Archive for Apr 29, 2013

Microsoft IllumiRoom fleshed out: Gaming and movie AR for your living room

Microsoft IllumiRoom fleshed out: Gaming and movie AR for your living room

Microsoft's IllumiRoom immersive projected gaming system, first shown off at CES, has broken cover again for a more comprehensive demo, complete with more details of how the "TV expanding" augmented reality works. Still described as a proof-of-concept, though thoroughly whetting appetites for what the next-gen Xbox might one day evolve into, IllumiRoom will be presented at CHI 2013 [pdf link] this week, complete with learning the topography and design of your living room and then digitally manipulating it.

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Toyota 2014 4Runner refresh tries to ramp up ruggedness

Toyota 2014 4Runner refresh tries to ramp up ruggedness

Toyota is talking up some of the details on its refreshed 2014 4Runner SUV. Toyota says that the new SUV has a "rugged exterior design" helping it to look as if it's meant to go off-road. The 4Runner is one of the more off-road capable of the SUVs on the market today. The 2014 will mark the fifth-generation of Toyota's classic SUV and brings a new exterior design along with interior refinement according to the automaker.

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Game dev releases sabotaged torrent to teach pirates with irony

Game dev releases sabotaged torrent to teach pirates with irony

Game piracy isn't just something that affects big studios, and it can have a huge impact on smaller teams; that's why the coders behind Game Dev Tycoon decided to release their own cracked version, albeit with a moral lesson hardcoded for pirates. Fully expecting a cracked copy of the game to surface shortly after the $7.99 Game Dev Tycoon was released, Greenheart Games pipped the pirates to the post and added a torrent of their own. However, what downloaders didn't realize was that the cracked version had a bug the authentic one didn't: players would inevitably run into the effects of game theft.

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Another working Apple I computer heads to auction

Another working Apple I computer heads to auction

There are a lot of people around the world who like to collect historical pieces of technology created in decades and centuries past. Some of this old technology is purchased at auctions such as the one operated by a company called Breker in Germany. This is the auction house that sold a 1976 Apple I computer last year for $640,000. There are only six surviving Apple I computers known to be in working order.

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Galaxy Tab 3 revamps Samsung’s 7-inch Android tablet range

Galaxy Tab 3 revamps Samsung’s 7-inch Android tablet range

Samsung has revealed its latest Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, slimming down from its 7-inch predecessor and offering WiFi-only and WiFi + 3G variants. The new slate, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 1.2GHz dualcore processor, trims the bezels of its 1024 x 600 LCD TFT display so as to come in at a trimmer 111.1 x 188 x 9.9mm, while still accommodating a 4,000 mAh battery.

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Google shuttering Meebo Bar to focus on Google+

Google shuttering Meebo Bar to focus on Google+

Google has announced it will retire the Meebo Bar, the last remaining part of its 2012 social network acquisition, on June 6, instead focusing its efforts on fleshing out Google+. Meebo, which Google bought in June last year, offered a combination of chat, social sharing, and integration with Google+ and other networks from the Meebo Bar; Google promptly axed all but the last component just over a month after buying the company.

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HTC One variant appears in code: Verizon may be brewing

HTC One variant appears in code: Verizon may be brewing

As the HTC One was released in review unit form earlier this year, it became apparent that a cross-carrier release in the USA wasn't as cut and dry as it first appeared. The largest carrier in the United States, Verizon Wireless, was tipped to be considering releasing the HTC One on their 4G LTE network not only breaking from their original passing on such a release, but with an unheard-of lack of additional branding. While the HTC-made DROID DNA still sits as Verizon's hero device by that manufacturer, a deeply embedded code leak discovered this month may be an indicator of Verizon's push to bring the HTC One to its ranks soon.

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Internet cookies get five year death sentence

Internet cookies get five year death sentence

Internet tracking cookies may soon see their demise, at least according to Paul Cimino, the Vice President and General Manager at Brilig Digital Data Solutions, a company that looks through 1st and 3rd party data to leverage for marketing campaigns. He says that the internet cookie has "5 years at most" to live before its killed off. He continues to say that the internet cookie is flawed, invasive, and has privacy issues. There are many that agree with Cimino's statement.

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Xbox 720 detail leaks suggest “Xbox Infinity” as new name

Xbox 720 detail leaks suggest “Xbox Infinity” as new name

A new image discovered by users from both Twitter and Reddit suggest that the Xbox 720 may be released as the "Xbox Infinity". The image shows off the Xbox Infinity logo and it's followed by the tagline, "Infinite entertainment. Infinite possibilities." which compliments Microsoft's efforts to make the Xbox more than just a gaming console. However, of course the leaked image has been received with much criticism, especially from Forbes, whose Microsoft source sent them a differently-styled Xbox logo.

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