Comic-Con bans Google Glass

Comic-Con kicked off yesterday, and the organizers announced that people could not use Google Glass during any screenings, you can see the official statement below.
“You cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room,” the handbooks reads. “If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times.”
This should hardly come as a surprise, as video and audio recording equipment have not been allow at Comic-Con screenings in the past.
Source Mashable

Mercedes Presents AMG GT V8 Engine

Mercedes have been teasing their new Mercedes AMG GT supercar for some time, we have seen a video of the vehicles engine, and have also see a video of the car, and now Mercedes have made their new AMG V8 engine for the AMG GT official.
The Mercedes AMG GT will use a new AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, which will pump put 503 HP and 479 pounds of torque, which will give it a faster 0 to 60 time of its predecessor the SLS AMG.
The new AMG V8 engine has two turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – experts call it a ‘hot inside V’. The benefits are a compact engine design, an optimum response and low exhaust gas emissions. Dry sump lubrication allows the engine to be installed lower, which moves the centre of gravity closer to the road and forms the basis for high lateral acceleration. The M178 (in-house designation) from AMG is thus the world’s first sports car engine with hot inside V and dry sump lubrication. With a dry weight of 209 kg the new AMG V8 is also the lightest engine in its competitive segment.
You can find out more details about the new AMG GT V8 engine over at Daimler at the link below.
Source Daimler

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Preview

Apple has released the public preview of the upcoming OS X Yosemite as a Beta Program to the first one million users.
Apple also announced the company will not update the public build of OS X Yosemite as often as it does for the Developers Preview, which is usually two to three weeks, but customers running the beta build will be able to upgrade to the final build via Mac App Store when it releases.
Rumors suggest Apple will release the final build of the OS X Yosemite Developer Preview on September 29th, with the Gold Master version releasing on October 10th. As far as the final version is concerned, rumors suggest it will get official in late-October.
Source: 9to5Mac

Video: Sense - A Smart Sleep Sensor

Sense is designed to be a smart sleep sensor that tracks and monitors your sleeping patterns, the device is currently being funded by Kickstarter, and the creators of the device have already raised three times their original $100,000 goal in 24 hours.
The device will monitor you sleep patterns and also your sleeping environment, it will work with you smartphone, and it has a smart alarm which is designed to wake you up at exactly the right time in your sleep cycle.
We created Sense to be simple, uncomplicated and useful. Sense is the first system that combines the insight of your sleep patterns with the data of the environment in your bedroom, including noise, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air.

With Sense’s Smart Alarm, it can even wake you up in the morning at the right point in your sleep cycle, to avoid that groggy feeling we all hate so much. All easily available via our iPhone and Android applications.

This new sleep tracker will work with both Android and iOS, and the device is currently available on Kickstarter for $99, it will cost $129 when it hits the stores.
You can find out more details about Sense over at Kickstarter at the link below.
Source Kickstarter

1 in 9 Americans think SMS stands for Sadomasochism

A recent study from a UK telephone retailer has shown how much the average US citizen struggles with their knowledge of the latest telephone acronyms; the survey found that 52.5% of respondents thought the political party UKIP was a British Internet Service Provider, and 1 in 9 thought that SMS was shorthand for Sadomasochism.

The new study conducted by as part of their research into the telephony related knowledge of US consumers has provided some interesting results.

Given the sharp rise in demand for smart devices and internet phone services in the US over the past few years, the Glasgow based business wanted to learn more about the American market. 2,999 male and female participants aged 18 and over took part from across the US and were asked to put their techn acronyms knowledge to the test.

The study presented respondents with a list of telephone industry acronyms, as well as non-telephony related terms; and asked them to select from a choice of three possible definitions what best defined the word they had been shown. Respondents were unaware that the study was specifically looking at knowledge of telephone industry acronyms and so generic acronyms were used too.

From the results, just 30.2% of those surveyed correctly identified ‘UKIP’ as a ‘political party’; with 52.5% incorrectly thinking it was an ‘internet service provider’ and a further 17.3% believing it to be a type of ‘urinary tract infection’.

34.7% of respondents incorrectly identified ‘ISDN’ to be a ‘unique identifier for books’, most likely confusing it with ISBN; whilst almost 2 in 10, 19.1%, thought that ‘VOIP’ was ‘a social network’.

Some of the most commonly misinterpreted technology terms, in no particular order, were revealed by the survey as follows:

  • DECT – Australian Government Quango (13.9%)

  • ADSL – disability standard for European businesses (20.1%)

  • SMS – Shorthand for sadomasochism (11.8%)

  • Daniel Stockhaus, from commented on the findings:

    “As an ecommerce business who provide the latest telephone devices to the UK, France and Germany we wanted to learn more about the US marketplace.

    We were trying to determine just how well the average American understood some of the commonly used telephone acronyms and it seems that there is clearly some education that needs to be carried out by our industry!

    You can understand how some people were confused by words such as ISDN but I have no doubt these terms will soon be more common as we become more digitally connected over the next few years.”

    It's not the first time that technology terms have been confused as the LA Times reported earlier this year that many people struggled with other fairly well known acronyms such as "SEO" Search Engine Optimisation, "HTML" Hyper Text Markup Language which eleven percent thought was a type of sexually transmitted disease and "USB" which some confused as an acronym for a European country.

    To be perfectly honest I think that there's a large number of Americans who would just about believe anything you told them especially as 17% believe Barack Obama is Muslim.

    2015 Porsche Cayenne, Includes A Hybrid Gets Official

    Porsche has announced a version of its SUV, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, which comes with some minor updates over the previous model.
    The new 2015 Porsche Cayenne will come in five different versions, which include a Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S Diesel and a new hybrid, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

    As well as a new range of engine, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne gets some design changes on the outside, which include a sharper look, and a new design for the front end, which includes new front wings, a new front body and bonnet, plus some new airblades which are designed for improved cooling.

    The back of the Porsche Cayenne has also been updated, it now comes with a new layout for the rear lights, and some new brake lights, plus a number of other design changes.

    According to Porsche the new 2015 Porsche Cayenne range is designed for improved fuel efficiency, although this hasn’t been done at the expense of performance, as the new models come with more power and torque.

    The most interesting model in the new Porsche Cayenne range is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which is the first plug in hybrid in the Cayenne range, it features a lithium-ion traction 0.8 kWh battery with  range of between 18 and 36 KM on the electric engine alone.

    The electric motor on the Cayenne S E-Hybrid comes with 47 hp, and the vehicle also comes with a three liter V6 engine that is supercharged and produces 333 hp, giving a total combined power of 416 hp.

    The 2015 Porsche Cayenne will go on sale in Europe in October, the Cayenne Diesel will retail for  € 66,260, the Cayenne S € 80,183, the Cayenne S Diesel € 82,087, Cayenne S E-Hybrid will cost € 82,087, and the Cayenne Turbo € 128,378. You can find out more details over at Porsche at the link below.
    Source Porsche

    Tesla Is Ready For Tesla Model X Production

    Tesla is getting  ready to put its new Tesla Model X into production, the vehicle is expected to launch early next year, and it is designed to be a crossover electric vehicle.
    Tesla is apparently gearing up for production of the Model X at its factory in Fremont, CA, the company is expanding the factory with a $100 million dollar renovation, which includes adding in 25 robots, and upgrading its assembly line ready for the model X.
    At the moment Tesla only produces ones vehicle, the Tesla Model S, but when the Model X goes into production, the two vehicles will be built side by side at the company’s factory.
    The new robots that are being introduced at the Fremont factory will boost the company’s overall production by around 25 percent, this will allow the two EVs to be built in the same assembly line.

    Tesla has apparently halted production of the Model S to make the upgrades to the factory, but the downtime will be limited, and production will start again in around two weeks.
    As the Tesla Model X is going to launch in the second quarter of 2015, Tesla will be able to use the upgraded factory to produce more Model S vehicles until Model X production starts.
    The company is also working on their third electric vehicle, the Tesla Model III, which will take on the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the Mercedes C Class, although this model wont launch until 2016.
    Source Autoblog
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    2014 Samsung Developer Conference Announced

    Samsung has announced that the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference will take place between the 11th and 13th of November 2014. The conference will be held at the Moscone West Center in San Francisco.
    Samsung launched their first developer conference last year, and we can expect to see a number of new things from Samsung at their 2014 developer conference.
    Last October, Samsung held its first annual Samsung Developers Conference (SDC) in San Francisco. Numbers of Samsung SDKs were introduced and discussed at the SDC, including Mobile SDK, Smart TV SDK 5.0 Multiscreen Gaming SDK, Multiscreen SDK, KNOX Enterprise SDK beta.
    Since then, Samsung announced its plans to release the improved Samsung Mobile SDK with Samsung Galaxy S5 and introduced the first S Health SDK powered by Samsung health platform in MWC2014. Samsung also introduced both of the Tizen SDK for Wearable and Samsung Accessory SDK powered by Samsung Gear series.
    One thing we are interested to hear more details about at the conference is Samsung KNOX, Google recently announced it would be integrated into Android 5.0 L, and there are rumors that Samsung may kill KNOX off.
    You can find out more details, and also register for more information on the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference over at their developer website.
    Source Samsung

    Windows 9 Screenshots Show The Start Menu

    Microsoft has been making a number of changed to Windows 8, the company is also working on the next version of their OS, and now we have some Windows 9 screenshots.
    The two Windows 9 screenshots were revealed by the guys over at MYCE, they are from a build of Windows 9 which was compiled on the 13th of July with build number 9795, and they show the return of a Star Menu in Windows 9.
    The build pictured in the screenshots, build 9795, was compiled on July 13th and is part of the uip_dev feature build lab (FBL). UIP stands for User Interface & Platform so it is basically just the team responsible for UX changes like the start menu and windowed apps plus some under the hood kernel changes.

    As well as the Start Menu, the Windows 9 screenshots also show fully windowed apps, this is something we have not seen before, we previously heard about the start menu returning to Windows 8.
    These two changes would be significant from the current release of Windows 8, it is not clear as yet on whether Microsoft ay introduce the windowed app feature to Windows 8, or whether we will have to wait until Windows 9 to see this. Head on over to MYCE at the link below for more information.
    Source MYCEGizmodo

    Amazon Releases a Wallet App for Android

    Without an announcement, Amazon has released its own Wallet app for Android.
    The app is in beta right now, so we don’t really know what the plan is for the future, but for now it is similar to Apple’s Passbook as far as functionality goes. There is currently no option to add credit or debit cards, but you can store all of your gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards in the wallet.

    With some gift cards you’ll even be able to check the balance. What is interesting about this one is the list of supported retailers. The list is pretty impressive, compared to the short list that Google announced when it added gift card support. Amazon Wallet does not integrate with Amazon Payments though, for some reason. That’s the service where Amazon Marketplace sellers get money, and Amazon users can use it to send or receive money. Seems like they should be together. Maybe they will be eventually.
    The app comes preinstalled on the Amazon Fire Phone, and it is also available for other Android devices running 4.0 or higher.
    Source Phone Arena

    Apple Announced Quarter Three Financial Results

    Apple has announced its quarter three financial results, the latest reports cover the company’s fiscal 2014 third quarter, and they had quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and a new quarterly profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share.
    This is up from gross revenue of $35.3 billion and a net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, for the same period in 2013.
    “Our record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem, driving our highest EPS growth rate in seven quarters,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are incredibly excited about the upcoming releases of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, as well as other new products and services that we can’t wait to introduce.”
    Apple also announced that they generated $10.3 billion in cash flow, and also returned over $8 billion in cash to shareholders in the form of dividends.
    Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $.47 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 14, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2014.
    Apple has now spent a total of $74 billion in their capital return program, which is set to return $130 billion over the next six quarters.
    Source Apple

    Video: New Google Play Store Launched

    Google has announced that they have started to roll the update out to smartphones and tablets, and you can expect it to launch on your handsets over the next couple of weeks.
    The updated Google Play Store gets a new look and feel, with Google’s new Material Design, which is designed to focus more on the content.
    The video below shows the old Google Play Store compared to the new Google Play Store, and it gives us a good idea of the changes that are coming to Android devices.
    As you can see from the video, when you first go to the new Google Play Store on your smartphone, the changes look minimal, but when you select and app, or music etc, you can clearly see the changes between the two stores.
    We do not know as yet when exactly it will be released for various devices, Google have said that they will roll the update out over the next two weeks. If you don’t want to wait until it lands on yoiur device, you can download the update and install it on your device from the link below.
    Source Droid Life

    Xiaomi Mi4 Specs Leaked

    The Xiamoi Mi4 recently turned up on a retailers website, which confirms some of the specifications we previously heard about the handset.
    The device will feature a 5.5 inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 538 pixels per inch, the handset will also be powered by a quad core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and it will feature 3GB of RAM, plus an Adreno 420 GPU.
    Other specifications on the Xiaomi Mi4 will include 32GB of storage, and front and rear facing cameras, the front camera is said to be a 5 megapixel model, and the rear camera will be a 16 megapixel version with Optical Image Stabilization.
    The Xiaomi Mi4 will features a 3200 mAh battery, Xiaomi’s MIUI V5 which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, the handset will also feature 4GLTE.
    The handset is listed to retail for $499 at online retailer Oppomart, and it will be available in two colors, black and white, you can find out more details about the device at the link below.
    Monday, July 21, 2014

    5 Tools to Help Organize Your Digital Documents

    More digital products, information, and data mean more necessary storage space. Prior to the boom of the information age, individuals and businesses used filing cabinets and scanners to store important documents. But as data continues to grow, people need more areas to not only store information, but to organize it.

    Therefore, as communication continues to grow throughout digital platforms, so will storage and organizational digital applications. Below are 5 application tools that will help streamline your efforts in organization and storage. If you don’t have even one of these 5 applications, I would recommend downloading some of them quickly to your phone, tablet, or other device – most of them are free.

    So here they are, the 5 application tools you should have right now to help organize your digital documents.

    The Top Five Apps

    Dropbox – One of the first applications to the market of cloud-based data storage, this application is a great addition to your collection that can be used for business or personal endeavors. The basic subscription to the server is free and provides you with up to 2GB of free storage space. In addition, one of the most magnifying aspects of this application is the ability to access more space for storage through referrals, surveys, and games. By participating in various activities provided by the company, you may be able to gain up to an additional 16GB in free space. Additional space is only approximately $10.00 a month for about 100GB. The application allows you to organize videos, images, or documents through folders and digital filing cabinets, where multiple people are able to work on the project and share the account.

    Google Drive – Google Drive does about the same thing as Dropbox, but provides much more functionality than Dropbox in both sharing and simultaneous working. In addition, all workers on the project will have Gmail applications including email, docs, presentations, storage, etc. All of these applications allow multiple people shared on a specific folder to access to all of these applications within Google’s infrastructure. Everything used within the Google network is free, unless you’re interested in higher-end upgrades that are not extremely necessary to get the job done.

    Box – Many people confuse this storage and organizational tool with Dropbox, but Box is actually a predecessor to the well-known cloud-based storage system – and many agree that it’s better. Dropbox suffices the needs of individuals for personal storage, particularly smaller documents and videos across multiple platforms. On the contrary, Box was designed for enterprises because the functionality surpasses Dropbox on every level. Box is best known for collaborative work due to the privacy and confidentiality controls. For example, managers can easily delegate tasks by choosing which employees can edit, upload, or open certain files. Even if you don’t use Box for business, the control functions involved with the storage application are great. The downfall is the lack of upload sizes and total space available per account – this application also costs money for membership.

    Things – This time management system and task manager helper allows you to organize digital documents and task lists, while also organizing your goals by breaking down achievable chunks of each task and assigning schedules for completion. If you’re looking to get organized on all levels and get things done efficiently, this is the optimal solution for you. It does cost a little money, ranging from $10.00 to $50.00 based on platform. If you’re looking for free alternatives, I would recommend Todoist.

    ABBYY Business Card Reader – Free version on Android and $4.99 on iOS for full version. Let’s face it; everyone accumulates business cards or contact cards over time from colleagues and other individuals interested in continuous contact. This application is well worth the small cost, effectively converting your taken picture of the given card to storable text in your phone. After the scanner has captured the information on the card, you’ll be able to edit any errors or change information at will on your phone’s contact editor. ABBYY is a very effective technology, relatively accurate, and one of the premiere optical character recognition software apps on the planet.

    Author Bio:
    Matthew Hall is a recent graduate from Florida Institute of Technology who presently supplements his income with freelance writing on tech matters. For getting those digital documents to others, he highly recommends making use of an online fax service which can be found through comparison services such as Find A Fax.

    Video: Mercedes AMG GT

    Mercedes have been teasing their replacement for the AMG SLS for a while, the new Mercedes AMG GT, and now the company has released a new video.
    The video below shows the new AMG GT under camouflage, and the company talks about the various engine modes that will be available in this new supercar.
    The new Mercedes AMG GT will actually come with 60HP less than the AMG SLS it is replacing, although it is expected to be faster than its predecessor. It will be powered by a 4.0 liter V8 engine, that will feature 503 HP and 479 pound-feet of torque, it will also be equipped with two turbochargers.
    This is one car we are looking forward to seeing, the engine certainly sounds very impressive from the video. Mercedes will unveil the new Mercedes AMG GT later this year, it is expected to be made official some time in the fall.
    Source Autoblog, YouTube


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