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Windows Store is pushing out 4 million downloads per day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 10:24 am

It looks like Microsoft's Windows Store is seeing more traffic, where it is serving over four million app downloads per day. This represents an approximate 135% increase from October 2013, where Microsoft reported 1.7 million daily downloads.

 

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When compared against Apple's App Store, which averages a daily download of around 5.5 million to 6 million from last year's numbers, this is not bad at all. Developers should continue to build apps for Windows Phone, which should only see those numbers increase.

Apple rumored to launch iOS in the Car next week with big car makers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 9:29 am

Apple teased that iOS in the Car was something that was "very important" to the company, and a new product its ecosystem, like iTunes, or Siri. Well the time has come for it to be launched, if the latest reports are to be believed.

 

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The Financial Times is reporting that Apple will unveil formal car integration deals with some of the biggest names in the industry: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. The system still requires an iPad or iPhone in the car to work, so it's not something that is leaps and bounds for Apple, as it would probably like people to expect.

Nokia X rooted, now features Google services and apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 8:26 am

The new Nokia X smartphone has already been rooted using the Framaroot app, with the root providing Nokia's new smartphone with the ability to add other apps to the system. This includes Google's own closed-source apps, which should have people paying attendion.

 

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Nokia X owners can now have Google services on their Android smartphones, even if a company didn't want you to have them on there in the first place. The application framework was untouched, which lent a hand toward the rooted Nokia X being so capable. With Nokia letting you do this, it even allows you to install apps from Amazon, or other sources.

Valve makes Steam Family Sharing available to everyone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 7:24 am

Valve released its Steam Family Options in January, but has just now unshackled Steam Family Sharing from its long-standing beta run, making it available to all Steam users.

 

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If you haven't heard of Steam Family Sharing until now, let's run through it. Steam Family Sharing allows those with blood ties to you to freely share access to retail PC, Mac and Linux game releases through Steam. Valve's official description of Steam Family Sharing reads: "Players who share computers can now also share their available libraries with one another, each earning their own achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam Cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing shared computers and the familiar accounts that log into them".

A new Rocksteady-developed Batman game is rumored to be in the works

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 6:28 am

GameStop received some new Batman banners yesterday, which is teasing a new Batman game to be revealed next week. British game studio, Rocksteady, worked on two previous Batman games, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. The last Arkham game, Origins, was developed by Warner Bros. Montreal.

 

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Then we have the fact that Rocksteady held an event for reporters a few weeks ago, with an embargo date of March. GameSpot has said that the new Batman banner isn't being hung up until March 3, and with secrecy cloaking these new materials, the rumors are flying thick and fast. GameStop's are receiving a poster called "Zeppelin" which is being linked to Batman, according to an unnamed employee.

 

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The Batman rabbit hole gets deeper, though, with GameStop's magazine, Game Informer, normally doing their big exclusive cover reveals in the first week of each month, which is next week. Last year's Batman: Arkham Origins was revealed on a Game Informer cover, too. Then we have the above shot, which displays "Available SKU" on October 8, 2014 - the possible release date of the unknown, and right now rumored new Batman game.

Apple says its competitors are ripping it off, big time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 5:59 am

Apple held its annual meeting yesterday, where CEO Tim Cook had some interesting things to say about the company, its products, and its competitors. Investors and Silicon Valley executives are wondering if Apple is able to transform the technology world with a new device, with rivals taking big pieces of its market share away.

 

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Cook said during Apple's annual meeting: "We're working on some things that are extensions of things you can see and some that you can't see". Cook was referring to the 32% increase in research and development spending in 2013. Cook was hit with a question regarding Apple's innovation, but said that the company preferred to not talk about products that are in development, as it didn't want to tip off the competition.

 

Cook said: "you an see we're getting ripped off left, right and sideways". Cook took some jabs at Google, saying that most Android users are still using older versions of Google's mobile OS, which poses a security threat. Maybe Cook forgot about the hotpot of disaster iOS has been in recently with security. He did compare it to iOS, where the Apple CEO stated that 89% of users on iOS-based devices have the most recent version of the software.

Just 48% of RSA attendees surveyed think NSA overstepped boundaries

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 5:42 am

Just 48 percent of those surveyed during the RSA Conference 2014 in San Francisco believe the NSA overstepped boundaries with its widespread spying activities, according to account management company Thycotic Software.

 

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Most of the focus during the conference was on vendors showing off their software and hardware security solutions - but it was inevitable to hear former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's name - and constant conversations around the NSA booth in the Moscone South Expo hall.

 

"Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the attention around Edward Snowden's alleged disclosures last year has raised major concerns worldwide around the risk posed by insiders who have access to privileged account passwords," said Jonathan Cogley, Thycotic Software founder in CEO, in a press statement. "Regardless of intention, data breaches always have the potential to devastate a company's reputation and create a significant drain on resources."

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Researchers create battery-free gesture recognition control system

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 5:15 am

Computer scientists in the University of Washington have made a prototype of a low-cost gesture control system that requires no battery to power it up. The control system even allows the users to control their devices that are out of sight using TV signals.

 

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This research project is funded by a Google faculty research award and Washington Research Foundation. The prototype called 'AllSee' uses TV signals as a source of power and its way to detect any gesture command from the user. The assistant professor computer science and engineering at the University of Washington said,"This is the first gesture recognition system that can be implemented for less than a dollar and doesn't require a battery. You can leverage TV signals both as a source of power and as a source of gesture recognition."

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Freescale introduces MCU that is smaller than a golfball dimple

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 3:27 am

Freescale Semiconductor introduces the smallest ever ARM based microcontroller (MCU) they made for embedded devices for Internet of Things Market: Kinetsis KL03. The MCU is as smaller than a golf ball dimple.

 

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Rajeev Kumar, director of worldwide marketing and business development for Freescale's Microcontrollers business said,"When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into edge node devices, we can start to redefine what's possible for the Internet of Things. We see the miniaturization of MCUs as a key driver of IoT evolution. With the groundbreaking form factors of the new Kinetis KL03, systems designers for edge node products now have the technology they need to develop entirely new product categories capable, quite literally, of changing the world."

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Andy and Lana Wachowski rumored to be preparing new Matrix trilogy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 3:02 am

A report coming from Latino Review is teasing that Andy and Lana Wachowski are working on a new Matrix trilogy, "with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio".

 

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The report claims that the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. are looking at a 2017 release window. The new trilogy would start with "the birth of the Matrix", but the development situation is in a state of constant change. Going back to the birth of the Matrix would be an interesting thing to see, but I'm sure most people would expect the high-octane, bullet-dodging, slow-mo action of the original movies, if it were to be released as a new trilogy.

 

I'd like to see a reboot of the Matrix trilogy done, with it pushing technological boundaries like the first did. By the time the new movies would be out, virtual reality should be here and with us in multiple generations thanks to Oculus. Maybe an augmented, virtual reality, downloadable version of the film? Now that I'd like to see.

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