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Snowden hopes new biopic makes you care about your privacy

While San Diego Comic-Con attracts a number of high-profile names, it was still surprising to see Edward Snowden's face beam down at a small cinema audience just a few blocks away from the chaos of fans celebrating fictional heroes and villains alike. "I don't think anybody looks forward to having a movie made about themselves, particularly someone who's a privacy advocate," said Snowden via live stream. Of course, the NSA whistleblower is considered both a hero and villain, depending who you...

New report warns our regulations aren't ready for self-driving cars

As the development of driverless cars continues by the likes of Google, Telsa and other manufacturers, a new report released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) says current regulations aren't prepared for the evolving design of vehicles. The report, put together by the department's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, assessed the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to determine what challenges there may be for driverless car concepts that basically do away with steer...

Attention gamers: E3 may open its doors to the public*

With people pondering whether E3 has lost its relevance following major game studios like EA, Disney and Activision dropping out of this year's show, organizer Entertainment Software Association (ESA) may be looking to add public attendance to revitalize it. One of the key questions surrounding the debate is whether game studios are skipping E3 because it isn't open to the public, as only the media and those in the gaming industry are allowed to attend.

2016 Rio Olympics to carry a torch for 8K and VR

Even though the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) said last year that it wouldn't broadcast the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in 4K, apparently it will try its hand at 8K broadcasting instead. At the time, the OBS said it would be working with Japanese broadcaster NHK on 8K format, and it has now confirmed that it will air around 130 hours of Super Hi-Vision video (7,680 x 4,320 resolution) with 22.2 channel surround sound to Japan, according to Advanced Television.

Sony's bantam HX80 compact camera packs a brobdingnagian zoom

Sony is slowly becoming known to pack its small bodied-cameras with some big features, like its full-frame mirrorless cameras, but the company hasn't lets its compact cameras fall to the wayside either with the introduction of the super zoom DSC-HX80. Beating its own HX90V model from last year, Sony is claiming its new DSC-HX80 model to now be the world's smallest compact camera with a brobdingnagian (/bräbdiNGˈnaɡēən/ - adjective - gigantic) 30x optical zoom.

Online content earns a little respect from Hollywood

The next Emmy Awards ceremony could see your favorite stars from YouTube Red, Maker Studios or Adult Swim take home an Emmy later this year, thanks to changes to the short-form category that make room for digital content. That isn't to say the Emmys have snubbed internet content in the past, as they have included long-form series contenders from providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. However, there were only two awards (live entertainment and non-fiction) reserved for the short-form category,

Why Ex Machina's visual effects will stun you in their simplicity

Update: Ex Machina won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects Sunday night, beating out some heavy favorites to take home the award. Read our interview with the film's VFX supervisor Andrew Whitehurst below. With Oscars weekend upon us, we have the nominated flicks on our minds, and one standout film in particular. No, it isn't The Revenant. Ex Machina, an independent film with a small cast, is up for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It's going against big blockbusters Star Wars: The Force...

Apple and FBI to face off at Congressional hearing next week

Adding to the very public debate over a court order demanding Apple assist the FBI in breaking into a locked iPhone and the implications it has for user security, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has announced it will call on both parties to testify on encryption next week. Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI Director James Comey are on the agenda as witnesses for the hearing for March 1, entitled "The encryption tightrope: balancing Americans' security and privacy."

We just learned a lot more about dark matter

While we still know very little about dark matter - other than that we can't feel it or see it, though it accounts for 27% of all matter and energy in the universe - a new study shows that the relationship between the mysterious cosmic energy and galaxies is much more complex than we first thought. Scientists have so far discovered that the denser a galaxy cluster (which is typically made up of hundreds of thousands of galaxies that are bound together by gravity), the more dark matter it has in...

Why Netflix reviving old TV shows is exactly what we want

In case you missed it amid the fervor over the new Star Wars trailer and Back to the Future Day, a certain part of the internet went insane on Monday as word spread that Netflix may be in talks to revive the series Gilmore Girls. While the streaming service has yet to confirm a Gilmore Girls comeback, some will argue that Netflix should focus on creating completely original content rather than reviving an old series that already had its time. Yet despite ending in 2007, Gilmore Girls has seen...

MVNOs won't be around much longer, says Vodafone Australia CEO

With the chaos surrounding the end of ISPOne and Kogan Mobile, Vodafone Australia CEO Bill Morrow believes that the time for MVNOs is near over. "I don't believe that MVNOs, the way they are structured today, are going to be around too much longer," Morrow told TechRadar. Speaking of Kogan and Telstra, he said: "I just don't think that what Kogan is offering from a price point of view, with the way consumers would use their product, is a sustainable model."
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