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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.

HALO back in spotlight - Championship Series prize pool now $100k

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 2:32 am

Halo has had a massive roller-coaster ride in the past few years in regards to eSports. Starting off as the building block for large events like MLG and ACL Pro, it had majorly fallen off in recent times, however 343 Industries wants to change this. In recent news, the Halo Championship Series Season 1 finals prize pool has seen a massive improvement from $50,000 to $100,000 - thanks to the developer.

 

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Taken from Halo's official website, media director Che Chou has commented that this increase is thanks to gamer feedback and advice, stating: "One of the most important pieces of feedback we've heard is that all players - from amateur to top teams - simply want more opportunities to compete and earn more money in the HCS."

 

This prize pool increase will see the following payment structure take place:

  • First: $50,000
  • Second: $20,000
  • Third: $10,000
  • Fourth: $8,000
  • Fifth-Sixth: $4,000 each
  • Seventh-Eighth: $2,000 each

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HTC 'gets it' - comes preinstalled with all the emoticons you need

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 1:25 am

Whether you're looking to 'raise your dongers' or post some kawaii faces on your favorite forum - the HTC One M8 comes pre-installed with almost every option under the sun.

 

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My friend just received his model today and after inspecting the stock emoticon options (who wouldn't do that first?) he came to me extremely excited with a new find - extended meme-like 'smilies'.

 

This is nothing ground-breaking sure, but it's an awesome inclusion nonetheless. Here's hoping more phone companies subscribe to this kind of 'pop culture' and continue development in this direction.

Be my gamer valentine with this ZOTAC love heart build

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 12:28 am

Forgot to get that special someone a valentines day present? Never fear - ZOTAC is here! This scratch-built system has been shown off by its Portuguese creator ShuperLuu as a present for his girlfriend back in 2013.

 

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Based around ZOTAC's ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus, this system had to contain a few specific points in the modders eyes - It had to be simple, look great to his girlfriend, be able to hold the components vertically and have advanced cooling options.

 

The end product is this white and red acrylic multilayer system - with the aforementioned ZOTAC heart beating within.

 

Good idea or not? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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'Star Trek' style Tricorder becomes medical reality

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:50 pm

Introduced nearly fifty years ago in 'Star Trek: The Original Series', the medical tricorder used by Dr McCoy and the medical staff of the Starship Enterprise was once a thing of far-off science fiction. Now, it's a reality.

 

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The Scanadu Scout, which started life as an IndieGoGo campaign in May 2013 before raising nearly $1.7 million USD is now shipping out to backers. The device, which the company is trumpeting as the 'First Edition' works by placement on the patients forehead for a total of 10 seconds, before a vital stream of stats including heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and even a complete ECG reading are instantly sent to a mobile device, and also allows for historical tracking.

 

If you missed the initial campaign and are interested in the device, you can subscribe on the Scanadu site to join the list to purchase the next wave of devices. Now, can we please turn our attention to warp drive? K, thanks.

The CS:GO ESL One Katowice teams are confirmed, including one surprise

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:27 pm

The full 16 team list has now been confirmed for the upcoming ESL One Katowice main event, held on March 12-15 at the Spodek Arena and featuring a $250,000 prize pool.

 

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There's one underdog in the mix, this comes in the form of Australian team Vox Eminor (Voxe). Seeing limited success in the overseas scene, they've managed to topple 3DMAX, ESC Gaming and Dignitas in order to make their way into the final 16-team live event. Voxe will be joining the seven other qualifiers to play against the 8 'legends' teams who qualified through the latest DreamHack event - Winter 2014.

 

All of the action will be streamed on Twitch.TV - if you're interested in learning a little more about CS:GO and eSports, this is the place to be.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' grosses massive $240m haul in under a week

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 10:34 pm

Released just days ago and despite poor reviews (rated at just 26% on Rotten Tomatoes) the adaptation of EL James 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has amassed an amazing haul of $240 million worldwide from 59 markets, making it the one of the biggest openings for an R-rated film.

 

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Made for an economical $40 million, the success of the film ensures that the proposed second and third movies in the 'Shades' trilogy will now go into production for Universal Studios, with stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan already signed. The 2011 erotic romance novel by E. L. James famously started life as fan fiction for 'Twilight' and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

Star Trek makes its way onto an Australian limited edition coin

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 10:24 pm

There doesn't seem to be a 'special reason' for this coin release, no specific anniversary or anything comes to mind - however do we really need one? The Perth Mint will be releasing this 99 percent pure silver coin to the public, embedded with either the original Enterprise or William Shatner as James Kirk.

 

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Printed as $1 in Aussie currency, it's unlikely you'll head down to the local shops and buy yourself a Mars Bar with the coin however. Unfortunately there is currently no price listed on the official website but Gizmodo explains that these collectables will generally set you back around $100 AUD - you can find out for yourself when it goes live in 2 hours time (6am local time).

 

Complete with fancy packaging and all, these coins are almost a must-have for any Star Trek fanatic - but you must be quick, this offer is limited to 1500 combined sets and 5000 singular coins.

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Payments could one day be cashless and cardless, but will take time

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 10:10 pm

There are plenty of alternative payments to cash, debit and credit cards, but it will take years of development for widespread consumer adoption. Vendors hope mobile payments, for example, will provide a cashless and cardless payment choice, while other solutions are being developed.

 

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"As technology drives a shift in how we buy things, the revenue that the payments industry extracts could grow to more than US $2 trillion a year by 2023, double the 2013 figure, the Boston Consulting Group predicts," noted "The Future of Money" report from MIT Technology Review. "Much of that increase will come from a reduction in cash payments in developing countries."

 

The US mobile payment will expand from $52 billion last year up to $142 billion by 2019, the Forrester Research analyst group predicts. Consumers have smartphones and the ability to use mobile payments, but it's still going to take time to build trust and confidence.

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Closer look at North Korea's cyber army tasked with cyberespionage

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 9:08 pm

North Korea isn't a cyberespionage powerhouse like Russia or China, but the country has a budding cyber warfare program that could cause major headaches for the United States and South Korea. Pyongyang is investing more resources into its cyber capabilities, evolving attack habits to be highly disruptive.

 

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"A prime example could be if we're imagining that North Korea was under attack from South Korea, which was being supported by the US Army," said Egle Murauskaite, trainer at the US National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in a statement to the Christian Science Monitor. "North Korea could attack satellites to disrupt communication between the US and allies and imped the US ability to reach targets."

 

Along with satellites, precision guided missiles largely rely on electronics, so there are fears that attacks would be able to effectively disrupt these signals.

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