Monday, January 27, 2014
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Friday, January 17, 2014
For tech enthusiasts, Christmas didn't come in December -- it arrived a couple of weeks later at CES 2014. This year's version of the much-loved consumer electronics show kicked off with a dazzling display of technology, thrilling the thousands of gadget geeks who made the trip to Las Vegas.
Although dozens of intriguing new products were announced or put on display, a few truly stood out from the rest. Let's look at five of the most impressive product showings at CES 2014.
The wearable tech trend began to gather steam in 2013, and if CES 2014 is any indication, the trend will continue. Among the best wearable products displayed was the Pebble Steel, a beautifully constructed smartwatch. While the smartwatch category has yet to really catch fire, one truly spectacular device could change the way consumers think. While it's too early to declare the Pebble Steel a game-changing device, it certainly has a number of eye-catching attributes, including clean, modern styling and excellent functionality. Technology Entrepreneur Jason Hope, views smartwatches and other wearable tech as a likely growth area in 2014. "As people become more comfortable with the idea of 'wrist computing,' smartwatches could make significant gains in the mobile market," he said. "Wearable tech in general seems poised for near-term growth, thanks to an array of exciting new products in the space."
Sony's announcement of its "console gaming without the console" app PlayStation Now generated palpable excitement at CES 2014. Why? Because it offers gamers a dream scenario -- the ability to play classic console games without hardware. The app will work on a subscription model and is expected to be released in the United States this summer. Looking at the wider picture, this announcement could be part of an overall shift in strategy away from traditional console gaming. Cloud services are expected to play a larger and larger role in the gaming industry. PlayStation Now has the potential to be at the forefront of that trend.
LG Life Band Touch
Continuing in the vein of wearable technology, the LG Life Band Touch is a fitness wristband that can sync with Android and iOS via Bluetooth. It can also track the nitty-gritty details of a workout, such as distance traveled, workout length and calories burned or consumed. The fitness band can work in tandem with LG's Heart Rate Earphones to track your heart rate during your workout. When not measuring heart rate, the ear buds serve as standard music headphones.
Ultra HD TVs
Great looking televisions are rarely in short supply at an electronics show. But this year's examples from Sony and Samsung took high-definition to another level -- namely, ultra high-definition. Sony introduced a new wedge-shaped design for its Bravia series, and Samsung introduced a curved-display Ultra HD television with four times the resolution of a standard HD television. Though the 3D television craze never seemed to take flight, expect Ultra HD to be a different story. Once content creators catch up to the technology, it's only a matter of time before Ultra HD becomes the standard. Downward pressure on high-end television prices will likely accelerate this process.
For years, Roku has sold boxes that allow Internet-to-television streaming. Now they're selling televisions, too. The company announced its new Roku TV smart television at CES 2014. The new device will play content from services such as Netflix without requiring a set top box. Roku aims to cut through the clutter and offer an easy-to-operate way to access entertainment content across multiple platforms. The company plans to sell Roku TVs at major retailers, while keeping the price point relatively low. That strategy could result in significant market share, making Roku a player in the smart television market.
Amy Taylor is a technology and business writer. Amy began her career as a small business owner in Phoenix, Arizona. She has taken that knowledge and experience and brought that to her unique writing capabilities. She really enjoys new business related issues that are tied directly to technology.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Tech News 24h · 0
Everyone’s tastes are different, whether it’s your favourite food, the kind of hobbies you have, the football team you support, your idea of interior design or the clothes you buy – we’re all different and that’s what makes us who we are. Gaming is another industry in which people’s opinions differ, and this means that different games are popular at certain periods of time.
It’s not just the titles that swap places in terms of popularity, but also the genres. Sometimes it’s a role-playing game that tops the charts in terms of sales, next it might be a simulator – quite often it depends on the title being released, but many come out within weeks or months of each other in an attempt to top the charts on their own right, not just because there isn’t much competition.
Many games are released around certain times, such as Christmas, in order to sell by the million across the globe to people desperate for Santa to put a copy underneath their tree; while others are released in time for a new console – such as the recent release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Others, however, seem to come out around the time that the title is popular elsewhere, such as the range of different online games featuring the X Factor which is on our screens in the UK at the moment.
Over the years, different titles have remained popular even when our tastes might be changing and the demographic are getting older. Way back in the early ‘90s, some games were particularly popular but even today they’re right up there in terms of sales figures each year as a newer, updated version is released to satisfy the public’s demand for a new game.
Over the years, these newer titles have taken on new forms. We’ve seen them released onto different platforms, new characters introduced and some amazing updates released that make us wonder how we ever managed to play them in their early days when the graphics were nothing compared to what they are now. It’s amazing to see the number of sales of each title, too, especially those that have been around for many years now.
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Friday, January 10, 2014
If you’re on the battlefield of online dating, here are five tools you need to use.
1) Instant Checkmate
When people write their dating profile, they understandably leave out the bits they don’t want you to know about. But just because they don’t tell you the truth about their past, that doesn’t mean you can’t find out. Instant Checkmate is a service that allows you to instantly view public records, including arrest records, marriage licenses, and known addresses. If you run your potential date’s name through their database, you’ll be able to see if they are covering up an assault charge or are secretly married.
2) Dating Advice
Sometimes we all need a little guidance on the path to romance. DatingAdvice reguarly publishes tips from dating experts, summaries of scientific studies about dating, and even includes a forum where you can pose your own dating dilemmas. When you know what you’re doing, it makes online dating feel a whole lot easier. They have a section especially for online daters so you can be up-to-date on the best strategies to get the most out of your ventures in digital romance.
3) Gravy App
Never be at a loss for a first date idea when you have the handy Gravy app. You enter a mood, and the gravy app gives you tons of cool local events, restaurants, and venues to check out. It even includes shows and concerts that you can only catch on one night. If you are on the street, you can ask it to show you the best events that are within walking distance. You’ll look like a hip, knowledgeable expert when you go out on dates to cool secret spots, plus you’ll get the opportunity to explore your city while dating. Win-win!
4) First Date Questions App
Are you not a gifted conversationalist? The nifty iPhone app First Date Questions is designed to help you always have something to say. It’s filled with ice breakers like “If you could stop one bad habit, what would it be?” and “What does an ideal relationship look like to you?” You can choose questions by category or select one entirely at random. The countless questions ensures that you’ll never have to suffer an uncomfortable silence on your first date.
5) Cheater Registry
If fidelity is one of your top priorities in a relationship, do a search on the Cheater Registry before you agree to a date. On this website, men and women who have been burned by a partner with a wandering eye can register the cheaters with a name and photograph. Some serial cheaters even have multiple entries from the many partners they burned.
Toby Mudd is a blogger living in Augusta, Maine. He writes about online dating, romance, and relationships.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
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Monday, January 6, 2014
Given the leaps of
advancement that television and computer technology has seen over the past
thirty years or so, it shouldn't come as a surprise that we are still moving
forward and fast! With processor speeds doubling every few years as well as
music transmitting digitally it should come as no shock that the 4K television,
lauded as the most fantastic image on screen to date, is arriving to the
domestic market. Since hearing this news it's almost certain that many of you
technophiles are itching to jump up and replace that pitiful excuse of a
machine that can now only provide you with lack lustre stimulation. We're being
treated to the 4K, or rather 3,860*2,160 (over 8 million pixels overall) LED
screen, which has been in the cinemas since 2001 and has also aided in the
development of 3D films and television.
Classics’s RevampedLED screen technology is progressing so quickly that many of us are finding it hard to look at old screens and not wince at the harshness the image now leaves on our retina, oh how our brains adapt to being spoilt. On the flip side however, the technology installed into these new machines, the television can now analyse and improve upon the shows that came before it's own time to increase the quality of the image to a new and unprecedented level! So many classic films will be brought back to our living rooms and given fresh life to them that brings a new sense of awe and excitement that we probably haven't felt since seeing the classics as children; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz and of coarse the Disney classics of Snow White and the like which will now appear, not only revamped by the Hollywood producers but also by the amazing technology within the machine itself! Although it is only recently this adaptive technology has been introduced to the machine as the television was too advanced for what we were viewing.
It can only get better!The 4k TV has the potential to improve the experience across all of the entertainment formats due to it's self analysis and improvements of the images that it relays. There are also rumours of an abundance of extra features from; browsing the internet to renting films directly from the menu. Of course gamers have been targeted with the two players on one screen feature (never mind just having the sheer size and improved graphics) that uses polarized glasses for two people to simultaneously view separate images on the same screen. Combine that with the next generation of gaming graphics and we might lose a lot of people. Although this machine is going to be pricey for awhile, those of us with patience will be able to get it at a decent cost. The mobile phone company once ran the iconic campaign “the futures bright, the futures orange”, well now television manufactures can say “the futures bright, but look at our massive HD televisions that'll blur the lines between reality and pixels and blow your mind.”
Arnold Francis is a self confessed technophile, audiophile and screen junkie. He loves to write about screens, TVs, cinemas, projectors, computers and full scale, computer rendered simulacra of real and imagined worlds, just 'cause.
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Friday, November 29, 2013
1. Mach-5 – Speed RacerSpeed Racer drives this car in the animated versions as well as in the recent live-action Wachowski brother’s adaptation. The story goes that the Mach-5 was created by Speed Racer’s father, Pops Racer. The design of the car was most likely inspired by the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa designed around 1960. In 2000, an actual prototype version was created, with 100 production cars created afterwards. The cars even have some of the gadgets built in from the cartoons. In the live-action version, the car wasn’t driven on a track. It was suspended from a crane, and most of the film was done digitally to create a fantasy setting which would be impossible to create otherwise.
2. The Batmobile – BatmanA list of memorable cars isn’t complete without the Batmobile. This famous car has seen many different designs, from Tim Burton’s curvy and elegant version built on a Chevrolet Impala chassis, to the latest Tumbler seen in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy which was created from scratch. One defining characteristic of all the Batmobiles is their technological superiority. They’re generally faster, stealthier and more mobile than anything around them, and they always seem to sneak away from pursuers to return to the Bat Lair.
3. Ecto-1 – GhostbustersWhen production began on the Ghostbusters movie, they had a design for the Ecto-1, but needed to build a real model. They asked themselves, “Who we gonna call?” It turned out that they called Cadillac, and built the Ecto-1 on a 1959 professional chassis. The design has stayed essentially the same since then, showing up in cartoons and toys. The Ecto-1 still makes appearances around Hollywood now and then, to promote new Ghostbusters related media.
4. The Delorean DMC – 12, Back to the FutureThis time-traveling car is probably the most iconic movie car of all time. You see references to and images of the Delorean popping up all over the place even to this day. From the iconic look to the limited production run, there are many reasons why this car stands out so much.
During production of the film trilogy, 6 cars were used, and an additional replica was created out of fiberglass for use in some scenes. Today, only 3 of these cars remain. Two of them belong to Universal Studios, and one is in a private collection. At the end of Back to the Future Part 3, one of the cars was destroyed, and two others ended up forgotten and rotting. It’s also notable that the sound of the car in the movies was actually a dub of a V8, rather than the Delorean’s PRV V6.
5. Ford Gran Torino – Starsky and HutchThis car wasn’t exactly the first choice for series creator William Blinn. Originally he wanted a Chevrolet Camaro convertible, but it turned out that the production company had a contract with Ford, so they ended up with two 1975 Gran Torinos powered by Windsor v8s. It’s also a bit funny because Starsky actor Paul Michael Glaser didn’t like the car as soon as he saw it, saying it was ugly and didn’t fit the role. He was even known to be rough with the car on purpose, because of his distaste for it. Whatever their early thoughts though, the show, and the recent movie, turned out to be a big hit, and made the Gran Torino a more popular car and deserving of its place on this list.
Lindsay Patterson is a self-described nerd with a love of technology and the endless possibilities it creates as it advances.
Friday, November 29, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Monday, November 25, 2013
The enormous San Francisco Bay is the ideal area for visitors who have opted for car hire to explore independently. There are numerous islands just waiting to be discovered here including the world famous former prison island of Alcatraz, while winding roads also lead the way around San Francisco Bay to secluded bays as well as the commanding Bay Bridge, which is far older and longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of North America and this impressive structure can be viewed from a number of different parts of San Francisco. One of the best ways to get a feel for the sheer scale of the Golden Gate Bridge is to drive over to the picturesque Golden Gate Park, which is situated on a stunning peninsula that stretches all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the gorgeous Haight's Panhandle. Visitors who have spent time driving through the city of San Francisco to reach Golden Gate Park will be able to stretch their legs a little by wandering through this large and lovely park and taking in sights such as large lakes and a picturesque Japanese tea garden.
After taking the time to fully admire the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge, visitors can drive across the bridge to reach nearby Marin County. This area is particularly popular with people who like to take part in outdoor pursuits and this is a great place to go hiking and fishing.
Visitors who follow the road to Point Reyes National Seashore will be able to embark on an unforgettable whale watching trip before spending time soaking up the sun on the beach. Just a short drive from Point Reyes National Seashore is Mt Tamalpais, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean as well as the beautiful bay.
The state of California is famous for its wine, and people who have picked up car hire will be able to embark on a scenic road trip to explore Wine Country. There are numerous vineyards to be found on the outskirts of San Francisco that are open to the public, including many of the vineyards in areas such as Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Calistoga.
Greg has travelled a lot of the United States by car and recommends the journey to all his readers. Get out there and discover something new in America!
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Friday, November 1, 2013
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