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Yahoo Ending deletes data for the deceased in Japan

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 10:23 am

Japan is known as the place to go if you want odd gadgets and other quirky items and Yahoo has a service that sounds like something you would find in Japan called Yahoo Ending. Yahoo Ending is a portal that has a place to go to get all your final affairs in order with the ability to deal with your worldly remains and delete your online data as well.

 

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The new portal launched this week and a video that is making the rounds shows a family getting messages on mobile phones from a dad who just died. When Yahoo receives an official notification that someone has died, it deletes all the Yahoo Japan data, cancels all charges to the Yahoo digital wallet, deletes files from the Yahoo Box online storage, and sends out farewell messages to loved ones automatically.

 

Some of the services on Yahoo Ending are premium and require payment. Among the services is the ability to set up a memorial space with invitations to the funeral and the ability to send messages to family and friends, show personal movies, and share information on the deceased's favorite films and music. The service also offers full funeral packages costing up to $18,000.

Samsung rumored to acquire SmartThings, a home automation startup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:27 am

TechCrunch is reporting that Samsung is looking to acquire SmartThings, a home automation startup for a massive amount of money - ballooning out at a rumored $200 million.

 

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This number might change, as TechCrunch's sources aren't concrete on the deal, or the proposed amount for the acquisition just yet. Samsung is starting to see a drop in revenue from its smartphone business, so we could see the South Korean-based giant move into home automation with a big acquisition like this.

Dishonored 2 rumored to be unveiled at Gamescom next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:32 am

Gamescom 2014 is only weeks away, with a tease arriving that we could see Dishonored 2 unveiled at the event. NowGamer has come out running with some details from their anonymous insider source, who says that the game is in development at Arkane Lyon, with Harvey Smith as lead.

 

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Dishonored 2 will reportedly feature a new protoganist, but his (or her) identity is still under wraps. Arkane has also been rumored to be thinking of allowing players take the role of empress Emily Kaldwin, which could see the game taking place at a later time period than the original game. Then news from an anonymous tipster said that "Dishonored 2: Darkness of Tyvia" was coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in November 2015.

 

This tipster said we should expect an unveiling of Dishonored 2 at Gamescom 2014, supplying some alleged PS4 pre-order box art (in the above above). We should find out more on Dishonored 2 in the near future.

Intel reports record quarter thanks to strong PC sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 7:31 am

Intel has just reported a great quarter, something that the PC market has helped the chipmaker achieve. The company has reported second quarter earnings of $2.8 billion, or 55 cents per share across revenues of $13.8 billion.

 

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Wall Street had pegged Intel at earnings of 52 cents on revenue of $13.7 billion, so we have a slight increase on those predictions. Leading this revenue increase was the PC client group from Intel, which saw a huge $8.7 billion in revenue, setting a new quarterly record for unit sales. Last month was when Intel began teasing that it had stronger than expected PC demand, adding a massive chunk of money (around $700 million) to its quarterly revenue. This is a big note here, as its the first increase for that group since late 2009, some five years ago.

 

Intel has said that the increase of PC chip purchasing on multiple fronts: from around 600 million PCs being four years or older, new prices for its processors, and the retirement of Windows XP. Intel has said that it expects to see this trend continue throughout the year, but whether it continues into 2015 is unknown.

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Star Citizen is on the verge of hitting $50 million in funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 6:30 am

The last time we heard about Star Citizen, it had hit $44 million in funding. Nearly two months on, it has acquired another $4 million in funding to top $48 million, with a new bomber unveiled.

 

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The new bomber is a work-in-progress, with the Retaliator to soon receive an in-game commercial, similar to what was created last year for the 2944 Aurora. The next stretch goal is $49 million, which should be hit very soon, where a new plant will be unveiled. That's not a typo, it's not planet, it's an actual plant.

 

The official description of the upcoming Xi'An Space Plant reads: "Similar to a bonsai tree, the Centennial Bloom is a very famous Xi'An plant indigenous to Eealus III that blossoms for one night every one hundred years".

Ex-Infinity Ward developers announce Reload Studios, VR-focused studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 5:25 am

First we had Respawn Entertainment, founded by the co-founders of Infinity Ward, and now ex developers from the studio have formed Reload Studios, a new studio that is focusing on a VR-based first-person studio.

 

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Reload Studios is based in Los Angeles, and was co-founded by James Chung and Taehoon Oh. There are currently 12 developers working on game development for virtual reality, mobile and home console platforms. Former Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Series Producer, Pete Blumel, Infinity Ward developer Hougant Chen and Disney Animator, Nik Ranieri join the two co-founders at the VR-focused studio.

 

Chung said in a press release: "When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realized these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media. It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration". Right now, Reload Studios is working on a VR-enabled first-person shooter that will hit mobile and next-gen systems, something that we should see next year.

Google pushes out XE19.1 update for Google Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 4:28 am

If you own Google's wearable device, you might want to make sure that it is updated to the latest version of firmware: XE19.1. The latest software for Google Glass is just a minor update, with improved connectivity that will see Glass keep a more stable connection to your smartphone.

 

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Google explains: "We now do a better job of handling occasional network issues when you ask Glass to do something like, "ok glass, send a message to...". The voice menu user interface looks like it has also received a slight facelift, with a cleaner UI with white text over a black background now being featured.

Film crew leaks strategy of DOTA 2 team at The International

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 3:31 am

For those who don't know, there's $10 million up for grabs at the DOTA 2 "The International" tournament, with some of the biggest names in e-Sports clicking and tapping away at the biggest e-Sports tournament yet.

 

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Gamefy, a Chinese e-Sports company, is at the tournament, with the crew walking into the off-limits player's room of Team DK before they played their match, and started filming. The crew then recorded, and broadcasted, Team DK's "core strategy" for not just that match being played, but for the entire $10 million competition.

 

Team DK ended up winning the match, but their entire strategy has now been leaked out to the world - and worse, their competitors at The International. This has put their chances of winning the competition on much tighter, near impossible odds, as their competitors know their strategy. Gamefy has apologized on their official site, claiming that the footage was uploaded "accidentally".

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Comcast apologizes for embarrassing, 'unacceptable' customer call

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 2:19 am

Former Engadget editor Ryan Block and his wife, Veronica Belmont, had an extremely difficult time trying to cancel their Comcast service. A simple request over the phone to cancel service led to a rather obnoxious and intense phone call, featuring an aggressive Comcast customer retention agent that pestered Block for more than eight minutes.

 

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"We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and are contract him to personally apologize," a Comcast spokesperson told ABC News. "The way in which our representative communicated with him is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives."

 

Not surprisingly, Comcast has quickly issued a statement that apologized for the "unacceptable" customer service call. After the audio recording was posted online, many current and former Comcast customers complained of similar issues when trying to cancel service. Ironically, Comcast is visible on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites - trying to help customers resolve any problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Germany considers using typewriters to stop the US from spying on them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Jul 16, 2014 1:43 am

It was only a year ago that the German government considered the Xbox One to be a monitoring device, and this was at the time of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden coming out about the NSA spying on the entire world.

 

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Well, the German government is now considering shifting back to the old-fashioned way of writing documents: using a typewriter. The use of a typewriter would be used to type up confidential documents, so that they don't get typed up on a PC, that has an operating system that can be hacked, which is connected to a network. A typewriter can have someone type up a confidential document, finish it, and file it away - without the prying eyes of the NSA getting to it.

 

Chair of the German Parliament, Patrick Sensburg, has an enquiry into the alleged spying by the NSA, saying that committee members are considering new security measures and are thinking about ditching e-mail in favor of a serious move back to using typewriters. He told the ARD Morning Show Monday: "As a matter of fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it's even a non-electronic typewriter".

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