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Football Manager Classic 2014 PlayStation Vita Review

Football Manager Classic 2014 PlayStation Vita Review

The world's best football management simulation makes it to PS VITA. Perhaps it should have been left on the drawing board. Let's see what Simon thinks.

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White House won't deport Justin Bieber, despite online petition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 48 mins ago

The White House finally responded to an online petition calling for Justin Bieber to be deported back to Canada, though "Beliebers" can breathe a sigh of relief because he won't be going anywhere just yet.

 

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Any online petition that collects more than 100,000 signatures must be answered by the White House, which is why the following statement was made available:

 

"Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," according to a post on the White House Petitions website. "We'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case, but we're glad you care about immigration issues.

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NASA LADEE lunar explorer slams into moon's surface, as expected

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 18 mins ago

NASA slammed the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft into the moon, following a successful 100-day science mission.

 

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Prior to crashing into the moon, as expected, LADEE was seen flying at an altitude of 300 feet, anticipating an impact before the end of the weekend. NASA researchers hope to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to photograph the site of impact, along with capturing additional information about the lunar atmosphere.

 

"At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour - about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet," said Rick Elphic, NASA Ames LADEE project scientist, in a press statement. "There's nothing gentle about impact at these speeds - it's just a question of whether LADEE made a localized craterlet on a hillside or scattered debris across a flat area. It will be interesting to see what kind of feature LADEE has created."


China continues to push space program with increased militarization

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 2 mins ago

The Chinese air force has received a request from President Xi Jinping to increase the department's air and space capabilities moving forward, in an effort to develop a "new-type combat force," so they are better able to deal with any type of air and space emergencies.

 

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It's not a big surprise to hear that China wants to help militarize space efforts, for whatever reasons, as western security officials noted a large amount of space budget in China stems from military-based efforts.

 

"The United States has paid considerable attention and resources to the integration of capabilities in both air and space, and other powers have also moved progressively toward space militarization," said Wang Ya'nan, Aerospace Knowledge Magazine, in a statement to Chinese media. "Though China has stated that it sticks to the peaceful use of space, we must make sure that we have the ability to cope with others' operations in space."

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Microsoft invests $1.1 billion in a new data center in Iowa

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 18 hours, 50 mins ago

Iowa is quite the hot spot for data centers, with the state attracting Microsoft yet again to build its new data center in West Des Moines, a spot where the company already runs a data center.

 

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The investment is costing $1.1 billion, with the project being one of the largest in the history of the data center industry. The new facility will be spanned across 1.2 million square feet of space, on a massive 154-acre property. This data center has been a mystery for a while now, something that has been known as Project Alluvion.

 

On Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved a $20.3 million sales tax rebate to Microsoft on the project, something that will be made available until 2021. This is on top of the $18 million in incentives that the company has been promised by West Des Moines. Microsoft will be pumping around $8 million a year in property taxes back into the city, as well as creating 84 jobs when its fully built up. 66 of those jobs will have hourly wages of $24.32.

Thanks to Palcohol, powered alcohol is now a thing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 20 hours, 23 mins ago

Do you get pissed at high prices of alcohol at events? Don't you wish you could bring your own alcohol with you, without the massive space and weight it takes to bring it in? Well, powered alcohol is your answer, or Palcohol.

 

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Palcohol is just alcohol, powderized. Palcohol comes in a pouch, which you tip into a glass, fill with water and stir. You can even add a mixer if that's something you like. Palcohol is a patent pending product, which is "made from premium Puerto Rican Rum". 58% alcohol from its weight, and 12% by its volume. We don't know if you can buy it just yet, but this is an interesting development in the world of alcohol. This is something Nucky Thompson needs.

Motorola rumored to release the Moto E, an even cheaper, thinner phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 hours, 56 mins ago

The next couple of months will be an important time for the smartphone industry, and more importantly, the mid-range handset market. Motorola already has a cheap handset on the market in the form of the Moto G, but it looks like the company - now owned by Lenovo - is working on an even cheaper smartphone dubbed Moto E.

 

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Moto E will reportedly sport a 4.2-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. This will be joined by a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1900mAh battery. When comparing the Moto E against the Moto G, the Moto E has a slightly smaller screen, half the on-board storage, half the processor cores and slightly less battery.

 

But, we should see the Moto E sliding in at just 6.2mm - noticeably thinner than the Moto G at 11.6mm, and a price of around $230 off-contract. This comes in off the heels of Google being rumored to be unveiling a new Nexus smartphone soon, priced at under $100.

Wireless power is close, 40 smartphones powered simultaneously at 5m

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 22 hours, 52 mins ago

Wireless power is something I simply can't live without, but I can only charge one or two devices at once. But, over in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, scientists have used something they call the Dipole Coil Resonant System to charge 40 smartphones simultaneously, even if the power source is up to 5m away.

 

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We already know about MIT's Coupled Magnetic Resonance System (CMRS) which was unveiled in 2007, which used a magnetic field in order to charge devices - but it had an envelope of 2.1m. CMRS had some major technical limitations for commercialization, most of which haven't been solved: "a rather complicated coil structure (composed of four coils for input, transmission, reception, and load); bulky-size resonant coils; high frequency (in a range of 10 MHz) required to resonate the transmitter and receiver coils, which results in low transfer efficiency; and a high Q factor of 2,000 that makes the resonant coils very sensitive to surroundings such as temperature, humidity, and human proximity".

 

Chun T. Rim, a Professor of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering at KAIST, along with his team, developed the "Dipole Coil Resonant System" or DCRS. This system is for an extended range of inductive power transfer, at up to 5 meters between transmitter and receiver coils. Professor Rim's solution to CMRS' problems are all but solved with DCRS.

 

The technology is capable of powering "a large LED TV as well as three 40 W-fans can be powered from a 5-meter distance" according to to Professor Rim. He continues: "Our technology proved the possibility of a new remote power delivery mechanism that has never been tried at such a long distance. Although the long-range wireless power transfer is still in an early stage of commercialization and quite costly to implement, we believe that this is the right direction for electric power to be supplied in the future. Just like we see Wi-Fi zones everywhere today, we will eventually have many Wi-Power zones at such places as restaurants and streets that provide electric power wirelessly to electronic devices. We will use all the devices anywhere without tangled wires attached and anytime without worrying about charging their batteries".

Google wants developers to be smarter about the design of their apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 23 hours, 54 mins ago

Google I/O isn't far away, but now the Mountain View-based giant is warning its developers to work more on the design of their apps. The warning fires have been shot, so we should see some big changes at the event in June.

 

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Google's Staff Designer and Evangelist, Nadya Direkova, took to a blog post saying: "When Google launched, it was a crisp white page with a simple search box. You might not have thought there was much in the way of design, but its appearance underscored two of our most important principles: simplicity and usefulness".

 

The company wants its developers to emphasize design as they consider the best way to develop and distribute their apps and services. Google's Director of Developer Relations, Billy Rutledge, said in a blog post that the goal Google has it to help developers "build and prove your app from start to finish".

Sony has great things to say about DayZ when talking about H1Z1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Sony Online Entertainment President, John Smedley, participated in a Reddit AMA, where he talked about the similarities between the upcoming MMO from the company H1Z1, and the already popular DayZ.

 

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He said: "Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer. H1Z1 is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is DayZ. They have made a brilliant game (first I might add). So sure. We're another Zombie Apocalypse game. Call it what it is. But our goal is to make ours fun, accessible, hard core and super, super deep".

 

Smedley continued: "This is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse with a lot of friends and hopefully some great enemies both living and dead. We're proud to be up front and say we love DayZ and the job they've done and we hope they enjoy what we make, too". H1Z1 does have quite a big difference when held up against DayZ, where it will allow gamers to create "structures, forts and towns" to stop the zombies from coming in. H1Z1 will also feature "a deep in-game economy that is heavily dependent on crafting. Players will be able to become manufacturers ... sell bullets, arrows ... etc. The in-game economy will be entirely player driven".

 

H1Z1 arrives on Steam Early Access in the next couple of weeks for just $20, after which it will launch sometime in the near future on the PlayStation 4.

Google rumored to unveil a new mid-range Nexus, priced at under $100

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

The Nexus 5 is already one of the most competitively priced smartphones on the market, at just $349 directly from Google. But the latest rumors of a new Nexus smartphone that would sell for under $100 should scare Samsung, Apple and every other smartphone maker.

 

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A new report from Chinese publication MTKSJ says that the new Nexus smartphone would feature a MediaTek processor to keep costs down, versus the Snapdragon processor found in the Nexus 5 for $349. There's not much else known about the cheap smartphone, but it would make sense as Google ramped down the required RAM on Android - could that have been a hint of things to come from Google?

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