The initial model of the Rift is centered around getting an ideal PC environment with currently trying to iron out the few issues with the development kit for consumer release. But they're already stated they want to have Android support in the near future with it but as secondary goal once they're done their first initial release. This will allow for using the same device on both the PC and with your Android device of choice. Given how fast the phone/tablet market evolves these days, it makes more sense to me to have the VR device independent of the Android hardware. The GameFace sounds nifty, but it'll quickly find itself with outdated hardware running it, while the Rift's model of having it connect to your phone will allow for updating the hardware as new devices come out. I'd much rather buy a $300 VR display that can be used for years with new phones than having one that is locked into a specific GPU/CPU built in.
I find it interesting that Google effectively sponsors competition to their Chrome browser. I wonder if it's to keep pressure up against Microsoft Internet Explorer.
I had the issue of notifications getting delayed on 4.2 with my Nexus 4 (I had to do 3rd party fixes to get them showing up at a reasonable delay). So far on 4.3, I'm getting my notifications instantly and my WiFi speeds are much faster. There seems to be a lot of under the hood fixes/updates that weren't mentioned. I'm sure tear-downs of the new firmware over the next few days will reveal a lot of bug fixes and other optimizations.
The idea of this mixed with an Oculus Rift would be amazing. We're getting close to the virtual reality they teased me with as a child.
Even if they shut it down (which I highly doubt), my Samsung ARM Chromebook runs Linux really well. So it might hurt the mom and pop users, but technically inclined people would be fine.
With the Leap Motion coming out soon, I wonder if its sales will put pressure on Microsoft release a PC adapter (or at least a cheap version of the Kinect for PCs). A link about the Leap Motion for those who haven't heard of it: https://www.leapmotion.com/
For some people it isn't. For me, I'd have no issue replacing my triple monitor eyefinity setup with a single 4k 50". It'd be about the same real estate side to side. And for photo editing and video work, it'd would be quite nice. But I'm probably just in a small niche of people that would find it useful.
Why spend $5,000 for a 32" when you can get a 50" 4k for under $1,500. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7674736 (groupon and a few other places have had it down to around $1,100 over the past few months) I know, some people probably find the 50" way too big. But it seems a bit silly that 32" is so more expensive.
One dirty sensor will muck that up fast. I'm horrible at washing my car. I wonder how forgiving the IR sensor's location will be to my bad habits.
I rather like my Chromebook. It fills in my occasional need for a laptop and putting a full build of Linux on a SDCard helps if I ever need to boot into something more powerful. But I hope that the often rumored merge between Android and ChromeOS happens at some point. A light weight online OS with full access to Android apps would meet my needs the majority of the time. I suppose even then, it would still be considered a niche product but I think it would be a step in the right direction.
It's a nice improvement on what was posted on here in 2002. http://news.slashdot.org/story/02/09/05/1814203/ripping-vinyl-via-your-scanner Much better quality scan, but the idea has been around a while.
colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."
These days, sure that kind of money seems like nothing. But back when I was young, I dealt with the whole starving artist thing. Money was super tight, living paycheck to paycheck. $125 for a bag of groceries? More like $20-40 for the week. And $2500 to record an album, that was more than my car cost then. A simple cheap car repair was able to devastate my budget. You're working on the basis that self-published authors have decent jobs. So yes, $125 is something to bitch about. That's a lot of money when you're scraping by and trying to get your first bits of work out there. Especially when you know that early in your self-publishing career, it's very likely it might not even sell enough to recoup that, even if the work is good.
An anonymous reader writes "Valve on Thursday announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. You can download the client now for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. In typical Steam fashion, the company is celebrating the big day with a sale: over 50 Linux titles are now 50 percent to 75 percent off until 10:00AM PST on Wednesday, February 21. This means you have just under a week to take advantage, and should be plenty of time for Valve to set a new record in Steam for Linux downloads."
MSRedfox writes "A follow up to an October 2011 thread on a patent troll going after companies using WiFi: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/10/03/2236255/patent-troll-says-anyone-using-wi-fi-infringes A lawsuit under the RICO act brought by several major router manufacturers has been shot down: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/wi-fi-patent-troll-hit-with-novel-anti-racketeering-charges-emerges-unscathed/"