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Underwater cave with Ice Age animal bones to be mapped by 3D modeling

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 10:06 pm

Researchers will use 3D mapping technology to give divers and archaeologists a better map on how to study the Hoyo Negro underwater cave. The cave was first found seven years ago, but only a small number of cave divers are trained properly to enter Hoyo Negro.


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Photos are being combined to create a 3D image of the cave, which has at least one human skeleton, along with saber-toothed cats, ground sloths, and other prehistoric animals. The researchers will analyze features in photos captured by divers, and will create a 3D structure-from-motion complete image.


"If we can document all the artifacts, make a phone map of the bottom of the pit and create a 3D visualization that puts the archaeologists and paleontologists there - without ever getting wet - those discovers and interpretations are made possible," said Dominique Rissolo, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) scholar, in a statement.

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Medical device company Medtronic compromised by data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 4:58 pm

Medical company Medtronic said it was breached by cyberattacks in separate incidents last year, with some patient records compromised. A number of medical records in the diabetes business unit was taken, but the company didn't disclose how many patients were affected, or what information was at risk.


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Medtronic is the biggest standalone medical device maker in the world, and is a significant problem that rivals should pay attention to.


"Medtronic, along with two other large medical device manufacturers, discovered an unauthorized intrusion to our systems that was believed to originate from hackers in Asia," Medtronic confirmed in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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League of Legends creator offers money to new hires who quit their job

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 8:49 am

Riot Games, the developer behind League of Legends, seems to be quite flexible when it comes to employees. The company has announced a new initiative called Queue Dodge, which allows its US employees 10% of their yearly salary if they leave the company within the first 60 days of joining.


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The company has stated: "Basically, we're offering new hires cash to quit". The company has added that it's not forcing out or daring employees to quit, but the Queue Dodge is aimed at helping out new employees get back on their feet much quicker with an injection of money, if they join the company to find out it wasn't the best fit for them.


On top of this, Riot hopes it will increase the company's culture. Riot stated in a news post revealing Queue Dodge: "We operate on a foundation of shared mission, values, passion, trust, and mutual respect. If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, they'd be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck".

NVIDIA's Tegra K1 powers the upcoming HTC-made 8.9-inch Nexus tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 6:48 am

Google I/O kicks off in a few days time, but it looks like we've just been introduced to the 8.9-inch Nexus tablet early. It is made by HTC, and is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor. This news can't be confirmed until the full unveiling, but Android Police seems pretty confident about it.


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We should expect Google to roll this out as the Nexus 9, which features an 8.9-inch 2048x1440 display, NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor (which is 64-bit capable). It's interesting to note that NVIDIA powers this tablet, and not Qualcomm with one of its Snapdragon SoCs. The full specs of the Nexus 9:


  • 8.9" Display at 2048x1440 (281ppi)
  • NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 8MP OIS main camera, 3MP front facing camera
  • Aluminum zero-gap construction
  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • 8.91"x5.98"x0.31" body (that's 22.63x15.19x0.79cm)
  • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (that's 14.74/15.1 ounces)


Android Police reports that the price point for the Nexus 9 will be $399 for the 16GB version, and $499 for the 32GB version. The LTE-capable model will cost more, ramping up into the $600+ range. The site believes that the Nexus 9 will launch in Q4 2014, and to not expect it to be released at, or after Google I/O.

Sony may have lost sales in Europe, cannot keep up with PS4 demand

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 5:01 am

It looks like the demand in Europe for Sony's next-gen console is high, with the company now improving the once tight supply of the PlayStation 4 across Europe.


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Managing Director of Sony Computer Entertainment UK, Fergal Gara, explains: "We haven't yet caught up with the initial demand across Europe. We are still dealing with the day one market. We are very close to being in a full supply situation, but we are not quite there yet". Sony is ahead of Microsoft in next-gen console sales, but with a tight supply in a big market like Europe, the PlayStation UK boss said: "We may have lost some sales".


Gara continued: "There is no update on PS4 sales figures right now, but suffice to say it is still selling, and selling very well". Sony has plenty of PS4s available in the UK, but each time it ships PlayStation 4 consoles to Germany, they sell them all. Gara adds: "We are in a bit better shape in the UK, but there are countries that are still selling out every last unit that drops into the market on a weekly basis. A good example at the moment would be Germany who had phenomenal sales figures last week, but they just haven't had enough stock so far".

Drones banned in U.S. national parks because of safety, noise issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 4:45 am

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will no longer be allowed to fly over U.S. national parks, with concerns of safety and noise complaints. The ban covers all 84 million acres of land the National Park Service manages, so visitors won't be able to fly their drones while visiting parks.


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A visitor at the Grand Canyon National Park crashed into the canyon and disrupted park visitors observing a sunset. Later in the month, Zion National Park officials noted an unmanned aircraft frightened bighorn sheep at the park.


"We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care," said Jonathan Jarvis, National Park Service Director, in a press statement. "however, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience."

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Intel to launch its next-gen Haswell-E platform in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 2:54 am

Intel will reportedly launch its next-generation high-end desktop (HEDT) processors in mid-September, with the new Haswell-E chips arriving with the new X99 desktop platform too. We should see Intel officially launch its Core i7-5960X, the Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K on the 14th of September.


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On the same day, we should expect the chipmaker to launch its new X99 chipset, designed to power the new CPUs. One of the exciting new things about Haswell-E and X99 is that it supports DDR4 RAM, and that the top of the line Core i7-5960X is a 16-theaded CPU (8 cores, 8 HT threads = 16 threads total). The Core i7-5960X will arrive with a base clock of 3GHz, 20MB of L3 cache, support quad-channel DDR4 RAM up to 2133MHz, and will be an unlocked part for overclockers to have some fun with.

Steam Summer Sales for today include Skyrim for $8.74

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 1:31 am

The Steam Summer Sales continue, with today's games including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with 75% off, knocking it down from its original price of $34.99 to just $8.74. Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition also has 75% off, dropping from $29.99 to $7.49.


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Wasteland 2 is up for grabs, dropping from $59.99 to $40.19 - a 33% discount - with 7 Days to Die seeing a 45% discount, down from $24.99 to just $13.74. There are also the 8-hour Flash Sales, which include NBA 2K14 for 50% right now, dropping the original $49.99 price to $24.99. Get in on these Steam Summer Sales now!

RIAA copyright take down notices topped 50 million sent to Google

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 1:27 am

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been busy submitting reporting pirate links for removal on Google, recently topping its 50 millionth URL. The RIAA and music studios report millions of links each month - most of them directed to Google - with the search engine receiving two million requests alone.


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Google acts quickly to remove infringing links from the massive search engine's index, but the RIAA has voiced numerous complaints about the process. It's a difficult battle to deal with for the RIAA, because foreign websites ignore takedown notices, or slightly alter the URL and go back online immediately.


Just a few months ago, the RIAA take down requests number sat at 10 million, with the trade group always scanning for online music piracy locations.

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Nintendo says that the Wii U has a 'very long life' ahead of it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 22, 2014 12:39 am

Nintendo has been seeing great headlines lately, with a 400% surge in Wii U sales thanks to Mario Kart 8. Not only that, but Mario Kart 8 has helped Nintendo push Sony up against the wall in Japan when it comes to console sales.


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There was a rumor that Nintendo was poised to unveil a next-gen console at E3, something that never happened, but now we have the Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime affirming that Nintendo is sticking to the Wii U. The Nintendo America boss says that the Wii U "has a very long life ahead of it. It's got great content coming that will help define the platform".


Nintendo has Sony as its only next-gen competitor in its home country of Japan, as Microsoft hasn't launched its Xbox One in the country just yet. The Xbox One lands in Japan on September 4, which isn't too far away. Nintendo seems to be doing better this year with the help of Mario Kart 8, but the company still has Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon to reach the Wii U, something that Fils-Aime says will have similar sales effects to the Wii U that Mario Kart 8 had.

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