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Octopus helps inspire researchers developing new camouflage technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Researchers impressed with octopuses and squid and their impressive camouflage abilities have created a color-changing camouflage technology. A study published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" journal revealed a new flexible material consisting of light sensors and temperate-sensitive dye. The technology is able to detect and adapt colors based on its surroundings, but is currently limited to black and white only.

 

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Researchers wanted to study animals in the wild, specifically cephalopods able to camouflage themselves, in an effort to create a new material from collected data. The U.S. Navy has helped fund research, but there has been a great amount of interest from private sector companies hoping to utilize this type of custom material.

 

"Real cephalopods are capable of levels of active camouflage orders of magnitude more sophisticated than our system," said John Rogers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researcher, in a statement. "But we hope to eventually design manmade systems that rival those we see in biology."

FBI investigates reported theft of 1.2 billion Internet credentials

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The FBI is currently investigating the theft of 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords compromised by Russian criminals. Credentials were taken from more than 420,000 websites and servers over a few years, with Hold Security obtaining some of the credentials earlier this month. The hacker group responsible has become better organized using sophisticated tools to compromise data, and originated from simply being a spam operation.

 

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Not much is known about the breach, though it includes stealing data from both small and large websites in multiple countries, including the United States and Russia. It remains unknown which companies are vulnerable due to the theft, and it's unknown what the criminal gang plans to do with the stolen data.

 

"The FBI is investigating the recently reported incident involving the potential compromise of numerous usernames and passwords, and will provide additional information as the nature and scope of the incident becomes clearer," said Josh Campbell, FBI spokesman, in a statement to the media.

Verizon Wireless provides most reliable network quality, report says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Verizon Wireless has the best network quality out of the top four U.S. wireless carriers, according to a new report released by RootMetrics. Verizon and AT&T are extremely close in the rankings, with T-Mobile leapfrogging Sprint to capture the No. 3 spot.

 

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The RootMetrics report indicated Verizon dominated testing, capturing overall network performance, network speed and network reliability. The company's wireless service seemed to perform well in metropolitan areas and at individual state levels, RootMetrics pointed out.

 

"Verizon has recaptured the top spot in speed, while AT&T has slipped a little," said Bill Moore, RootMetrics CEO, in an interview with CBS News. "Overall the companies are neck and neck. When it comes to reliability, AT&T is getting closer to parity with Verizon."

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Amazon Fire Phone being hampered due to AT&T exclusivity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Amazon Fire Phone sales are being hampered due to exclusivity to the No. 2 wireless carrier, AT&T, according to a recent study released by Chitika Insights. Instead of directly monitoring the overall number of users, Chitika tracked the amount of Web activity through the phone, studying "tens of millions" of ad views.

 

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Industry analysts noted that limiting itself to just one of the four major U.S. wireless carriers would have an impact on sales. It appears Amazon was ready to make the Fire Phone a long-term project and didn't expect immediate success with its introductory device.

 

Meanwhile, the LG G3 smartphone saw a rise in sales, especially when Verizon Wireless and Sprint introduced the device to their subscribers. Amazon likes to keep sales figures secret from the media and general public, and it will be difficult to verify Chitika's research, but it wouldn't be surprising to hear Fire Phone sales grinding away.

Snapchat rumoured to be planning a news service

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Absorbing your daily dose of hard-hitting news isn't exactly the first thing Snapchat will conjure up in most people's minds, but that's exactly what the ultra-temporary messaging app is rumoured to be proposing.

 

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12 top media companies are thought to have already been in discussion with the platform about content, and it's thought that video and TV clips could be embedded as well. Details are a little thin on the ground at the moment, but considering Snapchat's absolutely enormous userbase, it's not too much of a surprise the company and potential media partners will want to take advantage.

 

If the rumours are true, it's possible the platform - dubbed Snapchat Discovery for now - could either launch in a standalone app or be integrated into the existing service.

Lockheed Martin, US Navy moving ahead with human exoskeleton testing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

The U.S. Navy is currently testing the Lockheed Martin Fortis exoskeleton, designed to help Navy ship maintenance personnel carry heavier loads. Lockheed has developed two separate exoskeleton suits and will work closely with the Navy to analyze which one is better designed to help workers.

 

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Testing will be done at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington. The unpowered, lightweight Fortis exoskeleton increases the wearer's overall strength and endurance, and testing is being done as part of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) program.

 

"Ship maintenance often requires use of heavy tools, such as grinders, riveters or sandblasters," said Adam Miller, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control director of new initiatives. "By wearing the Fortis exoskeleton, operators can hold the weight of those heavy tools for extended periods of time with reduced fatigue."

Twitter adopts policy to remove pictures of the dead by request

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Popular microblogging social network Twitter has said it will now officially comply with requests from family members to remove pictures and videos of the recently dead.

 

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A spokesperson, Nu Wexler, said that Twitter will remove imagery of the dead in "certain circumstances" and will so so to "respect the wishes of loved ones." "When reviewing such media removal requests," Wexler said, "Twitter considers public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not be able to honor every request."

 

However, family members will be expected to provide documentation that proves they're within rights to make the request. These requests will be valid from "when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death," Twitter morbidly outlined.

Ubisoft CEO urges Nintendo gamers not to buy Assassin's Creed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Ubisoft doesn't plan to release any more games for the Nintendo Wii U, and Watch Dogs was the last title for the struggling Nintendo game console, according to Ubisoft.

 

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Moving forward, Ubisoft plans to support the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii through the rest of 2014 and next year - but wants to push forward to utilize the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

 

"It's very simple," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in an interview with Game Informer. "What we see is that Nintendo customers don't buy Assassin's Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers. What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we'll move to the new hardware. After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems."

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Google's self-driving car will speed when traffic around you speeds up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

During a recent interview with Reuters, Google's Lead Software Engineer Dmitri Dolgov said that Google's self-driving car is programmed to sit within the speed limits of the roads, most of the time.

 

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However, if traffic around your autonomous car is speeding, your self-driving car will go up to 10 mph above the legal speed limit to keep up with the traffic around you. This is a double-edged sword, as the self-driving car removes human error, so even while speeding, it is picking up every single detail of the road - the speed and varying distance of the other cars around you, other objects, and would slow down and avoid accidents, even when speeding - better than most drivers.

 

What happens when you get a speeding fine, though? Who is at fault if you have an unavoidable accident while your self-driving car was speeding on your behalf? Would you drive a self-driving vehicle if you knew it was going to be speeding at times?

Jimmy Fallon plays GoldenEye on the N64 against Pierce Brosnan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

For those who remember Rare in their prime, GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64 was one of those games that was just amazing at the time. Well, when Pierce Brosnan was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, they battled it out on the N64 in GoldenEye.

 

 

Fallon destroyed the real-life Bond, who said he had only played GoldenEye once before this. Fallon seemed to be having a good time, as he said it was a childhood dream of his to battle the real-life Bond in GoldenEye 007.

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