The OnePlus One smartphone is now available to anyone interested in purchasing it, as OnePlus decided to eliminate its bizarre invite system in time for Christmas. The phone will be available for $299 through the company's website for a short time, and orders should arrive before Dec. 25. It's unknown how long the company will run this current promotion.
The 16GB Silk White model retails for $299, while the 64GB Sandstone Black version can be purchased for $349.
Before OnePlus decided to open up sales, interested customers were required to receive an invite from a current One owner. Since the phone's launch in April, the One has been in extremely high demand - and OnePlus is already developing another smartphone, which will be available sometime in 2015.
GIGABYTE surprised the world with its super impressive GeForce GTX 980 WaterForce 3-Way SLI Kit, but now it is finally beginning to sell the best Christmas present ever. The kit is listed on Newegg, with a price tag of $2999.
For $3000, you get three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPUs, and an external liquid cooling box (with three 120mm radiators and fans). Breaking it down, the GPUs are around $550 each or $1650 for three. This means that the external liquid cooling box and all of the associated work GIGABYTE has pumped into this product, is costing a $1350 premium. This is a massive ask, but for some people who want the ultimate in 3-way SLI, it's a nice option.
I'm a massive fan of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, but Netflix is ready to start ramping up the number of original series that it produces and airs on its service.
Vulture spoke with Netflix's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, who said that users can expect many more Netflix shows going into the future. He added that the company could even release a new show every two and a half weeks or so. He said: "I think that we can expand on our original programming ... from where we are today to probably as many as 20 original series. So the idea of launching original series or [an] original season of content every two [and a] half weeks".
Not all of the shows will be of interest to such broad ranges of viewers, with Sarandos explaining: "Not a show or not a new show for everybody, every two and a half weeks, but a new show that for segments of the viewership every couple of weeks".
Following the agreement in September to secure production of the forthcoming sequel in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' in Australia, things are ramping up ahead of principal photography, but a tussle with Australia's quarantine laws is threatening to throw a monkey wrench in the plans.
Captain Barbossa's Capuchin monkey has joined the cast of all four films thus far and is planned to be part of 'Dead Men Tell No Tales', however the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture is apparently insisting on a 30 day quarantine for the animal to ensure no foreign diseases are imported to the country. The Australian Government are happy to give Disney a $21 million tax break to film in Queensland, but apparently won't bend, which means either production is delayed, or the schedule amended.
Remember how we told you to hang onto your iPod classic for a little longer as they're discontinued and selling for a mint? Well, if you're looking for a house deposit or a fancy new imported car - now might be the time to auction off your limited edition iPod classic.
Spotted recently on eBay thanks to Mashable, this special edition U2 iPod was auctioned off for a cool $90,000. Factory sealed and engraved with the autographs of U2's band members, this UK edition has surely helped boost some lucky fans bank accounts - and drained another.
There's also been a $180,000 iPod classic offering pop up on the popular auction and trade website, seeing investors jump at the chance to bolster their income for the year. We've also seen reports that sealed first-generation iPods are now going for a cool $20,000.
If you're looking for something a little more stylish for the office, Rapoo have set out to provide you with a solution. Their new 8000 mouse and keyboard set are designed as a minimalist peripheral solution, seeing simple and effective styling all wrapped up in their low $19.99 retail price.
Coffee drinkers rejoice - the keyboard on offer is spill-resistant alongside running on a 2.4 GHz wireless connection, this board can be used up to a length of 10 meters away from the source device. Also providing 360 degree coverage, the keyboard offers customizable media keys, making it a possibility for your home entertainment system also.
Virtuix is ready to show off the Virtuix Omni's final design at CES 2015 in January, with the company securing itself $2.7 million in investment funds.
The $2.7 million cash injection has perfect timing, as the company is ready to push its product into the commercial space. Virtuix is currently preparing the shipment of Omni units to its Kickstarter backers, as well as the full commercial launch. But first, they'll be showing off the final design of the Virtuix Omni at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, in the first week of January, just weeks away.
In February 2013, the company took in over $1.1 million from Kickstarter for the Virtuix Omni, and since then the company has been right on the edge of VR development. Virtuix CEO Jan Goetgeluk said: "Virtuix's mission is to take virtual reality beyond the chair. The Omni transforms VR into an active experience. These funds ensure that we can accelerate development of that mission beyond our upcoming commercial launch".
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given permission to four companies now able to operate drones for commercial purposes, granting five new exemptions. Specifically, UAS, Woolpert, Clayco, and VDOS Global will fly drones to help conduct oil rig flare stack inspections, aerial surveying, and monitoring construction sites. All flying drones must be within visual sight of the operator and weigh less than 55 pounds, according to the FAA.
"Unmanned aircraft offer a tremendous opportunity to spur innovation and economic activity by enabling many businesses to develop better products and services for their customers and the American public," said Anthony Foxx, Transportation Secretary. "We want to foster commercial uses of this exciting technology while taking a responsible approach to the safety of America's airspace."
The FAA granted seven exemption waivers to movie studios earlier in 2014, and has received 167 requests.
With space for up to eight internal hard drives, any full size video card and incorporated dense sound-absorbing material all wrapped up in Fractal's signature clean overall design, the Fractal R5 case has arrived.
Self-quoted in their press release as "the definition of silence", Fractal sets out yet again to build on their simple, elegant and high-quality Scandinavian design concepts as seen throughout their other cases in the Define series. Although somewhat lacking in different types of models on offer, Fractal has decided to steer away from 'giving it all' and focusing on a few simple case design concepts - working harder on singular projects to make them right.
Fractal make sure to mention that water cooling is a viable option in this case, allowing the user to install radiators up to 420mm in the top and 360mm in the front of the chassis. However if air cooling is more your thing, they're providing two GP14 140mm low noise fans as standard.
The United States is increasing its shift towards chip-and-PIN technology to meet an October 2015 deadline, but the transition has been far from easy for many businesses. It turns out 69 percent of SMBs doubt they will be able to meet the late 2015 deadline, with confusion about the technology. In fact, 26 percent of survey respondents from SMBs couldn't identify what an EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) terminal is, according to Software Advice report.
The EMV technology also will prove to be rather confusing for consumers, as 88 percent of US consumers have never made a purchase at an EMV terminal.
"EMV technology is coming to the U.S., but it won't be a smooth transition," said Daniel Humphries, Software Advice IT security researcher, in a statement. "Large firms may be aware of the liability shift and what it requires, but our data shows that only a small percentage of SMBs are prepared. However, there is still plenty of time for SMBs to prepare for the chip-and-pin changeover, and take matters into their own hands. This even represents a golden opportunity for merchants to make their businesses more secure from fraud."