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Tom Cruise to return for 'Mission Impossible 6'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 12:58 am

Before 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' even hits cinemas, star Tom Cruise has already announced that plans are underway for a sixth film - and he'll be back as Agent Ethan Hunt, despite turning 53 earlier in the month.



Appearing on US TV 'The Daily Show' and reported by Variety, Cruise confirmed to host Jon Stewart that "We're starting to work on it now. We'll probably start shooting it next summer". While the last 'Mission Impossible' entry 'Ghost Protocol' hit cinemas in 2011, pent-up demand and critical success of 'Rogue Nation' (not least age of Cruise) means we'll probably see the next film in 2017.


'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' hits cinemas worldwide on July 31.

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Amazon wants drone-only airspace for its delivery aircraft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 12:57 am

In its effort to one day make deliveries using drones, Amazon is quite vocal in helping create drone airspace to get the job done. Amazon hopes to be able to deliver packages within 30 minutes, a noble goal that has some people excited - and others worried about clogged airspace full of drones.




Airspace up to 200 feet above the ground would be designed for "low speed localized traffic," meaning video drones and survey and inspection aircraft.


Amazon would like to keep 200-feet of air space - between 200 feet and 400 feet above the ground - for drones in the "high-speed transit" lane designed for "well-equipped vehicles." The airspace 400 feet to 500 feet would be considered a "no fly zone," unless there is an emergency.

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Apparently, you can even use Wi-Fi on Mt. Fuji now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 11:54 pm

Japanese officials have teamed up with telecom company NTT Docomo to install Wi-Fi hotspots at eight different spots on Mt. Fuji.




Apparently, tourists and mountain climbers need a bit of Internet access, so they can post social media updates, publish selfies, and keep people informed about their travels. Cottages and buildings located near the summit of Mt. Fuji will also give people the chance to use the Internet and stay connected.


Realistically, this is a great way for Mt. Fuji visitors to receive updated weather and climbing condition reports wherever they are on the mountain. The trial period, which is active now until September, provides up to 72 hours of Internet access to each guest.

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ING Netherlands introduces voice-based mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 11:39 pm

Members of the ING Netherlands bank can now test a new mobile banking service that allows them to log in and pay using their voice. The unique system, powered by Nuance, went live earlier in the week, and is supported by Apple iOS and Google Android.




The ING Netherlands mobile banking app activated voice-driven payments so customers no longer need to enter a PIN number or password while shopping. The app compares a stored voice recording that is used to verify each time a person says a simple phrase.


Fraudulent voice activations can be saved, and ING Netherlands will be able to help reduce fraud.

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Nintendo's Wii U finally tops 10 million units sold

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 11:29 pm

Nintendo has finally sold more than 10 million Wii U units, with the sales figure reached during its fiscal quarter that ended last month.




During its most recent quarter, the company sold only 470,000 units - a drop from 510,000 units year-over-year.


The Wii U publicly launched across the world in November, and has endured an incredibly slow growth rate - though Nintendo hopes that begins to change with games such as Splatoon.

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'Spectre' fan mashup returns Pierce Brosnan as Bond

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 11:17 pm

We normally wouldn't post random viral videos, but this one's simply too good to pass up! In some far-off alternate universe, there's a version where Pierce Brosnan didn't exit the role of Bond 007 with 2002's 'Die Another Day', but continued through to today. Now, one enterprising YouTuber has bought Brosnan back to the role in a cleverly edited video which gives fans a taste of what could have been....



Brosnan shot out of the gate with 1995's 'GoldenEye', a well received reboot (before the term was even coined), which ended a six year dry-spell for the franchise. Sadly, Brosnan returned to diminishing returns thanks to poor scripts, before ending his tenure with the camp embarrassment of 'Die Another Day'. Daniel Craig went on to inherit the role in 2006's 'Casino Royale', a more serious and dare I say 'grounded' take on the classic hero which fans and casual cinema-goers embraced.


The next installment in the Bond franchise; 'Spectre' sees it's world premiere on October 26th before hitting Australia a little later on November 12th.

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NTSB explains what SpaceShipTwo pilot endured during horrific incident

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 10:56 pm

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold's frightening account of what happened as the test craft broke apart after suffering a "serious anomaly."




Aware that SpaceShipTwo disintegrated, Siebold blacked out as the cool air was extremely difficult to breathe. The next time he woke up, he desperately tried to active the equipped backup oxygen, and his next memory was when his parachute automatically deployed.


Scaled Composites failed to create a system that would have prevented the braking system from being prematurely unlocked, which caused the issue when the other pilot unlocked it, according to the NTSB.

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Tablet market continues to struggle and decline in Q2 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 9:03 pm

The worldwide tablet market dropped 7 percent year-over-year during Q2 2015, with shipments racking up 44.7 million units, according to the IDC research group.




Apple is the No. 1 tablet vendor, with 24.5 percent market share, though saw its year-over-year growth suffer a whopping -17.9 percent. Samsung now has 17 percent market share, but saw its year-over-year growth finish at -12 percent - with both the No. 1 and No. 2 tablet manufacturers suffering greatly.


Lenovo (5.7 percent), Huawei (3.7 percent), and LG Electronics (3.6 percent) rounded out the top five, though each company saw year-over-year growth.

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Satechi shows off its BT Cortana Button on Windows 10 launch day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 7:41 pm

Satechi has announced the launch of its BT Cortana Button, a custom solution as Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 to millions of users.




The BT Cortana Button is designed so users are able to quickly access Cortana on a Windows smartphone or computer remotely. It can be easily stored on key chains, steering wheels or anywhere that is convenient for the owner - and provides access to the virtual personal assistant in a safe manner.


Satechi promises up to two years battery life and Bluetooth wireless range up to 40 feet with the BT Cortana Button. It is expected to launch in late August with a $22.99 MSRP.

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Chinese hackers suspected in recent cyberattack on United Airlines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 7:26 pm

United Airlines, the No. 2 largest airline company in the world, was apparently attacked by Chinese hackers in May or June.




If true, it looks like hackers could have been able to collect movement data on millions of American travelers. Passengers, flight origins and destinations, and other data was likely taken by the hackers, according to unnamed officials speaking with Bloomberg.


"Speculation that China is responsible for the United Airlines breach is interesting but at this point, irrelevant," said Jason Polanich, founder and chief architect of SurfWatch Labs. " Too many companies have a false sense of security, thinking it won't happen to them. Pair that with the fact that hacking tools are available to virtually everyone today via illicit trade on the Dark Web and in other places and you've got a recipe for disaster.

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