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Netflix orders 'Our Planet,' an eight part nature documentary in 4K

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Apr 2015 22:17

Netflix orders 'Our Planet,' an eight part nature documentary in 4K Netflix has ordered "Our Planet," an eight-part nature documentary from the makers of the popular "Planet Earth" series.

The series will explore remote wilderness areas including deep ocean and polar ice caps and be filmed in 4K. The project is in conjunction with Silverback Films and the conservation group WWF and will be filmed over the next four years before release in 2019.

Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey are behind the new series, and the same team created "Planet Earth," "Frozen Planet," "Blue Planet," "Earth," "Bears," "African Cats" and "Chimpanzee."

"Netflix is proud to be the global home for perhaps Silverback's most ambitious project to date," said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Netflix original documentaries. "The 'Planet' projects have enjoyed great success on Netflix and have helped launch new technologies for viewing at home. We think watching 'Our Planet,' fully on-demand in 4K, will be an unforgettable experience for our members."

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Check out this awesome video of GTA 5 for PC on the Oculus Rift DK2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Apr 2015 21:48

Check out this awesome video of GTA 5 for PC on the Oculus Rift DK2 A few days ago, Rockstar launched GTA 5 for the PC, and now we have multiple videos of the blockbuster game being played with the developer models of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

Using the software vopX, which is a "driver specifically aimed at VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and supports many DX9-DX11 games," gamers have been able to get into the gigantic world of GTA for the PC.

How does vopX work? "It converts the displayed image to an output that is suitable for watching a game on the headset, in many cases in stereoscopic 3D. Beyond this base functionality vorpX offers many features specifically geared towards VR."

Check out one of the many very cool videos from the Oculus here:

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WikiLeaks' Sony hack archives reveal upcoming Sony smartphone?

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 18 Apr 2015 8:22

WikiLeaks' Sony hack archives reveal upcoming Sony smartphone? Sony was infamously hacked and its secrets revealed last year. Now a few months later WikiLeaks has made the thousands of documents and hundreds of thousands of emails more accessible by creating a searchable database.

A lot of people have obviously been going through the archive and found all kinds of "new" information. In addition to highly confidential emails between the US government and Sony there's been less high profile leaks. A new one suggests that we might have our hands on an upcoming Sony flagship smartphone.

The device pictured in this article portrays close to what has been rumored of the next flagship smartphone by Sony. Xperia Z4 is expected to feature a new all-metal design, a reimagined power button with a fingerprint sensor, and a wholly updated user experience.

Even though the latter cannot be confimed from the pictures it does seem like the all-metal design is evident as is the redesigned and larger power button that might in fact have a sensor being rumored of.

These pictures seem like valid confidential Sony renders but they still can be just drafts that will never see the light of day. However it is also possible that they are in fact one of the first renders of the upcoming Z4.

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GameStop to buy and sell retro games and consoles

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 18 Apr 2015 7:31

GameStop to buy and sell retro games and consoles GameStop has revealed that it will buy off your dusty retro gaming consoles, games, and accessories for in-store credit, reports IGN.

Beginning next week, April 25, GameStop's 250-ish stores around NYC and Birmingham will start accepting your old gaming hardware and software.

Reports say that amongst accepted systems are Nintendo Entertainment Systems (NES), SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, N64, and SEGA Dreamcast. The devices will go through GameStop's refurbishing and will be resold with a warranty like the other (new) hardware.

Two months after starting the buying of retro games the stores will start reselling them. That means that you can expect to buy your own NES maybe in late May or early June.




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See it now: "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer leaks online ahead of official reveal

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 23:53

See it now: "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer leaks online ahead of official reveal Days ahead of its official reveal in front of Imax movies starting next week, the first "Batman V Superman" trailer has leaked online.

The trailer seems to show the movie taking place right after the events of 'Man of Steel' with Batman attacking Superman over the destruction from the last movie.

Warner Bro.'s blockbuster film will hit theaters March 25, 2016.

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KGI: Apple Watch will reach 2.3 million pre-orders through May

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 23:22

KGI: Apple Watch will reach 2.3 million pre-orders through May KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported today that the firm expects the Apple Watch to top 2.3 million units pre-ordered globally by the end of May.

Earlier reports had put first day pre-orders at 1 million units, a strong figure for a device that sells for $500 on average.

Kuo also wrote that the cheaper Sport model accounted for 85 percent of pre-orders, with the Watch model accounting for nearly 15 percent and Edition (which can cost up to $17,000) accounting for less than 1 percent.

"We estimate production could reach 2.5mn units in June, absent supply chain bottlenecks; thus global preorders are less than the 4.8mn units of combined production in March-June as most of those preordering can get Apple Watch in June. At present, iPhone shipments stand at 50-60mn units per quarter, suggesting less than one-tenth of iPhone users have preordered Apple Watch," added Kuo.

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Target will settle with MasterCard for $19 million following 2013 security breach

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 22:46

Target will settle with MasterCard for $19 million following 2013 security breach Target has said today that it will pay $19 million to financial institutions that used MasterCard-branded cards that were compromised in the huge 2013 security breach in which over 40 million card numbers were stolen from the retailer.

The settlement number should help the banks to cover their costs of reissuing the cards for millions of clients.

Target will make the payment by the end of the Q2 as long as at least 90 percent of eligible financial institutions accept the offer by May 20th.

A separate negotiation is in the works for Visa-branded cards, and that figure is expected to be larger because there are more outstanding Visa cards.

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comScore: Bing hits 20 percent search market share

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 22:23

comScore: Bing hits 20 percent search market share According to research firm comScore, Bing has reached a significant milestone: 20 percent share in the search market.

Google had 64.4 percent share, continuing its undisputed time as search leader. Bing jumped to 20.1 percent share while Yahoo fell to 12.7 percent share. Ask and AOL took most of the remaining share.

Microsoft wins whenever anyone searches with Yahoo, anyways, as Bing serves results and ads to Yahoo search for desktops.

Earlier today, Microsoft and Yahoo extended their search partnership for years to come.

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WikiLeaks makes it easier to search through all of the documents stolen in Sony Pictures cyber attack

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 21:54

WikiLeaks makes it easier to search through all of the documents stolen in Sony Pictures cyber attack WikiLeaks has released "The Sony Archives" today, a fully searchable database that contains 173,132 emails and 30,287 other documents that were stolen and released following the cyber attack on Sony Pictures last year.

The site appears to have added the exchanges due to the fact that there are thousands of emails between Sony and politicians with "almost 100 US government email addresses" found in the database. Some of the emails show that Sony employees attended campaign dinners to help get current NY governor Andrew Cuomo elected.

"This archive shows the inner workings of an influential multinational corporation,"
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said in the press release. "It is newsworthy and at the centre of a geo-political conflict. It belongs in the public domain. WikiLeaks will ensure it stays there."

The leaked emails were a huge embarrassment for the company, as many of its high level executives were found to be speaking crassly of actors and celebrities that Sony often worked with.

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Microsoft and Yahoo amend their long-standing search agreement

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 18:53

Microsoft and Yahoo amend their long-standing search agreement Microsoft and Yahoo have announced today the amendment of their search agreement first signed in 2009 in a deal that will "improve the search experience, create value for advertisers and establish ongoing stability for partners."

"Our global partnership with Yahoo has benefited our shared customers over the past five years and I look forward to building on what we've already accomplished together," noted Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corp. "Our partnership with Yahoo is one example of the diverse partnerships we'll continue to cultivate in order to have the greatest impact for our customers."

"Over the past few months, Satya and I have worked closely together to establish a revised search agreement that allows us to enhance our user experience and innovate more in our search business," added Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. "This renewed agreement opens up significant opportunities in our partnership that I'm very excited to explore."

According to the press release, the new deal will give Yahoo more flexibility on mobile devices, but will continue to serve Bing ads and search results for most desktop searches.

Read more about the amended deal here.




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New Halo games now available for iOS, Windows, Windows Phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 18:24

New Halo games now available for iOS, Windows, Windows Phone As of writing, Microsoft's 'Halo' series spinoffs are now available for purchase on iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

The new 'Halo: Spartan Strike' sells for each respective platform for $5.99.

Microsoft says the new "Halo: Spartan Strike tells a compelling new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. As a Spartan supersoldier in a classified ONI simulation, delve into 30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles."

The game is also available as a bundle with the existing "Halo: Spartan Assault" game for $9.99.

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Bing is headed to Cyanogen operating system following strategic partnership with Microsoft

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2015 12:08

Bing is headed to Cyanogen operating system following strategic partnership with Microsoft After months of rumors, it's finally happening: Mobile operating system maker Cyanogen has announced a strategic partnership with rival operating system maker Microsoft.

"People around the world use Cyanogen's operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices," said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. "This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world."

Cyanogen says that under the deal "Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories, including productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services." Each of the apps and services will be natively integrated.

Among the services listed are Bing, Bing Maps, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.

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Apple's 2015 WWDC scheduled for June 8-12th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2015 23:37

Apple's 2015 WWDC scheduled for June 8-12th Apple has announced that their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 8-12 this year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Anyone developer looking to get tickets can register until April 17th, and there will be a random drawing to give out the limited tickets. Winners will be notified by April 20th.

Keep in mind, to be eligible for an invite you have to be enrolled in the iOS Developer Program, the iOS Enterprise Developer Program or the Mac Developer Program and if you are offered an invite you have to pay $1,599 to attend.

Apple is expected to preview updates to iOS and OS X, show off their updated Beats Music streaming service and potentially unveil a sequel to the aging Apple TV set-top box.




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WhatsApp for Android updated with Material Design

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2015 0:12

WhatsApp for Android updated with Material Design WhatsApp has updated their Android app with Material Design, putting the app's language and code in line with Lollipop counterparts.

As with most updates from the company, WhatsApp is rolling out the update globally but in waves so you may not have it yet.

The new app will have a dark green Material Design color, visual improvements and tweaks, faster animations and a new profiles feature.

If you don't have the update through the Play Store, you can get it directly from WhatsApp here.




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BitTorrent removes Bitcoin miner from its latest uTorrent update

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Apr 2015 23:34

BitTorrent removes Bitcoin miner from its latest uTorrent update Torrent client provider BitTorrent was hit by user uproar earlier this year when it was found that their most recent uTorrent versions included a bundled software that mined for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

Starting with version 3.4.1, uTorrent came bundled with Epic Scale, a mining software that used your PC's idle CPU time to "solve complex problems" and mine for currencies.

Many complained that their PC's performance was significantly decreased after installing 3.4.1, and others complained that the software was extremely hard to remove. Yet more users complained that they never gave permission to install Epic Scale.

Version 3.4.2 removes Epic Scale but otherwise is identical to 3.4.1, which should make plenty of users happy.

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