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Elon Musk welcomes Apple into car business, more engineers to poach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 8, 2015 1:20 am

Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't seem too worried if Apple wants to make a play in the automotive market, believing his company will have even more employees to try to poach.

 

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Apple reportedly is working on Project Titan, a likely autonomous vehicle project keeping "hundreds of employees" busy, according to CEO Tim Cook. The Silicon Valley computer giant is reportedly dishing out $250,000 signing bonuses and extremely lucrative salaries, specifically looking for car battery experts.

 

If true, this means Tesla has more skilled engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose from in the future:

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After console success, D4 hits PCs on June 5 for $15

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2015 12:10 am

Access Games and Microsoft Studios will release D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die for the PC on June 5, after overwhelming calls for the game to be ported. The game, originally released for the Xbox One last September, will be available for just $15.

 

 

Gamers play as a young private investigator, tasked with investigating his wife's murder - where he can travel through time to try to prevent the murder from taking place.

 

"There were a lot of people who played the PC version at PAX and said, 'Please bring D4 out on the PC," said Hidetaka Suehiro, video game director at Access Games, in a statement published by Polygon. "From the very first day, the people who played it seemed to really enjoy it. I think seeing that is what brought me to my decision. I have no choice but to make a PC version now!"

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'Vacation' movie sequel gets raunchy red-band trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 7, 2015 11:45 pm

You probably remember the classic Chevy Chase National Lampoon 'Vacation' series, and it's sequels 'European Vacation', 'Christmas Vacation' and 'Vegas Vacation'. Well the series is about to be rebooted with a new semi-sequel which reunites original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo and adds Ed Helms as grown-up son Rusty Griswold.

 

 

With the uncensored red-band trailer, Warner Bros are clearly going for a hard R-rating with the latest film, which means it won't be quite as family friendly as its predecessors. 'Vacation' hits US theaters on July 29.

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Minecraft Xbox tops 20 million copies, free DLC for third birthday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 11:35 pm

Microsoft has announced more than 20 million copies of Minecraft sold for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. It's the three-year anniversary of Minecraft: 360 Edition's public release, and Mojang wants to help gamers celebrate: by giving away free colorful skins.

 

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Gamers can download the 1st Birthday Skin Pack, 2nd Birthday Skin Pack, and 3rd Birthday Skin Pack, with the most recent edition including skins created inspired by Mojang employees. This is the first time the earlier skin packs can be downloaded and used by Xbox One gamers.

 

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Unity boss John Riccitiello applauds the PlayStation 4 over Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:55 pm

John Riccitiello, former CEO of Electronic Arts and current chief of Unity Technologies, believes the Sony PlayStation 4 has "f**king nailed it" and deserves its "victory" compared to the Microsoft Xbox One.

 

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Sony took a "gamer-first" approach, while Microsoft tried to expand the Xbox One's possible user base with marketing towards a broad market.

 

"Microsoft was focused on the shot after the one they needed to make, putting the 7-ball in the corner pocket, but they missed the first shot and didn't get another shot at it," Riccitiello said during the GamesBeat Summit. "Sony focused on the shot they needed to make, which was win the hearts and minds of the gamer. The broader scope of entertainment might be a bigger idea, but not with an unfocused execution. A tight execution on the 50 million people that matter, which are the people currently lapping up consoles... Sony f**king nailed it, and they deserve the victory."

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Federal appeals court rules NSA telephone surveillance program illegal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:33 pm

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has asked Congress to find a middle ground between national security and citizens' privacy, after saying the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program went too far.

 

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The court's ruling will put added pressure on Congress to either scrap the program entirely, or make major changes. Using the Patriot Act as a front for its massive data collection, the NSA reportedly collected information on almost every call made in the United States - with data entered into a national database. It remained secret until former NSA contractor Edward Snowden unveiled the illegal phone data sweeps.

 

"In light of the asserted national security interests at stake, we deem it prudent to pause to allow an opportunity for debate in Congress that may (or may not) profoundly alter the legal landscape," said Judge Gerard E. Lynch, as he announced the decision.

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Universal Studios calls upon Nintendo to help with theme park

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 10:20 pm

Universal Parks & Resorts teamed up with Nintendo to bring popular characters, games and Nintendo worlds to its Universal theme parks. This is a good move by Nintendo as the Japanese electronics company can generate additional revenue by licensing out brands such as Legend of Zelda, Mario, and others for Universal theme parks in California, Florida, Japan and Singapore.

 

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Additional details about the agreement will be released by both companies in the future.

 

"Nintendo has created remarkable and imaginative worlds filled with captivating stories and beloved characters," according to a press release from both companies. "Now, for the first time, those stories and characters will be brought to life in entirely new ways - only at Universal theme parks."

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Want to check out the Patron distillery? Virtual reality will take you

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 7, 2015 9:20 pm

Popular tequila company Patron has introduced its "Art of Patron Virtual Reality Experience," giving customers the chance to check out its Mexican distillery using VR. The tour can be viewed using an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR headset, with Patron also showing the VR demo at company events and seminars.

 

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The tequila maker recorded its agave fields and distillery using a drone equipped with seven GoPro cameras, with binaural audio recorded so clear sound accompanies the video footage. It took six months to prepare the VR experience.

 

"It's relatively easy to write brand education materials or shoot a video, but that doesn't always capture the full experience," said Lee Applbaum, global chief marketing officer at Patron Spirits, in a press statement. "What we've created, using the very latest VR technology, is an authentic, intimate and unprecedented look inside our private Hacienda doors, second only to visiting in person."

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BlackBerry trying to recreate image that was left in pieces

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 7, 2015 8:30 pm

BlackBerry CEO John Chen took control of BlackBerry less than two years ago, continuing to rebuild the company following a once uncertain future. During its most recent quarter, the company saw continued sales, but saw a profit of $28 million - as Chen tries to revamp the BlackBerry brand after numerous roadblocks.

 

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"Not long ago, the company was in deep trouble," Chen recently said during a chamber of commerce meeting in Canada. "We are now out of trouble in terms of financial, but we haven't established a growth... until that happens nobody will go willingly buy our products."

 

BlackBerry is still best known for its once popular smartphones - before the Apple iPhone and Google Android - which clearly left the company behind. Chen noted handsets are "important," but there are other solutions that must be explored. In addition to releasing a wide variety of consumer smartphones and tablets, expect BlackBerry to focus more on enterprise hardware and software.

Electronic Arts: 80% of Battlefield Hardline sales for Xbox One, PS4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 7, 2015 7:40 pm

Electronic Arts is "very happy" with sales of Battlefield Hardline, and 80 percent of game sales have been for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles.

 

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The news came courtesy of EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen, noting that four out of five copies of the game went to the latest generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. Jorgensen also said the transition to the Xbox One and PS4 is much faster than past console generations:

 

"So we will see a slow movement away from Gen-3 [Xbox 360 and PS3]... as a reminder, we've been making Gen-2 console games up until the last year or so," Jorgensen said. "For some of our bigger franchises like our sports franchises, we'll continue to make Gen-3. But we're making some decisions on new franchises and titles to focus on Gen-4, partially because the power of the platform allows for exceptional gameplay and incredible graphics."

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