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uBeam wireless charging tech uses ultrasound to charge

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 1:03 pm

A woman named Meredith Perry was studying astrobiology at the University of Pennsylvania when she made an interesting discovery that allows portable electronic devices like laptops and cell phones to be charged wirelessly using ultrasound. The tech she created takes electricity and converts it into ultrasound that can be sent through the air to a receiver.

 

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The receiver on the other end captures the ultrasound and turns it back into electricity. Recently the company that Perry founded, called uBeam, created a fully functional prototype of the tech, and plans to turn it into a product for consumers.

 

With this tech, a user could be on their phone and moving around a room freely while the device is charging. The uBeam transmitter would be no more than 5mm thick and receivers for converting the sound into electricity would also be thin. The tech being used can also be used to send secure data as well. One drawback of the tech is that power can't be transmitted through walls; a transmitter is needed for each room.

It looks like Valve might have just silently launched Source 2.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 12:56 pm

Once Valve gets things into gear, it's going to be non-stop for them. We have Steam OS, Steam Controller, Steam Box, Steam Machines, Half-Life 3, and various other sequels to expect from the company. But, one of those main cogs is Source 2, the company's next generation graphics engine.

 

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Well, according to some user reports, the company has just silently launched it. Reports are coming out that Source 2 has been spotted in DotA after the alpha launch of DotA 2's Workshop Tools last night, with the entire game reportedly being shifted over to Valve's next-gen Source 2 engine. A post within a thread of Reddit reads: "So, The Workshop tools isn't just a modding platform. It's Source 2. And it's running Dota 2".

 

The post continues: "Everything in this package is a new game. It's all the Dota assets and code ported over to Source 2. That's why Hammer is different. That's why the console is different. Guys. Valve just soft launched the entire Source 2 engine". This isn't a 100% confirmation that Source 2 has launched, but Gabe Newell did tease in a Reddit AMA back in March: "The biggest improvements [in Source 2] will be in increasing productivity of content creation. That focus is driven by the importance we see UGC having going forward. A professional developer at Valve will put up with a lot of pain that won't work if users themselves have to create content".

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie release date moved up

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 12:06 pm

If you are a fan of superhero movies, you will like to hear this. The Warner Bros. crossover movie that will see Henry Cavill's superman and Ben Affleck as Batman on the screen at the same time has been moved up to an earlier launch date. The original launch date for the film was May 6, 2016.

 

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The launch date for the Batman v Superman flick was moved up to March 25, 2016. The reason for the change in launch date if because that original May launch date was the same weekend that Captain America 3 is set to hit theaters.

 

Batman v Superman will see Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. I'm looking forward to seeing both films and pushing the launch date for the Superman flick up is good news for many fans.

YouTube buys Directr mobile video app, absorbs employees

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 11:00 am

YouTube has announced that it has purchased a new video startup called Directr. Directr is a company that makes a mobile video app that allows small businesses to create marketing videos to help push their wares to customers. It's unclear how much the deal cost YouTube.

 

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Directr has an app for the iOS platform that is aimed at making it easy to shoot, edit, and upload short videos to the internet. Google is currently planning to add all the employees of Directr to its staff on the video-ads team.

 

Currently the Directr app has a cost associated with it, but Google plans to offer free versions of the app once the company joins YouTube. Google made another purchase this week buying a startup called Emu offering a mobile messaging service.

Monkey selfie at center of copyright battle

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:20 am

If you take a camera or camera phone and snap a photo, you own the copyright. What if someone else takes your camera or phone and takes a picture with it, who owns the copyright then? In that instance, it's likely the person who snapped the pic that owns copyright. If a wild animal happens to steal your phone and take a selfie, apparently the wild animal owns the copyright.

 

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This is exactly what a photographer named David Slater is finding out. Wikimedia refused to remove a photo that a monkey took of itself with his camera. The reason cited for not removing the image is that Slater doesn't own the copyright.

 

According to Wikimedia, the monkey owns the copyright because it pressed the shutter button. The monkey, in the selfie seen here, is a black crested macaque. Can a monkey own anything?

Chinese government removes Apple devices from its procurement list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 9:29 am

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple devices have been removed from the Chinese governments purchasing list, for security reasons. The devices that are banned total an amount of ten items, including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

 

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Back in June, these devices were on the list, among devices from competitors like Dell and HP. The list is set to be reviewed next by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which is China's premier planning body, and the Ministry of Finance, in January of 2015. The Chinese government has been on a spree of limiting the use of US-owned technology after the Snowden leaks, as well as the constant escalating claims of hacking and cyber spying.

 

It was only last week that the Chinese government removed Symantec and Kaspersky from their procurement list, too. A few weeks ago, China's state-run broadcaster China Central Television said that the location tracking abilities in Apple's iOS are a national security concern. Apple refuted this claim, saying that all location data is secured solely within the iPhone, and not on Apple services, reiterating that the company doesn't work with government agencies to spy on its users.

Sony is being sued for falsely advertising Killzone running at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:46 am

Douglas Ladore has submitted a complaint with the California Northern District federal court, where he is claiming that Sony promised 1080p single and multiplayer graphics in its advertisements and interviews for Killzone: Shadow Fall before the game was released in November 2013.

 

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On Killzone: Shadow Fall's packaging, it clearly shows a "1080p HD video output" logo on the back. Killzone's multiplayer renders the game at 960x1080, which is half of the 1920x1080 that "1080p" or "Full HD" is. In order to output the full 1920x1080 resolution, this source image has something called "temporal upscale" applied to it, something that fills the gaps with a horizontal interlace containing pixels from the previous frame. The result is graphical performance that the lawsuit, and reviewers across the world claim call "blurry to the point of distraction".

 

Guerrilla Games, the developer behind Killzone, along with Sony, took to a blog post to address the concerns of this "temporal projection" method. The companies said that it provides "subjectively similar results" to rendering at the full 1080p resolution. Ladore's lawsuit wasn't happy with this, where he argues: "While this reconstruction technique might be novel, it is decidedly not the 'native 1080p' Sony promised". But was anyone hurt from the result of this resolution downgrade in Killzone? Not directly.

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New LTE-powered Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet reportedly on its way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 am

A certification listing found on Indonesia's Postel website has led people to believe that Sony is close to unveiling a new tablet, which should arrive as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet, but with LTE capabilities.

 

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We know this because the earlier tablet models within Sony's Xperia line fall into the same pattern, with the Xperia Tablet Z being model SGP321, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet is model SGP521. The new model howevere, is SGP621. We should expect the new tablet to be a bit smaller than the regular 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet, arriving with an 8-inch display.

 

Sony will most likely unveil this new LTE-capable Xperia Z2 Tablet at IFA in Berlin next month, so we don't have much longer to wait.

Arnold announces official title of Terminator 5: Terminator Genisys

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:03 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to Twitter to thank the cast and crew of the new Terminator movie, getting fans to begin their excitement for its release on July 1, 2015.

 

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Schwarzenegger posted a picture of himself sitting on his chair, with the official title of the movie on the back: Terminator Genisys. He posted the picture to his Instagram account, with the following caption: "Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup - we couldn't have done it without you. I can't wait to see our finished project and I know we'll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. On July 1, 2015, I'll be back".

 

This is where it gets interesting: instead of it being called Terminator 5, or Terminator Genesis, we have Terminator Genisys. Schwarzenegger is sitting in front of a screen with the word "Genisys" on it, so we might expect the operating system for the T-800 to possibly be called Genisys? I think that's what we should expect from this, and while I'm trying not to get too excited about the new Terminator movie, I still can't wait to check it out next year.

Post YouTube acquisition, Twitch stops the use of unauthorized music

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:33 am

When YouTube acquired Twitch in a deal worth a huge $1 billion, people knew the hammer would be coming down on the use of music within their videos. Well, today is the day, with the now Google-owned service now using audio monitoring tools in gamers' videos.

 

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These tools are similar to what Google uses on its YouTube videos, which looks for copyrighted music in archived videos of users' videos. The software will scan 30-minute sections of videos, and if it finds any unauthorized music within that 30-minute block, the entire 30 seconds is completely muted. It's still muted even if the music was playing for ten seconds within that 30 minute video, too.

 

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Live broadcasts remain unaffected, with this being limited to the video-on-demand content. People are not happy about it, taking to Twitter to blast Twitch and Google about this new, large change.

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