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Star Trek DS9 Blu-ray campaign warps into view

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 19 hours, 5 mins ago

With the 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' high definition remastering project now complete and interest in the franchise expected to rise off the back of next year's 50th anniversary which will see the release of 'Star Trek Beyond' and a new TV series, a new campaign has begun to encourage CBS to look at remastering the 'Deep Space Nine' series in HD.



Self-admitted "Star Trek and sci-Fi nerds" David Frank and Christian Lerch are beyond a new series of 'Deep Space Nine' teaser spots in the hope that its distributor CBS will greenlight an HD remastering similar to that granted to 'The Next Generation'. CBS have not commented on the project, but have understood to have performed tests on the 'Deep Space Nine' 35mm negatives, but decided not to undertake the project due to cost considerations.

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Humai wants to transfer your consciousness to an artificial body

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 20 hours, 1 min ago

With cloud and NAS backups being of utmost importance, what about your consciousness? Don't worry about that, because when you die, Humai promises to bring you back to life.




Humai is an Australian startup that claims it is working on transferring a person's consciousness to an artificial body, after they've died. Company CEO Josh Bocanegra says on the Humai website: "We want to bring you back to life after you die. We're using artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to store data of conversational styles, behavioral patterns, thought processes and information about how your body functions from the inside-out. This data will be coded into multiple sensor technologies, which will be built into an artificial body with the brain of a deceased human. Using cloning technology, we will restore the brain as it matures".


Bocanegra thinks that his company will be able to transfer your consciousness from your dead body within the next 30 years, but right now the company has just four staff and is securing more. The company seems to be waiting on large scientific breakthroughs before it could make this a reality, but it's a cool thing to think about. The big question is: would you want to live after you've died, in an artificial body?

New chip could charge your phone in 10 minutes, Samsung interested

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 22 hours, 9 mins ago

Following news out of Oxford that new developments could mean smartphone charging could be cut down to once per week, scientists at

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have created a chip -- pictured here -- they claim will charge phones in just 10 minutes. In addition, it's said to increase battery life and decrease the risk of your battery catching fire.




The chip, which took five years to develop, is promising enough that it's garnered the attention of Sony, Samsung, Tesla Motors, and Sanyo.

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2nd-gen MSI ECO series motherboards debut

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 22 hours, 57 mins ago

MSI is launching its second generation of environmentally-conscious and power-efficient ECO motherboards. Based on the 100-series Skylake chipset and an optimized PCB and circuitry design, the new models -- H170M ECO, B150M ECO, and H110M ECO -- are said to lead in power efficiency without hurting capability in any way.




Included software offers in-depth control over power consumption (even case fans and LEDs can be turned off) and features. If you don't want to do all the tinkering yourself, presets are included.

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Raspberry Pi Zero is a $5 programmable computer

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 day ago

Raspberry Pi has done it again, and cheaper this time. First they released the Raspberry Pi Model B and several successors to put programmable computers in the hands of anyone with $20-$35, and now they're releasing the Raspberry Pi Zero, which does the same but just for $5. And for the ethically minded who are concerned about where something so cheap is made, in this case, it's Wales.




Zero runs Raspbian and all kinds of apps, including Scratch, Minecraft, and Sonic Pi.

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ASUS celebrates 20 years of making GPUs with GTX 980 Ti Golden Edition

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day ago

ASUS has been making video cards for 20 years and is seeing fit to celebrate the milestone with a limited edition golden version of the GTX 980 Ti, pictured here.




They claim it's the fastest 980 Ti available with a base clock of 1,266Mhz and boosted clock of 1,367Mhz, offering about 21% more frames per second over the reference design. As well, it's said to be 30% cooler and three times more quiet during demanding gaming sessions, thanks to DirectCU II cooling tech, which houses a 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipe, a 325%-larger heat dissipation area, and two 0dB wing-blade fans. Other specs include 6GB GDDR5 VRAM, 2816 CUDA cores, 7200Mhz memory clock, and a 384-bit memory bus.

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Star Wars Battlefront PC player count is poor, dominated by Fallout 4

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

I was wondering why a quick mid-afternoon game of Star Wars Battlefront quickly turned into a frustrated wait for players, rather then my quick lunch-break frag fest that it was intended to be. With this title being released only just recently, sometimes it seems neigh on impossible to get a match going unless you're playing at peak times.




At first I thought it might be just due to a low number of Australian and New Zealander players picking up the game, so I did a little investigating on the statistical side of things. What I was greeted with is what you could describe as 'poor' player numbers, seeing SWBstats report back telling me that the 24 hour peak for this brand new title sits at only 33,337 for PC.


If we compare this to a same-day comparison of another newly released game, Fallout 4, STEAM tells us that at the time of writing this article there are 174,236 players in-game, with a 24 hour peak of 229,068. Even eight-year-old Team Fortress 2 is besting Battlefront, posting up 66,444 players in the last 24 hours.

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AMD rumored to launch its dual-GPU next month, the Radeon R9 Fury X2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

We knew it was coming before the end of the year, but it looks like AMD is preparing to launch its dual-GPU beast in the form of the Radeon R9 Fury X2, very soon.




AMD is reportedly holding a special event in December where they'll release the Fury X2, which should be an interesting card. Considering the Radeon R9 Fury X has 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, the Fury X2 might use two Nano cards combined, to keep under that 300W TDP. Where is the news coming from? Well, Johan Andersson from DICE, of course.


Andersson posted to his Twitter account: "Dat feeling when your just arrived closed liquid cooling pre-release GPU turns out to not be so closed after all". If that's not proof enough, we don't have long to wait to see if AMD does indeed unveil the Radeon R9 Fury X2 next month.

India's Cochin International airport runs 100% on solar power

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Beginning its 'off the grid' lifestyle in August 2015, the Cochin International airport in Southern India has become the first of its kind to operate solely on solar power. With a 1300-acre coverage itself, the airport is held up by 46,000 solar panels that produces power suitable for 10,000 homes, or the seventh largest airport in the world alone.




This solar pledge took over six months to construct and $9.5 million in funding, with other airports in the country now interested in following suit. While is is currently fully operational, the business is now looking to expand, set to cause issues for the current power supply as upgrades will be needed. The current supply is already overloaded, meaning that this airport may need to jump back on the grid or create a second solar farm of its own.


The BBC says that the move to solar power was due to multiple expensive power bills, with Cochin International management believing that the solar route will save them money in the long run.

Apple buys company responsible for Star Wars motion-capture, Faceshift

By: Chris Smith | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

With rumors running wild of Swedish motion-capture studio Faceshift setting up for a buyout by the technology giant Apple, all has now been confirmed.




While the motivation behind this buyout is not yet clean, Apple stated that it prefers things to be that way, saying "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Rumors have circulated that this buyout could be preparation for upcoming virtual or augmented reality plans by Apple, with others believing that Apple just wants a piece of the Star Wars pie or that this is in preparation for awesome camera features in future iPhone releases.


While Faceshift currently offers a multitude of face-capture services, it will be great if Apple allows end-users to turn themselves into their favorite space-type character, be it Star Wars, Warhammer, StarCraft or anything else.

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