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Google signs Wallet app deal with Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 8:03 pm

Google has reached a deal with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile for support with the Google Wallet mobile payment app. The tap and pay service will be pre-installed on Android devices running KitKat or higher from the three mentioned US wireless carriers later this year.




The Google Wallet tap and pay feature was rolled out in 2011, with the mobile payments market growing since then. Google's deal to have Wallet pre-installed, along with acquiring unknown intellectual property from Softcard, shows it is ready to step up support for mobile payments.


Apple Pay has shown rivals that there is potential in the mobile payments market, but companies need to create stronger alliances. This Google Wallet deal could be a strong first step towards building a long-term Apple Pay competitor.

Teenage 'laser cat' meme creator passes away

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 1:08 pm

Draven Rodriguez' parents have recently released some solemn news that their 17 year old son took his own life last Thursday.




He soared to internet stardom after his yearbook photo as a New York high school senior contained his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, and an interesting background including lasers.


This image helped him make the big time through Facebook, with Rodriguez mentioning that his motivation was to create something out of the ordinary: "I don't want to go in the yearbook with the generic 'I-look-like-everyone-else' photo. I wanted a 'He looks great. Only he would try that' photo," he said. "When people look at it, they will know that was me."


Our deepest condolences go out to this young man, his family and friends during this tough time.

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Valve will be talking about VR, physics engines and more at GDC 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 12:08 pm

Valve, one of the most infamous developers in the world, will be having not one but four presentations at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2015. The company said it wouldn't be hosting its Steam Dev Days conference for 2015, but instead it would have a "larger than usual presence at GDC".




The company won't be talking about specific games, but we can expect that out of the four presentations, the companyu will use its own upcoming games as examples in presentations. This means that we could see a massive tease of Valve's upcoming games, and while there might not be any actual announcements, we might see into the world's of these games. Think Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 3 and others and you might just feel the hairs stand up on your arms.


Valve will be hosting a panel on the future of OpenGL technology, which is something the company is invested into with its SteamOS being Linux-based, and Linux and OpenGL going hand-in-hand. Over the past couple of years Valve has been pushing for the adaption and improvement of OpenGL. We reported on this all the way back in 2012, where Valve squeezed more performance out of the OpenGL version of Left 4 Dead 2 than it did in Windows. Valve will also be talking about VR at GDC 2015, which is equally as exciting. We will learn about the creation of VR world's, which will end up moving into advanced topics like the challenges of creating high quality graphics, and having them pumped into users' eyes at high speeds.

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DDoS-for-hire cyberattacks are effective and cost-effective

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 11:25 am

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyberattacks have plagued consumers and businesses for quite some time, but the rising number of DDoS attacks available as a paid service is troubling. Clients can pay from $2 up to $5 per hour to launch DDoS attacks, or pay a subscription for prices as low as $800 per month.




The Lizard Squad hacker group helped draw increased scrutiny to the underground cybercriminal activity - demonstrating its LizardStresser DDoS service in successful attacks against the Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft Xbox Live. Meanwhile, the Gwapo DDoS service has been publicly advertised via social media and YouTube posted videos, with attacks starting at $2 per hour.


"Since their inception in 2010, DDoS-for-hire capabilities have advanced in success, services and popularity, but what's most unnerving is booters have been remarkably skilled at working under the radar," according to the "Distributed Denial of Service Trends" report from Verisign. "Given the ready availability o DDoS-as-a-service offerings and the increasing affordability of such services, organizations of all sizes and industries are at a greater risk than ever of falling victim to a DDoS attack that can cripple network availability and productivity."

Samsung continues teasing the Galaxy S6 and its slick new look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 10:35 am

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S6 at its Samsung Unpacked event on March 1, but the company continues to tease the world about its Galaxy S6. Check out the video on #TheNextGalaxy below.



The 45-second video doesn't show much, but it does tease metal flowing and reflections being free, all while being powerful, and borders disappearing. Colors are living, and the entire phone looks like it could feature curves, as there are a lot of them in this video. We don't have much longer to wait now, thankfully.

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Some Aussie police now adopting tech through the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 9:52 am

500 New South Wales Police officers have been handed Samsung Galaxy Note 4's in order to help them complete daily duties as part of the NSW Police Forces "real-time policing" campaign.




Filled with various applications, the lucky bunch includes "the Police Transport Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Motorcycle Response Unit, Mounted Unit, Dog Unit, the State Crime Command's Gangs Squad and Domestic and Family Violence Teams" as reported by Gizmodo.


Including the ability to perform instant background checks, the officers will use these devices to take notes and complete various other tasks including using the GPS for navigation and location purposes.


This follows the news that 1,000 Queensland Police officers received iPads in 2014, to perform similar tasks.

HTC One M9 specs leaked, 5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM for $850

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 9:10 am

HTC is expected to officially unveil the One M9 smartphone on March 1 when Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 kicks off, but there are some early leaks on HTC's upcoming flagship smartphone.




We can expect HTC to bake in an 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of NAND flash storage expandable through microSD, and more. On the back, we have a 20-megapixel UltraPixel camera, which is reportedly housed inside of a camera module that protrudes from the rear of the One M9's body, like the iPhone 6 Plus.




Software wise, we should see Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 splashed on top. Two new colorways are shown off in the leaked shots, with a gold and silver style for a two-tone look while the other is gunmetal gray. BoomSound speakers make the cut, with the 5-inch 1080p display filling out the One M9. We should expect the know the exact details on the phone on March 1 when MWC 2015 starts.

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YouTube goes kid friendly with YouTube Kids with lots of content

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 7:43 am

Disney Toy Collector may be racking up millions of dollars on YouTube for showing kids what's inside of a Kinder Surprise, but the video streaming giant has announced YouTube Kids, which will hit the Google Play Store later today.




YouTube Kids will have content from Jim Henson TV, Dreamworks TV, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more. There will be various categories for the content too, such as Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore. There will also be a search function where you can look for age-appropriate content that ensures YouTube Kids is the perfect tool for young ones watching videos.


The new app will also have parental controls that will allow parents to set time limits on the app, and more.

Phablet adoption increasing, but lack killer apps to drive office use

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 6:30 am

Phablets could see wider workplace adoption if new apps are created to increase employee productivity, though businesses are taking their time. The current generation of phablets have screen sizes ranging from 5.5- to 6.1-inches, and app developers have more screen space to include additional features.




Business leaders are following consumer adoption of phablets, but are still unsure what to make of the popular mobile devices for employees.


"Enterprise adoption of smartphones, beyond the BlackBerry, was driven initially by [bring-your-own-device] adoption trends," said Charles King, principal analyst of Pund-IT, in a statement to eWEEK. "Phablet sales are following similar trends so there's a likelihood that enterprises will connect the dots in recognizing that large devices will make it easier for workers to do some tasks that weren't effectively supportable on standard-size phones."

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Galaxy simulation dataset system runs 7680x4320, or 8K at 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 23, 2015 5:59 am

Researchers have used custom built PCs to display a galaxy simulation dataset at 7680x4320, or 8K. This mammoth display set up was pushing out 128 million particles across the 16 displays.




As for the PCs, they were running an Intel Core i7-980X, ASUS P6T motherboard, 6GB of Corsair Dominator GT 2000MHz DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 video cards, and 1 and 10GbE network connectivity. The team used 55-inch digital signage (1080p displays) with 7mm combined bezel. When it comes to software, the researchers use cgIX that "synchronizes the user input and drawing loop across all of the machines. On top of that is a custom application I developed that does out-of-core particle and volume rendering". Multiple computers are driving the 16 displays, where at any given time there were 4, 8 or 16 computers driving the displays.


What was the insane 8K set up of displays used for? The researcher explained on Reddit: "To support high-resolution visualization of large-scale particle datasets. Specifically, enabling the human visualization system to continue be used as an interrogation tool as the size of simulation datasets grows. Without these types of high resolution displays, it would become impractical to actually look at datasets that grow beyond the giga-scale because you simply couldn't get anything rendered on a single display screen that captures both detail and scale".

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