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Automakers scrambling to drastically increase electric vehicle range

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 3:25 pm

The next generation of mass-market electric cars will have at least double the driving range of today's vehicles, aiming for at least 200 miles between charges. Tesla is currently the front runner, but Ford, Nissan, Volkswagen and General Motors all want to race past 200 miles on a single charge.

 

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The $81,000 Tesla Model S can reach 265 miles on a single charge, but the $81,000 vehicle is clearly out of range for most drivers. Competing vehicles can get anywhere from 75 to 85 miles on a single charge, and it looks like auto buyers suffer from range anxiety. Just 0.4 percent of new vehicles sold in 2014 were electric vehicles, amounting to 67,700 of the 16.5 million new cars and trucks.

 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes the "sweet spot" for range threshold is somewhere around 250 to 350 miles, and 200 miles is still the minimum threshold.

BlackBerry must focus on software and enterprise security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 11:36 am

BlackBerry is fighting for survival, and it doesn't appear smartphones and tablets are necessarily in its future. Instead, the company is focusing more on enterprise security and software designed for mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

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The Canadian company wants to cater to enterprise users in the cloud market, with CEO John Chen expecting upwards of $500 million in software during the 2016 fiscal year. Looking ahead, BlackBerry will still focus on developing software and creating partnerships with established mobile hardware and software manufacturers.

 

The former smartphone king hasn't fully thrown in the towel on smartphones and tablets, but is taking a more refined approach. The BlackBerry SecuTablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 paired with BlackBerry enterprise security software - an effort that is a collaboration between BlackBerry, Samsung, and IBM.

Wearables spending increasing, but privacy, security concerns linger

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 10:20 am

The fitness and healthcare sectors will help drive the wearables market into an estimated $2 billion market by 2019, according to Juniper Research, but questions remain.

 

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There is great potential for doctors and medical patients embracing wearable devices able to consistently monitor physical data - but privacy concerns and unstable regulation must be addressed. Medical devices have mandated standards they must follow while collecting and storing data, though wearables don't currently follow the same standards.

 

In its "Smart Wireless Devices: CE, Enterprise, Fitness, Healthcare, Patients, 2015-2019", Juniper Research also found a use for smart glasses and other wearables in the workplace.

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Microsoft wants its products available on Android devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 9:20 am

Microsoft has strengthened its partnership with Samsung and other mobile manufacturers utilizing Google Android on smartphones and tablets.

 

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This will allow Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, OneNote and OneDrive to be available on certain Samsung Android tablets - and the software company has at least 10 other manufacturers that will begin installing Microsoft software for Android.

 

"Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft's productivity services to everyone, on every device, so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want," said Peggy Johnson, EVP of business development for Microsoft, in a statement published by the AFP.

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NASA's Opportunity rover passes marathon mark while traveling on Mars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 8:15 am

The NASA Opportunity Mars Rover has completed a marathon on the Red Planet of Mars, taking 11 years and two months to complete the distance. The rover landed on Mars on January 25, 2004, and continues to surpass all expectations, as project managers only expected a three-month mission.

 

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"This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded the distance of a marathon on the surface of another world," said John Callas, Opportunity rover project manager at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "A first time happens only once."

 

Opportunity continues to collect information related to an ancient wet climate on Mars - and while the marathon milestone is impressive, program managers want to continue making scientific discoveries. NASA is using Opportunity for additional bonus extended missions, with a focus on tracking signs of water.

Boeing receives patent for force field that could help protect troops

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 7:30 am

Boeing is working on a force field defense system that seems like something straight out of Star Trek or Star Wars, as the company can now work on its "method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc."

 

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Many US military personnel returning home from the battlefield had no visible injuries, but suffered varying levels of brain damage - enduring shock waves from IEDs, bomb blasts, and other similar attacks.

 

The system works, according to Boeing, when a selected "by heating a selected region of the first fluid medium rapidly to create a second, transient medium that intercepts the shockwave and attenuates its energy density before it reaches a protected asset."

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Ubisoft offering two-hour free trial of The Crew on the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 6:34 am

It looks like Ubisoft is pushing The Crew in its latest campaign for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, offering gamers a free two-hour trial. If they enjoy the game and purchase it, they can bring over their progress, too.

 

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The two-hour trial of The Crew is the full version, which is a 14GB download on the PSN. However, the trial will not be made available for the previous generation consoles, so Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers, you miss out.

Tesla's Model X SUV has been spotted driving on the highway

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 5:48 am

The Model S might be getting the headlines lately, but the super-secret Model X has been spotted out on a highway in Palo Alto, California. You can see the blurry, and very quick video of this below.

 

 

The design is unfinished, so we're looking at a prototype that is probably closer to the consumer model than we've seen previously. The next-gen doors look great, reminding me of the DeLorean from Back to the Future. Elon Musk, the real-life Tony Stark, has said that the Model X will be unveiled later this year, and released to consumers in 2016.

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New 'Entourage' movie trailer features half of Hollywood

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 5:19 am

The 2015 summer blockbuster season is filled with eagerly awaited sequels and reboots, but high up on the list is the return of the HBO series 'Entourage' in a feature film, which follows on from the series conclusion in 2011.

 

 

The film won't just reunite the major and minor characters from the show, but as seen in the latest trailer, will feature a large array of cameo guests, including co-creator Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Alba, Liam Neeson, Billy Bob Thornton, former child-star Haley Joel Osment, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and even billionare investor Warren Buffet.

 

'Entourage' hits Australian cinema screens on June 4th and a day later in the United States.

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Unrated 'Fifty Shades of Grey' extended cut coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 25, 2015 4:59 am

Made on a paltry production budget of just $40 million, the recently released adaptation of EL James 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has gone against the grain of damning critical reviews and piqued the curiosity of cinema goers, grossing well over half a billion dollars at the international box office. As a special treat for fans who crave even more BDSM kink, Universal will release an extended cut of the film on Blu-ray, along with an alternate ending.

 

 

Released on May 1st in the United States and on May 21st in Australia, the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Blu-ray will feature both the newly completed unrated cut and the original theatrical version, along with the theatrical cut and over two hours of additional features including an alternate ending, interviews, behind the scenes features and music videos.

 

Despite the massive success of the film which has smashed expectations, the studio is moving slowly with plans for the second installment which is likely to be released in 2017, with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson already signed to reprise their roles.

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