Motorola, News, smartwatches

Moto 360 unveiled by Best Buy weeks before release

moto-360-bestbuy3 After all the mystery of Motorola's latest not-so-revealing reveal last week, online shopping mogul Best Buy has published a listing of the Moto 360, complete with feature list and price, nearly two weeks before the smartwatch actually goes on sale. It seems that the specifications are consistent with previous rumours, as well as the US$249 price tag. The screen, coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 3, is a 1.5" 320x290 LCD, with a density of 205ppi. Motorola makes use of both stainless ...

Cameras, Reviews

Canon PowerShot S200 review: cool camera with worthless WiFi transfer

Canon review lead With smartphones and their apps taking over so many tasks previously managed by other methods and equipment, the question to ask is if we still need point-and-shoot cameras? Do they still have a space to fill that smartphones can’t? Everyone carries their cellphone with them and it has become the source of information via social media. This is the age of casual reporting, and it's within the reach of anyone. Since my first camera cellphone, I've always only considered the best ...

Offbeat, Xbox One

Ori and the Blind forest PC version revealed as Xbox One crashes during Gamescom

PC ori crash This is a cute little story, because it highlights how silly ol' uncle Microsoft can be. At the Xbox One stand at this years Gamescom, Microsoft accidentally revealed its secret weapon: the PC. During a demo of Ori and the Blind Forest on an Xbox One, the game crashed to a Windows 7 desktop (you can see so from the wallpaper). Ori and the Blind Forest is making its way to PC "this fall", so it's no secret to show it's Windows executable ...

Motorola, News

Motorola to reveal Moto 360, X+1, G2 at September 4 event

moto event sept 4 Most of the rumours crowding the internet for the past month have been gravitating around Apple and the iPhone 6. Finally, there's some relief for both Cupertino and those sick of hearing about glowing logos. Motorola is rumoured to be launching its eagerly awaited Moto 360 smartwatch, Moto X+1 and Moto G2 smartphones next month. In a new, official website dubbed newfrommoto, the company seemingly toys with the media with a paper fortune teller, which would make school children across the ...

Games

We dissect the brand-new Bloodborne gameplay trailer

Bloodborne lead image2 There are at least 10 quality games coming out for the PS4 in 2014 and one incredible game releasing "early 2015." That game is From Software's PS4-exclusive Bloodborne, the first true successor to the Dark Souls series. I'm a Souls fan-boy, and to say that Bloodborne gets my hemoglobins flowing is no lie. The developers of the Souls series (Demon, Dark), namely From Software and SCE Japan Studio, as well as Hidetaka Miyazaki have combined forced to create what will surely ...

Innovation

Eye see what you’re doing there: German scientists creates first portable retina scanner

DARPA It’s small enough to fit inside a purse, light enough to carry without inconvenience, and it could hold the key to your personal security. Developed by Uwe Schelinski, a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems in Dresden, this device is able to identify people by scanning their retina, a light-sensitive layer at the back of your eyeball. While a retina scanner is nothing new, the innovation of a compact, portable scanner is groundbreaking. The device is 5" long ...

Games, Geeky Gizmos

One console to play them all: Super Famicom K1 emulates 30 classic systems

20140810210713-super_famicom_k1 There's something satisfying about legacy gaming systems, with their dust-covered cartridges and unique port interfaces. Regardless of how powerful consoles are today, the charm and allure of seasoned consoles cannot be ignored. Planning to encapsulate the powers of 30 retro machines into one, an Indiegogo entrepreneur is looking for funds for the aptly named Super Famicom K1 -- possibly the most powerful retro gaming system ever conceived. Requesting a humble US$5000 funding goal, the Famicom K1 will use Nvidia's Jetson TK1 development ...

Innovation

OM/ONE levitating speaker is a football-shaped floating gimmick you’ll probably want

OMONE By now, the world is well familiar with those bright, glass-encased liquid speakers that perform a rather stunning light show whenever they are switched on. Additionally, there's the science experiment lab-coats love involving a non-Newtonian fluid placed on a speaker cone. But then there's this -- the OM/ONE -- touted as the world's first levitating speaker. Levitating, indeed. Like David Blaine or Aladdin's magical carpet. It's the stuff of legend and optical illusion, but the OM/ONE team has, through the wonders ...

Reviews

Strontium Nitro Plus 64GB microSDXC review: the gold-plated standard

Strontium SD card 1 A storage card is a storage card, right? Well, not entirely. They're integral components in the mobile device ecosystem but are an often overlooked and underappreciated piece of kit. Although each microSD card looks, behaves and typically does the same thing -- which is, store things -- some are faster than others, some are prettier than others and some come with rather great little addons. The Strontium Nitro stakes its claim in the "some" category. To be honest, I wasn't completely familiar ...

Innovation

MIT-made robo-wheelchair the ‘Terminator’ of autonomous transportation

Wheelie MIT’s voice-commandable, autonomous wheelchair is being tested at The Boston Home, “a specialized-care residence for adults with multiple sclerosis and other progressive neurological conditions.” In development since 2005, MIT’s Intelligent Wheelchair Project is focused on drastically improving the lives of people suffering from a variety of physical disabilities that otherwise severely limit their movement. Although wheelchair technology has come far over the past few decades, providing paraplegics the ability to move their chairs using either their breath or eyes to issue commands, MIT’s wheelchair ...

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