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Here's the first look at the purported PS4 Slim console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 48 mins ago

We've heard the small rumbles so far of a refreshed PlayStation 4, which should arrive to us as the PS4 Slim, but now we're seeing some purported images of the PS4 Slim. The refreshed console from Sony should be unveiled at either E3 or Gamescom later this year.

 

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The images of the purported PS4 Slim are coming from Italian site Multiplayer.it, but they didn't state who was behind the original image. What we are seeing are press images for the PS4 Slim, which is going under the codename of "Monolith". The PS4 Slim looks to be around half the size of the current PlayStation 4, with a slight change to its shape, too.

 

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We should hopefully see Sony showing off the new smaller, thinner PS4 Slim at either E3 or Gamescom later in the year. As for when we should expect it, we should expect it in 2016-2017 going by previous Slim iterations of the PlayStation consoles. Let's hope its sooner, rather than later.

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Travel giant Expedia acquires Travelocity for $280 million in cash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 42 mins ago

Online travel giant Expedia has just acquired online travel site Travelocity for $280 million in cash. A filing over at the SEC has confirmed the mammoth deal.

 

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Expedia purchased Travelocity from its parent company, Sabre Holdings, where it will likely keep its rival Priceline at a better distance, and turn the Travelocity brand into something even better. Expedia's CEO and President, Dara Khosrowshahi, said that Travelocity's strong brand recognition was one of the big selling points for the company. With over 20 million travellers using Travelocity each month, you could see why, too.

 

The companies were already working together within a strategic marketing agreement that put together "Travelocity's strong brand" with Expedia's "best-in-class booking platform, supply base, and customer service" according to Khosrowshahi. 50% of Travelocity's revenue was coming in from Expedia, thanks to the latter company running its back-end services, according to reported numbers. Before the acquisition of Travelocity, Expedia is worth $10.8 billion, but it should gain a fair chunk of marketshare post acquisition, which will only bolster those numbers even more.

SK Hynix launches KLEVV DDR RAM lineup, targeted at high-end gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 2 hours, 52 mins ago

The high-end DRAM market has been dominated by a few players in the last couple of years, with the likes of Corsair, G.SKILL, Crucial and a few others. But it looks like this could all change with the introduction of a new company, KLEVV, which was showing off its new DDR3 and DDR4 modules at PAX South this weekend. The KLEVV website has only opened up in the last 24 hours, which you can check out here.

 

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KLEVV is a partner of SK Hynix, who sell their DRAM IC to companies like Corsair or G.SKILL, but now it could be providing its top binned (best chips) to KLEVV, giving it a serious edge against the competition. This means that KLEVV will be a force to be reckoned with within the DRAM market rather quickly, without having to worry about securing the best IC and paying through the nose for it, as it will be cherry picking the very best thanks to its strong connection with its parent company; Essencore, which falls under the SK Hynix umbrella.

 

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During PAX South, Essencore was showing off an entire range of KLEVV DDR3 and DDR4 modules. The initial shipments will be locked to the United States for now, with Essencore partnering with Newegg for distribution. There are various lines being shown off, with the KLEVV Cras DDR4 Gaming Memory Module sitting at the very top. This ships with speeds of 2133, 2666, 2800, 3000 and 3200MHz with varying voltages, and capacities of up to 32GB (4 x 8GB modules). The tagline for this memory is "tapping the supreme power within" which is a nice tease.

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Israeli cybersecurity expert says business leaders need more knowledge

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 54 mins ago

Business leaders need to become more computer literate so they are better able to understand evolving threats posed by cybercriminals. Criminals are using the digital equivalent of an F-16 fighter jet to launch attacks against governments and corporations, finding surprising levels of success, according to an Israeli cybersecurity expert.

 

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"The breakers in cyber are one step ahead of the makers... we're out of equilibrium," said Nadav Zafrir, former Israel Defense Force tech commander and founder of Team8 Cyber Security Venture Creation, during a recent meeting with corporate leaders. "You have to redefine control. You have to let go, and it's scary. It's too important to leave it to the cyber experts. You [the CEO] have to become cyber literate."

 

Business leaders are confused in their efforts to defend against cyberattacks, often unsure how to prevent data breaches - and what to do if one occurs. However, analysts and experts recommend companies focus on preventing insider attacks, try to clamp down on outside threats, and have a recovery plan in case a breach does take place.

Wearables helping casual consumers embrace more active lifestyles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 49 mins ago

As wearable technology continues to develop, and consumers begin to familiarize themselves while using these products, fitness trackers and health wearables will greatly benefit. The early generations of fitness trackers and health wearables, while providing unique features, should evolve as newer technologies emerge.

 

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Despite many people purchasing a fitness tracker and abandoning them within three months, that could also change with future technology developments.

 

"In the future, your smartwatch will instantly access your medical records, diet and training logs, then sync them with sensors in the supermarket and mall to provide real-time shopping and health advice," said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean at the University of Phoenix college of information systems and technology, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Your smart shoes and biometric shirts will remind you to straighten your posture, hydrate and run and walk with correct form to protect your back and knees."

Dennis Rodman doesn't believe his friends in Pyongyang hacked Sony

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 29 mins ago

Dennis Rodman doesn't believe North Korea is responsible for attacking Sony Pictures, with the former NBA champion thinking Pyongyang wouldn't lash out against Sony Pictures just for making "The Interview."

 

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"If the North wanted to hack anything in the world, anything in the world, really, they are going to go hack a movie? Really?!" Rodman recently said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "How many movies have there been attacking North Korea? And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can't see that happening. Of all the companies... really? Over a movie?

 

It's worth noting, however, North Korea has been blamed for attacking South Korean infrastructure, including financial institutions - and has a budding cybercriminal unit that is well-trained and financed by Pyongyang. Furthermore, if North Korea actually is responsible for breaching SPE, it was likely done to further develop its cyberespionage abilities that could be used against future targets.

Fable creator ponders HoloLens, and whether a killer app is available

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 7 hours, 14 mins ago

Microsoft's recent unveiling of its HoloLens has generated a lot of interest from consumers, but developers understand it will be up to them to create appealing apps for the new platform. Microsoft is promoting HoloLens as something different than Oculus Rift or Sony Morpheus, and will likely try to build its success piggybacked on Windows OS and Xbox One integration in the future.

 

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"I think [HoloLens], for me, more exciting than even VR but it shares a similar problem as VR does and that is: what is the application going to be?" said Peter Molyneux, creator of Fable, in an interview with Gamesindustry.biz. "This is the problem with VR - the applications that we think are going to be great on it quite often are exhausting or very challenging. My hope is that their concept video doesn't over promise what the technology can deliver."

 

Molyneux is basing his opinion on a HoloLens prototype that was tested more than two years ago, however.

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Researchers developing wearable brain scanner able to measure activity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 49 mins ago

Researchers are working on a portable positron emission tomography (PET) scanner that can be worn to show brain activity throughout the day. Normal PET scanners used in hospitals are large and unable to provide a better understanding of brain function and neurological disorders - but the new device could change that.

 

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Using a helmet that has PET detectors located in a ring, the helmet can help monitor stroke patients while they do rehab, or study when someone with autism has to interact in social environments. If released to hospitals and other researchers, there are a number of different uses for the portable PET scanner.

 

Tested using a brain slice tagged with a radiotracer chemical, the scanner successfully worked, despite capturing images that were a bit fuzzy - which researchers will work to improve

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Mojang: Minecraft passwords compromised by phishing, not hacking

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 8 hours, 39 mins ago

Reports were published within the past week that more than 1,800 Minecraft accounts were hacked, with passwords leaked online - but the company has defended itself, and it looks like phishing attacks are to blame.

 

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"No! We haven't been hacked," said Owen Hill, Chief World Officer at Mojang, in a published blog post. " No one has gained access to the Mojang mainframe. Even if they did, we store your passwords in a super encrypted format. Honestly, you don't need to panic."

 

Affected Minecraft players have been emailed and will now need to reset their passwords. If you want to change your password just in case, head to Minecraft.net/resetpassword.

SkyMall has fallen from grace - Bankruptcy filing is in progress

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 9 hours, 45 mins ago

If you're after some weird and wacky objects, they might be a little harder to source in the near future as Xhibit Corp. has filed for bankruptcy - we're not talking about the rapper.

 

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Skymall has blamed exterior sources, stating in their announcement that this shut down is apparently due to "the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalogue. [This] resulted in additional competition from e-commerce retailers and additional competition for the attention of passengers, all of which further negatively impacted SkyMall's catalogue sales."

 

Down but not out, SkyMall Chief Executive Scott Wiley states that he's "extremely disappointed in this result and are hopeful that SkyMall and the iconic 'SkyMall' brand find a home to continue to operate as SkyMall has for the last 25 years."

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