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Trying to sort out cybersecurity for US military is very difficult

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 6:40 am

The US government and military cannot be left alone to keep data safe from outside threat, and it's up to the private sector, security planners and citizens to lend a hand. Officials hope to create a new national cybersecurity strategy that will better protect the federal government from cyberespionage attempts.




"You do not want this to be a military approach," said Mark Troutman, director of the Center for Infrastructure Protection & Homeland Security at George Mason University, during a meeting at the US Army War College. "We are Americans. We secure ourselves at the end of the day with an active and engaged citizenry."


It's appropriate timing for the talks, as the United States and China interact with one another at the Strategic and Economic Forum, with US officials assuming China is behind the devastating Office of Personnel Management (OPM) attack.

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Intel's upcoming Z170 chipset will see motherboards with USB Type-C

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 5:54 am

According to an industry insider, we can expect some big things from the upcoming Z170 chipset from Intel, alongside the new processors that will include the flagship Core i7-6700K processor that will launch a week after Windows 10.




Our source has said GIGABYTE will be the first to the market with the 100 series motherboards, with the Z170, H170, B150 and H110 chipsets to launch between August and September, with some boards including Killer NIC chips, USB Type-C and GIGABYTE should be a world-first with PCIe shielding, and much more.

Firaxis, 2K Games show us more game play from XCOM 2

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 5:30 am

Firaxis and 2K Games have shown off a new video featuring game play from XCOM 2. The following video features 10 minutes of gameplay and added commentary from XCOM 2 producer Jake Solomon. You'll learn some of the differences between XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2:



The second game takes place 20 years after the original XCOM, with humans living under control of the successful conquerors. The XCOM serves as resistance fighters using guerrilla warfare tactics against the superior alien army. Gamers can launch attacks using new melee weapons and flying drones, while relying on a customized stealth system.


XCOM 2 will feature customized levels so every gaming experience will be unique to individual players. XCOM 2 will be a PC exclusive and is scheduled for launch this November.

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Cirque du Soleil Kurios embraces virtual reality to wow guests

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 4:45 am

Cirque du Soleil Kurios used a custom camera to record its show, providing a 360-degree version for guests wearing virtual reality headsets. If you're wearing the headset, and turn your head, you'll receive an entirely different view of what you're seeing. The Samsung Gear VR headset was chosen in the demo, and allowed for an entirely new perspective of the show.




"So every time you turn around, you realize that someone is really close to you and they're doing something very, very interesting," said Jeronimo Carbi, electronic maintenance coordinator for the Kurios show, in a statement published by CBS4.


As a huge fan of Cirque Soleil, I think there is some appeal to seeing a VR experience with the high-flying acrobatics. Each show is unique and entertaining in their own right, so adding VR into the mix should only make it better.

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Intel throwing more effort into wearables market, as tech evolves

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 3:40 am

The wearables market is growing, and while analysts can't agree on what the future holds for the evolving market, Intel isn't going to sit on the sidelines and wait it out. Intel recently announced it purchased Recon Instruments, a company known for creating connected eyewear for athletes.




"Going forward, we'll continue leading the smart eyewear category for sports, and we'll be able to bring our technology and innovation to completely new markets and use cases where activity-specific information, delivered instantly, can change the game," said Dan Eisenhardt, co-founder of Recon, in a blog post.


So far in 2015, Intel introduced the Curie hardware model, a new system-on-chip (SoC) designed for wearable products, while also announcing a partnership with Oakley. The company didn't stop there, as Intel will also work with Google and TAG Heuer in the smartwatch market.

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Microsoft HoloLens is heading to space, aboard the space station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 3:12 am

Microsoft has teamed up with NASA to help develop the Sidekick project, designed so astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) can use commercial technology to be more productive. Ideally, astronauts will be able to successfully complete tasks in a more efficient manner, while also reducing the amount of crew training before missions.



Expect astronauts to use HoloLens so they have a digital virtual aid - with HoloLens blasting into space aboard a SpaceX commercial resupply mission on June 28.


"HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting edge technologies that could have drive future exploration and provide new capabilities to the man and women conducting critical science on the International Space Station," said Sam Scimemi, director of the ISS program at NASA. "This new technology could also empower future explorations requiring autonomoy on the journey to Mars."

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The Woz says humans will be the 'family pet' for robots one day

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2:30 am

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been vocal about his concerns related to artificial intelligence and robots, saying the "future is scary" and "very bad" for humans.




To make matters even worse, humans have made machines "too important," and it could be possible for robots to learn at a faster rate than humans can program them. Most recently, Wozniak said the human race could end up becoming pets to AI, even if that won't be for a very long time:


"They're going to be smarter than us and if they're smarter than us then they'll realize they need us," Wozniak recently said during the Freescale technology forum. "We want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time. I got this idea a few years ago and so I started feeding my dog filet steak and chicken every night because 'do unto others,'" Wozniak said.

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Sony explains why virtual reality isn't a gimmick like 3D TVs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2:30 am

Sony wants its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to help revolutionize gaming, and spent a lot of time promoting the platform during E3. However, some gamers wonder if VR will be nothing more than a gimmick, in a similar sense to how 3D TVs were expected to be the next big thing - and quickly fizzled.




When asked about how Sony plans to promote VR, especially to users that think it's a gimmick similar to 3D TVs, here is what Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, said while speaking with PlayStation LifeStyle:


"Yeah, so people ask me 'is virtual reality the next 3D TV?' And I say, 'No, it's not.' The experience that we are creating is totally different from 3D TV and games on 3D TVs. When you look back, games you played on 3D TVs are almost exactly the same as you've played on 2D TVs. You just get depth simulation inside the TV but it's the same game."

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Report: Virtual reality market worth almost $16 billion by 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 1:40 am

Virtual reality is booming right now, and the overall market is expected to reach $15.89 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 63.18 percent from now until 2020, according Marketsandmarkets.




Oculus VR, Sony, HTC and Valve, Microsoft, and other manufacturers are currently developing VR hardware, with consumers anxiously waiting for more consumer choices. With Sony and Oculus admitting they are "sharing notes" with one another regarding VR, the two frontrunners in the hardware market could help drive interest in the market.


Most of the attention on VR is dedicated to video games and movies, but the technology will likely be disruptive for the medical, industrial, education, retail and marketing, and other verticals. VR will grow to be even more competitive, but opportunities exist as there are new large scale collaborations, partnerships and agreements among software and hardware developers.

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EK Water Blocks has teased its AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Water Block

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 1:39 am

Set out to ensure your AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is single-slot in sizing, EK Water Blocks has designed and announced its new full-coverage water block.




Set for sale soon, this water cooling block is rumored to be released in two different materials according to TechPowerUp - exposed copper and nickel-plated copper. These materials will sit alongside clear acrylic and acetal covers.


Featuring a single-channel for the GPU and VRM, there's an included micro-channel lattice for the GPU and the extended option to purcahse a single-slot bracket for the Fury X display I/O.

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