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NVIDIA's rumored Shield 2 codenamed 'Loki', powered by Tegra X1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 1:11 am

According to the current rumors, NVIDIA is working on a successor to the Shield, which should be powered by the company's impressive Tegra X1 processor.

 

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The reports are coming from something being spotted on the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and the Wi-Fi Certification Alliance, which came a couple of months ago, but now we're seeing Zauba with a new report. The new report states that the next-gen Shield should rock LTE capabilities, as well as LPDDR4 RAM.

 

NVIDIA has given it an awesome codename of "Loki" which would make sense as Shield is part of the Marvel universe, and Loki is Thor's brother (and one of the best things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe - thanks Tom Hiddleston). The new Shield 2 should be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor, which has support for 4K 60FPS, and even 1080p at 120FPS. It rocks an 8-core processor, DX12 support and 256 GPU cores, so we can expect the next Shield to be an even bigger portable gaming powerhouse.

IBM outs cybercriminal group running 'Dyre Wolf' scam

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 12:48 am

A well-organized Eastern European cybercriminal group is using social engineering that includes phishing and phone calls paired with malware to steal money from US businesses. IBM, which discovered the surprisingly sophisticated operation, call it "The Dyre Wolf" - and while the group has netted just $1 million so far - the organization of the group is rather alarming.

 

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Once victims click on a fraudulent link or attachment, the malware is installed and waits for users to access a bank website. Instead of going to the bank's website, a fake screen says the bank website is down, so victims have to call a phone number. Once dialed, victims turn over bank information and a large money wire transfer is initiated by the criminals.

 

"What's very different in this case, is we saw a pivot of the attackers to use a set of social engineering techniques that I think are unprecedented," said Caleb Barlow, VP of IBM Security, in a statement to Reuters. "The focus on wire transfers of large sums of money really got our attention."

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Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break delayed to 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2015 12:23 am

Microsoft has just lost itself an Xbox One exclusive for this year, with the company coming out and announcing with Remedy Entertainment that Quantum Break won't be seeing the light of day until next year.

 

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Head of Publishing for Microsoft, Shannon Loftis, said: "We've got the strongest games lineup in Xbox history right now, with 2015 blockbuster exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, and Forza Motorsport 6, and more we'll announce in the coming months. With so many games launching this year, moving Quantum Break to 2016 extends our incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP".

 

Sam Lake, Remedy Entertainment's Creative Director and the face of Max Payne explained: "We're really proud to be part of the incredible Xbox One line-up. We thank our fans for their patience, and want them to know that the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine tune the game to create the kind of standout entertainment experience they've come to expect from us".

 

It can't just be me, but does it feel like 8/10 of the AAA games are being delayed these days? Developers are getting way to trigger happy with announcing release dates, because these games are all obviously not ready if they need three, six or 12 more months (or sometimes more) to get their game up to scratch.

Rockstar releases GTA V trailer for the PC in 1080p 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 11:56 pm

Grand Theft Auto V is closer to its release on PC than ever, that is if Rockstar doesn't delay it yet again, and in order to build up to that release we have the 1080p 60FPS trailer to the game.

 

 

As you can see from the trailer above, it's just some fodder to check out - there is no gameplay footage which I'm pretty disappointed about. We're only 12 days from release and there's no 1080p 60FPS actual in-game footage? What about some 4K 60FPS in-game footage? I haven't pre-ordered yet, have you?

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Some banks feel threatened by rise in mobile payments ecosystem

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:11 pm

Companies jumping into the mobile payments market have executives at Canadian banks nervous, with Apple, Google, and others trying to encroach on the banking industry.

 

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"New technologies are raising consumer expectations of what banks do - and how they do it," said Bharat Masrani, CEO of Toronto-Dominion Bank, in a statement to shareholders. "And in many cases, they are being deployed by non-traditional entities to compete in the banking space."

 

To help compete against major disruption from tech companies, banks are creating their own mobile applications to cater to members. Some are choosing to partner with mobile payment providers, while others are creating apps so customers can withdraw money from ATMs using their smartphones.

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Google lets developers test Android apps in Windows, Linux and Mac

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:10 pm

Google has released the Arc Welder tool that is able to test Android apps on any device with a Chrome browser, opening the door to cross-platform testing on Microsoft Windows, Linux distributions, and Mac OS X.

 

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Arc Welder is currently in beta/developer preview right now, and can only run one app at a time. Once it has been downloaded, interested users must download and install APK files, which can be done using something like Raccoon.

 

There is still a discussion among many coders saying it's better to have natively created apps, but a conversion tool seems to be a step in the right direction.

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NSA finding it harder to recruit specialists following Snowden leaks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 7:09 pm

The National Security Agency (NSA) should be able to find itself 1,600 new recruits in 2015, with a heavy focus in computer science and math, but the task is getting harder. A combination of rising Silicon Valley tech employment/salaries mixed with Edward Snowden's intelligence leaks have damaged trust in the NSA from the public - and possible job recruits.

 

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The NSA has around 35,000 employees across the country, and trying to compete against tech companies to recruit employees from leading universities is proving difficult. A lack of trust is a major issue that is making some people think-twice before trying to land a job with a security clearance.

 

"Before the Snowden leaks we looked at the NSA as being a spy agency, and they did what they were supposed to do," said Matthew Green, assistant research professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, in a statement to NPR. "But we've learned that they've been collecting this incredible amount of information. And they're not shy about doing whatever they have to do to get access to that information."

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff helping employees leave Indiana

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 6:24 pm

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is serious when he says employees in Indiana can move out of the state, and he is helping them do it. Several employees asked to be transferred elsewhere, out of the state following Gov. Mike Pence's signing of a religious freedom law, with Benioff saying one employee was given $50,000 for a relocation package.

 

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Salesforce has sizable business operations in Indiana, so individual employees are now being assisted if they wish to leave - but abandoning the state isn't so simple. Under the threat of reducing business in Indiana, Benioff is reportedly working with state lawmakers so that the religious freedom law is modified.

 

"This is a really important point that, you know, CEOs have a lot of power and control on investment in states and we want to invest in states where there is equality," Benioff said, in a statement published by CNN Money. "One thing that you're seeing is that there is a third [political] party emerging in this country, which is the party of CEOs."

SoftBank CEO: Robots will be smarter than humans in 'near future'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 5:15 pm

Softbank founder Masayoshi Son recently gave a speech in front of 561 new employees in Japan, when he said that machines will be smarter than humans in the "near future." He didn't give an estimate as to when that would happen, but Japanese companies are well known for their support of robotics and artificial intelligence.

 

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SoftBank will start selling humanoid robots to consumers beginning this summer, with the robot said to be able to sense human emotion.

 

"You may think that computers and robots are mechanical while human brain cells are capable of expressing subtle emotions," son told The Wall Street Journal last year. "But I believe there will come a time when computers will perform intellectual activities, collecting all manner of information to process, assess and provide wisdom."

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Software is absolutely critical in race to develop autonomous vehicles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 4:30 pm

As more automakers begin to test autonomous vehicles, there is a strong demand for software that helps self-driving vehicles make decisions. It's a complicated issue to deal with, as test vehicles sometimes need more than 10 times the amount of software used in commercial aircraft and military fighter jets.

 

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"Cars need much more software than aircraft. The environment in the air is easier, there are no obstacles and they are driven by professional pilots," said Eric Feron, professor of aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech, in a statement published by Reuters. "It is much more complicated on the ground."

 

German automakers are struggling because current laws restrict vehicle testing on public roads, which is important for data collection. There is concern that Google and US companies will be able to have an advantage in autonomous vehicle software development.

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