CSQ CSW9 Mini PC And Set-Top Box Launches

Chinese hardware manufacturer CSQ has this month launched a new addition to their range of systems in the form of a new mini PC, set-top box which is priced at around $200 and comes equipped with a Intel Celeron J1900 quad-core processor.

The new mini PC that can also be used as as set-top box is not equipped with a battery and is not fanless but does provide a small form factor system for a variety of applications.

The latest CSQ mini PC is now available to purchase from online stores such as AliExpress and Geek Buying to name a few, and is shipped with Windows and but is also capable of running other operating systems such as Linux and maybe even Android.

The mini PC measures just 6 x 6 x 1.5 inches in size is capable of supporting up to 8GB of RAM however the system is only shipped equipped with 2GB of RAM together with a 500 GB hard drive.

As well as a number of useful ports including 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port as well as a microSd card reader, HDMI, VGA, IR, and headset jacks. Connectivity is provided by 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Source: Liliputing : AndroidPC.es

Friday, March 27, 2015

2016 Range Rover Sport HST Gets New Engine

Range Rover has added a new Range Rover Sport HST to the lineup that gets an updated supercharged V6 engine. The Sport HST will fit into the Range Rover Sport line above the base 340PS model and below the uprated 550PS model. It will slip between those two vehicles using a supercharged V6 producing 380PS.

The new addition gives Range Rover Sport buyers something to choose that has more power than the base model, but is more efficient than the top of the line version. The Sport HST will be available to purchase in limited markets including North America, China, Russia, and the Middle East. The HST has an updated exterior and other interior touches to set it apart.

On the outside, it gets Stealth Pack lighting that has non-reflective surrounds. It also gets a black roof and a new roof spoiler. Standard wheels are 21-inch with a dark satin grey finish. Buyers scan also get optional 22-inch Stealth alloy wheels. The Range Rover Sport HST will be available to order starting in April with pricing announced later in the year.

David Mitchell, Vehicle Programme Director Range Rover Sport, said: “The HST extends our Range Rover Sport line-up giving customers even greater choice. Sitting between the existing 340PS Range Rover Sport 3.0-litre V6 supercharged and the 550PS supercharged variant, it delivers enhanced V6 performance to go with Range Rover Sport’s renowned comfort and refinement.”

via Land Rover

Facebook Will Start Testing Its Internet Drones

Facebook previously announced that it was working on some Internet drones which are designed to bring internet connections to remote areas and places with no coverage.

The company has been testing out some smaller drones but now the company is getting to test out its solar powered drones.

The new Facebook solar powered internet drones will have the same wingspan as a Boeing 747, but it will be much lighter and will weigh about the same as a small car.

Facebook have called their new solar powered drone Aquila and these new drones will be used to provide Internet access to people who don’t have it. According to recent estimate between 1.1 billion and 2.8 billion people do not have access to the internet.

We are working towards a real test flight this summer sometime,” vice president of engineering Jay Parikh said in an interview on the sidelines of Facebook’s annual developer conference.
“Depending on how this test flight goes, we’ll see what happens,” he added. “This is a big plane, this is a big project and it’s never been done before.

Facebook are not the only company who are looking to bring Internet to remote areas, Google are also working on drones and have Internet balloons with their Project Loon.

Source WSJ, Techmeme

Apple CEO Tim Cook Will Donate His Fortune

Apple CEO Tim Cook will donate the majority of his wealth to good causes, his current fortune is valued at around $785 million, which includes his stock in Apple.

Tim Cook joins a growing list of people who have decided to give away their money before they die, like Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Tim Cook recently told Fortune that he intends to give the majority of his money away to good causes, although he first wants to pay for the college fees of his 10 year old nephew.

After the death of former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook set up a matching gift program that matched the donations of Apple employees donations to charity, where Apple will give up to $10,000 annually to good causes.

But the time Tim Cook leaves his money to charity, his fortune could be worth significantly more than the $785 million it is today.

Source Digital Trends

Twitter Launches Periscope, A New Live Streaming App

Twitter has launched a new live video streaming app called Periscope, the app is now available on the iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch.

Periscope allows you to live stream video direct from your smartphone, the app has been in development for over a year and Twitter acquired Periscope back in January.

The new Periscope app allows you to replay your broadcast and you can reply your video for up to 24 hours. You can also share your live broadcast with your followers on Twitter, there is also an option to share a private broadcast with specific followers.

Periscope will work with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that are running iOS 7.1 and above, you can find out more details about the app at the link below, it is available as a free download.

Source iTunes, Gizmodo

Stepcraft 2 Universal Desktop CNC Machine And 3D Printer In One

Inventors, makers and developers that are looking for a desktop cnc system that is capable of milling, carving, engraving, 3D printing as well as working as a vinyl and craft cutter, plotter and more then the new Stepcraft 2 might be worth further investigation.

According to its creators Stepcraft 2 is the World’s first universal desktop CNC solution and its is also competitively priced with packages starting from just $999.

“Stepcraft 2 is designed to harness your creative mind and give you a platform to turn you ideas into reality. From woodworking to machining soft metals, Stepcraft 2’s ability to mill, cut and carve gives you the power of a full CNC machine shop in a compact and extremely durable system that will fit right on your desktop.

If you enjoy crafts and scrapbooking, then you will love the flexibility of the the optional accessories for the Stepcraft 2 system. The drag knife attachment can be used to cut a wide variety of materials from foils to decorative papers. With Stepcraft 2, you can let your imagination run wild!

The Stepcraft 2 is the latest version of the highly successful line of personal desktop CNC machines. The Stepcraft line of machines has been extremely successful for the last 2 years throughout Europe.

With over 2,000 Stepcraft V1 machines sold, Stepcraft has taken customer feedback to not only build a better, more accurate and faster solution, but we increased the build volume as well. Stepcraft 2 will be available in 5 sizes to best meet your needs; 210, 300, 420, 600 and 840mm usable working space length.”

Features include :

- Available in 5 Sizes: from 210x210mm to 840x600mm working area
- The Stepcraft-2/840 is the largest in its class
- U.S. Support/Sales and Service Center offers World-class post-sale support
- Highly accurate German engineering
- Extremely versatile – More options than any other machine!
- Stepcraft 2 machines can start shipping by June 2015

Source: Kickstarter

HYT H3 Hydro-Mechanical Watch Unveiled

The watchmaker HYT has unveiled their third-generation hydro-mechanical watch that is equipped with a hybrid movement in the form of the HYT H3.

The new watch design has changed from a circular to a linear design and was unveiled during the Baselworld 2015 earlier this month.

As you might imagine the latest HYT H3 watch is a limited edition timepiece with only 25 being made and being launched during September 2015. Each one will be priced at $290,000 and offer both manual winding with a 170 hour power reserve.

“Minutes are handled in a similarly linear fashion, with the traditional watch movement driving an articulated hand along a straight 60 minute readout. The case, which is constructed from PVD-coated titanium and micro-blasted, satin-finished platinum, measures 62 mm by 41 mm and is 16 mm thick. 
It’s water resistant to 30 m (98 ft) and, like the H1 and H2, features a power reserve indicator, this time located on the rear of the watch.”

Source: Gizmag

Watch The Last Ever Bugatti Veyron Being Built

The last ever Bugatti Veyron was announced at the Geneva Motor Show the final car is called ‘La Finale’ and it is the 450th Veyron to be built.

The video below shows the team at Bugatti putting together their last every Bugatti Veyron at their factory in Molsheim, France.

The Bugatti Veyron La Finale comes with a custom interior and a custom paint job, it features an 8 litre quad turbocharged W16 engine and has a massive 1200 HP.

Bugatti will be launching a successor to the Veyron some time in the future, although at the moment the the company is very secretive about their next supercar.

Source Digital Trends

New Facebook Messenger Platform Announced

Facebook has announced its new Facebook Messenger platform at F8, the company will allow developers to build apps that can be integrated into Messenger.

The company has been working with around 40 developers for the launch of their Facebook Messenger platform and they will now accepts apps from all developers.

Messenger Platform apps can display the option for a person to install the app from within Messenger, or to reply using content from the app. If the person receiving the message doesn’t already have an app installed, they can tap Install to be taken directly to the app store to get started using the app. This means people can discover apps recommended by their friends, naturally through their conversations. 
With Messenger Platform, developers may also see increased app engagement: If the person receiving the message already has the app installed, they’ll be able to tap Reply on an image in a message. Then, instead of scrolling through pages of apps on their phone, they’ll be taken directly to the app to reengage and respond with relevant content.

Source Facebook, Techmeme

FAA Makes It Easier To Get Drone Flight Approvals

Last week we heard that Amazon’s drone flight tests had finally been approved in the US and now the FAA is changing its rules to make it easier to get approval for drone flights.

The FAA are streamlining their rules and will now let companies fly drones below 200 feet as long as the drones weight 55 pounds or less.

Companies will be able to apply for approval of drone flights that fit within the new criteria and will be able to make numerous flights as long as they adhere to the new rules.

Drone operators also have to agree to not fly their drones anywhere near airports and only fly them during the daytime.

Amazon has apparently submitted another application to the FAA relating to drone test flights, as the drone that was approved by the FAA was an old model which was submitted for approval quite some time ago.

The company has now developed a new model and have submitted it to the FAA for approval, with the new rules in place, this one should get approved much faster than the last one.

Source Engadget
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tokyoflash Kisai Satellite X Wood Watch Launched

The Tokyoflash Kisai Satellite X Wood watch comes with a natural wooden casing and a dark mineral crystal lens, as usual it takes a bit of brain power to work out the time.

The time is shown by three interlocking rings which can be read from top to bottom. Touch the button and lights showing the current time will flash for a short time. 
Hours are displayed in the upper ring in the same position as hours on a clock. Groups of five minutes are displayed in the central ring in the same position as minutes on a clock. Four single minutes are shown in the lower ring.

Source Tokyoflash


Apple iOS 8.3 Beta 4 Released

Apple has released iOS 8.3 beta 4 to developers, the software is also available as a public beta to people who have signed up to Apple’s beta testing program.

This is the second public beta of iOS that Apple has released to non developers and the software is expected to be released to everyone sometime over the next few months.

The latest iOS 8.3 Beta 4 comes with a range of bug fixes and improvements, Apple also released a new Xcode 6.3 beta to developers at the same time.

We recently heard about a new feature that would be released in 8.3, the ability to be able to download free apps on your iPhone or iPad without having to enter a password each time.

Source BGR

Microsoft Azure App Services For Developers Launched

Microsoft has announced the launch of their new Azure App Service for developers, which is a cloud based service that is designed to let developers easily build apps.

The Microsoft Azure App Services allows developers to build mobile apps, web apps, logic apps and API apps.

App Service is a one-of-a-kind cloud service which allows developers to easily build employee, partner and customer-facing apps for any platform or device. This solution integrates the Microsoft Azure Websites, Mobile Services and Biztalk Services into a single service with a common app hosting, runtime and extensibility model, enabling simplified integration with popular consumer and commercial services and on-premises systems, all for one low price.

Source Microsoft

X-Files Officially Returning For 6 Episodes

For the past week or so rumors have been swirling that the X-Files could return to fox and fans have been hopeful. Well, this week the folks at Fox have made it official. The X-Files TV show will return. A run of 6 episodes will be airing soon – though the exact release date is not known yet. Production of the series will begin in the Summer of 2015.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said creator/executive producer Chris Carter, “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

Apparently these episodes will be six individual stories, not one long-running episode arc split into six. The series will star the original two agents from the original X-Files TV series and movies, Fox Multer and Dana Scully. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles.

Fox has released the following statement: “The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. ” Just in case you are somehow not familiar with the concept of the show.

Source Slashgear

HP Teams Up With Bang & Olufsen

HP has announced that they have teamed up with Band & Olufsen to bring the company’s audio technology to a number of devices.

The two companies will bring B&O audio technology to HP’s computers, laptops, tablets and other devices which will include accessories.

HP and Bang & Olufsen will custom tune each notebook, desktop, tablet and accessory for precise sound. In all HP devices that carry the Bang & Olufsen or B&O PLAY brand, a dedicated audio island isolates the sensitive audio circuits from other signals on the motherboard. The headphone jack limits the amount of metal parts to reduce ground noise to help further perfect the audio experience on HP devices. 
Because customers want the ability to customize their audio for movies, music and voice, HP devices include an audio control panel. This allows customers to customize and enhance their audio experience based on preset configurations tuned by HP and Bang & Olufsen. Customers can choose from optimized presets or manually tune the sound to their liking.

The company has said that the first devices to get Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play Audio will include their Spectre, Omen and Envy systems as well as some commercial PCs, the first devices will launch this spring.

Source HP
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