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iPhone trick claims to let you skip Facebook Messenger and still chat

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 12:05 pm

Facebook users have been upset a bit of late with the social network trying to remove chat services from its normal app and get users to download a second app to chat called Facebook Messenger. Some have been upset over privacy concerns with Messenger and don't want to use it. If you are one of these people, you can use a trick that has surfaced that claims to allow you to skip Facebook Messenger and still chat.


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The trick seems rather simple. Reports indicate that all the iPhone user has to do is hit the install Messenger button when the normal Facebook app prompts them. While the Messenger app is being installed, switch to the App Store and stop the installation or delete the app.


Once you reopen the normal Facebook app, you should still have your chat capability and no more annoying prompts. This could all change if Facebook finds this trick and updates the app to look harder for Messenger. Let us know if this works for you.

Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. TE mechanical gaming keyboard debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 11:00 am

Mad Catz has been making some very cool gaming peripherals for a long time now and it is back with a new gaming keyboard that is available for pre-order. The new keyboard is called the S.T.R.I.K.E. TE mechanical gaming keyboard and as the name suggests, the keys use mechanical switches. Mechanical key switches are something that many gamers and touch typists require for tactile feel and feedback.


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The keyboard has 130 Kailh Brown mechanical switches and a metal frame for durability. The keys can survive 50 million keystrokes. Mad Catz uses anti-ghosting technology with 30-key rollover, and the keys are optimized to 45g of actuation force.


Other features of the keyboard include 12 programmable macro buttons and easy macro planning. The keyboard is backlit and the user has the ability to individually brighten specific areas of the keyboard. Pre-orders are underway now with the keyboard selling for $127.99.

Mad Catz M.M.O. TE gaming mouse hits pre-order

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 10:29 am

Mad Catz has announced that its latest gaming mouse is up for pre-order and the mouse is called the Mad Catz Tournament Edition M.M.O. gaming mouse. The mouse has tuning for quick response when gaming and has a sensor with 8200 DPI resolution.


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Mad Catz also includes an adjustable lift-off height and thumb buttons on the side of the mouse to initiate programmed commands while gaming. The 8200 DPI doppler sensor is able to detect the sort of surface that it is being used on and optimize itself for the best performance.


Sensitivity of the mouse is adjustable between 100 and 8200 DPI. The mouse has 12 buttons in all that can be programmed using drag and drop software and 60 total user definable profiles. Both Windows and Mac computers are supported and the mouse connects via USB. Pre-orders are underway for $67.99.

Samsung makes its Galaxy Alpha official, features fresh new look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 10:23 am

After months of teasing, Samsung has just officially unveiled the new Galaxy Alpha smartphone. Samsung's latest handset is an ultra-thin Android-powered smartphone, featuring a 4.7-inch 1280x720 display.



On the back, we have a 12-megapixel camera, a smallish 1860mAh battery (depending on your region), and either a quad- or octa-core processor (again, depending on your region). The design of the Galaxy Alpha is what this is all about, with a new-look design, ditching the plastic we're all used to on Galaxy smartphones.


Samsung calls the Galaxy Alpha "the evolution of Galaxy Design," and that it shows off a "new design approach" for the South Korean-based giant. The shape of the Galaxy Alpha isn't much of a departure from the Galaxy S5, but we are seeing some more finness to the Galaxy Alpha. The company hasn't unveiled pricing or availability for the Galaxy Alpha, but it will launch in black, white, gold and blue colors.

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Samsung Gear VR shown off, should be unveiled at IFA 2014 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:33 am

As we get closer to IFA 2014, we're hearing more and more about Samsung devices, one of which is the upcoming Gear VR. The Verge has a nice exclusive, with some details on how Gear VR will connect to a Samsung smartphone.


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Gear VR has a detachable lid that will hold your Samsung smartphone in place, living up with users' eyes with focus dial on top. There seems to be a micro-USB connection that will tether the VR headset to your smartphone, with the photo above showing off the Galaxy S5 alongside Gear VR. Samsung is poised to launch its Galaxy Note 4 soon, so we should expect it to be compatible with Gear VR - we hope.


Considering the Oculus Rift DK2 unit uses the display panel from Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, we should expect some good things from Gear VR. Remember that Samsung is working closely with Oculus VR, and obviously now Facebook, supplying them with early access to their display technology, while Oculus provides help with the VR side of things.

DirectX 12 uses up to 50% less CPU power consumption, more performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:22 am

There's not much reason to be excited over DirectX 12 just yet, but Intel was showing off the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 at SIGGRAPH 2014. Microsoft used its Surface Pro 2 with Intel HD4400 graphics, showing off some impressive performance improvements, with heavily refuced CPU power consumption.


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Intel had a demo that was rendering an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids, each equating to 50,000 draws per frame. Each asteroid then had a unique combination of vertices, textures, and constants. Intel's demo was able to switch between DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 with a single key press, but it could also lock the frame rate in order to keep the workload on the GPU at a constant level.


The company was showing people the benefits of DX12, with massive power gains being unlocked from Microsoft's new API. Intel locked the frame rate of the demo, rendering it for a period of time on DirectX 11, and then switching over to DirectX 12. As you see in the graph above, the CPU power consumption was reduced by over 50% when DX12 was enabled, highlighting the fact that DX12-enabled games could offer some serious reductions in power consumption on our devices.

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Sony to launch PlayStation TV in the US on October 14

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 8:33 am

Sony has announced that it will be launching its PlayStation TV for the PS4 on October 14, in the United States. The company announced the news at Gamescom, with the micro-console for PlayStation games including some nifty abilities.


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PlayStation TV will allow gamers to use it as a secondary console for PS4 games through Remote Play, the ability to play a bunch of PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable and PSOne games through the console. PlayStation TV will also have PlayStation Now on offer, which is Sony's game-streaming service. Sony will be selling the PlayStation TV for $99, or in a $139 bundle that will include a DualShock 3 controller, an HDMI cable, an 8GB memory card, and a copy of Lego The Movie Videogame on the PS Vita.

Yellowstone Spring may have been damaged by banned drone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 7:16 am

The National Park Service banned drones from flying over national markets because of safety issues and noise problems, and it seems a banned drone was crashed into Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring on August 2.


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The drone hasn't been recovered and specific damage to the natural spring remains unknown, but will try to determine where the drone crashed. The spring is 300 feet across and up to 160-feet deep, making it the largest in the United States.


"We don't know what damage may have been caused when it entered the hot spring, but we also don't know what kind of damage could be caused by leaving it there or by taking it out," said Amy Bartlett, a U.S. National Park Service official, in a statement to LiveScience.

Microsoft will unleash the beta of Halo 5: Guardians on December 29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 6:29 am

During Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 press briefing, 343 Industries announced that it will be unleashing the beta of Halo 5: Guardians on December 29. The beta will run for three weeks, ending on January 18, 2015.


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The beta will see gamers battling it out in four-on-four matches, with all players starting with identical loadouts. The beta will include seven maps, three modes, 11 weapons, as well as a few armor sets that you can customize. Halo 5: Guardians beta players will be able to unlock content in the beta, that will roll over to the full game when it is released.


Halo 5: Guardians will be running at 60FPS, but no details on which resolution it will be rendered at. Halo 5: Guardians' Executive Producer, Josh Holmes, said: "Having a beta this early this early in development is crucial because it gives us as developers the opportunity to react to the feedback we get from fans and take it into account as we complete the multiplayer experience for Halo 5: Guardians". How do you get access to the beta? Halo: The Master Chief Collection will include it, which will be arriving on November 11 for the Xbox One.

NASA's New Horizons captures unique footage of Pluto and Charon

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 13, 2014 6:23 am

Launched by NASA in 2006 and tasked to study Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft captured unique footage of Charon revolving around Pluto, filmed from 265 million miles. Pluto has five moons, but Charon, at 750-miles across and is just 11,200 miles from Pluto.



A total of 12 photos were captured and researchers are using images to help accurately identify where Pluto is and the path it takes around the sun. Only one-third of the dwarf planet's orbit around the sun has been accurately recorded, space researchers have noted.


The New Horizons is expected to arrive at Pluto around 2015, and is finalizing its pre-Pluto annual systems instrument calibration before arriving. The spacecraft will be placed into "hibernation" mode from late August until early December, which is when it will be used for two years to conduct flyby missions while relaying information back to researchers.

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