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GM To Release Super Cruise Technology Next Year In The Cadillac

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
GM To Release Super Cruise Technology Next Year In The Cadillac

Information obtained from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) communication with GM revealed some of the details about how the “Super Cruise” advanced-driver assistance system (ADAS) will function, including its ability to enable hands-free operation for extended periods. In March, GM asked the NHTSA if its “Super Cruise” system’s ability to stop a vehicle and automatically activate hazard lights would pass safety regulations. In a response... 

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Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

Two researchers report that they have discovered a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner. The first report came Sunday from an Indian security researcher named Hemanth Joseph, who started investigating possible bypasses after being confronted with a locked iPad he acquired from eBay. The activation lock gets enabled automatically when users turn on the Find My iPhone feature via iCloud. It... 

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‘Distributed Guessing’ Hacking Turns Focus To Credit Card Numbers

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
‘Distributed Guessing’ Hacking Turns Focus To Credit Card Numbers

Credit card fraud has been added to the list of things that distributed processing can hasten. An e-commerce site will typically block a credit card number after 10 or 20 failed attempts to enter the corresponding expiry date and CVV (card verification value), making life difficult for fraudsters who don’t have a full set of credentials. But there are plenty of e-commerce sites out there, and it’s possible to obtain missing account details by submitting slightly different payment requests... 

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Is More ZEN Information Coming This Month?

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is More ZEN Information Coming This Month?

While waiting for Zen is remarkably like waiting for Godot, we have just been told that AMD will be holding a sneak peek of its high-performance Zen CPU on 13 December. The preview will be streamed at 1 p.m. PST on December 13. You can sign up at AMD’s website to have a shifty. The host of the event will be the video gamer hack, Geoff Keighley and it will be called “Watch New Horizon.” According to the email the event will be an “ exclusive advance preview of our new ‘Zen’... 

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Are More PC Games Appearing On Valve’s Steam?

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Are More PC Games Appearing On Valve’s Steam?

The number of games on Steam continues to rise at a daunting rate. According to new data from Steam Spy, the number of full games released on the store this year rose 40% over 2015. Steam Spy founder Sergey Galyonkin published a chart on Twitter that indicated a total of 4207 games launched on Steam in 2016, up from 2964 last year. If accurate, that means 38% of all games on Steam were released within the last 12 months – a sobering thought for any developer trading on Valve’s market... 

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Astronomers Solve Galaxy Mystery

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Solve Galaxy Mystery

A decades-old galactic mystery has just been solved — new research has revealed why a distant galaxy has brightened and dimmed like a flickering candle flame over the last 30 years.  The galaxy, known as Markarian 1018, is considered an “active galaxy,” meaning it has an extremely bright core called an “active galactic nucleus” (AGN). Even though AGNs take up a relatively small fraction of space, the light from some of them can outshine the light from all the stars in their... 

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Gooligan Malware Gains Access To Over 1M Google Accounts

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Gooligan Malware Gains Access To Over 1M Google Accounts

A new Android malware has succeeded in gaining access to more than 1 million Google accounts, and it continues to infect new devices, according to security firm Checkpoint. “We believe that it is the largest Google account breach to date,” the security firm said in blog post. The malware, called Gooligan, has been preying on devices running older versions of Android, from 4.1 to 5.1, which are still used widely, especially in Asia. Gooligan masquerades as legitimate-looking Android apps. Checkpoint... 

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Nokia Smartphones Poised For A Comeback

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Smartphones Poised For A Comeback

Nokia smartphones are gearing up for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft’s unpopular Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range. Nokia quit smartphones in 2014 by selling its handset activities to Microsoft to focus on mobile... 

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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence To Patrol Live Videos

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence To Patrol Live Videos

Facebook Inc is developing a way to automatically flag offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content moderation controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site. Facebook... 

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Is The PSVR Really Selling?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The PSVR Really Selling?

As the numbers from Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend continue to trickle in, many analysts are examining how the holiday sales picture is coming together this year. While The NPD Group is not ready to give its full assessment just yet, the firm did note to GamesIndustry.biz that digital promotions on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were much more aggressive this year and may have impacted the retail channel. Digital aside, the sector that seemed to struggle the most is virtual reality, according... 

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Is There A Need For A Mobile Netflix?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Computing
Is There A Need For A Mobile Netflix?

A former Rovio exec has formed a new firm that hopes to revolutionize the way mobile games are played with Hatch, a new cloud-based streaming platform for smartphones. Unveiled during this week’s Slush Festival in Finland, the venture is headed up by CEO Juhani Honkala, previously SVP of Rovio Entertainment, and centers around an instant game collection that players will be able to access without the need for downloads, installations or updates. The service is planned for soft launch on Android... 

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Is The Planet Mercury Really Hot?

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is The Planet Mercury Really Hot?

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. But although it boasts the most widely varying temperatures in the solar system, it is not the hottest planet How is this possible? Orbiting between 28 and 43 million miles (46 and 70 million kilometers) from the sun, Mercury, also the smallest planet, feels the brunt of the solar rays. According to NASA, the tiny world suffers the most extreme temperature range of any other planet in the solar system. The day side of the planet reaches temperatures of up... 

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Toyota Puts Bigger Focus On All Electric Vehicles

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Toyota Puts Bigger Focus On All Electric Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp has tasked its president to lead their newly formed electric car division, flagging its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace. The change comes as the United States, China and European countries are encouraging automakers to make more all-electric battery cars as they push alternative energy strategies. Akio Toyoda, grandson of the company’s founder Kiichiro Toyoda, has been at the helm of the world’s largest automaker since 2009.... 

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The NHTSA Wants To Block Mobile Apps From Drivers

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
The NHTSA Wants To Block Mobile Apps From Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new guidelines that is requesting automakers to create a way to block applications on smartphones or tablets that can distract drivers. Currently no safety guidelines exist for mobile devices when they are used while driving, the NHTSA said. The new guidelines, which were published last week and are in a comment period, instruct automakers to create a “Driver Mode” similar to Apple’s Airplane Mode on iPhones,... 

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Facebook Adds Popular Games To Messenger App

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Adds Popular Games To Messenger App

For users who enjoy the popular Facebook Messenger app, it’s game time. The social network has rolled out a feature that allows users to play hugely popular games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, the company’s latest attempt to get users spend more time on its messaging app. The new feature, initially rolled out in 30 countries with 17 games, will be available on the latest versions of iOS and Android operating systems. A user, in the midst of a conversation, can tap on a game controller... 

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