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Analyst: Apple will find a way to 'iron out' problems with Apple Watch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 2, 2015 11:10 pm

An issue with the Apple Watch's taptic engines has slowed the wearable's rollout, but Apple will resolve the problems and move on, according to an analyst. This is the first new product under CEO Tim Cook's leadership, so expect reported problems to be thoroughly investigated.

 

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"Apple always has produced a phenomenal product. They are driven to produce a high-quality product, so I think they will iron out all these issues and bring a quality product to market," said Ivan Feinseth, analyst and chief investment officer at Tigress Asset Management, in a statement published by CNBC.

 

The popular Silicon Valley company is closely watched by consumers, analysts, and the media, typically fixing issues with its products sooner rather than later. Analysts still believe millions of Apple Watch units will be sold this year, helping give a major boost to the wearables market in 2015.

Toshiba's ChihiraAico humanoid robot serenades shoppers in Japan

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 2, 2015 8:29 pm

The Toshiba ChihiraAico humanoid robot was first shown off during CEATEC last year, and recently completed a 15-minute singing performance alongside humans. Although Toshiba designed the robot to speak to department store guests, including using Japanese sign language, a singing performance was a unique way to promote the robot.

 

 

Robots are being featured in an expanding role, especially in Japan, with designers hoping to show off their humanoids without scaring off visitors.

 

"We chose a very realistic appearance and movement, which can be used for the service industry," said Hitoshi Tokuda, marketing head for the business development division at Toshiba, in a press conference earlier in the year. "We plan to extend our technology to an automatic response. We plan to use [ChihiraAico] with elderly people who have conditions such as dementia and she can be connected to a counselor or doctor."

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Oracle publicly downplays rumored desire to purchase Salesforce

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2015 7:56 pm

Cloud computing company Salesforce is reportedly speaking with advisers regarding a possible takeover, with rumors pointing towards Oracle opening up the checkbook. Even if Oracle doesn't make a move, and Microsoft, IBM, SAP, or another company steps in, Oracle believes it is in a win-win situation.

 

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"We never comment on these kinds of things. We've never had a deal leak," Catz said in front of the media. "If it's acquired by someone else, it's probably good for us, two be honest. Everyone brings their own stuff to these things, especially someone big enough to acquire them."

 

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is a former executive at Oracle, and remains friends with Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. If a takeover doesn't occur, Ellison previously stated that his company would leapfrog Salesforce as the No. 1 software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider by the end of the 2015.

Activision preparing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Nintendo Wii U?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2015 7:30 pm

Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will officially be available for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, but it's possible the game title could be released for the Nintendo Wii U. The game is scheduled for release on November 6.

 

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The Activision Support Twitter page responded to a question regarding Nintendo IDs being connected to the Call of Duty website since there is no support for the Wii U console. In a tweet, which has been deleted, Activision responded: "Hey there. Stay tuned for more Wii U releases."

 

It's hard to tell what Activision is planning, as they could simply be referring to other Wii U titles - and Black Ops 3 may not be included.

Graffiti 'artist' uses drone to tag massive Kendall Jenner ad in SOHO

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 2, 2015 6:22 pm

Drones are being used for a lot of new and innovative purposes, and a few rather questionable activities. It looks like drone graffiti could be a future trend, with a tagger taking aim at a billboard featuring a Kendall Jenner ad.

 

 

"KATSU" used a drone with a can of red spray paint attached to the side, successfully vandalizing the billboard in SOHO, between Houston and Lafayette streets. He had this to say about graffiti drone 1.0, when speaking with WIRED: "It turned out surprisingly well. It's exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism."

 

Graffiti removal is a costly effort in metropolitan areas, so this certainly could push the boundaries even further. It may take some time for KATSU and other taggers to develop a stable platform for drone graffiti, but it certainly may end up a major headache for a lot of people.

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Researchers create ape-inspired robot that could explore the moon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 2, 2015 12:30 pm

National space programs have shown new interest in lunar exploration, and it's possible robots could roam the moon's surface. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has created an iStruct Demonstrator, also known as "Charlie," a robotic ape that can you different locomotion styles.

 

 

Using four-legged locomotion adds stability, but bipedal is best for speed and ability to maneuver - so having the robot be able to choose how to move is absolutely huge.

 

"We chose the ape because it allows us to study several locomotion modes," said Daniel Kuhn, DFKI researcher, in a statement to CNN. "For example, they have quite good quadrupedal walking abilities but they can also perform stand-up motion and walk on two legs - their ability to do this is greater than other animals. This change in posture and walking form interested us."

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Night Terror uses augmented reality to turn your living room into game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2015 9:20 am

Want to try a unique gaming experience? Night Terrors is a mobile game that will use augmented reality to scare the hell out of you.

 

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The game creates a map of your home, with walls, rooms, ceilings and floors tracked by your smartphone's accelerometer. Using the data collected, a custom gaming experience is created with monsters in your living room. A player explores with the lights off, and a phone's LED as the only light source - with the camera and microphone information used in real-time to enhance the experience.

 

"If the game needs the player to go down their hallway, it manipulates the player to go there," said Bryan Mitchell, the game's developer, in a statement on Reddit. "If the game doesn't want the player to see or move, it presents a situation where seeing and moving will get the player 'killed.'"

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Russian military said to be developing mind-controlled exoskeleton

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 2, 2015 8:35 am

Military technology has become absolutely fascinating in the past few years, with autonomous drones, robots, smart technology, and exoskeletons advancing nicely.

 

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The Russian military is reportedly developing mind-controlled exoskeletons, multiple Russian news outlets claim. If there is any truth to the reports, soldiers could carry up to 600 pounds of additional weight. What makes this announcement curious is the idea that Russia is five years away from being able to include a neuroelectronic interface so the suit's wearer has a unique controlling mechanism.

 

"The Russian Army is set to receive mind-controlled exoskeletons," the Russian Sputnik media source said. "The wearable robots will be controlled by brain waves and will increase the strength and endurance of the serviceman wearing it by several times."

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao offers piracy websites lucrative night

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 2, 2015 7:36 am

Saturday night will feature one of the most anticipated boxing matches in recent history - and that will bring with it a likelihood of major Internet piracy. HBO and Showtime already prevented two piracy websites from showing the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, but there will be plenty of other illegal options for viewers.

 

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"This could be one of the biggest live-streamed events, at least from the piracy side," said Ernesto Van der Sar, founder of TorrentFreak, in a statement to NBC News. "I think it will be bigger than the Super Bowl and the World Cup."

 

The standard definition pay-per-view will be $89.99, while the high-definition PPV will cost a whopping $99.99. Restaurants and bars have to invest thousands for the right to broadcast the fight, so a smaller number of establishments plan to air the fight, or pricing rather outrageous cover charges.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner glitch can make it lose power, FAA reports

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: May 2, 2015 2:41 am

In a bid to make skies safer, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned that a software fault could result in loss of power mid-flight on the gigantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

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Discovered by Boeing themselves in private testing circumstances (not real flight), this issue can occur if the aircraft is not powered down between trips, resulting in the generator systems on board switching to fail-safe mode and seeing all AC power cut - mid air or not.

 

This issue is said to take 248 days of usage for the fault to occur, rendering it as an unlikely thing to happen in real-world circumstances. However, this model of aircraft has reportedly experienced some other issues resulting in extended boot up times.

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