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Zuckerberg: VR still 'very rough,' but sees it as important trend

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 18, 2015 6:51 am

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gambled on the future of virtual reality when Facebook purchased Oculus VR, and admits it will take time for VR to make a major impact. Facebook spent $2 billion to acquire Oculus VR last year, as the company continues to move forward with hardware development.

 

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"It's extremely early stage and the early stuff is very rough still, but I think that's going to be a really important trend," Zuckerberg recently said regarding virtual reality and augmented reality, speaking during a question and answer session in Colombia.

 

Zuckerberg also believes VR could help eventually replace smartphones and PCs one day, though development will have to evolve. "We're really excited about that as well. We're building that with Oculus which I think is by far the leader in virtual reality and it's going to be very exciting to see how that develops."

The Razer Hydra and the Oculus Rift have been combined for music

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 18, 2015 3:26 am

Bryon Mallett has designed something a little different to most current VR applications - he's combined the Razer Hydra sensor an Oculus Rift and some magnetic gloves in unison to help develop a fully-digital music composition device.

 

 

Through the utilization of Ableton Live, a popular music production program, Mallett has also fitted his magnetic cloves with bend sensors, meaning every surface displayed in his system is fully digital - enabling him to press buttons and turn nobs to finely tune his works of art.

 

Named Pensato, this new technology is based around the software's Session View, which is aimed at live performance. Not only can you push and twist as mentioned above, but Mallett has programmed in special gestures, enabling him to complete more complex tasks.

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Aussies beware - CASA warns of drone rule reinforcement after debacle

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 18, 2015 2:00 am

Quadcopters are starting to hit the mainstream market in force, thanks to their recently lowered pricing, ease of flying for beginners and various camera opportunities including GoPro recording or First Person View (FPV) flying - as seen below mounted on normal two-winged, one propeller R/C aircraft.

 

 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a warning this holiday season, stating on their Twitter that pilots should be aware that they must "remember to keep 30m away from vehicles, buildings & people." This comes after a Melbourne man ended up crashing his drone in the middle of a police operation and almost taking down an officer with it.

 

Little-known to most, if you're looking to use a quadcopter for commercial filming purposes, you must actually obtain an official license - with only a handful of people holding these nation-wide, so I'm told.

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Terminator flashbacks commence - Cyberdyne is a real company now

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 18, 2015 12:43 am

As noticed by Gizmodo, Cyberdyne systems featured a major part in the Terminator series - building lethal robots and developing Skynet, which eventually tries to destroy all of humanity.

 

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Well, if you haven't been keeping up with the robot exoskeleton world - there's a real-life company in the 'biz' and they're also called Cyberdyne. Based in Japan, they're currently producing exoskeletons for elderly patients in nursing homes and hospitals. What's even more of a coincidence, or creepy, or maybe even funny? The suits are called HAL - just like the evil robot in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

 

Founded back in 2004, this company either had a great sense of humor, or they're going to eventually make the human race their personal slaves. However, apparently their name comes from an amalgamation of the term Cybernics, which refers to the field of studying how ageing populations can be assisted be machines, and "dyne" which is the Greek term for power.

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GGF LAN took to the Lian Li DK-02 desk chassis

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 18, 2015 12:32 am

Stuffed full with a myriad of different technology brands all tied together with an awesome watercooling rigid tubing design, Stuart Tonks from GGF LAN has produced another beastly modded system. Set out in two parts, this Lian Li DK-02 desk chassis is once again, set to impress - fully featured on GGF's website along with a very cool loop filling video.

 

 

Packed with three ASUS GTX 780s, plenty of SSDs for quick-access storage and powered by a pair of Cooler Master V power supplies, the whole system is capped off by the Bitspower cooling system filled with red colored coolant.

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Ransomware attacks against Android devices jumped 75% in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 10:17 pm

Malware threats continued to grow in 2014, and cybercriminals are working on developing new generations of mobile malware, according to Lookout Security. The company noted a whopping 75 percent jump in Android-based malware threats throughout the year, with criminals shifting focus from SMS scams to new ways to compromise users.

 

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Cybercriminals have found ransomware, though harder to compromise victims, proves more valuable when it comes to return on investment (ROI). End users and business employees are desperate to regain access to compromised devices, so they are more likely to pay a ransom immediately.

 

Cybersecurity experts recommend mobile users install anti-virus and anti-malware software on their smartphones and tablets, along with being cautious when clicking links and installing apps from unknown sources.

Microsoft excited to make Windows 10 a platform for gamers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 10:25 am

Microsoft is really pushing the gaming side of its upcoming next-generation desktop OS, Windows 10, with a big event planned for January 21, just days away. During this event, Xbox boss Phil Spencer will be talking about Windows 10 and how it will be a platform for gamers.

 

 

Spencer said: "I'm excited to be talking on January 21st. We have speakers coming up talking about Windows 10 and the great work that we're doing there. For the Xbox team, this is the beginning of our discussion with fans about the work that we're doing to bring gaming to the Windows 10 operating system". We previously heard that Windows 10 would be more focused toward gamers, but we've heard that before, too.

 

Spencer continued, saying "It's really nice to finally be able to get to talk about this. We'll continue the conversation throughout the year. We remain committed to gaming on console, but we know that we have fans and gamers that also play on PC and phone, and it's important that we build out the features that we have, learning from what we've done on console, and helping make Windows 10 the best operating system we've ever created for gamers on PCs".

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Apple lied about defects in 2011 MacBook Pro according to lawsuit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:36 am

According to a class action lawsuit against Apple, the company has tried to hide the issues with their 2011 MacBook Pro, something that is coming out because of the lawsuit.

 

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Apple Insider is reporting details of the case, which is unearthing some interesting details that were otherwise hidden by the company. Law firm Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP said in a note "Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause the GPUs to effectively self destruct".

 

The lawsuit itself has been expanded, with the firm stating that it has expanded to cover California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico and Vermont. Various members of the class action lawsuit have offered up their hardware for testing, with experts performing various tests on their faulty MacBook Pros. The company is expected to file a motion to dismiss the case on January 29, but Whitfield, Bryson & Mason will be responding with their own filing on March 5.

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Hackers List helps you search for your most suitable candidate

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:23 am

"It could be used for legitimate reasons, right?" was the first thought that went through my head when looking at this website - well that's apparently not the case. If you're looking to seek revenge or hold a grudge and have money to spend - Hackers List will enable you to list up your task and a price - helping you search for the most suitable hacker for your needs.

 

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As described by the New York Times, there are potential clients on here including a Sweedish man offering up $2,000 for someone to hack into his landlord's website and even a lady from California ready to pony up $500 for someone to gain access to his Facebook and Gmail accounts - talk about a healthy relationship!

 

With over 500 jobs currently listed, everything is completed completely anonymously, with the website working as the 'middle man' when it comes to jobs, correspondence and payment.

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Facebook working on transcribing feature for Messenger

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 17, 2015 6:29 am

According to Facebook's David Marcus, it looks like a new voice transcription feature will soon be baked into Messenger. This new transcribing feature would take a sound clip that you either send or receive to a friend, and transcribes the content of the message into text, just below the voice clip.

 

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Marcus has said that Facebook is testing the new transcribing feature on a very limited basis, explaining "Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now and we're looking forward to seeing what you think of it before making the experience more widely available". We should expect the new transcribing feature to roll out on Messenger sometime in the near future.

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