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'X-Files' star Gillian Anderson campaigning for show's return

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The long-running franchise 'The X-Files' might have closed it's doors with the second feature film 'I Want to Believe' in 2008, but speculation is mounting that the show might might be returning to the small screen to feature original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson - the latter sparking a campaign in support.


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During an interview with to promote her upcoming Netflix series 'The Fall', Anderson said she would be "fu**king overjoyed" if the show was returned, and urged fans to tweet at Fox using the hashtag 'X-Files 2015'.


In a separate development, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman have confirmed they have held talks with 'X-Files' creator Chris Carter, with Newman going so far as to say:

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Microsoft offers their Lumia 635 in conjunction with Sprint for $168

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Set as the first Lumia product to be part of Sprints offerings, Microsoft are putting up their Lumia 635 smartphone for free on a new two-year contract, or $168 if no contract is something you're interested in. This 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400-powered entry-level phone has been on offer through Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile since December the 23rd, seeing it finally hit the big-name brand Sprint.


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Announced back in April 2014, this phone also contains 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 4.5-inch display running at 865x480 resolution and 4G LTE capability - obviously providing nothing too crash-hot and ground breaking, however for $168 it's an extremely good entry-level device, spare phone for travel or emergency backup device.


Its saving grace is said to be the LTE support, often not seen for phones in this pay-grade - however I think it's a suitable candidate for your child's first device or any of the other applications as mentioned above.

Facebook hires new designers - updates incoming?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The massive social media network Facebook has just hired Teehan+Lax, claimed as one of Toronto's most successful digital design agencies - seeing three of its top partners joining Facebook as part of a talent acquisition, claimed as not a company buyout.


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With John Lax, Geoff Teehan and David Gillis joining the big blue F, their company has in turn decided to shut down. Some previous company employee's are also looking to join Facebook, whereas others are on the search for a new occupation. After the being founded in 2002 and working on large contracts such as Flipboard and some of Facebook's Atlas ad-serving services, these ex-employee's should have no issue moving to somewhere else.


Teehan+Lax's website contained a lengthy closure message, explaining the companies directions, the top three designers' thoughts and feelings and a glimpse into the future. Part of this announcement reads "We are incredibly excited about the future. The things we will be doing at Facebook are amazing new challenges. The scope and scale of them are simultaneously thrilling and scary. The opportunity to make things that will impact over a billion people is extraordinary."

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Mobile industry is booming, creating $3.3 trillion, 11M jobs in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The mobile industry is absolutely booming, helping generate $3.3 trillion revenue and 11 million jobs in 2014, according to a new study commissioned by the Boston Consulting Group. Apple, Google, Alibaba, Facebook, Verizon and China Mobile, six of the 25 most valuable companies, are creating revenue by embracing mobile technology.


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Not surprisingly, companies that invested in mobile hardware and software development early on - and have larger development teams - are seeing better return on investment (ROI) than companies jumping into the market later.


Analyst groups believe tablet sales growth will slow in 2015, but the mobile ecosystem is maturing - and should prove valuable in emerging markets. Meanwhile, the mobile ecosystem in established markets further opens the door to embrace services typically available on PCs.

Wearing these smart shoes helps generate power with each footstep

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Researchers in Germany are working on a new type of wearable that will help generate power collected when shoe wearers walk or run. The harvested energy can be used to power electronic sensors and other devices, with a long-term vision of no longer needing to plug in devices to recharge them.


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The "shock harvester" generates power based on heel strikes and a "swing harvester" able to produce power when the shoe wearer swings one of their feet. During a recent test on a treadmill, the harvested energy is enough to power a temperature sensor and wireless transmitter responsible for sending data to a smartphone.


"One application we are working on is indoor navigation which means we have sensors within the shoe that measure the acceleration of the foot, the angular velocity - whether you're turning the foot or not - and the magnetic field," said Klevis Ylli, researcher from the HSG-IMIT research facility in Germany, in a statement published by journalists. "From the data from these sensors, you could calculate how far you have traveled and in which direction."

Myanmar seizing copies of 'The Interview' at North Korea's request

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Police authorities in Myanmar are seizing pirated copies of "The Interview," per an official request by the North Korean embassy.


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"We seized them because they were unapproved and pirated," according to a police officer speaking to Reuters.


Rangoon chief minister Mying Swe spoke with North Korean Ambassador Kim Sok Choi, and they both deny official orders to seize pirated copies of the film. Shortly after the meeting, the film disappeared from DVD stalls in Yangyon, with stall owners claiming the film was now banned.

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Report: Google interested in making a play to acquire Softcard

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Google reportedly wants to acquire Softcard, a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, as Google wants to step up its own mobile payment offering. None of the companies have issued public statements, and it's possible the deal would be worth less than $100 million, according to unnamed sources.


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Softcard reportedly laid off upwards of 60 employees, telling them to stop working on current projects.


There is growing interest in mobile payment and wallet services, and Google wants to ensure it can compete against Apple and other competitors. "With Apple pay picking up in popularity and PayPal going solo later this year every major tech company is rethinking their mobile payments strategy," an unnamed banker told the Financial Times. "We are likely to see a lot of M&A activity in this space."

Lizard Squad's DDoS attack service hacked, as pressure mounts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Unknown cybercriminals breached the Lizard Squad's LizardStresser distributed denial of service (DDoS) service, which serves customers as an attack-for-hire tool. There are more than 14,000 registered users, with $11,000 collected via bitcoin to help pay for DDoS attacks against thousands of website URLs and IP addresses.


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The Lizard Squad reportedly brought down Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) to promote its service.


Lizard Squad appears to have a number of younger members contributing to its cybercriminal operation, though several reported members have been arrested across the world. However, core members of the group still haven't been identified and arrested, so future cyberattacks are expected to continue against higher-profile targets.

Facebook increasingly hiring to fill growing virtual reality ambitions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

For software and hardware experts with a focus on virtual reality, Facebook - which acquired Oculus Rift last year - plans to increase virtual reality hiring up to 14 percent in the immediate future. The company continues to enjoy high profit margins, with strong revenue and a workforce smaller than other leading Silicon Valley tech companies.


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Facebook has a specific focus on its Oculus VR headsets, with 54 new positions geared towards employees with virtual reality experience.


"We are an ambitious company run by an ambitious CEO," said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, in a statement to Reuters. "Our users are growing and our business is growing and we want to support that."

Russian hacker fighting extradition to US and back to Russia

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Russian hacker Vladimir Drinkman faces a final extradition ruling later this month, where US officials hope he is transferred from a Dutch prison to the United States.


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Drinkman and an alleged accomplice in the cybercriminal ring that stole millions of debit and credit card numbers, Dmitriy Smilianets, were arrested while on holiday in Amsterdam. They were part of a group that caused more than $300 million losses to companies, while selling cards for $10, $15, or $50 apiece.


"'Hacker' is an elastic notion," Drinkman told Bloomberg Businessweek. "Now every third person is called a hacker because he has technical skills, and not because he is actually using them."

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