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Project Cars: 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One and up to 12K on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Slightly Mad Studios is finally close to releasing Project Cars, which is one of the best looking games this year, and some would even say it's one of the best looking games this year.

 

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We have found out the resolution that it will be rendered at on the current gerneation consoles, with the PS4 pushing it out at 1080p 60FPS, and the Xbox One at 900p 60FPS. The PC, can go magnitudes higher, all the way up to 12K and whatever framerate your PC can spit out at that resolution.

 

On the PC, you're going to need an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 at a minimum, with 4GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of VRAM. The studio recommends Project Cars players to have a Core i7 3770 processor, or an AMD FX-8350. The recommended requirements also bump up the RAM requirement to 8GB, and the VGA card to a GeForce GTX 600 series, or Radeon HD 7000 series card with at least 2GB of VRAM.

Batman v Superman trailer to drop on April 20, new footage this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

With Avengers: Age of Ultron out next week here in Australia and on May 1 in the US, what better time for Warner Bros. to spin up the marketing campaign for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, than now?

 

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We're being told that we're going to see the sure-to-be epic trailer to Batman v Superman on April 20, as it'll be attached to Mad Max: Fury Road, but we're to expect some new footage, as soon as this week. Zack Snyder, the Director on Batman v Superman, will reportedly release a few seconds of the trailer on Thursday, an hour before the new Star Wars trailer arrives during the Star Wars Celebration event.

 

Snyder will release the footage at 9am PST through Twitter, so be sure to follow his Twitter account.

Weed delivery just got real thanks to investors like Snoop Dogg

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

TweakTown has the 420 on what's going on in the weed delivery startup scene, with rapper and businessman Snoop Dogg investing an unknown sum of money into Eaze, a California-based startup that is aiming to deliver weed to your doorstep, all in less than 10 minutes.

 

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The weed delivery startup has raised over $10 million so far from DCM Ventures, Fresh VC, 500 Startups, and Snoop Dogg's Casa Verde Capital. Ease was founded by former Yammer employee Keith McCarty, where the startup quickly raised $1.5 million in seed funding in November, quickly becoming one of the first weed companies to reel in overseas investors. This is mainly because Eaze doesn't just provide the marijuana, but the technology behind the delivery side of things.

 

Since it launched nine months ago, Eaze has made over 30,000 deliveries, and is looking to expand heavily in the next 50 days where it is aiming to add another 50 members to its growing team.

IBM, Johnson & Johnson want wearables to give doctors more data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

IBM and Johnson & Johnson are working together to create a new generation of virtual coaching solutions and services, aimed at making people healthier - and ensuring doctors are more easily able to view medical data.

 

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Johnson & Johnson wants new health and wellness offerings to help joint replacement and spine surgery patients, using data collected and stored in the IBM Watson Health Cloud.

 

"Healthcare providers and hospital systems are actively trying to make their approach to care more consumer-centric and to understand their patients in new ways," said John Kelly, SVP of solutions portfolio and research at IBM.

Continue reading 'IBM, Johnson & Johnson want wearables to give doctors more data' (full post)

Corsair adds 480GB, 960GB drives to Force Series LS SSD lineup

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Corsair has announced additional solid-state drives to its Force Series LS SSD lineup, including 480GB and 960GB storage capacities. The drives are available now sporting $189.99 and $379.99 MSRP price tags.

 

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File transfer speeds include up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write, and use SATA 3 6GB/s with backwards compatibility to support SATA 1.0 and 2.0.

 

The affordable Force Series LS SSD lineup previously included drives with 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB storage capacities - all drives fit into PCs and notebooks with 2.5" or 3.5" drive bays.

Kaspersky Lab helps provide CoinVault ransomware victims more options

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Victims of the CoinVault ransomware have another option when trying to retrieve information - and not paying a ransom to hackers. Cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has partnered with the National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Netherlands' police, providing decryption keys and a decryption application online.

 

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Using information collected from a CoinVault command & control server, Kaspersky Lab, NHTCU and the Netherlands' National Prosecutors Office hope victims will be able to retrieve files without paying a ransom.

 

"If you get infected with the CoinVault ransomware, please check noransom.kaspersky.com," urged Jornt van der Wiel, security researcher for the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky Lab. "We have uploaded a huge number of keys onto the site. If we do not currently have records for a particular Bitcoin wallet, you can check again in the near future, because together with the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands' police we are continuously updating the information."

Continue reading 'Kaspersky Lab helps provide CoinVault ransomware victims more options' (full post)

Researchers, Houston Zoo give Smaug the Komodo dragon an orthosis

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

The Houston Zoo and Baylor College of Medicine teamed up to help Smaug, a 16-year-old Komodo dragon, use his right foot more effectively. The custom spring-loaded and rubberized orthosis is made of a flexible material that can be easily taken off and off by zoo caretakers.

 

 

The 7-foot, 200-pound animal struggled because he was unable to use his muscles to pull his right foot forward properly, and would land awkwardly - essentially causing him to roll his wrist underneath of his heavy weight with each foot step.

 

"About a year ago, we noticed that Smaug wasn't using his right, front foot normally and that occasionally he was flipping it underneath and walking on the top of his toes," said Dr. Lauren Howard, associate veterinarian of the Houston Zoo. "So that started the last year-and-a-half of our diagnostic investigation into what was going on with him. We're still trying to determine why he's not holding his foot the right way, but in the meantime our goal is to keep him holding his foot upward so he doesn't continue to walk on the tops of his toes."

Continue reading 'Researchers, Houston Zoo give Smaug the Komodo dragon an orthosis' (full post)

Phishing is easy way for hackers to victimize users with cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Phishing remains a successful social engineering tactic used by cybercriminals, taking just 82 seconds to catch the first victim, according to a new report compiled by Verizon. An unfortunately alarming number of 25 percent of phishing email recipients are likely to open the fraudulent email - and trying to educate employees remains difficult for companies.

 

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Instead of worrying about using a complicated software exploit, it's easier - and extremely effective - for hackers to just phish a victim and get them to turn over usernames and passwords. Companies that properly teach their employees to identify and avoid phishing emails reduce their likelihood of falling victim from one in four down to one in 20, according to researchers.

 

"They should be treating employees as tools in the fight rather than as lambs to the slaughter," said Bob Rudis, lead author of the Verizon report, in a statement published by BBC.

Video games create great opportunities to help educate students

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

The US Department of Education hopes to bring teachers, gaming studios, researchers and students together in an effort to find ways to increase educational opportunities. As students rack up even more hours playing video games, the education community wants to find more innovative and proactive methods to teach students.

 

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"If you look at the life of a student a lot of [them] play an average of about 10,000 hours of video games by the time they are graduating high school," said Erik Martin, head of the Department of Education's Games for Learning program, while speaking to Polygon. "That is almost the same amount of time they are spending in schools. You can imagine a lot of the time which of the two activities they might feel more engaged in or more relevant."

 

Understanding that students are playing games, whether mobile, PC or console gaming, it's something that educators can depend on.

Continue reading 'Video games create great opportunities to help educate students' (full post)

Autonomous vehicles prove to be cause of concern for auto insurers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Automakers are pushing towards fully autonomous vehicles in the United States, Europe and Asia, but that may not be a welcome change for everyone. Auto insurance companies are expected to have to deal with self-driving vehicles over the next 10 years, though they will likely have more than 30 years to adjust to widespread autonomous adoption.

 

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If vehicles become safer, the $200 billion auto insurance industry could end up losing billions - a realistic, yet frightening issue that insurance companies already must deal with. Higher-end vehicles have semi-autonomous features designed to keep drivers safe and reduce the chance of accidents.

 

Esurance, State Farm, and other auto insurance companies seem to be taking a cautious approach, waiting to see how autonomous vehicles develop before they hit the open road. It's possible policy rates could be calculated based on miles driven by humans or autonomously - but it's extremely difficult to pick hypothetical scenarios.

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