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3D print your baby while still in the womb

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 5:30 pm

Expectant mothers can shell out between $200 to $600 for a 3D print model of their unborn child, thanks to the 3D Babies company. Using 3D and 4D ultrasounds and computer images leads to a 3D image in three different sizes: 2" Mini 3D Baby, 4" Halfsize 3D Baby, or the 8" Life size 3D Baby. The baby doll renderings can be made in two different positions, which allow parents to make a decision to disclose gender prior to birth.

 

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"Our ultimate goal is to bring a smile to the faces of parents, grandparents, and other family members as they recall the day that they met their little one," the company's website reads. "This product will become a treasured family heirloom."

 

There is huge potential for 3D imaging, but an artist rendering of a fetus in the womb might creep some expectant parents out. 3D Babies is well short of its $15,000 crowdfunding goal, but decided to move ahead with production.

Man removed from movie theater and detained for wearing Google Glass

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 4:31 pm

Everyone reading this knows that both the MPAA and Hollywood studios are quite nuts when it comes to piracy, and today we are finding out just how crazy they are. While attending a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at an AMC movie theater in Columbus, Ohio, a man wearing Google Glass was removed from the theater and detained by the FBI for allegedly recording the movie.

 

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The pair of Google Glasses were fitted with prescription lenses and the electronic side was completely switched off during the movie, but that did not stop a badge wielding official from removing the pair of glasses from the mans face followed by escorting him out of the theater. Once outside the man was met by several mall cops and the FBI who detained him and his wife in separate rooms and began demanding answers as to why he was recording the movie.

 

"About an hour into the movie, a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says 'follow me outside immediately'. It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops," the man said in an interview.

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South Korea personal data stolen on 20 million customers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 4:19 pm

A representative from the Korea Credit Bureau (KCB) has reportedly been arrested following accusations he stole personal customer information from three different credit card companies, media reports from South Korea indicate.

 

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The stolen information includes full customer names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and expiration dates, and phone numbers, according to the South Korean Financial Supervisory Service (FSS). The information was continually stolen from May 2012 until December 2013, with the suspect saving information on a flash drive.

 

Companies and government agencies providing access to large amounts of personal information must now combat the information from being mistakenly released - or intentionally stolen and later shared - as customers demand better privacy protection.

Hewlett-Packard snubs Windows 8, and will offer Windows 7 again

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 3:39 pm

PC maker Hewlett-Packard will continue to sell Windows 7-powered PCs until Microsoft's tentative deadline of October 2014 to stop pre-installs, with options still available to interested consumers and business users. However, many OEMs are focusing more on promoting Windows 8 and 8.1, which provides better sales revenue from the touch-enabled devices.

 

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Microsoft increasingly wants value-added resellers (VARs) and partners to push consumers directly to Windows 8 or 8.1 - but clients still have the option of downgrading from 8/8.1 to 7. However, customers not ready to embrace 8/8.1 are choosing the familiarity and stability of Windows 7, and that trend doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon.

Thief is nearly here, will feature support for AMD's Mantle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 12:29 pm

Thief will be released in just over a month's time, but Eidos Montreal have decided that now is the time to unveil the PC hardware specifications required to play its reboot of the stealth title.

 

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Square Enix have used Nixxes for the PC version of Thief, the same team who did the great PC port of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and many more over the years. Thief will be released on February 25 in North America, and three days later in Europe, on February 28. It will reach the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and PC.

 

There will also be support for AMD's Mantle technology, which will provide performance improvements on GPUs that are compatible. Eyefinity support will be included, as well as AMD's impressive TrueAudio codec.

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South Korea's SK Telecom to roll out 300Mbps mobile Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:29 am

As it stands today, South Korea's largest mobile network, SK Telecom, has 'regular' 75Mbps LTE mobile broadband. The South Korea-based company has just announced plans to push out some insane mobile Internet speeds.

 

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SK Telecom's upcoming '3band LTE-Advanced' will offer speeds of up to 300Mbps, or LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) by aggregating "more than two frequency bands". The service will roll out toward the end of the year. New Agency, Yonhap, reports that users can download an 800MB file in 22 seconds, which is just insane.

 

The company will be showing off its new blistering fast Internet at Mobile World Congress next month, in Barcelona.

Candy Crush Saga developer now owns the word 'candy'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:08 am

So... the word "candy" has been trademarked, by the developer behind Candy Crush Saga, King.com. The US Patent and Trademark Office approved it on January 15, with King.com Limited's filing for it all the way back in February of last year.

 

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King.com has been granted exclusive rights to use the word pretty much wherever it wants: apparel, video games, gambling services, amusement parks, computer hardware, and more if its application is approved by the assigned examining attorney. It does get worse, with GameZebo stating that developers even mentioning candy in their titles are being approached by King.com's legal department.

 

Its legal department makes them prove that their product doesn't infringe on the Candy trademark, or remove their apps for sale. their product doesn't infringe on the Candy trademark, or remove their apps for sale.

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Spotify allows artists to promote and sell their merchandise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 10:31 am

Spotify is on a roll lately, where last week the music streaming outfit made music free on the web, and now the company is allowing artists to promote and sell their merchandise through Spotify.

 

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Band t-shirts, posters and all sorts of other merchandise can be sold to Spotify users through the artist's page. Spotify could be doing this to look better in the eyes of music listeners and investors, as it provides artists lower royalty payments. Artists need to sign up to a Topspin account, and link it to their social media accounts, or e-mail Topspin to confirm the account is genuine.

 

What do you think of buying merchandise through Spotify? Is this something you would do, or are glad you can now do through Spotify? Let us know in the comments below!

Microsoft decided on the final Xbox One design after 75 prototypes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 9:33 am

You might pick up your Xbox One console and just use it, not thinking about the months and years Microsoft worked on its final design, but we're hearing that the company worked on 75 prototype designs before choosing the final design of its next-gen console.

 

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Microsoft designer Carl Ledbetter revealed that the company went through 75 prototype designs before settling on the final design. There were over 100 prototypes of the Kinect, and around 200 for the controller itself. The development team reportedly spent considerable amounts of time striking a balance between the familiar Xbox design, and the desire for an always-on media hub, according to Ledbetter.

Apple estimated to have sold over 55 million iPhones last quarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2014 8:31 am

Fortune has collated some serious information on unit sales estimates from 44 professional and amateur analysts, which makes it believe that Apple has just had its best quarter for the iPhone.

 

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An average of 44 estimates provides a number of astounding proportions: 55.3 million iPhone sales in fiscal Q1. This is a 16% jump from the same quarter of last year. Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt says that the range from highest to lower estimate is 9.7 million, where in the same quarter of last year, it was closer to 20 million.

 

We will hear more on this, with exact numbers, in just a week's time on January 27 when Apple reports its latest quarter financial results.

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