Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader Announced, Comes With Leather Battery Case

Amazon Kindle Oasis

We previously heard a rumor about Amazon’s latest e-reader, the Amazon Kindle Oasis, the device is now official an it will launch on the 27th of April.

The Amazon Kindle Oasis is the company’s thinnest and lightest Kindle to date, it comes with a new design which is 30% thinner and 20% lighter than their previous device.

“To lean back and read for hours, you need a sanctuary from distraction,” said Jeff Bezos,Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “We want Kindle to disappear, and Kindle Oasis is the next big step in that mission. It’s the most advanced Kindle we’ve ever built—thin and ultra-lightweight, it gets out of the way so you can lose yourself in the author’s world.”

Amazon Kindle Oasis

The Kindle Oasis features a 6 inch display has has a resolution of 300 pixels per inch and it has a built in light which offers 60 percent more LEDs than the previous model.

It also comes with a new premium leather cover that features a built in battery to five the device extra battery life and there will be two models, one with WiFi and one with WiFi and 3G.

You can find out more detail about the new Kindle Oasis over at Amazon at the link below, the device is now available to pre-order and it will go on sale on the 27th of April.

GoPro Developer Program Announced

GoPro Developer Program

GoPro has announced the launch of the GoPro Developer Program and they have teamed up with around 100 different companies to develop apps and accessories for their GoPro devices.

Including in the list of 100 companies are BMW who are making a lap timer app for GoPro cameras, Fisher Price is developing mounts for children’s toys and there are many more projects in the work with companies like Periscope.

“Over the last few years we’ve been excited by the creativity and enthusiasm other brands have demonstrated when integrating GoPro into their own solutions,” said Nick Woodman, CEO and founder of GoPro. “The GoPro Developer Program is a way for us to celebrate the innovative work of our developer community and more importantly, help enable what comes next. We’re grateful to benefit from the collective genius of the participating developers and we’re excited to now officially support their efforts with our developer toolkits.”

Asus ROG Spatha MMO Gaming Mouse Unveiled

ASUS ROG Spatha MMO Gaming Mouse

Asus has unveiled a new gaming mouse they have created in the form of the ROG Spatha MMO witch as the name suggests has been specifically designed for massively-multiplayer online (MMO) games and comes equipped with 12 programmable buttons.

The Asus ROG Spatha MMO mouse is constructed from a magnesium alloy and includes the Asus exclusive easy swap switchable socket design together with programmable RGB LED effects.

Asus Explains a little more about what you can expect from the new gaming mouse.

Intuitive command and control : With a total of 12 programmable buttons, including six thumb buttons situated on the left side of the mouse body, ROG Spatha puts all commands at the user’s fingertips. The six buttons feature Alps switches for tactile feedback and are arranged to resemble the iconic ROG eye.

ROG Spatha has a premium magnesium-alloy chassis and an easy-swap switch socket design for quick customization. The main left and right mouse buttons are independent of the mouse body and feature OMRON switches with a 20-million-click lifespan for increased durability, responsiveness, and tactile feedback. ROG Spatha has a sensitivity of 8200 DPI; it has a DPI clutch that lets users switch between two sensitivity levels while in the middle of a game.

Dual modes for additional flexibility : Whether used in wired or wireless mode, ROG Spatha provides precise and instantaneous cursor response. In wireless mode, ROG Spatha uses a high-speed wireless connection for high data throughput and low latency.

ROG Spatha gives a polling rate of up to 2000 Hz in wired mode. A special raised connector design prevents the cable from dragging on the desk to ensure a smooth glide across any surface. ROG Spatha can be charged in wired mode, or when placed in its charging dock. It comes bundled with a braided 2 m cable and a 1 m rubber cable.

Customizable LED effects and ROG Armoury : ROG Spatha has an aggressive angular design with independently customizable RGB LED effects on the scroll wheel, side buttons, and ROG logo. It offers six different presets – Static, Breathing, Color Cycling, Trigger, Random, and Battery mode. ROG Spatha has built-in flash memory to save five different user profiles. The intuitive ROG Armoury dashboard lets users customize profiles, LED effects settings, program macros, and more.

Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by Asus, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.

EU Approves Data Protection Reform, Boosting Privacy

EU Approves Data Protection Reform, Boosting Privacy

The European Union on Thursday approved new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy, streamline legislation between the 28 member states and boost police and security cooperation.

The rules will for the first time create a strong data protection law for Europe’s 500 million citizens, replacing an outdated patchwork of national rules that only allowed for tiny fines in cases of violation.

There will be “a right to be forgotten” that means consumers can ask for non-essential information to be deleted from web searches, such as those of Google.

The rules also state that individuals must give their “clear and affirmative consent” before private data is processed by companies or governments. This point became important after leaks two years ago showed allegedly widespread US government snooping of European data such as phone calls and emails.

The new rules also allow for the streamlining of data transfers for policing and judicial purposes, helping to improve security in the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people, and last month’s suicide bombings in Brussels, which left 32 dead.

Privacy has become a hot topic amid pressure by companies to get information on consumers, as well as the needs of security services to have as much data as possible on possible suspects involved in extremist attacks.

The European parliament’s president, Martin Schulz, said that “the security of European citizens should never be ensured at the expense of their rights and freedoms.”

But he welcomed the new rules as “crucial steps” in the digital age when the privacy of consumers has come under ever greater threat.

Commercially, there also is a lot a stake and the parliament’s chief negotiator, Jan Philipp Albrecht, has said that firms breaching EU data protection rules could be fined as much as 4 percent of annual turnover, which could amount to billions in dollars.

After four years of fierce political battles between industry and privacy groups, the rules should now become official within a two-year span.

Nasa’s Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New ‘Hot Jupiter’

Nasa's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New 'Hot Jupiter'

Nasa’s Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft has discovered a new Jupiter-like exoplanet, orbiting a 2.6 billion-year-old star located about 545 light years from the Earth.

Researchers, led by Marshall C Johnson of the University of Texas at Austin, used the data from the K2 mission to search for possible transiting planets.

They identified two targets designated EPIC 211089792b (K2-29b) and EPIC 210957318b (K2-30b).

While K2-30b was confirmed as a “hot Jupiter” exoplanet during previous observations, K2-29b is a new addition to the long list of Kepler’s confirmed extrasolar worlds.

The astronomers also used three different ground-based spectrographs to conduct high-resolution spectroscopic observations of K2-29b, in order to definitely verify it as a “hot Jupiter.”

“Here, we present K2 photometry for two late-type dwarf stars, EPIC 211089792 (K2-29) and EPIC 210957318 (K2-30), for which we identified periodic transit signals, and our follow-up spectroscopic observations,” the researchers said.

“These have allowed us to confirm both transiting objects as bona fide hot Jupiters, and to measure the stellar and planetary parameters,” they said.

Hot Jupiters are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days.

They have high surface temperatures as they orbit their parent stars very closely-between.

While the newly discovered K2-29b exoplanet has a radius hat is about the same as Jupiter’s, it is less massive (0.6 Jupiter masses), ‘Phys.org’ reported.

It has an orbital period of 3.26 days and an equilibrium temperature of approximately 800 degrees Celsius.

The planet’s parent star K2-29 is slightly smaller than our Sun, with 0.75 solar radii and 0.86 solar masses. The star is about 2.6 billion years old and is located some 545 light years from the Earth, researchers said.

The research was published in the journal arxiv.org.

Micromax Says May Invest Rs. 2,000 Crores in Manufacturing in the Next 5 Years

Micromax, country’s second-largest handset maker is likely to invest around Rs. 2,000 crores in the next five years in manufacturing and new product lines, its co-founder Rajesh Agarwal said Thursday.

He said the company is expected to clock Rs. 15,000 crores revenues during the current fiscal. It recorded Rs. 12,000 crores revenues last year.

“We are planning to manufacture accessories such as batteries, chargers here in the country. The backward integration will happen in a period of next five to six years.

I think over next five to six years we will be investing Rs. 2,000 crores on complete manufacturing activities,” Agarwal told reporters in Hyderabad.

The new manufacturing facility of Micromax was Thursday inaugurated in Hyderabad by Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao in presence of state Transport Minister P Mahendra Reddy.

Spread across 19 acres, the facility will make mobile handsets, LED TVs, LED lights among others.

The mobile maker has a plant in Rajasthan also. He said the current size of mobile phone market in the country is 220 million units per annum and the brand enjoys a market share of 14 percent.

“We are talking a growth of about 25 percent this year. Our target this year would Rs. 15,000 crores. Today, we are selling around 2.5 million units per month. That’s our run rate. We launched LED television sets around one and half years ago. We are one of the fastest growing LED TV companies in the country,” he claimed.

Agarwal said they are open to join with other companies to bring in the electronic component manufacturing to the country. “We will request the Telangana Government to allot some land for setting up Research and Development facility here,” he added.

The company has already invested over Rs. 100 crores in its Hyderabad project in the first phase, he said.

On exports, the co-founder said Micromax is currently exporting to around five countries and has plans to expand the footprints to African and European countries in future.

The Telangana facility currently employs 700 people and will increase the number to 1,000 in the next two months, boosting employment opportunities in the state.

“Telangana government strongly believes in the vision of ‘Make in India’ and has always encouraged corporates to establish their factories and R&D centres in the state,” Rao said.

Agarwal said the company aims to be India’s largest indigenous phone manufacturer by 2017.

By the end of the year, it plans to have two more plants in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh that will give the company a total capacity of five million units.

These facilities will manufacture both phones and televisions. The projects will entail investment of Rs. 300 crores and create job opportunities for over 10,000 people by 2017.

LG Starts Smartphone Manufacturing in India

LG Starts Smartphone Manufacturing in India

Reiterating its commitment to the Make in India initiative, South Korean electronics major LG on Thursday launched two locally-made smartphones and targets to manufacture 1 million phones in India.

The company will be manufacturing phones at its Noida facility in partnership with GDN Enterprises. The two smartphones – the LG K7 LTE and LG K10 LTE, priced at Rs. 9,500 and Rs. 13,500 respective -were launched by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday.

LG is the latest entrant to start manufacturing of phones in the country, which has launched ‘Make in India’ initiative. Several device makers, including Micromax, Lava, Gionee, OnePlus, and Xiaomi, have started assembling their devices in the country.

India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally and device makers are keen to set up manufacturing units here to cater to the burgeoning demand.

“We want to tap the huge potential for smartphones in the country and the K-series will be the first ones to be manufactured in India,” LG Electronics India Managing Director Kim Ki-Wan said in New Delhi.

He added that the company is optimistic over the new models to drive its growth in the smartphone segment in India. Prasad said it was an occasion of personal satisfaction for him to see companies setting up base in India for electronics manufacturing.

Chrome 50 Released for Windows, OS X, Linux; Retires Legacy Platform Support

Chrome 50 Released for Windows, OS X, Linux; Retires Legacy Platform Support

Google has released Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The update brings several improvements, as well as bug and security fixes, apart from new features. An update for Android and Chrome OS is also expected to roll out soon.

As announced back in November, Google has retired support for older operating systems, namely – Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, and OS X 10.8.

Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux updates the Push API to add push notifications payloads, which is meant to make notification deliveries more efficient by sending notification data simultaneously along with the message. Developers will also be able to customise their notifications with buttons and time stamps, while sites can give users the silent, sound, and vibrating notifications. Webmasters will also be informed when a notification is closed by a user, helping sync notifications across devices while also providing analytics data.

Other new features in Chrome 50 include a declarative preload where site developers can let the browser know which resources are needed to properly display a page with the “link rel=’preload'” attribute, significantly reducing page load time. To showcase this, Google has also published a video contrasting the page load times with and without the implementation. Several other developer facing features were also unveiled.

In the meanwhile, Chrome 50 for Android will get a pause and cancel button for downloads. The company also mentioned that Chrome 50 came with 20 security fixes, and highlighted the most important contributions by external researchers. These are, universal XSS in extension bindings; out-of-bounds write in V8; out-of-bounds read in Pdfium JPEG2000 decoding; uninitialized memory read in media; use-after-free related to extensions; Android downloaded file path restriction bypass; address bar spoofing, and a potential leak of sensitive information to malicious extension.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine Release Date Leaked?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine Release Date Leaked?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was by far one of the best games of last year. So much so that it was the only game we awarded a perfect score to until this year’s fantastic Firewatch.

Prior to the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developer CD Projekt Red stated that there would be two expansion packs to the game in months to come. Since it’s initial release we’ve seen one expansion pack in the form of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts of Stone. It contained a host of content that went above and beyond what usually passes of as downloadable content (DLC) these days. If a slip up on Amazon’s US site is to be believed, we won’t have to wait too long for the second expansion, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine.

amazon_blood_and_wine.jpgAccording to a listing on Amazon that’s now removed (but reproduced above), you can expect Blood and Wine on May 27 for $20 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. In the past Amazon’s track record on release dates has been iffy. Most of the time the dates mentioned prior to an official announcement were almost always for the last day of the month or at the end of the year- placeholders if you will. In comparison, availability on May 27 appears accurate. For India you can expect to pay Rs. 369 for it on Steam (as that was what the previous expansion, Hearts of Stone was priced at) or $9.99 (approximately Rs. 666) on GOG.com for a DRM-free version.

Assuming CD Projekt RED stick to the same pricing of Hearts of Stone on the PS4 and Xbox One, expect to pay Rs. 832 and Rs. 760 respectively. But if you’re the sort who prefers the entire game on disc, we won’t be surprised to see a game of the year or enhanced edition of The Witcher 3 announced with all the expansion packs bundled along with the main game fully patched. It’s something that we saw with the first Witcher game and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings as well.

The description hints at this being series protagonist Geralt’s “last great contract”. No surprise considering that the studio claimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and its expansions wrap up Geralt’s tale, it might revisit the Witcher universe at a later time. This might be sooner rather than later considering how well The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sold.

Apple Just Found a New Way to Make People Care About the Planet

Apple Just Found a New Way to Make People Care About the Planet

Apple’s recent efforts to trumpet its green initiatives have largely been about supply chain and manufacturing, but on Thursday the company unveiled a splashy new initiative aimed at its millions of customers.

The company is rolling out “Apps for Earth,” in which the App Store will, for 10 days, feature 27 popular apps including Angry Birds 2, Jurassic World: The Game, and SimCity BuildIt that have added new environmental content for Earth Day.

Money spent buying one of these 27 apps, or making purchases within them, will then support the World Wildlife Fund, to help advance its climate and environmental initiatives. And given the size of the App store itself which has many million users across 155 countries and the huge reach of some of the apps (Angry Birds II has been downloaded 85 million times, for instance), it just might just be one of the corporate world’s farthest-reaching green initiatives.

Apple, the world’s largest company by market capitalization, has been unveiling a series of high-profile green initiatives. In October, for instance, the company announced new solar energy plans in China. In March at the company’s latest special event, Lisa Jackson, former EPA director and now Apple’s vice president for environment, policy, and social initiatives, announced 93 percent of the company’s global facilities are powered by renewable energy.

But at a time when it’s hard to make people pay attention to the environment, Apple is in effect creating a gigantic new megaphone.

In an interview with the Post, Apple’s Jackson said the company is serious about extending its green initiatives in new directions.

“This is yet another example of our work to help the planet, and it addresses something we hear a lot of from our customers,” said Jackson. “They love the work Apple is doing as a company, but they want to be engaged in this mission of leaving the planet better than we found it.”

“This is really our first big step into engaging customers in our mission,” Jackson continued. And it has already drawn major attention:

“Elevating these issues on a global scale through an unprecedented platform like this is huge,” added Carter Roberts, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund. WWF’s own app will be one of the 27 featured, and the conservation group will receive the donations that result from Apps for Earth and invest them in conserving forests, oceans, freshwater, endangered species, and fighting climate change.

The initiative will run from Thursday through April 24. Earth Day is April 22.

Several major app developers who are participating in the program said that an environmental initiative on this scale is relatively new to them, but fits their values and that they’re thrilled to take part.

“It’s kind of in our DNA to do this,” said Patrick Liu, general manager for Rovio’s Stockholm Studio and creative director for the popular app Angry Birds 2. Liu said that as part of “Apps for Earth,” Angry Birds 2 will add a new level that highlights the importance of ocean conservation.

“We have a special level, that’s made specifically for this campaign, we’re going to see the birds kind of saving the oceans from the naughty pigs,” Liu said. “We also have a special power-up made, it’s almost like revenge of the fish, where we kind of liberate the fish from the nets, and they’re going to fight back.”

Players won’t have to go to the App store to see this it will upload automatically to their game. They will then receive environmental messages, and in app purchases will then go to WWF. “The extent of this initiative is pretty new I would say,” said Liu.

And then there’s EA’s SimCity BuildIt, which since launching has garnered 64 million players, each of whom is a “mayor” who designs and builds a city. As part of “Apps for Earth,” players will now be able to add natural environmental features to their cities – planting a huge forest within the city itself (see below), installing a coral reef offshore, and creating a nearby habitat to protect pandas, gorillas, or even snow leopards.

“Now they can really create a big forest to their city, and bring back the trees,” says Inka Vikman, a senior producer for the game, which is made by EA. “And the game code creates a unique forest batch for you. There’s over 12,000 variations of the forest, what it’s going to look like.”

Some of these features will only be available in the game for the next 10 days; in addition, players will be able to buy an “Apps for Earth” pack for $ 1.99, with the proceeds going to WWF.

The environmental messages will also be hard to miss. “We’re going to communicate this to the players with push notes, in-game messages, and trailers,” says Vikman.

With yet another participating game, Jurassic World: The Game, something similar will happen. Players purchase card packs as they build their park in the game, explains Alex Thabet, the founder and CEO of Ludia (which designed the game). These cards provide them with an array of possible buildings and structures, and the game is adding three new packs that will contain options like a wind turbine or solar greenhouse, as well as two new dinosaurs that can only be gotten by purchasing the WWF card pack.

The proceeds then, again, go to WWF. “Micro transactions is an easy way for us to transfer into micro donations,” says Thabet.

Other well-known apps participating in “Apps for Earth” include Candy Crush Soda Saga, Map my Run+, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.

And according to Apple’s Jackson, this initiative may be only the first way that Apple prompts its vast number of customers to be greener. “We don’t know what seeds we’re planting here,” she said. “We hope that this is more than just the campaign, the 14ththrough til Earth Day, but that what happens after this is just as important.”