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Apple's worth jumps 43% to $170 billion, still world's top brand

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

Cupertino tech titan Apple has yet to be dethroned as the world's most profitable brand and continues its global dominance for the third year in a row.




According to new 2014 rankings published by Interbrand, Apple's total value has shot up by 43% for an estimated brand value of $170,276 million. The second place competitor, Google, sits just $50 million shy from breaking Apple's three-year streak at an estimated value of $120 billion. Microsoft is in fourth place with a brand value of $67 billion increase of 11%. Despite being a world leader in tech, Samsung sits at a cool seventh place with 0% gains and a brand value of $45 billion.


With its new line of iDevices including the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and even a smartring prototype, Apple is poised to continue its reign for 2015. Google has taken aim at the throne with its new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P handsets that feature Project Fi network support.

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Facebook will zap free internet to Africa via satellite

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Facebook and French satellite provider Eutelsat have teamed up to transmit free internet to large portions of Africa via orbital satellite.




With the help of Spacecom, the duo has secured the entire Ka-band payload of the AMOS-6 geostationary satellite which will transmit the signal. The AMOS-6 is configured with "high gain spot beams covering large parts of West, East and Southern Africa" as well as "high throughput satellite architecture" that ensure cost-effective, Direct-to-User internet access for Africans. Both Facebook and Eutelsat will split the broadband capacity, and the satellite is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2016.


"Facebook's mission is to connect the world and we believe that satellites will play an important role in addressing the significant barriers that exist in connecting the people of Africa," said Chris Daniels, Vice President of Facebook's "We are looking forward to partnering with Eutelsat on this project and investigating new ways to use satellites to connect people in the most remote areas of the world more efficiently."

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Spurned Pokemon fan raises $4000 to pay for copyright fine

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Back in August, the creators of Pokemon ruthlessly slapped a copyright infringement claim on a good-natured Pokemon celebration. The party was to be held at PAX and was totally unofficially and not sanctioned or sponsored by The Pokemon Company.




Like Nintendo, the company has a very black and wide approach to what it considers copyright infringement and really doesn't ever make consolations. So naturally the Pokemon Company pressured and threatened Larkin Jones, the event organizer, with legal action. Jones canceled the event and cooperated. But now the Pokemon creators demand Larkin pay a $4000 fine for using copyright images like Pikachu on the fliers. Jones just doesn't have the cash to pay it, and has turned to a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the funds. This led to more than a hundred gamers coming together and pledging their support, and Jones raised the money in just three days.


"The day before the PAX party, Pokemon sued me. Without even a cease and desist. Totally didn't expect that,"

Larkin Jones said. "I canceled the party, refunded everyone the 2 dollars I charged to help cover all the prizes I bought for the cosplay contest and smash bros tournament. Pokemon wants $4000 that I just don't have. I told them I would pay it over a year and they denied that. They want it now within the next 45 days."

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Jack Dorsey reprises role as Twitter's CEO

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Twitter's board of directors has officially named Jack Dorsey as acting Chief Executive Officer of the social media giant.




As one of the original founders of Twitter, Dorsey was called back to action after ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo stepped down back in June. Within five months after being appointed to interim CEO, Dorsey reprised his role as acting CEO of the company--a position he previously held from 2007-2008. Interestingly enough, Dorsey will actually simultaneously stand as CEO of both Twitter and Square and also maintain his position in Disney's board of directors.


The official SEC filing notes that Dorsey won't be compensated for running the company, and Twitter has no future plans to pay him. This is largely due to the fact that as a co-founder, Dorsey owns a huge portion of company shares. "There are currently no plans to provide Mr. Dorsey with direct compensation for his role as Chief Executive Officer," reads the release.

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New writers board 'Gran Turismo' feature film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Earlier this year we reported that Sony Pictures was moving forward with a feature film adaptation of Polyphony Digital's long-running racing series 'Gran Turismo', and while the film hasn't quite got the green light, it seems to be inching closer to the starting line.




According to SlashFilm, Sony aren't moving forward with the screenplay written by 'Watchmen' writer Alex Tse, and has enlisted 'Red' and 'Battleship' screenwriting duo Jon and Erich Hoeber to contribute a new draft.


With Disney scrapping the planned third 'Tron' movie, Director Joseph Kosinski doesn't have a go picture on the slate, so there's hope that 'Gran Turismo' might be turbo-charged.

'Lethal Weapon' series reloads for TV

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Hot on the heels of news that the classic series 'MacGyver' will be rebooted for TV audiences, comes news that another 80's franchise is set to live again.




They might have claimed to be "too old for this sh*t", but according to from The Hollywood Reporter, Riggs and Murtaugh, originally played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, will return to the small screen following a fierce bidding war between networks, of which Fox emerged victorious.


Neither Gibson, nor Glover, nor the original producers are expected to return - although the original filmmakers have said to have blessed the TV reboot.

AMD's dual Fiji chip spotted as Radeon R9 Gemini, is this the Fury X2?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

AMD teased that its dual-GPU beast was coming earlier this year, but now we're beginning to hear talk of a "Radeon R9 Gemini' shipping from AMD's HQ in Canada.




The Radeon R9 Gemini will most likely arrive to us as the Radeon R9 Fury X2, as it can't succeed the Radeon R9 295X2 because of its name - where if it was the R9 395X2, people would think it features two R9 390X GPUs, versus the Fiji GPU found on the Fury X. The dual-GPU card should feature two fully-enabled Fiji XT cores, the same found on the Fury X, with 4GB of HBM each.


AMD would have the most powerful single video card solution on the market with this card, where it would easy beat the pants off of a GTX 980 Ti or Titan X from NVIDIA. As for pricing, we should expct somewhere over $1000, and most likely headed into the $1199 or so price point. As for availability, we should hopefully hear about this card in the very near future.

Aware of 'let's play' videos? Here's every single one summarized

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

What happens when you throw 30 screaming YouTubers into a room, each with their own console or computer? Well, I would presume the end result is this 'montage parody video' called 'EVERY LET'S PLAY EVER'.



Set to take a light-hearted look at people who record themselves playing games for the entertainment of others, the author 'NFKRZ' prefers to explain these videos to be the best way "how to get money on youtube idk lol."


Montage parody videos is a form of entertainment that has been on the rise over the past five years or so, stemming from over-edited and overdone frag videos from various first-person shooter games. Quickly throwing this keyword into a YouTueb search will report back a few hilarious results for games ranging from Farming Simulator to StarCraft II - go on, give it a try.

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This Grand Theft Auto IV hyper-realistic mod is better than real life

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

What better to make sensationalist media outlets perk up and blame real life violence on video games other than this realistic Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA 4) mod? This 'ultra graphics mod' is named 'SG ENB v2.0 [] and sets out to turn GTA 4 into a hyper-realistic, action packed, real-world experience.



The video above showcases simple gaming actions which take place with the help of an NVIDIA GTX 970 running at 2560x1440, but there's no saying what will happen to your precious framerate when the going gets tough and RPG's start flying.


This mod joins the plethora of GTA IV and Skyrim enhancers that reiterate why enabling gaming communities to make expansive mods is such a good thing. If you're wanting a higher resolution look at the screenshots, click on the images in the full version or head here for the full album. There's nothing else to say here other than: enjoy the photos.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 arrives, IGN says pop-shove it in the garbage

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Described as a game where "the wheels quickly come off," IGN's recent Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 review by Marty Sliva points out some fairly encompassing faults in this once-great series.




With an aim to bring the Tony Hawk game series back to basics, Sliva points out frustrating issues with this game that includes unchangeable game controls, a clunky interface, major performance issues, poor game physics and issues with online gameplay.


This review does mention slivers of hope, times that found the author "getting back into that familiar rhythm that made me fall in love with the original games." With these bugs in mind, the core of all gameplay issues has been blamed on licensing issues. In order for Tony Hawk game licensing to be kept by the developer, a game must be produced within a certain time frame, leaving people to speculate that this particular title was rushed out of the studio simply to keep the licensing alive.

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