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YouTube debuts new live-streaming platform for game developers, will transcode video feed in real-time

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 9:32 pm

Game Developers Conference 2013 - YouTube has announced a new platform for game developers that will allow real-time streaming of gameplay. The new platform will allow game developers to send a stream of content to YouTube's server where it will then be transcoded in real-time.

 

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This isn't the first time that YouTube has helped game developers integrate live-streaming. Black Ops 2, which was touted by YouTube many times during the presentation, already utilizes YouTube for game streaming. This new platform will bring live-streaming support to iOS, Android, and a wider development audience.

 

Live-streaming gameplay seems to be all the rage. Sony put a major focus on it with the PlayStation 4 and it looks like YouTube doesn't want to be left behind. YouTube still has some work to do on the platform, but I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the coming weeks and months. Who knows, maybe it will be used in a majority of Xbox 720 games.

Judge rules mathematical algorithms can't be patented, dismisses lawsuit against Rackspace

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 9:02 pm

Finally a patent judge making some sense. A federal judge has ruled that mathematical algorithms can not be patented, meaning that the lawsuit against Rackspace is no longer valid. Uniloc USA sued Rackspace saying that the processing of floating point numbers via the Linux operating system violated their patent.

 

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Chief Judge Leonard Davis cited a ruling by the US Supreme Court in which they determined that mathematical algorithms cannot be patented.

 

Rob Tiller, Red Hat's Assistant General Counsel for IP:

NPE patent lawsuits are a chronic and serious problem for the technology industry. Such lawsuits, which are frequently based on patents that should never have been granted, typically cost millions of dollars to defend. These suits are a plague on innovation, economic growth, and job creation. Courts can help address this problem by determining the validity of patents early and with appropriate care. In this case, Judge Davis did just that, and set a great example for future cases.

 

Red Hate defended Rackspace in the matter because they supply Linux to Rackspace. Red Hat has a history of standing behind customers.

Check out Activision's incredible animated face shown off at GDC

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 8:34 pm

Activision has shown off an incredible animated face that is so life-like it could be mistaken for a real person. Check it out below:

 

 

Activision showed off this character, described as "next-generation character rendering", during a talk about real-time graphics at GDC 2013. Activision says that an animation, like the one above, can be rendered in real-time on a user's GPU, rather than the massive rendering farms used during animated movie production.

 

There is still a bit more work to go before be arrive at something perfect, but with graphics capabilities increasing every year, it shouldn't be too long before Activision makes a face that is completely indistinguishable from the real thing.

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Google rescinds some #ifihadglass invitations after discovering rules were broken

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 8:04 pm

When Google announced the #ifihadglass competition to win a chance to buy a pair of Google Glass, Google laid out some simple rules. Now that the competition has come to a close, Google has been taking a closer look at those it invited to join the Explorer Program and has found some that broke the rules.

 

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Google has rescinded invitations for those who they have found broke their simple rules. Google said that it can't award Glass to applicants that "did not comply with our terms and slipped through the cracks."

 

We need honest feedback from people who are not only enthralled and excited by Glass, but also people who are skeptical and critical of it. As for the rest of you, please keep that feedback coming - it's all in the Explorer program spirit!

 

Google's rules said that an applicant had to be 18 at the time of submission, have a Twitter and Google+ account that remained active until June 1, and be located in the US. Not too difficult, though we understand why some people might try and get Glass outside the US--they are sweet!

Google doubles down on open-source support, pledges not to sue users, distributors, developers of open-source software over patents

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 7:31 pm

Google has announced that it signed a new pledge, pledging to not sue users, distributors, or developers of open-source software that may violate Google's patents. Google believes in open systems and will only sue if attacked by the group first. This is a big win for open-source developers everywhere.

 

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The pledge is called the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge (OPN) and promises the following: "we pledge not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked."

 

Of course, Google hopes that other technology giants will follow in Google's footsteps. Twitter, though not mentioned by Google, has a similar patent pledge. Twitter's is actually slightly better as it leaves control of the patents in the inventing engineer's hands.

OUYA UK pricing unveiled with orders set to ship to Kickstarter backers today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 6:30 pm

OUYA unveiled the UK pricing structure for its Android based gaming console today. The console with one controller will set UK buyers back 99.99 pounds with additional Bluetooth controllers costing 39.99 pounds each. The device should hit UK shelves in June.

 

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This news comes as the company is set to begin shipping the gaming consoles to its Kickstarter backers today. OUYA was backed by 63,416 people and grossed over $8.5 million for its Tegra 3 based console. If you did not get a chance to back the company's Kickstarter, OUYA has opened up pre-orders in both the US and UK through its website.

 

Yesterday I reported on Makerbot and OUYA teaming up to release a 3D printable customized case for the console, and after discussing things internally here at TweakTown, I have decided that I will print some special TweakTown Edition OUYA cases in TweakTown blue and we will hold a giveaway for them.

 

Keep checking back for more info on that giveaway plus a full review of the OUYA!

BlackBerry releases quarterly financial reports - makes $94 million and ships one million BB10 devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 5:20 pm

BlackBerry has returned to profit after being in the red last year. This morning BlackBerry released its first quarter financial report and there is some good news for investors - Blackberry is in the black again.

 

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The report shows that the company managed to make a profit of $94 million, despite the fact that the BlackBerry 10 not being available in the US during the first quarter. The $94 million of GAAP income stemmed from a revenue of $2.7 billion.

 

That is a stark contrast to $125 million net loss the company saw in the same quarter of 2012. BlackBerry says that it has sold one million BlackBerry 10 devices and managed to push out five million of its older phones. 370,000 PlayBook tablets were also shipped during the first quarter. We will have to wait until the second quarter reports are released before we find out how well the BlackBerry Z10 is doing in the US, but so far this points a much better picture for BlackBerry.

ADATA first with SandForce 5.0.7a firmware, TRIM enabled for ADATA SSDs

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 4:39 pm

It's been a long time coming, but ADATA finally has TRIM for its LSI SandForce based SSDs. If you have a SX910, SX900, SP900, SP800, S511, S510 or S396, we recommend you update the drive to the new 5.0.7a firmware today - grab it from source #1 below. Below is a list of the changes.

 

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1. Fixed a power management condition where the device failed to respond to COMWAKE, which might have resulted in the SSD not responding without being reset by the host

2. Fixed the normalized value calculation for SMART Attribute 9 (Power-On Hours)

3. Fixed a SATA error recovery sequence coming out of PS1

4. Fixed an issue during SMART self-test extended that could cause an unexpected read error

5. Fixed an issue that could have caused the read thresholds to be artificially low during read disturb operations

6. Fixed an issue that could have caused the drive to be unresponsive based on a flash program failure

7. Fixed a theoretically possible instance where an UECC on the flash media while processing unaligned write commands that cannot be corrected by the ECC engine and RAISETM causes invalid data to be returned.

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Google releases images of Japanese town that was evacuated after Fukushima melted down

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 4:29 pm

Namie, a Japanese town near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, was forced to evacuate all of its 21,000 residents in 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami struck the region, which caused the nuclear fuel to melt down. Recently Google was asked to conduct a street view photo session of the city by the city's mayor.

 

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"By photographing the town and making those photographs publicly available, we can show the townspeople the condition of the streets," Tamotsu Baba said earlier this month. "In addition, I want to show the world the true state of Namie." Google took on the challenge and today has posted those images.

 

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In a guest post on Google's blog Baba said:

 

Ever since the March disaster, the rest of the world has been moving forward, and many places in Japan have started recovering. But in Namie-machi time stands still. With the lingering nuclear hazard, we have only been able to do cursory work for two whole years. We would greatly appreciate it if you viewed this Street View imagery to understand the current state of Namie-machi and the tremendous gravity of the situation.

US government is worried about buying IT equipment from China, enacts new law for security

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 28, 2013 3:55 pm

This week the US government passed into effect laws that would restrict government agencies from purchasing IT equipment from Chinese manufacturers without first being fully assessed for cyber security.

 

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The provision, a part of a larger spending bill, was signed by President Obama and forces NASA, The Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to seek and receive formal approval from federal law enforcement agencies, before purchasing any technology systems from China.

 

The law is designed to further prevent future cyber-attacks on the US by Chinese hackers or at least make it harder to do so. Reuters however feels that the law will do nothing more than further strain the already stretched relationship between Washington and Beijing.

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