Why did Southern California become the epicenter of the American film industry? The nice weather certainly helped. But there's another element that modern Hollywood probably hopes you'd forget: Rampant piracy. Even though it was just the piracy of movie camera tech rather than the Jack Sparrow variety, there were plenty of real world bullets being discharged over it. Including bullets being aimed at the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille.
Surprise! AMD and its partners have eagerly leveraged the furor surrounding the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970’s memory allocation performance and corrected specifications, dropping prices on the high-end Radeon R9 290X.
The potent price-to-performance ratio of the GTX 970 forced AMD hardware partners to cut the cost of the R9 290X and other graphics cards to as low as $299 around the time of the Nvidia card’s launch. In the months since, however, prices for the flagship Radeon have generally crept back up to the $330-ish range—the same MSRP as a stock GTX 970.
A smartphone isn't much without apps. It's where the whole "smart" part of the equation comes from. Without them, we're back in the 1990s again. Nobody wants that—except maybe Dustin Diamond. So exercise some of those smarts and outfit your phone with the best apps of the week.
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Dell is the company building the most interesting computers right now. Dell is making computers interesting again, period. Who would have thought?
Jawbone is trying to separate itself from run-of-the-mill fitness trackers with its new Marketplace, selling third-party products that tie into Jawbone's own wearables.
For instance, Nest's Learning Thermostat can set your preferred bedtime temperature when you fall asleep sleep, and set a morning temperature when Jawbone detects that you've awoken. The Lose It Scale can automatically sync your weight to Jawbone's app, and the Fitocracy service provides personalized coaching based on your Jawbone activity. There's even a dog collar that lets you compare your own activity to that of your pet.
Technology companies that want to sell equipment to Chinese banks have to submit to extensive audits, turn over source code, and build “back doors” into their hardware and software---presumably so that the Chinese government have the ability peek into computer banking systems.
The post China’s New Rules for Selling Tech to Banks Have US Companies Spooked appeared first on WIRED.
Producing quality 360-degree video for Oculus Rift-like headsets is still really difficult to do, which is why high-tech porn company Huccio had the $250,000, seven camera rig above custom-designed for its venture into the world of immersive video.
I. "Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid.
Apple’s efforts this week to remedy the Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing many OS X users produced mediocre results, judging by comments left in Apple’s support forum.
Immediately following the Oct. 16 public release of Mac OS X Yosemite, an undetermined but substantial number of users took to discussion forums and social media to report that the OS crippled and in some cases disabled their machine’s Wi-Fi capabilities. As of Thursday, the thread “OSX Yosemite Wifi issues” on Apple’s support forum had 709,855 views and 2,261 comments.
If you're one of the many Americans who couldn't care less which group of grown men is better at surprise bear hugs and rolling in the grass, Dish DVR is granting you a big Super Bowl surprise with Reverse AutoHop. Now, you can cut out all that garbage football from this year's Super Bowl, and gorge yourself on garbage consumerism. Just like the good lord intended.