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3D-printed food far from mainstream, but still capturing attention

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 7:10 pm

It's going to take a while before 3D printers go mainstream, but consumers have shown a genuine curiosity about 3D-printed food.

 

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3D food printers operate by printing out layers of edible materials, capable of creating pastries, chocolate, pasta, pizza, and other delicious snacks and foods. Unfortunately, supporters are struggling to find ways to turn this curiosity into a long-term business model - and whether this is an ideal strategy for home cooks or restaurants.

 

"The really exciting thing is the food we can't even imagine today because we don't have any way to make it," said Hod Lipson, Cornell University Creative Machines Lab director, in a statement to the AP. "That's the part I don't think anybody has really figured out."

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Silicon Valley forcing automakers to be more proactive with research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:03 pm

The automotive industry is embracing change - and increasing pressure - from the number of technology companies interested in developing self-driving and connected car features.

 

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Google, Sony, Apple, and other tech companies are interested in developing everything from their own vehicles down to software and hardware that can be used in next-generation cars. Google's public ambition to develop a self-driving vehicle has been noticed by automakers, interested in learning from the tech company's successes and failures.

 

"Google is pushing the theme of self-driving cars very strongly," said Volkmar Denner, CEO of Bosch, during a conference in Germany. "That's having a very positive effect for the entire automotive industry, because it enormously accelerates the pace of introducing drive-assist systems and semi-automatic functions."

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Sony SmartEyeglass Developer Edition on sale, Google Glass alternative

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 5:49 pm

Sony has announced its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition is available for pre-order in the UK and Germany, with sales opening up in the United States, Japan, France, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain and Italy beginning next month.

 

 

The hands-free device superimposes images into the wearer's vision range, with Sony hoping it will be able to drive interest in the workplace. The company also was careful to create a more aesthetically pleasing product than Glass, which drew a high amount of criticism from potential wearers.

 

SmartEyeglass also uses a 3-megapixel CMOS image sensor, gyro, accelerometer, electronic compass and brightness sensor - paired with GPS data from a smartphone - to allow custom data to be shared with the wearer.

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Apple ordered up to 6 million smartwatches, preparing for launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 5:28 pm

Apple is anticipating big demand for its Apple Watch smartwatch, asking Asian suppliers to prepare five to six million units ready for launch in April. The company will release three models and wants to ensure there is adequate stock of each one.

 

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At least half of the production numbers will be for the Apple Sport, the company's entry-level smartwatch model, though production plans can be adjusted as needed.

 

The high-end Apple Watch Edition has seen small pre-orders to date, but Apple will produce at least one million units per month during Q2, according to sources. The watch has an 18-karat gold casing and could be extremely popular in China, as Apple products have become increasingly popular there as of late.

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UK mom turns up to school in a Need for Speed cop car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 10:40 am

If you thought your mom was cool during school, they probably weren't as cool as a mom in the UK that turned up to her kids' school in an Americanized cop car in the style of the Need for Speed game.

 

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Rachel Sims purchased the car after the game promoters were finished with it, and while she has been pulled over by the real police in it, they gave her permission to continue driving it around. Sims' three children, aged 15, 12 and eight, now get to ride to and from school everyday in this Need for Speed cop car, which is damn cool.

Kaspersky: the NSA has backdoors in Seagate and WD HDD firmware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:48 am

Kaspersky has some damning claims against HDD giants Seagate and Western Digital, where it has said that the NSA has spying backdoors installed onto the HDD firmware of the leading HDD manufacturers products.

 

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The cyber-security giant says that the US spy agency has full access to raw data, agnostic of partition method (low-level format), file system (high-level format), operating system, or even at the user access level. Kaspersky has said that it has found PCs in at least 30 countries with the spying programs installed, with the most infections found in Iran. After that, we have Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Mali, Syria, Yemen and Algeria.

 

Kaspersky has said that the HDD firmware backdoors are used right now to spy on foreign governments, telecommunication giants, banks, nuclear researchers, the media, and many more. Kaspersky isn't outright naming the company that has designed the malware, but it has said that the company responsible has close ties with the development of Stuxnet. But it does get worse, as the company adds that each time you turn your PC on, the malware is activated, which means it has utter control to all of the critical OS components - possibly gaining access to your network, and file system.

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Samsung announces the mass production of its 14nm FinFET processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 9:41 am

The time has come for Samsung to tease to the world that it has started the mass production of its 14nm FinFET process technology, moving from its current node at 20nm.

 

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Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, System LSI Business, Samsung Electronics, Gabsoo Han, said: "Samsung's advanced 14nm FinFET process technology is undoubtedly the most advanced logic process technology in the industry. We expect the production of our 14nm mobile application processor to positively impact the growth of the mobile industry by enabling further performance improvements for cutting-edge smartphones".

 

This is quite the achievement, as the new 14nm FinFET processors offer up to 20% more speed, 35% less power consumption, and 30% productivity gain when compared to Samsung's current 20nm process technology. Samsung's new 14nm FinFET process will see its way into the company's upcoming Exynos 7 Octa later this year, as well as many other products in the near future.

Assassin's Creed movie will star Marion Cotillard, at 24FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 8:38 am

Marion Cotillard, an Oscar-winning actress, will be joining Michael Fassbender for the Assassin's Creed movie according to Deadline.

 

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Deadline has also reported that if the first Assassin's Creed movie is successful and doesn't require a day one patch, that the actors have signed on for multiple films. It was only late last week that Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot confirmed the movie with New Regency, with a release date of December 21, 2016.

VAIO is back with new transforming laptops, with the new VAIO Z range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 7:43 am

If you didn't already know, Sony sold its VAIO brand off to Japan Industrial Partners last year, with the new owner of VAIO announcing new models in Sony's old PC brand. We have the new VAIO Z and VAIO Z Canvas laptops, which are some flashy new transforming Ultrabooks.

 

 

Starting with the VAIO Z which comes in two flavors, both with a 13.3-inch display, but you can choose between an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. We also have a beautiful aluminuium carbon shell body, and an SSD that the company says can have the Ultrabook booting up in an impressive 0.3 seconds.

 

Better yet, a hinge on the rear of the Z's chassis allows the Ultrabook to turn the display on, so it can either be facing outwards to use it like a tablet, or flipped down to show others what you're doing. The VAIO Z is something Japan Industrial Partners calls a "monster PC" but it won't be going through its battery too quick. The company says that you should expect over 15.5 hours of use out of it, which is pretty damn impressive, and more than any other VAIO laptop released.

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UK Prime Minister announces free Wi-Fi on public trains for 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:39 am

David Cameron has announced that the UK government will pledge £50 million (or $77 million or so) into seeing free Wi-Fi on-board UK trains by 2017. The UK Prime Minister hasn't elaborated much on this plan, not stating whether this would be a large number of trains, or all of them.

 

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There are rumors that the rail companies are paying for it now, and that the government would just be hanging them money to effectively have 'free Wi-Fi' on the trains, but we don't know that for sure just yet. Free Wi-Fi is currently offered on long distance, intercity services, but this should expand those services considerably.

 

Why can't the UK government just provide everyone using trains with that super-fast 5G Internet access Prime Minister Cameron teased about last year?

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