"Ever feel like someone's watching you? Amnesty International has released an app to find out if governments are spying on you. Detekt is a free and open source software that scans your computers for known surveillance spyware.
"Advanced Micro Devices this week quietly updated its official price-list and published the new prices of its A-series accelerated processing units. In addition to updating its official price-list, AMD also notified several web-sites about price-cuts on low-end models not listed at the company’s web-site.
"Next month's system update for Xbox One brings a number of new features to the console that focus on personalization, TV, Twitter and more. Perhaps the most visible (and apparently most requested) of those new features is the ability to customize your Xbox One dashboard's background..."
"Yesterday, a Japanese man was sentenced to two years in prison for manufacturing 3D-printed guns. Yoshitomo Imura, a 28-year-old from Kawasaki, was arrested in May after posting a video of himself assembling his very illegal firearm to YouTube, which probably wasn’t the best idea on his part..."
"According to a recent report from a Japanese website, at least one store in Japan has already began to offer DDR4 memory sticks, which should point to an imminent release in other countries around the world, as well. However, the first systems that will need DDR4 memory modules will get launched on the market only in several months, which makes the price of the memory modules be very high. Japan is the first country where DDR4 has went up for sale but it’s available for quite the price..."
"More people now access their news via the Internet as by the traditional route of reading a printed newspaper. UK media regulator Ofcom said that in its News Consumption in the UK report that 41 per cent of the public accesses news via the web and mobile apps, compared to 40 per cent who read printed newspapers. To be fair newspaper publishers will take comfort from the fact that the percentage of print readers has remained stable over the past year but the proportion accessing news digitally has increased sharply from 32 per cent in the last 12 months." [Read More]
"This week has been all about the smartwatch. Google officially launched two of them at Google I/O and released the Android Wear SDK to developers. Not long after, someone with knowledge of Asus' plans let slip the fact that Asus has its own watch in the works and that it would be out in September. Now we're hearing a few more details about Microsoft's smartwatch plans from one of our own sources." [Read More]
"We'll see it in the coming months. YouTube has announced a list of improvements for users who create and post video to its site, such as playback rates of 60 frames per second. According to the YouTube Creators blog, the video service is rolling out support for 48 and 60 frames per second in the coming months..."
"Intel has been talking about RealSense for a while, and even launched a dedicated YouTube channel it. But what looked like an Xbox Kinect for desktops is slowly changing. Intel showed it off to the press and it looks like the RealSense 3D cameras will be able to sense basic human emotions like happiness, sadness, and even frustration and exhaustion, by analyzing the shape of lips, eyes, and cheeks."
"Panels are ~50% more efficient than SolarCity's current supplier's, a third better than the market leader. SolarCity Corp. (SCTY), America's largest solar power systems firm, made a bold step forward this week into the realm of panel manufacturing, announcing it has come to terms to acquire top startup Silevo, Inc. If SolarCity can make good on Silevo's bold claims, which both it and national laboratory scientists claim are as good as they sound, it could be sitting on a veritable gold mine..." [Read More]
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