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Study finds online mood can spread to others

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 6:50 pm

I think most of us know if you hang out with someone that is in a bad mood, you are more likely to get that bad mood for yourself. A new study has been published that looked at if the same holds true for online moods via status updates.


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The study was conducted by Facebook, Yale, and the University of California San Diego. The results of the study found that your online mood could spread to others just as your offline mood can. The researchers looked at 100 million Facebook users in the US.


They also studied more than a billion posts. Using an algorithm they created, they were able to filter the posts based on a positive or negative mood. The results found that the mood of one user could affect the moods of their online friends. The researchers say that they knew moods were contagions, but this is the first study to look at how the process works online.

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Nikon 1 V3 can shoot 20fps bursts with autofocus

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 6:02 pm

Nikon has rolled out a very cool new camera today called the Nikon 1 V3. The camera looks like a typical point and shoot, but it's not. The Nikon 1 V3 is an interchangeable lens camera that claims some interesting world firsts in its resume.


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The camera has a hybrid auto focus system that promises the world's fastest continuous shooting mode good for 20 fps with full autofocus. If you fix the focus, you can get even faster burst shooting at up to 60 fps. The rear LCD is a 3-inch unit that supports touch and variable angles.


The resolution of that LCD is 1.037 million dots and it can be tilted 180-degrees. The camera sensor is an 18.4MP CX-format CMOS sensor that lacks a low-pass filter. Images are processed y the EXPEED 4A image processor and the camera has an ISO range of 160 to 12800.

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Stallion83 is the first ever to get one million achievement points

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 5:53 pm

Xbox owner Ray Cox IV with the gamertag 'Stallion83' recently hit a milestone of 1 million GamerScore points as soon as he earned an achievement 'I like a challenge' in Titanfall. It took eight years of gameplay to achieve such a massive GamerScore.


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Ray was also making a live broadcast via twitch where it showed 1 Million points as soon as he received the achievement points. Though he made it clear that he wasn't planning to hit 2 million points, he also said that he's not going to give up collecting points.

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EA's Battlefield 4 now displaying in-game ads during loading screens

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 5:29 pm

EA seems to be trying to keep Battlefield 4 in the news for all the wrong reasons. Its bad enough that gamers have to pay for a game that is known to have multiple issues despite getting series of fixes and patches along the way, but the company decides to rub salt into its fan's wounds by adding advertisements.


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It was found that Electronic Arts is now including in-game advertisements to Battlefield 4's main menu and the loading screen. The advertisement of a movie based on its own game 'Need For Speed' was spotted in the main page. What's even more shocking is that Battlefield 4's premium subscribers who paid as high as $110 may now see advertisements displayed in the game's menu and the loading screen.

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WhatsApp says security flaw is "overstated"

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 5:29 pm

WhatsApp has been one of the biggest news stories of the year after Facebook spent $16 billion in cash to acquire the app. Earlier this week WhatsApp was in the news for something that no software firm wants to be associated with- security issues.


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A tech consultant earlier this week issued a repot outlining a method that would allow nefarious apps to gain access to the WhatsApp message logs stored on the memory card of the device. The consultant, Bas Bosschert, even offered up code that could be included in an app that would upload the chat logs to a remote server as a game loaded.


WhatsApp has now stepped up to address the issue. A spokesperson for WhatsApp says reports on the issue are "overstated." The company also says that a new version of the app on Google Play now has added security features. Bosschert says that his exploit code still works on the latest version of the app.

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'Internet of things' needs anti-virus and security measures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 5:15 pm

Security experts are keen to try and help traditional anti-virus software evolve into a layer of added defense for breach detection systems (BDS), though the industry is having trouble finding its way there.


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If hackers are unable to gain access to PCs, they are finding success targeting voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phones in the office - which sometimes leads to direct access to computer networks.


Red Balloon, founded by researchers from Columbia University, are interested in developing security for embedded devices, helps companies keep devices more secure.


"Now that we know that these phones can be hacked and used as eyes and ears by the attackers, it's time we started demanding real security on the phones," noted Ang Cui, Red Balloon chief scientist, in a statement to the media. "These phones, like mother other embedded devices I've looked at, are about as protected as my laptop back in 2006, without anti-virus."

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NASA Visualization Explorer available for all iOS users

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 4:51 pm

NASA is always working on some sort of project to get the masses interested in science and space. About a year and a half ago, NASA rolled out an app for iPad users called NASA Visualization Explorer. The app was designed to share articles, images, and visualizations of satellite data with users.


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The problem for users on iOS devices other than the iPad was that the app didn't support other devices. NASA has now announced that the app is available for all iOS devices. That means that iPhone and iPod touch users can now check out the app and its cool images and content.


Users will be able to access the 274 stories that have been published on the app and are in the archives. New stores will be added on Tuesday and Thursday. NASA says that the original app had about a million unique downloads.

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Healbe helps users automatically track calorie intake with GoBe

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 4:31 pm

Health company Healbe recently unveiled the GoBe, a 100 percent automatic body manager, streamlining calories consumed and burned.


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The system uses three sensors to measure intake by checking the amount of glucose in cells, along with monitoring heart rate, providing a more accurate caloric intake.


"We live in an age of information, and yet 98% of diets fail," said Artem Shipitsyn, Healbe founder and CEO, in a press statement. "Wearable technologies are trying to solve this problem, but I found that none had succeeded in making it easy for people to know whether they're getting the right amount of food, water, exercise and sleep."

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Pioneer VSX-80 home theater receiver has 7 HDMI 2.0 ports

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 4:21 pm

Pioneer Electronics has been making audio gear for years. The company has a full line of home theater receivers that run the gamut from entry-level models up to high-end offerings that can cost thousands of dollars. Pioneer has rolled out a new home theater receiver aimed at custom installers called the VSX-80.


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This receiver will ship at the end of the month for $700. The VSX-80 has a lot to offer for the price. It features seven HDMI 2.0 ports allowing you to connect a lot of sources to the receiver. It is Roku Ready certified so all the user has to do is plug in a Streaming Stick to get access to all sorts of streaming content.


Pioneer built-in support for 4K UHD video pass through. The best feature if the VSX-80 is that it is able to upscale standard HD content to 4K resolution on-the-fly. Using the receiver, you can set up a 7.2 channel audio system or use a normal 5.1 set up with the other channels for multiroom audio.

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LuMini Bluetooth enabled LED smart bulb hits Kickstarter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 13, 2014 3:49 pm

Tabu is a company that makes some very interesting LED light bulbs that are controlled via an app on your smartphone and Bluetooth. The Bulb is green since it uses LEDs that consume less power. The coolest part about the bulb is that you can use the smartphone app to control the color of the light.


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With RGB LEDs inside and a fourth white LED, the original Lumen smart bulb can make any color you can think of. Tabu has announced a new project that is on Kickstarter right now. This project is for a smaller version of the original Lumen called the LuMini.


The goal with this smaller light bulb is to be able to fit it inside a lamp or other small fixture where the original couldn't go. Other than the size and the lack of a white LED inside, the LuMini is the same as the original.

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