Google Glass has received more than its fair share of flak since the unveiling, but relentless teasing hasn’t dissuaded the United States Air Force from testing Google Glass for military use. VentureBeat reports that the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge (BATMAN) research team is optimistic about the potential of Glass, most notably because of “its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn’t block images or hinder vision.” More →
Samsung wants to direct your attention to the design of the Galaxy S5 in its latest TV spot, posted to the company’s YouTube account on Wednesday. In the 30 second commercial, the camera slowly pans up the bumpy casing of the phone, highlighting the camera, the heart rate sensor, the 5.1-inch 1080p display and the S5′s water and dust resistance (which has been thoroughly tested by other sources already). The band-aid chic of the device is much less apparent on the darker model as well, which might explain why Samsung chose this color scheme for the commercial. Unlike the Galaxy Tab Pro ads from earlier in the week, Samsung refrains from taking any shots at the competition, electing to focus on the upcoming flagship phone instead. Check out the commercial below. More →
In what might be the most ingenious ad campaign for anti-virus software we’ve ever seen, Kaspersky Lab has put has put together a terrifying, interactive infographic of sorts calling attention to malware threats in real-time. The “Cyberthreat Real-Time Map” visualizes our planet in relation to malware, displaying the infection rates in every country and ranking them based on which are the most infected. Russia comes in at number 1, with the United States and India taking the 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Of course, it’s nothing more than a clever endorsement for Kaspersky Lab’s Security Scan software, but it’s fascinating to see the reach of malware across the globe in such a visually evocative format. See for yourself on Kaspersky’s site.
Megaupload might be dead, but that doesn’t mean the movie industry is done rifling through its corpse. TorrentFreak reports that Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal, Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. have banded together to file a lawsuit against Megaupload and former employees Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram Van Der Kolk. More →
Rumors of next-gen and PC releases for the best-selling Grand Theft Auto V have been floating around since long before the game even launched, but after months of silence from Rockstar, most of us had given up hope for an announcement anytime soon. It’s not much to go on, but considering how long it’s been since the gossip died down, we figured this potential leak was worth covering. TECH-NICK, manager of German retailer Saturn.de, said in a tweet that the release of GTA V for PC, Xbox One and PS4 is expected in June. He clarified in another tweet that the release information is only a rumor. Hopefully we’ll hear more at E3, which also happens to take place in June.
Another Samsung ad, another shot at Apple. Samsung published a new set of advertisements for the latest Galaxy Tab Pro series on Tuesday that mercilessly mocked the iPad for its lack of multiple logins, its lower pixel density and its inability to multitask. A fourth video brings Amazon’s Kindle into the mix, highlighting the eBook reader’s inadequate app offering. The Galaxy Tab Pro tablets feature 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processors, 2GB of RAM (3GB for the 12.2-inch model), 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution displays, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front cameras and Android 4.4 KitKat. All four videos can be seen below.
Samsung went all in on wearables at Mobile World Congress this year, introducing three new models in the Gear lineup: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The Gear Fit was the biggest departure of the bunch, and subsequently the most discussed, but the horizontal orientation of its display left us scratching our heads. Samsung has taken the criticism in stride and released an update which allows users to flip the orientation of the screen to make viewing and swiping more natural on the wrist. It may not be a perfect solution, considering the size of the narrow display, but it’s important that consumers have the option to flip the orientation. The Gear Fit launches on April 11th, alongside the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.
Microsoft is slowly but surely turning Windows 8 into a palatable operating system, starting with the first major Windows 8.1 update. Some of the new features of the update include the ability to pin apps to the taskbar, a right-click context menu on the Start screen and a host of keyboard and mouse functionality improvements. Unfortunately, the fated return of the Start menu is still at least an update away, but at least we finally know for sure that it’s coming. Although the update is set to go live on Windows Update at 1pm ET, Neowin has gathered all the download links for the update in one convenient location for any impatient Windows users who want a better OS right this minute.
We’ve written at length about Google’s modular smartphone Project Ara in the past, but substantial updates have been few and far between. With just a week left until the first developers conference for the device, MIT Technology Review has spoken with Paul Eremenko, the project lead, and Ara Knaian (after whom the project was named), who give us a little more context to the modular device and attempting to explain how it fits into a very crowded, competitive market. More →
With a whole team dedicated solely to the Internet of Things (IoT), Microsoft is planning to get every device you own online, or as Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management puts it: “A computer in every pot and chicken.” At the Build Developers Conference last week, Teixeira spoke at length about Microsoft’s innovations in the IoT field, but one unveiling stood out among the rest — bringing Windows Phone compatibility to the dashboard of a car. More →
Microsoft announced on Monday via the Xbox Wire that the ability to upload game clips directly to YouTube will be coming to the Xbox One this week. This is the second major upgrade since the console’s launch for gamers who want to share their recordings with others, the first being the addition of HD streaming and archiving on the Twitch app last month. More →
Ever since HBO first began production on Game of Thrones, fans of the series have been acutely aware of George R. R. Martin’s deliberate writing pace. Despite a 15-year head start, Martin has only recently released book 5 of his 7 book series, setting up the distinct possibility of the show surpassing its source material before Martin has time to finish book 7. In an interview with NewsOK, Game of Thrones show writer Bryan Cogman discussed that impending predicament. More →