Computer scientists in the University of Washington have made a prototype of a low-cost gesture control system that requires no battery to power it up. The control system even allows the users to control their devices that are out of sight using TV signals.
This research project is funded by a Google faculty research award and Washington Research Foundation. The prototype called 'AllSee' uses TV signals as a source of power and its way to detect any gesture command from the user. The assistant professor computer science and engineering at the University of Washington said,"This is the first gesture recognition system that can be implemented for less than a dollar and doesn't require a battery. You can leverage TV signals both as a source of power and as a source of gesture recognition."
Freescale Semiconductor introduces the smallest ever ARM based microcontroller (MCU) they made for embedded devices for Internet of Things Market: Kinetsis KL03. The MCU is as smaller than a golf ball dimple.
Rajeev Kumar, director of worldwide marketing and business development for Freescale's Microcontrollers business said,"When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into edge node devices, we can start to redefine what's possible for the Internet of Things. We see the miniaturization of MCUs as a key driver of IoT evolution. With the groundbreaking form factors of the new Kinetis KL03, systems designers for edge node products now have the technology they need to develop entirely new product categories capable, quite literally, of changing the world."
A report coming from Latino Review is teasing that Andy and Lana Wachowski are working on a new Matrix trilogy, "with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio".
The report claims that the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. are looking at a 2017 release window. The new trilogy would start with "the birth of the Matrix", but the development situation is in a state of constant change. Going back to the birth of the Matrix would be an interesting thing to see, but I'm sure most people would expect the high-octane, bullet-dodging, slow-mo action of the original movies, if it were to be released as a new trilogy.
I'd like to see a reboot of the Matrix trilogy done, with it pushing technological boundaries like the first did. By the time the new movies would be out, virtual reality should be here and with us in multiple generations thanks to Oculus. Maybe an augmented, virtual reality, downloadable version of the film? Now that I'd like to see.
A computer virus reportedly took down a Formula 1 race team that was supposed to be on the track, helping mechanics and drivers lock things down. Instead, the Marussia team was downed for almost an entire day of driving due to an unexplained computer virus that will be investigated to prevent future issues.
"It started off with the first disaster, which was a computer Trojan-type virus in the racks, which cost us the best part of the day," Marussia team principal John Booth recently told AUTOSPORT. "So that set the tone for the week."
Modern Formula 1 cars have a large amount of electronics, with team managers able to carefully track vehicle performance during practice laps and throughout a race.
Tor Foundation is currently working on a concept called 'Tor Instant Messaging Bundle' (TIMB) where people can use instant messaging service in real-time while being anonymous to evade any surveillance. Tor's chat servers will be concealed in its hidden array of network.
This project was funded by an anonymous organization which was originally called as 'Attentive Otter'. TIMB will be a tool that will force IM traffic through Tor network irrespective whether its mean to go through TOR servers or not. Tor was trying to decide which open source based IM to use for this concept: Pidgin or InstantBird. Pidgin was ruled out because it required a lot effort to audit and maintain the library and certain security concerns.
Today Dice and EA unveiled screen captures from Naval Strike, the next DLC in the Battlefield 4 series. Naval strike is a water-based map pack that is set in the South China Sea and features new weapons, gadgets, and vehicles. A new game mode called Carrier Assault is also introduced as well as the return of a favorite mode from Battlefield 2142. News of the new expansion pack comes just a week after Battlefield 4 Second Assault was launched for Premium PC members.
Water-based combat is one of the most thrilling things to do in Battlefield 4, and my time spent in fast attack crafts are a testament to that statement. Battlefield 4 Naval Strike truly brings the fight to the seal, and guarantees more intense on-water combat than ever before. A new amphibious hovercraft vehicle is included in the pack, and allows users to dominate both the sea and land over some of the most dynamic maps ever seen in Battlefield.
Today Sapphire Technology announced the launch of its latest entry-level GPU. The all new R7 240 is a low-profile video card based on AMD's successful Graphics Core Next architecture, and features dual HDMI outputs as well as full 4k resolution. Both HDMI ports can be used at the same time, and the cards low-profile design makes it perfect for the home theater PC you have always wanted to build.
The new Sapphire R7 240 low-profile features 2GB of DDR3 memory which has been clocked to 900MHz, and boast 320 stream processors. A core clock of 730MHz can be boosted to 780MHz via dynamic boost. A single slot, fan assisted heat sink keeps the cards overall profile small and allows the device to be fitted in any low-profile or small form factor chassis. AMD Crossfire, Image Enhancement, and HD Media Accelerator technology is all onboard as well as full support for 4K video playback.
Music streaming services have been the hot topic over the last year with Google and Beats Music both launching streaming services to compete with powerhouses like Spotify, and it appears that Amazon is looking to jump on the streaming music bandwagon as well. Rumors are suggesting that Amazon is looking into integrating a music streaming service similar to Spotify into it's popular Amazon Prime premium member service.
Industry insiders are saying that Amazon is "deep" in talks with several major record labels and music catalog holders and that plans for the service have been unfolding for several months now. Unfortunately instead of adding value to Amazon Prime, sources tell TweakTown that it will increase the subscription fee slightly and is the gateway into Amazon's rumored increase to $119 per month. If anyone can pull it off, Amazon would be the company to do it. Back in 2012, Amazon hired former Sony Music exec, Michael Paull and Rhapsody / MOG manager Drew Denbo as well as Adam Parness who also worked at Rhapsody previously.
Either just bad luck or a cruel practical joke, it turns out the RSA Conference 2014 mobile app designed to help attendees get through the show mistakenly had a security hole potentially exposing user data.
IOActive found that there were two major vulnerabilities in the app, including a flaw that reveals name, surname, job title, employer, and nationality of the mobile app users. The second flaw opened up the door to man-in-the-middle attackers able to inject code into the app's login, so login credentials could be exposed.
"The RSA Conference 2014 application downloads a SQLite DB file that is used to populate the visual portions of the app (such as schedules and speaker information) but, for some bizarre reason, it also contains information of every registered user of the application - including their name, surname, title, employer, and nationality," said Gunter Ollmann, IOActive CTO, in a blog post.
Sony has been having a fire sale of sorts lately in an effort to make up for recent financial losses, and today a new report has surfaced that says the company is in talks with an unnamed buyer with the intent of selling off its old headquarters located in Tokyo. This is the same building where Sony's founders, Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka worked on Walkman and Trinitron prototypes that made the company the electronics giant it is today.
The sell could net sony about $145 million to add to the funds it earned last year from selling buildings in New York City and Osaka Japan, but the move is not popular with Tokyo locals who think that the company should remain in its birth city. This sell off comes just after the company sold its VAIO PC business just weeks ago, and the one thing we should all take from this is that Sony is hurting and this is most likely not the last part of its business we will see sold this year.