Archive for March, 2012

Face.com API detects age from photos

Face.com API detects age from photos

Face.com is claiming that its new API can detect the age of a person in a scanned photo. Using that API, the website has built a pair of Facebook apps that are able scan photos taken automatically. The API is also available to other developers who want to integrate facial recognition into their apps. The app offers minimum age, maximum range, and the estimated age.

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Don’t bring flaming BMWs indoors warns government

Don’t bring flaming BMWs indoors warns government

Safety regulators in the US have warned owners of certain BMW 5- and 6-series cars that they should park outdoors after a fire risk in over 367,000 vehicles was identified, though BMW insists only one incident has actually been recorded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirmed that a battery cable in certain 2004-2010 BMWs may have been incorrectly attached, with the possibility of overheating and even fire, even when the car is not in use. The issue affects 1.3m cars worldwide.

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Sceptre offers next gen eco friendly 40-inch LCD TV

Sceptre offers next gen eco friendly 40-inch LCD TV

If you're in the market for a new TV that is cheap and green, Sceptre has a new product that fits the bill. The TV is called the X409BV-FHD and falls into the 40-inch category, but has a 38.5-inch viewable image. The set is compliant with the stringent Energy Star 5.3 guidelines so it costs only about $14 a year to run. The TV also has other important features to go along with the energy efficiency.

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Clarion Mirage puts Android in your dashboard

Clarion Mirage puts Android in your dashboard

Clarion has taken the wraps off a new, Android-powered in-car head unit, the Clarion Mirage, a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Android 2.2 Froyo with a custom UI from Intel owned Wind River. The double-DIN player lacks support for physical media like CDs or DVDs, Paul Tan reports, but does have USB ports and an SD card slot along with Bluetooth for streaming.

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RIM accuses Apple of nano-SIM vote rigging

RIM accuses Apple of nano-SIM vote rigging

RIM may be in turmoil but that hasn't stopped the company vocally wading into the nano-SIM argument with Apple, joining Nokia in voicing protests over the Cupertino company's voting tactics for the next-gen card. In a letter sent from RIM to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) this week, the company accuses three Apple employees of re-registering their affiliation, in what RIM suggests is a tactic to further weight the vote toward Apple's nano-SIM design.

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Battlefield 3 game update cripples PS3 users

Battlefield 3 game update cripples PS3 users

A recently released update to the PS3 version of Battlefield 3 was supposed to offer a more enjoyable gaming experience. Instead, what some players are experiencing is random system crashes and glitches that are forcing them to perform hard resets of their console. Developer DICE has faced previous problems with the PS3, as a previously released expansion pack also caused some users to experience game-crippling bugs.

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Hulu Plus Android tablet support confirmed, scattered

Hulu Plus Android tablet support confirmed, scattered

Hulu Plus is finally making its way to the world of Android tablets, but only a few are in the list of supported devices so far. Anyone who watched as the online streaming service was slowly and randomly rolled out to Android phones should know that it might take some time before massive tablet support is enacted, and the next device on the list is anyone's guess. For now, though, some tablet owners have reason to celebrate.

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SuperData study suggests mobile games will rake in $7.5 billion by 2015

SuperData study suggests mobile games will rake in $7.5 billion by 2015

That 99-cent Angry Birds download may not seem like much at first. But then you get hooked, you're buying all the extra levels and themed seasonal editions, and then you start expanding your horizons. It's no longer just a 99-cent game download; it's a wall-busting obsession, and before you know if the mobile gaming industry is weighing in at $7.5 billion! Whew, that was quite a ride.

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PayPal’s mobile VP promoted to president

PayPal’s mobile VP promoted to president

If you needed another indication that mobile payments are PayPal's future, David Marcus is all the proof you need. Marcus was the top dog in the company's mobile division, and under his leadership a whole bevy of new mobile initiatives have launched. Now, he'll oversee the entire Ebay-owned online payment platform. Ebay announced the structural change today, and it means PayPal will continue to steam ahead in this still-nascent market.

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THQ announces layoffs, reduces Warhammer ambitions

THQ announces layoffs, reduces Warhammer ambitions

Video game publisher THQ announced today that is has decided to hand pink slips to 118 of its employees across two studios. In the same breath, the company said its upcoming new entry in the Warhammer 40K series, one of its most profitable, will not be a massively multiplayer online game as it originally promised. Instead, it will focus more heavily on a single-player aspect.

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