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Comcast offers fiber to a US city after suing it for making its own

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 hours, 1 min ago

Comcast has recently announced a two gigabit per second internet option to 200,000 potential customers living in Cattanooga, USA. That's nothing too unusual given normal circumstances, but funnily enough this city isn't your 'run of the mill' rollout.

 

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The reason it's a little different is because Comcast actually sued the Cattanooga utility board previously for trying to build a fiber network of their own and even though the lawsuit was a failure, hundreds of thousands of users were reportedly left out as a result - so in comes the forever helpful Comcast to the rescue.

 

Its Gigabit Pro service doesn't have a price currently attached but we're sure that every single dollar will annoy local residents. Cattanooga currently has the fastest internet available in the United States (gigabit) to those whom can receive it and reports claim that it sets users back a mere $70 per month.

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Eve opens up donations of in-game currency towards Nepal aid

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 24 mins ago

With numerous ways flooding in to donate to those hurt by the horrific Nepal earthquake, CCP has opened up to donations of PLEX from EVE Online players as a way to support those in need.

 

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In a recent press release, CCP stated that "for each PLEX donated during this period, CCP hf. will contribute USD $15 to the Icelandic Red Cross to fund their aid efforts in Nepal."

 

We've seen a rise in recent times of various charity online streams, gaming tournaments and raffles happening as it becomes more apparent that allowing gamers to donate through their hobbies is becoming a positive and effective way to help others in need.

 

The last PLEX for GOOD campaign run saw $190,890 raised for those involved in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines during November 2013.

PAYDAY 2 just released its 21st DLC - 'The Butcher's Western Pack'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 16 mins ago

Yep you're reading that correctly, PAYDAY 2 has just hit DLC number 21 and this one is titled 'The Butcher's Western Pack'.

 

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Released by independent game developer Starbreeze AB, this pack will set you back $4.99 through the Steam store and sets out to provide you with a few features including new guns, melee weapons, dynamite grenades, four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements.

 

This pack sets the scene in a 'Wild West' scenario, bringing the players back to this age with the famous Peacemaker pistol and the aforementioned dynamite grenades.

The new Force Awakens trailer with a terrible twist - Jar Jar Binks

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 8 hours, 26 mins ago

You're not dreaming, it's a real (parody) thing. Quoting J.J. Abrahams in the description, this fan made video proudly states "Jar Jar is the key to all of this."

 

 

Featuring the character we all love to hate, Jar Jar Binks, as the crux of the film, this trailer by Murdock Motion is titled "Star Wars: The Binks Awakens" and is gaining traction fast at over 230,000 views.

 

Not only does it look pretty cool, the video will also have Jar Jar's voice stuck in your head for the next few days.

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David Goldberg, cheif executive of SurveyMonkey passes away

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 8 hours, 52 mins ago

David Goldberg, passed away at only 47 suddenly whilst on holiday as confirmed on Facebook by his brother, Robert Goldberg.

 

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Husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Goldberg was was well known for his position as the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and described by his wife as "a true partner" in her book named 'lean in'.

 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also posted of Goldberg's passing, adding "Sheryl is a very strong person and knows we're all thinking of her."

 

His Facebook profile has been changed to 'Remembering Dave Goldberg' and stands as a celebration towards a life well lived.

iPad Pro rumors heat back up, leading with a 12.9-inch display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 9 hours, 30 mins ago

We've been hearing iPad Pro rumors for quite a while now, but the latest leak has Apple providing a 12.9-inch display in its 'more professional' iPad. We could see the iPad Pro with a display somewhere between 12.5 and 12.9 inches.

 

 

The new iPad Pro would have Apple targeting professionals, who want a more serious slate from Apple, with stereo speakers, too. So not only would professionals gain from the larger display, but iPad enthusiasts would have something to consider with the larger display and stereo speakers on the iPad Pro.

 

The latest mock up (in the video above) shows four ports on the iPad Pro. We don't know what all of these could be, and they could change as this is just a mock up, but we should expect Apple to unveil a new iPad, as well as the iPad Pro, later this year.

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Small businesses adopting robots, and more concern jobs are at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 6 mins ago

Small businesses want to see if robots are able to drive sales and increase productivity, unfortunately at the expense of human workers.

 

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Robots are estimated to carry out 25 percent of all industrial tasks by 2025, according to the Boston Consulting Group - and almost half of US jobs face "high risk" of being automated in the next 10 to 20 years, according to co-directors of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment.

 

"Automation is having a big impact. It's both positive and negative," said Martin Ford, author of the "Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future" book, which will be published later this month, in a statement to CNBC. "Business will need to hire no people or fewer people. You can literally have one person start a manufacturing business."

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TAG Heuer's uber pricey $1400 smartwatch will be released by November

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 12 hours, 41 mins ago

Luxury watch company TAG Heuer will release a Google Android Wear-powered device by the end of the year, sporting a whopping $1,400 price tag. The custom watch could be available in October, but shouldn't launch any later than November, according to company officials.

 

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The watch has been created with the help of Intel and Google, with all three companies announcing a partnership in March. Google is providing Android Wear while TAG Heuer will use a new Intel microprocessor to power the costly watch.

 

Following the same idea as other smartwatch manufacturers, TAG Heuer hopes the Apple Watch helps bring additional attention to the wearable market. "The more they sell, the more a few people will want something different and come to TAG Heuer," said Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, in a statement to Bloomberg.

Discrete and integrated GPUs working together with DX12 provides gains

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 16 mins ago

We've known for a while that DirectX 12 will be providing some serious gains in performance, as well as the ability to join GPUs and their VRAM, but over the last few days we've been learning more about DX12 thanks to Microsoft's Build 2015 conference.

 

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The company showcased their new DirectX 12 "Multiadapter" feature, something that allows unused hardware inside of a PC to be fully utilized. This provides the ability to use integrated GPUs on CPUs - something that would otherwise be completely unused - to be utilized alongside the GPU for additional performance.

 

This premise isn't anything new, as the likes of AMD, LucidLogix Virtu and other technologies have tried this - but it has never taken off like DX12 will. Microsoft's new DirectX 12 Multiadapter technology creates a specialized coherent link between every GPU available inside of the PC, and lets them work together to provide as much performance as possible.

 

One of the demos used to showcase this impressive technology was a demo created by Square Enix called "WITCH CHAPTER 0 [cry]". This demo was powered by four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X video cards, with 63 million polygons per scene and massive 8K x 8K highly detailed textures, showing off the next generation of graphics. The DirectX 12 Multiadapter technology was using both the integrated GPUs and all four Titan X cards for added performance. The single adapter/discrete option was seeing an average of 35.9FPS, but the multiadapter using the discrete and integrated GPUs was providing 39.7FPS.

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Google Glass competitor from Allwinner will cost just $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 14 hours, 18 mins ago

Google Glass was quite the product, and while it didn't receive widespread use or universal praise, I personally thought it was a great device on the market. For one, it was something completely new - there's nothing quite like it, and if it was done right, it could turn into something very useful.

 

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Well, it will soon have a competitor from Chinese manufacturer Allwinner. Allwinner hasn't named its wearable yet, but they have said that it will be a Glass like device, with a much better price of $199, compared to the $1500 asking price of the Google Glass Explorer Edition. Allwinner is really talking up its wearable, saying that it will be able to outperform Glass in both price, and performance categories.

 

Inside of the Allwinner wearable, we'll find their own A33 processor, with Taiwanese design firm Coretronic provided the design work on the device. It will look quite similar to Google Glass, but cost nearly 1/10 of what Mountain View was charging. It will feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but right now there is no release date for Allwinner's Glass competitor.

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