Google is reportedly working on an Android-powered video game console, as well as a smartwatch.

Facebook Incorporated said on Thursday it will acquire PrivateCore, a company that helps protect the computers and data centers that power Internet services. Facebook did not disclose financial terms for the acquisition of PrivateCore, which was founded in 2011 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

The MINIX Neo Z64 Windows version comes running Windows 8.1 out of the box. If you’re in the market for a new computer for light productivity, this is the one to get, especially with an approximate price tag of $160 USD.

Google Inc said on Wednesday the first cars running Android Auto will hit showrooms later this year, after the Internet search giant signed on 40 auto-industry partners for its car-software development alliance. Executives demonstrated to developers on Wednesday how Android Auto acts like an extension of its popular mobile phone software and will be completely voice-enabled, allowing drivers to navigate maps and send messages while behind the wheel.



Intel Corp is getting into voice instant messaging with a smartphone app that uses facial tracking technology to caricature a sender’s expressions. Pocket Avatars was launched on Thursday by Mike Bell, an Intel senior executive whose job is to make sure the world’s largest semiconductor maker is at the front of future technology trends after arriving disastrously late to smartphones and tablets.

Google’s futuristic eyeglasses are finding their way into hospitals and clinics throughout the United States. To meet the growing demand for Google Glass from physicians, Drchrono, a Mountain View, Calif., based electronic medical record company has developed a new application for the device it claims is the first “wearable health record.” Doctors who register for the Drchrono app for Glass can use it to record a consultation or surgery with the patient’s permission.



A pioneering Toronto-based company is developing thought control technology, it says, will change the way people interact with their everyday surroundings.

Using brainwaves to control household appliances sounds like the stuff of science fiction.

But a Canadian company promises to make the fiction a reality.

Interaxon has developed a headset embedded with electrodes that reads the wearer’s brain waves and processes them on a computer.

CEO Ariel Garten explains.

[Ariel Garten, Interaxon Chief Executive Officer]:
“These are my brainwaves and this is the decomposition of my wave into different bands. With the headset I can, using my brainwaves, make the dots either expand or contract.”

Interaxon is developing a range of commercial products, such as in-flight entertainment systems and video games.

The company’s home-based technology is already operational.

[Ariel Garten, Interaxon Chief Executive Officer]:
“One thing this system is good for is creating environments that are actually responsive. It’s good for doing things that respond to you. Here, the lights and the blinds respond to the state that I’m in.”

Interaxon’s chief operating officer Trevor Coleman is working with various businesses to customise the technology.

Coleman hopes household appliances will eventually be able to read their owner’s mind.

[Trevor Coleman, Interaxon Chief Operating Officer]:
“You can imagine people having a system that understands if you’re having a bad day ,So when you come home your house knows that, and it’s got a nice warm meal waiting for you and a cold beer in the fridge.”

Within two years the company hopes to be selling headsets the size of a wireless bluetooth device.

[Ariel Garten, Interaxon Chief Executive Officer]:
“Ultimately this is a way we’re all going to be engaging in the world on a daily basis. This is how we’re going to be controlling our devices, potentially our automobiles, interacting with one another. This is the future for human computer interaction.”

Twitter Inc’s monthly active users rose 24 percent to 271 million in the second quarter, as the online messaging service struggles to accelerate its pace of growth. On Tuesday, Twitter reported a 124 percent jump in quarterly revenue to $312 million, beating Wall Street’s expectation for $283.1 million.



On this week’s show, Norm regales the gang with tales of Switzerland, Gary regales the gang with tales of New York, and Will really nails the intro. All that, plus WWDC rumors, a handful of Computex announcements, Omni VR, the EFF’s podcast patent troll fight, E3 preparations, and a whole lot more.

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