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Addonics Pocket UDD25 USB 3.0 External Dock Review

We take a look at the Addonics Pocket UDD25, a bus powered USB 3.0 external storage dock solution with a plethora of options for device connectivity.

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Coffee machine or PC Chassis? Meet the Silver Ghost project

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 12 mins ago

It's obvious that Montymole's Modding Emporium doesn't mess around when it comes to PC modifications - they've just released the final 3D design for the 'Silver Ghost' project.

 

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Looking similar to a coffee machine, you can see that it's going to be a fully-custom chassis design, integrated with a full watercooling loop connected to 2x 250mm radiators - however it's very hard to tell the full scale of the project through just a rendered image.

 

On the official Facebook, it's explained that they don't want to spoil "the fun on the layout of the tubing and other stuff," so this is all we get for now - along with a full list of specifications.

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Oops, I meant sunny side up! Scientists can now unboil eggs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 23 mins ago

Scientists from UC Irvine have figured out a method to 'unboil' egg whites, turning them from a solid back into liquid form. There is a real application to this however, as it is claimed that the process behind this can "help lower the production cost of cancer drugs and other expensive medications" as explained by Gizmodo.

 

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Cancer drugs don't directly correlate to egg whites, however the process between the two is similar and helps show off how powerful and complex the process really is. The process shows that these scientists can now "use and recycle molecular proteins that have a tendency to "misfold" into tiny shapes and structures when produced that actually make them unusable." This basically means that the proteins produced by these scientists generally end up as a spongey-solid, similar to that of a hard-boiled egg, whereas scientists need it to be a liquid - with no easy solution previously available to make this happen, they put in the effort and produced a new method.

 

The scientists have laid out the process, explaining that "To re-create a clear protein known as lysozyme once an egg has been boiled, he and his colleagues add a urea substance that chews away at the whites, liquefying the solid material."

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Antec now with new P380 chassis in stock

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

Described by some as "the company that started it all," Antec has just announced that their P380 chassis is now officially launched - set as an update and refresh of their P180 case.

 

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Featuring dual-layer noise-dampening side panels, Antec claim that this chassis will ensure you can create "a system that is almost inaudible even when the fans are spinning at a high speed."

 

Compatible with standard ATX motherboards, this new addition to the Antec line includes nine expansion slots and supports video cards up to 18.3" long.

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Coming to an office near you: multitouch smart coffee table

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 1 hour, 22 mins ago

Ideum has launched its Duet smart coffee table, featuring 42-inch and 46-inch models, running the Microsoft Windows 8 and Google Android operating systems. The table has been designed for use in public spaces, offices, schools, retail stores, and other environments that feature continued use.

 

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The multi-touch input provides increased responsiveness and has been designed to be the "hub of the connected home," giving owners the chance to control all their smart technologies from one location: controlling music, lights, thermostat, security, and other popular IoT-driven solutions.

 

The Duet has the following hardware specs: Intel Core i5-4570R (3.20GHz), Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 8GB DDR RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

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NASA says SpaceX, Boeing one step closer to launching astronauts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour, 52 mins ago

SpaceX and Boeing successfully completed milestones in their effort to launch astronauts into space, according to NASA during a press conference to discuss the Commercial Crew Program.

 

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"I don't ever want to have to write another check to Roscosmos," said Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, during the press conference. SpaceX hopes to begin launching personnel into space starting in early 2017, and wants to fly 50 Falcon 9 missions before reaching its ambitious goal.

 

As NASA continues to develop its next-generation space shuttle, the US government has called upon private sector companies to help fill the void. Following political tensions, NASA stopped relying on the Russian government to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA previously relied on SpaceX launches to help resupply the ISS, as additional private sector companies try to jump into the business.

Microsoft saw increased demand for Surface, but is the tablet doomed?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 7 mins ago

Surface tablet revenue has increased up to $1.1 billion in Q2 2015, according to Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings announcement. The increased figure was largely due to the Surface Pro 3 and sales of accessories for the device - an impressive year-over-year growth from $893 million.

 

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Even though this is the first time Surface revenue eclipsed $1 billion, some people are beginning to wonder if Microsoft is going to pull the plug on Surface.

 

"It is currently out of stock [and] unfortunately we do not have specific dates on when products are back in stock, [so] you would have to check back on the site regularly," a Microsoft Store sales representative told Computerworld.

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Retailers interested in adopting Apple Pay mobile payment service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

The adoption of Apple Pay, while still stirring controversy among retailers preferring a non-Apple-centric payment service, continues to help stimulate the mobile pay revolution.

 

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For retailers, they have a monetary incentive to adopt Apple Pay: the payment service charges a fraction of what current credit card companies charge per swipe at checkout, which could help win over additional retailers in the future.

 

"I've never seen a bigger adoption of an alternative-payment system," said Brian Roemmele, a payments consultant, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

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Report: Microsoft shipped 6.6M Xbox units during 2014 holiday

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 3 hours, 52 mins ago

Microsoft reportedly shipped 6.6 million Xbox game consoles to retailers, including both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, during its most recent quarter that ended on December 31, 2014, it confirmed today. Even though it saw a "strong holiday season performance" for its Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Microsoft didn't provide a shipment breakdown for each individual console.

 

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The shipment figures were a noticeable drop from 7.4 million Xbox One and Xbox 360 units shipped to retailers during the same time frame in 2013 - as the aging Xbox 360 is shown the door in favor of its next-generation counterpart.

 

Despite the Xbox One outselling the PlayStation 4 last November and December, Microsoft will have a lot of work cut out for itself in 2015.

Analyst: Apple Pay likely didn't contribute to Apple's 2014 success

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 27 mins ago

Apple had a great Q4 2014, but its mobile payment system, Apple Pay, likely didn't have a major impact on that success, analysts believe. Despite drawing tremendous interest from consumers looking to embrace mobile payment, Apple Pay - and rival platforms - simply haven't been able to compete against cash, debit and credit card payments.

 

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"Apple Pay is not likely to be a material revenue stream on its own anytime soon," predicted Colin Gillis, analyst at BGC Partners, in a statement published by CNN Money.

 

However, a growing number of retailers are interested in adopting Apple Pay, and that will lead to future iPhone adoption - along with one day hopefully moving the needle. Most credit card companies charge 1.5 percent up to 3 percent per swipe, while Apple charges just 0.15 percent per transaction.

Disney's 'Frozen' becomes US highest selling Blu-ray disc

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 hours, 46 mins ago

Disney's 2013 animated smash hit 'Frozen' continues to smash records, be it from the highest grossing animated motion picture of all time, to Academy Awards and now it can add highest selling Blu-ray to that list too.

 

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According to aggregate Blu-ray sales tracking from The Numbers, 'Frozen' has sold just shy of 7.5 million copies in the United States alone, which equates to around $158 million in gross sales.

 

Frozen holds the record for the fifth highest grossing film worldwide, with a total of nearly $1.3 billion. Disney studios are hard at work on an unannounced sequel along with a short film 'Frozen Fever' which will be released next year.

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