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Sony has great things to say about DayZ when talking about H1Z1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2014 1:00 am

Sony Online Entertainment President, John Smedley, participated in a Reddit AMA, where he talked about the similarities between the upcoming MMO from the company H1Z1, and the already popular DayZ.

 

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He said: "Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer. H1Z1 is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is DayZ. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game. Call it what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super, super deep".

 

Smedley continued: "This is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse with a lot of friends and hopefully some great enemies both living and dead. We're proud to be up front and say we love DayZ and the job they've done and we hope they enjoy what we make, too". H1Z1 does have quite a big difference when held up against DayZ, where it will allow gamers to create "structures, forts and towns" to stop the zombies from coming in. H1Z1 will also feature "a deep in-game economy that is heavily dependent on crafting. Players will be able to become manufacturers ... sell bullets, arrows ... etc. The in-game economy will be entirely player driven".

 

H1Z1 arrives on Steam Early Access in the next couple of weeks for just $20, after which it will launch sometime in the near future on the PlayStation 4.

Google rumored to unveil a new mid-range Nexus, priced at under $100

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 10:33 am

The Nexus 5 is already one of the most competitively priced smartphones on the market, at just $349 directly from Google. But the latest rumors of a new Nexus smartphone that would sell for under $100 should scare Samsung, Apple and every other smartphone maker.

 

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A new report from Chinese publication MTKSJ says that the new Nexus smartphone would feature a MediaTek processor to keep costs down, versus the Snapdragon processor found in the Nexus 5 for $349. There's not much else known about the cheap smartphone, but it would make sense as Google ramped down the required RAM on Android - could that have been a hint of things to come from Google?

Heat-seeking drones are getting the 420 on weed in the UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 9:20 am

Technology isn't just helping the NSA track every move you do online, but it is also helping criminals, too. In the UK, criminals are using heat-sensing drones to find weed farms, after which they'll go in and take it all in a heist.

 

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Growing weed is obviously illegal, but you're not exactly going to report that your farm of weed is gone. This leads to violence, with a thug talking to Halesowen News, admitting that his crew steals from, and imposes a tax on their targets because "the people growing [weed] are not gangsters". Local members of Parliament are reportedly not in the know, but Tom Watson, who is the Chair of a Parliamentary group on drones had something to say about the weed-heisting using drones.

 

He said: "This ... story shows the proliferation of drone technology which can be used for both good and bad".

Nike rumored to abandon FuelBand, fires the hardware team

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 8:27 am

It looks like Nike is done with its FuelBand wearable, with reports surfacing that the company has let go of most of its hardware division, and that the company will be stopping production of the hardware completely.

 

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There was a 'slim' version of the FuelBand expected toward the end of the year, but most of the 70 or so hardware employees have been let go. The anonymous network Secret.ly saw someone post a rumor last week, which read: "The douchebag execs at Nike are going to lay off a bunch of the eng team who developed The FuelBand, and other Nike+ stuff. Mostly because the execs committed gross negligence, wasted tons of money, and didn't know what they were doing".

 

But, Nike has just launched the Fuel Lab, which is think tank for connected devices based in San Francisco. We could see the company release an API for its software services, partnering up with a company to build the hardware while Nike provides the software.

OnePlus One could see wood, carbon fiber, denim back covers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 7:22 am

The OnePlus One smartphone is shaping up to be one of the surprise announcements this year, but there are some new leaks which make the cheap smartphone sound even better.

 

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OnePlus is set to release some removable back covers that will change the entire look of the One smartphone. Why? Because these covers will come in some interesting designs: wood, carbon fiber and denim. We will find out more when the OnePlus One smartphone is officially unveiled on April 23.

OnePlus One, a powerhouse smartphone alternative for under $400

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 5:59 am

In a world dominated by the Galaxy S5 and iPhone, most other devices that aren't from the big players on the market don't really get a mention. Well, the OnePlus One smartphone might change all of that.

 

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The company has said that the One smartphone would be "the most beautifully designed handset ever," which are some mighty big words. The OnePlus One packs some flagship hardware, starting with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera thanks to the Sony Exmor camera sensor, a 5-megapixel snapper up front, LTE Category 4 modem with global LTE connectivity, a 3100mAh battery and 16-64GB of on-board flash storage.

 

In terms of specs, the OnePlus One smartphone sounds like a winner. On the software side of things we have CynanogenMod, which is a nice touch as it's not just the same old Android + UI skin like everyone else does. The OnePlus One will be released into 16 markets including: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Where it will customers over, is its price: $400.

 

Considering the Galaxy S5 is $650 or more, and the new HTC One M8 is $700, the OnePlus One might have consumers lining up for its smartphone on specs and pricing alone. We will see the official announcement on April 23, which is just a few days away.

U.S. government, militants engaging in social media dialogue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 3:43 am

The U.S. government is engaging global terrorists on Twitter and other forms of social media, trying to open up dialogue with jihadists and supporters. It also has proven to be a useful tool to try and stifle recruiting efforts before would-be jihadists convert to radical Islam and potentially carry out attacks.

 

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Terrorists often rely on the Internet to communicate, share videos, and taunt western forces - and although intelligence officials follow the chatter opening lines of communication is still relatively new.

 

"We are actually giving al Qaeda the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments," said Alberto Fernandez, State Department Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CCSC), in a statement to CNN. "The way I see it is we are participating in the marketplace of ideas."

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Mt. Gox supporters hope to revive the company, with creditor blessing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 19, 2014 12:26 am

Supporters of Mt. Gox and the bitcoin currency hope to resurrect the defunct bitcoin exchange by wooing creditors to avoid liquidating current assets.

 

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Just days after Mt. Gox said it won't try to rebuild the company - and invites creditors to liquidate - Mt. Gox faces a rather uncertain future.

 

"We need your help to stop a liquidation, which would be good neither for Mt. Gox creditors nor bitcoin's reputation with the general public and regulators," according to supporters of the new movement.

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Michaels admits to data breach, 2.6 million customers at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 18, 2014 8:15 pm

Crafts store Michaels confirmed that as many as 2.6 million customers, totaling almost 7 percent of customers paying with debit and credit card, were affected by a data breach that began last year.

 

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Customer information exposed includes card numbers and expiration dates, though the store didn't confirm if names, addresses and PIN numbers were also breached. Since the news of the breach earlier this year, the popular arts and crafts store has removed the malware and reportedly boosted security to try and prevent future incidents.

 

In addition to Michaels, its Aaron Brothers subsidiary also suffered a data breach affecting around 400,000 debit and credit cards.

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Nokia warns of possible faulty chargers shipped with its Lumia 2520

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:15 pm

Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe over concerns of a faulty charger that may have shipped with some devices. The charger in question carries the model number AC-300 and was shipped with Lumia 2520 devices in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Any 2520 users who have this charger are advised to cease use of the charger immediately.

 

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More than 30,000 chargers are affected including about 600 "travel chargers" sold as optional accessories here in the US. Nokia Lumia 2520 chargers that are bundled with US versions of the phone are not included. Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Smart Devices at Nokia, said "We apologise to the owners of the Lumia 2520, and we are working with urgency to minimize the inconvenience."

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