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Quimo: Free Form Augmented Reality Material

Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Thu, Mar 31 2011 10:49 PM CDT
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The University of South Australia brings us quite a nifty gadget / design tool as part of their Wearable Computer Laboratory. In a paper and accompanying video published by Ewald T. A. Maas, Michael R. Marner, Ross T. Smith, and Bruce H. Thomas, they introduce "Quimo", a free form spatial Augmented Reality interface. Short for "quick mock-up", the substance is a white malleable material that the user can sculpt and reform to their heart's content, all with their bare hands. It retains its shape once you sculpt it and doesn't harden later, so you can always go back and sculpt different things. It's like Play-Doh for Augmented Reality.

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AMD to include SLI support in 990X, 990FX chipsets?

Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Thu, Mar 31 2011 9:30 PM CDT

NVIDIA has agreed to make their SLI technology available for AMD 9-series chipset boards supporting Zambezi processors based on the Bulldozer architecture. Only the 990FX and 990X will be supported, so 7 and 8-series board owners are kicked to the curb unfortunately.

AMD to include SLI support in 990X, 990FX chipsets? | TweakTown.com

AMD 990FX will support 2 x PCIe x16 slots or 4 x PCIe x8 slots, being capable of 2-way (dual x16) or 3-way (tri x8) while 990X is only capable of 2-way (dual x8). At the moment there is no news of the AMD 970 being capable of SLI.

The AMD 9-series is expected to launch in May.

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Three Releases 40% Faster Dongle

Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Thu, Mar 31 2011 9:22 PM CDT
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Yes Americans, we know it's not the best name for a device. Sure looks like a dongle though, right?

The British mobile provider Three announced a new and improved version of their broadband dongle, the Huawei E367. The dongle should be available in stores (wherever Three is accessible) starting next week, and boasts 40% faster browsing speeds.

David Kerrigan, Three's head of mobile broadband, reportedly touted the new device's capability:

Huawei has done a great job delivering this superior dongle, in both form and function. Whether browsing the internet, downloading files or streaming video, this dongle delivers an even better internet experience on our 3G network, which is built for mobile internet.

The dongle will be available for 69.99 on PAYG with 1GB preloaded, 49.99 on a 1GB, or a 30-day rolling contract and 15.99 per month with 5GB per month. Existing customers will be able to upgrade to the new dongle for 59.99. The price is waived for new customers if they sign up for the 15GB monthly package on a two year contract for 18.03 per month. As an American, I feel slightly peeved at the discrepancy between broadband here and in England. I mean, we won the war, right? Doesn't that mean we should have monthly broadband deals for 15gb a month for $20? You can barely get more than 2gb a month without paying absurd prices and usage fees.

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Facebook now has 250 million mobile users per month - if I had a penny for everyone of those users...

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Thu, Mar 31 2011 9:00 PM CDT

If we jump into the DeLorean and set the clock back to February 2010, Facebook was proud to let the world know that they had 100 million mobile users per month. Fast forward to today and Facebook are now proudly boasting they have 250 million mobile users per month, with this news Facebook are listening to their users and instead of having two dedicated mobile Facebook sites (touch.facebook.com and m.facebook.com) they will be merging into the one site.

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Generally Android and iPhone users are directed to touch.facebook.com while most other users are directed to m.facebook.com, now that the sites are merging there are going to be people that are worried they'll get a restricted or downgraded Facebook experience. Fear not! Facebook Head of Mobile Products, Erick Tseng explains that up until now having two versions of Facebook's mobile website led to issues.

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Microsoft's "updated Xbox 360 disc format" to add one extra GB to discs?

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, Mar 31 2011 8:30 PM CDT

A new disc format is being beta tested by Microsoft in a new dashboard upgrade that is set to increase the storage of an Xbox 360 game disc by 1GB. Currently the maximum available space allocated to game data on the current disc format is 6.8GB out of a maximum of 7.95GB on a standard dual-layer DVD , iwth over 1GB dedicated to a DVD-Video partition that also contained anti-piracy security sectors.

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Beta testers of the new dashboard upgrade get a free copy of Halo: Reach once they are accepted into the new preview programme. This is most likely not just a free gift, but the disc probably uses the new format.

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Google Tackles Facial Recognition Mobile App

Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Thu, Mar 31 2011 2:18 PM CDT
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The "internet of things" just got one step closer to the "internet of people" with Google telling CNN Technology today that they are in the process of developing a Mobile App with which users can snap photos of people to learn about their personal information.

Whoops. Hello, privacy advocates? Not much to talk about recently? Boom.

The director of the project, Harmut Neven, founder of Neven Vision, a facial recognition company acquired by Google in 2006, claims that Google has this technology for a very long time- it's evidently wading through the privacy concerns that has held it back. No surprise there. The app will most likely be an extension of the already available "Goggles" feature on the Google Mobile App which utilizes object recognition to search "things" int he real world online.

Facial recognition is however nothing new to the Tech World- Nintendo features a facial recognition video game called Face Raiders for their handheld Nintendo 3DS, and Apple recently acquired a facial recognition software company called Polar Rose. Viewdle, another facial recognition and social media company, is funded by giants like Research in Motion and Qualcomm.

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GoDaddy CEO Kills Elephant, Reinvokes Colonial Oppression of Africa

Trak Lord | Internet & Websites | Thu, Mar 31 2011 1:51 PM CDT
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There is just something really, really wrong with this video.

GoDaddy CEO Cecil Rhodes- I mean, Bob Parsons, is the new Great White Hunter. He has successfully saved an African village from a terrible, awful elephant that was allegedly destroying their crops, like, every day.

In all fairness to Parsons, the villagers did ask him to help them out, but what's with the video? Like this shot:

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Was this really necessary? What's the moral here- you kill one elephant for fun, give it to a village, throw some GoDaddy.com hats on some people and blast the AC-DC?

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Intel Sandybridge Taiwan Launch: Dancing Robots & Girl Bands!?!?

Nicole Scott | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Thu, Mar 31 2011 1:34 PM CDT

Intel Taiwan hailed the launch of the 2nd Generation Core i Series with the 'Intel Get 2gether Party' that was as flashy as the speeds Sandybridge delivers! The event was as star studded as it was flashy with celebrities such as Janet Hsieh, Big Mouth & the Korean girl band Visual Dream. In true APAC style there were dancing robots, scantily clad girls, asexual male dancers, WIDI demos, 3D glasses and a bevy of peace signs every where we turned!

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The 2nd Generation Core i Series, code name Sandybridge have been knows for sometime, with their official release happening back at CES. What this launch was about was getting Taiwan excited about the processors hitting the streets and becoming available for purchase. Intel APAC GM Navin Shenoy swung Taipei to join in the celebration that involved all of Taiwans major OEMs.

In case some how you've managed to miss it, highlights of the 2nd Gen processors are built around a new 32nm microarchitecture. This includes more energy-efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance along with the latest version of Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0.

We're particularly excited about the improved video editing capabilities of this series so we can render video's like the one above quicker!

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Google Announces +1 Search Rating Interface

Trak Lord | Internet & Websites | Wed, Mar 30 2011 2:24 PM CDT
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About an hour ago, Google announced the addition of the "+1" search rating feature, now available through your Google profile. Google is touting the +1 as a way to refine search to be as friendly and familiar, literally, to the user as possible.

Say, for example, you're planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area. Or if you're looking for a new pasta recipe, we'll show you +1's from your culinary genius college roommate. And even if none of your friends are baristas or caffeine addicts, we may still show you how many people across the web have +1'd your local coffee shop.

Google users will soon start to see these icons popping up next to search results based on the participation of friends and family in their already existing social connections. Google claims they're going to be implementing +1 "slowly", but if you want to get in on the launch, check out Google's Experimental Search Site for more information.

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AMD want Fusion in next-gen consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Tue, Mar 29 2011 10:26 PM CDT

This is actually good, just after my editorial are consoles holding back gaming tech, we have AMD saying Fusion would be great in consoles. I see this as a double-edged sword.

AMD want Fusion in next-gen consoles | TweakTown.com

Consoles with 10 year life cycles just cannot sustain a single GPU/CPU combo. If the APU selected for a next-gen console is shipped with lets say 40-percent of its performance unlocked and future firmware/updates to the console unlock more and more power, it would allow a much better life cycle to games.

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