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Linksys unveils new 2-bay Network Video Recorder for small businesses

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 7:00 pm

Today, Linksys announced a new network attached storage system that is aimed at small to medium businesses that have a need for network video recording. The new LNR0208C is a standalone NVR system and is based on a Marvell 2GHz processor and a custom OS based on Linux. The device supports Linksys' full line of IP cameras as well as third-party cameras that utilize the ONVIF profile S standard.




The LNR0208C is capable of recording up to eight video streams at once and features remote live-view and playback capabilities. Additionally the device is capable of being linked up with any other NVR on the network to provide additional storage capacity. The LNR0208C features two hot-swappable bays for up to 8TB of storage capacity, with additional connectivity via dual eSATA ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. The device also features four digital in and two digital out ports for connecting sensors and alarms that would trigger video recording.

Gearbox Software announces last DLC pack for Borderlands 2

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 6:00 pm

Borderlands 2 is one of the most popular games released in the last few years, and with a massive fan base that has continued to grow over the last 15 months, there's no wonder why Gearbox has continued to release DLC for the game. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and this morning the developer announced that the last DLC for Borderlands 2 will be released after its upcoming DLC on February 11th.



Next week, for $2.99, Borderlands 2 fans will get a new Head Hunter pack named Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre. The DLC is focused around the two of the worlds big families and you have to play cupid. Moxxi will send you on a quest to obtain ingredients for love potion that will be used to unite the families. Shortly after the Moxxi DLC releases, the final DLC for Borderlands 2 will drop, and will be yet another Head Hunter pack titled Sir Hammerlock and the Son of Crawmerax. Some reports suggest that this could come as early as late March or Early April.

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Introducing the Canvio Home, a new versatile NAS from Toshiba

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 5:00 pm

Hot off of its acquisition of OCZ, Toshiba has unveiled a new home cloud storage product line named Canvio Home. The new home NAS series is designed to compete directly with Western Digital's My Cloud series of devices, and to provide a quick and easy solution to those users who need home network storage, but do not want to go the DIY Route.




Toshiba says that the Canvio Home series works with Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well. Toshiba has built dedicated apps for the Canvio line which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play to allow remote access to your device when not at home. Additionally, Toshiba says that the Canvio Home series is DLNA certified, and is capable of streaming media to any TV or other device that supports DLNA streaming.


The Canvio Home series of NAS devices come in 2TB and 3TB flavors an are available now for under $300 for the top model. With more personal cloud storage devices coming out every month, I am betting that these prices will drop over the next year to something close to external HDD pricing, if previous storage trends are any indication.

LeakedTT: HTC M8 outed in photos, shows new dual rear camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 4:00 pm

With recent reports stating that the successor to the HTC One, the M8, will not be arriving until early to mid March, many loyal HTC fans are a little let down to say the least. This morning does bring a little hope into their lives though as a newly leaked photo of the M8 has surfaced online and it is quite interesting.




If true, the HTC M8 (or HTC One 2) will feature a similar form factor with an alloy chassis that made its predecessor one of the best Android-based smartphones ever released. What is extremely interesting however, is that the M8 appears to feature dual rear cameras as well as dual LED flashes. The image was leaked by Twitter user @htcfamily_ru, and appears to be legit. If real, this debunks rumors that suggested the M8 would feature a fingerprint scanner and rear buttons similar to the LG G Pro. Also noteworthy is the absence of any Beats Audio logo, which means that the partnership is truly over between Beats by Dre and HTC.

Sixense launches MakeVR campaign on Kickstarter

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 3:10 pm

By now most of you know that I live, eat, breath and sleep 3D printing, and its a hobby that I have enjoyed for the better part of a decade now. A few months ago during an interview with Sixense CEO, Amir Rubin, I was let in on a little project they were working on called MakeVR. Then just a few weeks ago at CES 2014 I had the chance to take a private demo of this software, and it turned my idea of 3D modeling for 3D printing upside down. Today Sixense launched the crowdfunding campaign for MakeVR on Kickstarter.




If Sixense's STEM system revolutionized the way we play games in Virtual Reality, then MakeVR will forever change the way we model 3D objects using VR. MakeVR is being billed as the worlds first immersive 3D modeling application that makes content creation for 3D printing natural, intuitive, and most importantly, fun! Over my years in the hobby, I have used or tried to use just about every 3D modeling program out there, and what I found is that many programs require a degree from a university just to be able to create anything more complex than a cube or sphere. With MakeVR things are so simple and natural that a kid can use the program to create very complex objects with little instruction.

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Last week 'Candy' was trademarked, this week it's 'Paper'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 12:30 pm

Last week, Facebook unveiled its new iOS app called 'Paper', but now we have design-focused startup, FiftyThree, accusing Facebook publicly for using their brand name.




FiftyThree then decided to take action to protect its brand name, applying for a trademark for the term "Paper," which was filed on January 30 - the day that Facebook announced Paper. FiftyThree already owns "Paper by FiftyThree", but only recently moved to protect the term "Paper", something Facebook has jumped on obviously.


Where to from here? According to trademark lawyers Roberto Ledesma and Victor Cardona says that trademarks, in some instances, are use-based. Cardona says: "just by using a mark in a particular field, you've got rights. Some are state-based and some are federal-based, but if I start using a mark before you in the same area of goods or services, I've got rights to the mark over you".

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Lockheed Martin fires 30-kilowatt laser, the highest power ever fired

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 11:30 am

Lockheed Martin has fired the highest powered laser ever tested, with its new 30-kilowatt electric fiber laser. The record-breaking power output was reached by combining many fiber lasers into a single, near-perfect quality beam of light.




This is called Spectrum Beam Combining, which sends beams from multiple fiber laser modules, which each have their own unique wavelength. Combining them all into one super-powerful, high-quality beam. Dr. Ray O. Johnson, Senior VP and CTO of Lockheed Martin says: "Lockheed Martin has opened the aperture for high power, electrically driven laser systems suitable for military applications. Advancements in available laser components, along with the maturity and quality of our innovative beam-combining technology, support our goal of providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for use on military platforms such as aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks".


The company is aiming for a portable laser solution, with this being a step in that direction. Lockheed Martin received funding from the US Army, which is also working on laser mounted weapons with Boeing.

Google signs multi-year, patent cross-licensing agreement with Cisco

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:30 am

It was only a week ago that we reported that Google signed a 10-year patent licensing deal with Samsung, but the Mountain View-based search giant has just signed another cross-licensing agreement for patents, this time with Cisco.




The agreement will cover a "broad range of products and technologies" which will help both companies defend themselves from future patent infringement lawsuits, as well as prevent the companies from suing each other, too. Google's Deputy General Counsel for Patents at Google, Allen Lo, says that the agreement with Cisco "will reduce the potential for litigation, letting us focus instead on building great new products".


Dan Lang, Cisco's VP if Intellectual Property had similar things to say, where he said: "In today's overly-litigious environment, cross-licensing is an effective way for technology companies to work together and help prevent unnecessary patent lawsuits".

The only way to play Skyrim is with VR, and a treadmill

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 8:22 am

Cyberith is working on some great technology, with a new video showing off the only way to play Skyrim: with Oculus Rift, the Cyberith Virtualizer - which is an omnidirectional treadmill, two Wii remotes and a lot of spare time.



One of the main goals of the Virtualizer, as Cyberith notes on its website: "The Virtualizer not only supports simple forward-faced movements like walking or running, but also walking backwards, crouching, jumping and even sitting". The crowdfunding campaign for the Virtualizer is coming soon, with the CEO and founder of Cyberith, Tuncay Cakmak, telling Eurogamer that: "we cannot tell an exact price no but we can tell that everybody who can afford a gaming PC, can afford the Virtualizer".

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Microsoft denies it will release cheaper, new Xbox One consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 7:29 am

It was only yesterday that we reported that Microsoft is working on a cheaper Xbox One, but the software giant has denied the rumors of a new Xbox One console, whether it arrive as a cheaper model, or price cuts to the current console.




Microsoft's Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios, Aaron Greenberg, said in a Twitter post when asked if the rumors were true: "No, you cannot believe everything you read on the internet". Well folks, it looks like we shouldn't expect a Blu-ray less Xbox One, or a cheaper model anytime soon.