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Check out the second movie trailer for Hitman: Agent 47

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

20th Century Fox has released the second movie trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, which features weapons, car chases and helicopters. Apparently, a corporation wants to use Katia's DNA to help create the next generation of assassins.



The film stars Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds and Thomas Kretschmann. Hitman: Agent 47 was directed by Aleksander Bach and seems like it could turn out to be a rather entertaining action film.


Hitman: Agent 47 will hit the big screen on August 21.

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Want to use Cortana on the Xbox One? You'll need a Kinect

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

If you're looking forward to using the Cortana intelligent personal assistant on the Xbox One, it looks like you'll need a Kinect unit. Cortana integration is expected with a new Xbox One dashboard update sometime in 2015, which is scheduled for some time in the fall.




At the end of this teaser trailer, the following small print is displayed: "Kinect required for Cortana speech recognition."



Even though Cortana responds to voice commands, it's curious since Microsoft didn't spend much time promoting the Kinect during E3. In addition, the Xbox One and Kinect were unbundled in 2014, which allowed Microsoft to cut Xbox One prices.

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Samsung wants to make trucks 'transparent' for safety reasons

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Samsung showed off its "Safety Truck," a customized truck that has a live-feed screen on the back of the truck that streams from a front-mounted camera. The truck is able to let drivers see a real-time view of all oncoming traffic, so you'll be able to determine if it's safe to pass the truck.



The front-mounted camera is cheap enough, but the four outdoor displays are rather pricey - and even with Samsung applying for regulatory approval, it's difficult to imagine this is an affordable effort any time soon. This is still an early prototype project, so additional testing will be required.


If rolled out on a wide scale, this would be especially ideal on single-lane highways - and Samsung has already tested out the truck in Argentina. Additional tests in other locations are currently in the works, though Samsung didn't offer additional details.

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Former Pandora exec says Taylor Swift's antics are 'mostly theater'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Apple moved fast to win over Taylor Swift and musicians, when the company announced it would pay artists while users are enjoying a three-month free trial of Apple Music. Tom Conrad, former CTO and EVP of Product at Pandora, recently took to Twitter to discuss the current drama between Apple and Swift.




Apple Music launches on June 30 and will charge $9.99 per month to subscribers, but is offering a three-month free trial. Swift said she would not allow her "1989" album to be available on the service, in an effort to make a stand for rising indie artists - saying it's not fair they wouldn't be paid by Apple.


"Spotify, YouTube, Pandora and others all pay artists for their free tiers and trials," Conrad said via Twitter. "It's the right thing to do. Swift took her new album off Spotify not because she's not paid, but because she feels their free service 'devalues music.' Swift never pulled from YouTube which is the most popular free service and certainly devalues music if Spotify does."

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EA: Brand and quality are important for mobile game development

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

Electronic Arts and other major game companies are fascinated by mobile game development, even though casual gaming has been successful. It looks like the overall quality of mobile games is increasing, with more development funds and focus on creating a popular new Apple iOS or Google Android offering.




Following Take-Two transitioning Grand Theft Auto for mobile devices via premium sales, studios aren't showing as much interest in live services. However, a free-to-play live-service gaming trend could eventually draw some attention:


"Some will. It'll vary. The Grand Theft Auto game has been relatively successful over the last two or three years," said Bill Mooney, VP and GM at EA Mobile, in a statement to GamesBeat. "It would be a question of whether it's the halo or the experience itself. I'm not capable of answering that. EA believes that some of those hardcore gamer brands - you'll see us explore - in a methodical - committed fashion, stuff like sports. Some of our other brands I expect we'll do. We're actively working on it. I myself am working on brands that gamers love."

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Sony: On schedule to launch Project Morpheus during first half of 2016

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

Virtual reality proved to be extremely popular during E3, with much attention on developments for the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus. Sony is expected to launch Morpheus sometime during the first half of 2016 for consumers, and Sony said its on schedule.




"In terms of development, it's going very well," said Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, in a statement to Engadget. "The hardware is near-complete."


Now that Sony says the team has hardware development locked in, there is more attention towards software development.

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Batman: Arkham Knight is a disastrous PC port, with a 30FPS cap

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

Well... after Rocksteady Studios' kick ass work on Batman: Arkham Asylum, many gamers including myself, were excited to see the studio take control on Batman: Arkham Knight. Well, it looks like they've borked the PC port of it up, with the word 'disappointing' being a true understatement. The NeoGAF forums are filled with posts on Batman: Arkham Knight, with both AMD and NVIDIA owners both noticing issues.




Batman: Arkham Knight seems to be plagued witih multiple issues, with some gamers reporting their hitting a 30FPS performance wall. A workaround has been discovered, but what the hell is Rocksteady doing releasing a game like this with a performance cap of 30FPS in the first place? Did they not test it on PCs?


Other problems with the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight are massive performance issues, with stuttering and audio glitches being noticed by many gamers.

Hackers target computer systems, ground 1,400 passengers

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

Polish airline company LOT had to ground some flights at Warsaw Chopin airport, leaving around 1,400 passengers stranded, after hackers were able to successfully compromise its systems. In total, 10 flights were cancelled and 12 other flights were delayed due to the problem on Sunday.




It took about five hours to resolve the computer issues, and LOT said there was no risk to ongoing flights that were already in the air.


"We're using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry," said Adrian Kubicki, spokesman at LOT, in a statement to the media.

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OnePlus 2 will be one of the first smartphones with USB Type-C

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

It looks like OnePlus is going to be ahead of the curve when it comes to power connectivity, with the company confirming on its Twitter page that their upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone will feature the reversible USB Type-C connector.




OnePlus announced the news on Twitter, saying: "The #OnePlus2 will be the first flagship to use Type C USB. We want to lead the way in power connectivity". USB Type-C is going to give the OnePlus 2 smartphone some great transfer speeds to the PC you're connecting it to, as well as the reversible side which means you won't be guessing which way the USB charger goes in when you're in the dark.

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