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Mark Zuckerberg confirms 'dislike' button is coming to Facebook

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 11:24 pm

With numerous fan pages and petitions launched over the years in order to bring a 'dislike' button to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has finally confirmed that one is on the way. Reportedly in development for quite some time, a Q&A session saw Zuckerberg state that the delay in implementing this feature was based around concerns of like and dislike wars between members.




However, what happens if your friend posts a status confirming that a loved one has passed away, or that their car has been stolen? When 'likes' are no longer appropriate, Zuckerberg says that the dislike button shall be there in order to show empathy.


Set to launch 'in the near future', some people have concerns that this new roll out will allow further cyber bullying of at-risk individuals.

Sony slashes PS4's retail price in Japan

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 11:02 pm

At this year's annual Tokyo Game Show, Sony announces a pretty hefty price drop for the PlayStation 4 across the Japanese market.




Starting October 1, the PlayStation 4 will be marked down from ¥39,980 to ¥34,980 in its home country of Japan, which equates to ~$291 or €258. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Atsushi Morita iterate the price cut will "provide an opportunity for users who have not yet been exposed to this device to dive into the world of PlayStation 4."


Considering the console retails for $399 in the U.S. that's a pretty significant cut and if you're in the market for a new console it might be worth shipping it overseas. It's worth mentioning that this price drop is just for the base console and excludes bundles--it ships with the 500GB PS4 and a DualShock 4 controller only.

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Robot professional seeks ban to stop development of sex robots

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 3:35 pm

Robot ethicist Dr. Kathleen Richardson doesn't want to see robots developed for a primary function of sexual interaction with humans. In her public campaign, Dr. Richardson said developing robots for this use is unnecessary and undesirable, as more advancements progress.




"Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on - how they will look, what roles they would play - are very disturbing indeed," Dr. Richardson told the BBC. "We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women."


Some "adult entertainment" companies are implementing robots and electronics into their products, and True Companion is preparing Roxxxy - the first "sex robot" - which is expected to launch sometime in 2015.

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Porsche shows new Tesla competitor with more range, tiny charging time

By: Chris Smith | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 2:08 pm

With a claimed 500km (310 mile) range to just edge out Tesla Model S P90 D's 480km, the 439kW Porsche Mission E can soar from 0-60 mph in "under 3.5 seconds," driven by its dual-electric motors which provide power in an all wheel drive configuration.



Further featuring regenerative braking, Porsche claims this car can charge from flat to 80 percent capacity in only 15 minutes, reportedly made possible due to an 800 volt system. Although this is impressive just in itself, this claimed charging time is around twice as fast as what Tesla's Model S currently has on offer.


The body is made out of aluminum, carbon-fiber reinforced polymer and steel in order to keep the car light. Currently it's only in the 'concept car' stages, however we are told to expect a real-life model to feature in Frankfurt in a few days time.

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Sony's PlayStation VR is the official name of Project Morpheus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 12:58 pm

Sony has been teasing its Project Morpheus VR headset for a while now, but ahead of TGS 2015, the Japanese giant has just unveiled it as PlayStation VR. An unfortunate change, as Project Morpheus sounded so much better.




Atsushi Morita, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia announced the new PlayStation VR name at their press conference in Tokyo earlier today. Morita also announced a slew of games and demos that will be playable on PlayStation VR at TGS 2015 this week. These games and demos include: Final Fantasy 14 Online, Summer Lesson, Kitchen, Dynasty Warriors 7 VR demo, Rigs, Joysound VR, and Hatsune Miku VR Tech demo.

Failed Asylum Playing Card Kickstarter ordered to pay back donors

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 12:31 pm

Self-described as "From the dark and twisted mind of a Serbian artist," management of failed the failed Asylum Playing Cards Kickstarter campaign have been ordered by a Washington Court to pay a $50,000 combined fee of fines and repayments after raising $25,000 from the public and failing to deliver.




Kicking off the plight for funds in 2012, over 800 donors helped raise the $25,000 asking price without a single soul actually receiving the final product. It is reported that before 2013 had come to a close, Altius Management (the owners of this game) stopped replying to the public all together.


Due to this court ruling, every Washington located donator will receive $668 in compensation, with Attorney General Bob Ferguson strongly stating that "Washington State will not tolerate crowdfunding theft," adding that all business' will be accountable for failing to deliver to consumers.

HDPLEX unveils its 8kg crazy-adaptive fanless chassis

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 11:28 am

Described as "the world's first 16 heat pipes fanless case" in an exclusive unveiling of the HDPLEX H5 chassis over at FanlessTech, this crazy silent case offers up eight heat pipes for the CPU and eight for the GPU in order to overate without any noise.




Suitable for ATX, mATX and mITX motherboards, you're able to throw basically any power supply into this beast, ranging from nanoATX to ATX size options. With two 2.5" drive bays and a single 3.5", other internal options include a 5.25" optical bay and a 12.7mm optical rack.


The exterior is full brushed aluminum and offers impressive fanless cooling up to 95W TDP for your CPU with room for a dual-slot PCIE card and an exterior touch sensitive power button.

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CS:GO player banned for cheating on players account to spite them

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 10:35 am

After visiting the ESL One Cologne North American qualifier with his team 'Noble', Sam '4sh0t' Mariano and a team-mate were removed from the squad in order to introduce some fresh talent into the roster. This indecent was paired with a dispute over a $200 fine copped when Mariano threw up in an Uber ride and refused to reimburse his team mate.



Reportedly, in order to spite his ex-team mate and Uber fine-payer, Mariano hacked into Chris "roa" Gretchen's ESEA account and played on it with cheats in order to get him banned. However after an investigation, ESEA were able to deduce that it was Mariano playing on the account at the time, handing him a 365 day ban.


Current Noble player Rob 'rob-wiz' Kennedy has summed up the whole ordeal on a recent stream, you can see the recording above.

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StarCraft II pro qxc is 'a big advocate for reducing macro mechanics'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 10:31 am

As written in a recent forum post on Team Liquid, long-time StarCraft II professional player Kevin 'qxc' Riley has expressed his thoughts on the recent Blizzard community feedback update regarding Legacy of the Void.




Listing himself as "a big advocate for reducing the macro mechanics in Starcraft," Riley wrote to the community about his thoughts on big changes to come to the StarCraft II competitive and social scenes. Pinpointing in his opinion that "the longest standing issues in Starcraft have come from Blizzard ignoring problems until they fester," he goes on to state full confidence in the fact that Blizzard will get it right this time around.


With a new community-focused direction for its upcoming releases, do you agree with Riley and that Blizzard is now on the right track? This discussion and changes within are all based around Blizzard's new Legacy of the Void update, set for release in coming months and can be read in full on Team Liquid.

GIGABYTE releases its own minimalistic Cherry MX mechanical board

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 15, 2015 9:29 am

With GIGABYTE's Aurous set to only release top-tier high-end peripherals, GIGABYTE has pushed out another mechanical keyboard of its own brand. In the past, GIGABYTE boards have often been a 'love or hate' design, straying from the 'norm' by creating products with interesting angles and blocky exteriors a little different to most.




In a change of heart, GIGABYTE has released this super-minimalist mechanical board, called the FORCE K83. Released with Cherry MX Red or Blue keys and rated up to 50 million keystrokes, this keyboard does away will all optional extras - aiming to provide a 'no frills' experience to the consumer.


Providing what GIGABYTE claims in a recently published press release to be a "modern, clean look," the 'island-style layout' of this product is said to help reduce issues with dropped crumbs or drink spills, paired with laser etched keys to ensure longevity.

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