You don't have to go far to see someone walking around and texting on their iPhone. you also don't have to wait long to see some of these people run into something or someone while looking at their phone instead of what's going on around them. Apple has a patent application that shows a system called transparent texting.
The idea is that the rear camera of the smartphone would be used to grab a live video image of what is behing the smartphone. That way the person texting and walking could see what is behind the phone as they move around. Naturally, this would require the person texting to hold the phone straight up in front of their face.
Most of the people I see are walking and looking down at the phone. In that instance, having what is behind the phone in the background behind a text conversation would do no good. The Apple patent app was field with the USPTO on Thursday of this week according to reports.
Turkey has just issued a complete and total ban on Google's video hosting service, YouTube. Earlier today a Google spokes person issued a statement that read, "We're seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side and we're looking into the situation." Just hours later Turkish authorities said that an "administrative decision" was made to block the site from being viewed within its boarders.
This move comes just days after Turkey issued a ban on Twitter, which was later blocked by an injunction from a Turkish court. Some are speculating that the ban on YouTube is in retaliation to the the courts injunction, while others say that it is just the beginning of a movement to ban most western social sharing sites. With net neutrality a growing concern here in the US, a lot can be learned by these events, and allowing government regulations to take over the internet.
I'm sure I am not alone in thinking that The Last of Us is one of the best games that was ever released for the PS3. We reviewed the game when it launched last year and if you haven't played it, you should go buy it. I am sure many PS4 owners have been wondering when the game will come to Sony's new console.
A tip on just when that will happen has come from a PlayStation Eurasian Software Market Manager named Sercan Sulun. Sulun talked a bit about the game during an interview with Turkish CNN. According to the manager, The last of Us will come to the PS4 this summer.
He also claims that the game will include the Left Behind DLC as well. Neither Sony nor developer Naughty Dog have announced that the game is coming at this time.
GTC 2014 - Stumbling across AVADirect at GTC 2014 was a great thing, as the custom PC maker with clients like NASA, BAE Systems, the Department of Homeland Security and much more, it was something we had to do as they had some truly impressive setups on display. One of which, was a super-powerful four-way GPU setup that was running games on a triple 4K setup.
Yes, three 3840x2160 monitors for an insane 11,520x2160... let that sink in for a minute.
Above, a shot of the always smiling Misha Troshin, the CMO and co-owner of AVADirect.
If you are a fan of video games from Crytek, you may be familiar with the free to play title called Warface. It launch in January 2013 in beta form for PC gamers. Earlier this year it launched in limited beta for Xbox gamers to try out.
Crytek has now announced that the open beta for the game has kicked off. As an open beta, anyone can get in on the action and play the game. The open beta has three Versus modes from the closed beta and several maps.
The open beta also brings two initial co-op settings with several mission types and difficulties. Crytek promises that there will be a continuous flow of new content for the game. It's unclear how long the game will stay in open beta before moving to a final version.
The legal woes for popular retailer Target continue to mount, with Green Bank NA and Trustmark National Bank filing a class-action lawsuit, accusing the company of not properly securing customer data. Also named in the suit was Trustwave Holdings, a company specializing in credit card security services, with other complaints likely in the immediate future.
Target outsourced data security operations to Trustwave, and "failed to live up to its promises or to meet industry standards," the suit claims.
Target already faces numerous class-action lawsuits from customers affected by the data breach, so this will only further rack up the legal fees. In addition, disclosures indicating Target may have known about a potential security breach - and ignored numerous security warnings from internal IT - will add fuel to the fire.
Target was the biggest breach, but other retailers have been hit with various types of malware, targeting point-of-sale registers, online stores, and company records.
There is no shortage of LED light bulbs on the market today. Some of them are nothing more than a replacement bulb for a normal incandescent that will last longer and use less power. Other LED bulbs have smart tech that allows you to control the brightness and sometimes the color using a Wi-Fi network.
Samsung has announced a new LED bulb that is called the Smart Bulb. Rather than using Wi-Fi to control the brightness, the Smart bulb uses Bluetooth. Owners of the bulb can connect to it using an application on a tablet or smartphone and directly control the bulb.
The Smart Bulb has the ability to be dimmed down to 10% brightness and is CCT tunable from 2700K to 6500K. That means you can control the color of the white light it produces. It doesn't product colored light like some others on the market.
If you are old enough to remember the 80's, you will recall the giant boom box radios that people carried around to listen too. Those things ate more D-cell batteries than a decent family could afford. Pyle Audio has announced the launch of a new product called the Street Blaster that is a modern interpretation of a boom box from the 80's.
You don't get dual cassette decks in this thing. What you do get is Bluetooth, a guitar input, NFC tech, a rechargeable battery, and a 1000W amp. Pyle doesn't say how large the battery is, but I have to wonder with that much power and wireless features just how long the battery will last.
If you have a device that doesn't support playback via Bluetooth, the Street Blaster does have a 3.5mm input. It also has a microphone input as well. I would assume that to mean you can hook a mic to it and use it like a PA system.
California State Senator, Leland Yee, has very openly voiced his opinions on violent video games and gun ownership in the past, and has led several campaigns to ban both from his home state, but it appears that Mr. Yee was about as big of a hypocrite as they come. This morning news has came in that Yee has been arrested in California on charges of corruption and firearms trafficking.
The State Senator was caught when he introduced an undercover FBI agent to an international arms-trafficking ring, and then asked for a kickback if the undercover agent made a deal with the traffickers. The FBI says that Yee even offered to source rocket launchers and assault rifles for the undercover agent through a Filipino source. Yee is best known for heavily criticizing games like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Battlefield, but he also was one of the leading proponents of gun control laws in California. The irony here is that Yee's actions more than likely caused more violence to occur than video games ever have.
LG unveiled a new smartphone last month at Mobile World Congress called the G2 Mini. The smartphone is a solid mid-range offering that was promised for a global launch this month. This week marked the launch that mid-range device.
The G2 mini has a 4.7-inch screen and a nice 2440 mAh internal battery that is removable. Removable batteries are a big deal for smartphone users who spend a lot of time on the phone and away from an outlet. With a removable battery, you can swap batteries and keep working.
The phone uses a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and has 8GB of internal storage. The resolution of that 4.7-unch screen is 960 x 540. The Qualcomm processor is paired with 1GB of RAM and the G2 mini has a memory card slot for storage expansion.