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Submission + - Hands On With Samsung's Gear S2 And Gear S2 Classic Android Wear Smartwatches->

MojoKid writes: Samsung announced their latest Android Wear-based smartwatches the other day, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. At a hands-on press even in New York this week, Samsung had the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic up and running on demo. Both of these smartwatches feature 11.4mm thin casings and 1.2-inch, 360x360 displays that are completely circular, unlike the "flat tire" displays used on the Moto360. At the heart of the Gear S2 is an undisclosed Samsung-sourced 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM. NFC technology is incorporated into the watches as well, which will support Samsung Pay in the near future as well. The Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classis are IP68 certified for dust and water resistance and there will be versions with and without integrated 3G connectivity. Both watches feature a rotating ring around the display, in addition to two buttons at the side, intelligently located at 2 and 4 o'clock to minimize accidental actuation, for navigating the various menus and apps. Samsung also allows user customization of some watch-faces to show personalized info and offers dynamic watch-faces with notifications presented on-screen at all times, along with the time.
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Submission + - Police Body Camera Business All About The Video Evidence Storage->

Lucas123 writes: Body cameras are the fastest growing segment of the police video camera business. The two largest police body camera manufacturers today — Taser and VieVu — say they've shipped devices to 41% of the nation's 18,000 police departments. But, the hardware is only the basis for the real business: video evidence storage. Last year, Taser's gross profit margins on hardware were 15.6%; the gross margins for video storage were 51%, according to Glenn Mattson, who follows Taser as an equity analyst for Ladenburg Thalmann. "There's no contest. They don't care about making money on the cameras," Mattson said. As of the first quarter of this year, more than a petabyte of police video has been uploaded to Taser's service. Just one of VieVu's clients, the Oakland PD, has uploaded more than a million police videos. The cost of storage, however, is so high that police departments have been forced to determine strict retention policies, that in some cases may effect the long-term handling of evidence. In Birmingham, Ala., for example, where they've deployed 300 cameras and hope to double that this year, the the video cameras themselves cost about $180,000, but the department's total outlay for a five-year contract including cloud storage with Taser will be $889,000.
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Submission + - Second Gen Moto 360 Men's And Women's, Fitness-Oriented Moto 360 Sport Unveiled

MojoKid writes: Motorola's first generation Moto 360 smartwatch was one of the first Android Wear smartwatches to hit the market, and because of its round display, became the immediate flag bearer for the Android Wear platform. As new competition has entered the fray — including entries from Apple with the Apple Watch and Samsung with the Gear S2 — Motorola is announcing a second generation smartwatch that solves most of the complaints of the previous model. Motorola has ditched the archaic Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor in the original Moto 360. The new second generation Moto 360 brings a more credible 1.2GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and Adreno 305 graphics to the table. You'll also find 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. And if you didn't like the largish dimensions of the previous Moto 360, you'll be glad to know that Motorola is offering two sizes this time around. There's a 46mm diameter case that comes with a 360x330 display and a smaller 42mm diameter case that houses a 360x325 display. Motorola has also introduced a dedicated women's model of the Moto 360 which features a 42mm diameter case and accepts smaller 16mm bands. As for battery life, Motorola says that the men's and women's 42mm models comes with a 300 mAh battery which is good for up to 1.5 days of mixed use, while the 46mm watch comes with a larger 400 mAh battery which is good for up to 2 days on charge.

Submission + - Intel Launches Onslaught Of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick->

MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There's the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel's new Compute Stick venture. Then there's the U-Series, which is aimed at thin and light notebooks and "portable" all-in-one machines. The H-Series is built for gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, while the S-Series is designated for desktops, all-in-one machines, and mini PCs. Also, the Y-Series that was previously known as simply the Core M, (the chip found in products like the 12-inch Apple MacBook and Asus Transformer Book Chi T300) is now expanding into a whole family of processors. There will be Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors, similar to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPU models in other desktop and notebook chips.
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Submission + - DARPA looking to sling and recover drones from aircraft motherships->

coondoggie writes: The Gremlins program has as a goal to launch groups of drones or gremlins from large aircraft such as bombers or transport aircraft, as well as from fighters and other small, fixed-wing platforms while those planes are out of range of adversary defenses. When the gremlins complete their mission, a C-130 transport aircraft would retrieve them in the air and carry them home, where ground crews would prepare them for their next use within 24 hours, DARPA said.
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Submission + - Beyond Bitcoin: 7 Ways To Capitalize On Blockchains

snydeq writes: Bitcoin’s widely trusted ledger offers intriguing possibilities for business use beyond cryptocurrency, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner. 'From the beginning, bitcoin has assumed a shadowy, almost outlaw mystique,' Wayner writes. 'Even the mathematics of the technology are inscrutable enough to believe the worst. The irony is that the mathematical foundations of bitcoin create a solid record of legitimate ownership that may be more ironclad against fraud than many of the systems employed by businesses today. Plus, the open, collaborative way in which bitcoin processes transactions ensures the kind of network of trust that is essential to any business agreement.'

Submission + - FBI: Major business e-mail scam blasts 270% increase since 2015->

coondoggie writes: Since the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began tracking BEC scams in late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized—with total dollar losses exceeding $740 million. That doesn’t include victims outside the U.S. and unreported losses, the FBI stated. According to IC3, since the beginning of 2015 there has been a 270% increase in identified BEC victims.
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Submission + - Unearthed E.T. Atari Game Cartridges Score $108K At Auctions-> 1

MojoKid writes: Hundreds of Atari 2600 cartridges of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial that were excavated last year from a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico collectively raked in nearly $108,000 through eBay auctions. Some $65,000 of that will go to the city of Alamogordo, while the Tularosa Basin Historical Society will receive over $16,000. Over $26,600 went to shipping fees and other expenses. A team of excavators led by operational consultant Joe Lewandowski unearthed the E.T. cartridges in front of a film crew. The high profile (among gaming historians) dig was the basis a documentary called Atari: Game Over, which is available for free through the Microsoft Store.
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Submission + - Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions Unveils LawBreakers Game Trailer->

MojoKid writes: Boss Key Productions has posted its first trailer of "LawBreakers" (formerly Project Bluestreak), a futuristic game title that's set to release on multiple platforms in 2016. The trailer shows off some of the characters and classes that you'll have access to on both sides of the law — yes, you'll have to decide whether you're fighting for the law or the lawbreakers. The game's setting is Earth, though not as you know it now. This is a future version of Earth where gravity is busted. The government, in its infinite wisdom, screwed up some testing on the moon and managed to split its surface, an event that came to be known as "The Shattering." Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski is one of the co-founders of Boss Key Productions, the other of which is Arjan Brussee, the main coder behind both Jazz Jackrabbit games and co-founder Guerrilla Games.
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Submission + - The ultimate auto-pilot software gets $15M boost->

coondoggie writes: The development of an automated system that can help take care of flying an aircraft — even perhaps helping pilots overcome in-flight system failures got another big boost this week when the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Aurora Flight Sciences $15.3 million to move development of the software into a second phase.
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Submission + - AMD Unveils Radeon R9 Nano, Targets Mini ITX Gaming Systems With A New Fury->

MojoKid writes: AMD today added a third card to its new Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is a very compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the standard Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. The Fury Nano sports 64 compute units with 64 stream processors each for a total of 4,096 stream processors, just like Fury X. It also has an engine clock of up to 1,000MHz and pushes 8.19 TFLOPs of compute performance. That's within striking distance of the Fury X, which features a 1,050MHz engine clock at 8.6 TFLOPs.
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Submission + - How To Keep Microsoft's Nose Out Of Your Personal Data In Windows 10->

MojoKid writes: Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize leaks as much as possible are often requested by users who have recently made the jump to the new operating system. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the start menu, and then selecting Privacy from the pop-up menu. Among these menus are a plethora of options regarding what data can be gathered about you. It's worth noting, however, that changing any of these options may disable various OS related services, namely Cortana, as Microsoft's digital assistant has it tendrils buried deep.
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Submission + - Big question of the day: Leonard Nimoy or not? ->

coondoggie writes: The National Archives Unwritten Records Blog has an interesting item today for fans of actor Leonard Nimoy.
It seems that in the course of researching a film Clear Skies, Clean Air (from 1971) research request, the blogger Audrey Amidon thought the narrator of the film sounded familiar – that of Nimoy who most of the world knew as Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
Nimoy, who passed away earlier this year, amongst his myriad talents was a well-known voice-over actor. But the film and subsequent research turned up no record of the film’s narrator.

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Submission + - Crucial Limbos To 35 Cents Per GiB For Latest High Performance MX200 SATA SSD->

MojoKid writes: Prices for solid state drives have fallen precipitously over the past year. This is especially true when shopping 2.5-inch form factor SATA SSDs, which is where some of the best values in solid state storage are currently found. Micron's Crucial brand MX200 drives that were recently introduced, for example, are currently selling for around .35 to .36 per GiB for a 500GB capacity drive at $179 and $349 for a 1TB drive. Based on Marvell's 88SS9189 controller and 16nm Micron NAND Flash, it's a reasonably solid option for SATA-based storage and definitely marks another point on the trend line for solid state storage costs in mainstream, cost-sensitive applications. With performance north of 500MB/sec, IO response times are pretty snappy too.
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Submission + - Samsung Tells Users To RTFM To Avoid Damaging Galaxy Note 5 Stylus Silo->

MojoKid writes: Earlier this today, news broke that Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 can be easily damaged by simply inserting the S Pen stylus in backwards. The design of the Galaxy Note 5's S Pen allows it to easily be inserted "blunt end" first, which causes it to become stuck. Once this happens, one or both issues occur: 1) the S Pen will become permanently wedged into the device or 2) if you do manage to retrieve the errant S Pen, removing it breaks Galaxy Note 5's pen detection mechanism. There has been some user outcry over this apparently and Samsung has offered a response. Despite what appears to be a real design flaw with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has issued a statement which, in a polite way, tells users to "RTFM" — "We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around." Sure enough, on page 25 there's a warning regarding this exact issue and the danger of inserting the S Pen incorrectly, but does Samsung get a pass for what is obviously a poor design choice and an easy pitfall for a mass market device like a smartphone?
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