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F-35 head continues to defend his program, amid major budget issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 53 mins ago

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the chaotic and expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, has consistently heard criticism and complaints. Bogdan says the F-35 program is better than what the public perceives, despite schedule delays, technical and design issues, and huge cost problems.

 

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Lockheed Martin, the F-35 JSF manufacturer, and Pratt & Whitney, the F-35 engine maker, are fighting for support - and urging the Pentagon not to slash budgets.

 

The cost of production has more than doubled, and the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better. Once the kinks are worked out, the F-35A for the Air Force will cost upwards of $110 million each, an F-35B for the USMC will be $134 million, and the Navy F-35C has a $129 million price tag.

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More classic 'X-Files' characters board revival

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 hour, 21 mins ago

It was only a week ago that Fox announced the return of TV's 'X-Files' for a limited run of 6 new episodes, but events are moving fast, with David Duchovny announcing more original stars will re-appear - many for the first time in 13 years.

 

 

Speaking to David Letterman yesterday, Duchovny has confirmed that the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) have both signed on, while TVNews are reporting that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish, who filled the void in later seasons, will also return.

 

It now looks that everything is falling into line to make the first new 'X-Files' stories since 2008's 'I Want to Believe'. The X-Files' is expected to return sometime next year for the six episode limited series revival.

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Report: Number of Apple Pay problems at checkout

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 44 mins ago

Apple Pay helped bring attention to the mobile payments market, but the company must deal with a few different problems that shoppers and retailers are now reporting. Two-thirds of Apple Pay users say they've had problems at checkout, with repeat usage suffering because of these problems.

 

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Half of consumers visited a merchant said to be accepting Apple Pay but could not pay using the mobile payment system - and many don't want to bother trying again. Since 66 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners signed up for Apple Pay, according to Phoenix Marketing International, this is something that Apple will likely try to correct as quickly as possible.

 

"They've created demand, but it can't be fulfilled," said Greg Weed, director of Phoenix Marketing International, in a statement to Bloomberg. "To make it more difficult to use or to create any uncertainty in your customer base as to whether it's going to work is just going to slow it down."

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Report: Mobile games for Nintendo could generate millions in sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 38 mins ago

Nintendo's decision to fully support mobile gaming could have major financial results for game studios, as there are millions of dollars at stake. The first DeNA-Nintendo mobile title will be available before the end of the year, while Nintendo continues to outline its strategy into mobile gaming.

 

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"We want to create games that will be played by hundreds of millions of people," said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA, in a statement to Reuters. "We haven't talked to Nintendo about targets, but at DeNA, our best-selling game brought in 3 billion yen ($25 million) a month, and we want to surpass that."

 

DeNA will diversify and focus on releasing a catalog of game titles it hopes will be popular among mobile gamers - and hopes DeNA will be able to generate massive revenue for itself and Nintendo in the future.

US government wants to fight overseas hacking programs with sanctions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 39 mins ago

The Obama Administration wants to hit individuals and groups located outside the United States with financial sanctions if they launch cyberattacks taking aim at US economic stability, national security or the country's foreign policy.

 

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The United States has a lot more to lose when compared to other countries in the current cyberwar landscape, and trying to find adequate defensive strategies has been difficult. However, Obama hopes its latest executive order, giving the US Treasury Department the ability to freeze assets, will make some cybercriminals think twice.

 

Anything from attacking critical infrastructure and using trade secrets for an advantage in the cyber landscape to disrupting computer networks and causing mass data breaches could lead to sanctions.

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Following latest air disaster, some wonder about pilotless planes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 52 mins ago

Airlines might not be thinking about pilotless airplanes for commercial use, but the technology seems to be there to make it happen. Following the recent tragedy of Germanwings, in which the co-pilot allegedly steered the plane into a mountain, has helped add fuel to the fire of autonomous flight.

 

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Even though flying has become significantly safer in recent years, human error leads to around 80 percent of plane crashes, according to Mary Cummings, former US Air Force pilot and current engineering professor and director of the Duke University Humans and Autonomy Lab. In addition, planes already are fairly autonomous, with human pilots actually only flying a few minutes per flight.

 

Realistically, many air passengers probably aren't ready to fly on a pilotless flight, with reliance on human pilots - sharing their fate in the air - along with a pilot available in case the autonomous system fails. It's a discussion that we may get to enjoy hearing about more in the future, especially after major air crash events.

Save 77% On The Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 7 hours, 48 mins ago

Groove on the 30 feet of premium wireless Bluetooth connectivity, chat on the mic and even control your device with the touch of the remote--for just $24, down from $109! That's 77% off to enjoy a hands-free media experience while hitting the gym, making dinner, walking the dog... and the noise-cancelling outer shell allows for multiple sizes of gelled ear buds & caps (included) to comfort-fit your listening experience; you can even use the optional ear hooks.

 

With lightweight construction and clever design, the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds are a surefire hit for both value and style. Sale ends soon!

 

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LG begins promoting 8K, with its massive 7680x4320 resolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 16 hours, 2 mins ago

While 4K isn't exactly mainstream, LG has started talking about 8K and that "the world is turning to 8K". In a press release, the company has teased that 8K is coming, and it'll be here in the coming years.

 

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When the BBC took control of broadcasting the 2012 olympics, they said "Since 8K resolution is the highest resolution that the human eye is capable of seeing, it will put an end to the resolution discussion,' predicting that 'ultimately, 8K images will overtake the market". 8K sees a huge 7680x4320 resolution, pumping out four times the pixels that 4K offers, and 16 times what 1080p provides at 1920x1080.

 

LG has announced that it has "expanded the UHD lineup and is showing off diverse range of screen sizes with super-high resolution displays such as 8K". The South Korean giant showed off its 98-inch 8K UHD display at CES 2015 earlier this year, but are teasing that they will be making "great strides" into the super-high resolution display era.

Facebook's new 'Scrapbooks' feature, organizes photos of your kids

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 17 hours, 16 mins ago

Facebook wants to make it easier for parents to keep photos of their kids on the social network, unveiling its new Scrapbooks feature. The new Scrapbooks feature allows you to "opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook" and much more. Here's what it can do:

 

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  • You can opt to co-own the scrapbook with a partner who you're in a relationship with on Facebook.
  • You choose what you call the tag-it could be your child's name, initials or something fun.
  • You and your partner choose which photos to tag.
  • Only you and your partner can tag your child in photos.
  • We've built in lots of reminders and tips to guide you along the way.

 

In order to use it, you just go to the "About" section of your profile, click on "Family and Relationships" and then "Add Scrapbook" next to your kid's name (as long as they're already added to your profile, and added as a family member).

Huawei secures 33% increase in profits for 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 18 hours, 16 mins ago

Huawei has had a strong couple of years, with the Chinese smartphone giant increasing its revenue by 21%, and its profits by 33% when compared to 2013. Huawei has pulled in overall revenues of $46.4 billion in 2014, with profits reaching $4.5 billion.

 

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The company has seen a nice growth in its smartphone sales, with the Chinese manufacturer selling over 75 million handsets in 2014. 4G services have helped the company and its increased sales, with Huawei partnering up with multiple carriers across the world to provide telecommunications equipment. While the company isn't making waves in the US, it is doing very well in other regions like Europe and India.

 

This year, Huawei has plans to launch its Ascend P8 smartphone which should feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 64-bit 8-core Kirin 930 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with expandable storage. We should see Huawei take the wraps off of the Ascend P8 smartphone at its even on April 15 in London.

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