Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,633 Reviews & Articles | 56,377 News Posts

TweakTown News Posts - Page 2064

Google rumored to offer Fiber areas with mobile phone service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:32 am

Google Fiber areas are rumored to get a lot better in the future, with the Mountain View-based search giant looking into offering Fiber customers a mobile phone service.

 

google_rumored_to_offer_fiber_areas_with_mobile_phone_service_01

 

The Information has its sources, which said that Google is interested in becoming a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO. Google could offer its mobile service through Wi-Fi access points that are built directly into the super-fast Fiber service. This means that the company would only require the traditional mobile network when its service is unavailable or insufficient.

 

Even if Google were to announce this, it's not going to affect much of the mobile market in the US as Fiber only reaches a small handful of US residents at the moment.

EU votes to end mobile roaming charges, wants telecom reforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 7:27 am

The European parliament has voted on a very important step for the European Union, where it would see roaming fees completely wiped away between EU member states - something that is being bundled as telecom reforms.

 

eu_votes_to_end_mobile_roaming_charges_wants_telecom_reforms_02

 

The new package was originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, where it would see Europe move toward being a single market for the mobile world. This news comes on the heels of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers. If the law passes with ministers from member nations, citizens of the EU could see roaming charges being a distant memory.

 

We could see this pushed in as early as the end of next year. The EU telecom reform package includes stronger protection for net neutrality, which will make it illegal for network providers to block or impose speeds on data based on the sender, or recipient.

Copyright holders shifting focus to attack pirates making money

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:52 am

There is a shifting strategy to try and fight Internet piracy, with the old strategy of targeting individual users eliminated in favor of shutting down organized piracy rings.

 

copyright_holders_shifting_focus_to_attack_pirates_making_money_01

 

There are three emerging strategies to target piracy: force ISPs to block subscribers from accessing sites with pirated content, shut down advertising streams on pirated sites, and trying to pressure search engines to not index and show links to sites with pirated content.

 

"Disrupting the money unlawful websites make from advertising could make a real difference to the fight against copyright infringement," said Ed Vaizey, creative industries minister, in a statement. "It is an excellent example of what can be achieved through industry, government and law enforcement working together."

Continue reading 'Copyright holders shifting focus to attack pirates making money' (full post)

EA secures writing talent from Uncharted developer, Naughty Dog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:36 am

The former Creative Director of Naughty Dog, the studio behind the immensely popular Uncharted series, has joined Visceral Games. Amy Henning will work on a new Star Wars project over at EA.

 

ea_secures_writing_talent_from_uncharted_developer_naughty_dog_04

 

Visceral's Vice President and General Manager, Steve Papooutsis, announced the news through EA's The Beat blog, where he said: "Amy has long been recognized as one of our industry's top visionaries, and is coming off an amazing run as the Writer and Creative Director of the Uncharted franchise. But her contributions go beyond the games she helped create at Naughty Dog and at Crystal Dynamics, where we worked together many years ago".

 

"As both a colleague and friend, I've always admired her approach to creative development - focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player. This fits in perfectly with what we're trying to do here at Visceral and Amy's going to help us continue in our pursuit to make the most thrilling, immersive games in the world".

Continue reading 'EA secures writing talent from Uncharted developer, Naughty Dog' (full post)

Reading every book in Elder Scrolls Online would take 32 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 5:31 am

Some of you may be playing The Elder Scrolls Online before you read this, but if not, spare up around 32 hours if you're the kind of person who wants to immerse themselves fully into the world.

 

reading_every_book_in_elder_scrolls_online_would_take_32_hours_03

 

Why 32 hours? Well, that's the amount of time it will take you to read the 2,235 books that are in The Elder Scrolls Online - some 480,000 or so words. There are some other impressive numbers from the infographic, such as you'll need to kill 119,050 mudcrabs to reach level 50 within the game. There are an insane 10,202 non-player characters in the game, and to meet all of them in real life, it would take the average person around 15 years.

 

There are 61 million items in the game, and over 40 million different weapon variations within The Elder Scrolls Online world. Over five million players registered for the beta, which is quite an astounding amount of gamers.

Telltale is bringing some of its biggest games to Amazon's Fire TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 4:33 am

Fans of Telltale Games' incredible The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us should be glad to hear that the developer is making its episodic hits available on Amazon's Android-powered set top box, Fire TV.

 

telltale_is_bringing_some_of_its_biggest_games_to_amazon_s_fire_tv_02

 

Better yet, Telltale has already made The Walking Dead: Season One available on Fire TV, the second season, The Wolf Among Us, and the upcoming Game of Thrones title set to come soon. Telltale didn't provide an exact date, but we should hopefully see an announcement soon.

Microsoft to move San Francisco office to new downtown location

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:41 am

Microsoft will move its San Francisco office to the Financial District's "crown jewel," located at 555 California St., renting the second and third floors. The San Francisco Microsoft office specializes in sales, marketing and engineering, and the employees won't have to move very far away.

 

microsoft_to_move_san_francisco_office_to_new_downtown_location_01

 

The average price of office rentals in the area is about $58 per square foot, while Microsoft is expected to pay $62 per square foot. The 555 California Street building is the second tallest building in San Francisco, and is easily noticeable as it stands above the Financial District.

 

Microsoft also has a Silicon Valley location in Mountain View, California, where most of the company's regional employees work. Microsoft reportedly wants to expand into Sunnyvale in the near future, though an exact location hasn't been selected.

 

I've attended meetings and tech training sessions in the current Microsoft San Francisco office, and believe moving to a separate office building will be ideal. If visitors know to enter the Westfield mall and how to get on the elevator and find the appropriate floor, it's easy - but first-time visitors sometimes end up aimlessly wandering around in circles.

Google's impressive Project Ara technology detailed in a new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:26 am

Project Ara is getting closer and closer, with Google hosting its Ara Developers Conference between April 15-16, but the Mountain View-based search giant has decided to show off a behind the scenes look at its development process in a new video.

 

 

The video introduces you to some of the crew of the Ara team, where you get to have a tease of some of the prototypes floating around, and how some of these pieces will gel together in the end to make your own personalized smartphone. We should see more details at the Ara Developers Conference in just a couple of weeks time.

Continue reading 'Google's impressive Project Ara technology detailed in a new video' (full post)

Rhapsody tosses its hat into the Google Chromecast arena

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:06 am

Ever since Google opened up the Chromecast SDK to developers, support has been added to services and apps at a blazing pace, and today Rhapsody became the latest in a long line of recent additions to the $35 media streaming dongle. Today Rhapsody announced that it had updated its Android and iOS apps to now support Chromecast.

 

rhapsody_tosses_its_hat_into_the_google_chromecast_arena_1

 

This meas that Google Chromecast users now have access to more than 32 million songs that Rhapsody holds in its collection. Chromecast support has also shown up in the Napster app which is owned by Rhapsody and used mostly in the UK. Today's announcement follows a similar release by Rhapsody's competitor Rdio earlier this week.

Investigation into Experian breach and how it happened

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 2:37 am

Credit bureau Experian is now facing a multi-state investigation following a data breach that left almost 200 million people at risk of data theft.

 

investigation_into_experian_breach_and_how_it_happened_01

 

"We are investigating," according to a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, in a statement to Reuters. "It's part of a multi-state investigation."

 

Vietnamese citizen Hieu Minh Ngo pleaded guilty for his part in the theft, in which he sold stolen information to a large number of cybercriminals.

 

It shouldn't be surprising to hear there is a thorough investigation into the breach - not only was the company compromised using clever social engineering - Experian is a leading credit bureau in the United States.

Continue reading 'Investigation into Experian breach and how it happened' (full post)

loading