Have you ever noticed how a day out in the woods, filling fresh air into your lungs makes you feel a little bit better? Well, seems you aren't alone, and it's even being increasingly prescribed by doctors as an alternative to medication. According to an article on Mother Nature Network, DC Park Rx, a health initiative combining the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Park Service, the D.C. departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, U.S. Health and Human Services, National Environmental Education Foundation, George Washington University, National American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Recreation and Parks Association have joined forces to encourage US doctors to look at an alternative, alternative prescription for patients.
Apparently, their efforts are working, with more than 500 nature prescriptions have been written by health care providers in Washington D.C. Whilst there has yet to be an official finding, anecdotal evidence thus far is said to be positive. So go AFK for a bit. It could be good for your health.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has just implemented a ruling that transactions completed in the digital crypto-currency Bitcoin are liable for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), however it's still not classified as 'real money'.
This ruling reads "a transfer of Bitcoin from one entity to another is a 'supply' for GST purposes" with further research into the release commenting that anything involving Bitcoin "will be treated as a barter transaction," still rendering it as not 'real' money. This follows previous reports of this Australian organization claiming Bitcoin to be used for 'barter' only and not classified as a legitimate currency.
Google wants to see its Android mobile operating system built directly into connected cars, hoping drivers and passengers are able to enjoy connectivity even before connecting their smartphones. If this occurs in 2015, it would be a major step beyond just the Google Android Auto software - and the first wave of vehicles should be available sometime in 2015.
Despite increased interest in connected vehicles, Google still has remained relatively quiet about its long-term Android plans in vehicles. However, Android M should have a major role in providing connected features to drivers. If everything goes according to Google's plan, Android will evolve into the major platform used to power infotainment and navigation for connected cars.
"It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said Thilo Koslowski, VP and Automotive Practice Leader of Gartner, in a statement published by Reuters.
Signal System 7 (SS7) powers multiple phone carriers across the world including big names such as AT&T and Verizon - its global telecom network is used to route calls and text and in recent news, this technology has been reported to have some huge security issues associated inside. These issues come in the form of security holes that let hackers listen in to your calls and texts.
ACLU's Cheif Technologist has informed Gizmodo that this flaw is so serious that people should consider no longer using their mobile phone for calls until the problems are fixed.
SS7's outdated infrastructure is said to be the cause of this issue, with German research discovering this invasion of privacy, said to be publishing their full findings later this month at a conference in Hamburg (as according to the Washington Post).
Lian Li still make some of the most unique chassis' on the market, but the new O Series open-air, wall-mountable chassis really takes teh cake. There are four new models, the PC-O5, PC-O5S, PC-O6S and PC-O7S which are sure to impress.
The first two models, the PC-O5 and PC-O5S are mini-ITX variants, while the PC-O6S is a micro-ATX offering, with the PC-O7S being an ATX model. All four models feature Lian Li's impressive aluminum design, with all four cases featuring a very similar look. All four allow you to show off the hardware inside of your chassis, with the entire build visible through glass.
The video cards are installed parallel to the motherboard which will have some of your friends freaking out, but it will also look super awesome, too. This is achieved by Lian Li offering PCI riser cards and extensions with the new chassis models. Customizable storage options are also on offer, with hard drives capable of being mounted in the HDD cage, which is hidden by a nice shield. Water cooling support is also provided, with the "S" variants of the new O Series cases denoting which ones are capable of being water cooled.
Markus "Notch" Persson is spending some of those billions that Microsoft paid for Mojang, buying a $70 million mansion, which just so happened to be the most expensive house in Beverly Hills.
The John Aaroe Group announced the sale, a record $70 million, with the following press release: "Persson's purchase included everything in the house from luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal."
Notch's new digs are pretty damn nice, with the house taking up a massive 23,000 square feet. The $70 million mansion features "vodka and tequila bars, a candy room, an 18-seat tiered screening room, a state-of-the-art kitchen and an exquisite 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each. Three high-definition 90-inch television screens bring panoramic views of Los Angeles from the roof into the down stairs lounge - especially breathtaking at night, says De Los Reyes. Art pieces include a replica of James Dean's motorcycle and a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun. On a conventional note, the home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms all equipped with Toto Neorest toilets at a price of $5,600 each."
It's been a few rough months for Blizzard, their servers have experiences different niggling issues - seemingly since around the release of the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
Last night, Blizzard's Oceania servers took a tumble with locals reporting "incompatible server" issues being widespread amongst World of Warcraft Oceanic based offerings.
Rockstar has announced the new "Festive Surprise" for Grand Theft Auto Online, a new update which adds snowball fights, Christmas sweathers and much more.
There are new weapons in the form of a new homing missile launcher and proximity mines, as well as some new vehicles with the Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, Slam Van, and the Massacro and Jester sports cars. GTA Online gamers are now welcome to a third garage to store their vehicles, with the new weapons available at the in-game Ammu-Nation.
There's also some seasonal clothing included with the "Festive Surprise" update, something that includes scarves, masks and holiday pyjamas for free. These items will continue to be made available through to January 5, with special holiday crates dropping "frequently" between now and then.
Since the dawn of eSports, poor old Oceania has been heavily neglected in receiving invites, qualifiers or any chances to enter global gaming competitions. In a move to capture a new audience, HiRez Studios have just announced that players from this region will now have the ability to qualify for the Smite world championships, season 2.
This free, Multilayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) 3rd-person game has begun a massive push into the Australian market - after a positive showing at PAX Australia 2014 and the recent acquisition of well-known fighting games player and organizer Daniel Chlebowczyk, they're looking to give the locals something that they've been wanting for ages - international exposure.
It looks like the US government could respond to North Korea hacking Sony Pictures, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest telling reporters that the attack was an example of "destructive activity with malicious intent that was initiated by a sophisticated actor."
Earnest continued, saying that US national security leaders "would be mindful of the fact that we need a proportional response. They were also aware that people carrying out such attacks are "often seeking to provoke a response." He added that "They may believe that a response from us in one fashion or another would be advantageous to them" by helping their image on the world stage. The White House spokesman added that the US viewed North Korea hacking Sony as "a serious national security matter."
Sony has since cancelled the release of 'The Interview' from US theaters, after North Korea threatened an attack under the guise of the 'Guardians of Peace' or GOP.