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Rockstar Games sues BBC over telemovie about being sued

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 mins ago

Back in April, we revealed that the UK's BBC were planning a telemovie about the legal wranglings between Rockstar Games and lawyer Jack Thompson, with 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe to portray Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as anti-'Grand Theft Auto' crusading lawyer Jack Thompson. Now it seems that the tables have turned, with the game company doing the suing.

 

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In an ironic touch, Rockstar Games is sending in the lawyers in an attempt to prevent the upcoming telemovie from being made, which would detail the tumultuous time when Jack Thompson sued the company. In a statement from Rockstar Games published by IGN, the company notes that it "is our obligation to protect our intellectual property and unfortunately in this case litigation was necessary before kicking the project as an "unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games".

 

TweakTown understands that the telemovie has not begun shooting as yet, so may very be well on hold - if not cancelled - for now.

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht asks judge for leniency, some freedom

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 19 mins ago

Silk Road leader Ross Ulbricht, 30, faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, but could face up to life, when he is sentenced by US District Judge Katherine Forrest. In a two-page letter, Ulbricht has asked Judge Forrest to at least give him the chance at leaving prison in his elder years, providing a "light at the end of the tunnel" for him.

 

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Ulbricht was found guilty of seven charges that include narcotics trafficking, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking and money laundering - and will be sentenced on May 29.

 

"In creating Silk Road, I ruined my life and destroyed my future," Ulbricht wrote in an open letter to the judge. "I could have done so much more with my life. I see that now, but it is too late. Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made. I've had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age."

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Google updates Chromecast app for Android and iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 24 mins ago

Google has updated the Chromecast app, which makes it easier to get streaming content through to your TV or display. The Mountain View-based giant has updated both its iOS, and Android apps.

 

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The new Android and iOS apps will provide users with a reworked hardware view that will provide each Chromecast with its own card, with a current backdrop and casting status now shown. Not only that, but you can now browse through your backdrop history, as well as quickly changing those pictures and their cycles.

 

If you want to update your Chromecast app, hit up the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Report: Charter close to dropping $55 billion for Time Warner Cable

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 hour, 52 mins ago

Comcast couldn't get a deal done to purchase Time Warner Cable, but it looks like Charter Communications is one step closer. Charter and TWC are reportedly close to a $55 billion acquisition deal, in what would help create a sudden new cable powerhouse.

 

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The $55 billion acquisition is 47 percent higher than what Charter offered in 2014 - and 14 percent higher than TWC's most recently closing stock price. It's possible a public announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday morning, with the deal pending government approval.

 

Following news that Comcast was unable to acquire TWC, there seemed to be immediate interest from Charter once again. The Comcast-TWC merger would have given the company around 40 percent control of the competitive high-speed broadband market - while a Charter-TWC deal would be about 20 percent overall market share.

Working to create a driverless truck corridor from Mexico to Canada

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 hours, 3 mins ago

Testing of driverless big rig trucks could travel on Route 83 from Mexico through the United States to Canada, with a feasibility study currently underway. The additional travel corridor would allow grain, food and other supplies to make the multi-national journey while relieving logistical stress on trains.

 

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The appeal of driverless trucks would make it safer due to no worry of driver fatigue, even though a human truck driver would be available to take over as needed. Self-driving truck technology was recently approved in Nevada, with other states interested in seeing results from the trials.

 

"We're hopeful that, working with the Canadian government, the Mexican government, the United States, we can create some kind of automated way... (to) streamline that process of border crossings," said Marlo Anderson, of the Central North American Trade Corridor Association, in a statement published by the Canadian Press.

Researchers teaching robots to have better dexterity and speed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 hours, 57 mins ago

Researchers from UC Berkeley have found a way to help robots obtain better motor tasks using a trial and error process, in a similar manner to how humans learn. The reinforcement learning technique is possible because of software algorithms that give robots a new ability to learn from previous mistakes.

 

 

The robots complete different tasks, such as screwing a cap on a water bottle, putting a clothes hanger on a rack, and other tasks without the need of pre-programmed details. Deep learning will continue to be a major research focus in artificial intelligence (AI) development, as the Willow Garage Personal Robot 2 used at UC Berkeley continues perfecting its motor tasks.

 

"It used to take hours on up to months of careful programming to give a robot the hand-eye coordination necessary to do a task," said Gary Bradski, founder of OpenCV, which provides machine vision software, in a statement published by the New York Times. "This new work enables robots to just learn the task by doing it."

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US, European consumers quickly buy accessories from Xiaomi Mi store

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 52 mins ago

Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi had a quiet launch of its Mi store in the United States and Western Europe, providing just a few accessories to consumers. The company isn't ready to directly sell smartphones and tablets to its latest markets just yet, but wants to slowly prepare its expansion in two key lucrative areas.

 

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The Xiaomi Mi store sold two battery packs, a fitness tracker and one pair of headphones - all products costing $80 or less. It didn't take long before consumers purchased 200,000 units of the $80 headphones, $10 and $14 battery packs, or the $15 fitness tracker - clearly lured in by the low-priced electronics.

 

"There's a market for lower price point, mass market, high-quality goods in the U.S. and Europe," said Hans Tung, managing partner at the GGV Capital venture capital firm, in a statement published by Forbes. "This was a huge number - you just don't see that with US products."

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Trying to make hit mobile game and generate revenue proving difficult

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

It's not a surprise to hear that mobile gaming has greatly increased in popularity with the rise of smartphones and tablets - but that doesn't mean generating revenue has become any easier. The mobile game market has generated $30 billion in revenue this year with a select few games proving ultra popular, the Newzoo market research firm predicted.

 

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However, game titles quickly lose their appeal, as casual gamers look for new apps, games, and multimedia to enjoy on their devices. The freemium gaming model, which allows games to be downloaded for free and then developers try to get gamers to make in-game purchases has been difficult in mobile gaming.

 

"This market is exceptionally fickle," said Heloise Thomson, gaming analyst at Enders Analysis, in a statement to CNBC. "You are dealing with consumers who love variety and they like free or cheap so it's hard to make a lot of money."

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Americans think privacy is important, but doubt its possibility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 7 hours, 57 mins ago

Ninety-three percent of adults in the United States feel it's important to be in control of who can collect information about them, with 90 percent noting it's important to control what information is collected, according to a recent Pew Research Center report.

 

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Ironically, 91 percent of Americans didn't bother changing Internet or mobile phone usage habits, while just seven percent reported making changes in "recent months." However, it looks like more users are clearing their browser history (59 percent), refusing to share information that isn't relevant during checkout (57 percent), using temporary email addresses and usernames (25 percent), and providing inaccurate information about themselves (24 percent).

 

Things are changing in the United States, with many citizens frustrated by the overreaching powers of the Patriot Act - and the eventual information released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Google, Yahoo and other services are providing end-to-end encryption, though only a small number of users are taking advantage.

Google stepping up in Internet of Things, with its Brillo OS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 8 hours, 47 mins ago

During Google I/O 2015 later this week, the Silicon Valley company is expected to unveil Brillo, its Android-inspired OS designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). Connected devices typically have a lower amount of RAM, and should be able to operate on low-power, which are two considerations Google is addressing with Brillo.

 

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Google has owned Nest Labs, a company known for smart thermostats, since early 2014 - and could provide a good test opportunity for any IoT-based operating systems.

 

There is a growing trend of software and hardware companies preparing their own IoT offerings, as analysts believe the sector will become more disruptive. Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other companies will be able to create unique software to help connected devices collected data and communicate with one another - and must be prepared for the expected increase in IoT-centric purchases.

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