Archive for May, 2013

Roku looks outside the box as funds are pushed towards TV integration

Roku looks outside the box as funds are pushed towards TV integration

Roku is a high-selling little set top box that brings a variety of content platforms, such as Netflix and Vudu, to its users' televisions, giving them smart TV-like functionality sans actually being a smart TV. On April 10, Roku announced that it had sold 5 million players, and now the company's CEO has spoken with The Hollywood Reporter, sharing his vision of the company's future.

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Mars astronauts have higher chance of cancer

Mars astronauts have higher chance of cancer

As humankind ramps up efforts to send its first fleet of astronauts to Mars, research into the various effects of such a trip are being studied extensively, including the psychological state of those who travel and live on the Red Planet. It has been known that radiation levels on Mars are high, and as such radiation shields will be used to protect against its negative effects. Current research, however, shows that the risk of developing cancer is higher than currently acceptable for NASA astronauts.

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PlayStation 4 game Killzone: Shadow Fall play-while-downloading details revealed

PlayStation 4 game Killzone: Shadow Fall play-while-downloading details revealed

It's no secret that PlayStation 4 games will be playable while they are still downloading, a bit of information Sony had let out not too long ago. Not much was given about the feature in terms of how it would work, and how much content users would have to pull down before they could begin playing. Now details have been revealed about the feature as it applies to the game Killzone: Shadow Fall, giving us a glimpse at how it works.

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Tesla to roll out SuperCharging stations that are 50% faster this summer

Tesla to roll out SuperCharging stations that are 50% faster this summer

At the D11 event yesterday, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk let an announcement out of the bag a tad earlier than planned: Tesla will be tripling its SuperCharger network of charging stations this year. As promised, Tesla made the official announcement today, adding a few more details into the mix that we didn't learn last night, one being that Tesla will roll out a beta version of a new technology that speeds up charging time by 50-percent.

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Razer unveils latest Blade and Blade Pro gaming laptops

Razer unveils latest Blade and Blade Pro gaming laptops

Razer has announced the latest soon-to-be-available Razer Blade and Razer Blade Pro laptops, both of them aimed at gamers and offering their own variety of high-end mobile PC hardware. The Blade is the smaller of the two, offering a 14-inch display, while the Blade Pro is larger with a 17-inch screen. We've got a large gallery of both machines available after the jump.

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NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

We've written about the Mars One project extensively, a plan to select, train, and send astronauts to Mars, where they will live out the rest of their lives. Other future projects won't necessarily involve a permanent life on Mars, but all will require a substantial number of years, and as such will require a very stable psychological state to handle. For its part, NASA is looking into monitoring the psychological state of its astronauts with a sensor-based "badge."

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will have IR-Blaster support: here’s why

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will have IR-Blaster support: here’s why

Because both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the HTC One work with infrared-blasting hardware and they've both been grabbed by Google in the past few weeks, the next version of Android will likely have IR-Blaster-supporting drivers built-in. It's been confirmed today that both the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in their "Google Editions" will not have IR-Blaster support because this connection to their hardware is not part of the basic build of Android - it's made by HTC uniquely, and Samsung uniquely. As this is true, and as Android's next big update is well on it's way, one thing follows the other.

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Fan TV aims for set-top future with all-touch interface

Fan TV aims for set-top future with all-touch interface

The company that's bringing Fan TV to the market is not a new one. It's not necessarily an old one, either: still considered a "startup" as they released their "Fanhattan" app back in 2011, they've since moved this streaming video environment to the web and now - surprise - to the television as well. While the machine itself does not yet have a price point or a release date as such, co-founder of Fanhattan Gilles BianRosa spoke up this afternoon: they mean to take over.

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Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance CEO confirms Siri involvement

Nuance has long been suspected of being the driving force behind Apple's Siri virtual assistant technology in iOS devices. However, neither Apple or Nuance have ever actually confirmed whether or not this is true, until now. Nuance CEO Paul Ricci said today during the D11 conference that the company is "a fundamental provider for Apple."

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