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Spotify being pressured by record industry to limit free music streams

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

The Universal Music Group isn't a big fan of Spotify's "freemium" model that allows its users to listen to ad-supported music for free. Spotify has previously noted a growing number of free subscribers end up turning into $10 per month paid users - but UMG wants to pressure Spotify in current contract negotiations to further limit free service.

 

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"Ad-funded on-demand is not going to sustain the entire ecosystem of the creators as well as the investors," said Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of UMG, in a statement last month. Other music companies also want to see changes made to the current ad-supported free radio services - especially as more users go mobile.

 

The record industry has struggled to try to keep up with modern times, and its fight against online radio is nothing new. However, it is trying to find new ways to put pressure on Pandora and Spotify, despite both services noting how many paying subscribers they now have.

Sony PlayStation 4 arrives in China, but lacks some popular games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

The Sony PlayStation 4 game console has recently launched in China, where the Japanese electronics company hopes it can build a strong gamer base. As such, PS4 owners in China won't have direct access to online movies, television or music - and a very limited game catalog to choose from.

 

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However, only six game titles were launched for the PS4: Mr. Pumpkin's Adventure, Knack, Rayman Legends, Dynasty Warriors 8, Trial Fusion and Age of Wushu. Games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty, and other popular titles haven't been approved by the Chinese government.

 

China recently lifted a 14-year ban on game consoles from foreign countries, and will join the Microsoft Xbox One as the only western consoles currently available on the open market. The Xbox One launched in China last September.

Survey: Americans enjoy using Wi-Fi even while camping

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 5 days, 10 hours ago

Campers enjoying the great outdoors may want a break from their busy day-to-day lives, but that doesn't mean they want to abandon their smartphones and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA).

 

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Fifty-one percent of campers say they go online at least once per day while camping, and 41 percent note that free Wi-Fi helps them determine where they will stay while camping. Not surprisingly, 86 percent of campers 25 or younger tend to bring a mobile phone, while 29 percent of campers 25 years or older bring a laptop or notebook.

 

"Camping is not a one-size-fits all travel experience," said Jim Rogers, CEO of KOA, in a statement. "We've evolved our approach to outdoor hospitality by stressing what's behind our yellow sign to ensure we're matching camper expectations consistently, whether they're enjoying the outdoors with a smartphone in hand or a good old-fashioned map."

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Auxiliary NYPD officer accused of hacking police, FBI networks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

NYPD auxiliary police officer Yehuda Katz was charged with allegedly hacking into NYPD and FBI databases as part of his fraud scheme. Katz even installed a hidden camera in the traffic safety office, which was eventually discovered by precinct officers.

 

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Katz used 15 compromised usernames and passwords, searching for more than 6,000 license plates stemming from auto accidents. Once he had personal information, he contacted victims and posed as an attorney who would be able to collect on their behalf.

 

"The threat posed by those who abuse positions of trust to engage in insider attacks is serious, and we will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to vigorously prosecute such attacks," said US Attorney Loretta Lynch, in a public statement.

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US military: Drone operated by ISIS destroyed in recent airstrike

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

An airstrike conducted on March 17 reportedly destroyed a drone being used by ISIS militants outside of Fallujah, Iraq, according to the US military. The so-called "model airplane" was not sophisticated, US military officials confirm.

 

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It's unknown what the extremist group was using the drone for, but it was likely involved in conducting reconnaissance in the immediate area - and It's unknown how many drones the group may have.

 

"We observed it flying for approximately 20 minutes," said Army Col. Steve Warren, Pentagon spokesman, in a statement to the media. "We observed it land. We observed the enemy place it in the trunk of a car and we struck the car. It was a commercially available, remotely piloted aircraft, really something anyone can get."

Long time Counter Strike pro Sergey "starix" Ischuk leaves Na'Vi squad

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

Making his name in the Counter Strike 1.6 scene with his Ukranian team Natus Vincere, Starix made the transition into CS:GO with varying success.

 

 

Due to his low performance in the recent ESL Katowice CS:GO tournament, he has stepped down from the active CS:GO squad and will be taking up a position as a team coach and manager.

 

Tributes have started flooding in for this well respected professional gamer, with the 27 year old racking up an impressive 9,444 rounds played, 360 maps and 6,160 total kills in world-wide tournaments.

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Magic Leap teases the next generation of augmented office warfare

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

When Google invested a huge $500 million into Magic Leap last year, we didn't know what would come of that - until, well, now. Take a look at the video below, and if you're not impressed, I would be heavily surprised.

 

 

The company has stated that this is a real game that the Magic Leap staff play in their offices right now, and I want to, too. It looks so good that it looks like it is something that was created as a technology demo, and isn't real right now, but with the Google-funded company promising that this is indeed real, the potential of this is quite large.

 

I don't think what we're seeing right here is possible with the technology we have right now, as the wearable side of things for the user would require a serious shrink from the size we have today. But, it is a great tease and a peep into the future, which is exciting nonetheless.

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Former Epic Games president sees immediate doubts for virtual reality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

Former Epic Games president Mike Capps is hesitant to believe virtual reality is going to find its way to a widespread audience, as the technology must overcome numerous hurdles. The first issue is price of VR headsets, as there are only a few different models currently available for consumers to choose from.

 

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"There's so little tolerance at the consumer level for that kind of an investment," Capps said during the GamesIndustry International. "And I like one of the things I'm most curious about - you look at 3DTV as a super easy-to-use technology that is really unfettered. Just a pair of polarized glasses and people didn't use it because it wasn't worth the trouble."

 

Another issue is that the headsets might provide an environment that is too immersive, distracting users from other activities.

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BFG trolls with the GeForce GTX Titan XXX with 24GB of RAM and 300W OC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

An early April Fools joke is appearing online, so we're going to make it clear: this will probably not happen. But, OverclockersUK and BFG are teasing a new GeForce GTX Titan XXX, which has a huge 24GB of VRAM, double the framebuffer of the GeForce GTX Titan X, which has 12GB.

 

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Most of the specs are identical to the reference GTX Titan X, except it has 24GB of VRAM and higher clock speeds. We have two 8-pin PCIe power connectors which use up to 300W of power in "300W OC mode" or 250W at its stock settings. The RAM has been overclocked to 8600MHz, up from 7000MHz on the reference card.

 

We have a Base Clock of 1268MHz and Boost Clock of 1493MHz, versus the 1002MHz and 1072MHz of the reference GTX Titan X. These overclocks are mammoth, but it would be very interesting to see this become a real card. The price? A huge $2400+, compared to the $999 pricing of the GeForce GTX Titan X.

 

The release of the card? Exclusive to OverclockersUK on April 1.

Lenovo displays its NeXtScale solutions NVIDIA GTC 2015

By: William Harmon | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 6 days, 7 hours ago

GTC 2015 - At NVIDIA GTC 2015, Lenovo shows its NeXtScale systems blades and enclosure. The blades can support NVIDIA Tesla K80 video cards, compute nodes and storage.

 

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Here we see three blade examples with the NVIDA Tesla K80 blade in the middle. This blade can support two K80's or two Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor cards in a single doublewide blade. Other blades can be configured as computer nodes supporting two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, or storage blades housing up to 7x hard drives.

 

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Also on display was Lenovo's N1200 server enclosure outfitted to support NVIDIA GRID servers.

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