Google Launches Octane Benchmark Suite To Measure Javascript Real-Time Performance

Google has announced the launch of a new Javascript benchmarking suite called Octane this week, which has been created to measure Javascript performance.

Google has designed Octane to measure the real-world performance of Javascript to replace the currently available benchmarking software suites, as they run artificial tests, and were created on an ad-hoc basis.

Google Octane

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Google Play Gift Cards Officially Launched

After a lot of speculation and leaked photographs of the new Google Play Gift cards last week, Google has today officially launched their Google Play Gift cards in denominations of $10,$25 and $50.

The Google Play Gift cards will be available in Target, RadioShack and GameStop retail stores throughout the US over the next few weeks, and can even be used to purchase extra levels, add-on packs, and virtual currency within Google Play games.

Google Play Gift Cards

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Sony Launching 80 Inch 4K LED TV Before The End Of 2012? (Rumour)

According to a BGR website source close to Sony, the Japanese TV manufacturer is preparing to launch a the largest XBR TV Sony has ever offered, however  unfortunately specifications for the 80 inch TV are still under wraps at the moment.

But the BGR source suggests that the new HDTV from Sony will be equipped with a massive 4K resolution which allows a pixel count of up to 4096 x 3072 or 12.6 megapixels.

Sony 4K TV

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TomTom iOS App Update Adds Foursquare Support And More

TomTom has today rolled out a new update for their iOS applications which has added support for searching social network Foursquare. As well as now allowing users to now navigate to addresses found on the internet.

The addition of Foursquare support to the iOS TomTom application follows on from the last update to the software which added support for social network giant Facebook.

TomTom Foursquare

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Ofcom Approves 4G LTE Network In The UK From Everything Everywhere

Ofcom the UK’s communications regulator has made an announced that it will allow a 4G service to roll out in the UK before the end of the year provided by Everything Everywhere, which has left competitor Vodafone “shocked”.

Approving and application by Everything Everywhere to use the existing spectrum setup and launch a new 4G service to its customers, from as early as September 11th.

Everything Everywhere

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Chef Cui noodle cutting robots in China

Robots are taking all kinds of jobs. The latest job that robots are taking is that of noodle cutting in China. Cui Runquan produced a noodle cutting robot called Chef Cui a while back and they are now being mass produced. You will see them soon in various noodle serving establishments throughout China.

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Honda unveils Miimo robotic grass cutter

Nobody wants to mow the lawn, especially on a hot day. This sounds like a job for a robot. Honda has officially unveiled the Miimo, a robotic lawn mower for the European market. It operates within a boundary wire placed around your yard and Miimo will cut between 2-3mm of your grass throughout the week. Sounds relaxing to me.
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Sony NEX-5R and NEX-6 pictures surface with Wifi

We had some news back in early August, thanks to an Indonesian POSTEL listing that revealed two new mirrorless NEX cameras coming from Sony. They are both supposed to have wireless LAN chips. And now VR-Zone has some more details in the form of certification photos of the two cameras.
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MakerPlane lets you build an aircraft using digital printers

Imagine that you can build your very own aircraft and soar the wild blue yonder. Well, now you can build your own experimental plane and fly it, thanks to MakerPlane. The open source aviation organization will let you download plans and schematics for free, then build your plane’s parts using CNC mills and 3D printers. Pretty awesome stuff.
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Toshiba Excite 10 Prices Slashed 16GB Now $300, 64GB For $350

Toshiba has this week slashed the prices of its Toshiba Excite 10 tablets reducing the price of the Toshiba Excite 10 16GB version down to just $300 from $449, with the 64GB version now reduced to $350, for a limited time.

Toshiba launched their new Toshiba Excite 10 worldwide around four months ago, but the higher price for the tablet may have hindered its sales, especially now with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet available for under $200.

Toshiba Excite 10

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