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Xbox One DIY immersive lighting concept blends hue with Illumiroom

Xbox One DIY immersive lighting concept blends hue with Illumiroom

Microsoft's Illumiroom immersive lighting system didn't arrive alongside the Xbox One, but that hasn't stopped impressive DIY efforts integrating the console with Philips' remote control hue bulbs. The handiwork of one enterprising gamer, the system may not have the same gameplay-extending scope as Microsoft's concept - which uses a projector to actually expand what's on-screen to the surrounding environment - but it does promise to make gaming more engaging by dynamically adjusting the ambience of the room according to the game.

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Target hack confirmed: 40m cards potentially hit

Target hack confirmed: 40m cards potentially hit

Target has confirmed a credit and debit card hack potentially affecting up to 40m customers shopping in its US stores, with the stolen data including everything thieves could need to make fraudulent purchases. The hack, rumored earlier today, impacts any shoppers at Target's stores between November 27th and December 15th this year the retailer says, as it kicks off an investigation into the breach.

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Glass camera app adds much-requested preview framing

Glass camera app adds much-requested preview framing

A new app for Google Glass addresses one of the most common complaints for Explorers using it as a wearable camera: the fact that you don't see what you've photographed until after its happened. Glass, in its standard form, only displays the results from the camera after the photo has been taken: while video recording gets a live preview in the eyepiece, still photos only pop up once they've been taken, making for issues at times with framing. Now, thanks to a new beta app from Paul O'Brien, there's another option.

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Disposable quadcopters could democratize aerial panoramas

Disposable quadcopters could democratize aerial panoramas

High-quality aerial photos taken with sub-100g quadcopters and from cameras mustering less than a megapixel in resolution could make panoramic photography far more accessible, affordable, and flexible, one researcher has discovered. Whereas traditional approaches to aerial imagery have relied on heavy, high-resolution cameras which demand professional operation, Camille Goudeseune of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign went to the other extreme, using near-disposable quadcopters that are effectively toys and software cleverness to stitch together multiple frames from cheap video cameras around 640 x 360 in resolution.

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CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Play as Google complains

CyanogenMod Installer pulled from Play as Google complains

Popular Android tweak tool CyanogenMod Installer has been pulled from the Google Play store, after developers Cyanogen were warned by Google that if they didn't yank it, the search giant would. Released earlier this month, the CyanogenMod Installer Application effectively opens up an Android device to easier installation of the CyanogenMod package itself; as we ourselves found, it could take a regular Android phone to a modded one in just minutes. However, Google now says, it's encouraging users to void their device warranties, and has to go.

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