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Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit goes to Smithsonian

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 4:08 pm

Back in 2012, Red Bull sponsored a daredevil named Felix Baumgartner and his quest to skydive from the edge of space. Felix jumped from a special capsule wearing a space suit at an altitude of around 120,000 feet. The mission was a success and Felix made it to the ground unscathed.

 

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In the process, he became the first person to break the speed of sound without an aircraft. What scientist learned during the freefall will also help them to design systems that may make high-altitude escape more survivable for astronauts and pilots in the future.

 

Recently Red Bull announced that the space suit worn by Baumgartner and the Stratos capsule would become part of the permanent collection at The Smithsonian. The artifacts will be part of the Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space exhibit.

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Samsung NX mini mirrorless camera packs 20.5MP resolution

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 3:34 pm

Samsung has rolled out a new digital camera called the Samsung NX Mini with 20.5MP resolution. The camera is billed as the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. The camera also has Wi-Fi and NFC tech inside. The thickness of the camera is 22.5mm and the body only weighs in at 158g.

 

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The camera is designed to let those that like to take selfies do so with better quality. The camera has a 3-inch flip up and touch display that flips 180-degrees allowing the user to frame themselves perfectly. The lens on the camera is 9mm wide and has a wide angle so you can get a group shot by holding the camera at arm's length.

 

Samsung made the camera able to shoot continuously at 6 fps and the camera has a 1/16000 second shutter speed to freeze fast action. The camera has a number of automatic and manual modes for photography and video.

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USB-IF releases final specification of Media Agnostic USB

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 2:54 pm

The USB implementers Forum has made an announcement today in regards to Media Agnostic specification. The forum has finalized the MA-USB details and released its V.10 specification.

 

The USB-IF used WiGig Serial Extension v1.2 specification as its initial foundation for the MA-USB specification. It is also compliant with SuperSpeed USB (3.0 and 3.1) and Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0). Devices that uses MA-USB will be branded as 'Powered by MA-USB', provided the product qualifies its certification program.

 

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Edgar Figueroa, the president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance said,"We share a commitment with the USB-IF to enhance wireless connectivity. The completion of MA-USB supports our efforts to deliver wireless data, display and audio applications, all while providing the best user experience."

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People are getting fooled by a Grand Theft Auto V "beta" on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:33 pm

Grand Theft Auto V hasn't even been announced for the PC yet, but there is a scam going around acting as the beta for GTA V, with some people unfortunately falling for it.

 

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An e-mail has been going around teasing people to click a URL and download a .zip file, which contains the Grand Theft Auto V beta... or what it wants people to think. Instead, they're downloading malware. The e-mail itself uses Rockstar imagery, and a fancy banner, but comes in plain text explaining: "You invited beta tester GTAV to Windows."

Australia wants to increase spying on citizens after Snowden leaks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 11:31 am

Edward Snowden has changed the world with his revelations of the NSA spying on virtually everyone, where Down Under, multiple Australian law enforcement agencies and the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) have submitted proposals asking the Australian Senate for more surveillance power.

 

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State police have even gone as far as asking the government to log citizens' Web browsing history. After the Snowden leaks on the NSA's spying programs and Australia's cooperation in sharing information with other countries, the Australian Senate opened an inquiry on whether Australia's Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act of 1979 should be revised, in order to better protect Australian citizens' privacy.

 

Since then, ASIO as well as multiple state police, submitted commentary asking for even more data retention, but offering no added protection for citizens' data. ASIO added that the Snowden leaks will make it harder for the organization to gather meaningful data about a person, so it thinks it should have more power to perform its surveillance duties.

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NSA's MYSTIC program records entire nation's worth of phone calls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 10:35 am

Edward Snowden's latest leak is quite interesting, with the NSA whistleblower talking about the US spy agency's MYSTIC voice interception program, which is capable of collecting the entire nation's "every single" phone call, storing the voice recordings for a month.

 

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MYSTIC began back in 2009, with the NSA developing a RETRO tool that is capable of accessing any voice call from the selected nation, for a period of 30 days. The first nation to have their phone calls recorded by MYSTIC and RETRO started in 2011, with as many as six more countries possibly being spied upon. The Washington Post was asked by US officials to note reveal which countries MYSTIC was operating on.

 

The program was quite successful, with the NSA bringing in "high-stakes intelligence that would not have existed under traditional surveillance programs in which subjects were identified for targeting in advance," according to The Washington Post. "Unlike most of the government's public claims about the value of controversial programs, [highly classified] briefings supply names, dates, locations and fragments of intercepted calls in convincing detail."

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MGS 5: Ground Zeroes has been completed in just 10 minutes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 9:27 am

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes may be short, with most gamers finishing it within 2-3 hours, but Eurogamer YouTube editor Ian Higton finished the game in just 10 minutes.

 

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Higton did playthrough the game multiple times, so he knew exactly where to go and what to do. He also skipped all of the side missions and cutscenes in order to finish it in under 10 minutes. Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes takes place in a single location, which consists of a two-stage rescue operation. So it wouldn't be hard to finish that quick, especially if you had a few times running through it. But 10 minutes? Wow, that's fast.

Sony's new VR headset is being shown off with EVE: Valkyrie, Thief

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 8:34 am

GDC 2014 - Sony only took the wraps off of its VR headset for the PlayStation 4, Project Morpheus, earlier today, but the company will be walking attendees through four demos on the conference floor using the VR goods.

 

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EVE: Valkyrie will be one of the big playable demos, and so will the recently-released Thief, a special build created specifically for virtual reality. Sony will also be showing off two demos: The Deep and The Castle, the former allows you to experience a shark infested lagoon, while the latter sees you exploring a medieval fortress.

Microsoft to roll out the Xbox One in 26 new regions this September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 7:26 am

Microsoft is planning to launch its next-gen Xbox One console in 26 new markets in September, eight of which were meant to see the Xbox One launched in their country when the company launched the console back in November 2013.

 

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Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland were on the original list of launch territories for the Xbox One, before the company scaled the launch down to 13 territories. On top of the above eight regions, we have 18 more regions that will see the Xbox One launch in September:

 

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • UAE

Blizzard closes the Diablo III auction house

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2014 6:23 am

Blizzard said back in September 2013 that it was going to close the Diablo III auction house, something the developer has just done. Blizzard closed it in preparation of Reaper of Souls.

 

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Completed transactions can still be claimed through to June 24, 2014, but the developer has disabled searching and bidding. If you want to find more gear, you'll now have to find it, or craft it.

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