Friday, August 30, 2013

Android Executive Barra Leaving Google for Chinese Smartphone Maker

Google has lost another key member of its Android team. Hugo Barra, vice president of product management for Android, will leave the search giant to join Chinese mobile firm Xiaomi.

 Hugo Barra

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Some Interesting Xbox One and PS4 features that no one’s really talking about

Tablet integration and cloud gaming have been incessantly heralded as the saviors of the Xbox One and PS4.. While they both have a lot of potential to expand the medium, plenty of other important features are slated for the Xbox One and PS4 that haven’t received nearly enough praise.

$500 PS4 and PS Vita bundle would return PlayStation brand to dominance?

Sony is betting big on cloud gaming for this upcoming console generation. From Gaikai streaming to internet-enabled remote play of PS4 games, Sony is primed to set the PS4 apart from the competition by utilizing the PlayStation Vita. While the Tokyo company’s mobile gaming sales haven’t been setting the world on fire, a rumoured PS4 and Vita bundle could completely change the game.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The PS4′s halo effect on the PS Vita is kicking into overdrive

With November 15 looming closer, we arenow seeing new forms of integreation between the upcoming PS4 console and the PS Vita
PS4 & PS Vita

TEKKEN REVOLUTION - Bryan Combo Exhibition

Today I bring you... Bryan Fury...

Cyborg destruction... Thanks TMM

Bryan Fury

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TEKKEN REVOLUTION - Kazuya Combo Exhibition

Since my gaming posts have been kinda low, I thought I'd start hit you with a Tekken Revolution Combo Exhibition by The Main Man

Three guesses who my main in Tekken is? LOL

Kazuya Mishima

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LG Teases New 8.3-Inch G Pad Tablet

It seems like everyone is making Tablets now. Have we really run out of ideas? Now. it's the G Pad 8.3...
LG G Pad 8 .3
The story here: LG Teases New 8.3-inch G Pad Tablet

Here's a teaser video from LGMobileHQ

This then makes me beg the question: Who started this "Tablet Revolution"?

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire as company faces needed shakeup

More on Steve Ballmer from The Guardian....

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will stay on at the company until a successor is found. 

The story here:

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Ballmer's Biggest Hits and Misses at Microsoft

So we're going to have a new Microsoft CEO. Steve Ballmer is stepping down...

Steve Ballmer
For all the discussion about whether Tim Cook should be replaced as Apple's CEO, it was Microsoft that opted for a CEO shakeup on Friday with the announcement that Steve Ballmer will step down as CEO within the next 12 months. He will remain in charge until a successor is selected, but Redmond is moving on without him......

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Friday, August 23, 2013

MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner Open for Pre-Orders

Buy, Download and Print it. That is the future. 3D Printers and Scanners.

Check out the story here:

Here is a video on the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner:

I will only be impressed with Teleportation or Time Travel. 3D Scanning & Printing doesn't excite me...

It's very cool though...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

One-Third of BlackBerry Apps Developed by One Company

When BlackBerry proudly announced that more than 120,000 apps were available on the BlackBerry 10 platform, the company left out one small detail: One-third of them were created by the same developer.

Samsung Unveils Dual-Screen Galaxy Golden Flip Phone

Samsung is bringing back the aughts with the reveal of two new Android-powered smart flip phones.

The new-age retro devices boast the look and feel of a 2007 clamshell mobile phone, but the power and capability of a 2013 smartphone.

Samsung yesterday announced the Galaxy Golden — a, you guessed it, gold-tinted dual-screen clamshell handset.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

PS4 launch date confirmed for November 15

Yesterday Sony announced the official launch date of the new PlayStation 4 game console as November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.

(Credit: Josh Miller/CNET)

At the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, yesterday, Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 game console would be arriving November 15 in North America, followed by a European launch date of November 29.

The company said the console would launch in 32 countries overall in time for the holiday season, but didn't specify any other dates worldwide. Sony also mentioned that 1,000,000 preorders have been placed already.

As previously revealed, the PS4 will cost $399. Check out CNET's hands-on PS4 first take for more information on the console.

Microsoft's competing Xbox One console first arrives in November for $499.99.

Complete coverage of Gamescom is available at our sister site GameSpot.

Thanks to David Katzmaier for this one.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Privacy Policy Updated

The Privacy Policy for VB Kid  has been updated. If you would like to check it out scroll to the bottom of the page and click the FIRST Privacy Policy link. Or alternatively , click here: Privacy Policy For VB Kid

The second one is only accessible to me (I became aware of this today). I apologise if anyone had already tried to click it before.

I did not know.

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Instagram's Bizarre Vendetta Against Food Festival's Pictures

IT'S one of the most popular uses for Instagram - posting pretty photos of food. But was this Instagram feed just too mouth-watering for the social network?

The kind of image posted by on the @shfoodwine Instagram feed:

Instagram appears to have a bizarre vendetta against the country NSW Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival, twice deleting its popular food-focused account without explanation.

Upset organisers had spent more than six months building an 1000-strong following on the photo app by uploading pictures of gourmet meals and fresh produce.

But last month the social network deleted their account for "terms of service violations". When confused organisers re-registered the account, Instagram deleted it again.

"I couldn't believe it. I thought there must have been something wrong. And when we re-registered - to have that deleted as well (is ridiculous)," winemaker Jeff Aston, from Bowral NSW, told

Images posted on the account included pictures of meals, local markets, food and wine producers and farm animals such as cattle.

"This must be one of the photos Instagram finds offensive," Mr Aston said. 
Comments posted to Instagram demanding an explanation were also deleted, Mr Aston said. "They just deleted those comments as well".

This is not the first time the social network have deleted the accounts of Australian businesses without warning.

In June, Instagram disabled the account of diet tea business SkinnyMeTea, a social media-driven business with more than 200,000 followers. Its owners were not given an explanation at the time.

The business later told their account had been deactivated because of a hacker attack.

A spokeswoman said the event had a detrimental impact on their business.

Instagram has not responded to requests for an explanation from Mr Aston or As for the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival, it will be held on September 21 - 22.

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The account, before deletion, and after, the explanation @shfoodwine received.
It's quite curious if you ask me. I'm going to have to re-read Instagram's Terms & Conditions and their Privacy Policy because even I don't get why. And no explanation either? Fishy... Very fishy...

Thanks to Daniel Piotrowski of NEWS.COM.AU for this story.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Gets Taiwanese Animation Treatment

Hoping to snag a ride on Elon Musk's futuristic Hyperloop? Be prepared for a full cavity search and speeds so fast you'll lose your clothes.

At least, that's the rosy outlook of Taiwanese animators Next Media Animation, which this week debuted its take on the billionaire's wild idea for super-fast travel.

Elon Musk's Hyperloop: What Will It Look Like?

After much speculation, entrepreneur Elon Musk, last Monday unveiled his plans for $6 billion, super-fast "Hyperloop."which would ideally be able to transport travellers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Musk laid out a plan that includes a series of tubes, pylons, and passenger capsules that are propelled via air cushions. It's all in the very early planning stages – you might not be able to slide into a Hyperloop capsule for another decade – but you have to start somewhere. To that end, Musk said he will probably craft a demonstration version of the Hyperloop before handing it over to someone else, since he is rather busy with Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Musk had little over a dozen people from Tesla and SpaceX working on the project as a "background" task; "it wasn't anybody's full-time job," he said. That includes members of the SpaceX and Tesla aero-dynamics team and the Tesla motor group.
They considered a number of approaches, including the pneumatic tubes used to send mail and packages in large buildings. "However, the friction of a 350 mile long column of air moving at anywhere near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is so stupendously high that this is impossible for all practical purposes," Musk said yesterday.

A vacuum approach, meanwhile, is hard to maintain in a single room, "let alone 700 miles (round trip) of large tube with dozens of station gateways and thousands of pods entering and exiting every day," he said.

As a result, Musk proposed mounting "an electric compressor fan on the nose of the pod that actively transfers high pressure air from the front to the rear of the vessel. This is like having a pump in the head of the syringe actively relieving pressure."

What would this actually look like? In his outline of the project, Musk included a few mock-ups and diagrams. To see what he has in mind, check out this slideshow.

Thanks to Chloe Albanesius of PCMag for this story.

PS: This is the 100th post on VB Kid!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Motorola Moto X Arrives on AT&T Aug. 23

A colour customisable Motorola. Sounds cool and all but I remain loyal to Samsung but for the fans here it is here:

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Syrian Hackers Target The Washington Post

Now, back to business as usual...

So, apparently, The Washington Post was hacked by a group calling themselves the Syrian Electronic Army...

Here's the story here:

Facebook Testing New Mobile Payment Option

So Mark is planning a a new payment option... LOL

The story here:

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

As per my promise yesterday, the next part to my Riddick dedication. I bring to you The Chronicles of Riddick...

As with Pitch Black, this is a must see as well...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pitch Black (2000)

This is the movie that made me "fall in love" with the character that is Riddick... And even though Vin Diesel might act in other movies, to me whenever I see him I will always see the Alpha-Furyan, Riddick...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Elon Musk Unveils Plans for $6B 'Hyperloop'

So another faster way of transportation seems to be approaching, Question is, what will exactly power this? And is it worth it to use this much money with the state of the world at the moment? Here's a story about it from PCMag:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Can Superman beat Super Saiyan God?

Now Goku's Super Saiyan God. It was said to have fought the evil saiyans but failed due to limited timing. It had to be achieved by gathering six pure heart saiyans and one becomes the saiyan god (Goku). Goku used this form to resisted bills. He even managed to absorb bills supernova like attack but gets knocked out. Now if you ask me, when it comes to endurance, Goku's ssjg is shitty. Don't get me wrong it is strong no doubt but you all fans have forgotten endurance and how long can it last. His only abilities I know are to absorb any energy projection.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Microsoft committed to ARM platform, new stuff on the way

Yet another one, I have hype for Tech news today

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Apple Wins U.S. Ban On Older Samsung Devices In Mixed Ruling

Some older Samsung devices violate the patent but some don't...

More on this here:

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Rumor: Amazon Building an Android Game Console

Amazon Logo

Amazon is rumoured to be developing an Android-based game console which it could release in time for the holidays, according to Game Informer...

Stolen Computers Returned To Non-profit With An Apology Note

Now how didn't I find this one yesterday? But anyway. WOW!

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Friday, August 09, 2013

YouTube founders launch video-making iPhone app

YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have launched new video app MixBit.

THE co-founders of YouTube have launched a video-making app for iPhones.

MixBit will face off against Vine and Instagram in the video-making market.

Co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley wrote in a blog post launching the app that it would be the first video site to let users collaborate with each other, mixing other users' clips with their own.

"I've always been passionate about video," he said. "It's the most powerful way to express yourself, reach others and bring your ideas to life."

Mr Hurley and Steve Chen founded YouTube, but both left the company a few years ago.

The app is available for free in the Apple App Store, and is yet to be launched for Android.

Yet another reason why Apple is top of their game. Android, Step Up!

Thanks again to The Staff Writers of Herald Sun Technology.

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Seven Technology game-changing Executives

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during a news conference in New York. 

THEY can be an odd bunch. Have a look at these things you never knew about seven of the world's top technology executives.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – Review

After having watched an epic G.I. Joe movie, I expected a spectacular gaming title to follow. Published by Hasbro and EA, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was supposed to be the title of the year… But Hasbro fucked us from the rear!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Google Unveils Android Version of 'Find My iPhone'

Against my better judgement, I am posting om Sunday... But only because you deserve to know... So it's Find My Droid now? And not the fake version that we usually find on PlayStaore, this one seems legit because it's by Google...:

I  foresee another court case here. Or maybe Apple will fear the outcme of the Tablet/IPad battle? We'll have to have to  just Watch The Space...

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