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Gaming of all kinds has become mainstream. Chris takes a look into how playing games with friends has become the 'normal' way to hang out.

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Twitter feeds may be used to predict heart disease

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 37 mins ago

Nope, this isn't satire. According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania study, doctors may look towards a Twitter feed in order to gauge your risk of heart disease - rather than monitoring the normal signs like smoking, diet and obesity.


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The researchers compared 148 million geo-located tweets from 1347 American counties throughout a period of June 2009 - March 2010. They were looking into the 'emotional language' displayed by the people behind the posts - testing the theory that anger or contentment levels correlate directly to overall health levels.


This study focused on the emotional language of all Tweets monitored, measuring this value and then comparing it with the county-level, age-adjusted mortality rates for AHD. The results pointed out that not only is Twitter good at gauging a county's susceptibility to heart disease, it's also better than any conventional method - even providing as far as a 42 percent improvement.

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20% complete but 100% amazing - another InWin S-Frame chassis mod

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 hour, 44 mins ago

Frenchman Mathieu Heredia has announced that his S-Frame chassis mod is only 20 percent completed, but its already looking 100 percent awesome. In July last year, Chad covered the original release of this impressive case, showing off its elegant and 'out-there' styling.


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Set to be a system-builders dream, In Win's S-Frame has seen modders rub their hands together with glee - providing a simple solution for system building, modding and builds out of the ordinary.


This InWin case features a fully custom white color scheme with red accents - obviously no components are included yet, but the base of the case this far already looks impressive enough to share with you all.

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Disney is making a TV show around a retired 15-year-old eSports player

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 32 mins ago

The kid-focused Disney XD network will be showcasing a new show titled Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, that will revolve around the world of a pro-gamer that leaves the eSports game, and returns to high school.


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Cameron Boyce will play Conor, a 15-year-old "video game phenom" who goes back to high school "after a thumb injury sidelines him from the glamorous pro gaming circuit". Conor will use his video game skills to beat real-life, high school level challenges, according to a release from Disney.


Adam Bonnett, Executive Vice President of Original Programming for Disney Channels Worldwide said: "With the popularity of video games and electronic sports, we're thrilled to give our audience a new series that spotlights one of their biggest passions and features fan-favorite star Cameron Boyce. We are bringing the video game universe to life and giving our popular multi-camera series a fresh, new twist by integrating gaming visual effects into each episode".

Battlefield Hardline's maps and modes detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 33 mins ago

Battlefield Hardline is much closer to its release on March 17, with Electronic Arts teasing what maps and modes to expect from the new entry into the Battlefield franchise.


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The maps that will be included with Hardline are as follows: Downtown, Bank Job, The Block, Dust Bowl, Hollywood Heights, Derailed, Riptide, Everglades and the 420 friendly map Growhouse. As for the modes, we have Conquest, Team Deathmatch, two capture the flag variants with Heist and Blood Money; Rescue, where gamers playing as cops have to handle a hostage situation; Crosshair which sees a VIP being protected; and finally Hotwire, where the bad guys try to steal cars while the cops try to stop them from taking the cars - usually resulting in a big shootout.


The upcoming new beta of Battlefield Hardline will include both Dust Bowl and Downtown, but we don't know when the new beta of Hardline will be arriving.

Star Citizen continues to cash in, topping $70 million collected

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 39 mins ago

The Star Citizen project has tacked on another $1 million made in the past two weeks alone, collecting a total of $70 million - the most successful crowdfunded project. More than 734,700 people helped fund the project, and there is plenty more money to be made through the rest of 2015. To celebrate the milestone, here is a new Arena Commander teaser:



Cloud Imperium Games plans to launch the final release of Star Citizen in 2016, and has a road map of future developments that will be made prior to release.

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Windows 10 Preview build 9926 with Cortana, and more is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 5 hours, 50 mins ago

It was only last week that Microsoft was showing off the latest build of Windows 10, but the company has just made this version of its upcoming OS available to all. During the event, we found out about the awesome look AR headset HoloLens, and that DirectX 12 will be an exclusive to Windows 10.


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The January Technical Preview build - 9926 - is now out, and includes total Cortana integration. Microsoft's virtual assistant will hang out on the taskbar, helping users search for apps, settings, files and more across the Internet. The revised Settings menu has also had some work done to it, bringing it into line with the look of the Control Panel.


Microsoft has also baked in the new Photos, Maps and Xbox applications, as well as a look at the Windows Store Beta. Minor changes have sneaked into the new build according to insiders, with a bug in the keyboard lights not working for Caps/Num/Scroll lock, now being fixed in the latest build. One of the bigger parts of the new build of Windows 10 that is missing is Internet Explorer's replacement, Spartan. Another is the new Music Locker feature, which is based on the company's OneDrive service.

Connected homes could pose major security concerns to early adopters

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 6 hours, 54 mins ago

The Internet of Things (IoT) captured a lot of headlines during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, and security will remain a major issue for early adopters. The idea that connected household items can access the Internet provides great opportunity for enhanced services - but provides cybercriminals an access point to compromise new products.


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Cybersecurity companies are aware of the great potential of IoT and connected devices, but understand they must scramble to defend an entirely new ecosystem that seems poised to boom.


"If people are worried about Facebook and Google storing your data today, wait until you see what is coming with IoT in next 2-5 years," said Ed Montgomery, Marketing Manager at F-Secure, via Tweet.

Call of Duty: World at War II rumored to be unveiled in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 51 mins ago

It looks like Activision is preparing for the unveiling of the next entry into the Call of Duty franchise with Call of Duty: World at War II. The publisher will reportedly unveil the new game on May 4 according to an alleged promotional poster for the gmae.


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While Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare took gamers into the future with some next-gen weapons, exosuits and more, World at War II will bring things back to reality, and history. Anonymous Protection leaked out the reveal date, which is May 4 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT. It makes sense, as Activision unveiled the first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on May 1 last year.


Treyarch will likely be the studio behind the development of the game, handing off the yearly Call of Duty game torch from Sledgehammer.

Key to wider wearable adoption could be to just keep things simple

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 8 hours, 39 mins ago

Wearable products will invade the consumer and business markets in the coming years, but will take patience from manufacturers and buyers. There is a lot of confusion regarding the current wearable market, as there is a clutter of different products, multiple platforms, and rather uneven marketing efforts from manufacturers.


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Integrating faster and more powerful hardware doesn't seem to be a problem for wearables, but manufacturers are now trying to create more visually appealing products. Early generations of consumer wearables were rather bulky and didn't seem to be fashionable at all, though that is beginning to change.


Wearables were quite popular during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with many new product announcements and public launches. However, analysts still are unsure what to make of the industry, even though they expect it to rapidly grow in the coming years.

Private drone pilots taking to the skies, but safety concerns mount

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 hours, 24 mins ago

Many first-time drone pilots are taking to the skies in the United States, and that has increased safety concerns regarding drone crashes. One such concern is a "flyaway" when the small drones catch a jet stream and simply blow away - and pilots are unaware of how to regain control of the flying craft.


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Most consumer drones weigh around 2.2 pounds, and if it was being flown at 400 feet, can yield more than 900 pounds of force if it slammed straight into the ground.


"There's just too many people that just have no idea what they're doing flying with their cool cameras," said Bill Stockwell, drone flight instructor at McHenry County Community College, in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. "I fly a competitive 7-foot helicopter that goes about 140 mph. If it was flying at 400 feet, which is legal, it would hit the ground with 2,200 pounds of force. Can you imagine what that would feel like?"

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