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MIT students build Jetson TK1 racecars for final assignment

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 6:35 pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) isn't your ordinary school: the final assignment for students of Sertac Karaman's Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-steering Robot (RACECAR) class is building robots and racing them one by one in a competition for the best time.



The cars, NVIDIA is happy to note, are designed with the company's Jetson TK1 embededded computer, which "helps the 1:10-scale cars deploy the open-source Robot Operating System, assess their environment and develop a language to help them race the fastest while careening around the course."


Karaman, who is the assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has extensive education on embedded computer systems found in airplanes, drones, autonomous cars, and other vehicles, so he thought he'd try his hand at robots, too. The results have been a wild success among students, and as such, he'll be putting off an even bigger event next year that will pit cars with GPU-powered stereo cameras and feature detection against each other in a proper Formula 1-style race.

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HBO Now comes to Roku

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 5:37 pm

It comes six months after the initial launch, but streaming service HBO NOW is available on Roku, well, now. As it is through other services, HBO NOW is only available to US customers.




Interested customers can get started through the Roku Channel Store, and pick up a subscription for $14.99/mo within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device. Should you have reservations, there's a free 30-day trial.

Facebook expanding Like button feature with 'Reactions'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 5:13 pm

Facebook has rolled out its new feature "Reactions" today (pictured below) in Ireland and Spain. The idea behind is it to make Likes more expressive, offering what are essentially emoticons beside the tried and true Like button.




The company makes it clear they are testing Reactions in select regions for a reason: they want to take the feedback gained from this to iterate and improve on what they have.

Fallout 4 PC requirements revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 4:07 pm

With little more than a month away from its release, Bethesda has just announced the minimum and recommended specs for Fallout 4, revealing what kind of rig you'll need to play the game in all of its post-apocalyptic glory.





Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)

Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent


30 GB free HDD space

NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent



Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)

Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent


30 GB free HDD space

NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

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Your Photos Are Never Going to Be the Same

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 3:41 pm



We'll be the first to say that our smartphones are capable of taking some pretty great shots. But Lytro completely blows them out of the water. Get the First Generation Lytro for 59% off ($79.99), or the Lytro Illum Camera for 46% off ($699.99), and start taking living pictures.


Unlike regular cameras, which capture the position of light rays and create a static 2D image, the Lytro cameras use cutting-edge technology to record the direction of rays. The result? Photos you can adjust after you take them, refocusing, changing perspective, viewing them in 3D, and more-and a perfect shot every time.


Both the First Generation and Illum are compact and portable, too, so you can capture great shots wherever you go. For a sleeker body reminiscent of a DSLR and better image quality, make sure you reach for the Illum. Either way, the way you take photos will change for the better, for good. Save big on the First Generation Lytro or the Lytro Illum Camera at TweakTown Deals.

PlayStation VR has 'overwhelming' conversion rate, says Sony

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 3:10 pm

Although VR tech like HTC's Vive and the Oculus Rift might take some time before it's fully embraced by the mainstream consumer market, Sony says that its PS4-powered PlayStation VR head-mounted display actually has an "overwhelming" conversion ratio.




Virtual reality is really something that you have to try for yourself. This ethos has pretty much built the foundations of hype and excitement across a huge webwork of industries, from gaming to science and health technology. Experiencing VR and talking about VR are two different things, and in many ways it's hard to put in words. This concept is responsible for converting everyday people to the possibilities of VR, and Sony says that almost everyone who's tried the PlayStation VR says they will buy it.


"So for the first time at TGS we were able to make [PlayStation VR] happen, and reaction was amazing," Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida said in a podcast with Kinda Funny Games. "I cannot mention the specific number but the number of people that tried, we asked the question there, so many, overwhelming people said they would buy PlayStation VR."

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Capcom says fans should 'stay tuned' for news on Resident Evil 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 1:31 pm

Resident Evil 6 was released back in 2012, but since then we haven't heard anything on a sequel from Capcom, until now. The developer has started teasing that fans of the series should "stay tuned" for news.




Veteran producer on the series, Masachika Kawata, when asked about Resident Evil 7 in the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation, said: "We're currently not at a state to talk about it". Kawata was pushed about the Resident Evil series "losing its horror touch" with Kawata agreeing. He added: "Since there's been more spinoff titles, I can see how it can be perceived in such a way. And of course I believe that we should produce titles that bring out the horror. I'm thinking about it and also preparing for it".


Capcom will also be making more HD remakes of the previous Resident Evil games, as a means to "respond to as much demand as possible" from fans. When asked about any plans for a new Devil May Cry or Dragon's Dogma game, Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi replied: "They're also things I'd like to personally do, but there are no plans [for now]".

iPhone 6S chipgate: TSMC's CPU has better battery and core performance

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 1:29 pm

Since the new A9 CPU that powers Apple's new iPhone 6S was made by two different manufacturers--TSMC and Samsung--many users have reported varying performance like shorter battery life. This led to a controversy called the "iPhone 6S chipgate", and now it looks like some solid evidence has surfaced that proves the two CPUs are in fact quite different.



Trusted tech geeks John Morrison and Austin Evans have investigated the chipgate scandal in new YouTube videos, each running a number of performance tests that pit the TSMC's 16nm N71MAP processor core against Samsung's 14nm N71AP CPU. The findings reveal that TSMC has the superior chip, with Samsung's A9 chip running hotter and yielding lower battery performance.


The two phones were tested out in a number of real-world environments including video recording sessions, running high workload apps, and benchmarking stats. The tests showed that the TSMC-made iPhone 6S CPU kept its battery charge much more efficiently than the more compact Samsung A9. When it comes to actual CPU performance, Geekbench revealed that the TSMC model "consistently outperformed the Samsung model in multi-core performance". Austin conducted a simple battery test to see how long it took for each model to hit 50% battery, and the TSMC iPhone 6S actually lasted a full 50 minutes longer than the Samsung version.


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Toyota wants an autonomous car on the road by around 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 11:31 am

Over the next few years the automotive market is going to change in more ways than one, with Tesla Motors pumping out more electric cars than it can handle right now, the Volkswagen emission cheating scandal and then the future of autonomous cars being on our doorstep.



Well, Toyota has said that it wants to have an autonomous car on the road by 2020. The company thinks that it can remove the driver from the situation on the highways by 2020, which is something it is already experimenting with in its technology called Highway Teammate. Toyota used a modified Legus GS to show the world what is possible thanks to the combination of millimeter wave radar, LIDAR, and cameras. This gives the vehicle a full view of the road, and the software side handles all of the information being gathered to make the important decisions.



Toyota is making significant investments into autonomous technology and artificial intelligence that will not replace drivers, but heavily assist them. But the question remains; will you buy an autonomous vehicle in the next decade? I know I would.

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Sony officially drops PS4 down to $350

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 8, 2015 10:47 am

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Sony has officially dropped the PlayStation 4's price tag to $350 in an effort to continue its reign of console dominance.




The Japanese console-maker announced the news in an update on the PlayStation Blog, where it reveals that the new permanent $350 price will take effect on October 9 in the United States and Canada. Sony also revealed a number of new bundles for the holidays, but the $350 flavors will come with the standard 500GB HDD.


"If you haven't made the jump yet, and you're starting early on your holiday wish list, I have good news - we're dropping the price of the PlayStation 4 system in the U.S. and Canada," Sony said in the update. "Starting tomorrow, October 9, you'll be able to pick up PS4 starting at the new price of $349.99 USD / $429.99 CAD (MSRP)."

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