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SoundsCape is a new audio add-on board for the BeagleBone and BB Black

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 7:28 pm

Many of you reading this will know my fondness for the popular BeagleBone Black development board, and how much I love new accessories for it. Today I caught wind of a new Kickstarter campaign that is looking to bring high-quality analogue and Bluetooth audio to the BeagleBone and BeagleBone Black development boards. The all new SoundsCape is a "cape" add-on board for the BeagleBone system that allows users to add an analogue and Bluetooth audio solution to their projects easily, and from a single board.




The SoundsCape is being developed by Simple Media Networks, and is designed for developers using the BeagleBone for systems that need an easy solution for high quality audio performance and/or Bluetooth connectivity in their project. The SoundsCape is also for Makers who like hacking Audio platforms, or anyone who would like to wirelessly stream internet radio to their wireless speakers.

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HTC's new One M8 is now available in all US carrier's stores

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 6:36 pm

After being an in-store exclusive to Verizon for the last couple of weeks, the all new HTC One M8 is finally available in the rest of the major US carrier retail stores. This week HTC announced that the HTC One M8 would be arriving on-location at Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile stores this week for retail purchase.




The going price seems to match Verizon with the new flagship retailing for $199 on a new two-year contract. Since it's release the HTC One M8 has been receiving rave reviews across the web, and is being proclaimed as the best smartphone ever produced, a title previously held by last-years HTC One. Having owned the previous HTC One and spend some time with the new HTC One M8, I can back up these claims. Nothing else out there can match the quality, speed, and features of the new HTC One.

Star Wars Episode 7 will feature Tatooine says source

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 6:32 pm

If you are a fan of Star Wars, some news about the next film in the franchise has surfaced. One of the most important locations in the Star Wars franchise is Tatooine. This is the planet where Luke Skywalker is from among other things. In the original films, the setting for Tatooine was in the Tunisian desert.




For the new film, word is that no on location shooting in that desert will be performed. However, that doesn't mean that Tatooine won't play a role in the new film. A new rumor claims that sources close to the film are saying that the studio is planning to make "an extensive re-creation of Tatooine."


That seems to indicate that the set will likely be recreated on a sound stage or another location. The setting will be done in a "Morocco-like environment" says the source. What that means is any ones guess; perhaps Disney plans to pick a desert location closer to home.

Selfie shooting mirror puts pics on Twitter automatically

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 6:00 pm

I'm sure you know someone who floods their social networks with selfies. Perhaps you are the person your friends know that posts selfies constantly. We aren't judging here.




If you are the sort that likes taking selfies, you might appreciate this cool mirror that will snap the picture for you and automatically upload it to twitter. The mirror has a Mac mini stuffed inside. The LEDs you see in the image countdown to when the selfie is taken so you aren't caught with your eyes closed.


The Mac runs facial recognition software so it recognizes the user and automatically takes the image when you step in front. The mirror is called S.E.L.F.I.E., which stands for Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine. After the selfie is taken, it brands the images with a company logo and puts it on Twitter.

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HBO renews Game of Thrones for two more seasons

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:19 pm

For many shows on TV and cable networks, it can be a tossup until the announcements are made whether or not they will be renewed. Then there are some shows that you know will be renewed before the networks even talk about it. One of those shows that fans knew would be renewed is Game of Thrones.




The fourth season of the show only kicked off on April 6 and already HBO has killed any doubt about whether or not the show will be back next season. HBO has announced that it renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth season. HBO went a bit further and announced that it was also renewing the show for a sixth season. That means fans have at least two more seasons to watch major characters get killed off in gruesome ways.


HBO issued a statement that said,"Due to its outstanding worldwide success, HBO announced the renewal of its original series Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The award-winning series recently launched its 10-episode fourth season on Sunday, April 6th.

Solar Impulse 2 aircraft to fly around the globe on electricity alone

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:50 pm

You can walk outside, look up at the sky, and see propeller aircraft flying around on any given day. The thing all those propeller aircraft have in common is that they need some sort of fuel to burn in their engines. Some gliders can fly without a motor, but most aircraft still burn fuel of some sort.




An electric airplane called the Solar Impulse 2 is getting ready for a voyage that will see it travel around the globe using no fuel. It looks a lot like a glider with long and thin wings and it does have propellers. Rather than spinning them with fossil fuels this plane uses solar power.


Inside the fuselage are some sort of battery packs that store the energy from the solar panels on the tops of the wing surface. Those batteries store enough power that the airplane can fly at night. It will hold two pilots who will fly the aircraft around the world.

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Bentley plug-in hybrid concept heads to China

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 4:17 pm

When I hear the Bentley name, I typically think of big and heavy cars packed with lots of luxury and power to give them surprising performance. Bentley isn't a name I would think about as offering hybrids. That will change with Bentley set to show off its plug-in hybrid tech in China this month.




Bentley will be showing off the plug-in hybrid technology under the hood of its top of the line Mulsanne. While eventually the hybrid tech will be made available across almost all of Bentley's models, to start with the Mulsanne being used to show off the tech won't be offered to purchase.


Bentley will make the first commercial use of the hybrid tech in a new SUV set to hit the road in 2017. Bentley's plug-in hybrid system promises to improve performance by 25% while reducing emissions by 90%. Despite the bulk of most Bentley vehicles, the hybrid tech will be able to drive for at least 50km on electricity alone. The plug-in hybrid concept car will be unveiled on April 20 at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

HyperX Fury RAM aims at entry-level overclockers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 3:47 pm

Computer enthusiasts will recognize the name Kingston as one of the most popular markers of RAM on the market. For years, HyperX was one of the RAM lines that Kingston made and HyperX is now its own division of Kingston.




A new entry-level RAM product has been announced by HyperX called the Fury line. The RAM is being aimed right at entry-level overclockers and enthusiasts. Fury RAM supports high-performance overclocking automatically with an asymmetric heat spreader design.


Fury replaces the HyperX blu RAM. Fury RAM is fully plug and play allowing for automatic overclocking within the system speed allowance without having to mess with BIOS settings. The RAM is available with blue, black, red, or white heatspreaders and all feature black PCBs.

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ArmourDrive SSDs with integrated power interrupt protection ship

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 3:15 pm

Greenliant unveiled its mSATA ArmourDrive SSDs last year. The company has announced an update to those drives is now shipping with a feature to help protect data. ArmourDrive SSDs with built-in power interrupt data protection are now shipping.




The small SSDs measure 29.85mm x 50.80mm x 4.85mm. These SSDs are offered with 2-bit-per-cell MLC NAND flash memory in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacity. Operating temperature range for the drives is -40 to +85C making them appropriate for use in most industrial situations.


Greenliant also offers the drives in 8, 16, and 32GB with 1-bit-per-cell SLC NAND. All of the SSDs use the BGA form factor and an internal flash controller. Pricing is unannounced on the drives.

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Nikon Coolpix S810c point and shoot camera has Android and Wi-Fi

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 10, 2014 2:41 pm

Nikon has announced a new digital camera that is its second offering to run the Android operating system. Nikon calls the camera the Coolpix S810C and it runs Android 4.2.2. Having Android on board opens the camera up for all sorts of tasks.




You can cause the camera to download apps from Google Play and upload images and video directly to social networks via the official Android apps. You can also send email from the camera causing Gmail to people without having to mess with transferring the photos or video to a PC first.


The camera has Wi-Fi only meaning you will need to be near a hotspot to connect to the web. Nikon gave the S810c 12x optical zoom and that range can be extended with digital zoom if wanted. The camera also has vibration reaction to keep the images sharp at all zoom levels.

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