After news reports revealed a 32-year-old Taiwanese man died after an epic three-day gaming session, many people said he was foolish and should have known better. However, experts are speaking out to discuss the topic, due to increased headlines and more people suffering from these types of incidents. Prolonged gaming sessions can lead to health and psychological problems, including repetitive strain injuries all the way to visual hallucinations.
"For me, addiction boils down to constant reinforcement, or put more simply, being constantly rewarded while playing the game," said Mark Griffiths, chartered psychologist and director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University, in an editorial posted on CNN.
He also explained the rewards that gamers can receive from continuous gaming.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have announced a partnership to launch a robotic space mission that will lift off by 2021. Both programs will share proposals and development duties equally, as each proposal must be signed by a lead investigator from Europe and in China.
Proposals are due in March, peer review begins in April, and mission selection is scheduled to occur before the end of the year.
"The goal of the present Call is to define a scientific space mission to be implemented by ESA and CAS as a cooperative endeavor between the European and Chinese scientific communities," the ESA recently said in a statement. "The mission selected as an outcome of the present Joint Call will follow a collaborative approach through all the phases: study, definition, implementation, operations and scientific exploitation."
Google Android and Apple iOS users are likely familiar with having just about any app available to them, but Microsoft Phone and BlackBerry users have a significantly smaller number of apps to choose from. However, that's something BlackBerry CEO John Chen wants to hopefully change in the future, as the effort to boost BlackBerry sales continues.
Chen believes these "app neutrality" laws could help even the playing field, despite Android and iOS clearly leading the mobile market.
"Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service," Chen recently stated in an open letter. "Netflix, which has forcefully advocated for carrier neutrality, has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them."
Cooler Master have crept their way into our headlines yet again - this time thanks to JPModified and their "Centurion 2" build, featuring more awesome rigid tubing watercooling.
Featuring Bitspower fittings, tubing and radiators, Jesse Palacio from JPModified has gone for a 'space creating build' - making the internal cavity of this case look extremely spacious and spread out, further creating a simplistic and elegant looking build.
This build is all housed inside a Cooler Master 609II case and features gaming-grade technology components like a Bitspower-cooled GTX 780ti DCUII and an i7 4770k which is all tied together with an ASUS Z97 Sabertooth motherboard.
Ford recently opened a new 25,000-square-foot research center in Silicon Valley, with the aim of generating new innovation. The facility has 21 full-time engineers, scientists and app developers, and the company plans to expand staff levels up to 125 by the end of 2015.
"What I'm so struck by, the valley here is a marketplace of ideas," said Mark Fields, President and CEO, during the facility's grand opening. "When you're shopping for a house, it's all about location, location, location. Here, it's about being in the right neighborhood because of all the collection of companies. Our folks going to the coffee shops will run into folks form other companies and strike up conversation."
The company had a previous research center in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it only hosted eight employees - and with Ford's ambitions towards autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and other tech-centric solutions, a larger staff was desired.
Consumer electric vehicles are rising in popularity among US drivers, and companies hope to build success creating new generations of electric trucks and buses. To help fight increasing fuel costs, there has been an increased effort in eco-friendly commuter buses and trucks - but most still rely on diesel.
"It's really our vision and mission to free trucks and buses from fossil fuels," said Jim Castelaz, CEO of Motiv Power Systems. Motiv was founded five years ago, isn't profitable, and has just seven electric trucks currently out and about - with one of them currently in the shop. However, Motiv may be working towards a sweet spot by providing truck manufacturers with software and components to manufacture their own electric vehicles.
However, if three million medium duty trucks are replaced with electric trucks, companies could collectively save $100 million per day for fuel costs alone, Castelaz predicts.
Thirty-two percent of users who share an Internet-enabled device, such as smartphones or tablets, with relatives, colleagues or friends don't take precautions to protect their information, according to a survey from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.
Many people use PCs, smartphones, tablets and other devices with at least one other person, with one in three users saying they share devices - but don't have proper security protocols in place while sharing technology.
"Sharing a computer or smartphone increases the risk of malware infection, data loss or account theft, so it is important to take precautions," said Elena Kharchenko, Head of Consumer Product Management at Kaspersky Lab. "Always keep backup compies of important files; delete information that should not fall into the wrong hands, especially by disabling form autofill; try to control user access rights on the device - and most importantly - use programs that provide protection against cyber threats."
Starbucks continues its mobile dominance, racking up 7 million smartphone purchases per week, and mobile payments now account for 16 percent of total transactions, the company confirmed earlier this week. Starbucks has heavily promoted its My Starbucks Rewards program, with the loyalty program offering discounts and free perks to frequent customers.
Furthermore, Starbucks hopes app-based ordering will cut order lines down, helping both mobile and non-mobile users.
There is a growing number of mobile users browsing a store's website or app, but they still tend to rely on cash and debit or credit cards when making a purchase. Somehow, Starbucks has found a way to convert many store customers into mobile shoppers - and continues to build momentum.
In an effort to help take bitcoins mainstream, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss want to create a regulated bitcoin exchange, a "Nasdaq of bitcoin" that is insured by the FDIC. The current state of bitcoin is relatively unstable, and despite businesses accepting bitcoin payments, hackers have taken interest in finding ways to steal the popular cryptocurrency - not to mention the continued slide in bitcoin value.
The so-called Gemini exchange would be self-funded by the Winklevoss brothers, as they look to create an infrastructure designed to receive federal support. "Right now we have to build the infrastructure," said Tyler Winklevoss, in a statement published by the New York Times. "You have to walk before you run."
Between Mt. Gox "losing" bitcoins, and bitstamp being hacked with $5 million worth of bitcoins stolen, having a federally-insured offering could help win over potential consumers and investors.
Attention on cyberattacks typically tends to focus on data breaches, but nonprofit groups likely face a higher risk of ransomware attacks. These types of attacks typically begin with a phishing attempt that gets an employee to unknowingly install custom malware designed to encrypt files - and hold critical data for ransom, or the files will be left permanently compromised.
As nonprofits are adjusting efforts to reach fundraising goals, people donating to these groups expect a certain level of security while contributing money - and a ransomware attack can be extremely detrimental.
"In 2015, the number of unique cybersecurity threats has surpassed the 300 million mark, growing at a steady rate of almost 40,000 new threats a day," said Catalin Cosoi, global security strategist of Bitdefender. "But it's not only the sheer number of malware that poses an immediate risk to nonprofits across the United States. Some of these viruses now specialize in extorting businesses by encrypting data and then asking for money in return... for the decryption key."