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Samsung now allows HTC, Sony and LG devices access to HomeSync boxes

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 6:00 pm

Today Samsung announced that it has opened up its HomeSync to other Android-based mobile devices from manufacturers like Sony, HTC, and LG. For those unfamiliar with HomeSync, the device is a Android TV steaming box that is able to sync content from mobile devices.

 

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HomeSync now supports devices including HTC (One , ButterFly), Sony (Xperia Z , Xperia ZL , Xperia SP) and LG (Optimus G pro , Nexus4). Unfortunately, at $299 per box, the device is less desirable than something like Google's Chromecast that cost only $35 and works with all Android devices regardless of manufacturers.

Apple TV snubbed, Time Warner Cable app out on Amazon Kindle Fire

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 5:39 pm

Time Warner Cable subscribers that currently own an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or HDX tablet now have access to 300 live channels and 5,000 on-demand titles via their tablets. Time Warner already rolled out VOD for Roku set-top boxes, Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles, the Samsung Smart TVs, and Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

 

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It was rumored the Apple TV would receive the TWC TV app, but it looks like that might have to wait until early 2014.

 

Time Warner, like other cable operators, continues to try and tempt users to migrate content away from the living room - and rolling out apps for devices such as the Kindle Fire is an important step in the process. In a battle against cord-cutting, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes wants cable operators to create new and innovative ways to compete against Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and other Web-based, streaming services.

Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker feature as top Google searches in 2013

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 5:02 pm

The top Google searches of 2013 include the deaths of former South African president Nelson Mandela, 'Fast and the Furious' actor Paul Walker, and the latest generation of the Apple iPhone.

 

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Google compiles the list based on search queries that saw the highest search volume through 2013.

 

Full list:

 

  1. Nelson Mandela - Former South African president recently died
  2. Paul Walker - 'Fast and the Furious' movie star; died in a fiery car crash
  3. iPhone 5S - The latest version of the popular Apple iPhone
  4. Cory Monteith - Glee actor that died of a drug overdose
  5. Harlem shake - A song that inspired a viral dance
  6. Boston Marathon bombing - The tragic bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon
  7. Royal baby - Birth of England's Prince George
  8. Samsung S4 - Google-Android device that is the biggest competitor to the iPhone
  9. PlayStation 4 - Recently released next-generation console from Sony
  10. North Korea - The volatile nation with a young leader continues to intrigue the world

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Apple will require all apps to be optimized for iOS 7 by Feb 1st

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 4:30 pm

Beginning February 1st, all apps submitted to the Apple App Store must be optimized for iOS 7, and those not iOS 7 ready will be rejected. This basically means that all apps must be built using the latest version of Xcode 5, and feature specific optimization for iOS 7.

 

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The official announcement from apple follows: "Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and must be optimized for iOS 7. Learn more about preparing your apps by reviewing the iOS Human Interface Guidelines."

Penclic announces universal mice designed for left-handed PC users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 4:22 pm

Custom PC accessory maker Penclic announced the Corded Mouse D3, Wireless Mouse R3 and Bluetooth Mouse B3, all models providing a symmetrical design for right-handed and left-handed PC users. All Penclic mice have a uniquely designed hand-grip that makes the mouse comfortable to use, and is a precision device ideal for graphic design, architects, or any other task that demands fine detail.

 

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The scroll wheel in all three models is located in the middle of the pen's shaft, doubling as a middle click button. The mice have a maximum 1600dpi resolution, USB connection, Bluetooth, or powered by rechargeable batteries that should only need to be recharged after two months of daily use.

 

Penclic will show off all three mice during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month in Las Vegas. All three mice will be publicly launched sometime next month, with a $64.99 MSRP. While $65 might sound like a lot for a non-gaming mouse, the ergonomic mouse will have a specific niche market

Lulzbot launches the next generation in 3D Printing, meet the TAZ 3.0

By: Charles Gantt | More News: | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 3:00 pm

This morning the folks at Lulzbot have plenty to celebrate as the next-generation of its Taz 3D Printer has arrived and launched out onto the market in full force! The new Taz 3.0 features several major improvements over the two previous generations of the Taz including a redesigned heated bed.

 

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Lulzbot says that the Taz 3.0 is its most refined model ever, and the use of a new 24v power supply, and injection molded parts make it the highest quality printer ever. A new heated bed is powered by 24v which is double the previous voltage, and equates to a much faster heat time than previously experienced. The Taz 3.0 also features more injection molded parts, and moves further away from using other 3D printers to build parts for the new model. This means that tolerances are tighter and that results in an even more high-quality print than before.

 

Lulzbot has designed the Taz 3.0 to print more than just PLA or ABS, and in fact can print a much wider variety of plastics including everything from nylon to wood infused plastics. The Taz 3.0 is also capable of printing in PVA, Polystyrene, and stone dust infused filaments such as the new Laybrick filament that simulates sandstone.

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NASA orders urgent repairs for ISS, spacewalks to repair cooling line

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 12:34 pm

NASA has ordered two American astronauts to do some urgent repairs on the International Space Station, a job that could continue right into Christmas for the astronauts, and the space agency.

 

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Station managers decided it needed to send out two astronauts as soon as possible, with the spacewalk to see a pump with a bad valve being replaced. The task will require two to three spacewalks, which will take place on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday - Christmas Day. NASA astronaut, Rick Mastracchio, said: "The next week will be busy with space walks so not much tweeting from here."

 

With half of the International Space Station's cooling system shut down, this job is a top priority. With the six-man crew on board requiring all non-essential equipment be turned off, including some science experiments. The astronauts themselves are safe, but NASA of course wants the system up and running at 100% once again, especially if another failure is to occur, which could put the lives of the astronauts, and the ISS itself at risk.

Latest Oculus Rift prototype has a latency of just 10-20ms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 10:37 am

We know that there's a new Rift prototype to be unveiled at CES 2014 in just a few weeks, with the new VR headset having a reduced latency of between 10-20ms, down from the original developer kit, which has a latency of 60-70ms.

 

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Better yet, is that Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe, spoke with VentureBeat, where he talked about the latency: "When you put it on - the latest internal prototype, which is what Marc Andreessen and his team saw - it's a completely different experience from the previous versions. The latest one finally ties it all together. There's this switch in your head. Your brain, instead of feeling like you're looking through a VR headset, suddenly feels like you're just looking through a pair of glasses into another reality. It's much more comfortable."

 

He added: "We got our developer kits - the prototype that you saw way back when, at the last CES - running at about 60 to 70 milliseconds. Our most recent internal prototype is now between 10 and 20 milliseconds. Less than 20 [milliseconds] flips the switch and you cross that threshold where the brain feels comfortable with it. You're not reminded you're looking at a computer device."

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Google Glass updated, includes proper Hangouts support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 9:35 am

Just before the holidays, Google has pushed out a new upgrade to its Glass platform, the December update, or XE12. The new update is available for Glass Explorers, just in time to take pictures from their point of view, of their Christmas dinners. The best updates seem to be the improved iOS support, Hangouts support, and the winking, which is going to have ladies across the world swooning. The full list of updates is below:

 

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iOS app - as we noted earlier, XE12 brings along better support for iOS. Expect an update in iTunes later in the week.

Google Play Music support has been enhanced, and the new Listen menu will let you browse playlists and open radio stations if your an All Access subscriber.

Screen lock - set a screen lock from the settings menu and anytime you deactivate Glass or take them off (if you've set-up on-head detection) the screen lock will activate.

Hangouts Glassware - now you can send and receive chats, photos and make video calls with any Hangouts contact.

YouTube Glassware - share your videos to YouTube, with support for private and public uploads.

Wink - Explorers with a new model Glass (purchased or swapped after October 28th) can now take pictures via blinking. This works with the display off, and seeing the privacy outrage over this feature should make for loads of fun.

New Google Search features - searching for how far you are from a place or how many calories are in a food is now supported.

Removed Signature from Messages - no longer will your SMS messages say Sent Through Glass. Email will, though.

Removal of Guest Mode - maintaining Guest Mode was too much strain on the programmers, says Google. It is no more. Google recommends using a "demo Google Account."

 

So, now Glass users can take pictures just by blinking? Imagine being at a bar, and taking a picture of something near a woman... you're constantly blinking (or winking), this is going to end up with some incredible stories, and a few smashed Glass devices.

Latest gameplay video of Dying Light will have you scared of the dark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 18, 2013 7:36 am

You might remember Techland's other popular game, Dead Island, but the developer's next game, Dying Light, is shaping up quite nicely too. There's a 9-minute gameplay video below you should check out.

 

 

As you can see, light is your friend, and the darkness, well, it is not. The zombies can be distracted, and there's plenty of traps, tricks, moves and jumps you can do within the world of Dying Light. During the day, the zombies seem to keep at bay, and as I said before, can be distracted, but as night falls, they require food and their speed and agility are increased, making them harder to run away from.

 

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Dying Light should reach the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC next year.

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