In what could be viewed as an odd move, Autodesk, known for CAD software has agreed to buy Socialcam. The deal is worth about $60 million according to both companies. The deal is expected to close within 30 days.
We are now reaching that point in time where we are beginning to see more devices that help the blind see, particularly in the area of bionics. Such implants restore vision to blind individuals but only if the blindness was due to a faulty retina, such as with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or other degenerative eye disease. Examples of these bionics are the Argus II and Bio-Retina.
If you are getting excited for the forthcoming Mars Curiosity rover landing and the Seven Minutes of Terror that will precede the touchdown, then head over to your Xbox 360 and get Mars Rover Landing. The free game requires a Kinect Motion controller and will test your skills on safely landing the Curiosity rover.
Previously we outlined the details of NASA's Curiosity rover mission to Mars. We are now inching closer to the August 5th landing. This landing will be the most intense planetary landing in the history of space travel. It is also so unique and technically ambitious that even NASA engineers have called it crazy. They say this mainly because its incredible. The video below outlines why NASA engineers call the seven minutes to descend Mars in this landing as the "Seven Minutes of Terror."
If you had previously performed an upgrade of Windows 8 with a different browser set as default, other than IE; Or if you ran a fresh install of Windows 8 and changed the default browser to something other than Internet Explorer then you have ran into the missing Metro IE version issue. The solution is pretty simple and I actually covered it as part of my Windows 8 Upgrade article, but I am also including it here for ease of reading.
We can now officially add Yahoo to the list of companies compromised due to hackers. Yahoo has confirmed that the usernames and passwords of more than 400,000 Yahoo Voices accounts were stolen from their servers earlier this week and that data was posted online. Indications were the information has since been removed, but a direct link to the original source seems to still exist and is accessible whenever the load is low enough. The breach wasn't just credentials for Yahoo, but also Gmail, AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, MSN, SBC Global, BellSouth, Verizon and Live.com as well.
Star Wars: The Old Republic the MMO from EA, which is set 3500 years before the Star Wars movies, is now free to play until your character is at level 15. EA has offered previous trials, but they were time based or even reward based. People who have done previous trials are eligible for this one as well.