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Microsoft reveals Windows 10 hardware requirements for the desktop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Microsoft today confirmed some of the hardware requirements to run the desktop version of Windows 10, after it is released this summer. The following slide doesn't outline everything required to run the OS, but discusses memory, storage, graphics, screen size and firmware requirements.




The current Windows 10 technical preview requires the following: 1 GHz CPU or faster; 1 GB RAM (for 32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit), 16GB storage capacity, Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver or better; and a Microsoft account along with Internet access.

iDrink - the world's first iPhone case with a built-in breathalyzer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

One of the most interesting, and usable things I've ever seen has just hit Indiegogo: the iDrink. iDrink is a case for your iPhone with a built-in blood alcohol content (BAC) breathalyzer, a first.



All you have to do is breathe into the iDrink with its fold=out mousepiece, and you get "super accurate BAC readings instantly" through their intuitive app. The company didn't stop there, as they also have a "ground breaking video game that changes difficulty based on a user's BAC level". The game is an interesting take, as it provides users with the ability of looking at what it would be like behind the wheel of your car based on your BAC level.


iDrink also helps iPhone users, as it will let you call a taxi to your GPS location, runs off of its own rechargeable battery, and of course - protects your iPhone from bumps and scratches. iDrink requires $20,000 of funding, and has 35 days left to go. The first edition iDrink case costs $150 and ships in March 2016.

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Microsoft fighting Windows piracy by upgrading pirates to Windows 10

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

To help fight piracy in China, Microsoft plans to upgrade users to Windows 10, even if they are currently running a pirated copy of the operating system.




The announcement was made during the WinHEC technology conference in China, where Terry Myerson, OS unit boss at Microsoft, said the company wants to "re-engage" with users.


Software piracy in China has been a major issue for Microsoft and others - with very few effective methods to convince users to purchase legal software. The free upgrade to Windows 10, however, is a major push by Microsoft to make sure its latest OS is installed on millions of PCs and electronics.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 release for the summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Microsoft has announced that it will be unleashing Windows 10 into 190 countries and in 111 languages this summer, with the news coming directly from the Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, Terry Myerson.




We don't have an official date just yet, but with summer running through June 21 and September 22, it's not too far away now. Up until now, we've had various Technical Previews released, and found out that DirectX 12 would be exclusive to Windows 10, and deliver some hopefully impressive technologies and additional performance to PC gamers.

Premera Blue Cross hacked, putting 11M customers at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The Premera Blue Cross health insurer has confirmed it suffered a data breach, putting 11 million customers at risk. Compromised data includes financial information and medical information, including names, bank account data, Social Security numbers, and clinical information.




The FBI is now working with Premera to gauge the seriousness of the data breach, with compromised records dating back as far as 2002. The company is now offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services, Premera said on a special website designed to discuss the issue.


"All of us here at Premera have been by affected by this attack and we understand and share your concerns," said Jeff Roe, President and CEO of Premera. "Please know that we're committed to making sure you get the tools and assistance you need to help protect you."

Internet of Things helping businesses cut energy consumption, costs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Smart appliances connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) could help businesses cut energy consumption, yielding financial savings that can be used for other business ventures, supporters say. A growing number of connected sensors, which are dropping in price, provide more choices for business leaders when embracing smart technology.




Businesses can embrace smart tech that is able to provide additional details regarding energy consumption, where and when it is happening the most, and how to save money. New offerings provide minute-by-minute metering, a unique metric that holds great potential for the future.


"Energy costs for businesses, particularly small businesses, are always a big challenge - especially if that business is energy intensive," said Rob McNamara, executive director of SmartGrid GB, in a statement published by The Guardian. "So any technologies, products and services that can help them reduce their energy costs are typically going to be welcome. And things like smart metering, in particular, can provide them with tangible benefits."

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'Pixels' Movie trailer pits classic arcade characters against humanity

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Can I make it clear in the outset that I have little love for alleged comedian Kevin James and I straight up hate Adam Sandler. Despite their presence the newly released trailer for this summer's video game/ sci-fi action blockbuster 'Pixels' looks to be be pretty promising.



Based on Patrick Jean's viral video from 2010, 'Pixels' pits classic video game characters such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Frogger and Donkey Kong against humanity when they misinterpret Earths interplanetary communications as a declaration of war.


Directed by 'Harry Potter' and 'Home Alone' veteran Chris Columbus, 'Pixels' is released in US theatres on July 24.

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Banks must work to improve cybersecurity defense to prevent fraud

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Improving cybersecurity is a major effort by government agencies and the private sector, with security incidents still occurring at a frightening rate. Financial institutions have focused more on keeping attackers out of their networks, while trying to defend against a large number of attacks.




Most bank-related fraud tends to occur because of the use of false or anonymous identities. However, there is more focus on trying to keep malware from being installed, and to prevent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks from being so successful.


"It is no longer acceptable to simply apologize for a security breach and send a letter out to affected customers," said Dorean Kass, VP at Neustar. "Customers expect businesses, especially banks, to identify fraud and maintain cybersecurity, all while ensuring a convenient experience for its clients."

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Microsoft hasn't shut door on virtual reality with HoloLens

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Microsoft started 2015 with a bang, announcing its HoloLens augmented reality headset - providing wearers the chance to enjoy their physical world blended with digital features.




There is great potential for HoloLens to be used for gaming, entertainment, workplace functionality, and many other uses - but some have wondered if Microsoft planned to focus on AR and ignore the rising popularity of VR.


"I don't think we've locked ourselves out [of virtual reality]," said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, in a statement to Eurogamer. "We've looked at a mixed reality space that we could do with HoloLens and think about it as a unique set of features and technologies to enable, that doesn't preclude us from doing anything in the VR space either from a first-party or partnership prospective. I've used Morpheus, I've used Oculus, I'm going to see more of the demos here."

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More police agencies using body cameras, but are they turning them on?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 17, 2015 9:20 pm

Following the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri last year, a growing number of police departments are rolling out wearable body cameras. The small cameras are designed to provide another viewpoint of interactions between police officers and the public - assuming the officers are using the wearables appropriately.




An independent analysis of the Denver Police Department indicated cameras weren't filming during many cases that required use of force. It would appear that were cases in which "officers forgot to them on" or the "situation deteriorated too quickly," so officers didn't have time.


"Police departments all over the country are saying, 'We're going to use body cameras,'" said Noelle Phillips, Denver Post writer, in a statement published by NPR. "Lots of groups are saying, 'Hey, let's consider all these recommendations, how does the technology work - and make it the best it can be.'"

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