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General Mills and DC Comics bring the magic back to the cereal box

By: Alyssa Coulter | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4:48 pm

If you like to entertain yourself at the breakfast table by reading the Wheaties' box, then your mornings have just gotten infinitely more entertaining. Last Tuesday, DC Comics announced they will once again be partnering with General Mills Cereal to provide special issue comic books within the boxes of select General Mills Big G cereals. If you miss the feeling of popping open the cereal box and digging out the prize, General Mills has you covered.




Back by popular demand! In 2011 the two companies featured a similar partnership in which General Mills cereals contained four special issue Justice League comic books, each of which featured the first part of a storyline that continued online through the General Mills website. This first partnership moved 12 million comic books -three million of each of the four issues.

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Early Titanfall players may face ban for using PC workaround

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4:42 pm

Not too long ago some gamers started to report that their copies of the hotly anticipated game Titanfall had started to show up early. That left many gamers wondering if they played the game early if they would face a ban. Titanfall developer Respawn said that as long as the players didn't stream game play or post videos they would not be banned for playing early.




It appears that Respawn is having a bit of a second though, at least for some PC gamers. Respawn head Vince Zampella recently tweeted that some PC gamers may face a ban for playing early. These gamers specifically are ones that are using some sort of workaround on the PC to activate the game.


The workaround was originally posted on reddit. The thread has now been taken down. The announcement came after one gamer tweeted at Zampella asking if using the workaround would result in a ban.

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Panasonic GH4 DSLM camera launch date and price announced

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4:07 pm

Back in February, Panasonic rolled out a new camera called a DSLM, or Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera called the GH4. The camera promised to deliver the sort of image quality you get from a DSLR along with the ability to shoot 4K resolution video.




We knew the specifications for the camera, but we didn't know exactly when it would launch or how much you would pay. Panasonic has now offered those official details. The camera will launch in early May.


Buyers can get the body of the camera only for $1699.99. If you want the body of the camera along with the video Adapter for cinematography, the camera will set you back $1999.99. For the money, you get the 4K video recording capability, a 16.05MP Digital Live MOS sensor paired with the Venus Engine and more.

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Hands-on with the Samsung Chromebook 2 at CeBIT 2014

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 4:01 pm

CeBIT 2014 - A few days ago, Samsung officially launched its Chromebook 2 and today we got a chance to check it out first hand at the 2014 CeBIT conference held in Hannover, Germany. Johannes Knapp stopped by the Samsung booth and took a look 13-inch version that features a full HD 1920x1080 version of the device. Johannes notes that the Chromebook 2 features a Chiclets style keyboard and when closed, the top of the device has the same "leather" covering that the Galaxy Note 3 has.



The 13-inch version of the Chromebook 2 features 4GB of RAM, 16GB of storage which is augmented by a microSD expansion slot. A Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor is on board, and thanks to a lot of power-saving technology the Chromebook 2 features up to 8.5 hours of battery life. A Smaller 11.6-inch version is also available with a smaller processor, but all other features remain the same.



No sign of Planet X in NASA WISE survey

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 3:40 pm

A few years ago a pair of scientists theorized that there was another planet in our solar system orbiting far beyond the orbit of Pluto. The scientists that offered the theory are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Both men are physics professors.




Their theory grabbed a lot of attention when it was first published back in 2011. The scientists hoped that when NASA finished combing through the data from its WISE, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, survey that their theory might be proven correct.


NASA is finished with that survey and has announced that it found no proof of Planet X, also known as Tyche. The scientists had theorized that Planet X is a gas giant four times larger than Jupiter and would be found in the Oort cloud.

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We go hands-on at CeBIT 2014 with MSI's new GS60 Ghost gaming laptop

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 3:16 pm

CeBIT 2014 - MSI has just unveiled its next generation of gaming notebooks and its new GS60 is the crowing jewel of the line. TweakTown's Johannes Knapp was on hand for the launch and got a chance to check out the new GS60 "Ghost" first hand. The GS60 features an aluminum chassis with a beautiful and sleek brushed finish, but that is by far not the best quality of this notebook.



The most impressive feature of the GS60 "Ghost" is its optional non-glossy display that features a resolution of 2,880 x 1,620, while some are calling this "3K", the official term for this resolution is WQHD+. The Notebook is being billed as one of the thinnest and lightest gaming notebooks on the market, and is also one of the most powerful. Configurations include Intel processors up to Core i7, Dual SSD's plus a high-capacity HDD, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The GPU is NVIDIA based and is expected to be based on Maxwell architecture.

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Technology, endurance sports merge for triathletes, cyclists

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 10:25 am

With a passion for testing themselves both mentally and physically, along with relatively deep pockets, triathletes can call on technology to help drive the sport forward.




Training and racing in triathlons is an expensive endeavor, and average income of triathletes is in the neighborhood of $126,000 per year, according to USA Triathlon. It's not uncommon to visit triathlons and see people wearing $750+ wetsuits, riding $5,000+ bikes, and wearing running shoes that cost $125+ per pair.


At the very least, many athletes depend on GPS, whether for running, riding or swimming, to help accurately monitor time elapsed, distance, speed, cadence, and other critical information. Using a heart rate monitor also is important, so athletes can easily check to make sure heart rate and breathing levels are appropriate.


Visit an organized running event, such as the races hosted by Brazen Racing, it's unlikely to find many athletes without a heart rate monitor and GPS hitting the trails.

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G.SKILL announces DDR3L 2133MHz SO-DIMM RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 10:09 am

G.SKILL has just unveiled some ridiculously fast DDR3L SO-DIMM memory, clocking in at a DIMM-busting 2133MHz. The new super-fast set of Ripjaws RAM comes in a 16GB kit, requiring just 1.35V of power, rocking along with timings of 11-11-11-31.




G.SKILL validated its latest memory on GIGABYTE's BRIX Pro machine, which is a perfect match for this high-performance RAM. G.SKILL have called it the F3-2133C11D-16GRSL, which is quite the mouthful, but it is compatible and best used on the latest Haswell-based Core i5 and i7 processors.

Thermaltake introduces dual-swing door full-tower: Urban T81

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 9:09 am

Thermaltake brought up a full-tower in its Urban Series: Urban T81. According to the company, the case is designed to provide enthusiasts to build 'highest performing system' while sticking to simple appearance.



The left sidepanel designed is inspired by automotive 'suicide doors'. One panel with a lock is for the motherboard tray area, and another one dedicated for the HDD bay. The full-tower supports eATX form factor motherboards and has a very large support list for multiple fans and multiple radiator support.


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Britain's 5G Internet is so fast it'll download a movie in 1 second

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 10, 2014 8:28 am

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has inked a deal with Germany which will see the two countries work on 5G Internet for Britain. This new ultra-fast Internet will be fast enough to download an 800MB file in less than one second.




Cameron said that with the "world on fast forward," the UK could be left behind without super-fast Internet access. The deal between the two countries was struck at CeBIT 2014 which is currently underway in Hanover, Germany. Cameron also announced a £73 million or $122 million deal to develop the Internet of Things, which will allow billions of everyday objects to communication with one another online.


The Internet of Things will allow appliances, smart devices and other tech gadgets of the future to communicate with each other - such as power meters that can automatically get consumers the best deals, and monitors which allow doctors to track patients' heart rates in real-time. Cameron said: "This is a world on fast forward. A world of permanent technological revolution. And in this world, countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed if we have a relentless drive for new ideas and innovations. The UK tech scene today is dynamic. Relentlessly ambitious. Leading the way."

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