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The final OUYA retail console is ready  It's been a long time coming, and now the Android-powered, Kickstarter-funded OUYA video game console is finally heading to backers. Sure, the final retail units for non-backers won't be available until June, but around 50,000 lucky folks who pledged over $99 to OUYA's massively successful campaign will be receiving their units in the coming days. We've already heard what developers have to say about it, but this week we got our first hands-on with the miniature, Tegra 3-powered game console we've been hearing so much
Solar Impulse to fly across the US We've been tracking the sun-powered plane known as Solar Impulse for years as it roved hither and yon. Today, Solar Impulse's pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, came to NASA's Ames research center to announce their plan to fly across America. The cross-country tour will begin in the Bay Area and end in New York, with stops in Phoenix, Dallas and Washington DC in between. Solar Impulse will also land in either Atlanta, Nashville or St. Louis, with the plane and its pilots set to stay in each locale for about a week to ten days to talk about the project before moving on. For the next

CHINA Developed world's largest Buses

 Governments in countries like China are turning to ever more extreme forms of public transport to wean us o City dwellers in China now outnumber rural dwellers for the first, official figures show. China is a country of extremes. The world’s most populous nation; the world’s fastest-growing major economy, the world’s biggest exporter.  It has the world’s longest sea bridge, the world’s fastest train and is the world’s biggest market for cars. The list goes on and on. And its record breaking ways look like they are set to continue for a while yet.

Google Keep allows to take a note by Voice,Type or Photo

 With Google Keep you’ve got a note-taking interface created by the company to be a one-stop-shop inside Android. Like Google Now, this is another value-added element that will be present in most or all future Android devices, and it’s tied to your Google account through Google Drive. If you head to right this minute (and you’re logged in to your Google account), you’ll find an interface not unlike the one we’re looking at today on an Android smartphone.
Lyrix Duo Bluetooth speaker has a removable Bluetooth receiver The Bluetooth speaker is called the Lyrix Duo and what sets this portable speaker apart from the typical offerings out there is that it has a removable Bluetooth receiver. The Bluetooth receiver plugs into the speaker using what appears to be an embedded USB port. Users can easily remove the Bluetooth receiver by simply grabbing its edge and pulling it out. Most of the Bluetooth speakers that are on the market are pretty much the same. They’re designed to connect wirelessly to your smartphone or computer and allow you to play your music without having to plug in headphones or wires for normal speakers. A new Bluetooth speaker has debuted from a company called Digital Treasures that is different from other offerings on the market. Once the Bluetooth receiver is removed from the speaker itself, it can be carried around and used in
Fiber cables made of air move data at 99.7 percent the speed of light Researchers say they have created fiber cables that can move data at 99.7 percent of the speed of light, all but eliminating the latency plaguing standard fiber technology. There are still data loss problems to be overcome before the cables could be used over long distances, but the research may be an important step toward incredibly low-latency data transmissions. Although optic fibers transmit information using beams of light, that information doesn't actually go at "light speed." The speed of light, about 300,000 km/s, is the speed light travels in a vacuum. In a medium such as glass, it goes about 30 percent slower, a mere 200,000 km/s."[L]ight propagates 31% slower in a silica glass fibre than in vacuum, thus compromising latency," notes a paper published Sunday in  Nature Photonics , titled " Towards high-capacity fibre-optic communications at the speed of light i

TOP 10 best Android music players

It's hard to describe the standard Android music playing experience, as thanks to the amazing variety of skins and interfaces out there, there isn't really one unified way that every Android user uses to play and manages their tunes. Yes, Google supplies a barebones music player as part of the standard Android software, but phones with custom user interfaces laid over the top of Google's code from the likes of Motorola, Sony, HTC and most of the other makers, ignore this in favour of offering their own customised players, completely changing the player's look and feel in the process.
Volvo unveils world’s first Cyclist Detection system with automatic braking Volvo has unveiled the world’s first cyclist detection system that offers fully automatic braking, causing the car to stop itself if a cyclist swerves in front of the vehicle. According to the manufacturer, Cyclist Detection is built upon its already existing detection and automatic braking technology, and will be implemented into all vehicles that use pedestrian detection. The system is straight-forward: sensors keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclist in front of and near the car, including those walking on foot and others on bicycles. While monitoring the individuals, if one of them makes a sudden change of direction in front of the car and the sensors determine that a crash will happen, the brakes are fully and automatically applied, bringing the car to a stop. You can see how it works in the video below.


Are you Suffering from slow internet speed, today. Believe it The Internet is under Massive attack .  The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history.  A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet. David Emm from Kaspersky Lab and the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones examine what the implications are for web users.   Hundreds of thousands of Britons are unsuspecting participants in one of the internet's biggest cyber-attacks ever – because their broadband router has been subverted.

A digital camera without a screen

 The cameras we click with got rid of the roll of film inside a long time ago – but their basic form has remained the same. It’s no longer the film but the viewing screen on the back which dictates how they look – that is, until Conran came up with a prototype which radically alters the digital camera and has echoes from the golden days of film cameras. Mankelow talks BBC Future through a design which has more in common with the old Kodak sitting on your shelf than the average smartphone. For BBC Future’s Imagineering project, in which designers are asked to reinterpret everyday objects, the designer chose to reimagine the digital camera with some of the joys of the analogue age.
Nexus 7 now available in India via Google Play Store for $295 Google has started selling its Nexus 7 tablet in the Indian market through the Google Play Store. At the time of writing this post, only the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the tablet is available on the store, at a price point of Rs. 15,999. The tablet will be shipped by 5 April if one places an order today. The price does not include shipping charges, which are calculated at checkout, but you need to pay through your credit or debit card. We did not see any extra shipping charges on the payment screen.
Logitech launches keyboard folios for iPad, iPad Mini  The iPad was never designed to be a laptop, but some people can't resist the urge to change a gadget's nature. For that purpose, Logitech is outing keyboard folios for the iPad and iPad Mini that double as a hands-free viewing stand for those long-haul flights. Your fingers will be hovering over a Bluetooth keyboard with membrane scissor keys, covered in your choice of colored fabric shell. The hardware is marked down to be available in the US and Europe in April, setting you back $100 for the iPad edition and $89.99 for the 7.87-inch version -- and if you'd like to learn more, you can check out the videos we've stashed after the break.
Man sentenced to 30 months in prison after “lasering” two aircraft in 2012  In October, 19-year-old Adam Gardenhire pled guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a private aircraft and a police helicopter. On Monday, a federal judge in California sentenced the defendant to 30 months in prison. Aiming such a laser at an aircraft is now a federal crime under a law signed by President Barack Obama in February 2012. Gardenhire is believed to be the second person anywhere in the United States sentenced under the new law. In addition to the 19-year-old, four more Californians have been indicted on similar charges this month. (The first person sentenced under the new law was a Florida man, who was sentenced to six months, in August 2012.)
Lock screen  bypass Bug Now reported on Sony Xperia Z  Joining the likes of Apple and Samsung, Sony has had some issues with bugs providing various levels of security vulnerability, with another one surfacing today. Unfortunately for Sony Xperia Z owners, the method for bypassing its lockscreen is simple and straight-forward, and is another reminder not to presume lockscreens are always secure enough to keep sensitive data safe. Unlike the latest iPhone security issue, the Xperia Z’s method doesn’t involve any fiddling with the SIM card or other physical parts of the phone. Instead, demonstrated in the video attached below by Scott Reed, who found the issue, you can see the method at work, which involves using the emergency dialer.
Microsoft to roll out Mail, Calendar and People app updates Today Microsoft has announced that it will roll out updates for People, Calendar, and Mail in the Windows Store tomorrow, promising “big improvements” in terms of both new features and improvements to current features. The updates are touted as making it easier to organize and manage accounts and the apps across both the work and personal life spectrums, and to do so in a way that is seamless and unobtrusive.
Samsung releases ATIV Smart PC Pro with AT&T 4G and Series 9 laptop with HD display Samsung has announced the ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T with AT&T 4G LTE support, providing users with mobile broadband connectivity on-the-go. In addition, the Korean company has also added to its Series 9 Premium Ultrabook line with a tablet/laptop hybrid running Windows 8, with a higher-resolution, sharper display that other models. Both devices are available now, priced at $1599 and $1899, respectively. The ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T hybrid features a 10-point tablet component with a detachable
You can now set animated Google+ profile photos Rejoice, animated GIF fans! Google+ profile photos can now use the ubiquitous file format. Social networkers can upload their picture of choice, crop it accordingly and revel in spreading internet memes and the ancestors of Vine clips. If you need help finding the perfect avatar, Mountain View has just the search feature you need. Not sure what all this moving image buzz is about? Feel free to take a crash course in web history.
Sony announces more indie partnerships, Blacklight: Retribution and Primal Carnage: Genesis for PS4  HD At GDC 2013 Sony has decided to focus on its relationships with indie developers, revealing free-to-play PC shooter Blacklight: Retribution and episodic adventure Primal Carnage: Genesis are coming to the PlayStation 4. That makes three self-published games destined for Sony's next-gen console, including Jonathan Blow's The Witness . Blacklight: Retribution is also making use of Sony's Pub Fund for marketing support, the first game on the platform to do so. Sony hasn't forgotten about its existing platforms however, also announcing Spelunky and Divekick for PS3 and Vita, Metrico for Vita, and the handheld debut of Limbo on Vita later this year. Check after the break for a press release that details the announcements, plus trailers for several of the new games.  
Facebook Messenger iOS app enables free calling feature for UK users While Americans and Canadians have enjoyed making app-based voice calls to their Facebook contacts since January, their overseas buddies have missed out -- until now. The social network's iOS Messenger app has just doled out the calling feature to the UK and potentially other parts of Europe too, although we haven't yet been able to confirm exactly how far and wide the update reaches. It's worth noting that the feature isn't enabled on the Android iteration yet, either. The new calling service isn't powered by Skype this time, although it works in a similarly uncomplicated way, with the ability to leave voice messages with any busy users. According to Pocket-lint , this is an experimental version, warning that you might experience a few bugs and glitches as you play around with it, but hey, you're getting free calls to (most of) your friends, barring any data charges. We'v

Billboard That Extract Clean Drinking water from the air

  Clean Drinking water in some parts of the world are very scarce and not obvious. Similarly in Lima, capital of Peru, where residents with difficulty (contaminated) water from a water pick and where it may not rain a year. UTEC, the Technical University of Lima, there is an innovative solution for clean drinking water found. Tap water from the air UTEC has developed a billboard
West Virginia Lawmaker seeks to ban Google Glass use while driving   A lawmaker in West Virginia is seeking to ban the use of Google Glass, and other Google Glass-esque products, while driving. Gary G. Howell, a republican in the West Virginia Legislature, believes that Google Glass poses the same dangers, if not worse, as texting and driving. He does have a valid point, because how safe can it be to watch a YouTube video while heading to the grocery store? If the legislation passes, using Google Glass while driving would incur a hefty fine. For the first offense, you will be charged $100. Every offense following will incur an accumulative $100 charge (i.e 2nd offense = $200, 3rd offense = $300, and so on). Driving while wearing Google Glass wouldn’t be worth the risk, especially since buying the device itself will cost you a fortune.
Next Mass Effect to offer a fresh experience  Fans of the Mass Effect franchise will be very happy to hear that Bioware is currently getting ready to develop the next Mass Effect game. Casey Hudson, the Executive Producer at Bioware, stated that the game developer is planning on bringing a “fresh and new” experience to the series. He says that the game will still have the same, core aspects that made the franchise so successful, but that there will be some major new changes, perhaps revamped game play. BioWare Montreal and Hudson will be taking point on the development of the new game. The game will be released on the PC, as well as the next-gen consoles, like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720. The game may not be called Mass Effect 4, because according to Chris Priestly, Bioware’s
English: Entrance (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) SpaceX making privatized space travel a reality  Forget about the moonshot. How about a Mars shot? Of all the members of the PayPal mafia, which includes Levchin and Thiel, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has done the most to chase innovation on a truly grand scale. Musk not only wants to put humans on Mars; he wants 80,000 of us to live in a Martian colony. And SpaceX is his launching pad. In the meantime, the company is busy making privatized space travel a reality. Most recently, SpaceX showcased a rocket that takes off and lands vertically—just like the ships in every sci-fi movie ever. Another SpaceX craft just docked with the International Space Station.
Huawei: The Company Chasing Innovations That Really Matter  Unlike most companies on this list, Huawei is anything but a scrappy startup. The one-time importer of Hong Kong telephone equipment has grown into a telecom giant and one of the world's leading smartphone makers. Though not widely known in the U.S. (yet), Huawei has succeeded not because of its phones' features but the lack of them. Huawei's low-priced Android handsets are a key reason smartphones have become less of a luxury and more of a commodity in China and other parts of the world. According to one recent estimate, about one-seventh of the world's population uses smartphones. Imagine what happens when the other six billion do.  
Microsoft's Xbox does not violate Google patent, rules ITC judge  Microsoft Corp did not violate a patent owned by Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility when it made its popular Xbox, an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission said in a preliminary decision issued on Friday. A final ITC decision in the case is due in July. The fight over the Xbox video game console is related to the larger smartphone patent war between Apple, Microsoft and the mobile phone makers who use Google's Android software, including its subsidiary Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility accused Microsoft of infringing five patents when it filed its complaint in 2010. Four have been dropped. One patent remains, according to the ITC docket for the case. That patent allows devices to communicate wirelessly over short distances.
How the Nvidia Shield could solve the problems with streaming your games.   In practically every one of its major press conferences since last year's GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia has reminded us that they want to virtualize the graphics processor. The company wants to take it out of the computer on your lap or on your desk and put it into a server somewhere without you noticing the difference. It introduced the concept at GTC 2012. Then over the course of the next year, Nvidia unveiled the actual graphics cards that would enable this tech, started selling them to partners, and also stuck them in Nvidia Grid-branded servers aimed at both gamers and businesses. The difference between Nvidia's initiatives and more traditional virtualization is that the company's products support relatively few users for the hardware they require. The Grid gaming server supports 24 users per server box and the Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) only supports eight or 16
FAA may ease 'reading device' restriction during takeoff and landing later this year   By early 2014, passengers may be able to use certain electronic devices in airplane mode during takeoff and landing, according to a New York Times report. The publication's industry sources say that the Federal Aviation Administration may announce more lenient electronics policies later this year, allowing passengers to use "reading devices" during takeoff and landing -- while it's not clear which gadgets would qualify, cellphones would remain on the ban list. The FAA commissioned an industry group to study the issue of in-flight electronics use -- the team, which includes representatives from Amazon, Boeing, the CEA, FCC, and others, will announce the results of its study by July 31st. The issue has support from key lawmakers as well. Senator Claire McCaskill is calling the FAA out on its authorization of pilots to use iPads in the cockpit and flight atte