Walyou http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:54:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 iCamPro Home Security Robot Spies Burglars with Its Little Eye http://walyou.com/icampro-home-security-robot/ http://walyou.com/icampro-home-security-robot/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:55:46 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212884

Home security is about to become better with the introduction of IP cameras and movement tracking robots. The iCamPro successfully combines the two concepts to give you peace of mind like no other home security robot can.

In fact, the iCamPro is touted to be the world’s first home security robot, and it received this title by providing users with real-time video and audio of anyone ill inspired enough to break into people’s homes. iCamPro is able to automatically track anything that moves, even in bad lighting conditions.

Unlike regular motion tracking cameras, the iCamPro features multiple sensors that enable it to rotate automatically so that it doesn’t lose the burglars from its little eye. This home security robot also comes with a microSD card slot, so that it can store recordings locally, in case the network connection is not working. Speaking of network connections, the iCamPro should be connected to your local Wi-Fi so that it can upload whatever it records to Google Drive.

On top of that, there’s 256-bit encryption, a mechanized infrared-cut filter, as well as companion apps for both Android and iOS. I’m glad that neither of the two major mobile operating systems doesn’t get neglected. Add to that full HD recording and you have a product worth writing home about. There’s also two-way audio integrated in Amaryllo’s smart security camera, and supposing that you notice something out of its place, you can always try to deter the burglars either by talking to them nicely or by making unearthly sounds.

The fact that this camera already garners awards without even being commercially available (it has received the 2015 CES Best of Innovations award last month) is proof of a product well done. the iCamPro will definitely be well received next year, when it will hit the market. Until then, the project is getting crowdfunded.

The iCamPro home security robot is currently featured on Indiegogo, where its developers sought to raise $1,000. The campaign will end in 29 days, and by then it will be considered a major success, as backers have already pledged 72 times the funding goal. Supposing that you back the project with $149 by the time the campaign ends, you will get an iCamPro in May 2015.

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Ovo Carrara Marble iPhone Speaker Dock Is a Thing of Beauty http://walyou.com/ovo-carrara-marble-iphone-speaker-dock/ http://walyou.com/ovo-carrara-marble-iphone-speaker-dock/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:55:44 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212878

It’s impossible to contest the incredible design of the marble speaker dock designed by Italian stone craftsman company Monitillo Marni. As expected, this gorgeous piece of Carrara marble is a luxury iPhone accessory, so the regular Joe won’t be able to afford one.

I’m not a big fan of Apple products, and I’ve made that pretty clear in many of my posts. That being said, I can’t help but envy iPhone and iPad users when some manufacturers of awesome accessories focus their attention exclusively on Apple mobile devices. This is also the case with this Carrara marble speaker dock, which is a very simple, yet very effective iPhone accessory.

iPhone speaker docks typically imply a lot of electronics, but that surely doesn’t apply here. The Ovo (that would be Italian for ‘egg’), is entirely made out of Carrara marble, and there’s nothing more to it. Shaped more like a cylinder than an egg, the Ovo relies on marble’s own acoustic properties to amplify the sound. In other words, all you need to do is plug the iPhone in, hit the play button and turn it up to eleven. Oh, your volume dial doesn’t go up to eleven? Too bad!

Given the lack of digital amplification, let’s just say that you won’t be able to entertain a theater with Ovo, unless it’s one of those ancient Greek ones, where even the spectators from the furthest seats could hear a matchstick being lit. Despite all that, the Ovo is all it takes to make your iPhone speaker sound loud enough for a small room.

Assuming that you’re willing to sacrifice a proper amplification for magnificent design, you’re going to get $430 out of your pocket for the Ovo. It doesn’t come cheap, and I would say that Apple products and/or accessories never come so, but in this case, given the material this speaker dock is made from, the price may be justified.

Some argue that the price may be worth it if the Ovo sounds remarkable. That is clear and without any distortions. In such conditions, loud volume is not as important, even though some people would expect to have both when paying a premium. Used in sculpture and building decor, Carrara marble could make its way into the tech world, as more companies are said to use it next year.

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Sony hack might have North Korean perpetrators, says FBI http://walyou.com/sony-hack-might-have-north-korean-perpetrators-says-fbi/ http://walyou.com/sony-hack-might-have-north-korean-perpetrators-says-fbi/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:59 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212875

The FBI has clarified some of the confusing events surrounding the recent hack at Sony Pictures: North Korean hackers were behind it.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said today that the hack & information leak Sony Pictures suffered was the result of a cyber attack by North Korean hackers. Furthermore, these are not independent individuals, but the FBI claims to have enough information to prove the North Korean government themselves were responsible. This was deduced based on the software used for the attacks, malaware that North Korea was known to have used in the past: exactly the same North Korea used against South Korean media, banks and other organizations.

The hackers behind these attacks go by the moniker of “Guardians of Peace”, and made the last month a living hell for Sony as they released financial documents, upcoming movies, and confidential information (salaries, and so on) about employees, actors, and directors. While initially North Korea claimed to have no responsibility, endorsed the hackers by claiming their actions were “a righteous deed”. The motivation seems to be the now infamous Sony Pictures movie “The Interview”, which was to depict an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The movie is, as of now, canceled and won’t see the light of day in order to prevent future attacks. This, obviously, has outraged the American public and a great number of movie-goers along the world.

Via CNET

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12 Great Geeky Game Of Thrones Christmas Cards http://walyou.com/geeky-game-of-thrones-christmas-cards/ http://walyou.com/geeky-game-of-thrones-christmas-cards/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212843

With winter already upon the seven kingdoms (in the TV show as well), it makes for a perfect connection between the TV Show Game of Thrones and Christmas time. These 12 cards make perfect sense and are a lot of fun as well.

Sansa? Santa? Sounds pretty much the same

 

He’s probably tired of being told that. But now does she’s dead, he does miss her

 

Westeros is actually pretty huge. Even the Vale of Arryn (The Falcon, moon and mountains hint to that) is pretty big

 

Night’s Watch sounds good in about any context

 

The Freys do deserve to see the Twins go down in Dragon flame

 

Cersei has been drinking quite a lot lately

 

In the cruel world of Game of Thrones, I doubt angels actually exist

 

Christmas time and winter are a dream setting for any normal White Walker

 

Daenerys is in a city right now, but when will she get to Westeros?

 

The only kid who saw that happening got pushed out of a window

Confusing card: Antlers (Baratheons) but a Stark saying…

No need explaining this one

Via: Buzzfeed

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Netflix To Debut a New Show Every Two Weeks http://walyou.com/netflix-to-debut-a-new-show-every-two-weeks/ http://walyou.com/netflix-to-debut-a-new-show-every-two-weeks/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:00:49 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212311

As more and more people sign up to Netflix, the media streaming service say that they’d like to release even more original TV shows in the future.

The way in which we consume media is rapidly changing. Before, we were confined to cable subscriptions and DVRs (and maybe the odd TV boxset or two) but now we consume television shows whenever and wherever we please, binging and marathoning when our time is free.

Most of us use Netflix for that. A monthly subscription service, users pay to gain access to Netflix’s massive library of content. From popular blockbusters like Disney’s Brave to popular series like Breaking Bad and American Horror Story, it’s all available from our dekstops and mobiles to our games consoles and tablets.

But in addition to all of the shows that have already been made, Netflix’s other draw is the content that it makes itself. Prison dramedy Orange is the New Black is a massive hit whilst political thriller House of Cards has also hoovered up awards. And now, the service wants to debut even more of these original TV hits.

That reveal comes from Netflix’s Chief content officer, Ted Sarandos. Speaking at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference he explained:

“I think that we can expand on our original programming … from where we are today to probably as many as 20 original series — so the idea of launching original series or [an] original season of content every two half weeks or so.”

Such a large amount of content allows them to appeal to more people across a wider range of demographics but what will be most important is quality and not quantity. Orange is the New Black may just have 26 episodes in all (13 in each season) but the small drip-feed of content is brilliant. The same can’t be said for Marco Polo, Netflix’s latest TV offering, which has not gone down so well with critics. Making sure that they knock it out of the park more times than not will be key to their end goal of getting more subscribers to the service.

The goal of subscribers is also why Netflix is unlikely to release viewing numbers – surely these do not matter so long as people are signed up and watching something. Furthermore, focusing too heavily on what people are watching means that you risk chasing numbers instead of making good TV. Sarandos says,

“It’s an irrelevant measure of success for us … Ratings measurement has been bad for creative of television,” he said. “Now maybe it’s been necessary for the business of television, but it’s been horrible for the creative television.”

So although we don’t have numbers – or really much of an idea of what Netflix is working on next, the service is doing big things and we are paying attention. We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Source: Vulture

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Valve Steam Controller Gets Redesigned (Again) http://walyou.com/valve-steam-controller-redesigned-again/ http://walyou.com/valve-steam-controller-redesigned-again/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:55:52 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212849

Even though it hasn’t been announced officially, leaked Beta code suggests that Valve’s Steam Controller is going to get yet another redesign, and the product isn’t even commercially available.

If you want to try out Steam’s Big Picture UI and you think that the Steam Controller is the best way to do it, welcome to the waiting game. Until Valve decides which design is more appropriate for gaming, you’re good to go with any wired or wireless gamepad out there. That’s valid not only if you’re running Steam on Windows, Linux or Mac, but also if you’re one of the brave ones who wants to get a taste of Steam OS.

The images suggesting a new iteration of the Steam Controller were found among the files from this week’s Steam client Beta update. The design itself is a mere update to the versions that were pictured earlier this year. In other words, 1 x analogue stick, 4 x main buttons, and 2 x touch pads don’t really represent a revolutionary type of input.

In an attempt to make PC games more console-like, Valve has first created an UI and then an entire OS around this idea. It has been a while since the Steam OS was first showcased (more than a year, as matter of fact), and gamers are still rocking keyboards and mice. Most of them wouldn’t even conceive playing a game with a controller (PC master race, anyone?), and that must be the reason while no one is crying out of restlessness to get their mittens on the Steam Controller.

In other news, Valve is preparing to lock games to the region they were purchased in. In a move that’s reminding people of region-locked DVDs, Valve forces people to buy games where they live (and if they’re in Europe, they definitely have a good reason to envy gamers from other regions). The way I see it, this looks like some sort of discrimination. Games should be offered at the same price across the globe, and that way publishers wouldn’t have to complain. Impose such restrictions and you’ll find out that more and more gamers turn to piracy to source their games. If you asked me, I’d tell you that Valve is not heading in the right direction…

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WhatsApp for laptops & desktop PCs is coming http://walyou.com/whatsapp-pc/ http://walyou.com/whatsapp-pc/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:59:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212846

The Whatsapp team are working on a new beta of the popular chat app, this time for desktop PCs and laptops.

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android has a little special something in its laines of code: an unofficial confirmation that the company is about to launch a version for desktop and laptop computers. Ever since being acquired by Facebook, the team have been doing their best to expand, and this project of reaching out to computers is only the next logical step, although something dedicated users have been asking for years. This functionality already exists on other competitor apps such as Line or Google Hangouts, but just based on the sheer popularity of WhatsApp, this is pretty big – no matter how good you are at typing on your phone, nothing competes with real, physical keyboards.

The latest WhatsApp beta for Android redirected users to a website at web.whatsapp.com, which remains empty so far. Still, it’s safe to speculate it will eventually host the app for PCs. The leak was addressed by the WhatsApp team who updated the code deleting those lines, as they don’t seem to be quite ready to reveal this app officially yet. Nevertheless we can’t be far from it.

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Super Mario World BART Map Poster By Robert Bacon http://walyou.com/super-mario-world-bart-map-poster-by-robert-bacon/ http://walyou.com/super-mario-world-bart-map-poster-by-robert-bacon/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212832

Getting to know the ins and outs of the San Francisco bay area rail system never looked so groovy thanks to this Super Mario World styled map.

A morning work commute can be a dreadful experience, as anyone who has had a 9-to-5 job in their lifetime can attest. But a little sugar can make the medicine go down as the Disney tune goes, and that’s exactly what graphic artist Robert Bacon has done with his Super Mario World interpretation of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

This isn’t the first time that Bacon has Nintendo-fied a city’s transportation map, he’s done similar illustrations, either in the style of Super Mario, Zelda, and even Donkey Kong, for New York City and Chicago, both of which – along with his latest BART map – are available for sale through riptapparel.com.

As for Bacon’s BART map, it is totally brightly in-tuned with Mario’s popular first outing on the Super Nintendo, and also includes many similar landmarks from the game. Giant smiling trees, stars, castles, and even power ups from Super Mario World make their inclusion on this excellent map that should certainly make for a nice print to hang on one’s wall.

Source: SF Gate

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Samsung Galaxy E5 and E7 Specs Leak; Powerful Mid-Range Phones http://walyou.com/samsung-galaxy-e5-and-e7-specs-leak-powerful-mid-range-phones/ http://walyou.com/samsung-galaxy-e5-and-e7-specs-leak-powerful-mid-range-phones/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:00:14 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212592

Set to prop up their mid-range offerings, specs of Samsung’s E5 and E7 smartphones have now leaked.

It hasn’t been the best of months for Samsung. Although the South Korean smartphone maker is the biggest phone manufacturer in the world (ahead of Apple in 2nd and Xiaomi and Lenovo who are both vying for 3rd) their profits recently took a massive hit.

Much of this profits slide is said to be down to its flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, underperforming. The company expected it to sell many millions of units but after sales were chipped away by the iPhone and Xiaomi’s cheaper offerings, the S5 actually undersold by several million, leaving plenty of handsets gathering dust in warehouses.

As a result, Samsung really needs to change their strategy. Rumours of an executive reshuffle haven;t come to fruition and instead Samsung will be pushing its mid-range offerings, with specs of the E5 and E7 having now leaked online.

According to SamMobile, the phones are incredibly powerful (given that they are mid and not high range). Their sources tell them that from the E7 we can expect a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel ‘selfie’ camera, and 16GB of expandable storage too. Its scene is also expected to be 5.5 inches and Super AMOLED HD to keep its visuals looking sharp.

Meanwhile, the E5 isn’t pulling any punches either. It too will have a Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage and a 5 megapixel selfie camera, but the E5′s rear camera is just 8 megapixels. It’s also a little smaller (if 0.5 inches makes that much of a difference anyway) but its screen is Super AMOLED HD too.

As for other important specs, SamMobile also reports that the E7 and E5 will run on Android Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s operating system. The E7 will also be 7.2mm thick and the E5 will be just 6.9mm thick, making them as thin as they are powerful.

What is up for guessing is what the E7 and E5 will be made of. Metal is the best guess given that recent additions to Samsung’s mid-range A series (the Galaxy A5 is pictured above) made headlines as ‘metal phones’ but don’t rule out another plastic Samsung phone just yet.

Source: SamMobile

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Snapchat Acquires Vergence Labs Quietly, Enters the Wearables Game http://walyou.com/snapchat-acquires-vergence-labs/ http://walyou.com/snapchat-acquires-vergence-labs/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:15 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=212828

Besides mean comments about Google and some Hollywood actors, the recent Sony leaks also revealed that Snapchat has secretly bought Vergence Labs, a manufacturer of smart eyewear.

It is in fact the Epiphany Eyewear subsidiary that makes wearables, but that doesn’t change the news a bit. What’s baffling about it is that the whole deal was kept a secret, which is a bit unusual when companies make a move against Google. Seeing how the search giant’s Glass still isn’t available commercially, you would think that any other manufacturer of smart glasses would take pride in making the news. Even more so when we’re talking about a $300 pair of intelligent eyewear. That’s a fraction of the cost of the Google Glass Explorer Edition, which currently sells for $1,500.

According to the leaked Sony documents, Snapchat paid $15M for Vergence Labs. However, that still isn’t a guarantee that the photo messaging application developer will start manufacturing its own wearables any time soon. As is the case with many acquisitions nowadays, it’s quite possible Snapchat bought Vergence Labs for a patent it needed.

What sets Epiphany Eyewear smart glasses from the its competitors is the ability to record HD videos and upload them directly to the cloud. That’s a different approach from storing the video files locally and sharing them only when a Wi-Fi connection is available. Epiphany Eyewear was convinced its glasses would work wonders on ski slopes, but Snapchat might be more interested in having them at parties. Not to mention that these look more like conventional eyewear, and not a piece of AR tech that partially blocks the view.

“That’s the reason we wanted to make these glasses as cool as possible,” stated Epiphany Eyewear CEO Erick Miller in an interview with LA Weekly in February, “because we wanted cool people to wear them.”

To some, it may look like Google Glass has fallen from grace, and that’s an opportunity that should be seized by wearable manufacturers everywhere. My opinion is that Google will get back to this stronger than ever next year, as it is not in its habit to spend years on end developing a product and then dropping it out of the blue. Unless we’re talking about these discontinued Google services. That’s another story.

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