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David Guetta believes music piracy helps boost his concert attendance

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 days ago

Musicians have been vocal against Internet piracy - and sometimes against streaming music - but one person who has a more positive approach is David Guetta.

 

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The French DJ and producer had a more optimistic approach to how music piracy can actually help boost attendance in concerts: "I just want people to have access to my music. If there was no piracy, why can I sell out 20,000 people every [time] in Brazil?" Guetta said while speaking to BBC. "Is it because of how many records we sold in the shops? Of course not."

 

Guetta previously gave away music in an effort to stifle piracy, and even had a rather amusing outlook: "I wish that every person who's listening to my music would send me a little check. That would make me a very rich person, that would be wonderful. But at the same time this is impossible. You can't fight progress, so you better embrace it."

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Survey: Drivers still want steering wheel, pedals in self-driving cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days ago

Forty-four percent of drivers don't like the idea of self-driving vehicles as a personal vehicle, with 41 percent preferring a vehicle that allows for human takeover ability, and just 15 percent approve of a fully capable self-driving vehicle, according to a survey from the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute.

 

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The survey revealed men and younger survey participants approve of self-driving vehicles on a larger scale, while women and older drives have major concerns. And it looks like drivers want a steering wheel and pedals, just in case they feel the need to take over.

 

"Self-driving vehicles are often discussed in regard to their potential safety, energy consumption and environmental benefits," said Brandon Schoettle, a co-author of the study, in a statement published by NBC News. "However, less attention has been paid to considering the actual level of automation, if any, that drivers desire in their vehicle."

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US official: Time to battle Islamic State's social media abilities

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

Republican House representative Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, believes it's time for the United States to begin striking back against the Islamic State's cyber commanders.

 

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"What they are saying is 'attack military installations and attack police officers,'" said McCaul, while speaking on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "The chatter is so loud and the volume so high that it's a problem that's very hard to stop and disrupt in this country."

 

"We need to take the fight over there a little stronger. And we need to hit these guys, these cyber commanders, that are sending these Internet directives out to attack, attack, attack in the United States." However, trying to figure out how to "take the fight" to Islamic State in the online world will be rather challenging - there are at least 100,000 Tweets per day from 50,000 suspected Islamic State-influenced Twitter accounts.

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San Francisco deploying paint that causes urine splash back

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

Urinate on certain walls in San Francisco, and you can expect a bit of splash damage on your legs or pants.

 

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Public Works has painted 10 walls using the custom UV-coated paint that helps repel urine - following a similar move in Hamburg, Germany.

 

To warn potential violators, signs with the following notice also have been included: "Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place."

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Leading tech experts seek ban on killer robots on the battlefield

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 1 hour ago

Will "killer robots" end up causing harm to humans, especially with militaries interested in developing robots that would be able to engage human forces?

 

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Telsa and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, physicist Stephen Hawking, and more than 1,000 scientists and engineers have signed an open letter to prevent a future open arms race focused on killer artificial intelligence. The idea of robot regulation was mentioned earlier in the year, and there appears to be growing momentum to make sure things are kept within human control.

 

"AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is - practically if not legally - feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms," according to the letter.

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Bethesda considered Boston as Fallout 4 location years ago

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Bethesda may have waited until June to announce Fallout 4, but the studio had a great interest in having the game take place in Boston for years now. In fact, the location was decided before Skyrim was released in 2011, and developers started thinking about Bean Town in 2008.

 

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"Long ago... Pre-Skyrim. The ideas for Fallout 4 started right after Fallout 3 and have gotten worked on and been percolated since 2008," said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GameSpot. "We're talking about its infancy, we're talking about jotting some stuff down, we're talking about, 'I want to do it in Massachusetts, and have it be about this, this, and this."

 

Fallout 4 game development started after Skyrim had been supported "for several years," and the studio was comfortable moving on to the next project.

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Drones have great potential in agriculture, as interest increases

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Small drones have great potential for private citizens, but there is higher hope for the aircraft in the agricultural field. If implemented properly, farmers will be able to use equipped cameras on drones to get a better glimpse of their crops.

 

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"Unmanned aircraft vehicles are really going to change the way that we actually do agriculture," said Ian MacRae, professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, in a statement to the StarTribune. "This is really a very exciting time."

 

The US government is now allowing farmers to spray their crops using drones, as land surveying, crop analysis, and other real-world uses are being investigated.

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Google's self-driving vehicle must be able to adapt to weird scenarios

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Google is racking up test miles with its self-driving vehicles, and while accidents have occurred, the company is paying special attention to driving on surface streets.

 

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During a speech at the Automated Vehicle Symposium, Google director of self-driving vehicles, Chris Urmson, discussed some of the most unique experiences Google self-driving vehicles have faced. One scenario involved a duck running across the road, while a lady in an electric-powered wheelchair chased the duck around.

 

"It doesn't matter how long you gave me, I never would have come up with that scenario. There are no rules. The DMV has nothing in its handbook," Urmson said. It's a unique challenge, as the Google self-driving vehicle must be able to identify that "this is weird... I'm just going to chill out here and let that all play out."

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Your Destiny Guardian will be supported for next decade

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Bungie has a long-term plan for Destiny, and gamers will be able to support their current Guardian for quite some time. It turns out, with Bungie's current 10-year support plan, gamers may not need to make a new character - or switch - anytime soon.

 

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"We certainly take it seriously that Destiny is a ten-year thing," said Luke Timmins, engineering lead for the Destiny video game, in a statement to GamesRadar. "It's a long-term thing and with these adventures that we're adding my contract to you - and any player - is that your Guardian will always be there. We're going to keep adding new stuff for you to do and I'd hope you'll look at The Taken King and be like, 'I'm looking forward to logging on again and hooking friends online.'"

 

Destiny: The Taken King is scheduled for launch on September 15, and it looks like Bungie plans to support your characters for a while. The expansion will be available for $40. In addition, it looks like Bungie is already working on a new "upcoming title," so Destiny fans will be quite busy.

Looks like Apple Watch will hit Best Buy beginning on August 7

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

If you've been waiting to purchase the Apple Watch but didn't want to visit an Apple store, you'll be happy to hear Best Buy will begin selling the watch on August 7.

 

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Best Buy will roll out the watch to 100 retail stores next month, and will make sure more than 300 locations have the watch in time for Christmas.

 

"The Apple Watch is an important addition to an emerging product category, and we know our customers want it," said Jason Bonfig, senior category officer at Best Buy, in a statement published by VentureBeat.

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