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ASUS teases 'We Transform' for Computex with teaser video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2013 9:30 am

It's nearly that time of the year folks, Computex, and now that we're getting closer, ASUS have decided to unveil their Computex 2013 teaser video. Featuring a "We Transform" tag, we should expect another Transformer device.



The video doesn't show off much, but talks about how much ASUS have innovated over the years, and how they'll continue to do so. We should expect the 'ASUS Innovation Showcase' at Computex in June to be quite the event. You can be sure we'll be there covering it, and taking a hands-on look at their devices by yours truly.



CyanogenMod 10.1 reaches Release Candidate stage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 9, 2013 8:27 am

CyanogenMod 10.1 has reached a step closer to being a proper 'stable' release, reaching Release Candidate (RC) 1. The final release is now close, according to the team.




CyanogenMod 10.1 RC1 is now available to download for compatible devices, and if you aren't aware of what it is, it's an OS based from Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but has a huge cache of additional features. This is the perfect way to upgrade your device if your manufacturer hasn't bothered to do so. The compatibility list, is below:

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NASA to get rid of Windows on the International Space Station, will replace it with Linux

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 9, 2013 7:27 am

NASA has decided to get rid of their Windows-powered notebooks on the International Space Station (ISS) and replace with them with Linux-powered counterparts. On top of this, the first humanoid robot in space, R2, is powered by Linux.




Keith Chuvala, who has quite a mouthful of titles, is a United Space Alliance contractor, manager of the Space Operations Computing (SpOC) for NASA, and leader of the ISS's Laptops and Network Integration Teams, recently explained that NASA decided to move away from Windows, and in to the arms of Linux for the ISS's PCs. He said:


We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable - one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust, or adapt, we could.

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Galaxy S4 32GB model costs $237 to build, is cheap because it is mostly Samsung parts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 9, 2013 6:31 am

How much does the new flagship Galaxy S4 from Samsung cost to build? According to research firm IHS, just $237. This could be because most of the components sourced for the S4 are from Samsung themselves.




IHS analyst Vincent Leung said: "Samsung's strength is this ability to in-source to itself. They just keep adding to the list of components that they can supply to themselves". The international version of the Galaxy S4, the one that features the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa SoC, costs just $28 per chip. The US version, which features the Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processor, has an estimated cost of $20.


There are at least four versions of the Galaxy S4 being made, with two versions headed to the United States. The two US-bound versions feature a Fujitsu image processor that adds $1.50 to the cost of the phone, with the Korean version having its image processing handled by the on-board Exynos processor. The display and touchscreen are made by Samsung and cost $75, while the 32GB of on-board flash memory costs $28.

Breaking Bad: Season Five cooking for June Blu-ray release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 9, 2013 5:49 am

Sony Pictures Australia have announced the impending release of the fifth season of AMC TV's groundbreaking drama Breaking Bad on Blu-ray disc, in a feature packed 2 disc set, loaded with over nine hours of extra features.




Available for purchase on June 13th, the latest season of the show further chart Walter White's (Bryan Cranston) elevation to Albuquerque's biggest drug lord with his signature product. But despite the dispatch of his feared competitor and ex-boss, Walter soon finds that life at the top isn't all plain sailing.


Sony have assembled a significant collection of bonus features for the release, including audio commentaries on each and every episode, a never before seen sequence, deleted scenes, outtakes, audition and rehearsal footage, making of featurettes and an artwork gallery.

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The White House's Twitter account tweets 'unless you're a Native American, you came from someplace else'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 9, 2013 5:33 am

Someone has taken to The White House's Twitter account, tweeting "Unless you're a Native American, you came from someplace else". This of course, has offended many, with a stream of users attacking @whitehouse with tweets.




You can read some of the replies to @whitehouse here, but it is definitely a weirdly worded tweet. If you're aware of the show 'Veep' on HBO, I'[img]sure they're running into damage control right now and I was right, as there is another tweet, which said "we are a nation of immigrants".

Jurassic Park 4 'on hold' as Universal add up the budget

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 9, 2013 5:13 am

Universal Pictures have taken the unsurprising decision to delay the release of the fourth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise, which was set for June 13th 2014, to an undetermined date. The film which had yet to even cast its lead actors and only established a director, Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow a matter of weeks ago, would not have met its projected date without serious shortcuts, so a little breathing room is not necessarily troublesome.




Just five days ago, Trevorrow tweeted an image from the productions Hawaii location scout with the somewhat non-cryptic descriptor of 'Nublar', implying that the film would be set on the island of the first Jurassic Park film, unlike The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3. Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, from a script by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly a draft of which was apparently received by Universal this week which led to the delay. Universal have no doubt been emboldened by continuing interest in the franchise resulting from the $50 million worldwide gross of Jurassic Park 3D.

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Google Earth gets updated, now includes Street View and a new interface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 9, 2013 4:43 am

Google Earth has been updated, reaching version 7.1.1 and with it, brings some serious changes. First off, we have Street View, letting you zoom right down to, well, street level.




Google have also added some improved search functionality, have made directions allowing you to see a 3D view of transit, walking, bike and driving directions. The user interface has also seen a big improvement, now including a slide-out panel from the left.

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EA hates on the Wii U, says next-gen games won't arrive on the Nintendo Wii U due to performance issues with the Frostbite engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 9, 2013 3:38 am

EA and DICE have both worked hard on the Frostbite 3 engine, which will be the engine of choice to power many of their next-generation games. But, it looks like EA won't be putting any Frostbite 3-powered games on Nintendo's Wii U console.




Technical Director of the Frostbite project at EA DICE, Johan Andersson, has said that they've tested Frostbite 2 on the Wii U and found the results to be "not too promising", going as far as they "chose not to go down [the] path" of porting over the next-gen engine. EA have around 15 games under development on the Frostbite 3 engine, which means Wii U owners are going to miss out on some seriously huge games.


Games such as Battlefield 4, the next-gen Mass Effect, Star Wars and many, many more. Not only are Wii U owners going to miss out, but this means Nintendo's sales are going to continue to dwindle, even more so when Microsoft and Sony unleash their consoles into gamers' hands.

Core i7 3770K overclocked to an insane 7.2GHz using a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 9, 2013 2:33 am

If you thought your mild overclock was good, or the previous overclocking world record, prepare yourself. Mad222 and John222 from HKEPC have found the golden Core i7 3770K, which has been used to reach a new world record overclock.




The two overclockers used their Core i7 3770K with 1.908 volts pulsating through it to reach a maximum clock speed of 7,208.19MHz - or 7.2GHz! This was achieved using a BCLK of 114.42 on a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 motherboard. This overclock is even more special, considering the two overclockers kept Hyper-Threading enabled, which means we have the four physical cores and four logical cores all cranking at 7.2GHz.