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Google announces the Nexus 6, features 6-inch QHD display, Android 5.0

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

After months of teasing, the Nexus 6 is now official. The Nexus 6 is the beginning of a new line of devices that is ready to showcase Android 5.0, which was also just announced. The biggest news here is that Google did indeed go for the large 6-inch screen size, but we're going to talk about that a little later.

 

 

The 6-inch display features a QHD resolution, so we have 2560x1440, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS, a 2-megapixel selfie-snapper, 3220mAh battery that should ensure all-day battery life (especially with that QHD panel), two-front facing speakers and it comes in two sizes: 32GB and 64GB. Two colors are on offer for the Nexus 6: blue, or white.

 

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One of the key parts of the new Nexus 6, if not the biggest, would be that it arrives with stock Android 5.0 Lollipop. Lollipop introduces some nice new technologies and features, such as a battery saving feature that will extend a Lollipop-powered device's battery by up to 90 minutes. Also, thanks to Motorola building the new Nexus 6, the smartphone includes Motorola's Turbo Chargers, which will charge the phone up with six hours worth of use, in just 15 minutes.

 

When it comes to pricing, Google has stepped away from the Nexus line being a cheap alternative to all of the other premium handsets out there, offering it unlocked for $649. Google will be offering up the Nexus 6 on October 29, with store availability starting in the beginning of November.

New York state won't require bitcoin developers to have license

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

The State of New York recently said bitcoin software developers aren't required to hold a "BitLicense" to work inside of the state. The BitLicense plan was introduced in New York in July, with a revised proposal expected before the end of the month - with bitcoin-related companies able to offer input and comments on the regulations.

 

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"We are regulating financial intermediaries," said Benjamin Lawsky, New York state superintendent of financial services. "We are not regulating software development. To clarify, we do not intend to regulate software as software or software development. For example, a software developer who creates and provides wallet software to customers for their own use will not need a license."

 

Thousands of retailers currently accept bitcoin - with additional businesses expected to jump on the bandwagon in 2015 - but the cryptocurrency's volatility remains a significant concern. Governments and major banks have been hesitant to try to embrace bitcoin, and that likely won't change any time soon.

DC Comics and Warner Bros unveil ambitious slate of comic book movies

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

Yesterday, Warner Bros head honcho Kevin Tsujihara fully unveiled the full list of DC Comics properties that are coming to cinemas over the next six years - and its an ambitious plan indeed, elaborating on rumours from last month.

 

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The plan starts with 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Suicide Squad' in 2016, 'Wonder Woman', 'Justice League Part One' in 2017, 'The Flash' and 'Aquaman' in 2018, 'Shazam' and 'Justice League Part Two' in 2019, and finally 'Cyborg' and a reboot of 'Green Lantern' in 2020.

 

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Coupled with the huge expansion of Marvel films coming from Disney, 'Spider-Man' features from Sony and 'X-Men', 'Fantastic Four' and 'Deadpool' movies from Fox, it seems the next few years isn't going to have any shortage of superhero features. Perhaps TOO many.

Growing number of young people suffering from Internet addiction

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

A surprising 16 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds might suffer from Internet addiction, according to a survey conducted by the Digital Clarity marketing agency. Most of the 16 percent suffering addiction-related problems spend at least 15 hours per day using the Internet.

 

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The Digital Clarity survey took a look at the following characteristics: how many hours were spent online, whether or not they became irritable if they weren't using the Internet, if they felt guilty spending so much time online, possible isolation due to online activity, and noting a sense of euphoria if using the Internet.

 

Researchers are most interested to see if dopamine in the brain is released the same way for Internet addicts as alcoholics or drug addicts. However, critics of trying to label Internet addiction believe the problem could be related to other psychological issues - and is becoming a more talked about debate in the mental health community.

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Tomy shows off $140 Robi jr. singing humanoid robot for children

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

Japanese company Tomy has announced the Robi jr. humanoid robot that is able to say 1,000 phrases and sing almost 50 songs, and will be released in early 2015. The robot will retail for $140 and should be released in retail stores and online. The robot is just eight inches in height and includes an integrated calendar along with voice recognition, providing owners with the ability to ask what time it is.

 

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Tomy will also have Chinese-speaking versions of Robi jr. for customers in Hong Kong and Taiwan, available around the same time as the Japanese version. The company hopes to sell 50,000 Robi jr. units per year in Japan, and didn't release sales predictions for foreign markets.

 

Tomy has a wide variety of toys and technology-themed products geared towards children in Japan and across the world.

Google preparing for Android Lollipop release this Friday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

Google is planning to release Android 5.0, dubbed Lollipop, on Friday, featuring a new design and additional features. Lollipop will replace Android 4.4 (KitKat), which was released in October 2013, as the demand for a robust operating system increases along with impressively strong hardware that powers smartphones and tablets.

 

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Lollipop will provide additional security features and improve battery life, along with new features that could make Android devices more friendly for bring your own device (BYOD) workplace use.

 

Android currently has almost 85 percent of the global smartphone market, the IDC research group says, appealing to consumers in emerging markets. Lollipop will be pushed out on new Google Nexus smartphones and tablets - then will spread to older Nexus devices - with other hardware manufacturers expected to release updates in the near future.

Report: HBO will launch standalone online streaming service next year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week ago

HBO announced that a standalone, online streaming of its service would launch sometime in 2015, giving cord-cutters one more reason to consider ditching their cable or satellite service. The service will be designed more for the 10 million potential customers in the U.S. that don't currently have cable or TV service, as content providers look for new ways to expand.

 

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The company will work with "current partners" and could expand to new content partners, but HBO CEO Richard Plepler didn't disclose additional details about what customers can expect.

 

This is a significant step forward for HBO, which traditionally was happy to work with pay-TV providers, but HBO and other providers have been under pressure to innovate.

Europol: Just 100 cybercrime kingpins worldwide, as threats increase

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

Around 100 cybercriminal kingpins help wreak havoc on the world, according to Troels Oerting, the head of the Europol Cybercrime Center. Trying to crack down on cybercriminals can be a daunting task, especially trying to bring them to justice, as Web-based attack activity largely remains a borderless bureaucratic nightmare.

 

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"We roughly know who they are," Oerting recently said. "If we can take them out of the equation then the rest will fall down. This is not a static number, it will increase unfortunately. We can still cope but the criminals have more resources and they do not have obstacles. They are driven by greed and profit and they produce malware at a speed that we have difficulties catching up with."

 

Not surprisingly, many of the leading cybercriminal bosses are in Russian-speaking countries - though cybersecurity experts also warned of growing threats from China. Trying to bring these criminals to justice is near impossible, with Russia and other Eastern European nations ignoring the western world when it comes to apprehending these criminals, Europol noted.

JPMorgan Chase wants more cooperation to defend against cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week ago

Banking giant JPMorgan Chase was victimized by cybercriminals, and more than 80 million customers are at risk due to stolen customer information. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said private businesses and federal governments need to better cooperate to defend against a growing wave of sophisticated cyberattacks.

 

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JPMorgan reportedly spends upwards of $250 million per year - along with a security staff of 1,000 employees - to help try to defend against cyberattacks. Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful, as hackers are keen to try to compromise financial institutions. JPMorgan has discussed the breach with other banks, in an effort to prevent them from being victimized by the same type of attacks.

 

"Cyber is a big deal," Dimon recently said. It's going to be an ongoing battle, and unfortunately battles will be lost."

NVIDIA and AMD are both working toward 8K resolution, or 7680x4320

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

4K is barely here and getting into the market, but we already have some great monitors in the Acer XB280HK, which is powered by NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. Forget all that, though, as news is coming out about 8K, and that both NVIDIA and AMD are looking at ways to make this insanely high-res technology happen.

 

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PCGamesn.com talked with AMD's Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy, who said: "If we get to a display resolution of about 8k horizontally and about 6k vertically then, for a player with 20/20 vision, they will have something that is close to perfect for their visual system". After that, the human eye finds it hard to see any more detail on screen, which means we probably won't see a huge rush for 16K or 32K (can you even believe we're talking about resolutions this high?). Huddy continued: "That's about 48 million pixels to fill the field of view".

 

NVIDIA also had something to say about 8K, with the Head of GeForce GTX, Scott Herkelman saying: "8K, or anything above 4K is going to require multiple GPUs. 4K for most GPUs is pretty tough, the 980 handles it well but it's still one of those things that the more GPUs you have the better it looks". GPU horsepower isn't the only thing that needs to power the resolution, but imagine what kind of refresh rate is going to be there, and how much bandwidth DisplayPort, or whatever display connectivity is being used, is going to require.

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