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A revamped PlayStation Relocate? Sony’s taken a stab at it before– however this time around, it’s picturing a controller with ultrasonic location analysis and Wiimote-like IR monitoring. A brand-new patent application information a “technique for identifying area of a controller,” which proposes monitoring controller depth by measuring the travel time of sound given off from the device to the television. Two-dimensional monitoring would be handled through the existing Move’s visual spectrum camera, or by utilizing a display-mounted IR emitter in combination with a remote mounted sensor (once more, similar to the Wii controller).
Although not technically part of the patent, the application’s attached visual assistances are fairly creative too– showcasing a completely upgraded Relocate wand with swappable button faceplates. One embodiment reveals 2 Relocate controllers attached end-to-end, simulating a sword, while an additional reveals a pair side by side, linked by a complete gamepad sized faceplate. One bold image shows a user with 2 gadgets strapped to his ankles, performing a back flip to kick a digital soccer ball– Sony is evidently really positive about the patent’s prospective monitoring accuracy. We’ll reserve judgment until we see the modern technology in practice, however do not hesitate to check out the cases for yourself at the source link below, or simply mosey on past the break to see the aforementioned athlete attempting to break his neck.
We’ve been hearing about brand-new abilities for emergency 911 solutions for years, but it looks like the sector is prepared to move as one to make text-to-911 a reality around the United States. The Big 4 cordless providers, as well as The 911 Association and the Association for Public-Safety Communications Officials International has sent an arrangement to the FCC that outlines plans to work together on requirements, procedures and technology implementations that will provide a “seamless introduction” of the tech throughout the United States.
They’re not ensuring it will be available everywhere in two years, however the specific signposts noted are support for bounce-back notices by June 30th, 2013 that inform texters when the solution isn’t really offered in their location and a “commitment” to all over the country rollouts by May 15th 2014. Up until now, efforts to make your thumbs more helpful in an emergency have actually been disjointed, but a concerted effort by industry giants must let you avoid hectic signals and dropped calls at the worst feasible time quicker instead of later on. Look at a press release from the group, as well as a word from the FCC, which will consider the proposition on December 12th, after the break or the agreement itself in PDF form at the source link.
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Canon USA has simply released a new firmware update for its professional EOS-1D X camera that expands the capabilities of its autofocus point lighting. It will certainly now support AI Servo AF along with cross-type AF at apertures as small as f/8. The previous is particularly welcome in low-light situations like wedding events and theatrical performances, while the latter would benefit those who use EF super-telephoto lenses with extenders, like wildlife photographers for instance. In fact, you could look into the now-wider range of compatible EF lens/extender combos at the source. Those interested in the update could download it now free of cost from Canon’s internet site.
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Question by Patrick M: Just what are the difference in droid capabilities?
i am about to purchase an android phone. But i was wondering if i have droid 2.2 for instance on a verizon phone vs. a Tmobile phone is the droid going to have any sort of difference as far as abilities simply due to the fact that the actual phone is possibly a lower quality or a different design? Essentially i wish to know as far as droid does the phone itself hinder capabilities if the droid is the exact same OS version.
Answer by Jonahdroid compatable means they include the andriod market, they are really the exact same thing, honestly simply different business. Add your very own solution in the remarks!
Microsoft revealed Windows Phone Tango at MWC 2012 as a version of the operating system for low-cost devices with 256MB of RAM. The update was good news for owners of early Windows Phone devices that didn’t meet the minimum requirements for Mango, but there have been a few hiccups. Microsoft said that not all apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace would work on devices with only 256MB of memory, and there have since been issues with Angry Birds and Skype, just to name a couple.
You may be aware of the growing controversy surrounding Carrier IQ, a piece of software found pre-installed on Sprint phones that, according to developers who have investigated, is capable of detecting, recording, and transmitting various user actions and inputs. Among the data CIQ potentially has access to are location, SMS, apps, and key presses.
News of the software has been percolating for months on development forums, but when Trevor Eckhart recently summarized his findings, he found himself facing a cease and desist while Sprint vigorously denied the charges, saying “We do not and cannot look at the contents of messages, photos, videos, etc., using this tool.”
The C&D was quickly retracted, but Eckhart has now released a video that seems to give the lie to both Sprint and Carrier IQ’s assurances.
A couple grains of salt are suggested. First, while Eckhart has no reason to falsify this information, it’s possible that this debug log is not entirely accurate for technical reasons, or that the conclusions are only applicable to this handset or software version. Second, this log does not prove that any of this information is actually being transmitted to any third party.
However, the fact that CIQ is in fact seeing all this information means that it has access to it and could very easily record it and transmit it. Whether it has or hasn’t isn’t material, because Sprint and CIQ have both said that they can’t. In fact, CIQ claims their software:
Note the careful use of the words “record,” “provide,” “inspect,” and “report.” It’s obvious from this video that the application has access to the information in question, and whether it records, provides, inspects, or reports it is simply a setting they can choose. The purposes for which CIQ says their software is installed — identifying trending problems in the fleet, for instance — don’t seem to me to require the level of access the software has granted itself. Add this to the fact that users are not informed at any step of the fact that their information is passing through “quality assurance” layer (sometimes before the user layer itself is aware of it), and their indignant denial begins to ring hollow.
Furthermore, as many developers have pointed out, the mere presence of the software is detrimental. Removing the software has reportedly improved performance and battery life. Furthermore, secure handshake information over wifi is passed through the software unencrypted, something that has little to do with carrier quality assurance. And if that information is cached even temporarily, that’s a security risk.
The presence and capabilities of this software, if it is indeed necessary, should be explained fully to users and the option given to safely opt out. As it is, Carrier IQ’s software appears to be overly invasive and potentially insecure. Hopefully Sprint will provide an adequate explanation soon; in the meantime, CIQ cannot be removed except by installing a custom ROM, so unless you’re prepared to do that, you’re out of luck.
The future of on-the-ground military connectivity is a hot item these days; the systems used to keep track of soldiers, send secure communications, and so on, are showing their age… and weight. A unified platform for mapping, orders, requests, and so on is being sought with a fair amount of urgency, and Android has popped up as a fully-fledged system under consideration.
The Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P) handheld was developed by the Army as their effort to create an Android-based tool for evaluation as a technological asset. The framework (including things like ground reporting graphics, medevac, mission details, support for a number of radio protocols) was put together by MITRE and the development kit will be released in July.
By October, the system should be solid enough the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division can complete its scheduled tests at White Sands Missile Base. They’ve already shown the basic layout and tech to soldiers, who apparently found it familiar enough to use after only a five-minute briefing.
Will Android power our next-generation soldiers? It’s too early to tell, but using the free and open OS as a base to build on seems to be attractive to the Army boffins evaluating existing options. We’ll hear more about this over the next few months, I’m sure.
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Verizon’s FiOS footprint may be on an expansion hiatus, but that’s not to say the company’s abandoning existing users. Nearly 3.5 years after boosting FiOS internet speeds with G-PON, the company is now out testing XG-PON2 — a newfangled iteration that somehow enables 10Gbps upstream and downstream from its existing fiber network. If you’ll recall, we heard just a few weeks back that the outfit was close to being able to serve GigE on its existing platform, and now that this field trial has been successful, we’d say the boundaries are stretched even further. In the test, technicians were able to suck down a 2.3GB movie in four ticks of the second hand, and if you’re hoping to see the nerdiest video of the day, a highlight reel of the trial awaits you just past the break.
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How to add phone to iPad capabilities before Apple
Q: I recently got an iPad and have been thoroughly satisfied with it, except for one thing: It doesn’t have a built-in phone. Do you think that in the future Apple will sell a combined iPad/iPhone, and in the meantime, is there a way to turn my 3G iPad into a… Apple – IPad – IPhone – Smartphones – Handhelds
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Apple iPad a Factor In Declining Notebook Sales: Analyst
Apple’s iPad is likely a factor in declining U.S. notebook sales, reports a Morgan Stanley analyst. Other analysts have suggested the iPad is likely cannibalizing the low-end notebook market.
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iPad: Tonight We Feast on Laptop Flesh!
Notebook sales are on the decline and the iPad appears to be responsible. Thats the word from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty backed up by some recent comments by Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn.
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We’ve often said that Windows Phone 7 may live or die based on how it leverages Microsoft’s immense stature in gaming. A few games have been shown off here and there, but they’ve just blown the lid off their whole Xbox Live interface and Launch lineup.
Props to CrunchGear