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Warner unveils The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies teaser trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 hours, 37 mins ago

As San Diego ComicCon closes for another year, Warner have ended with a bang, unveiling the first look at the final film in 'The Hobbit' trilogy; 'The Battle of Five Armies'.

 

 

Whilst some have criticised some of the more obvious use of CG, others have welcomed the wider scope and epic battles reminiscent of the earlier 'Lord of the Rings' films. Despite their cooler critical reception, the predecessors 'An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Desolation of Smaug' have grossed an impressive $2 billion worldwide.

 

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'The Battle of Five Armies' is released worldwide in late December.

Russian space agency regains control of sex gecko satellite Foton-M4

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 37 mins ago

Russia has regained control of a space satellite containing five geckos, which are the subjects of an experimental study examining how weightlessness impacts their sex lives.

 

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It was previously feared that Russian space agency Roscosmos' Foton-M4 satellite could crash to earth, bringing down the geckos with it, if control was not reasserted. It stopped responding to commands in mid-July, and specialists were quickly put to task to restore communications. The gecko sex satellite operated on autopilot in the meantime.

 

Russian news agency ITAR-TASS reported at the time that the satellite was perfectly safe, but did not comment on the safety of the geckos but it seems they're alive and well. Now that control has been regained the satellite will continue to observe the geckos, along with other items for separate experiments like mushrooms and plant seeds.

Russia posts hundreds of thousands dollar bounty to de-anonymize Tor

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 7 hours, 36 mins ago

Russia has posted an official bounty that offers a 3.9 million ruble sum - almost 200,000 USD - to the first people who can identify and track users on Tor.

 

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The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, which posted the bounty, requires applicants to pay a hefty application fee - and they must be either a Russian citizen or a Russian company to apply. The competition runs from August 13 to August 20, and the deadline for submission is November 30.

 

Tor has been a persistent thorn in the side of intelligence agencies around the world. Tor, or The Onion Router, has taken in a lot of cash from America's department for defense, as well as having been utilized by police and other authorities. But it is also used as a way to anonymize traffic among dissenting citizens and human rights activists. Vladimir Putin recently approved a law that would open up access to data within Russia to Russia's intelligence service - as well as his administration insisting high-circulation bloggers with over 3,000 visits a day formally register with the government.

London mayor Boris Johnson to pledge 5G internet access by 2020

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 9 hours, 30 mins ago

London's mayor Boris Johnson is expected to announce a super speedy 5G network for the UK capital this week.

 

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According to a report in Britain's Telegraph, the eccentric mayor will promise 5G connectivity in the capital by 2020, pledging that Londoners will have access to a super quick network capable of downloading movies in just seconds. The University of Surrey will work in partnership with the city to deliver the network. "London is earning a reputation for being the tech capital of Europe and that is why we need to ensure every Londoner is able to access the very best digital connectivity," Johnson will say. "Rapidly improving the connectivity of this great city is a key part of the Infrastructure Plan for London."

 

As part of wider plans, Johnson is also expected to commit to improving connectivity across the entire capital, as well as making sure information about this connectivity is generally available. For example, tenants moving into new houses will be able to check against a data set to see what internet speeds they will be able to get access to. Additionally, the mayor will work with telcos to use this data to pinpoint exactly where improvements need to be made across the city.

Karbonn A50S Android smartphone launches at just 44 dollars in India

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 10 hours, 37 mins ago

A dual-core Android smartphone costing just 44 US dollars, the Karbonn A50S, has launched in India which could disrupt the market against more established players like Samsung and Apple.

 

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Although the A50S is firmly in the lower-end of the market, that's also its strength: the touchscreen, 1.2 GHz dual-core device sports 256MB of RAM and packs 515MB of internal storage. It features both a front and back facing camera, too, and ships with Google staples like Maps and Gmail.

 

Not only does the device promise decent connectivity in its native market of India, but it can be purchased unlocked and ready for pay as you go packages abroad - for example, it should run on most UK networks, and as the Karbonn is so cheap, there's no tax to pay to get it shipped over. While it's been up to the biggest players so far to get much of the world using smartphones, it could well prove to be cheaper options such as this that really end up making the devices completely pervasive.

Samsung Galaxy S4 catches fire on bed as teen sleeps

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 11 hours, 39 mins ago

The technology industry is no stranger to battery issues. Years ago a huge number of lithium ion batteries were recalled when notebooks started to catch fire while being used normally. A 13-year-old girl in North Texas woke recently to the smell of something burning and realized that her Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone was on fire.

 

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The fire was intense enough that the entire mobile device melted, glass, plastic and all. You can hardly tell that the device was a smartphone in the images. The teen says that her phone fell under a pillow as she slept and her father thinks that the phone overheated leading to the battery catching fire.

 

Samsung has pointed out that the battery inside the smartphone that caught fire wasn't a Samsung unit; rather it was a replacement part from another supplier. Samsung also noted that it points out in materials included with the phone that covering the device with bedding or other material could start a fire.

Memory chip breakthrough could cram terabytes into smartphones

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 38 mins ago

Smartphones, tablets, and computers are always getting more speed, storage, and memory to help them perform better with each new generation. A group of researchers has made a breakthrough with computer memory chips that could mean terabytes of memory inside future smartphones. The breakthrough could mean tens to hundreds of times more storage in mobile devices.

 

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The memory is called resistive random access memory or RRAM and the chips are being developed by several companies. Making this sort of memory typically requires high-temperature or high-voltage making the chips hard to produce. Researchers at Rice University have made a breakthrough that allows the fabrication of these chips at room temperature and with much less voltage required.

 

RRAM is like flash memory in that it can store data without constant power supplied. RRAM stores data using resistance rather than charge in a transistor. Using resistance means each bit uses less space significantly increasing the amount of data that can be stored. These chips are also easier to stack leafing to more capacity.

IBM Watson to be used by USAA to advise military veterans

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 13 hours, 30 mins ago

The transition from military life to civilian life can be hard for some veterans. USAA is an insurance company that caters to veterans and their families and USAA will make the first consumer facing application of the IBM Watson cognitive computing technology.

 

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Watson will be used to advise members of the military and families on the transition from military to civilian life. Watson is being used in a pilot program and USAA members will be able to ask questions to Watson that are related to the transition. Watson reportedly has analyzed and understands more than 3000 documents on topics that are exclusive to military transitions. Watson is designed to gain value and experience over time.

 

"This is a continuation of our journey to deliver meaningful advice to our members on digital platforms," Shon Manasco, executive vice president of member experience at USAA, said in a statement. "And it reinforces our commitment to finding innovative and distinctive ways to make our members' lives easier. Through this experience, we expect to learn how intelligent assistants like IBM Watson can help service members who may not know exactly where or how to start the daunting transition process."

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iPhones to be available on AT&T Next and other plans at Apple Store

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 14 hours, 36 mins ago

Wireless carriers want to get away from offering big subsidies on smartphones and start financing out new devices for customers. Three of the major carriers already have plans in place to do that with AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump, and Verizon Edge. Right now if you buy an iPhone in an Apple Store, you can only get a two-year contract plan or pay full price for an unlocked device.

 

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That will be changing with Apples Stores gearing up to offer iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones via AT&T Next, T-Mobile Jump, and Verizon Edge. At the Apple Store Verizon Edge will break the phone purchase price up into 24 payments, AT&T Next breaks it into 20, and T-Mobile Jump breaks it into 24 payments.

 

One source says that these plans will be available at Apple Stores in an unspecified test market to begin with. After the issues are worked out, these plans will be offered at other stores later in 2014.

Leaked document tips Amazon Card Reader coming to Staples

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 15 hours, 39 mins ago

A document has leaked from Staples, the office supply store, that lists an Amazon Card Reader as a new product landing at the retail store next month. An Amazon Card Reader suggests that the ecommerce giant is getting a new mobile credit card processing platform.

 

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Along with the Amazon Card Reader, the documents also show that Staples will start to sell a PayPal Here Mobile Card Reader and its own branded card reader. Documents suggest that the Amazon Card Reader will sell for $9.99 and it is expected to connect to a smartphone for processing.

 

Speculation is that the Amazon Card Reader might connect with the recently unveiled Amazon Wallet App that launched last week. Related rumors suggest that Amazon is working on other payment hardware including fingerprint scanners and more.

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