My daughter loves to play with LEGO building sets. She has a bunch of the LEGO Friends sets that are aimed at girls, but she says they are lame and typically plays with standard LEGO sets that build things like cars, airplanes, and other vehicles or structures. It would be nice to see some female themed sets so girls around the world have more to play with.
LEGO has announced that starting in August there will be a LEGO set called Research Institute that will come with three female scientists in different settings. The female characters will be in chemist, astronomer, and paleontologist rolls.
A pair of Winnipeg teenagers were able to "hack" an ATM simply by entering a default administrator passcode.
Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon headed online to look for an operators manual that would tell them how to get into a Safeway ATM. The BMO machine still used the factory default password, and, once in, the two were able to see how much money was in the machine, how many transactions had happened, and other private information.
"We thought it would be fun to try it, but we were not expecting it to work," Hewlett told the Winnipeg Sun. "When it did, it asked for a password."
Computex 2014 - QNAP went on a new product spree at Computex 2014 showing the new TS-x51 product series comprised of four new products at launch.
QNAP wanted to the new models in the spotlight and placed a few throughout the booth. Here we see all four lined together.
The new models should ship with QNAP's new QTS 4.1 software. We're currently testing 4.1 on a few QNAP products in the lab to get a feel for both the consumer and enterprise side.
It has been several years now since the Avatar film hit theaters and set records around the world. You might recall that Sigourney Weaver was one of the main characters in the film and that her character died while in Avatar form. Death in the film doesn't mean that Weaver won't be returning to the franchise.
It has been confirmed that Weaver will be involved in the sequels to the original film and that she will play a new character. It's unclear what sort of character she will be playing at this time. All we know for now is that producers are saying her new character is more challenging to play.
Sometimes new gadgets turn up in the strangest places before they are actually announced. A perfect example is the time when an unreleased iPhone was found in a bar after a drunken Apple employee left it on a bar stool. A report is making the rounds that a gadget writer happened to be in New York City walking around when he ran into a person testing the Microsoft Surface watch.
That is hard to believe, but not much harder than believing an unreleased iPhone could be found in a random bar. The person wearing the watch originally tried to say it was a random wristband from China before spilling the beans according to the report.
SIM cards are the little chips inside smartphones and other devices that allow them to get onto a mobile network with a certain phone number, among other things. Some devices support two SIM cards natively allowing you to have two numbers on a single device. In Japan carrier NTT DoCoMo is working on a portable SIM card that may one day be wearable.
The idea behind the portable SIM card is that you could use one SIM for multiple devices or use two SIMs with devices that are not designed to hold two SIMs inside. The portable SIM prototype is inside the small white box seen in the image.
Skype users that use the iPhone app will soon have a new version that they can download and use. The new version of the app is much faster than the previous version. In fact, Microsoft claims that the app is five times faster than the current iPhone Skype app. The redesigned app is Skype 5.0.
Skype 5.0 has improved group chat, better navigation, and improved notification sync across devices. The updated app has smoother scrolling and simplified navigation to make it easier to swipe between conversations, contact lists, and your favorites.
E3 2014 - We knew it was coming, but now it is official: Mortal Kombat X is coming to the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC later this year. The debut gameplay footage can be enjoyed below, beware: it's gory as hell:
Mortal Kombat X will be running at 1080p 60FPS, which should have fans on all platforms happy. The fatalities are still there, and so much more. I just wish that the environments were destructible, so that at the end of the battle, you can see just how much carnage has really taken place. What about you? Do you like what you see about Mortal Kombat X?
E3 2014 - A sequel to Mirror's Edge has been something that gamers have wanted for quite some time, but today, our day has arrived. EA, during its E3 2014 press conference, announced Mirror's Edge 2.
A DICE developer said: "Everything is geared toward traversing and navigating this environment". This means that Faith is now capable of running around corners, while wall-running by grabbing onto pipes. Level design has been amped up considerably, allowing more skilled, complicated players to take more dangerous - but faster routes, while "less skilled players may find a safer, longer route".
Mirror's Edge 2 has been designed to have players not require the use of a gun, as Faith herself is a deadly enough weapon. Faith is capable of using the environment around her to take enemies down, as she can jump from walls and ledges, slamming into enemies with a single, brutal hit, moving on without breaking her stride. DICE's goal with the sequel to Mirror's Edge is to create something that is "elegant, minimalistic, and has an attitude".
E3 2014 - After months of teasing, Sony has made it official: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will reach the PlayStation 4 next year. Uncharted 4 will see an older Nathan Drake than what we're used to, with "The Thief's End" possibly seeing an end to Drake's adventures.
The video describes: "Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves".
Naughty Dog says that Uncharted 4 will be running at 1080p with 60FPS, with Drake's character featuring twice the polygons that Joel had in The Last of Us. The video above was footage all from the PS4, captured "completely in engine" according to Naughty Dog.