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Nintendo is going mobile, with its first game coming later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 7:42 pm

We've heard rumors of Nintendo moving into the mobile market, but now the time has come: Nintendo has teased it has mobile games coming in the future. The news came from a talk between TIME and a few of Nintendo's top executives.

 

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When it comes to Nintendo and its mobile future, the Japanese giant talked about free-to-play and in-game purchases. Satoru Iwata, the President and CEO of Nintendo, said: "Nintendo does not intend to choose payment methods that may hurt Nintendo's brand image or our intellectual property. It's even more important for us to consider how we can get as many people around the world as possible to play Nintendo smart device apps, rather than to consider which payment system will earn the most money".

 

The bigger question is, will Nintendo be designing games for mobile, or dedicated gaming hardware. Iwata added: "I have never intended to dismiss the entertainment experiences that people are enjoying on smart devices or any other media. On the other hand, my understanding is that, on smart devices, the main demand is for very accessible games which smart device users can easily start and easily finish. These are not necessarily the characteristics that people demand from games for dedicated video game systems".

Battlefield Hardline is superior on the PS4, beats the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 7:01 pm

Battlefield Hardline is now here, but we already know that it runs at 900p on the PS4 and 720p on the Xbox One, what we don't know is how it performs at those resolutions, and most of all - how does it look? Gaming Bolt is here to the rescue, with a great article comparing the two against the PC version of the first-person shooter from EA, DICE and Visceral Games.

 

 

We were promised 1080p at 60FPS back at E3 2014, but this obviously dropped very heavily before release. According to Gaming Bolt, the Xbox One version sees an average of 53FPS at 720p, while the PS4 manages 57FPS at the higher 900p resolution. Depending on the map being used, the performance went up on both consoles to a "consistent" 60FPS.

 

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Here we have just two screenshots that compare the PS4 and Xbox One against each other, but the video and slew of other images do a much better job of comparing the two versions. As always, the PC version of the game demolishes the console versions - but that doesn't surprise you, does it?

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 hardware requirements for the desktop

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 6:53 pm

Microsoft today confirmed some of the hardware requirements to run the desktop version of Windows 10, after it is released this summer. The following slide doesn't outline everything required to run the OS, but discusses memory, storage, graphics, screen size and firmware requirements.

 

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The current Windows 10 technical preview requires the following: 1 GHz CPU or faster; 1 GB RAM (for 32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit), 16GB storage capacity, Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver or better; and a Microsoft account along with Internet access.

iDrink - the world's first iPhone case with a built-in breathalyzer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 6:37 pm

One of the most interesting, and usable things I've ever seen has just hit Indiegogo: the iDrink. iDrink is a case for your iPhone with a built-in blood alcohol content (BAC) breathalyzer, a first.

 

 

All you have to do is breathe into the iDrink with its fold=out mousepiece, and you get "super accurate BAC readings instantly" through their intuitive app. The company didn't stop there, as they also have a "ground breaking video game that changes difficulty based on a user's BAC level". The game is an interesting take, as it provides users with the ability of looking at what it would be like behind the wheel of your car based on your BAC level.

 

iDrink also helps iPhone users, as it will let you call a taxi to your GPS location, runs off of its own rechargeable battery, and of course - protects your iPhone from bumps and scratches. iDrink requires $20,000 of funding, and has 35 days left to go. The first edition iDrink case costs $150 and ships in March 2016.

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Microsoft fighting Windows piracy by upgrading pirates to Windows 10

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 6:26 pm

To help fight piracy in China, Microsoft plans to upgrade users to Windows 10, even if they are currently running a pirated copy of the operating system.

 

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The announcement was made during the WinHEC technology conference in China, where Terry Myerson, OS unit boss at Microsoft, said the company wants to "re-engage" with users.

 

Software piracy in China has been a major issue for Microsoft and others - with very few effective methods to convince users to purchase legal software. The free upgrade to Windows 10, however, is a major push by Microsoft to make sure its latest OS is installed on millions of PCs and electronics.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 release for the summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 6:17 pm

Microsoft has announced that it will be unleashing Windows 10 into 190 countries and in 111 languages this summer, with the news coming directly from the Executive Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, Terry Myerson.

 

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We don't have an official date just yet, but with summer running through June 21 and September 22, it's not too far away now. Up until now, we've had various Technical Previews released, and found out that DirectX 12 would be exclusive to Windows 10, and deliver some hopefully impressive technologies and additional performance to PC gamers.

Premera Blue Cross hacked, putting 11M customers at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 6:08 pm

The Premera Blue Cross health insurer has confirmed it suffered a data breach, putting 11 million customers at risk. Compromised data includes financial information and medical information, including names, bank account data, Social Security numbers, and clinical information.

 

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The FBI is now working with Premera to gauge the seriousness of the data breach, with compromised records dating back as far as 2002. The company is now offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services, Premera said on a special website designed to discuss the issue.

 

"All of us here at Premera have been by affected by this attack and we understand and share your concerns," said Jeff Roe, President and CEO of Premera. "Please know that we're committed to making sure you get the tools and assistance you need to help protect you."

Internet of Things helping businesses cut energy consumption, costs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 4:50 am

Smart appliances connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) could help businesses cut energy consumption, yielding financial savings that can be used for other business ventures, supporters say. A growing number of connected sensors, which are dropping in price, provide more choices for business leaders when embracing smart technology.

 

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Businesses can embrace smart tech that is able to provide additional details regarding energy consumption, where and when it is happening the most, and how to save money. New offerings provide minute-by-minute metering, a unique metric that holds great potential for the future.

 

"Energy costs for businesses, particularly small businesses, are always a big challenge - especially if that business is energy intensive," said Rob McNamara, executive director of SmartGrid GB, in a statement published by The Guardian. "So any technologies, products and services that can help them reduce their energy costs are typically going to be welcome. And things like smart metering, in particular, can provide them with tangible benefits."

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'Pixels' Movie trailer pits classic arcade characters against humanity

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 12:35 am

Can I make it clear in the outset that I have little love for alleged comedian Kevin James and I straight up hate Adam Sandler. Despite their presence the newly released trailer for this summer's video game/ sci-fi action blockbuster 'Pixels' looks to be be pretty promising.

 

 

Based on Patrick Jean's viral video from 2010, 'Pixels' pits classic video game characters such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Frogger and Donkey Kong against humanity when they misinterpret Earths interplanetary communications as a declaration of war.

 

Directed by 'Harry Potter' and 'Home Alone' veteran Chris Columbus, 'Pixels' is released in US theatres on July 24.

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Banks must work to improve cybersecurity defense to prevent fraud

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 18, 2015 12:24 am

Improving cybersecurity is a major effort by government agencies and the private sector, with security incidents still occurring at a frightening rate. Financial institutions have focused more on keeping attackers out of their networks, while trying to defend against a large number of attacks.

 

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Most bank-related fraud tends to occur because of the use of false or anonymous identities. However, there is more focus on trying to keep malware from being installed, and to prevent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks from being so successful.

 

"It is no longer acceptable to simply apologize for a security breach and send a letter out to affected customers," said Dorean Kass, VP at Neustar. "Customers expect businesses, especially banks, to identify fraud and maintain cybersecurity, all while ensuring a convenient experience for its clients."

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