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NASA researchers learning from gecko grippers, helping inspire new R&D

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 3:45 pm

Researchers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are researching new ways to get things to stick in space, and have found inspiration from geckos.



Unlike tape, which loses its ability to adhere objects together after several uses, geckos have tiny hairs on the bottom of their feet so they are able to easily cling to objects over and over again. Researchers now hope a new material with thin synthetic hairs is able to make the material stick to desired surfaces - even in space.


The new technology has a great advantage over Velcro, a popular solution used in space, as it doesn't leave residue and there is no mating surface required on intended targets. The new gecko-inspired gripping technology is being tested during microgravity tests, including on a 20-pound cube and 250-pound person.

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Bethesda has high hopes for Doom multiplayer gaming fun

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 2:55 pm

It looks like Bethesda is looking forward to the launch of the latest Doom video game, and has high hopes for its entrance into multiplayer action.




"It has some old school sensibilities but it is doing it in a very modern, fresh next-gen way," said Pete Hines, VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to MCV. "The multiplayer is not your traditional first-person shooter multiplayer. IT is not one shot and the other guy is dead, it is not about who has the fastest trigger finger or reactions."


Hines also said Doom could battle "toe-to-toe" against other "really big shooters," as the multiplayer dynamics offer "something you're not going to get from many other first-person shooters."

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Political leader: Used Ashley Madison for 'opposition research'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 2:22 pm

Louisiana GOP Executive Director Jason Dore confirmed his name was one of millions exposed in the Ashley Madison data dump.




The Republican Party statewide director used his full name and former personal credit card billing address, but claims he was doing a bit of research for his Doré Jeansonne law firm:


"As the state's leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports," Doré told The Times-Picayune. "Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time."

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DARPA interested in helping develop DDoS protection systems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 2:03 pm

DARPA wants to help develop new solutions to defend against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, with foreign cybercriminals launching large volumes of attacks against US military and government targets.




The Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) aims to provide a DDoS countermeasure system that is able to identify incoming attacks, and help defend networks. Depending on the attack sophistication, DARPA wants to have a response time of 10 seconds or less - a difficult challenge, but an important one that could be used in the private sector and by the government/military.


"In general, the program aims to thwart DDoS attacks by dispersing cyber assets (physically and/or logically), disguising the characteristics and behaviors of those assets, and mitigating the attacks (especially low-volume attacks) that still penetrate the targeted environment," according to the DARPA Broad Agency announcement, asking for applicants.

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Nintendo might greenlight movie adaptations of iconic franchises

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 1:13 pm

Throughout the decades Nintendo has been forced to reinvent itself in some capacity with every new generation, and now it looks like the Japanese gaming giant might make a dramatic change and open the doors to film adaptations of its beloved franchises like The Legend of Zelda.




"Because games and movies seem like similar mediums, people's natural expectation is we want to take our games and turn them into movies," Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto said in an interview with Fortune. "I've always felt video games, being an interactive medium, and movies, being a passive medium, mean the two are quite different."


"As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company, we're starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that," he added. "And we'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future."

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Extortionists emailing Ashley Madison members demanding payment

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 12:32 pm

Well, it didn't take long before the scam artists and extortionists started taking advantage of the recent Ashley Madison data dump. People with email addresses exposed are receiving shady looking emails that demand payment in exchange for secrecy so their spouses and partners aren't informed.




Here is one email that was shared with Brian Krebs from Krebs on Security:




Unfortunately, your data was leaked in the recent hacking of Ashley Madison and I now have your information..."

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Nintendo cuts price of 2DS portable gaming system to just $99

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 12:20 pm

The Nintendo 2DS has received a price cut from $129.99 down to $99.99, and now serves as a great way to enter the video gaming market.




Unlike the 3DS, the 2DS doesn't open or close, but is promoted as a sturdier and more rugged device better suited for children.


"At a suggested retail price of $99.99, Nintendo 2DS is an even more attractive introductory option for first-time gamers," said Scott Moffitt, EVP of sales & marketing at Nintendo North America. "The new lower-priced hardware combined with the strong lineup of new games launching this year and arguably the best library of games in this generation makes it a great time be a Nintendo fan."

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Take-Two: GTA V tops 54M units shipped, GTA series reaches 220M

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 11:49 am

Grand Theft Auto V has topped 54 million copies shipped, with the Grand Theft Auto series reaching 220 million units, according to Take-Two Interactive. The disclosure was filed in a recent SEC report, with the game studio describing 2015 as "one of [its] best years ever."




Instead of noting how many units have been sold, the number of units shipped describes shipments to game retailers. However, it's still an impressive accomplishment, as Grand Theft Auto one of the most successful game franchises - still unable to close in on Mario or Pokemon, but ahead of Call of Duty.


However, Grand Theft Auto could put pressure on Pokemon - which tallies close to 300 million - as there are new game updates and editors in the works.

Double your DualShock 4's battery life for just $5

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 10:44 am

Want your DualShock 4 to last longer? The solution is simple--just swap out the battery.




With a sleek feel and an innovative touchpad, the PS4's wireless DualShock 4 controller is arguably one of the best controllers in recent memory, but it has one problem: the power-draining lightbar. Although the lightbar is a nifty little feature that actually changes color to signal in-game interaction, most PS4 users would be happy to nix the light just to get some extra usage time before having to recharge.


The easiest solution is simply unscrewing the DualShock 4 and swapping out its stock 1,000 mAh battery and replacing it with this 2,000 mAh battery for just $4.32 which will double its battery life. Or you could spend $13 for Nyko's PS4 PowerPak.

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iPhone owner? Samsung wants you to 'test drive' one of their handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2015 9:40 am

In a bid to pull more iPhone users over to its Galaxy handsets, Samsung is offering consumers a 'test drive' of their new smartphones for 30 days, something that will cost just $1.




Samsung is targeting Apple users, where you need to own an iPhone in order to let you try out a Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, or the new Galaxy Note 5 for just $1. Samsung wants to provide an entire month of using its smartphone so that it can show you the other side of the fence, hoping that people will want to keep their Galaxy handsets after the end of the 30 days.


Obviously if you don't return the phone after the 30 days, you'll be charged the full retail cost of whichever handset you took home for that $1.

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