Archive for May, 2013

FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

It's been quite the journey for Mega founder Kim Dotcom, but it seems like things are slowly coming to a conclusion. The High Court of New Zealand has ordered the FBI to return confiscated hard drives that were taken from Dotcom's home when it was initially raided last year. They have also ordered the US government to destroy all copies that they might have archived.

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What’s inside Motorola’s digital tattoo?

What’s inside Motorola’s digital tattoo?

Motorola dropped some jaws this week, when Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan revealed the company's tinkering on digital tattoos, week-long implanted electronics that could free you from the tyranny of remembering passwords. Dugan - a former DARPA head - described the tattoo as perfect for a wearables market targeting users that don't actually bother wearing watches any more, instead turning the body into a walking authentication token. She also namechecked mc10, a company not unfamiliar to SlashGear, as the brains behind the flexible tattoo-tech, but just what's inside?

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ASRock M8 gaming PC appears with BMW design cred

ASRock M8 gaming PC appears with BMW design cred

The last time we saw BMW get into the gaming PC market was way back in 2009 with the Thermaltake Level 10 case. It was certainly a beauty, and something that we've quite never seen before. However, BMW is back again with something new, and it's a complete gaming PC for ASRock. It's called the M8, and it's different from the Level 10 in the sense that it actually looks like a traditional gaming PC this time around, but it comes with some unique features.

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Samsung tipped to bring big.LITTLE ARM power to Chromebook

Samsung tipped to bring big.LITTLE ARM power to Chromebook

With the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in consumer hands internationally, fully stocked with Exynos OctaCore processors, so too has a new Chromebook been tipped with the same technology. While the big.LITTLE ARM processor architecture suggested for this next-generation machine has been implemented on the GALAXY S 4 (the international edition, that is) for a split between obvious "big" and "little" tasks, its usage in Chrome may be a bit less obvious. This device could very well be introduced at the June event teased by Samsung as well.

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iPad 5 panel leak tips iPad mini-style slim bezels

iPad 5 panel leak tips iPad mini-style slim bezels

An image supposedly showing the front panel of the next full-sized iPad has emerged, lending weight to rumors that Apple will continue with the thinner bezels of the iPad mini. The front glass and button section shared by Apple.pro is obviously not confirmed as an official part, but would at least fit in with speculation that the fifth-gen iOS tablet's side bezels will be trimmed dramatically.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 dissed by Microsoft over high price

Samsung Galaxy S 4 dissed by Microsoft over high price

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a neat device and all, but like a lot of flagship devices, the off-contract price can be a little off-putting to those not willing to shell out the cash for it, which is why subsidized pricing is a lot more attractive to consumers. However, that isn't stopping Microsoft from taking a whack at the Galaxy S 4, saying that its off-contract price is just way too expensive.

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Microsoft defends Xbox One design

Microsoft defends Xbox One design

Just as vocal as the enthusiasm around the new Xbox One reveal were those who thought the console looks like an old VCR; now, Microsoft is fighting back with an explanation as to why, exactly, the next-gen hardware is designed the way it is. Billed as "a new approach to design", the process of crafting the Xbox One, the matching Kinect, and the wireless controller involved 200 gamepad models, over a hundred sensor-bar mock-ups, and "dozens and dozens" of console prototypes, before the so-called "liquid black" finished product was arrived at.

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Self-driving cars might demand new license tests for drivers

Self-driving cars might demand new license tests for drivers

Owners of self-driving cars may have to undergo extra testing in order to "upgrade" their license to handle the next-gen vehicles, the NHTSA has suggested. Tentative enthusiasm for self-driving cars by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration comes with the possibility of more stringent drivers license testing, with the new challenges of safely interacting with autopilot systems deemed sufficiently novel that the existing test would be insufficient.

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