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We got a sneak peak of it at Computex, but today we get to check out the hybrid water cooled HIS Radeon R9 290X 4GB video card. Let's take a look!

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Distraught startups say London's so-called Tech City has dire internet

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 3 hours, 34 mins ago

An area the British government now officially brands "Tech City" has broadband so poor that a group of startups and small internet providers have formed a lobby to fix it.

 

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Old Street in East London has undergone a series of organic development as tech companies, such as Last.FM, set up shop in the area. Shortly after coming into power, David Cameron's Conservative government announced "Tech City" around the same location and as part of the Olympic site a little further away. Cameron's idea was to promote London as ahead of the curve in a bid to attract international investment from top tech companies - so it will be more than a little bit embarrassing that the startup scene, which arguably forged the area into what it is today, for better or for worse, think so little of its infrastructure.

 

The startups will be meeting with Labour Member of Parliament Meg Hillier to try to iron out the connection, which has been described as "not fit for purpose" and a "national embarrassment". Hillier is now proposing a "comprehensive review of broadband, plans for infrastructure and roll out, and a competitive framework for delivery".

Facebook launches app to provide free mobile internet to all of Zambia

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 hours, 37 mins ago

Social networking powerhouse Facebook has launched a brand new app called Internet.org which will provide basic mobile internet for free to the African country of Zambia.

 

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Internet.org, announced today, seeks to provide internet services to areas where access is low or has been difficult to implement. Fixed line internet can be tough to install in certain locations, but mobile's a little easier - and as product director Guy Rosen explained in a blog post, 85 percent of the entire world lives near cellular coverage. But just 30 percent of the world is connected. Zambia is the very first market Facebook's launching Internet.org in, and Airtel subscribers will be the first to trial the service.

 

"Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the Internet.org app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services," Rosen said in the post. "With this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise."

Russia wants source code from Apple and SAP to prove they're not spies

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 35 mins ago

Tech heavyweights Apple and SAP are being taken to task in Russia, with officials from the government demanding the two hand over their source code to allay fears they can be exploited for surveillance purposes.

 

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Russian communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov insisted a thorough check is necessary to determine just how private the data of users is, in particular those in the government and figureheads of Russian industry.

 

Nikiforov made clear in his comments that the revelations exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden are a driving force behind the demands. "The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 and public statements of US intelligence to strengthen [the] surveillance of Russia in 2014 raised the question seriously [of] confidence [in] foreign software and hardware," he said, ZDNet reports. "It is obvious that those companies that disclose the source code of their programs, not hiding anything, but those who did not intend to cooperate with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products." The agency also asserted companies that do not agree to the tests could well find their products leaving the Russian market.

Four dead, 180 hurt in suspected gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: 6 hours, 24 mins ago

At least 180 people are injured and four dead following explosions in Kaohsiung city, south-west Taiwan.

 

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Blasts occurred at both Kaisuan Road and Ersheng Road, and were felt in at least four areas of the city, according to Russia Today. Taiwan's United Daily News said 182 people were taken to hospital and at least four were killed, while the city's Fire Department said the injury toll is expected to rise.

 

 

More than 2.7 million people live in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's largest municipality by area, a port city and the second most populous in the country. Witnesses reported on social media that gas leaks began at 9PM Taiwan time, creating a billowing white fog. Fires sparked explosions on multiple streets according to China's Central News Agency, as can be seen in this video taken from the dashboard of a car, embedded above, showing fire and plumes of smoke emerging from the ground.

Sony says EA Access doesn't offer good value for gamers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 42 mins ago

Earlier this week EA unveiled a new subscription service for Xbox One gamers called EA Access. The subscription service gave the gamers access to a number of online games among other things. If you own a PS4, you may be wondering why EA Access didn't come to the PS4 as well.

 

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Sony has now issued a statement that says EA Access doesn't represent a good value to the PlayStation gamer. There is always the chance Sony will change its mind later, but it seems the chance was there for the PS4 and Sony passed in favor of pushing PlayStation Plus.

 

"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," a Sony representative told us via email. "PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price. We don't think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."

NomadPlus turns the Apple charger into a battery pack

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 9 hours, 42 mins ago

If you use an Apple device that has a small rectangular charger, a new product has landed that you may like. The product is called the NomadPlus and it is designed to turn the Apple Charger into a portable battery.

 

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The Apple charger itself slips into the back of the NomadPlus battery so it can charge the battery when plugged into the wall. Power comes from a 1500 mAh battery inside the small Nomad case. The company says it has enough power to recharge an iPhone to 70%.

 

The NomadPlus battery measures 2.75" x 1.33" x 1.10" and weighs in at 2.1 ounces. It does support pass-through charging and charges the iPhone before charging its own battery pack. The NomadPlus is up for pre-order now for $39.

Sprint plans to sell $12 wireless plan for Facebook or Twitter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 10 hours, 37 mins ago

Sprint is looking into a new budget wireless plan that will limit access to the mobile web for users to only connect to Facebook or Twitter. That might work out perfectly for some users if they only use the internet to connect to social networks while on the go.

 

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For another $10 per month, users could get access to Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest in addition to Facebook. Adding another $5 per month would allow the user to stream a music app of their choice. Sprint will offer these new plans as part of its Virgin Mobile pre-paid service.

 

The plan will be called Virgin Mobile Custom and is aimed at giving users on a budget more choices. Initially the plan will only allow the user to choose between those four apps. The plan will be available at Walmart and has 20 minutes of talk and 20 texts per month.

Cappuccino and fuel among items heading to ISS on ESA resupply ship

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 11 hours, 40 mins ago

The International Space Station requires a constant stream of new components, food, and water to remain in operation. Sometimes the US send up supplies and scientific gear and sometimes the resupply ships come from Europe. A new supply mission is underway from the ESA that sent an Ariane 5 rocket into space with a cargo ship aboard to resupply the ISS.

 

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This particular resupply mission had something onboard that astronauts on the ISS will really appreciate, cappuccino and tiramisu. The resupply ship is set to dock with the ISS on August 12 at about 9:30 am. This is the last resupply mission that the ESA will perform.

 

After this resupply mission all future resupply will be handled by Russian Progress spacecraft and the Japanese HTC cargo ships. In the US resupply, missions will be handled by SpaceX and Orbital Sciences. Among the 5941 pounds of material on the resupply ship are cappuccino, water, oxygen, air, research gear, and spare parts. The cargo ship also contains 1896 pounds of fuel to be used by the Russian thrusters aboard the ISS.

Detailed Moon analysis determines it to be slightly lemon-shaped

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 hours, 42 mins ago

There has been a bit of debate over the years amongst scientists and astronomers on how exactly the Moon was formed. A detailed study of the shape of the moon has revealed some new details on its shape, which in turn shed a bit of light on how the moon may have formed.

 

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When you look at the night sky, the moon appears to be a sphere. However, the analysis of the shape of the moon shows that it is actually slightly lemon-shaped. This study looked at the Moon as it would be if millions of meteorites hadn't hit the surface and knocked chunks off it.

 

"If you imagine spinning a water balloon, it will start to flatten at the poles and bulge at the equator," Ian Garrick-Bethell said. "On top of that you have tides due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, and that creates sort of a lemon shape with the long axis of the lemon pointing at the Earth."

 

"The moon that faced us a long time ago has shifted, so we're no longer looking at the primordial face of the moon," Garrick-Bethell said. "Changes in the mass distribution shifted the orientation of the moon. The craters removed some mass, and there were also internal changes, probably related to when the moon became volcanically active."

64-bit version of Chrome for Windows hits beta channel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Software | Posted: 13 hours, 35 mins ago

Fans of Chrome for Windows have something new to check out on the beta channel for the software. The 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows is finally available to download and try. As a beta product, you can expect there to be issues with the software right now.

 

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There are a couple caveats to the software as well; one of those caveats is that the 64-bit version only works with Windows 7 and Windows 8 or higher machines. You will also need a 64-bit version of those operating systems.

 

The 64-bit version of the software brings some improvements to the mix that provide better performance and fewer crashes. "To try it out, download the 64-bit installer from our Beta download pages. The new version replaces the existing version while preserving all your settings and bookmarks, so there's no need to uninstall a current installation of Chrome," Google wrote in a blog post.

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