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Thin Around the Edges

In this race to see who can get the thinnest border and the largest screen on a smartphone, there are many competitors. One such company has some very sick stuff coming out in the new year, and that is LG! The phone they have coming up has a .027 inch bezel and a 5.3 inch 1080p screen! For the moment they have the thinnest edge but this is the world of electronics after all and I'm sure that will change shortly.

The face of next year's LG flagship smartphone could incorporate a bezel so slim it's barely there at all. The hardware-maker is showing off its latest creation, a 1080p HD 5.3-inch display with a .7mm (0.027-inch) border. Yes, the same thickness of a stick of lead from a mechanical pencil.

Source: CNET

Flighty Apps

For almost every conceivable task there is an app than tries to make it easier. Some apps, such as Songza, help you to find the name and artist of a song simply by letting the app listen to it, but don't you wish there was an app like this for birds? It just so happens there is. It is called Warblr and can identify what bird is caterwauling by it's call.

Warblr is an audio recognition app for birdsong. We're using tech to connect people with nature and gather data to aid conservation.

Source: Kickstarter

Action Comes Full Circle

Have you ever whimsically imaged having an action cam that could catch every angle of your awesome stunts? Now there is the perfect product for you! Well maybe. It is the PIXPRO SP360 from Kodak and can capture 1080p HD video from all 360 degrees around!

“See and experience your world in a whole new light. Introducing the KODAK PIXPRO SP360 Action Cam designed not only to capture what you love to do, but much more of it! Immerse yourself and record 360º of HD video without the need for multiple cameras. KODAK PIXPRO Digital Cameras - Tell your story.”

Source: Kodak

Weigh in on Crashing

We all know that North America is getting heavier and heavier, partly due to the fact of a lot of fast food consumption, and this leads us to crashes. How can we have proper crash tests when the dummies are all so slight? Well, in the States they have thought of this and now have larger crash test dummies. Instead of fixing the problem, let modify the test to include unhealthy subjects.

"The newest dummies can have over 130 channels of information," says Chris O' Connor, CEO of Humanetics, the world's leading producer of dummies. "So the amount of data is up four or five times what it could years ago." Humanetics work with insurance and academic institutions to analyze the ever-increasing data. This allows them to establish and prioritize the most common injuries, but also the most common victims.
 
Source: CNN

Grand Online Theft

There is talk, as is common for us humans, that online games are where the money is and this may be true. It seems that Take Two Interactive Software may be learning from the massive success of World of Warcraft by releasing Grand Theft Auto Online. Online games are king for the moment, but is this just a fad or a norm?

GTA Online's success gives Take-Two a product similar to Activision's World of Warcraft, itself one of the most successful online video games ever made. That game, which is set in a medieval fantasy world, attracted as many as 12 million gamers at its peak in 2010.

Source: CNET

Spilling the Apple-Cart

Apparently Microsoft’s lack of secret keeping skills cannot be blamed on them, but on Apple. The tech giant seems to have a product that they are going to release that is related to the ‘Microsoft Band Sync’ App in Apple’s store. It seems that tight lips is yet another trait that Apple themselves do not have. On the plus side; this is something neat to look forward to!

An app called 'Microsoft Band Sync' was just spotted in the Apple Mac App Store and looks to be the companion app for Microsoft's rumored wearable. We're expecting Microsoft to announce some kind of wearable within the coming weeks.

Source: WindowsCentral

Promises Fulfilled at 60FPS

Ever thought that watching a YouTube movie at 60 fps would be simply splendid? Apparently YouTube agrees and like they announced earlier this year; you can view some videos in this frame rate, but be aware that some conditions apply. Regardless, this will be awesome for viewers and uploaders alike!

Earlier this year, YouTube announced plans to support videos running at 60 frames-per-second—plans that would make a huge difference for footage of video games. Today, the video network has finally started rolling out the new service, and you can already tell that this is going to be wonderful.

Source: Kotaku

Anti-Glass Laws

There is a sad event that I must inform you of; if you live in the States you are no longer allowed to where your Google Glass into a movie theatre. The Motion Picture Association of America has made it clear that any of these such wearable devices are not welcome by stating that they must be powered off when the movie hits the screen.

Individuals who fail or refuse to put the recording devices away may be asked to leave. If theater managers have indications that illegal recording activity is taking place, they will alert law enforcement authorities when appropriate, who will determine what further action should be taken," said a joint statement from the MPAA and the National Association of Theatre Owners, which maintains 32,000 screens across the United States.

Source: ArsTechnica

Siri and One Autistic Boy

Joaquin Phoenix did an incredible job acting in a movie called "Her" where he had a romantic relationship with his intelligent operating system and while the relationship between Siri and one particular autistic boy isn't romantic, it is certainly beneficial and therapeutic. Siri carries on "intelligent" conversations, and it's in these conversations that Gus can tirelessly ask questions and get somewhat meaningful responses. Now, before you go and judge his parents, take a read through the story and the link below.

It all began simply enough. I’d just read one of those ubiquitous Internet lists called “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do.” One of them was this: I could ask Siri, “What planes are above me right now?” and Siri would bark back, “Checking my sources.” Almost instantly there was a list of actual flights — numbers, altitudes, angles — above my head.

Source: NYTimes

New Security Features in Android 5.0

Android 5.0 Lollipop is much more than a pretty face. This new OS deserves a new version number for many reasons and some of those are the new security features in this release. According to Google, the new OS is like Kevlar wrapped around your data. Of course, Apple said the same thing with their iCloud so we'll have to see just how this works in the real world. The long and short of it is this: don't forget or lose your passcode as the filesystem is encrypted by default - and the key is your PIN.

More secure, from the first time you turn it on 
People use safes and combination locks to protect their physical goods. With digital information, encryption acts like a safe to protect your information from thieves and snoops. That’s why we’ve worked hard to provide this added security for our users, which will now be the default from the moment you power on a new device running Lollipop, keeping your data safer without needing you to fiddle around in the settings.
 

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