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AT&T to support BlackBerry Passport, Classic starting on Feb. 20

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 9:43 pm

AT&T, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the United States, will begin selling the BlackBerry Passport and Classic smartphones on Feb. 20. The Passport will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract, while the Classic will be just $49.99 on a two-year contract.

 

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Prior to this deal, BlackBerry sold the Passport smartphone directly to consumers - but wants to begin relying on wireless carriers to help promote devices. The Passport has a 4.5-inch square display, QWERTY keyboard, 3GB RAM, 13-megapixel camera, and runs the BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.

 

The Classic has a 3.5-inch touchscreen (720x720), backlit QWERTY keyboard, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p HD video recording, 16GB internal storage, and 2GB RAM.

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Sony PlayStation 4 retakes console sales lead from Microsoft Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 8:30 pm

After facing increased pressure from the Microsoft Xbox One to end 2014, it looks like the Sony PlayStation 4 has climbed back atop the gaming console world. It wouldn't be surprising to hear Microsoft lost its sales lead after holiday promotional pricing ended in January.

 

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"PlayStation 4 was the top selling console in January and remains the cumulative leader in the US according to NPD data," said a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson. "Since launch in November 2013, 18.5 million PS4 units and 81.8 million software units have been sold through to consumers worldwide."

 

The software industry earned $625.7 million revenue in January, a slight five percent drop from $662.1 million year-over-year - with Dying Light, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Grand Theft Auto V leading the way.

Cisco CEO sees Internet of Things changing everything in the future

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 8:01 pm

Cisco hopes to work its way into being the No. 1 IT and networking company in the booming Internet of Things (IoT) market, understanding that there is great potential looking ahead.

 

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IoT-powered products are expected to enter households and offices at a rapid pace over the next few years, so Cisco wants to create partnerships and be in place to help other companies create their own products.

 

"It is the most fundamental change," said John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. "You'd almost call it the second generation of the Internet. We're back in vogue. It's like the 1990s all over again."

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Researchers making breakthrough in development of bionic eyes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 2:23 pm

Researchers are looking forward to the future of medical technology that could have major life-changing impact, with great breakthroughs in bionic vision. During the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference last week, medical researchers discussed everything from telescopic contact lenses to prototype bionic prosthetics.

 

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New technology developments greatly aid patients suffering from vision impairments - and varying levels of blindness - giving them the chance to better distinguish the world around them.

 

"Retinal implants have moved from sci-fi into reality over the last few years," said Daniel Palanker, professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, in a statement to the San Jose Mercury News. "Now we are in the race of improving resolution, improving image processing, dynamic range (of light intensity) and levels of gray - and will keep improving."

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DARPA gives an updates for its 'supervision' telescopic contact lens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 1:22 pm

DARPA is constantly working on various things that we'll see in the next couple of decades, but one of them is something that started out as "supervision" contact lens for soldiers. But as things progressed, it was looking like it was better suited to age-related macular degeneration.

 

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The latest version of the 'supervision' contact lens has bulked up a bit from its first iteration which was 1.17mm, to 1.55mm. The added thickness could have something to do with adjusting the reflective bits inside of the lens itself, or that there's a different material used in its construction.

 

When asked about the added thickness, researcher Eric Tremblay said that out of the five patients that have used the lens, said it was light enough and more than comfortable to wear around for daily use. The contact lens itself works as a pair of liquid crystal glasses that the user wears, where winking your right eye turns on the magnification, while winking the left eye turns it off. Blinking, does nothing. The big issue now is getting oxygen through the lens, and to the users' eye. Without oxygen to the eye, the contact can only be worn for around half an hour. The team is already working on fixing this, with current experiments leading them to use tiny channels cut into the contact that feed oxygen as well as add reservoirs of oxygen-rich fluids.

LG executive charged with damaging Samsung washing machines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 11:53 am

If you thought Samsung and LG only battled it out in the TV and smartphone industries, you'd be wrong. Remember, both of the South Korean electronics giants also fight it out in our laundries, too.

 

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Well, South Korean prosecutors have charged LG executive Jo Seong-Jin and two other LG employees with purposefully damaging Samsung washing machines in an German retail store. Jo's lawyers don't think there's enough evidence of the fact, most of which is probably because the washing machine can't talk, but it doesn't look like Samsung will roll over and take it easily.

Report: 99% of malware-infected smartphones running Google Android

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 11:35 am

Mobile phones are under attack by cybercriminals, trying to steal personal data and possible financial information stored on devices. Studying information collected on cellular networks, 0.68 percent of mobile phones suffer from malware infection, according to Alcatel-Lucent.

 

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Google Android devices - the No. 1 mobile OS across the world - make up 99 percent of the infected devices, with infection rates increasing. Adware.Uapush, Trojan.Ackposts and SMSTracker are the top three infections, commonly hidden in legitimate looking mobile applications.

 

"Most importantly is the fact that there is less control - you can download the apps from third-party app stores and there is very little checking of the digital signature that you sign the app with," said Kevin McNamee, director of Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Security Labs.

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Techland releases patch for Dying Light which adds mod support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 10:22 am

Techland promised a patch for Dying Light that would see the return of mod support, as it was removed in an earlier patch. So over the weekend, Techland released version 1.4.0 of Dying Light, which allows for mods.

 

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The new version of Dying Light will not allow modded versions of the game to work online with others who are playing the original, vanilla version of the game, but the mods will be compatible with other Dying Light gamers who have the identical mod installed. The new patch included some other baked in changes, fixes, balances, and upgrades to the game.

 

One of which is "significantly reduced RAM usage" and a fix for the "extremely long loading times" that some users noticed. Next month, Techland will introduce "Hard Mode" to Dying Light, which will make the game even harder during the night time cycle of the game.

DOTA 2 breaks 1 million concurrent users, a first for Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 8:35 am

Valve has announced that DOTA 2 saw a huge 1 million concurrent users over the weekend, a first for both the game, and its digital distribution service.

 

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But these numbers pale in comparison to that of the almost unstoppable League of Legends, which routinely sees between 5 and 7.5 million users online at once. But, 1 million users is nothing to complain about, with DOTA 2's numbers still double that of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which has the second highest player count on Steam with 420,000.

 

Team Fortress 2, even while it's still popular, only has 88,000 concurrent users, while Football Manager 2015 is the highest ranking non Valve game with around 71,000 concurrent users.

Australia gets a taste of tech - The Gadget Expo 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 7:30 am

First released as a teaser trailer on YouTube in late 2014 - The Gadget Expo 2015 sets out to plug the gap as seen in the Australian tech calendar. Aussies often have EA Games press events, EB Games running their massive gaming exhibition and PAX Australia with two years of gaming pop culture success - but what about the lovers of straight up technology?

 

 

There were a few main points covered in this trailer. Some of the most interesting inclusions include: the announcement that it will contain an emphasis on it being more of an 'event show' rather than a 'trade show', the event will contain a 'Gamers Bubble' - functioning as a sort of mini-PAX or mini-EB Expo, alongside a Home Tech Zone and an Innovation Zone.

 

As a whole this show is setting out to be somewhat of an Australian CES 2015, in which companies will come and showcase their latest and greatest technology - alongside various big-name tech heads sharing their thoughts and knowledge to thousands of seated fans. The Gadget Expo does promise "world renowned" tech experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and more at the event - here's hoping that all of these big claims can be pulled off.

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