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US tech companies don't want Obama to interfere with encryption

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 5:00 pm

President Barack Obama has received a letter from the Information Industry Association and Information Technology Industry Council not to mess with encryption. The US government wants backdoors created so law enforcement can access information when needed, but Silicon Valley companies warned that would also create opportunities for cybercriminals.




"We are opposed to any policy actions or measures that would undermine encryption as an available and effective tool," said the letter. The Information Industry Association represents companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Apple - with executives from each company previously speaking out against various government interference in security.


The FBI and other agencies support the Obama administration's efforts to help bypass encryption, but in a manner that wouldn't allow hackers and cybercriminals to exploit the encryption backdoor.

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EU: Users pushed to piracy due to complicated copyright legislation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 3:30 pm

The fight against Internet piracy apparently isn't going well for copyright holders, and "legislation is pushing people to steal," said Andrus Ansip, Vice President for the Digital Single Market for the European Commission. Speaking during Midem, Ansip believes providing content across the EU - and educating users about legal options - are two critical steps that must be addressed.




The EU's recently adopted Digital Single Market strategy will hopefully end geo-blocking among EU nations, while consumers can legally purchase more content. The removal of geo-blocking will make it legal for 100 million Europeans to access content they own in other countries - a major development, with Europeans taking more than 270 million cross-border trips that last at least one night.


"Today, we don't have a Digital Single Market in the European Union," Ansip said.

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AMD continues to push its huge PC Gaming Show at E3 next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 12:08 pm

A trailer for the PC Gaming Show being held at E3 2015 has been unleashed, showing off a bunch of the oldeer, but huge fan favorite games from the last two decades.



The YouTube teaser also shows off some AMD hardware being installed, with some Radeon video cards and AMD CPUs being installed into a PC. AMD is sponsoring the show alongside PC Gamer, with special guests including Twitch, Digital Storm, Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski, Cloud Imperium Games (the developer behind Star Citizen), Tripwire Interactive, and many more.


The PC Gaming Show kicks off on June 16, 2015 with a livestream being made available on AMD's Twitch channel on the day.

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Mercedes-Benz joins Tesla Motors with its own home battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 10:09 am

Tesla isn't the only company with the home battery on the way, with Mercedes-Benz unveiling its own home battery capable of holding 2.5kWh of electricity.




But, eight of these can be tethered together for a total of 20kWh, twice of the electricity that a single Powerwall from Tesla can hold. Merdeces-Benz is taking a much more modular approach to its battery thanks to the ability of hooking multiple of them together. 20kWh should be enough for most modest sized houses, with the company hoping to ship its home battery in September.

Amazon Game Studios is hiring top talent to make its first PC game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:37 am

Amazon is building a development team to work on a very ambitious PC game using the latest technology available under its Amazon Game Studios gaming division, securing some of the top talent in the industry.




Amazon Game Studios is hiring staff that have worked on gigantic games like BioShock, Portal, World of Warcraft, Half Life 2, Dota 2, Left 4 Dead, Halo, Infamous, Shadows of Mordor and The Last of Us. Considering the company reportedly signed a licensing deal worth up to $70 million with Crytek, we could see Amazon's game powered by Crytek's latest graphics engine.


The developer is hiring 26 new people, where it needs to fill positions like Senior Game Development Engineer, Tools Engineer, Senior Gameplay Engineer, Lead Visual Effects Artist, Platform Engineer and Senior Graphics Engineer... just to name a few positions.

First glimpse of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' movie trailer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:13 am

The first movie trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 has been released.



The last installment of the four-part movie series featuring residents from District 13 trying to overthrow President Snow's government. Jennifer Lawrence (playing Katness) has promoted the film on social media using the "#Unite" hashtag - and some Hollywood veterans believe the film could top the $752 million worldwide box office numbers generated by Mockinjay Part I.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 will be released on November 20.

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Porn Time, a Popcorn Time like service for porn is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 6:44 am

Streaming TV shows and movies on-demand using Popcorn Time is something millions of users around the world loved, so we shouldn't be surprised to learn of Porn Time, which is a Popcorn Time-like service, but for porn.




Porn Time functions very similar to Popcorn Time, as it even runs the Popcorn Time API. Porn Time has a similar UI, as well as having support for Chromecast and Airplay baked into it. It's not legal, as Porn Time pulls down porn torrents from popular porn torrent websites, downloading them, and then playing them wherever you like.


The service is currently available as an app for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with Android and iOS versions currently in development.

Microsoft announces new Xbox One, with 1TB storage, new controller

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 6:09 am

Microsoft needs a boost with its Xbox One gaming console, and hopes an upcoming refresh will help woo potential customers. The new version, which was an expected announcement, features a 1TB hard drive, along with a modified Xbox One wireless controller.



The storage capacity has been doubled, a welcome addition that should be critical with more console gamers downloading digital games. Meanwhile, the new controller features a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, which is an improvement considering Microsoft didn't decide to include it the first time around.


The new Xbox One will cost $399, while the 500GB model will be available for $349.

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SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 390X Tri-X OC 8GB teased, with 6 other models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 10, 2015 5:45 am

The leaks of AMD's upcoming GPUs continues, with a full line up of SAPPHIRE products leaked. has picked it up, where SAPPHIRE is expected to have many cards to offer consumers.




Starting with the Hawaii XT-based Radeon R9 390X Tri-X OC 8GB, followed by the Hawaii PRO-based Radeon R9 390 Nitro 8GB. The R9 390X is expected to feature a new Tri-X cooler, with a factory overclock that is sure to impress. The R9 390 Nitro is a new brand for SAPPHIRE, which will also feature 8GB of VRAM and the Tri-X cooler, but the Hawaii PRO core.


Under these two flagship cards we have the Radeon R9 380 Nitro, Radeon R9 380 ITX, Radeon R7 Nitro, Radeon R7 370 and Radeon R7 360. SAPPHIRE will use a mix of its Dual-X and stock cooling on these cards. We should expect to see SAPPHIRE unveil these cards in the coming weeks.

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