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Apple could plan to release DSLR-like lenses for future iPhone models

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 pm

A new patent filed by Apple is lending some insight into the companies future plans for its iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The patent shows that Apple has came up with a concept that would see DSLR-like interchangeable lenses attaching to a bayonet-style mount surrounding the camera. Add-on lenses for the iPad and iPhone have been around since the first iPhone launched, and now it looks like Apple wants to cash in on those accessories.

 

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The bayonet mounting method has several advantages over some of the magnetic, and clip-on designs that are already on the market as it gives Apple a way to ensure that the lens is perfectly aligned with the iPhone's camera sensor every time. This will improve image quality, and allow Apple a licensing avenue that would force lens makers to pay Apple for the rights to create lenses to mount onto the new iPhones. In the end, I feel that this is exactly what Apple was going for, and I actually think that they will release this mount in the form of a case rather than built into the camera.

Subaru Tribeca replacement rumored for diesel plug-in hybrid power

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 7:51 pm

The Subaru Tribeca isn't exactly the best selling SUV that Subaru makes. When Subaru showed off its new concept car during the New York Auto Show in April called the Viziv 2, rumors surfaced that the concept car might be the next Tribeca. A new rumor going around suggests that the Tribeca name may be retired altogether.

 

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The concept car is now said to hint at future small and larger SUVs from Subaru. The source of the rumor is said to be "close: to Subaru. This source also says that the new SUV will be close to the Tribeca in size for the larger model. No additional details were offered on the rumored smaller SUV.

 

Another interesting tidbit is that the new SUV is tipped to be a plug-in hybrid using a diesel engine. The engine will reportedly be a 2.0L turbo boxer diesel producing 148hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There is no indication of how much power the electric engine will add. There is a chance that the hybrid system will be similar to what was shown in the Viziv 2 with rear motor driven symmetrical AWD. The new SUV is tipped to be coming for late 2017 availability.


LaCie Fuel grows to 2TB capacity to hold more content

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 7:20 pm

In Late January, we got our hands-on the new LaCie Fuel 1TB storage device for review. We liked the Fuel a lot and gave it a 90% rating when all the tests were done. One of the things that might have bothered some about the Fuel was that 1TB of storage isn't that much space.

 

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LaCie has announced a new version of that drive that has the same feature, but has twice the capacity. The storage capacity is now up to 2TB. The 1TB version is still available. LaCie talks about the device as if it's for the iPad only. It should work with just about any mobile device that has a version of the Seagate media app available. Devices that support that app include iOS devices, Android, and the Amazon Kindle.

 

The 2TB Fuel is able to stream content to up to five devices without needing an internet connection. When a Wi-Fi connection is available, the Fuel can be used as a hotspot. AirPlay is supported making it easy to shoot content to the big screen in the living room. Battery life for the device is 10-hours. The 2TB Fuel can be pre-ordered now for $249.99 in the US with shipping globally happening this month.

MinnowBoard Max developer board starts at $99 with Intel Atom power

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 6:47 pm

If you are the sort of geek that is into projects that require a CPU and board among other things, check this out. A new developer board has landed called the MinnowBoard Max and it is an update to the original MinnowBoard. That original product used an Intel Atom E640 CPU and sold for $199.

 

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The new product offers better hardware and a cheaper price tag. The MinnowBoard Max comes in two versions with the base model selling for $99. For the money, you get a small developer board with a 1.46GHz Intel Atom E3815 CPU and 1GB of RAM.

 

If you need more performance, you can get an upgraded version with a 1.33GHz dual-core Atom E3825 with 2GB of RAM. That hopped up version sells for $129. The MinnowBoard max supports Android 4.4, Debian Linux, and other operating systems.

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HTC One M8 will be available in most of Asia next month

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 6:24 pm

Asian fans of the HTC one M8 that launched in the US last week who are waiting to get their hands-on the device will be able to get it soon. The M8 will roll out to most of Asia by early May according to reports.

 

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The report comes from a company spokesperson who said the rollout for most of Asia would begin in early May. That would seem to indicate the device would be available in the first week or so of the month. HTC has launched the One M8 in Singapore.

 

The smartphone launched in Singapore this week at a price of 998 Singapore dollars with availability on April 5. That equates to about $792 here in the US. Presumably, that is the unlocked and no contract price for the phone, but that is unclear. The global launch for the smartphone is April 11.

Google+ updated to show number of views on profile page

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:43 pm

If you have spent much time on Google+, you like many others, have probably noticed that here isn't as much going on there as there is on other social networks. Google is apparently trying to show people that there are visitors to its social network.

 

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It has enabled a view counter on the profile page of the Google+ service. The number of views shows up beside the number of subscribers you have on the profile page, below your picture. The views number is an aggregate amount of views for posts, photos, and the profile page.

 

The number should prove or disprove the theory of many that they are wasting their time on Google+. I can see some brands or people not wanting the number of times their content has been viewed showing up. Those people can opt to turn off the views counter.

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Check out MetaWear, an awesome DIY Wearables dev board on Kickstarter

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:09 pm

Wearable electronics are the hottest thing in tech right now and with things like fitness trackers, smartwatches, and head mounted displays being released every week, it was only a matter of time before the DIY community joined the party. Today, MbientLab has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its new MetaWear development and production platform that is designed to make DIY wearables easy, cheap, and fun!

 

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MetaWear is designed around a small ARM processor and Bluetooth LE platform that is small enough to fit in arm bands, watches, headbands and more. MbientLab has optimized Metawear for cost and shrunken the Bill of Materials, so that use can take its design and move straight into production with your finished product. The entire development board is about the same size of a US quarter and is CE and FCC certified by TCB lab in California, meaning that no additional paperwork needs to be filled out.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab4 comes in 7, 8, and 10.1-inch sizes

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 4:50 pm

A few days ago, we mentioned that some images had leaked that were supposed to be a new line of tablets from Samsung. Samsung has now made those Galaxy Tab4 tablets official. There are three different tablet models in the series, and they are all very similar.

 

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The only real differences between the tablets are the screen size and the battery capacity. All three tablets can be had in Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and mobile broadband equipped versions. They all use a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and have screens with 1280 x 800 resolution. All three offerings also use Android 4.4 for the operating system. Rear cameras have 3MP resolution with the front camera having 1.3MP resolution.

 

Rounding out the feature list for the trio is Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Glonass. The quad-core processors are paired with 16GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM on all units. They also all have microSD card slot for expansion.

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HP to pay $54 million in proposed class action settlement

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 4:18 pm

HP has taken a beating on its purchase of WebOS from Palm. The sell off of WebOS left many investors in the computer maker upset. They were angry enough that they filed a class action suit against HP. That suit now has a settlement offer on the table.

 

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HP has agreed to a $57 million settlement that will be placed into an interest-earning escrow account. The money will sit there until the judge presiding over the case decides whether he feels that the deal is good enough. The suit was filed by some major investors of HP after the company talked up its major WebOS plans only to back out and sell the asset off later.

 

The plaintiffs are a number of institutional investors that are angry about what HP said publicly and planned privately to do. The suit that was filed lists information given from unnamed HP employees that claims while HP was saying it would flood the market with WebOS devices; it didn't plan to launch the first devices using the OS until 2013.

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States ranked on how likely they are to survive a zombie attack

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 3:41 pm

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead or other zombie movies and shows, you probably have wondered how you would fare in a zombie apocalypse. I know I would not want to be in a major city in the event of a zombie outbreak, too many people to be turned. I'd certainly rather be in a rural area.

 

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A site has taken a bunch of statistics on gun owners and fitness along with data gleaned from Facebook and cobbled together a list of the states most likely and least likely to survive the zombie apocalypse. The list is entertaining if you like zombie shows, but ultimately the research is a bit weak.

 

The publisher of the list doesn't even give us a key so we know what the points mean. It appears the less points in a category, the better. I also take issue with Texas being labeled as not surviving the zombie hoard. We may not have as many paintball or laser tag places as some states, but there are three gun ranges within a 15-minute drive of me in a city of 100,000 people. I think a gun range and a real weapon is the best training. The best state to be in according to this list if the zombies come is Alaska with the worst being New Jersey.

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