Users of Chromecast devices know that it is easy to pair the Chromecast with a phone or tablet if the devices are all on the same Wi-Fi network. The catch is if you have a friend over who wants to stream content from their device to the TV via Chromecast, you have to share your Wi-Fi credentials with them to make that happen.
Chromecast is set to get a new way to pair with devices that aren't on the same Wi-Fi network using ultrasonic sounds. Humans can't hear the ultrasonic sounds, but nearby devices can. The feature was announced at Google I/O 2014 last week.
With this new feature enables, users will be able to cast content from their phone to the TV when on a mobile network. A four-digit pin will also be offered to allow users to manually pair devices that aren't on the same network. Google's Chromecast device will produce the ultrasonic sounds from the TV audio system to pair with the mobile device. Ultrasonic paring will hit Chromecast in the coming weeks; no specific time frame is offered.
We can thank companies like Nest for raising awareness about home automation and related gear and thanks to that raised awareness more companies are looking to get into the home automation market. One of the companies that are looking to get into the home automation market is Apple according to a rumor.
That rumor claims that Apple will be putting out a line of home automation products that integrate deeply with existing Apple devices. Rumor sources haven't said what sort of products Apple is developing, but the project is said to be past the exploratory phase.
Rumor sources have claimed that Apple isn't building gear to compete directly against Nest; presumably, that means no smart thermostats or smoke detectors. Apple is targeting devices with wider usage than the gear Nest is producing. Exactly when these Apple home automation products will hit the market is unknown.
Since the space shuttle fleet retired, astronauts in the US have had to hitch a ride into space with Russia to get to the ISS. That will all change eventually when the US gets its Orion crew capsule ready to take astronauts into space in a method similar to what we used in the Apollo days.
The crew capsule that will eventually let the US put its own astronauts into space is the Orion capsule, and that capsule has completed an important test. An Orion test capsule was strapped into the back of a USAF cargo plane and dropped out of the back of the aircraft at 35,000 feet.
NASA says that a drop from an aircraft at that altitude is the most realistic test yet for simulating reentry from space. In this test, the Orion was allowed to free fall for ten seconds to gain speed before the parachutes were activated to put additional stress on the chutes. Orion is set for its first space test in December, that test will be unmanned.
The original Pacific Rim movie didn't exactly burn up the box office in the US, but it ended up doing well overall. I thought the movie was cool with the big robots battling the monsters coming from deep within the ocean. Domestically Pacific Rim made about $100 million.
Once the film hit theaters overseas, it racked up considerably more money, enough money that a sequel is in the works. Director Guillermo del Toro says that Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 7, 2017. The new film will be released by Universal rather than Warner Brothers, the studio that released the original.
Also confirmed with this announcement is that the comic book prequel series will continue and an animated series that covers events between the first and second films will continue as well.
The DDR4 game is heating up, with Smart Modular Technologies now shipping its DDR4 in sample quantities. The new DDR4 memory modules are designed for servers, micro-servers, workstations, storage and networking applications.
Smart Modular's lineup includes DDR4-2133 1.2V modules, including VLP (very low profile) and standard height RDIMMs up to 16GB in size. ECC SO-DIMMs are available, but only up to 8GB. The new DDR4 288-pin DIMMs feature everything that DDR4 has going for it, including improved power efficiency, higher performance, enhanced system reliability and more.
These samples are currently being seeded out for qualification in next-gen server, storage and networking applications, all of which are expected to launch later this year, and into 2015.
We just reported that Google would be selling its Project Tango-based devices to consumers next year, but developers need them first so that they can get content on them, right? Right. Well, Google will begin selling its Project Tango developer kit tablet to developers later in the year, for $1024.
The Project Tango Tablet Development Tablet is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, features 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. It will feature an LTE modem, which is somewhat of a surprise for a developer kit.
Just minutes after the Big Bang, scientists theorize that the universe blinked itself out of existence - that's the current, new theory, anyway. After spending $10 billion, decades of research and tests, and the world's largest particle accelerator, scientists theorize the universe itself doesn't exist, or that it shouldn't exist.
One of the researchers said thanks to finding the Higgs Boson particle, it shows that the universe may have blinked out of existence moments after the Big Bang itself. This researcher continued: "This is an unacceptable prediction of the theory ... if this had happened, we wouldn't be around to discuss it!"
Australian astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy says: "I love this idea of bringing together two discoveries found at the biggest extremes of size you can imagine. From studying the Higgs Boson at tiny scales much smaller than an atom to (potentially) measuring Inflation by searching into the distant past of our enormous universe".
There have been rumors that Google would nix its Nexus program, replacing it with Android Silver - a premium Android lineup of devices. But, according to the Head of Android Engineering, Dave Burke, the Nexus program isn't going anywhere.
Burke said: "People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make". When it comes to the talk about Android Silver, Burke's leaps are sealed: "Android Silver is not something that we are commenting on right now. But the prospect of Silver doesn't mean that Nexus is going away".
Project Tango is one of the more impressive concept technologies that Google has shown off in the recent years, but now we know that the technology is coming to consumers, next year.
Google is working with LG on Project Tango for consumers, another team up with the South Korean giant - the makers of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones. Google and LG haven't given an exact date as to when we should expect Project Tango next year, but it'll be interesting to see how it arrives to us, and what services and apps it will work with. Maybe we'll see it work with Google Cardboard for some uber-realistic VR and AR content.
Face it, you've always wanted to be able to sleep with your iPad, but now you can. Fleshlight has just unveiled its LaunchPad, a Fleshlight for your iPad in the form of a cover for your tablet.
For just $25, you can buy the Fleshlight LaunchPad, and attach it to the back of your iPad. Some of the reviews are quite hilarious, with one of them from "JT" which says: "The LaunchPAD takes watching POV videos to a whole new level! It feels like I'm really having sex with my favorite porn stars". Another is from "FLESHLOVER" who said: "Stoya porn on your tablet + the Launch Pad + Stoya's Fleshlight makes it feel like she's really in the room! IMHO this is better than the real thing".