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Google's EU right to be forgotten starts censoring UK news

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 2:04 pm

When Europe ruled Google had to enforce the "right to be forgotten" it wasn't entirely clear what that meant, but the first indicators have started. The search giant has been bogged down with search removal requests, and now articles from respected international newspapers are being removed.

 

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The Daily Mail, the BBC, and the Guardian have all received notice of removal emails from Google, which asserted that some articles would no longer be listed through search. In these cases, according to the Age, the rulings seem to be siding with a disgraced football referee, Dougie McDonald, and an investment banker, Stan O'Neal, who was involved in the global financial crisis. Guardian media columnist Roy Greenslade has also had some of his articles removed from the listings.

 

Britain's Daily Mail has published a scathing critique of Google's actions, comparing the moves as being similar to "burning books in a library". "These examples show what a nonsense the right to be forgotten is, it is the equivalent of going into libraries and burning books you don't like," MailOnline's publisher Martin Clarke said. "MailOnline intends to regularly publish lists of articles deleted from Google's European search results so people can keep track of what has been deleted. There is no suggestion any of these articles are inaccurate."

Henry Cavill looks super as the Man of Steel for Batman v. Superman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 1:55 pm

I was one of many who really enjoyed Zack Snyder's reboot of Superman, Man of Steel. Sure, it had plot holes (like nearly all of Christopher Nolan's movies), but it propelled Superman into today, a Superman of our generation. Well, instead of a direct sequel, we're going to see Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice released first, with the first photo of Henry Cavill as Superman shown off earlier today.

 

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You can see in the above photo, what seems like Gotham City in the background, with Superman posing with a serious look on his face. There are some slight tweaks to his suit, compared to the one he wore in Man of Steel. Zack Snyder is back in the director's chair, with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice leading into the Justice League movie, and then hopefully Man of Steel 2.

 

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will star Henry Cavill as the Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and will be released in May 2016.

Ubisoft is already teasing the next Assassin's Creed game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 9:31 am

Before Ubisoft has even released Assassin's Creed: Unity, the company is teasing that its Quebec-based office is the lead studio on "a future Assassin's Creed" game. This breaks the norm of Ubisoft Montreal being the lead developer on the game.

 

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Ubisoft Quebec Managing Director Nicolas Rioux talked about the history of Assassin's Creed with his studio, where he said: "We were involved in Brotherhood. We were involved in Revelations. We were involved in Assassin's Creed 3. With AC 3 we were working on the biggest DLC for the franchise - The Tyranny of King Washington. After that we were also involved with Freedom Cry. We have the confidence of the brand team and also from Ubisoft to take leadership of an upcoming Assassin's Creed title. The team is ready for the next big step".

 

One of the driving reasons behind the "future Assassin's Creed" game being developed at Ubisoft Quebec could be that the company is using $4 million of a $28 million investment to create a new workspace. From this new workspace, three entire floors will be dedicated to AAA game development. The city of Quebec is chipping in $500,000 to the studio, too. Ubisoft Quebec hires 350 people right now, with a goal of hiring a total of 425 before the end of 2017.

Android L release battery test shows 36% improvement over KitKat

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 8:34 am

If you're an Android user, you should begin to get excited for the next iteration of Android, simply known right now as the 'L' release. Rewinding back to when Jelly Bean was released, which featured Project Butter - an initiative that improved the overall speed and performance of the entire OS.

 

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When Google unleashed KitKat, we saw Project Svelte tightening things up, optimizing the installation of Android to run on just 512MB. This allowed entry-level smartphones and tablets to rock the latest mobile OS from Google, without requiring the latest and greatest hardware. Moving onto the new L release, which should arrive as Android 5.0, and its new Project Volta.

 

Project Volta has the aim of battery life in its sights, with Ars Technica getting its hands-on Android L's Project Volta, and chucking into a battery life test. In their Wi-Fi browsing test, the Android L Developer Preview was able to beat out Android 4.4 KitKat by 36%, which is a huge difference. This provides an additional two-or-so hours of battery life, which is some what of a small, but gigantic victory for Google. The testing itself was performance on what Ars Technica explains as a "beat-up, daily driver phone" so we should expect even better numbers with Google's official release.

Look at yourself in the third-person with an Oculus Rift and GoPro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 7:34 am

What happens when you blend the world's of a camera strapped to your back and a VR headset on your face? Well, you can view yourself in the third-person perspective, something that a development team based in Poland has done.

 

 

The team used the Oculus Rift as the VR headset, of course, and a couple of GoPro cameras mounted above the user's head. The GoPro cameras were attached onto a 3D-printed arm, which then provided the user with a view of themselves in the third-person. mepi, the development team behind the project, used a small joystick which simulated the ability to move the camera in third person, just like it works in games.

 

The system is running from a basic laptop, with the joystick using an Arduino to communicate between the GoPro and mount. The system is a rough prototype according to the team, something that was assembled in just two days. The team calls this the "Real World Third Person Perspective", which seems like a pretty nifty demonstration.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars animated TV show to be re-rendered in 4K

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 6:45 am

Back in March, Lucasfilm and TV's Cartoon Network entered a deal to not only broadcast the full series of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' to Netflix customers, but allow the streaming giant to bankroll the last leg of production on 'The Lost Missions'; aka the sixth season of 'The Clone Wars' following it's earlier cancellation.

 

With 4K streaming content growing in uptake, Netflix has been keen to provide further content in UHD, with a report suggesting that Lucasfilm is well down the track of re-rendering the entire series in 4K. resolution.

 

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The stylistic CG produced by Lucasfilm Animation, which was created with Autodesk software with predominantly vector based Maya 3D assets would seem to lend itself quite efficiently to 4K up-rezzing, but to date, neither LucasFilm or Netflix have announced their future plans for the property.

 

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Following its cancellation, 'The Clone Wars' supervising director Dave Filoni joined the ranks of the forthcoming 'Star Wars: Rebels" animated TV show, which will debut later this year.

Goldman Sachs wants Google to unsend a 'highly confidential' e-mail

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 6:35 am

Goldman Sachs accidentally sent out an e-mail recently, which contained "highly confidential" information, to the wrong person. The investment banking firm is now requesting that Google somehow unsend the e-mail.

 

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Reuters is reporting that a Goldman Sachs contractor was testing changes to the company's internal systems, in order to meet the requirements set out by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. The contractor then mistakenly sent out a client's confidential brokerage account information to someone's Gmail account, instead of the correct gs.com account.

 

This all happened on June 23, which means that whoever received the e-mail, has probably read it. But, Goldman Sachs wants to see its power used, pushing a US judge to issue a court order demanding that Google delete the e-mail, in order to protect itself, and its customer from further damages. Before Goldman Sachs went to court, the firm reached out to the Gmail account owner, but received no response.

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NVIDIA's next-gen Shield rumored to be a 'notebook/tablet'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 5:29 am

For those of you waiting for NVIDIA to release its next-gen Shield device, it looks like it might be going through a transformation before we see it. The current Shield is a tablet in a game controller design, which works incredibly well, but the next version might be an entirely new beast.

 

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According to a filing with the Global Certification Forum for the new Shield's wireless connectivity, and a related tweet on Monday, the new Shield is called a "Notebook/Tablet". This means that NVIDIA could either be straying from its current design, or might toward a detachable, separate tablet that docks into a controller - something I would love to see.

Tech guru Tim Draper wins bitcoin auction, won't say how much he paid

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 5:06 am

More than 40 bidders were unable to keep Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, from purchasing the entire lot of 30,000 bitcoins auctioned by the US government. Instead of just flooding the market with the bitcoins, Draper has teamed up with bitcoin exchange company Vaurum, and wants to expand cryptocurrency use worldwide.

 

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"With the help of Vaurum and this newly purchased bitcoin, we expect to be able to create new services that can provide liquidity and confidence to markets that have been hamstrung by weak currencies," Draper said in a statement. "We want to enable people to hold and trade bitcoin to secure themselves against weakening currencies."

 

The seized bitcoins were valued near $19 million, and Draper won every single lot - but won't say how much he spent to dominate the auction.

Oculus VR begins shipment preparations for Rift DK2 units

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 3, 2014 3:17 am

Oculus VR promised that it would begin shipping its Rift Developer Kit 2 units in July, something that it has started to do. The Facebook-owned VR startup has said that "The first batch of official DK2s have left the manufacturing facility and are making their way to our distribution centers now".

 

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This news comes from "cyberality" on Reddit. Oculus VR says that it should see half the units through distribution centers and on their way to eager Rift DK2 owners before the month wraps up. As soon as the shipment has been processed by the distribution center, DK2 owners will receive their tracking numbers.

 

Something more interesting, is the amount of DK2 units that Oculus VR had pre-orders on. There were over 45,000 DK2 pre-orders, which is a massive number. With this many pre-orders, manufacturing can't quite keep up, so some people wont' get their DK2 units until August. Oculus VR has told its team in China to ramp up production at its factory, something nit will continue to do until every DK2 has their headset. I've pre-ordered one myself, and was one of the first, so you can expect an unboxing video and articles written up on it as soon as it hits my doorstep.

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