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Riot Games-banned organization Team Immunity appealing decision

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 11:53 pm

Recently we wrote about how Riot Games Oceania had ruled a lengthy two year ban on the Australian gaming organization 'Team Immunity' for failing to make payments to its players, citing a breach of the League of Legends Oceanic Pro League contract.



In reply, this gaming team has made a post on its public Twitter, claiming that it will be appealing the ban on the grounds that Riot Games Oceania has made a mistake.


While fans wait for Team Immunity's official release, disgruntled gamers have taken to this status in force, seeing Frenetic Array gaming manager Nick 'ChadMann' Russo claim there are further non-payments in the StarCraft II scene dating back to 2012 and Australian League of Legends Player Dean 'ScREAM1kz' Giles asking for peripheral prizes promised three years ago.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 4:23 pm



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Predator drones will soon be hidden with 'invisibility cloaks'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 3:40 pm

Predator drones are already scary enough, but what if you couldn't see them at all? This is the next step for the US government, with UC San Deigo developing a new camouflage technology that they will submit to the Department of Defense later this month.




The new camouflage material is called "dielectric metasurface cloak", which continues the work from Duke University in 2006. The new material is a thin layer of Teflon studded with ceramic particles and capable of modulating wavelengths of energy along the electromagnetic scale (including both visible light and radar). The study's lead author, Li-Yi Hsu, said in a statement: "Previous cloaking studies needed many layers of materials to hide an object, the cloak ended up being much thicker than the size of the object being covered. In this study, we show that we can use a thin single-layer sheet for cloaking".


This new material isn't there yet, as its thickness is a determining factor into which wavelength it's capable of blocking as the material can only block a single wavelength at one time. Even with the right wavelength, "the system only works if the incoming signal hits it at a 45 degree angle (within 6 degrees or so)," reports Engadget.

Apple expected to launch its electric car sometime in 2019

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 1:27 pm

Apple doesn't want Tesla to have all of the electric car fun, but when will the iPhone maker get its electric car onto the market? According to The Wall Street Journal, it'll happen in 2019.




The WSJ is reporting that Apple is "accelerating" the project, codenamed Project Titan, where Apple is now reportedly calling it a "committed project" internally. Sources close to WSJ have said that Apple wants to have its first electric vehicle shipped in 2019, so we'll be waiting a fairly long time before we see an Apple logo on a car.


Apple has also got plans to triple its team working on Project Titan from 600, to some 1800. The company is also hoping to get some self-driving technology inside of the electric car, which should be able to keep up with whatever Tesla and Google have on the market by then.

Check out the new 15-minute gameplay video of Rise of the Tomb Raider

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 11:45 am

A new 15-minute video of Rise of the Tomb Raider is here, thanks to 'sumit patil' on YouTube. Check it out below.



The new video shows off Lara Croft taking a not-so-quiet stroll through the beautiful locations of Siberia, where she is on the search for the secret of immortality before an organization known as Trinity begins hunting her down.


Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusive to the Xbox One, but it'll be reaching Windows 10, Steam and the PS4 in 2016.

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CEO raises AIDS medication price by 4100% overnight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 9:35 am

Turing Pharmaceuticals is in the headlines today for all the wrong reasons, increasing the price of their HIV/AIDS medication from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill, overnight - an increase of an insane 4100%.




Daraprim, the medication in question, has been on the market for 62 years now, and is the "standard of care for food-borne illness called toxoplasmosis caused by a parasite that can severely affect those with compromised immune systems. Turing purchased the rights to the drug last month and almost immediately raised prices", reports The Washington Post.


The story gets worse, with consumers taking to Reddit to boycott the company's products, saying that they want new laws that would prevent this price gouging from happening in the future. The editor daily newsletter on the industry, John Carroll of Fierce Biotech, asked Turing's CEO, Martin Shkreli about the huge price increase. Things took to Twitter, where Carroll asked: "Let's see if we can get a statement from @MartinShkreli. Martin, your co. just hiked the price of an old drug - new to you - by 5000%. Why?". The response from Shkreli was explosive, where he straight up said: "You are such a moron".

Gaming organization 'Team Immunity' banned for not paying LoL players

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 8:53 am

Riot Games Oceania has ruled that the Australian eSports organization, Team Immunity, will be barred from fielding a team "in the OPL or any official League of Legends tournament for 2 years" due to failing to pay its players match fees provided via Riot Games.




When entering the Oceanic Pro League (OPL), organizations agree to pay its players a certain fee per match, with these funds coming to the players courtesy of Riot games itself. Unfortunately, Team Immunity had been reported to Riot Games by a few of its organization's players, claiming that management had not paid the minimum required fee "within a reasonable margin of time."


Ending the official statement, Riot Games' 'CptStupendous' wrote "Team Immunity has repeatedly proven they are not capable of operating at the standards we expect on behalf of their players and fans. He made sure to add that "the players themselves, however, have done nothing wrong here, and we will work with them as they decide what path to follow in the 2016 season of OPL."

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'Jurassic World' director drops sequel clues

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 7:14 am

With this summer's 'Jurassic World' now the third highest grossing film of all time, it's no surprise that a sequel is on the way - in fact it's already been announced for 2018. What might be a surprise is that 'Jurassic World' was always planned to be the opening act for a trilogy of films, with the roadmap already laid out.




Speaking to Flickering Myth, Director Colin Trevorrow elaborated slightly on the next installment, which he won't direct, but will write.


"We looked at it as a trilogy from the very beginning. We designed the whole thing that way. And, honestly, the whole trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm's quote: 'you stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you knew what you had, you'd packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox and now you want to sell it.' That, to me, is Jurassic World. That's why I had all the product placement, that's what it was. So with Jurassic World 2 it's: "dinosaurs and man separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together - how can we know what to expect?'. That's not the exact quote, but you get the idea."


'Jurassic World 2', or if they prefer 'Jurassic Park 5' will hit screens worldwide on June 22, 2018.

Samsung launches its 950 PRO SSD, with 2.5GB/sec read speeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 6:42 am

Samsung has just announced the latest SSD in its range, the new 950 PRO SSD. What makes the Samsung 950 PRO special? It's the first NVMe M.2 form factor consumer SSD with V-NAND technology, with some insane performance to boot.




The new drive arrives on a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, in various sizes. The Samsung 950 PRO will come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with the 512GB version featuring insane sequential read speeds of 2.5GB/sec, while it can write at 1.5GB/sec. Random read performance is just as impressive, hovering at 300,000 IOPS while we have write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS.




Samsung is using its second generation MLV V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software to make the 950 PRO, while we also have AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption that will protect your data. Dynamic Thermal Guard will protect your drive and data in environments of between 0-70C, and it can take a physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations of up to 20G. So if you want to take it up in your fighter jet, you can.


The company is including a 5-year warranty with 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB model, while the 512GB model will have 400TBW. The new Samsung 950 PRO SSDs will be available starting next month, with the 256GB model costing $199.99, and the 512GB costing $349.99. Not too damn bad at all, considering the insane increase in read/write speeds.

BenQ announces an investment in ZOWIE, cites product development

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 22, 2015 4:10 am

BenQ has been all over the competitive gaming scene in the last five years, sponsoring most of the biggest gaming organisations, gaming events and tournaments alike. This strong commitment to the eSports scene has been further extended, seeing this Taiwanese company announce that it has "strengthened holdings in the research and manufacture of gaming equipment by investing in the player trusted brand ZOWIE."




Further stating that BenQ and ZOWIE's passion and mission for business both strongly align with its own, this fact makes this renewed collaboration being only logical. Back in 2010 these two companies co-branded a professional gaming monitor, with this partnership to extend now into 2015, seeing BenQ help out ZOWIE in peripheral research and development.


Said to be further making products for casuals and professionals alike, there is no saying just yet exactly what products these two companies will make together, however the press release does mention First Person Shooter games being a particular focus.

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