Walyou http://walyou.com Cool Gadgets, New Gadgets, Tech News and Geek Design Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:57:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 NVIDIA’s Shield Set-Top Box Sets Gaming Consoles on Fire http://walyou.com/nvidia-shield-set-top-box-tegra-x1/ http://walyou.com/nvidia-shield-set-top-box-tegra-x1/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:57:31 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215485

The graphics card manufacturer has just unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco the next member of the Shield family: a set-top box that focuses on gaming.

SF’s GDN 2015 may not be the best scheduled event in the world, since it takes place at the same time as the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any launches there worth reporting. The NVIDIA Shield set-top box carries a price tag of $200, which really may seem a lot for an Android TV-powered device. However, Jen-Hsun Huang emphasized at the press conference that included the launch of the product that the Shield set-top box brings together “revolutionary TV,” a “gaming console” and a “supercomputer.” Well, my other computer is a Cray, so I’m curious of what’s under the hood of this innovative thing.

Touted as the “world’s first 4K Android TV,” the NVIDIA Shield set-top box won’t run into any problems while streaming (via Gigabit Ethernet) or playing local content (via HDMI) at that resolution. After all, it includes the Tegra X1 super chip, which at the moment is the best SoC NVIDIA has to offer. In case the two connections aren’t available and users want to play content directly from the Shield, they can rely on the internal memory, and if those 16GB aren’t enough, then the microSD slot and the two USB 3.0 ports might come in handy.

The Shield supports voice commands either via the gamepad’s mic or via a remote control that’s not that different from the one of Amazon’s Fire TV. However, the new Shield isn’t as much about watching movies as it is about gaming. According to Huang, NVIDIA’s set-top box is 35 more powerful than the next such device, and twice as powerful as the Xbox One. That’s a really courageous statement, and the first reviews of the device should confirm or infirm that.

Android gaming is really catching up, and in the not-so-distant future, I can see mobile games competing head-to-head with their console counterparts. The Tegra X1 packs not only a lot of processing power, but also an extremely competitive GPU, so there will be no such things as glitches while gaming on the Shield set-top box. Some of the console games that got an Android port specifically for the launch of the new NVIDIA product include: Borderlands: The Presequel, Doom 3: BFG Edition, The Talos Principle, Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance. More titles will surely follow once the device is available.

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Huawei Might Be Making the Next Nexus Phone http://walyou.com/huawei-google-nexus-phone/ http://walyou.com/huawei-google-nexus-phone/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:21:09 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215481

At the end of February, a Weibo message suggested that the maker of the next Nexus smartphone (or tablet) is based in China, and recent reports indicate that Huawei might be the one.

That particular message is believed to have been posted on Weibo by iSuppli’s Director of China Research Kevin Yang. GizmoChina claims that Huawei has been confirmed as the maker of the next-gen Nexus phone, and that Google will also partner up again with LG for a Nexus device this year.

LG made two Nexus phones, and Google has a habit of going back to its partners. After all, the tech giant went back to HTC to get the Nexus 9 done four years after the launch of the first ever device from this family, the HTC Google Nexus One. On the other hand, a partnership with Huawei doesn’t seem that far-fetched now, that the Chinese OEM has made its first Android Wear smartwatch.

Come to think of it, Motorola Mobility, the maker of the Nexus 6 smartphone, is now owned by Lenovo, a China-based company, so the entire rumor may be a PR strategy to keep the Nexus line fresh in memory.

If Huawei really proves to be the maker of the next Nexus phone, this proves that the Chinese company really fears Xiaomi, which at the moment is China’s number one smartphone vendor. Such a move could also help diminish the misconception that all that Chinese companies do is create copycats of popular devices. Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, described Xiaomi at MWC 2015 as an “ultra low-end brand” for “low-end people.” I would say that his language is not at all professional, and more than that, he simply denies to see the truth.

As much as I admire Xiaomi, I’m happy that it won’t mingle with others, as I want it to remain Google, Samsung and Apple’s competition. Otherwise, these three giants wouldn’t have anything to fear but themselves.

Regardless of who’s going to make Google’s next device, I really wonder if it will still fall under the Nexus brand. The Nexus 7 trick might not work for every device out there, so what is that they have in mind? They can’t simply go and name their devices Nexus 6 II or Nexus 7 III, and apart from the number 8, all the others have had their go.

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Zelda tresure chest is actually is a engagement ring box http://walyou.com/zelda-tresure-chest-engagement-ring-box/ http://walyou.com/zelda-tresure-chest-engagement-ring-box/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:25:25 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215476

Engagements ought to be special, and nothing feels quite as special as finding treasure or a new item in The Legend of Zelda games.

People younger than the Zelda franchise itself are getting married, so entire generations have grown with it – it’s part of everyone’s lives now, at least for the geekiest portion of the world. It’s not surprising that some of us would want to reference it. That is exactly what this $200 Zelda inspired treasure chest with a ‘floating’ rupee engagement ring box does, bring the franchise to the most important moment of your life.

The chest is much more than a good looking chest, it also plays the tune of a chest opening straight from the games when you lift the lid, and features a huge red rupee in the center where the rings are stored (wait, so my love is only worth a red rupee? I would say it’s worth at least a purple / huge rupee, dammit).

Via Geekologie

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Siri and Cortana Record Your Voice, Says Industry Insider http://walyou.com/siri-and-cortana-record-your-voice-says-industry-insider/ http://walyou.com/siri-and-cortana-record-your-voice-says-industry-insider/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:00:20 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215462

As consumer privacy fears grow and people become more concerned about their digital data, one industry insider confirms our worst fears about Siri and Cortana.

At the moment, when it comes to our digital data, we are all on high alert. Wanted NSA hacker Edward Snowden was forced to flee the United States and become a fugitive when he revealed to the world that not only do the world’s governments access our data but they keep tabs on us too. That’s why everyone is now wary and concerned about what happens to the information we share with our digital devices. Who is looking at it and is our data safe?

Most of the concern surrounds messages that we’ve sent via the Internet or our mobile phone networks, such as emails, texts or instant messages. The last place that people would assume we’re being snooped on is via Siri and Cortana, the voice activated virtual assistants that can be found on iOS and Windows devices (respectively). Unfortunately though, one industry insider suggests that Siri and Cortana are actually recording us.

That suggestion comes from a user that goes by the name of FallenMyst who recently revealed all on reddit. The information, they say, comes from their new job at Walk N’Talk Technologies. In a comment, the anonymous poster described their job duties:

“I’m given an audio file (sound bite) and the corresponding text based translation (how the phone translated the speech). My job is to listen to the file, compare it to the text and provide feedback on how correctly the sound bite was interpreted by the phone. If the text and speech are a perfect match, I just move on. However, if the phone either translated something incorrectly due to a heavy accent or loud background noise, I note that in my evaluation.”

FallenMyst went on to explain that “I heard everything from kiddos asking innocent things like “Siri, do you like me?” to some guy asking Galaxy to [do something inappropriate and physically impossible]. I wish I was kidding”.

While it makes sense that companies have to run some analytics to figure out the performance of their voice controlled software, it is certainly disconcerting to know that masses upon masses of our audio data is being sent all over the world for employees to listen to. Not only this but this surely means that our data is being saved somewhere, so is it possible that a hacker could access this information? FallenMyst may have made this up of course, but it seems unlikely in the fact of recent reveals that Samsung’s voice controlled smart TVs send our audio through a similar process. Either way, it’s incredibly disconcerting.

Source: BGR

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Samsung Galaxy S6 prices in Europe and US revealed http://walyou.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-prices-in-europe-and-us-revealed/ http://walyou.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-prices-in-europe-and-us-revealed/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:05:31 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215469

Samsung revealed the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at Barcelona’s MWC, and although the phone looked great, a key detail was left out: the price. The Internet started speculating about it right away, and many numbers were touted, but it is only now that we can get the official word by Samsung themselves.

Samsung did reveal the price for Europe at the MWC, and it seems Europe is going to get all three variants (32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB) of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on April 10 starting at EUR 699 for the S6 Edge and EUR 849 for the Edge variant, at least in the Netherlands. Seemingly, the Edge 128 GB could go up to EUR 1,049. That is very pricey, especially when you compare with the Americas.

In the US, carriers will be selling the Galaxy S6 at $199 and the Galaxy S6 Edge and $299, way below the European counterparts. The official confirmations should come on April 10, but we are already shocked that Europeans might be getting the phone at 3 times the price.

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New Wearable ‘Grasp’ Gives You Your Own, Portable Teacher http://walyou.com/new-wearable-grasp-gives-you-your-own-portable-teacher/ http://walyou.com/new-wearable-grasp-gives-you-your-own-portable-teacher/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:12:03 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215456

As more and more wearables are released, one designer creates ‘Grasp’, a wearable that teaches its wearers how to do things.

We need to face it: the wearable revolution is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Soon everybody will be wearing hi-tech gadgets, from barely noticeable fitness bands to stylish smartwatches to goggles that people strap to their faces either outside of the home or in front of their games consoles. What’s important though, is that wearables aren’t just gimmicks and that they actually improve our lives in some way. Sure, Google Glass may let us take pictures as we’re out and about and it may even provide us with maps, but can’t we already do that stuff with our smartphones?

Looking to be a genuinely useful wearable is Grasp. Created by Akarsch Sanghi, an interaction designer from Copenhagen, Denmark, Grasp aims to help its wearer with physical tasks. Worn like a pirate’s parrot, right on the shoulder, Grasp is a little chunky and more than a bit unsightly but equipped with a camera, a speaker, a microphone and even a laser pointer, it has plenty of benefits.

The idea is, that with Grasp if you’re doing something such as painting a portrait or even cutting up some meat, someone else is able to have a first person view of what you’re doing. This way, they can directly instruct you on what (or what not) to do and aid the task at hand. The speaker allows you to hear instructions, the mic allows you to ask questions or reply to what they’ve told you and the laser pointer can be used to outline what to do when verbal communications just doesn’t cut it.

Sanghi explains that “It is the idea of having a companion looking over your shoulder and instructing you while learning something new irrespective of distance” and so there’s the potential there for teaching without borders. Those who wear Grasp could be on the other side of the world form the teacher and they’d still be able to learn just as well as if the teacher was in person.

Sadly, there’s no word on whether Grasp will be released as a consumer product, or what sort of price it would be, but you can find out more information at the source.

Source: Akarsch Singh

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Future Android Devices May Come with Waze Pre-Installed http://walyou.com/pre-installed-waze-android-devices/ http://walyou.com/pre-installed-waze-android-devices/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:30:17 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215452

Mountain View has just authorized Android smartphone and tablet manufacturers to pre-install Waze on the devices they’re making, in order to make the social GPS and traffic app more popular.

Once a remarkable Israeli startup, Waze became the property of Google in 2013, when the tech giant bought it for $1.1 billion. After the purchase, Waze and Google Maps weren’t allowed to play together, and while that doesn’t seem to change in the immediate future, at least the company has included it in Google Mobile Services and gave manufacturer the green light for pre-installing it.

Since it was acquired by Google, Waze has had a couple of low moments, the most recent of them taking place this January, when the US Police claimed that it is a stalking app, and that the company is helping criminals to avoid cops.

“I can think of 100 ways that it could present an officer-safety issue. There’s no control over who use it. So, if you’re a criminal and you want to rob a bank, hypothetically, you use your Waze,” said the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco. Waze spokesperson, Julie Mossler, replied that “These relationships keep citizens safe, promote faster emergency response and alleviate traffic congestion.”

At this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, Mossler emphasized the benefits of offering Waze as a default app on Android devices: “If a leading telecom preinstalls Waze in his handsets, a large percentage of the population would immediately have access to blocked roads, dangerous intersections traffic and more in real time.”

Considering the sorts of bloatware some manufacturers ship with their devices, the addition of a truly useful app will seem like a breath of fresh air to Android users. However, it would be fair to allow uninstalling the app, as not all Android users are drivers and vicecersa.

While this may be great news for drivers who want to get to their destination fast and safe, there will surely be more such reactions from law enforcement agencies from all around the world.

Now that the Android version of Waze has a bright future ahead, it’s time for the Windows Phone app to get some love. On the other hand, iOS users don’t seem to care that much about Waze, as the chances of it coming pre-installed on iPhones and iPads are null.

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Valve partners with HTC for VR headset Vive http://walyou.com/valve-partners-with-htc-for-vr-headset-vive/ http://walyou.com/valve-partners-with-htc-for-vr-headset-vive/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:01 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215442

HTC and Valve have surprised everyone by teaming up for a new, virtual reality headset called Vive.

A virtual reality headset co-designed by the video game giants Valve and the hardware masters at HTC is coming out soon, and it’s name is Vive. The heaset is coming out this spring, and will be featured at the next Game Developers Conference taking place next week, just so we have another event to look forward to after WMC.

Vive is a new headset with two 1200 x 1080 displays capable of 90 frames per second, aimed to “eliminate jitter” and achieving “photorealistic imagery” in HTC’s words. The idea is to achieve a 360-degree view, giving users a “full room-scale” experience. Users will be able to get up, walk around and explore virtual spaces, and even interact with it giving it an augmented reality edge too.

The headset will be made available with some HTC wireless controllers meant to help the users navigate the interface, because just viewing in 3D is not enough for playing games or navigating spaces. Regardless, versatility is the name of the game and what the companies want for this headset is to not have only one use: ” While the Vive will certainly play nice with games, but it’s also about other experiences, including virtual reality through partners like HBO, Lionsgate, and Google.” HTC talked about it at MWC, and their hopes of it becoming a mainstream success for the entire world. they want to make it available for live concerts in real time, learning history or “reliving memories”

We’ll keep you updated once the Game Developers conference takes place and we see more of it, but the Vive might be the next big thing not only for gamers, but for the tech world at large.

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Xiaomi Yi Action Camera Gives GoPro Hero a Run for Its Money http://walyou.com/xiaomi-yi-action-camera/ http://walyou.com/xiaomi-yi-action-camera/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:30:58 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215448

China’s largest smartphone vendor couldn’t have missed the mobile world’s greatest conference of the year. At MWC, Xiaomi exhibited its latest creation: the Yi Action Camera.

Now that smartphones manufacturers have learned about Xiaomi’s true potential, it’s time for another industry to fear for its products. Action camera makers such as GoPro represent Xiaomi’s most recent target, and the weapon used for destabilizing this industry seems to have better technical specs on paper, while also carrying a smaller price tag of only 399 CNY (the equivalent of $64). For an extra 100 CNY ($16), Xiaomi will offer a travel version of the camera, which comes with a selfie stick. Various other accessories, such as pet mounts (much in the vein of Sony’s Action Cam pet mount) will be launched at a later point in time.

Xiaomi made a habit from delivering companion Android apps with most of its gadgets, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Yi Action Camera also comes with one. For the time being, the app is only available in Chinese, but an English version should be available, too, in the near future, if not from the company itself, then from the MIUI forum members.

The 16 MP Yi Action Camera is capable of recording video in 1080p at 60 fps, while the $130 GoPro Hero can only handle 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps. That’s not the only part where Xiaomi outshines GoPro, as the Yi Action Camera also comes with 64GB of internal memory, double of what the Hero has to offer. It remains to be seen how the Sony (an Exmor R CMOS) sensor behaves in real life scenarios, and if the image quality is at least as good as of Xiaomi’s competitors, GoPro can really pack their bags and go home, as the game is over.

Word has it that the Yi Action Camera won’t be available outside of Xiaomi’s home country, but in the age of Internet, that’s hardly a problem. Unlike certain smartphone models, which work exclusively in China (that happens when they support only LTE TDD bands instead of FDD-LTE, even though this has hardly been the case with Xiaomi’s devices), the sports camera should work all over the world, as long as there are Chinese online stores willing to ship it there. Granted, it won’t come at its launch price, as these stores have a tendency of adding a premium while also offering free worldwide shipping.

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Mad Catz Launches New Gaming and Multimedia Controllers http://walyou.com/mad-catz-new-gaming-and-multimedia-controllers/ http://walyou.com/mad-catz-new-gaming-and-multimedia-controllers/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:55:46 +0000 http://walyou.com/?p=215435

Having realized that a lot of gamers nowadays also play on their mobile devices, besides their PCs and consoles, Mad Catz has added to its current product line a couple more controllers that work equally fine with smartphones and smart TVs.

Named S.U.R.F.R. and L.Y.N.X. 3 (Mad Catz seems to love placing dots between letters, even though the names are not actually acronyms), each of the two new controllers was made with different purposes in mind, even though gaming seems to be a common denominator of both.

S.U.R.F.R., as its name suggests, was made for browsing the Internet or for using social media apps on smart TVs. For that purpose, it features a keyboard in the middle and gaming/multimedia controls on the sides. Keep in mind that the S.U.R.F.R. multimedia controller could prove useful even if you don’t own a smart TV, just as long as the device you’ll pair it with features Bluetooth connectivity.

In that regard, S.U.R.F.R. might also prove great when using along an Android set top box, or even an Android mobile device. PCs aren’t a problem, either, but both surfing and gaming are done better with a proper keyboard and mouse. One thing that’s revolutionary about this controller is the unique A B X Y and d-pad configuration. It should be noted that the B, X and Y buttons also double as music playback controls when not used in a game.

L.Y.N.X. 3, on the other hand, was obviously designed with mobile gaming in mind. Using its stand, gamers can attach their Android smartphone to the controller and game away. This product relies on the same Bluetooth connectivity to pair to smartphones and tablets, and just in case gamers want to play on a larger display, L.Y.N.X. 3 can be converted to a more conventional gaming controller, despite its unusual design. Simply put, this device looks as if some mad cats ate parts of its body. Just as in S.U.R.F.R.’s case, L.Y.N.X. 3′s buttons can also be used for controlling media.

You can pre-order S.U.R.F.R. and L.Y.N.X. 3 from the Mad Catz website for $80 and $70, respectively. Assuming that you sign up now, you should receive your order in May, when the manufacturer estimates that these will be ready for shipping.

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