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China interested in developing its own OS before the end of 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week ago

There are reports a Chinese-made desktop operating system could be available as soon as this October, in an attempt to battle against Microsoft, Google and Apple, according to the Chinese media. If released as scheduled, it could help users upgrade desktop PCs within the next two years, with an effort to get more users on Chinese-made mobile software within the next five years.

 

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Washington and Beijing have repeatedly accused one another of snooping, and government officials hope a Chinese-made OS would counter those security threats. The end of Microsoft Windows XP support earlier in the year has given rise to Chinese OS developers, but without a coordinated effort, it seems unrealistic that something for long-term use can be released.

 

Microsoft, Google and Apple have all had issues trying to promote their products in China - with Windows 8 banned from government PCs, Google controlling too much market share.

Iran claims it shot down Israeli spy drone flying in Iranian airspace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

Iran's Revolutionary Guard reportedly shot down an Israeli stealth spy drone near a nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, located about 185 south of Tehran. In addition, Iran also used the media attention to announce Iranian-manufactured UAVs and missiles - to be used for defensive purposes only. Even if Iran managed to shoot down the drone, there would be questions related to the country's defensive capabilities to allow an aircraft to get so close to the enrichment site.

 

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"A spy drone of the Zionist regime was intercepted by a surface-to-air missile," said an official statement released by the Revolutionary Guard. "The vigilant reaction of our defense system downed this drone before it could reach the skies over Natanz."

 

There is global concern regarding Iran's expanding nuclear program, and it wouldn't be surprising to hear Israel and other nations want to closely monitor Tehran's efforts. The volatile country says the nuclear capabilities would be used to enhance the life of Iranians, not for developing a nuclear weapons arsenal.

New Sony tablet and smartwatch leaked in a new photo, kinda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

IFA 2014 is just around the corner, with mobile and wearable leaks coming in from all sides, with a new tease from Sony. In a promotional piece for its SmartBand, a fitness band, the company has teased its upcoming unannounced tablet, and unannounced smartwatch.

 

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The tablet could end up being the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, with the smartwatch most likely being an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Starting with the tablet, it looks like a 7- or 8-inch slate, with Spider-Man being placed on the screen of course, Sony owns the Spider-Man movie rights. If it's as good as the Xperia Z2 Tablet (which I'm using right now, expect my review in the next couple of weeks) it should be fully waterproof.

 

When it comes to the smartwatch, it should be the next smartwatch in Sony's SmartWatch range, but we can't tell much from the image unfortunately.

Rumor: Apple securing RAM for its next-gen iPhone from... Samsung

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Apple's next-gen iPhone isn't far away now, and by each day the iPhone 6 gets closer, more details on it appear. Today's rumor isn't that juicy, but DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is securing mobile RAM for its next-gen iPhone from its main competitor: Samsung.

 

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According to DigiTimes' insider sources: "Apple made a drastic move to begin expelling Samsung from its supplier list for a number of key components, including application processors, mobile RAM, NAND flash chips and batteries, starting 2013." Under this policy, Apple secured RAM from only two companies for the iPhone 5: SK Hynix and Elpida Memory (Micron Technology), as it removed long-time supplier Samsung from its list after the increased competitiveness, and multiple lawsuits.

 

DigiTimes' sources continued: "Recently, Apple has been asking Elpida/Micron and SK Hynix to ramp up supplies of mobile RAM, but the two firms have been reluctant to increase their shipments as chip prices offered by Apple are less than desired." This has forced Apple to rely on Samsung to ensure that it had enough iPhones at launch to sell to the reported 80-90 million customers.

Google acquires Gecko Design, rolls it into its Google X research labs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Google has just announced it has agreed to purchase Gecko Design Inc. for an unknown amount of money, with Gecko Design's president and four other employees joining the ranks of Google's super-secret Google X labs.

 

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Gecko Design has worked on countless projects, and while you might know who they are (don't worry, I don't either) you've probably seen, or use a product that they've worked on. The company was founded back in 1996, and is based out of Los Gatos, California, specializing in designing consumer electronics before it started getting into manufacturing.

 

Jacques Gagné, president of Gecko Design spoke with The Wall Street Journal, where he said that people seek his company as they don't know how to turn their ideas into real products, especially when it's something completely new, that someone else hasn't thought of yet. This is what attracted Google X to Gecko Design, according to Gagné. Gagné also teased that his company began working with Google last year on a project for the secret lab, but declined to add any details to that. So we can presume that it was this project that had the companies talking, leading to the acquisition.

Superman's first appearance in 1938's 'Action Comics' #1 sells for $3m

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

A true once in a generation opportunity to purchase true comic history - the first appearance of Superman in 1938's 'Action Comics #1' has been grasped by one cashed-up, but anonymous collector.

 

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Hitting eBay with a starting bid of 99 cents before hitting $1.75 million, the comic sold today for an astonishing $3.2 million USD.

 

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With only a few dozen copies of the 75 year old comic still in existence from an estimated 200,000 print run in 1938, the auction represented the finest condition copy of the comic yet known, receiving an almost unheard of 9.0 rating from the CGC. The secret to its condition was due to being stored in a wooden cedar chest at high altitude in the mountains of West Virginia, USA.

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Galaxy Note 4 teased by Samsung in a new video trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Samsung seems to be all-systems-go for its Galaxy Note 4 unveiling during the IFA 2014 trade show in a couple of weeks time in Berlin, Germany, as the South Korean electronics giant has just posted a video teaser of the forthcoming announcement of its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

 

 

We see the video emphasize the S Pen, which is the heart and soul of the Galaxy Note range, apart from the increased screen size that is. The video teaser goes for a little over a minute, showing how people can make use of the S Pen as it is "a truly notable invention" ever since the introduction of "the pen". Samsung asks us all if we're "ready to note?" as the Galaxy Note 4 should be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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RIP actor/ director Lord Richard Attenborough

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

90 years is not a bad innings, but it's sad to say goodbye to film royalty at any age. Lord Richard Attenborough, director of 'Chaplin', 'Cry Freedom' and 'Gandhi' (the latter of which won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director at the 1983 Academy Awards) and star of dozens of classics such as 'The Great Escape', 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'Elizabeth' has passed away.

 

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His death comes just weeks after the passing of fellow Hollywood greats such as Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. Twitter has been alight with tributes from UK royalty and film society alike.

 

 

Of all his roles, Attenborough is undoubtedly best known to younger audiences as John Hammond, the eccentric creator of Steven Spielberg's 1993 'Jurassic Park', with the indelible line "Welcome... to Jurassic Park!"

 

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Attenborough is survived by his wife of seventy years, Sheila Sim, son Michael and two daughters, Jane and Charlotte. Naturalist and Documentarian Sir David Attenborough is the younger brother of Richard.

This is the future of FPS gaming: Oculus Rift + motion controllers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If you thought the future of first-person shooters was using a mouse and keyboard, this video will have you thinking again. Half-Life 2 + Oculus Rift + Razer Hydra motion controllers open up an entire new world, a world where my wallet is obviously not accepted through my LCD screen.

 

 

Not only is shooting in the VR world improved by many magnitudes, but the reloading of the guns is impressive, with the revolver being the highlight according to YouTuber 'Goldfish'. He explains: "You unlatch the barrel, [physically] flick it over, release the clips, put in the new ones, flick it up and then you shoot".

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Hacker takes down PSN, sends bomb threat for SOE presidents flight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

There's one pissed off hacking group right now, which has not only taken down the PlayStation Network, but through Twitter, the group sent a bomb threat on an American Airlines flight that John Smedley was on. Smedly is the president of Sony Online Entertainment, and has confirmed he was indeed on the flight, and that it was diverted for security reasons.

 

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Smedley tweeted: "Something about security and our cargo". An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed that Flight 362 was diverted for security reasons, and that the FBI was investigating the threat. Before all of the bomb threat hoopla, the hacking group took to Twitter to tweet a threat to American Airlines' Twitter account. While the plane was in the air, the group tweeted an image showing the e-Ticket for Smedley's flight, a confirmation number, and then asking if Smedley and Sony were indeed on the flight.

 

During the flight itself, the hackers continued to tweet threats. American Airlines Flight 363 was diverted from its patch to San Diego, into Phoenix. There were some 179 passengers and six crew on-board, all safe.

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