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'Ducktales' reboot coming to Disney XD channel

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 10:31 pm

Children of the 80's will no doubt have some fond memories of the Disney animated series 'Ducktales' and its super catchy theme song by Jeff Pescetto (fun fact - he also served as sound designer on 'Tekken 5'), but with 100 episodes in syndication and the feature film 'DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp ' still popular today, Disney have decided to bring the series back for a new generation of kids.

 

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Announced on Disney.com, Dixney XD senior VP Marc Buhaj-Senior promises that the reboot "will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation" and will return all the beloved characters from the original series including Scrooge McDuck, and his great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Launchpad McQuack, Donald Duck, Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell, Poe, Ma Beagle and the evil Beagle Boys.

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Google ramp up Play Music support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 10:04 pm

Google Play Music has been steadily improving its services in the recent past in order to compete with other popular streaming platforms like Spotify. The latest installment has seen it increase the capacity of its free locker service from 20,000 to 50,000 total songs.

 

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This means that you can store 50,000 of your own songs on Google's cloud storage and listen in to these tracks from any device that you may have connected to the service. Spotify has some kind of local file support, but nothing as large or in-depth as Google's offering.

 

After taking over the playlist company Songza in 2014, Google allowed users access to a song suggestion feature alongside letting subscribed members play YouTube content in the background on their mobile devices.

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Free Forza 2 game title features Fast & Furious cars, missions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 9:07 pm

Universal and Turn 10 have teamed up to launch Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious for free, and it will be a standalone title not requiring Forza Horizon 2. The title will launch on March 27 for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles. The game will cost $10 after April 10.

 

 

The vehicles in the game will be the same ones as in "Furious 7," which will hit the box office on April 3. Cars include the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, the vehicle of choice for Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel).

 

"We've been talking with the folks at Turn 10 for a number of years and have always wanted to work together," said Bill Kispert, executive VP of digital licensing at Universal. "It was a matter of schedules, capacity and a film coming together at the right time. It finally has, and we're excited to collaborate with Turn 10."

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Anthem confirms data breach could hit up to 19 million non-members

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 8:49 pm

Anthem confirmed millions of non-Anthem customers are at risk, and 8.8 million up to 18.8 million customers could be at risk. Following discovery of the breach on Jan. 29, Anthem began contacting customers, but found millions of incomplete data records in its database.

 

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The estimate counts 14 million incomplete records:

 

"While Anthem is not able to match incomplete records to a specific member, it does have valid mailing addresses for some of these records," an Anthem spokesperson told ABC News. "Anthem will distribute member notifications to the valid address on file as part of its effort to notify every potentially impacted member."

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FBI says it is "close" to identifying group behind Anthem data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 8:00 pm

The FBI says it is "close" to identifying the cybercriminal group responsible for breaching Anthem, but didn't confirm if a public announcement would be made. The targeted attack against Anthem, the No. 2 health insurance company in the United States, left up to 80 million members compromised.

 

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China is suspected in the breach, with Beijing reportedly improving its cyberespionage capabilities.

 

"We're close already," said Robert Anderson, head of the FBI's cybercrime branch, during a recent media briefing. "But we're not going to say it until we're absolutely sure. I don't know if it's China or not, by the way."

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US economy will suffer as robots continue to take over the work force

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 7:39 pm

Economists are unsure what to make of robots invading the workforce, with legitimate arguments offered by both sides regarding potential long-term consequences.

 

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The US National Bureau of Economic Research published a report that found as robots are able to continue efficient performance in the workplace, developers are going to eventually cannibalize their own jobs. However, robots still cannot match the precision of humans in many workplace aspects, so it will likely take future hardware and software developments before most jobs are at risk.

 

"When smart machines replace people, they eventually bite the hands of those that finance them," according to the report. "The long run in such cases is no techno-utopia."

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Chinese government relying more on home grown hardware, technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:51 pm

China has turned its back on Cisco, Apple, McAfee, and other major US technology companies, dropping the companies from its approved purchase lists. Instead, Beijing has approved thousands of Chinese-made hardware and software vendors, in an effort to boost the Chinese technology industry.

 

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One-third of foreign tech brands were cut from China's approved list, as domestic brands increased to almost 5,000.

 

"The Snowden incident, it's become a real concern, especially for top leaders," said Tu Xinquan, associate director for the China Institute of WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics, in a statement to Reuters. "In some sense the American government has some responsibility for that; (China's) concerns have some legitimacy."

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Report: Joint Apple-Samsung tablet market share drops below 50%

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:09 pm

Apple and Samsung, the No. 1 and No. 2 tablet manufacturers, saw their joint market share drop 8 percent year-over-year - with the companies now accounting for 43 percent of the tablet market, according to Strategy Analytics.

 

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Apple ended 2014 with 26 percent control, ahead of Samsung (17.1 percent), Lenovo (4.7 percent), ASUS (4.5 percent), Amazon (3.1 percent), and others. However, the tablet market is slowing down, with shipment volume growth slowing 6.6 percent in 2014 - and growth will continue to slow down, as Lenovo and other vendors continue to pressure Apple and Samsung.

 

"As the tablet market matures, it is also fragmenting further on price tiers and use case," said Eric Smith, Senior Analyst of Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies at Strategy Analytics. "Vendors producing Windows OS tablets may have an opening to more aggressively target the enterprise with the launch of Windows 10 later this year, as CIOs value the control and familiarity that Windows could bring to a landscape largely ruled by the bring-your-own-device trend."

Make Your Car Handle Like Your Favorite GTA Car

By: Kevin Flanagan (Guest Blogger) | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 6:06 pm

If you've ever driven the streets of "Grand Theft Auto: V" and the highways of Los Santos, you know what a difference the right customizations can make when it comes to the performance of your in-game car. "Grand Theft Auto V" has had plenty of drivers since it launched - Wired UK estimates that about two million players logged into "GTA:V Online" within the first 24 hours of launch. If you've ever wanted your real-life car to perform like your in-game ride, here's a few tips to make your car handle like the cars from GTA.

 

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Exhaust

 

There's a lot of cars cruising Los Santos with many accessories, but you shouldn't worry about armor plates or tinted windows for your car, but a good exhaust instead. Exhaust isn't about shooting flames or making a lot of noise, but about instead about improving airflow to give extra power to your engine. Companies like MagnaFlow offer inexpensive catback exhaust kits that will improve your car's response. Whether you have a street, off-road or diesel vehicle, its systems are simple bolt-on affairs and can even be done at home with the right tools. The less mechanically inclined might need to visit their local auto shop. They can help you to choose the model that will help you get the most bang for your buck as well. If you plan to do it yourself, keep in mind that it is harder than just pressing a button on a controller; only do this sort of work on your car if you know what you are doing. If you don't, seek the help of a trusted mechanic.

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Mobile security issues open the door to compromise users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2015 5:11 pm

Millions of smartphones and mobile devices are vulnerable due to mobile app developers being lackadaisical issuing patches and security updates, according to a report from McAfee Labs.

 

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Last year, it was discovered that at least 20,000 mobile apps have an easily exploitable SSL vulnerability, according to the Carnegie Mellon University computer emergency response team. McAfee tested the 25 most popular apps listed by Carnegie Mellon, and found that "poor programming practices" were prevalent - putting app users at risk.

 

"A lot of the discussion right now is about the value of data on your device, in this case your cellphone," said Gary Davis, McAfee spokesman, in a statement published by CBC. "Addresses, dates of birth, these are all data elements you'd need to in essence steal somebody's identity, or perhaps conduct insurance fraud, and it's all being made available through different applications."

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