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Volvo starts public road trials of its self-driving cars

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 6, 2014 7:53 pm

Self-driving cars are the future of automotive transportation, and today one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in the world has announced that it's self-driving car program has entered the public road testing phase. Volvo announced this morning that it has begun road-testing its self-driving cars on public roads, and is happy to report that the cars can now handle most of the roadway duties autonomously.




"The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves," said Erik Coelingh, a technical specialist at Volvo. "This is an important step towards our aim that the final 'Drive Me' cars will be able to drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode."

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Bungie's Destiny could top GTA 5 as most expensive game ever

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 6, 2014 6:46 pm

When it comes to entertainment budgets, video games reign king in development cost with budgets routinely surpassing $100 million. In the last few years we have seen that trend skyrocket with some games costing upwards of 1/4 of a billion dollars to develop. GTA V was a prime example of this, with development and marketing costing Rockstar $256 million.




Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V may not hold the title of most expensive video game ever for much longer though. During a conference last week, Activisions CEO, Bobby Kotick, said that his company will be investing $500 million into Bungie's upcoming title, Destiny. While Bungie has already sunk $140 million into Destiny, this $500 million infusion will be used to set-forth a massive marketing push which could accelerate Destiny to more than $1 billion in sales after its launch on September 9th.

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Rovio has just launched its own take on the FlappyBird-style game

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 6, 2014 5:56 pm

There is no denying that Angry Birds was one of the most popular mobile gaming franchises in history, but I might dare say that FlappyBird may have been just as popular as any of the Angry Bird titles. Because of this genera's popularity Rovio has figured out a way to capitalize on it in a new and fresh way. Today Rovio soft launched a new game called Retry that is very FlappyBird-esque.



The games description reads: "From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes Retry - a game so hard, so addictive, so old school that you'll think you've stepped into an 8-bit time machine and gone back to 1986. Totally rad!" Instead of a bird, gamers control an airplane that fly's in loops rather than straight lines. Unfortunately as of this morning the game is only available for download in Finland, Poland, and Canada, but it should make its way to the US and other regions soon.

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Apple is working on a fix for iOS 7 email issue

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 6, 2014 4:00 pm

Apple is currently working on a fix for a recently discovered flaw in iOS email. The flaw causes attachments sent via email to be sent unencrypted. Reports indicate that this issue isn't as bad as it sounds at first glance.




To take advantage of the flaw, a hacker would need your device and to bypass the pass code. iPhone 4S and later devices that are on iOS 7.1 aren't vulnerable to the issue. An Apple spokesperson has said that the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

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NASA is looking for a new way to kill bacteria

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 6, 2014 3:05 pm

NASA takes a lot of time to kill bacteria and other contaminants on spacecraft that it sends into space. It's particularly important to kill off any bacteria that might be on a spacecraft that will land on the surface of another planet to prevent contamination. The problem NASA is having is that some of the bacteria on spacecraft are nearly impossible to kill.




In fact, some have proven so resilient that NASA is looking for new ways to kill bacteria on future spacecraft. Some of those bacterial spores can survive space and NASA fears that it might be sending life out into space away from Earth. This poses problems for future missions that may send probes to other world's.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch gets Toq Talk feature

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 6, 2014 2:01 pm

Qualcomm has added a new feature to its Toq smartwatch that users of the device might find interesting. The new feature is called Toq Talk and it is powered by Nuance voice to text technology. Toq Talk lets users of the smartwatch respond to text messaged using their voice.




Nuance voice recognition text is featured in a number of products. It's rather well known for not begin all that accurate at times. Siri on iOS devices is powered by Nuance and its voice recognition engine is also used in voice systems inside some cars.

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Google Play Music All-Access streaming hits Canada

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 6, 2014 1:00 pm

Our friends in the Great White North have a new feature from Google Play Music that they can now enjoy. Google has rolled out its Play Music All-Access streaming service in Canada this week. The launch of the All-Access service was timed to coincide with the Canadian Music Week summit and conference that focuses on the state of the music industry in Canada.




Google had previously launched the streaming service in the US, Europe, and Mexico, but left Canadians in the cold. The introductory price of the All-Access streaming service in Canada is $7.99 per month for all you can listen to music. The service will cost $9.99 a month after the introductory period.

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Google Now Card helps you find things you search for in local stores

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: May 6, 2014 12:34 pm

If you are a heavy online shopper, you probably search for a lot of things via Google. Since Google knows, what you are searching for it is taking that information and making it easier to find stuff you are interested in at local stores. A new feature has been added that will tell you when those items you searched for online are available in a store you are passing.




The feature would be triggered if you are out and a store you are near has the exact item that you had used Google to search for. The card for the feature could show multiple products if more than one item you have been looking at online is available at the location.

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Chadder secure messaging app wants to keep your chats private

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: May 6, 2014 12:02 pm

John McAfee is a name tied most closely in the tech world to the anti-virus software that bears the McAfee name. McAfee has rolled out a new messaging app called Chadder that is designed specifically to help users secure their chats.




Chadder was created with cooperation from McAfee Future Tense Private Systems and a company called Etransfr. The app is currently available for Android and Windows Phone users and is focused on privacy and security. Data sent between users who are taking advantage of the app is sent in the form of an encrypted message.

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Lenovo N20p Chromebook with folding screen aims at education market

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 6, 2014 11:31 am

Lenovo has unveiled a new Chromebook that has a cool trick that other devices on the market lack. That cool trick is a screen that can be folded into different positions. The machine is called the N20p and it is aimed at the education market where price is often the deciding factor when it comes to a purchase.




Lenovo's N20p Chromebook will sell for $329, a cheaper standard Chromebook called the N20 lacking the folding screen is offered for $279. That N20p is more like the Yoga line of tablets with a screen supporting 10 points of touch and a hinge that allows the screen to be folded backwards up to 300 degrees.

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