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New StoreDot technology claims smartphone battery recharge in 30 sec

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

A new battery recharging solution from Israel promises to recharge smartphones in just 30 seconds, with nanotechnology synthesizing artificial molecules. The new battery stores a higher charge, and while it is still far too large to use while on the go, StoreDot hopes a slim model will be available by 2016.

 

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As the number of smartphone owners is expected to reach almost 1.75 billion by the end of the year, finding new mobile charging solutions will be critical.

 

"These are new materials, they have never been developed before," said Doron Myersdorf, StoreDot founder and CEO.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer complements Sony PlayStation 4's great year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

It has been a fantastic year for console gaming, with the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 both racking up great sales since launching in late 2013. The PS4 has outsold the Xbox One all year, but it appears Microsoft is beginning to close ground, due to a recent price cut.

 

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer applauded both Microsoft and rival company Sony: "This 1st year has been incredible. Great launch for 2 consoles, exciting competition & great games. Thanks for all the support and feedback," Spencer said on Twitter. He also offered the PS4 additional praise: "Those Sony peeps had a great first year."

 

There have been 13.5 million PS4 units sold, while Microsoft has racked up 10 million Xbox One units sold since launch.

Kobo Aura H20 eReader announced - Waterproof in design

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

Said to be the first eReader on this planet to be resistant to water and dust, it seems that Kobo's new Aura H20 is perfectly suited to a day in the Sahara Desert or at your local beach.

 

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Set for release in February 2015, Kobo's new product offering is IP67 certified - meaning that it's resistant to water and dust. We haven't come across a release price for this product as of yet, but you should expect it to be announced by the new year ahead of it's launch into the market.

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Apple iOS App Store saw record 7.8M downloads per day in October

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Apple saw a drastic increase in iOS App Store downloads in October, increasing from 5.5 million daily downloads up to 7.8 million downloads month-over-month, according to mobile tracking company Fiksu. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were all released in the fall, and as users upgraded to iOS 8, downloads skyrocketed.

 

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The data covered the top 200 free iOS apps available, and a 42 percent jump compared to September - and 39 percent year-over-year - is a major success for Apple.

 

As of September, there are more than 1.3 million apps in the App Store, with more than 300 million visitors every week.

Patriot increases capacity of LX series SDXC and microSDXC cards

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

As according to their press release sent out a mere 9 hours ago, Patriot have just announced they are increasing the sizing of their LX series of SDXC and microSDXC flash memory storage models.

 

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These come in the form of a 256GB UHS-I class 10 SDXC Flash Card and a 128GB UHS-I Class 10 microSDXC Flash Card and are said to be available very soon for a MSRP of $129.99 from major American retailers such as Fry Electronics, Newegg and Amazon.

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Automakers stepping up efforts to keep cybercriminals away

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

The United States military and automakers are stepping up their security protocols to ensure connected vehicles are safe from hackers - and even terrorism - as newer vehicles increase Internet connectivity. As the federal government wants vehicles to be able to send one another alerts of road hazards and traffic problems, trying to keep vehicles secure remains difficult.

 

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No public reports have been released that hackers have been able to hack connected vehicles among public owners yet - but private tests have indicated there are major loopholes. For example, a group of cybersecurity researchers revealed they can create a solution that can unlock a vehicle's networks to be exploited.

 

As more American drivers purchase and drive vehicles with Internet functionality, the effort to ensure vehicles remain secure from outside influence will be a major effort for years to come.

Sony Pictures targeted in attack, as cybercriminals try to get to Sony

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Sony Pictures Entertainment was forced to warn employees not to access corporate networks or check their email, because the company is under cyberattack and being blackmailed to prevent "secrets" from being released. It's unknown what information, if any, the hackers were able to steal from the Sony network.

 

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An image that says SPE was "Hacked by #GOP" was published on the company's computers - and issued the following message: "Warning: We've already warned you, and this is just the beginning... We have obtained all your internal data including secrets and top secrets."

 

"Sony deserves praise for going offline while they figure out what is happening rather than allow further damage," said Hemanshu Nigam, Internet cybersecurity expert. "Hackers are always-on the hunt for holes in a network, which can happen when a system isn't updated properly or a feature change is made. It is critical for companies to conduct self-hacking exercises on a continuous basis to find and patch these vulnerabilities before the hackers find them."

Hexoskin introduces the Arctic Smart Shirt, enhancing biometrics

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

Hexoskin has added to its product lineup by announcing the Artic Smart shirt, the first cold weather biometric smart shirt in the world. The Arctic Smart Shirt is made of Merino wool, providing heat insulation, breathability and body metrics. The shirt will be released next month and ship with a $199 MSRP.

 

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The Arctic Smart Shirt can monitor heart rate, step count, sleep duration, calories burned, along with heart rate recovery, heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, activity level, acceleration, cadence and much more.

 

"Athletes train year-round and we wanted to create the ultimate base layer that would allow them to train smarter even in the cold weather months," said Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, Hexoskin CEO and co-founder. "With the addition of the Arctic Smart Shirt, we yet again prove that we can continue to grow as a company and provide smart garments to our customers that live up to their needs for information, style and comfort."

First look at 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' coming this week

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of the teaser trailer for 'Jurassic World' coming this thanksgiving, Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed that the teaser trailer for next year's 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' will be hitting select screens across the United States on the same day.

 

 

14 years and a week from the release of the first teaser for 'The Phantom Menace', the 88 second teaser is expected to show very little action, but focus on portraits of lead characters. While the studio have only announced the teaser will show in select U.S. theatres, the online release can't be far away - JJ Abrams will be keen for fans to see a good quality HD version, rather than the inevitable cam jobs.

 

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.

Microsoft Silicon Valley campus by Knightscope's K5 security robot

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

The Microsoft Silicon Valley campus located in Mountain View, California, is now being patrolled by Knightscope's K5 security guard robot. The 5-foot-tall, 300-pound robots are designed to keep company property and visitors safe, while helping augment security personnel.

 

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The K5 is an "autonomous data machine" that has a "commanding but friendly physical presence," including multiple HD cameras, license plate reader, multiple microphones, alarms, weather sensors, Wi-Fi, sirens and GPS - and they can alert human security guards if an incident is occurring.

 

It's unknown what other companies are interested in leasing K5 to patrol their campuses, malls, and parking lots - but should garner interest in the future.

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