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ADATA announces release of HV100 external HDD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 1:08 am

As according to a press release sent by ADATA HQ this week - they're launching a new stylish series of external hard drives, including 500GB, 1TB and 2TB iterations.


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These hard drives come bundled with ADATA's own OStGO and HDDtoGO software, alongside a bright blue/red LED to indicate data transfer status. We've been told that these drives come packed with G Shock Sensor Protection to help protect your device, alongside a three year manufacturer warranty.


Named the HV100 series, this drive is being marketed as a sleek option to help you back up important data - being quoted as "compact, lightweight, smooth and stylish". One of the main features talked about quite often in this press release is all based around its shock protection qualities, stating that once a disturbance has been detected, a flashing red light will be displayed. Once the threat has passed, the hard drive will continue to function as normal.

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PAX Australia tickets go on sale - 11 months before the expo date

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:40 am

PAX Australia ticket public release had been previously rumored to be commencing in early December, this would make it almost a full 11 months before the expo's commencement date (30th of October 2015), meaning no exhibitors, personalities or attractions will have been announced or officially confirmed.


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PAX Australia have committed to this plunge releasing their ticket sales to the public this week, seeing people enter a 'digital queue' for ticket sales. The pricing has been set at $55 AUD for single-day attending early adopters.


It's an interesting strategy. As we mentioned, there will be little-to-no exhibitors confirmed as of yet for this exhibition, with large name titles unannounced and personalities being unable to book in their attendance so far into the future. However, the PAX culture in Australia is firmly set with many fans purchasing tickets in the confidence that PAX will provide a good show no matter what.

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Season 3 of House of Cards premieres on February 27, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 12:19 am

Frank Underwood is coming back to Netflix soon, with the season 3 premiere of the super-popular House of Cards arriving on February 27, 2015.



The news was announced through the official House of Cards Twitter account, so if you don't want to be spoiled on the first two great seasons, stop reading now. Netflix announced the news on the official House of Cards Twitter account by posting a very short 12-second video of Frank Underwood, played by the incredible Kevin Spacey, and his wife in the show Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright, walking up the steps onto Air Force One.


For those who are acquainted with the season two finale, Frank worms, back stabs and manipulates everyone around him to reach the most powerful position in the world: President of the United States of America. The 12-second tease on Twitter shows Frank walking up the steps of AFO, as he is now the Commander in Chief.

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Snowden wants UN to better protect individual privacy and rights

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 11:23 pm

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hopes to see the United Nations create new laws that will be able to better protect privacy and human rights among its citizens. Snowden is the co-winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the "alternative Nobel," and continues to speak out against organized government surveillance that targets regular Internet users.


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"I hope despite all we have accomplished in the last year, we all recognize that this is only the beginning," Snowden said.


Snowden also understands how other whistleblowers, journalists, editors and Internet activists have put themselves on the line while speaking out against government surveillance. "These are things that are unlikely to change soon. But they're worth it. All the prices we paid, all the sacrifices we made, I believe we'd do it again. There is so much more to do... and together we will achieve it."

Low-end devices helping shake up the smartphone market even more

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 10:36 pm

This time of year is hugely critical for manufacturers and retailers, with discounted prices on products, aimed at getting customers to open up their wallets. For smartphone shoppers, there are a surprising amount of devices that cost a single penny, assuming you're willing to sign a two-year contract, and the "low-end" smartphone market is progressing rapidly.


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For American consumers familiar with the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and other flagship models - these low-end models aren't likely appealing - but help recruit even more first-time smartphone owners to upgrade their phones. Not surprisingly, low-end smartphones are typically Google Android-powered devices, and Microsoft wants its Windows Phone 8.1 OS to help drive the market even further.


For some consumers, products such as the OnePlus One smartphone, which doesn't require a contract yet is still affordable, could lead to further shakeup of the phone market.

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Amazon saw great success with Kindle and Fire tablets on Black Friday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 9:37 pm

Amazon has no problem selling products, especially during the holidays, and its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets saw great sales during Black Friday. The company announced its Fire tablets tripled Black Friday sales year-over-year, while its Kindle e-reader saw almost four times the number of sales when compared to Black Friday 2013.


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"This holiday there are going to be a lot of customers opening up new Amazon devices," said Dave Limp, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices. "We're energized by the year-over-year growth of tablet and e-reader Black Friday sales on, plus the success of the new product categories we've launched this year."


Conveniently, Amazon didn't disclose how the Fire Phone sold, as Amazon continues to struggle selling its first entry into the smartphone market. However, the company has likely learned from its mistakes and will do better research before trying to jump into the smartphone market without properly doing its homework.

Pres. Obama wants millions for police body cameras, training efforts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 9:08 pm

President Obama hopes for Congressional approval on funding for police body cameras and training how to use the devices, offering $75 million over three years while matching state funding. If approved, this would provide upwards of 50,000 body cameras on police officers across the country, with local and state lawmakers also showing increased interest in this wearable technology.


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The overall initiative is worth $263 million after training is included, White House officials told reporters. The White House is holding a number of meetings between the government, law enforcement representatives and civil rights leaders - with officer body cameras expected to be discussed.


Despite increased interest in officer body cameras, there are still certain concerns from all sides regarding the technology. Privacy experts are worried that officers won't disclose they are recording, with added certain that officers could simply forget to turn on the devices while on patrol.

Nestle using SoftBank's Pepper robot to help sell coffee machines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 8:31 pm

Nestle will call upon a fleet of Pepper androids made by SoftBank to help sell coffee machines in its Japanese retail stores. Pepper will "help us discover consumer needs through conversations between our customers and Pepper," Nestle and SoftBank said in a joint statement.


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SoftBank has received up to 400 inquiries from other companies regarding the Pepper robot, as additional sales announcements are expected in the future. The 4-foot-tall robot is able to predict human emotions based on facial expressions, dance, make jokes, and communicate with customers. Each device retails for around $1,900 - plus additional monthly fees.


SoftBank already is deployed in its retail Japanese phone stores, helping gauge customer opinions.

MIT researchers show off the cheetah robot, able to run and jump

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 7:23 pm

The cheetah robot developed by the MIT biomimetics lab is able to run more than 10 mph, jump over 16 inches high and run for more than 15 minutes using its own power source. The robot uses lightweight yet powerful motors and a customized algorithm to help it decide how much force it should exert while running and jumping.



The MIT project is being funded by DARPA, which also is providing money to Boston Dynamics for a similar robot design. It took more than five years of designing, testing and modifications to the electrical motor and sensors for MIT to create its current prototype.


"This is kind of a Ferrari in the robotics world, like, we have to put all the expensive components and make it really that instinctive," said Sangbae Kim, MIT associate professor and Biomimetics Robotics Lab team leader. "That's the only way to get that speed."

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Intel to power next revision of Google Glass

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 1, 2014 6:22 pm

Google Glass has revolutionized interaction with wearable computing devices, and many expect it to be the model for the future of wearable computing devices. The Google Glass concept is extraordinary, but the underlying technology has been a bit of a disappointment. The current models are based on the Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor, which is outdated to say the least. The processor first made its debut in the Motorola DROID RAZR back in 2011, and Texas Instruments has since vacated the mobile processor market. The old technology provided Google with a solid base of proven hardware, but falls short in computing power and battery life.


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Industry insiders are reporting that Intel processors will power the next revision of Google Glass. Utilizing Intel's mobile processors will provide more computing power and better battery life, along with bringing in x86 functionality. More computing power will speed the interface and allow developers to create powerful apps that are in line with expectations for mobile devices. Current Google Glass models are also a bit bulky, and an updated processor and chipset will enable Google to significantly reduce the size and weight of the device.

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