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NCAA Reaches $20 Million Settlement With Former Players Over Video Game Likenesses

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The NCAA on Monday announced that they’ve come to a $20 million settlement with former NCAA Basketball and Football players over their likenesses being used in video games.  This settlement will go to former players that could not receive compensation for their likeness while they were in school due to eligibility and amateurism rules in college sports.  This comes shortly after a similar settlement between Electronic Arts (EA) and former college players over the same issue.  The settlement in that case was $40 million.  The Associated Press breaks down how these damages will be awarded.

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Kickstarter: Tall Tails By Zuul Labs

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You don’t necessarily think of game companies having a conscience, but Zuul Labs is looking to buck that trend. Zuul Labs is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for their new puzzle/adventure game: Tall Tails. Tall Tails is different from most other games and apps in that a portion of their proceeds from the game will be donated to help rescue dogs in need. Zuul certainly isn’t the first company to do something like this, but it’s definitely rare and refreshing to see. Read on to learn a little bit more about the team and their game.

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Aercast Episode 4 – Available Now!

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It seems like only two weeks ago that the Techaeris Aercast Episode 3 was released into the world.  And now, a mere two weeks later, Aercast Episode 4 is available for your listening pleasure.  In this episode, the crew talk about Apple’s WWDC announcements, Robot Arms, Amazon’s phone aspirations, Chrome’s 64-bit issues, and much, much more.  Follow us past the break for download links and episode guide.

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Motorola Shuts Down US Assembly Plant – Offers Moto X Discount

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Just the other day, Motorola announced that they’d be shutting down their North Texas assembly facility for the Moto X, not quite a year after it opened with a big party.  Selling a phone that was assembled in the United States – even if most of the parts were sourced from overseas – was a big selling point for Motorola.  While plenty of cell phones are designed and modeled in the US, the Moto X was the only phone to be assembled here.  Slumping sales of the custom-designed  Moto-X were likely to blame.  While the Moto X is a well-designed phone with decent specs, it never took off like I’m sure Motorola would have wanted.

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EFF/DC Circuit Court Strike A Blow To Copyright Troll Business Model

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Good news everybody!  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday scored a huge victory against a shady Copyright Troll, and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals set precedent for rules that should hopefully limit the abilities of these trolls to operate in the future.  Boing Boing offers a description of these practices:

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Origin’s On The House: Battlefield 3 And Plants Vs. Zombies Free!

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Origin recently started an “On the House” promotion, where they offer a game (or sometimes two) for free.  So far they have been older games, but still quality titles for free.  This month that trend continues with Battlefield 3 and Plants Vs. Zombies – Game of the Year Edition for the low, low price of Free!

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Tesla Model X – Amazing, Yet Problematic Design

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We here at Techaeris are very enthusiastic about Tesla Motors, and the exciting things they are doing to further the expansion of electric cars.  The Tesla Model S is right up at the top of our most-desired cars list – if you’re reading, we’d still love to review one, Tesla =) – and the design of the Tesla Model X is simply stunning.  Unfortunately, it seems that Tesla is having a few issues with the Model X’s most prominent feature – the rear “Falcon Wing” doors.

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Aercast Episode 3 Is Now Available

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Welcome back dear readers/listeners!  Episode 3 of the Aercast is now available for consumption on your favorite podcast app and iTunes.  In this episode, we discuss topics such as the recent accord between Apple and Google as it relates to litigation, ZUUL Labs Kickstarter, the wildfires in San Diego, Nintendo’s recent troubles, and much more.  Keep reading for the download links and complete episode rundown.

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FDA Approves Advanced Prosthetic Arm For Clinical Use

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The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved the use of a highly advanced prosthetic arm for clinical use.  The DEKA arm – as mentioned in the source article – does certainly have some similarities to Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic in The Empire Strikes Back.  But probably the most exciting thing about the DARPA funded project is that it’s a huge step up from the most commonly available prosthetic arm.  Please keep reading for more information.

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Columbia University Researchers Run iOS Apps on Android

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XDA Developers send along word that Researchers at Columbia University have created a way for iOS Apps to run on Android.  While Android has certainly decreased iOS’s lead in app quality/quantity over the last few years, there are still iOS exclusives that will probably never come to Android.  The University’s project, code named Cider, looks to change that.

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Xbox Live Gold No Longer Required For Netflix, Hulu?

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Ars Technica is reporting that multiple sources at Microsoft have been told of a plan to make a few adjustments to the Xbox Live Gold streaming video offerings.  Most notably, popular video streaming services Netflix and Hulu may no longer require Xbox Live Gold access.  Up until now, Xbox users would need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold account – in addition to paying for Netflix or Hulu subscriptions – just to stream these services from the Xbox.

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Net Neutrality – Tech Giants Deliver Open Letter to FCC

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As recently as yesterday morning, several members of the Techaeris crew were lamenting the hands-off nature that some of the big names in tech were taking with this most recent Net Neutrality brouhaha.  Leave it to those same big names to deliver an open letter to the FCC yesterday afternoon!  The full text of this letter is listed below:

 

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Nintendo Quarterly Losses Greater Than Anticipated

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I’m not going to lie, seeing Nintendo floundering as they have recently makes me sad.  This is a company that was a part of so many of our childhoods that just can’t seem to figure out how to pull themselves together.  Bloomberg is reporting that Nintendo has posted an even greater 4th quarter loss than analysts forecast, even after slashing expectations significantly.

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Digital Shadow: Watch Dog‘s Stunt Outs Shoddy Facebook Privacy Settings

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I’ve certainly complained about Facebook in the past, and my feelings have largely remained the same.  It’s no secret that Facebook doesn’t seem to respect your privacy, and really wants to pry open and inspect all aspects of your life.  For the most part we seem to let them.  They roll out changes to their privacy settings, making you opt-out of updates that increasingly open up your data – if you can even find where to opt-out in their giant mess of settings.

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Night Vision – Coming Soon To Contact Lenses

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Night vision devices have played a part in any number of movies, tv shows, and video games as well as their prominent use in real life – mainly by the military and law enforcement.  One thing has always been true of these devices: they’ve always been fairly big and bulky.  The University of Michigan is looking to change all of that with a recent breakthrough in light detection. 

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Gaming Aggression – Failure Versus Violence

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We’ve all seen the headlines – Violent Video games Cause Aggression!  But what if they didn’t?  Video games and gaming in general have grown significantly in a relatively short amount of time.  It’s easy to see how games, and the people that play them can be misunderstood.  The University of Rochester has conducted a study and found that the cause of most aggression in gamers stems from their failure and frustration during gameplay, not the violent content of the games they play.

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