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Samsung unveils Google Android-powered printers during IFA

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 5:35 pm

During the IFA 2014 technology expo in Berlin, Samsung has unveiled office printers powered by the Google Android mobile operating system. The multi-function printer (MFP) models are aimed towards businesses and corporations, using a familiar Android control panel that should make it relatively easy to work with.


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The company plans to kick things off with ten new MFP models, described as the "first printers of their kind" to use Android. Known as the Smart MultiXpress printers, pricing and availability of the new printers weren't released. Samsung wanted to make it easier for users to set up the printers and use them without the need of a PC or laptop, and included NFC support.


"As Samsung continues to strive for user-centered innovation, the introduction of the first Android OS-equipped MFPs will enhance Samsung's smart office experience for business customers and allow for greater multidimensional and advanced printing technologies," said Dr. KiHo Kim, Samsung EVP of Printing Solutions, in a statement.

Official: website hacked, but no data theft reported

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 4:40 pm

The website was hacked by cybercriminals, but no data was taken, according to the Obama Administration when it informed Congress. The incident was simply described as "an intrusion on a test server" related to The security breach took place in July and wasn't discovered until late August.


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It seems the test server was using a default password that was never changed - and shouldn't have been connected to the Internet in the first place. To make matters even worse, regularly scheduled security scans never occurred as they should have by administrators. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal investigators are now trying to determine who is responsible.


"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information, data was not transmitted outside the agency and the website was not specifically targeted," said Aaron Albright, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesperson. "We have taken measures to further strengthen security."

Baidu developing smart chopsticks, able to tell if food is safe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 11:31 am

Chinese search giant Baidu is developing smart chopsticks that will be able to assist consumers to better protect them from food poisoning and tainted water. Dubbed the Baidu Kuaisou, the chopsticks can connect to a smartphone or PC wirelessly, and the app notifies diners whether the food is safe to consume.


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Baidu Kuaisou isn't ready for mass production quite yet, but should prove to be easy to use for customers - a light on the chopsticks display a blue or green color depending if food is safe or not.


"In the future, via Baidu Kuaisou, you'll be able to know the origin of oil and water and other foods - whether they've gone bad and what sort of nutrition they complain," said Robin Li, Baidu CEO, during a recent speech.

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BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, the virtual version of being at BlizzCon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 9:37 am

If you wanted to attend BlizzCon but couldn't make it, Blizzard has your back with its announcement of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket allows people to access live streams of BlizzCon 2014's opening and closing ceremonies, panels, interviews, costume and talent contests and much more.


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The virtual ticket will also give users access to in-game items for a bunch of Blizzard's games, including World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders will also have access to online store merchandise from October 17 to November 11.


The ticket itself will cost you $39.99, which is the same price as the DirecTV BlizzCon 2014 pay-per-view option. BlizzCon 2014 kicks off at hte Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from November 7-8.

NVIDIA files patent infringements against Samsung and Qualcomm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 8:34 am

Things just got messy between NVIDIA and Samsung, with NVIDIA suing the South Korean giant over alleged patent infringements. NVIDIA has included Qualcomm in its lawsuit, which has been filed with the US District Court in Delaware, as well as with the International Trade Commission.


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Bright Side of News' Anshel Sag reports: "NVIDIA is alleging that Samsung's devices that use Qualcomm's chips are infringing upon NVIDIA's own technologies that have been patented. Not just that, but by filing a complaint with the ITC, NVIDIA is seeking that such devices that infringe upon these patents be banned from importation and sale within the United States." What is worse, is that NVIDIA is claiming that Samsung is infringing on their patents on some of hte most popular handset on the market, and some of which were just announced by Samsung a couple of days ago.


These include the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4 as well as the Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note Pro... that's a lot of Galaxies. NVIDIA continues, claiming that Samsung's Exynos processors violated seven different patents, as well as Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors. The Snapdragon processors in question are include the Snapdragon S4 (using the Adreno 225), Snapdragon 400 (using the Adreno 305), Snapdragon 600 (using the Adreno 320), Snapdragon 800 and 801 (using the Adreno 330), and Snapdragon 805 (using the Adreno 420).

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Pirated copies of The Sims 4 makes things a pixelated mess

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 7:37 am

The Sims 4 has now been launched, and as you can imagine, there are pirated copies being downloaded. The pirated versions of The Sims 4 has seen EA use some anti-piracy measures, where the pirated version of The Sims 4 seeing a massive injection of pixels, making it look like a retro mess.


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The pixels kick in when a Sim steps into the shower, or gets naked for whatever reason. But the pirated versions of the game will see pixels continue to expand and blur, where it will eventually cover the entire screen. The results? What you see in the screenshot above. EA has had many customers already complain on The Sims 4's official forums about their "broken" copy of the game, but EA has said that they have no plans to help these customers enjoy their pirated version of the game, and to just purchase the legit copy if they don't like their pixelated experience.

Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome comes to PC on October 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 6:29 am

Until now, Ryse: Son of Rome has been an Xbox One exclusive, but Crytek's game will be hitting the PC on October 10. It will be priced at $39.99 for those who pre-order it through their local retailer, or Steam, where they'll receive an exclusive digital copy of the official soundtrack.


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Ryse: Son of Rome will arrive on the PC with all of its downloadable content, as well as support for resolutions of up to 4K. When it comes to the digital version of the game, Crytek will be taking care of it, while Deep Silver will be looking after the retail release. Carl Jones, director of business development at Crytek says: "We are bringing the Ryse experience to PC, with 4K resolution support."


Jones continues: "4K gaming is another leap in graphics quality for PC gamers and Ryse is the perfect showcase for what's now possible in high-end PC games. We've given our team the opportunity to show what Cryengine can really achieve, without compromising quality, thanks to the incredible hardware available now to PC gamers. Ryse will be a benchmark PC graphics showcase this year and probably for a long time in future. Our community asked for a Ryse PC version, and we have the means and technology to deliver this title with the highest quality possible."

Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 4 is free for schools, universities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 5:40 am

Epic Games has just announced that educational organizations, such as schools and universities, can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 for faculty and students, right here, for free.


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General manager of Unreal Engine, Ray Davis, says: "Nothing is stopping students from honing the skills needed to enter the range of fields using Unreal Engine technology, from entertainment software and film to visualization, healthcare simulation and military training. Students who know Unreal Engine technology have a huge advantage when it comes to job placement."

Exclusive: A closer look at iPhone 6, and a tease of iPhone 6 Air

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 5:15 am

After a few leaked photos, it seems that LUXA2 is one of the first in the world to unveil the first legitimate shots of Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6. The shots come courtesy of a look of LUXA2's accessories for the iPhone 6, such as a new 'Elite Leather Stand Case' for the iPhone 6.


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The second shot is of the purported iPhone 6 Air, a surprise for us as that's what we might expect from Apple - two models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Air. The second shot shows off the iPhone 6 Air High Clear.


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My gut tells me this isn't fake, as the e-mail is from a company I deal with quite a lot. It fully states 'LUXA2 Debuts Exciting New Accessories for iPhone 6," so not only are we getting confirmation of the iPhone 6 - which we know is coming - but the tease of the iPhone 6 Air is huge. Previously, we thought it was going to be called iPhone 6+ or iPhone 6 Plus, we you've just read it here first: iPhone 6 Air confirmed.

The lines begin to form for the iPhone 6, over a week out from release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 4:31 am

The iPhone 6 launches in just five days time, but over a week out from its announcement (and not its release date) eager Apple fans are already lining up at Apple's flagship store in New York City.


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Apple is poised to unveil its iPhone 6 next week, with two devices to be unveiled - a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone. The 4.7-inch iPhone should be available starting September 19, ten days after its announcement, while the 5.5-inch version might be launched at a later date. But with IFA 2014 kicking off, Apple has a mountain of competition to fight off, with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones from Samsung. Sony has announced its new Xperia Z3 smartphone, and that's not counting the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and more that are already here, and purchased by millions of consumers around the world.


Rumor has it that we will also see Apple unveil its new iWatch at the event on September 9, as well as a full unveiling of its next mobile OS, iOS 8.

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