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The ROG V-3 is custom-cased ASUS ROG build with a banana for scale

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: 18 hours, 46 mins ago

Featuring an i7 4790K paired with a GTX 780Ti DCII, this custom-chassis ROG-styled build is all tied together with an ASUS GENE VII.


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If the full build log tickles your fancy, you can have a look for yourself - otherwise we'll wrap up the information below for you. With the custom chassis design being made out of sheet steel and acrylic, the original purpose was for it to house a mATX motherboard, two radiators, one video card and a full water-cooling system.


Once again featuring Bitspower cooling support, this custom build even managed to throw a full-size Be Quiet! power supply into the mix, with the full specification list reading:


CPU: Intel i7 4790K



PSU: Be Quiet! Straight Power 10 CM 800

FAN: Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 120 mm

SSD: Kingston 3K 240 GB

RAM: Kingston HyperX Black Fury 16 GB

COOL: Various Bitspower products

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Apple just recorded the largest quarterly profit in mankind's history

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 18 hours, 53 mins ago

A little over fifteen years ago Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy. In a final convulsion, the company decided to bring back its exiled founder Steve Jobs who, as we all know, went on to revolutionise the company to the powerhouse it is today. Still, not many industry analysts called today's profit result for the company, which has just broken the record for the largest quarterly profit in history.


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According to the release from the company, up until the quarter ending quarter ending December 27 2014, Apple earned $74.6 billion in gross revenue and recorded quarterly net profit of $18 billion, primarily off the back of strong strong sales of iPhone and Mac products leading into the Christmas period.


To put the revenue result in context, this is more than Microsoft and Google combined, with the latter making less than what Apple did in this quarter in all of 2014. Apple shares closed last night at just under $110 dollars.

Watchit is a universal smartwatch charging station

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 19 hours, 8 mins ago

Set to ride the smartwatch success wave, Chris V Woolpert has set out to create a limited edition charging station - adding class and style to your charging experience.


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Recently releasing a Kickstarter campaign, Woolpert describes this project as a "derivative or "spin off" design from a larger parent design project called USDCS." Further explaining that "the goal of this Kickstarter project is to raise funds for the proper development of the USDCS smart technology design project."


The product itself will hold your smartwatch up high for all to see, whilst providing a charging cable threaded through the 'arm' of the device - allowing you to hold and charge your smartwatch in style. All new major-brand smartwatch releases will require nightly charging, so if you're looking to keep your watch safely off the ground or a desk, this might be the solution for you.

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'Fantastic Four' reboot trailer is here, not entirely fantastic

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 19 hours, 16 mins ago

Just 8 years on from the release of 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer', which starred a pre-'Captain America' Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd, Twentieth Century Fox have completely reset the franchise, with the release of this years 'The Fantastic Four' from 'Chronicle' director John Trank.



The studio have now released their first look at the film, with a rather generous 2 minute trailer that I gotta admit doesn't really make me excited in the same way as, say 'Jurassic World' or 'Terminator: Genisys'. Still, take a look and see for yourself.


'The Fantastic Four' hits screens worldwide in August, and also in 3D if you're that way inclined.

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Electronic Arts publishes positive Q3 FY15 Financial Results

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 26 mins ago

With $1.428 billion net revenue posted for the reported period, EA blew their $1.275 billion expectation out of the water - claimed by CEO Andrew Wilson as due to "great execution with our leading IP, new mobile hits and continued strength in our catalogue of top games and services."


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Proud of their results, Wilson went on to state that "Electronic Arts delivered amazing experiences to our players in Q3, from the award-winning Dragon Age: Inquisition to SimCity BuildIt to our live services for FIFA, Madden NFL and more," as seen in their recent press release. The results achieved this quarter mark a record for Electronic Arts, seeing it ranked as the best "cash flow for a calendar year period."


Further results include EA being listed as the #1 publisher on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - due to their releases of Dragon Age: Inquisition, FIFA 15, NHL 15, Madden NFL 15, UFC, Titanfall, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14. They also pushed through 22 million downloads on SimCity Buildit and saw their titles hit the top 5 iOS downloads in more than 100 countries.

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'Ghostbusters' reboot cast revealed

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 19 hours, 42 mins ago

The 'Ghostbusters' sequel/ remake/ reboot has been a long time in the making, but the project took a huge leap forward this morning, with the full cast revealed for the all-female reboot.


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A reversal of the original cast which featured Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed the full cast, which includes comedians Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy.


The 'Ghostbusters' reboot will shoot in New York mid this year and is aiming for a 2016 release.

FTC: IoT needs trust of American consumers to reach full potential

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: 19 hours, 52 mins ago

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a 55-page study focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), admitting that there are "numerous" and "potentially revolutionary" benefits to consumers - but at major privacy and security risks that must be addressed.


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For companies making connected devices, the FTC hopes to see security built directly into devices immediately, instead of waiting to add it in later. Furthermore, it's important to train employees regarding security, so they can take it more seriously while designing - or using - connected technologies.


"The only way for the Internet of Things to reach its full potential for innovation is with the trust of American consumers," said Edith Ramirez, FTC Chairwoman, in a press statement. "We believe that by adopting the best practices we've laid out, businesses will be better able to provide consumers the protections they want and allow the benefits of the Internet of Things to be fully realized."

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Obama Administration wants more drone oversight, regulations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 20 hours, 41 mins ago

A day after a small quad-copter drone crashed on White House property, President Barack Obama discussed the lack of drone regulation by his government. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on guidelines and is creating future restrictions, while Obama also has tasked other government regulators to help streamline creating rules for drone flights.


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"You know that there are companies like Amazon that are talking about using small drones to deliver packages... there are incredibly useful functions that these drones can play in terms of farmers who are managing crops and conservationists who want to take stock of wildlife," Obama recently told CNN. "But we don't really have any kind of regulatory structure at all for it."


Several US agencies are engaging with "stakeholders" to ensure a new drone infrastructure is created, preventing the violation of people's privacy, according to Obama.

Facebook takes blame for outage, but Lizard Squad tried to take credit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 21 hours, 17 mins ago

Well, the Lizard Squad tried to take credit for the short Facebook and Instagram downtime Monday night, but Facebook admitted that the incident was its fault. The outage hit users in the United States, with members in Asia, Australia and New Zealand briefly losing access, with the problem beginning just after 12:10 a.m. ET last night.


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"This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement following the short down time Monday evening. "Both services are back to 100 percent for everyone."


Kudos to the Lizard Squad for trying to get itself some glory for something that it had absolutely nothing to do with. Not surprisingly, users logged onto Twitter and other websites to complain about the sudden and unexpected Facebook downtime.

FCC attempts to increase broadband speed - nefarious ISP's resisting

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 22 hours, 33 mins ago

The FCC is attempting to expand the definition of broadband internet, but the usual suspects are lining up to oppose the move. The FCC wants broadband to be defined as 25Mbps down, and 3Mbps up, to match the reality of current generation internet connections. Unfortunately the entrenched ISP's want to leave the definition at a paltry 4Mbps download speed.


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The map above illustrates just how depressingly slow the internet is at most locations in the US. The areas in blue all have access to speeds above 25Mbps, but the remainder of the map does not even have access to services that reach that speed.


The FCC has opened the floor for debate on the issue, and several cable companies have come forward to decry the new definition. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) is one of the most vocal opponents to the new classification system. This isn't surprising in light of the fact that current regulations stifle competition in many markets, a system that President Obama is trying to change through executive actions that remove much of the red tape for new telecom companies.


There are 19 states that have very restrictive policies that discourage open competition. This results in only 25% of US household actually having a choice between two providers who offer the base speed of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. Chattanooga, Tennessee, took the step of providing their own internet service with amazing results. For only $70 a month their residents enjoy gigabit speeds, and other providers in the area have been forced to lower their price-gouging rates in response.

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