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Owning blueprints to a 3D-printed gun can now land you behind bars

By: Chris Smith | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

If you're thinking about making, downloading or tinkering with a 3D-printed gun file, you might want to think again. Reports have come to light stating that the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) doesn't take to this kindly, offering hefty jail time to anyone who might want a gun file of their own.




Last week, the NSW Government passed its Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, with one section stating that simply owning a 3D blueprint of a firearm can land you up to 14 years in jail.


With incarceration also extended to owning plans for "electric milling machines," this new legislation marks further action against illegal real-life weaponry, offering up harsher penalties to those with stolen guns or others who are keen on making illegal firearm modifications.

Unikrn invests in female-only gaming, picks up CS:GO team

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Lead by Melina 'Gina' Mylioti, Unikrn's new all-female CS:GO squad contains five girls from all around the world, boasting nationalities such as German, French and English.




This acquisition is streamlined with Unikrn's goals says CEO Rahul Sood, telling HLTV that "I have always been a big advocate for women in technology, and since we started Unikrn we've been actively looking to promote women in professional esports."


This signing also follows Sood's personal plight to support women in gaming, publicly backing the female first League of Legends championship series in June this year. There's no saying what tournament that this all-girl team will be competing in next, however we would expect to see them at the French ESWC Female-only competition come 2016.

Aluminium MacBook USB Type-C dock smashes Kickstarter goals

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

If you're looking for some USB Type-C charging, extra USB ports or even a MiniDisplay option, it seems that the BranchBox might be just for you. Connecting you the MacBook through its sole port, this Kickstarter campaign is already sitting at $35,500 pledged with 29 days to go.




Asking originally $25,000 in total, the BranchBox will set users back $119 at a normal retail price point, aiming to help Apple fans make full use of their portable device. While the cheapest options are gone, you may still be able to pledge support at $99 or $109 before allocation runs out.


With early special units set to ship on January 22nd 2016, you can expect to see the full product released in early February. There's no saying when Apple will release its own similar OEM product to match this design, I would daresay it's not too far off.

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Sydney gives green tick to Uber

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

While Uber drivers currently operate illegally within Australia due to the drivers being unlicensed to operate a commercial vehicle within their individual state, the state of New South Wales (home to Sydney) will be lifting this ban come December 2015.




Uber will now become legal to use for all drivers, but taxi ranks will be kept solely for the traditional transport industry, further seeing a fee given to all Uber drivers for the right to operate legally within New South Wales. In addition, reports claim that taxi plates will see a large drop due to the rise and legalization of Uber.


Uber drivers will also have to endure more state-sanctioned safety checks before they are given a green light for operation down under.

Microsoft, Volvo team up to develop autonomous car technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

Automaker Volvo and Microsoft have announced they will work together to help develop autonomous car technology, with collected data aimed at delivering "meaningful services."



"Technology will transform when it comes to autonomous cars, connectivity and the car buying process," said Bjorn Annwall, senior VP of marketing at Volvo, in a statement to CNBC. "We believe this will happen it's naturally the tech and automotive industry comes closer to explore this together. We are exploring a number of different collaborations."


Specifics related to how the two companies will work together were not released - but the idea of machine learning and finding a way to promote Volvo vehicles using HoloLens are two likely solutions. Consumers can expect to begin seeing "mixed reality" solutions starting sometime in 2016.

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eSports betting grabs another team, eSportsPools sponsors Na'Vi

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

With multiple betting websites for eSports popping up each month, eSportsPools has just announced a partnership with Ukrainian gaming organisation, Natus Vincere.




Setting up a launch competition to celebrate this announcement, Na'Vi's business development director, Yevhen Zolotarov said that "We feel that we share the same values and a mutual passion for eSports."


Currently ranked in the top ten CS:GO teams globally, Na'Vi further stated that this partnership will mean that "together, we will make our fantasy come true" for eSports in general.

Hyundai hopes to have fully autonomous cars available by 2030

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Korean automaker Hyundai expects highly autonomous vehicle technologies available by 2020, with full autonomous models available by 2030, according to company senior executives. Over the next five years, almost $10 billion will be invested by Hyundai to bolster its autonomous research efforts.




"Fully-autonomous vehicles are still some way off, and a great deal of research and rigorous product testing will need to be carried out to make the 'self-driving car' a reality," said Lim Tae-won, VP of the Hyundai Motor Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute. "Kia is still in the early stages of developing its own technologies, and we are confident that the latest innovations - both partially and fully autonomous - will ultimately make driving safer for everyone."


Meanwhile, the Hyundai Genesis self-driving vehicle recently completed a three-kilometer series of test runs in South Korea - marking the first time the vehicle hit public city streets. The vehicle will be showcased next month, with the sedan supporting semi-autonomous solutions.

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ESL confirms buyout of American eSports company, ESEA

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

With both companies working together to provide multiple ESL/ESEA CS:GO tournaments recently and having rumors mount that a buyout talk was in progress, ESL has now confirmed that it has acquired ESEA for an undisclosed amount.




With the confirmation of this buyout hitting the public, ESEA will continue to operate separately of ESL, with HLTV explaining this renewed relationship is set up for ESEA to benefit "from the products and services provided by ESL, which is owned by Swedish digital entertainment company MTG."


This purchase is said to be yet another move by MTG to solidity its position in eSports, previously purchasing 75% of ESL for $83 million and the world's largest LAN, DreamHack, for $28 million.

PowerColor enters the Radeon R9 380X market with the MYST Edition

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

Although often lesser-known than MSI, ASUS and GIGABYTE, PowerColor has been making AMD video cards since 1997, showcasing an extremely long relationship and commitment to the VGA scene.




Announced through a recently issued press release, PowerColor's new PCS+ R9 380X Myst. Edition comes backed with 4GB of GDDR5, boasting two 90mm 2-ball bearing fans for cooling and three 8mm nickel-plated heat pipes. The block is made of 100% pure copper and covers the processor completely, connected to aluminium fins for extra cooling.


The GDDR5 is clocked at 1475MHz with 2048 stream processors and the core clock sits on 2010MHz. Released in this black-on-black design, more information can be found on this model here.

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EK Water Blocks unveils new DBAY D5 MX reservoirs and pumps

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

EK Water Blocks is set on a path to become the best watercooling option around. Having taken some steps in this direction recently, this Ljubljana-based company has just announced its new DBAY D5 MX reservoirs and reservoir plus pump combinations.




The new MX series Dual Bay reservoirs are designed to slot into two 5.25" drive bay slots, allowing for more room within your case for crazy RAM, motherboard and video card combinations. Combined or purchased separately, EK suggests that users pick up its EK-D5 PWM pump motor in order to complete the set, further providing a locking ring nut and O-rings for this pump.


Released to the public in four variations, most ports are standard G1/4" threaded, with a single G3/8" threaded port on the top of the reservoir designed for filling only.

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