2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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Year in Review 2012: America's Most Popular Attractions
From Disneyland to Dollywood, Yahoo! searches for travel spots are all over the map. Here, the top 10 travel destinations sought out on the Web. -- By Claudine Zap, Yahoo!
- Fri, Dec 14, 2012
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- Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic
- Google Glass Alternative Available for Pre-order, Costs $500 Less Than Glass
Those eager to tote cyborg-esque wearable displays won't have to wait for Google Glass to launch next year. Vuzix has just announced that its heads-up display is shipping to developers and is now available for the general public to pre-order. The M100 Smart Glasses can be ordered for $999.99 through Vuzix's website today and are slated to ship between 2 and 4 weeks. The heads-up display is roughly $500 cheaper than the Explorer Edition of Google Glass and doesn't require an invitation to buy it. MORE: Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses: Hands-On With a Google Glass Alternative The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses sport nearly identical tech specs as Google Glass. The headset is powered by a 1-GHz dual-core TI-OMAP 4430 with 1GB of RAM, which is the same processor Catwig found in Google's wearable display during its teardown. Like most wearable devices, the M100 syncs with your smartphone via Bluetooth or can function on its own when connected to Wi-Fi. When we saw the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses back in July, the device was running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and was still in the prototype phase. It features a WQVGA display capable of 720p video playback that floats in front of your face via an adjustable arm. This arm can easily be adjust to place the display above or in front of your eye. There's also a speaker on the inside of the device on the earpiece and 4GB of onboard storage. The headset houses a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well. Unlike Glass, however, the M100's interface looks similar to what you would see on a smartphone. During our hands-on a few months back, we noticed that the home screen featured icons similar to your smartphone's app drawer. The form factor is also slightly different -- the M100 prototype we wore sat like a headband atop our head with an arm extending the display over our eye. Glass sits on your face like a pair of eyeglasses. Vuzix's wearable display is just one of several Google Glass competitors coming to market. Devices such as the ReconJet, Telepathy One and GlassUp all seek to edge in on a market that's predicted to reach 75 million shipments by 2018, as ABI Research reports. We look forward to bringing you a full review of the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses soon. Game Changer Awards - The Most innovative Tech of 2013 Google Glass: What Explorers Love and Hate Best Stocking Stuffers (Best Gifts Under $25) Copyright 2013 LAPTOP Magazine, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
- Obama 'crossed the constitutional line,' House panel is told
Two constitutional law professors told Congress on Tuesday that President Obama exceeded his authority when he unilaterally extended the deadline for enforcement of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act. The law professors made their comments during a three-hour hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, which is examining a string of unilateral actions taken by the White House that critics say usurped legislative powers or bypassed limits on executive authority. “I believe the president has exceeded his brief,” George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley testified.
- Dangerous Global Warming Closer Than You Think, Climate Scientists Say
Dangerous Global Warming Closer Than You Think, Climate Scientists Say
- Why Common Core may not fix our kids' problems with math
That's lower than the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average, leaving the U.S. 26th out of 34 OECD countries. Americans did achieve average scores for the science and reading literacy sections, but even this is a little disappointing considering how much our government spends on education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called the PISA results a "picture of educational stagnation" in a press release. Unsurprisingly, he used the scores as a justification for pushing Common Core, a set of standards to increase educational rigor, focus on conceptual thinking rather than memorization, and utilize international benchmarks.
- A taste of the horrible things to come for Windows XP
Windows XP is now more than 12 years old but according to data from Net Applications, it is still used on more than 31% of desktop and laptop computers around the world. Those tens of millions of PC users could be in for a very rude awakening next year once Microsoft cuts off support for the aged operating system. Microsoft itself even warned users of the imminent tsunami of viruses and other malware that will inevitably wash over XP stragglers once it stops issuing updates and fixes for the OS. Now, a recently discovered critical zero-day flaw has been acknowledged in a Microsoft support document that could cause serious problems for XP users. “The vulnerability is an elevation of privilege
- Shell floats hull of enormous rig
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