American Technology News for 8 Feb 2014
Sometimes simple thrills and basic fears just aren't enough for crazies so they combine adventures and challenges into a sort of super extreme Frankensteinian dance with danger. That's how we end up... with guys trying to walk a tightrope across the sky that are connected by two hot air balloons. If you fall, you plummet to the ground (like skydiving).
The shortlist for the Sony World Photography Awards has been announced in the Professional, Open, and Youth categories. Photographers from 166 countries submitted nearly 140,000 images, the highest... number of entries in the awards' seven year history. The winners of the Open and Youth categories will be announced on March 18. Professional category winners will be announced April 30. See gallery
[From In-Car Tech] We have seen JBL GreenEdge systems in Priuses, but the latest on the block is the 2015 Subaru Legacy with a Harman Kardon GreenEdge branded audio system.
Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone unveiled his mysterious startup Jelly. The question-and-answer app was met with a mix of criticism and head scratching. Tech-watchers asked if the... world really needed another Q&A service. Skeptics questioned how it would compete with existing solutions and pointed to the rocky history of previous products like Mahalo Answers, Formspring, and Aardvark.
Panasonic is serious about the 4K-capable GH4 as both a video AND stills camera. But particularly in the stills category, a price tag that will likely push 2 grand and a sensor that is only Micro Four... Thirds size makes for an uphill battle when it comes to convincing folks to jump on board. In […]
According to the rumors, Canon is set to announce the successor of the G1 X in the form of the Canon G1 X Mark II (or G1 X II which is what the rumors are referring to it at the moment) on the 12th of... February. This is to be expected considering that the G1 X was launched nearly two years ago, making it ripe for an update. Now thanks to the folks at Canon Rumors, the image you are looking at above could be the first image we are seeing of the camera ahead of its announcement. The specs of the camera remain a rumor for now since Canon has yet to make an official announcement, so do take it with a grain of salt for now. For starters it seems that we can expect the G1 X II to share similar specs to the G1 X. The camera is rumored to feature a 20.2MP 1.5-inch CMOS sensor and a 24-120mm lens...
Friday's rather spectacular opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was capped by the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. This is a huge honor, one that Russia... bestowed upon acclaimed figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak. Rodnina is also a member of parliament of Vladimir Putin's United Russia political party The lighting itself went smoothly, but another problem soon arose: In a matter of minutes, people began realizing that Rodnina posted a racist, doctored photo of Barack and Michelle Obama on Twitter just five months ago See also: Glee Over Sochi Problems Is a Problem of Its Own
It’s hard to believe, but one of the major patent disputes in the mobile industry has come to a close. Nokia published a press release on Friday informing the public that it had reached a settlement... with HTC, and the two companies have signed a patent and technology agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering.” The companies say that they will look into future collaboration opportunities as well. “We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer
Web: You can automate your Dropbox with Wappwolf , including converting PDF files to TXT, but if you need your PDFs as Doc files to open in MS Word or other word processors, Convertii is the way to... go.
If you want a Mercedes-Benz S-Class but don't want to look like a tyrannical dictator, the 2015 S-Class Coupe is on the way. It will combine the luxury and technology of the S-Class sedan with more... emotional styling. The post 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe: Rumor Roundup appeared first on Digital Trends.
kc123 writes "David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, has told the Guardian that police would be able to access the new central NHS database without a warrant as critics warn of catastrophic... breach of trust. The database that will store all of England's health records has a series of 'backdoors' that will allow police and government bodies to access people's medical data. In the past police would need to track down the GP who held a suspect's records and go to court for a disclosure order. Now, they would be able to simply approach the new arms-length NHS information centre, which will hold the records. The idea that police will be able to request information from a central database without a warrant totally undermines a long-held belief in the confidentiality of the doctor-patient...
This Little Feet Mug is a simple ceramic coffee mug, until you take a second look and find out it has its own feet. Created by Dylan Kendall, each mug is handmade, which gives the mug its own unique... personality...
The Manhattan Subway Cloth is a premium cleaning pocket cloth that allows for quick and easy cleaning of your eyewear, camera lenses and device display screens. It doesn't need any water to clean... touch-screens or sunglasses, so you can pull...
We know that thieves have been increasingly targeting people’s smartphones and tablets for theft in recent years and the problem has gotten so bad that the New York City Police Department says that... iPhone and iPad thefts alone accounted for 18% of all grand larcenies in the city last year. IDG News, via Network World, reports that legislators in California have written a bill that would require any smartphone or tablet sold in the state to come equipped with a “kill switch” that would brick the devices in the event that they’re stolen. IDG News says that proposed bill is incredibly vague and gives carriers and manufacturers a lot of leeway to figure out how they’ll implement kill switches. “Carriers
Ooh, lights. Pretty. It's like stepping into an enchanted forest from the future. Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster created this installation called The Ark during Proyecta Oaxaca at the Ethnobotanical... Garden in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's built around the cacti that line the heart of the garden and the installation projects lights onto it and gives voice to the plants.
Snapchat has had a rough few months, what with the massive scraping of its users' information and such. The latest headache for the company comes in the form of a …
HBO has released the trailer for its upcoming serial jab at the tech world: Silicon Valley. The series is a half-hour show currently pegged for an eight-episode season, coming from …
Bitcoin's popularity has come with ups and downs, the most recent of which being criminal charges against three vendors for money laundering, something believed to be the first case of …
Google appears to have managed to avoid a costly fine in Europe where the Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia was investigating the company for antitrust practices related to its local Search... business, after a third settlement offer was apparently accepted by the EU. However, due to the secrecy surrounding the event, several members of the European parliament (MEP) have already cast their doubts over the deal, The Register reports. For some reason, Google competitors, consumers, MEPs and the press did not actually receive access to Google's proposed concessions. Almunia on Wednesday said that testing the new search concessions wasn't necessary, when asked about the absence of testing by journalists, joking that he had become an "expert" on search. However, not all MEPs
A veteran Loch Ness monster spotter says there have been no "confirmed sightings" of the legendary creature since 1925. Wikimedia Commons What happened to Nessie?
British scientists have uncovered the world's oldest footprints found outside of Africa. Discovered along the Norfolk coast, the prints are about 800,000 years old. YouTube
The Nikon Df is going away because of the Fujifilm X-T1. The post Weekend Humor: On the Heels of the Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon Recalls the Df appeared first on The Phoblographer.
A military-style attack on a electrical substation in California last April nearly shut down power in the state, and raised serious questions about the security of US infrastructure. Now a group of... lawmakers are asking industry groups whether the US power grid needs its security improved to keep something like that from happening again. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) along with three other senators today requested both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation to look into whether the federal government needs to bolster security at such facilities. That request includes whether there need to be new standard security measures beyond what the federal government already requires.
Google lost an emergency appeal, meaning it will have to post a notice in the middle of its French homepage for a period of 48 hours that tells users it violated their privacy.
State regulators unveiled the proposed piece of legislation, hoping to suppress theft of mobile devices. But will resistance from the wireless industry halt the effort?