Archives for: July 2013
NVIDIA Shield is Here And It Rocks!

Android purists and diehard gamers browse the web or get your frag on because the premium performance gaming console, NVIDIA Shield, is here and it rocks! For those of you that have been living under a rock or have had your head in the sand and don’t know what the NVIDIA Shield is, don’t feel left out because that is what we are here for – the NVIDIA Shield is, to put it simply, the most awesome high powered mobile gaming console to date. Think of the NVIDIA Shield as a huge Xbox 360 controller with a 5 inch touch screen on top and loads of processing power under the hood to boot. This baby is a gamer’s dream, sporting NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 CPU (Quadcore A15) and a custom built 72 core GPU, all being driven by pure Android 4.3 Jellybean. This little gem is sweet to say the least. Because it runs pure Android, it can run all the apps in the GooglePlay store. So far there are roughly 100 gaming titles available for the Shield, but only a few of them are designed to show off what the Shied can do as a gaming machine. One really neat feature that PC gamers with a Geforce 650 of better GPU will enjoy, is the ability to stream and play your hardware intensive games and all your favorite titles directly to the NVIDIA Shield using your wireless router. We should also mention that because the Shield runs pure Android, the 5 inch touch screen effectively acts just like a tablet, letting you write documents and even watch YouTube videos from wherever you can get internet access. For those of you who have got to have it now, the good news is the Shield starts shipping today! The bad news is, it will set you back $300. Check out the cool video piece from CNET below:


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Google Takes Streaming Video to a New Level with Chromecast

Google held an Android and Nexus 7 event earlier today, where the latest incarnation of Android 4.3 still dubbed Jellybean was show off along with a newly refreshed Nexus 7 tablet. You would think that a new OS and a spiffy new piece of hardware would be a big enough announcement for most tech companies, but not Google. Not to be outdone by Apple in their typical, “One more thing” style, Google had one last thing up their sleeves today – Chromecast. Chromecast is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and with it, Google takes streaming video to a whole new level. ¬†Google’s new Chromecast dongle uses your in home wifi network to wirelessly transmit video directly to your TV. The real beauty of this new device is that you can use any device that will run Google Chrome to control what video is played on your TV, that means your laptop, desktop, iPhone, iPad, Nexus 7 – whatever strikes your fancy. Best of all, Chromecast only cost a mere $35! At today’s event, Google demoed Youtube video streaming as well as Netflix streaming. The Chromecast dongle is powered a USB connection that plugs in the back via micro USB or you can use the stock power adapter. One nice thing about the Chromecast dongle is that it breaks the need to stick to a particular ecosystem of devices to stream your content to your TV, like Apple’s AirPlay.

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VLC Media Player Comes Back to iOS

vlc-media-player-iosMusic lovers, home theater enthusiasts and movie buffs everywhere will be thrilled to know that the gurus behind the extremely popular VLC media player can finally offer a media playback solution to Apple iOS users everywhere. VLC is an awesome open source digital media player that can playback virtually any format or file type. VLC player fist made its debut in Apple’s app store two years ago, but later had to be taken out of the app store because of a licensing issue. Now, thanks to a new license obtained by Video Lan, the VLC media player comes back to Apple’s iOS. Some of the most notable new features include new and easier ways to move your media files to your iOS device. The new VLC comes with Dropbox integration and streaming via custom URL. It also includes a rather nifty fileserver that you can use to send files to your iOS device via a web browser on your desktop or laptop computer. You can find VLC for iOS here.

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Next Time You Need Your Vitals Taken, Tag a Photo Instead

In today’s environment of free communication and open internet, companies are always looking for new ways for us to communicate, collaberate and share all kinds of information with one another. In a recent patent filing, it appears sony has taken this to a whole new level. Sony’s latest patent is a camera button with sensors so the next time you need your vitals taken, you can tag them in a photo. This camera button sensor could be used to measure blood pressure, body temperature and even pulse rate. With realtime biometric data, a check up with your doctor could be as simple as snapping and emailing him or her a photo. This technology is a bit spooky at first, but when you think about it, having something like this could be really a neat thing. A biometric sensor on our personal cell phones for example, would mean doctors offices could cut down on the need for big bulky equipment designed to collect say your blood pressure which is only one piece of biometric data by the way. And in fact, It looks like that is actually one of the goals of the patent, from the patent:

Usually when measuring vital signs, sensors, connected by wires to bulky measuring equipment, have to be placed or used on the person’s body. According to the present invention one way of measuring the vital signs of a user without the need of bulky equipment is to integrate sensors capable of monitoring and recording the user’s vital signs into the mobile phone. The user’s vital signs may then be monitored and recorded when he or she is operating the mobile phone and recording images.


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Tethered Jailbreak for Apple TV 2 (5.3) Now Available

All you Apple TV owning home theater enthusiasts eat your heart out and make some noise because a new tethered jailbreak is available for the Apple TV 2 running the latest 5.3 (iOS 6.1.4 – 10B809) The new software was released on June 19th, 2013. The latest update brought a few new apps, notably HBOGO, to the Apple TV. If you were thinking of installing XBMC on your Apple TV 2, now you can – all you need is a tool called Seas0npass. Go here or see the video below for a full how-to guide :-)

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