If you’ve been itchin’ for more info on Mountain View’s compact self-driving car, you’re in luck. At 11AM PT/2PM ET this Friday (August 1st), Google is hosting a live Hangout as the folks from Make take a behind the scenes look at the project for its summer camp series. The so-called Field Trip is said to have a gander at how the vehicles work and provide an update on recent developments. Those who plan on tuning in can submit specific queries in advance for the Q&A session, but even if you don’t plan on posing a question, taking an early (or late) lunch seems like a solid choice.
Russia has been extra-sensitive to technological threats to its government as of late, and that’s clearer than ever in the wake of a new government proposal. Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov has suggested that Apple and SAP should hand over their source code to prove that it doesn’t have “undeclared capabilities” for spying on Russian agencies. In other words, he doesn’t want to give the NSA free rein just because an official brought an iPhone to work. While he isn’t certain as to whether or not institutions will keep using products whose code remains a secret, there’s an implication that Apple and SAP may be locked out of government contracts if Putin and crew believe there’s too much of a risk. Much of that business could go to Microsoft, which has been cooperating with Russia since 2003.
Neither Apple nor SAP has commented on the proposal so far, although the concept came about after their national managers met Nikiforov last week. Whether or not they’re forced to make a decision about their code, it’s not clear that divulging source code will be effective. Many of the NSA’s intrusion efforts are based on security exploits, not voluntarily created back doors — innocuous code on any platform can still contain surveillance-friendly bugs. And yes, there’s a degree of irony when Russia has been accused of both discouraging political transparency and using malicious code to spy on world leaders.
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For several months now, rumors have continually suggested Apple is working on a revamped Apple TV, which may include capabilities like support for games and apps and expanded access to television content.
A source that spoke to The Information has suggested that Apple engineers who are working on the device have been informed that the product will not launch in 2014, largely due to ongoing contractual issues with cable companies and Comcast’s pending purchase of Time Warner Cable.
Apple engineers who are working on aspects of the device have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year and are working off timelines that assume a launch next year, according to a person familiar with the plans. Apple employees have cited cable companies “dragging their heels” and the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger as reasons the device and accompanying TV service haven’t launched.
Conversely, sources in the television industry have denied that cable companies are behind the delay, suggesting Apple has “bit off more than it can chew,” and needs permission from many different rights holders to “create the service it wants to offer.”
Over the years, various rumors have pointed towards very ambitious plans for the Apple TV, suggesting Apple once aimed to create a subscription television service that would potentially replace cable packages. Due to a continual inability to negotiate a deal with cable companies, Apple is said to have scaled back on its television ambitions, aiming to work with cable companies rather than against them.
The most recent content rumors from February of 2014 have suggested Apple is working to wedge itself between cable companies and consumers, potentially providing content from cable companies through its set-top box, overlaid with an Apple TV-style interface. Apple is also seeking to add DVR capabilities to the service.
In 2013, Apple was said to be close to completing a deal with Time Warner Cable over a possible TWC Apple TV app, allowing Time Warner subscribers to watch live television through the Apple TV, but the negotiations may have stalled due to the pending Time Warner-Comcast merger.
Earlier this year, a product roadmap from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed towards a Q3 2014 launch date for the redesigned Apple TV, but based on The Information‘s new data, it seems any potential launch plans have now been pushed back.
Like anything else Google service related, it takes time for things to go global. All those regulations and Government red tape things. Slowly but surely things do find their ways overseas though. The most recent Google service, of sorts, to find a new set of homes are the fabulous Google Play Gift cards. Google updated the supported country list today with a few new locales being listed as “coming soon”.
The up coming country support will include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It is good to see more people around the world gaining access to the gift cards. Once they are available you guys can pick them up and buy apps, games and other digital content. Movies, Music and things will be dependent on if your locale has that available yet.
We will keep our eyes open for when they are live and available for your spending pleasure.
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Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques are set use Mountain View’s high-tech spectacles to stream their views in real-time to instructors with the help of CrowdOptic — a company that’s part of the Glass at Work initiative. The aforementioned California-based schools aren’t the first use the gadget in surgery, as it has already streamed full procedures. Privacy concerns immediately arise when discussing the use of a hackable device in medical settings, but CrowdOptic knows how it will secure the data and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It also won’t have access to the captured video as they’re set to remain Stanford’s property. The streaming outfit has also locked down its own spectrum, so it doesn’t have to keep tabs on steady WiFi to stay connected. With more universities and physicians opting for Glass on the regular, it seems medicine is one place the wearable fits in nicely.
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One of the most attractive benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime is the free two-day shipping or an overnight option available for a small fee, depending on the item and destination. But in many cases, you might not need your stuff until the following week, making the e-tailer’s new “no-rush shipping” option appealing. If you opt for Amazon’s slowest delivery speed, you’ll also be rewarded with a $1 Amazon Instant Video credit. Credits do expire, and certain content is excluded, such as HBO titles. It’s a “limited time offer,” according to the site’s terms and conditions, but considering the cost savings for Amazon, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the incentive to remain.
If you’ve wanted to try the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 but have been skittish about the flakiness of very early builds, your moment has come — Google has released a beta of its beefed-up browser. As with the Canary and developer editions, this more reliable software makes full use of modern computing power to both speed up web page rendering and tighten security. The code still isn’t complete, so don’t be surprised if there are a few hiccups. However, a beta means that a truly stable 64-bit browser is likely just weeks away. Even if you’re not willing to throw caution to the wind, it won’t be long before you can give Chrome’s big upgrade a spin.
Source: Google Chrome Releases
Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact was and still is a great phone. We can call it an exception to the rule, considering Sony made a compact phone with flagship specs, you don’t see stuff like that so often these days in a world (Android world at least) where a phone has to be huge in order… Read more »
Modbook, the company with a history of offering pen-based Mac tablets using the internals of Apple’s notebooks, is announcing a new Kickstarter campaign today to support the launch of a new Modbook Pro X based on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The $150,000 campaign will allow users to send in their own machines for conversion at $1999 or reserve complete systems directly from Modbook starting at $3999.
An innovative computer modification product, the Modbook Pro X incorporates the original hardware of a Retina-display Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch base system running the OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. The expansive drawing and writing surface of the Modbook Pro X has a scratch-resistant ForceGlass screen with paper-emulating texture that covers a crisp, clear 15.4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels. Users get highly sensitive pen input with 2,048 pen pressure levels and pen tilt and rotate functionality for producing pro-quality creative deliverables.
Various configurations of the Modbook Pro X are available, including processor options ranging up to the top-of-the-line 2.8 GHz chip launched in the Retina MacBook Pro just yesterday, up to 32 GB of RAM, and up to 2 TB of flash storage.
Additional options for Modbook Pro X customers include integrated Keybars on the rear of the device providing eyes-free programmable access to key combinations for commands and shortcuts, as well as a Keyboard Stand that serves as a keyboard, adjustable easel stand, and protective cover for the Modbook Pro X.
Given its price, the Modbook Pro X is obviously targeted at a niche market interested in a tablet running full OS X such as creative professionals, but for those people the device may be an appealing option. For others, particularly those who would appreciate an OS X-based iPad, it’s at least an interesting example of what can be done.