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South Park hits Hulu under new three-year agreement

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

If you have been wondering where South Park has gone since the show left Netflix, the answer is Hulu. A new deal was announced recently by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creative duo behind South Park, which will see the animated hit air on Hulu.

 

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The deal is said to be worth over $80 million and gives Hulu exclusive rights to stream the South Park back catalog with over 240 episodes. Hulu also gets the rights to stream current season episodes right after they air originally on comedy Central.

 

Parker and Stone will still air 30 selected episodes on their own site and host new episodes there as well. "We love that Hulu has two sources of revenue - advertising and subscriptions - and that they were willing to work with us to make sure that the new stuff was always available to fans," Mr. Stone said.

YouTube in talks to fund premium Hollywood content

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

YouTube has made no secret that it wants more premium content on its website for viewers to enjoy. For YouTube more premium content means more viewers and more ad revenue as major brands are less likely to advertise on poor quality homemade video.

 

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YouTube is tipped to be in talks with independent and Hollywood producers to fund new premium content according to two sources claiming to be familiar with these negotiations. YouTube execs have reportedly been making the rounds over the last few months to explore what sort of content could be offered on the network.

 

It's unclear at this time how the program for premium content would be structured. One source claims that YouTube might offer between $1 million and $3 million to producers for a series of programs and might contribute marketing funds as well. Another source says that the deal is for videos shorter than 30 minutes and of network TV quality.

SpaceX to try to launch Falcon 9 rocket for the fourth time

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

SpaceX is one of the biggest companies participating in the commercial space flight program with NASA and private companies. SpaceX uses its Falcon 9 rocket to put satellites into orbit for the US government and private firms. The company has been trying to launch its Falcon 9 rocket for a while now, but keeps running into issues postponing the launch.

 

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This will make the fourth time launch has been attempted and comes three weeks after the third launch was postponed due to a mix of technical issues and weather. The first attempt at launch for this payload was in May.

 

The massive Falcon 9 rocket is carrying the first of 17 Orbcomm Generation 2 satellites to upgrade an existing constellation of satellites in orbit. SpaceX plans to try and steer the first stage of the Falcon 9 to splashdown in the ocean for recovery by ship.

Cray wins contract for supercomputer to simulate nuke tests

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Supercomputers are used in a number of programs within the government in the US. One of the big names in supercomputing is Cray and the company has recently won a contract with the US government for a new supercomputer worth $174 million. This supercomputer will be supplied to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

 

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Cray will provide a Cray XC supercomputer that will be connected to the Cray Sonexion storage system and dubbed Trinity. Trinity will have over eight times the power of the Cray EX6 supercomputer called Cielo currently in use at the facility.

 

Trinity will be installed at Los Alamos and will use Intel Haswell processors along with upcoming Knights Landing Xeon Phi processors. It will start with 82PB of storage and has a throughput of 1.7TB per second. The machine will be used for simulating nuclear weapon performance among other things.

Raspberry Pi upgraded with new microSD card slot and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Electronics tinkerers love the Raspberry Pi because it is cheap and has some very cool uses. The little Raspberry Pi has been updated again and this time it gains some very cool features that fans will really appreciate. This latest model is called the Raspberry Pi Model B+.

 

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The main new feature of the upgraded Pi is a microSD card slot that is a push-push unit rather than the old friction fit. Changes to the connector layout mean that existing cases may not work for the B+ version of the Pi. Some of the add-ons won't work either, such as the Adafruit Cobbler and Wolfson audio card.

 

The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that this will be the last evolution of the original Pi and that the next version will be Version 2. The Pi also gets the ability to power memory sticks and other items through the USB port. Other changes for stability and usability were made as well.

Ford confirms 500k vehicles under NHTSA investigation for steering

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Automakers have been hit hard with huge recalls all around the world, perhaps the hardest hit is GM with tens of thousands of vehicles being recalled so far. Ford has now confirmed that a huge number of its vehicles are being investigated by the NHTSA for steering issues.

 

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The exact number of Ford vehicles under investigation is about 500,000 and models covered in the investigation include the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, and Marauder from 2004 to 2007. The NHTSA says that the heat shield on these cars can rust and dislodge causing the steering to jam.

 

Reports of five accidents related to the issue have been reported with one causing an injury. Ford is cooperating with the investigation.

Tekken 7 to use Unreal Engine 4, expected on next-gen consoles

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Fans of arcade fighting games will probably have some fond memories of the Tekken franchise. This game franchise has been around for six iterations and has some of the most memorable characters and game play in the fighter genre. The next installment in the franchise was announced at EVO 2014.

 

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Tekken 7 is in the works and along with the tease that the game is coming at the EVO 2014 tournament comes a trailer for the game, which you can see here. What we know about the game right now is that it will use Unreal Engine 4, and it is expected to be available on next-gen consoles. There is no word on when it will launch.

 

Game producer Katsuhiro Harada said: "With Unreal Engine 4, we can rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platforms and go beyond it. Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it also allows us to bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire."

Scientists patent a new flexible nano-pixel bendable screen technology

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Scientists were able to invent a nano-pixel ultra high definition. The researchers at the Oxford University were able to achieve this by using a very small layer of a phase-change material which also allows you to be bend while maintains thousandths of a millimetre thickness.

 

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Phase change materials are used for heat management purposes, and is used in rewritable DVDs. The layer is kept between two transparent electrodes and were able to produce pixels are as small as 300 nanometers which is smaller than the width of a human hair.This technology and has a lot of usefulness especially for wearable technology that benefits from foldable or flexible screens while having minimum thickness, such as smart contact lenses.

 

This implementation will still time take to appear as ready-to-use products. As of now, they aren't able to use it to display movable pictures but it is able to produce different colour changes. Professor Harish Bhaskaran explained,"The cool part about this is that the functional part is very thin. Because of that you could actually have displays that are non-intrusive, because you can keep the electronics far away."

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could get a retinal scanner

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

One of the most popular devices that Samsung makes is the Galaxy Note smartphone. The Note is known for having a larger screen than most smartphones putting in into phablet territory, skirting the gap between smartphones and tablets. Some rumors about the next Galaxy Note are now making the rounds and those rumors suggest that the Note 4 will have a retinal scanner.

 

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Adding a retinal scanner would take the security of the device a step further, Samsung currently makes wide use of fingerprint scanners on its high-end smartphones. The cool part about having a retinal scanner on the smartphone in the future would be the ability to unlock the device by looking at it.

 

Note 4 users might also be able to make purchases online by simply looking at the device. The iris scanner rumor got started with a tweet from the Samsung Exynos account that read: "Security can be improved using features unique to us.]" An image with that tweet has an eye on the screen hinting at retinal scanning.

Verizon blames Netflix for intentionally slowing down its own traffic

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Netflex and Verizon are having a catfight about allegedly capping internet bandwidth that affects the online streaming service. This time, Verizon is pointing its fingers at Netflix, claiming in its blog post that the streaming service is stifling its own subscriber's experience.

 

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Verizon said that its subscriber complained of fetting bad Netflix performance even though he is using the 75Mbps FiOS connection plan. But Verizon defended its internet service by saying that there is no congestion from the company's broadband infrastructure, which offloads all the suspicion on Netflix.

 

Verizon's operations team conducted a study when it received a complaint from its customer when Netflix sent a mail to its Verizon's dastardly deed. Verizon explained that congestion happens when it reaches 100% capacity which usually happens during peak usage periods. However, when they compared with other services which uses non-Netflix traffic, there was no congestion at all.

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