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  • Armadillo-T micro electric car folds to fit into compact parking spaces (video)

    ArmadilloT micro electric car folds in half for compact parking video

    The Armadillo-T is pretty petite as it is, but when it comes time to fit into tight parking spaces, the all-electric car can do even better. The four-wheel-drive compact, which integrates a design similar to an armadillo’s shell, includes seating for two, a 13.6 kWh battery pack and four in-wheel motors, allowing the rear half of the vehicle to fold upwards at the press of a button. Designed by a group of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the prototype packs plenty of other high-tech features, too, including cameras that sub in for side-view mirrors, smartphone control and a ten-minute fast charge mode that nets 100 kilometers of range. The transporter is still a long way from reaching a production line, but it could one day serve to help ease congestion in overcrowded cities, letting you park in slots far too small to accommodate four wheels today.

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    Source: Phys.org

  • Facebook updates Android SDK with native sharing and improved Open Graph support

    Facebook updates Android SDK with native sharing and improved Open Graph support

    You might remember that Facebook delivered a major update to its iOS SDK in April that packed a ton of new features, including much stronger Open Graph integration. Now Android is finally being blessed with the same capabilities. The brand new Facebook for Android SDK brings not only simplified Open Graph integration, but native sharing tools, streamlined native logins and improved in-app event tools. The latter even enables devs to collect data about when events are triggered and how often, then use that information to help them better understand how their apps are being used. Facebook is also promising that new features will be added to its abilities to provide insight and targeting data to developers. If you’re not creating apps, but just using them, you won’t notice much change initially, except, perhaps, for the shiny new “Log In with Facebook” button.

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    Source: Facebook

  • Google Play Services 3.2 adds location-based features, easier G+ sharing

    Android developers keen on integrating more core OS functionality into their apps will be glad to know that the latest update to Google Play Services has arrived. Version 3.2 of the software offers a number of location-based services that devs can incorporate into their apps, such as a low-power option when requesting updates, support for hardware-based GPS geofencing and a “Snapshot” feature that removes the need for a constantly interactive map. The update also makes it easier to incorporate content sharing with G+, adds a compass mode in the Photo Sphere viewer, promises a more efficient InstantBuy implementation and better performance in general. Those interested in tinkering with the new and improved Play Services can download an updated Google APIs emulator image through the Android SDK Manager right now.

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    Source: Android Developers Blog

  • Sony's DualShock 4 coming in 'Magma Red' and 'Wave Blue' at launch in Europe, North America to follow later
    Sony's DualShock 4 coming in 'Magma Red' and 'Wave Blue' at launch in Europe, North America to follow later

    Colors! Who doesn’t love colors, right? Well, if you were planning to snag a PlayStation 4, you’ll be happy to hear that the console’s DualShock 4 won’t be available solely in black. As has been the case with previous generation PlayStations, Sony will be offering different color variations of its DualShock controller, this time in “Magma Red” and “Wave Blue.” Both models will be available when the PS4 launches in Europe and in North and Latin America later in the year, where they’ll cost £54 and $59, respectively. So, don’t worry, it looks like you’ll be able to add a bit of hue to your next-gen gaming sessions.

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