Bitcoin Hits Highest Levels In Almost Three Years
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 01:45 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's peak-time department:
Digital currency bitcoin hit its highest levels in almost three years on Friday, extending gains since India sparked a cash shortage by removing high-denomination bank notes from circulation a month ago. From a report on Reuters: Bitcoin was trading as high as $774 on the New York-based itBit exchange, up almost 1 percent on the day and the highest since February 2014, having climbed almost 9 percent in the past month. It has climbed around 80 percent so far this year, far exceeding its 35 percent rise in 2015.

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As Father And Son
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 01:23 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
I occasionally try to utilize my notoriety to get shit. I feel my alignment shifting when I do, a grinding pressure, a sense that perhaps my momma raised me wrong after all, so I don’t try to run game with great frequency. In the context I was raised in it’s of a piece with “putting on airs,” like literacy. When I attempt to use my Ultimate, I tell you here; as often as not, it doesn’t work at all. At PAX West, a few months before the official release of Star Wars: Destiny, I had a chance to drop into a demo during the show and it…

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Alphabet Donated Its Employees' Holiday Gifts To Charity
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 12:22 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's tech-perks department:
The employee perks at Google are legendary, and they've always included an over-the-top holiday gift for every employee. In the past, the company has surprised its 70,000 employees with Nexus phones, Android smartwatches, and Chromebooks. Fortune adds:This year employees speculated they might get Google's new Pixel phones or a Google Home unit, the company's competitor to Amazon's Echo. But they forgot: They don't work for Google anymore. They work for Alphabet. Instead of a shiny new gadget, Alphabet employees got an email. On Thursday Bloomberg published a bruising story about the new, cost-conscious regime of Alphabet, driven by its corporate re-organization and its ex-Wall Street CFO, Ruth Porat. Shortly after the story hit, employees were informed that their holiday gift this year was a donation to charity, Fortune has learned. Alphabet donated $30 million worth of Chromebooks, phones, and associated tech support to schools on its employees' behalf.

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Transformers Movie Voyager Optimus Prime Evolution Video
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 12:12 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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The official Hasbro Transformers Facebook Page has posted a video showcasing the evolution of the Movie Voyager Optimus Prime figures. While the first image is clearly from the Titanium line, the final image is our best look yet at Transformers: The Last Knight Voyager Class Optimus Prime. Check it out, after the jump.  

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Verizon Says It Will Not Push Samsung's Update That Disables Galaxy Note7 Because Of User Inconvenience
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 10:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's moral-dilemma department:
Samsung confirmed on Friday that it will indeed release an update to Galaxy Note7 smartphones in the United States to "prevent US Galaxy Note7 devices from charging and will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." In a new wrinkle to this whole situation, Verizon said today it will not be releasing Samsung's software update to Galaxy Note7 users on Verizon network. In a blog post, Verizon said: "Verizon will not be taking part in this update because of the added risk this could pose to Galaxy Note 7 users that do not have another device to switch to. We will not push a software upgrade that will eliminate the ability for the Note 7 to work as a mobile device in the heart of the holiday travel season. We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation." To recall, the Galaxy Note7 remains banned on airlines by the FAA and has also been prohibited from being used on many other public transit services in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, similar bans have been imposed on the phone.

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Michigan Lets Autonomous Cars On Roads Without Human Driver
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 10:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's it's-coming department:
Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. From a report on ABC: The package of bills signed into law Friday comes with few specific state regulations and leaves many decisions up to automakers and companies like Google and Uber. It also allows automakers and tech companies to run autonomous taxi services and permits test parades of self-driving tractor-trailers as long as humans are in each truck. And they allow the sale of self-driving vehicles to the public once they are tested and certified, according to the state. The bills allow testing without burdensome regulations so the industry can move forward with potential life-saving technology, said Gov. Rick Snyder, who was to sign the bills. "It makes Michigan a place where particularly for the auto industry it's a good place to do work," he said.

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Transformers: Rescue Bots Season 4 Now Available On Netflix
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 10:42 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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The latest season of Transformers: Rescue Bots is now available on Netflix. Power up, energize and roll to the rescue as the fourth season of TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS is out now on Netflix. The animated series will introduce new characters – the first-ever female Rescue Bot “Quickshadow” voiced by Alex Kingston (“ER”) and “Chickadee” voiced by Kristen Schaal (“Bob’s Burgers”). TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS also celebrates its 100th episode milestone this season. More info on NowOnNetflix.

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IDW Publishing To Establish Satellite Office In Portland
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 10:42 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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IDW Publishing has shot us a press release stating that they have established a Satellite Office in Portland. Appropriately named as Woodworks, the branch [get it?] is run by Creative Director Dirk Wood. The new premises is the start of a new line of books, anchored by a high-end, curated magazine, featuring contributions by, and conversations with, the most talented and diverse creators in the industry. While the primary focus will be comics, it will also have a dash of general entertainment and culture features; film, TV, art, music, history, and more. Further details will be unveiled in the coming weeks as this » Continue Reading.

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Maketoys Downbeat Colored In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 10:42 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Thanks to Maketoys Facebook page we have an in-depth look at MTRM-9 Downbeat which is a Masterpiece inspired Jazz. He’s rocking the classic Porsche design and comes with multiple faces and accessories, including speakers that connect in both modes! Check out the images after the break and discuss on the 2005 Boards!

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President Obama Orders Review of Cyber Attacks On 2016 Election
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 09:34 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's reboot department:
President Barack Obama has ordered a full review of hacking activities aimed at disrupting last month's presidential election, media outlets reported Friday citing a top White House official. The results are to be delivered to Obama before he leaves the office. From a report on Reuters: "The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process ... and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress," homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said during an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Facebook Discloses New Measurement Errors, Continues To Hone Its Math
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 09:34 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's math-is-hard department:
An anonymous reader shares an article on MarketingLand: For the third time since September, Facebook is disclosing new measurement errors. The two new errors affected the reaction counts Facebook reports on Pages' Live videos, as well as the engagement figures Facebook reports for off-Facebook links; the latter link engagement metrics were recently used in investigations by BuzzFeed and The New York Times into fake news articles' performance on Facebook. In addition to acknowledging the two new errors -- of which one has been corrected and one is still being inspected -- Facebook has refined a measurement marketers may reference when buying ads through the social network. None of the aforementioned metrics had any impact on how much money Facebook charges advertisers for their campaigns. But they may have informed brands' Facebook ad-buying strategies as well as brands', publishers' and others' Facebook-related content-publishing strategies.

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The Chosen Prime Newsletter 12/9/16
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 09:24 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Site sponsor and friend The Chosen Prime have sent through their weekly newsletter. Check out a selection below and hit them up for the full list! _________________________ The Chosen Prime’s Holiday Sale is underway! Latest Pre-Orders Fans Project LER-06 COMERA Fans Project LER-05 ECHARA Perfect Effect PC-15 Upgrade Kits LG Ginrai Iron Factory EX19 SHADOW TENGU Takara <a href="http://news.tfw2005.com/2016/12/09/chosen-prime-newsletter-12916-329859">» Continue Reading.

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Woozy Moo Newsletter December 2016
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 09:24 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
TFW2005 friend and sponsor Woozy Moo sent through their latest newsletter. Check it out below and head on over to grab those deals! _______________ Ends Sunday, 12/11 @ 11:59PM ESTLast Sale before Standard Shipping Deadline Get Your Gifts Now! ​ Snapshot Transformers Combiner Wars Liokaiser Boxed Set $129.99 $114.99 Star Wars Rogue One: Jyn Erso 6” Black Series $22.99 $9.99 Star Wars Rogue One – Black Series 6” Wave 7 Case $131.94 $79.99 Marvel Legends – Doctor Strange – <a href="http://news.tfw2005.com/2016/12/09/woozy-moo-newsletter-december-2016-329853">» Continue Reading.

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Magic Leap Used Fake Tech Demos and Is 'Years' Behind Schedule
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 08:15 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's expectation-vs-reality department:
New submitter drunkdrone writes: Magic Leap's coveted mixed reality technology has been the subject of intense speculation since it broke ground in 2014. Having secured billions of dollars in funding from some of the world's biggest tech giants, the secretive start-up has managed to stay at the centre of the VR/AR conversation despite showing little of the so-called revolutionary technology it has in the works. Now, the Magic Leap hype bubble may be about to burst in spectacularly disappointing fashion. According to reports, the Florida-based start-up is years behind on its plans and may have used deceptive product demos in order to keep interest in its tech alive. The Verge, which quotes an exclusive article from The Information, reports that Magic Leap's mixed reality technology has long since been overtaken by other products already on the market such as Microsoft's HoloLens, which Magic Leap's technology is said to most closely resemble. Allegedly, Magic Leap has struggled to scale-down a bulky piece of laser projection equipment used within the headset's display. "The crux of the problem appears to be Magic Leap's gamble on a so-called fibre scanning display, which shines a laser through a fibre optic cable that moves rapidly back and forth to draw images out of light," reports the Verge.

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Mars One Delayed Its Mars Mission -- Again
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 08:15 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's mission-mars department:
Mars One says its project to start a human colony on the Red Planet will be delayed by five years. The Dutch company says it will send its first crews to Mars in 2031 instead of its previous target date of 2026. From a report on Time: The venture is delaying its missions so it can raise more money, according to CEO Bas Lansdorp. "Of course the whole Mars One team would have preferred to be able to stick to the original schedule, but this new timeline significantly improves our odds of successfully achieving this mission roadmap," he said in a statement. This is far from the first time Mars One has delayed its project. Despite Lansdorp's confidence, other scientists have expressed significant doubts about the mission's feasibility.

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Toy Dojo Newsletter December 2016
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 08:05 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Site sponsor and friend Toy Dojo has sent through their monthly newsletter.  Check it out below and read on for the full blast! _________________ Toy Dojo Special Moves is here for December with lots of Holiday Cheer! We are giving away an early release of Titans Return Sixshot – check out the details here! Featured NOW IN STOCK at the Dojo! – Titans Return Deluxe Class Wave 3 Set ( Hot Rod, Triggerhappy, Twinferno, Breakaway) – <a href="http://www.toydojo.com/hi-metal-r-macross-vf-1j-valkyrie-ichijyo-hikaru/" » Continue Reading.

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It’s New To Me – X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (“The Juggernaut Returns” / “Nightcrawler” / “Weapon X, Lies, and Videotape”)
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 07:02 AM
By Ben Gilbert from Panels on Pages:
In my years of TV watching, there have been tons of well-regarded shows that have eluded my gaze. Thanks to the magic of Netflix and other online streaming sites, I now have an opportunity to watch these shows and share my thoughts on them. It may be a classic to you, but It’s New To Me!



The third season of the X-Men Animated Series significantly upped overall quality of the show in my opinion, so of course expectations were high as I started Season Four. These expectations may have been unrealistic, given the fact that the previous season was twenty-five episodes long and featured fairly faithful adaptations of some of the most beloved X-Men stories ever told, but based on the first three episodes of Season Four, it looks like the people behind the animated series are still dedicated to matching the quality of the previous season, even if they don’t quite stick the landing every time.

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White House Voices Concerns About China Cyber Law
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 06:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's security-watch department:
The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime. From a report on Reuters: U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun to discuss the importance "of fully adhering" to an anti-hacking accord signed last year between the China and the United States, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. The deal, brokered during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington in 2015, included a pledge that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages. Rice told Guo that the United States was concerned "about the potential impacts" of a law that China adopted in November aimed at combating hacking and terrorism.

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Nintendo Legend Miyamoto: Mario Needs To Evolve To Survive
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 06:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's 2016-101 department:
Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo's legendary game designer, and his fellow developers were tinkering with a "one-button control scheme" for Mario, where all a player can do is make Mario jump. This dead simple idea became the crux of the company's new Super Mario Run, one of the most anticipated mobile-app games of the year. CNET adds: "We found a great way to make an accessible Mario game and bring it to iPhone and reach a lot of people," Miyamoto said Thursday through his translator. "That's when we decided to make Super Mario Run." Super Mario Run may become a critical next step for Nintendo, which has struggled for years to maintain its relevance in gaming against Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox, as well as a surge of mobile gaming apps. This year, it garnered some attention from Pokemon Go, though it's only partly involved in that game. Now, two more Nintendo mobile gaming apps -- Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem -- are on the way, which could provide the Japanese company with a big boost.

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Robotkingdom Newsletter #1355
Posted by News Fetcher on December 09 '16 at 06:32 AM
By Matty from TFW2005:
Here is the weekly update from our friend and sponsor Robotkingdom. 1. Rogue One – A Star Wars Story Items Available NOW! 2. For any customers who purchased the Hasbro Titans Return Wave 2 items with USD40 or above, will receive 1 Hasbro Exclusive Titans Return Wave 2 Sticker Per Order! https://www.facebook.com/Robotkingdom/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1276931532325559 3. Free TF Movie 3 Trading Cards for every orders and unsent Preorders! For every USD50 ordered, 4 pack of TF Movie 3 Trading card will be included. For over USD300 Order, A Card Album will also be included! If Any customers » Continue Reading.

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