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Microchip teams up with Intel to strengthen IoT privacy and security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Semiconductor and microcontroller company Microchip Technology announced a partnership with Intel to utilize its Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) technology in future products.




"Microchip has long recognized the importance of security in IoT applications," said Ian Harris, VP of Computing Products Group at Microchip. "Collaborating with Intel to integrate its proven Intel EPID technology demonstrates Microchip's steadfast commitment to providing the very best IoT solutions, by working to enable designers with the safe and secure interoperation of their 'things' with Intel's devices, gateways and servers."


The IoT marketplace is growing drastically, but privacy and cybersecurity remain two major hurdles that must be addressed accordingly. EPID can be used for device authentication, standardization, and helps protect end-user privacy. The need for data security is crucial for the widespread adoption of Things in the workplace and at home, so expect similar partnerships from Intel in the future.

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Razer using Intel RealSense technology for VR and game streaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

During the 2015 Intel Developer Forum, Razer has announced it is working with Intel to include its RealSense technology platform for virtual reality and video game streamers.




Utilizing RealSense, consumers can expect better game broadcasting and VR gaming capabilities, including the ability to change backgrounds while streaming. Intel RealSense-powered cameras provide motion and gesture recognition, 3D scanning, providing an immersive experience.


"Razer is excited to be working with Intel, using Intel RealSense technology to help pioneer work for game broadcasting, as well as with VR, with support from the growing OSVR movement," said Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer. "Gamers will, we expect, be able to enhance their broadcasting and VR experience in unprecedented ways."

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Unreal Engine 4 enjoys new challenges of virtual reality development

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Epic Games wants to see its Unreal Engine 4 become the chosen platform for creating virtual reality applications, with the game studio fully embracing VR. In fact, "almost every one of the Oculus demos" shown to the public was "probably built in the Unreal Engine," according to Epic Games.




"It's easy to be excited about it. A lot of the guys, especially on the game side, there's a bit of fatigue," said Ray Davis, GM of the Unreal Engine 4 business at Epic Games, in a statement to GamesBeat.


It's not just about game studios with large budgets able to create content using Unreal Engine 4, but consumers realistically evolving into creators themselves. Hopefully, VR is able to help drive that interest in the future:

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Boston Dynamics takes its Atlas humanoid robot for a walk outside

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Boston Dynamics recently demonstrated its Atlas humanoid robot going for a walk outside, testing how it handles a dynamic environment outside of the lab.



"We're interested in getting this robot out in the world. All kind of stuff happens out there. You can't predict what it's going to be like," said Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, in a statement during the Fab Lab robotics panel.


The Atlas humanoid robot has been designed so it can navigate rough terrain, using bipedal motion, though it can also use its hands and feet to move around. Atlas features stereo cameras and a laser range finder in its head, and supports 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, with fully functioning hands, arms, legs, feet and torso.

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Microsoft believes it is 'doing things' that can't be matched by PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Microsoft is excited about the idea of cross-platform gaming between the PC and Xbox One, backward compatibility, and other features unavailable to the Sony PlayStation 4.




"For a long time we've had PC gamers and console gamers who weren't really able to play together," said Kudo Tsunoda, Xbox executive, in a statement to GameIndustry International. "That's why cross-play is still such a powerful idea. You should be able to play what you love, and play together, regardless of what device you're playing on. It's about connecting people."


The PS4 has steadily outsold the Xbox One, but Microsoft hopes the recent launch of Windows 10 - and backward compatibility among other upgrades - will help entice gamers. It's far too early to tell if these recent changes will help boost Xbox One unit sales, but it looks like Microsoft is quite optimistic about the future.

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Get your Star Wars PlayStation 4 bundle in November

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Sony plans to release a Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 bundle that will launch on November 17, with pre-orders starting soon.



The custom bundle includes a customized PS4 console and DualShock 4 wireless controller. The PS4 has a Darth Vader image and Star Wars logo, and the controller features Darth Vader's chest panel and Star Wars logo on the touchpad. Gamers will receive the Star Wars Battlefront Delux Edition and downloads for the following games: Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars Bounty Hunter and Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter.


Sony also will release the Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars 500GB bundle, featuring the PlayStation 4 Limited Edition, copy of Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars Edition, and will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart. In addition to the console, controller and games, will also include Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Boba Fett figurines and the Rise Against the Empire Play Set piece.

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Researchers argue if violent video games cause criminal behavior

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

Millions of us play violent video games on our PCs and consoles, without feeling the need to go and commit violent criminal acts. However, there has been increased research into what impact, if any, video games play - especially among younger gamers.




Recently, the American Psychological Association (APA) noted there isn't enough research to put the blame solely on video games. Even though there are reports of increased aggression, it's still not enough to directly blame video games.


"One can never know for sure whether playing violent video games causes violent criminal behavior, because it is unethical for researchers to allow participants to engage in violent criminal behavior in their laboratory experiments," said Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, in a statement to CBS News.

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Windows 10 has been installed on 53 million devices so far

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

It hasn't even been a month since Microsoft released Windows 10, but there have been 53 million installations of the new operating system so far.




According to StatCounter's data, Windows 10 now accounts for 4.95% of the OS market share, with Windows 10 being installed on 1500 machines per second at its peak. NetMarketshare is reporting that Windows 8.1 had 13.09% of the market by the end of July, while OS X 10.10 had 4.74%. Windows 10 has, in three weeks, surpassed Apple's most recent desktop OS.


The best numbers will come directly from Microsoft, with the only announcement so far being 14 million installations. It would also help that most people installing Windows 10 are upgrading for free, from previous versions of Windows.

Apple learned from 'Bendgate,' improved physical design of iPhone 6s

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The likely announcement of a new Apple iPhone has its customers excited, even after the infamous "Bendgate" fiasco from the previous iPhone's launch. The new iPhone 6s is rumored to launch in late September, so carriers in the United States are preparing marketing and sales campaigns to get customers to upgrade.




Carriers aren't the only ones preparing, as Apple has reportedly made a few critical improvements based on lessons learned following Bendgate:


"Each new iPhone launch should hopefully be an all-around improvement, with a focus on more than just the 'bells and whistles,'" said Stacey Vogler, US managing director for Protect Your Bubble. "To avoid a repeat of last year's Bendgate, Apple appears to be looking a a stronger frame this time around."

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LG bets the farm on OLED displays, investing over $8.5 billion

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

LG has just committed a rather large $8.5 billion into developing OLED technology over the next three years, where it wants to see OLED panels in everything from TVs to wearables.




The company has said that the investment is a goal for them to "pioneer this untapped OLED market" and to "keep the competitors at bay". The investment into OLED production will benefit LG in the long run, as the competition in the TV and display space against Samsung heats up over the next couple of years.

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