It's about time. When stories get out about how obsessed kids are with their parents' tech toys, and that one time a kid spent $1,500 on level-ups in 10 minutes, it hard to believe it took this long for Google to give tablet owners restricted user profiles.
In Android 4.2, Google gave us multiple user profiles, granting each user a personalized interface, settings, and apps independent of anyone else using that tablet.
Now, in Android 4.3, the tablet owner (read: parent) earns greater reign over those profiles. Moms and dads, rejoice: you can now shut … Read more
Owning an Xbox One with multiple controllers could prove to be an expensive proposition.
The console, which is slated to launch later this year for $499.99, will come with one controller. Customers who want to buy another controller, however, will need to cough up $59.99. The Xbox One's controller with the Play and Charge Kit will set customers back $74.99.
Microsoft announced the Xbox One console earlier this year and provided more details at E3 this summer. Microsoft has promised that the Xbox One will deliver vastly improved visuals, as well as a host of entertainment … Read more
Gesture control is the new mouse, but Extreme Reality co-founder and CTO Dor Givon believes the underlying technology for tracking body motion could be a boon for security applications. The company, based in Herzelia, Israel, has patented software technology for enabling full-body, 3D motion control on any device via a standard 2D camera.
Unlike Microsoft's popular Kinect gesture controller, which requires a special camera and sensor, or PointGrab's hand-gesture recognition software, Extreme Reality's Motion software recognizes and tracks the three dimensions of a user's skeletal joints and then converts the joint movement into a continuous dynamic … Read more
For most computer tasks, nothing beats the good ol' keyboard and mouse. But the Leap Motion Controller is here, and it's challenging the way we think about navigating our computers.
If you're one of the early adopters looking for a hint of "Minority Report" in your life, the Leap Motion is already quick to impress (or at least entertain). With it, you can play games, draw, and even perform unexpected tasks -- like unlocking your PC -- without ever touching the mouse. Sounds awesome, but the device does have some quirks that could cause some … Read more
SelfControl for Mac comes as a software stand-in for when your own personal self-control needs some assistance. You can use it to block access to domains for short or extended periods of time.
SelfControl for Mac requires no installation, just download and launch. While there is no Help file or any kind of tutorial, the basic interface, consisting of a button to add domains, a slider bar timer, and a button to start the timer, is easy to comprehend, and setting up the app is a snap. We added several Web sites to our blacklist and set the timer for … Read more
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- I've always loved 747s and just about everything about them. But the one I'm on right now, known as the Doomsday plane, has a very different -- and very somber -- purpose than most of Boeing's iconic jumbo jets.
Formally known as the National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC), this is an E-4B, the plane that America's military leaders would use as an airborne command and control center in the case of a nuclear war or other very serious conflict.
Actually, there are four of the planes, each identical to the … Read more