Archive for Mar 31, 2014

Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Tesla Model S revealed to be easily hackable

Cars and hacking, at least the digital kind, aren't two things you usually associate with each other, but the rise of smart cars might make that a source of headaches and nightmares in the near future. And the Tesla Model S, being one of the first of that generation, might also become one of the first poster boys for that inevitable problem.

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iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina land in China with LTE in tow

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina land in China with LTE in tow

Apple has just made an announcement that could help it gain more ground in China. It has just made available a new version of the iPad Air and the iPad mini, both with Retina displays, that finally supports China's LTE networks.

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Battlefield 4 tipped to bring back Squads gameplay

Battlefield 4 tipped to bring back Squads gameplay

This week it’s been tipped that one of the more popular types of gameplay originally introduced in Battlefield 3 could very well be returning to the fourth installment in the series. When Battlefield 4 was introduced, it was first suggested by the developers of the game (DICE) that Battlefield 4 was not extremely compatible with the Squads gameplay feature. Instead, they said, "we didn’t feel that the feature in Battlefield 3 was on par with the quality that [we] wanted to offer our players."

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HTC One M8 boosts to beat benchmarks HTC concedes

HTC One M8 boosts to beat benchmarks HTC concedes

HTC has conceded that it "games" benchmarking tests with the new HTC One M8, though the company argues that the maximum performance squeezed out of the 2014 flagship during profiling should be seen as an advantage, not a cheat. Tests of the One M8 on different versions of popular Android benchmarking tools suggested that HTC was specifically targeting the apps and putting the handset into an extreme mode that wasn't necessarily comparable to what regular apps might run in.

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BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW i8 will force fake engine noise and howl at pedestrians

BMW's i8 supercar may run on electricity but that doesn't mean the Germany marque has forgotten about aural performance: both inside and out. A new video showing how the i8 performs in Sport Mode - which you can see after the cut - shows that not only is the speed there, with the BMW doing 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds, but it makes a pretty distinctive noise while it does it, despite only having a very small gasoline engine.

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Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung is building Comcast Xfinity a set-top box with integrated smart home abilities, a new test filing confirms, with the prototype packing ZigBee among other wireless options. The new box, model number SX021AN, includes the mesh-networking radio - which is used in Philips' hue color-changing bulbs, among other things - along with WiFi b/g and Bluetooth.

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COD: Ghosts DLC 2 gameplay trailer brings Predator to Extinction

COD: Ghosts DLC 2 gameplay trailer brings Predator to Extinction

If you enjoyed the gameplay included in the first DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts with Michael Myers, chances are you’re going to be pumped up about the secret character from the second installment. In this release comes none other than the Predator himself. Here we’re guessing that the alien action we’ve been seeing thus far in "Extinction" gameplay has all been part of a worldwide invasion by our favorite hunter.

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Xbox and Xbox Live combined as Nadella has Phil Spencer take over

Xbox and Xbox Live combined as Nadella has Phil Spencer take over

It’s not clear whether the change in staff announced this week by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will have any grand impact on how you play the game. The big change is in how Xbox and Xbox Live will be run. Instead of being two separate ecosystems that just happen to work with one another, Nadella has let it be known that Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox Live divisions will be run as a single unit, and they’ll be run by the same fellow, too: Phil Spencer.

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LaCie Fuel 2TB doubles capacity for space-short road warriors

LaCie Fuel 2TB doubles capacity for space-short road warriors

LaCie has updated its Fuel portable drive, doubling capacity of the wireless hard-drive for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. The Fuel, announced at CES in January, now offers up to 2TB of storage that can be shared via WiFi, in addition to AirPlay support for wireless streaming to a compatible device.

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iPhone 6 reportedly leaks with curvy case

iPhone 6 reportedly leaks with curvy case

The iPhone 6 has reportedly been sighted months ahead of launch, with a purported insider at manufacturing partner Foxconn sharing shots of what's said to be a testing station for the new iOS smartphone. The leak, if legitimate, shows both a handset in a testing rig and 3D graphics of the supposed design, as well as what could be new sensors build into the body.

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Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras for all cars from mid-2018 NHTSA decides

Reversing cameras will be a standard-fit feature on cars in the US from mid-2018, with the NHTSA deciding that the potential safety benefits from an eye in the bumper warrants the demand. Cameras piping a live feed from the back of the car to the dashboard are common on luxury models and SUVs, but new rear visibility requirement will mean that all models built from May 1st, 2018, will have to sport them, no matter how small or how cheap.

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Dual-screen Nexus gaming teased by Google Maps Pokemon

Dual-screen Nexus gaming teased by Google Maps Pokemon

There’s nothing like a good April Fool’s joke to make you lose hope that something impossible could be possible. Today it’s inside Google’s new Maps Pokemon video, showing here a dual-screen Nexus device - or at least two Nexus 5 smartphones being held up one next to the other for some dual-screen Pokemon action.

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