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North Korea cracking down on uncensored mobile Internet access

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 2:37 pm

It appears the North Korean government has cracked down on mobile phone access to foreigners living inside the reclusive country. Foreign residents have been blocked from accessing 3G networks, while North Korean citizens remain unable to visit Internet websites outside of the country. Foreign visitors have the ability to purchase 3G mobile SIM cards, with access only lasting about the same amount of time as their visit.

 

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"Unfortunately we are facing Internet service outage from the local Internet provider's side with no estimated time, we will keep you posted once the service is back to normal," according to a memo sent to subscribers of the Koryolink mobile provider.

 

The block started on Friday local time, and it's unknown what caused the sudden restriction. Of the country's 24 million residents, about 2.5 million of them are currently phone subscribers. There is concern that users with access to the Internet will find unrestricted information, which can be shared with other residents.

Nissan expects big things from infotainment, other connected tech

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 1:40 pm

Nissan Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura understands the growing fascination with infotainment and connected functionality in new vehicles.

 

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Trying to find ways to include that technology in a safe and efficient manner, however, is a struggle that the Nissan design team battles frequently. When discussing the topic of infotainment systems, Nakamura had this to say:

 

"These are one way to simplify, but we are not sure how much, because these are distracting," Nakamura said during the 24 Hours of Le Mans. "Touchscreen is optimal for this kind of design, but a touchscreen is not always the best solution for the car. With the touchscreen you have to touch. You have to look at it. In a car you cannot look at it like this. You have to drive!"

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Millions of users are pirating 'Game of Thrones' season finale

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 12:30 pm

The Game of Thrones continues to be popular among viewers, with many watching through legal means - and plenty of users relying on streaming websites and illegal downloads.

 

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In just eight hours, there were 1.5 million downloads, which set a new piracy record. The piracy figure shouldn't take too long to reach 10 million, with interested viewers turning to torrents and other ways to download. The 480p version is currently most popular, with more downloads ahead of 720p and 1080p versions of the season finale.

 

"Never before have we seen this many downloads in such a short period of time, and last year it took half a day to reach the same number," according to TorrentFreak. "Based on this figure, the download count is expected to increase to more than 10 million during the days to come."

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Netflix trying to battle piracy of 'Orange is the New Black' series

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 11:20 am

Netflix wants people to watch Orange is the New Black, but not on piracy websites that are hosted in countless countries. The Silicon Valley company is trying to find ways to improve SEO and point users towards Netflix, instead of finding the streams elsewhere on the Internet.

 

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Unfortunately for Netflix, it looks like it's extremely easy to use Google, Yahoo, and other search engines to find illegal streams of the hit series. Recently, Orange is the New Black was the No. 4 most searched for term on Google, and chances are extremely high that plenty of Internet users found their way to third-party sites.

 

How serious of an issue is piracy for Netflix? It's the top competitor in terms of content providers, as the online video service fights for more paying subscribers.

Argument rages about purchasing drugs online instead of on the street

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 10:25 am

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht is now serving life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the floodgates have opened: consumers want to purchase narcotics, and the Internet has provided great new opportunities. Ulbricht's legal team tried to argue that purchasing online helped reduces street-level crime - and while the argument didn't work to reduce his prison sentence - it looks like there is some truth to that.

 

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In a paper published last year, researchers from the University of Montreal and University of Manchester said the wholesale/broker market is safer and should help reduce violence, intimidation and other issues related with street-level narcotics sales.

 

In a similar fashion to eBay, Amazon and others, these online drug websites allow sellers to rate the goods they purchased - and that could help prevent contamination of weird substances being used to cut drugs.

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SKHynix slips, announces the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X with HBM1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 10:00 am

During Computex 2015, we delivered the world exclusive news that AMD would be calling its HBM-powered next-gen video card the Radeon R9 Fury X, something that SKHynix just confirmed through a press release.

 

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SKHynix said that the new HBM1 used on the Radeon R9 Fury X is made on their advanced 20nm-class DRAM process technology, offering a 1024-bit memory interface, with 128GB/sec. Not only that, but it will consume over 50% less power than traditional GDDR5 used on today's video cards. Thanks to four chips being stacked on top of one another, that 1024-bit interface turns into 4096-bit on the Radeon R9 Fury X, with 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth being made available.

 

In the press release, SKHynix said: "AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury X, the world's first video card with HBM technology in Los Angeles on June 16th. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card utilizes 4GB HBM1 to achieve up to 512GB/second memory bandwidth performance while reducing memory subsystem power by up to 85%".

Guerrilla Games unveils its open world RPG Horizon: Zero Dawn at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 8:33 am

E3 2015 - After months of teasing, Killzone developer Guerrilla Games has unveiled their open world RPG at E3, known as Horizon: Zero Dawn.

 

 

Horizon: Zero Dawn is a PS4 exclusive action RPG, set in a world after humanity has fallen to shreds, with the cities of the world turned into wastelands, filled with foliage, trees and life. In Horizon: Zero Dawn, you'll play as Aloy, a killer hunter, where you'll be able to explore the vast environments that are filled with mysterious mechanized creatures that pose a considerable threat. There are tribal societies to mingle with, ancient artifacts, and advanced technologies that you'll be introduced to in Horizon: Zero Dawn.

 

A full list of features is available below:

 

  • A Lush Post-Apocalyptic World - How have machines come to dominate this world, and what is their purpose? What happened to the civilization here before? Scour every corner of a realm filled with ancient relics and mysterious buildings in order to uncover your past and unearth the many secrets of a forgotten land.
  • Nature and Machines Collide - Horizon Zero Dawn juxtaposes two contrasting elements, taking a vibrant world rich with beautiful nature and filling it with awe-inspiring highly advanced technology. This marriage creates a dynamic combination for both exploration and gameplay.
  • Defy Overwhelming Odds - The foundation of combat in Horizon Zero Dawn is built upon the speed and cunning of Aloy versus the raw strength and size of the machines. In order to overcome a much larger and technologically superior enemy, Aloy must use every ounce of her knowledge, intelligence, and agility to survive each encounter.
  • Cutting Edge Open World Tech: Stunningly detailed forests, imposing mountains, and atmospheric ruins of a bygone civilization meld together in a landscape that is alive with changing weather and a day/night cycle.

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South Park: The Fractured but Whole announced at E3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 7:33 am

E3 2015 - Ubisoft has had quite the E3 this year, teasing The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege, For Honor, but also South Park: The Fractured but Whole.

 

 

Cartman leads a group of crime fighters, where his superhero alter-ego is called 'The Coon', where he's half man, half raccoon. As the New Kid, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, you'll join Mysterion, Toolshed, Human Kite, Mosquito, Mint Berry Crunch and many others in order to battle the forces of evil.

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Ubisoft's 'For Honor' lets you play as a Knight, Viking or Samurai

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 6:32 am

E3 2015 - Ubisoft has announced a new IP franchise at E3 2015, something known as For Honor. For Honor will let you play as one of the three great warrior legacies: a Knight, Viking, or a mysterious Samurai.

 

 

 

For Honor lets you step into the huge war between these three warriors, with Ubisoft describing the game as a "fast-paced, competitive experience mixing skill, strategy, and teamplay with visceral melee combat". For Honor's innovative control system is called 'The Art of Battle' giving you total control over your heroes. Each hero has their own specific skills and weapons, too.

 

Ubisoft's ambitious game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC with some slick key features:

 

  • Choose your hero among the three greatest legacies of warriors: Knights, Vikings, or Samurai. Able to turn the tide of battle and make their faction victorious, each warrior comes with their own weapon set and play style.
  • Capture control points, and slaughter enemies with our groundbreaking multi-player mode.
  • The Art of Battle control system lets you wield the weight of your weapon and feel the power and impact of each strike.
  • Inspire fear in your enemies by customizing your warrior, including your chest, shoulders, and helmet.

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Ubisoft announces Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands at E3 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 16, 2015 5:36 am

E3 2015 - Ubisoft continued its E3 2015 push with the announcement of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, which is the first military shooter that is set in a "massive and responsive open world" reports DSO Gaming.

 

 

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands does something special, offering up 4-player cooperative or solo play. The game has been in development at Ubisoft Paris, with other studios joining in, with Ubisoft Annecy, Bucharest, Montpellier, Milan and Reflection Studios.

 

Ubisoft will be releasing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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