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Elon Musk plans to serve as Tesla CEO for another 4-5 years, he says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 6:25 am

Elon Musk, current CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, said he plans to lead the popular electric-car company for at least four or five more years, but understands he has limited time at the helm. The 42-year-old has been successful leading both companies, but trying to maintain full-time workloads at both companies will become difficult, especially as SpaceX and Tesla both expand later down the road.

 

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Some industry analysts believed Musk would have to give up his position at one of the companies - likely Tesla over SpaceX - sooner rather than later, but the 4-5 year time frame means he will still be around when the Generation III enters mass production.

 

"No one is a CEO forever," Musk said during a recent Tesla shareholders meeting. "Eventually they carry you out. It is quite difficult to be CEO at two companies."

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U.S. government accuses Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev of $100m fraud

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 5:27 am

Accused Russian hacker Evgeniy Bogachev, known as "lucky12345" and "slavik," has been accused of committing cybercrimes that led to more than $100 million in fraud. Leading a group of cybercriminals, Bogachev helped infect thousands of computers with malware, compromising users by stealing usernames and passwords.

 

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Most of the hackers involved are from the United Kingdom, Russia and the Ukraine, according to U.S. federal investigators.

 

The U.S. government is increasingly going after cybercriminals, though struggle to try to prevent these types of breaches - and can only respond once hacking and theft has already occurred. Still on the run, the Russian is charged with conspiracy, bank, wire and computer fraud, and money laundering, with one victim, Haysite Reinforced Plastics of Eric named. Bogachev reportedly stole $824,000 from the company's accounts in just one day.

Audio maker NYNE announces Royal Series Bluetooth speakers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 4:13 am

Audio maker NYNE has announced the limited edition Royal Series of the company's Cruise Bluetooth speaker, available in honor of the goldRush Rally 2014. The limited edition Bluetooth speakers will be available in rose gold and pearl white accents, and features Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC support - providing up to 10 hours of playtime. It also has a built-in microphone so hands-free phone calls is included.

 

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When the speaker ships, it will include a carrying case/cover, auxiliary input cable, and USB charging cable. The speaker will be available during the fall with a $79.95 MSRP.

 

"We are thrilled to introduce the Royal Series to celebrate our sponsorship of the premier luxury automotive rally, goldRush Rally," said Arman Arami, NYNE president, in a statement. "Now your gold Cruiser speaker can coordinate with your iPhone 5s in stunning rose gold wherever your lifestyle takes you from home to work to play and everywhere in between."

Europe launches enormous civilian robotics programme

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 1:14 am

The European Commission has claimed it's launched the world's largest ever civilian research and innovation programme in robotics.

 

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Teaming with 180 companies and research groups under the umbrella of euRobotics, today saw the official announcement of the EU initiative - which will cover manufacturing, agriculture, health, transport, civil security and households. The initiative is called SPARC and aims to build and strengthen Europe's position in the worldwide robotics market.

 

In an official statement, the European Commission's VP Neelie Kroes said that Europe must "be a producer and not merely a consumer of robots."

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Mini supernova created in Oxford lab

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 1:03 am

A teensy supernova-of-sorts (not pictured) has been created in lab conditions on a small island on planet Earth.

 

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Three laser beams were focused on a carbon rod target about the size of a strand of hair in a low density, gas-filled chamber. The heat generated by this laser, at over a few million degrees Celsius, made the rod explode and then create a blast that expanded through the low density gas.

 

The purpose of the experiment was to gain greater understanding of the Cassiopeia A, roughly 11,000 light years away from Earth.

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Legal alternatives lead Swedish youth to drop file sharing

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 12:43 am

Despite the country's efforts, Sweden has often been considered an unofficial home to file sharing thanks in part to the Pirate Bay, one of the most notorious indexing services. But now Sweden's youth are actually sharing files less than ever before.

 

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According to a report from the Cybernorms group at Sweden's Lund University, a survey of roughly 4,000 Swedes suggested the number of active sharers decreased over the last couple of years - down from 32.8 percent in 2012 to 29 percent in 2014.

 

There was a steady increase of online sharing in the 15-24 year-old age bracket, but now it looks like more are flocking to legal alternatives.

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Following state censorship, YouTube returns to Turkey

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 12:11 am

Turkey has at last gained access to YouTube again, following a months long ban on the video website after eruptions of protest saw the government seeking to quell dissent.

 

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In an almost typical example of the infamous Streisand Effect, attempts at censorship actually fueled further dissent. Turkey's constitutional court ruled last week that the YouTube ban was in violation of the country's freedom of expression laws, despite insistence from officials that the website still held offensive content.

 

As The Verge reports, many of the web's savvier users were able to find their way around the ban, and Google itself lent itself to the dissent.

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Woman demands divorce citing husband's dislike of Disney's Frozen

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 12:10 am

It's well established that Japan harbors a certain love for animation and the country has been particularly taken by Walt Disney's latest animated release Frozen, which has earnt over $200 million dollars since its March release and on a trajectory to make it the second highest grossing film of all time in Japan, just under Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away.

 

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Still, it's probably fair to say that not all Japanese women love Frozen enough to throw away six years of marriage, but according to a post on Japan's relationship website Kikonsha no Hakaba and translated by Digital Spy, that's what one woman has done.

 

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After demanding her husband accompany her to catch one of her multiple screenings of the film, she was disappointed to find that he didn't actually rate it as high as she. Surprised by his reaction, the woman allegedly exclaimed "If you can't understand what makes this movie great, there's something wrong with you as a human being! I want a divorce!"

 

According to the article, the couple have now separated, with the woman having moved back in with her parents.

Pixar to give away RenderMan 3D rendering software for free

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jun 3, 2014 11:18 pm

Pixar Animation Studios will make its RenderMan 3D rendering software available for non-commercial use free for graphic animators. The Pixar-developed software was used for such films as Harry Potter, Toy Story and Monsters Inc - and while Pixar produces its own films - RenderMan is licensed to other studios.

 

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The non-commercial version of the software will be available to students, researchers, developers, institutions and for personal use, without any functional limitations, watermarking, or time restrictions during production.

 

"This truly brings the future of fully photo-realistic ray-traced rendering to RenderMan," said David Hirst, MPC Global Head of Lighting. "We did tests with the production assets from one of our latest movies and were completely blown away by the speed and how interactively we could preview and render these assets. The RIS based integrator is going to change the way we work, with more scalable rendering and faster results."

Research to bring holograms to smartphones currently under way

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 3, 2014 10:41 pm

Ostendo Technologies has quietly created a projector, the same size of a Tic Tac, and the tiny chip will still be able to project a 48" diagonal image. Ostendo is a smaller, lesser known company, but has generated $90 million in venture-capitalist funding, in addition to $38 million in R&D funds from the U.S. federal government.

 

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Ostendo hopes to have its pico projector ready for use by smartphones in 2015-2016, which means it shouldn't be too much longer before we have smartphone-powered 3D floating images. The chip could be available for $30 and has been in development for more than nine years - and will be improved to include higher resolution projected images.

 

"Display is the last frontier," said Dr. El-Ghoroury, Ostendo founder and CEO. "Over the years, processing power has improved and networks have more bandwidth, but what is missing is comparable advancement in display."

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