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U.S. Army embracing autonomous vehicles, learning from Google, others

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 4:59 pm

The United States Army hopes to see it soldiers utilize autonomous vehicles that will help keep them safer while on the battlefield. In additional to heightened situational awareness, autonomous vehicles can help increase safety with vision enhancements, tip-over warnings, collision avoidance and obstacle detection while driving.

 

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Using the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center's 30-Year Ground Vehicle Strategy's autonomous technology, new generation military vehicles can become optionally-manned. Government contractor Lockheed-Martin is one company developing autonomous vehicles, and presented the following scenario: If a patrol comes under enemy fire, the autonomous features can activate so soldiers are able to focus on defending against the attack.

 

"These are disruptive ideas and capabilities," said Dr. Paul D. Rogers, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) director, in a recent interview. "We're about harvesting their technologies and integrating them into a package that offers operational relevance to the warfighter, capabilities they don't have today."

CliffyB teams up with Guerrilla Games co-founder for new game studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 9:20 am

CliffyB, of Epic Games fame, has just announced he has formed a new game studio, Boss Key Productions. CliffyB has teamed up with Arjan Brussee, a former EA employee and Guerrilla Games co-founder.

 

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Boss Key Productions' CEO is CliffyB, while the Brussee sits in the position of COO. Before Brussee founded Guerrilla Games, he was helping Bleszinski on co-developing the infamous Jazz Jackrabbit series. At the moment, Brussee's LinkedIn says he's working as an Executive Producer at Visceral Games, the studio that is working on Battlefield: Hardline.

 

Just what will Boss Key Productions be offering gamers? Well, according to a document filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Boss Key's goods and services will be "downloadable multi-player interactive computer game programs; computer and video game software; downloadable computer and video game software; downloadable electronic games via the Internet and wireless devices; downloadable computer application software in the field of games; interactive computer and video game programs".

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CoolIT can continue making custom AIO CPU liquid coolers for Corsair

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:56 am

In the middle of Asetek Holdings Inc. Vs. CoolIT Systems legal battle over a patent infringement associated with closed-loop liquid cooling units, Corsair got stuck in the eye of the storm as it had few models made by CoolIT. Due to the issue at hand, the court eventually decided to keep a motion for partial summary judgement involving CoolIT OEM Corsair AIO units. What is not known until now is that the partial motion summary judgement has concluded in Corsair's favour.

 

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On August 2012, Asetek signed up a licensing agreement with Corsair for AIO liquid cooling units. In the agreement, Asetek gave a non-transferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive license with no sub-license clause. CoolIT defended itself saying that Asetek cannot sue them for infringement of US patents no '362 and '762 because CoolIT was making the so-called 'infringing products' for Corsair on their request. Asetek argued, pointing out that Corsair actually purchased 'off-the-shelf' CoolIT liquid cooling hardware in its ready-made form. The questioned models from Corsair were the H60, H80i and the H100i.

 

The California court however was skeptical of Asetek's claims that these were off-the-shelf models. Though, initially CoolIT approached Corsair of a retail channel partnership collaboration, Corsair wanted to pick a particular combination of radiators and fans to have a different product. Many specifications were changed, such as lengths of the tubes, the thickness of the radiator and even the size of the fans bundled with these AIO coolers. For example, Corsair H60 changed about 35% of the components for H60, whereas H80i and H100i had 46% and 46% changes. CoolIT also said that the 3/8 rubber tubing, barbs and radiators were specifically made for Corsair, and was not used in its brand or with others.

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Samsung's premium Galaxy F should feature 2560x1600 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:24 am

Samsung has been teasing a premium Galaxy S5 handset for a while now, but things are beginning to become slightly more real with this latest tease. You can see in the photo below that the premium handset features a metal edge, with a super-thin bezel.

 

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An aluminum frame makes the cut here, with the rear of the smartphone being made from plastic. This new premium smartphone will arrive as the Galaxy F, with the premium handset featuring some upgraded specifications on top of the Galaxy S5. We should expect a 2560x1600 QHD display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.

 

As for when to expect it, we should see some movement in September, when the IFA conference kicks off in Germany.

iPhone still tops the U.S. smartphone market, according to comScore

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 5:53 am

The Apple iPhone remains the No. 1 smartphone in the United States, controlling 41.9 percent of the market, according to a recent report from comScore. It's not too surprising to hear that the iPhone leads all other phone manufacturers, while Samsung further claws into Apple's lead.

 

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Despite controlling the smartphone hardware market, the Google Android operating system has 52.1 percent market share. The figure is ahead of Apple's iOS with 41.9 percent, and greatly ahead of Microsoft Windows Phone (3.4 percent), BlackBerry (2.3 percent), and Symbian (0.1 percent).

 

Also worth noting, 70 percent of consumers in the United States currently use a smartphone - an impressive number, as casual users leave behind feature phones. Furthermore, more than 76 percent of smartphone users have Facebook installed, with Google Play Store, YouTube, Google Search, and Pandora Radio also popular.

Pew: Government interference on Internet is a great threat to users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 1:32 am

The rise of hackers and cybercrime are problematic, but national governments maintaining security and political control on the Internet will remain the biggest threat. Specifically, there will be a rise in blocking, filtering, segmentation and balkanization of the Internet, according to a study published by the Pew Research group.

 

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Thirty-five percent of those surveyed said they expected significant changes "for the worse" in regards to accessing and sharing online content by 20125 - a troubling concern as more people begin to access the Internet.

 

"Governments worldwide are looking for more power over the Net, especially within their own countries," said Dave Burstein, Fast Net News editor, in a statement. "Britain, for example, has just determined the ISPs block sites the government considers 'terrorist' or otherwise dangerous. There will usually be ways to circumvent the obstruction but most people won't bother."

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Mormon missionaries spreading the word using Facebook and iPads

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 11:40 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is embracing technology, equipping missionaries with Apple iPad tablets and using social media to proselytize them to the Book of Mormon. The Church has tested its program last year in the United States and Japan with 6,500 missionaries proved to be successful.

 

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"We know in many parts of the world, the traditional forms of proselyting work very, very well," said David Evans, missionary department director, in a statement. "In some other places where technology and urban life has developed in such a way that missionaries have a harder time contacting people, we hope that these tools become even more valuable in those places."

 

The use of technology and social media are great tools for religious groups communicating with the public - it's an effective, open platform - and using mobile devices helps give missionaries enhanced access.

Wozniak reveals just how difficult Steve Jobs was to work for

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 7:07 pm

In a new interview, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed just how outright difficult Steve Jobs could be, even in the earliest days of Apple.

 

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Some early Apple employees said they would never, ever work with Jobs again if they could help it - and Wozniak described these workers as some of the brightest and among his best friends in Apple. "Steve Jobs had a lot of these questionable things, like some of my very best friends in Apple, the most creative people who worked on the Macintosh, almost all of them said they would never, ever work for Steve Jobs again," Wozniak said, speaking with the Milwaukee Business Journal. "It was that bad. I'm shocked."

 

However, Woz went on to say that from the early days, Jobs really respected people who would stand up to his pushy attitude. "He would directly confront people and almost call them idiots," Wozniak said. "But ... when they confronted him back and told him why they were right in understandable forms, he was just testing and learning, and he would respect those people and give them high privileges in the company." In the interview, as BusinessInsider points out, Wozniak also revealed that in the early days, Jobs would be happy to rush products out before they were ready.

BMW helps Munich workers ease stress with 3D printed superthumb

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 6:36 pm

BMW is providing workers at a manufacturing plant in its native Germany with specially built 3D-printed thumb protectors to keep productivity up, and reduce the potential for workplace injuries or physical stress.

 

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Every single one of the "super thumbs" will be customized for the individual, essentially turning them into a kind of protective second skin - however, they firm up when the thumbs are straightened, which lets workers press with a degree of force without putting strain on the joints.

 

The thumbs were built with the help of the Department of Ergonomics at the Technical University of Munich, and they're currently on trial at a Munich plant. "Even for people with strong hand muscles, the movement requires a certain effort," a spokesperson for BMW said.

China gives green light to Lenovo's billion dollar IBM server buyout

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2014 6:07 pm

Lenovo has got the green light to go ahead and buy IBM's low-end, x86 server business.

 

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The January deal was subject to examination from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce's anti-monopoly group. Lenovo offered a stonking $2.3 billion for its stake into the low-end server market. It's expected to be finished before the year's through, but is still subject to the usual checks and balances from regulators in the United States.

 

There is a chance two enormous multinational corporations from such sensitive geopolitical territories could stoke fears about the potential for corporate or political espionage. But China, at least, has now given it the OK. Lenovo is well regarded for its consumer computers - and this business itself was a buyout from IBM, demonstrating that despite some paranoia in the West it's perfectly within reason for a Chinese company to perform well in the markets.

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