In this day and age, there’s really no such thing as having too much space. You’ve probably accumulated a whole lot of crap stuff over the years and renting storage
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[CEATEC 2012] CEATEC 2012 will be home to a number of interesting products and one that has caught our attention is the TV phone glasses prototype from NTT Docomo. Just in case the name of the product throws you off, it’s basically a phone that you wear around your head – like a pair of super smart glasses.
The glasses features a few high-resolution ultra-wide cameras that are used to capture the eyes and the surroundings of the wearer. When the wearer makes a video phone call, the glasses combine the (fish-eye) live video feed of his/her face and the surrounding area (see image in the full post) to create an animated polygonal version of him/herself – complete with digital lips that are synced to the dialogue, and audio from a microphone, the user is represented with a pretty accurate looking avatar that can even move its head in the same way. The video call from the other end will be projected onto the glasses itself, so there won’t be a need for a phone/tablet to pull it off. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: CEATEC JAPAN 2012 - Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition, nottv is smartphone only TV channel,
Before we continue, there is a possibility that Apple might land in some legal woes in the EU, as the EU?s justice chief mentioned that Apple’s advertising of product-warranty practices ought to be examined by all 27 states in the European Union. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding did write to other member countries, asking them to look into whether Apple retailers failed to advertise buyers? right to a minimum two-year warranty for their range of highly sought after devices like the iPhone and the iPad.
Reding?s letter read, ?Apple prominently advertised that its products come with a one-year manufacturer warranty but failed to clearly indicate the consumers? automatic and free-of-cost entitlement to a minimum two-year guarantee under EU law. These are unacceptable marketing practices.?
In December last year, Italy?s competition agency fined the world?s most valuable company a paltry 900,000 euros ($1.16 million), touting that the fruity company misled consumers by ?prominently advertising? that its products will come with a one-year manufacturer warranty. Do you think that Apple should be ?punished? more than just a slap on the wrist?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Urban Outfitters to ditch cash registers for iPads, Samsung victorious in Galaxy Tab sales ban reconsideration,
Gamers on the Xbox 360 platform, here is something you might want to check out – you are able to unlock discounts on Xbox LIVE Marketplace by earning achievements. This new Xbox LIVE Rewards scheme by Microsoft is said to offer additional discounts to players on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace should they achieve a bunch of Gamerscore milestones that have been laid out beforehand. For folks who have picked up anywhere from 3,000 to 9,999 Gamerscore will be on the receiving end of a “Special Gift” on your birthday. This won?t make you rich beyond your wildest dreams though, as it has only a value of 15 pence ($0.25).
As for those who have picked up 10,000 to 24,999 Gamerscore, you too, will receive a birthday gift, in addition to being entitled to a 1% rebate on all purchases from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace each month. Those who have a higher Gamerscore than that will earn not only the birthday gift,but also an additional 2% rebate on all purchases each month.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: 2012 Xbox LIVE Update public beta now available, MLB.TV Premium launches in 18 more international markets,
Motorola shall not have their way, and Microsoft?s Xbox 360 will live to fight another day – at least this is the result of Microsoft?s defense against a Motorola Mobility lawsuit, where a U.S. court did state that Motorola Mobility cannot enforce an Xbox 360 ban all the way across the pond in Germany. Motorola was granted an injunction against the distribution of a range of Microsoft products, where among them include the console that is still going strong, the Xbox 360. This injunction has everything to do with a German court ruling where Microsoft is said to have infringed upon Motorola’s video coding and playback patents.
Trust a U.S. court to come to the ?rescue? where it mentioned that order by the lower German court was ?narrowly tailored?, while the current contract between both American companies will be used as an alternative to determine a royalty rate to be paid out. Which do you think is better, a ban or a royalty payout?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Motorola wins injunction against Windows 7 and Xbox 360 in Germany, Motorola wants Xbox 360 ban,
Hmmm, it seems that with enough hue and cry, governments would bend to the will of the people, although this is but a generalization and should not be taken as the gospel truth. Remember our coverage on how the Iranian government actually blocked access to Gmail and wanted to start an internal Internet of their own? Well, Iranian officials have stepped forward to say that the Gmail block was “involuntary”, and restrictions which were in place a week ago have been lifted up from Gmail as well as Google, the world?s undisputed search engine. As for folks who to view their favorite music videos on YouTube, tough luck if you?re living in Iran as that site remains unavailable to the masses.
Iran’s telecommunications ministry committee mentioned regarding the ban: “We wanted to block YouTube, and Gmail was also blocked, which was involuntary. We do not yet have enough technical know-how to differentiate between these two services. We absolutely do not want YouTube to be accessible. That is why the telecommunications ministry is seeking a solution to fix the problem to block YouTube under the HTTPS [Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure] protocol while leaving Gmail accessible. That will soon happen.”
?Soon? being the operative keyword here, it would be interesting to see if the YouTube ban would be lifted – ever.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Iran: No love lost for Gmail block, Google reportedly testing new log-in page that can manage multiple accounts on Gmail,
When we talk about Full HD displays (1920 x 1080 resolution), most of the time it would concern projectors, flat screen TVs as well as computer monitors. Very rarely would one think about a smartphone display, but it seems that this might be the norm soon if Sharp has their way. The Japanese company has started to produce 5? Full HD LCD panels that will target the smartphone market, boasting a pixel density that would even make Apple blush in a wine red color, making short work of the once vaunted Retina Display.
Just how does Sharp intend to conquer the small size Full HD display market? Well, the LCD panel that rolls off production lines will make use of CG-Silicon technology, a new kind of pixel design as well as an innovative production process in order to achieve a similar amount of pixels on a 5? display as opposed to a Full HD LCD TV. Touted to carry approximately 1.3 times the pixel density of conventional LCD panels, it is more than capable of displaying crisp text, super-clear maps, and eye-popping HD images. [Press Release]By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Sharp photocopier makes short work of bacteria with Plasma-cluster Ion technology, Sharp's production of the new iPhone displays are reportedly falling behind schedule [Rumor],
Each year, the US Navy consumes around $11 billion worth of fuel – which is a whole lot of money when you think about it. Well, scientists over at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) might help ease the burden of forking out so much money just for fuel alone, that they have managed to come across a process which can transform seawater into jet fuel. It sounds more like science fiction than reality, but NRL did release an announcement that detailed the transformation process of changing from gas to liquid, where carbon dioxide will then be extracted from the seawater, resulting in hydrogen gas.
Research assistant Dr. Heather Willauer explains, ?The reduction and hydrogenation of C02 to form hydrocarbons is accomplished using a catalyst that is similar to those used for Fischer-Tropsch reduction and hydrogenation of carbon monoxide. By modifying the surface composition of iron catalysts in fixed-bed reactors, NRL has successfully improved C02 conversion efficiencies up to 60 percent.?
Imagine that, an aircraft carrier with a deck full of fighter jets armed to the teeth with a payload that can wipe out a small country, operating without ever having to worry about running out of fuel. One thing though, this does not mean that the end result is any greener than before, but at the very least it eliminates the risks of re-fueling at sea, especially when weather conditions are harsh.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Laser machine gun combo appeals to US Navy, Dolphins trained to thwart enemy divers and mines?,
Slow rotating stand for panning timelapses, the Camalapse rotates 360° in 60 minutes and needs no batteries. Small, portable, mounts on a tripod and holds a point & shoot or a camera phone with tripod mount to take amazing panning timelapses ANYWHERE!
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Doom 4 will be ?done when it?s done?, according to id Software?s John Carmack, but hopefully we will be able to get snippets of the game in the meantime and that?s what we?re assuming dataminers have been attempting. According to PCGamesN, dataminers have discovered that Doom 4 has appeared on Steam?s content database as part of both test and community listings which means that Valve is using Steam to distribute and test the game internally. This will hopefully appease gamers who might be worried that Doom 4 could be on the backburner, but with this datamined information, we guess it can be taken as an indication that the game is indeed progressing, hopefully as planned. Not much else is known about the game so far but we will be keeping our eyes peeled, so if Doom 4 is an FPS you?re been dying to play, check back with us at a later date where we will have more information for now (hopefully!).By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Valve's Steam Big Picture Goes Live, Valve Big Picture mode beta launched,