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Oculus VR announces Oculus Connect, a two-day conference for VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 6:34 am

Oculus VR is going full steam ahead as it gets closer to the release (which still hasn't got an ETA) of the consumer edition of the Rift. The VR startup has announced that it is hosting its first developer conference, Oculus Connect, in September.

 

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Oculus Connect is a two-day conference for developers and creators that has the goal of creating some of the "best virtual reality experiences available". Oculus VR explains: "In the last two years, we've seen more virtual reality content built than in the last two decades, and that's a direct result of incredible work by the community. With virtual reality's momentum at an all-time high, this is a unique moment for the developer community to come together to take the virtual reality to the next level".

 

The two-day conference happens on September 19-20 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in LA. There are going to be four big speakers at the event, with Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey, id Software founder and now CTO of Oculus VR John Carmack, Oculus VR's CEO Brendan Iribe and Chief Scientist, ex-Valve employee Michael Abrash.

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OnePlus One smartphone to have Android L quicker than competitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 5:46 am

It looks like we can expect the elusive OnePlus One smartphone to receive Android L quickly after Google releases, something that OnePlus might be able to bake onto its phone before most of the other leading Android smartphones on the market.

 

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OnePlus announced the news on Friday, after it was hit with questions as to when it would be pushing Android L to One smartphone. The company said that the One's new CyanogenMod build is based on Android L, and will be available after a couple of months after Google makes its final Android L code available.

 

The company said in its full statement: "So a lot - I mean, a lot - of people are asking about whether we'll be getting on the Android L train. It was announced while I was asleep and when I got back to work the morning after, there were already a bunch of forum posts and (strangely) customer support requests about it. Well, we're keen to announce today that the OnePlus One will indeed be getting the L treatment. When, you ask? That depends on Google. We promise to have it done within three months of their releasing a final build".

Popcorn Time evolves into Time4Popcorn, aims for Google's Chromecast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 4:30 am

Popcorn Time made headlines in March, offering to stream torrents from the Internet, directly to your PC. Well, things are about to get much easier, with a new piece of software called Time4Popcorn.

 

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Time4Popcorn has been in development for a while now, and now supports Google's Chromecast. Time4Popcorn will allow users to stream torrents of movies and TV shows from an easy-to-use and good looking user interface, very similar to how services like Netflix work. Popcorn Time was limited to desktops and tethering a cable between a PC and TV, but with Chromecast support, you can blast the image from your PC to your TV very easily.

 

The team has made Chromecast support available in alpha form, with the Mac and Android versions coming with Chromecast support in the near future.

Google sees Android 4.4 KitKat numbers increase this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 3:10 am

Google has seen a nice increase in Android 4.4 KitKat usage over the last seven days, where the mobile OS has jumped onto 4.3% more devices. Last month, KitKat was sitting on 13.6% of Android devices, with this number now sitting at 17.9%.

 

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When it comes to Android 4.1 - 4.3 Jelly Bean, it dropped from 58.4% last month to 55.5% in the first week of July. Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich is also down, from 12.3% to 11.4% and so is Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which dropped from 14.9% to 13.5%.

$36 million worth of phones and tablets stolen from Samsung factory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 8, 2014 2:05 am

Armed robbers have attacked one of Samsung's factories in Brazil, holding workers hostage while they took truckloads of smartphones, tablets and notebooks from a factory near Sao Paulo, Brazil. These goods were valued at $36 million.

 

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The thieves carjacked a shuttle used by factory employees, after which they took the place overnight during the four-hour heist in Campinas. Campinas is an industrial hub in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo. The thieves reportedly made off with an incredible seven trucks of goods, stealing over 40,000 products.

 

A Samsung spokesperson has said: "We have cooperated fully with the police investigation that is underway and will do our best to avoid any sort of repeat incident".

Utility companies should wake up to real-world cyberattack threats

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 11:38 pm

Public utility companies and federal governments need to be more aware to the real threat of cyberattacks, with criminals reaching new levels of network penetration. Following suspicions of a cyberattack, companies need to conduct an in-house and third-party security audit to determine how the incident occurred.

 

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It was previously noted that public utility companies struggling to meet growing cyberattack threats - but the realization that eastern European hackers were able to compromise oil and gas companies as part of "Dragonfly" provides a more frantic view of cybersecurity. The U.S. government is mulling over stricter regulations to force utility companies to be more careful with network connections and security from outside threats.

 

"These infections not only gave the attackers a beachhead in the targeted organizations' networks, but also gave them the means to mount sabotage operations against infected (industrial control system) computers," Symantec noted.

NASA wants to see 3D Google smartphones used on space station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 10:39 pm

NASA is going to use Google smartphones with 3D technology at the International Space Station (ISS), helping robots conduct operations on the orbiting research lab. There is specific focus in having 3D technology help with the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES), aiming to help reduce workload for astronauts.

 

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The Google devices will launch to the ISS later this month, and could provide a much-needed technology boost in space. The Project Tango devices from Google feature support for a motion-tracking camera and infrared depth sensor, with the ability to track sharp angles and develop 3D maps.

 

"We wanted to add communication, a camera, increase the processing capability, accelerometers and other sensors," said Chris Provencher, Smart SPHERES project manager, in an interview with Reuters. "As we were scratching our heads thinking about what to do, we realized the answer was in our hands. Let's just use smartphones."

Gartner expects global PC sales to recover a little this year

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 9:43 pm

Ever since Apple's iPad started causing a splash along with the simultaneous smartphone boom, various soothsayers have been screaming about the death of the PC. Regardless, it's not quite dead yet, and now analyst powerhouse Gartner has said traditional computing will still be clinging on for dear life this year.

 

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It's not a hugely optimistic forecast. Gartner expects shipments from the market to decline worldwide by 2.9 percent through 2014 - but this isn't quite as bad as it could have been. According to the company, this marks a "relative revival of the global PC market" - compared to a 9.5 percent decline in 2013. "Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe," said Ranjit Atwal, research director. "This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets." Gartner includes desktops, notebooks, and ultramobile personal computers in its figures.

 

Mobile phone sales are set for a 3.1 percent increase over 2013, to reach 1.9 billion units this year. Gartner expects smartphone sales will make up 88 percent of global cell sales by 2018, a jump from 66 percent in 2014.

Dailymotion hit by attack, leaving video viewers vulnerable

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 8:16 pm

The popular video website Dailymotion was compromised by cybercriminals able to inject malicious code, redirecting visitors and secretly installing malware. The iframe first appeared on June 28 and installed the Sweet Orange Exploit Kit, targeting Oracle Java, Microsoft Internet Explorer and the Adobe Flash Player.

 

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It seems only a small number of users were compromised, and Dailymotion quickly restored videos and ensured they were safe again.

 

"If the kit successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities, then Trojan.Adclicker was downloaded onto the victim's computer," according to Symantec researchers. "This malware forces the compromised computer to artificially generate traffic to pay-per-click Web advertisements in order to generate revenue for the attackers."

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Netflix UK wants to pay someone to watch content all day from home

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 7, 2014 8:13 pm

One lucky applicant in the UK & Ireland will be paid by Netflix to sit at home watching TV all day as an official "tagger".

 

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The streaming TV and film giant has posted an ad for a Tagger in the UK and Ireland, who would be required to sit through hours upon hours of series to get a feel for the content - writing up genre and tone as well as possible recommendations. But being a coach potato will not be qualification enough - according to the job posting, Netflix is looking for verifiable, degree-equipped experts, with relevant experience in asset management systems, movie, TV or editorial experience, and between 1-2 years in new media.

 

Still, for the right candidate it'll be an opportunity to view Netflix original content before the rest of the world. That might mean plodding through some of the less appealing TV that's on offer, but what with being paid to watch content from home, perhaps that's not too shabby a tradeoff at all.

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