There’s a myriad of emulators on the internet, that allows you to play old video games consoles. If you have an Android mobile, you’ll know that you can get Mega Drive and NES emulators on your phone, so you can relive the glory years by playing Alex Kidd or Super Hang-On or whatever.
That said, nothing quite matches up to the thrill of playing these things on your television set. Of course, there’s official recreations of these things, be it through bundled games on disc, or indeed, through retro-joypads that you plug-in, and go.
However, here’s a thing that knocks them all into a cocked-hat.
The Cyber Gadget Retro Freak is a great little thing that houses 11 different games consoles in one unit!
So, if you get one, you can play games from the Mega Drive, Famicom, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine SuperGrafx and more. If you like, you can use the original controllers through an adapter and you can even install games onto the console itself, so you don’t have to muck about with cartridges.
If you can read Japanese, find out more here.
Lugging a TV out of the shop is still a pain in the hole. Even though they’re getting lighter and thinner, they’re still pretty cumbersome. However, LG might have just the solution as they’ve come up with a television set that is so light and so thin, it bends like paper.
The TV is less than 1mm thick, and so light that you’d only need a couple of magnets to mount it on the wall. And if it fell off, it’d probably float like a feather or something.
Of course, this is just a concept at the moment, but it looks like this is the future of TV sets.
This TV uses OLED technology, which LG are really keen on. This means that displays can be much smaller because there’s no need for a backlight, like LCD screens have. And to show off, you can bend it while it is switched on.
Seeing as LG do displays for people other than themselves, you can imagine that a load of electronics companies are going to be sniffing around this. Someone will make a phone that is as light as a cigarette paper – just you watch.
Anyway, technology is getting lighter and thinner, so good news for removal men!
The appetite for Google Glass hasn’t been too great, leaving Google to pull the idea for a while. While the idea of the gadget isn’t all that bad, there was something awry about it and the prohibitive price didn’t help matters.
With all that in mind, the wearable technology could be making a comeback, as part of a new crop of wearable products. With the Apple Watch selling like hot cakes, the time might be right for Google to chance their arm again, in this particular field. We shouldn’t forget that virtual reality is just around the corner too.
So what’s the score? Well, there’s been a number of job adverts on Google’s website. The Google Glass team are now focused on developing “smart eyewear and other related products,” suggesting that Google are going to expand beyond the goggles.
These job listings include an Audio Hardware Manager, a Human Factors Designer, an RF Systems Engineer and a Hardware Automation Engineer (Manufacturing). It has also been rumoured that Google will be unveiling a new version of the Glass headset alongside other wearable products at the Google I/O developer conference at the end of this month.
Google just need to remember that, whatever they do, it has to have style as well as substance, as the old glasses looked a bit grim. The Apple Watch has been warmly received for the aesthetic, so Google Glass needs to look like a designer pair of specs and, importantly, not cost a grand. Then, they might be on to something.
Is actual reality getting you down? Is everything too humdrum and irritating? Well, never fear, because virtual reality is on the way! Which one? Well, you can get the highly anticipated Oculus VR nonsense at the start of 2016!
That’s right – Rift with be released within the first three months of 2016.
There’s been developer versions of Rift knocking around, but they’re not too indicative of what customers will see on the shelves. The Facebook owned Oculus VR will be the first of the VR headsets on the market, beating HTC’s rival Vive product, and Sony’s Morpheus too.
Thus far, we’ve been given teasers which promise that Rift has a “more natural fit” and an “improved tracking system” than earlier models which we’ve seen. ”In the weeks ahead, we’ll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming,” Oculus said on its blog.
“Virtual reality is going to transform gaming, film, entertainment, communication, and much more. E3 is just around the corner – this is only the beginning.”
Are you a psychopath that can’t register basic human emotions? Are you Sheldon from The Big Bang theory who can’t understand members of the same species when they’re upset?
Well, Microsoft might be able to help as they’ve patented some smartglasses that will help you detect and interpret the emotions of people you’re looking at. While everyone else has empathy, you’ll have special emotion specs.
The application for a “wearable emotion detection feedback system” was filed in 2012 and awarded this week in That America and says that the wearer will be able to decide who to analyse from the people in their field of vision, without their knowledge. You may know this as ‘looking’.
One use for these could be in job interviews, where a future boss could look at you with these special glasses on and tell what you’re feeling while being questioned. They’re all in for a rude awakening when they find out that everyone can’t be arsed about anything other than the money being offered.
Or maybe the police forces of the world will be into these, come interrogation time?
Basically, these glasses work by using cameras to pick up information from someone’s face, as well as a microphone to analyse speech rhythms and the like. It will amass information and tell you about someone’s state.
Part of the filing said that context would also be important: “For example, if a subject plays with her hair in a social situation, such as a date, this behaviour may indicate friendliness or interest. However, the same behaviour in a business situation may indicate boredom.”
Have you got tattoos? Got a ’50s pin-up girl on your arm like you’re a sailor, riddled with scurvy? Have you got a butterfly next to your navel? Well, you should be okay if you buy one of the new Apple Watches.
However, if you have one on your wrist, you might have problems.
Apple Watch users on a number of social media sites have noted that their expensive gadgets lose connection and delivers inaccurate heart rate results if you’ve got wrists with tattoos on them.
It seems like the watch’s plethysmograph sensor doesn’t like the ink pigmentation of tattooed people and it can’t properly assess whether or not it is maintaining skin contact.
iMore decided to run some tests, and they said “we’re inclined to agree with those early reports — if your tattoo happens to be a solid, darker color. This is has to do with the way Apple measures your heart rate.” They added: “The tests produced misleading heart rate measurements on solid black and red colours. Tattoos with lighter colors seemed to give Apple Watch less trouble, only leading to heart rate readings that were slightly off the mark.”
You can hit the link above to read their test results, but this is potentially bad news for gadget loving hipsters with full sleeves on the go.
And so, they’re pointing at their own Android Wear and hoping someone takes an interest and have released a big update making them more functional, which is what everyone is after, obviously.
In a blog, Google has underlined the changes they’ve made, including an ‘always-on apps’ feature. Android Wear aficionados will know that there’s existing software already has always-on stuff, but now, this update will let you extend it to apps so that they are visible for as long as you need them. Incredible, obviously. Apple must be soiling themselves in fear.
And the battery? Apparently, that won’t get hammered as the screen will only be full colour when you are looking at it.
Android Wear is going to support built-in WiFi, as well as letting you flick your wrist if you want to scroll through your notifications. You can now tap the screen to start apps and send messages, which feels like a thing that should have been around for ages. One neat thing that the kids will like, is that you can also draw emojis directly on the watch screen and send them via message or text.
Expect these to rollout in the coming weeks. Try to contain yourselves.
First, Yahoo! wanted to kill the password, and now Jonathan LeBlanc, global head of developer advocacy at PayPal, wants them dead too. As he says: ”Passwords are not secure, they need to be replaced.”
LeBlanc gave a presentation at a techie thing called ‘Kill All Passwords’, with a lot of people in thick-rimmed specs all nodding at the demise of passwords as we know them. ”Passwords are so complex it’s just a system that doesn’t work anymore,” chirruped CNET editor Dan Ackerman.
They’ve all been having a think about it and there’s too many sites asking for too many passwords which are hard to come up with – minimum numbers for characters, with a symbol and a number in it, with upper and lowercase letters and all that jive – which is why a lot of people use passwords like ’123456′ and the evergreen ‘password’.
LeBlanc reckons it is time to start thinking of weirder, more interesting things to get by our security measures, pointing out that there are people who are looking at scanning your eyes or face and, as you may know, Google are looking at a smart contact lens that measures the glucose in your tears. That’s not enough for LeBlanc – he wants wearable circuit board tattoos, brain chip implants and password pills that will allow you to eat your way into devices.
You may think that your body being ID is already a thing with fingerprint sensors and the like, but LeBlanc said that PayPal is working with companies who will create scans of your veins and measure your unique heartbeat, instead of passwords.
LeBlanc says: “I ground a lot of my talks in reality, but toward the end of the presentation things get a little strange.”
You see, the Apple Watch won’t be available to buy in-store from next Friday and throughout the whole of May. This is according to a memo to staff from Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts.
The memo says that customers will be prompted to order their watches online: “Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days – and there will be many more to come,” she added.
“It’s important to remember that Apple Watch is not just a new product but an entirely new category for us. There’s never been anything quite like it. To deliver the kind of service our customers have come to expect – and that we expect from ourselves – we designed a completely new approach. That’s why, for the first time, we are previewing a new product in our stores before it has started shipping.”
So, if you see one in a shop, it is only there for display and preview purposes. You’re going to have to wait until summer before you can get one in your hands in a store.
“The Apple Store app and our online store make it much easier to purchase Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Customers will know exactly when and where their product arrives,” Ahrendts wrote. “This is a significant change in mindset, and we need your help to make it happen. Tell your customers we have more availability online, and show them how easy it is to order. You’ll make their day.”
So there you have it. We hope some Apple fans queue-up outside a store, out of sheer habit.
We told you that there was some concern about the delivery times of Apple Watches, thanks to the huge amount of interest generated in them.
There was talk about people having to wait months and months before they could get the new device on their wrists, but it looks like everyone is in for a pleasant surprise. Or a horrible surprise if you work with a smug early Apple adopter and you hate them.
Apple are likely to ship the smartwatches much earlier than initial estimates. They announced long shipping estimates to be on the safe side and wanted people to avoid disappointment. However, the gadgets will be delivered in advance of those guesses, but they’re not saying when. Apple, it seems, is hoping that fans will be happy with a surprise.
With everyone ordering them online, at least we’re all spared of the depressing sight that is fully grown adults camping outside Apple shops for a week so they can get the latest device, first.
Either way, Apple have sold what can only be described “head meltingly loads” in pre-orders with many versions of the watch selling out already. Looks like the company are going to have to ramp up their production so they can meet the demand.
This little device allows you to order things at the touch of a button, as it is a WiFi enabled controller which is connected to your phone through the Amazon app.
You stick the buttons around your house, on things that you use regularly. So you can pop one on your washing machine and when you start running low on washing powder, you tap the button and it automatically puts an order through to Amazon for you.
A load of brands have signed-up with the Dash Button and are available to order through the Dash Button program, provided you’re a Prime customer.
If you’re a button basher, you are given a half-hour window to cancel any orders, which is something.
Amazon spokesperson Kinley Pearsall confirmed to the LA Times that the Dash Button is absolutely real, and available to Amazon Prime customers by invitation only.
Watch the video below and reluctantly applaud Amazon for launching this product on April Fools Day, which leaves more people talking about it than normal, as everyone ponders about whether or not it is a prank.
So what do you get with it? Well, it looks like it has more features than the competition, with live traffic updates and speed camera notifications and all that. Oh, and of course, you can navigate yourself with it. That’s pretty obvious though.
You can also take trips to millions of ‘points of interest’ and if you’re worried about hammering your data, you can download offline maps for the 111 countries covered by TomTom.
What’s the catch? Well, it is free to download, but that’s limited to 50 miles per month. If you’re driving in advance of that, then you’ll need to look at the £14.99 per year subscription (or £34.99 for three years).
Of course, you could just use Google Maps for free, or indeed, the Google-owned Waze which also won’t cost you a penny.
However, Google Maps can be a bit of a faff, while TomTom Go Mobile has big, clutter-free buttons, which is advantageous if you’re behind the wheel. Either way, sat-navs as we know them are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, so TomTom need to do something, and with this freemium model, they might be onto something.
Unless Google are scheming something…
Google wants to get in on all that lovely television action that everyone else is weighing into. Apple are going to start streaming TV shows, and Amazon have their Fire TV box and stick. The internet godzilla is prepping the launch of the Nexus Player on 26th March in the UK.
As you’d expect, the Nexus Player will let you stream films and telly programmes from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. Of course, this is pointless if you have a console, but for non-gamers, this is a good move and yet another option to look at.
That said, this offering from Google hasn’t exactly won everyone over in America, Canada and Japan.
One problem is that the Nexus Player us likely to cost somewhere in the region of £75 and, if you want to play games on it, then the joypad is another £30.
Google haven’t made an official announcement on all this, but the product has appeared on an Amazon listing.
Is there any point buying one if you can already stream Netflix from other devices to your television, for a much cheaper price?
Amazon have launched the Fire TV Stick. A rubbish name but the device itself looks alright. Basically, this new thing is a budget version of Amazon’s Fire TV box and at £35, there’s a lot of people who’ll be interested in it.
Provided your telly has an HDMI port and you’re paying your subscriptions, you can whack it in and watch all manner of television shows and the like. It even comes with a little remote control, or you can hook it up to your phone and use that to navigate the menus.
Of course, it isn’t quite as powerful as Amazon’s £79 Fire TV box, which launched last October, but that’s why it is cheaper.
This stick has more features than Google’s Chromecast and Amazon say that their gadget has a dual-core processor, which is apparently six times the processing power of Roku Streaming Stick. There’s 8GB of storage too, which is 32 times more than the Roku stick and quadruple Chromecast’s.
“When we launched Fire TV in the UK last September, it quickly became our fastest-selling Amazon device,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and boss. “We’re excited to introduce Fire TV Stick in the UK. Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available, with a dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, and an open ecosystem.”
“The team has packed a huge amount of power and selection into an incredible price point – Fire TV Stick is just £35.”
If this sounds like your thing (it might not – loads of people hate Amazon on pure principal), then you can preorder it now and it’ll ship on April 15th. Amazon Prime members can get it for £19 for a limited time. Click here to have a look at it.
For those of you wondering what in the Sam Hell is going on, then here’s the lowdown: HTC has just announced the Vive, which is a virtual reality headset that they’ve developed in collaboration with Valve. Go pop in on your face, and you’ll be in a world of wonder!
It’ll be on the shelves later in 2015, with a version for developers available in the next few weeks. The best thing about it all is that there’s a promise to make loads of games for it, which should be great fun!
The Vive Developer Edition uses two 1200 x 1080 displays that refresh at 90 frames per second, which we’re told is perfect for “eliminating jitter” and achieving “photorealistic imagery.” That’s good news, if it works! The display on the headset is promising to give you 360-degree views and wholly envelope your field of vision. This really is next-level nerdgasm.
Using a accelerometer, a gyrosensor and laser positioning sensors, the Vive tracks the movement of your bonce to the measurement of one-tenth of a degree. There’s also something called the Steam VR base station, which lets you walk around a virtual space instead of using a controller, which sounds ridiculous and fabulous.
It is also really light so it won’t hurt your head while frying your brain.
HTC’s Peter Chou says: “We believe that virtual reality will totally transform the way that we interact with the world. Virtual reality will become a mainstream technology for the rest of the world.
Chou also reckons that, with the device, you’ll be “attending real-time concerts, learning history, reliving memories.” THE FUTURE! IT IS COMING!