Russia Today America anchor, Liz Wahl, resigned on air during her broadcast on Wednesday, stating that she could no longer work at the Kremlin-funded network after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Wahl said that she feels "many ethical and moral challenges," especially since her grandparents fled to the US during the Soviet era, "ironically to escape the Soviet Union". She continued: "Personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government which whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why after this newscast I'm resigning".
RT America flew to defensive maneuvers, calling Wahl's on-air resignation a "self-promotional stunt". In a statement to BuzzFeed, RT America said:
Ms. Wahl's resignation comes on the heels of her colleague Abby Martin's recent comments in which she voiced her disagreement with certain policies of the Russian government and asserted her editorial independence. The difference is, Ms. Martin spoke in the context of her own talk show, to the viewers who have been tuning in for years to hear her opinions on current events, the opinions that most media did not care about until two days ago. For years Ms. Martin has been speaking out against U.S. military intervention only to be ignored by the mainstream news outlets - but with that one comment, branded as an act of defiance, she became an overnight sensation. It is a tempting example to follow.
When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.
We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.
Autumn Radtke, a Bitcoin exchange boss, was found dead in her apartment in Singapore on February 28. Radtke had previously worked with Silicon Valley tech giants, including Apple, on developing digital payment systems before taking up a position with First Meta.
Douglas Adams, the non-executive chairman of First Meta, released a statement on behalf of the company, where he said: "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke. Our deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones. Autumn was an inspiration to all of us and she will be sorely missed".
Radtke posted an essay two weeks before her death, titled "The Physcological Price of Entrepreneurship" where she stated in the piece that "everything has it's price".
Before confirming the order, a buyer found out that Dell was charging an amount to install a free and open source web browser 'Firefox'. It was found that the PC builder has an option to install Mozilla Firefox on behalf of the buyer for a new PC if the buyer agrees to pay £16.25. Dell even put this as an option to select in its 'additional software' pre-purchase custom options selection list.
The Mozilla Foundation has started investigating once they've received this report. The company behind Firefox said that they are consulting with legal teams, though the process is in a very early stage.
Twitch made an announcement recently that they've released its mobile software development kit which will allow developers to add livestreaming and screen capture functionality in its mobile games. This will allow mobile gamers to livestream their mobile game online via Twitch and even capture screenshots.
"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they're on the go or in the living room," VP for marketing Matthew DiPietro said. "We've achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting."
One thing I don't like with my Google Glass is that I can't type using it without pulling my smartphone, but it looks like Samsung is working on a way around this for its own wearable device.
According to Galaxy Club, which has unearthed a new patent filing from Samsung, the company has been experimenting with the idea of using its wearable device to blast out an augmented reality keyboard onto users' hands in order to type out messages. You can see from the image above that the patent sees the device blasting out the QWERTY keyboard onto users' hands, leaving thumbs free to type on the augmented reality keyboard.
While this looks good on paper - or, on screen - I personally don't think this would be practical in any form. It might be nice for other functions of Samsung's Glass-like device, but for typing? Keep on keeping on, Samsung.
GIGABYTE has just taken the wraps off of its new high performance server motherboard, the GA-6PXSVT, the company's first single Socket 2011-based workstation motherboard that features 10GbE.
The GA-6PXSVT supports the Intel Xeon E5-1600 V2 and E5-2600 V2 processors, up to 256GB of ECC memory, and all of the usual features you would find on a high-end workstation motherboard. First we have the single SFP+ 10GbE port that is coupled with two additional GbE ports, making the GA-6PXSVT quite the networking performance powerhouse.
The GA-6PXSVT features Intel's third generation 82599EN 10GbE controller with a low latency SFP+ interface, which means that users benefit from an on-board package which delivers higher bandwidth, lower thermals and footprint, and cost performance compared to the traditional method of adding 10GbE capacity through a PCI-Express expansion card.
Sony has been winning the performance and resolution war with its PlayStation 4, but it did tout that Killzone: Shadow Fall was "a 1080p 60 FPS monster" but has only half delivered on that promise.
When Killzone: Shadow Fall is in single-player mode, it runs at 1920x1080 - or Full HD/1080p. Back in November before the game launched, Sony wrote in a blog post that Killzone: Shadow Fall "runs at native 1080p and 60 fps," but it turns out this is not true. In multiplayer mode, the resolution drops heavily in order to maintain the 60FPS frame rate.
CraveOnline explains: "Killzone: Shadow Fall outputs at 1080p in single-player and multiplayer, but it isn't native. It uses a unique processing method that blends 960 x 1080 images together. Therefore, the 1080p advertised on the box isn't inaccurate. Sony's imprecise marketing is still valid, though". As you can imagine, some PS4 gamers are pretty angry over this, with an excerpt from a post titled "Shame On Sony For Lying To Consumers" by a gaming enthusiast on the blog Crappy Reviews:
As a gamer I have been on record saying I absolutely do not care about resolution one bit. That being said, deceiving an entire group of gamers is just about the most awful thing you can do to them. You might not like Microsoft and you may have disliked their original DRM plans, but at least they were up front with everyone right from the start. Sony has a terrible habit of lying over and over to their fan base and it's hardly ever mentioned. I could go over a list dating back to the debacle that was Sony's E3 2005, I could bring up how the PS3 was supposed to have dual HDMI's and run every game at 1080p 60fps....but more importantly Sony's slogan is "We're for the gamers". How in the world can you lie, cheat and steal from your fan base and have the nerve to say you serve them in any way?
Samsung is really going all out with its Galaxy S5, which will be pumped with $500 worth of premium app subscriptions and services. Samsung is calling this Galaxy Gifts, which will include long-term subscriptions to fitness, productivity and lifestyle apps.
Premium app upgrades and subscriptions will also be provided, including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek. When totaled up, the Galaxy S5 will be loaded with as much as $576 worth of content. The six-month WSJ subscription comes in at $160, three months of LinkedIn Premium costs $75 and the six months of 50GB storage with Box comes in at $60.
Samsung will also provide a bunch of fitness tracking and lifestyle apps, a full year of Lark's premium service, a year of Run Keeper's elite membership, and six months of premium membership to Map My Run and Skimble. Three months of Evernote premium, three months of 1TB of storage from Bitcasa, and over $50 in freebies from PayPal (through participating retailers) will also be given to Galaxy S5 owners.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, through their distribution partner in Sony Pictures, has announced the forthcoming Australian Blu-ray release of 2013's 47 Ronin, which starred Keanu Reeves.
Hitting shelves on May 22nd, Universal has yet to detail the complete package of extra features, although it is expected to mirror the U.S. release which comes with four featurettes, a selection of deleted scenes, along with 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and an UltraViolet digital copy.
Delayed for over year, and subjected to costly reshoots, whilst Director Carl Rinsch grappled with a final cut 47 Ronin was ultimately not a success theatrically, failing to recoup its production budget and earning poor to average reviews, which is reflected in our own review found here.
Universal are no doubt keen to pick up some extra dimes from the home market.
Today, Samrat Sharma, senior online producer for Guerrilla Games took to Sony's PlayStation Blog to announce the details of the new multiplayer DLC expansion pack for Killzone Shadow Fall. Titled the Insurgent Pack, the DLC includes new features for multiplayer including a brand new Character Class, 3 new abilities, 3 new weapons and 2 new game modes.
In the DLC we learn that the Helghast government has been covertly providing funding The Black Hand, whose operatives have been infiltrating Vekta City. The DLC allows these insurgents to be playable for the first time in the games history, and is what the DLC is centered around. Rather than type out all of the new details, I have pasted the full list provided by Sharma after the jump.