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NASA Antares rocket explodes spectacularly on launch pad

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

NASA have had a few rocky years, with the end of the space shuttle program and the Obama administration cutting funding to the agency. However, today NASA is red-faced following the explosion of the multi-million dollar Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft which fell back to earth and pummeled the launch pad shortly after take-off.

 

 

NASA has not yet detailed preliminary reasons behind the failure, other than describing it as a "catastrophic anomaly", which would seem to be fairly obvious to anyone watching the footage. The Cygnus spacecraft atop the Antares was bound for the International Space Station and carrying nearly 2.5 tonnes of supplies.

 

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NASA has hastily scheduled a press conference shortly to discuss the failure.

'Avengers 3' split into 2 'Infinity War' films, coming in 2018 & 2019

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

Nothing says confidence in your product than having three separate sequels in production at the same time. Hot on the heels of the release of the first teaser for next year's 'The Avengers: Rise of Ultron', Marvel Studios have stepped in to confirm that the third 'Avengers' adventure will be split over two motion pictures, separated by 12 months.

 

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'Avengers: The Infinity War - Part 1' will be released in May 2018 and 'Part 2' coming in May 2019. Marvel have sidestepped which of our heroes will return after the events of 'Ultron', however Marvel mega-producer Kevin Feige has confirmed that "the roster will look different", however it is known that Thanos will be the main villain, portrayed by Josh Brolin.

 

 

The next Marvel feature, 'Age of Ultron' will be released on April 23rd 2015 in Australia and New Zealand and on the 1st of May in the USA.

Mobile users now generating half of YouTube traffic, company says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 9 hours ago

Half of traffic to the YouTube video sharing website is generated from mobile users, a 10 percent increase the last time YouTube offered public numbers. Mobile users can enjoy a mobile version of the website, or download an app that allows them to access YouTube without being in a Web browser.

 

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Here is what YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki recently confirmed: "Mobile is super important. I think it's important for every business right now."

 

YouTube reportedly is interested in an ad-free, subscription-based service - helping generate additional revenue - as Google struggles to woo advertisers to mobile. In addition, the company will likely launch a music service sometime in the near future, indicating Wojcicki's team is ready to get more creative to make new long-term revenue streams.

'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' announced for 2017

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Despite the naysayers and prophecies of doom, Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was undoubtedly the star of the 2014 summer blockbuster season, grossing $752 million worldwide in its theatrical release. Now, Marvel has moved to lock-in a sequel.

 

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This morning, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige took to the stage to outline the next phase of Marvel features, no doubt to counteract a similar move by DC Comics and Warner Bros from last fortnight.

 

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To be released on May 15th 2017, 3 years from the original, the sequel only known as 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' at this point and is expected to reunite Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista.

Electronic Arts hopes to see busy Christmas shopping season this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 10 hours ago

Looking ahead to the 2014 Christmas shopping season, gamers and studios have a lot to look forward to. Christmas spending is expected to be the highest in years, with PC gaming surging while Microsoft and Sony both promote their own game consoles.

 

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Here is what Blake Jorgenson, EA chief financial officer, noted in a recent interview: "A year ago, there were only a handful of titles. We had five of them, so we benefited from that." The addition of "new software coming into the marketplace - our software, as well as competitors' software" should make this year different. "I think the trend is positive."

 

Gamers looking to purchase a Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4 will see lower prices and a wider selection of game titles to choose from - as retailers also show keen interest in bringing customers into their stores.

LG Electronics expected to pull the plug on plasma TV business

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 2 days, 11 hours ago

It's no surprise that the plasma TV industry is dying out, and it appears LG Electronics is the latest company ready to abandon ship. LG will pull the plug on plasma TVs by the end of November, which tallied just 2.4 percent of its annual revenue in 2013.

 

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"We wanted to keep it going as long as we could," said Ken Hong, LG spokesman, when speaking to Reuters. "No matter how much we try to keep it going it's just not a business anymore."

 

Plasma TVs couldn't keep up with increasing resolutions supported by LCDs, along with generating significantly more heat than newer technologies. Samsung will be the only TV manufacturer still supporting plasma TVs once LG ends its business next month - the Korean rival will still make plasma TVs, but that might not be for much longer.

Lite-ON to debut EP1 Series of PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 SSDs

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

Lite-ON is launching their latest line of enterprise SSDs at Dell World 2014. The new EP1 Series leverages the M.2 connection with 4 lanes of PCIe 2.0 speed. The EP1 series is designed for the enterprise space and features power loss protection to guard against data loss during unsafe shutdowns. The new modules can cram up to 1TB of fast storage onto a relatively tiny M.2 form factor SSD, yet still deliver incredible performance. The EP1 series SSDs will top out at 150,000 4k read IOPS, and 44,000 write IOPS.

 

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The PCIe connection also enables ultra low latency of 40/30 microseconds for read/write transactions. Customized firmware will also include multiple layers of protection from data loss, and tailors the device for application workloads such as online transaction processing (OTP), financial transactions, E-commerce, SQL logging, collaboration, and email servers.

Lite-ON isnt skimping on endurance either, with a 1 DWPD (Drive Write Per Day) threshold and an MTBF of 2 million hours.

Continue reading 'Lite-ON to debut EP1 Series of PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 SSDs' (full post)

Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 17, 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

Electronic Arts today announced that Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 17, 2015 in North America, with a March 19, 2015 release date set for Europe.

 

 

Instead of a war-themed game, Hardline takes a new spin on cops versus robbers, with a single player storyline of officer Nick Mendoza fighting corrupt cops and drug dealers in Miami. Multiplayer gamers will play in teams "on one side of the law or the other," trying to either complete heists as a criminal or bust the bad guys as law enforcement.

 

Battlefield Hardline was delayed until 2015 so developers had additional time to make improvements and closely evaluate beta player feedback. EA doesn't want a repeat of the chaos that ensued with the release of Battlefield 4, which suffered numerous problems.

Continue reading 'Battlefield Hardline will be released on March 17, 2015' (full post)

iPhone 6 pre-orders in Korea racking up, putting pressure on Samsung

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

Samsung will have to work to defend its home territory against an Apple invasion, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders immediately became major draws. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus publicly launch in Korea on October 31.

 

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It didn't even take one hour for pre-orders to reach "tens of thousands," which was a higher number than the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 when it was released in September. The KT Corp noted it saw pre-orders surpass 50,000 in 30 minutes, while SK Telecom said its first two presale order batches were sold out.

 

Apple has found success in Asia with its latest smartphones, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 20 million preorders in China earlier this fall.

Gallup poll: Americans fear hackers more than any other crime

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

Americans are "occasionally" or "frequently" worried about having their credit card data stolen by hackers and having their PC or smartphone hacked more than any other crimes, according to a recent Gallup poll. A whopping 69 percent of poll respondents are worried about store data breaches leading to personal information being stolen, while 62 percent are worried about PC or smartphone security - significantly ahead of the 45 percent of people worried about their home being burglarized while away.

 

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Consumers with salaries $75,000 or above are most concerned about potential debit and credit theft, as they spend more and are more likely to have multiple credit cards.

 

The high-profile data breaches of Target, Home Depot, and other major retailers helped finally wake up more Americans about the potential of data breaches. However, consumers and business users are still vulnerable to phishing and malware attacks, which haven't received the same amount of media attention.

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