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Recode reports when asked about the cost of an Oculus Rift headset, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said Wednesday, “We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range.” Oculus plans to ship the headset in early 2016.
CNET reports on three concept announcements from Lenovo Tech World Wednesday. A smartwatch concept called Magic View that has a second screen that uses optical reflection to create a virtual display 20 times larger than the standard. A concept called Smart Cast would project a virtual keyboard from a smart phone and could also display content and games. And Smart Shoes would track your heart rate, calories consumed and display fitness info and even map directions on screens embedded in the shoes.
BBC reports Avago, a US and Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer is buying competitor Broadcom. Broadcom makes semiconductors for set-top boxes, mobile phones and network equipment, with Apple and Samsung as clients. This is the 6th company bought by Avago since 2013.
Geekwire reports Amazon launching free same-day delivery for around 1 million items in 14 metro areas covering about 500 cities in the US. Orders have to be for more than $35 and the user has to be an Amazon Prime Member. Previouls Prime members paid $5.99 for same day a discount off the $8.99 plus 99 cents per item. Orders must be placed by 12:00 PM.
The Next Web reports Shazam has launched “Visual Shazam” which lets you scan certain products from participating advertisers to get an interactive augmented reality experience. When you see something with Shazam logo with a camera icon you can scan it and get AR visuals that work with the object, videos and coupons.
Ars Technica reports TWiTCH has updated its rules of conduct to prohibit streaming of “Adults Only” rated games. Previously Twitch banned individual games with overly sexual conduct or gratuitous violence. Games not rated by the ESRB may stiull be banned individually and five such titles are currently listed as banned. Players breaking the ban will receive a temporary suspension.
MacRumors reports Apple is partnering with Postmates to offer same day delivery for certain products in the Apple Store app. The option will only be available to areas Postmates serves and seems to be starting only in the San Francisco area. Delivery charge depends on location and distance.
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habichuelacondulce submitted our top vote getter, an EFF post detailing a leak of the secret Trade in Services Agreement. TISA, is cited alongside the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as current trade deals that could be signed with the US President’s fast track authority. TISA includes provisions to require signatories to protect privacy, enforce a version of net neutrality, introduce anti-spam laws and require disclosure of source code in certain situations. TISA would also prohibit countries from requiring data to be stored locally to customers.
KAPT_Kipper submitted the Geekwire report that Amazon is launching free same-day delivery for around 1 million items in 14 metro areas covering about 500 cities in the US. Orders have to be for more than $35 and the user has to be an Amazon Prime Member. Previouls Prime members paid $5.99 for same day a discount off the $8.99 plus 99 cents per item. Orders must be placed by 12:00 PM.
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Joe the keyboard enthusiast and loyal $5 patron:
The pick on yesterday’s show was O’Reilly’s Safari Books Online service, available for $40/month.
I just wanted to mention that if Safari interests you, but the price is too steep, be sure to check with your local library. I can access Safari for free with my library card. I’m not certain that it’s the full selection of books, but it’s certainly a lot.
We’re quick to write off libraries as antiquated and useless, but there are still great benefits available.
Friday’s guest: Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta