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Protesters irked as San Francisco Bay Area agencies want drones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:57 pm

Police agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area have shown an increased interest in using drones for various operations, though the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other privacy advocates aren't amused.


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The Alameda County Sheriff's office purchased two drones last year for about $97,000, citing an interest in using them for disaster response and search-and-rescue operations.


"Through our research we learned that a small, unmanned aircraft can support first responders in situations which would benefit from an aerial perspective, and that by having it could expose dangers that could otherwise not be seen," said Tom Madigan, Alameda County Sheriff's Office captain, told Bloomberg News. "That's what triggered our interest."

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Sorry! Grand Theft Auto V PC release date pushed back until March 24

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:44 pm

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed from January 27 until March 24, Rockstar Games confirmed on Tuesday morning. When the game finally does launch for the PC, there will be a customized GTA Online mode available, so gamers will be able to compete in online competitions against one another.


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"Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be," Rockstar Games noted in a statement. "Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March."


The Microsoft Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game were released in September, and recently updated for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers.

Free support for Windows 7 ends today

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:08 pm

The number 13 is bad luck, again, as Microsoft is ending free support for Windows 7 today, the 13th of January. Speaking of bad luck, Microsoft is hoping the end of free support for Windows 7 will speed the transition to Windows 8, which has been rejected by discerning users worldwide. Thankfully for Microsoft, Windows 10 is on the horizon. Windows 10 is slated to be released later this year.


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The end of free support also means that no new features will be added, so dont expect any further service packs in the future. Windows 7 sold over 100 million units in the initial six months of availability in 2009, largely due to customer dissatisfaction with the notoriously buggy Vista. Many are speculating that sales of Windows 10 will also be propelled by user distaste with Windows 8. Windows 7 has been truly successful for Microsoft, and it powers roughly half of the world's computers.

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Greenliant Systems releases G-card NVMe SSDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 4:42 pm

Greenliant is introducing their new G7100 Series G-card, a high-capacity NVMe SSD that leverages an array of NANDrive SSDs in a PCIe form factor. Each NANDrive is it's own entity with its own embedded controller and ECC capability. This creates a scalable architecture that offers up to 2.75TB of storage.


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The use of a distributed architecture provides built-in RAID functionality, which increases speed and improves reliability. Greenliant claims the new card offers an Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate (UBER) of 1 sector per 10E28, which is orders of magnitude higher than competing solutions. The G-card also features host power loss protection, and utilizes standard MLC NAND to deliver 10 Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) of endurance. Speeds and feeds indicate the G-card won't set any performance records, but is geared more for reliability and an economical price point. The G-Card features 875 MB/s of sequential read speed, and 850 MB/s for sequential write. Random 4k reads weigh in at 130,000 IOPS, and random writes are 60,000 IOPS.

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Hong Kong man caught smuggling 94 iPhones into mainland China

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 4:00 pm

What seemed to be a clever idea backfired on a man from Hong Kong. Chinese customs officials intercepted a Hong Kong man at the border with 94 iPhones, valued at over $49,000 (300,000 yuan), strapped to his body with tape and plastic. The event unfolded at the Futian crossing into Shenzhen as the man walked with two shopping bags. His labored breathing indicated he was bearing a heavy load, but after a cursory inspection officials determined there wasn't anything significant in his bags. A quick pass through a metal detector and customs officials found the culprit.


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The man had a total of 94 iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S models strapped across his thighs, crotch, and body. iPhones are undoubtedly popular, many wait in line for days and pay exorbitant amounts of money for hard-to-find models around the globe. In Mainland China they also enjoy robust sales, with over 1 million iPhone and iPhone 6 units sold in six hours during the launch. This leads one to wonder just why they would be smuggling them when they are publicly available. It all boils down to taxes. Higher import taxes in Mainland China have driven a bustling electronics smuggling trade from Hong Kong. Since December alone, over 18 phone mules have been intercepted with over 282 iPhones, among other electronic goods.

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Raise your children in nerdy style with this wooden X-Wing Rocker

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 11:49 am

If you've got a baby shower on the way soon, or maybe you've got a mini-me cooking in the oven - now is the time to invest in a this extraordinary wooden X-Wing Rocker, set to bring back the 'rocking horse' trend in style.


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This hand-made game changer was made by a Deviant Art member by the name of Steves Woodern Toys and is officially named the "Rocking Ride-in Spaceship."


Complete with a removable R2-D2 co-pilot, this masterpiece is made out of pine, macrocarpa and rimu wood. Unfortunately Steve hasn't mentioned any plans to reproduce this model for sale, which is probably a good idea in order to dodge a massive Disney lawsuit.

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General Motors willing to work with Google on autonomous research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8:50 am

Although there is nothing official regarding General Motors and Google working together regarding autonomous vehicles, it's something GM would be interested in hearing more about. Google will take the stage later this week at the Detroit auto show, calling for potential automaker partners to work with.


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"I'm not in charge of deciding what we will and won't do, but I'd say we'd certainly be open to having a discussion with them," said Jon Lauckner, chief technology officer of GM, speaking to Reuters. "You have to figure out how would something like that actually work? Would it be something where it would be an opportunity to work together in a joint development agreement?"


Self-driving technology, whether semi-autonomous or fully-autonomous, will only increase in upcoming years - receiving a larger amount of dedicated research.

Spotify streaming music service tops 60M users, 15M paid subscribers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8:06 am

The Spotify music streaming service reached 60 million subscribers, with 15 million paid users, the company said in a blog post. A paid subscription costs $9.99 per month per account, and Spotify hopes more of its listeners transition into paying subscribers.


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"We had an amazing 2014 at Spotify and owe it all to you, the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists with us every day of the year," Spotify said in a blog post. It would appear Spotify's pre-Christmas offering of three months of subscription service for just $0.99 per month instead of the $9.99 normal price tag.


More than half of Spotify listeners use their smartphones and tablets to access the service, Spotify recently noted.

Forza Motorsport 6 will launch with Xbox One exclusivity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 7:16 am

Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Forza Motorsport 6 will launch exclusively for the Microsoft Xbox One game console later this year.



The Ford GT, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor will also make appearances in the video game, and 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the game franchise.


"Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, 'Forza Motorsport 6' will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date - offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers," said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. "We're excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June."

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Cherry announces their MX Board 6.0

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:44 am

Considered the 'king of keys' when it comes to mechanical offerings, Cherry have just announced the release of their new MX Board 6.0, featuring their latest and most refined switches - self-named as RealKey Technology.


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Including 100% N-key rollover, this RealKey Technology utilizes high bandwidth USB 3.0 connections to reduce keyboard latency, making key presses register quicker - don't be fooled however, this will not make you better at any computer game.


This keyboard is aimed at professional typists, software developers and gamers alike, providing a standard 102-keyset, macros and a red backlight. The MX Board 6.0 features a metal frame and a magnetically-attached wrist-rest.

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