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Submission + - Orange County Developer to Install Tesla Batteries in Two Dozen Buildings (

Lucas123 writes: The Irvine Company, a Newport Beach-based real estate developer that is a dominant landlord in Orange County, plans to install Tesla commercial batteries in two dozen of its buildings around Irvine Spectrum and John Wayne Airport. The project is the first of its kind of that size. The batteries will charge during non-peak hours and distribute power to the buildings during peak hours, a process that's expected to save the developer up to 10% of its energy costs or about $1 million a year.

Submission + - Browser Performance Tests Show Edge For Edge But It Trails Standard Compliance (

MojoKid writes: The Internet and web browsers are an ever changing congruous mass of standards and design. Browser development is a delicate balance between features, security and performance. However, in extensive browser performance testing, some similarities are likely to crop up in the results. Although each browser has its own catchy name, some of them share a common web engine. Regardless, if you are in a business environment that's rolling out Windows 10, and the only browsers you have access to are Edge and IE — go with Edge. It's the better browser of the two by far (security not withstanding). If you do have a choice, then there are better options to consider, depending on your use case. The performance differences between browsers currently are less significant than you might think. If you exclude IE, most browsers perform within 10-20% of each other, depending on the test. For web standards compliance like HTML5, Blink browsers (Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi) still have the upper-hand, even beating the rather vocal and former web-standards champion, Mozilla.

Submission + - How To Enable Cortana On The Xbox One Experience Preview (

MojoKid writes: Part of Microsoft's strategy to unite different devices to a single ecosystem means offering the same services and features across the board. One of those features is Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant, which is available on Windows 10. It will also be available for the Xbox One, though not until sometime next year, at least officially. Don't feel like waiting? You might not have to. Here's a quick and dirty guide on how to unlock Cortana on the Xbox One, provided you're running the latest Xbox One Experience Preview. The first thing that comes to mind for this unlock is the infamous Konami cheat for Contra on NES: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start. Unlocking Cortana isn't quite as involved though, nor will it give you extra lives to fool around with.

Submission + - Dell Brings 4K InfinityEdge Display To XPS 15 Line, GeForce GPU, Under 4 Pounds (

MojoKid writes: There's no doubt that Dell's new XPS 13 notebook when it debuted earlier this year, was very well received. Dell managed to cram a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display into a 12-inch carbon fiber composite frame. Dell has now brought that same InfinityEdge display technology to its larger XPS 15, which the company boasts has the same footprint as a 14-inch notebook. But Dell didn't just stay the course with the QHD+ resolution from the smaller XPS 13; the company instead is offering an optional UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD panel with 8 million pixels and 282 pixels per inch (PPI). The 350-nit display allows for 170-degree viewing angles and has 100 percent minimum Adobe RGB color. Dell also beefed up the XPS 15's internals, giving it sixth generation Intel Core processors (Skylake), support for up to 16GB of memory and storage options that top out with a 1TB SSD. Graphics duties are handled by either integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 or a powerful GeForce GTX 960M processor that is paired with 2GB GDDR5 memory. And all of this squeaks in at under 4 pounds.

Submission + - Microsoft HoloLens Project XRay Live Demo Shows Impressive Mixed Reality Gaming (

MojoKid writes: Microsoft held a big event today in New York City at which the company unveiled a number of new devices. However, Microsoft's demo of their HoloLens mixed-reality technology got the audience's right out of the gate. The demo allowed a gamer named Dan to battle holographic robots on stage, live. Dubbed "Project XRay" the live demo showed Dan holding a holographic gauntlet gun that he used to fire lasers and blast robots as they hovered in the air or broke through the makeshift walls. Live at the event, onlookers could see what Dan was seeing in his HoloLens AR glasses up on the big screen and the effects and depth of field were impressive. "Mixed-Reality" is an interesting concept technology that is essentially augmented reality but mixed with augmented virtuality as well. In a nutshell, elements of the physical real world are also blended into the virtual world and can interact with the virtual world as well.

Submission + - Minecraft Gamer On Smoke Break Sets House On Fire In Live Stream Facepalm (

MojoKid writes: Minecraft is a hugely popular game around the globe, and Microsoft was wise to snatch up its creator, Mojang AB, for $2.5 billion last year. Given its popularity, it's not uncommon to see Minecraft gamers live stream their digital exploits for all to see. What is uncommon, however, is to see such a mundane activity disintegrate into utter chaos and mayhem in a matter of minutes. A 40-year-old Japanese gamer, who goes by the name Daasuke, decided to step away from his mouse and keyboard during a Minecraft streaming session for a smoke break, giving some camera time to his fancy new oil match lighter. During the lead up to the main event, we see Daasuke pour oil into his lighter, after which he spends the next two minutes attempting to light a flame. Around the 4:50 mark on the video, things go horribly wrong. The entire lighter goes up in flames and Daasuke quickly drops it on the floor. He then places the striker in what appears to be a bag of paper or tissues to his right, which immediately goes up in flames. The events that follow are a textbook case in what NOT to do when you accidentally start a fire indoors.

Submission + - Japan Display Squeezes 8K Resolution Into 17-inch LCD, Cracks 510 PPI At 120Hz. (

MojoKid writes: By any metric, 8K is an incredibly high resolution. In fact, given that most HD content is still published in 1080p, the same could be said about 4K. 4K packs in four times the pixels of 1080p, while 8K takes that and multiplies it by four once again; we're talking 33,177,600 pixels. We've become accustomed to our smartphones having super-high ppi (pixels-per-inch); 5.5-inch 1080p phones are 401 ppi, which is well past the point that humans are able to differentiate individual pixels. Understanding that highlights just how impressive Japan Display's (JDI) monitor is, as it clocks in at 510 ppi in a 17-inch panel. Other specs include a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a brightness of 500cd/m2, and a 176 degree viewing angle. While the fact that the company achieved 8K resolution in such a small form-factor is impressive in itself, also impressive is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Submission + - List Of Motorola Devices To Receive Sweet Android 6.0 Marshmallow Upgrade (

MojoKid writes: Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will begin beaming down to Nexus devices starting this week, and soon after, we'll see Android OEMs providing the update to their most recently released devices. If previous Android releasers are any indication, that rollout schedule may take a while — after all, as of September 7th, just 21 percent of Android devices are running Android 5.0 Lollipop a year after its release. Luckily for owners of Motorola smartphones, the company has already compiled a list of its smartphones that will receive Marshmallow. The list includes recent releases like the Moto X Pure Edition but also legacy devices like the Nexus 6, DROID Turbo and Moto G.

Submission + - Some Apple iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Smartphones Mysteriously Powering Down Without (

MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple's new refresh cycle flagships was so great that Apple reported record first weekend sales, with 13 million devices finding their way to customers. However, it appears that some of those customers are having a puzzling issue with their brand new iPhones. Owners are reporting that their phones are turning off randomly when left alone — even when the smartphones have sufficient battery remaining. "New Phone 6s 128GB turned off for no reason the last two nights," wrote Joachim Frey in an Apple discussion thread. "In the morning you then have to push the power-on button for a long time to get it started."

Submission + - SolarCity Says It Has Produced The World's Highest Efficiency Solar Panel (

Lucas123 writes: SolarCity, one of the country's leading solar panel makers and installers, today said it has been able to create a product that has a 22.04% efficiency rating, topping its closest competitor SunPower, by about one percent. While the percentages may appear small, SolarCity said the new panels, which will go into pilot production later this month, will produce 30% to 40% more energy with the same footprint as its current panels, and they will cost no more to make.

Submission + - ICD-10 Medical Diagnosis Coding System Goes Live, Healthcare Holds Its Breath (

Lucas123 writes: After years of deadline extensions, the new, the vastly expanded ICD-10 medical classification list went live today effecting every U.S. healthcare provider and insurance company. The new system offers 68,000 ways healthcare providers can describe diseases, symptoms, abnormal findings, patient complaints, causes of injury or illnesses and even social circumstances. Some of the diagnostic codes can be archaic or absurd. Code Z63.1, for example, describes "Problems in relationship with in-laws," and code V97.33XD covers patients who were "sucked into a jet engine." Healthcare CIOs have been upgrading databases, data storage systems, server memory and staff to deal with the increased number of codes, but what still remains to be seen is if any glitches emerge as payers receive new claims. Linda Reed, the CIO at Atlantic Health, said she's deployed an "army" of staff to help patients attain the correct codes for their treatment and prescriptions. She's hoping the ICD-10 changeover will be like Y2K — all build up, no catastrophe.

Submission + - Anchor Schooled By Troll Continues Interview In Snowden To Scissorhands Hijack (

MojoKid writes: There are trolls, and then there are troll masters. Jon Hendren is clearly an Epic Troll, and his performance today on a segment of HLN's "The Daily Share" will go down in history as one of the greatest live interview hijacks in recent memory. We can't say that HLN producers weren't forewarned about what could possibly happen; after all, Hendren's Twitter handle is @fart. The actual segment started off innocent enough, with show host Yasmin Vossoughian presenting an intro on how Edward Snowden joined Twitter yesterday to great fanfare, amassing over one million followers within 24 hours. The show's host then goes on to interview Hendren, who is introduced as a "Snowden Supporter." Hendren doesn't immediately draw attention to himself. However, he eventually transitions into glorious full troll on video not just audio, noting: "...just because he was created on top of a mountain by Vincent Price, and incomplete, with scissors for hands and no heart," Hendren adds. "Edward Scissorhands is a complete hero to me." Now we don't know if Vossoughian simply didn't comprehend what Hendren said or was simply trying to gracefully move on to her next talking point, but if you check out the footage you'll likely lose it right there (not sure how Hendren kept it together himself). Regardless, HLN's Vossoughian proceeds as if she were interviewing a legitimate guest and not being taken by this epic troll hijack.

Submission + - NVIDIA Launches GeForce NOW Game Streaming Service (

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA has championed game streaming for a number of years now. Whether it be from a GeForce GTX-equipped PC to one of its SHIELD devices or from its cloud-based GRID gaming beta service to a SHIELD, Today though, NVIDIA is kicking its game streaming business up a notch by launching a new service dubbed GeForce NOW. The service streams PC games from the cloud to SHIELD devices at up to full HD 1080p resolutions at 60 fps. It may be tempting to call GeForce NOW an official re-branding of its GRID game streaming beta but that is reportedly not the case. The GRID beta is going away with the launch of GeForce NOW (an update will replace the GRID app with GeForce NOW), but according to NVIDIA, GeForce NOW was re-architected from the ground up to provide a better overall experience. NVIDIA sees GeForce NOW as sort of a "Netflix for games." There is a small monthly fee of $7.99 for a subscription, which gives customers access to a slew of games. There are too many to list but top notch titles like Batman: Arkham City, Ultra Street Fighter IV, GRID 2 and many others are included. In addition to the games included in the subscriptions price, NVIDIA will also be offering GeForce NOW users access to AAA-titles on the day of release, for a fee. The games will typically be sold at a regular retail prices but not only will users get to play those games via the GeForce NOW streaming service on SHIELD devices, they'll also receive a key for playing the game on a PC as well. To use GeForce NOW you'll need an NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, SHIELD portable, or SHIELD tablet (with the latest software updates installed) and a SHIELD-approved 5GHz router. Your broadband connection must also offer download speeds of at least 12Mb/s. 20Mb/s is recommended for 720p / 60 FPS quality, and 50Mb/s is recommended for 1080p / 60 FPS.

Submission + - Network security weaknesses plague federal agencies (

coondoggie writes: “Federal agencies’ information and systems remain at a high risk of
unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, and disruption. These risks are illustrated by the wide array of cyber threats, an increasing number of cyber incidents, and breaches of [personally identifiable information (PII)] occurring at federal agencies

Submission + - Tests Show Apple A9 Processor In iPhone 6s Puts Up Impressive Benchmark Numbers (

MojoKid writes: Underneath the hood of Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models is a new custom designed System-on-Chip (SoC) that Apple has dubbed its A9 processor. It's a 64-bit chip that, according to Apple, is the most advanced ever built for any smartphone, and that's just one of many claims coming out of Cupertino. Apple is also claiming a level of gaming performance on par with dedicated game consoles and with a graphics engine that's 90 percent faster than the previous generation. For compute chores, Apple says the A9 chip improves overall CPU performance by up to 70 percent. These performance promises come without divulging too much about the physical makeup of the A9, though in testing its dual-core SoC does seem to compete well with the likes of Samsung's octal-core Exynos chips found in the Galaxy S6 line. Further, in intial graphics benchmark testing, the A9 also leads the pack in mosts tests, sometimes by a healthy margin, even besting Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 in tests like 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited.

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