"More people now access their news via the Internet as by the traditional route of reading a printed newspaper. UK media regulator Ofcom said that in its News Consumption in the UK report that 41 per cent of the public accesses news via the web and mobile apps, compared to 40 per cent who read printed newspapers. To be fair newspaper publishers will take comfort from the fact that the percentage of print readers has remained stable over the past year but the proportion accessing news digitally has increased sharply from 32 per cent in the last 12 months." [Read More]
"Intel has been talking about RealSense for a while, and even launched a dedicated YouTube channel it. But what looked like an Xbox Kinect for desktops is slowly changing. Intel showed it off to the press and it looks like the RealSense 3D cameras will be able to sense basic human emotions like happiness, sadness, and even frustration and exhaustion, by analyzing the shape of lips, eyes, and cheeks."
"AMD is planning to bring its new Mantle API to Linux in the near future. Although Linux is not a big gaming platform at the moment, SteamOS could change all that starting next year. AMD’s Richard Huddy says the decision was prompted by requests from developers who would like to see Mantle on Linux. However, he stopped short of specifying a launch date. Huddy confirmed that AMD plans to dedicate resources to bringing Mantle to Linux, but other than that we don’t have much to go on." [Read More]
"Tomorrow’s Patch Tuesday is the biggest of 2014 with eight bulletins. Two critical patches deal with remote-code execution in Internet Explorer 7 and newer, and SharePoint and Office Online - previously known as Office Web Apps. The remaining six are all labelled "important". Bulletins 3 and 8 address a remote-code execution flaw and a security feature bypass vulnerability in Microsoft Office 2007 and newer.
"It seems that if a virus writer is going to bother writing a hack for a mobile, they are only going to do it for Andriod. A new report from security outfit F-Secure said that virus writers are ignoring the chance to download a complete Coldplay collection from Apple phones and are instead writing code for Android... More than 99 per cent of viruses are being written for Android with only two new ones written for the iPhone or Symbian this year. To be fair, we are not taking about a big threat to mobiles. F-Secure detected just 277 new threat families, of which 275 honed in on Android.
"US based online electronics stores Newegg is set to launch it's business into the international market. Plans are already in motion to open the doors in the United Kingdom shortly. Although according to our sources in NewEgg as well as what has been published already on the web the store opening will "soft launch" until the company feels more confident in the market."
"An OECD report into the link between student performance and their parents’ occupations has revealed that if a kid has at least one parent working in IT, business or engineering they will do better in school.
The news will be greeted with glee amongst the IT community where it will be suddenly be possible to use a pick-up line “but our kids will be good in school.” Not only were the kids of information and communications technology (ICT) workers top of the country in maths and science, they were also found to be the best in terms of reading..."
"A new study carried out in Canada has revealed what most internet junkies knew already – trolls are sick.
The study found that one in twenty internet users deliberately engage in trolling. They exhibit classic traits of sadism, psychopathy, narcissism and Machievellianism. The study was published in ScienceDirect and it covered 1,215 people.
Unsurprisingly it found that those who identified themselves as trolls were sadistic, as they enjoyed to watching their victims suffer. They were also willing to manipulate people and many simply lacked empathy."
"New research suggests that older people people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information stored their brains. Doctor Michael Ramscar said that his research suggests that much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to do humans take longer to access information. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline."
"In what seems the never ending patch saga for DICE’s Battlefield 4, new patches have been pushed out for the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. As you might guess, these patches again address stability and balance issues. They also seem to swat more bugs which is always a good thing."
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