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Goodyear BH03 Tires Actually Produce Electricity

It's not often that tires make headlines at BCCHardware, but there is enough technology in these treads to charge batteries and add a little life to your electric car. While these will never provide you with enough power to motor your car by themselves, it's interesting to see what people are working on. Oh, and the cost per tire will likely be less than $10,000 each. 


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New Tablets of 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 included a bunch of new tablet announcements from companies like Sony, HP, Lenovo, Nokia, and more. If you are thinking it might be time for an update and are waiting to see what is next head on over to CNET to see the highlights of MWC 2015 when it comes to tablets.

A slow year for tablets finally kicks into gear with a variety of new models debuting at MWC 2015.

It hasn't exactly been a busy year for tablets, however Mobile World Congress 2015 is here to change that.

The Spamming Refrigerator

A new report that looked into some recent botnet attacks (groups or infected 'computers' that are used for cyber attacks) found that smartdevices such as smart TV's, multimedia devices and even a refrigerator were part of the attacks due to the fact that these connected devices have no malware protection. This brings up an interesting point as more and more devices are connected to the internet (and connected 24/7) these devices run the risk of being infected without the owner knowing (or being able to do anything about it). About all you can do at this point is sit down with your smart fridge and have a talk about internet safety and hope for the best.

CNET has the story.

With the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.

It also comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don't have malware protection. And it's now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack — that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam — incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator.

Samsung puts a hold on Smartwatches

Smartwatches has been a big topic at Mobile World Congress this week and Apple is expected to show off theirs next week, but what about Samsung? Apparently Samsung has decided to hold off on the whole smartwatch fad for a while and see what happens. The sales of smartwatches haven't been spectacular overall and there are a ton of competitors now so the 'wait and see' approach might actually pay off for Samsung. Samsung currently has a bunch of smartwatches (Galaxy Gear) so it isn't like they are going to stop, but it will be interesting to see what their next move will be.

Readwrite has more on this story.

Samsung executive vice president Young-hee Lee has revealed the company’s smartwatch strategy moving forward: Don’t release any. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal at Mobile World Congress, Lee explained Samsung’s new strategy regarding watches simply:

We’ve been introducing more devices than anybody else. It’s time for us to pause. We want a more perfect product.

iWatch Event

Apple is going to be having their 'iWatch' event on Monday where they are going to (hopefully) announce important details about the watch as well as price, availability, etc. The event most likely won't be all about the watches and there could be a couple other announcements but it seems like everyone is more interested in Apple's iWatch more than an updated Macbook (or whatever else they have planned). The Verge has come up with a list of things to expect on Monday.

Monday's event may be the biggest that Apple holds this year. Not only is Apple expected to unveil final information on the Apple Watch and detail a release plan for it, it may also discuss a new MacBook, an update to iOS, and a whole lot more. Below is everything you can expect to see on Monday — and a few things you shouldn't expect just yet.

Samson Go Mic Direct & Meteorite USB Microphones

We have just posted up our review of a couple of microphones from Samson. We take a look and yell at the Go Mic Direct as well as the Meteorite. Both are USB microphones, both can be packed around and both sound much better than your built-in microphone. They do serve two distinct purposes though, so you'll have to read our review to find out "what it is they're good for".

At the end of the day, while both of these microphones serve a purpose - they are very different from each other. The Go Mic Direct is designed for great portability and it sacrifices quality and enhances audio with software to make it happen. It is far superior to any built-in microphone and is great for Skype calls, voice notes, voice-to-text and even voice command software. The overall audio quality is subpar though, when compared to the Meteorite.


FTC offers bounty on robocalls

Chances are good you've got a robocall or two, probably right about when you were sitting down for supper and the phone rings and you find a computer telling you that 'you've won a trip' or some other pre-recorded message that makes you angry and slam the phone down. The FTC has also had enough of this and is now offering a $25,000 cash prize if you can figure out a way to trap these robocalls and stop them. I like the idea of making this into a contest and offering a cash prize (the final phase will be held at DEF CON 23) but couldn't the FTC pony up more than $25,000? I'm pretty sure a quick Kickstarter campaign could raise millions to anyone who could get rid of these annoying calls.

Arstechnica has more.

On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission announced another contest to design a system to "identify unwanted robocalls received on landlines or mobile phones, and block and forward those calls to a honeypot."

The agency will select "up to five contestants" as part of what it’s calling "Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back."

The first qualifying phase launches Wednesday and runs through June 15, 2015 at 10:00pm Eastern Time, while the final phase concludes at DEF CON 23 on August 9, 2015.

HBO goes streaming

One of the biggest holdouts in the streaming industry has been HBO, but that is changing. HBO has announced that they are going to be offering their content via their own streaming service called HBO Now and is hoping to be up and running by April 12th. The only catch is that HBO Now is going to be $15 USD per month which makes it one of the more expensive streaming services available. This might be enough for some to finally 'cut the cord', however, if you add HBO Now's $15 to the list of other streaming services you already pay for it might eventually come to the point that 'cutting the cord' isn't the cost savings you thought it would be. Quartz has the full story.

HBO’s cable-free streaming service will be called “HBO Now” and cost $15 per month, according to International Business Times. HBO is reportedly trying to launch the service by April 12, in time for the fifth-season premiere of Game of Thrones.

“We know there’s great anticipation around our standalone streaming service,” HBO said in a statement, responding to questions about the report. “And when we have details to share, we will do so.”

Microsoft wants to bridge gap between Xbox and PC

Microsoft's video game chief Phil Spencer has announced that they are working on a new app that will work on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC's that will allow you to run Xbox games on your PC and PC games on your Xbox. The gaming industry is huge dollars so trying to bridge the gap between them is a smart move if they can do it right. 

Microsoft also announced that they will be bringing an adaptor out to allow you to hook your wireless Xbox One controller to your PC, which is something people have been waiting for.

ABCNews has more details.

Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version of Windows. That includes HoloLens, Microsoft's wearable headset that gives wearers the ability to interact with three-dimensional images.

"Our goal with gaming at Microsoft is to allow people to play games wherever they are," Spencer told game makers Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference. "We know for developers that it's critically important for you to reach those gamers wherever they are."

Goodbye Nexus 6

Jay Morrison (MegaHz) has been taking us through the heart-wrenching journey of the death of his Nexus 5 and the excitement about snagging the new Nexus 6. He gave us his first thoughts, walked us through the swelling battery and has now reached a conclusion after a few months. That's right, the Nexus 6 just has to go. It's too large, too bulky and while there are some amazing features, if you can't hang onto it or put it in a pocket, it has to go.

In the end, I can’t help but feel like a kid who bought a new bike that is two sizes too big. It does everything it promised on the box, and it’s still big and shiny, I just haven’t figured out how to ride it properly. Will I grow into it? Probably. But it sure doesn’t feel that way right now.


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