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Driver playing Pokemon Go kills woman in accident

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 13:51

Driver playing Pokemon Go kills woman in accident A truck driver has struck two pedestrians in a fatal accident because he was distracted playing Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go has surely been the phenomenon of 2016, but its popularity has had an unpleasant set of side effects. Masses of players have been a nuisance in public places at times, while some have suffered injuries from falls and accidents whilst not paying attention to the surroundings.

Players in Bosnia were given a stark warning about wandering into dangerous minefields left over after the conflict in the 1990s, while the murder of an 18 year old in Guatemala was also linked to the game by authorities.

In another tragic case, a truck driver in Japan hit two pedestrians because he was distracted playing Pokemon Go. A woman has died following the crash while another is recovering from injuries.

The driver was arrested for negligent driving and admitted he was distracted by the game when he struck the pedestrians.

A spokesman for developer Niantic Inc told the Reuters news agency that the company had added a pop-up to the Pokemon Go screen when it detected an increase in speed seeking confirmation on whether the play was driving at the time.

A Nintendo spokesman offered condolences to the family of the deceased.


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PlayStation Now coming to PC, joined by DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 13:36

PlayStation Now coming to PC, joined by DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor You will soon be able to play some older PS3 classics on your Windows PC using a DualShock 4 controller.

PlayStation Now is coming to Windows starting with parts of Europe very soon, with North America following shortly after. This will blockbusters from the Uncharted, God of War, and Ratchet & Clank franchises to Windows along with hundreds of other games currently on offer from the service.

In order to use PlayStation Now on your Windows PC, you should match or better these recommended specifications:

  • Windows 7 (SP1), 8.1 or 10
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i3 or 3.8 GHz AMD A10 or faster
  • 300 MB or more; 2 GB or more of RAM
  • Sound card; USB port
A minimum 5Mbps Internet connection is also required to use PlayStation Now properly with a wired connection being recommended.

In addition to the arrival of PlayStation Now on PC, Microsoft has also unveiled a new DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99 ($29.99 CAD). You can use the adapter with PlayStation Now or for PS4 Remote Play on PC and Mac.

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U.S. indicts three alleged operators of KickassTorrents

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 12:56

U.S. indicts three alleged operators of KickassTorrents The U.S. Department of Justice has named three alleged operators of KickassTorrents in a grand jury indictment this week.

One of the men was already named after he was arrested last month by Polish authorities, while two new names have appeared. All three men are from Ukraine.

According to the DoJ, KickassTorrents was a commercial website that facilitated and promoted the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted content over the Internet without authorization of the copyright owners.

In addition to KickassTorrents, the three individuals were also linked to a number of other sites by the DoJ, including, Solarmovie,, and Torcache.

The three men used to sites to generate millions of dollars in revenue, according to the indictment, which also details payments made for advertising to back accounts operated by the men.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Google targets sites with pop-up and intrusive interstitial content

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 12:45

Google targets sites with pop-up and intrusive interstitial content Google is changing its Search algorithm to effectively punish websites that use certain types of pop-up and intrusive advertisements and content.

Starting from January 10, 2017, Google's Mobile Search results will "demote" sites that load certain types of intrusive content, including pop-ups which have re-emerged as a common annoyance with the rise of mobile web usage.

An increasing number of websites deliver interstitials to users when they visit. Interstitials are elements that cover the content of the screen until you close them. They can be used to deliver adds or push subscriptions and so forth, but they can be a real annoyance for users who just want to get to the content.

"Pages that show intrusive interstitials provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible. This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller," Google's Webmaster Central Blog, reads.

To improve the mobile search experience, after January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible to a user on the transition from the mobile search results may not rank as highly.

Some exceptions will be made however, such as interstitials that inform users about the use of Cookies, which sites are legally obliged to at least in the European Union. Sites that use similar pop up content to ask for login details to access non-publicly indexed information are also exempt. Other forms of interstitials that use a reasonably small area of the screen and are easily dismissed will also be exempt.


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Amazon offers unlimited cloud storage plan in UK

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 12:06

Amazon offers unlimited cloud storage plan in UK Amazon is now offering an unlimited storage plan for all kinds of files for £55 per year in the UK, less than £5 per month.

Existing Prime customers already could take advantage of unlimited storage for photos, but now anybody in the UK can sign up for unlimited storage of all kinds of files for £55 per year. Some members may also be entitled to try out the unlimited plan for three months without charge.

"Most people have a lifetime of photos from birthdays, holidays and everyday moments stored across numerous devices--and a lot of those people don't know how many gigabytes they need to back all those memories up, or what it's going to cost," said David Nenke, Director of Amazon Drive.

"With our new Unlimited Storage plan, that's no longer something customers need to worry about. They now have an affordable, secure solution to store unlimited amounts of photos, videos, movies, music, and other files in one place--with no tiered storage options or rising fees to worry about."

The plan means users could automatically backup all photos and videos storage on their phones and other devices to the cloud storage service, as well as documents or other types of files they need to keep secure.


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YouTube to add 'social network' features to compete with Facebook, Twitter

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 11:43

YouTube to add 'social network' features to compete with Facebook, Twitter YouTube is working on incorporating more social network-like features for its users in order to fend off competition from Facebook, Twitter and others.

According to a report from VentureBeat, YouTube is working on "Backstage", which will expand its platform to allow creators to share photos, polls, links, text posts and videos with subscribers, and will also eventually allow subscribers to reply with rich content including photos and videos.

While YouTube obviously already is a video platform, Backstage will also enable sharing Backstage-only videos, presumably so creators can communicate with subscribers without adding a new video to the visible YouTube channel.

Video sharing and watching will remain the primary function of YouTube however, as the new features seem aimed at creators who might be tempted to move to other platforms that go beyond video sharing.

The added features are expected to launch in some form before the end of the year, possibly limited to popular YouTube channels in initial stages.

Source: Inside Backstage: YouTube's plan to bring photos, polls, and text to the video service (VB)

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Microsoft Excel blamed for errors in academic papers

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 11:27

Microsoft Excel blamed for errors in academic papers A Melbourne-based institute has demonstrated that a feature of Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet software has resulted in errors in scientific papers on the subject of genomics.

The problem has been known for over a decade in the scientific community and it is fairly simple to understand. The problem arises when Excel, with default settings, converts gene symbols into Calendar dates. For example, Septin 2 can be written as SEPT2, which Excel will automatically change into "September 2" using its default settings.

Despite the issue being noted by the scientific community in 2004, the problem has not only persisted but has gotten worse. The study, conducted by Baker IDI, notes that the instances of the problem have increased at an annual rate of 15 percent over the past five years alone.

After scanning through 3,597 published scientific papers, the researchers found that 704 of them contained gene naming errors created by Excel, or possibly by a number of similar software with the same feature, including OpenOffice Calc.

The feature that turns entries into Caldendar dates can be turned off in the Excel settings quite easily.

Sources and Recommended Reading:
Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors:
Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature:

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Defect is breaking iPhone 6 handsets, claims iFixit

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Aug 2016 11:17

Defect is breaking iPhone 6 handsets, claims iFixit iFixit has detailed an apparent design flaw with Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets which can result in the screen flickering and becoming unresponsive to touch.

Describing the issue as "Touch Disease", iFixit claims it has affected a large number of handsets, particularly the iPhone 6 Plus model, according to repair technicians that it has consulted. At the core of the problem are two chips that can become detached from the circuit board of each model over time as a result of touch-screen usage.

The problem becomes worse as the solder connection between the chips and the circuit board increasingly degrade.

"You might notice that the screen is sometimes unresponsive, but it is quick to come back with a hard reset," iFixit details in a blog post. "As the crack deepens into a full separation of the chip-board bond, the periods of no touch function become more frequent."

Initially, the problem can be alleviated by pressing down on the screen or twisting the phones body, but this workout won't work beyond a certain point and a permanent solution is yet unavailable.


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Pandora to rival Spotify and Apple with new service?

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 20 Aug 2016 17:54

Pandora to rival Spotify and Apple with new service? Pandora might be entering the streaming market properly with a new service, WSJ suggests. The move might be happening as soon as next month as the company is said nearing deals.

This would update Pandora's service to a three subscription model approach, which would include the current two ones and a new Spotify-like option. This would mean that the free internet radio as well as the $5/mo Pandora One without ads would remain.

In addition Pandora is looking to challenge Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, et all with a $10 subscription that would allow on demand music just like the mentioned giants of streaming music. But how are they going to attract people to Pandora, rather than the aforementioned services many of which have strong exclusivity deals already in place.

Spotify just released a Metallica documentary, Apple Music has upcoming Britney Spears album, and Google just has a massive user base on Android. We'll just have to see how Pandora will solve this puzzle.

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Another Apple Music exclusive is released

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 20 Aug 2016 14:51

Another Apple Music exclusive is released The newest addition to the list of artists to feature an Apple Music exclusive, including of course Taylor Swift, is Frank Ocean. Apple has been rallying artists' exclusive songs and albums to close the gap to its main rival Spotify.

Apple still has quite a long way to go, even as its Music streaming service has now more than 15 million subscribers. This is approximately half of what Spotify is estimated to currently have.

The latest addition to Apple's exclusive titles is Frank Ocean's album Endless. It not only provides music but it also features a music video of the whole 45 minute album. Endless is called a visual album, which essentially is one really long – one could say almost endless – music video.

Later this month Britney Spears will be releasing his new album exclusively on Apple Music and next year's exclusives include Drake.

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Even the smaller iPhone will have major improvements to camera

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 20 Aug 2016 14:27

Even the smaller iPhone will have major improvements to camera Largely leaked iPhone 7 has been seen in pictures and even modelled into dummy units. From outside it looks really close to its predecessor only change really being the camera, especially in the bigger version.

Of course the larger, likely to be named iPhone 7 Plus, has been rumored to have a dual camera system which is something completely different from previous iPhones. However, now new leak reveals that there are some major changes to the single camera in the smaller iPhone 7's back as well.

According to pictures released by iPhone 7 will be getting OIS or optical image stabilization. This means that feature found already in the larger version of the previous year's model is coming finally to the 4,7 inch iPhone 7.

It must also be noted that the camera seems to be a bit larger from the outside but it's hard to tell if that is the case for the module itself. The pictures do show indication of OIS, as Nowhereelse points out, but other changed cannot be confirmed from it.

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Watch out Pokemon Go cheaters, you could be banned permanently

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Aug 2016 22:48

Watch out Pokemon Go cheaters, you could be banned permanently Developer Niantic has warned gamers that they could be permanently banned from Pokemon Go if they go about violating the game's terms of service.

For the most part, those that are getting banned have used GPS spoofing or bots/automation to help themselves in the game, and Niantic isn't having it anymore.

The message gamers have been receiving:


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New York Times acquires a VR company

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Aug 2016 22:31

New York Times acquires a VR company Newspaper company The New York Times has acquired VR firm Fake Love as the company looks to expand its offerings.

Fake Love, based in Brooklyn, will continue to operate and brand independent of the NYT. The company has 50 employees.

"We're really interested in playing a bigger role in the marketing services value chain -- coming up with an idea, creating it, distributing the idea, measuring it," said Sebastian Tomich, SVP of advertising and innovation at the Times.

Fake Love will help the Times with special requests regarding augmented reality (think Pokemon Go), and VR projects.


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Silk Road admin to be extradited to US

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Aug 2016 21:57

Silk Road admin to be extradited to US The Irish High Court has ruled that Gary Davis, aka Libertas, will be extradited to the U.S. to face charges that he was the top administrator for the online black market "Silk Road."

Davis, along with other alleged staffers, are accused of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy. The Silk Road's founder, Ross Ulbricht, was convicted last year and is currently serving a life sentence. Another administrator pled guilty and served 60 days.

The accused says he expects to challenge the seizure of servers related to Silk Road:


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Google fined $6.8 million in Russia over antitrust violations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Aug 2016 23:42

Google fined $6.8 million in Russia over antitrust violations Russian officials have fined search giant Google $6.8 million for antitrust violations.

The antitrust authorities ruled that Google favored its digital services over those of rivals and did so by abusing their massive market lead with Android. In the ruling, the Federation Antimonopoly Service said that Google blocked out rivals from including their own services on Android, such as Maps, search and more.

"We have received notice of the fine from F.A.S. and will analyze closely before deciding our next steps," Google said in a statement on Thursday.

Google has faced similar allegations from the EU and other countries and is facing much larger fines.


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