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ESPN could be sold as a standalone service, but not anytime soon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 9:40 pm

Disney CEO Bob Iger sees a time when ESPN is available a la carte direct to consumers, with more viewers interested in cutting the cord. However, Iger is aware of declining revenue generated from traditional subscriptions, and finding new ways to cater to viewers is important.

 

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"Technology is the most disruptive force that so-called traditional media is facing," Iger recently said while speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "[But] while the business model may face challenges over the next few years, long term for ESPN, they'll be fine."

 

Don't bother talking about price, as it "would be conjecture at this point." The service won't be available any time soon, and it'll probably take at least five years before the service is available - well, unless there is additional erosion to cable and satellite bundles.

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Military trying to figure out how to stop drones used as IEDs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 9:30 pm

US military officials are increasingly concerned about small drones being used as flying improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that can be used against civilians and military personnel.

 

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To help defend against future threats, the Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) system is being developed, a gun-based solution that could be used to down drones. However, it is extremely difficult to quickly identify and engage drones:

 

"In addition, due to their size, construction material, and flight altitude, hobbyist drones are difficult to defend against if their presence in a particular area is unknown or expected," said Kelley Sayler, associate fellow at the Center for a New American Security, in a recent paper.

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White House responds to online Edward Snowden pardon petition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 8:43 pm

The White House has responded to an online petition to pardon Edward Snowden, which generated more than 167,000 signatures since going live in June 2013.

 

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The petition had the following description: "Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs."

 

"Instead of constructively addressing these issues, Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it," said Lisa Monaco, President Obama's Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.

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Expert expresses concern that robots could wipe out mankind

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 8:30 pm

Robots could have the potential to become so intelligent and autonomous that they eventually pose a threat to humans, according to Dr. Stuart Armstrong, from the Oxford University Future of Humanity Institute.

 

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If this occurs, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will learn comprehension that is so literal it will pose a major threat. When ordered to "prevent human suffering" the robots could read the command as "kill all humans," according to Dr. Armstrong.

 

Leading tech experts have shared an open letter that requests nations ban killer robots and artificial intelligence on the battlefield - a frightening possibility in the years to come.

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Acer announces Windows 10-powered products for back-to-school season

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 8:16 pm

Acer is excited for the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, and consumers can purchase the Aspire E Series notebook powered by Windows 10 starting tomorrow.

 

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The Aspire E Series will launch during the first week of August, Acer said in a press statement. The notebooks support either 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays, powered by Intel CPUs.

 

The cheapest model, the E5-573-58FN, has the following specifications: 15.6-inch display, 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive, and will be available for $499.99.

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Fake Apple factory busted in China, with 9 arrested so far

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 6:30 pm

A major counterfeit operation focused on creating fake Apple iPhone smartphones was busted in China, with Beijing police arresting nine suspects. The take down occurred in May, but Chinese officials only just now publicly announced the successful operation.

 

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The group created more than 41,000 fake iPhones since setting up shop in January, racking up an estimated $19 million in just a short time. A married couple reportedly ran the operation, and they had "hundreds" of people working in the factory.

 

This particular factory was discovered when US authorities seized a few of the counterfeit devices.

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Intel's new 3D XPoint flash memory is 1,000 times faster than NAND

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 6:01 pm

Intel and Micron have began production of 3D XPoint flash memory, a new class of inexpensive high-density, high-performance flash memory that heralds a new age of performance for high-end data management.

 

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Intel's new 3D Xpoint class has been in development for over a decade and represents a breakthrough in next-generation storage solutions. 3D XPoint tech is 10 times more dense than standard memory, and Intel boasts that the new tech allows users to access data at "speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage".

 

"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, exec Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

 

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The new memory solution represents the union of DRAM's high speeds and the lower cost of NAND solutions. Performance wise, 3D XPoint is 1,000 times faster than NAND with a standard 10X performance increase over NAND in PCIe NVMe interfaces. 3D XPoint also sports an increased durability of 1000X traditional non-volatile flash memory.

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Who needs house keys? Use a hands-free fob instead!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:30 pm

A startup company from Germany wants you to forget about your regular house keys, and use a hands-free fob that has been named the Kiwi Ki.

 

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The system operates using radio-frequency identification (RFID) and unlocks a house door as the resident approaches. The mechanism is available for less than $450, and each key fob requires a monthly fee.

 

"It is much more secure than a normal key. A normal key can be copied easily, sometimes just from a photograph," said Henryk Ploetz, a security analyst, in a statement to Euronews. "With this one you can't do that. That is the case for all contactless keys, but this one is as secure or more secure than all other contactless systems."

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Argument rages over encryption and how much access government gets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:30 pm

The Obama Administration and law enforcement officials want access to encrypted data, arguing the government and law enforcement need to be able to retrieve information. Ideally, the government would receive warrants and conduct a legal and transparent operation, but companies are willing to stand their ground regardless.

 

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Here is what cryptologist Matt Blaze said during a recent event in Washington, DC (per Washington Times):

 

"I don't think [FBI] Director [James] Comey wants the world that he's asking for," said .... "I think the world in which we build systems with this added constraint of ensuring law enforcement access is going to cause such an increase in the kinds of digital crimes that are going to become more serious that - even if we take all of the things that we disagree about about values and put them aside - we are going to have the things that we agree about get a lot worse, and that really scares me as we rely on those systems more and more."

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4 Gadget Repairs You Can Make Yourself With this iFixIt Bundle

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:10 pm

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