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Oppo will launch its N1 on December 10th for just $599

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 6:39 pm

The long awaited Oppo N1 is almost here and today the company announced that it will officially launch next week on December 10th. If you have not heard of Oppo before now, do not worry much as the Chinese company deals in high-end Android smartphones with a relatively low cost, making them hot items for hardcore Android enthusiast.




The Oppo N1 features a 5.9-inch screen that boast a full 1080p resolution and wide viewing angles thanks to IPS technology. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is included and has been clocked to 1.7GHz, while 2GB of RAM is present to keep everything running smooth. The device will be available in either 16GB or 32GB configurations, and a single flippable camera will be present for front and rear imaging duties. The Oppo N1 will retail for $599 in the US, and can be purchased directly from Oppo.

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G.SKILL announces The Ultimate Christmas Giveaway

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 5:35 pm

The months of November and December are widely regarded as the Season of Giving, and a new giveaway from G.SKILL, Sapphire, ASRock, and Enermax gives like never before. G.Skill is hosting the Ultimate Christmas Giveaway that features some heavy-hitting hardware that will take you to the next level of gaming this holiday season!




Entering the contest is quite simple and only involves liking a few pages on Facebook and sharing a photo on your wall. The official entry form can be found here. Winners will be picked randomly by members of the G.SKILL marketing team, and the company says that the contest is open worldwide with the exception of those employed by G.SKILL, ASRock, Enermax, and Sapphire.


Prizes include an ASRock Fatality Z87 Killer motherboard, 32GB of G.SKILL TridentX RAM, a Platimax 1350W PSU from Enermax, Sapphire Radeon Dual-X R9 270X, Enermax ETS T40BK CPU Cooler and Enermax T.B. Apollish 120mm fan. Other prizes include a G.SKILL Polo, ASRock Killer MousePad, G.SKILL RipjawsX RAM, and an Enermax Revolution XT 730W PSU.

Cyber Monday has arrived and here are some of the web's best deals

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 4:34 pm

Some people thrive on the adrenalin rush that comes from fighting the hoards of turkey stuffed shoppers on Black Friday, but there are those of us who play it smart and enjoy the weekend after Thanksgiving and never enter a store. That is because we know that the biggest deals of the year come with the massive online sales that Cyber Monday brings.




I took a few moments this morning to round up what I think may be some of the best deals on the web today. Everything from mobile phones to tablets, and even 3D Printers are listed, but some of the sales have limited stock and are a first come first serve kind of thing. Check out my picks for the best Cyber Monday deals after the jump.

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Dell's UP2414Q is nearly here, 24-inch 4K display goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 8:33 am

Dell already has the Ultrasharp UP3214Q, 32-inch 4K display in its corner, but it looks like it's about to have a smaller, cheaper brother. The 24-inch monitor will arrive with the usual 3840x2160 resolution, which will see 183 pixels per inch on the display.




We also have 178/178-degree viewing angles, 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB, 10-bit, 10.7 billion colors and connectivity is covered by HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DP, four USB 3.0 ports and a 6-in-1 card reader. We should expect it as an IPS-based panel, but we can't confirm this yet. The price should be cheaper than the UP3214Q, which is still around $3500.

Steam Autumn Sales continue, Metro: Last Light is 66% off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 7:31 am

The Steam Autumn Sales continue, with some great games dropping in price. We have Civilization V down from $69.99 to $17.49 - a huge 75% off. Payday 2 is 55% off, dropping from $29.99 to $13.49.




Other big savings include Metro: Last Light which has dropped from $54.99 to just $18.69 - something I'm going to buy as soon as I'm finished writing this news. Far Cry 3 is a huge 75% off, from #34.95 to just $8.73.

Amazon's Cyber Monday deals are a steal, get some great, cheap games!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 6:37 am

Amazon is jumping in early with the Cyber Monday teases, with a huge set of games on sale for both the next- and current-gen consoles. The Cyber Monday deals start on December 2 at 3:01am ET and include:




  • Madden NFL 25 - PS3, Xbox 360
  • FIFA 14 - PS3, Xbox 360
  • Battlefield 4 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • NCAA Football 14 - PS3, Xbox 360
  • Need for Speed Rivals - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts - PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 - PS3, Xbox 360
  • Ryse: Son of Rome - Xbox One
  • Forza Motorsport 5 - Xbox One
  • Dead Rising 3 - Xbox One
  • Saints Row 4 - PS3, Xbox 360
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix - PS3
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS3
  • Elder Scrolls Anthology - PC


You can get more information on the Cyber Monday deal from Amazon, here.

The code to US nuclear launch codes, until 1977, was just 00000000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 4:41 am

ry thought: the combination to start an all-out nuclear war with the world, killing billions, up until 1977 at least, was 00000000. The stupidly simple code was chosen by Strategic Air Command, in an effort to make weapons as quick and easy to launch as possible.




John F Kennedy pushed for PAL (Permissive Action Link) encoding in 1962, which is a security device for nuclear weapons that is meant to prevent unauthorized arming or detonation of the nuclear weapon itself. JFK signed the National Security Agency Memorandum 160 in 1962, which required that all nuclear weapons be fitted with the security system.


Problem was, nuclear experts claim the military was worried that command centers and communication lines would be destroyed in a true nuclear war, which would stop soldiers getting the codes to launch nuclear missiles when they were actually needed. This forced the action of reducing the code to something that is very simple: 00000000.

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Black Friday console sales see the Xbox One victorious

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 2, 2013 3:33 am

According to a survey from Infoscount, the most commonly purchased console from Target and Walmart on Black Friday, was Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One console.




The AMD-powered console accounted for 31% of all consoles purchased, while its main competitor, the PlayStation 4, made up around 15%. The Xbox 360 took in second place glory with 30%, while the PS3 was another 15%. Nintendo's Wii U console came in 5th position with 6%, and the Wii took just 1% of purchases.


The limited availability of the PS4 could be why the Xbox One sold more during Black Friday, with Infoscount saying that the success of both Xbox console dominance "largely attributed" to its success.

China to launch its first moon rover on Monday

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 1, 2013 8:35 am

While most Americans will be hitting up those Cyber Monday sales, China will be launching a rover to the moon. 3:30am on Sunday morning, a rocket carrying "Jade Rabbit" will take off, headed to the moon.




State broadcaster CCTV, took to Twitter, saying: "The Chang'e 3 is set to be launched for its moon mission from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 2." If the mission is successful, it will be a massive win for China, which hopes to have a permanent space station by 2020, and will eventually send a man to the moon.


All eyes are on China as we shift into the new week.

US Army develops a drone that looks like a bird

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Dec 1, 2013 7:29 am

If a drone is flying high in the sky above you, they can be hard to spot, but when you do see it, it looks like a drone. This might not be the case in another 5-10 years, with the US Army finding a solution to this: making the drones, look like birds.



Enter Maveric, which features a bird-like profile, with flexible wings. The drone is made from composite metal, and can fly at heights of 25,000 feet, scooting along at 20-65 mph. Derek Lyons, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Prioria Robotics, said: "There was a Special Operations requirement for a plane that had a natural, biological look - it wasn't supposed to look DoD-ish."


Prioria Robotics won a $4.5 million contract from the US Army's Rapid Equipping Force to make 36 of the bird-like drones for an urgent, undisclosed need. Earlier this month, training to use the Maveric began at the Joint Special Operations Task Force, with full-equipped delivery expected this month. One of the major benefits of Maveric is that it weighs just 2.5 pounds, and is capable of being contained in a 6-inch tube.

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