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Samsung want you to control their next tablet with your brain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 7:16 am

Up until now, we control our tablets with our hands, but if Samsung has anything to do with that, it could all change. Samsung's Emerging Technology Lab has teamed up with the University of Texas' electrical engineering professor, Roozbeh Jafari, to research "how to bring mind control to its mobile devices with the hope of developing ways for people with mobility impairments to connect to the world".

 

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A brain-controlled tablet isn't anywhere near ready, nor are they at the point of a marketable prototype yet, but Technology Review has reported that their current plans for a mind-controlled tablet involve "a cap studded with EEG-monitoring electrodes" that monitors "well-known brain activity patterns that occur when people are shown repetitive visual patterns".

 

Technology Review were treated to a demonstration of the technology, where researchers were able to open apps on their tablets by just concentrating on icons that were "blinking at a distinctive frequency".

Anonymous pushing for 'Internet Blackout Day' to protest CISPA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 3:33 am

CISPA was passed in the House yesterday, not receiving much mainstream attention because the public eye is glued to the events in Boston and Texas, but Anonymous have your back. The hacking collective are wanting a protest against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) on April 22.

 

 

The protest they want to see is an "Internet Blackout Day" where they want "web developers and website owners to go dark" and to also "display a message as to why you are going dark, and encourage others to do the same".

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 becomes available in Canada

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 2:31 am

If you're sitting in Canada right now wishing you could purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, well, now you can. The 8-inch tablet is available at Best Buy, Future Shop, Staples and other authorized retailers for $429.

 

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If you don't know the skinny on the Note 8.0 by now, you'll be greeted with a 1280x800 8-inch display, Samsung's own Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and rear- and front-facing cameras. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes an appearance, with Samsung splashing TouchWiz on top, with all sorts of stylus-optimized applications.

Ouya provides another shipping update, Limited Edition units have been 'fast-tracked'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 1:33 am

Ouya have provided another shipping update to their upcoming Android-based console, taking to their Kickstarter page and through e-mail, notifying consumers of some new information. Limited Edition units have been "fast-tracked", and will be finally shipping out sooner, nearly two weeks earlier than they were estimated to.

 

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Standard orders are no longer prioritized over orders with extra controllers, with the orders including spare controllers to start shipping next week. The company are also working on methods of getting international orders out to backers faster, too. I'm looking forward to receiving my Limited Edition Ouya console, with some user names etched into the controllers, booyah.

Yahoo turns the switch off on Deals, Kids, Upcoming and other features in an effort to tighten focus

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 20, 2013 12:34 am

Yahoo has decided to take some advice from rival Google and cut the ambilical cord to some services that have been underperforming. This morning the once king of search announced that it would be shutting down several features that have not performed well as of late.

 

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Yahoo Deals, Yahoo Upcoming, Yahoo Kids, Yahoo SMS Alerts, and the feature phone versions of Yahoo Mail all will see their lives come to an end April 30th. Older versions of Yahoo Web Mail will also see a shut down during the week of June 3rd. The shutdowns come as Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer restructures the company and refocuses their goals into something profitable.

Twitter sets kill date for TweetDeck on Android, iOS, AIR and Facebook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 11:35 pm

Last month Twitter announced that it would be shutting down TweetDeck Air, TweetDeck for Android, and TweetDeck for iOS but had not finalized the date on which the apps would go offline. Today we found out that date.

 

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May 7th will be the last time that the TweetDeck mobile apps will see the light of day. They will be removed from their app stores and their APIs turned off. Facebook integration to TweetDeck will also cease to function.

 

Twitter says that both the Windows and Mac versions will stick around for the time being and will slowly be updated following browser updates. No word on if we will see a TweetDeck like replacement for mobile devices anytime soon though and our advice would be not to hold your breath.

SpaceTT: Hubble Telescope takes a new look at the Horse Head Nebula, resulting image will blow your mind

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 10:26 pm

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Hubble Telescope taking flight in orbit around the earth. To celebrate the occasion it revisited one of my favorite monuments in the night sky; the Horse Head Nebula (IC 434).

 

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Located within the Orion Nebula (M42), the Horsehead is a massive star forming region which is comprised of dust and gas. The Hubble first imaged the Horse Head about 20 years ago and the resulting visible light image can be seen above. The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left.

 

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The new image of the great Horse Head can be seen above. It shows the region in infrared light, which is made up of longer wavelengths than visible light and can see through the dusty cloud that usually obscures the nebula's inner regions. The result is a rather amazing, and stunning looking structure, made of delicate folds of gas.

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T-Mobile announces HTC One contract free pricing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 9:29 pm

The HTC One is no doubt one of the most highly anticipated new smartphones of the year. It's all aluminum uni-body design combined with some serious new camera technology has generated massive amounts of chatter amongst Android enthusiasts.

 

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Four days ahead of its launch with T-Mobile, the company has announced its pricing structure for the HTC One based on its new "Un-Plan" business model. The 4.7-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels screened phone will run T-Mobile customers a contract free price of $99 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $20. Those not looking to sign a commitment on a "no commitment" plan can purchase the phone outright for $579.99.

 

The HTC Once is already on sale at Sprint and ATT and will arrive on T-Mobile shelves on the 24th, which is next Wednesday. I am still on the fence about upgrading to an HTC One or Samsung's Galaxy S4.

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Take a stunning photo tour of the Starship Enterprise's bridge

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 8:32 pm

In anticipation of the upcoming movie Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, has released some breathtaking HD images of the Enterprise's Bridge used in the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek.

 

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The images (source #1) show off the beauty of the Enterprise Reboot designed by Scott Chambliss, and display a remarkable level of detail that many fans just chalked up to being CGI creations. Bad Robot has also released a Star Trek Into Darkness app that will let you scan these high resolution images to earn extra points that will help you move up within the Starfleet ranks.

 

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Star Trek Into Darkness releases on May 17th and I for one will be first in line to see it.

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IBM in advanced talks to sell partial server business to Lenovo

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2013 7:49 pm

Just eight years ago IBM sold off its consumer PC business to Lenovo and now the company is looking to offload part of its server business to the Chinese business as well. Both the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are confirming the reported $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion dollar deal.

 

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The low-end System X server division would go to Lenovo if the deal passes, and the Server X line could see a complete revitalization after several years of low performance.

 

News of this deal comes shortly after IBM announced less than desirable earnings for Q1 2013, which saw System X earnings drop by more than nine percent. In contrast, IBM's high-end System Z mainframe business rose by seven percent.

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