Cruise ships are massive machines that ply the seas like floating hotels packed with people. Some of the cruise ships have more to do on them than others and it can be hard to figure out exactly what the ship looks like before booking a trip. Google is fixing that issue with Street View mapping its very first cruise ship.
Google Street View has mapped the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise ship. The mapping of the cruise ship was done as part of Google Maps Business View, a service where business pays to have its location imaged by a Google certified photographer and then features on Street View.
The imagery of the cruise ship was shot using a DSLR camera over eight days and then pieced together from 20,000 separate images. Passengers thinking of booking a trip on the ship can see the ships neighborhoods with a replica of Central Park, the Royal Promenade, and the outside sun deck. The ship's swimming pools and ice rink are also visible.
Home Depot has been offering a few smart home products that run on the Wink platform and can be controlled using a Wink app on Android or iOS devices for a while. Home Depot has now expanded the number of Wink devices in its stores to almost 60 including things like smart light bulbs, sprinklers for the yard, and even water heaters.
The new Wink devices will be available in almost all of its 2000 stores in the US as well as its website. Wink devices can be controlled by a Wink hub that sells for around $50 normally, but can be purchased for half that amount when bought with another Wink enabled device like a light bulb.
When the hub is bought with two Wink devices, it can be purchased for 99 cents. Wink apps also allow control of certain other smart home items from Chamberlain, Honeywell, and LED bulbs by Philips and GE.
The 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit took place last week in Seoul. With tight schedules, long international flights, and a holiday weekend as well, our detailed analysis will begin rolling today. Chris will dive in on coverage on the consumer side, and also post video of the entire Global Summit presentation. I will be weighing in on some of the datacenter storage solutions provided by Samsung.
The majority of the Global Summit presentations focused on the innovative new V-NAND products from Samsung. V-NAND is 3D NAND that achieves better density, performance, endurance, and power consumption, via vertical stacking of the NAND cells. This runs counter to the established norm of increasing density through NAND shrinks, and with good reason. Shrinks provide more density, but actually reduce endurance. V-NAND provides a revolutionary path forward, and Samsung is the first to mass-produce and bring to market 3D NAND-based solutions.
Some of the major tech firms in the US and abroad have banded together to start a new consortium that is focused on promoting standards for the Internet of Things. The new consortium is called the Open Interconnect Consortium and it boasts among its participants Intel, Samsung, Dell, Broadcom, and Amtel.
The group wants to define a common communication framework that is based on industry standards that will allow wireless connectivity and intelligent management of data between devices. Connectivity under the plan will be possible regardless of form factor, OS, or service provider according to the group.
For now, the group is offering no details on how it plans to pull that goal off. The bad news for these firms is that there is another group called the Allseen Alliance trying to do the same thing and that group boasts 50 members including Microsoft, Cisco, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, and others.
Legendary overclocker Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido, along with the help of Illya "Tin" Tsemenko, have smashed a GPU overclocking record. The overclocking duo used the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition video card, cranking its core to a record-breaking 2GHz.
The GK110-powered GPU was clocked to exactly 2025MHz, which is the highest clock rate reached by a graphics processor, ever. The EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition video card was co-designed by K|NGP|N and Tin, featuring enhanced PLL circuitry, improved GPU power plane, 10CM fans, a special backplate, preinstalled dedicated PWM baseplate, voltage regulation enhancements and more.
Even at the default 1072MHz core clock speed on the GPU, it is faster than most of the GTX 780 Ti GPUs on the market, but at 2GHz, it really flies. K|NGP|N said: "In order to break world records these days you need some serious hardware. This card was engineered to serve one purpose... be the world's best overclocking video card. Expect GPU clockspeeds at over 1.85GHz with extreme cooling".
Oculus VR is going full steam ahead as it gets closer to the release (which still hasn't got an ETA) of the consumer edition of the Rift. The VR startup has announced that it is hosting its first developer conference, Oculus Connect, in September.
Oculus Connect is a two-day conference for developers and creators that has the goal of creating some of the "best virtual reality experiences available". Oculus VR explains: "In the last two years, we've seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that's a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality's momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take the virtual reality to the next level".
The two-day conference happens on September 19-20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in LA. There are going to be four big speakers at the event, with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, id Software founder and now CTO of Oculus VR John Carmack, Oculus VR's CEO Brendan Iribe and Chief Scientist, ex-Valve employee Michael Abrash.
It looks like we can expect the elusive OnePlus One smartphone to receive Android L quickly after Google releases, something that OnePlus might be able to bake onto its phone before most of the other leading Android smartphones on the market.
OnePlus announced the news on Friday, after it was hit with questions as to when it would be pushing Android L to One smartphone. The company said that the One's new CyanogenMod build is based on Android L, and will be available after a couple of months after Google makes its final Android L code available.
The company said in its full statement: "So a lot - I mean, a lot - of people are asking about whether we'll be getting on the Android L train. It was announced while I was asleep and when I got back to work the morning after, there were already a bunch of forum posts and (strangely) customer support requests about it. Well, we're keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment. When, you ask? That depends on Google. We promise to have it done within three months of their releasing a final build".
Popcorn Time made headlines in March, offering to stream torrents from the Internet, directly to your PC. Well, things are about to get much easier, with a new piece of software called Time4Popcorn.
Time4Popcorn has been in development for a while now, and now supports Google's Chromecast. Time4Popcorn will allow users to stream torrents of movies and TV shows from an easy-to-use and good looking user interface, very similar to how services like Netflix work. Popcorn Time was limited to desktops and tethering a cable between a PC and TV, but with Chromecast support, you can blast the image from your PC to your TV very easily.
The team has made Chromecast support available in alpha form, with the Mac and Android versions coming with Chromecast support in the near future.
Google has seen a nice increase in Android 4.4 KitKat usage over the last seven days, where the mobile OS has jumped onto 4.3% more devices. Last month, KitKat was sitting on 13.6% of Android devices, with this number now sitting at 17.9%.
When it comes to Android 4.1 - 4.3 Jelly Bean, it dropped from 58.4% last month to 55.5% in the first week of July. Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is also down, from 12.3% to 11.4% and so is Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which dropped from 14.9% to 13.5%.
Armed robbers have attacked one of Samsung's factories in Brazil, holding workers hostage while they took truckloads of smartphones, tablets and notebooks from a factory near Sao Paulo, Brazil. These goods were valued at $36 million.
The thieves carjacked a shuttle used by factory employees, after which they took the place overnight during the four-hour heist in Campinas. Campinas is an industrial hub in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo. The thieves reportedly made off with an incredible seven trucks of goods, stealing over 40,000 products.
A Samsung spokesperson has said: "We have cooperated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident".