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'The dress' used for good, now in women's violence awareness campaign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 4 hours, 48 mins ago

The Salvation Army (The Salvos) has taken this highly controversial dress and used it for something other than Facebook arguments with their new campaign that asks the question "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?" Further stating "The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women."

 

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This has been shared around on various social networks along with almost 5,000 re-tweets on their Twitter feed, showing that the The Salvos have some extremely savvy people working behind the scenes. Viral messages with a purpose have begun to pop up in recent times, bringing the ALS ice bucket challenge first to mind.

 

If you haven't kept up with what exactly 'the dress' is, it's a Roman Originals model that looked blue and black to some and white and gold to others. Striking massive debate throughout the internet a few days ago.

'World of Warcraft' gamer dies after 19 hours of uninterrupted play

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 52 mins ago

While Blizzard recommend 15 minute breaks every hour of game play, anyone who has played 'World of Warcraft' knows that's sometimes difficult to abide by. Well, nigh impossible. Still, 19 hours is quite the lengthy stretch and for one gamer - it's cost his life.

 

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According to NG4M, 24 year old Chinese man Wu Tai was deeply immersed in the game at a Shanghai internet cafe for 19 hours, before he begun coughing up blood and collapsing in his seat. A fellow gamer seated next to him reports that he let out a groan and begun dabbing his mouth on a blood-stained handkerchief. When asked if he was OK, Wu Tai replied "He'd felt better, but that he would be OK". An ambulance was quickly called, but the man sadly died at the scene.

 

So next time you feel like taking a break - take a walk around, get a drink and go for a stretch. It might just save your life. Alternatively, limit those gaming sessions to just a few hours... if you can.

Blizzard will soon offer no subscriptions for World of Warcraft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 50 mins ago

Blizzard has announced its plans for non-subscription-based options for its time-sucking game World of Warcraft, something the company is calling "WoW Tokens".

 

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The way WoW Tokens work is that they can be purchased with real money, with players able to sell these Tokens within the World of Warcraft auction house. Other WoW players can then purchase these WoW Tokens from the auction house with their in-game gold, where they will have 30 days of game time attached to them.

 

Blizzard has developed a special formula to determine the price of these WoW Tokens in the store, where the developer will "take into account supply and demand for Tokens as well as other elements of the World of Warcraft economy in each region" reports Polygon. The Tokens are not resellable, because they are set at a gold price, so once you've purchased it from the auction house, the WoW Token is soulbound to your character, and must be redeemed by you, and you only.

Apple rumored to launch its new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air in Q2 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: 20 hours, 40 mins ago

According to the latest news from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing to launch its new MacBook Air that will feature a Retina class display. We might even see the first sneak peek at it when Apple hosts its media event next week.

 

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WSJ is reporting that manufacturers have received orders from Apple to begin spinning up the mass production of the new MBA, which should begin shipping in the next three months. The current MacBook Air is offered with an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch display, but 1366x768 or 1440x900 resolutions, respectively. The new Retina MacBook Air could pump this up to 1920x1080 or even 2560x1440 on its 12-inch display.

 

Something Apple has to be careful of is the battery drain on the new Retina-powered MBA, as the higher resolution is sure to suck more juice. But, we should see Apple adopting Intel's new Broadwell-based processors, which should counter that higher battery consumption with less power consumption on the CPU and GPU side of things.

Sony not worried about the price of its VR headset during development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 22 hours, 40 mins ago

GDC 2015 - During the development of its VR headset, Sony has said that "price has not been driving our development process" for Project Morpheus. The words come directly from President of Sony's Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida.

 

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Yoshida continued: "The first time people try VR is the most dangerous time. People get used to it after a while, but the first is the most susceptible to motion sickness. So we want to get the hardware right". He added: "Now we feel that we have the system, we have passed the threshold that we set out. Then, how cheap we can deliver to the consumer? That's the second question we're going to tackle. The number of people who will buy day one hardware will be some kind of reverse function of price, that we understand, but we really need to do it right from day one".

 

Sony isn't talking about the price of Project Morpheus at all, but Yoshida did say that when it's out, the price of its VR headset will fall with time, just like the PS4. But the entire focus of Project Morpheus isn't the price, but the hardware and the experience. This could mean that Sony might have a more expensive headset on its hands, but just how expensive? How much is too much for you?

Valve confirms it is experimenting around with Half-Life in VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 23 hours, 52 mins ago

GDC 2015 - We know that Valve is working on VR now that HTC announced it had partnered up with the company on its recently revealed Vive VR headset, but now Valve has admitted that it is playing around with Half-Life in VR.

 

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Kotaku spoke with Valve at GDC during the week, asking Valve programmer Jeep Barnett about Half-Life in the virtual world of VR. Barnett said: "We've said, 'Let's take some existing art and see how it fits. So yeah, we'll grab some headcrabs, we'll grab the machine guns from Half-Life, the rocket launcher - all those different fun things - and see how they play in VR. But right now, it's a tool for exploring the different kind of game designs we want to do".

 

When pressed about the possibilities of Valve making Half-Life compatible with VR headsets, Barnett replied with "We're not saying, 'no,' but we don't know what the right thing is [yet]. Our most precious resource is time, and we don't have enough time for people to do everything. Would we like to make all of our franchises in VR? Absolutely. But we don't have enough time or people. So we have to figure out what's the best fit, what plays to the strengths of VR".

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Rock Band 4 announced, will hit the Xbox One and PS4 end of this year

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

We knew it was coming, but now it has been confirmed: Rock Band 4 is coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Harmonix has also said it teamed up with hardware manufacturer Mad Catz for the accessories side of things.

 

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This is great news, as the developer has said that Rock Band 4 will be backwards compatible with every single Rock Band guitar and drum et you have collected, all the way back to 2007. If you don't want to use your old instruments, the developer will be offering up some new instruments of course. But it's not just the instruments that will be backwards compatible, as all of the previous DLC will be carried over (platform dependant) which is great to see.

 

The backwards compatibility for both the hardware and DLC could be because Harmonix is no longer being published by EA, where Harmonix has partnered up with Mad Catz to manufacturer the new hardware, as well as distribute the new boxed game. Better yet, Rock Band 4 won't be superseded by another Rock Band game anytime soon, as Harmonix will be updating Rock Band 4 with new songs, modes and other community-driven content.

 

Rock Band 4 hits the Xbox One and PS4 toward the end of 2015.

Harrison Ford crash update: Actor "Battered, but fine"

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Just days since the death of 'Star Trek' legend Leonard Nimoy, the thought of serious injury or worse to Harrison Ford couldn't bear imagining. Which is lucky, because according to his son Ben Ford the actor is "battered, but fine".

 

 

Fords representatives have release a statement saying that the actor "was flying a WW2 vintage plane today which stalled upon takeoff... He had no other choice but to make an emergency landing, which he did safely. The injuries sustained are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery."

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This beautiful collaboration between ASUS and Bitspower should be seen

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

This beautiful setup is Bitspower's fully watercooled reply to ASUS' Maximus VIII Impact as shared by Kurpiewski Concept's Facebook page.

 

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If just component watercooling isn't enough for your extreme build, here's a perfect way to go 'over the top' but in a simplistic and stylish manner.

 

As seen on the product itself, the Bistpower code for this great inclusion is the AIZ97M7IITX and you can already find versions of this nickel plated cover for sale around on various websites - stock is another issue however.

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AMD to unveil its next-gen Radeon R9 390X at Computex in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

It looks like AMD was using its next generation GPU at the Game Developers Conference, without much fan fare. PC Perspective was there, with Ryan Shrout reporting that AMD was using its next-gen video card to power an Oculus Rift demo.

 

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Shrout met with AMD shortly after, where they told him that the not-so-great looking system was powered by the "upcoming flagship Radeon R9 video card" but nothing else was said. Shrout asked if he could take the side panel off, or look at the driver, or GPU-Z, but he was shut down for every single option.

 

Then we have KitGuru reporting that AMD will launch its new Radeon 300 series, including the Radeon R9 390X at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan in June. We know that AMD has confirmed new GPUs for Q2 2015, so we should expect an announcement in the next 4-6 weeks, with a full retail launch in June? Surely AMD wouldn't wait until June to launch its new GPU when NVIDIA has just unveiled its GeForce GTX Titan X.

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