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Final 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer reveals Vision

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 27 mins ago

The marketing train for this summers biggest theatrical release; the sequel to 'The Avengers', is now at full speed and the final trailer for 'The Age of Ultron' has just gone live. At just over two minutes, it might be one of the shortest - but my oh my, they have packed it full of epic action.

 

 

There is plenty riding on the success of the picture, which follows up for the second highest grossing film of all time, raking in $1.5B worldwide and comes with a huge estimated budget of $250 million (not to mention an advertising budget probably the same), but also has the future plans for the prosperity of multiple valuable properties and the whole Marvel brand in its care.

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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook doesn't plan on developing a car

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 hour, 19 mins ago

Facebook remains dedicated to developing social media and Internet access across the world, and won't try to deviate to car development, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

 

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During a Q&A session during Mobile World Congress (MWC), Zuckerberg was asked if he had interest in other technologies, similar to Google's autonomous car and Apple's rumored vehicle development. However, the Silicon Valley billionaire said his company is "pretty focused" on current objectives, and straying to new projects isn't a priority.

 

Facebook wants to connect people across the world, and the company's objective is "pretty broad," using social networking, Internet.org to get more people connected, and further developing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Javelin Strategy: New identity fraud victim every two seconds in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 hours, 12 mins ago

Criminals took $16 billion from 12.7 million US consumers last year, with a new identity fraud victim every two seconds, according to a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research. Two-thirds of identity fraud victims last year received notification that their personal information was compromised in a data breach, which took over headlines as major retailers were hit.

 

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On the bright side, new account fraud, which is when a criminal opens up an account in a victim's name, dropped to a record low in 2014. In addition, new monitoring and protection systems saw the amount lost due to fraud dropping 11 percent year-over-year, from $18 billion in 2013 down to $16 billion in 2014.

 

"Despite the headlines, the occurrence of identity fraud hasn't changed much over the past year, and it is still a significant problem," said Al Pascual, director of fraud & security at Javelin Strategy & Research. "Consumers, financial institutions and retailers are all taking aggressive steps, yet we must remain vigilant. The criminals will continue to find new ways to commit fraud, so taking advantage of available technology and services to protect against, detect and resolve identity fraud is a must for all individuals and corporations."

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AVADirect announce Omni VR desktop, for all things VR gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 2 hours, 40 mins ago

GDC 2015 - With all of the news of VR headsets and games, one can get lost in the reality of it all when it comes to purchasing a new PC that is ready for all things VR. This is where AVADirect's new Omni VR desktop comes into play.

 

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AVADirect has announced the new Omni VR desktop, which is built from the ground up for the full virtual reality gaming experience. For those in the know, the Virtuix Omni is a VR treadmill that has you more in the game than ever before, with an AVA Omni VR Desktop Series PC powering it all. Thanks to AVADirect's "standard testing analyses" you can ensure that this system will meet any requirements you have for the virtual, and real worlds.

 

The new AVA Omni VR Desktop has been "engineered and designed specifically for the Virtuix Omni Gaming Platform", but that doesn't mean it's not one of the best systems you can buy for VR gaming. AVADirect has specifically chosen parts in the system that ensures you can play games at 1080p at a minimum of 75FPS thanks to the inclusion of an EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SuperSC ACX2.0+ video card.

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Fujitsu's smartphone prototype with iris authentication biometrics

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 49 mins ago

Fujitsu has developed a new iris authentication biometrics system, which the Japanese company has built into a prototype smartphone. The mobile device is unlocked simply when a user looks into the smartphone's screen, where the iris is read instantaneously. Fujitsu's system uses a custom compact infrared LED and infrared camera paired with biometric-authentication software to scan a person's iris.

 

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Traditional security on smartphones begins with a password/PIN code or fingerprint scan, but the use of iris scanning provides new security opportunities. Fujitsu claims its technology is easy to use and difficult to fake, providing a more secure solution.

 

There is more focus on keeping smartphones secure, as users stay logged into email, social media accounts, and access mobile banking apps.

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NVIDIA unveils GeForce GTX Titan X with 12GB of VRAM at GDC 2015

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

GDC 2015 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next generation GeForce GTX Titan X at Epic Games' GDC 2015 event, just under two weeks ahead of its own GTC 2015 conference.

 

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The new GeForce GTX Titan X features a huge 12GB framebuffer, which is a great jump on the 6GB offered by the current GTX Titan Black Edition. We don't know much about the new GeForce GTX Titan X other than its 12GB framebuffer, and that it sports a huge 8 billion transistors. We will be at NVIDIA's GTC 2015 where we will be all over this beautiful new card.

'FREAK attack' leaves Apple, Google Android users vulnerable to attack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 37 mins ago

The "FREAK attack" may have exposed millions of Apple and Google Android Internet users, though there have been no confirmed cases of attacks against Web browsers. If exploited, hackers could compromise usernames, passwords, and other personal information in a rather simple manner.

 

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The "Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys" attack stems from a US law that required "export-grade" products with weaker encryption protocols to be shipped overseas. Despite the federal restrictions being lifted more than 15 years ago, popular software - which eventually found its way to the United States - were still vulnerable.

 

Apple and Google have both created software updates to prevent this type of attack from being problematic. The Apple update will be issued next week, while Google has already offered an update to wireless carriers and smartphone manufacturers.

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WHO: Turn volume down, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: 8 hours, 52 mins ago

An estimated 1.1 billion people across the world are at risk of hearing loss because of increased listening volume from smartphones, other personal audio devices, and speaker systems at entertainment venues.

 

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Almost half of teenagers and young adults between 12 and 35 years old are "exposed to unsafe levels of sound," with 40 percent exposed to "potentially damaging" levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

"As they go about their daily lives doing what they enjoy, more and more young people are placing themselves at risk of hearing loss," said Dr. Etienne Krug, director for the department for management of noncommunicable diseases, violence and injury prevention at WHO. "They should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won't come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk."

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Sony announces it has sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 15 hours, 25 mins ago

GDC 2015 - Sony has announced that it has sold over 20.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles at GDC 2015, with the 20 million plus consoles being sold up to March 1.

 

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Sony notes that this is units sold through to customers, where in a press release the company added that the PS4 "continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history". It wasn't too long ago that the company announced it had reached 18.5 million PS4s sold, back on January 4.

 

Sony Computer Entertainment's President and Global CEO, Andrew House, said: "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play".

Valve announces Steam Link, to extend Steam anywhere in your house

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 48 mins ago

GDC 2015 - Valve has just announced Steam Link, something that will be released later this year and will "extend your Steam experience to any room in the house". Steam Link will work with your PC, Mac, Steam Machines and even Linux-powered systems. It will stream content from Steam to the Steam Link device, with the only requirement is that they're on the same network.

 

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Valve's new Steam Link will be capable of 1080p at 60Hz "with low latency", and will be made later this year in November for $49.99. The company also took the opportunity to announce its new Steam Controller, which will also be available in November.

 

Steam Link is "designed to take advantage of the PC horsepower you already have in your home, with In-Home Streaming" while the hardware includes three USB ports, and HDMI out. All you have to do is hook it up to your TV through HDMI, into your network, with Steam Link doing the rest of the work to detect any and all computers in your house running Steam.

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