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Computex Taipei: On the cusp of the wearables revolution?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 22:04
A lot has been written about the potential explosion in the wearable computing segment, with 2014 expected to be a watershed year. Electronista was on hand at the Computex Taipei 2014 Qualcomm keynote on wearables to highlight what it thinks is going to be the a massive opportunity for the company and its technology platforms. With technology moving quickly, no one wants to arrive late to the party and miss out on what could be the next booming market segment. Yet at the same time, there are plenty of sceptics who question just how much potential there is in the segment given that computing we...






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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt release date, pre-order details revealed

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:02
Word has come in from CD Projekt Red, giving The Witcher 3 a solid date for its 2015 release. The game, fully titled The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be available February 24, 2015 in seven different languages with full voiceover, with an additional nine languages available in subtitles. The game is set to release for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 in physical and digital formats on GOG.com....






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Shelby TV team snatched up by Samsung, service to shutter July 1

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:01
Shelby TV announced today that it has been acquired by Samsung. The company has revealed that even though it would remain a separate entity, it will be closing the doors on its service later in the year. Word of the acquisition confirms speculation on the acqui-hire of the team, which was first reported late last month....






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Xbox One controllers on PC with new drivers, Kinect v2 pre-order

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:23
Microsoft has announced today that they will be issuing a new set of drivers that allows people to use Xbox One controllers with their PCs. While not yet part of an official update in Windows, gamers are able to get their hands on the drivers now. The company also announced today that pre-orders are up for the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, which will ship to developers in July....






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Verizon slaps Netflix with cease and desist over buffering message

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 17:14
After Verizon's statement regarding congestion accusations levied by Netflix, the provider has apparently taken a more serious approach to the issue. A report from Reuters indicates that Verizon has sent Netflix a cease-and-desist letter, asking that the company put an end the messages posted on users' screens. As part of the notice, Verizon has also asked for a list of customers on Verizon's network the notices were sent to....






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Ubisoft proclaims Watch Dogs as the best selling new IP at launch ever

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 16:07
Earlier this week, Ubisoft made an announcement regarding sales on its newest game property, Watch Dogs. The game, which saw a rocky start on some platforms, is said to have sold over four million copies during its first week. The number of copies sold has lead Ubisoft to claim that it is the "best-selling new IP at launch across the entire video game industry."...






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Apple iWatch component production said to be starting later in June

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:54
Production of some iWatch components will start later this month, says Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White. The claim originates from a meeting with a technology supply chain firm. White adds that there are "plans for a sharp acceleration" of manufacturing going into the fall....






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Review: Pure Evoke F4 Internet radio

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:30
Home stereo units come in all sorts of sizes: from large combo units that tie into home theater systems to small head units that focus on doing the minimum, there are a lot of options to choose from. Accessory developer Pure has taken the simple, only-what-you-need approach in its latest offering to bring a number of audio options to consumers . The Pure Evoke F4 brings FM and Internet radio to the party, but it also has the added bonus of working with SiriusXM for subscribers. Will simple design and Internet based audio options be enough to pull in consumers looking for a new unit, or will th...
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Apple, Facebook, other corporations publish Reset the Net letter

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 15:09
Several US technology executives -- including Apple's Tim Cook, Google's Larry Page, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, and Yahoo's Marissa Mayer -- have published an open letter as a part of the Reset the Net anti-surveillance campaign. The letter complains that the USA Freedom Act -- which recently passed through the House of Representatives -- still permits bulk collection of Internet metadata, despite promises by the White House and Congress to halt the practice. The executives are also asking for the flexibility to publish more detail about the quantity and types of...






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Softbank robot Pepper capable of gesture recognition, emotion reading

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:01
Softbank, is planning to put a humanoid robot on sale from next year. Jointly developed with NAO creators Aldebaran Robotics, Pepper is said to be able to interact with others, with its various sensors and voice recognition allowing it to recognize gestures and speech, while analyzing vocal tone and reading expressions also allows it to recognize emotions....






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Google shows, announces developer's kit for Project Tango tablet

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 13:20
Google has shared more information about its Project Tango 3D-sensing tablet, and teased a pre-sale program for interested developers. The Nvidia Tegra K1-powered tablet, designed to "understand space and motion the way humans do" is a seven-inch device with 4GB of RAM, and and 128GB of storage, at least in the prototype stages....






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Barnes & Noble, Samsung partner on co-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablets

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:03
Barnes & Noble is partnering with Samsung to create a range of co-branded tablets. The product line, named the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, combines Samsung's existing hardware range with customized Nook software, with the first seven-inch device set to go on sale in the United States in early August through Barnes & Noble bookstores....






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LaCie Rugged drive gets built-in Thunderbolt cable

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:44
Storage maker LaCie has announced an update to its Rugged external hard drive, adding an integrated Thunderbolt cable. While on the surface the feature is just more convenient, it also improves protection against dust, water, and other contaminants, since the drive's cap can be left on unless a person needs a USB 3.0 connection. When not in use, the Thunderbolt cable wraps around a groove and tucks into the space sealed by the cap....






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Tado, Big Ass Fans announce iOS-compatible home cooling tech

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:10
Two more companies, Tado and Big Ass Fans, have announced iOS-compatible products related to home air conditioning. The Tado Cooling is a smart thermostat for AC units that recently completed its Kickstarter funding. The company is now aiming to raise an extra $50,000, however, in order to support HomeKit, Apple's home automation platform built into iOS 8....






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BBC will test 4K-resolution broadcasts during World Cup

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:24
The BBC will be trialling broadcasts of Ultra HD content during the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The broadcaster revealed its research and development labs will be performing the tests on 4K video shot during the tournament by Sony, in order to "better understand the latest UHD distribution technologies and standards in a live outside broadcast."...






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