Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,440 Reviews & Articles | 54,633 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2144

Chinese scientists use water to create metal, can print it, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 12:28 pm

Yeah, science, b****. You all know the show, but science really is a magical thing, isn't it? Well, three Chinese scientists have found a new way to create metal, from liquid at room temperatures.

 

chinese_scientists_use_water_to_create_metal_can_print_it_too_01

 

This metal can then be printed onto pretty much anything, as would ordinary ink. It will stick to surfaces such as rubber, paper, t-shirts, or even a leaf. Yes, a leaf, from an actual tree. The biggest thing to take away from this, according to the MIT Technology Review,e is that the alloy of gallium and indium that the scientists discovered.

 

It's printable at room temperature, compared to other circuit inks that require massive temperatures, upwards of 400C/752F. This is an issue when you want to print onto something that much catch fire, or perish, such as paper. The three scientists explain: "Different from the former direct writing technology where large surface tension and poor adhesion between the liquid metal and the substrate often impede the flexible printing process, the liquid metal here no longer needs to be pre-oxidized to guarantee its applicability on target substrates."

 

The best bit? It's cheap. MIT says that the technology involved in this innovation is "cheap and simple," which should hopefully mean we see it commercialized, quick.

The PlayStation 4 costs $381 to build, retails for just $18 more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 11:33 am

According to IHS iSuppli, the components and assembly costs associated with Sony's PlayStation 4 console, sums up at around $381. This it thanks to two expensive parts of the PS4, the first being the AMD-designed APU, which costs $100.

 

the_playstation_4_costs_381_to_build_retails_for_just_18_more_10

 

The second part, is the 8GB of GDDR5 RAM in the PS4, which costs around $88. These two parts make up approximately $188 of the $381, which is over half the cost of the next-gen console. The 500GB HDD costs around $37, the Blu-ray drive comes in at $28, and the controller is just $18. Of course, this is just pure costs, without any of what sells it: marketing.

 

We also have to take into consideration the R&D for the console, advertising, shipping costs, and a whole lot more. At least this time, Sony isn't losing hundreds of dollars per console, like it did with the PS3.

Tesla Motors to launch driverless car before 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:29 am

Tesla Motors' founder and CEO, Elon Musk, believes that his company will be able to produce autonomous, self-driving cars within 3 years. This is not speculation, this is something that he has said is currently in development.

 

tesla_motors_to_launch_driverless_car_before_2017_09

 

Musk, when talking to the Financial Times, said: "We should be able to do 90 per cent of miles driven within three years. My opinion is it's a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars. It's incredibly hard to get the last few per cent." If Tesla Motors can do this, they will beat Volvo and Google to the self-driving car punch, with the Mountain View-based search giant finding it hard to secure a partner for its driverless technology.

 

Tesla will be offering a vehicle that would allow drivers to flick an "auto-pilot" switch, which would let the car drive itself. I think that this is a great idea, and it would stop a lot of the unnecessary deaths on roads around the world. I'm sure we would see breathalyzers installed, so you could drive to the pub, or to a friends place, enjoy your drinks, and be driven home in complete safety. The taxi industry on the other hand? Well, Johnny Cab's seemed to be popular in Total Recall...

HTC One to receive Android 4.4 KitKat before the end of January 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 8:30 am

After using Android 4.4 KitKat on my Nexus 5 for the last few days, I'm loving the new mobile OS from Google. But when exactly will HTC's flagship One smartphone receive the update?

 

htc_one_to_receive_android_4_4_kitkat_before_the_end_of_january_2014_07

 

Well, it looks like the company will be rolling the tasty-sounding mobile OS out to its One smartphone before the end of January next year. We know this because HTC USA said on Twitter that the delay of Android 4.3 for Verizon Wireless customers "does not impact delivery of 4.4 by end of January - still on track."

RumorTT: Tomb Raider will hit next-gen consoles soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 7:31 am

The PS4 is on the market, and the Xbox One drops in barely 24 hours, but where is Crystal Dynamics' reboot of Tomb Raider? Well, Square Enix isn't telling us just yet, but a representative with the company told IGN that we will know more about it next month.

 

rumortt_tomb_raider_will_hit_next_gen_consoles_soon_05

 

The rep said: "it's so hard to keep a secret these days. We appreciate all of the enthusiasm, however we don't have any details to share just yet. That said, we highly recommend you keep an eye on any major gaming events happening in early December." It will be interesting to see Tomb Raider on the next-gen consoles, since both of them are based on AMD designs, will we see TressFX hair?

Blizzard invites most active players for Reaper of Souls beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 6:32 am

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is inching closer to release, and the closer we get, Blizzard is actually opening up the beta program for the upcoming expansion.

 

blizzard_invites_most_active_players_for_reaper_of_souls_beta_04

 

The developer is inviting "valued media contacts" and 3,000 of Diablo 3's most active players, at least those who have opted into the beta through Battle.net. Better yet, the beta invitation doesn't include an NDA, which means we should expect a bunch of press, videos, pictures and more on Reaper of souls. The beta will include the full game, minus the final boss battle, which is great for beta players.

Google Translate app on Android gets updated, sleek new look

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 5:55 am

Google has updated its Google translate app for Android. The update brings more supported languages, gesture, and better speech translation. The app has a "new sleek look" according to Google. Google says the app can now have good "fully translated back-and-forth conversations." The update's conversation translator has been improved greatly.

 

google_translate_app_on_android_gets_updated_sleek_new_look_66

 

One of the new features the update brings is gesture support, you can turn your phone and it will switch between languages. Google has added Malay and Ukrainian to the apps camera translation, and Javanese, Hebrew, and Esperanto to the handwriting feature. The update is available to download through the Google Play Store, Google mentions the update is coming out today and tomorrow.

Dedicated YouTube app will be available for the Xbox One at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 5:39 am

The Xbox One launches on Friday, with launch-day gamers getting to experience a full, proper, dedicated YouTube app. Microsoft and YouTube announced the news today.

 

dedicated_youtube_app_will_be_available_for_the_xbox_one_at_launch_03

 

Better yet, the Xbox One version of the YouTube app will include both voice, and gesture controls, which will let users watch and scroll through videos, as well as channel subscriptions. On top of the voice and gesture controls, Kinect-based voice commands will be at play, with users starting the voice control by saying "YouTube" and then "pause," "play" and "fast forward."

Winamp is shutting down, kicked too much Llama ass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 4:32 am

I still remember using Winamp for the first time - it really kicks the Llama's ass - but now it is shutting down... next month. On December 20, Winamp will be no more.

 

winamp_is_shutting_down_kicked_too_much_llama_ass_02

 

AOL, who own Winamp, is shutting down Winamp.com, too, so there'll be no more downloads of the player from December 20. Winamp is nothing now compared to the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the like, but if you want to have that nostalgic bell ring in your head, go ahead and kick some Llama ass and download Winamp now.

Order tracking app Slice is now available on Android tablets

By: Idene Saatchi | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 21, 2013 3:51 am

Slice has been out for iPhone and Android phones, but it is now available for download on Android tablets. Tracking packages can be annoying sometimes, with Slice you can just sign in to your email account and the app will find all your tracking numbers.

 

order_tracking_app_slice_is_now_available_on_android_tablets_65

 

It keeps an organized record of all your online purchases, sort of like a receipt. Slice will help you track your packages and sends you notifications, for instance if your package has been sent or delivered. It will even tell you If the product you purchased gets a recall. Slice is out now on Android tablets and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

loading