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Intel thinks it's an 'exciting time' to support the maker community

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 1 week ago

During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel spent a lot of time promoting the "Maker" craze in the current world. Intel corporate strategy officer Genevieve Bell believes it's a great time in the maker movement, with Intel interested in supporting new technology ecosystems created by developers.

 

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Intel is a supporter of the Maker Faire and of Make magazine, with growing popularity in the print publication and global maker events.

 

"It's never been a more exciting and accessible time to invent the future," Bell said during IDF. "It's about changing the world, in small ways and big ways. It's about breaking the rules. Possibilities and disruption. Hard work. Solitary or collaborative. It's not always clear what you are doing. It involves curiosity. It certainly involves failures. It is exhilarating. Sometimes people resist it. To me, that is making."

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Watchdog group wants NASA to end drone testing with Google

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Consumer Watchdog recently asked NASA to stop a special deal the US space agency has with Google, testing unmanned drones over private land. The NASA-Google deal gives Google an unfair advantage over competitors, and taxpayers are left out in the dark, according to the watchdog group.

 

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The Google X Lab and the company's other subsidiaries benefit as Google is testing if cell phone signals can be used for drone air traffic control services. Under current US federal laws, domestic commercial operation of drones isn't allowed - and all drones must be operated by licensed pilots, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dictates.

 

"NASA should suspend this special arrangement with Google immediately - before new test runs start over Merced, California, pending an explanation about how this technology benefits taxpayers and the federal government itself," said Liza Tucker, a Consumer Advocate, in a statement to NASA Inspector General Paul Martin.

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Apple: Just 21% of Apple Music testers have left the service so far

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

After reports that Apple Music members are jumping ship, Apple has issued a statement saying just 21 percent of users have stopped using the streaming music service.

 

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The MusicWatch survey indicated around 48 percent of people testing the service are jumping ship. In its survey of 5,000 users, 28 percent are Spotify Premium members, 11 percent use Spotify free users, and six percent listen to ad-supported Pandora.

 

In late July, it was reported Apple Music had 10 million users - and Apple reported 11 million users in early August - are currently enjoying a free three-month trial of the new streaming service. Spotify has 20 million paid subscribers and about 55 million free users.

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Still plenty of money to be made with online drug sales via dark web

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

The feds might have successfully shuttered Silk Road, and locked away the site's founder, but there are plenty of other drug marketplaces available on the dark web. The underground marketplace is absolutely booming, with more than $100 million worth of drugs and other illegal substances sold each year, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University researchers.

 

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Even after Silk Road 2 was also busted, the success from both sites revealed the huge business potential. Total sales volume ranges from $100 million to $180 million per year in sales volume, according to CMU computer professor Nicolas Christin.

 

Researchers found 70 percent of drug dealers sold less than $1,000, with only two percent racking up more than $100,000 in illicit sales. To make things difficult for federal agents and law enforcement, operators of these sites are embracing encryption and other tools to try to stay anonymous online.

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A Sleek, Powerful Wireless Speaker for $59? Yes, Please

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

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Call us vain, but we like our speakers to impress us with both sound and style. And Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning 2 Bluetooth speaker delivers in a big way... with a big discount to go with it. Get it at TweakTown Deals for $59, a savings of 60%.

 

Lightweight and slim, the Soundfreaq looks right at home as part of a home entertainment system, on a bookshelf, or wherever you prefer to put it. And it's just as versatile when it comes to function, offering four playback options-Bluetooth, a Lightning dock for your iPhone, a line-in jack, and an internal FM tuner, all controlled from the Soundfreaq app. And, of course, we're loving the crystal-clear, powerful sound quality we usually only see in larger speakers. Add to that the handy charging port than can power any of your USB-capable devices, and it's clear why this is such an amazing deal.

 

Get Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning 2 Bluetooth speaker for $59 at TweakTown Deals.

Study: 4 out of 10 government employees ignore rules, put data at risk

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

It's not a surprise that federal agencies have fully embraced mobile technology like smartphones and tablets, but there is great concern that 40 percent of government employees put sensitive data at risk by ignoring agency policies.

 

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A recent study from mobile security firm Lookout discovered employees rooting, jailbreaking and sideloading applications, while still having direct access to work documents, work email, and other possibly sensitive data. The study also found 49 percent of federal employees don't have any form of anti-malware or anti-virus security solution installed, and employees use unsecured devices while handling sensitive data.

 

Not that the policies used by government agencies should be followed in the private sector, but gives decision makers guidelines on behaviors that don't work - and how to avoid them.

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Bethesda: Fallout 4 will top Skyrim as the 'biggest release ever'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Bethesda has grown considerably over the years, evolving from a dev studio to a titan reigning over a consortium of studios and IP's. The company wants to start firing on all cylinders for the future, but first it plans to dethrone Skyrim and crown Fallout 4 as its most popular game release.

 

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In a recent interview with MCV, Bethsoft exec Pete Hines discusses the company's most important game for the next year or so: "I think Fallout 4 can top Skyrim [to become] our biggest release ever. But we will see. It is part of my job to build the megaphone that we hold up to the game, and the game decides how loud it goes. Just how big it is going to be is hard to say. Skyrim was a massively big deal."

 

Although Fallout 4 will be the nexus of Bethsoft's attention for quite some time, it still has a number of other projects like Doom 4 and Dishonored 2 in the works. Hines went on to say that the studio wants to find a consistent stride that involves "releasing up to three to four games a year", but Bethsoft isn't about to release first-party juggernauts like Elder Scrolls and Fallout together in the same period. This push towards more production isn't going to jeopardize the studio's carefully cultivated image of quality over quantity and Hines affirms that we don't have to worry about Bethesda becoming another Activision or Ubisoft.

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Gaming trailers just got real, check this immersive Until Dawn video

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Although not in-game footage specifically, this trailer is "inspired by the emotional experience of Until Dawn" and features one young woman's bid to free herself from the clutches of serial-killing madmen.

 

 

This R18+ PlayStation 4 exclusive title is 'Road Not Taken - Until Dawn' and is based on a classic poem by Robert Frost. The video itself is produced by the PlayStation Australian team and depicts some of the sequences of gameplay you can come to expect in Until Dawn, deciding the fate of your character depending on action you take.

 

The main character, Sam, is played here by Hayden Panetierre, and this short film showcases ways that you might go about escaping or confronting your masked killer, trying all options available through a process of trial and error.

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ORIGIN one of the first to offer GeForce GTX 950 cards in its PCs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

For those looking at pre-built computer systems, ORIGIN PC has been one of the first companies to announce full support of NVIDIA's latest video card release, the GeForce GTX 950.

 

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This 2GB GDDR5 card has been heavily marketed towards 60FPS 1080p gaming, specifically in MOBA games such as League of Legends, SMITE and Dota 2. Further promoted on the ORIGIN PC landing page are games like Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm, Fable Legends and Project Cars for those looking at some variety.

 

Released for the ORIGIN PC line of desktops including the CHRONOS, MILLENNIUM and GENESIS, purchase information can be found here.

Re-live the old days with PAC-MAN 256 on your mobile

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Developed by Hipster Whale and BANDAI NAMCO Studios Vancouver, PAC-MAN 256 is now out on Android and Apple iOS devices in a bid to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this legendary title.

 

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With bonuses added including a 'glitch' and power-ups that enable stealth, tornado's, laser beams and more - this rendition also includes the classic colorful ghosts and collectible fruits we all know and love.

 

Continuing on the PAC-MAN legacy is something that Matt Hall from Hipster Whale is most excited about, saying a recent press release that "Now the day is here people can play our tribute to the PAC-MAN legacy."

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