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IBM's Artificial Intelligence machine Watson can now be part-rented

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

First hitting the spotlight when pitted against two of Jeopardy's biggest all-time winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, IBM's artificial intelligence machine names Watson threw these two off their throne in quick fashion - showing that artificial intelligence was a real thing and IBM has the technology.


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If you're looking for a thumb in the pie, IBM are now offering up part of Watson - their breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service called Watson Analytics. This analytic service is reported as a powerful predictive and visual analytic tool for businesses and can now be rented through a beta program.

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Google offering YouTube talent bonuses to stay away from competitors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Google doesn't want its popular YouTube talent to leave its video sharing website, so it is reportedly offering these stars big bonuses for staying with the company.


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Big YouTube stars and video producers are reportedly being offered bigger payments, as well as additional funding in exchange for signing a multi-year exclusivity deal. This would have the YouTube star signed to the service, where their content must be used on YouTube exclusively, for a very long time, before it can be pushed onto other services.


The Wall Street Journal has reported that YouTube's Global Head of Business has been pushing the company through a "fire drill" in order to keep their most valued talent. YouTube doesn't want its competitors such as Facebook, or others to capture them, as these competitors are apparently offering "incredibly attractive" offers.

Lambada Wars BETA: A free RTS mod set in the Half Life 2 world

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Previously known as HL2: Wars, this Real Time Strategy (RTS) mod is currently in BETA and functions as a free multiplayer Source Engine modification for Alien Swarm set in the Half-Life 2 universe.


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Self-described on its Steam store page as "the war between mankind and their brutal Combine overlords to a traditional real-time strategy (RTS) setting" it has many Half-Life fans foaming at the mouth.

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Bose products rumored to return to Apple Stores next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

After being ripped from Apple Store shelves not too long ago, Bose audio products are rumored to be making a return., a French Apple website, has a source that said some Apple retail stores have been receiving shipments of Bose products, with orders from management to get them onto the shelves next week.


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We still don't know why Apple removed Bose products from their shelves in the first place, but it most likely has something to do with its acquisition of Beats Electronics. Not only that, but the patent infringement that Bose pulled on Beats back in July, which would now obviously affect Apple.


After Apple acquired Beats, Beats and Bose decided to settle the patent dispute between them. This could have filtered down enough that Bose is now on talking terms with Apple once again, maybe.

Facebook mobile now includes specific-post searches

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

A long-awaited feature has just been introduced to Facebook's mobile application - allowing you to search for specific posts alongside people, pages, groups and events.


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We've been shown an example thanks to Gizmodo, the picture above shows that you can search specific keywords like "Jessica" and "Wedding", allowing the application to provide you with accurate results in all available fields, including post searches.

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LG Electronics lists seperate division for handling OLED development

By: Chris Smith | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

LG's display arm has just created a new division off-shoot, these engineers have been tasked with developing OLED panel technology and promoting this display more aggressively than previously seen. Most companies haven't yet put too much effort into OLED, LG being one of the select few are now jumping feet first into this technology.


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LG's Chief Technology Officer Yeo Sang-Deog will be spearheading this advancement, his main task said to be to quadruple OLED panel production this month alone to help reduce the costing of OLED TVs to the consumers. Reports claim that pricing is one of the main issues stopping consumers going down the OLED route, seeing LCD TV's hit the market for half the price at around double the size. If you head into any big-brand technology store, expect to see 70-inch LCD's listed for as low was $1,300 when compared to the LG 55-inch OLED sitting at over $2,700.

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NVIDIA rumored to launch mid-range GeForce GTX 960 next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

The latest rumors for the mid-range GPU market have NVIDIA announcing their GeForce GTX 960 video card at CES 2015, which is just a couple of weeks away.


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NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 960 would reportedly feature the GM206 core, 4GB of GDDR5 RAM on a 256-bit memory bus, a 944MHz Core and 6GHz Memory clock. Not much else is known on this mid-range GPU, but if NVIDIA do launch it, and launch it with a super competitive price of $199 or $249, this could really be the GPU to buy early next year for most gamers.

The Ninja Sphere by Ninja Blocks lets you control your house with ease

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Robots aren't yet taking over, if you want to enjoy your time in your house before this happens - maybe the Ninja Sphere is for you.


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Developed as a small Australian start-up, Ninja Blocks has proudly presented the second installment of their product - said to help you control simple house functions with ease, expanding the controlled devices to almost anything that you wish (compatibility required however).


The Ninja Sphere can be placed as a center piece on your lounge room coffee table, stylish in design and not too big in structure this new device can turn on and off the lights with a simple tap, swiping your hand over the surface will allow you to change which device is controlled, tap again and this piece of technology will now be told by the sphere to turn on or off.

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The Sundance Film Festival features nine VR movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

VR movies are coming, whether you like it or not, but they might be making a splash much sooner than most thought. The Sundance Film Festival has teased that nine of the 13 'New Frontier' art installations at its upcoming event next year will be using VR technology.



One of which is Perspective; Chapter 1: The Party, which gives you a very personal look at the trauma of a social encounter from both perspectives, while another one dubbed 'Kaiju Fury' throws you right into the heat of a battle between monsters who try to destroy an entire city. There are other projects will want to immerse you even further, pulling your emotional strings, such as Project Syria.


Project Syria recreates the scenes from the country, currently in turmoil, where you can explore them all on your own terms.

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Australia still years behind the rest - ITU announces gigabit copper

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

We've spoken about it before and I'm sure we'll report on it again - Australia is extremely behind the 'eight ball' when it comes to provision of high-speed internet to its residents. It seems the government is too busy dodging wild crocodiles and drop bears to work on a viable internet solution together.


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Just recently, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has finalized a new line technology, said to be able to provide broadband service speeds of up to one gigabit per second functional over Australia's old copper phone line network. One gigabit per second sounds really good, so what are we complaining about?


There's a few possible issues. The ITU explains that this new standard has begun shipping to vendors and will be available in the market by December 2015 - meaning we're going to have to put up with our 3 Mbs download and 0.85 Mpbs upload that most Aussie gamers have been living with for the past few years. This technology, said to "combine the best aspects of fibre and DSL" will only provide fibre-like speeds up to 400m away from a distribution point. Setup in a fibre-to-the-distribution-point type structure, this new advancement will see distribution points being laid around various cities, towns and streets. However, they haven't made it clear where or exactly how many of these distribution points will exist.

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