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Carbine Studios switches things up, makes Wildstar MMO free-to-play

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 57 mins ago

Carbine Studios has confirmed it will make its WildStar massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) a free-to-play game title.

 

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When the game launched last June, it required a monthly subscription - Carbine Studios originally facing criticism to charge players - and it looks like things will change this fall. Developers watched how other similar games tried to make a transition from subscription to free-to-play and believe they will have time to work with players during the transition.

 

"WildStar is now a much better game than it was when it launched nearly a year ago," said Mike Donatelli, product director at Carbine Studios, in a statement to GameSpot. "We're at the point where it's time to really focus on growing the game, and we as a team feel that the best way to do that is to make it so that everyone who wants to play can do so with as few hurdles as possible. This means removing the two biggest barriers of entry to the game - the cost of the box and the required subscription."

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Lawmakers want automakers to answer questions about connected security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 47 mins ago

Members from the House of Energy and Commerce Committee want answers related to possible cybersecurity risks from larger numbers of connected vehicles hitting the road. There will be 250,000 connected vehicles on the road by 2020, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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In a letter that was submitted to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with 17 automakers, committee members want additional information about connected vehicle security.

 

"Connected cars and advancements in vehicle technology present a tremendous opportunity for economic innovation, consumer convenience, and public health and safety," said the group. "These benefits, however, depend on consumer confidence in the safety and reliability of these technologies."

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Apple scrambles to release fix for widespread iMessage glitch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 hours, 57 mins ago

It didn't take long for Apple to provide a temporary fix for a bug that allows users to crash an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch via text message. The company was reportedly working on a fix anyway, but had to speed things up when users started sharing details about the problem on YouTube and social media outlets.

 

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The problem stemmed from the way Arabic text is rendered by an iOS device, and the device's RAM ends up full, forcing a restart.

 

iOS users can have Siri read unread messages, and have Siri respond to the malicious message. Once that is done, users can open Messages again. Once in messages, users must swipe left to delete the entire conversation thread - or tap, hold, and delete the malicious message.

Migration from PCs towards wearables and IoT expected at Computex 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 hours, 37 mins ago

Computex 2015: We're just a few days away from Computex 2015, and the tech world will turn its focus towards Taipei. Traditionally used to show off PCs, mobile devices, and other consumer-centric devices, there could be a new focus at this year's show: wearables and products that connect to the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

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As consumers become more comfortable with wearables, Computex could be a major launching pad for announcements - with Acer, ASUS, and other major Asian companies expected to announce new consumer wearable products. In addition, smaller companies could use the major tech trade show to announce and launch devices, especially if they can connect to smartphones and tablets.

 

Meanwhile, IoT should have a major presence at the show, and with more business partnerships being forged, consumers are looking ahead to the future. An estimated 30 billion to 50 billion Things will likely be on the market by 2020, and the emerging market will only accelerate higher.

QNAP releases a NAS with more computing power than my desktop

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 5 hours, 5 mins ago

Don't you just love spare or backup computers? It's sad but true that I'm currently rocking an AMD quad-core and 4GB of DDR2 RAM thanks to my main desktop motherboard recently dieing after 4 years of long hard service.

 

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In comes QNAP to make me feel really inadequate with its new AMD-powered TS-563 NAS. Sporting an "AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.0GHz SoC processor and up to 16GB RAM," this 5-bay NAS was announced in a recently issued press release.

 

QNAP's senior director of marketing Dilip Ramachandran says that the AMD G-Series SOC has been chosen because it "offers a low power solution delivering high performance at attractive cost levels," with the release further explaining that this 64-bit AMD Embedded chip is coupled with SATA 6Gb/s support, 2x 1GbE LAN ports and more.

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Using virtual reality to help medical patients walk again

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 hours, 37 mins ago

The use of virtual reality can help medical patients suffering from strokes and other major brain conditions regain control over themselves, researchers believe.

 

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The Virtual Reality Medical Center is using VR to help medical patients re-learn motor functions, such as walking, sitting, or holding an item. Letting patients work in a virtual environment is a great first step, helping ease embarrassment or discomfort before they physically try to move again.

 

"What we do first is teach a person how to control their body and thought process," said Brenda Wiederhold, EVP of the Virtual Reality Medical Center, in a statement to CNBC. "Then we put them in VR and have them practice those skills in the virtual world so they feel confident they can use them in the real-world."

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Survey: Apple Watch is clearly a want, and not necessarily a need

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 hours, 47 mins ago

The Apple Watch is expected to help propel smartwatches and the wearables to the next level, but it still seems to be nothing more than a want over an actual need, according to a recent survey.

 

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Although 39 percent of Apple Watch owners report being "very satisfied," 36 percent are neutral on the device, and 25 percent of users reported being disappointed. However, the Wristly survey only asked 59 Apple Watch owners, so future studies will likely use significantly larger sample sizes.

 

One owner's comment stood out: "I think the watch is good, but I feel that it is not a technological need but a technological want. I feel like your life will be fine either way. It's fun to have, it's a conversation starter, it does make a few things a little bit easier, but it's not a necessary thing to own."

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WellBe wearable bracelet helps analyze stressful parts of your day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 7 hours, 41 mins ago

The WellBe wearable bracelet will help wearers understand the stressful periods of their day - and how to better deal with the stress. If the wearable detects someone is stressed, it is able to recommend a short break - or meditation exercises to help quickly reduce stress.

 

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WellBe tracks a wearer's heart rate, monitoring resting heart rates and heart rate variability. The collected data connects to your smartphone's calendar via Bluetooth inputs data based on a stress-calculating algorithm.

 

After quickly reaching $100,000 on Indiegogo, it looks like interested consumers can expect WellBe bracelets to begin shipping before the end of the year.

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Levi wants to embrace Google wearable technology into its products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 8 hours, 42 mins ago

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group will work with Levi's on a new smart fabric that can track touch gestures. As part of the Project Jacquard program, both companies think this is a "dazzling opportunity" to help push the wearables market to a new level.

 

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Ideally, a wearer would be able to swipe their finger over a jacket sleeve or somewhere on their pants to silence a phone, skip song tracks, and other innovative features. Levi's is the first partner for Google, and neither company announced any specific timeline for product releases.

 

"We cannot expect global fashion industry to change just for us even though we're Google," said Ivan Poupyrev, Director of the Technical Program Lead at Google, in a statement published by CNN Money. "We have to adapt to the textile industry."

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Report: Half of jobs at risk from ongoing robotics revolution

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 47 mins ago

It's possible 47 percent of jobs in the United States could be at risk because of robotics taking over, according to a report from Citigroup and the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Trying to find solutions to better train and educate employees will be required, and humans in the workforce must be willing to expand their skills.

 

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The education system's poor preparation of workers transitioning from high school or university in the workforce has to be changed. Automation is expected to displace even more workers in the future, according to Joe Seydl, senior associate of the Citi Global Economics Team.

 

"This time, bigger portions of our economy are being disrupted by new technology," Seydl said in a statement to the Christian Science Monitor. "I think it's going to come down to policy: supply-side and demand-side policies. Supply-side means making sure workers have the skills to compete for jobs in the 21st century. This is going to come down to education and whether we can upgrade workers' skills fast enough."

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