Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MC2 Post 1663 Apple Now Offering Refurbished Apple TV for $75



From:   http://appleinsider.com


The Apple TV set-top box may be a bit more attractive to some buyers, as a refurbished version of the device is now available direct from Apple for just $75, knocking 25 percent off the price of a new model.










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Ahead of tomorrow’s big reveal, here’s 
everything we know about the Moto X



What will be new and different about the first true Motorola and Google phone?







A leaked photographic representation of the Moto X's many layers.



From:   http://arstechnica.com



By all indications, that's finally about to change. Rumors about a coming "X  Phone," later dubbed the Moto X, have been building since late last year. Eric Schmidt himself has been spotted carrying one around already. Motorola's logo has even been changed to incorporate Google's flatter, simpler aesthetics and to include a Google logo. These changes indicate that Google is finally taking ownership of Motorola in spirit as well as on paper.











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The UPS Store to Offer 3D printing Service in Select San Diego Locations



From:   http://www.engadget.com



Today, The UPS Store announced its plan to bring 3D printing services to the masses. The shipping company will soon roll out Stratasys Uprint SE Plus printers to 6 locations in San Diego to test out the new service; it'll be aimed at small businesses, start-ups and retail customers in need of a professional grade model to produce things like prototypes and artistic renderings. At $20,900 a pop, Stratasys printers aren't exactly the kind of gadget you'd purchase for home use, so their availability at UPS stores is a pretty major step towards making high quality 3D printing an accessible option for the common man.











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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

MC2 Post 1662 How The Epiphany Helps Promote a $99 parallel computer machine






Why Creating a $99 Parallel Computing Machine is ,

just as hard as it sounds.



From:   http://arstechnica.com





"It's like a blank canvas for Boolean logic," Olofsson said. "You can implement anything you want while the board is in the field. A portion of that chip has a dual-core A9 that runs Linux like any other SoC (system-on-a-chip). The other part, you load in during boot time a bit file that configures what that logic should do. … Most boards you have today are all locked down.

You can only change things in software, you can't change the hardware. With this board you can actually change the hardware."

 


Parallella also ships with open source development tools geared toward the Epiphany chip, including a C compiler, debugger, Eclipse IDE, OpenCL SDK/compiler, and run-time libraries. It uses a 5V power supply.











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The Great Fitness Band Shootout





The Jawbone Up, Fitbit Flex, and NIke Fuelband—which is best?





From:   http://arstechnica.com









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Monday, July 29, 2013

MC2 Post 1661 How about a 7 inch Tablet for 100 bucks less Than the New Nexus 7 2013





Hisense Sero 7 Pro review





a Newcomer tries its hand at Android Tablets



From:   http://www.engadget.com









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Fly Around Saturn in Gorgeous Short Film


From:   http://news.cnet.com




(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)


Cassini has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004, surveying the planet, its

rings, and its satellites. Currently, it sends back to Earth more than 60 raw

photos a day of Saturn in all of its moods, as well as its satellites, and NASA

has made these images freely available for public use.



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Sunday, July 28, 2013

MC2 Post 1660 Remember the Hype Around Hey-Days of the Video Toaster













Well  it  Didn't Take Long to Hack Into the New 

Google Chromecast Dongle

  
Chromecast bootloader exploit surfaces, 

opens up plenty of possibilities


 



From:   http://www.engadget.com











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Take A Look at This Little Bit Of  Nothing 

That IS Causing Such A Stir.
 



Under the Hood Look at The New



Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts



'Pure simplicity' innards fuel Chocolate Factory's quest for 'TV domination'




From:  http://www.theregister.co.uk




Teardown Google's li'l Chromecast media-streaming HDMI dongle is certainly getting a lot of attention for a thirty-five-buck, one-trick pony. Announced on Wednesday and given its Reg review on Thursday, Chromecast has left one admirer "pretty blown away," was praised for its "pure simplicity" by another, called a "cord cutter's dream" by a third, and said to possibly presage "Google's domination of TV delivery" by a fourth.



















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Saturday, July 27, 2013

MC2 Post 1659 Why Twitter Company Service BOTS Are-Not-Helping







Getting   Corporate Customer Service to "Listen" to Your Complaint on Twitter,

 may be a Thing of the Past.



Why?



Their Twitter Service Bots are a Cheaper Way of  'Dealing with a Problem'.




#MissingThePoint: Companies alienate customers with 

Twitter bots,  and scripted responses.



From:   http://www.nbcnews.com










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Under the Hood Look at The New Nexus 7 2013

SOURCE: iFixit
 

From:  http://www.slashgear.com



Nexus 7 2013 iFixit Teardown reveals EZ  Repairability












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Top 5 Android Smartphones (July 2013)


From:  http://www.technobuffalo.com


It’s that time of the year again! Every quarter we want to bring you the top

five Android smartphones on the market, and now it’s time for our July

report. We recently published the top 5 smartphones on Verizon Wireless,

AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, though those were not split up by platform. Since

there are a bevy of Android smartphones flooding the market at any given

time it just makes sense that we compile a quick and easy list.





HTC ONE



Link:   http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/07/17/top-5-android-smartphones-july-2013/




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Friday, July 26, 2013

MC2 Post 1658 How to Create a Shiny Logo Animation Using Blender



A Great You Tube  VIDEO  Lesson.

You Can Learn a Lot From a Good Teacher...



Google's Chromecast announcement featured a few  You Tube videos for streaming, and I realized that we really take a lot of You Tube for Granted.  
It IS in fact, quite a resource for Learning.


From:   http://www.youtube.com


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The Beauty of Algebra


Another Great Lesson  From Khan Academy
on You Tube.



From:  http://www.youtube.com



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Top Smartphone Dog Samsung’s Explosive Growth









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Thursday, July 25, 2013

MC2 Post 1657 The 2013 Nexus 7 Performance Preview








a Huge Speed Upgrade in Every Way

 

From:   http://arstechnica.com




Google finally announced its second seven-inch Android tablet, just a few weeks after forum users and random OfficeMax employees and Best Buy all beat them to the punch. Just because the tablet has been thoroughly leaked doesn't mean it looks like a bad device, though—its components aren't all cutting-edge, but the new Nexus 7 seems like it will bring a sizable performance bump for just $30 more than the $199 asking price of the original.



Overall, the new Nexus 7 moves performance ahead by a sizable margin, especially given that it costs only $30 more than last year's model, and it has come out only a year later. We'll be digging more into performance as well as other aspects of the tablet in our full review, which (fingers crossed!) should be going up some time next week.




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Hands-on with Chromecast, Google's wireless HDMI 

streaming dongle (update: video)  HD





We should've known this was coming after Google and Netflix informed us back at CES they were working on their AirPlay competitor, the DIAL wireless streaming protocol.

Today, with the revelation of the new Chromecast HDMI dongle to leverage DIAL and expand upon it, you'll be able to stream more content more easily to your home's biggest screen -- all for just 35 bucks. We got to check out the Chromecast at today's Google event, so join us, won't you, for our full impressions.




Link:  http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/24/chromecast-wireless-web-content-hdmi-streaming-dongle-and-tech-h/



TinyURL:  http://tinyurl.com/ma5ztq2


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A Projected Butterfly moving image 

you can "Feel" land on your Hand.





Hands-on with Disney Research's AIREAL
Haptic Feedback Technology (video)



A 3D Printed smaller model of

the Same AIREAL Technology.



( Videos on Engadget Linked Web Page.   Wingman. )

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

MC2 Post 1656 Dell shows off the UltraSharp 32: a 32-inch Ultra HD display set




To arrive in Q4.




If you're looking to boost the resolution of your workflow, Dell took the opportunity to unleash one such display during the proceedings at SIGGRAPH this week. The UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch Ultra HD unit that wields a 3,840 x 2,160 IGZO panel sorting 1.07 billion colors. An aluminum stand has replaced the plastic-draped one from previous models, but the same height adjustments reside around back. The UltraSharp 32 also houses both full and mini display ports (with the requisite cable included), HDMI jack, a built-in USB hub and an SD card reader along the left side.


From:   http://www.engadget.com










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Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI 
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

MC2 Post 1655 What Did Spielberg and Lucas Really Say About the Film Industry





It wasn't: "Atta Boy!"


From:   http://www.guardian.co.uk




Changing scene … Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were speaking at the University 
of Southern California. Photo: Hubert Boesl, Corbis/Mario Anzuoni, Reuters



Steven Spielberg and George Lucas 

predict film Industry 'Implosion'

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Veteran directors warned students in US about difficulty of getting projects into cinemas, and suggested studio cautiousness could lead to hiked ticket prices.

The two Hollywood titans painted a picture of a future in which the failure of half a dozen $250m movies in quick succession caused a seismic shift in studio dynamics, leading to audiences being asked to pay $25 a ticket for films such as Iron Man 3 but just $7  for movies such as Spielberg's own Lincoln.










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Week in Geek: Comic book, superhero, sci-fi and fantasy news




Man of Steel 2 will make a villain of Superman or Batman



Zack Snyder and David Goyer will have to tread carefully to keep fans hooked, but this could see the genre go stratospheric.


Make no mistake: Warner Bros has pulled off a huge coup with its announcement at this weekend's Comic-Con that the next Man of Steel movie will feature Superman battling Batman. Even with rival studio Marvel using San Diego's annual fanboy Mecca to reveal the title (and antagonist) of the next Avengers film, it is the news that Kal-El and the caped crusader will be squaring off that has caught the imagination of public and media alike. That's some feat when you consider that Marvel's comic book ensemble was by far the biggest film of 2012 at the global box office, while Man of Steel hasn't yet passed the haul taken by the fourth Spider-Man movie and got a lukewarm thumbs up from critics.









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Samsung reveals new Exynos Smartphone and Tablet chip



Samsung has unveiled its latest top-of-the-range smart device processor saying it 
offers more than twice the 3D graphics power of its predecessor.

The Exynos 5 Octa is the first production-ready chip to include 

ARM Holding's latest GPU (graphics processing unit) architecture.

Samsung's move to license the tech marks a reversal of its 

decision to use a GPU design by rival British chip firm Imagination in the last version.

 


It enters mass production next month.





Link:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23422822



 


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Monday, July 22, 2013

MC2 Post 1654 Dan LOEB Says Sayonara to Yahoo








Billionaire Dan Loeb Sells Most Of His Yahoo Stock

Makes $1 Billion




From:   http://www.forbes.com









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Don't Look, Don't Look !!!
 
 

Google's alleged Nexus 7 successor leaks in Press Shots 
and Best Buy AD





Days after photos and video surfaced of what appears to be an updated Nexus 7 tablet from Google, the @evleaks Twitter account has provided press images to corroborate the claims. The pictures show the new rear-facing camera, notification light, and dual speakers, as well as the horizontally orientated "Nexus" wordmark and the logo of manufacturer Asus. @evleaks suggests that the tablet will be available in 16GB and 32GB models.

The next Nexus could be announced as soon as this week; Google is holding an event with Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai on Wednesday. The company tends to launch new versions of Android alongside new hardware, so it's more than possible that the Nexus 7 update could mark our first official look at Android 4.3 as well.


Link: 
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/21/4543926/updated-nexus-7-tablet-press-images-leak


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

MC2 Post 1653 Are They Getting to You APPLE ???







Apple reveals that developer portal was hacked, announces system overhaul.


Been paying attention to Twitter recently? You might have noticed Apple developers complaining about the company's developer portal, which has been out of service for a number of days. Today, Apple acknowledged the outage, explaining that the site was taken down to combat a security breach. "Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed," Cupertino told developers in an email. "However, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers' names, mailing address and/or email addresses may have been accessed."



From:  http://www.engadget.com









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Pictures of the next Nexus 7 appear Ahead of July 24 Google Event


Retail listings point to a $229.99 16GB model, $269.99 32GB model.










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Is The already Dark Knight Getting Darker   ???


In the Animated Batman Too?







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What is Node.JS and Why Should  YOU  Care?



JavaScript is a just a client-side programming language that runs in the browser, right? Not any more. Node.js is a way of running JavaScript on the server
but it’s so much more as well. 

If you’re at all interested in web development, 
you really should find out a little about Node 
and why it’s making waves in the community.


What is Node.js?









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