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NPD says tablet market struggling into Christmas shopping season

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 12:30 pm

Tablet sales were marginal heading into the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season, with some success generated by back-to-school promotions, but the market is fighting a slowdown, according to the NPD Group. Google Android tablet sales have decreased 16 percent, while Apple iOS sales also dropped 16 percent. Microsoft Windows tablet sales slid 23 percent in units sold.


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"The extraordinarily tough comparisons that will come up during the holiday season, after last year's groundbreaking pricing for both iPads and small-size Android tablets, will keep the tablet market in a precarious position through the holidays," said Stephen Baker, NPD Group VP of industry analysis, in a press statement. "While tablets still generate enormous traffic and unit volumes, the days of easy growth and native demand are now gone."


For consumers looking to purchase new electronics, there will be a wide variety of different desktop PCs, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones available with appealing pricing.

South Park's latest episode has Cartman 'stuck' in the Oculus Rift

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 12:08 pm

The latest episode of South Park, if you haven't already watched it, has Cartman using the Oculus Rift. Cartman gets stuck in virtual reality, resulting in Kyle having to 'go into' VR to 'get him out'.



The compilation video above shows you all of the parts of the episode that involve the Oculus Rift, and I'm hoping that the guys and girls at Oculus have seen the episode, realizing they've just made the mainstream (even more so than they already have) hitting an episode of South Park.

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Report says DoJ uses airplane flights to help better snoop on citizens

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 11:30 am

Airplane flights have given the US Department of Justice (DoJ) the perfect opportunity to snoop on American citizens with a custom surveillance program operated by the US Marshals Service. The covert program originally started in 2007 and uses "dirtboxes," portable cell towers, that can secretly collect identity and phone locations on subscribers.


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The flights leave from five different airports across the United States, and can snoop on thousands of citizens during any given flight. Specific details regarding the program remain unclear, but the US Marshals conduct these missions "on a regular basis" - and not surprisingly, the DoJ is refusing to comment. The phones are in continuous communication with local cell towers, providing a great opportunity to snoop while being discreet.


Following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's mass surveillance disclosures, American citizens have become more concerned of government spying.

TAC executive sits inside of vehicle as it is shot with AK-47

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 10:58 am

The Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) believes in its product so much that company CEO R. Trent Kimball sat in the driver's seat of a Mercedes-Benz while sales manager Lawrence Kosub shot the windshield with an AK-47. The 240fps slow-motion video shows Kimball getting into the vehicle as Kosub shoots one dozen rounds directly into the windshield.



"When it comes to assuring our clients' safety, we take product testing very seriously," Kimball says in the YouTube video.


The company says it produces the world's lightest weight armored vehicle passenger vehicles, and sets the standard for luxury, and our vehicles provide the absolute finest finishing available on the market."

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice being shot with IMAX cameras

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 9:37 am

Zack Snyder is down in Chicago shooting scenes for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with multiple people in the area reporting that they've seen IMAX cameras to film certain parts of the movie.


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With Warner Bros. seeing great success with Christopher Nolan using IMAX cameras for his hit 'Interstellar', it would make sense for the company to see Snyder using the super high-res, high-detail IMAX cameras for one of the most anticipated movies, well, ever.

COD: Advanced Warfare the most-streamed console game of 2014 on Twitch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 8:27 am

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has barely been out a week and it's already breaking records on Twitch, with it becoming the most-streamed console game of the year on the Amazon-owned streaming site.


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Starting on November 4, there have been over 75,000 unique broadcasters sharing their gameplay footage from the new Call of Duty, with total content views over 26 million. Ernest Le, Director, Publisher & Developer Partnerships with Twitch, said: "Since the Call of Duty community on Twitch is extremely passionate, we are not surprised that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare set a milestone for most streamed console game of the year based on launch week comparisons. Our community spent over an hour a day watching and engaging with people playing the game, illustrating the incredibly strong appeal of live interactive video".


When it comes to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's gameplay, we have 6 million unique viewers last week alone, with over 327 million minutes in total watched. Co-Founder and Studio Head of Sledgehammer Games, Michael Condrey, chimed in: "The response from the global community to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been incredible, with millions of fans playing the new era of Call of Duty and even more watching the action unfold live on Twitch in its first week in the wild. The team at the studio is thrilled to see that players think the game we've poured our heart and soul into making these last three years is not only be fun to play, but very exciting to watch".

Telltale Games announces Tales From The Borderlands

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 7:31 am

In what feels like out of left field, Telltale Games has announced Tales From The Borderlands, with its first gameplay trailer reveal, below. It's an upcoming five-part episodic series that is based on the popular first-person shooter/RPG from Gearbox Software.



Tales From The Borderlands should land before the New Year on Android devices, and other platforms. The summary of the game explains it well: "You'll play as Rhys, a Hyperion 'suit' with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle. Thrown together as unwilling partners in an adventure to recover cash they both think is theirs, their journey will take you on a wild ride through Gearbox's Borderlands universe where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you'll encounter...".

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Reddit CEO steps down after a disagreement over office space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 6:35 am

Yishan Wong was the CEO of Reddit, until just recently when he resigned over a disagreement with the board of Reddit over a new office.


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Lead investor in Reddit's most recently funding round, Sam Altman, said: "The reason was a disagreement with the board about a new office (location and amount of money to spend on a lease). To be clear, though, we didn't ask or suggest that he resign-he decided to when we didn't approve the new office plan". Altman added that the explanation "sounds non-credible (and it's certainly one of the craziest professional things I've ever been a part of), but it's actually what happened".


Altman said that Wong wanted to move the location of the office from San Francisco to Daly City, where he said: "Yishan wanted to move the office from SF to Daly City. The board pushed back but said we'd agree to it with certain data (we wanted Yishan to figure out how many employees would stay with the company through the move, get a comparison to other market rents, etc.-all questions I think a board should ask when thinking through a major commitment). This is certainly not what I was expecting to be dealing with so quickly after investing in reddit, but we'll make the best of it".

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GIGABYTE teams up with EK Water Blocks for their X99 motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 5:28 am

GIGABYTE has teamed up with EK Water Blocks, where they have collaborated on making some water blocks exclusively for GIGABYTE's X99 range of motherboards. The new EK-FB KIT GA X99 water blocks can be slapped onto both the X99 chipset, and the motherboard's power-regulation circuitry.


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GIGABYTE explains it a bit better: "The EK-FB KIT GA X99 is a complete water cooling solution, made with a base of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality POM Acetal or acrylic glass material (depending on the variant). Tailor designed for GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards, the coolers consist of two separate water blocks; one water block directly cools the Intel X99 chip while the other takes care of the power regulation area. Not only do the water blocks look amazing and are quieter than an air cooling system, they are actually as efficient as the GIGABYTE factory cooling solution. The screw-in standoffs are already pre-installed and allow for easy and trouble-free installation by utilizing original motherboard back plates".

Sony launches its TV service for the PS3 and PS4: PlayStation Vue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 14, 2014 4:34 am

After teasing it for so long, Sony has finally unveiled PlayStation Vue, its cloud-based TV service. PlayStation Vue is locked to the PS3 and PS4, but it has no contracts, and no pesky hidden fees - all without Sony giving out any pricing on it.


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PlayStation Vue will allow people to save their favorite TV shows to the cloud, where it stays there for 28 days. You can receive on-demand access to the last three dasy of TV programming. The company will be holding an invite-only beta sometime later this month, where 75 channels will be made available. Sony is currently offering up CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBC Universal, Scripss Networks Interactive and Viacom, with the promise if more network partners being announced soon.


Sony is poised to fully release PlayStation Vue sometime in the first quarter of 2015, where it should eventually find a home on non-Sony devices like tablets and smartphones.

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