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Battlefield 4 Premium members can chomp on Dragon's Teeth on July 15

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 4:41 am

Battlefield 4 Premium members will get their chompers on the upcoming Dragon's Teeth DLC on July 15. The news was announced from a now-deleted tweet from Origin's main Twitter account.

 

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The tweet mentioned a July 15 released date in its promotion for buying Battlefield 4 Premium with 20% off. We should expect a general release date of July 29 for the rest of the community, as the Battlefield website mentions a two week head start for Premium members with the new DLC.

Nintendo investor says he doesn't 'understand video games'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 3:22 am

During Nintendo's annual investors Q&A, one investor admitted that he did not understand video games. Considering he owns shares in one of the most beloved video game companies in the world, it's quite strange to hear.

 

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Here's what the investor said: "I do not understand video games and I even feel angry because, at Nintendo's shareholders' meetings, the shareholders always discuss things relating to video games or such childish topics as "what the future of video games should be," while I, for one, was flabbergasted that Mr. Iwata continues to hold his position although he had said that he would resign if the company's performance were bad".

 

"I hope that Nintendo's shareholders' meeting will become an opportunity where the shareholders discuss the company's business operations from the viewpoints of capital gain and dividends", the investor added. But don't worry, Nintendo executives were quick to fire back, with Genyo Takeda and Tatsumi Kimishima replying.

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Samsung attacks iPhone in its latest ad, calls users 'wall huggers'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 2:03 am

In the company's latest ad for the Galaxy S5, Samsung takes another swipe at Apple and its iPhone, this time concentrating on the lack of battery life and the inability to change the battery. The ad is smart, getting everything said in less than 60 seconds.

 

 

As you can see, Samsung takes to an airport, seeing users charge their iPhone's while S5 users enjoy the luxury of longer battery life on their phone thanks to Samsung's power saving modes, as well as the Galaxy S5 having a user replaceable battery. Not a single iPhone has had a user replaceable battery, or battery saving modes, but iPhone users do have the ability to turn off 3G/4G and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to save battery life.

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Oculus Rift sales stopped in China over 'extreme' reselling by some

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 6, 2014 1:03 am

Oculus VR has halted all sales of its Rift DK2 unit in China after the Facebook-owned VR startup discovered people doing "extreme" reselling. Pre-orders of the DK2 unit have also been stopped.

 

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In a statement, Oculus VR said: "We need to make sure that we are doing what we can to make sure that resellers that are looking to flip our product for a profit are not taking stock away from legitimate developer purchases globally. Our product, in its current form, is a developer kit, meant for developers that develop VR content. We are looking into alternative ways to make sure that our development kits are getting into legitimate developer hands in China".

 

There's no exact numbers available, so we don't know how many Rift's were being resold. But for the company to completely halt the sale of its VR headset in a big market, this must have been quite the deal.

In May, spammers found success sending education-related emails

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 7:59 pm

May spam email traffic averaged 69.8 percent, a 1.3 percent drop from April, but security experts continue to tell Internet users to be weary of sometimes rather clever spam. There was a large amount of mass mailings for schools and universities, along with "offers" for student loan repayment plans also popular phishing techniques.

 

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Email search sites were the most popular targets (32.2 percent) ahead of social media websites (23.9 percent), and financial and payment organizations were in the No. 3 spot (12.8 percent). Spammers rely on unsuspecting and gullible Internet users to click compromising links that install malware - or otherwise steal credentials.

 

"Spammers are constantly thinking up new tricks or turning to old favorites to catch out their victims," said Tatyana Shcherbakova, Kaspersky Lab Senior Spam Analyst, in a statement. "It's not just about advertising: this month we came across a number of mass mailings imitating official notifications from various services and companies. The attachments in these emails contained malware from the Andromeda family. This family consist of backdoors that allow attackers to silently control infected computers, which often become part of a botnet."

Google bans porn-related content on its AdWords ad network

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:25 pm

Google has banned pornographic material from its AdWords advertising network, but dating websites and adult entertainment are still approved. The popular search engine company already had policies in place limiting adult content, and advertisers are now looking for rival networks to utilize in the future.

 

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It's unknown what type of realistic impact this will have, because the more popular "Tube" porn websites and webcam model services use personal websites, organic search results, and word of mouth to help generate new traffic.

 

"Beginning in the coming weeks, we'll no longer accept ads that promote graphic depictions of sexual acts including, but not limited to, hardcore pornography; graphic sex acts including sex acts such as masturbation; genital; anal, and oral sexual activity," according to a statement sent to an advertiser.

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U.S. Army embracing autonomous vehicles, learning from Google, others

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 4:59 pm

The United States Army hopes to see it soldiers utilize autonomous vehicles that will help keep them safer while on the battlefield. In additional to heightened situational awareness, autonomous vehicles can help increase safety with vision enhancements, tip-over warnings, collision avoidance and obstacle detection while driving.

 

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Using the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center's 30-Year Ground Vehicle Strategy's autonomous technology, new generation military vehicles can become optionally-manned. Government contractor Lockheed-Martin is one company developing autonomous vehicles, and presented the following scenario: If a patrol comes under enemy fire, the autonomous features can activate so soldiers are able to focus on defending against the attack.

 

"These are disruptive ideas and capabilities," said Dr. Paul D. Rogers, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) director, in a recent interview. "We're about harvesting their technologies and integrating them into a package that offers operational relevance to the warfighter, capabilities they don't have today."

CliffyB teams up with Guerrilla Games co-founder for new game studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 9:20 am

CliffyB, of Epic Games fame, has just announced he has formed a new game studio, Boss Key Productions. CliffyB has teamed up with Arjan Brussee, a former EA employee and Guerrilla Games co-founder.

 

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Boss Key Productions' CEO is CliffyB, while the Brussee sits in the position of COO. Before Brussee founded Guerrilla Games, he was helping Bleszinski on co-developing the infamous Jazz Jackrabbit series. At the moment, Brussee's LinkedIn says he's working as an Executive Producer at Visceral Games, the studio that is working on Battlefield: Hardline.

 

Just what will Boss Key Productions be offering gamers? Well, according to a document filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Boss Key's goods and services will be "downloadable multi-player interactive computer game programs; computer and video game software; downloadable computer and video game software; downloadable electronic games via the Internet and wireless devices; downloadable computer application software in the field of games; interactive computer and video game programs".

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CoolIT can continue making custom AIO CPU liquid coolers for Corsair

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:56 am

In the middle of Asetek Holdings Inc. Vs. CoolIT Systems legal battle over a patent infringement associated with closed-loop liquid cooling units, Corsair got stuck in the eye of the storm as it had few models made by CoolIT. Due to the issue at hand, the court eventually decided to keep a motion for partial summary judgement involving CoolIT OEM Corsair AIO units. What is not known until now is that the partial motion summary judgement has concluded in Corsair's favour.

 

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On August 2012, Asetek signed up a licensing agreement with Corsair for AIO liquid cooling units. In the agreement, Asetek gave a non-transferable, non-assignable, non-exclusive license with no sub-license clause. CoolIT defended itself saying that Asetek cannot sue them for infringement of US patents no '362 and '762 because CoolIT was making the so-called 'infringing products' for Corsair on their request. Asetek argued, pointing out that Corsair actually purchased 'off-the-shelf' CoolIT liquid cooling hardware in its ready-made form. The questioned models from Corsair were the H60, H80i and the H100i.

 

The California court however was skeptical of Asetek's claims that these were off-the-shelf models. Though, initially CoolIT approached Corsair of a retail channel partnership collaboration, Corsair wanted to pick a particular combination of radiators and fans to have a different product. Many specifications were changed, such as lengths of the tubes, the thickness of the radiator and even the size of the fans bundled with these AIO coolers. For example, Corsair H60 changed about 35% of the components for H60, whereas H80i and H100i had 46% and 46% changes. CoolIT also said that the 3/8 rubber tubing, barbs and radiators were specifically made for Corsair, and was not used in its brand or with others.

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Samsung's premium Galaxy F should feature 2560x1600 display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 5, 2014 6:24 am

Samsung has been teasing a premium Galaxy S5 handset for a while now, but things are beginning to become slightly more real with this latest tease. You can see in the photo below that the premium handset features a metal edge, with a super-thin bezel.

 

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An aluminum frame makes the cut here, with the rear of the smartphone being made from plastic. This new premium smartphone will arrive as the Galaxy F, with the premium handset featuring some upgraded specifications on top of the Galaxy S5. We should expect a 2560x1600 QHD display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.

 

As for when to expect it, we should see some movement in September, when the IFA conference kicks off in Germany.

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