Losing your license and paying higher insurance premiums for driving and talking on your cell phone? That's now a possibility if you're a New Yorker. The state has just put a new law in effect that states that those using handheld phones while driving could not only face a fine of $100, but also get hit with two points on their driving record which could lead to higher insurance rates and even a suspended license.
While New York has had a similar texting and driving law in place since 2009, the overall cell phone ban is being called the toughest in the country. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving, which phones can be a huge part of, plays a role in one in five crashes. Other studies refute these claims, but common sense should tell you that not having your mind on the road can get you in trouble.
Don't think that New York cops are going to be afraid to write those tickets; 342,564 tickets were issued in New York for cell phone violations according to the DMV in 2009 when the texting law went into effect. New Yorkers, it looks like it's time to invest in a Bluetooth headset.
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Sony's cracking down on the PS3 pirate world. In a statement released in the Playstation Blog today, Sony has stated that use of "circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently."
With all of the back and forth between PS3 firmware patches and jailbreak features being constructed to foil the new security measures, Sony has made it clear that they're not fans of the act. Lockdown of PS3 devices from the Playstation Network is their way of trying to keep cheaters off of online servers and was the focus of the statement. Watch out wallhacker, Sony's coming for you.
In a result that should have surprised no one, IBM's supercomputer "Watson" soundly beat two of the best Jeopardy! contestants at their own game in a three day competition held this week. While the humans were able to put up a battle here and there, Watson's 90 32-core IBM Power 750 Express servers and16 terabytes of memory were too much for the mere human brainpower of Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.
Rutter, Jeopardy's all time leading money winner and Jennings, who won 74 straight Jeopardy appearances, didn't even come close in the overall tally. Watson's $77,147 in earnings would have beaten the combined totals for Jennings ($24,000) and Rutter ($21,600). Watson's win netted a $1 million prize which IBM is donating to World Vision.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 2nd, 2011
- ASUS N73: One Step Closer to Perfection @ InsideHW
- Brazos comes to Acer's Aspire One 522 netbook @ Tech Report
- ECS P67H2-A Black Extreme Motherboard Performance @ Legit Reviews
- AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s Tested @ Hot Hardware
- Gigabyte P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective
- Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1866 BL2KIT25664FN1869 @ Overclockers Online
- G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 8 GB @ Techpowerup
Battlefield 3 is now available for pre-order through the EA Store. The upcoming super-soldier FPS title is set to hit in Q4 of this year and is currently available for pre-order of the Limited Edition.
The pre-order includes Limited Edition content which is set to be unveiled at the end of the month. I'm hoping this "Limited Edition" content is moulded in the form of a multiplayer beta like Bad Company 2 included. Hit up the EA Store for your pre-order![U][/U]
We all know Beavis and Butt-Head are making their way back to our screens but in what way? The new show is set to be very familiar to the 90's classic, MTV president Van Toffler has said: "They'll be self-contained segments with the boys in different situations like they used to be," Toffler says. "But this time around, they'll watch Jersey Shore, UFC matches and user-generated videos from YouTube, in addition to music videos."
All of the content will be displayed on Beavis and Butt-Head's TV, even if it comes from YouTube. Obviously the time in the show would make the duo in their 30's now, but they will still retain their youth and the same intelligence and humor. Toffer goes on to say: "They're the same boneheads sitting on the same couch, commenting on things through a really simple prism."
Phone Scoop has a scoop of it's own when it comes to Google's Ice Cream by interviewing Google Android Engineering Director Dave Burke who dot pointed a few things which we should expect from the next version of Android.
The new Android OS is tipped to bring an "action bar" at the top of the screen on tablets as well as upcoming phones. What does the action bar do? It provides contextual, app-specific buttong to act on whatever is on the screen at that particular moment, replacing the "press-and-hold" gesture which is meant to be phased out except for drag-and-drop operations.
Dead Island is set to be the next Zombie game we all fall in love with. It's a non-linear first-person shooter which finds you on an island which gets overrun by a horde of zombies. It turned out to be the holiday, from hell! Pardon the pun.
Dead Island allows the player to use anything they find in their surroundings as a weapon and looks to have a bit more heart than the usual zombie, invincible-hero type of games. Check out the trailer above, it's quite the trailer!
Crytek seem to be unaffected by the recent leak of their latest soon-to-be blockbuster FPS title, Crysis 2 by still keeping to their word and releasing a multiplayer demo of Crysis 2 on PC come March 1.
The download page gone live teasing some of the stuff you'll see in the demo. The Crysis 2 multiplayer demo will include two maps, two modes and hours of insane action and fun. Crytek explain it as: