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Universal Pictures developing 'Fast & Furious' cinematic universe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

While the sequel to the fifth highest grossing film of all time; 'Furious 7' is already on the way for 2017, it looks like Universal is preparing to mine the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise even deeper, with a raft of spin-off and prequel films planned.


According to quotes from star Vin Diesel quotes in Variety, the studio is backing developments which will see the franchise grow exponentially explaining "We've written out story lines for various characters. We've been playing with it for a long time. It's a very rich property and we're committed to treating it with a lot of class."




Class is of course something that's infrequently employed in the series, but it does make a lot of money - and to Hollywood, that's all that really matters. Vice-chairman of NBCUniversal, Ron Meyer also hinted that there might be a further tribute to Paul Walker in the next film, saying "Paul won't be in it, but he'll be represented in some form or another but whether his image is in it, I can't tell you yet, but he won't be in the film as a performer, as an actor, the way we did it last time".

Biostar H170S3H motherboard targets budget enthusiasts

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Biostar's Z170Z5 motherboard revealed last month targets high-end gamers that aren't on a tight budget. If you still want strong performance but are looking to shave costs where you can, that is where the company's H170S3H motherboard comes in.




The H170S3H is built on Intel H170 chipset, thereby supporting 1151 6th generation Intel Core processors. It supports DDR3, 4K, Crossfire via 2x PCI-E X16 slots, and includes plenty of USB ports; capacitors feature an "ultra low" ESR design said to double lifespan.

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LG Lucky smartphone costs $9.82, has 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 4GB storage

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The TracFone LG Prepaid Lucky LG16 Smartphone (aka LG Lucky) is now selling at Walmart for a meager $9.82.




Naturally, it comes with some caveats: it runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat), and the specs are quite outdated (although a lot better than you'd expect for the price). See for yourself:


  • 3.8" touchscreen display
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 3 megapixel camera/video recorder
  • 3G/Wi-Fi capable
  • 4GB microSD card (included in phone)
  • Bluetooth v4.0 wireless technology
  • Access to over 1,000,000 apps and more on Google Play
  • Supports microSD memory card up to 32GB (not included)
  • MP3 player
  • Proximity sensor
  • Talk Time: up to 7.3 h
  • Standby Time: up to 9.9 days
  • Includes activation card, services guide, charger and Quick User Guide


Certainly not top of the line, but if you want a cheap, bare-bones smartphone, you could do worse than this.

Anonymous vows revenge against ISIS for Paris terror attacks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has reportedly declared war against the terrorist group ISIS, vowing revenge against the Islamic State following the recent terror attacks in Paris.



On the Saturday following the brutal attacks that saw more than 129 people murdered, ISIS took responsibility for the wave of terror that swept over the city of Paris. President François Hollande then confirmed the Islamic State's involvement. The terrorist group boasted that this wast just "the first of the storm" and called Paris a "capital of prostitution and obscenity."


Anonymous has now stood up to promise retribution, and has already begun wreaking havoc across the Islamic State's online network as part of the #OpParis campaign. "These attacks cannot be left unpunished. That's why Anonymous worldwide will track you," a recent Anonymous video proclaimed. "Yes, we are going to track you down, like we have since the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Wait, then, for a massive response from Anonymous. Know that we will find you, and we will hold nothing back."

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Researchers use fool's gold to boost lithium ion batteries

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

As time goes by, technology becomes infinitely more innovative and complex, leading to some amazing possibilities. In the realm of lithium-ion batteries, which power our digital lives, key researchers are using an interesting substance to pave the way for nanoscale energy storage: common fool's gold.




Researchers at Vanderbilt University are currently experimenting with iron pyrite--commonly known as "fool's gold"--to significantly optimize lithium-ion batteries. After injecting "ultrasmall quantum dots" made up of 4.5nm pyrite nanocrystals into small lithium ion batteries, the University found that the iron pyrite substantially improved the battery's cycling and rate performance.


According to the researchers, the iron pyrite was able to boost performance due to its unique transformation into an iron and lithium-sulfur compound that's perfect for energy storage. "This is a different mechanism from how commercial lithium-ion batteries store charge, where lithium inserts into a material during charging and is extracted while discharging - all the while leaving the material that stores the lithium mostly unchanged," said Vanderbilt grad student Anna Douglas.

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Microsoft's Project Astoria 'not moving ahead as planned'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Project Astoria was announced by Microsoft back in April as a tool with which developers could easily port their Android apps to Windows 10. Unfortunately, it's failed to gain much traction, and now re/code reports Microsoft is "not moving ahead with [it] as planned."




A rep wouldn't confirm the exact status of the project, but said, "The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers. We're committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform."

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Fallout 4 game-breaking bug discovered, can corrupt save files

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Bethesda's massive open-world games often come with caveats, with bugs, glitches and performance hitches being the most common trade-offs. We've known for a while now that Fallout 4 has performance disparities between consoles and PC, but now users have spotted a quest bug that will crash the game across all platforms.




The bug was first reported on the Bethsoft Forums a day after the game came out, and is repeatable across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. According to the post, the glitch is quite nebulous and hard to pinpoint. The most definite reports pinpoint the Monsignor Plaza and the C.I.T. Ruins as the exterior environments that trigger the crash, along with the Hunter/Hunted questline and some bits of the Boston After Dark quest path. Reports indicate that having the Nick Valentine quest Unlikely Valentine active will trigger the crash when visiting aforementioned areas.


Users are reporting various effects including simple crashes to desktop on PC and error messages on console, and even the more extreme corrupted saved data files. PC users are able to use Fallout 4's console commands to reset the affected quests via codes, so if you're having troubles be sure to scan the forum posts.

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Twitter's weekly blowup is in, lipstick the culprit and media to blame

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

"How on earth is this a lipstick color?" asks verified Twitter user Parker Molloy, posting a photo of 'Underage Red' to a mildly annoyed audience.




While everybody was a little weirded-out at this naming scheme, articles by Business Insider, Forbes and more labeled followers as much more vocal, stating them to be in "outrage" and overall quite angry, explained on Gizmodo recently. This saw Molloy become flooded with Tweets from readers, saying that she was stupid be so angry about such a thing.


While Molloy mentioned on her Twitter that no apologies are needed because it's completely unnecessary, the makers of this lipstick even released a statement claiming they will not bow to community pressure. This is one small lesson on how something small taken out of context can really blow out of proportion quickly - don't mess with social media!

What do you actually get for $200 AUD worth of Star Wars Battlefront?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The gaming community has been divided over the pending release of the latest Star Wars Battlefront title. On one hand it's freakin' Star Wars, but on the other hand, some players are concerned about the limited in-game options, power-up style pickups and the high price of its Ultimate Edition.




With the Standard and Deluxe Editions also available for pre-order, the Ultimate Edition offers one major improvement over the others in the form of a Season Pass. Described in Origin as necessary to "expand your galaxy," the Battlefront Season Pass grants you access to four upcoming expansion packs and access to the "Shoot First" emote two weeks early, whatever that is.


In addition to these expansions, the Ultimate pack you get all the goodies as per the lower graded pre-order options. These include instant access to Han Solo's DL-44 blaster, Ion Grenades and Ion Torpedo's, which are things you're going to unlock anyway. Also thrown into the mix are two exclusive motes: Ion Shock, which looks like a Storm Trooper trying to do the 'Thriller dance' and another mote called 'Victory'. Yep, you can pay to have your character fist pump harder than the rest.

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