LAS VEGAS — Chipmaker Nvidia just introduced its most powerful mobile processor ever, the Tegra X1 — which is capable of doing teraflops, or trillions of calculations every second. But it isn't for necessarily phones, tablets or even gaming, at least for now
No, the target market appears to be cars.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage at CES 2015 Sunday night to unveil the tiny, remarkably powerful CPU with 256 processor cores, a mobile chip that can pump out 4K video at 60 Hz. Huang called it "the world's first mobile super chip."
Based on Nvidia's Maxwell GPU architecture, the chip is said to outperform similar mobile CPUs, including Apple's recently released A8x. Read more...More about Nvidia, Chips, Tech, Gadgets, and Mobile
SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities say officers shot and killed a man near a San Francisco police station who held what appeared to be a handgun.
Police spokesman Albie Esparza says police opened fire Sunday evening after the man pulled what was later determined to be a type of air gun.
He says the 32-year-old man, who was not further identified, was hit three times and died of his wounds. The officers were uninjured.
Esparza told NBC Bay Area that the man was white.
The shooting occurred after three officers noticed a man hanging around the parking lot of the Mission District police station, and Esparza says when they walked toward him he pulled up his shirt and produced what they thought was a deadly weapon. Read more...More about San Francisco San Jose, Us World, Us, and Police Shootings
Nothing is more Australian than washing a feast down with an iced cold beer, and KFC wants to make this an in-store reality.
The fried chicken store has applied for a liquor license for a new concept store in Parramatta in Western Sydney, which will be known as KFC Urban, Fairfax Media reported. The store will be fitted out to appear "high end," with wooden windows and exposed beams giving it a hip vibe, and plans to serve cider and beer to the cool crowd.
In a statement, KFC Australia said it hopes "to introduce a new KFC experience in Parramatta's CBD in the near future, serving beer and cider as part of its menu." The company is awaiting on approval from the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority. Read more...More about Beer, Australia, Kfc, Us World, and Kfc Parramatta
LAS VEGAS — From the company that brought us the much-hyped smart fork comes a new food tracking gadget: a smart baby bottle holder.
At CES 2015, French company Slow Control showed off its Baby GiGL, which helps parents keep track of how much and how fast a baby is drinking.
The smart bottle, which works with an app, also gives feedback on how to properly hold the bottle at a particular angle so the baby doesn't swallow air, and it alerts you if there are lumps clogging the bottle
If you're at work and a nanny is feeding the baby, you can also get an alert on your smartphone that reveals data about the feeding, such as time and quantity consumed. Read more...More about Gadgets, Ces, Internet Of Things, Tech, and Ces 2015
Warning: this recap contains spoilers. Do not read if you haven't seen episode 11 of this season of The Good Wife
The midseason premiere of The Good Wife came back just as strong as it left off, with the lawyers of Florrick/Agos/Lockhart racing to find a way to keep Cary from going to prison as the final hours of his freedom fade away
When Kalinda finds evidence that could challenge Cary's guilty plea, the race against the clock is on to find proof that the State's Attorney's office buried the truth. As Kalinda remarks to Diane, "that's not much time." Diane responds: "six hours. We've had worse." Read more...More about Recap, Entertainment, Tv, The Good Wife, and Recaps
For a large chunk of last year, Pando’s James Robinson followed the utterly ridiculous story of the even more ridiculous “Healbe GoBe”. The device, which raised over a million dollars on Indiegogo, claimed to be able to count the number of calories you had consumed throughout the day by reading blood glucose levels through your wrist.
Despite the fact that doctor after doctor after scientist after scientist lined up to tell Pando that the claims made by the device were “some straight Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman bullshit,” Indiegogo refused to pull the campaign. At one point, the crowdfunding platform actually secretly changed its terms and conditions to remove a guarantee against fraudulent devices.
Still, it seems that Barnum (maybe) was right: There’s a sucker born every minute. Today’s newborn doofus is CNET, which just published a lengthy puff piece on the GoBe to coincide with the device’s CES debut.
It claims to count your calories for you by using an impedance sensor. The story goes that, after you eat, your glucose levels will begin to rise, which your cells will absorb while they release water. When that’s happening, the GoBe is continually using its impedance sensor to shoot high and low frequency signals through your body tissue to measure the fluids moving in and out of your cells.
From there, Healbe’s Flow Technology uses an “advanced algorithm” to analyse the impedance readings and create a picture of your daily nutrition, including automatic calorie count.
Bizarrely, for a site which once prided itself on its consumer reviews, CNET goes on to admit “If we sound a little cautious in our language around these claims, it’s because we haven’t tested the device properly.”
In point of fact, if CNET thinks for one second that the device is capable of delivering on any of the above claims then it hasn’t tested the GoBe at all. Which is not surprising given, as Robinson reported here on Pando, the company refuses to allow journalists (or anyone else) to actually test the device.
Given Healbe’s track record, it’s likely the company is planning a big PR push at CES, hoping more gullible reporters like those at CNET will be so wrapped up in the notion of a magical wristwatch that they’ll actually publish sentences like:
Calories claims aside, the device certainly has a striking design.
Yeah, and Bernie Madoff sure played a mean pinball.
For the benefit, then, of those reporters struggling against both deadline and borderline criminal incompetence, here’s a link to all of James Robinson’s coverage of Healbe.
And if you do find yourself being pitched by the folks at Healbe, just remember one simple phrase: “Cool watch guys… can I test it out for myself?” Your readers will thank you.
[Illustration by Brad Jonas for Pando]