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The Woz says humans will be the 'family pet' for robots one day

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

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been vocal about his concerns related to artificial intelligence and robots, saying the "future is scary" and "very bad" for humans.




To make matters even worse, humans have made machines "too important," and it could be possible for robots to learn at a faster rate than humans can program them. Most recently, Wozniak said the human race could end up becoming pets to AI, even if that won't be for a very long time:


"They're going to be smarter than us and if they're smarter than us then they'll realize they need us," Wozniak recently said during the Freescale technology forum. "We want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time. I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because 'do unto others,'" Wozniak said.

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Sony explains why virtual reality isn't a gimmick like 3D TVs

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

Sony wants its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to help revolutionize gaming, and spent a lot of time promoting the platform during E3. However, some gamers wonder if VR will be nothing more than a gimmick, in a similar sense to how 3D TVs were expected to be the next big thing - and quickly fizzled.




When asked about how Sony plans to promote VR, especially to users that think it's a gimmick similar to 3D TVs, here is what Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, said while speaking with PlayStation LifeStyle:


"Yeah, so people ask me 'is virtual reality the next 3D TV?' And I say, 'No, it's not.' The experience that we are creating is totally different from 3D TV and games on 3D TVs. When you look back, games you played on 3D TVs are almost exactly the same as you've played on 2D TVs. You just get depth simulation inside the TV but it's the same game."

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Report: Virtual reality market worth almost $16 billion by 2020

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

Virtual reality is booming right now, and the overall market is expected to reach $15.89 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 63.18 percent from now until 2020, according Marketsandmarkets.




Oculus VR, Sony, HTC and Valve, Microsoft, and other manufacturers are currently developing VR hardware, with consumers anxiously waiting for more consumer choices. With Sony and Oculus admitting they are "sharing notes" with one another regarding VR, the two frontrunners in the hardware market could help drive interest in the market.


Most of the attention on VR is dedicated to video games and movies, but the technology will likely be disruptive for the medical, industrial, education, retail and marketing, and other verticals. VR will grow to be even more competitive, but opportunities exist as there are new large scale collaborations, partnerships and agreements among software and hardware developers.

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EK Water Blocks has teased its AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Water Block

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

Set out to ensure your AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is single-slot in sizing, EK Water Blocks has designed and announced its new full-coverage water block.




Set for sale soon, this water cooling block is rumored to be released in two different materials according to TechPowerUp - exposed copper and nickel-plated copper. These materials will sit alongside clear acrylic and acetal covers.


Featuring a single-channel for the GPU and VRM, there's an included micro-channel lattice for the GPU and the extended option to purcahse a single-slot bracket for the Fury X display I/O.

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Save 28% on Satechi's Four Port Charging Clamp

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



You'd think that with all the time we spend charging our devices, someone would have thought of a way to save us from the frustrating search for the USB port at the back of our computers. Well, someone did. And now we have Satechi's four-port USB hub on sale for $19.99 at TweakTown Deals.


This compact aluminum hub attaches easily and seamlessly to the front of your monitor-no scratches, thanks to protective padding-giving you easy access to all of your devices as they charge or sync. With four individual USB 3.0 ports, you can even charge your phone, transfer files to an external hard drive, pull up documents you've stored on a flash drive, and sync photos from your tablet at the same time. The Satechi hub is even backwards compatible with USB 2.0.


Don't miss this deal. Get Satechi's four-port USB hub today for $19.99.

Bethesda uncertain if it would hold another keynote at E3

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

During Bethesda's first ever keynote at E3, the company showed off the latest Doom video game, Fallout 4, and introduced Dishonored 2. Grabbing attention during a major press conference and keynotes are simply more effective at this year's E3 over trying to woo people to the studio's on-floor booth.




"I don't know if we'll do one next year," said Pete Hines, VP of Bethesda, in a statement to the Telegraph. "I don't know if we'll do one again. This year felt like the right time to do this kind of thing. Honestly, [this is] where my focus is: execute on this stuff that we're talking about and work with the MachineGames and Tangos and all the other studios to say 'OK, how do we do the next thing with you guys even better?' What does that look like? And how do we push ourselves forward?"


It's an honest opinion from Bethesda, as many large game companies strive for press conferences at E3 and other major events - it allows them a small windows where all of the attention is on just their products and hardware.

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New York Governor won't let drones be used in manhunt for fugitives

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

In the search for two convicted killers able to escape from prison three weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has publicly declined assistance from the Air National Guard 174th Attack Wing. The ANG offered its MQ-9 Reaper drones, which are conducting training missions over Northern New York, to aid law enforcement as they search for Richard Matt and David Sweat.




If Gov. Cuomo wanted to use the drones, his office would need to file an official request with the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The drones, however, have not been deemed a necessity over state police helicopters.


"The only advantage the MQ-9 would have over a state police helicopter is the loiter time," said Eric Durr, spokesman for the NY DMNA, in a media statement. "And the determination was made that it was not a necessary asset."

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Taylor Swift decides to make '1989' available on Apple Music

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

Apple Music hasn't even launched yet, but has caused quite a stir in the streaming music market and among musicians. For Taylor Swift fans, however, here is a bit of good news: her "1989" album will be available on Apple Music.




Swift decided to pull her album from the service, before it even launched, in what she described as a fight to support indie musicians. Apple reversed course and said it would pay musicians during the free three-month trial period that users can sign up for - and that was enough for Taylor Swift.


Swift offered the following comments via Twitter:

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NVIDIA helping Warner Bros. to figure out Batman: Arkham Knight issues

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

Warner Bros. Games has temporarily suspended sales of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC gamers, as there were just too many performance issues. To help get things fast-tracked, it looks like NVIDIA is going to help the game studio identify what's going wrong.




"We are working with WB Games and the development teams to address the performance issues of the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight," NVIDIA confirmed. "We have made our QA and engineering resources available will provide updates when they are available."


Meanwhile, Warner Bros. offered a public apology related to performance issues: "We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards."


Gamers who purchased a GeForce GTX 970 or 980 qualified to receive a free copy of the game, and NVIDIA also promoted graphical enhancements for Batman: Arkham Knight - so it makes sense the GPU manufacturer wants to sort things out.

Introducing the ARCHOS PC Stick, aims to be the best portable computer

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

ARCHOS has introduced the PC Stick, an HDMI-connected drive that is portable and designed to provide an extremely mobile computing experience any where you go.




The PC Stick can be connected to any screen featuring an HDMI port, so it's compatible with monitors, televisions and projectors. The device will automatically boot and show users a full computer with access to Windows mobile programs. Consumers can also connect peripherals and other devices using Bluetooth or the USB port - with access to Windows, Google Android, and Apple iOS keyboard applications and game controls.


The PC Stick runs Windows 10, is powered by an Intel Atom CPU (Z3735F / Quad-core @ 1.33 GHz), Intel HD Graphic, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash storage, and has Wi-Fi, RF, Bluetooth, micro USB and USB connectivity. It retails for just $99.

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