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Activists say it's time for US to start promoting 'smart' weapon tech

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 9:35 am

Activists believe the Obama Administration and city leaders across the country should begin ordering "smart guns" for police officers. If nothing else, some type of custom lock should be in place so people struggling for an officer's weapon are unable to fire it even if they get control of the sidearm.

 

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"Look at the situation where the cop in Ferguson last summer shot Michael Brown not long after he was allegedly trying to grab the officer's gun as he sat in the patrol car," said Joel Mosbacher, from the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation community organization, in a statement published by The Guardian. "And the homeless guy who was shot dead in Los Angeles earlier this month, where you could hear the cop saying he thought he was going to take his gun."

 

Advocates are careful not to recommend full smart guns - or locking mechanisms - for all handguns and rifles sold in the United States. Instead, they hope to see these solutions embraced by police agencies, so officers are the only ones capable of firing weapons.

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Impression Pi VR headset hits Kickstarter goal in just four days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 8:44 am

VR is a hot topic right now, with Impression Pi hitting Kickstarter with a funding goal of $78,000 and bursting through it in just four days. At the time of writing, they have $145,000 raised with 37 more days to go.

 

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Impression Pi sees a slew of technologies built into the VR headset, with the mobile VR HMD featuring 3D gesture input, position tracking and AR overlays. It features custom-designed sensing hardware, computing unit and advanced algorithms. The 3D gesture control side of things collects the image of your hands and their movement, and generates 3D gesture modelling. From there, you have full gesture control for mobile VR devices.

 

The position tracking will see the Impression Pi using "unique techniques" designed to track your head position, inside-out. The AR overlay will use its dual camera module to capture everything around you, overlaying this with VR images and virtual objects. This includes collision detection capabilities, and a warning-based obstacle system when it detects objects in the real environment.

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IDC: Smart buildings to balloon to $17.4 billion in 2019

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 8:10 am

There is much media attention focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) for consumers, but it looks like businesses are greatly adopting smart technology. Smart buildings and infrastructure is expected to boom, reaching $17.4 billion in 2019, as competitive pricing and tech advances help adoption, according to IDC.

 

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The economy is further recovering, so adoption is expected to ramp up in 2015 and over the next four years, while energy costs remain a huge concern for companies. If more companies pledge to improve sustainability and energy management, then there is even more potential for strong growth in smart building solutions.

 

"While the 'Internet of Things' is a topic of much speculation in the consumer market, smart building technology has steadily been increasing its footprint and impact among commercial buildings," said Jill Feblowitz, VP of Energy Insights at IDC. "Smart building solutions are valuable technologies for deploying energy management strategies that generate operational efficiencies, cost containment, and sustainability benefits that appeal to key stakeholders in building management."

Dead or Alive 5 on the PC won't have online play for three more months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 7:01 am

Team Ninja has just released Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for the PC, but it is missing some of the key components of the game. For example, it doesn't have online play right now, and won't for another three months. But there's more:

 

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  • It's not getting online play for another three months. THREE MONTHS.
  • There are no achievements.
  • Steam Cloud is not supported.
  • There's no rumble support for gamepads.
  • The in-game visual effects are equivalent to the PS3 version, not the PS4 version.
  • Two stages - The Danger Zone, The Crimson - are not included.

 

Team Ninja hasn't hidden the fact, but it does make you question why they released it onto the PC in this state. I'm sure that PC gamers would rather wait a few more months to get a better version, something that has better graphics than the PS4 version - as the PC version currently looks like the PS3 version. Not to mention the lack of online play.

Microsoft begins rolling out its Project Spartan browser to Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 5:51 am

Until now, we've just been told about Microsoft's replacement for Internet Explorer, but now Project Spartan is being blasted out to users running the latest preview of Windows 10.

 

 

You'll need the latest preview built (10049) that will include Spartan, where you'll have access to playing around with Cortana and her voice commands, annotation features, and quicker rendering. It's not a polished product by any means, but it gives you the chance to play around with it before Windows 10 launches later this year.

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LG G4 teased in new benchmarks, features 5.5-inch 1440p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 4:46 am

Samsung has launched its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, but its fellow South Korean rival has been hiding in the shadows with its forthcoming G4 smartphone.

 

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We're beginning to hear more about the G4, which should feature the Snapdragon 808 processor instead of the Snapdragon 810 according to some leaked Geekbench results. The G4 should rock a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display, 3GB of RAM, a 4K-capable rear-facing 15-megapixel camera, with a 7-megapixel front-facing camera.

 

The big news is here is the change from the Snapdragon 810 from previous rumors, to the 8-core Snapdragon 808 processor. This should be partnered up with Qualcomm's Adreno 418 GPU.

ASUS teases GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Gold Edition with huge clock speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 3:31 am

ASUS is beginning to tease a sure-to-be record-breaking GeForce GTX Matrix Gold Edition video card, where the company wants you to guess "how fast" you think it's going to be.

 

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The company uses the reference GTX 980 and Matrix Platinum GTX 980 as examples, with the stock GTX 980 clocking in at 1126MHz while the Matrix Platinum cranks that up to 1342MHz. For ASUS to be bragging about this, we would have to guess and opt for 1500MHz. We should expect to be introduced to the new 20th anniversary Gold Edition card in the near future.

Gmail for Android updates with new 'All Inboxes' option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 2:02 am

Google has released an updated version of Gmail for Android that includes a new "All Inboxes" option which does exactly what it sounds like; offers all of your inboxes in one spot.

 

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Even if you have inboxes from Outlook or Yahoo, Gmail for Android will display them, and you'll be able to read and reply to each e-mail, without swapping tabs or logging out. The Mountain View-based search giant has also teased that e-mail threads from external accounts will now be displayed with the same threaded conversation format that internal Gmail e-mails use.

 

The new integrated accounts will also make use of the improved autocomplete function, larger attachment previews and one-touch saves to your Google Drive account.

Want to win a Heroes of the Storm key? Enter now!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 12:54 am

Heroes of the Storm is the hot new game right now, with World of Warcraft and Diablo developer Blizzard behind it. We are working directly with Mionix on this competition, giving away a huge 200 keys to the game!

 

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In order to enter, we'll be taking the first 200 comments from this post on our Facebook page. The first 200 comments win themselves a HOTS key, but remember - they are for EU gamers only. If you don't secure a key through there, you can register with Mionix directly, here.

$10,000 spent on the Apple Watch gets you private 1-hour appointments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 12:39 am

When dropping $10,000 for Apple's first wearable, you'd want to feel special, wouldn't you? Well, Apple is explaining its Apple Watch Edition to its employees with high praise.

 

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The company explains that the Apple Watch Edition is "the ultimate expression of extraordinary craftsmanship, incredible innovation, and design driven by functionality and end use... technology becoming seductive, with desirability not necessarily defined simply by a price tag or elitism, but rather meticulous focus on usefulness and utility rooted in beauty".

 

Anyone who purchases the Apple Watch Edition will secure themselves longer, private appointments - where you can have your own try-on table separate from those peasant Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport wearables, where the purchasing process can last up to one hour. This try-on station will include a pair of stools for you too, with a nice try-on mat "like ones found in jewelry stores". The list goes on, and we're not even joking. Spending $10,000 will get you:

 

Longer, Private Appointments: Apple plans to complete in-store Apple Watch Edition purchases during special appointments within a dedicated, private Apple Watch Edition try-on area. The Apple Watch Edition will have its own try-on table separate from the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, and the purchasing process will last up to one hour, including 30 minutes for simply trying on the highest end Apple Watch. (There will be 5 to 15-minute appointments for the other models.)

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