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Adidas miCoach Fit Smart wearable tracks health data

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Adidas has officially launched a new wearable fitness and heath product called the miCoach Fit Smart. The wearable device was unveiled in San Francisco recently and is able to monitor all sorts of health data while being worn on the wrist. Fit Smart can monitor calories burned, heart rate, distance covered, pace, and a number of other fitness statistics.

 

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Adidas offers the device in black or white colors and the strap is made from silicone and has a small strip of LEDs on the side that can change color depending on how hard you are working out. The watch sells for $199 and will hit stores late next month.

 

"What we did, by working with elite coaches, was bring an experience to help people set weekly goals and training plans," Paul Gaudio, GM of digital sports at Adidas said. "We took the things that have been very successful and implemented them here with the Fit Smart."

Uber driver allegedly flees authorities with three passengers onboard

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

A man named Ryan W Simonetti and two of his coworkers were in Washington DC recently where they hailed an Uber ride via the app. When the trio walked up to the Uber car, they noticed a DC Taxi inspector talking to the driver of the Uber car. As the inspector walked off, Simonetti says the Uber driver just drove off.

 

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The inspector turned on his lights and started to follow the Uber car according to Simonetti. The passenger told the driver the cop was following him and the Uber driver allegedly responded, "He's not a real cop." The driver then ran a red light and proceeded to drive above the speed limit. Simonetti said it was like an episode of cops.

 

The driver allegedly told the passengers he couldn't stop and let them out because he would get a $2,000 fine. "It was insane," Simonetti said. "I physically tried to force his leg to hit the brake. I ripped off his pant leg ... I said, 'Here's two options. You take this exit, or I'm going to knock the side of your head in. If we crash, we crash, but you're gonna kill us anyway.'" The driver eventually let them out of the car and continued to flee authorities. The matter is under investigation by law enforcement and Uber.

Bell Labs achieves over 10Gbps using traditional copper phone lines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Bell LAbs, which is a division of Alcatel-Lucent, is claiming to have "set a new broadband speed record of 10Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines". This was achieved in a research project that could see gigabit broadband speeds delivered to normal broadband networks with copper, by combining fiber.

 

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These 10Gbps speeds can only be achieved at 30 meters (or 100 feet), and at 70m (or 230 feet) the top speeds drop to 1Gbps. Alcatel-Lucent has said that bidirectional 1Gbps speeds can be achieved in the real-world over networks that deliver fiber to the curbside, and rely on copper for the final few feet of the connection.

 

Alcatel-Lucent said: "When it becomes commercially available in 2015, G.fast will use a frequency range for data transmission of 106MHz, giving broadband speeds up to 500Mbps over a distance of 100 meters. In contrast, XG-FAST uses an increased frequency range up to 500MHz to achieve higher speeds but over shorter distances. Bell Labs achieved 1Gbps symmetrical over 70 meters on a single copper pair. 10Gbps was achieved over a distance of 30 meters by using two pairs of lines (a technique known as 'bonding'). Both tests used standard copper cable provided by a European operator".

MindRDR lets you command Google Glass with your mind

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Using Google Glass can be quite troublesome at the best of times, as you're either sliding your finger along the touchpad, or speaking commands into it. MindRDR hopes to change that with its new app, but you'll need the Neurosky MindWave EEG headset, which costs around $121.

 

 

Mixing the headset, MindRDR app and Google Glass together looks incredibly intuitive, as you'll be able to control Google's wearable headset with your thoughts. Wearing both Glass and the Neurosky MindWave EEG will have you looking like even more of a robot out in public, but there are some very cool possibilities with this combination in hardware.

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Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7 early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Even thought millions upon millions of people still use Windows 7 across the world, Microsoft will be ending mainstream support of its most popular OS early next year.

 

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The company normally supports its operating systems for a minimum of 10 years, with a minimum of five years for its 'mainstream' support - or for two years after its successor is released (in this case, Windows 8). Another minimum of five years (or an additional two years after its successor is released) in something Microsoft calls extended support.

 

During the first few years with mainstream support, Microsoft offers the OS security updates, non-security hot-fixes, performance enhancements, feature improvements and design changes, all for free, as well as still accepting warranty claims. Once this mainstream support has passed, and it is entering extended support, the company only provides security updates, and paid hotfix support.

TSMC invests heavily into 10nm process, wants to fight off Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

TSMC is reportedly increasing the development of its upcoming 10nm process so that it can better prepare itself against Samsung, which has reportedly received an order from Qualcomm to build 14nm FinFET chips, reports DigiTimes.

 

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DigiTimes writes: "TSMC and Samsung are currently competing fiercely in the development of FinFET process, with the Korea-based foundry house utilizing a 14nm process and TSMC a 16nm node. Both the 14nm and 16nm processes are scheduled to enter volume production in early 2015". TSMC has been at the forefront of FinFET development, with plans to begin producing 16nm FinFET chips in Q4 2014.

 

DigiTimes' sources have said that TSMC has rescheduled its commercial production for the 16nm FinFET process, pushing forward with the more advanced 16nm FinFET Plus process. This process will consume less power, and shrink die sizes even more. TSMC is running scared at the moment, as it didn't anticipate Samsung to develop its 14nm process so quickly, so now the Taiwanese company is accelerating its development of the 10nm process, to continue staying out ahead of its competitors.

No Man's Sky will feature 'traditional' multiplayer, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Hello Games' co-founder, Sean Murray, spoke with GameSpot explaining that the incredibly large No Man's Sky will still feature a "traditional" multiplayer component.

 

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No Man's Sky multiplayer won't act like traditional MMOs, but it doesn't meant it won't feature large scale fights either. Murray explains: "This is not a game about forming a clan or allegiances, right? But it has some MMO-esque mechanics, I guess". With the galaxy being virtually unlimited in size, won't it be hard finding other players?

 

Murray continued: "There is this thing, which I'm not going to talk about now, that is a plan for multiplayer and for people to have a more traditional multiplayer experience within the game. And that's something that we'll deal with further down the line that is exciting. But that is not what's core to the game right now".

Dragon Age: Inquisition receives 16 minutes of new gameplay footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you're waiting for the new Dragon Age: Inquisition, then you might want to check out the just-released 16-minute gameplay video for it, which we've included for your viewing pleasure below.

 

 

The video shows off some real in-game footage, which does look quite beautiful. In the first 40 seconds, BioWare shows off a space that is just one area, but is bigger than the entire world of Dragon Age: Origins. Inquisition is built on multiple regions, of which you get to explore the entire game world over your multiple adventures.

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Sigourney Weaver lends her voice for Alien: Isolation DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

SEGA is pumping the gas on Alien: Isolation before its release in October, announcing some DLC for the game. But, The Creative Assembly seem to be on the right track here, with this DLC reuniting the cast of the original Alien movie.

 

 

The pre-order DLC includes some missions that will see Sigourney Weaver return to the role that made her famous: Ellen Ripley. The actors that played Dallas, Lambert, Brett, and Parker are also coming back, some 35 years after they starred in the Ridley Scott directed movie. There will be two DLC missions that recreate parts of the movie in a kind of 'what if' alternative path.

 

It's an interesting way of giving DLC to customers, but offering it before the game is here is definitely going to turn some people away. Especially after the mess that was the previous Aliens game, Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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Chinese couple sells their kids to buy in-game weapons and armor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

A young Chinese couple has sold their two sons to child traffickers, all so they could fund their gaming habits. The couple sold their two sons on two separate occasions, to fund the purchase of in-game items such as armor, and weapons.

 

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During an interview with Guangdong TV from a local detention center, the couple said that their first child wasn't planned. The father, A Hui, said that he had no intention of financially supporting the child, so they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers. His partner, A Mei, fell pregnant again, where he explained: "[A Hui] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes".

 

This meant that most of their finances were being funneled into A Hui's gaming life, so it meant the second child couldn't be supported. They then sold him to traffickers. The traffickers in China sell children to couples who want to be parents, street gangs and street peddlers, and even to orphanages where they put them up for adoption overseas. A Hui's father was aware of what was going on, and in the end reported the couple to the police. The two were arrested, and are now awaiting trial and sentencing for the crime of selling children.

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