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NVIDIA acquires Valve, announces Half-Life 3 release for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 11:44 pm

NVIDIA has announced that it has acquired Valve for an undisclosed sum of money, securing the rights behind the digital distribution platform Steam, as well as original IP like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, and Left 4 Dead.

 

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NVIDIA has announced that Half-life 3 will be released on the 3rd of March 2016, or 3/3/16. It will be released onto the Steam VR-powered HTC Vive headset, as well as the Oculus Rift. It'll be released onto Windows and Steam OS, with full support for DirectX 12. We are going to see full PhysX built into it with a next-generation physics engine within the Source 2 engine.

 

Of course, this is only an April Fools Day fun post, but if I could make Half-Life 3 be announced, I would. I'm swimming in my own tears here.

See the Grand Theft Auto 5 PC trailer with 60fps later this week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 11:39 pm

Rockstar Games promises a new game trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, so PC gamers can enjoy the 60 frames per second (FPS) video. It will be available starting on April 14 for the PC.

 

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GTA 5 runs at 1080, 30 fps for both the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles.

 

Rockstar Games is apologetic to PC gamers, as there have been multiple GTA 5 delays. It has been delayed three times alone in 2015, but those who pre-order seem excited. The console versions of the game sold 45 million units worldwide, after being released September 2013.

US military wants dormant drones that can launch from ocean bottom

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 10:50 pm

Drones could one day be launched from the bottom of the ocean, remotely activated for operation even after being in hibernation for years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) expects to help the US military launch faster surveillance or attack missions anywhere in the world.

 

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The drones wouldn't require fuel, as they would be powered with energy generated by ocean currents. Ocean drones would be difficult to manufacture, however, because researchers would need to figure out how to activate the drone, how to help the drone breach the surface, and making sure the drone is protected in salt water for large periods.

 

"Today, the US Navy puts capability on the ocean floor using very capable but fairly expensive submarine platforms," said Steven Walker, DARPA deputy director, when speaking about the program. "What we'd like to do in this program is preposition capability on the ocean floor and have it be available to be triggered [in] real time, when you need it."

Alcatel Onetouch Watch pre-orders now open, Apr. 30 launch date

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 10:16 pm

Alcatel is honoring its effort to announce a product at CES and make sure it gets to consumers quickly, as the Onetouch Watch is now available for pre-order. The wearable officially goes on sale April 30, and will be available for just $149.99.

 

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The device, supported by Google Android and Apple iOS, will allow for users to track their steps, calories, sleep metrics, and heart rate tracking. Some basic phone functions will also be included when the watch is paired to a smartphone.

 

There seems to be optimism among wearable manufacturers for the upcoming Apple Watch launch. It will help draw attention to smartwatches, with plenty of competing products available. Alcatel hopes to cater to interested consumers with a cheaper product than the Apple Watch.

Gartner: Mobile app usage mellowing, as adoption matures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 9:40 pm

The current marketplace for mobile apps is maturing and usage is mellowing, according to a survey from the Gartner research group.

 

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Users are integrating apps more deeply into their lives, but it's now becoming more difficult for app providers to try to stay one step ahead. App creators must focus on development, marketing and branding as even more apps seem to hit the market for smartphone and tablet users.

 

"It's not that smartphone users have lost interest in apps, users remain excited about what apps can do for them in their daily lives, including for work and nonwork app scenarios," said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner. "However, app users need to be convinced about the value of the app. Their willingness for new app experiences is open-ended, but their plan is to keep their same patterns of use. Users will try new apps, but they need to be convinced of an app's value before they adopt them and change use patterns over the long term."

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Free-speech group says China has weaponized its 'Great Firewall'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 8:30 pm

The GreatFire free-speech group says the Chinese government is using its incredible Internet infrastructure to launch cyberattacks. Many national governments are modernizing their cyberattack capabilities, and China is notorious for targeting political opponents.

 

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GreatFire itself suffered a major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, and now GitHub and other companies are facing sophisticated cyberattacks. Not surprisingly, the Chinese government didn't respond to GreatFire accusations, though officials previously accused the group of being "anti-China."

 

If true, this is a new strategy from the Chinese government, which has been long suspected of organized cyberespionage. "The last couple months, we've seen a real sea change in Chinese Internet policy, where they've become more assertive about blocking Western sites and pushing back on their citizens' ability to access information from outside the country," said James Lewis, senior fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Raptr launches Plays.tv for regular video gamers to share pics, videos

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 7:24 pm

Raptr has officially launched Plays.tv, a new video-centric service so casual gamers can share and browse gaming video clips and photos. The service is now out of beta, so gamers are able to capture, edit, and share gameplay clips and post them on their own Plays.tv feed - and for other social networks.

 

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"Dedicated to celebrating the pro in every gamer, Plays.tv gives all players a new way to memorialize their epic wins and fails as well as a community centered on reliving those moments with others," a Plays.tv blog reads. "New site features added in our latest update make it easy to find the most interesting videos. Browse by game, player, or hashtag to see all the #CSGO #ace clips, for example."

 

Raptr already works closely with Intel and AMD to make sure its software is optimized for PC gamers - and is looking for new strategies so they can cater to casual gamers. For gamers that don't have the Raptr and AMD Gaming Evolved GVR capture features, a standalone Plays.tv client is available to download for free.

PayPal founder: Companies should evaluate relationship with Indiana

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 6:40 pm

Count PayPal founder Max Levchin as another Silicon Valley leader absolutely flabbergasted over the state of Indiana's "religious freedom" law. Supporters of the law say businesses are being given the right to freedom of religion, while critics say it could promote sexual discrimination against the LGBT community.

 

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"I encourage PayPal's new CEO and other CEOs in Silicon Valley to evaluate their relationship with the state of Indiana," said Levchin, speaking to CNBC Squawk on the Street. "If local laws and bills say that it is OK to discriminate, you have to make sure that you are protecting your employees and you keep them safe and comfortable."

 

Looking ahead, Levchin believes Gov. Pence must publicly clarify the law to help ease fears. "More businesses in America will evaluate their relationship with Indiana and ask the question: How should we feel about this state that does not seem to oppose discrimination strongly and in fact enshrines the right to discriminate in the law?"

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Have you ever thought about 3D printing a weapon? This man has done it

By: Chris Smith | More News: 3D | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 6:37 pm

Although this video is currently sitting at 10.6 million views, many technology and 3D-printing enthusiasts still haven't discovered or thought about the possibilities ranging around developing weapons out of their newly-found printing machines.

 

 

VICE talked to Cody R Wilson two years ago and looked at his life surrounding 3D-printing of weapons conducted out of his own home. This 25 year old Texas law student lists himself as an advocate for 3D-printed weapons with this documentary covering the making and firing of a real-life 3d-printed rifle.

 

Are you against 3D-printed weaponry of some or all kinds, or is it something you encourage and support? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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Cybersecurity firm outs computer spying campaign from Lebanon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 5:50 pm

Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies in Israel have found a surprising computer spying operation that "likely" originated from a government agency or political group operating inside of Lebanon.

 

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The spy software, once installed via hijacked public websites, could steal personal and corporate information from victims.

 

"They are not 'script kiddies,'" said Shahar Tal, a researcher at Check Point Software Technologies, in a statement published by Reuters. "But we have to say in terms of technical advancement, this is not NSA-grade. They are not replacing hard drive firmware."

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