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Uber is trialling a fleet of 25 electric vehicles in Chicago

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Uber has teamed up with Chinese automaker BYD, or "Build Your Dream" to outfit a fleet of its Chicago drivers with electronic vehicles in the form of the BYD e6 EVs.

 

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The company is hoping its drivers love the new cars, so much so that they either decide to buy their own, or lease them. You might be wondering why Uber decided to team up with BYD and not the US-based Tesla Motors, but BYD's e6s are larger than most competing electric vehicles. This is one of the reasons the e6 is used as a chauffer vehicle in London.

 

But, the e6 has a range of just 186 miles on a single charge, compared to the Tesla Motors Model S and its 265-mile range. BYD isn't standing still though, with the Chinese automaker planning to triple its EV battery production, something that it needs to do to begin to keep up with Tesla and its upcoming gigafactory. BYD has manufacturing plants in the US, but wants to add 6 gigawatt hours of global production per year, within the next three years.

Tesla teases software update that will end range anxiety for Model S

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to tease a new media event for March 19, where a new OTA software update will "end range anxiety" for the "entire Model S fleet".

 

 

Normally hardware upgrades have been the catalyst behind improved mileage, but an OTA software update is much more interesting. We could also see the official rollout of the "torque sleep" update, which will allow the P85D and 85D dual-motor vehicles save energy when you're foot isn't on the throttle.

 

Musk has said that all Model S cards will get the update, so we'll have to wait and see what is unveiled at 9am on Thursday morning.

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Windows 10 now features BitTorrent-like updates

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

It looks like Windows 10 will be shifting the way Windows Updates are pushed out to users, with The Verge noticing that the latest leaked version of Microsoft's new operating system is letting you get updates through peer-to-peer means.

 

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A peer-to-peer network for Windows Updates is a strange beast, but it'll make the update process faster, as well as saving data if you're on a multi-PC household like most are these days. This means you can download the updates onto a single PC and then update the others over your network, peer-to-peer style.

 

We don't know if this feature will make it into the final version of Windows 10, so let's all hope Microsoft doesn't cut it out from here.

Take home Russell Crowe's 'The Water Diviner' in our Blu-ray promo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Water Diviner' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

 

The Water Diviner is an extraordinary tale of love, faith and heroism. Starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Australian farmer Connor (Crowe) travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in the action, where he forges a relationship with the beautiful Turkish woman (Kurylenko) who owns the hotel in which he stays. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journey across the country to find the truth about the fate of his sons.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Quell hits Indiegogo, promises wearable relief of chronic pain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Countless devices and gadgets hit Indiegogo each month, but one of the most interesting and promising things to hit the crowdfunding site is the new wearable; Quell.

 

 

Quell is promising consumers it is a drug-free device that will alleviate chronic pain. It has reached pre-order status on Indiegogo, where it has raised over $258,000 of its required $100,000 funding goal. You can grab one for $199, which will have a one-month supply inside, which is $50 less than the $250 retail price of the device.

 

Each month you will need two electrodes that are priced at $29.99, available from the company's website. But unfortunately, for the time being at least, Quell is available to those based in the US and Canada, as the company is still chasing regulatory approvals in other regions. The company has said that it's "the only FDA cleared, doctor recommended, 100% drug free device clinically proven to relieve chronic pain at the touch of a button".

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Oculus falling behind the VR game, might not release the Rift in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

After being the only one talking the VR industry seriously, Oculus VR might not be the first to the market with a serious VR device with its Rift. Company founder and brainiac Palmer Luckey has talked about the launch of the consumer version of the Rift at SXSW 2015, where he had some interesting things to say.

 

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He was asked if Oculus plan to launch their consumer VR headset this year, but he didn't reveal any dates. Luckey didn't state that anything had gone wrong with the Rift, but he did say that the Facebook-owned giant has changed its roadmap and that they're having to ramp up target quality for CV1.

 

Luckey said: "I did say that, before we made a lot of changes to our roadmap, including ramping up the target quality level of the consumer device and partnering with Facebook. I cannot comment on the date one way or the other, but I can say nothing is going horribly wrong. Everything is going horribly right".

Dutch Lion Customising has modded an amazing UV-lit Antec P380

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Built by a modder named Hukkel from Dutch Lion Customising this fantastic Antec P830 is packed full of goodies from MSI, GeiL, Bitspower and more.

 

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This SLI-graphics system packs some seriously beautiful watercooling routing with the utmost care being taken in order to make sure every single tube looks like its part of an art feature, helping tie the project together as a whole.

 

What's different about this build also is the engraved company logos alongside the Antec cutouts, helping make this one of the best modded systems we have seen yet.

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Copenhagen Games 2015 announces official Blizzard StarCraft 2 support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

As according to their recent release, the Copenhagen Games 2015 has now been listed as an official WCS Global Event in the Starcraft II World Championship Series. This means that the top finishers in this competition will not only get their share of the $10,000 prize pool, but also prestige and glory.

 

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The Copenhagen games will be running on 1-3 of April at the Oksnehallen exhibition hall in Copenhagen with the Starcraft II specific online qualifiers finishing on March 21.

 

You can check out more information and sign up for yourself here to compete in the online component and get your shot at a chance to duke it out live on stage.

Thinking about living in an internet cafe? These people have no choice

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

MediaStorm has released an interesting video as part of their three-part series called Japan's Disposable Workers - this edition is about "Net Cafe refugees" and how they are basically forced to live in a cubicle thanks to an extremely low income.

 

 

Reportedly happening since the mid-2000's, numerous internet cafe workers in Japan are forced to use tiny cubicle spaces as their own homes due to their low salary and a lack of other options.

 

Explained as mostly temporary employees, these people have no other choice.

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#AskHamas backfires badly on Twitter, meant to draw support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

We're not quite sure how they didn't see this coming - Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter in order to generate some positive feedback, interaction and support with the wider community.

 

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Their #AskHamas tag quickly backfired on them with people asking hard-hitting questions about human shields, suicide bombings and various rocket attacks. News.com.au found out that this hashtag certainly has generated some global feedback, topping 36,000 tweets in one day - but not in the way that was expected.

 

One of the questions asked was by Jeffery Goldberg, an American Journalist, who pitched "Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002?"

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