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Voice Minus Google Plus

Sadly, Google hasn’t made it easy to use their voice system. Up until recently we have only been able to make call from Google Plus but now you can do so from hangouts on Gmail right from your PC! You can also make calls straight from the Google voice website. We may say a complete combination of Hangouts and Voice but as of yet it is simply a rumour.

The rumor is that eventually we're going to see Google Voice merged completely into Hangouts, and that's getting even closer to becoming reality. You can now make phone calls via Hangouts directly from the Google Voice website, no Google+ necessary. As Mountain View's Alex Wiesen notes on G+, the new feature is listed as an option in the "phone to call with" drop-down box. It seems a bit minor, sure, especially when you consider that Hangouts is already how you make phone calls from within Gmail -- but any updates for the oft-neglected service are welcome, right?

Source: Engadget

Halo: Nightfall First Look

I know that Halo is a religion to some people and I have to admit, I'm a fan of the culture. I'm not to ashamed to admit that I may have lined up for the midnight launch for the last two games in this series. The game is now jumping the gap to the small screen with Halo: Nightfall and as cool as the game is, I had my doubts about a TV series. Take a look and see for yourself.


The Order of Gaming

In the gaming industry it seems that people are always trying to brag their graphics up, but as it turns out even a game developer is saying that the PS4 is at the top of the consoles for graphics. The studio, Ready At Dawn, has said that,  "We couldn’t have achieved this graphical fidelity with any other console," and this is in reference to their new coming title, The Order 1886. This statement was made by J. Goldberg, community manager for Ready At Dawn. Sony will hopefully be happy with this praise, as it is not easy to get.

The studio used full performance capture for all characters in the game, as well as the same character model for gameplay sequences and cutscenes, making the transition from one to the other almost seamless. "We're moving the camera in space, we're not loading in a video."

Source: Gamespot

Google Helps with Exploration

Have you ever been in a new place and wondered where you should eat or what you should do? Google is doing something to help with this. This week they are releasing an update to the Maps app for Android and iOS that adds an Explore button; essentially letting you see what is close by and can even change what distance it will show you! Another cool feature is that you see how the weather will affect things!

Now, whenever you want to discover places in your area, simply tap the new Explore button at the bottom right corner of your map to get a quick look at what’s nearby (where available). With Explore as your guide, you’ll see different places and activities that adapt to each area and moment throughout your day. This also works when you’re browsing other neighborhoods and cities on the map so you can plan your day’s outing or daydream about your next vacation. 

Source: Google Blog

Robots Adapt to Injury to Keep on Killing

I believe that its robots, not zombies that will be the end to us. The proof is below in the video. People are developing algorithms that will let the robot try different methods of movement and pick the one that is the most effective shoud part of the robot itself be damaged. You'll have to shoot all the legs off this mechanical spider to keep it from killing you. Well done friends-of-the-robotic-takeover. Go build your mechanical overloads.


Valve Steam Controller Resurfaces with Thumbstick

We've been waiting for a full Steambox to ship now for a while and after CES 2014, they announced that they were going back to work on their controller as the version they were showing off had a fair bit of negative feedback. Now it has shown its head once again and this time it's not quite so ugly and will be a little more familiar to console gamers. While it still has dual trackpads, they've also added a thumbstick where we expect to see a D-Pad on and Xbox controller.

It's not clear if the image is just a design or if Valve has actually produced prototypes of the new layout, but it's not an unwelcome change: As innovative as the controller's tactical pads are, we found they had a tendency to feel a little alien under the thumb. For most games, an analog stick is a sufficient replacement for the d-pad it supplants, and it would also serve as an alternative control for folks who can't stomach using the left touchpad for movement.

Source: Engadget

Apple Releases Free Public Beta of OS X 10.10 Tuesday

If you just couldn't wait to get your hands on the latest OS from Apple last time, remember that even the finished product had a few bugs that deleted all of your user data if you logged out of a guest account. It is with great caution that I let you know about the free public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite today. If you want to give it a shot, good luck and make sure you don't use it on a production machine just yet.

Once registered, Apple will send out a notification to those users when the beta is ready for distribution; this will be around 1 P.M. ET / 10 A.M. PT. As with any beta, even though this is a public release, you should avoid installing the software on a production machine. 

Source: Neowin

Horrible Microsoft Parody

I know I'm hard on Microsoft when it comes to product - and at times, their marketing. I would love them to prove me wrong sometime. Just once. Here's another reason why Microsoft sucks at marketing. I know this video might go viral, but only so people can laugh, groan and maybe throw up a little bit in their mouths. I'd rather be rickrolled that watch this again... Enjoy!


Silicon Power Armor A30 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive

We have just posted up our review of the Silicon Power Armor A30 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive. This is an external unit that is currently the smallest physical drive with the most capacity that money can buy. If you are traveling with a lot of files, this drive can certainly get the job done and take a few bumps and bruises that come with taking your data on the road. It's tough and it's pretty dang quick to boot. Take a look at all the details in our review.

In terms of ruggedness and reliability, Silicon Power does in fact meet and pass the US Military MIL-STD-810G impact tests. Their claim to survive a drop of 300cm hasn't been validated here at BCCHardware, but Silicon Power doesn't tell us what they are dropping the drive onto. If they drop it onto a stack of pillows, 70's shag carpet or a batch of kittens, the drive will probably survive the near 10-foot drop.

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Superman Now Changing Clothes in Dirty Old HotSpots

Do you remember the last time you used a pay phone? I actually remember saving up and counting out those nickels and dimes to make a call. I think the last time I had used a pay phone was at my high school before I got a cell phone and even back then, it was a little gross to touch a public phone. There certainly isn't a lot of phone booths that are in operation anymore. NYC has arrived in the0 21st century by turning their public pay phones into free (ad-supported) WiFi hotspots!

Remember when they got into hot water over their mapping of private Wi-Fi hotspots during the Google Streetview recon missions? Anything that improves the accuracy of their geo-location data is of high interest to the data scientists in Mountain View. An entire city bathed in free Wi-Fi could be a commercial goldmine for businesses of all stripes looking to develop a better understanding of who is nearby and what they’re currently looking for.

Source: VentureBeat

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