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Big brother is watching you - Heard, a new iOS app that lets you record what you heard five minutes ago

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 7:29 am

Heard is a new iOS app that constantly records audio, allowing you to take snippets out of what you truly think is important - anything else you need, you can just ask the NSA anyway.




When Heard is opened, it will begin recording anything and everything that your iPhone's microphone hears. Instead of creating one super large audoi file, Heard records into a constantly rotating buffer. If something happens that you want to record, then you would open Heard and tap a single button, recording it.




If you don't do anything, the buffer is erased and that audio just disappears (or does it). Heard will continue to record audio even if the application is running in the background, displaying a huge "RECORDING" banner at the top of your screen - you know, in case you forgot it was recording. Heard clips can be named, tagged, e-mailed or shared through Facebook.

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Super-realistic assault rifle controller enjoys a successful Kickstarter campaign

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 7:29 am

The super-realistic assault rifle controller, otherwise known as Delta Six, has enjoyed a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $200,000. The Delta Six is thanks to David Kotkin from Miami, who is a teacher.




Kotkin developed the Avenger, making enough money from it to retire from his career in education. The Miami-based now retired teacher saw the absence of a realistic gun controller, and thought it would be a good idea to make one. Kotkin told the Miami Herald that the notoriety scared off a public relations firm, "whose owner cited 'moral reservations,'" and that Arduino, the microcontroller staple of PC and console mods, backed away from the partnership because of the potential problems.


Kotkin's own wife won't let their 11- and 8-year-old sons play with the Delta Six, but stands by him and is proud of his inventiveness and accomplishments. She says: "When it comes to the gaming gun, you look at all the violence that's occurred and it's really difficult for me to say this is a great idea."

Nissan's ZEOD RC is the world's fastest electric car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:27 am

Nissan have just unveiled the ZEOD RC (Zero Emissions On-Demand Racing Car) prototype ahead of the LeMans race on Saturday. Nissan have been invited to enter the 186-mph electric race car in the next year's 24-hour LeMans race.




Nissan's ZEOD RC prototype is part technology demo and part publicity stunt for the automaker. The electric car features the same lithium-ion batteries as the Nissan Leaf electric car, with the Japanese company stating the fact that race-car technology finds its way onto street cars. They also said that they will be testing different types and combinations of electric motors and gasoline engines in their ZEOD RC before its wheels hit the LeMans track in 2014.


Andy Palmer, an executive vice president with the company said in a statement that Nissan's zero-emission, on-demand option allows a driver to "switch between electric and petrol-powered drive". He adds that it is the future direction for road cars, where he finished by saying "that will be tested in addition to pure electric power and other new technologies that we still have under development"

Mind-controlled Pong becomes a reality, will be at the 2014 World Cup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 5:28 am

Mind-controlled Pong is becoming a reality, with Patricia Hernandez testing out the game that involves tossing trucks telekinetically. A team of researchers have adapted the technology to popular game Pong, with the end goal in mind of being able to allow a paralyzed person to make the kickoff at the 2014 World Cup.




The work has been done by the Duke University, who unveiled it to a summer camp that would encourage high school students to look into careers in engineering and technology. A Duke Ph.D candidate, David Schwarz, developed the game and it involves "headgear with spider-like arms, each containing a saline-soaked, felt-padded electrode."


Calibration of the device obviously took some time to get it working with just your mind, but after a few attempts they were able to manipulate the paddle with their minds - very cool. Schwarz's lab is working on a way to get their technology capable of controlling an exoskeleten, which would see the paralyzed walking again, hopefully not like a Terminator.

Apple co-founder likes Edward Snowden, feels 'a little guilty' about the NSA surveillance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 5:24 am

The past two weeks have seen the Internet filled with Edward Snowden, the NSA, Prism, GCHQ and much more - but what does the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, think about it all? Well, he feels "a little guilty."



Wozniak was a guest on the Piers Morgan show, where he was asked if he feels any responsibility for the technologies he and others in the industry have created, that have given government entities like the NSA the power to snoop on, well, everyone - his answer was:


I actually feel a little guilty about that -- but not totally. We created the computers to free the people up, give them instant communication anywhere in the world. Any thought you had, you could share freely. That ... was going to overcome a lot of the government restrictions.

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Ellen Page isn't happy with Naughty Dog using her likeness in The Last Of Us

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 4:39 am

This is something that has been discussed for quite sometime, that The Last Of Us' character 'Ellie' looks scarily like the real-life actress Ellen Page. She even sounded like her, shared mannerisms, and delivered dialogue in a scary mimic of the actress in the game's first trailer.




Naughty Dog made some changes to Ellie's facial features, making her look a little less like Page. But now Ellen Page has taken to Reddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA), where someone asked what she thought of the character Ellie in The Last Of Us:


This has almost certainly been made clear to you several times, but are you aware how much you look like Ellie from "The Last of Us," a video game which came out about a week ago. She even sounds like you. So much so that almost everyone assumed it was you playing the role.


Which leads me to my questions:


How did you like playing the role of a video game character when doing "Beyond: Two Souls?" Do you prefer live action?


Have you seen any footage of "The Last of Us" and would you have taken the role as Ellie if approached?

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Sony to use Gamescom 2013 to unveil more PS4 games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:40 am

Gamescom 2013 is just two months away, and it looks like Sony will be unveiling more games for their next-generation PlayStation 4 console at the gaming event being held in Cologne, Germany.




SCEE's Jim Ryan revealed the information during an interview, stating that Sony will be unveiling more PS4 games at Gamescom, as well as confirming that the PS4 will launch in Europe before Christmas 2013. He said:


There's a lot coming. I'm sure you heard from Shu [Yoshida] that he has 30 games in development. 20 of them are going to ship within the first year of the console's life, and of those 12 are new IP. There's a lot going on, we need to keep stuff back. We've got Gamescom for us Europeans-we need to have something to show at Gamescom, don't we?

Will Smith is 'too expensive' to come back for Independence Day 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 3:28 am

Last week Fox confirmed that Independence Day 2 was coming out in 2015, but neglected to reveal if the main draw card actor - Will Smith - would be returning for the alien invasion sequel.




Roland Emmerich, director of Independence Day and the upcoming Independence Day 2, has confirmed that Will Smith will not be returning, where he told NY Daily News: "Will Smith can not come back because he's too expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee name, It would be too much." The director did hint at who would return, where it will be a mix of old and new: "We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new."


Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldbum will be returning, most likely because they have nothing else better to do. Emmerich confirmed that the movie will be a direct sequel, but has fans (like myself) excited with the following quote: "We're not doing a total reboot, we're doing something that's totally unusual."

Hey Ouya, where's my console? Retail launch is upon us and I'm still without my Ouya!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 24, 2013 2:29 am

I remember last year when Ouya first reached Kickstarer, it was all the rage and I backed it to buy a Limited Edition console to have my username etched into the controllers - and because it looked like a neat little Android-based gaming console.




But, it's June 24 here in Australia and my Ouya console is stuck in Hong Kong. I've recently moved house (again, second time in 5 months) and I e-mailed them to change my address, which hasn't been acknowledged or replied to. If my unit is still in HK, then I won't be getting it for at least a few more days at the minimum.


The units are being shipped through DHL, and the last update for my Ouya console is 6/15 where it was "received & dispatched". There are still four more steps on DHL's website until it gets to me, unfortunately.


I'm not the only one that seems to be waiting, from what I've read there are plenty of other early backers who are still waiting for their Ouya console. So, I ask you Ouya - where is my console? I'm ready to play it, review it for TweakTown and invite some friends over to have some fun!

A petition demanding the US government to pardon Edward Snowden passes 100,000 signatures, forces the White House to respond

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 23, 2013 12:29 pm

There has been a petition demanding that the US government pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which saw over 100,000 digital 'signatures', forcing the White House to make a formal response. Considering the US government are attempting to charge Snowden with two counts of espionage, it'll be interesting to see what the White House has to say about this.




Snowden is currently in Hong Kong, although there are rumors of him heading to Russia, where he has been accused of "unauthorized communication of national defense information" and "willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person". The petition to pardon the NSA whistleblower was filed under the We Are The People initiative, which lets US citizens start petitions in the nation's interest.


Obviously, the US citizens' privacy is right at the top of the nation's interests - and if a petition passes 100,000 signatures, then it forces the White House to assign a staff member to respond to the matter. The petition was filed on June 9, and is asking for a pardon, which will most likely not happen.

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