-powerful, high-quality beam. Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Senior VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin says: "Lockheed Martin has opened the aperture for high power, electrically driven laser systems suitable for military applications. Advancements in available laser components, along with the maturity and quality of our innovative beam-combining technology, support our goal of providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for use on military platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks".

 

The company is aiming for a portable laser solution, with this being a step in that direction. Lockheed Martin received funding from the US Army, which is also working on laser mounted weapons with Boeing.

Google signs multi-year, patent cross-licensing agreement with Cisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:30 am

It was only a week ago that we reported that Google signed a 10-year patent licensing deal with Samsung, but the Mountain View-based search giant has just signed another cross-licensing agreement for patents, this time with Cisco.

 

google_signs_multi_year_patent_cross_licensing_agreement_with_cisco_01

 

The agreement will cover a "broad range of products and technologies" which will help both companies defend themselves from future patent infringement lawsuits, as well as prevent the companies from suing each other, too. Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, Allen Lo, says that the agreement with Cisco "will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products".

 

Dan Lang, Cisco's VP if Intellectual Property had similar things to say, where he said: "In today's overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits".

The only way to play Skyrim is with VR, and a treadmill

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 8:22 am

Cyberith is working on some great technology, with a new video showing off the only way to play Skyrim: with Oculus Rift, the Cyberith Virtualizer - which is an omnidirectional treadmill, two Wii remotes and a lot of spare time.

 

 

One of the main goals of the Virtualizer, as Cyberith notes on its website: "The Virtualizer not only supports simple forward-faced movements like walking or running, but also walking backwards, crouching, jumping and even sitting". The crowdfunding campaign for the Virtualizer is coming soon, with the CEO and founder of Cyberith, Tuncay Cakmak, telling Eurogamer that: "we cannot tell an exact price no but we can tell that everybody who can afford a gaming PC, can afford the Virtualizer".

Continue reading 'The only way to play Skyrim is with VR, and a treadmill' (full post)

Microsoft denies it will release cheaper, new Xbox One consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 7:29 am

It was only yesterday that we reported that Microsoft is working on a cheaper Xbox One, but the software giant has denied the rumors of a new Xbox One console, whether it arrive as a cheaper model, or price cuts to the current console.

 

microsoft_denies_it_will_release_cheaper_new_xbox_one_consoles_05

 

Microsoft's Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios, Aaron Greenberg, said in a Twitter post when asked if the rumors were true: "No, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet". Well folks, it looks like we shouldn't expect a Blu-ray less Xbox One, or a cheaper model anytime soon.

Netflix confirms a third season of House of Cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 6:33 am

Netflix has just confirmed the Kevin Spacey political drama, House of Cards, will receive a third season. House of Cards started off as a two-season, $100 million investment, so this is the first renewal for the show.

 

netflix_confirms_a_third_season_of_house_of_cards_03

 

The second season of House of Cards gets released - every episode, not just the first - on February 14. It will also be aired in 4K, if you've got the TV or display chops to watch it, I would highly suggest you do. I know I'll be spending Valentine's Day with a glass or five or red wine, House of Cards in 4K, and maybe I'll wear a suit, too.

Google engineering boss says we'll have nanobots in our body by 2035

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 6:31 am

It feels like something right out of the NBC show Revolution, but Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil has said that by the 2030s, we'll have "millions, billions of blood cell-sized computers in our bloodstream... keeping us healthy, augmenting our immune system, also going into the brain and putting our neocortex onto the cloud".

 

google_engineering_boss_says_we_ll_have_nanobots_in_our_body_by_2035_04

 

The nanobots in your brain will give you instant access to the cloud, where Kurzweil explains: "In 2035, I see somebody approaching me and I want to impress them and I want to think of something clever... I'll be able to access additional neocortex and think of something clever".

 

Kurzweil believes that over the next 30 or so years, we'll see technology reach a point where we are capable of immortality.

John Carmack couldn't work on VR at id, so he left to join Oculus VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 5:33 am

During an interview with USA Today, John Carmack said that before he joined virtual reality outfit Oculus, he proposed a deal to both Oculus and ZeniMax Media - the parent company of id Software.

 

john_carmack_couldn_t_work_on_vr_at_id_so_he_left_to_join_oculus_vr_02

 

Carmack said that he would've joined the worlds of of ZeniMax's games, like the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order and Doom 4 to the Oculus Rift. Carmack said: "It would have been a huge win. It seemed like a sensible plan for me". The companies couldn't make an agreement though, which left Carmack "really sad," to which he added: "When it became clear that I wasn't going to have the opportunity to do any work on VR while at id Software, I decided to not renew my contract".

 

Since November last year Carmack has been working full-time at Oculus VR, where he developing games for the Rift.

Respawn unveils Titanfall PC system requirements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 4:28 am

For those of you waiting for the PC system requirements for Respawn Entertainment's very first game, Titanfall, we have them here for you, below:

 

respawn_unveils_titanfall_pc_system_requirements_01

 

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Video card: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT

 

An interesting addition to this news, is that Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella has said that a Mac version of Titanfall is something the studio is "talking about" and that he'd "like to see it happen". Titanfall on the Mac would definitely be an interesting thing to see, that's for sure.

Sapphire announces passively cooled R7 250 Ultimate GPU

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 3:43 am

Sapphire Technology has announced the R7 250 Ultimate video card, a passively cooled video card based on the AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. No mechanical moving parts and a passive heat pipe and heat sink cooler that is quiet and fanless creates a great possibility of new video card designs, as demonstrated by Sapphire.

 

sapphire_announces_passively_cooled_r7_250_ultimate_gpu_01

 

The video card has a core speed of 800MHz with 1GB of DDR5 memory, with Sapphire claiming it's the fastest passively cooled 1280bit GPU currently available. AMD included support for up to three monitors, 4K ultra-high-definition, an HDMI 1.4a port, dual-link DVI port, and DisplayPort 1.2 port.

 

DirectX 11.1 support is provided and the card is Microsoft Windows 8-compatible, as AMD and Sapphire wanted to ensure latest software is supported.

 

The Sapphire R7 250 Ultimate GPU is currently available.

Google nixes pornographic content on Chromecast

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 2:37 am

Google may have opened up the Chromecast SDK for developers, but don't expect to see any porn through the $35 product - banning any content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, and sexually-explicit material.

 

google_nixes_pornographic_content_on_chromecast_01

 

Google also warned child porn supporters that the authorities will be notified whenever discovered. From the Google fine print:

 

"We don't allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse imagery. If we become aware of content with child sexual abusive imagery, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution."

 

This isn't a big surprise, as Google decided to turn down porn-related apps from its Glass product, with the company trying to get its product supported for all audiences. Gambling apps also are banned from Chromecast, including online casinos and sports betting apps that reward gamers with cash or other currency.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases
loading