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Oculus plans to create virtual reality movies for its headset

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 9:05 pm

The Oculus VR Story Studio, an in-house laboratory, will be focused on creating movies and other content designed specifically for VR. Facebook opened up the checkbook to acquire Oculus, and while VR continues to impress many consumers, the company understands there must be an incentive for users to adopt the Oculus Rift.

 

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"Oculus is getting focused on films," said Edward Saatchi, producer for Story Studio, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "Story Studio is designed to inspire and educate - inspire by making awesome movies and educate by sharing our information with the community."

 

Story Studio consists of about 10 people, and includes Pixar Animation Studios and Lucasfilm veterans, to help streamline film production.

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Lizard Squad claims it hacked Malaysia Airlines website

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:40 pm

The Lizard Squad hacker group crippled the website of Malaysia Airlines for about seven hours on Monday morning, threatening to release stolen information. The website was replaced by a "404 - Plane Not Found" statement, referring to two major airline disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines in 2014.

 

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Although Malaysia Airlines said user data was not compromised, Lizard Squad posted a screenshot that appeared to be a passenger flight booking from MA's internal email system - and promised that it was "going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines.com servers soon."

 

The hacker group has been linked to multiple high-profile cyberattacks over the past year, including bringing down Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network on Christmas Day.

Panasonic updates Toughbook 31, boosting battery power up to 18 hours

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 8:20 pm

The Panasonic Toughbook 31 device offers up to 18 hours of standard battery life, and can reach 27 hours with an optional second battery, along with increased connectivity and performance boosts.

 

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The Toughbook 31 runs an Intel Core i5-5300U vPRO CPU, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Wi-Fi ac, and runs Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro. Customers can choose between 4GB to 16GB DDR3L-1600 RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, or a 128GB to 512GB SSD option. The Toughbook 31 also uses a 13.1-inch display with 1024x768 resolution.

 

Designed for use by police, military and by employees working in rugged environments out in the field, the laptop has been designed to withstand increased shock, drop, vibration, extreme temperature and high altitude scenarios.

Quadcopter drone crashes on White House grounds, Secret Service says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 7:38 pm

A government employee crashed a small quad-copter drone on the South Lawn of the White House on early Monday morning, telling the Secret Service he didn't intentionally fly it near the complex. President Obama and Michelle Obama are on a three-day visit in India, but Malia and Sasha are still in Washington.

 

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The drone was reportedly being flown around 3:00 a.m. near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but the pilot lost control and it crashed near the White House.

 

"There is a device that has been recovered by the Secret Service at the White House," said Josh Earnest, White House press secretary, in a statement to the media. "The early indications are that it does not pose any sort of ongoing threat to anybody at the White House."

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Survey: 68% of Americans find themselves distracted by the Internet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 7:19 pm

Sixty-eight percent of Americans believe they have been distracted at work by checking emails, browsing the Web, and engaging in social media, according to a survey released by Stop Procrastinating. The figure is a nine percent increase year-over-year, and 39 percent of respondents said it cost them at least one hour per day browsing the Web, booking personal travel, or looking at viral videos.

 

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Companies also have shown concern that a growing number of employees bring a smartphone or tablet into the workplace, so they have access to content they otherwise couldn't find on a work PC.

 

"It seems that being able to communicate with friends quickly over social media is a positive development, but engaging on social forums to debate issues, as some people in our survey admitted, suggests that some people are becoming more distracted by the Internet at work than they should," said Will Little, designer and creator of Stop Procrastinating, said in a statement. "While the immediate sense of gratification might be high, over time our survey shows this leads to a lack of satisfaction as productivity levels drop and people begin to achieve less."

Madden NFL 15 predicts Patriots top Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 7:01 pm

The EA Sports Madden 15 video game title has predicted the New England Patriots will defeat the Seattle Seahawks with a 28-24 victory during Super Bowl XLIX. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was selected as the MVP, racking up 335 yards and four touchdowns during Super Bowl Sunday.

 

 

Madden NFL 15 uses updated rosters and the simulations take place using the Microsoft Xbox One.

 

Madden NFL 15 is currently available for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles.

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NVIDIA GTX 970 suffers memory bug

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:46 pm

NVIDIA's 900 series has proven to be a big hit, but a recent issue with the GTX 970 has many users complaining. The problem with the 970 occurs when the GPU memory on the card is fully utilized. Once the 970's GPU memory is filled past 3.2 GiB the bandwidth drops below 20% of expected performance. The precipitous drop leads to speeds as low as 22 GBytes/s, which is much less than the 150 GBytes/s average.

 

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This problem seems to be confined to the GTX 970; the 980 still performs within expectations when GPU memory is full. The net result is severe stuttering during gaming, and many users have taken to the NVIDIA forums to complain about the issue. NVIDIA has issued a statement that they are exploring the problem and will provide an update soon.

 

GPU memory architecture is somewhat similar to the overall design of all computer systems. The memory bus is a linearly scalable bus, which means all RAM components connected have to respond with the same latency and bandwidth, regardless of how much RAM is present. GPU's are also designed with the same approach, so the results are definitely not expected. The problem is most likely a firmware bug, in light of the fact that these memory subsystems are almost identical on the GTX 970 and GTX 980.

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Ubisoft bans paid game license keys without warning

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 4:14 pm

Ubisoft has taken the questionable action of banning gamers without warning over the last several weeks. The issue stems from Ubisoft's distaste for several services that sell game licenses at steep discounts.

 

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The affected users have had their licenses for popular games, such as Far Cry 4 and AC: Unity, revoked without warning. The issue stems from the fact that these gamers purchased their keys from services such as G2A.com and Kinguin. G2A.com and Kinguin provide steep discounts for game licenses by purchasing license keys in countries with reduced prices, then making them available to anyone globally.

 

It's disconcerting to see Ubisoft targeting end users, instead of the companies undertaking the questionable buying/selling policies. It is certainly possible that many who purchase the games are simply unaware that these sites are redistributing game keys to disparate regions, or that there is an issue with the practice.

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Netflix feels threatened by piracy-fueled Popcorn Time app

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Netflix has been stepping up their efforts to combat piracy of their services, such as blocking VPN users, but it seems their largest threat comes from external competitors. Netflix recently sent a letter to their shareholders noting that piracy is one of their primary competitors, and specifically mentions the Popcorn Time app.

 

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Popcorn time is an app that streamlines pirating a movie. It simply wraps the actual nuts-and-bolts of torrenting in an easy to use app, then streams the contents to the user. Instead of typical torrenting, where the user searches and then waits for the download, Popcorn Time starts streaming the torrent almost instantly. Popcorn Time is still just piracy in a slick wrapper, but the simplicity has made it a fearsome foe for Netflix.

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Sony postpones earnings reports due to hacking attack

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:58 pm

The beleaguered Sony has announced a delay in reporting their third-quarter earnings. The delay comes as a result of the intense hacking attack suffered at the hands of the North Korean government, if you believe the FBI. The hack was purportedly undertaken as a means of punishing Sony Pictures for the forthcoming movie 'The Interview', which soundly blasts the benevolent Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un.

 

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Sony has requested an approval to delay their earnings report, chalking the issue up to damaged network hardware and the loss of a large amount of data. The reference to network hardware likely means their networked storage, such as HDDs in a SAN or NAS, as the bug wiped the drives clean once the hackers were done stealing data.

 

Sony continues to experience severe disruption of its internal computer systems in the wake of the attack. They initially shut down the entire system, but parts are now functioning again. However, crucial segments, such as financial and accounting applications, are shuttered until the middle of February.

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