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Garmin DC 50 dog collar promises better satellite reception, longer battery life

Garmin DC 50 dog collar promises better satellite reception, longer battery life

Your dog can run, but it can’t hide from Garmin’s latest dog tracking collar. The DC 50 ups the game for the GPS company’s satellite-friendly canine wearables, offering a more rugged, waterproof (up to 10 meters) design and improved battery life at 26 hours with the five-second update and up to 54 hours with two-minute update. There’s also a Dog Rescue mode to automatically switch the collar to the latter when the charge gets down to 25 percent — so you’ll still get signal should you lose your pooch at the end of the day. And, to make him easier to find, the DC 50 promises more reliable satellite reception, thanks to the antenna’s placement at the top of the collar and its utilization of both GLONASS and GPS nav systems. When paired with Garmin’s Astro 320, users can track a pack of up to ten pups at once should you have the money to outfit them all with DC 50′s. The collar will be available later this month for $ 230, or $ 600 if you buy it bundled with the aforementioned Astro 320.

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Electronic Arts is no longer developing games for Nintendo’s Wii U

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Video game publisher Electronic Arts had already suggested that its upcoming Star Wars games might not be coming to the Nintendo Wii U, but it looks like the situation is more dire than that. EA tells Kotaku that the company is not currently making any games for the Wii U, period.

“We have no games in development for the Wii U currently,” spokesman Jeff Brown told the publication.

Though former EA CEO John Riccitiello actually appeared on the Nintendo stage at E3 two years ago to announce an “unprecedented partnership” for Wii U titles, the company claims its obligation is fulfilled, Kotaku reports:

Brown told Kotaku that that early run of EA games on Wii U represented EA delivering on its E3 2011 partnership.

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Report: GameStop no longer accepting PS2 trade-ins as of June 1

GameStop no longer accepting PS2 tradeins as of June 1

Now that the PS2′s started taking steps toward retirement with Sony ceasing its production in Japan, it seems GameStop doesn’t plan to continue letting the console under its roof for long. According to a leaked in-store display posted to Reddit by eGORapTure, the gaming retailer will longer accept the over 12-year old system for trade-ins as of June 1st. Our friends at Joystiq contacted multiple stores confirm the news to confirm the news and many said the policy is indeed set to go into affect. Unsurprisingly, PS2-related accessories and titles will also be unwelcome when the date rolls around. We’ve reached out to GameStop’s corporate representatives for comment and will let you know what we hear back. For now, you can find the full picture of the display after the break and more info at the via and source links. Hey, gotta make room for those PS4 boxes — whatever they end looking like — somehow, right?

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Leap Motion Controller Ship Date Delayed Until July 22, Due To A Need For A Larger, Longer Beta Test

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Leap Motion has just announced that its 3D gesture controller hardware ship date will be delayed, from May 13 for pre-orders and May 19 for general retail availability to July 27. The delay was caused by a need for more testing from the Leap Motion beta testing community, and an expansion of that group with additional members, according to Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald, who held a press conference today to discuss the missed dates.

This is not good new for a company that has spent a lot of time promoting its product and securing high-level partnerships (with Asus, HP and Best Buy) up until now. The hype that Leap Motion has been able to build only means that users will be more disappointed by any delays in its launch window, and the effect on public perception is certainly one the hardware startup would like to have avoided. Still, some 12,000 developers have received units and already used them to do impressive things, so Leap Motion is hardly in danger of being branded ‘vaporware’ as of yet.

Leap Motion says it wants to make sure that the product they deliver is the best they can offer, and says that there is “nothing catastrophically wrong” with the hardware as of yet. The company believes that it could have shipped by the original date if it had really pushed things, but wanted to make sure that things were ready for prime time. The new July 22 ship date is firmly set, according to Buckwald, and this is “the first and only delay there will be.”

When asked if there was a specific cause, Buckwald said it’s more about beta testing everything in general, but that there will definitely be a focus on getting more input on how customers interact with the product. In general, it sounds like there’s some concern about making sure that user experience is pleasant among not only Leap Motion’s more technical users, but also the general public, too. Buckwald says it has addressed most of the technical issues around gesture tracking, and now the emphasis is squarely on usability testing, and those who are already seeded with early hardware will essentially act more as consumer testers.

“If you’d asked me a year ago what was the biggest challenge, I’d have said it would be the hardware side,” Buckwald said, but went on to explain that the software aspect is now what’s holding things up, and the part that needs more refinement. 600,000 units are in inventory in warehouses ready to ship, he said, but those won’t be going out until the software issues are ironed out. When asked about how that affects their funding situation, he explained that the $ 45 million it has raised so far was designed to help it field unexpected hiccups in the process, and it continues to help with that.

A small number of additional users will be invited to the beta test pool beginning in June, Buckwald explained, but Leap Motion will be reaching out to users specifically to choose those, based on their desire for a more varied beta pool. In other words, you probably can’t petition for early access. The full letter Leap Motion is sending out to pre-order customers follows:

Release Date Update

I wanted to reach out to update you on the status of our ship date. After a lot of consideration, we’ve decided to push back the date and will now be shipping units to pre-order customers on July 22nd.

This is not a decision we take lightly. There are hundreds of thousands of people in over 150 countries who have pre-ordered Leap devices, some as long as a year ago. These people are part of our community and there is nothing more important to us than getting them devices as quickly as possible.

We’ve made a lot of progress. When we first started taking orders back in May we were twelve (very tired) people in a basement. Now we are eighty (although still tired and possibly still in a basement). We’ve manufactured over six hundred thousand devices and delivered twelve thousand Leaps to amazing developers who are building applications that let people do things that just wouldn’t have been possible before. These developers have given us great feedback that we’ve used to make huge improvements to the stability and polish of the product. We’re really proud of Leap as both a company and a product.

The reality is we very likely could have hit the original ship date. But it wouldn’t have left time for comprehensive testing. This will come in the form of a beta test that will start in June. We will give the 12k developers who currently have Leap devices access to the feature complete product including OS interaction (today developers only have access to the SDK). We will also invite some people who are not developers to join the beta test.

Ultimately, the only way we felt 100% confident we could deliver a truly magical product that would do justice to this new form of interaction, was to push the date so we would have more time for a larger, more diverse beta test.

I really appreciate your patience. I know it’s been a long wait. Everyone that works at Leap is working tirelessly to make sure that wait is worth it. Thanks so much for your help and support.

David and I will be participating in an open video Q&A using Google Hangout tomorrow. We’ll send along more specific information on that shortly. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our support team atsupport@leapmotion.com or my personal email (buckwald@leapmotion.com). As always, we will not charge pre-order customer’s credit cards until the devices have actually shipped.

Thanks again. Michael Buckwald

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Apple no longer blocking Microsoft’s SkyDrive iOS update, version 3.0 released

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Microsoft and Apple have been locked in a battle over Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud-storage app for iOS. The two companies were originally sparring over a 30 percent cut of revenue from SkyDrive storage purchases through Microsoft’s iOS app, leaving it lacking updates since June 1st last year. Microsoft previously confirmed it was “in contact with Apple regarding the matter,” and It appears that the differences have now been settled. Microsoft revealed today that an updated version of its iOS SkyDrive app is now available to download.

The latest version 3.0 app update brings iPhone 5 and iPad Mini compatibility along with a refreshed look and feel. You can now download full resolution photos to an iPhone or iPad and also control the size…

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New ANT+ wireless protocol promises longer battery life for fitness gear

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The ANT wireless protocol has long been a darling of the fitness industry and is included into a great deal of workout equipment, from cycling pcs to GPS watches. Now Dynastream Innovations, the business behind ANT, has actually launched a next generation method that boasts superior security, lesser cost, faster hookups between sensors (around 60 Kbps) and less power usage when it comes to the ANT+ requirement. It’s already been launched on a nRF51422 SoC by Nordic Semiconductor, along with the ANTUSB-m USB stick (shown after the break), which offers fast connectivity to PCs, Macs and Android gadgets. Customers will need to wait awhile till the brand-new method is commonly adopted, but ANT’s appeal could possibly imply that will not be too long from now.

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Microsoft, The Web Is No Longer Good Enough; Windows RT Needs Apps And Fast

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I loathe using some websites. Twitter and Facebook are horrific on the web when compared to their iOS/Android apps. I simply refuse to use Zillow’s website; I’ll wait until my kids are done with the iPad to look for our new place. The same is true for Tumblr and other sites. The mobile first strategy is in full force and Microsoft needs to hop on board.

With Windows 8, Microsoft is forcefully pushing the PC into the post-PC era. It’s a touch first interface with the Desktop mode allowing for a more traditional Windows experience. But if Windows is to succeed, apps need to be the top priority and as a user of the Surface RT, it’s clear Microsoft does not agree.

I’ve been using the Surface RT a lot more recently. I want to like it. I want to have it in my life. I’m a Windows guy and I just wish I had a companion device like the Surface to supplement my desktop. When traveling, I use a MacBook Pro and iPad. They’re a wonderful pair, but so far, I’ve yet to find the same sort of synergy with the Surface RT and Windows 8 desktop mainly because of the lack of compelling apps outside of Microsoft’s ecosystem.

Three months after launching there still isn’t a reason to buy a Windows 8 tablet.

Do you want these things on an 11-inch screen with a questionable keyboard?

Microsoft proponents will tell you that Office is the strongest selling point for Windows 8 tabs. That’s true. It’s the only reason I see as well. But do you need Office? Do you need a full-featured word processor or all-powerful spreadsheet editor? Do you want these things on an 11-inch screen with a questionable keyboard? If so, and I’m sure some people do, an Ultrabook would probably suit their needs better than a Surface RT — they better fit on airline trays anyway.

As it’s been explained countless times, the Surface RT runs Windows RT, a version of Windows written specifically for ARM processors. Because of this, standard Windows programs do not run on the Surface RT, or any other Windows RT tablet. You cannot install Chrome, Spotify, Scrivener, Steam or any other normal Windows program. Worse yet, the apps that are available in the Store are pure garbage compared to their iOS/Android counterparts — including our TC app. Even Surface fanboys on Reddit show the shallow depth of the Store’s library with this list of favorite apps.

In short Microsoft has left the Surface RT rot by not supporting its ecosystem.

Access to the web is no longer good enough. “Pin any website to the home page to make it its own app,” says Microsoft. Remember who else tried that? How did that work out?

Access to the web wasn’t good enough when RIM launched the Playbook in 2011 without any apps. Instead the company touted its full-feature web browser. It wasn’t until nearly a year later the company made it easy to port Android apps that the tablet finally started to take off. Now, with BlackBerry 10, BB set out on a quest to launch the platform with as many apps as possible. BB10 launched last week with 70,000 apps. Windows RT is three months old and it seems that Microsoft is still behind in terms of app counts.

It’s been said that BlackBerry went to great lengths to get apps for BB10. We’ve heard that the company went as far to pay developers to port their apps (something that Microsoft has some experience with). We’ve heard from others that BlackBerry did all the work internally to port some apps. Ignore the methods; the company hustled. BlackBerry did what it needed to properly support its upcoming platform. A modern mobile system is only as good as its apps.

I’m not alone in wanting to like the Surface RT. Surface owners are going to incredible lengths fixing Microsoft’s underwhelming ecosystem. Hopefully Microsoft is watching the self-inflicted pains Surface RT owners are suffering just to keep their devices fresh.

Surface owners are going to incredible lengths fixing Microsoft’s pitiful ecosystem.

Surface RT users have taken to jailbreaking the Surface RT to supplement the OS’ lack of compelling apps. There is a community currently porting open applications to Windows RT — but these apps are not/will not be available through the official Windows Store. Quake 2, anyone? Worse yet, they’re classic Windows applications and not touch-first apps. This action will quickly lose its appeal as more and more owners grow tired of the hassle.

When a product has to be jailbroken, something is wrong. Apple quickly learned this. Hackers beat Apple to the punch and launched backchannel app stores prior to Apple itself. In fact, Apple has closely watched this active community and implemented many enhancements and functions first developed by these users.

The iPad is a great device not because of the hardware. It’s special because of its access to new content. B&N was the first company to see this and developed the first generation Nook Color to be a portal to B&N content rather than a mobile productivity device. Others including Amazon, Google and BlackBerry followed suit. But Microsoft.

Listen, the Surface RT, and likewise, the Surface Pro, are fantastic examples of hardware. They feel like devices from the future with their full-size USB ports, microSD card slots, and, in the case of the Pro model, a Wacom active digitizer screen. But past the hardware, there is little reason to get excited because of the inherent limitations of Windows RT.

Microsoft has yet to get that the consumer electronics game is played with new set of rules. Hardware is no longer good enough. The web is no longer good enough. To be successful products have to provide consumers with a complete experience. That’s why every Apple mobile device since the iPod has been successful. That’s why Android is dominating the mobile wars. And that’s why until Microsoft can attract a large set of app developers to its Windows RT ecosystem, the ARM-based platform will go nowhere.

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Netflix 1080p streams no longer called X-High, company credits improved encodes

Netflix 1080p streams no longer called XHigh, company credits improved encodes

While Netflix Watch Immediately motion picture streams are primarily useful for laid-back viewing, if you’re interested in the actual quality of the video provided you could have seen a couple of modifications lately. Chronicled in a thread on AVS Forum and reported to us by several tipsters, even more than a few users have seen their streams on 1080p-capable equipment (PlayStation 3, WDTV Live) not shake the “X-High” notification (on PS3, hit select to see even more details bout your streaming details) that had previously let them know they were getting the highest quality possible. We consulted Netflix, and according to the business, it’s presenting much better encoding that enhances image quality in spite of using a reduced bitrate. That indicates 1080p works even for individuals with slower connections, and raises detail on “structures, shadows, skies, and especially faces.” As an outcome, exactly what was previously called “X-High HD” is now being labeled a tier reduced.

While it wasn’t pointed out specifically, some are theorizing the step is tied into Netflix’s use of eyeIO’s video encoding tech, which it announced previously this year, to diminish the size of streams. eyeIO declares it can slice data transfer by even more than half for a 720p stream, something we’re sure a company that’s pushing as much data as Netflix would appreciate. Still, some customers in the thread are claiming a significantly softer photo as a result. Examine after the break for the statement from Netflix, then take some time for “research” and let us understand if you’re observing any type of modifications in photo quality lately.

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Intel plans 10-watt Ivy Bridge processors for 2013, signaling longer battery life or thinner PCs

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If you wish to construct or purchase an ultrathin laptop computer with Intel inside, you have actually got a challenging option. Right now, you can pick in between an effective Core i3, i5 or i7 processor which may not make it through your ordinary day, or a relatively weak Atom chip with an estimated 10 hours of battery life. If you’re ready to hang around till this middle of next year, though, there may be a third choice. Intel’s planning to substantially minimize the power usage of its existing Ivy Bridge silicon architecture to a TDP (thermal profile) of simply 10 watts.

Presently, the ultra-low voltage Ivy Bridge processors you’ll discover in thin laptops like Apple’s MacBook Air have a 17-watt TDP, and though Intel already provides software that could tune them down …

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IHS iSuppli: PCs no longer command biggest share of DRAM market

IHS iSuppli: PCs no longer command biggest share of DRAM market

Times modification, this is an indisputable truth. However absolutely nothing reminds us of this reality as well as a landmark statistic. If there was ever before any type of doubt about the shift to of mobile computing, then let this be it: laptops no longer account for the bulk of need for DRAM chips. With 49 percent of all brand-new memory still headed for Computers, it’s hardly time to book the hearse for desk – and laptop computers simply yet, however the statistic from IHS iSuppli remind us of the enhancing market share that mobiles and tablets are taking. In reality, also though absolute DRAM deliveries for Computers continues to rise, it’s predicted that the absolute share will slip yet another 6 percent, to 42.8, between Q2 this year and the end of 2013. Of course, this is really good news if you have a vested interest in both, not so really good if you do not.

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