Archive for Oct 30, 2013

NVIDIA Console Mode closes case on legacy machines

NVIDIA Console Mode closes case on legacy machines

Engineers at NVIDIA have taken the time this week to reveal a collection of new abilities for their SHIELD device, perhaps the most symbolic of these being a new "Console Mode". This mode for the device allows the user to close the top on the handheld device and run its display through a mini-HDMI port on its back. While this mode was (sort of) available before today via the same HDMI port (thanks to the idea from Nyko), starting this week the ability also outputs to full HD 1080p and is able to work optimized with a Nyko PlayPad Pro controller.

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HTC bullet-stopping smartphone response: One care package

HTC bullet-stopping smartphone response: One care package

So you say you're a store clerk who was shot with a low-caliber pistol, but you didn't die because and HTC smartphone blocked the bullet? Lucky you, HTC is all about taking care of those that miraculously have their lives saved by an EVO. This week's incident happened in Florida where a Hess gas station clerk in Winter Garden, Florida, was assailed when he and his co-worker were unable to open a safe for a gun-wielding fellow who soon after fled the scene.

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Nexus 5 details expand on shipping floor

Nexus 5 details expand on shipping floor

Today several photos have appeared from a shipping facility somewhere in the world with the Google Nexus 5 ready to hit stores sooner than later. This device is appearing with a black front, a black back, and a blue box not unlike that of the recent release of the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7. In its most basic aesthetic style, that is - there's a whole world of difference on the inside of this phone.

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Nokia Lumia volumes trend upward as IDC weighs in

Nokia Lumia volumes trend upward as IDC weighs in

Today we've seen Nokia's financial Q3 results for 2013 and - though overall numbers leave something to be desired - it would appear that their "smart" phones strategy with Lumia and Asha is working. We've had a peek at Nokia's results and cross-referenced with the IDC's most recent numbers. We had a chat with the IDC's Research Manager for Mobile Phones Ramon T. Llamas on the subject as well, and have come to the conclusion that Nokia may very well be on the right track.

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Neurocam takes photos when you think

Neurocam takes photos when you think

There's a device out there in the wild this week called Neurocam, working with an iPhone, a mirror, and a brainwave reader to take photos whenever you show interest in what you're looking at. The design of this product uses a rather simple setup that has the sensor set off an iPhone camera's shutter, sitting on a head mount that uses a mirror so the iPhone can sit flat against the user's head. Look simple enough to you?

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Google Glass speeding ticket strikes: changing the law

Google Glass speeding ticket strikes: changing the law

Today there's a buzz about a speeding ticket issued in California with an additional note about wearing Google Glass. The original post appears courtesy of Cecilia Abadie who provided a rather clear scan of the ticket she recieved. This ticket suggests that while Abadie was pulled over for speeding - 80 miles per hour in a 65 MPH zone - then was cited for Driving with a Monitor Visible (that's Google Glass). Now comes the time when we see how the law changes for devices that aren't covered in the original writing for this particular "Television" code in California law - then in laws across the USA and the world, soon after.

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Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds bundle coming Nov 22

Nintendo 3DS XL The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds bundle coming Nov 22

Nintendo has announced a new video game system bundle that will land just in time for holiday shopping. The new bundle will include the video game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds set to launch on November 22. Nintendo will offer the video game in a special bundle with a customized 3DS XL game console.

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DISH will loan iPad 2 tablets to Southwest passengers on select flights

DISH will loan iPad 2 tablets to Southwest passengers on select flights

Earlier this year we mentioned that DISH and Southwest Airlines had teamed up to bring free live television and on-demand services to all Wi-Fi equipment Southwest flights. The inaugural flight for the service saw DISH hand out free iPad tablets to passengers so they can enjoy the service. Being able to watch DISH programming during the flight is much better than having to endure whatever movie the airline happens to choose for the flight.

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Amazon Cloud Player app for Mac users launches

Amazon Cloud Player app for Mac users launches

Earlier this year Amazon launched its Cloud Player for PC users. That application has proven to be popular for computer users and Amazon has now announced that the Cloud Player is available for Mac users. Cloud Player for Mac gives Mac computer users a new way to manage their entire music library whether music is stored directly on the computer or the cloud.

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Toshiba Tecra Z40 and A50 laptops aim at business users

Toshiba Tecra Z40 and A50 laptops aim at business users

Toshiba has unveiled a pair of new notebook computers aimed at small and medium business users. Both of the new computers fit into the Tecra line and include the compact Tecra Z40 and larger Tecra A50. The Tecra Z40 notebook computer has a 14-inch screen and is built using a magnesium alloy Tough Body chassis.

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Amazon smartphone 3-D object matching service patent app surfaces

Amazon smartphone 3-D object matching service patent app surfaces

Rumors have been swirling about the smartphones that Amazon is working on. Earlier this month an Amazon smartphone was tipped to be in the works going by the codename Smith that was reportedly cooked up at least in part by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Today more information has surfaced having to do with the rumored Amazon smartphones.

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Cisco DX650 desk phone runs Android with 7-inch touchscreen

Cisco DX650 desk phone runs Android with 7-inch touchscreen

Cisco has announced a new desk phone for your office that takes a standard videoconferencing capable phone for the office and crams Android goodness inside. The phone is called the DX650 and it leverages Android for business needs such as videoconferencing. The DX650 has a built-in webcam supporting full HD resolution video calls at 30 frames per second.

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