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Microsoft trying to find ways to boost Xbox One, game sales in China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 10:50 pm

Microsoft and Sony have struggled in the short amount of time they promoted the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in China, but hope things begin to turn around. The country is beginning to change, and recently scrapped a ban on game consoles - so there is greater hope of future sales.




"The reason we are here today is not only to bring Xbox One to China but to open up the world to games made in China," said Phil Spencer, Xbox chief, speaking during Chinajoy. "We believe it is incredibly important to open up the opportunity to all developers in China."


Chinese gamers will get the chance to play the Halo: The Master Chief Collection in August - the first Halo game officially launched for the Xbox platform in China - and has great potential to win over gamers.

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Islamic State being scammed via social media, giving away money

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 10:10 pm

Remember how the Islamic State is using social media in a clever way to recruit members, lure girls away from their homes, and intimidate locals? Well, it looks like a few women in Chechnya have duped the Islamic State for some quick cash.




The unidentified women, currently being investigated for fraud, scammed at least $3,300 from the Islamic State - by promising to head to Syria to join the group. Instead, the women shut down the social media accounts after the money was successfully wired into their accounts.


"I don't recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction," said Valery Zolotaryov, a police officer in Chechnya, speaking to a Chechen newspaper. "Anyhow, I don't advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money."

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SoftBank CEO says intelligent robots need emotions and compassion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 9:20 pm

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has thought very carefully about robots and artificial intelligence, with lots of thoughts regarding emotions and compassion - especially towards humans.




"I'm sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friend," Son said during the SoftBank World conference, as noted by Tech in Asia. "Someday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people."


Trying to figure out how much human-like emotional functionality robots should have, however, is extremely difficult. There is growing concern that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humans, though robot supporters believe that can be controlled.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake's combat to be "dramatically changed"

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 9:01 pm

Square Enix's hotly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake might not feature the classic turn-based combat fans know and love; Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura affirms that "dramatic changes" are incoming, but also affirms the game will still be recognizable to lifelong fans.



"We are bringing dramatic changes to the Final Fantasy VII Remake," Tetsuya said in an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine's UK branch. "That being said we want to clarify: we're not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that. We are going to be bringing dramatic changes, but we want to make sure it's still recognisable."


In lieu of the beloved ATB system used by the iconic original, could Square Enix opt in for a sort of combination of real-time role-based combat like Final Fantasy Type-0, or maybe even go all in for the action like Final Fantasy 15? This is pretty risky, and Square has to tread a razor's edge here or risk alienating and facing incredible backlash from gamers everywhere. Final Fantasy VII is heralded near-unanimously as a masterpiece of epic proportions, and the Japanese developer/publisher needs to handle this resurrection just right.

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Sony continues to sell PS4 well, will it be best-selling console ever?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 8:06 pm

The Sony PlayStation business continues to be extremely successful for the Japanese electronics company, with the PlayStation 4 selling 3 million units during Q1.




Since launching in North America and Europe in November 2013, Sony has sold more than 25.3 million PS4 units worldwide. It's an impressive sales streak for Sony, outpacing the PlayStation 2, which took two years, eight months to top 20 million. The console eventually sold 155 million units, and currently serves as the top selling console of all time.


PS4 sales reveals steady - and strong - growth among gamers worldwide, and Sony estimates there will be 40 million console sales through the end of Q1 2016. We'll see what happens leading up to the 2015 Christmas holiday shopping season, which typically boosts game hardware and software sales for the industry.

White hat hacker shows vulnerability in GM's OnStar system

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:38 pm

White hat hacker Samy Kamkar recently posted a video discussing how he found a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" General Motors vehicles by compromising the OnStar vehicle communications system.



Using the gadget, which cost around $100 to make, the system makes it possible to locate, unlock, and start the engine. Once a small wireless device has been placed near a GM car with OnStar, Kamkar was able to gain unauthorized access to the vehicle.


Dubbed the "OwnStar" system, Kamkar showed he was able to intercept communication from the OnStar service and OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. Technical details will be revealed during Def Con next week.

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Facebook shows off its solar-powered Aquila aircraft to the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:17 pm

Facebook has unveiled its Aquila solar-powered drone, designed to help provide Internet access - and connect - as many people across the world as possible.




The aircraft, which has a V-shaped, carbon fiber body, weighs up to 1,000 pounds - and has a wingspan equivalent to a Boeing 737. Once in the air, it can fly at altitudes between 60,000 to 90,000 feet, while staying airborne for up to three months at a time.


Once finalized, Facebook will work with Internet service carriers across the world, and will sell Internet access to residents located in remote areas.

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US National Guard using Reaper drone to search for missing person

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:04 pm

The California National Guard is using an MQ-9 Reaper drone in the search for Edward Kavanaugh, a person missing since July 17 riding a motorcycle in Northern California.




The drone can collect real-time images, so ground units have a better idea on where to search while looking for Kavanaugh. So far, the hunt in El Dorado County has not turned up anything, even with the drone's assistance.


The California National Guard previously used a drone to help fight the Rim Fire in 2013 - as it has special abilities, including infrared sensors, image-intensified cameras, and the ability to stay in the air longer than helicopters and traditional aircraft.

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The DOJ says FBI is understaffed to battle cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 6:53 pm

The FBI isn't finding it very easy to beef up its cybersecurity ranks, largely due to lower salaries, according to a report from the US Department of Justice.




In addition to higher salaries in the private sector, trying to get a government position related to cybersecurity involves multiple hoops that people won't have to jump through if they simply go to Silicon Valley. Applicants have to undergo extensive background checks, drug screenings, and other hurdles that private sector companies typically don't bother with.


Under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative, which went live in 2012, the FBI has successfully recruited just 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was granted permission to hire.

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