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What can 15 GoPro cameras do? They can provide some Matrix-like content thanks to one amateur filmmaker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:32 am

What can fifteen GoPro cameras do in the hands of an amateur filmmaker? They can provide some Matrix-like content, where Marc Donahue from Permagrin Films showing off his half-circle bunch of GoPro cameras in a bunch of different ways, check out the video below.



The video shows off basic things like cooking, or people riding bikes, and slowing them down and going into different angles like we've seen in The Matrix. The fifteen GoPro cameras are synchronized to shoot around the subject, giving off the effect of wrapping around the item, or persons in focus. Donahue has admitted that his technique isn't perfect, adding that he is "making a cable" to help the cameras snap photos quicker, so future videos will be smoother.




GoPro provided the cameras to Donahue, where he'll continue to pump cool content out with them in the future, where Donahue has a music video coming out soon using the same technique.

Australian telco, Kogan Mobile, kicks customer off their network for the overuse of his phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 5:39 am

Kogan Mobile is in the headlines again, this time for booting a customer off their network for abusing their mobile phone plan. The telco offers an unlimited calls and text pre-paid plan that includes 6GB of data for $29, something they launched in December last year.




Brisbane customer, retail store manager Joel Campbell, was kicked off of the network, with Kogan claiming he was not using his service for "personal use", giving him 90 days to find a new provider. Within section 1.1 of Kogan Mobile's terms of service, they state that their network must be used for "personal use only" - the big problem is that in this seven-page ToS document, it does not state that heavy users would be kicked off of their service.


Campbell said "I have no reason to need a business phone," admitting he was a heavy user, saying that he accessed the Internet on his phone a lot during the day, but didn't think the cancellation of his service to Kogan was "warranted." He adds: "I'm paying for it. At the end of the day if I want more, I'll pay for more. It's not a loss to them."

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Google release their new Nexus 10 'New Baby' commercial

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 4:31 am

Google's Nexus 10 tablet has received a new commercial, centered around a couple getting ready for the arrival of a new baby. The ad shows off some of the abilities of the Nexus 10, without overstepping the mark like other ads.



Google are definitely refining their ad-making skills here, with a great advertisement on the ease of use of their Android OS on the Nexus 10. The Nexus 10 'New Baby' ad has the expecting parents using Google Now, video chat through Google+ hangouts, and multi-user support. Not everyone is into the whole processors and benchmarks game, so its refreshing to see a smart ad on the things consumers actually use.

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Windows 7 SP1 update to forcibly roll out tomorrow, if you haven't updated yet, you will now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 3:36 am

If you haven't updated to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) yet, you'll be forced to in the coming days. Microsoft are rolling out SP1 automatically through Windows Update, so you'll no longer have the option to opt-out of the update.




Previously, SP1 was available on Windows Update, but required the user to action the installation. As of tomorrow, the installation of SP1 will be fully automatic, not requiring the user to choose to update to SP1 or not to those who have Automatic Update enabled. SP1 will eventually roll out to all customers on the RTM version of Windows 7.

Battlefield 4 trailer to arrive on March 27, teases some naval-based goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 2:15 am

DICE have confirmed that the debut trailer for their upcoming Frostbite 2-powered Battlefield 4 will arrive on March 27, taking it a step further by unveiling a very short teaser clip to get those gaming juices flowing.




The announcement came from the official Battlefield Twitter account, which included a sneak peak at the trailer. It looks as though we should 'Prepare 4 Battle' and that we should expect some naval gameplay, too. Once the trailer breaks, we should hopefully hear more on the game in the coming months, which platforms it'll be released on - and when - and which platform was the development platform.




Remember last time, we were told it was the PC, but then switched to the consoles to get it out on time. Hopefully this time, DICE aren't messing around and have developed on the PC first and foremost, especially considering that next-gen consoles are powered by x86-based, PC architecture - like the PlayStation 4 from Sony.

EA CEO steps down, John Riccitiello is capable of going into offline mode

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 1:25 am

As of March 30, EA's CEO, John Riccitiello, will be stepping down from the gaming publishers top position. EA is currently attempting to put out multiple fires over their SimCity fiasco, where just today we heard that the game sold over one million copies since its launch two weeks ago.




EA haven't exactly explained why Riccitiello is stepping down, but EA's press release has said that both the former CEO and newly-appointed Executive Chairman, Larry Probst, came to a mutual agreement that it was the right time for Riccitiello to step down. Riccitiello has been steering the EA ship since 2007, when he replaced Probst. EA will now hunt through both internal and external candidates to find themselves a new CEO.

Oculus Rift sees support with Team Fortress 2, 'VR Mode' available this week!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 12:19 am

Valve have quite the announcement today, telling the world that Team Fortress 2 will get a new mode this week - "VR Mode" for Oculus Rift, the superstar VR headset. This means that people who own the development kit of Oculus' VR headset can play Team Fortress in virtual reality.




Engadget have an interview with Joe Ludwig, one of the engineers in Valve working with Team Fortress 2's VR Mode. The interview can be seen here. The good news doesn't stop there! What good is a new mode if we don't have a new exclusive had in the game? The Oculus Rift development kit is now a wearable item within the game! Valve has been even more generous, donating Rift hats to the Oculus developer community - so if you backed the Kickstarter campaign at any level at all, or pre-ordered one of the Rift developer kits from Oculus' website before April 1, 2013, you'll receive a code to redeem your own TF2 Oculus dev kit hat.




Now the big question - how long until we see Rift support added to other games? In Engadget's interview with Joe Ludwig, he says that TF2's VR Mode is a big test, to see how the community accepts it. Obviously Oculus' Rift headset won't be available to the consumer market until later in the year, so hopefully we see some Steam Box support, and maybe some Half-Life 3 launch at E3 with Rift support? Or am I asking too much ther

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Reddit starts its own original web mini-series

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 19, 2013 12:01 am

YouTube is bankrolling an original series created by Reddit. The new series, Explain Like I'm Five, will be getting three episodes released today, one of which is embedded below. The series comes from the subreddit that features the same name.



For us, it's more about encouraging the Reddit community and bigger community of producers, filmmakers and animators out there to create content, video, web series, shows ... based on Reddit content.


It's an interesting idea that benefits both Reddit and YouTube. YouTube gets to host the content and serve ads and Reddit serves as the source of ideas. We aren't sure if this will prove to be an on-going thing or if Reddit is trying to start the ball rolling and allow others to step up. We'll be sure to report more when we know.

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SimCity managed to sell 1.1 million despite launch issues, clocks in as largest SimCity launch ever

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 11:07 pm

We've brought you lots of coverage of SimCity's somewhat flawed launch. Over the last couple of weeks, EA and Maxis have been working diligently to bring more servers online and patch current servers so that they can support more users. Apparently the efforts have paid off because EA has said this was SimCity's largest launch ever at 1.1 million units.




SimCity had a great weekend with sales strong across both North America and Europe, adding to overwhelming demand at launch that has us tracking well beyond expectations for the game. SimCity is one of the storied brands in gaming, and Maxis delivered a game re-envisioned and engineered for the online age.


Impressively, users have logged 15 million hours of gameplay across 5.7 million cities. Contained in those cities are 780 million buildings and enough roads and railroad tracks to traverse the globe over 40,000 times. I'm holding off for a bit longer before dropping my money on the game to make sure everything is patched and ready to play.

RapidShare no longer offering unlimited storage after March 20

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 18, 2013 10:02 pm

RapidShare will likely upset some of its customers with its latest move. As of March 20, the unlimited storage option will disappear, even for those who have pre-paid for unlimited storage for longer periods. In exchange, RapidShare is expanding its options provided to free users.




Current customers will now be able to pick from a 250GB plan for 10 euros per month and a 500GB plan for 20 euros per month. Unfortunately for some, RapidShare's Terms of Service allow them to change the contents of RapidPro services at anytime. RapidShare had the following to say:


According to our terms of use we are entitled to change the contents of RapidPro services. Customers who don't like the new terms can cancel with 30 days' notice and receive reimbursement proportional to the length of their remaining term.


If you're a RapidShare unlimited user with lots of data on the service, you might want to make sure you have it all backed up before you have to start paying. One user with 5 terabytes on RapidShare was offered a custom plan by the company. They wanted to charge 700 euros per month.

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