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New trailer video released for Batman: Arkham Knight

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 5:44 pm

Yesterday Warner Bros. announced the next title in the Batman: Arkham franchise and we were one of the first sites to break the news. Today WB has unveiled the first trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, and after watching the three-minute long video, it appears that the rumors were true. Batman: Arkham Knight could be the best Batman game ever made.

 

 

Batman: Arkham Knight will be a PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One only title, and is rumored to take full advantage of HD and Ultra-HD resolutions depending on which platform you prefer. The developers are able to take full advantage of today's graphics power by choosing not to launch on the PS3 or Xbox 360, and will allow them to take the franchise to the next level. More importantly, Rocksteady Studios is back at the helm which should make up for Batman: Arkham Origin's short falls.

 

The game will center around a villain named Hush, who will be accompanied by Scarecrow, Penguin, Harley Quinn, and Two-Face in an effort to take over Gotham City and clip Batman's wings forever. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Batmobile will finally be driveable a first for modern Batman games, and if anyone can pull it off, Rocksteady is the studio to do it.

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Kingston DataTraveler microDuo works with microUSB ports

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 5:32 pm

Kingston has unveiled a new storage device that will make getting large video files off your Android device quick and easy. The storage device is called the DataTraveler microDuo. The duo in the name comes from the fact that the flash drive is able to work in a USB port or a microUSB port.

 

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If you are an Android smartphone or tablet user, odds are that microUSB port is all you have. If your device supports USB OTG, you can plug the microDuo directly into that port and use a free app to move files to and from the storage device.

 

The drive is offered in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. The flash drive is very small and compact and should be easy to take with you on the go. Since it works with regular USB ports as well, transferring files to and from your smartphone and computer will be easy.

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Asteroid passing between Earth and moon is a "non event" says NASA

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 4:59 pm

NASA is always-on the lookout for asteroids that are coming close to the Earth to ensure that we have some warning of one if them is going to hit the planet and to study ones that pass nearby for science. Today an asteroid that is about 90-feet in diameter is going to streak by the planet between the Earth and moon's orbit.

 

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That sounds close if you don't keep in mind the vast distances in space. The asteroid, called 2014 DX110, will be about 217,000 miles from the Earth at its closest point. It is actually very far away from the planet, even though on a cosmic scale this is a close call.

 

The asteroid will pass the earth at 33,000 mph. At 217,000 miles away from the Earth, it is about 9/10ths of the distance to the moon from the Earth. The asteroid will be at that distance from the planet for about seven hours.

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11-percent of Americans think HTM is actually a STD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 4:30 pm

A recent study conducted by a coupon website is lending some valuable insight this morning into how much knowledge Americans have about tech-related terminology. Published by the LA Times, the study consisted of 2,393 men and women of 18-years of age or older, and were asked a series of questions about several common terms used in every day technology. As someone who lives and breathes tech, the results were quite shocking to say the least.

 

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When asked what HTML was, 11-percent thought that it was a sexually transmitted disease rather than the coding language that powers the internet. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, and is the main markup language for creating web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser such as Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari.

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Dish Network launches Dish Anywhere app for Kindle Fire HDX tablets

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 4:05 pm

One of the cool things about Dish Network is that with its Hopper Whole home DVR system you can watch your favorite shows from anywhere using apps. The apps let you catch up with shows you miss on the road and were previously offered for Android and iOS devices only.

 

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Dish has announced that it is now supporting another popular platform with a new Dish Anywhere app that has just launched. The app is now available for the Kindle Fire HDX line of tablets. The app is available now on the Amazon Appstore.

 

The app gives Kindle Fire HDX tablet users the ability to watch their DVR recordings, TV programs, and on demand titles away from home. The app only works with the Hoppe DVR that has Sling built-in. The app will work when the table is connected to Wi-Fi or mobile broadband.

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Web-based ads top porn as gateway to mobile malware, study says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 12:36 pm

Web-based advertisements overtook pornography as the top source of malware found on mobile devices, with compromised ads rising quickly to the top of the charts, according to security company Blue Coat.

 

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"Being in the security space, we're not often surprised by these stats - but that is a big jump in a short period," said Sasi Murthy, Blue Coat VP of product marketing security, in a statement to NBC News. "[Scammers] work like a business. They're focused on low investment and high return, so they will go where the activity is."

 

Although some mobile users click on links in e-mails and social media messages, compromising Web ads is a more direct approach. Around one in five mobile users pointed towards malware clicked on a compromised Web ad - a major increase from just 5.7 percent during November 2012, according to Blue Coat.

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FreedomPop announces the "Snowden Phone" a fully-encrypted handset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 11:25 am

FreedomPop has just unveiled its Privacy Phone, nicknamed the "Snowden Phone", which allows for encrypted communications. The Privacy Phone can be purchased with Bitcoins if you want another layer of security, too.

 

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The Privacy Phone secures voice and text communications with a 128-bit encryption, but all application and Internet data will be sent through a secure encrypted virtual private network (VPN). If this isn't good enough for you, you can change the phone number on your smartphone at anytime. Steven Sesar, COO at FreedonPop explains: "In light of recent violations in consumer's privacy across social networks and mobile devices, privacy is becoming increasingly important to many Americans and we all have a right to communicate anonymously".

 

He continues: "Large carriers don't have the flexibility, desire or creativity to invest in privacy. We don't agree with this approach and felt it was up to us to create a truly private mobile phone service at an affordable price". The Privacy Phone is just a Samsung Galaxy S II, and costs $189 without a contract. It includes three months of unlimited voice and text, and 500MB of data. After the first three months, it will only cost $10 per month.

Samsung to bake "Driving Mode" into its upcoming Galaxy S5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 10:02 am

It looks like Samsung will be looking after you in the car with its upcoming flagship smartphone, with Dutch website KopenGalaxyS5 posting a leaked screenshot teasing a new "Driving Mode" for the Galaxy S5.

 

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The new Driving Mode will let you use voice commands to do basic functions on the Galaxy S5 without the need of your hands, these commands will include answering your phone, getting turn-by-turn navigation and playing your tunes. You'll be able to do all of this by simply saying "Hi Galaxy" while the Galaxy S5 is sitting in Driving Mode.

 

This will work very close to how Google Now accepts commands by saying "OK Google", and how Google Glass does things by accepting commands by saying "OK Glass".

Yahoo to block Google, Facebook accounts from signing in for services

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 8:29 am

Yahoo is changing things up considerably, with Reuters reporting that the company will soon be removing the option of signing into Yahoo services using your Facebook or Google account - options that have been there for years.

 

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Starting with "Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick 'Em", a fantasy college basketball service, which Yahoo will remove Facebook and Google sign-ins, and soon after, the rest of its services. Yahoo haven't exactly explained the reasoning behind this, but we can presume that its services aren't as lucrative as Google and Facebook's services.

 

Yahoo ID holders will have their accounts and history looked at more closely, so the company can better monetize them - just like its competition does. A Yahoo representative reached out to The Verge, who said: "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone".

BlackBerry CEO is honest, says comeback chance is at 50%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 5, 2014 7:36 am

BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, has been very honest about the problems his company faces coming back into a now very tightly controlled smartphone market. Chen talked about it previously, where he compared it to a sick patient in desperate need of emergency surgery.

 

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During a recent interview with The Financial Times, Chen said that BlackBerry's odds of making a comeback sit at around 50%, with everything coming down to how well he, and his team execute it all. The CEO said that losing key corporate and government clients hurt the company, but he has always had a goal of keeping new customers by providing superior services and products that focus on "our heritage and roots - delivering enterprise-grade, end-to-end mobile solutions".

 

Chen's plan to turn things around involves multiple parts: selling low-end smartphones, where it will leverage its partnership with Foxconn, monetizing its BBM messaging platform, and becoming a much bigger player in the cross-platform corporate mobile device management market. Company finances are expected to be stabilized by 2015, with Chen hoping that the company is profitable after that.

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