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Today’s the day, trivia fans, when “Paul Otellini” stops being the answer to the question “Who is the CEO of Intel?” A fortnight ago, after a prolonged bout of speculation, current COO Brian Krznich was anointed as the Silicon Valley giant’s sixth leader — giving him a mere two weeks to order a new desk and buy a fancier sports car. He’ll be joined by Renée James, who is assuming the mantle of company president today. The pair is taking control of a company that is top of the PC food chain, but which has yet to mount a credible challenge to ARM’s mobile dominance — but the strategic stuff can wait until tomorrow, once they’ve settled in.
So you want a console for free, eh? BlueStacks is apparently prepared to offer you just that in its GamePop game console, which costs nothing for the month of May with a one-year subscription to the service (wouldn’t you know it, that costs $ 93.83 — just below the price of an OUYA at retail). Like its counterparts, the GamePop is powered by Android (4.2) and runs mostly mobile games. The company isn’t sharing specs just yet, sadly. BlueStacks is promising “over 500″ games, and has some top mobile devs offering credence with in testimonial.
“We’ve been a featured partner in App Player since early on and they’ve delivered on every promise in terms of distribution,” Fruit Ninja studio head Shainiel Deo said, referencing BlueStacks’ App Player software. “GamePop is a great incremental channel for us.” Since games won’t be bought, but included in the subscription, devs receive a 50 percent cut of subscription revenue, determined by how often users play their games. Should you be interested in getting in early, pre-orders are now open at the GamePop website.
There’s hardly a shortage of animal inspired robots, but few are as tiny as Harvard’s autonomous RoboBee. The robotic insect has been around for a while, but researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering only recently managed a minor breakthrough: controlled flight. Using new manufacturing and design processes, the team has managed to keep the coin-sized bug aloft by independently manipulating the robot’s wings with piezoelectric actuators and a delicate control system.
“This is what I have been trying to do for literally the last 12 years,” explains Professor Robert J Wood, Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Now that we’ve got this unique platform, there are dozens of tests that we’re starting to do, including more aggressive control maneuvers and landing.” There’s more to be done, however. The tiny machine still requires a tether for power and control, and researchers are still studying nature to suss out how insects cope with flying through wind and the elements. Eventually, the team hopes to outfit the RoboBee with lightweight batteries, an internal control system and a lighter chassis. For now, however, they’re just happy to learned to steer. Check out the insect in action after the break.
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Remember those “eye gestures” spotted in Google Glass code? Developer Mike DiGiovanni, who just released the “Bulletproof” lockscreen for Glass, has already used them to develop an app to snap photos on the Explorer Edition of the AR eyewear called “Winky.” When activated and calibrated, a simple wink of the eye allows you to capture a still of whatever you’re looking at, rather than using a voice command or tapping the side of the glasses as normally required, which DiGiovanni says “takes you out of the moment.” He released the app purely as Android source code to protect users’ personal info, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to compile and run it as an APK — assuming you’re lucky enough to have a pair of the specs, of course.
Source: Mike DiGiovanni (Google+)
United States Cellular has actually had precious couple of genuinely low-priced smartphones running an Android build that had not been baked in 2010. For those who ‘d like something a little fresher, the ZTE Director is below. While it’s only slightly ahead of the tracking edge with stock Ice Cream Sandwich, that’s an improvement on a group where Gingerbread still policies. Also, nobody will be floored by the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch 480 x 320 screen, 4GB of storage (plus microSD slot) and 3-megapixel rear camera, although the 1,500 mAh battery is adequate for the size. We picture that consumers will primarily be enamored by the cost– when the Supervisor costs a penny on agreement and $ 200 contract-free, it could generate those who ‘d have hung on to that standard flip phone for a little while longer.
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There Can Be Only One: Teensy R/C Helicopter Takes Off R/C Plane’s Wing, Crash And Burn Follows (Okay, No Burn)
This is a video of some guy flying a giant R/C plane when it clips a little helicopter, loses a wing, and crashes into a hundred billion pieces (approximately). I was really hoping the plane operator was going to pick a fist fight with the copter pilot afterwards, but no such luck. Who knows, maybe he’s one of those ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ kind of guys and plans on flying an R/C plane full of dynamite down the other dude’s chimney one night. Solid plan, Wile E. Coyote.
Hit the jump for the video, which includes a slow-motion version of the crash after the regular speed one so you can fully appreciate the carnage.
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Following the likes of Meizu and Xiaomi, another celebrity is born in the Chinese smartphone market. In reality, some might currently understand the man behind this brand-new Android-based Smartisan OS: Luo Yonghao, a self-taught ex-English teacher (and later on becoming the principal of his own English school until last August), as well as the founder of prominent blogging platform Bullog. cn (now Bullogger.com) and the chairman of Chinese font studio Redesign. Luo is likewise a relentless consumer advocate, with his most noteworthy act being his fridge-smashing objection outside Siemens’ Beijing headquarters in November 2011, in order to highlight the business’s rejection to acknowledge their damaged refrigerator doors (all clarified in the “More Insurance coverage” link at the bottom).
Already a bit of a legend in China, the 40-year-old serial business owner announced last April that he had formed Smartisan Co., Ltd. to work on a smartphone OS, which it would shame all makers with its innovative individual experience. Having actually missed out on the December target that he guaranteed, Luo at some point took the stage in Beijing last week to spend well over three– yes, 3– hours undergoing the idea process behind his Smartisan OS, so bear with us right here.
Gallery: Smartisan OS launch event
T-Mobile must not want to await a unique occasion to lure consumers with its doors: it simply launched its spruced up, distinctly UnCarrier-like plans a couple of days early. As became clearer this weekend, limitless voice, text and standard data are now things you can take for given on Magenta’s network. It’s only the cap on throttle-free information that figures out the amount of you pay: rates offered with T-Mobile itself begin at $ 50 for a fundamental 500MB of on-line use and climb in steady 2GB increments that each cost an extra $ 10 per month, up to a full of 12.5 GB for $ 110. You can still get really unlimited service if you desire, for $ 70– although you’ll need to bolt on a separate hotspot plan that the capped tiers get free of charge. Expenses at resellers are anticipated to run slightly greater, and it’s still clear that T-Mobile is boldy courting those of us who see internet access as the very main reason to have a smartphone in the first location.
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Look out, Google Maps for Android, it looks like Apple’s iOS Maps might soon be entering the structure– when it concerns indoor GPS monitoring anyway. The Commercial Diary’s Digits blog is reporting that Apple has actually confirmed it bought WiFiSlam, a startup that focuses on WiFi-assisted indoor-GPS functionality for phone apps. Remarkably, Digits notes that the company was founded by a few ex-Googlers a couple of years back and that one of its investors has included a Google worker. Further, a fast Google search verifies that any WiFiSlam-related apps that may have been on Google Play are all and dead links now. The word on the street is that Apple handed over $ 20 million to claim the company, although it would not verify any numbers– or a particular reason for the purchase– with the blog. While there’s no real telling whether this indicates we’ll see indoor mapping on iOS maps at any point, it’s tough not to envision it now that Apple’s made the acquisition. We’re finding remark from Apple on our end, and will be sure to let you know exactly what we hear back. In the meantime, inspect out an old trial of WiFiSlam in activity after the break.
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