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Health industry could embrace wearables to track patient data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 9:12 am

Fitness wearables grabbed the most attention in 2014, as prices dropped and consumers became more familiar with the technology. As the transition to medical wearables becomes more common, tracking healthcare on a more frequent basis will give healthcare providers better ability to diagnose potential medical problems.


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About one-fourth of the total US population, roughly 80 million people, are Baby Boomers and the first wave will begin turning 70 years old in 2016. Life expectancy continues to climb, so additional collected health data collected by wearables should prove valuable to doctors.


"The wearables market is starting to see technology that produces richer and more precise user data than ever before," said Sonia Sousa, CEO of Kenzen, in a statement to InformationWeek. "The problem we're seeing is that most fitness trackers are offering a flat world of data, without much insight beyond what an accelerometer can capture."

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Bing and Yahoo were taken out yesterday thanks to bad Microsoft update

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 9:03 am

Bing and Yahoo were experiencing some major issues just a few days ago thanks to Microsoft pushing an update without thoroughly checking it for bugs, as Reuters reported.


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If you're an avid user of these search engines, you'll have noticed that after typing into your browser, you would have been met with an error message saying that Yahoo engineers were working to resolve the issue. Microsoft struggled to roll-back the updates changes, rectifying the outage a few hours later.


It has been reported that after the crash, Microsoft's initial roll-back failed, forcing them to shut down its groups of linked servers until eventually order was restored. According to an unnamed source, once the search was restored, Yahoo had some issues handling the backlog of search requests - eventually restoring order after a number of hours on the job.

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Epson debuts PowerLite Home Cinema 600 projector for $379

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 8:54 am

CES 2015 - Epson America has announced the PowerLite Home Cinema 600 portable projector with HDMI connectivity, promising 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness.


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The PowerLite Home Cinema 600 has four pre-set color modes, including one customized for video games, and can plug directly into HDTVs, Blu-ray players and laptops. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600 will be available in mid-January with a $379 MSRP.


"The Home Cinema 600 is bright and versatile enough to take just about anywhere - think backyard cinema, big game parties and big-screen gaming nirvana - at a fraction of the price of a large flat panel TV," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager at Epson America, in a press statement. "This easy-to-use project delivers a remarkable home entertainment experience at an appealing price for first-time users."

Cybercriminals increasingly spending months poking around networks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 8:29 am

Cybercriminals are finding new methods to compromise corporate and government networks, and are increasingly spending more time doing reconnaissance without being detected. These longer-lasting operations are difficult to prevent with many corporations focusing on perimeter-based cybersecurity defense, not considering the idea that criminals may already be inside.


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Companies such as Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target and other major corporations are first breached using spear-phishing attacks or stolen third-party user login credentials - and the problems only get worse from there. Cybersecurity experts recommend creating protocols so companies are able to identify who is accessing data, from where, and how they are interacting with the accessed data. If a cybersecurity audit is completed, then following through with recommended improvements should also be carried out as quickly as possible.


"We are beginning to realize in some cases that the situation is far worse than we realized," said Stephen Hulquist, chief evangelist at RedSeal Networks, in a statement published by Dark Reading. "In some cases attackers have been inside networks for months and even years without being discovered."

This proposed iPod Classic design looks worthwhile

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 8:02 am

Remember when the iPod Classic was quietly assassinated and taken down from Apple's e-shelves late in 2014? We reported recently that these products are becoming somewhat of a collectors item, drumming up large prices through online mediums such as eBay - seeing prices like $350 being commonplace for second-hand offerings.


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Designer Claudio Gomboli wants to bring the Classic back to reality, releasing a nifty new concept design. As we've discovered, this design is purely just a concept, with no current means for funding or implementation into the market - but it's certainly not out of the equation for this to happen in the future.


Thanks to the click-wheel making long song list scrolling an easy task, this design is basically a simple cover for an existing iPhone or iPod touch. This means that if Gomboli is to make this as a 3rd-party add on for existing products, expect Apple to not play nice. However if you're already running or are planning to run a jail-broken phone, you should have no issues.

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NVIDIA is pushing for fully autonomous vehicles with its new Tegra X1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 7:41 am

CES 2015 - If you haven't seen our coverage of NVIDIA's CES 2015 press conference, then you're probably not up with the new Tegra X1 processor. The new Tegra X1 processor from NVIDIA has a huge 256 GPU cores thanks to the company's Maxwell architecture, but it also packs an 8-core 64-bit processor, too.


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Well, the company is investing into fully autonomous vehicles as the new Tegra X1 processor, and beyond, are capable of reading countless parts of the car (cameras, sensors, etc) that can detect things like pedestrians, cars, police cars, trucks, and more. It's impressive, as all of this is done by a couple of SoCs in the car, and not by an actual computer.


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All of this is done thanks to NVIDIA's new Drive CX platform, which is a "digital cockpit computer". This computer is the "industry's most advanced visual computing platform" that features NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, and their newly announced Drive Studio.

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North Korea lashes out against United States following new sanctions

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 7:26 am

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions against the North Korean government last week, in an effort to retaliate against North Korea for reportedly hacking Sony Pictures. Obama responded to "the provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea," and its decision to target Sony Pictures.


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In addition to previous sanctions designed to pressure the North Korean government, ten government agents - working in China, Russia, Iran, Syria and Namibia - have been added to the sanctions list. Pyongyang wasn't happy with the release of "The Interview" by Sony Pictures, and was accused or orchestrating a crippling cyberattack against the company. It's no surprise that government officials are unhappy with the United States and the Obama Administration for even more sanctions designed to disrupt its government operations.


"The persistent and unilateral action taken by the White House to slap sanctions against the D.P.R.K. patently proves that it is still not away from inveterate repugnance and hostility toward the D.P.R.K.," a North Korean government official reportedly told the media.

NVIDIA's new Tegra X1 chip thrashes the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 7:25 am

CES 2015 - NVIDIA just took the veil off of their new mobile powerhouse system-on-chip (SoC), the new Tegra X1, which looks like it could be a serious contender for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and many others coming out this year.


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But one of the best slides NVIDIA chucked up at their CES 2015 press conference, was that the new Tegra X1 processor delivers a "console experience" with "mobile power". NVIDIA provided some power details on the new Maxwell-based Tegra X1, which consumes 10W of power compared to the Xbox One which uses far more than 100W.


This is a good point for NVIDIA to push, considering the new Tegra X1 is capable of 4K at 60FPS... where will we be at CES 2016? CES 2017? Consoles simply can't keep up, and it's great to see NVIDIA using it as a reference. A large console, versus a tiny little SoC that runs on a battery.

NVIDIA announces the Tegra X1, a mobile powerhouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 7:19 am

CES 2015 - Our first press conference of the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 here in the awesome but cold Las Vegas was with NVIDIA, where the company showed off its latest Tegra X1 mobile processor. The company is calling this the "first mobile superchip" and it really, really is.


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The Tegra X1 is based off NVIDIA's more than impressive Maxwell architecture, the same silicon that powers the desktop GPUs in the form of the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards. We have 256 Maxwell GPU cores, and an 8-core 64-bit capable CPU, too. This is all capable of pushing out an insane 4K at 60FPS with 10-bit H.265/VP9.


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When it comes to performance, the Tegra X1 is killing it with NVIDIA's own benchmark slides.


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Energy efficiency is something Maxwell does well, with Tegra X1 using much more power than the Tegra K1, so we'll have to wait and see if the performance is worth the power trade off.

Streaming music market is booming, while paid downloads slide

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 7:06 am

The music industry continues to undergo drastic change, and music labels are unsure how to deal with paid download sales dropping as more users begin to enjoy streaming music.


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Paid album downloads dropped 9 percent year-over-year down to 257 million albums, with paid individual song downloads dropping 12 percent to 106.5 million in 2014, according to Nielsen SoundScan statistics. Currently, streaming music has been unable to restore the music industry - the RIAA counts 1,500 song streams as a single album purchase, and listeners are tuning in - but generating revenue from this effort remains difficult.


More users are enjoying streaming music, whether sitting at the PC or using mobile devices, with 164 billion songs listened to in 2014 - a whopping 54 percent increase year-over-year. Record labels will have to find methods to ensure they monetize this change in how listeners listen to music, though will have to do so while limiting intrusions stations and listeners will endure.

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