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Android 4.4.3 is on the way, scheduled to fix dozens of bugs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 7:26 pm

It's been a few months since Google first released Android 4.4, and the updated mobile operating system is now on many of the current handset models out. As with any new major release, a handful of bugs have been discovered, and it appears that Google is aiming to fix them with the next update to the software.




Android 4.4.3 has been rumored to be headed to release for a few weeks now, and it appears that Google is closer to its unveiling that previously thought. AndroidPolice has discovered the unofficial changelog of the 4..4.3 build, and based on what it shows, the build will mainly be a bug-fixer. This is nothing new for Google, as it likes to keep the major changes and new features tucked away for major release updates. AndroidPolice has also posted a screenshot of 4.4.3 running on a Nexus 5, which could mean that the update is coming down the pipes quite soon.



SanDisk announces the launch of four new Enterprise SATA SSDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 6:33 pm

Today SanDisk announced the addition of four new Enterprise-grade SATA SSDs to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA line of solid state drives. The CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco Solid State Drives have been designed to deliver the best business-critical performance possible in mixed-use enterprise applications often found in today's business world.




"Organizations in every industry are turning to SSDs to meet the challenges faced by growing volumes of data," said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "However, finding a solution that meets the performance and cost needs of your individual environment can be difficult. The CloudSpeed SATA SSD product family was designed to meet the needs of applications across the read-write spectrum, meaning organizations and server designers no longer need to make tradeoffs between system performance and cost."

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John Carmack weighs in on the acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 5:25 pm

When John Carmack left the walls of id Software for Oculus VR, we knew good things were about to happen, and it was a time when the thought of the world's largest social network acquiring a virtual reality start up were far, far from your mind. Carmack, the Chief Technology Officer of Oculus VR, has finally weighed in on Facebook acquiring the company he just joined.




"Titans" is a term Carmack used to talk about Facebook and Oculus VR, where he said: "The fairly rapid involvement of the Titans is inevitable, and the real question is how deeply to partner with, and who. Honestly, I wasn't expecting Facebook (or this soon). I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations - I spent an afternoon talking technology with [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out that he bought Oculus".


People have concerns, thinking that Facebook will be the end of Oculus VR - something that I'm going to write about in a few days when I get home - but Carmack has said: "There is a case to be made for being like Valve, and trying to build a new VR ecosystem from the ground up. This is probably what most of the passionate fans wanted to see. The difference is that, for years, the industry thought Valve was nuts, and they had the field to themselves. Valve deserves all their success for having the vision and perseverance to see it through to the current state".

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Samsung UD590 display has 3840 x 2160 native resolution

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 4:50 pm

Samsung has announced several new displays that will be launching in the coming weeks. The most interesting of them is the 28-inch UD590 display. This monitor supports UHD resolution with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160.




One of the coolest parts about that display is that it is affordable even though it has UHD capability. The UD590 will sell for $699.99. For the money, you get a screen with good viewing angles and a brightness rating of 370 cd/m2 and support for 2 billion colors.


It features dual HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort. Response time for the panel is 1Ms GTG and it has a stand that can be tilted for a comfortable angle. Samsung also has a number of other new displays coming that support full HD resolution ranging in price from $249.99 to $329.99. The UD590 can be pre-ordered now and it's unclear when it will ship.

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Kayaker and GoPro camera row off a 60-foot tall waterfall

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 4:34 pm

You can bet that if your average action sports junkie is doing something crazy, they will have at least one camera in tow. You can also bet that most of the time the video of said crazy stunt will end up on YouTube. A kayaker named Dane Jackson took his kayak and a GoPro camera along with some friends to a waterfall in Veracruz, Mexico.




The team of people had to climb a cliff and drag the kayak up the cliff to perform the stunt. The drop from the river up top to the river below the falls is 60-feet. With the GoPro on, Jackson paddled off the edge and plummeted to the water below.


One of the coolest things about the video to me is that he stays on the water after dropping over the edge for a while and controls the kayak with the paddle as he falls down. At the end of the video, it appears that he ends up under the water briefly, but it's hard to tell if he is just swamped with water from the falls after hitting the lower river surface. With a fall from that height, I could certainly see the kayak going under for a bit.

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Alien: Isolation introduces Ripley's daughter on October 7

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 4:13 pm

If you are a fan of the Alien movie franchise with Sigourney Weaver, one of the masterpieces of science fiction, you may have been following the development of the newest game based on the film series. The game is called Alien: Isolation and it has Ripley's daughter as the main character.




Earlier this month a behind the scenes video turned up looking at the game and it got us very excited. The game has now been given an exact launch date when it will land for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC gamers. That launch date is October 7, 2014.


That will put the horror/survival shooter launching during the spookiest month of the year. Players will have to fight the Xenomorph that is hunting them with scavenged resources and wits. This may be one of the coolest games to launch this year.

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Metro 2033 Redux coming to PS4 and Xbox One this summer

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:45 pm

A few years back an interesting video game called Metro 2033 launched. This survival/horror shooter had players playing in a post apocalyptic Moscow. Most of the game took place in the metro tunnels under the city.




Players fought against mutants and other humans with a mix of weapons. The original game was offered on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. It was a cool game and spawned a sequel eventually. If you liked the original game and its sequel and have a PS4 and Xbox One, some leaked photos have surfaced that will interest you.


These leaked photos claim that Metro 2033 Redux will be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. Details on the game are scant at this point. The developer and publisher haven't officially confirmed the game is in the works for the new console.

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PL-01 tank concept is a Polish masterpiece

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:13 pm

Many modern aircraft that are fielded by militaries from around the world have stealth attributes that make them harder to see on radar. The Navy is also working on stealth ships that are harder to be seen on radar as well. One thing we haven't seen too much of so far are land vehicles with stealth attributes.




Poland is changing that with an awesome new tank concept called the PL-01. The tank has some very cool tech that is already possible and some concept tech that will be coming in the not so distant future. The tech that is available now is designed to help the tank reduce its infrared signature. This is done to confuse the tracking systems of weapons used against tanks on the battlefield.


The way the tank does this is with temperature controlled wafers on the outside of the tank near the armor that can match the infrared output of the surrounding terrain. To confuse the enemy even more, the wafer system can allow the tank to mimic the look of a car or other object when viewed in infrared.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 has a Galaxy Gear compatible baby monitor built-in

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 2:46 pm

Samsung announced its new generation smartphone at Mobile World Congress this year called the Galaxy S5. The device is the new high-end Samsung Android offering to replace the Galaxy S4. We know that he S5 has a lot of cool features and nice specifications.




A previously unknown feature of the smartphone has now surfaced called the baby crying monitor. As you can gather from the name, this feature is designed to alert parents when their baby is awake and crying.


The way the feature works requires you to sync the smartphone to your to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. One the two devices are synced, when the phone detects the baby crying it will alert the parent via a vibration on the Gear smartwatch. The S5 has to be left within 1 meter of the baby for the feature to work in a quiet room with no background noise.

Battlefield 4 Naval Strike begins rolling out to premium members on PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 1:45 pm

It's been almost a week since DICE first tried released the Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield 4. Unfortunately, only PlayStation 4 owners who were Battlefield premium members could play the new DLC. A major bug in Naval Strike forced DICE to postpone the game for PC and Xbox One premium members until a fix could be implemented. In a statement on the delay,DICE said that: "We know that many Battlefield 4 Premium owners wanted to play Naval Strike today. However, we didn't want to release the new content until we believed it was quality content."




It appears that DICE was able to implement the fix a little earlier than expected, and today Battlefield 4 premium members on PC are beginning to receive the Naval Strike update. This follows a roll-out to Xbox One premium members just three days ago. I just finished downloading the update, and will have a post up very soon with a first look at Battlefield 4 Naval Strike in high-resolution on max settings.

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