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Epson Moverio BT-200 smartglasses now shipping for whopping $700

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 6, 2014 10:11 pm

The Epson Moverio BT-200 augmented reality smart glasses can now be purchased with a $699.99 price tag, and while the headset may not be stylish, could end up being a great tool for use in the enterprise space.

 

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Epson first showed off the Moverio BT-200 during CES in January, and added intrigue by including two screens. The company says using the glasses is the equivalent of looking into an 80" HDTV right in your face, and requires a handheld touchpad to use.

 

"Moverio BT-200 is Epson's second-generation smart glasses and incorporate much of the feedback provided by both the AR developer and end-user communities," said Anna Jen, Epson America New Ventures/New Products Director, in a press statement. "With these improvements, Moverio BT-200 is poised to deliver an AR experience that will revolutionize workflow, training and repair in the enterprise environment."

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Maryland police department plans to live tweet prostitution sting

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 6, 2014 9:20 pm

The Prince George Police Department in Maryland plans to live tweet a prostitution sting later this week, providing street-level insight into a problem that many people believe is a victimless crime. However, the police department wants to enforce the idea that prostitution - and the folks that arrive to enjoy these types of services - aren't welcome in Prince George's County.

 

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"The intent all along has been to put on notice and/or arrest the very people who exploit women and even young girls in our community," according to a press release from the police department.

 

However, the idea of live tweeting results from the prostitution sting hasn't gone over well, with some advocates saying it won't help, and could increase public safety risk.

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Crucial begins sampling next-generation DDR4 RAM for the enterprise

By: Charles Gantt | More News: RAM | Posted: May 6, 2014 8:59 pm

This morning Crucial Memory announced that it has begun shipping samples of its new DDR4 modules to its partners through its new Technology Enablement Program. This program is aimed at channel partners who are actively developing and evaluating DDR4 platforms. Crucial says that this mornings announcement is the result of Micron's recent ramp-up in DDR4 module production.

 

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"Memory is one of the biggest limitations when it comes to enterprise server environments. Many memory-dependent server applications are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a business, but they require higher densities of memory and increased performance," said Michael Moreland, worldwide product marketing manager, Crucial. "Crucial DDR4 memory enables servers to perform faster and run more efficiently than ever before, reducing power and cooling expenses along the way - essential for meeting the ever-increasing workload demands of data centers."

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Shuttle unveils new fanless single-bay NAS with built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: May 6, 2014 8:33 pm

Network attached storage is quickly becoming common place in the home networking environment, and today Shuttle announced a new product that will make adding a NAS to your network easier than ever. The new KS10 is a fanless, single-bay NAS solution designed for the the entry-level storage consumer who may not need a massive storage array just yet.

 

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The KS10 is capable of housing a single HDD up to 4TB in capacity and features two USB ports for additional storage expansion as well as an SD card slot. The Ethernet port located on the rear is Gigabit compatible and allows transfers up to 80MB/s. Additionally, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot allows for communication for those who prefer wireless networks over wired solutions.

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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.

 

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"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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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