Archive for May 31, 2013

Google says no to facial recognition Glassware until privacy issues are addressed

Google says no to facial recognition Glassware until privacy issues are addressed

Google Glass presents a lot of exciting possibilities, but a fairly equal amount of concerns, one in particular being facial recognition and potential privacy issues that could result. On May 17, Congress sent a formal letter to Google addressing several privacy concerns, one of which was facial recognition. It has been a couple weeks, and now Google has stated it won't approve facial recognition apps until privacy issues have been addressed.

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Street View being used by authorities to pinpoint tax evasion

Street View being used by authorities to pinpoint tax evasion

Google has been accused by many of violating privacy with Street View, and those accusations may increase as the service is used by taxing authorities to find individuals guilty of tax evasion. Such is the case in Lithuania, where more than 100 cases have already been discovered, and where authorities are actively pouring over Maps in search of more violators.

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Asteroid 1998 QE2 passes Earth with moon in tow

Asteroid 1998 QE2 passes Earth with moon in tow

NASA has published a series of images taken of the asteroid 1998 QE2, which were snapped yesterday via the Deep Space Network Antenna in California. Although the asteroid was located 3.75 million miles away, its relative distance was quite close, and it brought with it a moon, which is smaller in diameter and visible in the images as the white spot. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory took the opportunity to observe the asteroid, led by Marina Brozovic.

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Rdio improves music discovery with first round of new features

Rdio improves music discovery with first round of new features

Back in November, Rdio rolled out updated iOS and Android apps featuring a refreshed user interface that is cleaner than the previous offering. A couple months later, the music streaming service unveiled free streaming in several countries. Now the company has announced the first of what is suggested to be multiple updates, adding features and improvements users have been asking for.

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PSA: Acer’s Android all-in-one won’t roll with Haswell

PSA: Acer’s Android all-in-one won’t roll with Haswell

Earlier this year a device code-named DA220HQL was introduced to the world - silently - this being the same device appearing along technology newslines being reported as brand new, and coming soon with Haswell inside. What's actually happened here is a bit of a mistaken identity - the device in question is, indeed, already on the market - and it comes with a dual-core Texas Instruments processor inside.

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3D printing gets squishy with new materials from Materialise and Shapeways

3D printing gets squishy with new materials from Materialise and Shapeways

Two different groups have announced their own unique kind of 3D printing material today, one of them from Materialise, the other from Shapeways. While the Materialise material is a bit more of a bendable material the company suggests could be made into such objects as purses and flexible piggy banks, Shapeways material is much more of a "squishy" sort of situation. While the difference between the two may seen slight to those who've not had the chance to experience either, we can't stop our brains from pouring out the possibilities - squishy, squishy possibilities.

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Mac Pro refresh possible as inventory dwindles before WWDC

Mac Pro refresh possible as inventory dwindles before WWDC

Apple might be neglecting its Mac Pro line, but that could change come next month when WWDC rolls into town. It turns out that retail supply of Mac Pro units is dwindling, and many places are either out of stock or have very limited units in. As history would suggest, this usually means that an updated model is incoming, and WWDC could be the place that we'll see it first.

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PSA: Dead On Arrival 2 Android zombie horror beta begins at dawn

PSA: Dead On Arrival 2 Android zombie horror beta begins at dawn

If you're all about the burning up of your zombie enemies and have a hankering to do so on your Android device, your time has arrived. The game Dead on Arrival 2 has announced that their next beta testing round will be beginning tomorrow - all users need to do is agree that they'll never tell what they saw: this game wont be out for a while. It has, on the other hand, been demonstrated more than once on NVIDIA SHIELD.

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Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” movie gets monster Kaiju teaser gallery

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” movie gets monster Kaiju teaser gallery

This week the folks responsible for promoting the upcoming film Pacific Rim have done a bit of spilling from behind the scenes as well as right up in front of the cameras. What you're about to see is this film's essence, with several characters wearing futuristic space suits doing battle with monster beasts from the sea. This upcoming film event is being directed by Guillermo del Toro and will appearing in both 2D and 3D as soon as July 12th.

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US Cellular Home Phone plan suggests mobile isn’t everything

US Cellular Home Phone plan suggests mobile isn’t everything

US Cellular is looking to compete with the other major carriers on a home phone solution that uses mobile phone towers. We've heard about US Cellular's own offering earlier this month, but now the carrier has announced that Home Phone is coming June 7 in stores and June 20 for those that want to order online.

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Hulu Plus living room experience update hits Samsung and Roku first, Wii second

Hulu Plus living room experience update hits Samsung and Roku first, Wii second

The Hulu Plus living room experience has had a user interface update today, bringing Hulu's Seattle-born vision for non-desktop streaming video to various devices. This update has brought on a new vision for the streaming video platform, now working with in-app Hulu Plus signup, Hulu Kids - an extension of the Hulu Kids child-friendly selection of programs available to web-based users, and simplified controls all-around.

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Tumblr creative director quits after Yahoo acquisition

Tumblr creative director quits after Yahoo acquisition

Could it be that the recent Yahoo acquisition of Tumblr rubbed some people the wrong way? Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said that they wouldn't screw it up, but sometimes you can't make everyone happy. It turns out that Tumblr's creative director and one of the company's first employees, Jacob Bijani, is stepping down from his post.

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