Navigon, TomTom and others are doing their best to make the on-screen view of your GPS look as much as possible as real-life, but if you really want realism why not just look outside? That's the approach Blaupunkt are taking with their new Travel Pilot systems: a video camera on the back of the GPS captures real-time footage of the view ahead, onto which is overlaid directional information.
Check out the demo video of Blaupunkt's Travel Pilot system in action after the cut
The internet connects all kinds of people. Just as sure as you could be talking to the creepy guy who lives down the street, you could also be talking to someone who lives in a different country and speaks another language. You’ll find that in many European countries it’s highly (forcibly?) suggested that children learn the languages surrounding them while in America we would rather make up our own language then learn a different one, fo shizzle. Google’s got our backs though.
Google Talk features an auto translation to all your instant messages. You must choose the languages (English to French, French to English, etc) you want to convert and voila, you can speak French without ever learning a single phrase on your own. It has 24 language bots currently available which leads me to wonder if that means 24 bots total or 24 languages.
I think this is an awesome idea. It will make many people happy but I having this nagging feeling it’s going to be a babel fish fiasco and confusion will ensue.
It's a real-deal state of emergency right now in New York and surrounding areas - a blizzard is dropping this week - so much so that you may need a guide to get you through it. Accumulation of snow will reach 20 to 30 inches in Long Island and Connecticut, while visibility will be one quarter mile or less at times throughout the week. This isn't a snowfall to act tough about and/or scoff at. You're going to have to believe me on that one - I was born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and I live in Bismarck, North Dakota now. You have no idea how badly I want to scoff at panic over snow.
Easily one of the most iconic sets of scenes in a film about the future appears in the epic comedy Back to the Future II. In this film we travel forward to the year 2015 to the day November 5th. In the year 2011, Nike blasted everyone's faces off with the first release of the Nike MAG - that's the pair of shoes that appear in BTTF2 - without the Power Laces. Fast-forward to February of 2014 and the designer of the MAG shoes confirmed power laces for 2015. These are just one of a set of products inspired by BTTF2 and prepped for release this year, the year they're supposed to have been on the market.
Controversial Sony Pictures movie The Interview has been released today across multiple streaming services, including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, and a dedicated site, its been announced. The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, will be offered for rental or outright purchase. "It was essential for our studio to release this movie," Sony Pictures said today in a statement, "especially given the assault upon our business and our employees by those who wanted to stop free speech."
With so much media floating around their platform, Apple has once again rolled out their year-end, best-of awards list. They’ve announced their favorites from 2014, along with a few fun surprises for us. Frozen dominated, with its album being iTunes’ best seller in 2014. Theme song Let It Go was the eighth most downloaded song all year, and two Frozen-themed apps were among the most downloaded of 2014. For the rest of apple’s favorites in 2014, keep reading!
Google may have had its self-driving cars pounding the streets of Mountain View for years now, but the UK is hoping to overtake the US in real-world autonomous vehicle deployment with a quartet of cities announcing plans for the technology. Greenwich, Milton Keynes, Coventry, and Bristol will each operate a driverless car system, funded both by private companies including insurers and the UK government, with projects covering automatic valet parking and private transportation pods.
The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your band. We’ve seen that before, too, so can Microsoft crack the use-case code? Is the Microsoft Band one that will actually have you reaching for your phone less?
A four year campaign to steal data from high-power targets like CEOs and R&D specialists has taken advantage of compromised hotel WiFi, a research firm claims today, taking advantage of overly trusting guests to strip as much information as possible. The so-called "Darkhotels" exploit focused on guests at luxury hotels, Kaspersky says, with hackers predominantly in the Asia Pacific region using fake software installers to open a backdoor into travelers' laptops. That backdoor is then used to load a full complement of tools that can be used to yank as much sensitive data as possible.
Chatting with someone of a different language can be a daunting task, but technology is bridging the language barrier daily. Google has their translation service, which serves as a robust tool for travelers, but what about calls? Skype has begun testing their own translation features on Windows 8.1. Not only for voice calls, Skype will have translation available for video chats as well. The features are still in testing, and Microsoft is looking for brave (hopefully bilingual, we’re sure) folks who are willing to help it along.