According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has been demonstrating a new smartphone prototype with a 3D screen to various developers in secured hotel suites in Seattle and San Francisco. The phone, which will be shipped in September, supposedly has four front-facing cameras capable of delivering a 3D experience without the use of special glasses. The cameras would also be used to detect eye movements from the user. Read more
San Francisco is a dangerous place to flaunt Google Glass. For the second time this year, a person was targeted for wearing the device – this time, in broad daylight at a BART station.
The second victim is 20-year-old journalist at Business Insider, Kyle Russell, who was attacked just moments after writing a story about an anti-tech protest march in the same neighborhood. According to Russell, the attacker yelled, “Glass,” before snatching the electronic device off of his face and running from the scene. After chasing the thief through traffic, the attacker smashed the glasses to the ground and ran off in another direction. Police were unable to track down the culprit. Russell now has a broken, unusable Glass and plenty of unsympathetic tweets from San Franciscans. Read more
Readly, the e-Magazine app is adding a giant bundle of 100+ British magazines to its reading bank, including new titles like Marie Claire, Look, Now and Wallpaper*. The app will be adding this to the current subscription cost of $9.99 per month, so you’ll start noticing the new titles automatically appearing in the app. There will be no price increase if you’re already a subscriber. Non-subscribers can get full access with a 14 day trial risk-free trial.
Gravity is a drawing tablet designed by students at the Royal College of Art. Unlike other tablets, it’s specifically created for augmented reality. You can draw with it using the special stylus, and your drawings will appear three dimensional. All you need is Occulus Rift.
Gravity was developed specifically for creatives. We designed it to be simple enough so it could be used by everybody without prior explanation. It makes creating shapes as easy as doodling on a piece of paper.
It’s easy to take the internet for granted. When was the last time you heard that Al Gore invented the internet? Like most other complex inventions of multifarious technology and hardware, the internet’s history is complex and interesting. Want to hear the whole story?
Staples announced it is testing out 3D printing services in two stores in New York and Los Angeles. If successful, the company will expand to more locations. The New York location will have six 3D printers to handle customer demands, but Staples said it will also outsource larger projects if needed.
— Staples US (@Staples) April 10, 2014
To help customers get whatever objects they need, the store will also employ graphic design consultants to model 3D objects. There’s no price tag on the service right now, and we’re not sure if it’s just a marketing gimmick. Only two locations seem like a small sample size.
If you’ve been dying to get your hands on Google Glass, you can join the Explorer Program at 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. You’ll still have to pay $1,500 for the fancy eyewear, but Google is going to throw in a free set of frames or shades.
TinkerBots are like Legos - they even snap to, and jive with Legos. All you have to do is snap together pieces to make creatures, machines, and moveable creations that can repeat functions that you. And as we’ve mentioned, you can also add your old Legos pieces to make the creatures more elaborate. It’s made for kids, but we think it’s good for all ages, even adults who are a kid at heart.
Android apps from Google are now getting an extension of its Verify apps security features. From this day forward, all apps you’ve already installed will be scanned for security threats. If something is detected, you will be notified with a warning similar to this: