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Strap a futuristic Pip Boy to your wrist with the Rufus Cuff

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 5:04 am

Everyone who's ever played Fallout has always wanted their very own Pip-Boy, as evidenced by the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy special editions selling out in mere minutes. Now you can make that desire a reality with the Rufus Cuff, a stylized and futuristic-looking device that essentially straps a smartphone to your wrist.



Marketed as "more than just a smartwatch", the Rufus Cuff offers functionalities befit of a fully-fledged Pip-Boy-like "wrist communicator". It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and can run Google Play apps, send and receive voice and video calls, play music, and has a full suite of fitness hardware like an accelerometer and gyroscope. Essentially the wearable is a union between smartwatches and smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 rumored to feature same camera sensor as Xperia Z5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 4:32 am

Samsung's Galaxy S7 is shaping up to be an exciting release from the company, but the camera is always a big focus of any new smartphone release. Samsung is rumored to use one of Sony's impressive camera sensors, the same rear-facing snapper that is found in Sony's current Xperia Z5 family of handsets.



Rumor has Samsung pegged to use Sony's Exmor IMX300 sensor, which is a 23-megapixel sensor that will snap some very impressive photos and videos. Samsung is expected to tone it down to a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, which will still be incredibly good. Sony's Exmor IMX300 sensor is capable of autofocusing in just 0.03 seconds while it has a 5x zoom that will snap great images from a distance.


The Exmor IMX300 sensor also rocks a 24mm wide angle lens that can take in more detail within a photo, so if the Galaxy S7 does include Sony's camera sensor, we can expect it to be one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.

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Activision buys Candy Crush devs for $5.9 billion

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 4:00 am

It looks like Activision is ramping up its titanic control over the games industry by setting its sights on the mobile market. Reports indicate that the console gaming juggernaut has bought out the infamous Candy Crush developers King for no less than $5.9 billion.




This merger further solidifies Activision's stance as a leading games publisher, now flexing their long arm over the realm of mobile games. The union could mean some different things for the gaming sector, as we might see a more unified approach to cross-platform integration--think in-app purchases via freemium smartphone mini-games and the like.


"The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said in a press release. "With a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before."

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Regenerate a 'Doctor Who' Season 9 Blu-ray in our latest giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 3:56 am

To celebrate this week's release of the 'Doctor Who Season 9: Part 1' boxset on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray prize packs to give away, thanks to our friends at Roadshow Entertainment.


Peter Capaldi returns as the Doctor alongside Jenna Coleman and guests including Maisie Williams. Now that the Doctor and Clara have established a dynamic as a partnership of equals, they#re relishing the fun and thrills that all of space and time has to offer. Tangling with ghosts, Vikings and the ultimate evil of the Daleks, they embark on their biggest adventures yet. Missy is back to plague the Doctor once more, the Zygons inspire fear as they shape-shift into human clones, and a new arrival moves in cosmic ways. This is time travel on a cinematic scale.




To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Japanese scientists develop near unbreakable glass, as tough as steel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 3:29 am

Scientists at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science have created a new type of glass that is insanely strong, where it is almost as hard as steel.




Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo, Atsunobu Masuno, said: "We will establish a way to mass-produce the new material shortly. We are looking to commercialize the technique within five years". This breakthrough is significant, as it could, and most likely will lead to the development of much tougher windows, and so much more.


How does the new glass work? The Asahi Shimbun reports: "Oxide glass mainly consists of silicon dioxide, with its strength boosted by mixing in alumina, an oxide of aluminum. But it had been difficult for scientists to form glass containing a large amount of alumina because the oxide causes crystallization when the glass comes into contact with its container".


The scientists went around this problem by using a containerless processing technique. The scientists used gas to push the chemical components into the air, where they were then able to synthesize it to form the glass. From there, the glass was colorless, transparent, super touch, with 50% of it being composed of alumina. The modulus of the new glass, the indicator of rigidity, was twice as high compared to typical oxide glass and nearly the same level as steel and iron.

Halo 5 doesn't include split screen, features very short campaign

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 2:20 am

Last night I watched Angry Joe's great review on Halo 5: Guardians, where he talked about some of the large issues on the Xbox One exclusive. Angry Joe said that there is no split screen gameplay, which is something that is a huge miss compared to the previous titles in the franchise. Before you watch the video, there's a NSFW warning for language.



Angry Joe called over 'Other Joe' where they were "immediately met with the first sign that this isn't the Halo I would fall back in love with" when he found out there was no split screen goodness on the Xbox One. Joe had to buy an entire second Xbox One and a second copy of Halo 5 just so he could play with Other Joe.


The reason for the removal of split screen in Halo 5? According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, "the teams make decisions based on the bar that they want to hit for complexity of what they're going to run on a single box". Spencer added: "we see the robustness of what Xbox Live is today and where people are playing across Xbox Live--you at your house, me at our house. We know that's the vast majority of the co-op play. With Halo 5, the team really wanted to focus on making that experience great, both visually on the screen that you're looking at, and all the systems in place".

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 includes modding support, map creation on PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 12:16 am

With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, we're finding out more details on the PC version of the game. Treyarch has teased that the PC version of Black Ops 3 will include full modding tools, where you can even create your own maps, and run servers for your modded content.




While Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 launches in a few days, on November 6, the modding side of the game will not reach alpha stage until March 2016. But, the developer has released a bunch of information onto its blog, where they said:


Over the years, the Call of Duty® community has proven itself to be among the most passionate in the world - and we count ourselves fortunate to make games for you.


We've been listening to one of your top requests and are excited to announce that modding and mapping are coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PC!


We've still got a lot of work left to do, but here's our current plan:


  • You will be able to create Maps & Game Modes and more!
  • We will include Unranked Dedicated Server Files with the tools so you can run servers with modded content anywhere you choose.
  • We will provide an Unranked Server Browser so you can easily find and join servers with modded content.
  • Closed Alpha target date: March 2016

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'Star Trek' to boldly return to TV screens

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 2, 2015 10:24 pm

With 'Star Trek' celebrating it's 50th anniversary next year, fans have not only a third film in the rebooted series to look forward to, but now also a brand new TV show which will premiere in 2017.




According to The Hollywood Reporter, the as-yet untitled 'Star Trek' series will be guided by Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of 2009's 'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness', will premiere on the CBS Network in January 2017, six months after the release of 'Star Trek Beyond'.

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Chrome OS isn't going anywhere

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 2, 2015 8:00 pm

Last week we reported Android was going to consume Chrome OS once the two operating systems merged. Google has clarified this is not true, and that Chrome OS isn't actually going anywhere.




"While we've been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems," they write in a blog post, "there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS."

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Comcast slams Google Fiber, customers slam Comcast in response

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 2, 2015 6:56 pm

In a now deleted Facebook post, Comcast yesterday attempted to paint rival service Google Fiber in a bad light, linking to this USA Today report on an outage in Kansas City during the World Series.




Comcast customers then responded in kind, citing their dissatisfaction with their service with comments like, "Screw yourself, Xfinity. Google Fiber has failed once, and you are failing continuously", and, "But I'm still paying a high bill for Internet service that's slower than Google Fiber."


To their credit, various Comcast employees responded to specific concerns, asking for account information via private message to deal with them hands-on. Still, the incident does well to highlight the public perception of Comcast's service.

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