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Drug smuggling drone crashes near US-Mexico border, police report

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

A drone quadcopter flying with more than six pounds of methamphetamine crashed in a parking lot on the Mexico side of the US-Mexico border.

 

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A Mexican citize informed authorities regarding the crashed drone, with police saying the crystal meth was tethered to the drone using plastic materials and black tape.

 

Drug smuggling is a major business for organized cartels in Mexico, with techniques ranging from hiding drugs insides humans and vehicles to using catapults and sophisticated tunnels under the border. The use of drones, however, provides a typically fast, reliable method to smuggle a few pounds of narcotics across the border.

Netflix hopes to stream upwards of 20 scripted series each year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 3 days, 3 hours ago

Netflix has big ambitions for its original content efforts, wanting to launch 20 scripted series per year. Of course, not all of the shows will be marketed towards American viewers, as the company looks to expand its reach outside of the United States.

 

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"I think we can launch - successfully, high quality - around 20 original scripted shows a year, which means every 2 ½ to three weeks you're launching a new season or a new show on Netflix meant to be for really diverse tastes all around the world," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, during a recent conference.

 

Netflix has found great success by launching original programming - an effort that other streaming services and businesses want to emulate.

NBC will offer free live stream of the Super Bowl with no subscription

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

NBC will stream a live feed of the Super Bowl for free as part of its Super Stream Sunday promotion, including pre- and post-game programs, the halftime show, and a midseason launch of "The Blacklist." Super Bowl Sunday on February 1 features the New England Patriots facing off against the Seattle Seahawks.

 

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In total, US viewers will be able to watch 11 continuous hours of online video for free, and no cable or satellite subscription is necessary. As many viewers begin to transition from traditional TV programs towards online video, this is an ideal promotional effort by NBC.

 

"It's just a great means to promote TV Everywhere and our products," said Rick Cordella, SVP and GM of digital media at NBC Sports Group, in a statement to Reuters. "With the Super Bowl, we will have maximum eyeballs on it."

Pentagon says its US F-35 fighter jet information secure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

It would appear China was able to steal details regarding F-35 fighter jets being sold to the Australian military, according to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden - but the US Pentagon said classified data on its F-35 fighter program remains safe.

 

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"Classified F-35 information is protected and remains secure," according to a statement published by Reuters. US government departments and its contractors face a high volume of Internet-based attacks, with criminals interested in stealing information - which can be used or sold - as organized state-sponsored attacks continue to increase.

 

Meanwhile, the Chinese government said the accusations revealed by Snowden are "groundless," though China is known to conduct cyberespionage campaigns against military and political rivals.

Overstock plans online streaming service, taking aim at Amazon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 3 days, 6 hours ago

Overstock.com plans to launch an online streaming service sometime within the first half of 2015, and will include 30,000 titles, according to CEO Patrick Byrne. Expect Overstock to also begin creating its own original TV episodes and films, taking aim at Amazon and Netflix.

 

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It's unknown what titles will be available at launch, but consumers can expect to be able to rent and purchase TV episodes and digital films.

 

"We will be a competitor to Amazon," said Byrne, in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter. "We think our loyalty program is better than Amazon's. We give you five to 25 percent back on what you spend. So we pay people back for their digital downloads."

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Maingear refreshes high-end PCs with NVIDIA GTX 960 GPU

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 3 days, 8 hours ago

System manufacturer MAINGEAR is embracing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 video card, rolling out the new GPU in its VYBE, SHIFT, and FORCE desktop models. All three models can be customized based on consumer needs, with MAINGEAR pointing out that the new GTX 960 "delivers up to 60 percent faster performance and improves energy efficiency."

 

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The VYBE gaming desktop is powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 GPU, and 8GB of DDR3 RAM - with a current promotional price of $999.

 

"The integration of NVIDIA's GTX 960 GPU further cements MAINGEAR as the dominant leader in high performance gaming hardware," said Wallace Santos, founder and CEO of MAINGEAR, in a press statement. "NVIDIA's newest GPU delivers the performance of high-end video cards without the premium price. We are impressed by its features and the extra horsepower."

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Study: More than half or companies increased security budget by 34%

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 days, 9 hours ago

Sixty-one percent of companies increased their cybersecurity budgets by an average of 34 percent in 2014, despite a number of high-profile data breaches still taking place, according to Identity Finder and the Ponemon Institute. Companies showed the most interest in the following security resources: Security incident and event management (SIEM), endpoint security, intrusion detection and prevention, encryption, and Web application firewalls.

 

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Companies want to step up spending related to cybersecurity, but must ensure they are investing resources in the appropriate places. For companies breached, the information is rather frightening: 95 percent didn't discover a breach for at least three months, while 46 percent admitted they found a data incident on accident.

 

"This study shows that organizations are dedicating greater attention and financial resources towards managing sensitive information and preventing data breaches, which is certainly encouraging news," said Dr. Larry Ponemon, founder and chairman of the Ponemon Institute. "However, 2015 is predicted to be as bad or worse as 2014 as more sensitive and confidential data and transactions are targeted by attacks and collateral damage."

Acer launches two new Chromebooks geared towards students

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

Acer has introduced two new Chromebook models, the Chromebook C910 and Chromebook C740, designed for students in the classroom at appealing price points.

 

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The C910 has a 15.6-inch display providing full HD IPS (1920x1080 resolution) or HD (1366x768) resolution, according to Acer. Both models have Intel Core i3-5005U CPUs or Intel Celeron 3205U CPUs.

 

The Chromebook C910 will be available in 16GB or 32GB SSD and 4GB RAM, with a starting MSRP of $299.99. Meanwhile, the Acer C740 will be available with a 16GB SSD and 2GB or 4GB of RAM, with a starting MSRP of $259.99.

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CD Projekt Red to launch The Witcher MOBA title for mobiles this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 11 hours ago

While The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt might not be coming out for a little while yet, CD Projekt Red and Fuero Games are working together for a MOBA title being released this week on Android and iOS.

 

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The Witcher Battle Arena is a new mobile MOBA title, which is set within the universe of The Witcher. In the free-to-play MOBA game, gamers will battle it over a 3-on-3 game, but you can also play the singleplayer side of things which is available, too. Heroes within The Witcher Battle Arena will feature their own special, distinct abilities and skills that will allow players to find the characters that work best for their play style.

 

The developers have said that The Witcher Battle Arena is not a "pay-to-win" experience, as it is a fully free-to-play title. Gamers can unlock any of the purchasable in-game content through playing the game. The developer explains: "Everything in the game is unlockable for free, just by playing the game. Our system is honest, well balanced and doesn't keep you playing for ages to unlock something. If you want to get something unlocked faster, you can purchase it for a reasonable price. It's that simple".

NVIDIA and Twitch team up for an exclusive look at Dying Light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

Techland will be launching Dying Light on January 27, but before its launch, you can get an exclusive preview thanks to NVIDIA and Twitch. The preview will be showon on Saturday, January 24, at 10:00AM PST.

 

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You can watch it here, where the developer will be showing off the Be The Zombie mode, and Dying Light's hopefully awesome cooperative mode. Techland will be teasing the "crazy, over-powered Zombie hunt and destroy humans" gameplay according to NVIDIA. On the cooperative side of things, this mode allows you to eradicate the Zombies with your friends, which will be pretty awesome to do.

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