Tuesday, September 02, 2014
 
 
now, tech trends. news you can use on the biggest shifts in technology, software and devices that affect our lives. video game competitions are exploding in popularity. gaming tournaments now pack arenas, and millions of spectators follow the action online. amazon recently paid nearly a billion dollars for the video game broadcaster "twitch." adrianna diaz shows us how one university is even offering athletic scholarships to gamers. this is what most people imagine when they think of college athletics..... hard hits, big plays, and fierce competition on the gridiron. but now the landscape of college sports is moving from the locker room to the living room! ) ) "this is the varsity sport right here " gaming is now quickly becoming part of the college sports landscape. at robert morris university in chicago, associate a-d kurt melcher is now offering athletic scholarships to video game players. how is sitting in front of a screen punching buttons athletic? "it's played in the team setting sort of do deal with strategy and deal with your teammates and accomplish a goal which is very similar to traditional sports." the scholarships -- up to 19,000 dollars a year -- could cover half the cost of tuition, room and board. the gamers will compete against other schools this fall as official varsity athletes "find the best players, form our teams, and go from there. "uniforms?" "absolutely, uniforms." competitive video gaming -- known as e-sports -- is booming. almost 2 out of 3 americans play top pros can earn six figures a yearand just like traditional college sports, the broadcasting rights in gaming is becoming big business. on streaming sites like twitch 32 million people watched live as players competed in the championships of the multi-player fantasy game "league of legends".an event that sold out the los angeles staples center "league of legends" is one of the world's most popular games, and the only game the robert morris team will play. more than 4,000 prospective students inquired about the scholarship - which will only go to 30 players "i know i would be the absolute best for this" as the sports world expands to video games, the academic and corporate worlds are quick to press play. for cbs this morning, adriana diaz, chicago. both the fbi and apple are trying to find out how nude photos of several female celebrities ended up on the internet. oscar-winner jennifer lawrence says she has asked law enforcement for help in tracking down the culprits - and in a statement, the fbi says it will look into the allegations. meanwhile, apple says it is looking into reports that its online photo-sharing service may have been hacked to obtain the intimate images. there had been talk that a flaw in icloud services could have allowed celebrity accounts to be hacked, leading to the distribution of private images. one security researcher warns everyone - not just celebrities - that if you have a cloud account for photos, images aren't just on your portable devices anymore. once images end up in the cloud, there's no certainty that an unauthorized party can't get to them. we want to remind you to "like" the wdef news 12 the morning facebook page. just search for us on facebook to find us. when you do, you can converse with us in our question of the day. this morning we ask news 12 this morning and bounce tv want to send you to atlanta for the bounce summer music festival. maze, patti labelle, and ruben studdard highlight the event. look for the contest entry post on our facebook page... then post a comment to get your name in the hat. we'll be drawing two lucky winners to receive two tickets to the show in atlanta. good luck. stay with us. === another look at traffic
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now, tech trends. news you can use on the biggest shifts in technology, software and devices that affect our lives. video game competitions are exploding in popularity. gaming tournaments now pack arenas, and millions of spectators follow the action online. amazon recently paid nearly a billion dollars for the video game broadcaster "twitch." adrianna diaz shows us how one university is even offering athletic scholarships to gamers. this is what most people imagine when they think of college athletics..... hard hits, big plays, and fierce competition on the gridiron. but now the landscape of college sports is moving from the locker room to the living room! ) ) "this is the varsity sport right here " gaming is now quickly becoming part of the college sports landscape. at robert morris university in chicago, associate a-d kurt melcher is now offering athletic scholarships to video game players. how is sitting in front of a screen punching buttons athletic? "it's played in the team setting sort of do deal with strategy and deal with your teammates and accomplish a goal which is very similar to traditional sports." the scholarships -- up to 19,000 dollars a year -- could cover half the cost of tuition, room and board. the gamers will compete against other schools this fall as official varsity athletes "find the best players, form   [READ MORE]
 
 
 
A new 3DS with a second analog stick and more powerful CPU is coming to Japan in October, Nintendo announced in a live stream on Friday, though no Western release information was given. The New 3DS and larger New 3DS XL will come with an additional, smaller analog "nub" above the face buttons on its right side. The face buttons have been colored to match the old-school SNES controller colors.   [READ MORE]
 
A changing of the hoodie at Rovio, the Finalnd-based creator of the catapulting Angry Birds series of casual games that has seen its profit fall by more than half in the last year: its CEO Mikael Hed is stepping down, and he is passing on the reigns to Pekka Rantala, who most recently has been the CEO of Finnish drinks maker Hartwall but also spent many years with Nokia.   [READ MORE]
 
Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units.

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Sucker Punch’s PlayStation-exclusive Infamous is an attention grabbing gaming franchise. The tale of ordinary humans getting and coming to grips with super powers in an open-world environment is always captivating, and that’s true even with the new Infamous: First Light expansion DLC for PlayStation 4, which takes the setting and mechanics of Infamous: Second Son but creates a new adventure, with a different protagonist, new powers and standalone gameplay that doesn’t even require the user to own the original title.

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the biggest shifts in technology, software and devices that affect our lives. for centuries, they have been standing silent. but this week... some of england's historic statues will be given a voice. c-n-n's jim boulden went to hear what they had to say. they stand in our parks. in our train stations. on our streets. often ignored. and silent. "if you've walked along the thames here on blackfriars bridge you might have walked right past queen victoria but now you can tap, type or scan ... and get a phone call from queen victoria." "hello...victoria here. queen of england for 63 years, seven months and two days but who's counting." read by actors, 35 statues across london and manchester now have a voice. "i think that in a world where we feel increasingly separate from our public spaces, how can we make people feel a sense of belonging and a sense of ownership and a sense of fun. we can stop people from looking in their phones to looking out at the world around them." at paddington station, voicing great engineer isambard brunel is downton abbey's hugh bonneville. "...my whole life was about trying to get somewhere..." patrick stewart becomes the unknown soldier. "come on, stand a while..." and in manchester, lending his voice to conductor barbirolli is actor, timothy west. "do you notice statues much? are you somebody who stops and takes a look? even if you don't know who the person is?" "yes i do and i say 'oh yeah, i must remember to google him when i get home,' and i forget. so that's what's good about this you get a little tiny thumbnail sketch of somebody that you can listen to." but it's not just people, it's animals too. "good morrow to you dear passer by..." helen lederer voices whittington's cat, who was the feline friend of the 15th century london mayor dick whittington. "these statues have existed at a time when now celebrity is so usual and common place, these were the celebrities of the time, the icons, and we just don't notice them but they must all have done something quite important." as these statues make their voices heard in the u-k, there are plans to expand this to american and european cities. so you never know who you might get a call from next. jim boulden c-n-n london. once again, someone has been messing with the sony playstation network. and this time the infiltrators have even disrupted the travel plans of a top company official. the hacker or hackers went on twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his american airlines plane. that forced the airline to cut short the sony executive's flight on sunday and bring the plane down for an unplanned landing in phoenix. a twitter account called lizard squad tweeted to american airlines that there might be explosives on the plane carrying john smedley, the president of sony online entertainment, which makes video games. the same account also claimed responsibility for the playstation network outage. we want to remind you to "like" the wdef news 12 the morning facebook page. just search for us on facebook to find us. when you do, you can converse with us in our question of the day. this morning we ask chart topper brad paisley returns today with a new album! moonshine in the trunk includes the hit "river bank." the video features twiggy the water skiing squirrel! paisley hopes the song will become his 23rd chart topper... and the album will be his eighth release to hit number-one. to celebrate paisley's return, he autographed this guitar for us... which we'll be giving away to one lucky viewer. visit our facebook page to find out how you can enter friday's big drawing   [READ MORE]
 
After months of rumors, game streaming service Twitch is finally being acquired — just by a different company than first thought. Amazon announced Monday afternoon that it had agreed to buy Twitch for $970 million in cash, a surprise move given the many reports that Twitch had all but inked a deal with Google's YouTube. The Amazon deal may be viewed as more of a head-scratcher.   [READ MORE]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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