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LG accidentally outs its new G4 smartphone before its announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 8:30 am

LG sent out an email earlier today, something that seemed a bit odd with "G4" in the headline. As we clicked into it, we found out that the South Korean giant is giving away 4000 of its next-gen G4 handsets to consumers in 15 countries to "test drive" its new handset. We knew it was coming, with LG planning a media event for April 28 - but now the company is giving away a bunch of its next-gen handsets for select consumers to play with.

 

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Starting today, LG is sending out consumers in South Korea - with 14 other markets to follow - its new G4 handset. These countries include: Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, China, India, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong. In order to be in the running to get the G4 handset, "participants will be selected from applicants based on their entry responses", says LG. If you want to get in on this G4 test, you'll need to keep an eye out on LG's website and various social media pages.

 

These lucky people will have 30 days with the G4 smartphone to experience its "unique design and features, including its personalized UX, high performance camera and impressive display for sharing online. Participants will be given various assignments to carry out over the course of their experience with prizes awarded".

 

President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, Juno Cho, said: "Customers are our best fans and we think this would be an exciting and unique way to get our most important mobile product of the year close to the public. We're putting the success of LG G4 in the hands of consumers before the launch because we believe they are the best judge of a great user experience, beyond just benchmarks and speed tests".

Potential US president Rand Paul unveils his "NSA spy cam blocker"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 8:12 am

Senator Rand Paul has announced that he is intending to run for the position of the President of the United States in 2016, but the video of his announcement has been removed from YouTube because it contained a song that had a copyright claim filed on it.

 

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Between now and then, Rand supporters can get behind the Senator with the usual yard signs, bumper stickers and more, but he has something that has never been seen before: an "NSA spy cam blocker". The NSA spy cam blocker is a $15 device with a huge "RAND" logo on it, with the listing on it explaining it as "That little front-facing camera on your laptop or tablet can be a window for the world to see you-whether you know it or not!"

 

The NSA spy cam blocker is 1.5mm thick, and is "made with high-grade plastic" and is designed for anything with a front-facing camera on it such as a laptop, smart TV and Xbox Kinect. It sports a plastic slider that will block the camera from working on your laptop for example, and then when you need it back, you slide the NSA spy cam blocker to the right to use your webcam once again.

Google could release new search function to connect you with tradesmen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 7:27 am

The next evolution of Google's search functionality could see users hooked up with easier access to local electricians, plumbers and the like. Not only that, but scheduling appointments could eventually get easier.

 

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The Wall Street Journal has unnamed sources providing it with the news, where they have reported: "Google is planning a service to connect users with plumbers, electricians, roofers and other home-service providers, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of the people familiar with the matter said service providers would be able to upload their schedules to Google, where searchers could sign up for an appointment".

 

The biggest hurdle here is securing local service providers, as unlike airlines and car insurance companies, more local services operate on a much smaller scale. The challenge here for Mountain View is getting enough of these local providers to sign up for the new service, where it could offer it on a national scale.

CD Projekt Red tease 30 hours of new content for The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 5:17 am

We only reported on Sunday that CD Projekt Red were going to provide an insane 200 hours plus worth of content in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but now we're hearing about some future DLC that will add over 30 hours of more adventures for gamers.

 

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CD Projekt Red has started talking about two new expansions, with the first, Hearts of Stone, dropping in October. Hearts of Stone will see players traversing the wilds of No Man's Land, as well as the city of Oxenfurt in order to secure a contract from Man of Glass. The second expansion, Blood and Wine, will be released in Q1 2016. Blood and Wine will see a new in-game region for the game called Toussaint, which the developer explains as "a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret".

 

The studio will be offering gamers an Expansion Pass for $24.99, which will include all DLC, but these two expansions can be purchased separately for $9.99 and $19.99 for the Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, respectively. If you were to buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and the Expansion Pass together, it will cost $84.99 for the Xbox One and PS4, while PC gamers save $5, costing $79.99.

'Poltergeist' remake trailer scares up some new thrills

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 4:21 am

Everything old is new again, with Hollywood obsessed with sequels, reboots, remakes and re-imaginings. However, the remake of the 1982 horror classic 'Poltergeist' could prove to be even better than the original. A recent re-watch of the Tobe Hooper/ Steven Spielberg film on Blu-ray confirms that it's aged very poorly in the intervening 33 years. Take a look at the newest trailer below and make up your own mind.

 

 

Starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris and helmed by Gil Kenan (who directed the splendid animated film 'Monster House'), 'Poltergeist' 2015 updates the story of a young family whose suburban home is attacked by a collection of violent spirits forces.

 

The film is released on May 22nd in the United States, and two months later on July 23rd in Australia.

Continue reading ''Poltergeist' remake trailer scares up some new thrills' (full post)

ESEA announce its $144,000 CS:GO finals schedule

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 3:23 am

Set to begin on April 17 in Dallas, ESEA has recently announced the schedule for their massive $144,000 prize pool live finals - featuring top teams from America and Europe.

 

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Being biggest prize pot put up by ESEA thus far, eight teams in total will be fighting it out for a slice of the winnings, including powerhouse organizations like Sweden's fanatic and America's own Cloud9.

 

The three day event will kick off at 5pm local time on the 17th with the grand final pinned for 9pm on April 19.

 

For more information on the competing teams, a comprehensive schedule and updates, head to HLTV or ESEA.

LG teases f1.8 aperture on the G4 smartphone in a new video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 1:51 am

LG is set to unveil the G4 smartphone to the world at its media event on April 28, but before then the South Korean electronics giant has teased us to "See the Great and Feel the Great" with a new video, below.

 

 

As you can see, the G4 is set to feature a new rear-facing shooter with an f1.8 aperture, but we don't know how many megapixels it will rock. We're sure that we can expect a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera at a minimum, and as for the display we are expecting a 5.5-inch QHD 2560x1440 panel, and a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm.

Continue reading 'LG teases f1.8 aperture on the G4 smartphone in a new video' (full post)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided details leak, headed to Xbox One, PS4 and PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 12:35 am

Details on the sequel to Deus Ex: Human Revolution have been released, with Square Enix preparing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

 

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Russian website Kanobu is reporting on the new title, with the site reporting that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will have Adam Jensen continue his path in the series, where he will have new augmentations and new technology to play with. Screenshots from the game are shaping up absolutely beautifully, so let's hope that we don't get a massively watered down version of the game once it gets closer to release.

 

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided reportedly takes place two years after the events of Human Revolution, where Jensen is now a part of an Interpol-backed team that hunts down augmented terrorists. We should expect a full reveal on April 8 at 9am PT.

Netflix updates its Terms of Use, can terminate accounts that use VPNs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 12:03 am

With Netflix making a very big splash Down Under, launching in Australia and New Zealand recently, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that the streaming content giant has updated its Terms of Use, adding that the use of a VPN could have your account terminated.

 

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Redder user 'CrypticCraig' posted to /r/technology with Article 6C of Netflix's new Terms of Use, which states: "You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location. Netflix will use technologies to verify your geographic location".

 

It continues, with Article 6H, stating: "We may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service". So there you have it in black and white, Netflix can and will terminate your account if you are in violation of these Terms of Use (using a VPN in short).

Tech giants front Australia Senate tax avoidance inquiry

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 7, 2015 11:56 pm

The Australian Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance continues this week, and today will welcome tech giants Apple, Microsoft and Google to expand on their previously supplied written submissions and grilling by the six Senate Standing Committees on Economics members.

 

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In 2013, Google paid just $7.1m AUD in corporate tax on revenues of $358 million, while Apple paid $80 million to government on $6b in revenue. Both companies remain adamant that they fully comply with all Federal tax obligations in their written submissions which can be viewed here.

 

Last year, a report by the Australian Financial Review detailed Apple Corporations tax minimisation strategy, which is alleged to be responsible for funneling up to $9B in profit to the Ireland based tax haven over a number of years.

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