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Mink 3D makeup printer lets people create their own cosmetics

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: May 8, 2014 12:01 pm

When we talk about a 3D printers, we are usually talking about something that prints items out of some sort of plastic or resin material. A new 3D printer has surfaced that is aimed straight at the person who loves makeup. That stuff can get expensive, especially if you buy lots of colors.

 

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Mink is a 3D printer that will let anyone create their own lipstick or eye shadow in their home. The printer is able to replicate any color into a wearable cosmetic. The creator of the cool Mink printer is Grace Choi, a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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Nintendo to build low cost game console for developing nations

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 8, 2014 11:34 am

Nintendo hasn't been doing well over the last few years as it continually posts major losses. The Nintendo Wii U game console continues to be unpopular with gamers and is a major part of the financial woes for the company. Reports have surfaced that claim Nintendo is set to roll out a new game console as early as 2015 or 2016.

 

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If you are hoping for a high-end console to help Nintendo get back to some of the gaming glory it enjoyed years ago, you will be disappointed. According to reports, Nintendo is looking at building a cheaper game console for gamers in developing markets. Nintendo's Satoru Iwata has said that the console will be aimed at gamers in developing nations with a lower budget.

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Load DynamiX wins EMC Technology Connect Partner of the Year Award

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: May 8, 2014 11:31 am

EMC holds an annual trade show each year and it's turning into a big deal. Each year EMC also has an awards banquet for companies and products it deems worthy. This year, Load DynamiX won the coveted Technology Connect Partner of the Year Award.

 

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"We are pleased to recognize Load DynamiX as an outstanding Technology Connect Advantage Partner of the Year," said Don Lamburn, Director, EMC Technology Connect Program, EMC Corporation. "We look forward to working with Load DynamiX as they play an important role in helping customers validate their infrastructure on their journey to the 3rd platform."

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Adobe Voice iPad video creation tool hits the App Store

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: May 8, 2014 11:02 am

Adobe has launched a new app that is aimed directly at the iPad user looking for an easy to use video creation tool. The app is called Adobe Voice and it is downloadable at no cost via the App Store. For now, the app only works with the iPad, iPhone users are left out.

 

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The app allows the user to speak into the microphone of the tablet and overlay their own voice with one of the "beautiful iconic images" that the app includes in its database. There should be an image for any video idea since it has 25,000 images built-in.

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Nintendo Tomodachi Life simulator won't offer gay relationships

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 8, 2014 10:32 am

Nintendo fans are up in arms after the company made a decision that will block players from forming gay relationships in the new Tomodachi Life video game that is coming to the US market soon. The game is described as a life simulator.

 

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Tomodachi Life was a hit in Japan and reportedly sold 1.83 million copies. It will land in North America and Europe on June 6. Nintendo has said that it was not trying to make any sort of social commentary by not including gay relationships in the game.

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NASA considers sending greenhouse to Red Planet in 2021

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 8, 2014 4:48 am

As NASA and other space programs ramp up Mars research, the U.S. space agency is interested in creating a plant-growth experiment in mid-2020. As part of the Mars Plant Experiment (MPX) project, it could be an important step towards potential manned missions and colonization endeavors.

 

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"In order to do a long-term, sustainable base on Mars, you would want to be able to establish that plants can at least grow on Mars," said Heather Smith, MPX deputy principal investigator, in a statement. "This would be the first step in that... we just send the seeds there and watch them grow."

 

MPX would focus more on being a self-contained project, rather than trying to plant seeds in the Martian dirt. The rover would provide water and researchers will check back within 15 days to see if the greenhouse project is successful.

Central bank in China warns banks of bitcoin risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2014 4:17 am

The People's Bank of China is limiting bitcoin-related business, and is urging executives from other major Chinese banks to follow suit. Towards the end of 2013, the central bank didn't shun bitcoins, but showed caution regarding the popular cryptocurrency - but that opinion has drastically changed, saying bitcoins are a "tool for speculation."

 

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If major banks in China try to shut down bitcoin transactions, it will create a void that a bank in China should be able to step up and fill.

 

Since bitcoins aren't centrally regulated by banks or governments, trying to figure out how to deal with them has proven to be extremely challenging. Earlier in the year, the IRS ruled that bitcoins are considered property and not real currency, though that hasn't stopped retailers from accepting bitcoin payments. Despite hiccups along the way, bitcoins continue to gain mainstream acceptance and any type of legislation must be created carefully - yet quickly moving forward.

Kaspersky Lab: United States users faces most amount of spam attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 8, 2014 3:46 am

Spammers are enjoying a new technique in which they imitate messages from legitimate mobile applications, and the United States is the most targeted country for spam, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab. However, total spam email traffic decreased 6.42 percent to 66.34 percent, though spammers are becoming more creative with their strategies.

 

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China, the United States, and South Korea remain the largest spam sources - and the priority for cybercriminals remains stealing confidential data.

 

"Recently we have seen a growth in the number of attacks targeting mobile users," said Darya Gudkova, Kaspersky Lab Head of Content Analysis & Research Department, in a press statement. "Gadgets have become popular even among those who had little interaction with computers and are less familiar with computer security. This opens up new vectors of attacks for spammers and phishers. To protect themselves, users should remember not to open emails from unknown senders and especially not to click any links in these emails, which inevitably pose a risk to user security. Clicking unsafe links threatens user security regardless of which device is used - they pose a danger to desktop computers and mobile gadgets alike."

Hands-on with Huawei's new Ascend P7 smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2014 1:43 am

This morning Huawei launched its next-gen flagship smartphone in Paris, France, and TweakTown's Johannes Knapp was at the event to check out the device in person. The new Ascend P7 is a high-end class Android-based smartphone that features a 5-inch 1920x1080 resolution screen, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. 4G LTE connectivity is on hand as well as a 13-megapixel read facing camera with an 8-megapixel front imager for selfies.

 

 

"Huawei's relentless commitment to developing premium quality smartphones over the past three years has paid off. We are now ranked number three globally in terms of smartphone shipments, and our brand recognition is growing steadily in key regions such as China and Western Europe," said, Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG). "Today, the launch of Huawei Ascend P7 once again challenges existing industry standards by redefining smartphone design, camera experience, and connectivity, to provide people with an unprecedented mobile experience."

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Accused UFC pirate suffers from mental illness, can't pay up fines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 8, 2014 1:38 am

After learning he's the target of a $32 million lawsuit from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), accused pirate Steven Messina says he suffers from mental illness and can't afford the significant civil lawsuit. The parent company of the UFC, Zuffa, is now seeking $150,000 for every act of infringement, $110,000 for using UFC content without permission, and $60,000 for intercepting UFC content, plus legal fees.

 

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The UFC says Messina made money from the pirated streams, though he refutes the accusation: "Most of the time I barely had enough to cover an event's cost after donations and would use my own money saved from medication and doctors. In total, I've probably made no more in a year than $450-$550 in donations. But that just helped me pay for a few months of medical expenses, as well as maybe four or five fight cards. I always ended up paying out of my own pocket though, as I've had money from my previous job saved in my checking account."

 

Zuffa will continue to fight against organized piracy that streams its events, especially pay-per-view fight cards, and is currently interested in targeting websites that host the events. Regardless of what happens from this outcome, there are numerous ways to illegally stream content.

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