The Pentagon is investing millions of dollars to develop technology that can be used for brain implants able to help patients recall memories. The surgically-installed implant is the latest idea from "neuroprosthetics," designed to help military personnel wounded and suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania and University of California at Los Angeles, working together on the Restoring Active Memory program. Geared towards declarative memory, which is the brain's method to "record and recall times, places and other facts necessary for daily living."
"We don't have the Rosetta Stone for the memory system," said Michael Kahana, University of Pennsylvania computational memory lab director, in a recent statement. "The DARPA project is trying to dramatically accelerate that effort to decipher that Rosetta Stone. We're poised to do it. With this multisite effort, we might just be able to pull it off."
To celebrate this week's release of the semi sequel to '300' - 'Rise of an Empire' on home video formats, our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.
Filled with over an hours worth of extra features including a documentary and featurettes, '300: Rise of an Empire' is sure to be an audio and visual treat on Blu-ray.
To go into the running to take one copy home, simply correctly answer the following question in 35 words or less:
Which actor played King Leonidas in the original '300'?
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on July 17th. The total prize pool is approximately $199.75.
'300: Rise of an Empire' is available on 3D, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray and DVD + UltraViolet combo packs from Australian retailers on July 16th.
Street walkers and criminals trying to exploit prostitution are finding great success by becoming more Internet savvy, promoting their activities with little risk of law enforcement interference. Higher-end escorts - generating $500+ per hour for their "company" - rely on websites and Internet advertising to generate interest.
A survey of sex workers found they gave an average response of 3.91 on a scale of 1-10 when asked about risk of arrest - and more than 31 percent of those asked rated risk just 1 or 2.5.
"If a prostitute invests in her website's copy editing, professional photographs, or video, this may signal to potential customers her quality, education level, or income (and thus popularity or success in the market)," said Scott R. Peppet, University of Colorado law professor, in a recent research paper. "Such signals matter: evidence suggests, for example, that sex workers proficient in English can charge higher prices and are more likely to attract customers, and that prostitutes willing to reveal an accurate picture of themselves command higher prices."
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is popular with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with patrols increasing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drones are flying along the border, but the large costs in manufacturing and staffing drone teams remains controversial.
The federal government has $39.4 million in funding committed to surveillance, and billions spent combating illegal immigration and drug trafficking, drones are an effective, yet expensive option.
"Border Patrol wants the money and it wants the drones," said Gregory McNeal, Pepperdine University law professor and drone expert, in a statement to NBC News. "This is the kind of crisis where, if you are Border Patrol, you seize the opportunity to get more funding from Congress."
Sony has been pushing into the smartphone market for a while now with its very well-built Xperia line of devices, but now we're hearing about the purported Xperia Z3, which looks like it might come with a slightly modified design.
The Xperia Z3 from these leaked photos looks a little different, which might make it slightly more comfortable in the hand thanks to its curved sides. We can see a magnetic connector, microSIM slot, microSD card slot, rounded power button, dedicated camera shutter button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We should expect the same water- and dust-resistant goodness from the previous Xperia smartphones, too.
On the rear, we have the incredible 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which was a real treat on the Xperia Z2. We should hopefully hear more about the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 later this year.
Samsung is on the offensive lately, taking a stab at Apple iPhone users calling them "wall huggers" but in its latest ad for the Galaxy Tab S, it takes a swipe at the iPad's inability of multitasking.
You can see in the first video a father and his baby, where the baby gets upset because the tablet is only capable of displaying one thing at once. But when the dad puts on a kids movie, the baby becomes happy - because the Galaxy Tab S can multitask, and do two jobs at once. The second advertisement, below, sees the Galaxy Tab S display (which is a 2560x1600 panel) versus the Retina display on the iPad Air (which runs a 2048x1536 display).
This ad concentrates on the Super AMOLED panel, where the iPad user can't see a character within a movie. But on the Super AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S, that man appears in plain sight. The ads don't do much to convince customers to buy the Galaxy Tab S (well, to me anyway), but it's a good way to show that the Galaxy Tab S has some specs that punches right into the iPad category.
What may come as a surprise with few gamers, free porn video website YouPorn is interested to sponsor an E-sports team who are playing either League of Legends, DOTA 2 or HearthStone.
League of Legends, DOTA 2 and HeartStone are few of the games that are played on the professional level in many countries, with a large userbase of players, spectators, fans and even sponsors. The Prize pool is also equally large. Hearthstone Blizzcon Tournament had a prize pool of $250,000. Valve's 'Ther International' 2014 tournament reached a prize pool of a jaw-dropping $10.5 Million. Many smaller events were held in many countries, both as either a city-wide or a national tournament held every year.
YouPorn recently posted a Twitter message (NSFW Warning) asking opinion about the website sponsoring an e-sports team. As one would expect, this attracted a lot of comments, including those who have been asking if YouPorn would be interested in sponsored an E-sports team for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and even for Starcraft 2 team.
It looks like things could get quite good at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in September, according to DigiTimes' sources. These sources have said that Intel will show off its 14nm processors in September, but it will also be teasing its 10nm wafers at the event, too.
DigiTimes' sources said: "Intel will release its 14nm Core M-series processors in the fourth quarter and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015". Intel is expected weaker-than-expected yields, and has a lot of 22nm-based processors in its inventory, and mixed with poor PC demand right now, Intel has reportedly "postponed 14nm processor production, which is planned to be conducted at its Fab 42 in Arizona, the US", according to these sources.
According to these sources, we should expect TSMC to pump up the mass production of its 20nm process in Q3 2014, where it will announce its 16nm FinFET process in 2015, followed by a 10nm process that will enter mass production in 2016.
It seems that AMD is working on a new APU using 28nm process and stacked DRAM, codenamed 'Carrizo'. It is said that these APUs will benefit from HBM (Higher Bandwidth Memory) implementation compared to current DIMM slot counterparts.
Though the reports are unconfirmed, it is known that AMD is collaborating with Hynix to make stacked DRAMs. The HBM provides higher bandwidth which will benefitted by the APU especially by the onboard graphics core. The APU will be made with 28nm process, but the onboard HBM die will be based on 20nm process. Its speculated that Carrizo's APU core die size is smaller than Kaveri.
HBM can provide maximum bandwidth of 128-256GB/s, which will prove to be a better implementation over DDR4 support. These APUs will most likely use the FM2+ socket and maintains 65w TDP envelope. If AMD incorporates on package DRAM solution, it will allow higher speeds for the memory and have lesser latency even compared to DDR4 implementation and it would cost lesser than integrating L3 cache. Whether the stacked DRAM be implemented in all of Carrizo APU lineups and feasibility especially for low-cost APUs is currently unknown.
Battlefield 4 fans, get your trigger fingers ready for the month-long event that is Battlefest. This event is geared for all BF4 gamers, getting them read for the launch of Battlefield 4's new DLC coming this week, Dragon's Teeth.
The new Dragon's Teeth expansion rolls out this week with five new weapons, a new unlockable gadget in the form of a Ballistic shield, a new game mode, 10 new assignments, and a new Battle pickup. Gamers can now also submit their in-game screenshots for a daily contest known as Battleshots. Battleshots will see a daily winner taking home an AMD Radeon GPU (!), a $50 gift card to the DICE store, and a Battlefield 4 Premium membership for the platform of their choice.
The goodies continue, with the daily contest not the only thing that BF4 gamers have access to, but gamers will also receive a free camo in-game unlock each week, and another double XP weekend early next month. Battlefest also includes weekly community missions and a stunt video competition where the top 12 submissions get selected by DICE for some truly great prizes. These prizes include the nine finalists receiving an AMD video card valued at $300, while the top three winners get voted by fans, each receiving an AMD-powered PC worth over $3,000.