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Upcoming OTA update for Model S to offer 'autopilot' self-driving mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 8:37 pm

Tesla Motors has just taken the wraps off of its new OTA update that will end "range anxiety" but there's another update that is coming, which is even more exciting: "autopilot".




The new "autopilot" OTA update will be made available for the Model S in the next three to four months, something that will deliver a new automatic steering mode that will be exclusive to highways. It will not work on normal roads for the usual hazards such as pedestrians walking around, but on a highway where there's just cars, the new autopilot will kick in and "go between San Francisco and Seattle without the driver doing anything".


It will require a $4250 "optional tech" package that Tesla offers Model S owners, too.

US Air Force, NATO allies using fully digital Red Flag war games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 7:36 pm

The United States military is embracing virtual reality and other advanced technologies in an effort to better train soldiers. The US Air Force and NATO allies will soon participate in the Red Flag mock battles event, though the 2015 edition will utilize a fully virtual war environment.




The test will utilize Live-Virtual Constructive (LVC) integration, using physical trucks on the Nellis Air Force Base to create a more dynamic target mission.


"The benefits to the warfighter of integrating 'virtual' into Red Flags are that it allows us to bring in more of the combat-realistic threat envelope, and we're now able to maximize the air tasking order with the most amount of 'Blue Forces' in both the virtual and live sides of a joint air operations area that is 1,200 by 1,100 nautical miles, compared to the Nevada Test and Training Range which is about 100 by 100 nautical miles," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Voigt, commander of the 505th Test Squadron, in a statement.

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Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has name removed from franchise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 7:31 pm

Hideo Kojima is infamous to gamers, with his name being attached to every single Metal Gear Solid game, until now that is. The infamous "A Hideo Kojima game" has been removed from the advertising images for the new Metal Gear Solid 5, and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on Konami's website.




Effective on April 1, and reportedly not an April Fools prank, Kojima's name does not appear on Konami's updated list of corporate officers. He is, however, listed as an executive content officer and director of Kojima Productions. This is where it gets weird, as Kojima Productions looks like it isn't operating anymore, or at least the website is redirecting to the Konami website, with the Kojima Productions Twitter account being rolled into the Metal Gear Solid Twitter account. Furthermore, the Kojima Productions LA studio, set up in September 2013, has been renamed to Konami Los Angeles Studio.


Konami has talked with Eurogamer, where it said: "Konami Digital Entertainment, including Mr. Kojima, will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements". Konami did elaborate, adding: "As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business".

The BBC has reportedly offered Jeremy Clarkson a return to Top Gear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 6:39 pm

We all know about the huge controversy over Jeremy Clarkson, the BBC and Top Gear, but it looks like the infamous presenter could return to the series, as the BBC has reportedly laid out its specific terms for Clarkson's return to Top Gear.




It has him needing to agree to their conditions, which Clarkson is reportedly not happy with. The Daily Mail is reporting that an executive will be placed as Clarkson's "minder", as they want to have someone looking after him at all times in order to ensure we don't see an incident that had him removed from the series in the first place.


The Daily Mail quotes the BBC as saying: "I think that people do see a way to resolve this, and that is by putting someone strong in to manage the show and manage Clarkson. He is a brilliant broadcaster, everyone can see that". With his co-hosts in James May and Richard Hammond reportedly refusing to film the show without him, the BBC has its hands tied behind its back right now.

Tesla Model S 'basically impossible' to run out of charge with update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 6:15 pm

Elon Musk did promise an announcement later this week for the Model S, where we have a new OTA update that includes a "range assurance" application that will tell drivers when they're about to drive out of charging range. This new OTA software update will float out to Model S owners in around 10 days time.




The electric vehicle will keep a look at just how much battery you have left, where it will be always monitoring just how far you are away from the nearest charging station. The new software for the Model S will relive range anxiety as Musk teased earlier in the week, where the founder of Tesla said that the new update makes it "basically impossible" for Model S owners to run out of charge before finding a charging station.


Better yet, the new software is now "smart" enough to see if nearby charging stations are free to use, or filled up with other Model S owners charging up their electric vehicles. The new software is now also capable of planning trips for Model S owners so that they'll be automatically routed through Tesla's growing network of Superchargers. There are also some new features built into the new OTA software update, including Automatic Emergency Braking and Blind Spot Warning.

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McDonald's embracing technology to stay ahead of fast food competition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 5:21 pm

McDonald's wants to fully embrace technology to boost sales and keep one step ahead of fast food and fast casual restaurants. The company could use kiosks, wearables, smartphones, mobile apps, and other technology solutions to give customers a wider method of ordering food.




One such development could be using next-generation kiosks, so customers can walk into a restaurant, sync a smartphone to the kiosk, and receive food recommendations, see order history, and get an updated menu.


"We see the experience being made so much better through technology," said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at McDonald's, in a statement to Fast Company. "It's an environment where it's really built around you as opposed to operations of a restaurant."

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Tag Heuer will make Google Android watch, with help from Intel

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 5:02 pm

Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer will team up with Intel and Google to create a smartwatch running the Android Wear OS.




"There are two operating systems: one is Apple's iOS, the other is Android Wear - who are we to invent another language at that level?" said Jean-Claude Biver, president of the LVMH Group, in a statement to BBC. "There is no doubt that we could eventually go to Apple, but why should we do a partnership with Apple, who is producing watches? On the one side they would be partners, on the other a competitor. Google is not producing watches, so the relationship is perfect."


As Google looks for new smartwatch partners, the relationship could help increase the number of Android Wear-powered smartwatches. Meanwhile, Intel is looking to fully embrace the wearable and smartwatch sectors, pushing new technologies able to power the increasingly popular consumer products.

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Stardock CEO on DirectX 12: 4-5x performance improvement over DX11

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 7:04 am

We've heard some great quotes from the CEO of Stardock, Brad Wardell before, but in his latest interview with Niche Gamer, he had some surprising things to say about DirectX 12.




During his interview, he had his attention most from the Game Developers Conference, where Wardell replied with "For me, it's the tech, what is going to be the tech story that comes out of here? What I hope most users get, I've had a lot of meetings with Microsoft, AMD, and a little bit of NVIDIA and Intel - they really need to hit home the fact that DirectX 12, Vulkan, and Mantle, allow all of the cores of your CPU to talk to the video card simultaneously".


"But everyone's really iffy about that, because that means acknowledging that for the past several years, only one of your cores was talking to the GPU, and no one wants to go 'You know by the way, you know that multi-core GPU? It was useless for your games.' Alright? No one wants to be that guy," he continued. Wardell also added: "People wonder, saying 'Gosh, doesn't it seem like PC games have stalled? I wonder why that is?' Well, the speed of a single core on a computer has not changed in years. It's been at 3GHz, or 2-something GHz for years, I mean that's not the only thing that affects the speed, but you get the idea. Now, with DirectX 12, Vulkan, and Mantle, it's how many cores you've got. We've got lots of those. Suddenly, you go by 4x, 5x, the performance".


It's interesting, as he seems to think that we're going to receive an injection of performance from the CPU side of things, where I think we'll see a huge boost when graphics engines change over to DX12 and we're running those DX12-capable games, in native DX12 on Windows 10. That's when we're going to see a huge lid taken off of PC gaming and its performance. Right now, the performance is being held back because if they made games on PC and ported them down to consoles, the PC version of the game would look nothing like the console version - that's how much better it would look.


That's not even going into the performance side of things. If games were made on PCs and not made on consoles and ported over to PCs, and were to utilize all of the horsepower we have in a mid-range GPU let alone a GeForce GTX 980 or Titan X, or dare we say it - SLI or Crossfire setup - it would destroy the consoles. The PC version would look like a proper 'current-gen' title while the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the same game would look like the Xbox or PS2 version.


All hail the #pcmasterrace.

Target will pay $10 million after class-action lawsuit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:50 am

Following its massive 2013 data breach, which led to customer payment data being stolen, Target will pay $10 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement. The attack took place between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 2013, with up to 40 million credit and debit cards compromised.




If approved by a federal district court judge, individual victims would be paid up to $10,000 - but is just one of 15 lawsuits that were filed against Target within a short period following the data breach.


"We are pleased to see the process moving forward and look forward to its resolution," said Molly Snyder, Target spokesperson, in a statement to CBS News.

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Case Mod Eden shows elegance in a PC build

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Mar 19, 2015 4:07 am

Discovered on the Watercooled PC Facebook page and designed by Alein Simpels, this 'Case Mod Eden' project shows pure class, style and elegance in a PC build.




Based on an MSI Z97 Gaming 9 and contained within the Fractal Design R4, this fully water cooled, wood-grain PC screams class and I daresay die-hard designers and Apple fanboys wouldn't mind something like this sitting on their all-white desk in an office.


The full specification list is in the extended story.

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