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Elon Musk was very close to selling Tesla Motors to Google in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 21, 2015 4:24 am

Tesla Motors has been enjoying some great sales of late, but Elon Musk nearly sold the electric vehicle maker to Google in early 2013. Musk was reportedly very close to securing a deal for Google to buy Tesla, at a time when Tesla wasn't selling too many cars.

 

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The deal would've seen Musk maintain control of the company for eight years, or when Tesla's mainstream electric vehicle hit the road. The deal disintegrated because Tesla quickly became successful. Now, both Tesla Motors and Google have so far refused to comment on the rumor of Tesla being sold to Google.

AMD Radeon R9 390X rumored to be in very short supply at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 21, 2015 3:11 am

We're getting closer and closer to the release of the Radeon R9 390X, but we've been hearing some rumblings from within the industry. Our sources have said that AMD will have two Radeon R9 390X cards to launch: one of them will be the Radeon R9 395X2 (a dual-GPU version) with 8GB of VRAM. The second card will be a 4GB version that won't beat the GeForce GTX Titan X.

 

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The dual-GPU will beat the GeForce GTX Titan X, but the normal 4GB won't be capable of beating NVIDIA's GM200-based beast. Our industry sources also tell us that there are some hurdles with yields on HBM, which will see a very limited supply of Radeon R9 390X and Radeon R9 395X2 cards right through to the end of the year.

 

We're expecting AMD to launch their Radeon R9 390X and R9 395X2 at Computex 2015, which kicks off in the first week of June. With NVIDIA having some 74% of the discrete GPU market, AMD needs to sell as many cards as they can, and these yield issues are something we don't need to hear about right now.

Report: Better cybersecurity, safety standards needed for patient data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 21, 2015 2:36 am

Cybercriminals find healthcare data to be an appealing target, as medical records contain a large amount of personal information. There is a drastic need for better cybersecurity protocols - and how hospitals and other medical agencies handle paper and electronic records.

 

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Thirty four percent of reported medical data breaches over the past three years took place in California, Florida, Texas, New York and Illinois - with a mix of healthcare system partners, insurers, and other third parties helping contribute to the problem.

 

"News of hacking incidents and cybersecurity [breaches] have been in the news so much lately, [that] both for industries inside and outside healthcare, one might get the impression that hacking is the most common reason for data breaches," said Dr. Vincent Liu, from the division of research for Kaiser Permanente, in a statement to Medpage Today. "In fact, we found that theft of paper or electronic records accounted for the majority - protecting the security and privacy of patient data needs to be a priority in many different venues, and with all types of patient data, including paper records."

'Star Wars: Rebels' Season 2 trailer reveals role for Darth Vader

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1:36 am

The 'Star Wars' Celebration has just wrapped up in Anaheim, an exciting week for fans which revealed a new trailer for the forthcoming sequel 'The Force Awakens', along with more details on the first stand-alone feature 'Rogue One'. Now, Disney and Lucasfilm have unveiled a trailer for the second season of the 'Star Wars: Rebels' animated TV show, which reveals a bigger role for Darth Vader - with James Earl Jones returning to voice the legendary character.

 

 

Unfolding between the events of 'Star Wars: Episodes III' and 'IV', 'Rebels' tells the story of the crew of the Ghost, with characters from the original and prequel trilogies popping up throughout.

 

'Rebels' returns to screens later this year.

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Full 'Jurassic World' trailer delivers the dino goods

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 11:33 pm

With all the main studios battling it out to 'win' the summer blockbuster season, and with Universal Studios emboldened by their $1B payday for 'Furious 7' they're going in all guns blazing (literally) with their promotion plans for the much anticipated sequel 'Jurassic World' - the first entry in the dinosaur franchise since 2001's 'Jurassic Park III'.

 

 

With visual effects provided by Industrial Light and Magic, the dinosaurs of 'Jurassic World' should look more impressive that ever - a far cry from the low res renders from the original classic 'Jurassic Park'.

 

Starring Chris Pratt from last years sci-fi mega-hit 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Jurassic World' hits hits in 3D, 2D and IMAX screens worldwide starting on June 11.

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Cryptzone: Insider threats still pose biggest threat to companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:53 pm

Insider threats remain a significant threat to corporations, causing the most actual damage and harm, according to a recent survey published by the Cryptzone cybersecurity firm.

 

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"It's remarkable that many organizations are still utilizing network security technologies developed in the nineties - a time when the Internet was still in its infancy," said Kurt Mueffelmann, president and CEO of Cryptzone. "The cyberattacks we have seen over the last few years have demonstrated that it's far too easy for hackers to steal user credentials, and then use those credentials to traverse the enterprise network in search of the most valuable data."

 

Forty-eight percent of respondents said IT departments are main controllers related to cybersecurity policy, 36 percent said information security owns policy control, and 12 percent noted compliance or risk management teams are responsible for security policies.

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Last Chance To Save 46% On The Camera-Equipped Micro Drone 2.0

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:00 pm

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It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the Micro Drone 2.0, now 46% off at TweakTown Deals! (Just go with it.)

 

The only micro drone in the world that can carry a camera, this remote-controlled quadcopter comes equipped with a swiveling lens for the best photo and video angles-you'll probably find that pretty handy when it's doing 360-degree flips. And it's small but mighty, weighing in at just over an ounce but durable enough to use both indoors and outdoors.

 

Ready to grab the Micro Drone 2.0 for just $74.99? Good, because the sale's ending soon at TweakTown Deals.

Humanoid robot deployed in Tokyo department store to help shoppers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 7:20 pm

Aiko Chihira, a humanoid robot developed by Toshiba, is now helping visitors of the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo - a first step towards Toshiba's goal of having humanoids assist in a number of day-to-day scenarios for citizens.

 

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The humanoid has 43 servomotors and a custom algorithm that gives it the ability to communicate in Japanese sign language. Toshiba hopes a software development kit (SDK) will give third-party developers the chance to create even more interactive functionality for Aiko Chihira.

 

"It would be good if we can have her provide guidance, or recommend various things in Chinese," said Hitoshi Tokuda, manager of new business development at Toshiba, in a statement published by Reuters. "People can be looking around and think, 'Oh if Aiko is around, she can speak Chinese.' That's what I hope will happen."

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Expert: Cyberattacks on nuclear power plants could be next 9/11

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 5:43 pm

Cybercriminals are finding security vulnerabilities that allow them to target critical infrastructure like electric grids, and could also begin targeting nuclear power plants, according to a cybersecurity specialist in Israel.

 

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"The disruption and possible infiltration of critical infrastructure is the most severe form of cyberattack," said Col. Dr. Gabi Siboni, director of the cyber security program at the Institute for National Security Studies program, in a statement to the Jerusalem Post. "Such attacks on airplanes or air traffic control towers, for instance, means that hackers could cause accidents, or even paralyze entire flight systems. As of now, this area of capabilities is the exclusive domain of developed states."

 

The United States, UK, Israel, South Korea, and other nations have expressed concern related to critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Recently, South Korea - which has blamed North Korea - suffered a breach at its national nuclear plant operator, though quickly confirmed its 23 atomic reactors weren't at risk.

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SentryBay shows off anti-keylogging solution for mobile users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 4:35 pm

Enterprise security company SentryBay has unveiled a new anti-keylogging solution designed for smartphones, tablets, and other mobile products. To help keep mobile users secure, the product generates a dedicated secure keyboard, keystroke encryption, screen capture protection, and the generation of fake random characters.

 

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Both Google Android and Apple iOS cache user keypad entries, providing savvy hackers with the ability to monitor and uplift what is entered.

 

"We are pleased to announce these latest innovations," said Dave Waterson, CEO of SentryBay. "For a long time we have been a leader in PC-based anti-keylogging technology, but after years of R&D we finally feel the solution we have developed for mobile can provide the strong data entry security that app developers are looking for."

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