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Microsoft rolls out new Nokia 130 feature phone

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Microsoft announced that it would be stopping production of some of the devices that Nokia had previously offered to the low-end of the market. Some of those discontinued devices include the Nokia X, Asha, and S60. After announcing that it was ending production of those devices, it is a bit surprising to hear that Microsoft is rolling out a new Nokia feature phone.

 

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The feature phone is called the Nokia 130 and it will sell for the equivalent of $25 in Europe. The device is aimed at first time buyers around the world and runs the Nokia Series 30 software. Microsoft notes that this is the most affordable phone with a video and music player out there.

 

 

The device has a FM tuner, MP3 player, and can play movies from a video card. It lacks any support for internet access. Battery life is 46 hours for audio and 16 hours for movies. It has a 1.8-inch screen and is good for 13 hours of talk. The feature phone can be purchased in dual or single SIM versions.

Sproutling baby monitor is the next gen baby monitoring system

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 2:00 pm

For a very long time the only baby monitoring system available for parents were the sort that are like walkie talkies to allow mom and dad to hear baby. Some of those have video, but they are all very similar. A new type of baby monitor has been unveiled called Sproutling. It's a smart wearable device that attaches to the baby's leg.

 

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The monitor is connected to a soft and hypoallergenic strap that can be machine-washed. The system is intended to be worn by kids from 0-2 years of age. When worn, the Sproutling system can monitor the temperature of the child, heart rate, and motion. It charges via a charging dish that can monitor temperature in the room and ambient noise.

 

An app runs on the parent's smartphone and offers an easy to use system for showing how the child is doing at any time. A line that fills in around a circle on the app shows how long your baby should sleep. One cool aspect of the device is that parents can monitor baby while they aren't home. That will make it easier to leave junior with a babysitter for the first time.

SeaWorld scientific breakthrough could help save endangered animals

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 1:03 pm

When a certain type of animal is near extinction, scientists often try to prevent them from going extinct by capturing them and putting the animals into a controlled environment where they can be protected. The problem with this is that some animals won't reproduce when they are in a closed environment meaning that no little animals can be born.

 

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SeaWorld in San Diego, California has made a scientific breakthrough that could help prevent animals from going extinct and allow baby's to be born in captivity. The breakthrough came with the first baby penguin to be born using artificial insemination. The penguin is currently only 12 weeks old and is the first penguin of any species to be reproduced this way. There is no word on if this technique might be used on other types of animals at this time.

 

"Artificial insemination and semen preservation allows us to maximize the genetic diversity of these populations, and that means that they remain healthy and stable into the future," said one of the researchers at the SeaWorld Reproductive Research Center, Justine O'Brien.

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Acer unveils the first NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered 13.3-inch Chromebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 12:32 pm

Acer has just announced the new Chromebook 13, which is the industry's first Chromebook that is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 mobile processor. It's also the first Chromebook the company has made with a 13.3-inch display.

 

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The company makes its new Chromebook 13 available with two display options, with the default 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768, but for those who crave more pixels, there's an option that crams a 1920x1080 resolution onto the 13.3-inch display. Acer's Chromebook 13 does have a star, with that star being the Tegra K1 processor, which features a 192-core GPU. This means that people will be able to have a super-fast device, with great battery life, with the ability to play some games, too.

 

Acer's new Chromebook 13 is both thin and light, at just 0.71 inches thick, and only 3.31 pounds. The Acer Chromebook 13 is completely fanless, so users will enjoy a near silent system. Acer has provided 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, with the 2x2 MIMO antennae providing plenty of bandwidth for users. There a re also two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port for some video output. We also have a 720p front-facing webcam, two built-in stereo speakers and a microphone.

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Follow the ISEE-3 spacecraft using Google Chrome

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 12:06 pm

If you are familiar with the ISEE-3 spacecraft we have talked about a few times around here, you might like this. Google has announced that it has launched a new Chrome Experiment that is called "A spacecraft for All" that allows you to follow the incredible odyssey of the ISEE-3 using Chrome interactive WebGL graphics and video.

 

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ISEE-3 is a spacecraft that launched in 1978 with the original mission for studying the sun; it was retasked after launch to study a comet. A group of amateur scientists established contact with the satellite to get it back on its original mission, but the spacecraft thrusters failed to get the craft back into the correct orbit. The spacecraft did recently fly past the moon for the first time in decades.

 

"In a new Chrome Experiment called A Spacecraft for All, you can follow the unlikely odyssey of the ISEE-3 using Chrome's interactive WebGL graphics and video. You can re-live its story, read its re-activated data instruments, learn about its current position and trajectory - and explore space along the way. It's all designed to make space science simple, fun and accessible enough for anyone eager to learn - whether you're a PhD or grade school student", says Suzanne Chambers, executive producer and space cadet, Creative Lab New York.

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FCC questions carriers on throttling practices for subscribers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 11:00 am

A lot of the mobile phone users out there aren't happy with the throttling that their carriers perform when they go over what the carrier feels is fair use for data. Late last week FCC chairman Tom Wheeler dismissed Verizon's reason for throttling some users and announced that the commission will be questioning other carriers as well.

 

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Verizon plans to throttle the top 5% of LTE users on unlimited plans starting in October when the network is under heavy load. Verizon claims that speed for these users would go back to normal when the network is less congested. Verizon noted that this practice is widely accepted in the industry.

 

Wheeler said "All the kids do it" isn't a good reason. "My concern in this instance-and it's not just with Verizon, by the way, we've written to all the carriers-is that it is moving from a technology and engineering issue to the business issues ... such as choosing between different subscribers based on your economic relationship with them ," Wheeler said.

Cinemark theaters to team with Revue Labs for big screen gaming

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:25 am

I'm sure that all of us have been to the movies at one time or another and sat there thinking it would be awesome to play video games on that massive screen. Revue Labs has announced that it is working with Cinemark theaters to bring gaming action to the big screen. You might not be able to sit back in your chair and play Battlefield 4 yourself, but you will be able to watch live gaming tournaments.

 

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What Revue Labs wants to do is bring competitive gaming to the big screen and hold tournaments in the theater. Gaming footage would be shown on the screen and the event will be streamed over the web. The very first event will use the game Titanfall.

 

Revue Labs says that if it all goes well at the first event, similar events will come to other locations around the country. It's unclear exactly where and when the first event would be held.

Current USB technology 'critically flawed,' security experts warn

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 8:03 am

Cybersecurity experts Jakob Lell and Karsten Nohl have demonstrated a new vulnerability that makes it extremely difficult for users to defend against USB-based attacks. The current USB standard's vulnerability makes it hard to defend against attacks, even if manufacturers should begin developing additional security layers.

 

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Specifically, empty USB flash drives can contain malware even if formatted - a troubling sign for many of the companies that rely on flash drives to transfer data.

 

"USB is ubiquitous across all devices," said Mike McLaughlin, First Base Technologies, in a statement to BBC. "It comes down to the same old saying - don't plug things in that you don't trust. Any business should always have policies in place regarding USB devices and USB drives. Businesses should stop using them if needed."

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Wake up Disney's Sleeping Beauty in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 6:36 am

Thanks to our friends at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'Sleeping Beauty' up for grabs for three lucky readers!

 

Released from the Disney Vault for a very limited time, 'Sleeping Beauty' is set to enchant a whole new generation, with stunningly beautiful animation fully remastered in high definition, alongside illuminating extra features.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name both names that the titular Sleeping Beauty goes by during the film

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on August 14th.

 

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'Sleeping Beauty' is available on Blu-ray and HD Digital Copy combo pack Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 13th.

Swing a copy of Amazing Spider-Man 2 in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 1:53 am

Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Entertainment Australia, we have copies of this weeks Blu-ray release of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro' up for grabs for 20 lucky readers!

 

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' sees Peter Parker enjoying his new-found abilities, swinging from sky scrapers, spending time with girlfriend Gwen Stacy and embracing his role as hero to New York City. However, Peter soon finds that being gifted with super powers comes at a price: only Spider-Man stands between the innocent people of New York and the villains that lurk around every corner. When a new evil comes to town in the form of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Spider-Man faces his most grueling, testing battle to date.

 

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To go into the running to take one Blu-ray copy home, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the legendary comic book artist who created the character of Spider-Man

 

To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on August 14th.

 

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Rise of Electro' is available on 3D/2D/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Blu-ray, 2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack Blu-ray, DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack and Digital from Australian retailers on August 14th.

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