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Tesla wants your car to make money for you when you're not using it

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 21, 2016 5:12 pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the company's master plan in 2006, which was essentially to sell a low volume, expensive car, then a medium volume less expensive car, then a high volume affordable car, with each funding the one after it. 10 years later and with those lofty goals nearly accomplished, the time has come to pull the curtain on master plan part two, a key tenet of which includes your car making you money.




Self-driving safety in Tesla vehicles is largely determined by "fleet learning", the cumulative data derived from its self-driving vehicles and their experiences on the road. Turns out they're willing to pay you for that data: in the future, tapping a button on the Tesla app will add it to the "shared fleet", and you can set it to self-drive and provide data while you're at work or on vacation. The income is no paltry sum, either: Musk says it could potentially exceed the monthly loan or lease cost of the vehicle.


Further on the self-driving front, the vision is that once it's fully approved by regulators, you'll be able to 'summon' your Tesla from nearly anywhere (presumably with the app).

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Valve sends out cease and desist orders to Steam gambling sites

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 21, 2016 12:44 am

Following hot controversy behind CS:GO gambling, Valve has promised to shut these sites down. Now the company has issued several cease and desist letters to operators of known CS:GO and even Dota 2 skin gambling sites.




Here's Valve's cease and desist order in full: "We are aware that you are operating one of the gambling sites listed below. You are using Steam accounts to doncut this business. Your use of Steam is subject to the terms of the Steam Subscriber Agreement (SSA). Under the SSA Steam and Steam services are licensed for personal and non-commercial use only.


"Your commercial use of Steam accounts is unlicensed and is in violation of the SSA. You should immediately cease and desist further use of your Steam accounts for any commercial purpose. If you fail to do this within ten (10) days, Valve will pursue all available remedies, including without limitation, terminating your accounts."

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System Shock remake now coming to PS4 and Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 11:31 pm

The anticipated System Shock remake will be making the jump to consoles and PC, Nightdive Studios has just announced.



After successfully Kickstarting its System Shock remake, Nightdive has decided to bring the game to PS4 and Xbox One too. "After a few weeks and lotttts of emails, we are officially on track for bringing System Shock to the PS4 (and Xbox One)! No stretch goal for it. We're adding it in as a thank you to our backers that put their faith in us," said System Shock Project Director Jason Fader.


The studio announced the news in a new PlayStation Blog post, and the Kickstarter page was updated to list the Xbox One platform as well. Nightdive's Jason Fader further revealed the studio is bringing in tons of AAA talent, affirming that the System Shock remake would have the signature elements of the beloved PC original as well as new touches from Fallout New: Vegas and Planetside devs.

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No Man's Sky devs accused of patent infringement, could lead to delay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 10:30 pm

Mere weeks away from No Man's Sky launch, Hello Games finds itself embroiled in yet another hurdle; the studio has faced data-destroying floods, a legal battle with SkyTV's trademarking of the world "Sky", and now a potential patent infringement case that could delay the game even further.




Dutch company Genicap claims that No Man's Sky unlawfully uses the company's patented Gielis Superformula technology to build its near-infinite, procedurally-generated universe. Genicap goes on to say that Hello Games hasn't properly licensed the use of their Superformula, and will need to do so before the game launches. "We haven't provided a license to Hello Games," said Genicap's Jeroen Sparrow from the company. "We don't want to stop the launch, but if the formula is used we'll need to have a talk."


Although Genicap hasn't seen No Man's Sky's code and doesn't know how explicit the so-called "infringement" really is, Sean Murray admitted to building the initial foundations of No Man's Sky using the Gielis Superformula. The Superformula is integral to No Man's Sky's procedurally-generated world and serves as the core for the game itself, and Genicap is alleging the studio isn't licensed to use their mathematical code. According to the New Yorker, the Gielis Superformula was created in 2003 by Belgian plant geneticist Johan Gielis. After developing the formula, Professor Johan Gielis took his findings to Genicap, and is still a member of the company.

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Battlefield 4 Naval Strike DLC is free for a little while

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 8:06 pm

EA is continuing its free Battlefield 4 DLC spree with Naval Strike, now available for the low price of zero dollars on Origin (for a limited time).



Naval Strike launched in 2014 and features four sea-based maps with a focus on -- you guessed it -- naval gameplay. Although there is still plenty of infantry and air vehicle action, there's also a lot of time to be spent in sea vehicles, many equipped with powerful guns and rockets, and one that can be driven on land or sea.


The DLC also features a cool Carrier Assault mode, which serves as an homage to Battlefield 2142's Titan Mode. Although generally regarded to be less well-received than its inspiration, it still offers a fun twist on the usual formulas. Last I checked, it hadn't really caught on, but it's plausible the 'free' thing will change that.

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Japan will stop making VCRs this month

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 6:31 pm

The home video format that started them all is on its very last legs, at least in Japan: Funai Electric Company is the last Japanese manufacturer to produce VCRs, and as of this month, it will cease making them.




The company cites an unsurprisingly declining market for the devices as well as the difficulty in obtaining parts as the reasons for the decision. Funai's VCRs were made in Chinese factories and sold under the Sanyo name as well as others in North America.


Last year, the company reported 750,000 unit sales.

French court rules Google, Bing don't have to censor torrent searches

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 5:11 pm

The High Court of Paris has ruled Google and Bing are not required to filter torrent-related searches within their respective engines. The request to implement such functionality as well as block websites with the word torrent in their name was put forth by local music industry organization Syndicat national de l'édition phonographique (SNEP).




SNEP's argument -- based upon its country's intellectual property code which states "all appropriate measures" are allowed in preventing copyright infringement -- was that torrent searches linked largely to illegal content. It's not an outrageous argument to make as pirate websites have disappeared before under the aforementioned code. In this case, however the court decided such measures were not appropriate, thanks in part to Microsoft's argument that such a filtering system would be , as TorrentFreak describes it, "imprecise, disproportionate and inefficient" (thus punishing legal websites).

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Ubisoft says 85% of Watch Dogs players are interested in the sequel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 20, 2016 3:35 pm

With the release of Watch Dogs 2 right around the corner, Ubisoft is going into overdrive with its marketing campaign, or is it?




During Ubisoft's recent Q1 2016 earnings result, company CEO Yves Guillemot said that Watch Dogs was Ubisoft's best-selling IP launch of 2014, selling over 10 million copies in total. According to Ubisoft's own surveys, 85% of Watch Dogs players are interested in Watch Dogs 2.


The Watch Dogs 2 trailer has accumulated over 30 million views, which has Ubisoft leading to believe that it will be one of the best-selling games the company has ever made. When pressed about the number of sales that Ubisoft expects from Watch Dogs 2, they said they expect it to sell as many as the first one did.

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