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30 Jan

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What Google Is Really Doing With All Those Robot Companies (from Mashable)

January 30, 2014 | By |

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Since December of last year, Google has purchased at least six companies either buildings robots or creating technologies used in the development of robotics.

Former Google Android lead and current Google Robot Guru Andy Rubin‘s list of acquired companies reads a bit like a baseline robot kit:

  • Redwood Robotics for robot arms
  • Holomni for robot wheels
  • Bot & Dolly for robotics cameras
  • Boston Dynamics for creepy and cool mobile robots
  • DeepMind Technologies for artificial intelligence
  • Meka Robotics for humanoid robots
  • Industrial Perception for computer vision (which may or may not be for robotics)

    While we know Google has interest in self-driving cars, the robot end-game is unclear. Sure, you can build an army of C-3POs, but for what?

    Well, robots are excellent at repetitive tasks, like changing the settings on millions of computers so that they have Google.com as their home page and Google as their default search engine. Would these Google Robots invade homes to make the change or would Google offer it as a service? Send us your computer and our robots will “fix” them.

    No one knows. Until then, I offer you the comic guesswork above.

 

read more: http://mashable.com/2014/01/29/google-robot-plans-humor/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-tech-photo

30 Jan

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South Korea to Develop 5G Network 1,000 Times Faster Than 4G (from Mashable)

January 30, 2014 | By |

 

The country’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) announced Wednesday that it would invest 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) to develop 5G technology that will be 1,000 times faster than 4G LTE and quick enough to allow users to download full-length films (usually an 800-megabyte file) in one second.

MEST plans to roll out a trial 5G service by 2017 and have a commercial service available by 2020. In addition to developing the 5G network itself, MEST will prioritize developing new, key features for 5G, including Ultra-HD streaming, hologram transmission and upgraded social networking services.

South Korea’s government estimates that projected sales for related industries that would use the 5G infrastructure could reach up to 331 trillion won ($310 billion) from 2020 to 2026. MEST wants to implement the plan with cooperation from operators like SK Telecom and Korea Telecom as well as Samsung andLG.

Samsung announced the results of its own early 5G tests last May. The company claimed that it managed to produce a 1.056 Gigabit per second signal to a distance of up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) and has similar plans to have the service commercially available by 2020.

The company’s tests used 64 antennas to get around the problems with the high frequencies needed to transfer data at higher speeds by rapidly switching between which transmitter and receiver beams carried data depending on which could get the clearest signal.

Despite the company’s claims regarding using 5G as a potential network, the lack of published confirmation has drawn skepticism from some in the tech industry.

Just after Samsung made its announcement, Forbes denounced Samsung’s claims as “hyperbole,” taking issue with the technology Samsung claimed it used, especially the vague details surrounding the 64 antennas used in Samsung’s tests.

Though some may write off talk of 5G as being little more than a marketing gimmick, other regions are also looking into developing the next-generation network. According to the Digital Agenda for Europe, the EU has their sights set on 5G and also hopes to be ready to support the increase in traffic expected in 2020.

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Homepage Image: Flickr, Marc Smith

 

read more: http://mashable.com/2014/01/26/south-korea-5g/

30 Jan

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FAA puts microbrewery’s drone beer delivery project on ice (from TheVerge)

January 30, 2014 | By |

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A nearly unbelievable video of a drone that delivers 12-packs of beer to ice fishers on a frozen lake turns out to be too good to be true. Beermaker Lakemaid created the video as a riff on Amazon’s announcement on 60 Minutes last month, where the company showed a theoretical vision of a service that delivers small packages by air, autonomously. But where Amazon’s vision of the future is just that — a vision — Lakemaid was well into the process of creating such a service for local beer delivery, though those plans have been put on ice by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“THEY THINK IT’S A GREAT IDEA”

“They think it’s a great idea, though they’re telling me to stop,” Lakemaid president Jack Supple told The Verge, adding that the FAA considers the project commercial and therefore off limits until those policies are reviewed and potentially revised next year.

Supple says the Amazon service was indeed the spark for the idea, which Lakemaid had planned to test out at Minnesota’s Twin Pines Resort, situated on the western shore of Mille lacs lake. The idea was to let those who were ice fishing put in orders without having to make their way back onto land.

“You know that people sitting in houses, just for the novelty of it, would order it,” Supple says. “A frozen lake is the perfect venue.”

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But the reality of delivering beers by drone is not a simple operation. In the video you see a 12-pack take to the skies under the clutches of a six-propeller drone, though in reality it wasn’t able to carry a full load. “It did deliver the box with something in it,” Supple says. “[But] we had to keep taking bottles out to get it off the ground.” An eight-propeller drone that’s capable of lifting nearly 16 pounds would make short work of it though, and was going to be the delivery vehicle of choice for a real version of the service.

HUMAN CONTROL STILL REQUIRED

Another wrinkle: the video depicts the drone taking off and arriving to GPS coordinates seemingly on its own volition, something Supple also chalks up to video magic. The drone was actually being piloted by a human with a full visual of what was going on, though Supple believes the technical limitations of programming in the locations would be simple given how low ice fishing buildings are, and how flat the frozen lake is.

Lakemaid’s video is not the first airborne alcohol delivery project to be shown off, nor is it likely to be the last. Earlier this month champagne vendor Plus de Bulles showed a video of champagne being sent to a bar near the top of the Verbier resort in Switzerland, though it required the recipient to take it off the drone with a pair of pliers. During an earnings call last month, FedEx’s chief executive also noted that its current drone delivery research was currently capable of carrying “about” four cans of beer, with an operational time of roughly eight minutes.

Despite running up against the legal roadblock, and some rather obvious implications of running into other legal trouble complying with drinking age requirements, Supple says he’s not giving up hope on the service, nor is the FAA. “They’ve told me ‘you’ll be ready.'”

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/29/5358574/faa-puts-microbrewerys-drone-beer-delivery-project-on-ice

30 Jan

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Google to keep Motorola’s Advanced Technology group, including Project Ara modular phone (from TheVerge)

January 30, 2014 | By |

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Google’s blockbuster $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo won’t include the Advanced Technology and Projects group led by former DARPA director Regina Dugan.  The news was confirmed today on a conference call with Lenovo, and sources familiar with the matter say the group will be integrated with Google’s Android team, where Dugan will report to Sundar Pichai but maintain a more independent role.

Dugan, who was named to The Verge 50 earlier this year, manages a team of just under 100 people, all of whom will be moving from their current offices in Sunnyvale to Google’s Mountain View office.

GOOGLE WANTS TO SCALE PROJECT ARA

The most notable project to come from Dugan’s group was the Project Ara modular phone, which allows different phone configurations to be constructed from various parts. The plan is to use Google’s scale and resources to accelerate the project, as well as other wild ideas like security tattoos and other biotech sensors.

Google will also retain the patents developed by the Advanced Technology group, although Lenovo will have a license to them.

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/29/5359068/google-keeping-motorola-advanced-technology-group-project-ara-phone

29 Jan

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Olympus launches 50x superzoom with unique ‘Eagle-Eye’ gun sight (from Engadget)

January 29, 2014 | By |

Not only has Olympus unveiled the Stylus SP-100 with a whopping 50x optical zoom lens, it’s tackled one of the biggest issues in using such cameras: losing a moving subject. The new model is equipped with what the company calls its “eagle-eye” dot-sight located just above the viewfinder, which projects a target onto a semi-transparent mirror below the flash, as shown in the photo after the break. That way, you can keep a bead on your photographic prey (the tech is also used on gun-sights) without needing to zoom out, which could make the difference between nailing or losing a shot. The rest of the specs include a 1/2.3-inch 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a TruePic VII processor, 7fps burst speed with a small 6 frame buffer, a 24-1200 (50mm equivalent) f/2.9-6.5 lens, a 3-inch, 460K-dot LCD, 920K-dot EVF and 1080/60p Full HD video. It’ll arrive in March for $400 or so and while it might not be the biggest superzoom out there, at least you may actually catch Junior’s winning goal.

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/29/olympus-50x-superzoom-stylus-sp-100/

29 Jan

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Google creates five games for Glass to encourage developers (from AndroidAndMe)

January 29, 2014 | By |

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As a new device at the dawn of wearable technology, Google Glass has an incredible amount of untapped potential. But potential means nothing when there is no support behind it, but Google is trying to rally the support of the community for Google Glass. Though the device costs $1500 and is limited to specific people, development will go on until the official release of the product.

To spur some extra development, specifically of games, Google has hacked together five games and made them available on Glassware for everyone to try out. They’re quite simple in nature but look like they’d be fun using Google Glass. Check out the short video to see what Google has made.

I really do hope that people start making amazing apps for Glass. Wearable technology may just be the future people were dreaming about for decades, and Glass can achieve some amazing things. What do you think people should do with Glass?

Source: Google Developers

 

read more: http://androidandme.com/2014/01/news/google-creates-five-games-for-glass-to-encourage-developers/

29 Jan

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CyberpowerPC stuffs full-size graphics into a tiny gaming desktop (from Engadget)

January 29, 2014 | By |

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Not interested in buying a Steam Machine this year, but still want a tiny gaming PC? Never fear — CyberPowerPC has just released the Zeus Mini, its latest take on a conventional small computer with full-sized performance. The system is just 4.4 inches thick and 18 inches deep, but it has room for fast video cards like AMD’s R9 290 or NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780. You’ll also find a high-end AMD Kaveri or Intel Haswell processor inside, and there’s space for a large liquid cooling system if you insist on a silent rig. Zeus Mini prices start at $599 for a basic variant with a 3.7GHz AMD A10 chip and integrated graphics, but demanding players can shell out $1,479 for a flagship model with a 3.5GHz Core i7 and GTX 780 video.

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/28/cyberpowerpc-zeus-mini/

28 Jan

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Microsoft ‘Office Online’ set to replace existing Word and Excel Web Apps (from TheVerge)

January 28, 2014 | By |

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Microsoft is readying a launch of new “Office Online” branding for its existing Office Web Apps. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Office Online will roll out in the coming weeks, and Microsoft’s office.com site will be refreshed to accommodate the changes. The name change follows a similar rebrand for SkyDrive, which is now being christened OneDrive after a trademark case. While the Office Online branding is not related to legal issues, we understand it’s largely focused on making the online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote more accessible and easy to find. ZDNet first reported on Office Online earlier this week.

We’re told that Microsoft will start using “Excel Online” and “Word Online” monikers instead of the slightly more confusing “Excel Web App” and “Word Web App” names that exist today. Office Web Apps are currently buried away in SkyDrive (OneDrive), where it’s not always obvious to consumers. We understand that Office Online will still be available through SkyDrive, but that office.com will serve as an easy way to access the various web apps. The main focus is to ensure consumers are aware of the apps and they’re easy to find. Microsoft is testing versions of Office Online internally, and Yan Zhu, founder oflivesino.net, has supplied The Verge with several screenshots of the new branding and interface.

OFFICE ONLINE SCREENSHOTS

Microsoft is currently refreshing its existing Office Web Apps ahead of the rebrand, and the company revealed that a new navigation bar in Outlook.com will also surface online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. While the software maker has taken the odd step of removing this information from its original blog post, the navigational bar will roll out shortly alongside Office Online. It’s another part of making Microsoft’s Office Web Apps more visible to consumers.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/28/5353178/microsoft-office-online-replaces-office-web-apps

28 Jan

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Turkish Prime Minister gives speech as a 10-foot hologram (from TheVerge)

January 28, 2014 | By |

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech in the city of Izmir last Sunday by way of giant hologram. Erdoğan, unable to make the trip to a party meeting in the western Turkish city, recorded his message against a green screen. In Izmir, a full-body hologram of the Prime Minister roughly 10-feet tall appeared from a coil of blue light, waving to the cheering crowd.

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The Turkish Prime Minister used his ethereal form to talk about upcoming municipal elections, and an ongoing corruption scandal in the country that has led to a purge of high-level officials across his government. While holograms have been used for entertainment purposes — perhaps most notably to project images of Nate Dogg and Tupac at Coachella festival in 2012 — politicians across the world have also tried to harness the technology. In 2012, Indian politician Narendra Modi broadcast 26 holograms of himself to crowds across the state of Gujarat. Modi said the use of holograms showed that India was a world leader in technology.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/28/5353200/turkish-prime-minister-gives-speech-in-izmir-as-giant-hologram

28 Jan

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Google Glass gets prescription glasses: four styles, $225 each (video) (from Engadget)

January 28, 2014 | By |

Remember when Google said its wearable would work perfectly fine withprescription glasses? Well it’s finally delivered, offering a $225 upgrade option for current Google Glass Explorers. Crafted from titanium (whatever else?), the designs are pretty unassuming and classy: they look like glasses frames you’d see at an optometrist. There’s four styles to choose from — Curve, Thin, Split, Bold — making the selection sound more like font categories than frame categories. Google Glass then attaches to the frame through several screws. More styles (in other materials and shapes, possibly) are incoming, but the team behind this launch range (the designs were all done in-house at Google) said their aim was simplicity — it helps that the extra frame-age also helps to obscure the still rather conspicuous Google eye-piece. Early adopters will be able to shop around for frames starting this afternoon and VSP, the largest optical health insurance provider in the US, is working with Google to offer subsidized frames and lenses for those who qualify.

 

Google Glass: Titanium Frames & Outdoors

 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eneEmDtSvzI?wmode=opaque]

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/28/google-glass-gets-glasses/