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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 01:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's don't-let-them-take-your-analog-shoelaces department:
Nerval's Lobster writes: "Forbes offers up a comforting little story about how Nest and FitBit are planning on turning user data in a multi-billion-dollar business. 'Smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs (which is being acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) has quietly built a side business managing the energy consumption of a slice of its customers on behalf of electric companies,' reads the article. 'In wearables, health tracker Fitbit is selling companies the tracking bracelets and analytics services to better manage their health care budgets, and its rival Jawbone may be preparing to do the same.' As many a wit has said over the years: If you're not paying, you're the product. But if Forbes is right, wearable-electronics companies may have discovered a sweeter deal: paying customers on one side, and companies paying for those customers' data on the other. Will most consumers actually care, though?"

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's can-you-design-the-babies-to-also-be-drones department:
alphadogg writes: "Americans are optimistic about scientific inventions on the horizon, though are cautious about future uses of DNA, robots, drones and always-on implants, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey on future technology (PDF). Asked about the likelihood of certain advances 50 years from now, survey respondents were most sure that lab-grown custom organs for transplant will happen (81%). Only 19% expect humans will be able to control the weather by then. When asked how they felt about possible near-term advances, 65% thought robot caregivers for the elderly is a bad idea, 63% didn't want to see personal drones in U.S. airspace, and 66% thought parents altering the DNA of prospective children was a bad idea."

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By Jeff Chuang from Japanator:
Aniplex at Sakura-con has announced a special audition for Magi. The season two of Magi will have a Bang Zoom dub. In addition, there will be a public audition at Anime Expo this summer for roles in Magi. Also, Aniplex of America announced a new Madoka Magica item on their Aniplex+ store, featuring a silk graph of a key visual from the Madoka Rebellion image.

Attendees at Sakura-con can also pick up the new Nekomonogatari release a little earlier than the rest as it is available from Aniplex's booth. Yen Press is also giving out a sample of the SAO novel at their booth, for some news on that front. Lastly, the blu-ray import release for the Persona 3 Movie number one is due May 10th.



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By Dae Lee from Japanator:
The last time I wrote about the PC version of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, it was under the assumption that it would probably never be localized for the west and resigned myself to possibly picking up a console version instead. Someone up there must have heard me (or possibly thousands of other people), because it's coming to the U.S. and Europe this May, the same month it's releasing in Japan!

Requiring Windows Vista, Widows 7 or Windows 8 (gotta face reality, XP users), DW8: Xtreme Legends will come with customizable graphics like texture quality and even character model quality -- so you can make it look as pretty as the PS4 version, or as close to Dynasty Warriors for the PS2 as you possibly can, if you're into that sort of thing.



In the above screenshot you'll see a menu screen of graphical options like Graphic Detail, Dynamic Shadows, Shaders, Fog Distance, and Post Effects, in addition to the ones already noted.

Below you'll see two screenshots: the one on top with low settings, and the one underneath with high settings. Note the number of enemies in the background, texture quality, and shadows (or lack of them). All of this is achievable and more, with the customizable might and freedom of the PC!




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Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28 Full Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 12:45 PM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Following on from the release of Windblade #1, the next part of the Dawn of the Autobots is quickly approaching! Thanks to comic book website Newsarama, we now have the full preview for Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28, the first issue of the ongoing series' second season.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28
EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth—with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back—and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!

The full comic will be released Wednesday, April 23. But for now, you can check out the preview and discuss after the jump.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's if-you-build-it-they-will-come department:
paroneayea writes: "GNU MediaGoblin and the Free Software Foundation have jointly run a campaign for privacy and federation on the web. The campaign is in its last day but has already passed the first two funding milestones, and is hoping to raise more with the possibility of bringing in multiple dedicated resources to the project. The project has also released a full financial transparency report so donors can know how they can expect their money to be used!"

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Hatsune Miku is rebuilt in legos
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 12:00 PM
By Amber Hunt from Japanator:
People everywhere are taking their love for 2D characters to the next level. In other words, we're rebuilding them, cosplaying them, and making them come to life. But we all know we prefer them in 2D.

Anyways, ChaosBrick showed his love for Hatsune Miku by building a life-size replica of her entirely out of legos. Look at the photos below and tell me that it's not absolutely amazing. Honestly though, can you imagine how long it would take? Not to mention the fact you might step on all the legos and we all know how that feels.

Not only did he just build her, but he built her in detail. He went to the next step of recreating Miku. It took ChaosBrick six months to complete this masterpiece and it was certainly worth it. She might as well be real!

In the gallery below, you will find pictures of the finished result and also pictures he posted while he was working on it. I want one of these in my bedroom.



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By Soulskill from Slashdot's what-did-you-have-for-lunch-when-you-wrote-those-papers department:
RoccamOccam sends news that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Mann, a climate scientist notable for his work on the "hockey stick" graph, does not have to turn over the entirety of his papers and emails under Freedom of Information laws. Roughly 1,000 documents were turned over in response to the request, but another 12,000 remain, which lawyers for the University of Virginia say are "of a proprietary nature," and thus entitled to an exemption. The VA Supreme Court ruled (PDF), "the higher education research exemption's desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters," and said the application of "proprietary" was correct in this case. Mann said he hopes the ruling "can serve as a precedent in other states confronting this same assault on public universities and their faculty."

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's not-my-sister's-smartphone department:
itwbennett writes: "When you think about tech products these days, you probably think 'refresh cycle' more than 'built to last.' But there are plenty of tech products that put up with hard, daily use year after year. Here's a few to get you started: Logitech MX510 mouse, Brother black & white laser printer, Casio G-Shock watch, Alvin Draf-Tec Retrac mechanical pencil, Sony Dream Machine alarm clock. What's your longest-lasting, hardest-working device?"

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Tales of Hearts R heading overseas this winter
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 10:00 AM
By Chris Walden from Japanator:


Self-proclaimed Tales of super fan Hideo Baba has announced on his YouTube channel that Tales of Hearts R will soon be making its way abroad. It's the PlayStation Vita remake of the original Tales of Hearts game, which released back in 2008 on the Nintendo DS. Excited at discovering the news, Mr Baba reveals the news while surrounded by his collection of Tales of paraphernalia.

Okay, I kid, but it is rather entertaining to see the game's producer making the announcement while holding themed merchandise. You've got to admire his enthusiasm though! Release details will come in the future, but in the meantime you can look forward to playing this game in English for the first time.



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By Soulskill from Slashdot's don't-change-horses department:
CowboyRobot sends in an article about how Samsung's constantly shifting plans for its smartwatches are making it hard for developers to commit to building apps. Quoting:
"Samsung's first smartwatch, released in October last year, ran a modified version of Google's Android platform. The device had access to about 80 apps at launch, all of which were managed by a central smartphone app. Samsung offered developers an SDK for the Galaxy Gear so they could create more apps. Developers obliged. Then Samsung changed direction. Samsung announced a new series of smartwatches in February: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit. Unlike the first device, these three run Samsung’s Tizen platform. ... This week, Samsung made things even more interesting. Speaking to Reuters, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, said the company is working on a watch that will use Google’s Android Wear platform. In other words, Samsung will bring three different watches to market with three different operating systems in under a year."

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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 09:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's now-can-one-of-you-build-robocop-please department:
jfruh writes: "Over the past few years, the growth rate in Detroit tech jobs has been twice the natural average. The reason is the industry that still makes Detroit a company town: U.S. automotive companies are getting into high tech in a big way, and need qualified people to help them do it. Another bonus: the rent is a lot cheaper than it is in San Francisco. '[A]ccording to Automation Alley's 2013 Technology Industry Report, the metro Detroit area grew to a total of 242,520 technology industry jobs in 2011, representing a 15% increase from the 2010 level of 210,984 technology industry jobs. No other benchmarked region had greater technology industry growth than metro Detroit in this period. Further, according to the report, this growth helped propel metro Detroit to a ranking of fourth among the 14 benchmarked regions, passing San Jose."

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The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 09:00 AM
By Brad Rice from Japanator:
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week.

This week's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most popular manga out there, beating out Bleach, Soul Eater, and Attack on Titan. As the weeks roll on, Naruto will have a tough time battling against other popular titles, but it will likely hold strong against Attack on Titan as the number of titles popping out all at once likely fatigue buyers.

The Japanese box office held steady this week, with very little change. People are still going out in droves to see Frozen, but everything else pales in comparison to that. On the Oricon charts, Nogizaka46's latest single still holds strong, sitting at #3 after debuting last week.

Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:
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Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Yes We Are by SMAP
2. Honou to Mori no Carnival by Sekai no Owari
3. Kizuitara Kataomoi by Nogizaka46

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. Naruto Vol. 65
2. Bleach Vol. 60
3. Soul Eater Vol. 19

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Frozen
2. Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider
3. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo
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Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts?
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 08:15 AM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must persevere through a season of less-than-inspiring shows. We do however manage to discern a few bright lights of hope in the form of One Week Friends and Ping Pong, and Ben would be totally up for discussing Mushishi S2 if anyone else would ever watch it.

Notable questions of the week: Will the Gurren Lagann stage play feature giant paper mache robot heads? Is the school in Kamigami no Asobi filled with ghosts, and if so, shouldn't Yui be a little concerned about that? Has L.B. discovered the ultimate secret behind Nisekoi? And finally, what does BONES have against hiring actual writers who know how to write more than one story? All this, and more, on an exciting, conflict-filled Jtor AM 72!

...Oh and Tim of all people watched Marvel Disc Wars, seriously I don't even know where to start with that.



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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '14 at 08:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's trying-to-bail-the-ocean department:
Bennett Haselton writes:
"I was an early advocate of companies offering cash prizes to researchers who found security holes in their products, so that the vulnerabilities can be fixed before the bad guys exploited them. I still believe that prize programs can make a product safer under certain conditions. But I had naively overlooked that under an alternate set of assumptions, you might find that not only do cash prizes not make the product any safer, but that nothing makes the product any safer — you might as well not bother fixing certain security holes at all, whether they were found through a prize program or not."
Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

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