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Captain America to go head to head with Batman and Superman in 2016

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 3:19 am

Sadly, this isn't quite the Marvel vs. DC Comics grudge match that geeks dream of, but following the successful premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios has announced the release date of the as-yet untitled third Captain America feature film, which will go head to head with the premiere of Zack Snyder's Batman VS Superman.


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Launching in US cinemas on May 6th 2016, both films are expected to be blockbusters hits for Disney and Warner Bros., coming off the back of huge consumer awareness and fevered fan-ticipation. Barely a week into its worldwide release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has grossed over $300 million dollars, tracking well above it's predecessor and on its way to a billion dollars.


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The second Captain America sequel will be the fourth film of star Chris Evan's six film contract, but first he will return in next year's Avengers sequel, The Rise of Ultron. The role of Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman VS Superman will be played by Ben Affleck, re-cast from Christian Bale's performance in Chris Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, whilst Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman.

Reflowster turns your toaster oven into managed solder reflow oven

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 2:23 am

Discrete electronic components such as resistors, capacitors and even larger IC's are shrinking down smaller every year, and that makes it harder for the average home maker or hobbyist to create their own DIY circuit boards. The difficulty comes in melting the solder paste that is used to affix the components to the PCB's circuitry. Why something as simple as a hotplate can do this, certain pad configurations and joint specifications require the "Reflow" process to be done in stages of varying temperature. In the past toaster ovens have been used for this and manually controlled, but that process was time consuming.


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Reflowster is a new product which has just went live on Kickstarter that aims at making the toaster oven reflow method much more accurate while automating the temperature ramping process. Reflowster is basically a smart-outlet that is controlled by an Arduino-compatible microcontroller that utilizes a thermocouple temperature probe to turn the power to the toaster oven on and off to regulate the temperature. This allows the user to create custom temperature ramp profiles based on the instructions provided by various solder paste manufacturers. $100 is all it takes to get your own Reflowster which will begin shipping at the end of the year.

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Bruce Lee revealed as the mystery fighter in EA Sports UFC

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 1:55 am

EA sports have finally revealed the mystery fighter for the upcoming MMA title EA Sports UFC is none other than the father of mixed martial arts Bruce Lee himself.


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EA's development team worked with Lee Enterprises who provided digital references, life-cast of Bruce's body and behind-the-scenes photos of Bruce Lee for developing the character. EA wanted the most accurate resources they can get to create a representation of the legend as much as possible.


UFC President Dana White said,"There's no debate, Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts. He believed not one style of fighting was the best and that you had to have a little piece of everything to be a complete fighter. He was proven right when the first UFC event took place in 1993."

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Sony announces new full-frame A7s camera that shoots 4K video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 1:53 am

Sony has been in the full frame mirriorless camera game for quite some time now, and its A series has definitely impressed photographers worldwide. Today however, the company released a new camera to the A series that is designed to not impress photographers, but videographers.


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The new Sony A7s is designed to shoot 4K video with a full frame 12-mega-pixel sensor. A maximum ISO of 409,600 allows the new A7s to record video in a virtually pitch-black environment, but unfortunately it will have to be at 1080p resolution unless you purchase an external 4k recording device. Yes, that means that while the A7s is capable of 4K recording it can only do so through an external 4K capable recording device. No pricing or availability information was provided, but we expect it to retail well upwards of the A7's $1,999 MSRP.

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Kevin Rose targeted by crazy anti-tech protesters in San Francisco

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 1:18 am

Ex Digg Nation host and Revision 3 founder, Kevin Rose, became a target of a very odd movement in San Francisco over the weekend. Rose says that anti-tech protesters gathered outside of his home in San Francisco and chanted phrases such as "Kevin Rose is a Parasite." The protesters targeted Rose because he is one of the partners at Google Ventures, and they claim that the booming tech industry is causing San Francisco to become affordable for anyone but the rich.


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Rose first posted the incident on Twitter, where he posted an image of the flyer that the group calling themselves "The Counterforce" handed out to his neighbors. "As a partner venture capitalist at Google Ventures, Kevin directs the flow of capital from Google into the tech startup bubble that is destroying San Francisco. The start-ups that he funds bring the swarms of young entrepreneurs that have ravaged the landscapes of San Francisco and Oakland," the pamphlet read.

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DICE unveils new Loadout Presets for Battlefield 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 8, 2014 12:26 am

Every map and game-type in Battlefield 4 has a different loadout requirement depending on which class you plan to play. For instance, if you were heading into a Conquest Large battle and chose Assault as your class, you might set yourself up with the M416 with an ACOG Scope, Canted Iron Sights, Heavy barrel, Angled Grip and a grassy paint job. You might opt for a 44 Magnum with the 3X scope, the Medic bag, Defibrillator paddles, and camo that matches the map. However, your Assault loadout would be completely different for a map like Metro, so you would have to change it all when the map rotated.


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DICE knows what a pain the rear this can be, and today they announced a new feature that will ease some of the pain. Tomorrow a new Loadout Preset feature will be installed to Battlelog that will allow players to create and save up to two different preset slots per class with their favorite loadout mashups. Premium players will be able to save 4 slots per class, making this a very useful and appreciated feature for those of us who play hours of Battlefield every night.

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Avast: Smartphone owners are too careless about security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 11:15 pm

Smartphone users face a growing list of security problems, and many of them are simply ignoring the risks, according to a recent study completed by security company Avast.


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Men are more likely than women to face vulnerabilities on their smartphones, 36 percent compared to 32 percent, with more than one-third surveyed saying they don't use any type of anti-theft or security software.


"The findings suggest an ongoing disconnect people have with their phone and computer when it comes to security protection," Avast said in a blog post. "Many smartphone users have not yet grown accustomed to thinking of their devices as small computers that store valuable, sensitive, and often priceless data. One can now perform the same functions on their phone as the trust PC or laptop, but the majority of people are still learning about the necessary to protect their phones from viruses and hacking."

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Google Glass users can now stream live video directly to Livestream

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 11:01 pm

Any Google Glass owner will tell you that their favorite feature of the wearable glasses is the ability to record first-person videos without having to hold a heavy camera that obstructs their normal view. Today Glass owners got a new feature thanks to Livestream that allows them not only to record the world around them in first person view, but allows them to stream that live feed straight to the internet.


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While Android and iOS users of the Livestream app for some time now, this is the first time we have seen a live broadcasting app for Google Glass from Livestrteam. The glass app is much more simple than its mobile device counterparts, and but it does retain the ability to let users view the active chat, and watch their own video in real-time. Getting up and broadcasting is easy as well, and users simply have to say, OK Glass, Livestream," and the app will pair with an event and begin broadcasting your feed live to the internet.

Eight people charged with identity theft, using AT&T customer files

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:19 pm

Eight defendants have been charged with one count of conspiracy for their role in a sophisticated identity theft fraud scheme using stolen information from AT&T. In total, there are 22 counts in the indictment, with some defendants charged with access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.


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One of the defendants charged, Couman Emily Syrilien, 25, from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, worked for Interactive Response Technologies (IRT), an outsourced call center that provided sales and customer support for AT&T.


If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the access device fraud charge carries a 10-year max sentence, and each aggravated identity theft charge carries two years.

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Netfabb's .STL file cloud repair service is now Microsoft Model Repair

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Apr 7, 2014 9:38 pm

3D printing enthusiast world wide have at some point used Netfabb's cloud service to repair .STL files that were not solid meshes and not manifold. Over the last few years the service's popularity has grew can that has caused the service to slow down quite a bit. On Friday Netfabb announced that it has partnered up with Microsoft to host the cloud service on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform.


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The new service is called Microsoft Model Repair, and uses Netfabb technology at its core to provide a more powerful and efficient mesh repairer that can scale as its popularity continues to grow. Instead of each model being issued a separate download key like before, Microsoft Model Repair uses your Microsoft Account credentials to securely store your fixed files. This greatly cuts down on the time it takes to get the file back to you after repair too, and users will notice a increase in speed with most repairs taking just seconds.

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