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Monkey selfie at center of copyright battle

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:20 am

If you take a camera or camera phone and snap a photo, you own the copyright. What if someone else takes your camera or phone and takes a picture with it, who owns the copyright then? In that instance, it's likely the person who snapped the pic that owns copyright. If a wild animal happens to steal your phone and take a selfie, apparently the wild animal owns the copyright.

 

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This is exactly what a photographer named David Slater is finding out. Wikimedia refused to remove a photo that a monkey took of itself with his camera. The reason cited for not removing the image is that Slater doesn't own the copyright.

 

According to Wikimedia, the monkey owns the copyright because it pressed the shutter button. The monkey, in the selfie seen here, is a black crested macaque. Can a monkey own anything?

Chinese government removes Apple devices from its procurement list

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 9:29 am

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple devices have been removed from the Chinese governments purchasing list, for security reasons. The devices that are banned total an amount of ten items, including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

 

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Back in June, these devices were on the list, among devices from competitors like Dell and HP. The list is set to be reviewed next by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which is China's premier planning body, and the Ministry of Finance, in January of 2015. The Chinese government has been on a spree of limiting the use of US-owned technology after the Snowden leaks, as well as the constant escalating claims of hacking and cyber spying.

 

It was only last week that the Chinese government removed Symantec and Kaspersky from their procurement list, too. A few weeks ago, China's state-run broadcaster China Central Television said that the location tracking abilities in Apple's iOS are a national security concern. Apple refuted this claim, saying that all location data is secured solely within the iPhone, and not on Apple services, reiterating that the company doesn't work with government agencies to spy on its users.

Sony is being sued for falsely advertising Killzone running at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:46 am

Douglas Ladore has submitted a complaint with the California Northern District federal court, where he is claiming that Sony promised 1080p single and multiplayer graphics in its advertisements and interviews for Killzone: Shadow Fall before the game was released in November 2013.

 

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On Killzone: Shadow Fall's packaging, it clearly shows a "1080p HD video output" logo on the back. Killzone's multiplayer renders the game at 960x1080, which is half of the 1920x1080 that "1080p" or "Full HD" is. In order to output the full 1920x1080 resolution, this source image has something called "temporal upscale" applied to it, something that fills the gaps with a horizontal interlace containing pixels from the previous frame. The result is graphical performance that the lawsuit, and reviewers across the world claim call "blurry to the point of distraction".

 

Guerrilla Games, the developer behind Killzone, along with Sony, took to a blog post to address the concerns of this "temporal projection" method. The companies said that it provides "subjectively similar results" to rendering at the full 1080p resolution. Ladore's lawsuit wasn't happy with this, where he argues: "While this reconstruction technique might be novel, it is decidedly not the 'native 1080p' Sony promised". But was anyone hurt from the result of this resolution downgrade in Killzone? Not directly.

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New LTE-powered Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet reportedly on its way

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:22 am

A certification listing found on Indonesia's Postel website has led people to believe that Sony is close to unveiling a new tablet, which should arrive as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet, but with LTE capabilities.

 

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We know this because the earlier tablet models within Sony's Xperia line fall into the same pattern, with the Xperia Tablet Z being model SGP321, while the Xperia Z2 Tablet is model SGP521. The new model howevere, is SGP621. We should expect the new tablet to be a bit smaller than the regular 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet, arriving with an 8-inch display.

 

Sony will most likely unveil this new LTE-capable Xperia Z2 Tablet at IFA in Berlin next month, so we don't have much longer to wait.

Arnold announces official title of Terminator 5: Terminator Genisys

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:03 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to Twitter to thank the cast and crew of the new Terminator movie, getting fans to begin their excitement for its release on July 1, 2015.

 

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Schwarzenegger posted a picture of himself sitting on his chair, with the official title of the movie on the back: Terminator Genisys. He posted the picture to his Instagram account, with the following caption: "Hasta la vista, baby. I want to thank the cast and crew of @TerminatorGenisys for a fantastic shoot. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was rewarding. From our director to the producers, from the camera team to catering, from visual effects to hair and makeup - we couldn't have done it without you. I can't wait to see our finished project and I know we'll remind the fans why they fell in love with the Terminator. On July 1, 2015, I'll be back".

 

This is where it gets interesting: instead of it being called Terminator 5, or Terminator Genesis, we have Terminator Genisys. Schwarzenegger is sitting in front of a screen with the word "Genisys" on it, so we might expect the operating system for the T-800 to possibly be called Genisys? I think that's what we should expect from this, and while I'm trying not to get too excited about the new Terminator movie, I still can't wait to check it out next year.

Post YouTube acquisition, Twitch stops the use of unauthorized music

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 7:33 am

When YouTube acquired Twitch in a deal worth a huge $1 billion, people knew the hammer would be coming down on the use of music within their videos. Well, today is the day, with the now Google-owned service now using audio monitoring tools in gamers' videos.

 

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These tools are similar to what Google uses on its YouTube videos, which looks for copyrighted music in archived videos of users' videos. The software will scan 30-minute sections of videos, and if it finds any unauthorized music within that 30-minute block, the entire 30 seconds is completely muted. It's still muted even if the music was playing for ten seconds within that 30 minute video, too.

 

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Live broadcasts remain unaffected, with this being limited to the video-on-demand content. People are not happy about it, taking to Twitter to blast Twitch and Google about this new, large change.

Oculus VR has shipped more DK2 units than 'the entire DK1 Kickstarter'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 5:27 am

Just how many Oculus Rift DK2 units has Oculus VR shipped so far? A lot. 'cybereality' on the Oculus VR developer forums answered a question from a user wanting to know 'why is shipping taking so long' on the DK2.

 

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'cybereality' responded with: "Shipping is actually going pretty good, at least compared to DK1. We've already shipped more DK2 units in about 2 weeks than the entire DK1 Kickstarter. I'll see if I can put together a quick update in a bit". The original DK1 units on Kickstarter was at around 7,500 units according to cybereality, which took the company "several months to ship them all".

Activision is seeing industry-wide drops in pre-order numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 4:31 am

During its investor relations conference call yesterday, Activision Publishing boss Eric Hirshberg was asked about game pre-orders, and how they are going with the slew of games Activision has coming out this year. This includes some of the biggest titles coming, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny.

 

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Hirshberg said that pre-order numbers were down, but not just with his company, but across the entire industry. Hirshberg attributed this drop to increased digital consumption, especially on the Xbox One and PS4. Another reason is that games are made available widely when they are released, so there's not much of an incentive to pre-order. These two factors, along with the fact that a decline overall for the last generation of consoles means that pre-orders are down.

 

Activision is now looking at other ways it can determine how popular its upcoming games will be, as it used to judge this by pre-order numbers. new methods could include "purchase intent" and "awareness" of a title, with Hirshberg saying: "It's important to note that pre-orders are just one data point that we look at when determining the momentum of a franchise". When it comes to Destiny, Hirshberg says Destiny's awareness is "at an all-time high and climbing when compared to any other new game intellectual property this distance from launch. Purchase intent is also at an all-time high and rising compared to any other intellectual property. The hugely successful open beta, which saw 4.6m players, probably had something to do with that. So all of those add to our sense of momentum for the launch".

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Moto G successor should feature 5-inch display, better rear camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 3:29 am

We are beginning to see more information on the second generation Moto G smartphone, thanks to the new Moto G being spotted on GFX Benchmark. The specs show it as the XT1063, the successor to the popular Moto G.

 

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The specs listed on GFX Benchmark point toward the new Moto G featuring a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage and a 5-inch screen. The 5-inch screen is bumped up from the 4.5-inch screen on the original Moto G, but the resolution should stay the same: 1280x720. As for the rear-camera, we should expect this to be better than the 5-megapixel shooter on the original Moto G, with an improved 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, while the front-facing snapper stays at 2 megapixels.

There is a new Edward Snowden leaking government secrets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:36 am

According to CNN reporter Evan Perez, authorities are now claiming there is a second leaker exposing classified secrets on the government surveillance programs. There has been speculation of a second leaker for a while now, especially from Glenn Greenwald's new outlet, The Intercept.

 

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But, there have been two new stories posted recently that cited unnamed sources, meaning the information given and reported on wasn't coming from Snowden. One of which was from August 2013, months after Snowden had downloaded his documents when he was working with Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii, before giving them to Greenwald when he left the country for Hong Kong, before finding solace (in a way) in Russia.

 

Greenwald said back in July that it "seems clear at this point" that there was a second leaker. We don't know who this second leaker is, but I'm sure after everything Snowden has gone through, he or she won't be unveiling themselves to the world anytime soon.

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