Archive for Nov 27, 2013

Xbox Video for web launches – No HD for it or Windows Phone app

Xbox Video for web launches – No HD for it or Windows Phone app

Microsoft has launched Xbox Video online, expanding the streaming media service from Windows 8.1 PCs and Xbox One to the web, ahead of its expected arrival on Windows Phone. The new site supports consumption of both previously purchased content - once you've logged into your account - and buying new media through the webstore, which can then be played back on a PC, Windows tablet, or Xbox. However, there are a few drawbacks to the new web version, which Microsoft has confirmed will also impact the smartphone release.

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Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 KitKat software update dates leak

Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 KitKat software update dates leak

This week there's word on the expected range of dates for the Android 4.4 KitKat software update for the current and second-most recent set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Notes. This tip suggests that models GT-I9500, SM-N900, GT-I9300, and SM-N7100 will all be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat inside of 2014, with the newest set of devices seeing this update inside of January.

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Automatica Mk2 keeps your car synced with your online music collection

Automatica Mk2 keeps your car synced with your online music collection

This week the second iteration of the device called Automatica has appeared, this time sporting the ability to connect to the web. While the original Automatica device was as simple as a USB device could be without simply being a dongle, this music-toting machine also connects to the web, allowing you to sync with your online music collection whenever you happen to be parked.

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Staples Connect launches to tame the smart home

Staples Connect launches to tame the smart home

Staples has launched its smart home platform, Staples Connect, bundling third-party sensors, lights, wireless sockets and locks, and more, with a universal control hub that links them together. The $99 Staples Connect hub - which works with Honeywell, Philips hue, Lutron, Yale, GE, First Alert, and other brands of home automation kit - will be sold alone as well as in themed kits, such as for those wanting to take remote control over lighting or security monitoring, with a single iOS and Android app to manage them.

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Mionix Avior 7000 ambidextrous gaming mouse arrives highly ergonomically

Mionix Avior 7000 ambidextrous gaming mouse arrives highly ergonomically

Arriving in the most ambidextrous form possible, the Mionix Avior 7000 has shown itself in the market for the first time this week as a lefty or righty best-in-class gaming mouse for the whole world. This is the newest in a collection of gaming accessories made by the company to conform to the smoothest and quickest in gaming-level response.

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Twitch bans Playroom from PS4 streams

Twitch bans Playroom from PS4 streams

The first and thus-far only game to be banned from Twitch from the next-generation console universe has appeared this week: The Playroom. After seeing one whole heck of a lot of non-gaming action appear though the stream with the game's augmented reality PlayStation 4 Camera setup, the folks at Twitch first gave a fair warning to the world on their pre-made rules on the subject. After much consideration though, they've decided to ban the game outright.

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Comet ISON’s fate will be clear Thursday

Comet ISON’s fate will be clear Thursday

We've talked plenty about the comet ISON around here as it makes its trip towards the sun. The comet has the potential to put on one of the best light shows in recent history, assuming it survives its brush with the sun. The sun has already been doing a number on ISON, shrinking it smaller size as it gets closer to its Thanksgiving Day brush with the sun.

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Microsoft teases Xbox One Japanese game dev partnerships

Microsoft teases Xbox One Japanese game dev partnerships

There were a lot of gamers in Japan that weren't happy with Microsoft when the company decided it wouldn't launch the Xbox One in Japan this year. The launch of the new next gen game console won't come to Japan until early 2014. Japan hasn’t historically been the best market for the Xbox, but Microsoft is hoping to change that with the Xbox One.

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Baby dinosaur skeleton is so intact scientists can tell how it died

Baby dinosaur skeleton is so intact scientists can tell how it died

There are lots of dinosaur fossils discovered around the world and often they are only small remnants like a single bone or a tooth. A group of paleontologist working in Alberta, Canada discovered an incredibly complete fossil of a baby dinosaur that is described as being similar to a tiny rino.

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Blu Life Pro smartphone rocks MediaTek 1.5GHz quad core processor

Blu Life Pro smartphone rocks MediaTek 1.5GHz quad core processor

Blu Products has announced a new smartphone for fans of the Android operating system called the Blu Life Pro. The smartphone is thin with a profile of only 6.9mm. The device also features a quad-core processor and a large capacity battery for longer run time.

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Nokia Lumia 525 has Snapdragon S4 and 4-inch screen

Nokia Lumia 525 has Snapdragon S4 and 4-inch screen

Nokia has unveiled its latest smartphone in the form of the Lumia 525. The Lumia 525 is a follow up to the Lumia 520 smartphone that we reviewed back in April when it launched. The 525 has the same removable and replaceable back covers available in red, white, and yellow.

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Moon Express completes successful free flight test with NASA Mighty Eagle lander

Moon Express completes successful free flight test with NASA Mighty Eagle lander

Moon Express is a company that is working with NASA on private space flights to the moon. Moon Express has a Reimbursable Space Act Agreement signed with NASA and part of that agreement means that NASA provides Moon Express with its robotic Mighty Eagle lander for testing purposes. Moon Express has announced the completion of a successful closed loop free flight test with that robotic lander.

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