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Carbon lattice material now set for use in high-end microphones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 36 mins ago

Researchers from the University of Belgrade claim that Graphene, a conductive carbon lattice, is even more useful that originally thought. They've made the world's first condenser microphone out of this material, quoted as 32 times more sensitive than nickel microphones in a report by Gizmodo.




In its current prototype state, the Serbian researchers were able to get to this phase by 'growing' sheets of graphene on a nickel foil, etching the nickel away and then placing their new creation within a microphone casing. Reports claim that this new creation has a sensitivity of 15 decibels higher than commercial microphones, handling frequencies up to 11 kHz.


The scientists claim that this prototype is just an indication of things to come, claiming much improved models in the near future, capable of completely blowing away current market-available models.

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Aussie telecom Optus offers free Xbox One with Microsoft Lumia order

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 37 mins ago

Pre-orders of Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will earn some Australians a 1TB-packed Xbox One, bundled with FIFA 16. Reportedly reserved for online orders only, this console retails normally for $499 AU.




Set as part of its $80 AU 'My Plan' over a 24 month contract, the 950XL will set users back an additional $4 AU per month on this plan. With the Lumia 950 coming in at 5.2-inch and the 950XL at 5.7-inches, bonus data is also an option for pre-order customers, receiving 8GB per month instead of the standard 6GB option.


The orders have already opened, with them set to close very shortly. If you're interested in a phone by itself, expect to see it pop up in stores from around 7 December 2015.

Australia implementing digital drivers licences before 2019

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 39 mins ago

We reported back in May that the Australian state of New South Wales was considering the implementation of digital drivers licenses for its citizens, with a Gizmodo report now confirming that we should see them "by the end of 2018."




A press release issued by the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, stated that "our citizens are mobile and digital and that's where the government should be too," explaining that responsible service of alcohol, recreational fishing and gambling competency cards will be the first of their kind to turn digital.


As this state "currently issues more than 23 million licences each year, covering 769 different licence types," Perrottet says that "five common license types" will be available around the beginning of 2017, with digital drivers licenses expected to hit the public just before 2019 rolls around.

Ubisoft's latest 'The Breach' trailer for Rainbow Six: Siege

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 32 mins ago

Ubisoft says it will have Rainbow Six: Siege ready for launch, without problems, but before the launch on Tuesday the developer has released a new trailer dubbed "The Breach".



The trailer features a famous speech by Henry V in the eponymous 1600 play, before the battle. It kicks off with the line "once more unto the breach, dear friends". Ubisoft changed it up a bit, adding: "Close the wall up with our English dead," becomes "... our brave men dead" with the following line cut: "In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility".

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Quentin Tarantino explains his love for 70mm, says it trumps digital

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 19 hours, 48 mins ago

While most of Hollywood films their movies in digital, Quentin Tarantino has a huge soft spot for shooting his movies in 70mm. It wasn't too long a go now that Tarantino said that he hates Netflix, and still uses VHS.



Tarantino's latest movie 'The Hateful Eight' was shot entirely on 70mm, and has been shown off at glamorous "roadshows". Tarantino was adament that he shot The Hateful Eight on 70mm, with the featurette from Fandango embedded above seeing Tarantino explaining why he loves shooting his movies in 70mm versus digital.

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Man gets shot, instead of calling the cops, he grabs an Uber home

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 21 hours, 43 mins ago

I've caught a number of Uber rides over the last few years, but it's normally for convenience - but this guy had another idea. A man from Grand Rapids, Michigan called an Uber after he was shot, telling the driver to take him home.




Uber driver David Heinicke said he told the 20-year-old gunshot victim that he needed to go to a hospital, but he refused. Heinicke said: "(I) tried to get him to go to the hospital, he would not do it, refused to do it. Looked like a handkerchief or something tied around his leg, trying to stop the bleeding. You could see right into his leg and the big crease down his pants where something had obviously hit him in the leg, and he later told me he had been shot by a .22 pistol".


Even after Heinicke said to his passenger that he needed to go to the hospital, all the Uber passenger wanted to do was go home. Heinicke added: "(He) said if I didn't take him here, he was going to get out and walk the rest of the way, so I brought him here. Then I called the police, and that's why you're here".


The shooting victim ended up making it to the hospital, with the police saying that his injuries were not life-threatening. There's no suspect in custody right now.

New Fallout 4 mod dramatically overhauls in-game landscapes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 34 mins ago

Even on PC, Fallout 4's graphics aren't quite amazing. The Commonwealth isn't going to put an NVIDIA GTX 980Ti through its paces, and users with higher-end rigs have faced disappointment with the game's underwhelming visuals. With the addition of mods, all of that can be turned around.



A new mod called Vivid Fallout aims to inject a vivacious life to Fallout 4's environs. The game surely is much more colorful than Fallout 3, but a good portion of its flora and fauna remain undefined and rather beleaguered, and that's exactly what this mod overhauls.


As you can see in the side-by-side comparison, the mod's visuals are quite striking and much more pronounced in some instances, but sometimes you can't really notice. If you want to get the total package, this particular mod goes hand-in-hand with the new Realistic Lights add-on. The lighting mod overhauls the way light and shadow are presented in the game to add in a nice sense of realism, but it can be admittedly hard to see in metropolitan areas with skyscrapers.

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Apple rumored to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the next iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 23 hours, 40 mins ago

According to the latest rumors, Apple will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhone and replace it with an all-in-one Lightning connector. The company might also released Lightning-based EarPods that will support the new audio output on future iOS-based devices.




The rumor is coming from Mac Otakara, which is pretty reliable, with the site adding that it has a "reliable source" that claims Apple will use a same-sized Lightning connector that will support Lightning-based and Bluetooth headphones. It'll also have a DAC, or digital-to-audio connector, that will offer backwards compatibility with wired headphones that use the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. To use this, a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter would be required.


If Apple did remove the 3.5mm jack on the new iPHone, it could be 1mm thinner than the already super-thin iPhone 6S which comes in at 7.1mm. The new iPod touch is something we should look at comparing it to, which is 6.1mm thick - but the iPod touch still rocks a 3.5mm headphone jack. We'll find out early next year if the new iPhone drops the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Just Cause 3's map is huge, covering 400 square miles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

With the release of Just Cause 3 right around the corner, we're being teased with a new gameplay video dubbed 'The map from end to end' which details the huge 400 square mile map in a helicopter ride.



The video comes courtesy of PlayStation Access, which posted the video to show off the gorgeous open-world environment. The linear distance of Medici in Just Cause 3 is around the same as Panau from Just Cause 2, but Polygon notes that Medici's "mountainous terrain includes greater elevation changes, which makes the journey a little longer. Just Cause 3's map also will be a little more dense, meaning more features packed into roughly the same space".



Just Cause 3 launches on Tuesday, December 1 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. In case you want some more Just Cause 3 video goodness, check out the 4K 60FPS video above.

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Cards Against Humanity sold nothing over Black Friday, still made $54k

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Cards Against Humanity used a black screen and a form to accept credit card payments over Black Friday, and guess what? Even by selling nothing and asking for you to give them $5, they made a huge $54,000 over Black Friday.




Most people would have to know it's a joke, but for some $5 is something you can throw to some company that you already love - like Cards Against Humanity. The FAQ on the website is pretty awesome, where it says:


About This Amazing Offer


If I give you $5, will I actually get anything in exchange?

We're so glad you asked! No.


Why are you selling nothing?

On Black Friday, everybody is selling something. We're the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing.

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