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Today's Tech: Microsoft patent reveals augmented reality tech, cyber-attacks kick off in Middle East, Nexus 4 camera disappoints

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by Rawiya Kameir
, 23 Nov 2012News
Today's Tech: Microsoft patent reveals augmented reality tech, cyber-attacks kick off in Middle East, Nexus 4 camera disappoints

A newly discovered patent, filed in May 2011, shows that Microsoft is creating its own augmented reality glasses. The device would provide users with real-time information about particular objects and individuals within their field of vision without interfering with the “user’s enjoyment of the live event.” According to the application, the device will be optimised for specific events, such as football matches and plays. The device will need to have a camera, microphone, gyroscope, magnetometer, Wi-Fi connectivity and more built into it, and will be controlled via a wrist-worn computer, eye movements or voice commands. The application did not outline any potential launch plans but it could go head-to-head with Google’s Project Glass.

International conflict is at its most desperate and tragic on the ground, but the sophisticated battles simultaneously occurring in the cyber-sphere are undoubtedly growing in importance. The massive hacking assault on Israel following the country’s air strikes on the Gaza Strip have provided a profound case in point, and today we looked at how the likes of Anonymous have struck, and if the cyber-war will now calm along with the real-world ceasefire. Follow the link for the full analysis.

BT has announced via video posted on YouTube the testing of the world's first 10Gbps network. The prototype network is presently on trial at a Cornish electronics company and runs along BT's fibre optic cables. Boasting a bandwidth that eclipses the highest recorded peak for the entire Olympics media network, BT believes that this experimental broadband solution will future-proof its current fibre optic network.

Go on, Apple fanboys, get your smug face on – it's the turn of Android users to suffer an OS-related camera bug. A London-based Nexus 4 user was out and about shooting footage with their new toy and found that the device's nice-sounding camera specs - built-in HD video at 30fps, an 8-megapixel sensor and the like - didn't hold up too well to real-world testing. Specifically, the continuous autofocus appears to be very slow when exiting close up (macro) mode, which makes subsequent shooting blurry for some time. Click on for more on the alleged defect, including plenty of illustrative media.

Australia is preparing to amend its tax laws to target Google and other large multinational companies who routinely use legal loopholes to skip out on their tax bills. Australia's Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury pointed to Google as a prime example of legal corporate tax-dodging, a scheme which has brought the search giant and other large multinationals under fire in the UK and Germany. Follow the link for more details on Bradbury's harsh words.

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