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Apple says no to Bitcoins, causes people to smash iPhones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 3:32 pm

Apple has laid down its final judgement on Bitcoins, and things are not looking good for iOS users who dabble in the crypto-currency. Today Apple removed the final Bitcoin wallet app from the App Store. The app was named Blockchain which was not the largest to get removed,but Apple axed it without warning.

 

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This caused a major uproar with iOS users who was using Blockchain as their Bitcoin wallet. The uproar has been so great that one Reddit user, u/round-peg, posted an offer to give a new Nexus 5 to the first five people who smashed their iPhones in rage over the Blockchain app being removed from the app store. As you would expect, smashed iPhone images soon began showing up. Blockchain says that Apple banned Bitcoin wallet apps because they felt that the crypto-currency threatened their own payment system, causing Apple to do what it does best, restrict its users. "The only thing that has changed is that bitcoin has become competitive to Apple's own payment system," said Blockchain.

Activision now has three studios working on Call of Duty games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 11:30 am

Until now, Activision had Infinity Ward and Treyarch releasing Call of Duty games every year, but now the studio has asked for another studio to come in and help, with Sledgehammer Games joining in on the COD fun.

 

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The company has said that the three studios will be involved within the Call of Duty franchise, on a three-year schedule, in order to maintain quality while pumping that many differing Call of Duty games out. With Call of Duty: Ghosts coming nowhere near Battlefield 4 in terms of a leap to next-gen gaming, it'll be interesting to see what is in store for Call of Duty this year, and going into the future.

LG rumored to unveil its G Pro 2 earlier, possibly next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 10:39 am

We heard rumors that LG would launch its new G Pro 2 smartphone soon, but it looks like the company could launch its new flagship smartphone earlier than previously anticipated: on February 13.

 

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The South Korean-based electronics giant has sent out invitations for an even on February 13, named "Knock-knock-knockin' on". This would most likely refer to the company's 'Knock On' feature, which lets you wake the smartphone from its slumber with two simple taps to its display.

 

But remember, Mobile World Congress starts on February 21 in Barcelona, so LG might be wanting to jump the gun on fellow South Korean rival Samsung, and its unveiling of the Galaxy S5.

RIP World Cyber Games, a pro gaming league

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 8:02 am

The World Cyber Games professional gaming league will close up shop after being founded in 2000, despite being the largest global electronic sport tournament. WCG officials sent an e-mail that said no tournaments will be hosted in 2014, as the group declined in quality and frequency over the past few years.

 

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"There are many great moments based on your dedication," said Brad Lee, WCG CEO, in a statement to partners. "Although the brand has disappeared but WCG spirit will remain forever in the hearts of each player and fans. This moment is very difficult and painful for me. However, I must say good bye to the WCG."

 

Both PC and console gaming remain popular, but the lure for companies to jump into professional gaming, especially if trying to broadcast it, is difficult because they likely don't anticipate immediate return-on-investment. Instead, the WCG continued to host appealing events that largely flew under the radar to casual gamers and even most of the hardcore gaming community.

U.S. government claims Edward Snowden did 'profound damage'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 7:00 am

The threat of domestic terrorism and attacks by Al Qaida are pressing matters to national security, but many U.S. government officials are instead focused on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A recent official said Snowden has done 'profound damage' to future U.S. security efforts, supporting a previous lawmaker that said Snowden is a traitor and criminal.

 

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"What Snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way, way beyond his professional concerns with so-called domestic surveillance programs," said James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, during a recent Senate committee hearing. "As a result, we've lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources, including some shared with us by valued partners."

 

U.S. citizens, foreign leader, and Silicon Valley executives are upset with the NSA's spying practices, which continually trampled over Internet users. However, many U.S. lawmakers remain unhappy with Snowden, and demand he returns government documents without any further disclosures.

 

Meanwhile, Rep. Marc Thornberry, a Texas Republican, said Snowden's security leaks will "certainly cost billions to repair" moving forward.

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US Marine Corps testing futuristic autonomous base defense system

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 6:00 am

The United States Marine Corps and U.S. Army are now testing the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS), a futuristic automated intrusion system for use by the Department of Defense.

 

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Moving objects are detected via onboard radar system, with multiple laser systems used to autonomously drive the vehicle during security patrol. Infrared and color cameras help the MDARS identify friendly forces and enemy combatants.

 

"We are trying to use it to its full capabilities and (further improve) our defense," said Sgt. Timothy Hanla, Platoon Sergeant, Air Base Guard Force. "It will help reinforce certain areas and catch things our eyes can't catch."

 

Starting in October 2010, there has been continued MDARS testing on U.S. military bases, offering a continued security presence at an affordable price. These systems could also provide an additional layer of defense when used in overseas combat regions, aiding manned and automated defenses.

Sony quits e-book business, will team up with Kobo

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 4:36 am

Sony will shutter its Reader e-bookstore, and will transition customers to the Kobo online library and store, with Reader and Xperia tablet and smartphone users needing to make the move.

 

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The shuttered Sony store was made up of 4 million e-books, magazines, newspapers, mangas, and kids content available to customers.

 

"Kobo is the ideal solution for our customers and will deliver a robust and comprehensive user experience," said Ken Orii, Sony VP of Digital Reading, in a press statement. "Like Sony, they are committed to those most passionate about reading and share our vision to use open formats so people can easily read anytime and anywhere."

 

This isn't necessarily surprising news from Sony, as the electronics giant is currently restructuring to try and cut costs. Also, the traditional e-reader market has slowed down due to the drop in price of the tablet market, adding to growing list of issues facing e-reader supporters.

3D movies drive up all ticket prices, general interest declining

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 3:25 am

There will be 28 3D movie releases in 2014, which is a continued slide in overall releases with consumers showing less interest in the pricier movie experience. A recent industry analyst believes 3D movies will capture just 39 percent of box office revenue in 2014, which would be the lowest ratio sales comparison in more than five years.

 

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A recent Harris Poll study found that 69 percent of American movie goers believe 3D is only so movie studios and theaters can charge more for movie tickets.

 

For the past few years, there was interest from movie theaters want more expensive 2D films, with 3D movie prices lowering slightly, to generate new interest. However, that technique wisely wasn't rolled out, though 3D movie box office sales figures still disappoint.

Paramount's 'Noah' film will be 3D, but not in the United States

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 2:10 am

Paramount Pictures will release a 3D version of "Noah," but it will not be available in the United States, as the studio hopes to generate added revenue in 65 foreign markets.

 

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"Noah" won't be available in 3D for U.S., U.K., Australian and French markets, with the audience expected to embrace "the combination of the pedigree of the director and the cast and the dramatic elements of the story," The Hollywood Reporter learned.

 

Although 3D technology has piqued interest in movie goers and consumers, they are still rather unwilling to pay even more for 3D in the theater - and don't trust 3D HDTVs at home quite yet. It will be revealing to see which movies are released in 3D while at the theater and which geographic markets are targeted.

Titanfall beta drawing major interest from excited PC gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2014 2:10 am

Respawn Entertainment isn't spilling the beans on how to get in on the Titanfall closed beta, only saying that details will be publicly shared in the near future. Beta testers will need to receive an access code before testing the game, and isn't solely for gamers that pre-ordered Titanfall.

 

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Titanfall will be available on the PC and Microsoft Xbox One game console in the immediate future. It's unknown when Respawn will begin the beta, though it's rumored to start on Friday, February 14.

 

Expect the game to be released on March 11 in the United States, and days later for the rest of the world.

 

Gamers might purchase a few different games that seem appealing, but Titanfall is one of the more anticipated PC titles of 2014. Publisher Electronic Arts needs the Titanfall game launch to go smoothly, as a few of its recent high-profile game launches had issues and frustrated gamers.

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