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NASA calls coders to enter asteroid algorithm contest

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 16, 2014 8:23 am

NASA welcomes citizen scientists to compete for $35,000 in awards, and public recognition, for those able to successfully help develop improved asteroid identification algorithms.

 

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The first contest in the series will launch on Monday, March 17 - and the Asteroid Grand Challenge Series will have topcoder challenges open to programmers from across the world.

 

"For the past three years, NASA has been learning and advancing the ability to leverage distributed algorithm and coding skills through the NASA Tournament Lab to solve tough problems," said Jason Crusan, NASA Tournament Lab Director, in a press statement. "We are now applying our experience with algorithm contests to helping protect the planet from asteroid threats through image analysis."

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ASUS to drop dual-OS devices because of Google and Microsoft

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 16, 2014 3:33 am

It looks like ASUS' plan to release a Windows and Android dual OS based tablets & hybrid devices may have ended. It was reported that ASUS is facing pressure from Google and Microsoft.

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The company revealed Transformer Book Duet TD300 during CES 2014, and made plans to launch by second half of this year, but looks that Microsoft and Google do not want dual OS boot. It was also speculated that Google and Microsoft didn't like ASUS and Intel working on such devices. It was also reported that AMD's effort to partner with Android emulator 'BlueStacks' was halted because of the same issue.

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United Airlines rolls out free in-flight video streaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 16, 2014 1:48 am

Major airline company United Airlines plans to offer free in-flight streaming for passengers, with the service rolling out next month. The initial launch is for Apple iOS 6, so only iPhone and iPad owners will be able to stream content - but the airline promises a Google Android version will be released in the future.

 

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United hopes to have the free movie and TV show service in all U.S. domestic flights by the end of 2014, with content streamed using an app directly to a passenger's mobile device. Using the United Airlines website or app, passengers will be able to check to see if their flight is supported with the new streaming software.

 

Travelers are increasingly finding in-flight Wi-Fi and other connectivity helpful to stay entertained or get work done while flying - and technology options are getting cheaper for airlines to test.

Sony working on rental feature for PlayStation Store

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 16, 2014 1:42 am

A listing of rental options on the PlayStation Store hints that Sony is working on a way to rent games. Many NeoGAF members also posted the photos and screenshots of a 'Catherine PS Now' rental listing on their account management page, which confirms that Sony will implement rental plans via its PlayStation store.

 

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Below the title, it shows an option of '1 Day rental', '7 day rental' and '30 day rental'. Rental pricing for Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, The last of US and Unchartered 3 was found.

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BT under investigation accused of exposing user credentials

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 16, 2014 12:09 am

Broadband and phone provider BT is being investigated by the UK data regulator following accusations that spammers were compromising its email accounts.

 

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Last May, BT dropped Yahoo! Mail and went with Critical Path, and that relationship worked until Critical Path was purchased by Openwave Messaging - and a company employee informed the UK Information Commissioner's Office that BT customers were affected.

 

"BT takes the security of all products very seriously," a BT spokesperson told British media. "And in the process of developing new services with partners, we rigorously audit and test for security, and fix any identified issues before going into live service."

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PS4 console, games and accessories gets a price bump in Canada

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 15, 2014 11:57 pm

Sony PlayStation 4 was priced at CAD $400 since 4 months, but now the suggested retail price as increased to CAD $450 more from today onwards. Following the price hike on PS4 console, its accessories and games will also have a price bump in Canada. As of now, the reason for this price hike is uncertain whether its due to exchange rate or supply/demand issue.

 

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Currently, the PS4 camera and DualShock 4 controller is priced for CAD $65, while upcoming titles Infamous: Second Son and MLB 14: The show will be sold for CAD $70 as opposed to CAD $ 60 which was typical pricing for gaming up to this point.

 

Sony made a vague statement that price changes were made to respond to the changes in the marketing environment. On November 15th, the console was priced for $400 in the US while it was priced for CAD $417 in Canada. Now, while its the same price quote in the US, the console is now sold at CAD $444.

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Images of Amazon gamepad leaked

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2014 10:22 pm

Amazon's plan to make a gamepad has been leaked. As the images from Dave Zatz (Brazil's equivalent of the FCC), the chances are high that these images are not fake.

 

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The controller consists of 4 action buttons A,B,X,Y with 2 analog sticks, a directional pad and four function buttons in the center. Towards the edge, Amazon provided media controllers. The controller uses two AA size batteries.

 

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NVIDIA to stop support for DirectX 10 video cards

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 15, 2014 10:04 pm

NVIDIA made an announcement that it will end to provide driver support for its Direct X 10 card families such as GeForce 8 Series, 9 series, GeForce 100, 200 300 and 400 desktop GPU series followed by GeForce 7, 8 and 9 series for Laptop GPU. Certain Quadro FX, Quadro CX, Quardro Plex and a Tesla cards will also be present in the EOL List.

 

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NVIDIA mentioned in its support page that following the release 343, it will drop its support for DX 10 cards and its users will be stuck with an outdated video cards.

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Users are first line of PC security defense, but fail miserably

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 15, 2014 9:43 pm

Both consumers and business users face a tremendous amount of security threats, despite next-generation security solutions trying to keep PCs and mobile devices protected.

 

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Malware is increasingly sophisticated and slipping by traditional anti-virus software, with software creators finding low risk and high reward for their behaviors.

 

"As often as not, malware gets into your systems become you invited it by clicking a link without thinking," said Bruce Campbell, VP of Marketing at Clare Computer Solutions, in a statement to TweakTown. "Take the dreaded CryptoLocker ransomware... most commonly, it was introduced as an attachment to an e-mail that said it was from UPS. The attachment looked like a PDF file and the e-mail said - Track Information, see attached."

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More than 15,000 NYC MTA transit workers at risk after data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 15, 2014 8:40 pm

More than 15,000 current and former New York City Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) employees are at risk following a data breach, according to reports. Personal information was located on a CD that was found by a retailer inside of a refurbished CD drive, and an MTA investigation is underway to determine how and why the information was on a CD that hit the streets.

 

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"While we do not suspect nor have seen any evidence of misuse of the data, every precaution is being taken to ensure that this is the case," said Sidney Gellineau, MTA CIO, in a recent letter.

 

Only salaried workers were exposed, with no hourly employees at risk, according to the MTA statement.

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