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Consumers, businesses testing out bitcoins, regulators not as happy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Thousands of businesses and e-tailers might have jumped on the bitcoin bandwagon, but that doesn't mean regulators are as enthusiastic. Without legal guidelines to help draw a clear road map, there is a risk that bitcoin innovation will be limited - even with more consumers interested in making purchases from retailers using the cryptocurrency.


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"We have sought to strike an appropriate balance that helps protect consumers and root out illegal activity - without stifling beneficial innovation," said Benjamin Lawsky, New York Superintendent Financial Services. "Setting up common sense rules of the road is vital to the long-term future of the virtual currency industry, as well as the safety and soundness of customer assets."


Bitcoins aren't insured or backed by banks, and that could make it difficult for regular users that want to keep the cryptocurrencies as an investment - and with some countries, such as Ecuador banning bitcoins - these type of problems will remain a significant problem moving forward.

Ubisoft: console makers are 'pressuring them' into 30FPS for PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Ubisoft had a few of its staff visit a school to explain their work, with some truly interesting things revealed about the company who thinks 60FPS 'looks weird'. Someone asked the Ubisoft employees "what the hell happened with Watch Dogs", to which the Ubisoft employee, who was the 'Online Programmer' said that just before they release a game, they have to send a copy to console manufacturers, who tell them what to keep in the game, and what to take out.


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But it gets better: the Game Architect said that they always try to aim for 60FPS, but due to "limitations", they have been settling at 30FPS for their latest games. He continued, saying that console makers are pressuring them into doing the same thing on PC. The Game Architect continued, saying that Ubisoft reuses as much code as possible, which could explain the similarities between a few of their games.


Someone else asked if the company was "aware of the negative responses of the recent decision to lock your games into 30FPS. If so, what do you think about that?". The Game Architect said that on consoles, and especially for something like Assassin's Creed: Unity, they have to choose between graphic fidelity and smoothness. 'timois', who made the thread on Reddit, said that "he implied that MS is making them lock the framerate on PC too".

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'Independence Day 2' release date shifted to take on 'Mummy' reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

There's been some rumblings in the last few weeks regarding the long awaited 'Independence Day' sequel, with star Jeff Goldblum confirming he is on board, and confirming that he has met multiple times with Director producer duo Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin.


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With Emmerich's latest picture 'Stonewall' in post production, pre-production is expected to soon begin on the picture, and distributor Twentieth Century Fox has also confirmed a release date change, moving a week earlier from the July 1st 2016 release, to June 24th 2016. This puts the release almost exactly twenty years from the release of the original picture.


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The new date also puts 'Independence Day 2' in direct competition with Universal Pictures 'The Mummy' reboot, helmed by screenwriter turned director Alex Kurtzman.

U.S. Navy looking forward to testing counter IED systems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The U.S. Navy has developed a new solution to better combat radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a popular attack method used by terrorists in the Middle East and Africa. The new electronic jamming system was developed with help from the Northrop Grumman Information Systems, with the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) including three different versions.


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The dismounted system is a mobile unit that can be carried in a backpack, with a mounted variant attached to military vehicles. The third version is a fixed variant that can be installed at fixed locations, such as forward operating bases (FOBs) or camps.


"This is an important system for force protection and we are very pleased with its progress," said Capt. Aaron Peters, Navy Expeditionary Mission Program Office program manager. "I look forward to the prospect of getting this robust capability into the hands of our warfighters."

Google Glass wearer being treated for Internet addiction

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The first person suspected of Internet addiction related to his overuse of Google Glass has been treated - and he reportedly used Glass up to 18 hours per day and rarely took it off - becoming irritable when he wasn't using it. The problem was so bad that the patient had what was described as having a "nearly involuntary movement" of his right hand up to his head, and then tapped the area with his forefinger.


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Following 35 days of treatment for Internet addiction, the patient's irritability dropped, along with less movement of his right hand to his temple to activate the device, scientists noted.


"People used to believe alcoholism wasn't a problem - they blamed the person or the people around them," noted Dr. Andrew Doan, US Navy Substance Abuse and the Recovery Program (SARP) head. "It's just going to take a while for us to realize that this is real."

Google expanding U.S. shopping delivery service, competing with Amazon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Google is planning to expand its same-day delivery service for U.S. consumers, in an effort to compete with Amazon and other companies interested in jumping into the online shopping market. Google Express will expand to Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C., in addition to current markets in parts of California and New York City.


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The service costs $10 per month - or $95 per year - slightly cheaper than the $99 per year cost of Amazon Prime. When consumers shop online, Amazon is one of their first stops while browsing, which is why Google hopes to shake up the industry a bit further.


Google is including additional retailers for its service, such as PetSmart and Vitamin Shoppe, with more retailers expected to jump on the bandwagon next year.

Mobile malware threats rising, but actual infection rates still low

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Computer security companies have had their hands full keeping PCs and other devices secure from cyberattackers, and while mobile malware is still overlooked, the threats are continuing to grow. There is serious concern that hackers will infect smartphones and tablets using malicious programs that are able to act like legitimate apps - giving them access to a large amount of information on mobile devices.


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"We think the threat is real; we think it's a growing threat," said Gary Davis, McAfee chief consumer security evangelist. "We think there's a laissez-faire attitude with consumers not giving it the same kind of attention they give other threats."


Despite the lack of mobile attacks, where Google Android devices receive 98 percent of total mobile threats found in the wild, other operating systems need to be aware of security problems. Furthermore, mobile malware still has a lot of room to grow, even with thousands of Android-based malicious threats already spotted by security researchers.

Assassin's Creed Rogue PC version to hit Windows PCs in early 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Ubisoft has confirmed Assassin's Creed Rogue will be available for the PC in early 2015, but will be released later than the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 versions. However, the delay was due to production reasons, according to Ubisoft, as PC gamers should be used to getting access to Assassin's Creed titles following their console counterparts.



"The PC version is coming out early 2015,"Ubisoft recently confirmed to Eurogamer. "PC fans who enjoyed Assassin's Creed 3 and Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag will be able to discover the missing links between these two epic stories with Assassin's Creed Rogue."

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One in 10 British citizens to embrace wearable technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Six percent of the UK population are currently using a wearable device, and that number should double to 13 percent of the population next year, according to studies. It will be a drastic increase from 2.8 million people up to 6.1 million, as more citizens become familiar with smartwatches, activity trackers, fitness bands, and other popular wearables.


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The YouGov study predicts that 4.7 million people, roughly one in 10 UK residents, will use some type of wearable before the end of 2014 - a number that will be greatly helped with the release of the Apple Watch. Companies such as Samsung, LG, Apple, and other major technology brands are developing wearables to appeal to casual users.


Manufacturers will need to create innovative software that will be able to keep customers engaged - and wearing the devices - as growth is expected to accelerate.

Russian cybercriminals hit NATO, Ukraine, and other targets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Russian hackers were able to target NATO, Ukraine, European Union and private sector companies using a Microsoft Windows exploit, according to iSight Partners. Russia reportedly has organized state-sponsored cyberattacks, so it's no surprise to hear they launched attacks against geographic and political rivals. iSight informed Microsoft about the problem so the company is able to resolve problems and plug the hole to prevent future intrusions.


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iSight wasn't able to confirm what type of data was taken in the data breaches, though cyberattacks originating from Russia continue to plague companies. Furthermore, the five-year cyber espionage effort, named "Sandworm Team" by iSight, also included references to science fiction series in the malicious code.


"Your targets almost certainly have to do with your interests," said John Hultquist, iSight cyber espionage head. "We see strong ties to Russian origins here."

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