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In the wake of budget cuts, the US Navy is turning to older technology in the war on drugs. As the Associated Press reports, last week the Navy began testing two new tools to monitor and capture drug smugglers in the Caribbean: the blimp-like aerostat, which has previously been used for surveillance in Iraq and Afghanistan as well to monitor the US-Mexico border, and a drone that’s launched from the deck of a ship by hand. While both are relatively older technology, they’ve been outfitted with radar, cameras, and sensors that reportedly expand a ship’s radar range from five miles to around 50 miles.
“Being able to see them and watch what they are doing even before we get there is going to give us an edge,” Chief Chris Sinclair told the A…
Rumors of Apple building a watch-like device have actually existed since time immemorial– they’ve developed the exact same near-mythical condition that the iPhone did pre-2007, or a Television Set does today. The New york city Times, nonetheless, claims that the watch idea exists as more than simply some fan art. Supposedly, Apple has been “trying out” with wrist-wearable devices that would run iOS and utilize curved glass. Other information are left to feverish speculation, although the OS option recommends it would be more than just a glorified iPod nano watch. Prior to we get too excited, we ‘d succeed to keep in mind that any screening in a design laboratory does not correspond to production plans: the company might well junk its work before it ever becomes public, if it’s certainly real to begin with. Still, there have been sufficient advances in versatile displays and miniaturization that the idea of linked, wearable Apple gear is not as far-fetched as it as soon as seemed.
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This previous week there was a little-noticed by incredibly intriguing development in the Android Open Source Project. Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru, who has long been the major source of AOSP developments from the business, began “A study” with the Sony Xperia S. Google is aiming to deal with the community to directly support the Xperia S within the AOSP in a manner that resembles exactly how Google works with Nexus-class tools. Although the project is in extremely early days, if it’s successful we might see more and expanded support for non-Nexus gadgets come directly from Google and the rest of the Android Open Source participants.
As for why the Xperia S was decided to commence this tryout, Queru actually places it pretty succinctly …
While Vic Gundotra had not been willing to chat Glass in our run-in here at Google I/O, a couple of others were. In speaking with individuals from Google, we found out a couple of new details about the venture, while affirming some whispers that we ‘d heard floated in the past. Right here’s a fast explanation:
- Engineers are presently ‘experimenting’ with connectivity possibilities. Existing prototypes– including those worn in the skydiving stunt this morning– do not have any sort of built-in WWAN connection.
- While it’s possible that a 3G / 4G module could end up in development tools, the general idea is that latching onto nearby WiFi hotspots or counting on a wireless tether with your smartphone will definitely be the primary method that Glass gets its data to the internet.
- Controlling Glass will eventually depend on a blend of inputs: it’ll recognize tone commands, while additionally taking cues from the right sidebar. There’s a touch-sensitive pad on there that’ll recognize gestures.
- It’s totally most likely that Glass will certainly also have the ability to be controlled using one’s smartphone, but physical inputs will be the preferred ones.
- Glass has an accelerometer and a gyroscope, allowing users to tell Glass what to do by nodding, shaking one’s head, etc. (For what it’s worth, we have actually seen similar demoed by NTT DoCoMo.)
- The internal battery sits simply behind the ear on the right side; the capability and longevity had not been affirmed, though.
- Glass will be able to tape locally, however the idea is to have ‘most anything’ streamed live to the world wide web; it’s the “live, now!” nature of Glass that Google intends to push as one of its differentiating elements.
- In a location where wireless information isn’t really available (like a remote National Park or a hospital room that prohibits phone use), keeping online video in your area would be feasible for uploading later.
We also confirmed that the team is playing around with various colours, with orange, white, black and blue editions being sported here at I/O. Whether or not all of those colors make it to market continues to be to be seen, of course, but we’re appropriately jazzed about the opportunities.