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VR device 3DHead has evaporated - has no ties to Oculus

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 14 hours, 3 mins ago

Voted in my personal top five worst advertisements of all time, the 3DHEAD was seen popping up around the internet in recent times - consistently claiming to be much better than what Oculus had to offer, the title even including the words "Oculus killer". Featuring amazing specification as a 2K resolution, the ability to use it in conjunction with controllers on your PC and the ability to make your voice one of the most annoying things on the planet - what's not to love?

 

 

Thanks to a Reddit thread made by 'crazy_goat', we've come to the knowledge that 3DHEAD has just randomly disappeared off the internet. This post contains information including the disappearance from the internet and following the apparently crazy original investor - Alki David.

 

How crazy could he be? Billionaires often make silly technology investments without knowing the full information, surely! Alongside David offering millions of dollars to Chris Brown and Drake to fight in a boxing match, he also once tried to convince news outlets that he had aired the first assisted suicide live on the internet as publicity for his website.

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Senator wants Visa, Mastercard to 'recommit' efforts to fight piracy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 14 hours, 41 mins ago

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants Visa and Mastercard to "recommit their efforts" in the evolving fight against illegal activity online. And the focus isn't on counterfeiting or gambling - it's dedicated to online copyright infringement.

 

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Following the demise of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the RIAA and MPAA have gone back to the drawing board in their continued fight against Internet piracy. Political lobbying remains an active objective that won't go away, with the group's calling upon politicians to continue pressuring companies.

 

Here is what Leahy said (via press statement): "In recent years, strides have been made to help reduce online infringement-and payment processors have played a role in that progress. But more can and should be done.

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Xbox One designer responds to critics that say the console is too big

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 15 hours, 16 mins ago

The Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles are selling extremely well - but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone is happy. Carl Ledbetter, who was project manager behind the Xbox One's physical design, recently responded against criticism of the Xbox One's bulkiness.

 

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While the Xbox One is heavier and bigger than the Xbox 360 - at a time when consumers seemingly want to see more hardware packed into streamlined designs - Ledbetter understands not everyone will be happy when a console is released. He explained the growing pains - and what is done to overcome certain hardware design barriers that many people seem to take for granted.

 

"Everybody gets frustrated, because what we want is for everything to be wafer thin, not get hot and just be a snap to put together," Ledbetter said. "But the reality is that there are very real issues around cooling when you're pushing some number of watts in the processor, therefore the thing has to have some size to it. There's always an interesting dynamic between engineering and design, and constraints around performance.

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'Blade Runner' sequel won't be directed by Ridley Scott

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 15 hours, 38 mins ago

32 years on from the release of the original, Ridley Scott is preparing to revisit the world of 'Blade Runner', with a sequel which will see Harrison Ford reprise his role of is-he or isn't-he-a-replicant Deckard. But now, the 76 year old director has announced that he won't be behind the camera for 'Blade Runner 2', but will serve as producer.

 

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Speaking to Variety whilst on the promo rounds for his latest picture, 'Exodus: Gods and Kings', Scott has confirmed some more details on the story, written by the original 'Blade Runner' scribe Hampton Fancher.

 

We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one. Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act.

 

'Blade Runner 2' is expected to go into production next year, for a 2017 release - the 35th anniversary of the original.

Meet the Sonim XP7 Extreme, the 'world's most rugged' Android phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 15 hours, 40 mins ago

Sonim has just unveiled the "world's most rugged LTE/Wi-Fi/Android smartphone" with its new XP7 Extreme, featuring a 4-inch 800x480 "glove touchscreen" and oh-so-much more. The company has taken to Indiegogo to raise $150,000 for this awesome device, with the campaign ending on January 7, 2015.

 

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The 4-inch display may be low-res in this QHD world we live in, but it is a high-visible display which is viewable in direct sunlight, a powerful 103 dB speaker, the keys and screen can be used with heavy or wet gloves, it's rated at IP68, which means the XP7 Extreme can be fully submerged in water at up to 6.5 feet, for up to 30 minutes, as well as being rated at IP69, for resistance to high temperature pressure wash.

 

The Sonim XP7 Extreme is also drop and impact resistant, surviving drops up to 6.5 feet onto concrete, from any angle. It can be used in temperatures ranging from -4C to 131F, can survive in extreme pressures of up to one metric ton, is resistant to oils and chemicals, and is also puncture resistant. But don't worry, Sonim (even with all these technologies keeping it safe) still offer a 3-year comprehensive warranty, covering accidental damage.

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Cyber espionage remains a major objective for Russian government

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 15 hours, 40 mins ago

Russian cybercriminals, largely backed by the Russian government, have growing coordination as their attacks victimize the United States, UK, and Western European nations. The Energetic Bear, APT28 and Uroburous - three Russian-based malware families - are being used to conduct cyberespionage, rather than conduct data theft purely for financial gain.

 

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Although Russian-based cybercrime targeting businesses gets most of the attention, threats of cyberespionage remain more problematic. Each new discovered exploit and toolkit reveals significant sophistication, as cybercriminals are able to rack up victims in a stealthy manner - often being discovered long after breaching targets, if at all.

 

"China has economic objectives," said Christopher Ahlberg, co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future. "Russia wants to show the world they are strong politically. Energy is incredibly important to them [as well]... They also want to sell gas to Western Europe - there's more of a focus on commodity markets and geopolitical [interests."

Employers on high-alert of temp workers being targeted by scams

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 16 hours, 42 mins ago

Cybercriminals will likely increase attacks against small and midsize retailers that hire temporary works to help augment staff ahead of the holidays. Cyberattacks don't peak during November or December, but criminals change their tactics to focus on companies that might hire additional staff and have focus on other day-to-day business operations.

 

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Seasonal temporary workers haven't been trained in company policy, and might not be aware of current social engineering attacks, so they make easy prey, according to Akli Adjaoute, CEO of the Brighterion security firm. "These less-trained workers that are hired during the holiday season are much more vulnerable to social engineering attacks."

 

The financial impact of a data breach - or other cybersecurity problems - have been a painful lesson for companies throughout 2014. However, many companies struggle in their efforts to

'Jurassic World' teaser trailer roars out of the gate

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 16 hours, 42 mins ago

Whilst the first teaser for 'Jurassic World' wasn't supposed to be released until Thursday, it seems Universal wanted to get out a little earlier to get some clear space before the launch of the 'Star Wars' teaser and have outed their first look at the 2015 blockbuster - and it's a doozy.

 

 

Showing the kinds of things I've wanted to see for years - a fully functional and operative park akin to a theme park, and something I didn't expect to see, I gotta say, 'Jurassic World' has now surpassed 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' as my most anticipated film of the 2015 blockbuster season.

 

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'Jurassic World' hits 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide in June 2015.

Slumping enterprise demand hurts Hewlett-Packard's Q4 revenue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 16 hours, 47 mins ago

Hewlett-Packard saw a 2.5 percent drop in its Q4 revenue, as it saw lackluster sales for enterprise computing hardware to businesses. The company's revenue fell from $29.13 billion earlier this year to $28.41 billion in Q4, with net income dropping from $1.41 billion down to $1.33 billion year-over-year.

 

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Despite the drop, HP continues to show pride in its businesses: "I'm excited to say that HP's turnaround continues on track," said CEO Meg Whitman. The company says "we stabilized our revenue tractor, strengthened our operations, showed strong financial discipline, and once again made innovation the cornerstone of our company."

 

The US economy is recovering, but the PC market has struggled - and while HP does have tablets it offers to consumers and business users - the company has struggled to compete against the Apple iPad and Google Android-powered devices. As such, HP relies heavily on its value-added resellers (VARs) to drive sales of PCs, servers, software, and other products to their business partners.

Intel learns painful lessons in the mobile industry, as it looks ahead

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 17 hours, 5 mins ago

Hardware maker Intel wanted to rely on its desktop, laptop and server CPUs, and missed the mobile boat when the smartphone and tablet markets began to soar. The company has managed to get its CPUs in tablets, giving away millions of chips to manufacturers, and will continue to expand its offerings in 2015.

 

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"All is not well," said Andy Bryant, Intel board chairman, when speaking at the Intel annual investor meeting. "We are aware we're losing logs of money trying to gain presence in the mobility space. I'm not proud of the money we're losing, but I'm not embarrassed by it. This is the price we pay for sitting on the sidelines for a number of years. We're fighting our way back into a market. We will improve this. We will not accept a business to lose billions of dollars. We are getting back in."

 

Despite dropping growth in the tablet market - as saturation continues to increase - the mobile market will remain a viable goal for hardware manufacturers. Even though Intel has greatly struggled trying to enter the space, profitability in smartphones, tablets, and other devices can be achieved.

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