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New monitors from Samsung wirelessly charge your Qi-capable smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 2:07 am

Samsung has unveiled the new SE370 series of monitors, with two sizes to choose from: 23.6-inch and 27-inch, both of which can charge your smartphone wirelessly. Both monitors feature Qi charging pads built into their base, which is an excellent feature to see Samsung use.



The new SE370 monitors from Samsung have a native resolution of 1920x1080, use a PLS panel, have a response time of 4ms, DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity, and support for Windows 10. Samsung says that the new SE370 monitors "declutters work areas by doing away with unnecessary cables and ports needed to charge mobile devices".


You can place your Qi compatible smartphone onto the charging area, with it glowing green with its LED, to show you that your smartphone is being charged. Senior Vice President of Samsung's Visual Display Business, Seok-gi Kim explains: "Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles. Our customers increasingly rely on mobile devices to obtain information and interact with others; so by doing away with the clutter on their desks, we are helping them to use their mobile devices in a smarter way".

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343 Industries discusses decision to remove split screen from Halo 5

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 12:30 am

343 Industries took some heat after it was announced Halo 5: Guardians won't support split-screen - and now the game developer is discussing its decision.




"The decision to remove split-screen support from Halo 5: Guardians was one of the most difficult ones we've ever had to make as a studio," said Josh Holmes, executive producer, in a blog post. "We know that for many of our fans, Halo has meant playing together with friends in the same room. We all have great memories of past Halo split-screen multiplayer matches."


Indeed, it looks like 343 Industries wanted to "deliver a true next-gen experience" and "tough choices had to be made." To help deliver the best gaming environment, there needed to be room for scale - and Halo 5 could have been comprised if a split-screen setting was included in the game.

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Israel focusing more on cybersecurity as it faces nonstop attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 11:25 pm

Israel understands the importance of building a strong cybersecurity defense, as attacks on its critical infrastructure greatly increased over the past few years.




Israel Electric, responsible for more than 80 percent of Israel's power production and infrastructure, saw cyberattacks increase from a few hundred per hour in 2013 - up to 20,000 per hour in 2014, according to reports. The Israeli government and major businesses are on a cybersecurity hiring spree, trying to help defend against evolving threats.


"You can't be a good defender unless you understand the offense," said Amos Yadlin, former military chief and head of the Tel Aviv University Institute for National Security Studies, in a statement to Bloomberg News. "Therefore, defensive efforts must overlap to some degree with offensive efforts, including those of intelligence collection."

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David Guetta believes music piracy helps boost his concert attendance

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 11:11 pm

Musicians have been vocal against Internet piracy - and sometimes against streaming music - but one person who has a more positive approach is David Guetta.




The French DJ and producer had a more optimistic approach to how music piracy can actually help boost attendance in concerts: "I just want people to have access to my music. If there was no piracy, why can I sell out 20,000 people every [time] in Brazil?" Guetta said while speaking to BBC. "Is it because of how many records we sold in the shops? Of course not."


Guetta previously gave away music in an effort to stifle piracy, and even had a rather amusing outlook: "I wish that every person who's listening to my music would send me a little check. That would make me a very rich person, that would be wonderful. But at the same time this is impossible. You can't fight progress, so you better embrace it."

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Survey: Drivers still want steering wheel, pedals in self-driving cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 10:49 pm

Forty-four percent of drivers don't like the idea of self-driving vehicles as a personal vehicle, with 41 percent preferring a vehicle that allows for human takeover ability, and just 15 percent approve of a fully capable self-driving vehicle, according to a survey from the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute.




The survey revealed men and younger survey participants approve of self-driving vehicles on a larger scale, while women and older drives have major concerns. And it looks like drivers want a steering wheel and pedals, just in case they feel the need to take over.


"Self-driving vehicles are often discussed in regard to their potential safety, energy consumption and environmental benefits," said Brandon Schoettle, a co-author of the study, in a statement published by NBC News. "However, less attention has been paid to considering the actual level of automation, if any, that drivers desire in their vehicle."

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US official: Time to battle Islamic State's social media abilities

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 10:30 pm

Republican House representative Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, believes it's time for the United States to begin striking back against the Islamic State's cyber commanders.




"What they are saying is 'attack military installations and attack police officers,'" said McCaul, while speaking on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "The chatter is so loud and the volume so high that it's a problem that's very hard to stop and disrupt in this country."


"We need to take the fight over there a little stronger. And we need to hit these guys, these cyber commanders, that are sending these Internet directives out to attack, attack, attack in the United States." However, trying to figure out how to "take the fight" to Islamic State in the online world will be rather challenging - there are at least 100,000 Tweets per day from 50,000 suspected Islamic State-influenced Twitter accounts.

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San Francisco deploying paint that causes urine splash back

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 9:55 pm

Urinate on certain walls in San Francisco, and you can expect a bit of splash damage on your legs or pants.




Public Works has painted 10 walls using the custom UV-coated paint that helps repel urine - following a similar move in Hamburg, Germany.


To warn potential violators, signs with the following notice also have been included: "Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place."

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Leading tech experts seek ban on killer robots on the battlefield

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Will "killer robots" end up causing harm to humans, especially with militaries interested in developing robots that would be able to engage human forces?




Telsa and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, physicist Stephen Hawking, and more than 1,000 scientists and engineers have signed an open letter to prevent a future open arms race focused on killer artificial intelligence. The idea of robot regulation was mentioned earlier in the year, and there appears to be growing momentum to make sure things are kept within human control.


"AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is - practically if not legally - feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms," according to the letter.

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Bethesda considered Boston as Fallout 4 location years ago

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 8:39 pm

Bethesda may have waited until June to announce Fallout 4, but the studio had a great interest in having the game take place in Boston for years now. In fact, the location was decided before Skyrim was released in 2011, and developers started thinking about Bean Town in 2008.




"Long ago... Pre-Skyrim. The ideas for Fallout 4 started right after Fallout 3 and have gotten worked on and been percolated since 2008," said Pete Hines, VP of Marketing at Bethesda, in a statement to GameSpot. "We're talking about its infancy, we're talking about jotting some stuff down, we're talking about, 'I want to do it in Massachusetts, and have it be about this, this, and this."


Fallout 4 game development started after Skyrim had been supported "for several years," and the studio was comfortable moving on to the next project.

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Drones have great potential in agriculture, as interest increases

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 7:53 pm

Small drones have great potential for private citizens, but there is higher hope for the aircraft in the agricultural field. If implemented properly, farmers will be able to use equipped cameras on drones to get a better glimpse of their crops.




"Unmanned aircraft vehicles are really going to change the way that we actually do agriculture," said Ian MacRae, professor of entomology at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, in a statement to the StarTribune. "This is really a very exciting time."


The US government is now allowing farmers to spray their crops using drones, as land surveying, crop analysis, and other real-world uses are being investigated.

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