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Exclusive: Interview with City of Titans Project Lead Chris Hare and Lead of Composition William Strickland

Exclusive: Interview with City of Titans Project Lead Chris Hare and Lead of Composition William Strickland

City of Titans, to-be-developed by Missing Worlds Media, has been heralded from the get-go as the spiritual successor to now-lost City of Heroes and is running a Kickstarter campaign (fully funded) that has exceeded $470,000 and still has more than ten days to go. Known originally as The Phoenix Project, CoT is a super hero massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) designed to rise from the ashes of NCSoft’s CoH now that it’s been shut down. Sunday, I got the chance to speak with Chris Hare, City of Titans Project Lead, and William Strickland, City of Titans Lead of Composition... more »
Digital Map Attack, Project Shield, and uProxy: The Trio of Google for Freedom of Expression

Digital Map Attack, Project Shield, and uProxy: The Trio of Google for Freedom of Expression

During an event in New York City, Google unveiled some new services and initiatives with the aim of supporting freedom of expression and knowledge within a larger battle that Google faces for some time in some areas geography of the world. Always sensitive to issues related to freedom of expression in particular through the network, Google has often to deal with visually distinct reality repressive governments and to defend freedom of speech. The Mountain View company announced an initiative which aims to come to the rescue of the owners of a website if it falls victim to an attack like... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 23: Post-Silk Road Bitcoin Exceeds $200 and Chinese Interest in BTC On the Rise

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 23: Post-Silk Road Bitcoin Exceeds $200 and Chinese Interest in BTC On the Rise

It’s only been since April that Bitcoin value reached $240 and then fell once again below $200--so this last week, seeing the currency surge back up brings a lot of speculation to people following these changes. Add in the amazing recovery from the uncertainty of SR’s demise and a sudden increase in press and popularity--after all it’s just as romantic that bitcoins can be used for criminal enterprise as they can for everyday business--and it’s a recipe for a boost in value. On top of that, a rally appears to be happening in China involving the exchange of Bitcoin after the... more »
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Apple is Buying Enterprise Market Share in a Smart Way

There was a time when I didn’t like Apple… at all.  I thought that the company’s products were overpriced playthings not worthy of the enterprise or as contenders for the serious work of business. Today, though, that’s changed… I’m writing this blog post on my MacBook Pro Retina, which is sitting next to my iPhone 5s, and across the table sits my iPad.  I guess you could say that I’ve gone to the dark side. Of course, I still run a Windows 8 virtual machine so that I can get the best of both worlds.  Frankly, I made the jump to Apple... more »
5 Influential Women in Gaming History

5 Influential Women in Gaming History

The world of gaming is still a tough place when it comes to women receiving the recognition they deserve. Although 49 percent of players are now women, they still are told that they are not “real” gamers, their geekiness being thoroughly questioned, as shown in this video (embedded below). Yet women have always played a big part in IT in general, and gaming in particular. Here are some very famous women who've had a strong impact on gaming history and the industry's development: Doris Self - Competitive Gamer Not only is Doris Self one of the first women in competitive gaming, she is... more »
SmartCar Weekly: UK to Build its First Smart Highway + More

SmartCar Weekly: UK to Build its First Smart Highway + More

This week’s SmartCar roundup features the expected growth of the connected car industry, a new partnership to keep cars connected to the internet, and UK’s plan of connecting an entire highway to the internet. Connected Car market expected to reach $131.9B in 2019   In a report published by the Transparency Market Research, it was projected that the connected car market is expected to reach $131.9 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 34.7 percent from 2013 to 2019, with 4G/LTE leading the way. The growth of the connected car market is driven primarily by factors such as safety and security gaming, with... more »
Apple Sticks One Up To Microsoft With Free OS X & Productivity Apps

Apple Sticks One Up To Microsoft With Free OS X & Productivity Apps

Few were surprised to see Apple's new iPads yesterday because of numerous leaks over the last few weeks, but the Cupertino-based firm managed to shock attendees nonetheless, when it announced that the Mac OS X Mavericks comes as a free update.  This is great news for all Mac users, as this is the first time Apple is offering its OS for free, and you don’t even have to purchase a new hardware to get the free OS. Apple is allowing old Macs, even those bought from 2007, to be updated to the latest OS with just a click of a button.... more »
3 Ways Driverless Cars Will Revolutionize Road Transport

3 Ways Driverless Cars Will Revolutionize Road Transport

There's been a lot of talk about the potential benefits of so-called 'driverless' cars of the type that Google is working on, but much less has been said about the other ways in which smart cars might 'drive' a revolution in road transportation. Previous research has shown that we could make serious inroads into the 30,000 road deaths recorded in the US each year, even if cars are only partially automated. Vehicles equipped with "forward-collision warning systems" that automatically apply the brakes have far fewer accidents than those that don't, according to a number of studies. With more than 1.2 million people... more »
Facebook Moves To Ban Beheading Videos Once Again

Facebook Moves To Ban Beheading Videos Once Again

Earlier this week the BBC reported that Facebook had reversed a ban – imposed last May - on users posting videos of violent acts such as people being decapitated, just days before clip of a woman being beheaded went viral. This immediately caused uproar, with the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron calling Facebook "irresponsible" for allowing it. Now, All Things D reports that Facebook has decided to backtrack once more, updating its policy on violent images and removing the aforementioned beheading clip. It's a bit of a delicate issue for Facebook because on the one hand, it likes to champion free speech... more »
Next-Gen Tablet Wars: Nokia Lumia 2520 vs iPad Air

Next-Gen Tablet Wars: Nokia Lumia 2520 vs iPad Air

Apple and Nokia both came out with new tablets yesterday.  For Nokia, this is its first entry in the tablet space, and probably its last since in few months it's hardware division will be swallowed up by Microsoft. Meanwhile, Apple is quite the veteran in the tablet space, having invented the things in the first place, and for most consumers its iPads are still the creme de la creme. So, out of genuine curiosity given Microsoft/Nokia's desperation to become a force in mobile, we thought we'd take a closer look at how the newbie entrant compares to the latest offspring of... more »

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