Friday, 3 May 2013

Google now focus on the game for Android?

Two few weeks ago, Google recruited Noah Falstein as Head of Designer of the Games. According to our sources he is the Chief Game Designer at Android Play Studio. This implies Google will launch its own developed video games via Android with its own name. Noah Falstein is one of the senior experts in the world of video games since he started his career in the 80s and has participated in numerous titles, including LucasArts or Dreamworks. The choice of Google to recruit such a senior indicates that the Web giant certainly has ambitions in the field. But behind this recruitment, we can also think that Google will launch the video game under his own brand of games that we find in the Google Play Store. This is not new with Google, since Google has already made a prank in the field with Ingress example.

 As a reminder, this title allows you to take full advantage of augmented reality. Only with the arrival of Glass, this application may also be important, and it is not excluded that other players can quickly take advantage of the technology, since Google has already released the necessary API to take advantage. Have its own development studio could also show the way to its planning and be an example or know-how. But it is also possible that Google may modify the Play Store as we know it to allow more interaction between players. It might as well set up a system of rewards and trophy, as Amazon does through its GameCircle for its Kindle Fire and Microsoft with the Xbox to name but two examples there. We can now follow the progress of other players on many titles. But Google could turn to do any big thing else. So far we have the right to tablets or Smart phones with Google's mobile operating system, it could also be a question of portable game console, based obviously on the Play Store. Indeed, various manufacturers have already shown some signs of interest like Archos with its GamePad or NVIDIA and Shield project. Google may have to develop its own solution. This would do this again in part for Android support for external controllers to simplify the work of new third-party developers.

Google Apps called Keep!

Google has just announced that it began to expand its "Packaged apps" that unveils a new service for its note-taking called “Keep”. It evolves finally ensuring an offline operation in a compact and dedicated window. A few weeks ago, Google launched this service Keep. It was so pretty basic, but had the advantage of working on different platforms synchronously. We then talked about the lack of consistency of the company which offered a less comprehensive than others he had already published, especially in the field of off-line operation and sharing notes with third-party product. If the latter does not seem to be corrected, this is the case for the off-line mode. Indeed, Keep now entitled to its Chrome application is a "Packaged app" of not less than 7 MB. This is not yet referenced in the Web Store, unless you use the Chrome developer branch as we explained in the previous news. You can still find and download from the net. The notes are now displayed in a special window, which becomes the default operating Keep once the application is installed. A significant focus even if we would probably like to create a window rating for segment management for example.

Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3, 7'' a mid-range tablet

Samsung has announced that the new release of Galaxy Tab 3, a seven inch tablet with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with Android 4.1 operating system. The Tab 3 is 9.9 mm thick and weighs 302 grams, and the device is slightly thinner and considerably lighter (47 grams) than its predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.The compact tablet is equipped with 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card reader (up to 64GB), a 3 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a battery with a capacity of 4.000mAh. Samsung has not yet disclosed the price, but considering the not too spectacular specifications, such as the WSVGA resolution (1024 x 600, 169 ppi) of the screen, it will be relatively low expected. A white version of the Samsung GALAXY tab3 7.0 Wi-Fi is available. Since the summer of 2013 in the Netherlands

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Samsung launched camera system NX1100

Samsung has launched the NX1100, a compact system camera with Wi-Fi. The successor of the NX1000 is available in black and white and costs 599 Euros. The camera comes with an external flash and a 20-50mm kit lens supplied. The NX1100 is comes equipped with a 20.3 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a 3 inch VGA screen. The unit can display full HD video (1080/30p) recording and offers an ISO range of 100-12800. May all your photos are stored. Directly on your Smartphone via AutoShare feature your photos and videos, you can also share via Wi-Fi directly from the camera to Facebook and YouTube or via email. Finally, there is also an All Share Play feature, which lets you wirelessly stream images to you.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Ford Fiesta eWheelDrive- Car Engine on Wheels!

An avid technology of all kinds, auto maker Ford has invited technological reviewers to discover its latest prototype of its circuit testing in Belgium with the specialty of a care whose engine is located in the rear wheels. Ford invited to attend the session of tests of the prototype of a new innovative concept super car Ford Fiesta eWheelDrive, even if others have tried it without success so far. In this enigmatic name itself lies in fact a whole new way of thinking about the car engine. The main novelty of this car is that the engine is not in the front bonnet but in the two rear wheels, for a car fully powered by electricity. Technology in partnership with Schaeffler, a German company specialized in engineering precisely mechanical bearings used in automotive and aerospace environments.

This is a modified Ford Fiesta equipped eWheelDrive system. Viewed from the outside, it is a car like the others, although we note that the frame of the rear wheels seems "full" with respect to front wheels. Under the hood, the battery powers the two motors on each of the rear wheels (and each weighing about 44 kg). Once inside, everything seems to be similar to a car whose engine is under the hood, with some minor differences. The Fiesta cannot exceed 130 km / h maximum speed possible with both engines. Is still a prototype, there are still many challenges and corrections to the operation of the Fiesta eWheelDrive, as explained by one of the technicians.

So the main issues are in the reduction of noise and vibration and especially to optimize the wheel suspension to better withstand the heavy weight of the engine and improve the ride comfort and handling. But with this new, Ford teams in Europe, led by Pim van der Jagt, consider holding a "revolution" car and have a way to totally reinvent the concept of the car. One of their initial ideas was "What can be our role to decongest the traffic in cities?” For Peter Gutzmer, technical director at Schaeffler, "this technology could give birth to the future concepts and revolutionary platform." And indeed, if the cover is stripped of engine, designers can design and all new models of cars and even completely reinvent the city driving.

One of the most useful functions of motors in the wheels will just be able to park easily by "dragging" the car on the parking place, without having to make a dozen maneuvers to pass to park properly as it happens to many people. For now Ford does not expect mass production for marketing and is in the testing phase and improve this promising prototype! The Ford Fiesta eWheelDrive is a really interesting concept that allows you to make a fresh look at the cars and design. Completely redesign the layout of the instrument panel, trunk, seats, etc. We already see in ten years ride in cars and almost square where the windshield would be the same as the nose of the car ... It makes us dream! How would you imagine the car of tomorrow?