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CalDigit Thunderbolt Station Docking Device Review

Today we look at the CalDigit Thunderbolt Station, a solution any MacBook Pro user can appreciate. Read on as Tyler tells us all about it.

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Latest video of Watch Dogs multiplayer shows hacking, stalking friends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 mins ago

We've already seen the incredibly cool, but supremely destructive Spider Tank in Watch Dogs' digital trip, but how is the open-world game in the multiplayer side of things? Well, a 9-minute video below will showcase that for you.

 

 

Watch Dogs' multiplayer takes place in the same world as its single player counterpart, with Watch Dogs' Animation Director, Colin Graham, explaining in the video above. Gamers will be able to connect to other gamers within Watch Dogs, hacking their phones, or through competitive decryption combat. Gamers can also accept contracts and enter the game of other players.

 

When you're being hacked, you'll receive a notification that you're "being invaded". Once a player has been hacked, you'll need to find the hacker and stop the attack. How would you do this? You can shoot a gun into the air to see the NPCs run, but whoever doesn't, you will know that they are a real-life player, and your hacker that you now have to take down.

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German scientists have frozen light for a record-breaking 60 seconds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

If you had told scientists 100 years ago that we would be freezing light, they would be astounded - how would you have done it? Well, German scientists have done just that: frozen light for a record-breaking 60 seconds.

 

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Why would you want to freeze light? For one, to make sure that it stays in place to ensure that it keeps its quantum coherence properties - to make it possible to build light-based quantum memory. This means that the longer light can be held in place, the better it is for computation. This would pave the way for more secure quantum communications, over longer distances.

 

Holding light is no easy task however, as you can't just call in Mr Freeze and ask him to say "Stick Around". Light is an electromagnetic radiation that moves at an incredible 300 million meters per second. On top of that, over 60 seconds, light can travel around 11 million miles (or 18 million km), or 20 round trips to the Moon.

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Microsoft rumored to be working on free, cloud-based Windows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 2 hours, 12 mins ago

According to a Russian leaker, the next version of Windows will be a free, cloud-based OS known as Windows Cloud. Windows Cloud would require an Internet connection for full functionality of the OS, but to receive functions past the basic ones provided for free, a subscription would be required.

 

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The person behind the leak, Wzor, has been right on previous rumors, such as an early version of the Windows 8.1 update. According to PC World, part of Windows Cloud would be stored locally on your computer, possibly sitting in your PC's BIOS, with the rest of it downloaded from the Internet. When not connected to the Internet, it would offer the user just basic functionality.

 

This would work similar to how Windows 7 Starter gave users basic functionality, with the option to upgrade to other versions of Windows.

The Pentagon's latest experiment, a Terminator-like rescue robot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

The Pentagon has been building itself some robots, with a new Terminator-like rescue robot that would be deployed into disaster situations, where it would search for survivors.

 

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The 6-foot 2-inch robot named Atlas is one of the entrants in a contest that is designed to build a robotic hero, thanks to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The competition sees entrants' robots capable of finding their way through rough terrain and entering buildings. The competition was created after the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan which crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant and sent a tsunami into the country.

 

DARPA is The Pentagon's go-to research department, which has just shown off its Atlas robot - featuring LED lighting, but was switched off and simply in a "static" display for the competition. Head of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, Brad Tousley, told US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Hollywood has portrayed an unrealistic expectation in peoples' minds about what robots are capable of - at least at this point in time.

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VisionTek unveils new portable storage drive that utilizes mSATA SSDs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: 4 hours ago

Portable external storage drives have been the saving grace of many consumers who have needed to transfer large amounts of data at one time or another. For the most part, these portable drives have been limited to the 2.5" HDD form factor, and were still a little bulky to toss into a pocket or purse. Today VisionTek has solved that problem forever.

 

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VisionTek says that the mSATA Mini Enclosure has a footprint smaller than a business card and thanks to mSATA SSD technology, the device can store more than a similarly priced thumb-drive, and remain faster. Unfortunately the mSATA enclosure is just that, an enclosure. You will have to purchase and install your own mSATA SSD. Total cost for the enclosure and a decent mSATA drive will be over $100, but if you need to save space while retaining storage, this may be for you.

Yankees pitcher, Pineda ejected for pine tar

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 4 hours, 26 mins ago

A little less than two weeks after a mysterious substance on the hand of New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda went unchecked in a dominant win over Boston, the RedSox manager John Farrell didn't leave things to chance this time around. Complaining to the umpires in the second inning that there was a dark substance on the neck of Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda.

 

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After struggling in the first inning with command of his pitching, Pineda was decidedly better in the second, forcing two fly-outs. It looks as if Pineda will be facing a suspension from the league office as the last two pitchers caught using pine tar were Brendan Donnelly and Joel Peralta and they were suspended for 10 and 8 games respectively.

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Steam offering Red Orchestra 2 free until 10AM tomorrow

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 7 mins ago

We may be a little late to this one, but its not too late for you. Today Steam is offering the Russian shooter, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad for free in the steam store. To claim the game, you simply need to locate it in the steam store and not only add it to your library, but install it. If you do not install it, it will revert to its normal price to morrow. Installing it makes it your fore ever, for free. The offer ends tomorrow morning at 10AM Pacific.

 

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Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad focuses on the Battle of Stalingrad and the surrounding operations, both German and Russian, from July 1942 to February 1943. The game allows the player to experience one of the most brutal battles in all of human history. Delivering unrivaled accuracy and attention to detail, along with gritty, vicious combat in multiplayer and single-player modes the game will feature everything from quick, brutal firefights to more intricate and challenging tactical modes.

Apple TV breaks the 20 million unit sold milestone for Q2 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 6 hours, 4 mins ago

Apple TV has been a hot topic the last few weeks with word of a new set-top box coming soon, and the addition of several new apps, but none of that was quite as interesting as today's news. During today's call to investors, Apple said that it has sold more than $20 million Apple TV units in the second quarter of 2014.

 

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Apple says that its Apple TV product now represents a billion dollar market and as such, the company no longer views it as a hobby. While I see this as a stretch, Apple TV is becoming a powerhouse in the set-top box market, and with its recent deal to bring HBO-Go to the device, it could be a real contender in the second half of 2014.

Apple says iTunes has 800 million accounts, 70 billion app downloads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 hours, 52 mins ago

During today's earnings call to investors, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, announced that the company's iTunes service now has more than 800 million accounts. This is a massive number and includes accounts for iPhone, iPad, iPod and the Mac line of devices. Additionally, Cook said that Apple has $5.2 billion in billings through the iTunes service and more than 70 billion app, song, and other downloads.

 

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What this breaks down to is that iTunes generated more than $5.2 billion for Apple in the last quarter, and that it has grown by about 225 million accounts since last June, when it reported about 575 million accounts. Apple wont release any specific metrics on where these accounts are tied to, but it is a safe bet that most are generated from iPod and iPhone sales, and a good number of them are long inactive.

Spider Tank, Spider Tank, do whatever a Spider Tank... uh, Watch Dogs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 16 mins ago

Watch Dogs is close to release, getting dumped into gamers hands-on May 27, but Ubisoft has just teased a massive portion of the game to Eurogamer: Spider Tank.

 

 

What is Spider Tank? Well, the video above does a great job at explaining it. In the game, your character can take a digital drug that makes you experience a massive trip, where you enter the Spider Tank and cause mass chaos. But, thanks to it being a digital trip, there are no in-game consequences.

 

This video also gives us a closer look at some of the in-game graphics - which are looking sublime. Personally, I think Ubisoft Montreal have fixed up the frame rate issues from previous looks at the game, as there are explosions, bullets, NPCs running around, and yet there are no framerate skips whatsoever. It probably doesn't help that we don't know what setup is running the game, but at least we know it looks great - now just give me that damn Spider Tank, oh and Watch Dogs would be nice, too.

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