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Ford is showing continued interest in autonomous vehicle research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 11:40 pm

Ford announced it has created a new global team focused on researching and developing autonomous vehicles, while also creating driver-assist technologies.




Ford has shown more focus on automatic breaking, pedestrian detection and other semi-autonomous features that can be rolled out to its vehicles. Improving these technologies can be utilized towards the ultimate goal of an autonomous Ford vehicle.


"For us, autonomous vehicles are about making the technology accessible to everyone, just as Henry Ford did with the automobile a century ago," said Raj Nair, group VP of global product development at Ford, while speaking at the company's Bay Area research lab. "Our team is now working to make this technology feasible for production."

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Xbox One in Japan hits a new low, selling just 100 units in one week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 10:40 pm

Microsoft just can't catch a break while promoting the Xbox One in Japan, selling just 100 units from June 8 to June 14, according to 4Gamer. The PlayStation 4 sold 10,822 units - and the aging PlayStation 3 managed to rack up 2,633 sales during the same hellish week for Microsoft.




It's not a surprise that Japanese gamers prefer hardware from Sony and Nintendo - and Microsoft knew it'd be a major fight to sell the Xbox One in Japan - but this is a new all-time low for Microsoft. However, the original Xbox and Xbox 360 didn't struggle this much in Japan, where a tech and gaming savvy population loves embracing new technologies.


Late last year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer noted that Japan isn't an easy market for the company's consoles, but vowed to try to "conquer Japan." Well, keep trying Microsoft...

Qualcomm is interested in taking over AMD

By: Chris Smith | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 9:58 pm

Things have heated up in the AMD space hours before the launch of the Radeon R9 Fury X, with rumors circling that Qualcomm is interested in acquiring AMD, according to a report by Seeking Alpha.




Without a large amount of success in recent times there has been many claims by public and media alike of AMD beginning a struggle, without any reports pointing out a direction or solution that AMD might undergo in order to fix its 'issues'. However, in a report by investor company Seeking Alpha, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf mentioned that he is interested in taking over a larger portion of the server scene and adjacent markets - this saw AMD pointed out as the most realistic financial possibility.


There's a few assumptions made here that Qualcomm will either buy out the AMD server business solely or the complete company itself - however, it's one of the best theories put forward yet. AMD recently denied spin-off talk, which helps solidify the idea that it may sell up completely to Qualcomm, rather than pushing away parts of its business.


If Qualcomm is to take over, we can expect to see the Snapdragon processor come out in full force, something that is already included in many mobile applications and the chip that this company is most well known for in the public scene.

Nintendo: 'Increasing our capacity' to create new video games, content

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 9:40 pm

Nintendo has had great success with its Amiibo character figurines, but is still fully dedicated to creating new video games and consoles for customers. The Japanese game company is on track to release more game titles through the second half of 2015 than it did throughout all of 2014.




Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime understands the challenges related to Amiibo, and says the company will continue to launch additional figures in the future.


"There's no issue with our first- and second-party development," Fils-Aime told Polygon. "In fact, I don't know if you've been to Kyoto recently, but we've got a whole new R&D building that is full of developers; whether they are software developers or hardware developers. So, we're increasing our capacity to create more content. We're focused on creating great content."

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Google announces free, ad-supported version of Google Play Music

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 9:14 pm

Google today launched a free, ad-supported version of its Google Play Music service, in an effort to steal a bit of publicity ahead of the Apple Music launch next week. Google Play Music has been around for a couple of years with a $9.99 per month subscription, allowing music listeners to create their own custom playlists.



The new public offering won't be available offline and will not have access to some songs - and is a marketing effort to recruit new members. Although many users visit Google Play Music, they don't stick around due to the monthly subscription costs.


"We want to attract even more users, give them a taste of the service and hope they subscribe over time," said Zahavah Levine, VP of partnerships at Google Play, in a statement published by USA Today. It seems like offering a free trial - whether ad-supported or a set amount of free testing - is the ideal way to lure in new listeners.

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Microsoft getting paid millions to support Windows XP for US Navy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 8:20 pm

The US Navy was unable to upgrade from Windows XP before Microsoft pulled the plug on support, and will pay at least $9 million for additional help. Specifically, the Navy will receive critical hotfixes and additional software patches for Windows XP and other software.




The deal is expected to run until July 2016, though both sides agreed to the possibility of support until June 2017 - and would cost over $30 million. Without going into details, the Navy has "legacy applications" that must run on Windows XP - and it is taking longer than expected to make upgrades and improvements.


"Nearly all the networks and workstations afloat and ashore will benefit from the Microsoft Premier Support services and Microsoft Custom Support services for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Server 2003,"said Steven Davis, spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, in a statement published by ZDNET.

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Check out the second movie trailer for Hitman: Agent 47

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 8:09 pm

20th Century Fox has released the second movie trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, which features weapons, car chases and helicopters. Apparently, a corporation wants to use Katia's DNA to help create the next generation of assassins.



The film stars Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds and Thomas Kretschmann. Hitman: Agent 47 was directed by Aleksander Bach and seems like it could turn out to be a rather entertaining action film.


Hitman: Agent 47 will hit the big screen on August 21.

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Want to use Cortana on the Xbox One? You'll need a Kinect

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 5:45 pm

If you're looking forward to using the Cortana intelligent personal assistant on the Xbox One, it looks like you'll need a Kinect unit. Cortana integration is expected with a new Xbox One dashboard update sometime in 2015, which is scheduled for some time in the fall.




At the end of this teaser trailer, the following small print is displayed: "Kinect required for Cortana speech recognition."



Even though Cortana responds to voice commands, it's curious since Microsoft didn't spend much time promoting the Kinect during E3. In addition, the Xbox One and Kinect were unbundled in 2014, which allowed Microsoft to cut Xbox One prices.

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Samsung wants to make trucks 'transparent' for safety reasons

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 4:40 pm

Samsung showed off its "Safety Truck," a customized truck that has a live-feed screen on the back of the truck that streams from a front-mounted camera. The truck is able to let drivers see a real-time view of all oncoming traffic, so you'll be able to determine if it's safe to pass the truck.



The front-mounted camera is cheap enough, but the four outdoor displays are rather pricey - and even with Samsung applying for regulatory approval, it's difficult to imagine this is an affordable effort any time soon. This is still an early prototype project, so additional testing will be required.


If rolled out on a wide scale, this would be especially ideal on single-lane highways - and Samsung has already tested out the truck in Argentina. Additional tests in other locations are currently in the works, though Samsung didn't offer additional details.

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