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Budweiser is preparing their life-sized Pacman for the Super Bowl

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:56 am

Often known for their hilarious Bud Light commercials over the years, Budweiser are currently building a life-size Pacman arena for the upcoming Super Bowl festivities.

 

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Photos have begun surfacing on Twitter and other social medias, sharing the preliminary stages of building for this Pacman maze extravaganza, complete with illuminated walls and enemy jellies. This is a move by Budweiser to do a little different than the usual half-time ad campaign, which generally sets back companies around $4 million for a 30 second segment or a whopping $8 million for 60 seconds of fame.

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You can now play Doom on a toaster - Not really, but close

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:39 am

People often refer to slow PC's as a potato or a toaster, so what better to do than make a spin-off of someone playing the beloved original Doom title through a few toasters hooked together?

 

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Created by YouTuber Vexel, this programmer has set out to use his families toasters for a new purpose. Utilizing them as a form of gaming controller, he has apparently hacked them to enable full in-game support.

 

As seen through the video, quick hands are a must - so sit back and enjoy.

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Pre-built and overclocked systems gain popularity

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:26 am

A few years ago, it was unlikely you could find a top of the range PC build in your local computer store, likely having to purchase and install your AGP video cards and Athlon processors yourself - either the store wouldn't support the option or you didn't trust them to complete the task.

 

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Looking at brick-and-mortar and online retail shops as of late, you'll begin to notice a massive trend toward 'gamer' PC's and overclocked systems. There are large retailers now who fully specialize in these kinds of builds, seeing companies like CyberPowerPC and iBuyPower reach massive popularity in the wider gaming market.

 

But what about the 'general' PC store retailer, or those looking to do a little more than just build and ship gaming products. Australian retailer MWave claims to the be biggest in the business and after a quick search around their website, I stumbled across their beast system simply titled as the "Mwave Intel OverClocked 10.1 Gaming PC."

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The Apple iPhone was announced just over eight years ago

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:07 am

Eight years is a really long time in the technology world, because around this time in 2007, Steve Jobs was unveiling Apple's first addition to the smartphone market and little did we know what it would amount to today.

 

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With Samsung and BlackBerry running rampant in the smartphone community and with many users still using their trusty flip phones, Apple came in with a bang, instantly winning over millions of devout fanatics and birthing Apple fanboys - but at the same time providing a decent product at a respectable price point.

 

On January the 9th at MacWorld 2007, the late Jobs unveiled his first addition to the smartphone community - aiming to steal the thunder from CES 2007, he certainly did a good job. Teasing the release by claiming that Apple had produced a "widescreen iPod with touch controls" and a "breakthrough Internet communication device," Jobs produced a 3.5-inch touch-screen offering - set to rock the technology world.

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Parvum impresses again - This Project Orange Horizon build is amazing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:51 am

Following our report on Daniel Woods and his amazingly simplistic Arctic Gold Parvum case build, we've stumbled across another beauty in the form of Max NB's Project Orange Horizon. This project was spotted on the Watercooled PC Facebook group.

 

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Also utilizing a Parvum case, this modded system has set him back around $3,700 in total and must be seen in its entirety to be appreciated properly. Including SLI-GTX 780 Ti Superclocked video cards, an Intel Core i5 4690K Unlocked Quad Core and a handy 500GB Samsung 840 Evo series SSD, Max has made sure his stunning system also packs a powerful punch for any gaming he may want to take place.

 

What's even more impressive is the list of water cooling components on display, exceeding $800 in retail value. We understand that not all of our readers are watercooling experts (nor am I), but the sheer length of this list should at least impress you - even if you have no idea what's going on. Let's just say that he's put many hours and a lot of elbow grease into building and maintaining this beast.

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Twitter is launching a video service soon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:32 am

Twitter is planning to roll out their native video feature in just a few short weeks, reports claim. This service is said to not be a competitor to YouTube, but to help promote a positive experience for users and keep them coming back to the social media platform - don't forget that Twitter own Vine, so this is certainly possible.

 

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Rumors claim that 20 seconds is the possible video length to be available, which is a vast improvement on Vine's six seconds or the fact that every other Twitter-linked video would have to have been from an alternative source. However this 20-second limit isn't set in stone, Twitter are reportedly going to be 'testing the waters' over the next few weeks, months or years.

 

This feature will be coming to the browser and the app versions, seeing users gain the ability to record their video through the app itself or upload any pre-existing clip.

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GM set to unleash new electric vehicle concept - The Chevy Bolt

By: Chris Smith | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:21 am

General Motors teased us in late 2014 with a 200-mile range electric car, with media outlets reporting that it was going to be something similar to the Chevrolet Sonic - a car which saw its debut in 2011.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has unleashed information on GM's new market offering - the Chevrolet Bolt, pinned for a 2017 release. The report outlines that this car is styled to look like a crossover and the concept will be featured this coming Monday at the Detroit Auto Show.

 

Claimed to be released to the public for only $30,000, it's not clear if this price is inclusive or excluding the $7,500 federal tax credit. Comparing the Spark to the Bolt, its older brother only costs $26,820 excluding the tax, meaning that if GM are releasing their Bolt for $30,000 including tax - you're getting double the range for only $3,000 more.

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Liam Neeson would like to return in 'Star Wars' sequels

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:57 pm

On the publicity trail for 'Taken 3', Liam Neeson, who played the lead role in 1999's 'Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace' says he'd be keen to reprise his role as venerable Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn, despite the character dying in the film's final battle with the evil Darth Maul.

 

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When asked by Yahoo! News if he would like to return to the role he answered "Yeah, I'd say so. Yeah, that would be terrific." before continuing "I certainly loved shooting the prequel but that was many years ago now". However, Neeson famously (and briefly) quit acting in 1999, with many attributing his outburst to the process of filming predominantly against green screens.

 

"I'm getting out, I'm retiring from movies next year. Honest to God, I'm not happy doing it - I don't want to do it anymore... film is a director's medium, it has nothing to do with actors. We are basically puppets, walking around, hitting marks, saying lines. Producers earn all the money, and you get the sense that they hate actors. The crews are treated like slaves."

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Visceral Games pleased with decision to push back Battlefield Hardline

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:48 pm

Instead of rushing Battlefield Hardline out as scheduled on October 21, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games decided to take their time and ensure a pleasant gamer experience at launch. The new cops-and-robbers style video game will be released on March 17, providing even more details and features to be added to the game.

 

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"We got some pretty pointed feedback after our early beta that you wanted more," said Steve Papoutsis, executive producer and GM of Visceral Games, in a statement to fans. "And we listened. There's no doubt moving the game back was the right call."

 

When the game is released, there will be 51 weapons, 27 new vehicles, 28 gadgets, nine maps and seven modes immediately available - and EA is preparing to release new game details and in-play trailers every Wednesday.

Facebook doubles closest competitor - 58% of Americans are still on

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:46 pm

There's been a bit of talk over the past couple of years that people are getting annoyed with the advertising and intrusive spying that Facebook has been reported on by various news outlets, with many user claiming to ditch this social media platform for good - looking to utilize other media entities or simply put down their smartphone.

 

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In a recent data analysis released by Pew Internet, 58 percent of American adults are still on board with Facebook - with their closest competitor, Linked In, sitting at 23 percent and Pintrest bringing up third place at 22 percent.

 

Even more surprising is the fact that both Twitter and Instagram don't make the top three placements. With Instagram ranking fourth at 21 percent and Twitter straggling in fifth place, with 19 percent. All of these results are, once again, only of the adult population - meaning 18 years and older.

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