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People in the San Francisco area started freaking out when official-looking signs depicting a drone firing a missile stating “speed enforced by drones” started cropping up all over Bay Area highways. However, a local news station, and many more since, has reported that these signs are indeed fake and being removed by the California Highway Patrol, also known as the CHP.

The CHP confirmed that the signs were professionally made with the same materials official road signs are made out of. One even went so far as to use tamper-resistant bolts! Authorities still don’t know who’s behind the prank.

drone sign

The alleged second generation Nexus 7 tablet is just a few days away. A number of leaks suggest that the device will hit the shelves at the end of this month, 31st July to be specific. Today, a new Best Buy ad has been leaked that is scheduled to run on 28th July, and it clearly mentions that the upcoming Nexus 7 tablet will be available “Next Tuesday”, that is 30th July. It would just a week ahead of the 24 July event where the search engine giant is expected to launch the much awaited tablet.

Best Buy Ad

It’s not really much of a surprise. Every gamer knows that summer is when gaming usually falls off for a bit, but a 15% drop in retail sales in one month is still huge when hundreds of millions are involved. Total spending on video games in the U.S. last month was $1.2 billion, only about 50% of which was made up of physical sales.

Where’d gamers take their business? Mobile games have seen sharp increases in revenue over the last few months, causing many gaming journalists to wonder if mobile gaming is slowly taking over the market. Although the main reason they’re so speculative is because the real answer is much less interesting.

saving money comic

By now, every one of you should know that Motorola will unveil the much-hyped, highly customizable Moto X on 1st August. In the last few days, we have seen a number of images of this much-talked handset including the press render that was leaked yesterday. Today, another leak from @evleaks shows us the device, shining in the bright white color, as well as the side profile photo.

Moto X White

Getting giddy of the thought of an LTE-powered Galaxy Nexus? Well, Google, has just unveiled a full 360-degree view of the Verizon-bound smartphone, and it’s packing a bigger caboose. Around 0.6mm thicker than the HSPA+ version available now in the UK, the 4G-stuffed version loses, at least visually, some of its curved charm and the chin’s become more prominent too. Fortunately, as the tech specs confirm, the slightly bigger body does cram in an extra 100mAh of battery juice, presumably to feed that LTE radio. Will it feel any different in the hand? It looks like we’ll have to wait until Verizon decides to furnish us with one – whenever that is.

If you’ll rewind your mind in time to earlier this week, you might remember a clever proxy server from @plamoni that enabled Siri’s control of a thermostat through spoken commands. Now, the same bit of engineering has been exploited to enable voice control of third-party applications. In this example,FastPdfKit Reader is manipulated by various commands with SiriProxy acting in the middle. A plugin is used to add new commands to the ones recognized by Siri, and finally, the proxy then sends the final commands to the app. Those hoping to get hacking will find a complete list of instructions from the source link below. For everyone else, you’ll find the true magic after the break.

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This concept from designer Seung Hyun Lee combines unusual asymmetric shape of the case and the latest filling. The author raises the target make the wearing of the device most convenient and without losing in the display size and ergonomics.

Future technology Concept Asymmetric smartphone Lean On Me

Designer: Seung Hyun Lee

Future technology Concept Asymmetric smartphone Lean On Me

Future technology Concept Asymmetric smartphone Lean On Me

Future technology Concept Asymmetric smartphone Lean On Me

Concept flexible amoled smartphone
Smartphone concept Philips Fluid
Curious Displays-concept future
BA Smartphone Concept
Concept Smartphone is Super Flexi
Phone Concept- LG/be

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company Smart is going to introduce the concept of Smart Forvision. At first glance it looks like any other Smart, but in fact this instance includes a number of technologies that will be relevant for the foreseeable future. Developed in close collaboration with the German chemical giant BASF Forvision concept is a kind the policy statement Smart. The company is going to be one of the technological leaders in their class.
Inspired by the steering wheel of Smart’s new concept car, the “Forvision,” designer Keith Reilly has come up with a wrist-mounted sat-nav that will allow safe and easy navigation to bikers, while enhancing the user experience. Dubbed the “Smart Forvision sat-nav,” the futuristic navigation system is easy to operate and functional in use, which will navigate bikers safely to their destination.

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Designed with cycling couriers in mind, the new navigation system by the Irish designer can be worn on your wrist like a watch to allow easy access to the user on the move. Featuring a smooth design with copper buttons on a white curvy surface, the hi-tech sat-nav apart from being functional also becomes a fashionable accessory for the trendy users. Presenting tactile feedback to the user, the Forvision sat-nav is not only safe but also adds to the overall pleasure.
Designer Keith Reilly

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Future technology Concept Smart Forvision sat-nav

Futuristic concept of a smartphone
Concept Smart Highway
Innovative concept Smartbook
Concept Smart toaster Hue
Smartphone concept Philips Fluid
Concept a coffee memory

Not too long ago we reported that Robocop was receiving a film reboot that’s slated to come out in 2014. This year’s Comic-Con has given us a few more details along with a deeper look into the movie’s overall message. Robocop will seek to raise the question of whether or not drones should be used by local police departments.

Back when the original Robocop came out, drones and automated machinery were little more than ideas within the realm of science fiction. Today’s society sees that drone-based police enforcement is on the horizon. They’re already putting up signs on the side of Bay Area highways after all!

Robocop

No, they’re not, but electronics are starting to become quite stretchy. Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered that nanoparticles and elastic components can be combined to make conductors that stretch.

This means bendable displays, batteries, medical implants that move with the body instead of pressing up against it, and much more. This could actually lead to the creation of paper thin displays and multimedia magazines and newspapers you can hold in your hands!

Of course, we’re still a long ways from that.

elastic electronics

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