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Want to see a live action Sailor Moon movie? So does Megan Fox

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week ago

Sailor Moon was a cartoon that I used to watch before school each morning, but it looks like it could be made into a movie. Megan Fox of Transformer fame, has even expressed interest in playing Sailor Moon.

 

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Fox was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, where she talked about her upcoming movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She talked about remakes of movies, mentioning Jurassic Park and Thundercats. When Sailor Moon was discussed, Fox said: "Could feasibly be made into a live action movie. I don't know how many Americans were into that. I was into that, but I don't know how huge it was here".

Razer pumps the brakes on its Nabu wearable to check for allergens

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 1 week ago

When Razer announced its Nabu wearable wrist band, gamer geeks everywhere rejoiced as there was finally a wearable that was geared towards their hobby. Unfortunately, wearable wrist bands have made headlines of late with outbreaks of skin irritation and resulting recalls that cost companies millions.

 

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Razer says that it has decided to delay the launch of its Nabu in order to see if it is safe to wear long-term. "While we're 100-percent confident that there won't be any problems with the Nabu, we've engaged medical professionals and are running medical tests to make doubly sure that by the time the Nabu gets on your wrists, it is fully certified hypoallergenic," advises said Razer's co-founder, Min-Liang Tan.


The first in-game footage of Star Citizen teased, prepare yourselves

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

PAX East 2014 has kicked off, where the gaming show has had the pleasure of being the event that Roberts Space Industries and Chris Roberts shows off the CryEngine 3-powered Star Citizen. There's some actual, real in-game footage for your viewing pleasure below:

 

 

It looks gorgeous thanks to CryEngine 3, with the crowd going absolutely wild during the video - showing that fans are really begging for this game to be released. Remember that this is a quick show, and that when we see the true multiplayer side of things with full squad communication, multi-screen setups and insane joystick and controller rigs, that's when Star Citizen will truly take flight.

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New LMGT Bill seeks to force government to use internet for searches

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week ago

A new bill is making its rounds on capitol hill that aims to change the way congress and other government employees search for information. The new Let Me Google That For You Act (No joking here), was introduced by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and aims to make the internet the governments number one search tool when researching information.

 

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At the moment the government utilize a search tool named "The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), and it is quickly becoming outdated and less relevant by the Internet. Queries to the NTIS system cost taxpayers a minimum of $100 per search and that adds up to tens of thousands of dollars every day. If the bill passes, NTIS will cease to exist and will force government workers to use the internet (much cheaper) for their searches, and that saves everyone a ton of money.

IDC: Wearable market expected to boom over next four years

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week ago

The wearable computing market is expected to boom over the next four years, with an estimated 19.2 million units shipped in 2014 up to 112 million in 2018, according to research firm IDC. Manufacturers are using a mix of complex accessories, smart accessories, and smart wearables to help garner interest from consumers, including the use of products such as Nike+, Fitbit, and Google Glass to gain attention.

 

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Looking ahead, casual consumers will find a variety of affordable, functional wearables that can be used for everything from fitness bands to communication devices for mobile phones and smartphones. The new generation of wearables often are designed to operate independently of other devices, though can be easily paired to smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other electronics - a trend that will continue in the future.

 

"Complex accessories have succeeded in drawing much-needed interest and attention to a wearables market that has had some difficulty gaining traction," said Ramon Llamas, IDC Mobile Phones Research Manager, in a statement. "The increased buzz has prompted more vendors to announce their intentions to enter this market. Most importantly, end-users have warmed to their simplicity in terms of design and functionality, making their value easy to understand and use."

Micron licenses Avago's 28nm 30Gbps Serializer / Deserializer

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week ago

Today Miron Technology announced that it has secured a licensing deal with Avago Technologies to utilize its 28nm Low Power 30Gbps Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) IP for use in Micron's next generation Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) devices. Micron's Hybrid Memory Cube technology is recognized throughout the industry as a breakthrough technology that had changed the landscape for future memory solutions.

 

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"Avago is an established leader in the development and delivery of high-speed SerDes cores with an offering that is very well suited for integration into our HMC product line," said Tom Eby, vice president of Micron's Compute and Networking Business Unit. "Based on its advanced performance and low power, we are confident that our customers will benefit from the presence of the Avago SerDes on both sides of the memory channel."

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Colin Kaepernick investigated by Miami police

By: Tyler Bernath | More News: Sport | Posted: 1 week ago

Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback along with two more unnamed NFL players are under investigation by Miami police for what reports are calling an "alleged sexual assault". According to a report acquired by USA Today, the incident took place at the Viceroy in Miami, with Ricardo Lockette from the Seahawks and Quinton Patton of the 49ers also named on the report next to Kaepernick.

 

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The alleged victim told police, she was spending time with the three NFL players drinking and smoking marijuana and ended up in a bedroom with Kaepernick.

 

The Seahawks and 49ers both released statements to the press today with 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke saying: "The organization is aware of the report and is in the process of gathering the facts.". The Seahawks organization released a report stating: "The team is aware of the situation and is monitoring it closely and will not have any further comment at this time".

Smoking bed bugs to get high? Where will the insanity stop?!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 1 week ago

When I was a kid, I mostly played sport with my friends, and afterwards I would be playing LAN games with them. This was my "high" when I was young - but these days, kids have access to much more - including bed bugs, which they crush up and smoke to get high.

 

 

Supposedly, kids are capturing bed bugs, crushing them, and thanks to the make up of the bugs, it creates an intense high when smoked, or injected. Pretty incredible, but I really think kids are going too far these days! What do you think? Would you crush up some bed bugs to smoke to get high? If marijuana is only being legalized in some states in the US, how long will it be for bed bugs to be a legalized high?

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Amazon offering $5000 to any of its staff who quit their job

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

If your boss walked up to you today and offered you $5000 to quit your job and never look back, would you take the offer, or would you realize that $5000 is just a drop in the bucket over the long-term? Many Amazon employees are experiencing that exact scenario right now. Amazon says that it is offering its warehouse workers $2000 to quit their jobs, and increases the price by $1000 every year to those who refuse until the amount reaches $5000.

 

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Amazon says that it makes this offer to employees as an effort to see who really wants to work for Amazon, and to weed out those who are just there for the job. The idea is not new though, and was pioneered by Zappos who made similar offers to its employees. In his earnings call to investors Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, elaborated on the idea behind offering employees rewards for quitting their jobs.

 

"The second program is called Pay to Quit. It was invented by the clever people at Zappos, and the Amazon fulfillment centers have been iterating on it. Pay to Quit is pretty simple. Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it's for $2,000. Then it goes up one thousand dollars a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is "Please Don't Take This Offer," Bezos said "We hope they don't take the offer; we want them to stay. Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don't want to be isn't healthy for the employee or the company."

Amazon acquires digital comic book platform ComiXology

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week ago

Amazon is looking to expand its digital reading material offerings very soon by announcing its acquisition of the popular digital comic book distribution service known as ComiXology. The service offers up most of Marvel's best-selling series and boast more than 100,000 issues and more than 200 million downloads since launch.

 

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No word was given on how much Amazon paid for ComiXology, but we would assume that it is in the hundreds of millions if not more. ComiXology is the largest digital comic book distribution services on the internet, and has been dubbed "The iTunes of comic book sales" in the past by the New York Times. Amazon says that ComiXology will continue to operate as a separate company and will be able to continue down its path, but will be able to do so faster, better, and stronger.

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