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Saleen modifies Tesla Model S EV, calls it the FourSixteen

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:43 pm

One of the cool parts about an electric vehicle is that all the torque the electric motor produces is available as soon as you step on the pedal. That makes the car perform very well and makes it fun to drive. Tesla makes one of the most popular electric vehicles on the market with its Model S and car modifier Saleen Automotive has taken that vehicle and turned it up a few notches.


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Saleen is most known for modifying Ford Mustangs to make them faster and the company is now turning its hand to improving the performance of the Model S. The car gets a new front bumper, hood, a carbon fiber rear diffuser, and a trunk lid lip spoiler. All the upgrades are aimed at improved aerodynamics.


The Saleen car is called the FourSixteen and it keeps the stock 416hp power rating the Model S has. It does get a new 11.39:1 final gear ratio for better acceleration and a locking differential to improve handling. The suspension is also changed to coilovers and the car gets new sway bars to help cornering ability. Saleen also gave the car new brakes and changed up the Interior.

Rosetta spacecraft snaps incredible images of comet's surface

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 4:10 pm

If you find space to be an interesting place and have ever wondered what the surface of a comet actually looked like, the European Space Agency (ESA) has shared some images from the Rosetta spacecraft. The images are of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by Rosetta after arriving at its target only about a week ago.


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The ESA even generated a 3D image that can be viewed with old-school red and blue 3D glasses. The photos were taken when the spacecraft was about 65 miles away from the comet.


These photos are very interesting and show lots of craters, boulders, and other surface features. Some of the most interesting surface features seen in the photos are several very smooth areas. Rosetta will continue its triangular orbit around the comet for the next few weeks as it gets ready to send its lander to the surface of the comet.

Nintendo stock surges on reports Pokemon game is heading to iPad

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 3:33 pm

Nintendo has had a very hard time in the gaming market over the last few years. Sales of the firm's game consoles are down as are sales of game software. Some have been clamoring for Nintendo to support other platforms with its first party games, but so far, Nintendo has refused.


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A new report is making the rounds that claims Nintendo and affiliate The Pokemon Co. may be getting ready to put Pokemon onto the iPad. If the report is true, this will be the first time that the Pokemon franchise has been available on iOS hardware. The Pokemon Co has said that an online trading card game will hit the iPad.


Word that Nintendo has sold over a million copies of Mario Kart 8 also helped send Nintendo shares up in trading. Mario Kart 8 has become only the second game on the Wii U to sell over a million copies; Super Mario Bros. U was the first game to hit that milestone. The Pokemon game will hit the US and Europe on the iPad, but no official launch date has been offered.

Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch price and specs leak at Best Buy

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 3:05 pm

Motorola is set to launch its latest smartwatch sometime next month, but the price and specs for the watch have leaked. The leak came in the form of a Best Buy listing page for the watch that went live too early. The listing showed a retail price for the watch of $250.


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Specifications include a 1.5-inch backlit LCD with 320 x 290 resolution and 205 pixels per inch. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 will be used to protect the smartwatch's screen from scratches and breakage. Scratch protection is a big deal on a watch that will see lots of bumps while worn.


Other features will include an optical heart rate monitor, pedometer, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity with smartphones. Most devices running Android 4.3 or later will be compatible with the Moto 360 smartwatch. One thing that the listing on Best Buy doesn't give up is the launch date; the official unveiling is expected during an event in Chicago on September 4.

Facebook tests satire tag for newsfeeds to avoid user embarrassment

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 2:34 pm

If you spend much time on Facebook, you have seen people share content from sites like The Onion and others. Many of us know that the content from The Onion and similar sites is satire, meaning it's fake. The problem for some folks is that they think the content is real. The upside for those of us that know the content is satire is that we get to point out their mistake, and make fun of them for it.


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Facebook is said to be testing a new satire tag for content in your newsfeed. At first glance it sounds like that will take away all the fun of tricking people into thinking these often outlandish satire stories are true. Facebook is reportedly only marking the content with the satire tag in user's newsfeeds after they click the article to read it.


That means at first glance, someone unfamiliar might think it's real. Facebook told Mashable, "We are running a small test which shows the text "[Satire]" in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units."

Secret GCHQ system can map web connections of entire countries

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 12:13 pm

Britain's GCHQ spy agency, which was revealed to be working in partnership with America's NSA to monitor the online communications of pretty much everyone ever, has been scanning the internet connections of entire countries in order to find weaknesses its agents can exploit.


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According to documents obtained by Heise Online, a GCHQ programme called Hacienda examines every single internet address in a country to find out what kinds of connections are being used and any software running in tandem with those addresses. Weaknesses are reported back to agents - allowing them to gain access to steal user data, or alternatively, to put phishing websites in place of legitimate ones. Hacienda looks at protocols like SSH and SNMP, as well as HTTP and http://FTP.


The documents state there's another system, called Olympia, which is capable of scanning all the information in just minutes and automatically. Five countries are reported to have had all of this data, although it's not yet public which countries these are.

Apple shareholder sues estate of Steve Jobs over Valley poaching deal

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 11:05 am

An Apple shareholder is suing the estate of deceased founder and CEO Steve Jobs, claiming that his actions compromised the company's value and put stock holders at risk.


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In particular, R Andre Klein's complaint lies with Steve Jobs' hiring agreements with other Silicon Valley companies, which essentially amounted to a no-poaching agreement. Critics say that in effect, this secret deal could have stagnated wages and prevented workers from getting what they were due. Klein, who is filing on behalf of all Apple shareholders, says that this behavior violates the US Securities and Exchange act.


"Jobs's conduct is a reminder that even widely respected businessmen can knowingly commit unlawful acts in the zealous pursuit of profits," it was stated in court papers. "In this case, Jobs and the other individual defendants knowingly caused Apple to enter into agreements that violated California law and US antitrust laws." The present CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, is also a defendant. Klein is seeking a payment from Apple for damages to shareholders, Sky reports.

Twitter upsets some by displaying favorite tweets on timelines

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:27 am

Twitter is experimenting with something that has some users of the service upset. The experiment is making tweets that users favorite display on their timeline, making the favorite tweets act as if they were retweets. Presumably, the change is an effort on Twitter's part to get people more involved with the content.


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Many users were complaining that their timelines were cluttered and useless. Twitter hasn't commented directly on the complaints yet, but did point out a blog post where it notes that it has the right to experiment. This change may not be seen by everyone who uses Twitter.


The blog post reads, "A common thread across recent releases has been experimentation. We've tested various features with small groups of our 200 million users before determining what we'll release. These tests are essential to delivering the best possible user experience."

Soccer's Premier League takes action on stopping goal uploads to Vine

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:02 am

The Premier League has announced it will be targeting users of the Vine social network who are uploading unauthorized video clips of goals onto the internet.


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As the soccer season begins, the Premier League has warned that any footage from it belongs to the organisation - and that uploading even brief sections of it, such as goal videos, onto the internet is in breach of copyright. The Premier League's Dan Johnson said it was "ultimately against the law", adding that the League will be introducing automated bots to sniff out unauthorized usage online, as well as for gifs. He said that the League will actively be cooperating with Twitter.


Vine allows users to post and share very brief videos. Many fans sharing material will naturally be doing it for the love of the game. But TV networks, which are paying record sums in the billions for broadcasting rights, will want to discourage behavior they view as ways to watch for free.

20 years since IBM Simon, world's first smartphone

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:04 am

IBM in partnership with London's Science Museum is celebrating the world's first ever "smartphone" - the IBM Simon, which is now 20 years old.


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Although it obviously doesn't hold a candle to the devices that are now available, the Simon was ahead of its time in many ways. For a product released in 1994. it was a piece of mobile technology that could take notes and even send emails, combined with a mobile phone. There was accompanying software and it could also operate with a fax machine. However, it weighed in at a chunky 1.1lb - a far cry from the portable kit around today.


At nearly 1,000 USD the Simon wasn't a market hit - and no mobile internet meant it wasn't particularly well connected. IBM's device had a battery life of just one hour, and it was taken off the shelves two years later. But museum curator Charlotte Connelly said that, nonetheless, it and the Information Age exhibition Simon will be shown at serve as a reminder of a more disconnected lifestyle. "It does remind us of that time," she told the BBC. "I definitely enjoy getting away from things and deliberately disconnecting myself. There's something quite nice about that."

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