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GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

GIGABYTE BRIX BXi7H-5500 Ultra Compact Mini PC Review

Steven tells us all about GIGABYTE's BRIX BXi7H-5500, an ultra compact mini PC that he says packs a pretty big punch for its size.

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IDC: Wearables market to reach 45.7 million shipped in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 11 mins ago

The wearables market is evolving as new vendors, devices and consumer knowledge help push the industry forward.

 

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Manufacturers will ship 45.7 million units this year, a 133.4 percent growth from 19.6 million units year-over-year, according to the IDC research group. In addition, shipment volumes will reach 126.1 million units by 2019 - as more consumers show faith in adopting wearables.

 

"The explosion of wearable devices was clearly led by fitness bands, which until recently commanded prices that provided comfortable margins, but those days are changing," said Ryan Reith, program director of the IDC worldwide quarterly device trackers program. "The price of these fitness bands have come down so significantly in some markets that smartphone OEMs are now bundling them with smartphones at little cost."

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One interesting marketing video - MSI shows you how to build a PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 4 hours, 44 mins ago

For those out there looking to partake in their first PC building project, where exactly should you begin? There's a myriad of technology forums, YouTube channels and Facebook pages alongside specific component Facebook groups to help you on your way.

 

 

If you're a fan of the video side of things you may have come across MSI's marketing video titled "How to build a MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING PC". This film features a a scantily-clad technology enthusiast partaking in an educational journey of computer building for the benefit of the audience.

 

It's sitting at a massive 1.8 million views at the time of writing this article, but the feedback isn't all positive. With 8,687 thumbs down compared to 8,311 thumbs up, the comments section is filled with criticisms of the advice at hand.

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Fitbit not intimidated by upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch launch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 32 mins ago

Wearable maker Fitbit understands the entire wearables industry will be strongly shaken up with the upcoming Apple Watch smartwatch - but is taking a glass half-full approach, welcoming the Silicon Valley giant.

 

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"I think the more important thing for any emerging category is consumer awareness. That's the biggest barrier to success," said James Park, CEO of Fitbit, in an interview with Washington Post. "Anyone - especially a large company - comes in and is able to raise the level of consumer awareness. It's great for everybody."

 

Fitbit has worked to improve the comfort of its products, while also improving battery life and other hardware functionality.

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ESL brags 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch.TV over Katowice event

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 40 mins ago

Wondering if eSports is growing? The answer is yes! ESL recently released an info-graphic showing that they played host to 8.78 million unique viewers on Twitch TV alone throughout their Katowice ESL One CS:GO event - meaning this does not include any other streaming service or live audience members.

 

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Other than this 198% rise in unique viewership, they also broke the 1 million concurrent viewer milestone - seeing 1,012,745 tune in at one time.

 

As for the tournament itself Fnatic took the crown, seeing their player Olofmeister rated as the highest-point fantasy league player alongside his team conceding the quickest round loss of 13 seconds.

 

Click on the image for a closer look.

 

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Computer coding class takes off at infamous San Quentin prison

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: 7 hours, 37 mins ago

A unique program taking place at San Quentin State Prison in California is teaching inmates how to write code. The idea is that inmates can graduate the program and they will be able to leave prison with an in-demand skill able to give them opportunities to stay off the street.

 

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The groundbreaking prison effort started with less than 20 participants, including an inmate who has been locked up since 1996. Inmates pay 35 cents per hour to enroll in the intensive six-month, eight-hour per day programming school. Inmates, treated like employees at a company, learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and other programming languages as part of the Code.7370 class.

 

Ideally, programs like this - along with other job skills programs - can drop the state's notorious 61 percent recidivism rate.

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Telstra offers updated plans with TV-streaming trials, not Netflix

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 7 hours, 39 mins ago

Upping their data offerings and providing users with a free 6-month subscription to Foxtel owned TV-streaming service Presto, Telstra are taking one closer step towards the world of mobile TV entertainment.

 

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There's a myriad of new plan upgrades ranging from BYO device to casual plans being made available. These deals range from their $45 AU per month offering now being upgraded from 500mb to 2GB (BYO device) and their casual $70 AU per month plan seeing a large 3.5GB raise to 6GB in total.

 

Not only does this allow some leeway for those who wish to stream their favorite TV shows whilst at home or commuting, it also helps match the data offerings from other companies like Amaysim who have offered a no-lockin BYO device plans for $44.90 per month for quite some time now.

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Teachers in the UK reporting parents to police for allowing 18+ games

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 43 mins ago

We've just learned that the Nantwich Education Partnership, a group of head teachers from 16 different English schools, will be reporting parents to the police if they allow their children to play 18+ games such as GTA V.

 

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A letter has been sent home to parents explaining that these types of games may leave their precious children "vulnerable to grooming for sexual exploitation or extreme violence" while further resulting in "early sexualised behavior."

 

The letter went on to state that "if your child is allowed to have inappropriate access to any game, or associated product, that is designated 18+ we are advised to contact the police and children's social care as this is deemed neglectful." Alongside GTA 5, Call of Duty, Dogs of War has been pointed out as a highly influential title.

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Researchers look to create fabrics that can collect health data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 8 hours, 52 mins ago

Researchers from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, are developing fabric chips that use wearable sensors to help collect medical data. Scientific data will be collected from sweat, blood, phlegm, environmental pollutants and other metrics, so researchers can look for chemical workers.

 

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Fabric chips have proven to be effective as a way to analyze select chemicals already, and there are a growing number of potential uses. The fabric chip is made by encasing silk in brass, and then treating it with silver nanoparticles - and can track biomarker vibrations - opening the door to practical uses.

 

"We would like to be able to detect biomarkers of tuberculosis," said Christa Brosseau, associate professor chemistry at Saint Mary's University, in a statement to the CBC. "The idea is you could have a fabric chip built into a handkerchief and they could cough into this handkerchief and then it could be easily analyzed."

Halo 5: Guardians will reach the Xbox One on October 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 39 mins ago

During The Walking Dead's season finale, Microsoft aired a new advertisement for Halo 5: Guardians, teasing its release date on the Xbox One for October 27, 2015.

 

 

In the trailer above, you see Agent Locke walking through a city that has been reduced to almost nothing, where he walks toward a statue of Master Chief. As he gets closer to the statue, Master Chief is laying down pretty wounded and looking down for the count. The ad ends with Agent Locke pulling a pistol on Master Chief, before it goes to black and displays the Halo 5 logo, and 10.27.15.

 

Halo 5: Guardians is the next big thing for Microsoft this year, so expect a better unveiling at E3 2015 in June before its October 27, 2015 release on the Xbox One.

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Explaining a few differences between RPGs, Japanese RPGs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 42 mins ago

Nintendo and Sony are extremely popular in their native country of Japan, but Japanese game studios have to make changes on story lines of games - especially role-playing games - in an effort to cater to audiences in both countries. A well known Japanese game director recently spoke about what he believes are the differences between RPGs in the United States and JRPGs available in Japan.

 

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"One difference is that [Xenoblade Chronicles] did a good job of incorporating the innate heroism of JRPGs... allowing the user to become the hero, to become the protagonist," said Tetsuya Takahashi, director at Monolith Software, speaking in the newest Iwata Asks interview series. "On the other hand, games made in the west - and this is only my personal opinion - they are very well made, down to the last detail, but there's something stoic about them, and often the heroism aspect seems to take a bit of a back seat."

 

It's hard enough to make a hit video game in one region of the world, but trying to get it to translate elsewhere can sometimes seem like an impossible task.

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