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Microsoft Smartwatching Coming in October?

It looks like Microsoft may be getting back into the Smartwatch game afterall. They tried this back a while and were really ahead of their time - much like Clippy. Their latest watch model is rumored to have 11 sensors and will likely be targeted toward the health market as that is a lot more sensors than many other devices and a watch that is basically a mirror of you phone screen really doesn't need that many sensors. Time will tell, but as Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak call wearable tech, this "Slave Jewelry" won't be available until October.



Source: Ubergizmo

MIT Develops Local Warming

If you want to be warm in a large cold room, turning up the heat is really not a very efficient way to get warm. You could put on another coat, or as the people at MIT have recently done, do something a little more interesting. "Local Warming" is the new  thing where a beam of heat and light is directed at you and follows you as you walk around a room. Think of this like a turrent in Portal - except without the bullets.

MIT’s system is rigged to the ceiling, like highly-efficient track lighting. Using a WiFi-enabled tracking system, the lights can sense when a human is present and will beam infrared heat down like a spotlight. “It’s almost like having a your personal sun,” says Carlo Ratti, a professor in the Senseable City Lab.

Source: Wired

Flaying (and crashing) a $1300 drone

The guys over Arstechnica have a new article up taking a look at the new DJI Phanton Vision+ $1300 drone. This drone is pretty fancy (as one would expect for $1300) and they share all the setup and their flying experiences. As the headline suggests, the end result is a crash, which is probably not what you want to think about when you dish out $1300 for your very own drone.

"This is easy!" I said, flying the expensive piece of equipment—on loan from DJI—around in a tight box. "And awesome!" I jammed the left stick forward and the drone rocketed skyward, shooting up to a hundred feet overhead without any apparent effort. Its little LEDs blinked happily at me as I rotated it around its central axis, surveying the neighborhood in stately fashion. As the machine turned, it beamed down 1080p video to my phone, showing me a Google Maps-eye view of myself standing in the driveway below.

Free Apps @ Amazon

Amazon is giving away 31 free Android Apps this week (~$100 worth of free stuff). They aren't even no-namers, included in the selection are, Sonic the Hedgehog, Accuweather Platinum, My Backup Pro, and a whole bunch more. If you are an Android user you'll probably want to check out the selection over here. The only catch is that if you don't have an Amazon device you'll have to install the Amazon App, which if you don't have already can be found over here.

Nest + Google = Data Sharing

Google bought Nest a few months ago for $3.2 Billion dollars in a move that had some people scratching their heads as to how Nest was worth that kinda money. Nest then made headlines by saying that they weren't becoming part of the "Google Machine" and that your info would not be shared. Apparently that might not have been the truth as it has now been reported that in fact there is some data sharing going on between the two companies (as one would expect after Google paid big bucks to buy our Nest). Users will have the option to opt out, but be default it appears like Nest has become a part of the Google machine. TechHive has the story.

Fish gotta fly. Birds gotta swim. Google has to buy smaller companies and change their products’ privacy policies so they can now share data with Google. It’s just the natural order of things, and now it’s happening with Nest.

Nest co-founder Matt Rogers posted to Nest’s official blog late Monday night to announce the company’s Nest Developer Program, a set of developer tools that will allow other products to securely integrate with Nest. Your Nest could trigger actions, like turning your lights on when you get home, and other products can also control the Nest. Your Jawbone UP24, for example, can alert your Nest thermostat to start heating your house when it detects that you’ve woken up.

Oculus Rift on a budget

The Oculus Rift and other VR devices are expensive and not readily available so Google has done something about that. Google has introduced "Cardboard" which is a VR device that is made of, yup you guessed it, cardboard. I'm sure the other VR developers aren't too amused by this device, but it seems like Google is actually somewhat serious seeing as they've released a software toolkit so you can make your own cardboard apps. If you don't believe me head on over to Google's Developer site and check it out for yourself.

Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.

The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.

By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.

WTU Episode #268 - Amazon, Nokia & BlackBerry's Android'ish Phones

We have just posted up Episode #268 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing that Blackberry has a new phone, Amazon has a new phone and in Soviet Russia CPUs get banned. We have those stories and more and the links below!


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Google I/O Liveblog

If you want to stay tuned to everything Google I/O, make sure you check out the Liveblog at Engadget and TheVerge for starters. We'll have some highlights as the day goes on, but these sources are your best bet for up-to-the-second coverage.


Source(s): Engadget, TheVerge

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Verizon Cancels "Free Data" with Chromebook Deal

There are a lot of Chromebooks on the market today and many of them can be found for under $249. These all come with an impressive 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. If you spend an extra $1000 on a Chromebook Pixel, you also received LTE data from Verizon - gratis - just for shopping and spending a lot of extra money. Well, the gravy train has derailed and Verizon just canceled this promotion and that affects everyone who bought into it. Google is trying to make amends and offering $150 credit, but still that doesn't go very far when you're eating up data. Poor form Verizon. Poor form.

Verizon is telling customers that as far as it's concerned, the plans were valid only for one year -- and that's why those initiated last spring are now expiring. I called the carrier's customer service line and, after holding for 15 minutes and then talking in circles to an agent for another 10, was able to get through to a supervisor. That person politely told me he wasn't aware of any two-year commitment and that -- despite my pointing out official documentation to the contrary -- there was nothing he could do to help me.

Source: ComputerWorld

How Hard is the Government Spying on Your Phone? Lots

Digital surveillance is everywhere whether we like it or not and we used to think that most of it was on street corners, tagged to our credit cards and maybe even through our GPS unit in our vehicles. Those that used to be labeled as "paranoid" would also lament how much the government was spying on you through your own phone and according to the link below, it's actually much, much worse than you thought. Ouch. This article is worth reading.

The new components target Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry users and are part of Hacking Team’s larger suite of tools used for targeting desktop computers and laptops. But the iOS and Android modules provide cops and spooks with a robust menu of features to give them complete dominion over targeted phones.

Source: Wired

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