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Don't bother updating to iOS 8.0.1, Apple pulls buggy update

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 9:46 pm

Shortly after releasing the iOS 8.0.1 update, Apple has decided to pull it and users will have to wait for a new update. Some people reported they installed the update and lost the ability to make phone calls, use the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and other problems related to the update. It only took about an hour before Apple decided to pull 8.0.1 as further improvements are made.

 

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"We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can," Apple said in a statement. "In the meantime, we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update."

 

Apple has been frantic to improve faults of iOS, as many iPhone owners were anxiously awaiting the opportunity to upgrade to iOS 8.

Ubisoft says Rocksmith 2014 prepped for Xbox One, PlayStation 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 9:30 pm

Ubisoft plans to bring its instructional guitar game Rocksmith 2014 to the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, with the title available starting on November 4. Using each console's video capture and streaming, gamers can play along with chords displayed on the screen, and includes 1080p graphics support. The game reportedly can help someone learn how to play a guitar in 60 days, using a Real Tone USB Cable that gives guitar owners the ability to connect to their console.

 

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The virtual guitar assistance program was already available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC - but a refresh to make use of hardware strength of newer consoles was expected. Any DLC songs downloaded for the Xbox 360 and PS3 can be carried over to the next-generation console counterpart, according to Ubisoft.

High school football spurring tech evolution for peak team development

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:33 pm

While most of the world still doesn't seem to enjoy it, American football has spurred an evolution that has seen a rise in tech-related spending. Companies are providing high schools with the ability to record practices, scrimmages, and game film in high-definition from multiple angles - which can be uploaded to the cloud and later viewed.

 

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One such company is Hudl, which charges high schools up to $3,000 to upload 200 hours of digital film online - and while Hudl has support for other sports - it seems high school football is really picking up steam. For smaller schools with lower sports operating budgets, this all still remains a pipe dream, though that ability also is changing.

 

"Lots of high schools in this country now spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, even a million, on football," said Angela Lumpkin, Texas Tech University sports management department chairwoman, in a statement. "Over $3 billion nationally wouldn't surprise me."

BlackBerry unveils Passport smartphone, squarish device with keyboard

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 5:57 pm

Smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry introduces its Passport device, a rather square-shaped, dual-control keyboard to compete against the Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone. The Passport has a 4.5-inch touchscreen with touch-sensitive keys that give users the ability to conduct gesture-based shortcuts.

 

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"I am not disclosing it right now, but we expect it to be successful," said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, in an interview with Bloomberg. "But the market will tell me that. And we have various different ideas that we could kind of use this as a mother-daughter type approach. So we'll - we're going to have to gauge what the market does. So far it seems to be pretty good."

 

It seemed likely the company would continue to push forward with enterprise mobility technology, but the company proved it isn't ready to throw in the towel on smartphones. It will remain an uphill battle for BlackBerry, which once dominated the smartphone market - but has just 0.5 percent software market share, according to IDC.

Cybersecurity concerns lead Taiwan government to investigate Xiaomi

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 12:26 pm

The Taiwanese government is investigating Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi over possible cybersecurity concerns, with a decision expected within three months. Xiaomi provides low-cost smartphones in Taiwan - but data being sent from Taiwanese customer devices to Xiaomi's Beijing headquarters has investigators worried.

 

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Xiaomi was recently harshly criticized due to unauthorized data access, so Xiaomi provided users the chance to reject data collection.

 

Political tensions between the United States and China over cybersecurity-related matters have intensified as of late - but many tend to forget about the political battles between China and Taiwan.

Fujifilm's prototype camera able of taking pictures of moving subjects

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 10:36 am

Camera manufacturer Fujifilm has developed the "Swing Cam," a prototype camera that can track a user and effectively take "selfie" type photographs. Instead of a stationary picture, this camera can help create photos from non-fixed locations. Fujifilm said the camera is still in its development prototype phase, and will enter production only if testers are impressed by its ability.

 

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"We aimed to make a personal photographer," a Fujifilm camera developer noted. "I wanted to make a camera that takes videos and pictures of me actively moving as if they were taken by a person."

 

The power of the selfie has led new smartphones to have front-facing cameras, giving owners the ability to more effectively take photos of themselves.

Microsoft will launch the Xbox One in China next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 10:03 am

Over the weekend we reported, as many others did, that Microsoft had delayed the launch of its Xbox One console in China, but the company has just announced that this is wrong. Microsoft has said that it is launching the Xbox One in China on September 29, just six days from now.

 

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General Manager of Xbox China, Enwei Xie, said in an official release: "After receiving government approval for the first wave of games, we will launch with the first 10 games now and continue our work to bring more blockbuster games and a broad offering of entertainment and app experiences to the platform in the weeks and months to come. With extraordinary effort and seamless cooperation across parties, we are incredibly excited to deliver Xbox One to fans in China and we welcome them to the Xbox family".

 

Which ten games will be on offer for the Chinese launch of the Xbox One? We will see Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dance Central Spotlight, Neverwinter Online, Rayman Legends Trials Fusion, and Naughty Kitties from Chinese developer Coconut Island released on September 29. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said: "This milestone is significant for both our partnership with China and our global expansion plan. Every new market launch is unique and we're grateful to our fans for their patience and enthusiasm throughout the process".

Skeletonics exoskeleton suit shows promise of future breakthroughs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 7:48 am

Japanese researchers from the Okinawa National College of Technology have developed a Skeletonics exoskeleton suit that measures more than eight feet in height. Wearers climb into the giant suit and use it operating their own arms and legs, with no power to assist in movement. It has mainly become popular for public entertainment, as it can be used at events, parades, and to grab attention.

 

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"We didn't think about creating anything useful," said Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku, Skeletonics researcher. "That's probably why we were able to develop a unique thing."

 

There has been an increase in exoskeleton research, with the military and private sector interested in using them to help reduce physical labor loads.

PlayStation original series 'Powers' gets first photos, details

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 2:51 am

First announced at E3 2014, the PlayStation original series 'Powers' based on the comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, looks to be shaping up nicely ahead of its December release.

 

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Sony have released the first batch of photos, which including key cast members Sharlto Copley (District 9) and Susan Heyward (The Following) before the release of the show's first trailer which is expected to drop at New York Comic Con in a fortnight.

 

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With more than a passing resemblance to 'Heroes', 'Powers' will be PlayStation Network's first original series, which the company hoped would rival the similarly ambitious plans from Xbox Entertainment Studios, before the studio was shuttered by incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The company is still moving ahead with the 'Halo' series under director Steven Spielberg, which will be released towards the end of 2015.

Great Scott! Charge your phone with the Flux Capacitor USB car charger

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 24, 2014 2:33 am

Tech knickknack website ThinkGeek has reintroduced the Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger, a blast from the past for fans of the Back to the Future movies. The device plugs into a traditional 12V power adapter - i.e. cigarette lighter - and is able to charge a smartphone and tablet simultaneously.

 

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Originally an April Fool's product earlier in the year, the device was popular enough that ThinkGeek decided to bring it back. The Flux Capacitor USB car charger is available for $24.99.

 

"We wanted to create something that would not only work, but give people the chance to enjoy a Flux Capacitor in the real-world," said Ty Liotta, GeekLabs' Chief Mad Scientist, in a press statement.

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