The Recon Jet, “Google Glass For Sports”, Gets Its Final Design

recon-jet-finalThis is the final design for the Recon Jet, a Google Glass competitor that is more rugged and aimed towards sports and exercise. The Canadian company has improved the heads-up-display’s visibility and camera while also improving the ergonomics. Also, the Jet is IP65 standard, meaning that it can resist dust and rainstorms, but the company warns against using it underwater because it’s not waterproof. A final release is pegged on September 25gth, with pre-orders going for $599.

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Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs To Become “More Agile”

SatyaNadellaandStephenElop_PageAt least, that’s what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is saying. By reducing the number of employees in various divisions, Micrsooft’s teams can work more closely and freely, and allow the company to pursue new ideas more easily. The part of MSFT most affected by this change will be the Nokia’s Devices and Services business, which it acquired for $5 billion earlier this year, with 12,500 “professional and factory positions” removed.

There’s also belief that the Nokia X program (Android running on low end hardware) could be converted into low-end Lumia Windows Phones, while the Xbox and Surface divisions see “limited change”.

It’s a large and complex restructuring, but it might just be what Microsoft needs in order to have the swiftness it needs to compete and innovate, rather than just having an obvious presence.

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Tesla Will Produce A $35,000 Sedan Called The Model 3

logo-tesla-142Coming after the crossover SUV, called the Model X, Tesla Motors plans to release a $35,000 car built to challenge entry-level sedans like the BMW 3 Series. Its name? The Model 3 (will Roman numerals, in marketing instances). It will go more than 200 miles on a single charge, and will be fully unveiled in 2016. Being the company’s fourth car, its batteries will be built in Tesla’s planned Gigafactory.

All in all, this might be rather promising, and would ensure that Tesla can remain competitive in the automotive market.

Via: Tesla

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.

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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.

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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