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Levi wants to embrace Google wearable technology into its products

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 41 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: 46 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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Google shows off functioning Project Ara smartphone at Google I/O 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 50 mins ago

During the ATAP session at Google I/O, the company's ATAP team showed off the latest prototype of Project Ara. For those of you who don't know what Project Ara is, or may have forgotten, it's the world's first modular smartphone.

 

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The company has demoed Project Ara previously, but other attempts have had issues, with the latest demo proving that Project Ara works. Google engineer Rafa Camargo built a Project Ara modular smartphone on stage, adding modules to the frame, turned it on, booted it up with the latest version of Android, and took a picture of the audience. If that's not proof that Project Ara works, I don't know what is.

 

Project Ara will allow consumers to customize every single aspect of their smartphone: the processor, camera, RAM, battery, and countless other components of the smartphone. For those who don't use a front facing camera, don't install one! This space can be used for an SD card slot, or a bigger battery. Project Ara is aiming to hit a point where you won't need to buy an entire new phone when you want to upgrade, as you'll be able to upgrade just the components you want.

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United States tried a Stuxnet-like attack targeting North Korea

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 46 mins ago

The United States reportedly attempted to launch a Stuxnet-like cyberattack aimed at the nuclear weapons program in North Korea, but the cyberespionage attempt failed. Launched at the same time when Stuxnet hit Iran in 2009 and 2010, the US wanted to also set North Korea's nuclear efforts back, according to a recent Reuters report.

 

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US cybersecurity specialists couldn't directly access systems responsible for controlling nuclear ambitions in Pyongyang - and the reclusive country's extreme secrecy and isolation helped make the attack more difficult. Similar to Iran, North Korea likely uses Microsoft Windows to power the PCs, which use control software from Siemens AG.

 

Cyberespionage among nations is nothing new, with nations specifically concerned regarding the nuclear ambitions of Iran, North Korea, and other nations. However, North Korea - which extremely limits access to the Internet - reportedly has an increasingly sophisticated cyberespionage program that can be used to target South Korea, the US, and other political rivals.

Project Cars should get 30-40% performance improvement from DirectX 12

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 54 mins ago

Windows 10 isn't far away, and with it are the big benefits promised by DirectX 12. Slightly Mad Studios is promising even more with Project Cars running on DX12, where we should expect a huge 30-40% performance improvement with the next-gen API.

 

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SMS boss Ian Bell has talked about the benefits of DirectX 12, where he said that the DX12 version of Project Cars will be 30-40% better, while the DX12 version of Project Cars on the Xbox One will see a smaller 7% boost. The DX12 patch for Project Cars is expected to drop at the end of the year, a few months after Windows 10 arrives.

 

Bell said that slower quad-core processors in PCs will see a ~40% boost thanks to DX12, as the API will handle multi-threading much better than DX11 does.

Take-Two boss: Potential of Xbox One, PS4 haven't been realized yet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 hours, 36 mins ago

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick believes the full potential of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One haven't been fully realized yet. Take-Two has plenty of next-generation console games in the pipeline, including NBA 2K16, Borderlands 3, WWE 2K16, Battleborn, and others.

 

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"We have yet to see entirely what the technology can allow," Zelnick said while speaking during the 43rd Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. "We've had a couple releases for new-gen, but I don't think we remotely have seen what can be done, and that's super exciting. And that speaks to many of our titles; hopefully all of our titles, ultimately."

 

Meanwhile, PlayStation President Andrew House also expressed excitement that E3 2015 will feature new PS4 titles that really show what the console is capable of.

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AMD Radeon R9 390X rumored to arrive as 'Radeon Fury' instead

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 2 hours, 57 mins ago

Up until this point, everyone expected AMD to unveil its Radeon R9 390X either at Computex, but our sources tell us E3 2015. Well, it might not even be called the Radeon R9 390X, with AMD rumored to be pulling the Fury name out of storage and calling it Radeon Fury. But is the Radeon Fury enough to pull back some of that GPU market share loss from NVIDIA?

 

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At first, I was a little shocked, then it sunk in. This isn't 'just another' release from AMD, this is their most important release, possibly ever (in my opinion). AMD would position the Radeon Fury with its own branding to compete directly against the GeForce GTX Titan X, with the Radeon Fury rocking the Fiji XT architecture, while the Radeon R9 390X would be released using a juiced up Hawaii GPU.

 

This move would be something AMD can be proud of, as the Radeon Fury (we'll call it that for this article until we have proof, or the official announcement from AMD) rocks High Bandwidth Memory. That alone is enough to justify it being different to the normal Radeon GPUs, and if it really does have Titan X levels of performance, the VRAM difference is a big enough leap to justify that branding difference.

 

With the GeForce GTX 980 Ti rocking just 6GB of RAM, it is reportedly offering Titan X levels of performance, but the 12GB of VRAM is known as the Titan X level, while the 4-6GB is for the consumer cards now. AMD would be offering the same difference, but the HBM is key. The HBM-based, Fiji XT-powered Radeon Fury is shaping up to be a monster, and with this new branding, the excitement (for me at least) has just jumped up a few notches.

Microsoft rumored to unveil Silent Hills as Xbox One exclusive at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

Silent Hills, or P.T. as it arrived on the PlayStation Store, was one of the most refreshing teases of what a game could be. It was shown off on the PlayStation 4 with zero mention of it ever hitting the Xbox One, and then as quick as it arrived, the entire project was killed.

 

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But now the latest reports have Microsoft reportedly wanting to buy the rights to Silent Hills from Konami so that it can make the game for its Xbox One console, according to YouTube channel The Know. They have an anonymous source within Microsoft who says that the company is working with Konami on securing the rights to Silent Hills, where it will be unveiled as an Xbox One exclusive at E3 2015 in just a couple of weeks time.

 

This is just a rumor right now, but a very juicy one. If Microsoft does manage to grab the rights to Silent Hills and have it as an Xbox One exclusive, it would be a huge system seller. We will know more next month at E3 2015!

Take-Two boss speaks out against DLCs, game monetization

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 46 mins ago

Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, believes game studios must show their customers a bit of respect so they don't feel like they are being "robbed."

 

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Speaking during the Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, he spoke bluntly about the current state of the evolving gaming market: "You never want the consumer to feel as though you've picked their pocket," Zelnick recently said. "You want a consumer to feel like you gave them a great experience. You want them to be happy that they spent money on the experience."

 

Zelnick also discussed the controversial free-to-play ecosystem, which typically makes a game available for free - but the games are monetized based on microtransactions:

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EVGA releases its watercooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X Hybrid

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 hours, 42 mins ago

Claiming virtually silent operating procedures, EVGA's new watercooled NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-X Hybrid is certainly a sight to behold.

 

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Designed to be completely plug and play, this AIO watercooling loop features a 120mm radiator and fan and will be released as either a package with the TITAN X card itself or separate for your own application as an upgrade kit.

 

EVGA's recent press release also claims a new cooling method, stating that the "VRM and Memory cooling solution separated from GPU" allowing for advanced cooling procedures.

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