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Coming to a Dashboard in Front of You – Spending a week with the tech in Toyota’s RAV 4 | Digital PULP

What an amazing time we live in right now. Car companies are looking to tech-people like myself for input on products. Awesome stuff.

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As a tech journalist I have had the privilege over the last few years to get access to various products, in a long list of different categories and tell the creators, along with the general public what I thought of those products. Sometimes the products were tremendous, other times the products were horrendous, and sometimes, I just can’t decid…

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As a tech journalist I have had the privilege over the last few years to get access to various products, in a long list of different categories and tell the creators, along with the general public what I thought of those products. Sometimes the products were tremendous, other times the products were horrendous, and sometimes, I just can’t decide one way or another. 

The required Entune app running on a Nexus 4. In back you can see Pandora running on the RAV4’s Entune system. The app acts as a gateway, providing the data the Entune apps need.

The required Entune app running on a Nexus 4. In back you can see Pandora running on the RAV4’s Entune system. The app acts as a gateway, providing the data the Entune apps need.

Up until recently, getting a car as a review product was merely a dream; something I hoped I would one day achieve. But there’s a huge issue with this goal — I’m not a gear head. Heck, I couldn’t even change my own oil. Horrible, I know. I’m a tech head. Technology and the way it impacts our day-to-day life is what I am passionate about. (I am willing to trade troubleshooting your iPhone or Android dev…

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Mecheagle v. Rising Sun Robot

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USA Versus Japan

For American robotics company MegaBots and Japanese company Suidobashi it’s battle time. Punches will probably be thrown.   In 2012, Suidobashi developed a giant robot called the Kuratas, which stands over 13 feet high and weighs just under 10,000 pounds. It can be manned by one person, and features a full heads-up display and an advanced targeting system, or ca…

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For American robotics company MegaBots and Japanese company Suidobashi it’s battle time. Punches will probably be thrown.   In 2012, Suidobashi developed a giant robot called the Kuratas, which stands over 13 feet high and weighs just under 10,000 pounds. It can be manned by one person, and features a full heads-up display and an advanced targeting system, or can even be controlled remotely. Costing a bit over $1.35 million, the Kuratas was first revealed three years ago with no opposition in its field, making it the first ever robot of its kind. Fast forward three years. Only the most American of ideas conceivable would happen. MegaBots decided they would build their own giant robot, and challenge Suidobashi to a battle that was, until now, only a spark of imagination in our minds. The challenge went viral after being posted to YouTube and was soon seen by Suidobashi. “We just finished tightening the bolts on the Mk. II, America’s first fully-functional, giant piloted robot,” the makers said in the video. “And because we’re American, we’ve added really big guns.” After throwing in some details about the features of their robot, as well as details regarding th…
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Watching people game: Twitch TV

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At first glance the name Twitch.tv comes across as more confusing than intuitive.  Something in the realm of a drug side effect than a popular video site. Honestly could you guess that everyday on average 4 million viewers watch over 2 hours of content from it? Content being basically live streams of someone else playing a video game? That’s mor…

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At first glance the name Twitch.tv comes across as more confusing than intuitive.  Something in the realm of a drug side effect than a popular video site. Honestly could you guess that everyday on average 4 million viewers watch over 2 hours of content from it? Content being basically live streams of someone else playing a video game? That’s more viewers per week than Breaking Bad, Preseason NFL, and tosh.0 combined. It’s pretty astonishing if you ask me.
In just a few years the live video streaming service has gone from an interesting niche idea to clogging the internet like a boss. It joins Netflix, Apple, and Google in peak internet traffic claiming 1.8% just above Hulu at 1.7%. There’s also the business aspect of streaming which isn’t just for the hobbyist. Professional streamer Jeffrey Shih told Forbes that the best streamers can bring home upwards of $100,000 on their streams alone. That’s some serious cash for just “sitting around playing games”.
What’s also serious is how Twtich.tv started. Twitch was origionally called Justin.tv and started as the personal site where J…
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The $299 NVIDIA Shield Tablet: not just for Gamers

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You can think of the Shield Tablet as a technological utility knife. Not one of those cheap chinese knock offs you’d get at a flea market, but something from the future with lasers and maybe a chainsaw option. Something that would make Dr. Who or maybe even Tony Stark envious. Alright maybe not quite that awesome but it’s still prett…

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You can think of the Shield Tablet as a technological utility knife. Not one of those cheap chinese knock offs you’d get at a flea market, but something from the future with lasers and maybe a chainsaw option. Something that would make Dr. Who or maybe even Tony Stark envious. Alright maybe not quite that awesome but it’s still pretty sweet. All jokes aside it’s able to run high end mobile games, stream PC games, connect to your HDTV, watch movies, listen to music, browse the internet, stream to Twitch.tv, make video calls, take notes, draw works of art, hack your neighbors WiFi, post social updates, and more… much much more.
All of these features are thanks to the great specs inside. Now I’m going to have to get nerdy for a bit so brace yourselves (feel free to glaze over this part if specs aren’t your thing). It has 2GB of system memory, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot supporting up to 128GB, mini HDMI out for console mode supporting up to 4K, an 8in full 1080p HD display (275ppi), a 3.5mm headphone jack, a 5-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rea…
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