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$10,000 spent on the Apple Watch gets you private 1-hour appointments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 12:39 am

When dropping $10,000 for Apple's first wearable, you'd want to feel special, wouldn't you? Well, Apple is explaining its Apple Watch Edition to its employees with high praise.

 

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The company explains that the Apple Watch Edition is "the ultimate expression of extraordinary craftsmanship, incredible innovation, and design driven by functionality and end use... technology becoming seductive, with desirability not necessarily defined simply by a price tag or elitism, but rather meticulous focus on usefulness and utility rooted in beauty".

 

Anyone who purchases the Apple Watch Edition will secure themselves longer, private appointments - where you can have your own try-on table separate from those peasant Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport wearables, where the purchasing process can last up to one hour. This try-on station will include a pair of stools for you too, with a nice try-on mat "like ones found in jewelry stores". The list goes on, and we're not even joking. Spending $10,000 will get you:

 

Longer, Private Appointments: Apple plans to complete in-store Apple Watch Edition purchases during special appointments within a dedicated, private Apple Watch Edition try-on area. The Apple Watch Edition will have its own try-on table separate from the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, and the purchasing process will last up to one hour, including 30 minutes for simply trying on the highest end Apple Watch. (There will be 5 to 15-minute appointments for the other models.)

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1966 'Batman' animated revival with Adam West and Burt Ward underway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 11:44 pm

For many years, the camp and silliness of the original 1966 'Batman' TV series was reviled by fans, but with the booming interest in comic books and a more nuanced appreciation for history, the first on-screen incarnation of Bob Kane's classic hero 'Batman' will soon be revived as an animated film. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show, the film will feature the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward - the very first Batman and Robin.

 

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With the release last year of the complete 1966 series for the first time on home video, many Batman fans are only now being introduced to the classic series, even if they know who Adam West is - thanks to 'Family Guy'. Now, according to SuperHeroHype, Burt Ward took to the microphone to announce the upcoming revival during a recent Batman panel. "You can look forward to a new animated Batman, full length 90-minute feature, coming out on the 50th anniversary. One of possibly two, but for sure one, that Adam and I are doing the voices for".

 

The 50th anniversary of the original Batman TV series will be celebrated next year.

FDA has not been overly aggressive with Apple Watch regulation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 11:10 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has largely been hands-off in regards to regulation of the upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch wearable.

 

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Silicon Valley companies are interested in providing wearables and other technology that encroaches on health care - and the FDA is offering feedback when appropriate. However, Apple Watch and other solutions are still in their infancy, so the FDA won't need to intervene in the immediate future.

 

"We are taking a very light touch, an almost hands-off approach," said Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health at the FDA, while speaking with Bloomberg Business. "If you have technology that's going to motivate a person to stay healthy, that's not something we want to be engaged in."

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Harrison Ford released from hospital, recovering at home

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 10:57 pm

Earlier in the month we reported the vintage plane crash which injured acting legend Harrison Ford, but since then we've had precious few updates on his condition other than from his son who described Ford as "battered but fine". But according to reports, he's not only been released from hospital to recover at home, but he's even been spotted driving himself around California.

 

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According to People magazine, the actor had been treated for "broken bones in his pelvis and ankle" along with a "large laceration in his scalp". Ford's pilot skills undoubtedly averted a near disaster after the vintage World War II plane malfunctioned and crashed on a southern California golf course. The actor has form in the area - he previously walked relatively unscathed from a helicopter crash in 1999 and a similar crash landing in 2009.

NHL wants to use big data to help give fans new insight into game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 10:30 pm

Following in the footsteps of the National Football League (NFL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), it looks like the National Hockey League (NHL) wants to provide a wider variety of statistics to hockey fans.

 

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The league is currently in the process of digitizing statistics that go back almost a century, hoping the effort will keep hardcore hockey fans more engaged. There was a belief that trying to collect hockey statistics is a bit more difficult, as the game is fast-moving and players are able to move onto and off the ice constantly, but the NHL wants to prove that isn't necessarily true.

 

The stats have been renamed and the NHL wants to deploy a new algorithm in time to collect data on every game during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs - with data related to home and road records, goals against, special team statistics, and other data collected and sorted.

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Automakers building offices, facilities in the heart of Silicon Valley

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 9:08 pm

Automakers are embracing technology in vehicles, while creating lucrative partnerships with tech companies in Silicon Valley. Companies are interested in manufacturing smarter vehicles, and traditional auto companies don't want to be caught out in the emerging trend.

 

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Software reportedly accounts for up to 25 percent of vehicle manufacturing now, according to the IHS Automotive industry researcher - and automakers are adding connected features at a fast pace.

 

"What happened with the mobile industry with the smartphone is about to happen with the car," said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of NVIDIA. "Your car is going to be one delightful computer rolling down the street."

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Tesla promises to unveil new product on April 30, and it's not a car

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 8:10 pm

Tesla is going to unveil a new product line on April 30, and it won't be a new car. Earlier in the year, Tesla CTO JB Straubel promised an upcoming event that would likely focus on a battery able to power a home or business. Straubel also said the product would likely be in production within six months.

 

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Musk outlined details of the event via Twitter:

 

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Two federal officers charged with bitcoin during investigation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 7:20 pm

Two former agents have been charged with stealing money while conducting an undercover investigation against Silk Road.

 

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Carl Mark Force IV was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and Shaun Bridges worked for the US Secret Service - accused of taking bitcoins and converting them into cash, and then depositing it into their own accounts. Bridges allegedly ended up stealing more than $800,000 in bitcoins.

 

Force has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and theft of government property, while Bridges has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Both men were part of a task force in Baltimore assigned with investigating Silk Road - and both men have resigned from their respective agencies, with additional details expected in the future.

British Airways suspends frequent flyer program after cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 6:35 pm

Cybercriminals were able to gain access to thousands of British Airways Executive Club frequent-flyer accounts. It doesn't appear any personal information was viewed or taken during the breach, and British Airways has frozen accounts while an investigation is underway.

 

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"British Airways has become aware of some unauthorized activity in relation to a small number of frequent-flyer executive club accounts," a British Airways spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian.

 

It remains unknown who is responsible for the Executive Club system intrusion.

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One killed, others injured in failed attack against NSA campus

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 6:16 pm

One person was killed and another was injured on Monday morning after attempting to RAM their vehicle through a National Security Agency (NSA) gate at the Fort Meade United States Army Base. Both suspects, dressed as women and driving a stolen Ford Escape, were stopped while trying to accelerate towards a police vehicle.

 

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Initial reports indicate the case isn't related to terrorism, and the crime scene has been contained. There are more than 29,000 civilian employees and 11,000 military personnel located at Fort Meade.

 

"Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate," said Jonathan Freed, director of strategic communications at the NSA. "The driver failed to obey an NSA Police Officer's routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus. The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed."

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