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Samsung Galaxy S7 to feature 5.7-inch display, due in February 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 7:45 am

Riding on the marketing train of the new iPhones that Apple unveiled earlier this week in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, we're beginning to hear more rumors on Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy S7.




Samsung's Galaxy S7 will reportedly feature a 5.7-inch display, and will be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor - seeing Samsung move away from using its own Exynos processor, something it did in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The Galaxy S7 will also include an upgraded camera, with rumors pointing to it featuring an insane 27-megapixel camera or so. Comparing this to the 16-megapixel shooter on the current Galaxy handsets, and 12-megapixel shooter inside of the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.


Qualcomm and reportedly been working closely with Samsung on the new Galaxy S7, so we could see Samsung's next flagship smartphone being quite the powerhouse, inside and out.

NASA will soon upload 4K content to its NASA TV channel on YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 5:11 am

NASA is providing you with a reason to use your 4K TV for more than just upscaling content and the occasional series on Netflix that streams at 4K, with the US space agency to soon launch 4K content onto its NASA TV channel on YouTube.




NASA is teaming up with Harmonic, where the first 4K content won't just see the US space agency uploading the latest high-resolution video and images from the ISS and other NASA missions, but they've teased that they'll upload "historical missions" in 4K, too. Harmonic is talking with pay TV providers to broadcast the NASA TV channel through cable, satellite and optical networks.


In order to watch the 4K content on the NASA TV channel, you'll need an Internet connection with 13Mbps downstream.

NVIDIA recommends GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti for 1080p 90FPS VR gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 2:39 am

NVIDIA has come out with new recommendations for VR gaming on their GeForce video cards, with the company recommending their Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 980 Ti for VR gaming at 1920x1080 (1080p) at 90FPS.




Not only is the company recommending the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti for VR gaming at 1080p 90FPS, but for 4K gaming at 60FPS on the latest AAA titles. The GTX 980 is capable of playing games at 1440p at 60FPS while the GTX 950 and GTX 960 are more than capable of running games at 1080p 60FPS. But when it comes to VR gaming, the GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti are recommended for 1080p 90FPS.


The more we move into the new year, the more we're going to see VR headsets released with the HTC Vive due later this year, and the Oculus Rift released in the New Year. NVIDIA is right on top of it all, with a full product stack ready for VR gaming.

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NVIDIA trolls the new Apple TV, reiterating its 4K-capable Shield TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2015 12:30 am

NVIDIA has been quick off the mark to trash talk the new Apple TV, which Apple says their latest TV device has gaming as a central part of their ecosystem. Well, NVIDIA is much stronger as a gaming-orientated company, so they've chimed in with their Shield TV, which is a 4K-capable device that does more than just 4K streaming or gaming.




NVIDIA created a post on the official Shield page, where it asked the question: "NVIDIA SHIELD or the New Apple TV?". NVIDIA has supported set-top gaming with Shield, which features 4K streaming, voice search, voice commands, and a massive gaming ecosystem that doesn't just include Android games, but PC games too.


And NVIDIA has a point; where the new Apple TV can play iOS games, it can't play anything outside of Apple's ecosystem. Where NVIDIA lets you live within the Android ecosystem, but it has the doors open to the PC too which expands Shield into hundreds of thousands, if not millions of games playable on its Shield TV device.

New electroactive material could pave way for synthetic androids

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 9:20 pm

Ras Labs has created a unique synthetic material that mimics human muscles under an electric current, which could lead to a new generation of comfortable prosthesis solutions...and lifelike skin for robots.




"Luke Skywalker's prosthetic arm in Star Wars is somewhat the ultimate goal of prosthetics," Ras Labs CEO Eric Sandberg said to TechCrunch. "It provides that lifelike motion, control, and dexterity."


The material, dubbed as Syntethic Muscle, expands and contracts just like living muscle tissue under an electric current. The "electroactive" substance can directly convert energy into motion with a highly adaptable form factor; it can be hard and firm when it needs to be, or soft to conform to various curves and shapes of body parts. While Ras Labs wants to first revolutionize prosthetic limbs, the material has infinite potential: it could even be used to give lifelike flesh to robots and pave the way for synthetic androids straight out of the Alien canon.

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Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles officially charged with embezzlement

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 8:10 pm

Mt. Gox co-founder and ex-CEO Mark Karpeles has officially been charged with embezzlement and could face up to 10 years of prison time.




Karpeles is suspected of illegally transferring large volumes of bitcoins from user accounts into Mt. Gox company accounts which he had direct access. Japanese prosecutors have charged Karpelese with embezzling $2.6 million worth of bitcoins.


The official embezzlement charge follows Karpeles' second arrest in Tokyo in August, PC World notes that the deposed bitcoin king's odds of winning aren't too good as Japan has a 99% conviction rate.

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Dell readies new Windows tablet with 4K edge-to-edge touch display

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 7:25 pm

Leaked slides show that Dell will release its own 2-in-1 tablet called the XPS 12 while simultaneously pushing Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 into the enterprise sector.




The XPS 12 is very much like the Surface Pro 3 in terms of form and functionality, but Dell's new convertible tablet is has a decidedly beefier 12-inch 3840x2160 4K infinity edge-to-edge touch display that supports Dell's Active Stylus. The XPS 12 sports a 10-hour battery, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a back-facing 8MP camera complemented by a 5MP front-facing camera, and the tablet runs Windows 10.


Dell's 4K tablet also comes with a magnetic keyboard dock that features illuminated keys for extra accenting and precision typing. The leaks haven't revealed any further specifications on the XPS 12 like processing power, RAM or memory.

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Xbox One is 'literally a Windows device', says Microsoft

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 6:18 pm

"The Xbox One is literally a Windows device," says Microsoft's Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, illustrating how Microsoft doesn't see a distinction between the Xbox One and other platforms like Windows-powered phones and PCs.




"A core power metric for us is Windows 10 devices. That's not PC statement.That will be phones, that will be tablets, that will be laptops, that will be desktops, that will be big surface hubs that will be Xboxes," Capossela said at this year's Citi Global Technology Conference. "Xboxes today run Windows and so every time we sell an Xbox we're actually creating a Windows active device that hopefully people love it; it's a gaming device in their living room. It is not a separate animal. It is literally a Windows device."


While the Redmond-based tech giant has a role for every Windows 10 device, the OS acts as a glue to connect and cement each platform to a unified scope. The seeds of Windows 10 kernal will be planted into the Xbox One in November as part of the console's major new update, opening up new functionality like extensive backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games, Cortana support, and up to "thousands" of Windows 10 apps in the future.

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YouTuber demands $22K to promote indie game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 5:00 pm

Indie devs already have it pretty hard, and getting the attention of the gaming community can be even harder. Some devs turn to YouTubers as a natural way to advertise their games...but when you're asked to pay $22,000 for a single sponsored video, it makes your jaw drop.




"On one of my normal PR rounds I received an email from a very popular YouTuber with a few million subscribers offering to have one of our games featured on their YouTube channel for a rate of either $17,600 for 2-3 talking points or $22,000 for 2-3 talking points AND a description link," Ben Tester, whose indie studio Wales Interactive is responsible for games like Soul Axiom and Master Reboot, said on Reddit.


This kind of huge payoff isn't anything new. YouTubers have done promos and sponsored videos all over the place, earning up to $15,000 to $30,000 for a single video. This kind of cash is enough to fund an indie game and it's as much as some people make in a year. It got to the point where advertisements and original content bled so closely together that no one could tell what content was promoted. Eventually the Federal Trade Commission had to step in and force regulations on YouTube's multi-million dollar system, ruling that YouTubers now have to make promoted videos explicitly clear to viewers.

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Taxi lawsuit dismissed, told to compete technological advances, Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 12, 2015 4:25 pm

With Yellow Cabs being combatant against the rise of Uber and other similar applications, a lawsuit was launched to have this method of transportation banned from use. However, Queens Supreme Court Justice Allan Weiss recently ruled that for-hire vehicles requested through an electronic medium may continue operate alongside Yellow Cabs - effectively ensuring Uber is safe to live another day.




Addressing the case at hand, the judge wrote that "any expectation that the medallion would function as a shield against the rapid technological advances of the modern world would not have been reasonable," adding "in this day and age, even with public utilities, investors must always be wary of new forms of competition arising from technological development."


The lawsuit was filed by four Queens credit unions who each have stakes in Taxi medallions. Their lawyer, Todd Higgins, told media that this ruling is "a stunning abdication of leadership and responsibility that will haunt New York City for years to come," adding "a catastrophe is unfolding, as an entire industry continues to be illegally destroyed, while elected officials allow it to happen on their watch."

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