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Google announces plan to lease solar panels to home owners

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 15 hours, 13 mins ago

Google is first thought of as a search firm by many of us, but it has fingers in so much more than search alone those days. Google is really big into green projects and renewable energy and has announced an interesting offer for homeowners. Google and SunPower have teamed up to offer homeowners the opportunity to lease solar panels for the roof of their home.

 

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Google has chipped in $100 million for the fund and SunPower added in $150 million. The money in the fund is being used to buy solar panels outright that Google will then lease out to homeowners. The panels will be installed on the home and provide green electricity.

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Specifications of NVIDIA Shield 2 appears in AnTuTu Benchmark

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 2 mins ago

Rumours of NVIDIA's sequel to its Shield handheld gaming console seem to be confirmed as a new test model of NVIDIA Shield was spotted in AnTuTu's website which contained specifications.

 

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NVIDIA's first gen shield was released in July 2014 and was a console game controller with 5" touchscreen where you can play Android games and stream PC games. Recently it also received a huge update which provided an out-of-home game steaming, enhanced functions in Gamepad mapper tool, support for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse in console mode, followed by Android KitKat 4.4.2.

 

However according to the recent news, it seems that NVIDIA wishes to up the hardware specifications.

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Call of Duty gamer loses a game online, calls SWAT team on his enemy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 17 hours, 20 mins ago

The NYPD had quite the case recently, where they took to a gamers house with helicopters, emergency vehicles, and countless police officers as they thought a murder had taken place. But, nothing of the sort happened - at least not in the real-world.

 

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A prank caller called the cops over Skype, saying that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, from Long Beach, saying "I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people". Castillo was a real person, except that he was playing Call of Duty - Castillo's brother, Jose, told The Post: "Some guy threatened to swat him. He was pissed that he had lost".

 

Castillo's online foe had lost to him, so he called the cops on him which lead to a two-hour standoff with police officers. The authorities had helicopters flying in the air, with over 60 officers rushing to his house. This even included members of the Nassau County's special operations unit. Once the authorities arrived at Castillo's house, his mother was in the kitchen, where Jose adds: "I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn't know what was going on".

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Someone just unlocked every single achievement in World of Warcraft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 35 mins ago

It's hard to think that World of Warcraft has been out for so long, but only just now that someone has just unlocked each and every achievement in the game - a feat that any mere gamer should applaud.

 

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Russian player Хируко, who unlocked all 2057 achievements, and an extra 205 of the 300 or so Feats of Strengths unlocked. The shot below is from the WowProgress leaderboards, showing that Хируко is #1. Imagine the countless hours that he has put into it, but now he has a serious badge in real life - the first person to unlock every achievement in WoW.

 

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The OnePlus One smartphone is here, just $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 17 hours, 56 mins ago

OnePlus has just launched its first smartphone, the OnePlus One. It is constructed from magnesium, weighing in at just 162g, has a recessed bezel round the edges, and some very powerful hardware baked inside.

 

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We're looking at Qualcomm's super-new Snapdragon 801 - a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 16-64GB of on-board storage, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 5-megapixel up front, a 3100mAh battery and LTE connectivity. The 16GB version will cost just $299, but more surprisingly, the 64GB is just $349.

 

The OnePlus One will be available in black or white, but there are some very interesting customizable textures to choose from. The OnePlus One also has bottom-facing stereo speakers, something the company is proud to boast is a first in the smartphone world. JBL helped OnePlus out with the speakers, which should impress audiophiles.

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Microsoft to deliver its Xbox One to Japan on September 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 19 hours, 39 mins ago

After selling 5 million Xbox One consoles to other countries, Microsoft is set to launch its next generation console in Japan on September 4. The company announced its plans today, revealing that it will have more than 40 games for gamers to choose from when it launches in Japan later this year.

 

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There's no pricing just yet, but 48 game developers in the region have expressed interest in developing content for the Xbox One, which will only continue to add to the growing list of games on the Xbox One. Xbox One titles that will be made available in Japan include: Ryse: Son of Rome Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, "Halo on Xbox One" and Dead Rising 3.

 

Better yet, Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer has teased that there will be some special announcements that will happen alongside the launch of the Xbox One in Japan, and that a well-known Japanese developer is working on an exclusive game for the Xbox One. Spencer also said that the company will make announcements featuring "something never before seen" at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show which takes place between September 18-21.

95 floors in 43 seconds: Hitachi to build the world's fastest elevator

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 21 hours, 26 mins ago

I've been in a few of the world's fastest elevators, where I was impressed with the Taipei 101's elevator that flies up at 38mph - which feels insane. It is a Toshiba built elevator, but Hitachi will become the new speed king in 2016.

 

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Hitachi has been tasked with building two lifts inside China's Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, which will be capable of scooting along at 45mph. This means you can go from the ground floor, all the way up to the 95th floor (of 111 floors total) in just 43 seconds. Hitachi has said that passengers' ears and bodies will be safe from the sheer speeds of its upcoming elevators, thanks to the lifts being made from heat-resistant materials, and more.

Next-gen Call of Duty teased, Sledgehammer Games is working on it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 22 hours, 34 mins ago

Sledgehammer Games was showing off its new Call of Duty title at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, but the GDC Vault has just posted up some video recordings of the conference's talks - giving us the first taste of the upcoming Call of Duty from Sledgehammer Games.

 

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Michael Condrey, Chief Operating and Development Officer of Sledgehammer Games said at the start of the talk, something he delivered with studio co-founder Glen Schofield: "We can't talk at all about Call of Duty for this year. [Activision] said you can't show anything from Call of Duty this year, and you certainly can't show in-game rendered characters from this year's game".

 

The image above, reportedly features "actual in-game characters," which show that COD is getting a major injection of graphics horsepower. The studio is taking a "next-gen first" approach to development (because we've never heard that before) - meaning that the studio is working on the PS4, Xbox One and PC first and foremost.

We take a look at the VIA Video Wall Solution, 8 x 1080p TVs on a wall

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 23 hours, 20 mins ago

Yesterday, we visited the Taiwan-based offices of VIA, where they showed us a massive Video Wall Solution that used 8 x 1080p TVs, pushing enough pixels to easily display 4K content in a very, very unique manner.

 

 

VIA is pushing the technology in Taiwan, but will be offering it up to consumers in more countries as time goes on. VIA's Video Wall Solution even has an app that communicates with the screens, where you can send messages or even play games on them. The massive video wall is powered by VIA S3 Graphics, which is shown toward the end of the video.

 

VIA even goes as far as offering it as a complete solution, where a customer can order a massive display of TVs, with VIA coming in and installing everything for the customer, including custom content to display on the massive Video Wall.

 

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As you can see above, it really is a unique way of showing off video content.

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Universities, healthcare providers under significant cyberthreat

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

Cybercriminals are finding it rather easy to launch attacks against companies and universities, especially with attention focused more on Heartbleed. Almost 20 universities and a handful of healthcare providers have come under attack, which will continue to happen as IT managers scramble to try and secure databases.

 

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"We have had very bad luck with several universities as far as reaching out about breaches," said Alex Holden, Hold Security CTO, in a statement to the media. "The problem is finding with in a very large, decentralized infrastructure the right person to talk to and impress on them that something is going on."

 

Instead of launching attacks against individual users, cybercriminals are largely finding it more lucrative to compromise large databases - personal information is valuable, and can be stolen for personal use, sold, or traded.

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