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Microsoft's Music and Video apps for Windows 10 drop Xbox branding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 4:33 am

Microsoft is shifting the focus of its new Music and Video apps for the latest Technical Preview of Windows 10 away from Xbox, dropping the Xbox branding on them altogether.

 

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With the Xbox branding seemingly behind them, the new Music and Video apps aren't much different to their Windows 8.1-based counterparts. We do have a few UI changes, and a modified menu system that collapses by default when you enter a windowed view. The Verge has played with the new apps, noticing that the new Music app doesn't have playback controls when hovering over the app in the taskbar.

 

The Video app isn't much better, with purchased content taking a couple of seconds to begin while adding or removing folders from a video library causing the app to crash. What we need to take away from this is, Microsoft has removed the Xbox branding from their two large media consumption apps for their upcoming Windows 10 operating system. This is big news, and something I think the company needed to do to not confuse consumers between Xbox and Windows.

Acer new touch-capable 21.5-inch Chromebase features NVIDIA Tegra K1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 3:06 am

Acer has just taken the wraps off of its Chrome OS-powered Chromebase, which features a 21.5-inch touchscreen-capable Full HD display. Inside, it is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor.

 

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We have USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as an HDMI out. There's also Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with a front-facing camera on the front for those Google Hangouts chats on Chrome OS.

 

Acer will be launching the Chrome OS-powered Chromebase in the US and Asia Pacific markets in Q2 2015.

Nintendo announces Mario Maker for Wii U, arrives in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 1:36 am

Nintendo has announced Mario Maker during its presentation today, with the do-it-yourself Mario level creation game hitting the Wii U in September.

 

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The Japanese gaming giant revealed Mario Maker back at E3 last year, but we haven't heard much about the game since. Mario Maker for the Wii U will let gamers design their own 2D Mario game levels in the varying styles we all know and love from Super Mario Bros., New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World.

Sling TV adds HBO just in time for 'Game of Thrones'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 12:44 am

Sling TV and HBO have announced that HBO will head to the streaming Sling TV service, ahead of the Game of Thrones season launch on April 12. HBO will cost $15 per month as part of the "Best of Live TV" core package that costs $20 per month for Sling TV subscribers.

 

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"Sling TV is bringing HBO to our customers on all of our supported devices in time for one of the most important TV moments of the year," said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. "HBO delivers hit shows and movies that TV viewers crave, and with this addition we're adding another heavy hitter to a lineup that includes ESPN, AMC, TNT and more."

 

Sling TV continues to add more channels and content for its subscribers, and has proven to be a legitimate cord cutting option for consumers.

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Bungie's senior gameplay designer on Destiny leaves for Bethesda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2015 12:32 am

Bungie's Senior Gameplay Designer for Destiny has left the company, with Josh Hamrick moving over to Bethesda. The news has been confirmed by Pete Hines and John Hamrick on Twitter.

 

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Hamrick worked for Bungie for around six years before he left, having his skills placed on the Halo games when they were still being developed by Bungie. As for Bethesda, we can expect something from the company in June at E3 2015, where they will hopefully announce some new titles, and maybe a few surprises.

F-35 head continues to defend his program, amid major budget issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 1, 2015 11:10 pm

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the chaotic and expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, has consistently heard criticism and complaints. Bogdan says the F-35 program is better than what the public perceives, despite schedule delays, technical and design issues, and huge cost problems.

 

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Lockheed Martin, the F-35 JSF manufacturer, and Pratt & Whitney, the F-35 engine maker, are fighting for support - and urging the Pentagon not to slash budgets.

 

The cost of production has more than doubled, and the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better. Once the kinks are worked out, the F-35A for the Air Force will cost upwards of $110 million each, an F-35B for the USMC will be $134 million, and the Navy F-35C has a $129 million price tag.

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More classic 'X-Files' characters board revival

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 1, 2015 10:42 pm

It was only a week ago that Fox announced the return of TV's 'X-Files' for a limited run of 6 new episodes, but events are moving fast, with David Duchovny announcing more original stars will re-appear - many for the first time in 13 years.

 

 

Speaking to David Letterman yesterday, Duchovny has confirmed that the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) have both signed on, while TVNews are reporting that Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish, who filled the void in later seasons, will also return.

 

It now looks that everything is falling into line to make the first new 'X-Files' stories since 2008's 'I Want to Believe'. The X-Files' is expected to return sometime next year for the six episode limited series revival.

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Report: Number of Apple Pay problems at checkout

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2015 10:19 pm

Apple Pay helped bring attention to the mobile payments market, but the company must deal with a few different problems that shoppers and retailers are now reporting. Two-thirds of Apple Pay users say they've had problems at checkout, with repeat usage suffering because of these problems.

 

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Half of consumers visited a merchant said to be accepting Apple Pay but could not pay using the mobile payment system - and many don't want to bother trying again. Since 66 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners signed up for Apple Pay, according to Phoenix Marketing International, this is something that Apple will likely try to correct as quickly as possible.

 

"They've created demand, but it can't be fulfilled," said Greg Weed, director of Phoenix Marketing International, in a statement to Bloomberg. "To make it more difficult to use or to create any uncertainty in your customer base as to whether it's going to work is just going to slow it down."

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Report: Mobile games for Nintendo could generate millions in sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2015 6:25 pm

Nintendo's decision to fully support mobile gaming could have major financial results for game studios, as there are millions of dollars at stake. The first DeNA-Nintendo mobile title will be available before the end of the year, while Nintendo continues to outline its strategy into mobile gaming.

 

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"We want to create games that will be played by hundreds of millions of people," said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA, in a statement to Reuters. "We haven't talked to Nintendo about targets, but at DeNA, our best-selling game brought in 3 billion yen ($25 million) a month, and we want to surpass that."

 

DeNA will diversify and focus on releasing a catalog of game titles it hopes will be popular among mobile gamers - and hopes DeNA will be able to generate massive revenue for itself and Nintendo in the future.

US government wants to fight overseas hacking programs with sanctions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 1, 2015 6:24 pm

The Obama Administration wants to hit individuals and groups located outside the United States with financial sanctions if they launch cyberattacks taking aim at US economic stability, national security or the country's foreign policy.

 

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The United States has a lot more to lose when compared to other countries in the current cyberwar landscape, and trying to find adequate defensive strategies has been difficult. However, Obama hopes its latest executive order, giving the US Treasury Department the ability to freeze assets, will make some cybercriminals think twice.

 

Anything from attacking critical infrastructure and using trade secrets for an advantage in the cyber landscape to disrupting computer networks and causing mass data breaches could lead to sanctions.

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