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PS4 exclusive Until Dawn begins pre-loading, requiring 46GB HDD space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 16 hours ago

Save the cheerleader, save your HDD space: PS4 exclusive 'Until Dawn' is now pre-loading, requiring some 46GB of the HDD space on your PlayStation 4 console.

 

 

Until Dawn is one of the few PS4 exclusives launching this year, especailly now that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been delayed into 2016. Until Dawn stars Hayden Panettiere of Heroes fame, as well as Peter Stormare who kicked some ass in Prison Break, and many other TV shows and movies. Where Until Dawn is new, is that it features an unpredictable and dynamically adaptive story, where gamers' actions within the game can have a huge impact on how Until Dawn pans out.

 

The developers explain: "Featuring innovative choice mechanics and the Butterfly-Effect Interface, gives players the chance to see the path of their story amid the thousands that are possible. Seemingly insignificant choices as well as huge moral dilemmas that will question your sense of fairness, good and evil, can have major unforeseen consequences. Using the power of the superior rendering capability of the Killzone Shadowfall Engine, and the power of the PlayStation 4 together with proprietary major enhancements in lighting, camera, and animation systems, Until Dawn brings emotional and credible performances of a talented Hollywood cast to life in its realistically terrifying environments".

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Jeff Bezos: Drones could be as 'common as seeing a mail truck'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Drones | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos admits delivery drones are "years" away before they are flying orders to your doorstep, but he expects them to be "as common as seeing a mail truck."

 

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The biggest hurdle to delivery drones, however, is overcoming regulations that are quite complicated - and outdated - as more drones take to the skies. Amazon still hasn't announced which country will see drone deliveries first, but it sounds like the UK is the likely front runner.

 

"What I would say is that in the scheme of things the UK regulatory agencies have been very advanced," Bezos said while speaking to The Telegraph. "The FAA is catching up a little here in the US, but the has been, I'd say, a very encouraging example of good regulation. I think we like what we see there."

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Swiss newspaper: Swatch planning bigger effort in smartwatch market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

Swatch is taking a relatively cautious approach to the smartwatch market, in an effort to avoid directly competing against the Apple Watch, Motorola Moto 360, and other smartwatches. However, the Swiss watch company has plenty of growth for its smartwatch product portfolio - while providing individual smartwatch features in its devices.

 

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"Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough room for Zero Five, Zero Nine," said Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group, according to the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper in Switzerland. "The Touch Zero One is not the end of the progression."

 

The Swatch Touch Zero Two will launch during the Rio Olympic Games 2016 next summer in Brazil.

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Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton apologizes for using Ashley Madison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

After the Ashley Madison data dump, which featured more than 33 million accounts, it was no surprise that the fallout would ensnare plenty of people that would need to explain themselves. One political leader already claimed he used the site for "opposition research," and now Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton publicly apologized after his name was discovered on Ashley Madison.

 

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Ashton described his decision to sign up for Ashley Madison as a "bad, childish, stupid error" and he "did not commit a crime" by using the site. Ashton claims he typically logged in using a personal laptop and through public Wi-Fi networks. He reportedly didn't meet anyone via the site, and didn't have an affair.

 

"While I indulged my curiosity about the site it never went beyond that," Ashton said during a press conference. "These were incredibly stupid choices." In addition, Ashton won't step down and plans to return back to work: "I think I've humiliated myself enough for one weekend. Tomorrow morning I go back to work."

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The United States gearing up for battle in space against China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 20 hours ago

As China develops new space technologies, including anti-satellite capabilities, it's up to the United States to prepare for a possible space race against China and other rivals, political leaders believe.

 

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"We must treat space for what it is, it is a domain in which we must be prepared to fight and win," said Henry Obering, EVP at Booz Allen Hamilton, in a statement during the Hudson Institute conference. "We should dramatically expand our investment in the battle space [that] is growing into space."

 

China, which became the third country after the United States and former Soviet Union to send men into space, has dramatically ramped up space technology research. The country developed an anti-satellite interceptor missile capable of hitting targets in low-Earth orbit, and missiles reportedly able to hit high-Earth orbit targets.

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Bublcam being shipped, supporting 360-degree VR video recording

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Bubl Technology recently announced it has finished sending its unique Bublcam to early Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers.

 

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The company's Kickstarter campaign raised more than $262,000, and the device is now backordered with a $799 MSRP. As supporters now have access to the camera, expect software updates, support for Google Android and Apple iOS, and other features to be developed.

 

Features include HDR and time lapse, access to the Bubl Cloud Service, online sharing, and compatibility with the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Cardboard. The unique camera is able to take photos and record video of 100 percent of a spherical range with no blind spots.

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Researchers working on exoskeleton controllable by brainwaves

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Researchers from Germany and Korea are developing a new exoskeleton able to be controlled by the wearer's brain waves.

 

 

Using electroencephalogram (EEG) technology, wearers are able to move forward, turn left and right, or sit and stand while looking at a computer screen. The five flickering LEDs operate at different frequencies, which are identified in an EEG readout - once the signal is accurately identified, the exoskeleton is able to operate normally.

 

"Exoskeletons create lots of electrical 'noise,'" said Klaus Muller, a researcher and author of a paper published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, in a statement published by Phys.org. "The EEG signal gets buried under all this noise - but our system is able to separate not only the EEG signal, but the frequency of the flickering LED within this signal."

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Looks like Ashley Madison site operator should prepare for lawsuits

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

Avid Life Media and Avid Dating Life are not going to have a fun time following the fallout of Ashley Madison's data being publicly dumped to the Internet. Thousands of Canadians had their privacy violated following the breach, which included personal names, email addresses, home addresses, and message history - and the lawsuits are going to roll in.

 

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Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit on behalf of Ashley Madison members located in Canada. The lawyers won't try to include the Impact Team in the class-action lawsuit, as seeking damages from a foreign-based hacker group would be difficult.

 

"Numerous former users of AshleyMadison.com have approached the law firms to inquire about their privacy rights under Canadian law," the law firms said. "They are outraged that AshleyMadison.com failed to protect its users' information. In many cases, the users paid an additional fee for the website to remove all of their user data, only to discover that the information was left intact and exposed."

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ASUS teases Zenfone 2 smartphone with 256GB of on-board storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

We live in a day and age where smartphone storage is almost as important as storage on your PC or notebook, but it looks like ASUS takes the cake when it comes to cramming as much storage into a smartphone as possible.

 

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ASUS has teased a new Deluxe Special Edition of its Zenfone 2 smartphone in a 256GB version, but it will only be made for a special run in Brazil, in September. ASUS hasn't said whether this 256GB model will reach any other countries just yet, but with enough waves made, it shouldn't be too hard. Do it, ASUS.

Could Bungie be working on bringing Destiny to the PC?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

All signs are pointing to Bungie making Destiny available on the PC in the near future, with the developer hiring a "PC Compatability Tester". Bungie has the job listed on its website.

 

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The description reads: "The PC Compatibility Tester will evaluate PC hardware-specific features and ensure various systems work together across multiple PC configurations to provide a great experience". The developer is looking for someone that is "experienced and comfortable with building PCs from scratch".

 

Back at E3 2014, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg teased three months before Destiny launched, that the PC version of the game was "something we're talking about and looking at very carefully". Earlier in 2014, Bungie writer Eric Osborne teased: "We have a lot of people who play on PCs. We have a lot of appetite to build that experience".

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