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Rheinmetall use 50kW laser weapon, pew pew to the max

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 23, 2012 3:10 am

Defense contractor Rheinmetall have just tested their 50kW high-energy laser weapon, which was a complete success. The 50kW laser works by looking for a target using something they call the 'Skyguard radar system', locks the target in with an optical scanner before it goes to work.




After it has looked for its target, locked it in, it will fire multiple, superimposed beams for extra energy. The German-made HEL cannon was capable of cutting through a 15mm-thick steel girder, but that's not all - it managed to do so from over 3,200 feet away. If you thought that was impressive, the laser was able to taking down a UAV, where after reaching the programmed fire sector, the laser weapon engaged the UAV's immediately, destroying them in seconds - keep in mind that these UAVs were flying at high speeds. Pew, pew indeed.


Lastly, the laser system was used in detection, pursuit and successful engagement of "an extremely small ballistic target". The team used a steel ball measuring in at 82 mm, travelling at 50 meters per second. This was used to replicate a mortar round, which the Skyguard fire control unit detected immediately, tracked the target, engaged it and destroyed it mid-air.



Cooler Master Case Mod Competition 2012 Results

By: John Williamson | More News: Modding | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 9:24 am

For the past two years Cooler Master has run an annual Case modding competition which has produced some of the most stunning examples of both professional and amateur PC builds from around the globe.




This year's Modding competition was no different with the usual mixture of drama, trolling and some friendly rivalries setting the stage for some mind blowing creations. The Competition itself is divided into three categories: Scratch Mod, Tower Mod and Cooler Mod, each with a plethora of modders fighting for a place as the best of the best in their individual classes.


Well after Months of hard work from all the hopeful participants the dust has settled in the workshops, votes have been tallied and winners announced. Cooler Master must have experienced a larger than expected turn out for this years event as we can see multiple second and third places have been added to the tower and scratch mod sections of the competition. Results are as follows.


Tower Mod


1st place

  • Titanium PC by Paul Tan


2nd place

  • ATCS 840 PoLoMoD by PoLoMoD
  • Coolermaster Cosmos II MbK by kier


3rd place

  • CM Test Bench V2 by Ace_finland
  • Starscr3am by tantric
  • Ducati Trooper by Raiden73

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Corsair celebrate the world not ending by giving away a kick ass PC!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 8:32 am

Well, the world didn't end yesterday but that is a good thing for millions of reasons. One of these is that Corsair are giving away a custom PC built with some pretty awesome hardware. The Surviving the End of the World Sweepstakes includes:



  • Corsair 300R Windowed Case
  • AX Series 1200i PSU
  • Individually Wrapped PSU Cables
  • Air Series Fans
  • H80i CPU Cooler
  • Dominator Platinum DDR3 Memory
  • 180GB Force GT SSD
  • 2x ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II GPUs
  • ASUS Maximus Formula V MB
  • Intel 3770K CPU


To enter the competition to win the awesome system from Corsair, visit their Facebook page.

EU says Samsung abused standard-essential telecom patents

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 5:28 am

The European Commission has sent a "statement of objections" to Samsung saying that they don't believe the company is acting fairly. "Intellectual property rights are an important cornerstone of the single market. However, such rights should not be misused when they are essential to implement industry standards, which bring huge benefits to businesses and consumers alike," Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in statement.




Samsung can now respond to the statement with objections or with a request for a hearing. Samsung faces a fine up to 10 percent of its annual turnover if the commission rules that they have violated the rules. The issue at hand is standard-essential patents for the EU's 3G UMTS standard.


Samsung agreed to fairly license the needed patents to competitors when the EU adopted the standard. Samsung denies the claims: "Samsung is confident that, in due course, the Commission will conclude that we have acted in compliance with European Union competition laws."


The commission opened the investigation after Samsung attempted to gain sales bans in 2011 across member EU states against its fierce competitor, Apple.

ReportTT: Apple Maps is the most popular iPhone app in 2012

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 4:42 am

According to a new report, even though Apple Maps suck, it was the most popular app for the iPhone in 2012. A report by Nielsen analyzed data from January to October of 2012 and calculated out that Apple Maps was the most popular app by calculating average unique users per month.




Keep in mind that the data for Apple Maps only consists of two months, rather than the 10 months the other apps have. Nielsen says that 32,365,000 unique users used the app every month, on average, besting Facebook which came in at 28,585,000. Google Maps, which has the potential to take away Apple's thunder, was not released during the time period of the data collection.


On the Android side of things, Google Search was number one, with over 44 million average unique uses. Facebook came in third, with just over 42 million average unique users. The apps line up roughly where you would expect them to across both operating systems. Nothing was really shocking about either ranking.

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UK to require compulsory porn filters for any subscriber that has children

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 1:07 am

David Cameron is fighting for the children, or at least he claims to be. ISPs will now be required to implement a compulsory survey when setting up an internet connection. During the survey, they will be required to say whether there are kids in the house, and if the answer is 'yes,' they will be required to set up filters.




Starting February 2013, ISPs will be required to show the government their plans for implementation. Cameron says that "a silent attack on innocence is underway in our country today, and I am determined that we fight it with all we've got." Others argue that it is the parent's responsibility to keep the children safe, an argument that seems to be stronger in the United States.


What are your thoughts on this? Think every country should require it from their ISPs?

Motorola hires on Samsung's marketing exec Brian Wallace

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2012 12:28 am

Google has pulled away one of Samsung's top people. Motorola has just hired Samsung's marketing executive for the same job at Motorola. Brian Wallace has been behind some of Samsung's marketing ploys that have paid off handsomely for the company. Take, for example, the advertisement embedded below:



Visible Measures says that the ad above was the most popular tech ad of the year. Motorola and Google are likely hoping he will do the same thing for the company, marketing Google's Nexus line of devices and their upcoming X Phone. Before joining Samsung a year ago, he worked at RIM for more than a decade.

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Google and Motorola working on 'X Phone,' looking to rival Apple and Samsung

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:56 pm

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Motorola and Google are working on an "X Phone" that will be released sometime next year. The "X Phone" looks to put competition to the likes of Samsung and Apple. As of late, the two companies have been increasingly hard to beat when it comes to market share and design.




An X Tablet is expected after the launch of the X Phone. The X Phone production will continue alongside of the development of Droid devices for Verizon and devices for other carriers. According to the WSJ, "Dennis Woodside, a former Google top sales executive who is now Motorola's chief executive, declined to discuss products under development. But he said in an interview that the company is 'investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.'"


Motorola has run into difficulties with the device when they tried implementing a flexible screen and ceramic materials. Google is taking the Apple approach with Motorola by trying to more closely merge software with hardware. We have already seen examples of this with the Nexus line of devices, and should see next year the fruit of their labor on the "X Phone."

Pro-Tip Friday: Nintendo recommends updating Wii U before wrapping it for under the tree

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:29 pm

Nintendo has tweeted out a good piece of advice for parents purchasing the Wii U for their kids this Christmas. The tweet suggests that anyone giving a Wii U should open it up and download the 5GB update before wrapping it up and placing under the tree. While it's probably more important to do this for little kids, the advice holds true for anyone giving it to a non-tech person.




Keep in mind that if power is lost during the update, the console could become bricked. If you're currently in a storm, you might not want to do the update right then. I'm not so sure that this should be called a pro-tip, though. As comments on Neogaf suggest, the real pro-tip would be to have manufacturing install the update before shipping them out.


That said, if you're getting a Wii U for a kid, you should probably do this so they can get to playing as soon as they open it.


Edit: Reader Ryan points out that the console will only brick if you lose power during the actual update portion, not the downloading part.

Gangnam Style hits 1 billion views on YouTube, world continues to exist

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:01 pm

YouTube has posted on their blog about how Gangnam Style has officially hit 1 billion views, the first video to ever do so. The next highest song, and the previous record holder for most views is Justin Bieber's "Baby." We had posted that the moment was coming earlier, but it has now officially past the mark, with no damage to the Earth caused.




If you check out the awesome chart by YouTube, seen above, you can see how much quicker Gangnam Style took off compared to Justin Bieber's "Baby." PSY has many more cool stats to go with the one billion views, but that is probably the best of them all.

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