Half LifeFor gamers who are still playing Half-Life 2, you might have been shocked when you fired up the game earlier to discover the NPCs delivering their lines in Korean instead of your chosen language, and while it might have immediately been thought of as a bug to some, others read a little bit too much in between the lines than they should have. To that end some have speculated that this could signify that Valve is ready to announce Half-Life 3, especially when the recent tweet by Steam had a line in Korean which reads, “Prepare for unforeseen consequences”. The bug which caused the NPCs to deliver their lines in Korean has since been fixed, and a Valve employee has left a comment in the latest patch notes, not only apologizing for the mistake, but to clarify that, “No ARG sorry, just me mucking up.” Basically what this means is that the latest bug is not an elaborate conspiracy to throw us off any Half-Life 3 clues and that Valve has yet to formally announce anything, at least that’s what we think.

aa3d9ea758796c82c8557e6048e8e9f3 large 640x392Using our hands to hold our cameras to record video is sometimes not the best solution, especially when it ends up being rather jerky. This is where tripods and motion control systems come in, but unfortunately for the amateur videographer, motion control systems can sometimes be out of their budget, which is why the Revolve Automated Motion system could be the answer they’ve been looking for that will not break the bank.

According to its Kickstarter description, this setup will transform any normal camera slider into a motorized slider with fully automatic movement, and with its universal mounting system, it is expected to play nicely with any slider available in the market today. It will feature interchangeable motors, a fully variable speed control that will allow for time lapse and live video shooting. There are a couple of different kits available to choose from, starting from $299 which will give you the Revolve Automated Motion slider add-on kit, up to $549 for the ultimate combo kit which will come with both the RAM and the Revolve Camera Dolly System. The project has managed to raise about $10,000 at this time of posting and is about $15,000 shy from its goal of $25,000. Head on over to its Kickstarter page for the details.

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inlivien vitalio formioWearing a pacemaker is nothing new in this day and age, and neither should there be a stigma attached to it. Having said that, Boston Scientific will be rolling out a trio of new cardiac pacemakers in Europe that features RightRate technology, where it will monitor the patient’s breathing in order to help adjust the pulses which are delivered to the heart accordingly. The lineup will comprise of an INLIVEN cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P) and VITALIO and FORMIO pacemakers.

All of these pacemakers will also include Boston Sci’s AP Scan technology, where this unique technology would assist clinicians in monitoring and managing patients who suffer from sleep apnea, which happens to be a common comorbidity in those with pacemakers. There is also the benefit of wireless data sharing, allowing such readings to be collected from the implants in the comfort of one’s home before being sent over to a cardiologist for further review. Heck, even some of the new devices will be MR-conditional, and in layman’s terms, it would mean an MRI scan can be performed on patients who happen to wear them, so long as certain precautions have already been undertaken by the technicians at hand.

gtav recordsAn anonymous retail source has informed CVG that the upcoming game Grand Theft Auto V is set to break all previous game sales records in the UK. In fact, it is said that a total of three million copies of the game have been specially allocated for the UK release alone. With three million units of Grand Theft Auto V being made available for the UK, it should not have any issues eclipsing UK launch sales of Activision’s Black Ops 2, where that particular title managed to sell a whopping 1.4 million copies within 24 hours. Of course, a whole lot of the game’s potential sales success would hinge upon whether gamers are willing to take up this title or not.

To put things into perspective, the previous iteration of Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 4, only managed to whip up a comparatively feeble 630,000 copies in the first 24 hours of sales, but one also ought to take into consideration that way back in 2008, the number of PS3 and Xbox 360 owners were a whole lot less. Do you think that Grand Theft Auto 5 will be able to sell out completely?

invisible implantWhen one mentions the word “grinder”, what comes across your mind? Most of us would think of some sort of kitchen appliance, while others might associate it with the world of rollerblading. Well, Rich Lee, a grinder, is neither, as “grinders” here are folks who perform do-it-yourself body modifications and enhancements in an effort to improve the human body condition. Sort of like “hacking” your own body, so to speak. Lee happens to suffer from partial blindness, and he has been diagnosed with eventual total blindness, hence he decided to make the effort by installing a magnet into his ear that functions as a speaker.

The magnet was surgically implanted by a ‘body modification artist’ (which obviously should not be tried on your own, since this is not a medically approved operation). Lee will then wear a coil around his neck that ends up creating a magnetic field, where the implant will then vibrate and produce sound. Obviously, Lee hopes that this implant will be able to help in his quest for echolocation purposes when he is fully blind. As the headphones remain invisible to the naked eye, it would also double up as a form of private aid to those who have very little to no sight.

xboxoneincompatibilityMicrosoft did share that the next generation Kinect for Windows development kit will be made available for $400 a pop earlier today, and here we are with more word on Kinect for the Xbox One. Apparently, the Kinect for Xbox One will not be able to play nice with Windows-powered machines, as there will be no adapter that allows one to change the Xbox One’s Kinect connector into standard USB – at least not yet, anyways. Of course, we are not going to rule out anything that might change in the future as you can never tell just what might happen down the road. A spokesperson mentioned, “The Kinect for Xbox One sensor will not have an adaptor that allows it to plug into a computer…. the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will connect to computers using a standard USB3 port.”

This new generation Kinect for Windows sensor will be a fully tested, licensed, and supported Kinect experience on Windows, and while both devices are very similar in nature, Microsoft has not guaranteed that the Windows version will carry similar components as those found in the Xbox One. Not only that, licensing wise, the Xbox One’s Kinect is not been licensed for commercial use, and neither will it be under warranty should someone figure out a way to hook it up to a PC.

sony RX100 M2 640x364Fresh off the presses, the Sony DSC-RX100 M2 (Mark II) comes in addition of the existing RX-100, which it will supplement and bring a 41% improvement in noise reduction during low-light photography and a 10% faster auto-focus (AF). The new model comes with a huge 1-inch BackSide Illuminated Sensor (BSI), and this particular size is very big for a BSI sensor. If you are not familiar with BSI, it is basically a sensor that has been designed to be much more sensitive to light than traditional CMOS ones. Read full post →Sony DSC-RX100M2 Camera Owns The Night

sony dsc RX1R 640x448Sony has officially announced the Sony DSC-RX1R, a special version of the high-end “full-frame” DSC-RX1 with the low-pass filter (anti-aliasing, or AA) physically removed from the camera. The RX1 has won awards for its size/performance ratio, so why remove the AA from such a camera? If anything, one may think that you would want anti-aliasing to avoid unwanted noise in the photos. Well, it depends. For most situations, anti-aliasing is a good thing, and that’s particularly true if you shoot all kinds of photos from portrait, to fashion to architecture. In many cases, AA will actually prevent a “moire” pattern from appearing in the photos.

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nabi tegra3Sometime at the end of last year, we did bring you word on how a certain company known as Fuhu decided to roll out their Nabi Jr tablet that runs on the Android operating system, targeting kids in the process. The thing is, back in December, the Nabi Jr came with just a Tegra 2 processor, but I guess times have changed and the Fuhu Nabi Jr has been given a “makeover” of sorts, if you can call it that. The Nabi Jr would now come with a 5” display at 800 x 480 pixels resolution, sports up to 16GB of internal memory, and even has a camera that can swivel to face the front or back – pretty handy and smart when you think about it, since they do not need to include two camera sensors. The drawback is, this being a tablet for kids, will the swiveling motion be able to withstand the rigors of those tiny and curious hands that might carry far more strength than you originally thought?

The refreshed Nabi Jr might be $40 more expensive than the $99 model which was released last year, but at the very least it ditches the Tegra 2 processor and will rock on to an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, which will be accompanied by 1GB RAM, a 2,500mAh battery and has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in tow.

honami possibleYet another leaked image of the alleged Sony Honami has hit the Internet, this time around courtesy of a Brazilian site known as techtudo, where they claim that what you see above is actually the back of the upcoming H2 Sony flagship, aka Honami. Of course, there is no way on this side of the earth to be able to say that we are 100% sure that the image depicts the Sony Honami, but apparently, it seems that the Sony Honami in that image shows it being sandwiched between the Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia ZQ, where the latter is actually the Xperia ZL.

Assuming all turns out to be true, then the Sony Honami would share some close resemblances to the waterproof Xperia Z, sporting a similar OmniBalance design although it does seem as though the Honami would be accompanied by an infra-red sensor, similar to what NTT DoCoMo decided to throw into their version of the handset. There are stickers that cover the bottom of the phone, which we presume are there to help keep things under wraps. Other rumored specifications of the alleged Sony Honami include a 20-megapixel camera sensor, although that is a wee bit fishy since there is no considerable bulge at the back. Ah well, as with all rumors, time will debunk or confirm them – all we need to do is just to play the patience card.