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Sony's new Alpha 7 II mirrorless camera launches in the US next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: 24 mins ago

Sony has announced that it will unleash its new Alpha 7 II mirrorless camera into the US next month, starting at $1699. The mirrorless shooter will go on sale on December 2, with two offerings; the body-only for $1699 or the pack with the FE 28-70mm, f/3.5-f/5.6 OSS zoom lens for $1999.


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The Alpha 7 II is the successor to the Alpha 7, which offers some nice upgrades on the previous model. We have the latest 5-axis in-body stabilization system, some design improvements which help reduce camera shake no matter which lens is connected to the camera body. There's also an enhanced autofocus system that uses 117 phase and 25 contact points to provide 30% faster autofocus responsiveness, as well as high bit-rate XAVC-S recording.


Some of what made its predecessor a great camera are still found in the Alpha 7 II, such as its 24.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the 3-inch tilting LCD on the back which offers a 3:2 aspect ratio providing 1.24 million dots, the ability to tilt the screen 107 degrees upwards and 41 degrees down, shutter speeds as low as 1/8000 second, and an ISO sensitivity that hovers between 100 and 25,600.

Toyota will take autonomous vehicle testing to the highway

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 17 mins ago

Toyota will begin testing its autonomous vehicles on open roads starting in December, using a system compromised of six laser radar devices mixed with higher-accuracy map data. The vehicle is able pass through electronic toll collection gates and main roads, while safely maintain its lane location.


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"We will actively continue the development of autonomous driving technologies, but we are considering commercializing autonomous driving technologies that do not change the sovereignty of the driver," said Moritaka Yoshida, Toyota Chief Safety Technology Officer. "For Toyota, advanced driving assist technologies are for safety and realizing zero traffic deaths."


Last year, Toyota publicly showed its automated highway driving assist (AHDA) technology, with the ability for the car to automatically control gas and steering.

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Study: Girls better at making video games than male counterparts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 30 mins ago

After studying groups of 12-year-old and 13-year-old students, and how they develop 3D role playing games, it was discovered girls are able to create more complex programs, according to a study compiled by the University of Sussex. Using Neverwinter Nights 2, Flip translated all written script into plain English so they were able to understand what was programmed.


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Overall in the UK, there are more women than men gamers - especially with women between the ages of 25 and 44 downloading mobile puzzle and trivia games.


"Given that girls' attainment in literacy is higher than boys across all stages of the primary and secondary school curriculum, it may be that explicitly tying programming to an activity that they tend to do well in leads to a commensurate gain in their programming skills," said Dr. Kate Howland, Flip programming language developer. "In other words, if girls' stories are typically more complex and well developed, then when creating stories in games, their stories will also require more sophisticated programs in order for their games to work."

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Flying robots will help deliver your meals and drinks in Singapore

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 36 mins ago

Robotics research has focused on factory automation, greeting customers in malls and shopping centers, but could one day soon have a new purpose: flying your meals and drinks to you while you dine at restaurants in Singapore. Infinium-Serve is the new fleet of autonomous flying robotic waiters that will be able to serve as waiters - and help reduce burden on labor problems in Singapore.


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The robotic waiters could be deployed by the end of 2015, with Infinium Robotics currently trying to receive government grants to help pay for the project. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong saw an in-person test of the Infinium-Serve earlier this year, however, it remains unknown where he stands on the research.


"Introducing this technology into restaurants would take away mundane tasks of serving food and drinks," said Woon Junyang, Infinium Robotics CEO, in a statement. "It will allow human waiters to focus on higher-value tasks such as getting feedback from customers. This will result in an enhanced dining experience, which will eventually lead to increased sales and revenue for the restaurants."

Report: BlackBerry agrees to no-spy declaration with Germany

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 35 mins ago

BlackBerry has been granted approval to purchase German-based encryption company Secusmart, with the Canadian smartphone manufacturer agreeing to a "no-spy" agreement. As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will grant the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) access to the BlackBerry operating system.


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In addition, BlackBerry executives have given the German government assurance that no data will be passed along to the NSA, GCHQ, and other foreign intelligence branches.


"The German government has examined the planned purchase of Secusmart by BlackBerry and given its approval for it to go ahead," said a spokeswoman from the German economy ministry.

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States are unsure how to handle possible bitcoin oversight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 hours, 7 mins ago

Since being introduced in 2009, it has taken years of existence before the bitcoin cryptocurrency started causing concern for most lawmakers. Now, many US states are seeing different oversight and possible regulation of bitcoins - and the matter isn't going to get any easier.


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State and federal agencies want to try to regulate bitcoins, even while saying the cryptocurrency isn't a traditional currency, while many supporters want a hands-off approach. However, state regulators are watching one another to see what is happening, and how interactions with bitcoin backers can be done in a respectful, knowledge sharing manner. States such as New York and Texas want to have some type of bitcoin licensing system, and others will wait-and-see on possible oversight.


"In order to prevent money laundering, we need to have some points within the ecosystem where the financial intermediaries have some sense of who they're dealing with," said Benjamin Lawsky, New York financial services superintendent. However, the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau doesn't necessarily disregard bitcoin, but warns supporters they are effectively "stepping into the Wild West."

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Europol launches raid on cybercriminals purchasing airline tickets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 30 mins ago

Europol is targeting cybercriminals suspected of using stolen debit and credit card information to purchase airline tickets. The large raid took place in 45 countries and 80 airports, with 118 people arrested - and airlines lose more than $1 billion per year due to fraudulently purchased tickets.


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"Airlines are fighting credit card fraud on their ticket sales on daily basis," said Meta Backman, a Europol European airline fraud prevention group. "It is clear to the airlines that they are up against organized crime in this fight."


The Global Airport Action initiative will rely on better communication between local police, national police, and federal agencies working with airlines and credit card companies to identify suspected fraud. Credit card fraud was reportedly linked to human trafficking and truck trafficking, which will also be investigated by European authorities.

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Cybercriminals are fully aware this could be a great time for them

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 15 mins ago

It seems like only a matter of time before another significant data breach hits US consumers, and it could happen before the end of the year. Many retailers don't have appropriate infrastructure in place to defend against cyberattacks, and the criminals are adapting their strategies to ensure they are successful. A recent study found 58 percent of retailers are now less secure than they were within the past year, as criminals can easily surpass firewalls and compromise customer data.


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As more consumers shop online and head to local stores, it's the perfect storm for criminals to seize bulk debit and credit card data in a single breach. Meanwhile, some experts say the cost of expensive next-generation security solutions to be passed down to consumers, according to the study from BitSight Technologies.


"Bad guys know that this is a big shopping season," said Bob Ackerman, cybersecurity specialist and managing director of Allegis Capital. "Bad guys are on the prowl, they are active, and they know this is a time of year where there is a lot more fish that their net can capture."

Xbox Japan boss resigns following poor Xbox One sales in the country

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 38 mins ago

Due to poor demand for the Microsoft Xbox One game console in Japan, the GM of Xbox in Japan, Takashi Sensui, has stepped down. Sensui reportedly "stepped down" from the position, but has been given a new role within the company's gaming unit: He will assume the role of General Manager for the Interactive Entertainment Business in Redmond, Washington.


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Not surprisingly, the Xbox One hasn't sold well in Japan - where Sony and Nintendo reign supreme - with the next-generation Xbox One only moving 38,461 units since September. There were 23,562 units sold within the first week, and Microsoft hasn't been able to build any type of momentum.


Xbox Japan continues to reshuffle its management, with Nobuyoshi Yokoi and Yoshinami Takahashi now in control of the Xbox Japan business.

Electronic Arts using Snapchat ads to promote Dragon Age: Inquisition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 15 mins ago

Snapchat wants to utilize advertising in its mobile messaging service, and it appears Electronic Arts will use the platform to promote Dragon Age: Inquisition. The ad is a 20-second promotion of the BioWare-released open-world role-playing game that was released on Nov. 18, available for the following platforms: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Xbox One.


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Although Snapchat wants to rake in advertising dollars, it remains a relatively non-intrusive method where users have to opt-in. "We want to see if we can deliver an experience that's fun and informative, the way ads used to be," Snapchat noted last month.


The video game industry is a multi-billion-dollar revenue machine, and advertising is an important aspect to promote sales and marketing of released - and upcoming - game titles.

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