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Free iPads for all kids in Los Angeles schools by 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 5:21 pm

I'm only 30, but when I was in school we were still using pen and paper, and were barely enjoying Internet as we were one of the first high schools in my state to receive brand new Windows 95 PCs and we had dual 128k ISDN, which was amazing at the time.




Now news has broken out that the Los Angeles school board have signed a $30 million agreement with Apple that will see an iPad in the hands of each student in the Los Angeles Unified School District. CiteWorld have reported that the program will launch this fall, with 31,000 iPads being delivered to the district.


By 2014, this program will have expanded out to see 640,000 tablets delivered to all students in the district. The iPads that students will receive will have educational applications and other apps installed designed to help students with their studies. The program hopes to prepare students for the real-world by exposing them to technology that might not be available at home.

Refreshed Nexus 7 will receive two updates at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 4:26 pm

The refreshed Nexus 7 has barely even been released yet, but there's already updates being pushed out to the 7-inch slate.




The first update will start beaming to your device as soon as you connect to Wi-Fi for the first time, which is usually done during the setup process. The tablet will shut down, boot into recovery, apply the update which brings the slate up to build number JWR66N, and then brings the user back to the setup screen to resume signing into a Google account.


The second update is downloaded in the background, which then sends a notification for the update into the notification tray. Once the user accepts the update, it is applied and a new build number of JSS15J is applied. Both updates are minor, featuring some fine-tuning and last-minute bug fixes. All in all, the Nexus 7 is looking like the tablet to buy right now, it's even easy to repair, too.

New tooth sensor tells your doctor if you're smoking or overeating

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 3:27 pm

If you thought NSA's PRISM system was invasive to your privacy, just wait until you hear what the National Taiwan University team has been up to. Lead by Hao-hua Chu, they've just tested prototypes of a new tooth sensor that is capable of detecting if you're smoking or overeating.




The team tested them in eight people's dentures, with the sensor featuring accelerometers that are capable of detecting the difference between chewing, smoking, speaking and coughing, roughly 94% of the time. It can only get better, with next-gen versions possibly detecting the type of food you're eating, which would be a huge step for health.


The biggest issue is scientists first have to create an on-power power source, as the prototypes currently run from external batteries, and secondly mouth-safe Bluetooth connectivity so that it can transmit data to smartphones. The team are already talking about shrinking the tooth sensor down so that it could fit inside cavities or crowns.

How is gaming on triple 4K displays? Check out Dirt 3 at 11520x2160!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 2:26 pm

Before next-gen consoles are here, and they usher in a kind-of-1080p gaming experience for us, 4K (or Ultra HD) was announced. We've seen a few sites play around with 4K gaming, but how do three 4K displays handle a game? What kind of insane rig do you need for this?



Well, Microsoft have done it, where they've slapped three Ultra HD-capable Sharp PN-K321 displays with the help of AMD and ASUS with three ASUS DirectCU II 7970s to show off some insane Ultra HD gaming. Dirt 3 was chosen as the game for its wide panoramic effect, with a single ASUS DirectCU II 7970 capable of pushing out 35 FPS, oh, at 11520x2160.


Yes, 11520x2160... I'll let that sink in for a minute.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines actor: the game 'seemed kind of passionless'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 1:24 pm

Gearbox Software did kind of screw us on Aliens: Colonial Marines, and now one of the major voice actors from the game has stepped forward mirroring our opinion on the game.




Michael Biehn played Corporal Hicks in the James Cameron-directed "Aliens", and came back to voice his character for Gearbox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines and when speaking to Game Informer, he said that the game was "kind of passionless". He compared his role with Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, where he plays Sergeant Rex Colt.


He described working with Blood Dragon's Creator Director, Dead Evans, as a positive experience, thanks to Evans' "interesting and creative presence" and passion. But during his time with Aliens: Colonial Marines, Biehn said he "didn't really have any fun". He added "It seemed kind of passionless. I think in movies, television and the gaming world, you get some people that are really, really passionate, and some people that are just going through the paces. They think that because they have a brand name they're going to get a hit game or hit movie out of it. That certainly was the situation on [Aliens: Colonial Marines]."

DICE are 'investigating' stat transfers for Battlefield 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 12:21 pm

There are countless Battlefield 3 gamers that have clocked up thousands of hours (I'm looking at you, boss) and don't want to lose those stats when they transition over to Battlefield 4.




Well, directly from the official Battlefield Twitter account, which tweeted "We've heard reports that players would like their stats and progression to transfer from current to next-gen in #BF4. We're investigating." This is perfect, as it'll give gamers the opportunity to buy two copies of the game, with EA/DICE supporting this.

Pre-orders for next-gen Xbox One controllers and headsets now open

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 11:23 am

The Xbox One inches closer to release with each day that passes, but to calm those next-gen gaming nerves, pre-orders for the Xbox One controller are now open for your business.




You can pre-order the Xbox One controller on the Microsoft Store for $59.99, with the store also offering the controller with a Play and Charge kit for $74.99. The Microsoft Store lists their "must-have" wired headset for just $24.99.


Amazon also have pre-orders for the Xbox One controller open, ready for a November 27 release. The Microsoft Store still has "Day One" editions of the Xbox One still available, listed as being available in November. If you're sitting on the Sony side of the next-gen gaming fence, the DualShock 4 controller is available for pre-order for around $60.

Refreshed Nexus 7 teardown reveals ease of repairability

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 10:27 am

The second-generation Nexus 7 was unveiled a few days ago, but iFixit have gotten their grubby mits on it and torn it apart as they always do. Their complete teardown can be viewed here.




The refreshed Nexus 7 scored 7/10 for repairability, which is great. Entry into the refreshed Nexus 7 seems easy enough, as it only requires a plastic opening tool, but it might take a while for you to feel the back off of the 7-inch slate. Inside the tablet is a large battery, and an inductive charging coil.


If you want to continue tumbling down the refreshed Nexus 7 rabbit hole, you'll find out that all fasteners are actually just Phillips screws. Nearly all tablet users wouldn't ever have to dive that deep into their tablet, as it would get quite complicated to fix and is easier to send it back in to Google to get fixed.

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Cybercrime causes over $500 billion in economic losses per year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 9:28 am

Every day that passes, cybercrime effects millions of people, and millions more dollars. This can happen with cyber thieves stealing intellectual property, or going as far as cyber espionage.




According to McAfee's latest report, economic losses from cybercrimes adds up to as much as $500 billion per year. Their report goes as far as stating that cybercrime can destroy a company's image, jeapordize national security and see hundreds of thousands of people out of jobs. Cybercrime is now considered just as bad (if not worse) than physical crime, thanks to the economic domino effect it has.


McAfee's report states that for every $1 billion in loss from exports, approximately 5,080 jobs are lost. So if we're looking at global economic losses per year to reach $500 billion, this would have a detrimental effect on the global job market.

Nokia thinks Microsoft need to improve their Windows Phone platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:15 am

We all know that Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone, isn't doing that well against the current champions found in iOS and Android. But when your strongest partner, Nokia, starts talking smack about your mobile OS, you should stand up and listen.




Nokia's Vice President, Bryan Biniak, spoke with IB Times UK on Friday, where he said that Microsoft haven't done enough to push their mobile OS against iOS and Android. Biniak added: "To give you a reason to switch. I need to make sure the apps that you care about on your device are not only on our phones, but are better. I also need to provide you unique experiences you can't get on other devices".


Biniak finished with: "We are releasing new devices frequently and for every new device, if there is an app that somebody cares about that's not there that's a missed opportunity of a sale. We are trying to evolve the cultural thinking [at Microsoft] to say 'time is of the essence.' Waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn't do us any good when I have phones to sell today."

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