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New York Governor won't let drones be used in manhunt for fugitives

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:28 am

In the search for two convicted killers able to escape from prison three weeks ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has publicly declined assistance from the Air National Guard 174th Attack Wing. The ANG offered its MQ-9 Reaper drones, which are conducting training missions over Northern New York, to aid law enforcement as they search for Richard Matt and David Sweat.




If Gov. Cuomo wanted to use the drones, his office would need to file an official request with the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The drones, however, have not been deemed a necessity over state police helicopters.


"The only advantage the MQ-9 would have over a state police helicopter is the loiter time," said Eric Durr, spokesman for the NY DMNA, in a media statement. "And the determination was made that it was not a necessary asset."

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Taylor Swift decides to make '1989' available on Apple Music

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2015 12:01 am

Apple Music hasn't even launched yet, but has caused quite a stir in the streaming music market and among musicians. For Taylor Swift fans, however, here is a bit of good news: her "1989" album will be available on Apple Music.




Swift decided to pull her album from the service, before it even launched, in what she described as a fight to support indie musicians. Apple reversed course and said it would pay musicians during the free three-month trial period that users can sign up for - and that was enough for Taylor Swift.


Swift offered the following comments via Twitter:

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NVIDIA helping Warner Bros. to figure out Batman: Arkham Knight issues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 11:48 pm

Warner Bros. Games has temporarily suspended sales of Batman: Arkham Knight for PC gamers, as there were just too many performance issues. To help get things fast-tracked, it looks like NVIDIA is going to help the game studio identify what's going wrong.




"We are working with WB Games and the development teams to address the performance issues of the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight," NVIDIA confirmed. "We have made our QA and engineering resources available will provide updates when they are available."


Meanwhile, Warner Bros. offered a public apology related to performance issues: "We want to apologize to those of you who are experiencing performance issues with Batman: Arkham Knight on PC. We take these issues very seriously and have therefore decided to suspend future game sales of the PC version while we work to address these issues to satisfy our quality standards."


Gamers who purchased a GeForce GTX 970 or 980 qualified to receive a free copy of the game, and NVIDIA also promoted graphical enhancements for Batman: Arkham Knight - so it makes sense the GPU manufacturer wants to sort things out.

Introducing the ARCHOS PC Stick, aims to be the best portable computer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 11:20 pm

ARCHOS has introduced the PC Stick, an HDMI-connected drive that is portable and designed to provide an extremely mobile computing experience any where you go.




The PC Stick can be connected to any screen featuring an HDMI port, so it's compatible with monitors, televisions and projectors. The device will automatically boot and show users a full computer with access to Windows mobile programs. Consumers can also connect peripherals and other devices using Bluetooth or the USB port - with access to Windows, Google Android, and Apple iOS keyboard applications and game controls.


The PC Stick runs Windows 10, is powered by an Intel Atom CPU (Z3735F / Quad-core @ 1.33 GHz), Intel HD Graphic, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash storage, and has Wi-Fi, RF, Bluetooth, micro USB and USB connectivity. It retails for just $99.

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Splatoon manages to rack up more than 1 million copies sold worldwide

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 10:35 pm

Nintendo has announced that Splatoon, a colorful squid-based game for the Wii U game console, has topped 1 million copies sold worldwide. The multiplayer version of the game features four players competing as the squids try to spray ink in the digital world.




There were 476,000 physical and digital units sold in the Americas, at least 368,000 units sold in Japan, and more than 230,000 units sold in Europe - along with 20,000 units moved in Australia and New Zealand.


"Ever since Splatoon launched on May 29 in the United States, we've seen thousands of people go online to have fun in this colorful, chaotic competition," said Reggie Fils-Aime, company president of America at Nintendo, in a public statement. "This milestone puts us in a nice position as we prepare to launch 11 more exclusive Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games before the end of the year, plus amiibo, digital offerings and games from our third-party partners."

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Google now testing its next-generation self-driving cars on the road

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 10:23 pm

Google is now testing its next-generation self-driving vehicle around Mountain View, California, as the prototypes take to the open road. The vehicles are able to travel to a preprogrammed destination, and follow the flow of traffic and roadways to ensure they arrive in a safe manner.




The final version of the vehicle should ultimately operate without the need for a steering wheel or pedals, but the current prototype features a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal - allowing a human driver to take over in emergencies.


"The prototypes' speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they'll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus models use - the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project," Google said in a blog post.

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Race to replace passwords with biometrics on smartphones continues

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 9:20 pm

Passwords and PIN codes remain the most popular first line of security for smartphones and tablets, but researchers continue researching biometrics.




There are some devices that use fingerprint scans to help unlock phones, but new solutions could include using a retina scan or your palm print to help unlock devices. As more devices contain sensitive data, and rising interest in mobile payments, the need for biometrics to evolve may become necessary.


The first wave of Apple products with biometrics, however, had some issues - and hopefully was a learning experience for other smartphone manufacturers.

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Gamer who sent bottle caps to Bethesda will receive Fallout 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 8:53 pm

Bethesda will hook a fanatical gamer up with a copy of Fallout 4 after he mailed over 11 pounds of bottle caps to the studio. It turns out the Fallout team over at Bethesda do have a great sense of humor!




"He told me since I was the first person to do this, I would be receiving a copy of the game this November, and that he would be running my caps over to deposit them at the People's Bank of Point Lookout," GatorMacheteJr said in an update. In case you forgot, the People's Bank of Point Lookout is a pre-apocalyptic bank that was in Point Lookout Fallout 3 add-on.

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Pebble Time pre-order available for $199 at Best Buy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 8:40 pm

If you want to pre-order the Pebble Time smartwatch, you can get it at Best Buy for $199.99. The Best Buy online store has the device, supported by most Apple iOS and Google Android devices, available in three different colors: white, black, and red.




Pebble didn't disclose an official launch date, but the Best Buy website says consumers will begin receiving the products on July 20. Those who contributed to the Pebble Time Kickstarter effort already received their watches, and Pebble is ready to expand sales to anyone interested.


"We're seeing pretty strong demand. We're just focused on making awesome products and getting them into people's hands and on their wrists," said Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble, in a statement published by CNBC. Pebble remains committed to its "grassroots" strategy in regards to marketing, as the company matures.

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Nintendo following VR, but showing a lot of attention to eSports

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 7:35 pm

Nintendo was quick to embrace eSports before it evolved into the massive business it is now, with championships and tournaments in the early 90s.




Although the company's focus shifted towards console and portable gaming units, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime wants to show more support for eSports in the future. In the first four days the Nintendo World Championships was available online, it was viewed more than 5 million times - and Fils-Aime expects even more views.


"We saw success last year with the Smash Bros. Invitational, and Smash Bros. has always been a game in the eSports community," said Fils-Aime, in a statement published by Fortune. "What we're really gratified to see is that the community has now embraced Super Smash Bros. for Wii U because it has the speed and customization they like. We're also seeing them embrace Mario Kart 8, as well as Splatoon, in a competitive environment. We've always been close to the eSports space and will continue to be."

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