Archive for April, 2012

SiriusXM updates Internet Radio App for Android

SiriusXM updates Internet Radio App for Android

Sirius XM Radio released a free update today for its SiriusXM Internet Radio App that will give subscribers using Android smartphones and tablets more control over how they listen to SiriusXM programming. The update adds several new key features, including the ability to replay up to 5 hours of broadcast programming and pause live radio.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 30, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 30, 2012

Another fine morning has arrived and gone with much to be excited about in the coming weeks, not least of all Alienware computers coming with Ivy Bridge! The most epic cartoon series of all time South Park has gone on-demand in the UK. Wind power turbines are in a bit of trouble over bad research - no good for those fighting to keep them alive. Microsoft has purchased a bit of Barnes & Noble and may be making some Windows changes to the NOOK - not now, but someday soon!

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Facebook to unveil new tool with “power to save lives”

Facebook to unveil new tool with “power to save lives”

It’s not often that the media get a chance to sit down with Mark Zuckerberg to talk about the future of Facebook, so when he does agree to an interview, it must be about something worth while. Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg will sit down with ABC for interviews with Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts on May 1st. Zuckerberg will be unveiling a new Facebook tool that “has the power to save lives.”

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Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Multi touch table achieves 3D effect using Kinect

Interactive tables aren’t anything new, but what about one you could potentially build by yourself on the cheap? That’s what one internet dweller has done, using a 2D projector, kinect unit, and four infrared lasers. The table appears to have a 3D holographic display, but it’s a clever piece of trickery: the Kinect tracks the user’s head in relation to the table, and the projector adjusts the image as necessary to give the illusion of a 3D space.

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Intel Next Unit of Computing packs palm-sized power

Intel Next Unit of Computing packs palm-sized power

Intel could take on Raspberry Pi and compact set-top boxes with a new, budget PC, the NUC or "Next Unit of Computing," set to launch in the second half of 2012. Dressed in a 10 x 10 cm demo box, the NUC is a full Core i3/i5 Sandy Bridge computer complete with Thunderbolt, HDMI and USB connectivity, Sweclockers reports, while inside there's a pair of laptop memory slots and a pair of mini PCIe headers.

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UK ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

UK ISPs ordered to block access to The Pirate Bay

The High Court of England and Wales has ruled that five ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay. Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media have all been ordered to prevent their customers from accessing the Magnet linking website following the ruling. The British Phonographic Industry sees it as a big win, saying that “The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale.”

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Honda tech hopes to reduce traffic congestion

Honda tech hopes to reduce traffic congestion

The self-driving car has been shown off by both Google and GM, and while Honda hasn’t quite made the full jump, the company is working on predictive technology. Honda’s new technology can analyze driving patterns, as well as surrounding traffic, in order to determine if the driver is going to add even more confusion to traffic jams.

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Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft: No NOOK Windows 8 tablets… yet

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble may have co-launched a digital NOOK business together, but the two firms say it's still too soon for talk of Windows 8 on NOOK-branded tablets. Speaking on an investor call about the deal, Microsoft's Andy Lees said neither company would be talking product roadmaps today, and pointed out that Microsoft has not done a teardown on the NOOK devices to see where they are in terms of Windows 8 requirements.

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Turbine trouble over researchers’ bad wind

Turbine trouble over researchers’ bad wind

A new study has found that long term use of wind farms can potentially lead to local weather and climate change. Satellite data that was taken over a large wind farm area in Texas over the course of a decade found that the temperature increased by 0.72C (1.37F) as more turbines were built. The temperature change could affect regional weather patterns, as well as local wildlife living in the immediate area.

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