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Delta Now Lets You Track Your Baggage In Real-Time

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:55pm
Let's face it, tracking down a lost bag at the airport is a pain-in-the-ass. While airlines will often compensate you with money and new clothes for your troubles, the experience is certainly not pleasant. Delta is now attempting to further reduce the number of lost bags through its real-time luggage tracker in the latest version of its mobile app. The Next Web reports: The feature apparently cost $50 million to build. It allows you to see where your stuff is -- provided that it's at one of the 84 airports that support Delta's new tracking tech. Here's how it works. All bags will get a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. This allows Delta to track them in real-time using radio waves. Scanners positioned throughout the baggage system will allow Delta to monitor where the bag is, and relay that information to the passenger. Delta has traditionally been one of the best airlines when it comes to handling baggage. During 2012, it lost only 200,000 bags. That sounds like a lot, but bear in mind it carried 98 million passengers during the same period. You can try the feature on your next Delta flight by grabbing the app from Google Play and the App Store.

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R.I.P. Michael Massee

Dark Horizons - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:44pm

Husky voiced actor Michael Massee has died at the age of 61, details of his death aren’t immediately available.

Massee has almost eighty film and television credits to his name including David Fincher’s “Se7en,” “Lost Highway,” “One Fine Day,” “CBGB,” the two “The Amazing Spider-Man” films, playing the primary villain on first season of “24,” and notable appearances on “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Carnivale,” “The X-Files,” “Alias,” “Murder One,” “Supernatural,” “House,” and “The Blacklist.”

However he also became famous for something more infamous – during working on his first major film, 1994’s “The Crow,” he was the one who fired the improperly prepared prop gun that killed Brandon Lee on the set. Massee reportedly never watched the film and returned to New York following the traumatic accident to take time off from acting.

Massee is survived by his wife, Ellen Massee, and their two children.

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Apple Delays AirPods Beyond Original 'Late October' Window

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:25pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple's new wireless, $180 AirPods have less than a week to meet their original shipping target of "late October," and now the company has confirmed that such a launch is officially off the table. A Wednesday statement, given to Ars Technica just one day ahead of the company's latest Mac-related press event, confirmed Apple's decision to delay the wireless headphones' launch. In the statement, Apple tells Ars that the company "needs a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers." "The early response to AirPods has been incredible," the Apple statement reads. "We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready." Apple declined to offer any estimate or release window information about when to expect the AirPods' official launch.

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Tesla Posts Second Profitable Quarter Ever

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:55pm
anderzole writes from a report via BGR: Tesla on Wednesday posted its earnings report for the quarter gone by and investors will have a lot to cheer about. While analysts on Wall St. were expecting Tesla to post a loss, Tesla during its September quarter actually posted a profit, and an impressive profit at that. When the dust settled, Tesla posted a quarterly profit of $22 million and EPS of $0.71. Revenue for the quarter checked in at $2.3 billion. Illustrating how impressive Tesla's performance was this past quarter, Wall St. was anticipating Tesla to post a loss amid $1.9 billion in revenue for the quarter. As far as deliveries are concerned, Tesla during the quarter boasted that it achieved record vehicle production, deliveries and revenue. More importantly, Tesla reaffirmed via a shareholder letter that the Model 3 is still on track for a late 2017 release. You can read Tesla's shareholder letter here.

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AI-Powered Body Scanners Could Soon Speed Up Your Airport Check-in

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:15pm
An anonymous reader shares a report on the Guardian:A startup bankrolled by Bill Gates is about to conduct the first public trials of high-speed body scanners powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the Guardian can reveal. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Boston-based Evolv Technology is planning to test its system at Union Station in Washington DC, in Los Angeles's Union Station metro and at Denver international airport. Evolv uses the same millimetre-wave radio frequencies as the controversial, and painfully slow, body scanners now found at many airport security checkpoints. However, the new device can complete its scan in a fraction of second, using computer vision and machine learning to spot guns and bombs. This means passengers can simply walk through a scanning gate without stopping or even slowing down -- like the hi-tech scanners seen in the 1990 sci-fi film Total Recall. A nearby security guard with a tablet is then shown either an "all-clear" sign, or a photo of the person with suspicious areas highlighted. Evolv says the system can scan 800 people an hour, without anyone having to remove their keys, coins or cellphones.

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Holbrook To “Beef Up” For “The Predator”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:11pm

One unexpected piece of news the other week was that Shane Black’s “The Predator” was going to make a major casting change – Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro’s busy scheduled demanded he leave the lead role in the blockbuster.

As a result, “Narcos” and “Logan” star Boyd Holbrook has come in to replace him. Speaking With CinemaBlend this week, Black has assured fans there’s nothing to worry about with the change and that his plans for the hero character Quinn Mackenna have remained the same.

One minor change? The fit and lean Holbrook is going to be hitting the weights hard before production:

“You know, at some point we might beef up Mr. Holbrook a little bit, give him a physical workout schedule. That’s what we all had to do on the first Predator! We had to become a slightly more exaggerated, beefy version of ourselves. It’s a shame — schedules just could not allow us to proceed in any way that met our start date that we insisted on with Benicio. But we do have this wonderful actor! That’s the good news.”

Unlike many other actors of his generation, Holbrook has eschewed the spotlight in favor of plenty of meatier acting roles and has earned plenty of kudos in the process. Black also reaffirmed that he won’t be alone with some exciting announcements about actors joining his squad in coming weeks:

“[Boyd Holbrook] is a guy who is fantastic, and we’re gonna beef up the rest of the cast, and make announcements very soon about the members of this team that we’re setting up. And it’s all people I really want, and want to work with. It’s going to be a very exciting cast.”

Pre-production is in full swing ahead of a February shoot in Vancouver.

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“Wonder Woman” Trailer Launch Imminent?

Dark Horizons - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 4:05pm

Signs suggest a new “Wonder Woman” trailer is ready to hit screens in the next week or two.

According to Trailer Track, the Canadian ratings board site Consumer Protection BC yesterday rated what appears to be a brand new 2min 24sec trailer for Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” film. Classifications of trailers are almost always within a week, at most two, of said trailer launching.

This would mark the second full trailer for the film following the Comic Con launch trailer in July. An international trailer was released the other week but was just a cut down version of the Comic Con trailer with one or two new shots.

Is the trailer being readied to time in with the U.S. release of “Doctor Strange” next week? The film itself arrives in theatres on June 2nd 2017.

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176 Original Emojis Join Van Gogh and Picasso At Museum of Modern Art

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:35pm
If you happen to walk through the Museum of Modern Art in New York between December to March of next year, you may see 176 emoji on display next to Van Gogh and Picasso. On Wednesday, the museum announced that Shigetaka Kurita's original pictographs would be added to its collection. Los Angeles Times reports: Nearly two decades ago, Shigetaka Kurita was given the task of designing simple pictographs that could replace Japanese words for the growing number of cellphone users communicating with text messages. Kurita, who was working for the Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo at the time, came up with 176 of them, including oddities like a rocking horse, two kinds of umbrellas (one open, one closed) and five different phases of the moon. He called them emojis. An estimated 74% of Americans now use emojis every day, nudging the written word to the side in favor of a medium that can succinctly and playfully convey emotions in a society often more adept at texting than talking. That marriage of design and utility prompted the art world to take notice. Museum officials say emojis are the modern-day answer to an age-old tradition of communicating with pictures. "Emojis as a concept go back in the centuries, to ideograms, hieroglyphics and other graphic characters, enabling us to draw this beautiful arch that covers all of human history," said Paola Antonelli, a senior curator at MoMA. "There is nothing more modern than timeless concepts such as these."

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Fuller Pulls Back From “Star Trek: Discovery”

Dark Horizons - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 3:27pm

Former “Hannibal” showrunner Bryan Fuller has stepped down as showrunner on the CBS All Access digital series “Star Trek: Discovery” which is currently in the works for a May premiere.

CBS Television Studios producers said in a statement that due to Fuller’s work schedule (namely Starz’ “American Gods” series and NBC’s “Amazing Stories” revival), he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day on the show but remains an executive producer. Fuller penned the first two scripts for ‘Discovery’ and has scripted the larger arc for the series which will see a woman captain the new ship.

Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer, along with Fuller’s producing partners and longtime collaborators Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, will continue to oversee the show with the existing writing and producing team and will split showrunning duties between them.

Insiders note that there had been some frustration on Fuller’s part with speed with which Discovery was moving. CBS Television Studios has already begun marketing the series, which has yet to be cast, with panels at Comic-Con, a teaser at upfronts and a Q&A with executives and Fuller at TCA.

The series follows the U.S.S. Discovery and will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and new civilizations. The cast will feature a woman of color as the lead, an openly gay actor as one of the male leads, a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.

Source: The Live Feed

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How Vigilante Hackers Could Stop the Internet of Things Botnet

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:55pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Some have put forth a perhaps desperate -- and certainly illegal -- solution to stop massive internet outages, like the one on Friday, from happening: Have white-hat vigilante hackers take over the insecure Internet of Things that the Mirai malware targets and take them away from the criminals. Several hackers and security researchers agree that taking over the zombies in the Mirai botnet would be relatively easy. After all, if the "bad guys" Mirai can do it, a "good guys" Mirai -- perhaps even controlled by the FBI -- could do the same. The biggest technical hurdle to this plan, as F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hypponen put it, is that once it infects a device, Mirai "closes the barn door behind it." Mirai spreads by scanning the internet for devices that have the old-fashioned remote access telnet protocol enabled and have easy to guess passwords such as "123456" or "passwords." Then, once it infects them, it disables telnet access, theoretically stopping others from doing the same. The good news is that the code that controls this function actually doesn't at times work very well, according to Darren Martyn, a security researcher who has been analyzing the malware and who said he's seen some infected devices that still have telnet enabled and thus can be hacked again. Also, Mirai disappears once an infected device is rebooted, which likely happens often as owners of infected cameras and DVRs try to fix their devices that suddenly have their bandwidth saturated. The bad news is that the Mirai spreads so fast that a rebooted, clean, device gets re-infected in five minutes, according to the estimates of researchers who've been tracking the botnets. So a vigilante hacker has a small window before the bad guys come back. The other problem is what a do-gooder hacker could do once they took over the botnet. The options are: brick the devices, making them completely unusable; change the default passwords, locking out even their legitimate owners; or try to fix their firmware to make them more resistant to future hack attempts, and also still perfectly functioning. The real challenge of this whole scenario, however, is that despite being for good, this is still illegal. "No one has any real motivation to do so. Anyone with the desire to do so, is probably afraid of the potential jail time. Anyone not afraid of the potential jail time...can think of better uses for the devices," Martyn told Motherboard, referring to criminals who can monetize the Mirai botnet.

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The Long Way Release announcement

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:25pm

We are glad to present the trailer of the game. Release is scheduled for 27th October 2017. The focus of development is on a character animation, AI-systems, and making a bug-free environment.

Canadian Police Are Texting Potential Murder Witnesses

/. - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 2:15pm
On Thursday, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will send text messages to anybody who was in the vicinity of a murder in the hopes that one of them will have information that can help catch the culprit. One of the recipients may even be the killer. Others may wonder how the police obtained their phone number in the first place, or knew where they were on the day in question. From a Motherboard report: The OPP is ramping up its efforts to find the murderer of 65-year-old hitchhiker John Hatch, who was found dead near Erin, Ontario, on December 17, 2015. He was last seen alive the day before, outside Ottawa. Now, the OPP has announced what it's describing as a "new investigative technique" for the force: obtaining the phone numbers of everyone who was in the area where and when Hatch was last seen alive, via a court order, and sending each person a text message directing them to a police website. If they follow those instructions, they'll be asked a series of online questions. According to digital privacy lawyer David Fraser, this technique is known as a "tower dump" -- essentially asking telecom companies for information about everyone who connected to a certain cellphone tower, at a given time. If the police plan on using this technique again, its future uses could have unintended effects, Frasier said.

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New GeForce Drivers

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
NVIDIA now offers some new version 375.63 WHQL-certified drivers for GeForce accelerators. These come shortly after the release of new version 357.57 drivers last week. The new drivers carry the same...

Mordheim: City of the Damned - Undead Released

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
Focus Home Interactive announces the release of Undead on Steam, a new expansion for Mordheim: City of the Damned, Rogue Factor's RPG. This adds some scary new units to the game, including Vampire,...

Craft Keep VR Early Access Next Month

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
Excalibur Publishing announces Craft Keep VR, a virtual reality game where you fulfill your dreams of glory by playing as what amounts to an NPC in an RPG. Early access to this will begin on Steam on...

Uwe Boll Ending Film Career

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
Film director Uwe Boll is saying goodbye to Hollywood, or the b-movie equivalent where he's plied his trade, saying he will no longer be making movies. Dark Horizons has the details that say he's not...

Morning Patches

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive » Release Notes for 10-25-2016. Dota 2 Update - October 25th, 2016. Team Fortress 2 Update Released.

Morning Interviews

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
Games For Everybody Interview: YouTube Gaming For Disabled Gamers - One Angry Gamer.

Morning Consolidation

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
Rainbow Six Siege Update 4.3 Released on PS4 & Xbox One. Batman ? The Telltale Series ? Episode 3: New World Order Is Now Available For Xbox Is Now Available For Xbox. Saturday Morning RPG Is Now...

Morning Mobilization

Blue's News - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:35pm
NYC's Free Gigabit Wi-Fi Kiosks Are Headed to London. Shouldn't they just get their own?
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