Archive for Feb 28, 2014

Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Turbulence warning system proposal suggests GPS solution

Air travel is a very safe way to travel long distances in a short time, but it is often subjected to turbulence, something that can range from a minor annoyance to a terrifying experience, particularly if it causes the plane to buck and jerk. Detecting it is a science still in the works, and amongst the possibilities is one proposal suggesting the use of common GPS.

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Xbox One March update to bring 50Hz compatibility

Xbox One March update to bring 50Hz compatibility

Shortly after the Xbox One launched, UK gamers reported issues with video quality, namely in the form of "juddering" when streaming television -- the unfortunate result of television frame-rate differences. Microsoft's console doesn't play well with the 50Hz refresh rate (it uses 60Hz), and as a result gamers have had to perform some digital acrobats to fix the problem. With an update arriving next month, the problem will be fixed.

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Mt. Gox hit with class-action lawsuit

Mt. Gox hit with class-action lawsuit

Following the hoopla surrounding bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, one former user of the service has filed a class-action lawsuit against the service on behalf of users who were affected by the closure. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by Gregory Greene, who is claiming both fraud and negligence on the part of Mt. Gox.

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Seattle votes to cap ride-sharing services

Seattle votes to cap ride-sharing services

Today Seattle's City Council voted to put a cap on ride-sharing services -- specifically, on the number of drivers services like Sidecar, UberX, and Lyft can have in operation at any given moment. This vote was a preliminary one, 5 to 4 in favor of the cap, and will be confirmed by the final vote set to take place next month.

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Google Ara: How the next Nexus project works

Google Ara: How the next Nexus project works

It’s time to get down to basics with the plug-and-play customizable smartphone platform known as Project Ara - or Google Ara. Paul Eremenko took the stage at Launch this week to show off a non-working prototype of the device we’ve seen several times in the recent past. This is Google’s vision, not just for the future of smartphones, but for the future of the individual parts of smartphones.

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Raspberry Pi scores in Broadcom bid for openness

Raspberry Pi scores in Broadcom bid for openness

Raspberry Pi has claimed itself an early birthday present today (technically it was launched on the 29th, but there's no such day this year), praising a newly announced move by Broadcom after hearing the long-lamented plight of developers: it has released the full source for its VideoCore IV graphics, opening it up to bug fixes and more. In light of this, Raspberry Pi is offering hefty monetary bounty in a competition.

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Sony planning to sell former Tokyo headquarters

Sony planning to sell former Tokyo headquarters

Following Sony's announcement that it will be closing down most of its retail stores, word has surfaced by way of The Wall Street Journal that the company plans to sell off its former Tokyo headquarters, a bid that falls in line with its other recent business moves -- to aid its currently struggling finances.

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Nokia X hacked: rooted, stock Android, Google Apps a go

Nokia X hacked: rooted, stock Android, Google Apps a go

Not a week after Nokia X has been revealed as the company’s first Android smartphone, it’s been hacked. Intrepid developer KashaMalaga has made with the quick process of bypassing the device’s locked bootloader and rooting it to bring on stock Android. With the one-click APK known as FramaRoot, the Nokia X becomes the umpteen-thousandth Android device to have its chains broken, running now as simple an Android iteration as you like.

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Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

2014 may be "the year of wearables" but sharks probably won't be Google or Fitbit's next target audience, despite groundbreaking new research by the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Tokyo to see exactly what the fearsome predators get up to. While sharks may be well known for inspiring terror in movies like Jaws, scientists actually know relatively little about their underwater lives. Now, thanks to what's described as "flight data recorders for sharks" the researchers have been able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge.

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Nokia Lumia 630 leak reveals Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia Lumia 630 leak reveals Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone offerings come in a variety of flavors, each similar to the other but unique in their own ways. Among them all is what appears to be an upcoming budget handset option, the Nokia Lumia 630, which has had a few specifications leak on the Chinese website Baidu.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 software UI hands-on: get flat

Samsung Galaxy S5 software UI hands-on: get flat

This week the Samsung Galaxy S5 was introduced to the world at Mobile World Congress 2014. There we were allowed to get up close and personal with the machine at a variety of angles: one of them was centered on the camera, while another (the one you’re looking at now), took a very basic stab at experiencing the new user interface. Here we start with the settings, this bit showing us what Samsung meant when they first teased the event beck on February 11th.

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Lenovo taps Ashton Kutcher for smartphone lineup

Lenovo taps Ashton Kutcher for smartphone lineup

Ashton Kutcher, who recently starred in the movie JOBS, has been tapped by Lenovo to aid in the design of a smartphone lineup. The information comes from Lenovo's Chief Marketing Officer David Roman, with these special edition handsets slated to launch sometime later on this year.

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