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Telemarketers and refs, lookout... robots coming for your jobs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 20 hours, 42 mins ago

Whether we want it or not, the transition from human workers to robots is expected to cause mayhem among a number of different industries.

 

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The following industries are expected to face the highest likelihood of being replaced, according to a 2013 study from Oxford University - telemarketers (99 percent), umpires and referees (98.3 percent), cooks (96.3 percent), manicurists and pedicurists (94.5 percent), and roofers (89.7 percent).

 

It seems careers that require a mix of creativity, negotiation skill and strong communication will be safer than other positions - and there are plenty of concerns about how acceptable humans will be to jobs being carried out by robots.

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Patriot Act didn't do very much good in breaking cases, FBI says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 22 hours, 57 mins ago

A new 77-page report from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, found that the Patriot Act didn't really help solve any major cases. FBI agents were unable to note a single case in which using the Patriot Act gave them an advantage they couldn't have received otherwise - even though other government officials previously said having the Patriot Act was "valuable."

 

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However, the FBI continually increased bulk surveillance activity, issuing a growing number of orders, without any evidence that it works - and with growing uneasiness of government spying - it looks like changes could finally be made.

 

"The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders," according to the report, "but told us that the authority is valuable when it is the only means to obtain certain information."

Microsoft rumored to be looking at acquiring BlackBerry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 23 hours, 24 mins ago

It's that time again folks, where BlackBerry is being eyed up and down for an acquisition... from Microsoft. Yes, the maker of Windows and the Xbox is reportedly looking at acquiring BlackBerry.

 

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Alternate sources are saying that even the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo and Huawei are also interested in picking at the bones of the former company known as Research in Motion. Microsoft is reportedly talking with a few investment firms about a possible acquisition of BlackBerry, where it would upgrade its entire line of business mobile solutions and its patent portfolio in the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) as well as the mobile platform and communications sectors.

Researchers: Android factory reset doesn't fully wipe data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 23 hours, 46 mins ago

Google Android smartphone owners under the assumption they were able to wipe data from their devices could be leaving information behind, according to researchers from Cambridge University. The researchers took a look at used devices and found files that allowed them to access the previous owner's Gmail accounts and other login/password data.

 

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The devices ran Android 2.3.x Gingerbread all the way to 4.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, with the UK devices including smartphones from Samsung, LG Electronics, Motorola, Google, and HTC.

 

"We were able to retrieve the Google master cookie from the great majority of phones, which means that we could have logged on to the previous owner's Gmail account," according to the researchers. "The reasons for failure are complex; new phones are generally better than old ones, and Google's own brand phones are better than the OEM offerings."

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A configuration tool for The Witcher 3 released, allows better visuals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

CD Projekt Red has been taking some serious flak over the downgrade of graphics in The Witcher 3, but modder "MelekTaus" has released a new configuration tool that lets you change the graphical effects very easily, without having to do it in-game and having no idea what you're changing, or their affects to the graphics.

 

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Hunter's Config can be downloaded right here, with support for SweetFX. In order to install it, you need to follow these steps:

 

  • The ZIP included only one single file (W3HC-xxx.jar), just copy it into your Witcher 3-installation folder.
  • Starting first time: it will make a backup of your config files.
  • I added an 1-Click-Downloader for SweetFX (< 1 MB)
  • Some tooltips are not 100% accurate but I've done my best

Google's updated Photos app will provide more creative control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Google is reportedly working on an updated Photos app, something that would provide users with more creative control over their photos, according to Android Police.

 

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The updated Photos app will feature one big star: Assistant, which will end up being a swap for the Auto Awesome feature that already does a good job in the current version of Photos. But, it gives users more creative control, where you can create your own stories instead of waiting for Auto Awesome to do its thing.

 

Not only that, but we should have an updated interface, a better editing interface, new privacy friendly sharing, and pinch-to-zoom gestures for opening pictures. We should expect Google to unveil these new features at Google I/O later this week.

US struggling to counter Islamic State's clever social media strategy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

The Islamic State continues vicious attacks in Iraq and Syria, taking over new territory while also suffering setbacks - and the fight continues on another front: the Internet.

 

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The US State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC) tries to monitor how IS uses the Internet for its own purposes, though has struggled to counter its evolving online strategy. Secretary of State John Kerry has hired Richard Stengel, former Time managing editor, to help create a new strategy to publish the harsh reality of citizens living under IS control.

 

Here is what Stengel told the Houston Chronicle: "You say the Caliphate is heaven on earth? We're going to show you pictures where sewers don't work. You're winning on the battlefield? Here's a satellite picture of you guys retreating."

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Fridge filled with Jurassic Park games for the SNES on eBay for $1500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Someone has listed a fridge filled with Jurassic Park games for the Super Nintendo on eBay, with someone paying $1500 for them all. Some of the SNES games have stickers, some don't, while some have worn or torn labels. Note: it does not include the fridge.

 

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The person selling it has said on eBay: "Just in time for the new Jurassic World (Jurassic Park) movie that is coming out, you can have your very own refrigerator full of Snes Jurassic Park carts!! There are just about 300 Jurassic Park carts including a handful of CIB copies and a PAL version CIB. I will also include the schlue of other Jurassic Park games: gameboy CIB, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Saturn CIB copies. Also have a CIB Jurassic Park 2 and sealed JP 2 for snes that will be included. And a laser disk movie for kicks and giggles. Fridge and Bacardi not included".

'Mad Max' Blu-ray to include black & white version

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

This summer's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' continues to do solid business across the world, winning high praise from reviewers and sitting pretty with an impressive 98% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes, but it seems that plans for the home video release of the film are well advanced.

 

Speaking to Slash Film, Director George Miller apparently "demanded a black and white version of Fury Road for the Blu-ray and that version of the film will feature an option to hear just the isolated score as the only soundtrack". The website even made a video to illustrate how the film plays out in black and white, which you can see below.

 

 

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is expected to hit Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in September.

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The ThermalTHOR modder is back again with another incredible entry

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Suchao Prowphong is no newbie to master mods, showcasing his amazing ThermalThor hammer mod in mid 2014 to the public.

 

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Hailing from Thailand, this full-time farmer is certainly nothing to scoff at and has titled his new entry 'Core X 2 furious' - it is becoming apparent that Prowphong certainly loves his action movies.

 

Complete with two different Intel i5 CPUs and a great white color scheme, the only other Thermaltake CaseMOD entry we have covered so far with such a setup is Stuart Tonk's (AUS) dual Intel Xeon entry.

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