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Google release mockup of what Glasses would look like over prescription glasses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 7:29 am

Google Glasses was unveiled a little while ago, but questions started popping up from people who use prescription glasses, whether this new awesome looking technology would work with them. Well, hopefully there's no need to worry if a post from Google employee +Isabelle Olsson is anything to go by.




Olsson provided a mockup of what they'd look like, as well as Google's thoughts on the subject. Olsson has said that Google really want Project Glass to work for everyone, and they are actually experimenting with designs that are meant to be extendable to different types of frames.


Olsson continues saying that most of the Google team members wear glasses, so it's something they're definitely keen to get working. The above image is an early mock-up to show us what the device would look like sitting on prescription glasses. Personally, I just want the glasses here already. Like, yesterday.

Sony SmartWatch - a $149 watch that acts as a secondary display for your Android-based device

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 6:27 am

Sony launched their wearable device gadget, SmartWatch, in the U.K. before the U.S. but now U.S.-based gadget lovers can get in on the SmartWatch action. Sony have made the watch available in the State for just $149. Not too bad, if you ask me.




Don't know what the SmartWatch is? Yeah, neither did I until I saw it today. Sony's SmartWatch is a normal watch, which reads the time, etc - all from a 1.3-inch OLED display, that is also capable of displaying users e-mails, text messages, control of your music, and more. It connects to any Bluetooth-enabled Android 2.1-based (and above) device, and requires an app on your device to be installed.


You know what? I don't wear a watch, but I seriously want one now. For $149 it is not too badly priced, and I do rock Samsung's Android-powered GALAXY S II smartphone. I've noticed most comments on this in the social sphere, and on other tech sites is quite negative. Maybe because those iOS-based people are jelly. UMADBRAH? I'm sure Apple will have one in 3-4 years, and call it "iWatch", it'll be revolutionary, resolutionary and timeolutionary? New word, yeah. I know.

1366x768 has replaced 1024x768 as the dominant screen resolution, finally

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 5:25 am

Screen resolutions are a wonderful thing, but did you know that the most popular resolution until now was just 1024x768? Yes. How would one use a screen with that resolution, I've had up and above 1024x768 for nearly a decade and a half now. But, according to independent web analytics company, StatCounter, and their research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, that for the first time ever, 1366x768 has become the most popular screen resolution worldwide, overtaking 1024x768.




StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen says:


The data reflects a continuing trend of users moving to larger screen resolution sizes. The screen resolution size people are using is a critical factor for developers when it comes to web design, particularly in the case of fixed width web pages.


StatCounter began tracking screen resolutions in March of 2009, and recorded that 1024x768 had been the dominant screen size across the world, keep in mind this excludes mobile use. In March 2009, 1024x768 made up 41.8-percent of total use, and has since fallen to 18.6-percent in March of this year. Over the same time period, 1366x768 has grown from just 0.68-percent to 19.28-percent.

Valve are hiring, Steam Box rumors gaining more and more steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 5:20 am

We all know that Valve could be working on a gaming console dubbed "Steam Box", we've covered it with news, and even an editorial. But now Valve are actually posting job vacancies where they're preparing to offer consumers "whole new gaming experiences".




They're posting jobs wanting experienced electronics engineers, where they've said "for years Valve has been all about writing software that provides great gameplay experiences. Now we're developing hardware to enhance those experiences". The ideal candidiate for the job definitely requires the goods:




Work with the hardware team to conceive, design, evaluate, and produce new types of input, output, and platform hardware




Hands on prototyping experience

Lab and measurement skills

System level design experience

Knowledge of embedded systems/microcontrollers

Experience with high speed serial interfaces

Experience with schematic entry

Experience with circuit simulation

Four years relevant experience

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LG are reportedly launching their Google TV sets in the US this weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:28 am

LG are reportedly ready to unleash their next-generation of Google TVs in the US market this weekend, with the company yet to officially confirm release details like pricing, models, and so forth, but analysts with the Korean financial firm Shinhan Investment claiming that the first devices could arrive any day now.




LG's latest sets were previewed at CES just a few months ago, and they are some of the first Google TV-based sets to support 3D content. The new Google TVs will follow LG's previous models, which feature passive 3D glasses rather than the more expensive active-shutter frames.


Other rumors circling is that LG could be working with Google directly to develop a Nexus-branded Google TV set. This would be a huge release, as it would follow their strategy of Nexus-branded smartphones being the Google default device for the other devices to aim to be. The new LG 3D LED TVs are said to be made available in both 47- and 55-inch sizes with pricing of $1,600 and $2,100, respectively.

Google announce stock split, lets co-founders maintain control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 4:23 am

Google have just announced a plan in which we'll see the company split its stock in an effort to preserve its corporate governance, and still give co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page control of the company. This will create a 2-for-1 stock split, where Google have said it will create a new class of stock, Class C, that won't sport any voting power.




Any share holders of Google with Class A or Class B stock will automatically receive a share of the new Class S stock. This new class of shares will trade under a different ticker symbol. This new deal is said to preserve the voting power of Google co-founders. The stock proposal was announced as Google reported a first-quarter profit of $2.89 billion, or $8.75 a share, from $1.8 billion, or $5.51 a share, twelve months ago.


Excluding one-time charges and other items, Google's profits sat at $3.33 billion, or $10.08 per share, compared to last years $2.64 billion or $8.08 per share. Google easily beat Wall Street estimates which pegged them at $9.65 per share. Revenue-wise they were not too bad at all, hitting $10.65 billion, a 24-percent increase over $8.58 billion year-over-year. After backing out traffic acquisition costs, revenue amounted to $8.14 billion, missing Wall Street expectations by a slither, pegged at $8.15 billion.

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"One Sony", a new strategy for Sony from newly-appointed CEO Kaz Hirai

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:24 am

Sony have been struggling over the years, and much more so in the last year or so. We know this, and with newly-appointed CEO Kaz Hirai steering the ship that is Sony, they are now hoping a new set of initiatives designed to revitalize the sluggish business will help. The new strategy is called "One Sony".




One Sony is said to focus on games, mobile and digital imaging in an effort to generate roughly 70-percent of Sony's total sales from these three divisions. Hirai's first big move is One Sony, and from his previous position within the PlayStation division of Sony, he is adding new titles to their downloadable catalog for the PlayStation Vita as well as the PlayStation 3, and will also improve subscription services on the PlayStation Network.


On top of this, the company is preparing better games for their tablet lineup and Vaio-based devices, as well as leveraging their accessories and peripherals market. Sony hopes to generate revenue of around $12.4 billion through gaming by fiscal 2014.


In the digital imaging market, Sony hopes to reinforce its development of image sensors, signal processing technologies, lenses and other key digital imaging technologies and leverage them in both its consumer products and broadcast/professional equipment. Sony are also talking of restructuring their television industry, and are said to be looking into expanding business into emerging markets like Mexico and India.

Max Payne 3 - Bullet Time trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 3:06 am

Max Payne 3 is nearly upon us, and today the developers have decided to tease us with a new trailer showing off Max's signature Bullet Time. If you're not aware, Max can enter Bullet Time, which is exactly the same type of thing that was featured in not only the movie The Matrix, but the previous two Max Payne titles.



The trailer shows off various methods of using it, with various different styles of moves, and guns being used whilst in the slow-mo glory. The new trailer doesn't show off too much of the game, but we do get to see some of the environments, etc.


I do wish that we could get a demo of the game first, especially since it was a PC-exclusive with the original two games and only hit consoles a few years later. This new game looks OK, but not mind-blowing. This doesn't mean I'm not excited for it. But, because I'm based in Australia, I have to wait until June 2 to buy it, and at AUD$90, too. Bit of a slow-mo kick to the balls if you ask me.

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Raspberry Pi is nearly no longer a dream, shipments are imminent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 2:16 am

After a handful of delays, the $25 Raspberry Pi system is expected to ship very shortly. Some customers are already receiving e-mail alerts telling them that shipment of the devices is imminent. This means that lucky customers will get the Model B version of Raspberry Pi, but there are others complaining that they're having issues using their e-mailed voucher codes.




The problem is the amount of customers demands of the unit, rushing to complete their order has crashed the website. E-mailed voucher codes are being distributed in the order in which they were received, which is said to stagger customer arrival on the order RS Components site. What some people are doing, is jumping on the site without their e-mailed voucher code, which is causing more problems.


The device should hit users door steps over the next week or so, with the Model B ($35 version) sold out of its pre-order stock, with the cheaper $25 Model A version not yet in production. The cheaper version drops two USB ports as well as its Ethernet connectivity.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg made his offer to purchase Instagram, had deal wrapped up in 48 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 13, 2012 1:11 am

When Facebook had announced they purchased Instagram for $1 billion, I was shocked, but not so shocked all at the same time. I had realised how popular Instagram was, and would get, but $1 billion from a company as powerful, as influential as Facebook? Just strange. Unless you wanted a ready-made, photo-sharing application and its creators, IP and everything else, so that your competition, Google and Twitter, couldn't scoop the opportunity before you could.




It's being reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had called Instagram co-creator Kevin Systrom just after Instagram had secured $50 million in venture capitalist funding last Thursday, which pegged its value at $500 million. Zuckerberg called Systrom making his offer known, and by the end of the weekend Facebook acquired Instagram for double their pegged value.


How did Facebook make the deal so quickly? Well, Zuckerberg has majority voting power, where his Class B shares equate to over 57-percent. This makes his decisions kinda final, and his influence over them quite powerful. Most of his suggested plans would go through, unless he had a change of heart or a deliberate abstention from the voting process itself.

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