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Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop Review

Acer Aspire V Nitro Black Edition Gaming Laptop Review

Acer's new gaming notebook is a thing of beauty, but looks only go so far. How does it perform? Well, read on to find out. Spoiler: Pretty damn well.

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New robot makes milking cows an automated process, easier for everyone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 19 mins ago

Work smarter, not harder - including on the farm, which are embracing robotics and technology. Some dairy farmers are deploying new robots that make milking cows more efficient and timely, freeing up time for workers to conduct other tasks. Two machines cost $640,000 and necessary barn renovations increased the total cost up to $800,000 before milking even began.

 

 

Now, farmers feed the cows at the same time, but they are able to be milked on "their own schedule," with help from the LBJ Farm Equipment Lely robotic milking machines. The machine is able to read a custom collar, identifying each cow, ensuring it is time for them to be milked - if a cow enters the stall too early, it is guided out of the machine.

 

The machine has a set of brushes that clean and air dry the teats before the milking process begins, then the machine uses lasers and a 3D camera to know the proper location of the cow. The Lely machine also tracks the cow's weight, temperature, and other vital information to help farmers verify each cow is healthy.

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Mobile shopping forces businesses to adapt to changing times

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 41 mins ago

Smartphone and tablet owners have ushered in an era of mobile-centric activity that businesses cannot ignore, in fear of lost business and disengaged customers. Mobile sales have increased 25 percent year-over-year, up to $7.9 billion in 2014, according to the comScore research company, and should only climb higher in the future.

 

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"The numbers on how much time people are spending on mobile devices is staggering," said Hyaat Chaudhary, CEO of the Carbon Media Group. "Whether you're a retailer, a brand, or a media company like us, I would say everyone is trying to scramble to figure out a mobile strategy."

 

Retailers must adapt, ensuring their websites and e-stores are mobile-friendly, or face customers turning to rival stores. Something that is overlooked, however, is that making sure email blasts can be easily viewed and shared on mobile devices.

Target breach last year may have been conducted by foreign operatives

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

A well-known Ukrainian hacker, Andrey Hodirevski, is reportedly linked to the massive Target breach that hit the retailer in late 2013. Hodirevski is a prominent cybercriminal and carder, and while no public information has proven his link to the breach, cybersecurity experts wouldn't necessarily be surprised if he played a role in the operation.

 

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"He has a high reputation and credibility among other carders and hackers," said Dmitry Volkov, head of the Group-IB computer security firm. "He is not just another carder."

 

There is significant concern of cyberattacks targeting retailers, exposing millions of customers, as companies seem to be unable to stop these types of attacks from happening.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop update is starting to hit NVIDIA Shield Tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 27 mins ago

For those who purchased the LTE-powered version of NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, you will be receiving your Android 5.0 Lollipop update any moment now. This comes in a week after the normal Wi-Fi model received its deliciously-named OS update.

 

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Android 5.0 Lollipop isn't the only surprise, as there are also updates to NVIDIA's own apps, with some new features. NVIDIA has added in layer support, custom color creation, and stencils in NVIDIA's Dabbler app. There are also streaming abilities to full versions of over 20 PC games that can be found in Grid, within the Shield Hub app.

Now is the time for Microsoft to close the console gap with Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 6 hours, 21 mins ago

The Sony PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a significant sales lead over the Microsoft Xbox One throughout 2014, but after a price cut, Microsoft is reportedly closing the gap. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity for Microsoft to make the next-generation console market even more competitive.

 

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The Xbox One has some major exclusive titles: Forza Motorsport 5, Forza Horizon, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Sunset Overdrive. Game titles such as Titanfall are available for the PC, but not on the PS4 - and only boost the Xbox One's catalog even further.

 

It will be telling to see how each company does after the holidays, with consumers expected to open up their wallets to spend on gaming hardware and software this year, analysts predict.

James Cameron says you'll 's**t yourself' over the Avatar sequels

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 6 hours, 27 mins ago

James Cameron is ramping up the excitement for his Avatar sequels, of which there are three coming out back-to-back starting December 2016 through to December 2018.

 

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Cameron has come out talking about the Avatar sequels to Empire Magazine, where he said: "I can tell you one thing about them. They're gonna be bitchin'. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open". Cameron has been working on the Avatar sequels for five years now, without starting production yet, so this is really saying something. He talked about the frame rate of the movie too, where he said he won't be shooting at 60FPS or 120FPS, but will shoot at 48FPS.

 

He continued: "My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market. I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point".

Google Now receives ability to countdown the time to an special event

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 7 hours, 20 mins ago

Google has just updated Google Now, which is now capable of providing a countdown timer to your important event. This might be reminding to brush your teeth, or a doctors appointment, or even your own wedding.

 

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Android Police discovered the new ability of Google Now, with the countdown timers reportedly being part of your reminders. As it stands, these reminders aren't tied to the Calendar right now, so you can't add the doctors appointment into your calendar, and have Google Now remind you of it. Although, you could create a countdown timer separately.

 

Android Police explains: "Basically, if you have a reminder related to an event Google knows about (like Christmas, for instance), Google will pick up on that and - on your reminder card - serve you a countdown. The functionality doesn't seem to work with things like birthdays yet, so it probably won't work with any personally-connected events, but it does work with events that Google as a service recognizes, like holidays".

Microsoft went through over 200 prototypes for the Xbox One controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 8 hours, 23 mins ago

Last year it was revealed that Microsoft spent some $100 million designing the Xbox One controller, but it's only now that we're finding out that the company went through 200 prototypes before landing on the final design.

 

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During an interview with MCV, Design Lead Carl Ledbetter talked about the work that went into the final Xbox One and controller design, which took over three years. He said that Microsoft spent over 500 hours testing the controller, with over 1,100 different consumers. He said: "Nobody says anything about the little things on the hardware. If somebody is using the controller and after 30 minutes is saying 'my hands are starting to hurt.' then that's a fail. But if after 30 minutes all they're thinking about is the game, then we're doing OK".

 

Ledbetter compared the work on the controller and console itself, to the design of an expensive sports car "and then you opened the door and the handle felt a little strange". He continued, adding that Microsoft had learned from previous mistakes, adding "An example of something we got wrong was the first Xbox controller. It worked, but it wasn't the right size for people".

Motorola's fun new ad for the Moto X shows off its customizability

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 9 hours, 25 mins ago

Motorola has just pushed through another ad for its second-generation Moto X smartphone, which has some fun with the fact of how customizable the phone is before you order it. Check out the ad below:

 

 

The new ad follows a new smartphone buyer, Ben, who is constantly making changes to his Moto X through the Moto Maker online portal before he commits to the final design. On the other side of the ad is his doppelgänger who is running around making the various changes that Ben is making to his phone, making him do some last-minute fixes to the Moto X before shipping it.

 

The ad is smart, and simple, and shows off how customizable the Moto X is.

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Blizzard rolls out Black Friday deals, with steep discounts offered

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 42 mins ago

Blizzard Entertainment wants potential customers to enjoy its titles with prices for up to 75 percent off. The deals are available via the Battle.net Store and are good until Tuesday evening.

 

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Diablo 3- $20

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - $20

Diablo 3: reaper of Souls Digital Deluxe Edition - $40

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - $10

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition - $25

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - $10

World of Warcraft and all of its expansions - $5

 

This sale is a perfect time to update your Blizzard catalog and start playing some cheap games.

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