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Don't expect to see Titanfall 2 during E3 this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 53 mins ago

Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment won't be at E3 next month to show of Titanfall 2, studio head Vince Zampella has confirmed. Electronic Arts will serve as publisher for the video game sequel, as well.

 

 

The game has been confirmed and will be available sometime later in 2016, available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Xbox One. The original Titanfall launched for the PC, Sony PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Xbox 360 in March 2014.

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IRS still using Windows XP, and has more than 300 cybersecurity staff

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 43 mins ago

The IRS recently suffered a data breach that left thousands of Americans at risk, and more attention is now focused on government mismanaged. Utilizing a $10.9 billion budget, either the agency is greatly mismanaged and/or the IRS just isn't ready to try to protect taxpayer information.

 

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There seems to be a lot of problems with the IRS, and that has certainly trickled down to its cybersecurity protocols. The agency still uses Microsoft Windows XP - and while the IRS originally paid Microsoft for support - that support has ended. To make matters worse, some fraud identification software is almost 20 years old.

 

The IRS previously had 410 cybersecurity team personnel, but that has been slashed down to 363 workers. The idea that IRS personnel are unable to keep up with identity theft is a huge problem, especially as cybercriminals get cleverer.

Cyclist will use 3D-printed handlebars during record attempt

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

Technology has helped push the sport of cycling to new levels in recent years, and Sir Bradley Wiggins will use custom 3D-printed handlebars in his hour record attempt.

 

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Using 3D printing technology, bike manufacturer Pinarello and other sponsors were able to custom fit titanium handlebars designed for Wiggins to remain as aerodynamic as possible. Exact details about the one-piece handlebars will likely remain a secret until his June 7 record attempt.

 

The hour record has become popular in recent times, with the record being broken multiple times in the past year alone - starting with fan-favorite Jens Voigt setting a 51.115KM pace in September, with it increasing up to 52.937KM by Alex Dowsett in May. Realistically, Wiggins should be able to eclipse Dowsett's record, and some believe he could even reach 55KM in one hour on the velodrome.

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GameStop trying to evolve to avoid sharing same fate as Blockbuster

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 53 mins ago

Game retailer GameStop released strong Q1 2015 results, up 8.1 percent (3.34) to $44.18 to end the day, after many investors predicting the company's stock would actually suffer. Overall, the retailer also saw an average 8.6 percent in same store sales year-over-year, as the company continues to evolve during changing times.

 

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"We're such a complex animal," said Paul Raines, CEO at GameStop, in a statement published by BloombergBusiness. "There is no elevator pitch for GameStop." It's an incredible announcement, as more gamers and financial investors feel GameStop will eventually end up just like Blockbuster: gone.

 

Amazingly, the store has managed to evolve despite many gamers choosing to download and install game content, leaving behind physical game sales. However, GameStop has 30 percent to 40 percent market share in digitally licensed content, providing extra game levels and other DLCs.

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Trying to figure out how wearables will help mobile payments ecosystem

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 3 mins ago

Financial institutions are gearing up for a growing number of their customers using various forms of mobile payments while shopping. During the Wearable World Congress in San Francisco, executives from MasterCard, Capital One and PayPal discussed how each company is embracing the market - and watching to see what products and services emerge.

 

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"As we look at the future, consumers are clearly interacting with a whole host of new devices that extend beyond plastic or the devices in their pocket," said Stephane Wyper, VP of startup engagement at MasterCard. "How do we enable all of those connected devices to be payment devices?"

 

As the number of wearables reach the market, they could play a major role in how payments are made - moving away from the idea that just smartphones will be used for transactions. The use of smartwatches and other wearables, which keep owners connected, provide new opportunities for banks and credit card companies.

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Solar-powered drone Google wants to use crashes during test flight

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 3 mins ago

The Titan Aerospace Solara 50 drone that Google wants to use as a platform to help deliver Internet service to users across the world has unfortunately crashed. The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash which took place in New Mexico on May 1.

 

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Google purchased Titan Aerospace in 2014, and hopes the drone, which can operate at 65,000 ft. altitude, can carry up to 70 pounds of telecom equipment. Solara 50 can produce up to seven kilowatts of power using 3,000 enclosed solar cells, and features a wingspan up to 164 feet.

 

"Although our prototype plane went down during a recent test, we remain optimistic about the potential of solar-powered planes to help deliver connectivity," said Courtney Hohne, Google spokeswoman, in a statement to Bloomberg News. "Part of building a new technology is overcoming hurdles along the way."

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The robot cheetah from MIT can now run and jump over objects

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 48 mins ago

The cheetah-inspired robot created by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has an innovative new skill: it can successfully jump over obstacles. The robot, which can run a maximum 10 miles per hour, is becoming even more impressive ahead of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals next month.

 

 

Researchers equipped the robot with a LiDAR system that uses laser to detect items, with the cheetah quickly creating a virtual map of its surrounding area.

 

"It's the first legged robot to be able [to] leap hurdles like this autonomously," said Sangbae Kim, MIT research team lead, in a statement. "Many other robots can move faster on wheels, or maybe jump higher, but they can't do it on their own."

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Xiaomi wants to jump into the US market, but no big risks being taken

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 9 hours, 38 mins ago

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi wants to have a larger presence in the United States and other lucrative markets, but doesn't want to make any foolish mistakes. Xiaomi wants to make sure it has a customer service department and other necessary infrastructure in place before blindly selling higher-priced electronics to consumers.

 

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The company quietly launched the Xiaomi Mi store in the US and Western Europe, quickly selling out of devices - no smartphones or tablets available just yet - with low-priced headphones, fitness trackers and battery packs available.

 

"We are working on it," said Hugo Barra, VP of International at Xiaomi, while speaking during the Code Conference. "We don't have a set plan... we haven't picked a date yet."

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Carbine Studios switches things up, makes Wildstar MMO free-to-play

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 3 mins ago

Carbine Studios has confirmed it will make its WildStar massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) a free-to-play game title.

 

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When the game launched last June, it required a monthly subscription - Carbine Studios originally facing criticism to charge players - and it looks like things will change this fall. Developers watched how other similar games tried to make a transition from subscription to free-to-play and believe they will have time to work with players during the transition.

 

"WildStar is now a much better game than it was when it launched nearly a year ago," said Mike Donatelli, product director at Carbine Studios, in a statement to GameSpot. "We're at the point where it's time to really focus on growing the game, and we as a team feel that the best way to do that is to make it so that everyone who wants to play can do so with as few hurdles as possible. This means removing the two biggest barriers of entry to the game - the cost of the box and the required subscription."

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Lawmakers want automakers to answer questions about connected security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 11 hours, 53 mins ago

Members from the House of Energy and Commerce Committee want answers related to possible cybersecurity risks from larger numbers of connected vehicles hitting the road. There will be 250,000 connected vehicles on the road by 2020, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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In a letter that was submitted to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with 17 automakers, committee members want additional information about connected vehicle security.

 

"Connected cars and advancements in vehicle technology present a tremendous opportunity for economic innovation, consumer convenience, and public health and safety," said the group. "These benefits, however, depend on consumer confidence in the safety and reliability of these technologies."

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