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BMW recalls 156,000 cars for loosening bolts that could damage engine

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

BMW has announced a major recall for certain vehicles from the 2010-2012 model years that have a defect that could cause damage to the engine. BMW is recalling 156,000 cars that include models in its popular 3 Series range.


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Other models covered in the recall include certain 5 Series and Z4 sports cars. All of these recalled vehicles have 6-cylinder engines. The German automaker says that the problem is that bolts holding certain components of the engine are prone to breaking or loosening. If the bolts break or loosen, damage to the engine could occur.

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Atari RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile lands for iOS gamers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

A new mobile game has landed for iOS gamers on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The new game is called RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile and it lets you build out an amusement park. The game is like many of the other sim games out there where you start with a blank slate and spend your money to build up your own creation.


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I've played this franchise on the PC before and it's fun. You can add in all sorts of rides to attract more people to your theme park. There are also decorations, places to eat, bathrooms, and other items you add to the park as well.

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Sony confirms VAIO Fit 11A battery fire hazard

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If you own a Sony VAIO Fit 11A notebook computer, you need to be aware that a battery issues has been identified. This issue, like most battery problems on notebook computers, can result in a fire. The big problem for users of these Sony notebooks is that the battery inside the machines isn't removable.


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That means you will have to return the entire notebook for repairs. Sony wants people to stop using the machines, unplug them, and return them to be repaired or replaced. There are 25,905 machines affected by this issue globally.

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PS3 to PS4 transfers for Final Fantasy XIV available now

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

PS3 gamers have been able to play the MMO game Final Fantasy XIV for a long while now. When the PS4 console launched, many of those gamers upgraded and wondered when they could play Final Fantasy on the next-gen Sony console. The PS4 open beta for Final Fantasy XIV kicked off about a week ago.


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We already knew that gamers would be able to transfer their game content from the PS3 to the PS4. What we didn't know was when gamers could start that migration. Square Enix has announced that PS3 to PS4 migration for Final Fantasy XIV is underway now.

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Micro 3D printer raised over $2 million in three days via Kickstarter

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Kickstarter is a place where more and more products head to get the funding they need to come to market. We have seen some very cool and successful products launch from Kickstarter including the Pebble smartwatch and Ouya game console over the years. One of the coolest projects that has turned up on the site in a long time for DIY fans is there now and it's for a cheap 3D printer.


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The printer is called the Micro 3D printer or M3D for short. One of the biggest selling points of this printer is that it is cheap with a price of $299. That makes it hundreds and hundreds of dollars cheaper than other 3D printers on the market.

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Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens ships this month

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Photographers in the market for a new high quality lens to use with one of the full frame sensors on the market will be excited about the new offering from Sigma. The company has announced that the lens they unveiled back at CES 2014 called the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art will ship late this month. The price for the lens is set at $949.


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On the company website, it appears the MSRP is right at $1300. It's unclear if the lens is on sale during its launch or if the markdown is just a marketing ploy and it will always sell for $949. Sigma uses SLD glass and the lens has a new autofocus algorithm that makes focusing smoother.

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Infamous: Second Son racks up 1 million sales in nine days

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

Infamous: Second Son has done very well on the PS4, selling over 1 million copies in its first nine days on the market. The 1 million mark includes both physical copies, as well as digital copies available through the PlayStation Store.


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Asad Qizilbash, the Marketing Manager for Sony Computer Entertainemnt America, ha said that Infamous: Second Son is the fastest-selling Infamous game yet. We've seen three previous Infamous games, all released on the PS3. Infamous: Second Son launched on March 21 worldwide, except for Sony's home country of Japan, with the 1 million sales happening between March 21 and March 29.

Making employees answer work e-mails past 6pm now illegal in France

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The French government has just made it illegal for the country's tech and consultancy sectors to answer e-mails after 6pm. Not only that, but phoen calls and texts are also banned after 6pm.


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The reason behind this is that employer groups and work unions from France's tech and consultancy sectors signed a new, legally binding labor agreement that will see staff switching off their work phones after 6pm. Considering France has a strong workforce of 40 million, the agreement only affects just one million of those workers.


But, it reaches far and wide, including French-based parts of Google, Facebook and more. The law could be extended into other sectors, something that I think we'll see done soon. The law makers it illegal for employers to force their employees to work past 6pm, but also recommends workers try and resist the itch to look at work-related material once it passes 6pm.

Amazon teases its drone-delivering Prime Air service in a new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Having goods delivered to me by drone sounds like some technological dream, but Amazon has teased it quite a bit over the last few months with its awesome Prime Air service.



During a letter last year to Amazon's shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos said that the delivery drone's are in fact real, and are in production. Bezos said: "The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8". It looks like we're one step closer to drone-delivered goods from Amazon.

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Staples to offer consumers on-demand and on-site 3D printing service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It looks like Staples is about to offer its US-based consumers the option to print products on-demand, and on-site using 3D printers. The retailer will offer action figures and personalized Starfleet officers to walk-in consumers.


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Staples has added that it wants to get the attention of small businesses with its new 3D printing venture. Consumers on the other hand will have access to up to seven different printers and six differing types of materials in-store, including the Cube and Cube X models that Staples already offers. The larger goods will be handed over to 3D Systems, which is the company who printed a 3D-printed guitar.


The retailer will also be offering up trained graphic design consultants, where they'll help consumers model their vision to reality. At the moment, there is no ETA on when Staples will be rolling this out, but it shouldn't be too far away now.

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