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Google Glass developers can participate in two-day hackathon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:35 am

For those super early (and lucky) developers who were able to get their hands on early access to a Google Glass unit - for a cool $1500 - are now invited to two hackathon events which are dedicated to the wearable augmented reality unit.

 

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The events will take place on January 28 and 29, which will be held at Google's San Francisco office, but on February 1 and 2 the Glass Foundry in New York will house the second, and last hackathon. Registration opens on January 18 and I'm sure those seats will be snapped up quite quickly. Developers will learn about the Google Glass Mirror API, but Google engineers will also be there to help out and answer questions.

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RumorTT: Lenovo working on Chromebooks, would release them in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 8:35 am

We already have Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung, but it looks like another player is about to put boots on the ground in the war on Chromebooks. Lenovo are set to add their devices into the Chromebook fight.

 

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The news comes from TheStreet, and would see Lenovo diving into the fight if they could get business-orientated users on board with the plan of offering up a cheap notebook solution. TheStreet thinks that Lenovo could start selling Chromebooks as early as mid-May, with pricing starting at just $299.

 

Lenovo would offer up a higher-end Chromebook, which would see pricing scale up to $499. We should expect screen sizes of 11.6-, 12.5-, 13- and 14-inch. With multiple models on offer, Lenovo would show confidence to the world that they're not just experimenting with Chromebook, but they're in it for the long haul.

Irrational Games has PC gamers' backs with BioShock Infinite

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 7:33 am

It warms my heart to see that there are still developers out there who state they're looking after PC gamers, and then actually follow through with it. Crytek are notorious with Crysis 2 for slapping PC gamers in the face, but BioShock Infinite developer, Irrational Games, has PC gamers' backs with their latest first-person shooter.

 

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Irrational Games' Technical Director, Christopher Kline, admitted that the precious BioShock titles didn't have great PC-specific features, which he cites is due to the studio not being able to spare the resources required to amp up the PC version, and not because they didn't want to please PC enthusiasts.

 

BioShock Infinite turns things around, and Kline says that the studio has a special team which is responsible for identifying and implementing features that are important for PC gamers, as this time around, they had the resources spare to apply them. DirectX 11 will be included, as will HD Ambient Occlusion and Diffusion Depth of Field, EyeFinity and Surround Vision support, as well as huge amounts of graphical options and support for Steam Cloud and Big Picture.

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Sony hints at the PlayStation 4 being unveiled before E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 6:32 am

We had a rumor less than a couple of days ago regarding pricing on the next-generation of consoles, which would be just $400 at launch. Now we're hearing from Sony's Vice President of Home Entertainment that we could see the PlayStation 4 unveiled sooner, rather than later.

 

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Hiroshi Sakamoto recently talked to Chilean website Emol that Sony are working hard on the next-generation PlayStation, and that they are focused on showing it off at E3 in June, or even earlier. If Sony did jump first, they would beat Microsoft to the punch with their next-generation console which is expected to be unveiled at E3 in June.

 

The PlayStation 4 being announced ahead of the next-gen Xbox won't do much, but it will certainly have press sites going crazy, and thus, readers wanting to know more. Sony unveiling the PlayStation 4 would work for them, but against them at the same time - as it would give Microsoft E3 all to themselves and their next-gen consoles.

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IEEE adopts WiGig (802.11ad) capable of 7Gbps wireless speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 5:28 am

Wireless is a funny thing, it pretty much controls most people's everyday lives, and because it is mostly invisible, there's never an afterthought. If it 'just works', then that's fine. Well, a new wireless standard is on its way as the IEEE have adopted a new standards known as 802.11ad.

 

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802.11ad will boast some incredible speeds of 7Gbps over 60GHz frequencies and should be baked into consumer devices as soon as 2014. The consumer-friendly marketing name that will find its way plastered all over 802.11ag is going to be WiGig. WiGig won't be replacing your wireless network, it will be complimenting it.

 

The hopes of the new technology will be that it'll provide an insanely fast, direct link between devices. The reason behind this is because of the 60GHz frequency it finds itself surfing along. As higher radio frequencies are used, they aren't so good at penetrating solid objects like walls, fridges, desks and more. High frequencies are really only good at shorter ranges, so WiGig will have its place in the market, but not where you'd like it to be.

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AT&T promotion offering $100 credit to Nexus 7 owners on two-year contracts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 4:34 am

If you haven't already picked up the incredible Nexus 7 tablet, maybe AT&T's latest promotion might sway you toward the Jelly Bean-powered, 7-inch slate from both Google and ASUS.

 

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AT&T customers who sign up on an eligible two-year data plan will receive a $100 bill credit on their new contract. This promotion from AT&T only lasts until Valentine's Day, or February 14, 2013.

Valve to talk about VR and Team Fortress 2 at GDC 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 3:39 am

Gaming really feels like it's about to have a second wind with next-gen consoles, portable solutions from Razer, NVIDIA and countless others, Oculus' Rift VR headset and more. The Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013 is set to have Valve take the stage where one of their talks will be based on porting Team Fortress 2 to virtual reality goggles - in other words, most gamers' wet dreams.

 

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The TF2 talk will be called "What We Learned Porting Team Fortress 2 to Virtual Reality", and will be lead by Valve programmer Joe Ludwig. The second talk will have Valve's R&D guy Michael Abrash discuss "Why Virtual Reality is Hard (And Where it Might be Going)". Abrash will focus his talk on head-mounted displays.

 

GDC 2013 is being held at San Francisco's Moscone Center from March 25-29.

Analyst estimates that Microsoft sold just 1 million Surface tablets last quarter

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 3:22 am

It's a fairly gloomy outlook for the Surface RT tablet. An estimate by analyst Brent Thill places the number sold around one million for last quarter. This is down from a previous estimate of two million. To put that estimate in perspective, analysts are expecting Apple to have sold around 20 million iPads during the same period.

 

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That means that Microsoft has been estimated to have sold just 5 percent of the number of tablets that Apple did. Now, when you add in tablets running the Android operating system, Microsoft's share of the tablet market is even less.

 

Surface Pro could help Microsoft's weak numbers. Since it runs Intel chips, it would give corporate users an alternative to the iPad, though numerous other Intel-based tablets are coming out as well.

Judge rules news outlets improperly used pictures tweeted over Twitter

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 2:04 am

Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post are in a bit of hot water after using pictures that were tweeted by a photo journalist. The story goes something like this: after the Haiti earthquake back in January 2010, AFP and The Washington Post used pictures tweeted by photojournalist Daniel Morel. Morel accused AFP of copyright infringement, so AFP sued Morel to get him to stop.

 

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Morel countersued and the court battle has ended in a ruling saying that AFP and The Washington Post improperly used the photos. AFP argued that because the pictures were provided publicly, Twitter's terms of service allowed those pictures to be used. While Twitter's terms do allow some use of the pictures, such as retweeting them, Twitter maintains that users own their content.

 

"As has always been our policy, Twitter users own their photos," a Twitter spokesman said. There are still more issues to be settled in a trial, though the judge has limited damages that could potentially be recovered by Morel. The main takeaway is that you should not use Twitter pictures commercially without first obtaining permission to do so.

Stream the US Presidential Inauguration live to your smartphone with new app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:39 am

Interested Americans, historians, or really anybody who owns a smartphone will be able to live stream the Presidential Inauguration straight to their device, thanks to a new app released for iOS and Android. Released Monday morning, the official Inaugural 2013 app features photos, videos, and a livestream that will go live January 21 and stream footage of the ceremony.

 

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It features numerous other features, such as a map if you will be in DC for the inauguration, and information about volunteering opportunities for the Inaugural Committee's National Day of Service on January 19.

 

The app was produced by AT&T and is a free download for both iOS and Android devices.

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