Open Source Sirius Takes on Siri!

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Move over Siri! Now, there's an Open Source alternative for Linux users! Meet Sirius, the open-source Siri clone that runs on Ubuntu PC World - By: Chris Hoffman - "Sirius is an open-source virtual assistant, a bit like Apple's Siri (pictured above), Google's Google Now, or Microsoft's Cortana. But unlike those well-known helpers—and like Linux itself—Sirius is an open platform anyone can use and contribute to, from universities to startups. It's currently being tested on Ubuntu, and you can download and install it on your own Linux PC today… if you're particularly adventurous. How it works Sirius includes speech recognition, image recognition, and text recognition components. Ask it a question, and Sirius will analyze the meaning of the words, then extract the relevant knowledge from Wikipedia. One big feature Sirius…
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“On Body Detection” for Android Phones

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This would be cool, I don't like having to remember to lock my phone! New "On-Body Detection" Smart Lock Mode In Android Seems To Be Hitting Some Devices Android Police - By: David Ruddock - "Google is currently rolling out a new smart lock mode called on-body detection. The feature, described in the screens below, uses your accelerometer to figure out when your device is in your hand or pocket, and lock when it's not. The idea being if you leave your phone sitting on a table or forget it somewhere, it will lock, preventing would-be thieves from easily accessing your data. Once you unlock your phone, it will stay unlocked while you're holding it or it's in your pocket. Once you set it down, it will lock again. Picking…
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GCW-Zero – A Kickstarter Hand Held Gaming Platform

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Lon Seidman has a good review of this interesting device: [youtube]http://youtu.be/MgV7BIuoHjE[/youtube] They say of themselves: "We live in a technological era where it is possible to place powerful gaming hardware that exceeds yesterday's PCs in the palm of your hand. Tablets and smart phones are just one example of this. Their touch screens have already revolutionized casual, portable gaming. However, many gamers would agree that they are in their true natural habitat when in direct control of that experience with physical buttons and a real d-pad or authentic analog control. The world just needed these two ideas combined into one package for the gaming community. We are developing the Game Consoles Worldwide (GCW) Zero, a handheld console built around the Ingenic JZ4770 1 GHz MIPS processor. It is powerful enough…
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Hand Held Device Gaming Outstrips Console Usage

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It seems having our phones handy all day, every day, means we are playing more games there, than at home on consoles! Smartphone, Tablet Gaming Far Outpaces Handheld Console Games 24/7 Wall Street - By: Paul Ausick - "At the end of 2014, the installed base of smartphones worldwide was about 2.2 billion. There are, in addition, more than 600 million tablets in consumers’ hands as well. More than a third of that total of more than 2.8 million portable devices are used for gaming: more than a billion in fact. The installed base for Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android-based devices is nearly 75% of the total worldwide installed base of smartphones and tablets. Android’s share of the market rose by 5.2 points in 2014, compared with a decline of…
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Hand Held Hack #25 – Video – “Loads of Hand Helds!”

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[powerpress] A Hand-Held DNA sequencer! Malicious software spreads on Android Phones, a Hand-held device detects liquid bombs in 5 seconds, new Nintendo 3DS hack gives easy access to illegal games, Android 'Lollipop' disk encryption causes serious performance issues! (Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your "format of choice")  Download M4V  Download WebM  Download MP3 ("Right-Click" on the "Download" link under the format buttonand choose "Save link as..." to save the file locally on your PC) Subscribe to Our Video (M4V) RSS Feed Subscribe to Our Audio (MP3) RSS Feed http://www.handheldhack.com/category/netcasts/feed/ http://www.handheldhack.com/category/audio/feed/ Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/UFsF8BTbxNI
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Hand Held Hack #25 – Audio – “Loads of Hand Helds!”

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[powerpress] A Hand-Held DNA sequencer! Malicious software spreads on Android Phones, a Hand-held device detects liquid bombs in 5 seconds, new Nintendo 3DS hack gives easy access to illegal games, Android 'Lollipop' disk encryption causes serious performance issues! (Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your "format of choice")  Download M4V  Download WebM  Download MP3 ("Right-Click" on the "Download" link under the format buttonand choose "Save link as..." to save the file locally on your PC) Subscribe to Our Video (M4V) RSS Feed Subscribe to Our Audio (MP3) RSS Feed http://www.handheldhack.com/category/netcasts/feed/ http://www.handheldhack.com/category/audio/feed/ Also available on YouTube: http://youtu.be/UFsF8BTbxNI
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Android “Lollipop” Disk Encryption Causes Serious Performance Issues!

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(Cross-posted from Dr. Bill.TV) If you recently upgraded your Android device to Android 5.0, known as the "Lollipop" version, you may be experiencing some strange performance issues after the upgrade if you enable encryption. It appears that the problem is caused by disk encryption of the Android device which can be turned off in the new Nexus devices. It is a "feature" and not a bug! However, users are very upset by the performance hit that this new feature causes. In testing a Motorola Nexus 6 that didn't have encryption enabled (which is not the way it normally comes) testers at AnanTech discovered that it was, in fact, the disk encryption in the Nexus 6 that slows down the read-write disk speeds... and, unfortunately, you can't turn it off once…
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A Nintendo 3DS Hack to Get (Illegal) Free Games

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The YouTube Video has sine been removed. But, you shouldn't be cheating to get free games anyway! New Nintendo 3DS Hack Gives You Easy Access To Illegal Games Huffington Post - By Damon Beres - "Nintendo's popular 3DS video game system may have a new piracy problem. A video posted on YouTube on Friday, which you can see above, shows off a new cartridge that, when inserted into the 3DS handheld, lets you play illegally downloaded games with the touch of a button. It's called the Sky3DS, and it's the latest so-called "flashcard" that lets gamers play pirated games without paying a cent. It’s expected to hit the market in one to two weeks, and it's child's play to set up. Here's why Nintendo should worry: The 3DS was the…
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A Hand Held Bomb Detector

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And, no, we are not talking about movies that are bombs... we are talking real bombs! Hand-held device detects liquid bombs in 5 seconds RT.com - "A Japanese research team has developed a bomb-detection device that can quickly determine if liquid inside a container is explosive or flammable. Once the device is manufactured, it could rapidly speed up baggage inspections at busy airports. When checking for liquid explosives at airports, many of the devices used are cumbersome and take time to give results. Osaka University researchers said earlier this month they have developed a hand-held device that can detect whether a bottle’s contents are explosive or flammable in a matter of seconds. When placed between two cylinders that emit a LED light - using Near-Infrared Resonance - the device cross-references…
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