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View Master Goes VR

I remember when I was a kid and used the amazing View Master. These days, Google Cardboard, Oculus, Samsung and LG are doing VR and now View Master are into the 3D game. The new View Master is a blast from the past with a 20-year upgrade. I received Google Cardboard for Christmas and I had a hard time explaining it to people, but this is the perfect example. Check out the new and improved View Master at the link below.

View Master

 

Source: CNN

Apple Gets Patent for Head-Mounted VR-Display

What a revolutionary concept! Apple has just applied for and been approved a patent for a head-mounted iPHone virtual reality display... Just like Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Vortex VR, and LGs VR for G3. Still, Apple is doing it so it must be good right? I can already smell the lawsuits coming.

The company's solution "temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device." Illustrations accompanying the patent show a new head-mounted hardware accessory that would have an iPhone inserted into it.

Source: AppleInsider

Raspberry Pi Sells 5 Million Plus

We talk about the Raspberry Pi around here a bit and I've wondered how many of these $35 computers have they actually sold? While it is cool and all, how many people actually buy these and use them for any actual projects. The number is in and it's a big one. 5,000,000 have sold and counting. That's awesome for a company that gives you a board, four USB ports, an ethernet port, HDMI and audio. Here's to another 5 Million!

The Raspberry Pi's super-low pricing ($35 or less) played a large part in those sales numbers, of course. It's relatively painless to pick up the device if you're curious, and it's well-suited to bulk educational purchases that help entire classrooms learn how to code. Whatever factors are driving the Pi's popularity, it's proof that the DIY market is alive and well despite the closures of tinkering-friendly stores like RadioShack.

Source: Engadget

MediaTek Shows off 480fps Slow-Mo Mobile Chipset

MediaTek has come a long way and is now challenging Qualcomm with  their latest mobile chipset. Their new MT6795 is an 8-core chip that can do some pretty incredible 480fps video recording at 1080p and scale playback speeds in real time - if you believe the video. Either way, it looks like Qualcomm may have some real competition and that's a very good thing for consumers.

 

Source: Neowin

Master Chief: Coming to a Motorcycle Near You

NECA has just got their Master Cheif Petty Officer John-117 helment DOT-approved and it should be up for sale shortly. This is pretty cool and it makes me want to get my motorcycle license. Maybe this summer...

From the award-winning Halo video games, this detailed replica of Master Chief’s headgear is also a DOT-approved modular motorcycle helmet! Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is a central figure at the forefront of the war against the Covenant and rumored to be the lone survivor of the declassified SPARTAN-II project. This limited edition helmet has a convenient modular design with glove-friendly opening mechanism and full list of features.

Motorcycle Helmet

Source: NECA

Nintendo 3DS XL Almost Nails It

If you've been waiting for the new 3DS, it should be available pretty much anywhere that you still buy physical copies of your games. It's come a long way since the original 3DS, but for me the massive size is the biggest drawback. I want something that I can easily slip in a pocket and don't have to bring my 'manbag' along in order to play games while I commute or wait in line at the DMV. There are some good things though so make sure you check out the review at the link below.

Using the same head-tracking technology as the New 3DS, the New 3DS XL follows the direction, distance and angle of your head to keep the 3D smooth and stable. This means that as you make subtle movements while playing your eyes don't have to constantly readjust to the shifting 3D. It moves when you move.

Source: CNET

LG's 'luxury' Android Wear Smartwatch

It's true that technology doesn't often meet fashion. My point being of course; wearable technology. LG is trying to change that with their upcoming  Urbane. This takes the round style of the Moto G, and LG G Watch R to a whole new level and makes it look like a regular stylish watch. This could be the start to some really great Android Wear devices and I do like the look if it better than the very sleek Apple Watch.

For the device's specifications, the Urbane has a 1.3 inch (320x320) display, and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor under its hood. It also features 4 GB memory, 512 MB RAM, and a 410 mAh battery, along with a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor that is responsible for tracking the user's heart rate and average pulse.

Source: Neowin

NSA Hides Surveillance Software in Your Hard Drive

This is just an abomination. The NSA has been caught hiding some surveillance software inside hard drives and while we knew that they are probably watching everything that crosses the internet, Kaspersky Labs has found some software in drives from Western Digital, Seagate and Toshiba. Of course they are spying on us "for our own protection" and the thing that really grinds my gears here is that the drive manufacturers are apparently okay with it. Thanks for constantly spying on law abiding citizens for our own good. Hosers.

The NSA isn't commenting on the findings. However, they don't bode well for the US' attempts to preserve the eroding trust of other countries. If the US can plant surveillance tools in hard disks, why would you buy a hard drive (or an entire computer) from an American source to safeguard your big secrets? You probably won't have to worry about these bugged drives at home, but they're likely to be major concerns abroad.

Source: Kaspersky Lab via Engadget

App Pick of the Week - Sky Force

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are firing up our afterburners and hitting the sky with Sky Force. This is a fun arcade-style top-down shooter that is a lot of fun and will keep you hooked for hours. Level up your weapons and blast those bad guys! Check it out, it's one of my all-time favorites.

Sky Force

Enjoy!

AfterShokz Bluez 2 Bone Conduction Headphones Review

We have just posted up a review of the AfterShokz Bluez 2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. What make these special is the fact that they don't have any speakers. They use transducers and vibrate the sound into your skull down to your ears. It's a different experience and most importantly, they let you hear what is going on around you as they don't plug your ears. Take a run with these on and you'll be a lot safer as you can hear traffic much better. Check out our review for all the details.

The thing that makes the AfterShokz stand out is the "Bone Conduction" technology. They Bluez 2 don't fit in your ears - or over your ears. They sit in front of your ears - on your cheekbones and then conduct the sound (vibrations) generated by the transducers inside your head - while leaving your ears open. The beauty is that you can not only listen to music, movies, audiobooks, podcasts and phone calls, you can also still hear the world around you.


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