Archive for January, 2014

Google Set to Get Smarter with AI Acquisition

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Google is buying startups lately like the average person might buy a bag of crisps from a vending machine and its latest purchase is a company called DeepMind. As the name hints at the company specialises in artificial intelligence and there were reports last year that Facebook was also interested in acquiring it at one point. It would seem that the startup’s artificial intelligence is as deep as Google’s pockets as it’s said to have been bought for a cool $500m (possibly more according to some sources). (more…)

Alienware Steam Machines will be Upgradeable, but not Upgrade Friendly

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

This year’s CES saw the launch of thirteen Steam Machines, PC/Console hybrids running Steam’s OS custom built for gaming. One of the ones that caused the most excitement was Alienware’s Steam Machine, a company that specialises in making high performance gaming PCs for those who want the best possible PC gaming experience. The excitement surrounding the extra-terrestrial machines was diminished somewhat though when it was said that they wouldn’t be upgradable. (more…)

Rumours Suggest iPhone 6 is Going Solar

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Normally rumours about the next iPhone aren’t that interesting, falling into the category of either bigger, better, faster or stronger, but there’s one whisper surrounding the next version of Apple’s handset that stands out from the rest. According to Apple watcher Matt Margolis, who has compiled a list of evidence to support his claims, the iPhone 6 might be able to collect solar energy through its screen. A little bit like the solar powered calculators of old. (more…)

Google Reveals Clever Contacts for Diabetics

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Google may be getting a lot of flak for all the ways in which it invades our privacy but at the same time it’s also doing some good for the world, in ways hard to deny. Its most recent humanitarian effort takes the form of contact lenses which can alert the wearer if their glucose level is too low. This will be a boon for diabetics where careful monitoring of their glucose levels will help them to stay healthy and maybe even save their life. (more…)

Tizen and Ubuntu Touch Smartphones Suffer Setbacks

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

As Microsoft has proved launching a major new mobile OS isn’t easy, and Tizen and Ubuntu Touch are finding it out the hard way. Although there’s a fair amount of interest surrounding each of the operating systems both have recently suffered some setbacks that mean they won’t be giving Android or iOS something to sweat about anytime soon. (more…)

Fridge Spam Highlights Risk of Internet of Things

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In years to come the smartness that has found its way into our phones will have seeped into other everyday devices, forming what has been dubbed an “Internet of Things”. Putting aside any Stephen King-esque nightmares of appliances with sharp blades that are able to communicate with each other there’s another stumbling block this IoT has to face and that’s their vulnerability to cyber attacks. (more…)

Windows 9 Tipped for April Announcement

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Although it’s hard to imagine anything being quite as bad or soul destroying as Windows Vista it’s fast becoming clear that Windows 8 is the successor to that awful OS, rather than Windows 7. It would be unfair to say Windows 8 is quite as bad as Vista but it does share the fact that it tried to revolutionise the operating system and upset a lot of people in the process. Help is on its way however in the form of Windows 9 which is rumoured to be announced soon and released in 2015. (more…)

Oculus Rift Crowned “Best Emerging Tech” at CES

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

We’re still a ways away from spending our spare time in the holodeck but great steps are being made in the field of fully immersive display technology. The crowdfunded Oculus Rift has been in the works for a while and though it still hasn’t been released everything is pointing to the wait being worth it. The latest version of the Oculus Rift, known as Crystal Cove, was on show at CES last week and wowed visitors with how realistic the experience was. (more…)

Long Rumoured Nokia Normandy Lands on Twitter Again

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Back in November images hit the web of a Nokia handset that was rumoured to be a prototype version of a Lumia device running Android. It looked like every other Lumia device out there, not a criticism, with the exception of its back button indicating it was an Android rather than a Windows Phone device. Now another image has leaked, seemingly showing the same device, which could be an indicator that Nokia is still working on the handset. (more…)

3D Printing Takes to the Skies with the RAF

Friday, January 10th, 2014

3D Printing has already caused a bit of a storm because of negative applications of the tech such as making guns but the RAF is showing how it can be put to good use by using it to manufacture parts for its Tornado fighter jets. The move is not only a cost-saving one, somewhere in the region of £1.2m over four years, but could also help improve support on the front line where spare parts might not be so easily accessible. (more…)