Back in May, it looked like Microsoft was intent on pressuring developers into focusing on the Metro UI by reserving the ability to develop desktop apps to the paid versions of Visual Studio. In response to community feedback, Microsoft has backed off from this decision and will be offering “Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop” as part of the larger Visual Studio Express lineup after all.
The developer backlash stemmed from the fact that before now, the least-expensive version of Visual Studio which could be used to create desktop apps would have started at $ 499 – and prices move up quickly from there. Microsoft has made it abundantly clear that Metro is the future, but even so it apparently doesn’t want to burn developers…
Question by : is there any thing that indicates that sony will make somthing like kinect for ps3 instead of move? I think ps3 is better than xbox 360 but kinect is better than move,i chose xbox 360 because kinect is awesome. Is there any thing that indicates that sony will make something like kinect for ps3 or make ps4 that has kinect,because it would be awesome if there was a playstation console that has kinect.
Answer by BobNah but perhaps in the future. I honestly don’t get into motion gaming bought the move, 2 controllers 2 navs, and don’t even use it.
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This is the ZipFlyer, an 87MPH zipline with “a vertical drop of almost 2,000 feet (600 meters) and a distance of almost 6,000 feet (1.8 kilometers).” According to the company responsible, that makes it the steepest and longest in the world although THIS ONE gets up to 100MPH, so I’m not sure if they’re lying or not. Call me a loser, but I haven’t been keeping up on zipline world records. Still, I like how you get to ride this one tandem with another person across from you. They should give you both swords so you can beat the shit out of each other on the way down.
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It’s in every science fiction book and movie since forever. Humans — the ordinary non-astronaut kind, like you and I — going up into space like it’s no big deal. And it’s generally believed that one day, eventually, space flight will become mainstream.
But alas, the day draws nigh. XCOR Aerospace and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) have introduced the first aircraft that can endure frequent repeat trips to sub-orbital levels before tuckering out: the Lynx. Since the Lynx, a small fighter-esque plane that only holds two people, can make multiple trips a day back and forth to space, space flight becomes affordable enough for anyone to take the trip.
Well, not necessarily anyone. By “affordable,” I mean $ 95,000 for a ticket.
You’ll co-pilot the mission yourself, since there’s only space for two. The flight will last four or five minutes, over various spots on the planet, wherein the Lynx will flip upside down to give you a full view of our lovely rock.
According to Chief Test Pilot Rick Searfoss, who has traveled up into space with NASA three times as a Space Shuttle Commander, you’ll be able to see the curve of the earth and the thin blue line that separates our atmosphere from the black vacuum of space.
And though the Lynx doesn’t go past sub-orbital levels (around 100 kilometers), you’ll still feel entirely weightless.
The company has already sold over 175 tickets, and at $ 95,000 a pop, they’ll turn a profit immediately once they begin regular flights with private citizens. For now, we’re only in the testing phase, with commercial flights beginning no later than 2014.
Here’s an animation of the Lynx:
It’s all about perspective. At least, that’s what we’ve gleaned from a Surface skim (hard wink) of this Microsoft patent application. Filed back in December of 2010, the USPTO doc describes a touchscreen tabletop imbued with a “view-restrictive filter” that, presumably, projects content in an orientation specific to a user’s viewing angle, switching between diffuse and transparent states. Unsure of just what that means? Imagine, then, an ordinary-looking glass conference table surrounded by suit-and-tie types that, at the flick of a finger, turns into multiple personal computing displays. Bear in mind, this is all conjecture based on some densely-worded legalese and the IP in question’s still lingering in a governmental limbo. That said, there could come a day when the Office of the future (harder wink) could look a lot like this. In the tech industry, nothing’s off the table (hardest wink).
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It’s a sad day for science fiction fans everywhere, as Ray Bradbury has passed on at the age of 91. We’ll always know him best as the author of Fahrenheit 451, but it’s really massive legacy in short stories that defined his role in technology. Collections like The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles made it a point to illustrate technology’s impact and to never let our gadgetry trample human nature. Appropriately, for all of his ability to envision the future, he was actually rather cautious about embracing it: he only reluctantly allowed e-books and was worried the world was rushing too quickly towards devices. The irony of paying tribute on a technology website to this trepidation isn’t lost on us, but we sincerely appreciate Bradbury’s literary legacy — he kept us honest (and entertained) in an industry that sometimes needs a reality check. He’ll be missed.
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Question by : Is there an Android app that prevents me from texting specific numbers? I would like to be able to still receive texts from a specific number but not send replies. Is there an app for this for android phones?
Answer by Evans RandyYes
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Robots are hard to talk to. They’re not friendly, they’re mostly made of plastic, and, as anyone who has tried to chat with a Roomba can attest, they are often dedicated to a single task. Luckily, there’s ApriPetit.
Toshiba’s R&D department built ApriPetit as a successor to their larger ApriPoco. This little guy is about six inches tall and follows along to conversations by moving its slug-like body and eyes in ways that resemble proper conversation.
This wee fellow is designed to help older folks with their daily chores. Its eyes are expressive and will follow the user across a room and it can ask and answer simple questions relating to health and mood.
The robot is part of Toshiba’s “Advanced Personal Robots with Intelligence” project and is not yet for sale.
Because scientists are always doing things they shouldn’t, a group of (presumably D.A.R.E. sponsored) researchers in Israel have developed a strain of weed that won’t get you high. You know, because what else are you gonna smoke alongside your non-alcoholic beer? I say try crack!
The work was done by the company Tikkun Olam with Tzahi Klein leading the effort. Klein and his team were apparently able to neutralize the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is primarily responsible for the getting you high part of marijuana. Instead, the plants have increased levels of cannabidiol, which has been shown to have several valuable properties. In addition to being a sedative, cannabidiol has also been shown to work as an antipsychotic, an inhibitor of cancer growth, among others.
Despite having a variant of the plant that seems to promote all the medically valuable aspects of cannabis without the fun stuff, the new species is unlikely to change the plant’s legal status.
Geez, I could have sworn they already had a strain of weed that didn’t get you high. What was that called again? “Schwag?” Hell no — they spray schwag with all kinds of chemicals to get you crunk. I’m talking about the male plants. “Yeah but males don’t have all the medical benefits of the females either.” YOU — you are a joke ruiner. You probably sit in movies repeating “That would never happen” the whole time. *dropping mic* I’M F***ING OUT. *picking mic back up* Hey and don’t forget to tip your bartender — I may have hit his car on the way in here.
Thanks to Jeremy C., who agrees marijuana is one of the very few medically prescribed drugs with POSITIVE side effects. No anal bleeding here!
Question by ked2313: What browsers are available for the iPad that are similar to IE or Firefox? There are several websites that won’t allow connection without either Internet Explorer or Firefox. I use my iPad for work and it is MUCH easier to handle than carrying a laptop or even tablet. The only draw back is the fact that I can’t access several websites I need on Safari. Anyone know of one that I can use to access websites available on IE or Firefox?
Answer by SmartOneThat is a draw back with the iPad. It is an apple issue that unfortunately can’t be remedied with a separate browser. Safari is the only browser currently able to run on the iPad.
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