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Picasso auction breaks art world record, sells for $179m USD

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Auction House Christie's broke the world record for a piece of art overnight, selling a work by famed Spanish painter Pablo Picasso for a massive $179 million U.S dollars, according to the Wall Street Journal.

 

 

The 1955 Picasso, titled 'The Women of Algiers' was originally purchased in 1954 as part of a collection of 15 works for $212,000 USD, before being sold off separately. In 1997, the same painting sold for $31 million USD, meaning the anonymous seller just turned a very tidy profit.

 

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'The Women of Algiers' is one of the final Picasso's still in private hands.

Ex-Naughty Dog developer says 8GB RAM is enough for the Xbox One, PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Both of the current generation consoles have 8GB of RAM, which "should be plenty for the remainder of this console generation" according to ex-Naughty Dog developer and founder of Filmic Worlds, John Hable.

 

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During a recent interview with GamingBolt, Hable said: "In general, I would not worry about the consoles becoming outdated. Remember, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have only 512MB of RAM, but the PC versions of the same games usually require 2GB or more. On consoles you have more control over memory allocations. The 8GB of RAM in both the Xbox One and PS4 should be plenty for the remainder of this console generation".

 

When Hable was still with Naughty Dog, he was in control of the HDR lighting technology found in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Current generation games are now using much more complicated lighting technologies such as global illumination and physical-based rendering, so GamingBolt wanted to know where Hable thought lighting technology in games would be going next.

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Get 'Dumb and Dumber' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of the sequel to one of the funniest comedies of all time; 'Dumb and Dumber To' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten lucky readers.

 

The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film's directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given. Along for the ride are co- stars Kathleen Turner, Laurie Holden, and Rob Riggle.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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Fox announce 'X-Files' return date

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It's been an exciting few months for 'X-Files' fans, with the prospect of new adventures featuring FBI agents Mulder and Scully transforming from a dream to a reality. Now, Fox have announced their television lineup for 2016 - which includes a solid date for the show's return.

 

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The six part, limited series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, will premiere on the Fox network on January 24th 2016, with a "special two-night event" spilling over to the next night. The remaining four episodes have not been dated, but would presumably follow weekly from that point. No further details on the series plot were divulged, but is understood to mirror the original series, which featured a mix of alien mythology and 'monster of the week' episodes.

 

According to YVRShoots, filming will begin on June 9th and continue through to August in downtown Vancouver.

Google says its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Google self-driving vehicles have had 11 minor traffic accidents during six years of testing, but the vehicles and human passengers were not at fault. Following reports that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has received accident reports from three Google-equipped Lexus SUVs since September 2014.

 

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Most reported accidents were caused by another vehicle rear-ending the Google autonomous test car, according to Google.

 

"Not only are we developing a good understanding of minor accident rates on suburban streets, we've also identified patterns of driver behavior (lane drifting, red-light running) that are leading indicators of significant collisions," said Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car program at Google, in a blog post. "Those behaviors don't ever show up in official statistics, but they create dangerous situations for everyone around them."

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'The Witcher' 3 Xbox One footage reveals video at 900p to 1080p

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

CD Projekt Red released game play from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt running on the Microsoft Xbox One, which uses a dynamic scaling feature to ramp up game resolution. The game will be released on Tuesday, May 19 for the PC, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.

 

 

The resolution jumps between 900p and 1080p, with dynamic scaling helping push the resolution based on what is happening during current game play.

 

"The video you're now watching is grabbed directly from an Xbox One console," the game studio said. "We've been working to give gamers an even better experience on Xbox One and, on day one, we'll bring you dynamic scaling from 900p to 1080p. We're not much more than a week before launch, but we're still fighting for every line of code. We want gamers to get the best possible experience we can deliver."

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Analyst: Apple Watch could help finally kill off luxury watches

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Luxury watch manufacturers already had to deal with slowing sales, largely caused because of the euro, and it looks like the Apple Watch could cause further financial stress.

 

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"That watch business, which was great for the last six years, was slowing down before the [Apple Watch]," said Jan Kniffen, retail consultant, and CEO of J. Rogers Kniffen Worldwide Enterprises, in a statement published by CNBC. "This is the nail in the coffin, the new Apple Watch. I don't think it's taking over the world. But it's a negative to those sellers."

 

Kniffen also said the true market could be for watches from $300 up to $600, and Apple has two models that fit into the price range.

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IDC: 3D printers continue to gain interest, with satisfaction rising

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It looks like 3D printers are one step closer to widespread mainstream adoption, with 90 percent of respondents from companies saying they are "very satisfied" with their 3D printing experience, according to IDC.

 

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Price, ease of use and service/support are critical to help drive adoption among business users, the survey found. In addition, non-users have a curiosity with 3D printing, and momentum will continue to build even further in the future.

 

"These printers are typically acquired for a specific creation workflow, but once in place the usage expands rapidly to other types of applications," said Keith Kmetz, VP of hardcopy peripherals solutions and services at IDC. "The early adopters who recognized the substantial cost and time-to-market benefits of 3D printing have carried the day, but it's their overall satisfaction and the ability to expand usage that will ultimately drive 3D printing to the next level."

Ex-BioShock devs pull the plug on 'The Black Glove' game title

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The Day For Night Games studio has pulled the plug on The Black Glove video game, after a disappointing Kickstarter campaign and inability to bring a publisher onboard.

 

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The "eerie, surrealistic, first-person game experience" from several former developers at Irrational Games, which brought us BioShock, had some gamers interested. However, the Kickstarter campaign collected just $216,517 of a $550,000 fundraising campaign - with other "potential opportunities" also falling flat.

 

"We'd like to thank everyone who lent their support to the project," according to a statement posted on the Day For Night Games website. "Whether you checked out the project on Kickstarter, wrote a news story about it, created awesome fan art, gave advice, or even just RTed, thank you a thousand times."

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Symantec: New Breaking Bad-themed ransomware now causing problems

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

A new form of ransomware infecting users in Australia has been discovered by Symantec, with the "Los Pollos Hermanos" malware encrypting documents, images, videos, and other files on compromised PCs.

 

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The Trojan.Cryptolocker.S demands a payment of almost $800 for the encrypted files to be decrypted, with malware authors pulling information from Breaking Bad protagonist Walter White. Much like other ransomware attacks, it appears social engineering is responsible for infecting users, with a malicious zip file that appears to be from a delivery courier.

 

"Based on our initial analysis, the threat appears to be using components or similar techniques to an open-source penetration-testing project, which uses Microsoft PowerShell modules," Symantec noted in a blog post. "This allows the attackers to run their own PowerShell script on the compromised computer to operate the crypto ransomware."

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