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Autodesk steps into the 3D printer market with Spark open platform

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 15, 2014 12:02 pm

Autodesk is a name that is very well known in the 3D modeling software market. The company has stepped into the 3D printing market with a new open platform called Spark. Autodesk CEO Carl Bass says that Spark will "make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed."

 

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Autodesk will also unveil its own 3D printer that will serve as a reference implementation for Spark. Bass promises that the 3D printer will set a "new benchmark" for 3D printing. Autodesk plans to promote free licensing of the printer and Spark to manufacturers and other parties.

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Flappy Bird is making a comeback, with "less addictive" gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2014 11:15 am

Flappy Bird is coming back, with developer Dong Nguyen revealing the news to CNBC during an interview. When the game makes its comeback, it will be include new features, multiplayer support and "less addictive" gameplay.

 

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During his interview with CNBC, Nguyen said that Flappy Bird had been downloaded over 50 million times before he took the game down. Flappy Bird was generating $50,000 per day in ads alone when it was at its peak. Once Flappy Bird was taken down, clones began to surface, as well as people trying to capitlize on its success by selling devices with Flappy Bird installed for thousands on eBay.

UC Irvine med school students are using Google Glass

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 15, 2014 11:00 am

Google Glass is certainly an interesting wearable device that has a myriad of uses. The device has been used in the medical setting before with doctors wearing the device to access medical records and it has even been used during surgery. A large medical school called UC Irvine has announced that it is now giving all med students Google Glass.

 

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The move makes UC Irvine the first med school to implement Glass into its four-year curriculum. First and second year students will reportedly use Glass in anatomy and clinical courses. Third and fourth year students will use Glass during hospital rotations.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad offers 7.9-inch screen and Tegra K1 processor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2014 10:37 am

Xiaomi has rolled out a new tablet that looks a lot like the iPad mini. Some of the specs for the tablet sound a lot like the iPad mini as well. The Mi Pad has a 7.9-inch screen that matches Apple's Retina resolution of 2048 x 1536. The tablet is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

 

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The tablet has integrated Wi-Fi and no 3G or 4G capability for mobile data. That K1 processor under the hood is a quad-core unit mated with 2GB of RAM. Storage options for the tablet are 16GB or 64GB with both versions offering a microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB cards.

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First glimpse of Bruce Lee in new EA Sports UFC video game

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 15, 2014 4:15 am

EA Sports has provided gamers a teaser of the newest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) game, featuring martial arts legend Bruce Lee. "EA Sports UFC" is scheduled to be released on June 17 for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 game consoles.

 

 

Lee is one of the most iconic martial arts actors of all time, and has many fans in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, including fighters and fans alike. Meanwhile, this will be the first EA UFC video game following a licensing deal from THQ.

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Elon Musk to help fund Nikola Tesla Museum thanks to The Oatmeal

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 15, 2014 3:46 am

According to reports, the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX Elon Musk agreed to help fund the Nikola Tesla Museum, thanks to Matthew Inman's illustration in The Oatmeal.

 

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Inman led the fundraising via Indiegogo to bring up a museum based on Nikola Tesla's invention by using one of his facilities which was going to be torn down. Inman was able to successfully raise $1.5 million to buy the property in time. He needed to raise $8 million more so that the facility can be converted into a museum.

 

Recently he posted a two-part comic about owning a Tesla Model S. In part One he called it as a 'magical space car' and in Part 2, it was about asking Tesla Motor's Elon Musk to help him fund for the museum via twitter. Inman explained why it would be a good gesture for the electric car company to help fund this project.

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Comcast to implement data caps all its subscribers within 5 years

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2014 3:32 am

Comcast executive Vice President David Cohen said during an investor call that he is expecting a 'usage-based' billing system to reach all of its subscribers within five years.

 

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He also said,"I would also predict that the vast majority of our customers would never be caught in the buying the additional buckets of usage, that we will always want to say the basic level of usage at a sufficiently high level that the vast majority of our customers are not implicated by the usage-based billing plan."

 

Though for a particular number of customers may not be affected by the data cap, different type of users who consume moderate-to-heavy consumption of bandwidth would be affected. Among them would be those who use the internet for video streaming. One would imagine that this will obviously affect movie streaming services.

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NVIDIA's drivers affected Titan Z's overall performance

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 15, 2014 2:44 am

As previously reported, NVIDIA was supposed to release its GeForce Titan Z flagship video card on April 29th, but the company delayed its plans, moving it to May 8th.

 

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However since NVIDIA didn't launch that card on May 8th, speculations were on a rise about why it wasn't launched until a leaked benchmarks from a review site indicated that the video card with dual GK110 GPU is slower than AMD Radeon R9 295X2. It was also assumed that NVIDIA was bumping the card's clock speed to boost its performance.

 

As it turns out, the reason why NVIDIA didn't release Titan Z yet because the existing drivers stifled its performance. Since the card was slower than AMD's flagship in some tests, it didn't justify the predicted price of $2,999. NVIDIA is trying to fix the problem by developing drivers to make it significantly faster than AMD Radeon R9 295X2 which is costs around $1,499.

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Financial analysts are increasingly jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 15, 2014 2:17 am

The bitcoin cryptocurrency is receiving even more attention from financial analysts, as consumers and retailers become comfortable making transactions in the digital currency. Bitcoin volatility has scared some investors away, though there is a growing amount of support from those willing to roll the dice and gamble.

 

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"When I look at the amount of human capital working on this project, there are probably 30,000 independent programmers out there, coding and working on bitcoin and bitcoin derivatives in this open-source community," said Michael Novogratz, Fortress Investment Group Principal, from the SALT Conference.

 

In addition to the manpower working to support bitcoins and cryptocurrency, even more stores and e-tailers are throwing their support behind bitcoins.

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Sony's financials battered, forecasts losses until 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 15, 2014 1:39 am

Japanese electronics giant Sony expects a massive $489 million loss during this financial year, as company CEO Kazuo Hirai struggles to turn his company around. Meanwhile, Sony will spend up to $1.32 billion to try and restructure through March 31, 2015, and financial analysts believe it will take some time before Sony can try to recover.

 

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Earlier in the year, Sony confirmed it would sell off its PC unit and TV business, along with laying off 5,000 employees. The VAIO PC sale will be completed by July, as Japan Industrial Partners will try to add some sales and marketing power to the brand.

 

Here is what Sony CFO Kenichiro Yoshida said during a financial call: "In previous years the restructuring was mostly within business units and in manufacturing. This time the difference is that we are quitting businesses entirely."

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