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NASA is developing a traffic management system for drones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 5:14 am

With more and more people using drones, mixed with companies like Amazon using it for delivering retail goods, the skies will soon be filled up with automated, unmanned drones. Things could get busy up there, and with no management of traffic, it could lead to disaster.


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NASA is now leading the pack, by developing a traffic management system designed specifically for drones, with the team at NASA's Moffett Field aiming to construct an air traffic control system for low-flying aircraft. Drones usually fly at between 400-500 feet. The system would be similar to existing traffic control system, where the drone system would monitor weather conditions, as well as keeping an eye out for other drones in the sky.


Buildings and other low-flying news helicopters would have to also be kept in check, with drones easily smashing into them if wind was to funnel up and veer it off course. This is something that traditional planes don't need to worry about, as they're cruising at above 30,000 feet.

See Godzilla destroy your house in Warner Bros. promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 4:37 am

This summer's 'Godzilla' reboot did solid business for Warner Bros, grossing half a billion worldwide theatrically and in preparation for this months release of the film on home video, the studio had launched a novel, but very cool interactive promotion at


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Utilising Google Maps, users can input their address (or ex-partners address or workplace for that matter) and witness a superimposed Godzilla foot destroy the location in a fiery conflagration. The promotion seems to work worldwide.


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'Godzilla' hits Blu-ray in the United States on September 16th and in Australia on October 1st and includes a range of additional features such as featurettes and behinds the scenes snippets.

Lenovo teases its Vibe X2 smartphone, could launch with Android L

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 3:45 am

Lenovo is expected to unveil its new flagship handset at IFA 2014 this week, with the company using an interesting form of marketing. The image below shows that we should expect the Vibe X2 on September 4, but it also has Lenovo saying "We can't say anything either."


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It's a nice play on Apple's "Wish we could say more" marketing on its 9/9 unveiling of the new iPhone, but Lenovo has an exciting phone to unveil, too. The Lenovo Vibe X2 should arrive with a 5-inch 1920x1080 display, an 8-core processor running at 2.2GHz, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal flash storage.


The second part of the tease on the Vibe X2 from Lenovo is that we can see that there's a lollipop there - Lollipop has been the rumored codename for Android 5.0, or Android "L", with the "L" being Lollipop, or Lemon Meringue Pie. IFA is going to be filled with huge smartphone releases this year, with the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung, Xperia Z3 from Sony, new handsets from HTC, smartwatches from pretty much everyone, and then days later Apple will unveil its new iPhone in Cupertino, California.

IDC: Mature tablet market levels off, as tablet projection drops

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 2:41 am

The tablet market is maturing and in established markets, two consecutive quarters indicate the tablet market is slowing down - as demand in mature markets leveling off. The IDC research group dropped its tablet forecast for 2014 down to 233.1 million units - still 6.5 percent year-over-year growth rate, but significantly less than the estimated 12.1 percent growth rate.


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"When we look at the global picture, it would be easy to say that the tablet market is slowing down," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "But, when we start digging into the regional dynamics, we realize that there is still a good appetite for this product category. While mature markets like North America and Western Europe will combine for flat unit growth in 2014, the remaining regional markets will generate 12% unit growth over the same period."


Some journalists and tech enthusiasts said they don't necessarily have demand for a new tablet, as they can use evolving smartphones - and older tablets - to browse the Internet, check email, and play games.

BlackBerry plans to launch Passport smartphone on September 24

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 1:42 am

Smartphone maker BlackBerry plans to host a media event on September 24 to launch Passport, its latest device the company hopes will compete with the Apple iPhone and Google Android smartphones. Events will be held in London, Toronto and Dubai - and consumers have known about the smartphone's launch for several months now.


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The Passport features a 4.5-inch LCD square screen providing 1440 x 1440 resolution, and features a QWERTY keyboard. The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and an Adreno 330 GPU.


"In September, we will host an event to showcase our device portfolio for the [fiscal year 2015]," said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, during a June earnings call. "We're launching a brand-new device called Passport in September in London. Most of the information has been leaked to websites, so you guys should go ahead and check that out. This will follow by the Classic coming out in November."

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Apple says its iCloud service was not breached in celebrity photo leak

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 3, 2014 12:54 am

Apple says that hackers did not breach its iCloud and Find My Phone services to steal nude photographs of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, and others. It might be a clever spin, as Apple didn't necessarily deny that the images originated from iCloud or the Find My iPhone apps.


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It's possible the images were taken from iCloud backups instead of iCloud photos, though some of the images came from non-Apple smartphones.


"None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple's systems including iCloud," Apple said in a recently released statement. "We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."

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Domain names give hint to next batch of DC Comics superhero movies

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 11:40 pm

With Marvel storming the barn with the their stable of feature films, including this years 'Guardians of the Galaxy' grossing over $554m worldwide, DC comics have been looking on enviously. But with the forthcoming 'Batman V Superman' currently filming in Detroit and studio plans to release nine features between 2016 and 2020, it looks like their future plans might make them a force to be reckoned with.


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Now, thanks to a bunch of domain name registrations registered by Warner Bros. corporation, we have our first hints at what those other films might be, and they include characters such as Wonder Woman, Shazam, Aquaman, and what no doubt Warner hopes will be their rival version of 'The Avengers'; Justice League.


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Whilst none of these titles have yet been dated, the next DC Comics release; 'Batman V Superman' hits cinemas on March 25, 2016.

Microsoft snubs order, will not turn over overseas emails

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 11:40 pm

Microsoft is appealing a ruling and doesn't plan to turn over customer emails that are stored overseas, after the order was lifted by Judge Loretta Preska, from the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, might lead to the company being found in contempt. The judge previously supported the feds with a ruling in late July, but gave Microsoft time to appeal, and both sides have until September 5 to determine how to move forward.


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Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith noted that the company plans to protect user privacy both in the United States and overseas. It's a confusing legal case, especially considering Microsoft keeps data store overseas, but legal experts previously said the data is under the control of a company based in the U.S. - and that's why the emails must be turned over.


"Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal," a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters in an interview. "Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen."

Seagate finalizes acquisition of LSI's flash business from Avago

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 10:33 pm

Storage giant Seagate has finalized the acquisition of LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) and Avago's Flash Components Division (FCD). As the storage industry continues to evolve, Seagate wants to continue to expand its flash storage abilities. Seagate hopes to use the LSI ASD business unit's experience in PCIe flash products to help grow its own market share moving forward.


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"There is a growing opportunity for mobile and enterprise flash-based storage solutions, which is why we're excited about this strategic technology acquisition," said Steve Luczo, Seagate CEO, in a press statement. "Integrating LSI's Enterprise PCIe flash and SSD controller products, and its engineering capabilities into Seagate's leading storage technology portfolio and product development will expand our ability to meet a broader base of customers' needs and drive new revenue opportunities."


The storage industry has been extremely competitive - and relatively volatile over the past few years - with a number of high-profile acquisitions. Seagate has remained competitive against EMC, Western Digital, and other companies in the consumer and enterprise markets.

Home Depot breach leads to stolen customer payment information

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 2, 2014 9:00 pm

Home Depot is now working with banks and law enforcement to investigate a data breach that led cybercriminals to steal customer payment information, including debit and credit card data. The Home Depot breach could have started in April or May, and reportedly affected a large number of customers. The data made its way to an underground forum and was called "American Sanctions," reportedly in response to further U.S. and European sanctions against Russia.


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"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, Home Depot spokesperson.


Consumers are urged to use cash or credit card payments in retail stores - debit card payments can be risky, forcing shoppers to closely track their bank statements. Hackers taking a political stance, trying to retaliate against the U.S. for further sanctions in a tense situation between Russia and the Ukraine, adds another layer of chaos to data breaches.

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