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30Aug/100

Digital Cowboy announces Xstreamer Pro NAS / media streamer

Digital Cowboy announces Xstreamer Pro NAS / media streamer

Your media streamer options aren't exactly limited these days, but if you're looking for one that will also double as a NAS (and prefer to get your gear from Japan), you might want to consider Digital Cowboy's latest addition to its Movie Cowboy line: the Xtreamer Pro.

This one packs the same dual 3.5-inch hard drives as the company's previous DC-MCNAS1 model (not included), but adds an HDMI port to directly connect to your TV, and what appears to be a whole new interface to let you access the wide variety of media the device supports.

No word on any plans for a release over here, but you can look for this one to be available in Japan next month for ¥22,000, or about $260.

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29Aug/100

Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions

Men are learning to empathize with women through virtual reality..

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

A Spanish team has designed a trial that allows men to step inside the body of a woman subjected to violence.

Meanwhile, scientists in London are simulating a controversial experiment from the 1960s in which people were persuaded to inflict pain on others.

The original experiments were condemned as immoral and too traumatic.

At Barcelona University, male volunteers have experienced life as a virtual young girl and then separately, witnessed violence towards her.

On returning to live the girl's virtual life, the men empathized with her more than usual, feeling scared and insecure themselves.

"I want to know whether you can use virtual reality, not just to transform the place you are in, but also to transform your very self," said Mel Slater, lead researcher at the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies.

"If you see yourself in a virtual body, which moves as you do, how will this affect your behaviour?"

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13Aug/100

India Sets Deadline For Potential BlackBerry Stoppage | Threatens To Suspend BlackBerry

India has given BlackBerry phone maker RIM a deadline of 31 August to give the government access to all of its services or face being shut down..

In what appears to be tough stance being taken by the world’s largest democracy, India has set an end-of-the month deadline for BlackBerry to let security agencies access its email and instant messaging or face a ban on the two widely used smartphone services.

Data from the BlackBerry is sent to servers in Canada where high-grade encryption technology makes the content of messages inaccessible to outsiders.

'If a technical solution is not provided by August 31, 2010, the government will review the position and take steps to block' the emails and messenger services from the network, a home ministry statement said on Thursday.

India's Ministry of Home Affairs told the country's mobile operators they would have to close down the two encrypted services if Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian makers of BlackBerry, did not comply with its demands.

RIM takes pride in the level of privacy it offers to BlackBerry users, but a growing number of nations are worried terrorists will exploit this privacy to plot attacks.

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai in 2008 were planned and executed using electronic devices, including cell phones and GPSs. Six Americans were among the 166 people killed in Mumbai.

"What you're seeing is a trend towards countries, not just India, asserting more sovereign control over communications," said Scott Cleland, president of Precursor LLC.

10Aug/100

Multitouch DJ table

Multitouch DJ table lets you swipe to rock

We just recently got a glimpse of one possible future of DJing, but our world has now already been turned upside down once again with this multitouch-enabled rig built by Gregory Kaufman. The big difference with this one, as you can probably guess, is that it employs a gesture-based interface that lets you spin the virtual turntables and use a variety of taps and finger swipes to replicate the main functions of a regular DJ deck.

What's more, Kaufman says that the only gear a DJ would have to carry is a USB drive with their own music and settings, which they'd simply plug into the multitouch table at a club -- assuming the idea catches on, that is. Top top things off, the system would also be able to accommodate regular DJ gear for some added flexibility, and even provide enough room for two DJs if you're looking to battle or share the stage.

9Aug/100

HTPC Remote Controller | USB RF Wireless Keyboard | RF Wireless Handheld Keyboard

EFO iPazzPort Keyboard looks like a BlackBerry, calls your HTPC instead of your boss

In the world of the HTPC, the quest for the least inconvenient means of controlling on-screen action continues. We had a winner with the Rii Mini wireless keyboard in March, but the familiar aesthetics of this EFO iPazzPort keyboard make us want to have one lying about our coffee table.

This is the newly redesigned third generation model, a big step forward from the first gen and, from the second revision, adds on function keys that can be used during bootup (for the "Hit F1 to enter BIOS" types), dedicated keys for playing and pausing and whatnot, and a laser pointer -- crucial for indicating the fatally arcing trajectories of contestants on Wipeout. All that's in addition to the already present QWERTY keyboard resting just below a functional touchpad. The cost @ $45.

Features :

* 3 in 1: Keyboard, mouse and touchpad
* Rechargeable Li-ion batteries: Last longer – up to two weeks between charges.
* Short recharge time: Around two hours can fully charge the battery.
* 2.4G DSSS: Enjoy long-range wireless control from up to 10 metre (33 feet) away.
* Indication light: Multiple indication lights for signal, data transmission and power.
* Touch Pad: Use as point and click – no mouse is required for simple portable operation.
* Backlighting: Makes text entry effortless – even in low light.
* Compact: Perfect size for portable (85 X 125 X 10 mm).
* QWERTY keyboard: Standard Keyboard layout for convenience input.
* Light weight: Only with 60 g.
* Plug and play: no need to install software.

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4Aug/100

Google Introduces New YouTube Video Editor

Google Introduces Its Very New YouTube Video Editor

Goggle has finally released a much desired feature for its infamous video sharing site YouTube. The YouTube users will now be able to edit their videos and easily trim and join together the video clips that they have uploaded on the site. Also the editor will enable adding a new audio to the video from YouTube’s AudioSwap library of 40,000 songs.

The new Java Script based editor at present offers very basic functionalities like cutting down the unwanted strips of videos or merge clips to form longer ones. But Google promises to dole out more enhanced features in time to come. Google is also exploring the capabilities of employing cloud based computing for its editor to augment the experience of the users as they edit their videos. The Silicon Valley giant wants its user to stay free from any browser dependency and take over the sole responsibility of managing the backend processes with its massive and efficient infrastructure.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has tried to add the editor into its service. Back in 2007, the search giant launched a more advanced Flash-based video editor called YouTube Remixer, that allowed users to add transitions, captions and images to the video. However it was soon discontinued because of its slow and buggy responsiveness.

The YouTube Video Editor sounds great and personally much anticipated feature on the service. So while I get busy slicing down the unwanted guests from the video footage of the party at home , you may check how the editor works in the video after the jump. Do not forget to share your views with us.

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2Aug/100

Android 2.2 coming to HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Galaxy S in August and September

Android 2.2 coming to HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Galaxy S in August and September

Both HTC/Sprint and Samsung have announced FroYo updates to their phones. The EVO 4G shall be updated to Android 2.2 by August 3rd, which according to Sprint will make it the first carrier to do so.

In case you missed the advantages of FroYo over Éclair, you can check it out here, but in the meanwhile, in a nutshell, FroYo offers users the following benefits: Flash video playback, faster performance including browser, Bluetooth voice dialing, and also the ability to store applications on the memory card (giving near unlimited app access).

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S phone in the UK will receive a FroYo update by September, as tweeted out by samsungukmobile. No word as to when this will head the innumerable Galaxy S variants in the US, or the normal Galaxy S phones everywhere else in the world. We are sure it won’t be too soon after though.

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21Jul/100

Honda will bring plug-in hybrids, full EVs in 2012

Honda to launch plug-in hybrid, EV in U.S. and Japan in 2012

Honda plans new advanced environmental technology vehicles by the end of 2012.

As part of its commitment to develop advanced environmental technologies for application across all of its global operations, Honda has announced the plans to introduce more-efficient and green vehicles. Honda will launch a battery-electric vehicle and a new plug-in hybrid vehicle or mid-size to larger vehicles, to the U.S. and Japanese market by the end of 2012.

In addition, the company announced application of a lithium-ion battery in the next-generation Civic Hybrid in 2011. Before the end of this year, Honda will begin demonstration testing of next-generation electric personal mobility products like electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, electric scooters and electric carts.

Scheduled to be conducted in the Kumamoto and Saitama regions in Japan, the tests will confirm the effectiveness of next-generation personal mobility products with electromotive technologies and information and communication technologies to realize a low-carbon mobility society. Honda is planning to conduct this demonstration first in Japan and then in the U.S.

3Jul/100

Colorware jazzes up your new Xbox 360

No need for a fanciful new HDTV? Not even a new Segway? There's some colorful home entertainment gear for you yet. The famed gadget painting company just announced that Microsoft's shiny new Xbox 360 is the next to go under the gun, with near limitless color options waiting to be splashed onto each and every panel. If you managed to already pick one up, Colorware's charging $175 for the send-in option; if you're looking to buy new, that'll cost you at least five Benjamins. But hey, that's nothing for the satisfaction of owning a game console that's part orange, part lime green and part purple, right?

23Jun/100

Ozmo’s WiFi PAN available Q4

Ozmo's WiFi PAN available Q4, is this the end of Bluetooth's reign of terror?

Has it really been two years since Intel joined forces with Ozmo Devices? Indeed it has, and we've been eagerly awaiting the day when our mouse, keyboard, and other peripherals would communicate via WiFi. And you know what? We're still waiting -- though we might not be for much longer.

Apparently the company has just announced the availability of its low power OZMO2000 chip "to select peripheral manufacturers." Compatible with Windows 7 SoftAP, Intel MyWi-Fi, and presumably Wi-Fi Direct, you can look for it to ship in production volumes in Q4. We know that this is great news for anyone who is frightened and confused by the tyranny of Bluetooth, to say the least.