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OnePlus blames third-parties for faulty USB Type-C cable and adapter

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

After we reported on OnePlus refusing to replace its USB Type-C cable and adapter for the OnePlus 2, this company has tried to pin some of the fault on supplier issues.




In a blog post, OnePlus stated that "cheaply made" third-party hardware mightn't be the best suit for all users. They continued, "Name-brand products like chargers, cables, power banks and USB hubs that are made by reputable companies are usually pretty trustworthy and safe to use," further labeling its suppliers as of poor quality.


While the OnePlus charger and adapter isn't a surefire way to fry your electronics, there is a possibility that issues may arise, with a Google engineer ringing alarm bells in recent times.

4Chan fights terrorism with humor, photoshopping rubber ducks on ISIS

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

Ever wondered that ISIS would look like as cute, floating, toy animals? Well 4Chan did, so they made it a reality. Brandishing the tagline "Allah Quackbar," members of this online image board have decided to make light and humorous out of something so tragic.




We're not just talking dodgy face photoshops either, there are full flag changes, cute duck tails and even altered news articles. One of the best news stories reads "I noticed something was wrong with he started quacking and became yellow," expanding that "her little boy became a RUBBER DUCKY."


This effort by 4Chan seemingly aligns with the hacker collective Anonymous and its pledge to take on ISIS, however, this yellow and squishy effort is much cuter.

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Russian hackers have scraped over $790 million in three years

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Kaspersky Lab has reported that a group of approximately 20 Russian hackers has stolen $790 million recently. Around 70 percent of this money has come from individuals and businesses within USA and Europe since 2012, supplementing this income with the further 30 percent coming from Russian bank accounts.




Describing them as a highly organized and sophisticated syndicate, Intel Security's Mike Sentonas told that "We've been tracking a lot of these groups for years now and they have such strong architecture it's hard to shut it down."


While hackers can be placed around the globe, Deakin University's Professor Mathew Warren claims that a major concentration of these criminals are located within Russia and the surrounding countries of Ukraine and Bulgaria.

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Online store, Yatango, closes shop and leaves buyers hanging

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Yatango Shopping and Mobicity reportedly went completely silent last week, with both websites loading a stark white webpage for anyone who tried to browse. This has not only upset regular buyers, but there are many customers now worried about the delivery of their items, paying forward for phones, tablets and cameras alike.




It's not just recent orders either, with a article explaining that some buyers are waiting for orders going back four months, seeing angry customers take to social media in order to voice concerns.


Some customers had cancelled orders before the website closure, however have not received back their money to date. The disappearance of this website marks further fear that people will never see their money or items, with buyers urged to call their banks and cancel orders that way.

Carbon lattice material now set for use in high-end microphones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 day, 5 hours ago

Researchers from the University of Belgrade claim that Graphene, a conductive carbon lattice, is even more useful that originally thought. They've made the world's first condenser microphone out of this material, quoted as 32 times more sensitive than nickel microphones in a report by Gizmodo.




In its current prototype state, the Serbian researchers were able to get to this phase by 'growing' sheets of graphene on a nickel foil, etching the nickel away and then placing their new creation within a microphone casing. Reports claim that this new creation has a sensitivity of 15 decibels higher than commercial microphones, handling frequencies up to 11 kHz.


The scientists claim that this prototype is just an indication of things to come, claiming much improved models in the near future, capable of completely blowing away current market-available models.

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Aussie telecom Optus offers free Xbox One with Microsoft Lumia order

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Pre-orders of Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will earn some Australians a 1TB-packed Xbox One, bundled with FIFA 16. Reportedly reserved for online orders only, this console retails normally for $499 AU.




Set as part of its $80 AU 'My Plan' over a 24 month contract, the 950XL will set users back an additional $4 AU per month on this plan. With the Lumia 950 coming in at 5.2-inch and the 950XL at 5.7-inches, bonus data is also an option for pre-order customers, receiving 8GB per month instead of the standard 6GB option.


The orders have already opened, with them set to close very shortly. If you're interested in a phone by itself, expect to see it pop up in stores from around 7 December 2015.

Australia implementing digital drivers licences before 2019

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

We reported back in May that the Australian state of New South Wales was considering the implementation of digital drivers licenses for its citizens, with a Gizmodo report now confirming that we should see them "by the end of 2018."




A press release issued by the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet, stated that "our citizens are mobile and digital and that's where the government should be too," explaining that responsible service of alcohol, recreational fishing and gambling competency cards will be the first of their kind to turn digital.


As this state "currently issues more than 23 million licences each year, covering 769 different licence types," Perrottet says that "five common license types" will be available around the beginning of 2017, with digital drivers licenses expected to hit the public just before 2019 rolls around.

Ubisoft's latest 'The Breach' trailer for Rainbow Six: Siege

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Ubisoft says it will have Rainbow Six: Siege ready for launch, without problems, but before the launch on Tuesday the developer has released a new trailer dubbed "The Breach".



The trailer features a famous speech by Henry V in the eponymous 1600 play, before the battle. It kicks off with the line "once more unto the breach, dear friends". Ubisoft changed it up a bit, adding: "Close the wall up with our English dead," becomes "... our brave men dead" with the following line cut: "In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility".

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Quentin Tarantino explains his love for 70mm, says it trumps digital

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 2 days ago

While most of Hollywood films their movies in digital, Quentin Tarantino has a huge soft spot for shooting his movies in 70mm. It wasn't too long a go now that Tarantino said that he hates Netflix, and still uses VHS.



Tarantino's latest movie 'The Hateful Eight' was shot entirely on 70mm, and has been shown off at glamorous "roadshows". Tarantino was adament that he shot The Hateful Eight on 70mm, with the featurette from Fandango embedded above seeing Tarantino explaining why he loves shooting his movies in 70mm versus digital.

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Man gets shot, instead of calling the cops, he grabs an Uber home

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 2 hours ago

I've caught a number of Uber rides over the last few years, but it's normally for convenience - but this guy had another idea. A man from Grand Rapids, Michigan called an Uber after he was shot, telling the driver to take him home.




Uber driver David Heinicke said he told the 20-year-old gunshot victim that he needed to go to a hospital, but he refused. Heinicke said: "(I) tried to get him to go to the hospital, he would not do it, refused to do it. Looked like a handkerchief or something tied around his leg, trying to stop the bleeding. You could see right into his leg and the big crease down his pants where something had obviously hit him in the leg, and he later told me he had been shot by a .22 pistol".


Even after Heinicke said to his passenger that he needed to go to the hospital, all the Uber passenger wanted to do was go home. Heinicke added: "(He) said if I didn't take him here, he was going to get out and walk the rest of the way, so I brought him here. Then I called the police, and that's why you're here".


The shooting victim ended up making it to the hospital, with the police saying that his injuries were not life-threatening. There's no suspect in custody right now.

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