Google+ Now Allows The Use Of Whatever Name You So Desire (Somewhat)

172498385You’ll still have to use actual numbers and letters, but basically, Google has completely loosened the restriction that it received so much backlash on — keeping Google+ full of real identities and names. There’s also a limited number of times you can change names (about three months between changes) as well as no tolerance for impersonating other individuals, famous or not. And finally, anything explicit isn’t allowed, either. Seems pretty fair, all in all.

Of course, this only matters if you actually use Google+, but that post is for another day.

Via: Google Plus

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Soundsight Headphones: Merging Sound, Picture, And Motion, All In One

soundsight-headphonesThe Soundsight Headphones fit a very niche category of audiophile slash listener that I’ve never come across, so I am genuinely curios about the usage-case scenario. The Soundsights are actually just as its name implies: it has five microphones and a full-HD rotating camera, which can livestream and record everything, with four hours of battery life available while doing so over Bluetooth.

Also, a bundled app allows the user to edit, mix, and share sound or images on-the-run — so really, it’s a recording studio on your head and phone.

Considering all of that, and the Soundsight looks, it might just be worth the $350 asking price. Perhaps.

Via: Soundsight

Self-Guided Bullets Are Real, Thanks To DARPA

exacto projectile_fullYes, you read that right (never mind the short hiatus on posts here). DARPA has been funding a project called the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, which in short, is a .50 cal bullet that can adjust its path according to numerous parameters, including its target. Embedded after the break is a video demonstrating its first test — in which it is fully working — but also comes to show us just how real our fantasty and video games are approaching the real-world.

Oh, and of course, DARPA is being rather vague about how this all works:

The system combines a maneuverable bullet and a real-time guidance system to track and deliver the projectile to the target, allowing the bullet to change path during flight to compensate for any unexpected factors that may drive it off course. Technology development in Phase II included the design, integration and demonstration of aero-actuation controls, power sources, optical guidance systems, and sensors.

With compensation for wind and dust, it just occurred to me that there’s almost no evading this bullet. Good game, buddy.

Via: DARPA

AT&T Outs Its LG G3 And G Watch Release Date: July 8th

LG G 3Pricing for the LG G3 will be set at $0 down and $24.17 per month with AT&T Next 18 or $29 per month with AT&T Next 12. For those eligible, AT&T will also offer the LG G3 for $199 with a two-year contract —  meanwhile, the Android Wear empowered G Watch will go for the price of $229.

In case you’ve forgotten LG’s newest flagship and its specs, the G3 sports a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display, 13-megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto Focus and optical image stabilization, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor powered by a 3000mAh battery, and lastly, a small AT&T logo. That’s about it.

Via: AT&T

A Look At: The Acer S27HL Monitor, In All Its 27-Inch Glory

IMGP3684I really like screens — OK, that’s pretty obvious, but I really like nice screens the most. 4K, qHD, Retina, Super AMOLED Plus, you name it: if it looks good, I want to at least take a glance at it. Of course, I was a bit skeptical to hear that an Acer S27HL monitor was headed my way: it’s a 27-inch monitor with HDMI, VGA, and DVI ports, that supports full 1920 x1080 resolution. Of course, that’s the traditional HD we’ve all come to know and love for years, but for me, I initially thought it might be lacking.

Oh, how wrong I was.

T-Mobile Outs Pricing For The LG G3: Launching July 16th For $599

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It turns out that the newest flagship LG smartphone yet — the G3 — has an official release date on one of the American carriers that have are committed to carry it. T-Mobile will be asking for $599 if you’re interested in buying the G3 at full retail price, starting July 16th. The worst part? The G3 isn’t currently eligible for the monthly device payment plan that T-Mobile says is one of its best “Uncarrier” features. In other words, keep your options open.

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Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1 Gaming Headset Review

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A particular bit of gear I’ve been interested in reviewing for a while, the top-of-the-line gaming headset out of Japanese audio equipment manufacturer Audio-Technica: the ATH-ADG1 gaming headset. It’s priced as such, has a very unique design, and also sports quite a few tricks (or techniques, rather) that make it stand out from other gaming headsets that are on the market.

A Look At: Helly Hansen Zephyr VTR, A Modest Training Shoe

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Packing and organizing gear to bring with you on an overseas trip is never the ideal thing. Of course, once you’ve arrived at your destination, it’s another thing entirely. In my case, I needed a light trainer shoe that was easily breathable in a very hot and sunny environment.

Helly Hansen heeded my call, and here I am with the Zephyr VTR men’s training shoe. Looks alright, doesn’t it?