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The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will debut a streaming rearview video mirror

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 9 hours, 19 mins ago

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will include a custom rearview mirror that provides high-resolution streaming video, so drivers can have an enhanced rearward vision. The camera will be located on the CT6's rear bumper and will be able to stream directly to the mirror, increasing the driver field of vision up to four times over just a regular rearview mirror, researchers say.

 

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General Motors partnered with Gentex Corp for the mirror and Sharp for the HD camera and video processing technology. New vehicles have a large focus on infotainment and navigation features, but safety features are a major push forward for connected vehicles.

 

"The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down," said Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer, in a press statement.

Peter Jackson has "never read a comic", won't direct a Marvel film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 9 hours, 26 mins ago

On the promotional rounds for the final entry in 'The Hobbit' series, Director Peter Jackson is now turning his mind to what's next after spending the last few years once again immersed in the world's of J.R.R. Tolkien - and he's pretty sure it won't be a Marvel comic book movie.

 

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Speaking to Moviefone, Jackson offered that he has "never read a comic book in my life" and thus has "no interest in that". Offering a rebuke to the cinematic universe concept that he arguably carved out in his six Middle-Earth movies, Jackson further states:

 

"I don't really like the Hollywood blockbuster bandwagon that exists right now. The industry and the advent of all the technology, has kind of lost its way. It's become very franchise driven and superhero driven... So, yes, I'm not going to head off and do a Marvel film. So if I don't do a Marvel film, I don't have any other choice - I've got to go make a small New Zealand movie!"

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Sony hackers offer truce - so long as 'The Interview' isn't released

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 9 hours, 49 mins ago

Following the cancellation of the impending release of Sony Pictures comedy 'The Interview', which spurned the company crippling hack, those responsible for doing the work on behalf of North Korea have issued a new directive - expunge the movie from existence and everything will be ok.

 

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According to CNN, a new message from the hacking group sent to the heads of Sony states: "..we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately. The message further offers to "ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble".

 

Meanwhile, President Obama has rebuked Sony for their decision to pull the film, complaining that "I wish they'd spoken to me first". Considering the precedent for international relations, Obama said: "We can't have a society where some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States... imagine what they will do when they see a documentary they don't like, or a news report."

Christmas lights are so bright, NASA can see them from space

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 13 hours, 12 mins ago

There is such a drastic increase in lighting during the holidays that NASA has picked up on it, according to a press release published by the U.S. space agency. Specifically, the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite found that metropolitan areas increased 20 to 50 percent brighter during the Christmas holiday season and New Year's.

 

 

"It's a near ubiquitous signal. Despite being ethnically and religiously diverse, we found that the U.S. experiences a holiday increase that is present across most urban communities," noted Miguel Roman, NASA Goddard research physical scientist. "These lighting patterns are tracking a national shared tradition."

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Survey: Company malware breaches not exactly uncommon these days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 14 hours, 16 mins ago

A reported 51 percent of companies suffered some type of malware breach during the past 18 months, with phishing emails and social engineering attacks able to circumvent security filters, according to a survey published by the OPSWAT IT solutions provider.

 

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It's a frightening time for companies trying to keep their networks secure, especially as social engineering techniques - which rely on tricking employees to click fraudulent links or install the malware directly - prove difficult to defend against.

 

"With the sheer number of new viruses introduced every day, it is not surprising that 51% of the respondents experienced a malware breach, particularly since 39% only utilized one anti-malware solution," said Tony Berning, OPSWAT Metascan product manager. "By using only one or two anti-virus engines, companies are exposing themselves to malware threats, since no anti-virus engine can be accurate 100% of the time."

Poll reveals most Americans doubtful of commercial drone use

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 19 hours, 31 mins ago

A new Associated Press-GfK poll discovered 41 percent Americans opposed drones for commercial use, with just 21 percent favoring commercial drone use, and 35 percent still sitting on the fence. Only three percent of those surveyed have flown small drones, but that number is expected to increase in the coming years.

 

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Congress will likely push the FAA to help move things along faster, as the drone industry is expected to create 100,000 jobs and provide $82 billion for the economy in the first 10 years.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will continue to move forward with private and commercial drone use - and companies continue to push forward with drone use for deliveries, filming in Hollywood, agriculture, engineering, and other verticals.

Sony says demand for PlayStation 4 boomed in Europe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 20 hours, 8 mins ago

Sony has been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons in recent weeks, but at least the company's gaming unit has something to cheer about. The PlayStation 4 has seen such high demand in Europe, Sony reportedly has struggled to keep up with European demand.

 

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"If I look at Europe I think it is potentially, for the second year running, going to be quite inventory challenged," said Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO, in a statement to Reuters. "I'm not going to say you won't be able to find a PlayStation 4. I think it's going to be kind of hand to mouth in terms of that market."

 

In the United States market, however, Sony admitted to "tougher" competition due to Microsoft's aggressive Xbox One game console. However, Sony believes sales through Christmas are still in line with its preliminary expectations - and reports will likely be published in early 2015.

Sony's cyberattack likely to become most expensive for a U.S. company

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 20 hours, 17 mins ago

Sony Pictures is facing a public relations nightmare after a major data breach orchestrated by North Korea, and company executives just can't stop the bleeding. The data breach could become the costliest suffered by a U.S. company, with fallout that will surely continue into 2015. Beyond the sensitive documents and personal information stolen, along with the cancellation of "The Interview," there is a strong possibility some actors will avoid Sony in the future.

 

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It remains unclear how much Sony will lose because of the cyberattack, but lawsuits, lost revenue because of "The Interview" being pulled, and other problems will only complicate matters even further.

 

"This attack went to the heart and core of Sony's business and succeeded," said Avivah Litan, Gartner cybersecurity analyst. "We haven't seen any attack like this in the annals of U.S. breach history."

VR technology enables virtual body swapping by psychologists

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 20 hours, 32 mins ago

Thanks to Oculus and their advanced technology, scientists are conducting "virtual body swapping" studies - putting clients through a literal experience of the "don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes" common saying.

 

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One of the main reasons behind conducting these experiments is to test negative attitudes geared toward specific groups - as according to Manos Tsakiris from the Royal Holloway University of London. Tsakiris is one of the authors of a new paper published in a journal named "Trends in Cognitive Sciences".

 

Further commenting on this study, Tsakiris said "once you change people's representations of what their bodies are like, then you can change their social cognition, which is the way in which we relate to others" - wrapping up the success of multiple studies conducted over many years, set to fight bias.

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North Korean hackers might set sights on US telecom, infrastructure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 20 hours, 34 mins ago

North Korea could be using the cyberattack against Sony Pictures as a test run to try out its budding cyber capabilities, with the reclusive government potentially taking aim at US energy companies and critical infrastructure. Despite much of the Western world ignoring its growing cyber ambitions, it looks like North Korea has been able to increase its cyber weapons.

 

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"North Korea's ultimate goal in cyber strategy is to be able to attack national infrastructure of South Korea and the United States," said Kim Heung-kwang, a North Korean defector and former computer science professor. "The hacking of Sony Pictures is similar to previous attacks that were blamed on North Korea and is a result of training and efforts made with the goal of destroying infrastructure."

 

The North Korean government has poured resources into its Bureau 121 cyber warfare unit, recruiting some of the nation's best computer experts - with most of the department's agents originating from the North Korean military computer school. It has successfully attacked targets in South Korea on several occasions, as some networks remain vulnerable to attack.

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