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Apple awarded patent for smartwatch in the US

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 mins ago

Rumors continue to swirl that Apple is getting ready to launch a smartwatch in the US. A patent has now been granted by the USPTO that covers an electronic wristwatch that was originally filed in July 2011. The patent certainly shows what Apple was thinking about a wearable device as far back as three years ago.

 

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The patent is US Patent 8,787,006 and went public yesterday. If you are hoping that the patent will shed light on what the iWatch, or iTime device might be like, all the patent really shows is what Apple was thinking in 2011. The watch in the line art with the patent looks nothing like the bangle we have seen in concept renderings.

 

The watch in the patent is a wristband that has a mobile device component that can be clipped onto the band worn on the wrist and can function when off the band too. The patent does call the device iTime, but no note of a trademark being filed for that name has been found. This patent almost looks like a spinoff of the iPod nano watchbands that were common a few years ago.

EA delays Dragon Age: Inquisition, new release date of November 18

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 3 mins ago

EA has delayed a second game today, with the first being Battlefield: Hardline pushed back into sometime next year, but Dragon Age: Inquisition is also getting a little more time in the oven. Bioware's upcoming fantasy RPG has a new release date of November 18, 2014 - an extra month of waiting.

 

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Executive Producer on the game, Mark Darrah, explains: "I'm writing to let you know that Dragon Age: Inquisition has a new release date of November 18, 2014 in North America (November 21st in EU). We appreciate the enormous support we've received from all of you to get to this point, and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you'll play will be all the better for it".

 

Darrah continued: "Since we began working on Dragon Age: Inquisition almost four years ago, our goal was to create the best Dragon Age experience ever. It was that goal that motivated many of our decisions: moving to Frostbite, bringing race choice and customisation back, improving tactical camera, building a team of characters whose relationships evolve based on your actions, and most importantly, crafting an epic, nation-spanning story that both draws upon past games and takes you to many new places in the realm of Thedas".

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The fight to keep consumers safe online is important and difficult

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 35 mins ago

The lure of easy pickings in online cybercrime has drawn many criminals to the Internet, where they look to compromise users, steal debit and credit card information along with other personal data. The use of social engineering to manipulate victims remains popular, but many Internet users provide information to criminals too easily.

 

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The basic tips apply: don't provide personal information when you don't have to, such Social Security numbers; always monitor bank accounts; avoid clicking links in unsolicited emails, or other suspicious messages; and choosing a secure password are important.

 

"Con artists are going online to steal your hard-earned money," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director, in a press statement. "Common sense should tell us that if it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is. But AARP's nationwide Fraud Watch Network can also help you beat con artists at their own game and get critical information to fight back and protect your money."

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Commonwealth Games to be recorded in both 360-degree VR and 4K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 29 mins ago

During the Commonwealth Games that take place between 24th July and the 3rd of August, BBC Research and Development will be conducting a few trials and public demonstrations. These experiments will see a number of industry partners working together to help create the future of BBC R&D's vision of the future of TV. These broadcasting milestones include:

 

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  • The first ever Ultra-HD broadcast of a Commonwealth Games
  • The first major live event to be produced and delivered entirely over the Internet
  • The first UK trial broadcasting live coverage over 4G mobile networks
  • The first live virtual reality broadcast combining 360 degree video with 3D audio
  • The first public outing for several cutting-edge BBC R&D projects demonstrating the editorial and creative potential of a new Internet-based broadcasting system

 

The biggest part here is that we're going to be seeing the first live VR broadcast done, which will use a combination of 360-degree video with 3D audio. The BBC R&D team will be getting a hand from UCL, where they will create "the most immersive live virtual reality broadcast to date". The demonstration will involve "a panoramic, 360 degree video camera, and a 3D audio microphone will be placed into the SSE Hydro Stadium in Glasgow, streaming the live feeds to an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in the Glasgow Science Centre". They continue, by teasing that "This provides the viewer with the sensation of being transported inside the stadium and being part of the crowd. This work forms part of ongoing projects to explore the creative and editorial potential of new consumer audio-visual technology".

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Britain decriminalizes online game, music and movie piracy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 56 mins ago

Starting next year, the British government will decriminalize online video game, music and movie piracy, as well as totally removing harsher punishment plans after it has considered them unworkable. In 2015, file sharers will be sent four warning letters telling them of their activity being illegal, but after the fourth letter, no more correspondence will take place.

 

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The British government has called this new scheme the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), and has arrived after many years of discussions between ISPs, British politicians, and the movie and music industries. This has involved the UK's biggest providers - BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky - with each of them signing up for VCAP, leading the way for the smaller providers to soon join them.

 

The newly installed scheme will replace anti-piracy measures that are already in place across the country, which included cutting users' Internet connections, as well as creating an ever-growing database of known file sharers. Chief Executive of the BPI, Geoff Taylor talked about VCAP, where he said that: "persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection". He added: "VCAP is not about denying access to the internet. It's about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice".

Samsung unveils its 105-inch curved 4K TV, priced at $120,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 3 hours, 52 mins ago

Samsung has released a behemoth of a new TV, measuring in at a truly gigantic 105 inches. The new TV is 4K-capable, and retails for for a price that puts it into the 1% category: $120,000.

 

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For $120,000 you're getting yourself a 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV that features a higher-than-4K resolution of 5120x2160. This provides the new 105-inch TV with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The usual Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 provides the standard 16:9 ratio, but this new Smart UN105S9 TV from Samsung features an even wider aspect ratio than the 'true 4K' resolution of 4096x2160 (1.9:1).

 

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The expensive, but luxurious TV is capable of delivering your content in 3D, too. But with next to no 4K-capable 3D content available, right now this feature is a little useless. We have four HDMI 2.0 ports that are capable of 4K support at 60FPS and a bundled 1TB HDD from Samsung that includes some 4K content.

Bungie's upcoming Destiny spotted on the Xbox One running at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 58 mins ago

While most games aren't running at 1920x1080, or 1080p on the Xbox One, the upcoming shooter from Bungie, the studio behind Halo, will be running at 1080p on the Xbox One.

 

 

As you can see in the above video, this is what we should expect from Destiny on the Xbox One. The beta that is available right now isn't running at Full HD, but rather 900p. The final version of Destiny on the Xbox One has been confirmed at 1080p. Destiny isn't far away, as it'll arrive on September 9, just a couple of more weeks away.

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Netflix tops 50 million subscribers, as original programming helps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 6 hours, 7 mins ago

Online video service Netflix surpassed 50 million members during the second quarter, with the number including free trial memberships. Netflix's adoption of original programming has greatly helped the company - despite an arm and a leg cost - as it draws in new viewers.

 

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Around 75 percent of Netflix subscribers reside in the United States, but company officials hope to promote wider international adoption. Netflix is already available in 40 different countries, and will expand in Europe this September, reaching Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Austria.

 

"There is growing demand, for control and for the consumer to be able to click and watch what they want, and so that is why we are stepping up on the international expansion," said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, during a recent conference call. "We really see that this is an enormous moment in history as on-demand Internet services are coming to the fore around the world."

Battlefield: Hardline gets delayed until sometime next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 50 mins ago

Electronic Arts has announced that it has delayed the release of the Visceral Games-developed Battlefield: Hardline until next year, citing that the development teams want more time to polish the game before it gets released to gamers across the world.

 

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DICE's Vice President and Group GM, Karl Magnus Troedsson, explains: "Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline - we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We've been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you".

 

He continued: "This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn't have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months". Troedsson said that the teams at DICE and Visceral Games wanted to spend more time on developing better innovation on the multiplayer side of things, as well as bake in "ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience".

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Leaked Windows 9 screenshot shows us the new, new Start Menu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 7 hours, 20 mins ago

Microsoft hasn't hit the same popularity it did with Windows 7 with its latest two operating systems: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but will it strike the iron again with Windows 9? We are now being treated to an early look thanks to some leaked screenshots of the next version of Windows' Start Menu.

 

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The new build of Windows is still codenamed "Threshold" which is another major desktop revamp, with one of those bits being the much-talked about Start Menu. We can see that the new screenshots show off an impressive looking Start Menu that features some "Metro-style" apps that are pinned to the Start Menu itself, as well as the usual applications to the left.

 

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The Verge is reporting that these images are genuine, and are from the current development versions of "Windows 9". The second screenshot shows that Microsoft is hoping to have Metro-style apps run in the desktop as either fullscreen or windowed. This is a large part of Microsoft's plans for the upcoming version of its OS, something that will make mouse and keyboard users have a better experience on the desktop.

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