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Top Stories for the Week of March 15, 2017

  • Episode 495
  • March 15, 2017

Here are the stories we're following for the week of Wednesday March 15, 2017

PS4 Games Will Be Playable on Windows PCs Soon

PlayStation Now, Sony’s Netflix-like game streaming service will let subscribers play PS4 games. This means you will be able to play PS4 games on Windows PCs as well as the PS4 itself.

On the PS4 it gives you another method to play games aside from buying them digitally and on disc. But it also means PC gamers could see greater value in PlayStation Now.

Sony also outlined that PS Now uses cloud saves. Much like Microsoft’s Xbox "Play Anywhere" Program you can start a game on the PS4 and play on another PS4 or a Windows PC (or vice versa).

No firm date has been announced for this just yet. Though Sony is testing it at the moment, making a launch date imminent.


Sent to us by: Robbie Ferguson

Denim is in and gives a whole new meaning to a "Smart" jacket.

At first glance, the latest advancement in wearable technology appears to be nothing more than a regular denim jacket.

But take a closer look, and you'll find that the first product from Project Jacquard is in fact the result of years of technological innovation from Google's best and brightest.

The collaboration between Google and Levi's that has thus far produced what has been described as the first "smart jacket." The interactive jacket, intended to serve as a tool for bike commuters hoping to avoid the dangers of fiddling with a cellphone while en route, was first announced last May.

The Jacquard commuter jacket doesn't have a display screen. Instead, users control certain actions on their smartphone by tapping and swiping a nearly invisible fabric touch interface woven into the left wrist of the jacket.

Unlike Google Glass, which aimed to dazzle users with new augmented reality technology, the Jacquard commuter jacket doesn't have capabilities beyond those offered on the average smartphone. Its primary benefits are the wearer's ability to swipe from one song to another and get map updates without having to pull out a cellphone or glance at a smart watch.


Sent to us by: Robbie Ferguson

The yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface is set to leave for Antarctica this week on its first science expedition.

Remember the 1/4 billion dollar boat that got named "Boaty McBoatface" by social media? Well, they didn't quite allow it to go through because the government felt it would be inappropriate... so they've assigned the humorous moniker to a submarine instead.

But what many people may not realise is that there is actually more than one Boaty. The name covers a trio of vehicles in the new Autosub Long Range class of underwater robots.

These machines can all be configured slightly differently depending on the science tasks they are given.

The one that will initiate the "adventures of Boaty" will head out of Punta Arenas, Chile.

The robot is going to map the movement of deep waters that play a critical role in regulating Earth's climate.


Sent to us by: Robbie Ferguson

Halloween's come early with a custom upgrade to Amazon's Alexa AI.

Halloween's come early with a custom upgrade to Amazon's Alexa AI.

Amazon Echo is strange enough - especially with fears that Alexa, its intelligent personal assistant, is listening to our every word.

But a robot enthusiast has just made it even creepier by transforming his Alexa into a terrifying talking skull.

Not only does this skull appear to talk, but it can also nod, tilt its head and even move its eyeballs at the same time.

Mr McGurrin came up with the macabre idea after seeing a talking Billy Bass fish turned into a body for the Alexa personal assistant.

The Billy Bass moved in time with the Alexa and its mouth matched the words.

If you're feeling adventurous and would like to make one yourself Mr McGurrin says the device could be put together in ten hours.


Sent to us by: Robbie Ferguson



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