HP’s latest plan to boost PC sales: Integrating Leap Motion 3D motion control sensors

18 Apr


Things haven’t been going well for PC vendors as of late with sales recently experiencing their steepest decline ever in a single quarter. HP is just one of the many companies that is looking for unique ways to boost its deteriorating computer sales. The company announced this week that it has partnered with Leap Motion to bundle its 3D motion control sensor and Airspace App Store with specific HP desktop and laptop products. In the future, HP plans to embed Leap’s technology directly into some of its computers. BGR was left impressed after we tested Leap’s motion control sensor last July, calling the technology “a total game-changer” and “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while.” The Leap Motion standalone sensor is slated to arrive at Best Buy stores on May 19th for $80. HP’s press release follows below.

Leap Motion to Bring 3-D Motion Control to HP Customers

Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced a collaboration with HP to bring 3-D motion control to unique HP devices. The relationship will start with the Leap Motion Controller bundled with select HP products and evolve to unique HP devices embedded with Leap Motion’s technology.

“Our focus at Leap Motion is to fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision,” said Leap Motion co-founder and CEO Michael Buckwald. “The possibilities for innovation are incredible, when you think about what will come from this collaboration between two respected global leaders in their fields – HP, the world’s largest technology company and Leap Motion, creator of the world’s most powerful 3-D motion-control technology.”

Leap Motion’s incredible speed and precision, combined with its affordability, have helped drive its momentum and leadership in the industry. Leap Motion-enabled HP devices will come pre-loaded with Airspace™, Leap Motion’s application store. Inside Airspace, users will discover a wide range of software across gaming, music, education, art, productivity and more.



WhatsApp “Bigger Than Twitter” With Over 200M Monthly Active Users, 8B Inbound And 12B Outbound Messages Daily

16 Apr


WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum was on stage today at the AllThingsD Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City, where he said that the app is now larger than Twitter by monthly active users. He wouldn’t say exactly how many the company had, just that it was north of 200 million users.

Koum also noted that the messaging app now sees an average of 8 billion inbound, and 12 million outbound messages per day, and with less than 50 engineers, the highest ratio of active users per long-term employee today of any active tech company.

Twitter noted that it hit its own 200 million monthly active user count back in December, while WhatsApp noted in January that it had reached the 7 billion inbound messages per day milestone. To some extent, comparing the two is a bit like comparing apples and oranges, but recent evidence suggests that social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter are losing the attention of younger users, who are turning to platforms like WhatsApp instead.

Koum said that the company has yet to see any drop off in user numbers or engagement resulting from their recent decision to start charging $0.99 per year, which means that right now WhatsApp has a pretty ideal combination of user growth, user activity and inbound revenue. Koum is adamant that the company isn’t entertaining any acquisition offers, and with those pieces in place, there’s little reason for them to.

PC margins expected to sink further as vendors engage in race to the bottom

16 Apr


You know the PC industry is in trouble when bearish analysts are criticizing themselves for not being pessimistic enough. StreetInsider points us to new research from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, who says that his earlier “relatively bearish estimate” for PC sales in 2013 “is already looking too high.” With Dell looking to exit the traditional PC business and go private, Whitmore thinks the company will enact aggressive price cuts that will further erode margins on personal computers and will force vendors to “compete for scale in a structurally declining market.” Whitmore thinks this will take a particularly hard toll on HP, which saw its PC shipments decline by more than 23% year-over-year in Q1 2013.


Site of the Explosions in the Boston Marathon Attacks

16 Apr

Two explosions occurred near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday about four hours after the start of the race.
At least three people were killed, and more than 170 were wounded.
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Runners approached from the west.

Aerial image from Pictometry International



WBZ-TV, via Associated Press

The two explosions were about 550 feet apart.

First explosion

Second explosion

The Mandarin and Lenox Hotels were evacuated because of reports of suspicious packages.

Second explosion went off about 10 seconds after the first.

First explosion occurred about 2:50 p.m. on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the finish line.

















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Dish Network said to be interested in merger with T-Mobile

15 Apr


Dish Network’s (DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen is said to have “informally approached” T-Mobile’s parent company about a possible merger deal, according to a report fromBloomberg. The company is said to be interested in a deal with the  carrier so it can bundle wireless service with its satellite TV offerings. Dish’s proposal reportedly came at around the same time Deutsche Telekom was looking to sweeten its offer for MetroPCS. Deutsche Telekom is said to be considering the merger, though only after the deal with MetroPCS is complete and after verifying that Dish won’t subsequently pursue a similar deal with Sprint (S).



Meet 24-Year Old Ekaterina Rybolovleva She Just Bought Two Islands

15 Apr


Thanks to the fortune given to her by her dad Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, 24-year old Ekaterina Rybolovleva is now the proud owner of two islands off the coast of Greece.  Ekaterina is believed to have made the purchase of Sparti and Skorpios which is where Aristotle Onassis married JFK’s widow Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s, for a little over $150 million from 28-year old Athena Onassis Roussel who is the last surviving descendant of Aristotle.

Party at her spot!  Get a closer look at the island after the jump.



This Is What A $40 Million Painting Looks Like …

12 Apr


This portrait by Francis Bacon who is known for his bold, raw imagery of his lover and muse, Peter Lacy is expected to rake in around $40 million when it goes up for auction this May at Sotheby’s.  Do you see the beauty?

50 Cent’s Street Legal Jet Car Will Blow You Away

12 Apr


SyFy’s new show, Dream Machines features brothers Shanon and Marc from Parker Brothers Concepts, who take their clients car fantasies and turn them into crazy realities. One of their clients was none other than 50 Cent himself and the final product was a “jet car” on Asanti wheels that’s actually street legal. I’d really love to see 50 driving around in this thing! Who would you like to see as their next celeb client??

Check out the short video below or watch the full episode here.

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What Would You Do If A Stranger Asked To Instagram Your Food?

12 Apr


Ready To Move? Buy Real Estate On The Moon

7 Apr


If you want real estate with that ridiculously high value (literally!), look no further than Dennis Hope, the “Man That Sells The Moon.” He has found a loophole in the United Nations treaty that says that nations, but not individuals, can own parts of non-Earth entities. Over 600 million acres have been sold on the moon already, so get your quickly!