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Oliver Stone is making his own movie about the Edward Snowden saga

Between W., Nixon, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon, it’s safe to say that Oliver Stone has a reputation as being a political film-maker. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, therefore, to see that the director has signed up to helm a movie based on Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald’s exposure of the NSA’s PRISM program. The Snowden Files is based upon Luke Harding’s account of the story, and will compete with No Place to Hide, which is based on Greenwald’s book of the same name. In a statement, Stone said that “this is one of the greatest stories of our time,” which explains why we need two films on the same subject — just like Armageddon and Deep Impact, or Volcano and Dante’s Peak, or Mission to Mars and Red Planet, or Mirror/Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman

Filed under: Misc


Source: The Guardian


Acer shows off the first 4K monitor with NVIDIA’s stutter-reducing G-Sync tech

Acer shows off the first 4K monitor with NVIDIA's stutter-reducing G-Sync tech

It’s been nearly eight months since NVIDIA unveiled G-Sync, a new technology for game monitors that reduces lag, stuttering and screen tearing. In that time, none of these displays has been widely available, though we have been treated to an in-person demo or two. Finally, though, Acer is on the verge of releasing a G-Sync monitor, and it appears to be the first with 4K resolution, to boot. The XB280HK (pictured above) is a 28-inch display with a 3,840 x 2,160 TN panel — a big improvement over the Philips 1080p model we saw back at CES. Separately, ASUS just announced the ROG Swift PG278Q, here at Computex; that’s a 27-inch G-Sync monitor with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. See? They don’t all have to be capped at 1,920 x 1,080.

Like other G-Sync displays, both of these match your GPU’s refresh rate with the monitor’s as a way of eliminating the sort of bumpiness you’d normally get if you extended your gameplay onto a bigger screen. The in-person demo we got today reminded us how effective the technology is, especially in side-by-side comparisons with older monitors. But don’t take our word for it — the demo video embedded below does a better job capturing the benefits than any hands-on walk-through we could put together. Even if you’re already aware of how the technology works, you might want to check it out; it’s the clearest demonstration of the technology we’ve seen yet. As for the question of “when can I buy these?”, well, we’re not actually sure yet. No word on when either of these will arrive or how much they’ll cost, but the Acer model, at least, is slated to ship in Q2, which means it should go on sale very soon.

Filed under: Displays, Gaming, ASUS, Acer, NVIDIA



NSA says it’s not collecting images of US citizens for facial recognition

Cybersecurity Summit With NSA Director Michael Rogers

Over the weekend, reports surfaced on the NSA using facial recognition to scan the web and match faces with intelligence data — thanks to another Edward Snowden leak. Today, Admiral Mike Rodgers, the head of the organization, denied collecting images of folks in the US on the regular. While Rogers did admit that efforts used the tech to obtain more info on intelligence and counterterrorism targets abroad, he explained “We do not do this on some unilateral basis against US citizens.” Unless a said citizens are part of an on-going investigation, online snapshots are said to remain out of the NSA’s crosshairs. Not surprisingly, Rogers didn’t go into much detail, but he did say that reports of the security agency searching through driver’s license photo libraries were inaccurate.

[Image credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Filed under: Internet


Source: Reuters


Kickstarter simplifies the path to funding… or failing

A lot of Kickstarter campaigns sink quickly, even with the help and advice of the crowd-funding giant’s Community Managers. But, if you’re super confident in your project you can skip that feedback period completely with a feature called Launch Now. Not every project can squeeze through, however. Kickstarter relies on an algorithm that determines if a campaign is ready to launch. Meet the required data points and you can just choose to “launch now.”

Letting you skip the normally lengthy period of advice, help and tweaking is fine for the cockier would-be entrepreneurs out there, but the company is simplifying the Kickstarting process for everyone. The rules for submissions have been boiled down to three core principles:

  • Projects must create something to share with others.
  • Projects must be honest and clearly presented.
  • Projects cannot fundraise for charity, offer financial incentives, or involve prohibited items.

That opens up the site to beauty products and software projects (other than resurrecting classic video games). So expect a deluge of exfoliating creams inspired by neighborhood inferiority complexes.

Filed under: Internet


Source: Kickstarter


Chrome goes 64-bit on Windows with promises of faster, safer web browsing

Chrome Web Store on Windows

While many apps and operating systems made the jump to 64-bit code a while ago, Google’s Chrome browser is still stuck in a 32-bit world and misses out on much of what newer computers can offer. Today, though, it’s moving into the modern era: Google has released test versions of 64-bit Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 users. The upgrade lets the app take full advantage of newer processors and their instruction sets, delivering about a 25 percent speed boost for media-intensive pages. It also lets the software use newer security safeguards to minimize exploits, and there should be fewer crashes. There’s no word on corresponding Linux or Mac updates, but Windows fans willing to live dangerously can grab a 64-bit Canary or developer build through the source link.

Filed under: Internet, Software, Google


Source: Chromium Blog


OS X Yosemite Brings HMTL5 Video Support for Netflix [Mac Blog]

Netflix.pngDuring yesterday’s WWDC keynote, Apple announced several improvements to Safari in OS X Yosemite, including HTML5 video support for Netflix. According to Apple, the improvements bring an extra two hours of video watching under a single battery charge when streaming Netflix video with Yosemite.

Netflix today confirmed that it supports HTML5 video streaming on Safari in OS X Yosemite, explaining that it has worked closely with Apple to implement Premium Video Extensions in Safari. The extensions allow playback of video content in the browser without using plugins like Microsoft’s Silverlight.

We’re especially excited that Apple implemented the Media Source Extensions (MSE) using their highly optimized video pipeline on OS X. This lets you watch Netflix in buttery smooth 1080p without hogging your CPU or draining your battery. In fact, this allows you to get up to 2 hours longer battery life on a MacBook Air streaming Netflix in 1080p – that’s enough time for one more movie!

Netflix’s plugin-free video is currently available to all OS X Yosemite users who have installed the beta. OS X Yosemite will be released to the public this fall.


Instagram 6.0 arrives with enhanced photo editing tools


Instagram on Tuesday announced a brand new 6.0 release of its mobile apps, bringing many new photo editing options. Not new filters, mind you, but actual photo editing and retouching capabilities.

From brightening up a photo of your dinner party to better capturing the warmth of a sunset portrait, these new creative tools help you bring out and share the beauty of the moment as you remember it—right inside the same simple Instagram you already know.

Arriving in the Google Play Store and App Store today, the app now lets users brighten images, add vignettes, and adjust other settings. In other words, it features some of the very stuff we use other apps for before sharing to Instagram.

  • Adjust: Crop and straighten your photo at the same time.
  • Brightness: Makes your photo brighter or darker.
  • Contrast: Makes the bright areas of your photo brighter, and the dark areas darker.
  • Warmth: Shifts the colors of your photo toward either warmer orange tones or cooler blue tones.
  • Saturation: Increases or decreases the color intensity of the image (e.g. red becomes redder).
  • Highlights: Adjust the brightness focusing on the bright areas of the image.
  • Shadows: Adjust the brightness focusing on the dark areas of the image.
  • Vignette: Darkens the edges of the photo to direct the attention away from the edges and toward the center of the photo.
  • Sharpen: Adds a subtle crispness to your photo and makes photo clearer.
  • Filter Strength: Tap on a filter to adjust the filter strength. (Border is now within Filter Strength; tap on a filter to add a border).
  • Each editing tool comes with a slider that allows you to adjust how much to apply each effect.
  • Tap on your photo preview to compare your photo’s before and after effects.

Instagram | Recode

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Moto Stream, a New Audio Streaming Device, Released by Motorola for $50

Motorola has announced and released a new little device called the Moto Stream. The icosahedron sided orb, which reminds me of the Nexus Q with a slight design change, gives you a quick connect to your home theater or speaker system. In the video you see that you simply plug it in to the power source and connect the 3.5mm audio jack and you are done.

Motorola Mot StreamMotorola incorporated NFC into the Moto Stream to make it super easy for all your friends to connect to the device without having to individually pair every device. Nothing is more annoying than holding a button for pairing mode in hopes they can connect the first time. Once connected you can have free range of up to 300 feet, when connected with a class 1 Bluetooth phone, to control all the tunes while you mingle. The video, below, and the Motorola accessory page for it doesn’t make any mention of a specific application needed. All the imagery depicts Google Play Music. Naturally we assume since it is just Bluetooth that once you connect your given devices the Moto Stream will take action when one of those devices issues a command.

Heist Mode allows up to five devices to control any speaker. There’s no setup and it’s universally compatible with all Bluetooth® devices, so anyone can jump in and drop a track. And if you don’t like what’s playing, heist it.

It is a pretty interesting little device for just $50. The streaming audio market is getting pretty heavily saturated and competitive. This single room, single speaker set up isn’t anything new. While the NFC quick connect, design and lights are a nice touch there are plenty of other options out there, like the Rocki which goes over Wi-Fi for the same $49 or the more expensive Phorus PR1 that also runs over Wi-Fi and allows you multi room controls.

If you want more detailed information, or just want to order one, then head over to Motorola’s site.

Source: Motorola Via: 9to5Google

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Chromecast Picks Up WatchESPN, MLS Matchday and Google+ Photo/Videos Support

The $35 Google Chromecast is certainly picking up steam since it was launched. When it came out with a handful of apps, people were excited. Then came the big providers and some of our favorites, like Plex. Since then we have seen home screen changes, games, and more ways to cast from our devices then we really need. Option are good though, it is what makes the Chromecast a must have device, at least in our book.

The Google Chrome Blog has announced today another new partner in the race to be the best value media stick in history. As of today, WatchESPN is now Chromecast supported. That would be the Android app as well as from the browser, if I am not mistaken. As with all major players in the game, the Chrome cast support will only work for you if you have ESPN networks as part of your cable or satellite package.

Another addition to today’s streaming services is MSL Matchday. This one is for all you Football fans out there. No, not pigskin football. Soccer. Again, you need to fork over some cash on a MSL Live subscription to catch all the live games. Cost wise you are looking at $49.99 for access to the whole 2014 season, or you can shell out $15.99 a month.

Finally, we have Google+ photos and videos integration. Just look for the little cast icon in the photos view on your device. Sadly, I don’t see it on any of my devices yet and the Play Store isn’t showing a G+ update either.

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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Scientists can create and erase memories ‘at will’

A person is the sum of their memories, so what happens when our personal histories can be deleted at will? That’s the ethical dilemma facing researchers over at the University of California, San Diego, who have found that it’s possible to delete and recover memories created in the minds of genetically engineered rats in the same way MIT scientists did with mice last year. In a slightly gruesome series of experiments, the rodents were given electric shocks while their neurons were bombarded by light pulses delivered by an optical fiber implanted into their brains. After a while, the shocks stopped, but whenever their brains were stimulated, the rats continued to feel fear, since they were drawing on memories.

Subsequently, the team weakened the rats synapses and found that they could break the link between the feelings of fear and the optical stimulation. Then, to cap the process off, resumed the original series of pulses and reactivated the feelings of fear and apprehension without any additional electric shocks. The head of the project, Professor Robert Malinow, said that “We can form a memory, erase that memory and we can reactivate it, at will,” but don’t worry, he’s not got any plans for world domination just yet. Instead, he’s hoping that his findings will help to counteract the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease — although we’re going to keep a tinfoil hat on standby, just in case.

Filed under: Science


Via: IFL Science

Source: UC San Diego, Nature


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