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Quadcopters ala Cirque de Soleil

What happens when Cirque de Soleil gets ahold of quadcopters? This.


iOS 8 Crashing 78% more than iOS 7

There was a time when Apple really and truly cared about their products and their users experience. Those days are long gone as they have started playing "catch up" to Samsung and other companies. They have been rushing to meet the release cycle instead of taking time to actually test their products. Last year we saw stats show that Android crashed less than iOS 7 and now iOS 8 is crashing even more than its predecessor. Just another reason I'll stay away from the fruit.

Crashes will be a result of both bugs in iOS 8 and buggy apps, and so over time as iOS and app updates are released, this figure should do down. It's possible too that older handsets are running old apps that either haven't been updated, either because the user hasn't applied the update or because the app has been abandoned by the developer and won't see any further updates.

Source: ZDNet

WTU Episode #281 - NVIDIA is King (For a Week)

If you are into tech news, make sure to check out our latest episode of WeeklyTechUpdate podcast. We talk about Apple's new NFC feature, Google finally drops Google+ from GMail signups and the NVIDIA GTX 980 and GTX 970 are crushing everything (for a week or two). Take a listen to those stories and a bunch more at the links below.


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Android App Pick - Device Info Live Wallpaper

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are stretch the "app" thing with a live wallpaper. This is a wallpaper that is so cool we felt it just had to be listed here. Take a look and see your phone's CPU usage, temperature, battery stats and a lot more - all on your desktop and lock screen. It's awesome!


iPhone 6 vs .50 BMG

There are no words... Ok, a few words. One of them is AWESOME!


Google's Self-Driving Cars Now Legal in California

With self-driving cars actually starting to exist in the wild, different states suddenly had to address questions like regarding liability of a crash with a self-driving car and this delayed deployment. It seems that Google has managed to iron out some of these little hiccups and their cars are now legal in California. This is a huge win for Google.

Google's self-driving cars have made impressive progress in the past few years, logging over 700,000 accident-free miles without human intervention, according to the company (there has been at least one accident reportedly caused by a human driver). But those test-drives have been limited to a few closed courses and select areas. Starting this month, Google and a few other ambitious automakers will be able to unleash self-driving vehicles on any public road in the state of California.

Source: TheVerge

Apple Says It Won't Axe Beats - and Your Photos are Safe

Rumors are floating around that Apple is planning on killing the Beats music service and instead pushing their own iTunes brand instead. This actually makes a lot of sense to me and Apple will probably keep the Beats hardware. Apple is denying this of course, so I guess we should believe them. They also say that your photos are safe in the iCloud. We see how that worked out.

The rumors and uncertainty come less than four months after Apple shelled out $3bn to acquire Beats, and bring cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre on board. When the move was announced, it was widely believed that Apple was primarily interested in gobbling Beats Music to whack into iTunes.

Source: TheRegister

Apple is Good for Music Videos

Apple products have a lot of potential and let's face it, many videos are edited on their hardware with their fantastic software. This music video was shot using a bunch of their device and the finished video was one continuous shot. Take a look and you'll be impressed.


Toxikk Gameplay Reveal

There's something about arena gamplay that is awesome. Unreal Tournament and Quake are prime examples of this and TOXIKK is pretty much a rehash of this gameplay style that looks pretty cool. There are no loadouts, perks, classes or free-to-play bonus. It's pure 1999 gaming at it's finest.


NVIDIAs 4K on 1080p Tech

NVIDIA has just launched a couple of new graphics cards (GTX 970 & GTX 980) and they have announced some new tech as well. These new chips manage to play game and video content in 4K and then downsample it to match your computers screen so that it looks absolutely amaizng. This isn't a new or crazy idea, but the ability for the card to do the downscaling and rendering is new - and it looks amazing! If you to check out this new technology, check the link below - or the full review of the GTX 980 here.

By running a game at a high resolution beyond what your monitor can support and then downsampling (rescaling) the image to your monitor's native resolution, you get some gorgeous, crisp visuals that is often much better than any form of anti-aliasing can accomplish. But downsampling always required hacks or external tools, and it was never flawless. NVIDIA decided to address that, with what it's calling Dynamic Super Resolution.

Source: OverclockersClub

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