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Australia gets a taste of tech - The Gadget Expo 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 7:30 am

First released as a teaser trailer on YouTube in late 2014 - The Gadget Expo 2015 sets out to plug the gap as seen in the Australian tech calendar. Aussies often have EA Games press events, EB Games running their massive gaming exhibition and PAX Australia with two years of gaming pop culture success - but what about the lovers of straight up technology?

 

 

There were a few main points covered in this trailer. Some of the most interesting inclusions include: the announcement that it will contain an emphasis on it being more of an 'event show' rather than a 'trade show', the event will contain a 'Gamers Bubble' - functioning as a sort of mini-PAX or mini-EB Expo, alongside a Home Tech Zone and an Innovation Zone.

 

As a whole this show is setting out to be somewhat of an Australian CES 2015, in which companies will come and showcase their latest and greatest technology - alongside various big-name tech heads sharing their thoughts and knowledge to thousands of seated fans. The Gadget Expo does promise "world renowned" tech experts, inventors, entrepreneurs and more at the event - here's hoping that all of these big claims can be pulled off.

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Satisfy your nerd cravings with this 20-inch Link figure

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 6:59 am

If you're a fan of figurines and nerd-culture, JAKKS Pacific might just have your next purcahse waiting on their shelves. This 20-inch tall Link product is part of the new Big Figures line - said to be the first look into this highly-detailed series.

 

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We say highly detailed because of the care put into the manufacturing of the figurine itself. As pointed out by Gizmodo, "you can even see the texture of the fabric on his tunic" - showing some of the extensive detail that has been implemented in this series.

 

The release date and price is currently unknown for this model, but rest assured we'll be smashing every pot until we've gathered enough Rupee's to buy our own.

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Old tech comes back in fashion - Commodore 65 sold for 22k

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 6:58 am

Also known as the Commodore 64DX, Hackaday has spotted this piece of technological history for sale on eBay - eventually going for the cool price of $22,862.01 via the method of auction.

 

 

Including a whopping 128kB of RAM (expandable to 8MB) and a 1280x400 resolution displaying 4096 colors, this model was Commodore's last project in the early 1990's before the company was liquidated completely.

 

The C65's on hand were sold to members of the public after this closure and it's likely that the PC's which have been occasionally popping up on eBay are these exact ones. In regards to the high price, it's certainly not unusual - the last system spotted on eBay sold for $20,100 and even featured some missing parts.

 

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H1Z1 developer, previously known as SOE, announces layoffs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 6:49 am

It was only a couple of weeks ago that investment firm Columbus Nova purchased Sony Online Entertainment, which renamed to Daybreak Game Company, but now we're seeing layoffs from within the company.

 

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Development of games will still happen for Daybreak Game Company, including the ongoing work for H1Z1, with the company explaining: "To better position our newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and to deliver on our legacy of making top online games, we have had to make some tough choices including realignment of resources".

 

Daybreak Game Company continued: "Unfortunately, this realignment means adjusting staffing as well. We announced today that we will eliminate positions in our San Diego and Austin studios. Many of us are saying goodbye to close friends and colleagues who we've worked with over the years, and we are grateful for the memories and all that they've contributed. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them nothing but the best for the future". The developer says that the layoffs will not have an effect on its current development operations.

Data breaches leading to more cyberattack insurance adoption

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:45 am

Cybercriminals carrying out data breaches on organizations are helping create a suddenly booming cyberattack liability insurance market.

 

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Traditional insurance companies - and a growing number of niche cyberattack insurance providers - are overwhelmed by an avalanche of new applications. The cyberattack insurance industry reached close to $2 billion in 2014, which is double the previous year, according to industry analysts.

 

"Think of a massive cyberattack as an intelligent hurricane," said Ty Sagalow, COO of the eBusiness division of AIG, in a statement published by the Los Angeles Times. "If it hits a house that doesn't fall down it learns why the house didn't fall and it changes. It is a scary thing... scary things sell insurance."

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Apple reportedly building its own self-driving car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:43 am

It looks like Apple is not just working on its own autonomous vehicle, but it will be building the car, too. The rumors aren't coming from unreliable sources, either, with The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and now Reuters all chiming in.

 

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The new information on Apple's super-secret vehicle project has the company not only building its own software platform for the car, but building the actual autonomous car, too. According to Reuters' sources: "Apple is gathering advice on parts and production methods... adding that Apple appeared not to be interested in combustion engine technology or conventional manufacturing methods".

 

When it comes to the iCar (that's what we're calling it until it's officially named) we should expect it to be an electric vehicle, so think of the best world's between an autonomous car and Tesla Motors' various electric vehicles. The world of automobiles is about to get very exciting.

Be the victor in our 'Game of Thrones' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:38 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have five copies of the latest season of the show on Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at HBO and Warner Home Entertainment.

 

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While the Lannisters hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, the arrival of the Lannister-loathing Red Viper of Dorne poses a more immediate danger. In the north, the depleted Nights Watch seems outmatched against the advances of Mance Rayders army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe - the undead White Walkers.

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No friends? You can trade Pokemon with yourself - someone's done it

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:27 am

In order to 'catch them all' you're going to first need a friend, then that friend needs to have a similar handheld and Pokemon game title as you. If you're already failed step one, hacker Pepijn de Vos has your back.

 

 

Working for both Pokemon Red and Blue titles, this function is completed with the help of an Arduino system. The process works by you beginning the transfer yourself and storing the data in the Arduino's memory, swap your game cartridges to the desired Pokemon game and finish the trade. Think of it as some kind of time-delay data-storing mechanism.

 

If this kind of tech isn't an option for you, we suggest you start making some friends instead.

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3D printing technology developing, still struggles to go mainstream

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 4:25 am

3D printing technology has evolved at a fast rate over the past few years, but 3D printing still struggles to go mainstream among consumers. Prices for 3D printers and filaments are dropping, but consumers simply don't need one, even as more 3D-printed products and foods are introduced.

 

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A wider selection of consumer 3D printers are available, but most consumers appear willing to wait for the market to develop further.

 

"Other than some of these cool examples, when does 3D printing go mainstream?" questioned Guy Kawasaki, tech analyst and former Apple chief evangelist, in a statement to CNBC. "I understand you can 3D print food. That's kind of a stretch for me. The fact that someone can 3D print a car doesn't mean you're gonna do it. So it may be that we're just a little bit too early to see what's really gonna happen there."

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Nutella creator Michele Ferrero passes away

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 3:45 am

Nutella addicts, put down your chocolaty spread for a moment and tip your hat to the creator of the delectable treat, Michele Ferrero, who has passed away at the ripe old age of 89.

 

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Ferrero's father Pietro Ferrero established the company that carried his name in 1946, Pietro Ferrero created the recipe for a creamy hazelnut and cocoa mix which was later tweaked and sold to market as Nutella when it was launched by Michele Ferrero in 1964. Since then, it's gone on to be the highest selling chocolate nut spread, beloved by millions. Under Michele's leadership Ferrero expanded its range of products exponentially, including Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello, Mon Chéri and the Kinder chocolate line, including the egg-favorite Kinder Surprise.

 

At the time of his death, Ferrero was the richest man in Italy, with a net worth of $30 billion.

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