Of Course: Microsoft Patents Designs For Its Own Project Glass

This patent application is from 2011, but what’s important about it in November 2012 is that the concept has either been sitting in a dusty drawer somewhere, or it’s progressed much farther. Either way, as the patent suggests, text, images and audio would appear on a head-up display—kind of a second screen, just one that’s strapped to your face. This means full-time analytic support, on-demand, for anything you want to find out that’s occurring in front of you.

That’s much different that Google’s Project Glass, which is something you’d wear all day long, but this Microsoft patent submitted in 2011 hits at something more scenario-based. Cool stuff, huh?

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Some Smart Hacks Have Made LTE On The Nexus 4 Possible

This is really interesting. Google may have avoided adding LTE to the Nexus 4 to avoid the minefield of capability between different countries and wavelengths, but some enterprising hacker at xda-developers have worked out a very specific way to get the Nexus 4 to latch on a Canadian LTE network with the phone’s debugging menu — at least on LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz) on Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers. They went on, and elaborated that “Band 4 (AWS) could essentially be supported with the power amplifiers and transceiver that already are onboard the Nexus 4, but again it ultimately comes down to a particular OEM choice whether these get supported.”

Which makes total sense, doesn’t it? But still, while it is not practical, it is possible.

Via: xda-developers

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Will Receive The Premium Suite With Android 4.1

In a nice tidbit update, post-Thanksgiving, Samsung will start seeding out Android 4.1 to the Galaxy Note 10.1, as it already has in foreign countries. The update not only includes tweaks and fixes, but full-on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s Touchwiz customization, plus the Premium Suite of creation apps and the like, seen on other Galaxy Note devices. Other additions include Multi Window functionality, which means you can open up to 16 apps at a time, each which can be moved, resized and pinned to remain on top, Samsung’s Air View is also incorporated within Premium Suite, which allows users to preview appointments, emails, video and the like by hovering the S Pen above the screen — like a boss.

And then there’s smaller additions, Easy Clip, Quick Command, Photo Note, Paper Artist and an enhanced S Note app. Very nice, indeed.

Via: Samsung

The Human Rights Watch Calls For The End Of “Killer Robots”

Modern technology? Check. Ability for it to kill? Check. Pacifists screaming about it? Check. Amazing concept from the British military in 2010 as story image? Check.

The Human Rights Watch this week released a new report calling for the world to abandon fully autonomous weapons “before it’s too late.” Jointly published by the HRW and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, the well-defnined 50-page report fully acknowledges that fully autonomous weapons are not yet a reality, but warns that contemporary trends are definitely pushing us in that direction, and that if accomplished, would prove disastrous due to lacking the human controls “that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians.”

Moving further along this route of “stop technological advancement for the benefit of peace”, stating that, “It is essential to stop the development of killer robots before they show up in national arsenals,” said Steve Goose, HRW’s Arms Division director. “As countries become more invested in this technology, it will become harder to persuade them to give it up.”

Go to the source link, watch the video, and think about it.

Via: Human Rights Watch

Razer Begins Shipping The Ouroborus, An Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Much like the other rodent that doubles as a cyborg, the Razer Ouroborus is a fully ambidextrous mouse that can be modified with different plates and be suitable for either left or right-handed users. The good news? It just started shipping to those that pre-ordered it, and needless to say — some of the hands-on sessions from Gamescom in Germany were very positive. Looks like Razer has another solid product for the next few months.

Via: Razer

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Stepping Down As CEO Of Intel

Unexpected summarizes Paul Otellini’s stepping-down from Intel as its CEO. He will be stepping down in May of 2013. Intel’s long time lead executive will be retiring from the behemoth of a company and industry that he has dedicated the last 40 years of his (amazing) life to, leaving behind a legacy that has seen Intel’s dominance in the x86 field grow to almost unapproachable levels — godly, even.

Some interesting facts about him is that he is the fifth chief executive in Intel’s history. He also oversaw the processor revolution that followed the lackluster Pentium 4, but also played a role in Apple’s famous transition from PowerPC to Intel, several years ago.

PR after the break.

Nokia Lumia 920 review: cyan is back

What a journey.  From Lumia 800, to the Lumia 900, and now Lumia 920 — all on a similar principle design.

Nokia and Microsoft both started off light-years apart from each other, then suddenly, in the spirit of trying to make the aging and stagnant Windows Phone platform work, they partner up, and suddenly Windows Phone 8 succeeds Windows Phone 7, and with it, a brand new flagship smartphone design to put both companies on the forefront of the consumer smartphone industry — right up there there with the IPhone 5 and Google’s Nexus, Samsung’s Galaxy, and HTC’s flagship devices.

After all, it’s alright to be #3, right? It might be in Nokia and Microsoft’s eyes, but it’s that sort of mentality that’s literally killing the Lumia 920. Let us explain, after the break.

Apparently, Windows 8 Sales Are Not Pleasing To Microsoft

According to Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, some of “most trusted sources at Microsoft” report that sales of Windows 8 PC’s are disappointing and “well below Microsoft’s internal projections.” The source says that, internally, the blame is being placed on manufacturers’ “inability to deliver.” This is all very, very odd. But it is very understandable that Windows 8 has a rather intimidating feel for new users, also altering hardware in some ways that may make consumers feel uncomfortable. The holiday season may put a boost on Microsoft’s end, but it doesn’t sound good.

Via: Paul Thurrot