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California court allows use of mobile navigation while driving

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 1:27 pm

A California court made a ruling which pointed out that using maps or any mobile navigation while driving is not against the law.

 

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The judge said that the statute was enacted in 2006 at a time when wireless telephones was just a telephone rather than an electronic device with multiple functions. Recently it was known that a driver was fined for $165 for using his mobile phone to navigate in heavy traffic. Though the driver was found guilty of violating the laws of the state of California, he made an appeal which worked in his favour.

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Next-gen Wolfenstein game is 1080p at 60FPS on both Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 1:25 pm

Bethesda has confirmed that Wolfenstein: The New Order will be running at 1080p, but also at a silky smooth 60FPS on both the next-gen consoles. Bethesda announced the news through a statement to GamingBolt, in a response to reports that the PS4 version of the game would be the higher fidelity version.

 

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But, that was wrong, as both the Xbox One and PS4 will be running at 1080p at 60FPS. Bethesda put it simply: "The Xbox One version of Wolfenstein will run at 1080p/60fps". This is some good news for Microsoft's struggling next-gen console, which seems to be second-best to the PS4 when it comes to gaming horsepower.

 

Thief runs at 900p on the Xbox One, versus 1080p on the PS4, and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes runs at 1080p on the PS4, versus the piddly 720p on the Xbox One.

Don't believe in climate change? Apple CEO says sell your Apple stock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 12:17 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook has a strong stance on people who don't believe in climate change, so much so that he recommends you "get out of the stock" if you don't believe in human-made climate problems.

 

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During Apple's annual shareholder meeting on Friday, not only did the Apple CEO claim that its competitors "getting ripped off left, right and sideways", but he pushed that Apple is concerned about the environment. Cook rejected the suggestion from a conservative, Washington D.C.-based think tank that the company has given up on environmental initiatives that don't contribute to Apple's bottom line.

 

The organization, the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) hasn't thought highly of Apple's increasing reliance on green energy, or seeing Cook hire the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, to take control of sustainability efforts for Apple. Ahead of meeting, NCPPR General Counsel, Justin Danhof said: "We object to increased government control over company products and operations, and likewise mandatory environmental standards. This is something [Apple] should be actively fighting, not preparing surrender".

 

Cook didn't take it nicely, reminding Danhof that even though Apple has plenty of cash reserves, it is not in the business of caving to shareholders demands, especially those driven by politics. Cook said: "We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive. We want to leave the world better than we found it". The Apple CEO said that anyone who finds the company's environmental dedication either ideologically or economically ill-advised, that they can "get out of the stock".

Spritz wants to see you reading at 1,000 words per minute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 11:34 am

I can type much quicker than I read, so anything that helps me read faster, is great. Spritz, a Boston-based startup, is working on an incredible text streaming technology, that will see people reading pages of text much faster than they've ever previously thought possible.

 

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The way this is possible, is that Spritz has crafted a technology that stops you from you having your eyes moving from word to word, by removing the page altogether. With Spritz, all you need is 13 characters to show all of your content, with fast streaming coming in and changing this all up. Spritz's technology is capable of being pushed into photos, maps, videos, and websites for much faster, more effective communication.

 

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The way Spritz does this is instead of you reading in a line, it has the words appear in front of you, positioned much differently - something the startup calls the "Optimal Recognition Point", or ORP. The ORP is the "fixation point" which stays still, while the words flash through it. ORP is displayed in red, which saves a lot of recognition time in your brain when reading.

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British Spy Agency considered using Microsoft Kinect for Surveillance

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 1, 2014 10:29 am

Edward Snowden leaked new documents which shows that a UK spy agency GCHQ considered using Microsoft Kinect camera to conduct mass surveillance on unsuspected individuals. It was revealed that GCHQ ran a program called 'Optic Nerve' which would target 1.8 million Yahoo users and mass collect their webcam images.

 

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According to the news report, Optic Nerve project started with a prototype in 2008 and started by using Yahoo webcam to collect images. It also contained information about GCHQ considered using Kinect for a similar form of surveillance. Though the concept never came into play, many documents indicated that Kinect camera can provide 'fairly normal webcam traffic' as a part of Optic Nerve Program.

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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.

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