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FCC dismisses Consumer Watchdog 'Do Not Track' petition

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 7:58 pm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reiterated its stance on 'Do Not Track' requests last week in response to a petition by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. That is to say, it supports regulation of privacy practices for Internet service providers, but not for websites, apps, or anything else.




The petition requested 'edge providers' such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, and so on honor Do Not Track requests from browsers. When honored now (rarely, given it's optional and tends to hurt revenue), the sites and services in question do not collect potentially very valuable and arguably intrusive browsing data.


In response, the FCC dismissed the petition, noting the request is "inconsistent with the Commission's [...] scope of the privacy practices it states that it intends to address."

NASA releases stunning photos of Antares rocket explosion

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 7:07 pm

A little more than a year ago, Orbital Sciences and NASA teamed up to launch the Antares rocket from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The unmanned mission -- intended to deliver food and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS) -- was not successful: the rocket exploded within seconds of launching. The ISS was said to be "in no danger of running out of food or other critical supplies", however.




While unfortunate, the event did produce some stunning photographs, which NASA released last week. Our choice favourites are below; you can see the full batch of photos in extremely high resolution here.

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Microsoft to acquire data protection company Secure Islands

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 6:01 pm

Following last week's acquisition of app maker Mobile Data Labs, Microsoft is about to snap up another company: Secure Islands.




Secure Islands is based in Israel and specializes in protection of business data, wherever it may be stored.


The acquisition is currently subject to regulatory approval. Once complete, Microsoft plans to integrate Secure Islands' technology into its Azure Rights Management Service, which performs the same functions, more or less. The software giant says the goal in doing so is to achieve "a flexible architecture able to meet the most rigorous protection and compliance requirements", and that in combination with its data classification present in Windows and Office 365, it will get there.

TAG Heuer Connected is first luxury watch powered by Android Wear

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 4:55 pm

Legendary watch company TAG Heuer has just released the TAG Heuer Connected, its first smart watch, and the first luxury watch powered by Google's Android Wear.




Connected lets you see weather, step count, or calories, as well check messages, utilize fitness coaching via Google Fit, and ask Google questions, on top of traditional watch features such as the alarm and stopwatch. Google notes all of this works even if you're an iPhone user.

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Microsoft unveils first wave of Xbox One backward compatible games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 3:16 pm

Playing Xbox 360 games on Microsoft's Xbox One console has been a hugely requested feature since the console released in 2013. Now Microsoft is making good on their promise by releasing the full list of the first 104 Xbox 360 games that have made the cut. Sadly it looks like a good portion of popular favorites are absent--most notably Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops.



Backward compatibility is here, but it's not coming with the huge bang we all expected. Sure Microsoft is going to release it on November 12 with the advertised "over 100 Xbox 360 games", but I must say that the list is pretty underwhelming. But don't worry, Xbox fans: Microsoft affirms that this is just the beginning of backwards compatibility, and "more titles will be revealed starting December". That seems to be a big trend with Microsoft and the Xbox brand, always telling us great things are coming later on.


Anyway, let's take a quick scan of the games. There's a ton of Xbox LIVE Arcade titles on here with games like Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3, Super Meat Boy, Metal Slug 3, Perfect Dark, Doom II and Ikaruga. Then there's the gimmicky Kinect games that probably don't interest much of anybody. The main AAA games include old gems like Mass Effect, Mirror's Edge, Borderlands, Just Cause 2, Assassin's Creed II, Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2, and Fallout 3...which no one will likely play with Fallout 4 releasing tomorrow. But hey, when Halo: Reach becomes playable, maybe we'll finally have a good Halo game on the Xbox One?

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Snapchat has over 6 billion video viewed per day through its app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 6:33 am

Snapchat is huge. Back in May of this year, Snapchat was racking up 2 billion video views per day, but now the messaging app giant is reporting that it's pulling in a huge 6 billion video views per day.




The news is coming from The Financial Times, but Snapchat has confirmed the 6 billion figure. It's not known where the views are coming from, and whether they're mostly user-generated views, from viewers watching Snapchat's live events, or through its Discover section. Wherever they're coming from, 6 billion is a lot.


With Facebook seeing 8 billion video views per day, Snapchat is quickly catching up, and at this rate should overtake them before the end of the year. But where will it begin to taper off is the real question.

UK governments wants all citizens to have 10Mbps Internet by 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 4:33 am

If you live in the UK and have subpar Internet, that will hopefully all change in the next few years if the UK government has a say about the matter.




The UK government is working on a Universal Service Obligation that would see all UK residents with at least 10Mbps Internet connections by 2020, where providers would be required to connect you, even if you live in a remote area. Starting early next year, consultations will begin, where it will hopefully see Internet access being branded as a basic utility, just like electricity and water.


But even by 2017, the UK expects to have around 95% of people connected to broadband. But, this expansion needs to be large enough to encompass the rest of the UK residents, and at least 10Mbps. The UK government says the Internet would be "affordable", but didn't state where pricing will start.

iPad Pro should launch on November 25 in the US, pre-orders open

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 2:29 am

Apple may have unveiled the iPad Pro in September, but it has been in hibernation ever since. Apple's larger 12.9-inch slate will reportedly launch on November 25, thanks to the iPad Pro pre-order page appearing on Staples, a major US retailer.




The iPad Pro 32GB model comes in at $799, in Space Grey, Silver, and Gold. The 128GB model will cost $949, which isn't too bad for Apple. The Apple Pencil will cost $99, the Smart Keyboard costs $169, Smart Covers will set you back $59 each, while the Silicone Case costs $79. The iPad Pro on offer is the Wi-Fi only model, with a launch date of November 25.

HTC One X9 leaks, should feature 1440p display and so much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 12:37 am

Sure, HTC might not be winning any races in the smartphone world right now, but it doesn't stop trying. The company is now preparing the purported One X9 smartphone, which will see the Taiwanese giant add some much-needed pixels to its display.




The One X9 smartphone should rock a 2560x1440 display, as well as 4GB of RAM. We don't know if it would be DDR3 or DDR4, but either way HTC is set to cram some serious hardware into the One X9. Inside, HTC is expected to deploy either a Helio X20 or Snapdragon 820 processor, but this isn't confirmed just yet.


On the back, we should see HTC making good use of a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera and inside, between 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. Battery wise, HTC is expected to use a 3500mAh battery, and use Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. When should we expect it? Sometime in 2016, with my guess being at MWC 2016 in February 2016.

Fallout 4 already seeing users complain about performance on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 8, 2015 10:15 pm

Well, we knew this would happen - well at least I did - and here we are, Fallout 4 is experiencing performance problems on the Xbox One and PS4. Users are reporting that the frame rate drops to well below 30FPS, even when there's no on-screen action.




One user 'Kenzodielocke' reported that on his PS4 the game "has massive problems holding the 30fps when inside buildings, cages or whatever you have a load time when you get in". He continued: "This get's way worse when people shoot at you or throw molotow cocktails. I am no technical expert, but I think this game might be locking itself like The Witcher 3 did. Firefights in buildings feel exactly like fights in The Witcher 3 in the swamp when it's raining. In the open world the game has hiccups too, but not as bad as in buildings. This just isn't fun, when you can't even aim properly because of the frame rate".


The thread on NeoGAF is huge, so feel free to read through it for more people complaining about the performance and FPS in Fallout 4. There are people without problems, but it seems like even with the day one patch, performance issues are there.

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