The Walking Dead is one of the hottest shows on TV right now, but when the showrunner for the hit AMC zombie show, Scott M. Gimple, came out recently saying that The Walking Dead could run for 10 seasons or more, he was hitting headlines all over the world - well, it turns out he wasn't far from the truth, if anything, he was a little behind.
David Alpert, a Producer on the show, has agreed with Gimple's statements about the longevity of The Walking Dead at the Produced By conference this week. He talked about the advantages on working on a series that has preexisting material, such as The Walking Dead, and while Gimple may have been talking vaguely about the potential of it running for so long, even with an entire new cast coming into the show, Alpert said that The Walking Dead's producers have a very clear path of how they would get there.
Alpert said: "I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be. We know where Season 11 and 12...we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we're lucky enough to get there".
E3 2014 - The good thing about writing for a site like TweakTown, is that when I make a mistake (which I do - nobody is perfect), I can quickly do a ninja edit and it's fixed. Sometimes nobody sees it, or someone lets us know and we fix it up - but when it's done in print media, somebody gets in big trouble - well, the L.A. Times wrote a piece covering E3 2014 - with the headline "Nintendo's white PlayStation 4 debuts".
I can just imagine the shame that would be had, with EA's COO Peter Moore even joining in on the fun, tweeting: "I wonder if Sony is aware of this interesting development???". Of course, the L.A. Times noticed its stuff up, correcting it online.
Samsung has been trying to shake that plastic feel from its smartphones and tablets for a little while now, but the South Korean giant has just made its premium line of tablets official - welcome to the Galaxy Tab S, people.
The new Galaxy Tab S series of slates from Samsung come in two sizes: 8.4- and 10.5-inch models, both featuring Samsung's Super AMOLED displays with a massive 2560x1600 resolution on each tablet. The 10.5-inch model features the largest Super AMOLED display that Samsung has ever used in a mobile device, but the 8.4-inch model knocks it down to a PenTile subpixel matrix, but keeps the 2560x1600 resolution.
Both of the new Galaxy Tab S slates are just 6.6mm thin, which is thinner than both of Apple's slates, the iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina, and they're also lighter, too. Even with this lightweight design, the new S slates feature massive batteries, with the 10.5-inch model packing a 7,900mAh battery, while the 8.4-inch still crams in a respectable 4,900mAh battery.
E3 2014 - The first consumer Oculus Rift headset will reach the hands of consumers next year, but just how many units does the Facebook-owned VR startup expect to ship? Well, they are hoping for "north of a million units [in sales]" over the life of the first consumer version of the Oculus Rift".
Oculus VR CEO, Brendan Iribe has said: "It's not going to be a console-scale market. It always could be, but that's not the goal. The goal is to set expectations low, get the enthusiasts and early adopters to get into the space, get their feedback, get developers making really great content...".
The full potential of VR, and the Oculus Rift will be after the first consumer unit has been released, with the second version ready to go. This is when Iribe says things will be kicked up considerably, where he continues: "That's when we'll get these incredible, holy grail [games], the killer app for VR. And that's when we think the scale will really goal, and hopefully you'll get many millions of people into VR, playing great games and other stuff".
Activity trackers easily outsold smartwatches at a rate of 4 to 1 during the first quarter of 2014, with both markets expected to grow tremendously, according to the ABI Research analyst group. An estimated 10 million activity trackers will be shipped by the end of the year, and 7 million smartwatches will hit the market.
Fitbit, Garmin, Nike, and Jawbone are the leaders in the activity tracker market, according to ABI Research, as other manufacturers jump into the market.
"Activity trackers are currently the most viable consumer electronics wearable device category, because they have a clear use case that cannot be matched by smartphones, in contrast to smartphones," according to ABI. "Smartwatches will develop rapidly in 2014 and 2015, with hybrid activity tracker/smartwatches soon to hit the market, more specialized components being developed and most importantly the use case improving through a growing applications ecosystem. As the value proposition of smartwatches increases, however, the price will still need to decrease to balance with end-user expectations."
Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei opened up its Ascend Mate2 4G LTE smartphone device for pre-order in the United States, available at GetHuawei.com. The device will retail for $299, and consumers don't have to worry about partnering with wireless service providers.
The Ascend Mate2 has a 6.1-inch screen (1280x720), 1.6GHz CPU, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Huawei chose Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to run the phone.
"This year, Huawei is ready to challenge the status quo by delivering premium experiences, well-made and well-priced devices in a totally new way," said Zhiqiang Xu, Huawei Devices USA President, in a statement.
No. 1 social networking website Facebook is modifying its advertising campaign, trying to give users better control over the ads they see. The do-not-track setting in Web browsers will no longer be applicable, and will display ads based on all websites visited by users on their PCs and mobile devices.
Facebook users currently see ads based on Facebook activity, including pages liked and the type of content shared. Users will be able to learn why certain ads are being displayed when they are logged into the site.
"When we ask people about our ads, one of the top things they tell us is that they want to see ads that are more relevant to their interests," a Facebook blog post said. "Today, we learn about your interests primarily from the things you do on Facebook, such as pages you like. Starting soon in the US, we will also include information from some of the websites and apps you use. This is a type of interest-based advertising, and many companies already do this."
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced his company will open its electric car patents for outside use by other automakers, saying big car companies can copy technology and use it in their own "massive manufacturing, sales and marketing" efforts.
Musk hopes to usher in rapid climate change, confirming his company is unable to build enough electric vehicles to realistically address a growing carbon crisis. It was rumored Tesla would open charging technology patents to others, but this is a more significant move by Musk.
"Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineer," Musk recently wrote. "We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen, rather than diminish, Tesla's position in this regard."
As promised, the Anonymous hacker group is currently launching cyberattacks against the World Cup in Brazil and its event sponsors. The campaign, #OpHackingCup, officially began on Wednesday at midnight, with multiple websites defaced and one government website temporarily downed. The Brazilian arm of Anonymous reportedly said its efforts are to help fight for the Brazilian people.
In addition, the group has hit the Brazilian Intelligence System, Hyundai Brazil, Brazilian Football Confederation, Brazil Department of Justice, Sao Paulo Military Police, Bank of Brazil, and the Africa.com.br website. More attacks are promised throughout the World Cup over the next few weeks, with companies trying to prepare to defend against cyberattacks.
Following news that the Brazilian Foreign Ministry's server was hacked, with hundreds of confidential emails leaked, Brazilian officials said only 55 email accounts were hacked - and no sensitive documents were released.
Smartphone maker LG Electronics and security vendor McAfee have partnered to bring McAfee Mobile Security built-in on new LG G3 smartphones. Devices are popular targets of attack, with physical theft, malware attacks, and other vulnerabilities posing greater risk to users - which McAfee wants to help LG owners defend against.
The McAfee Mobile Security and kill switch was activated on LG G3 phones on May 28, and other LG customers are welcome to download the McAfee app from the Google Play Store.
"We are working with LG to build and implement unique security measures that empower users to live a safer, worry-free digital life," said John Giamatteo, McAfee consumer business GM, in a press statement. "Partnering with global mobile leaders such as LG is one of the many ways that we're working tirelessly to deliver innovative solutions that enable safer mobile computing for consumers."