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Tesla merges with Solar City in a $2.6 billion deal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 1:28 am

Tesla has committed to its plans of being the world leader in electric vehicle and battery technology, and has now increased that power by acquiring Solar City for $2.6 billion.




The new merged business will sell solar panels, Powerwall batteries that store the collected energy from the sun, and the electric cars like the Model S. Elon Musk did promise in his "Master Plan Part Deus" two weeks ago that we would see an "end-to-end clean energy" solution - doing what no other companies are doing right now.


Solar City recently said it will introduce an "integrated solar and storage offering", and a new solar product that is "focused on the 5 million new roofs installed each year in the US". Musk has said that any merger wouldn't cause issues for its plans on the Model 3 EV and Gigafactory, with the latter just opening recently.

Author asserts 'Harry Potter' is finished with 'Cursed Child' script

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 2, 2016 12:21 am

With the newly published Special Rehearsal Edition Script for the 'Harry Potter' play 'The Cursed Child' selling millions of copies across the world, creator J.K Rowling has disappointed fans by pouring cold water on the prospect of more Potter adventures in the future.




Speaking to Reuters, Rowling denied that 'The Cursed Child' would kick off a Potter renaissance, saying "He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now."


Last week, Warner Bros. entertainment moved to protect their copyright for a potential feature film adaptation, which Rowling has denied that will happen. But all is not lost - fans have this year's release of 'Fantastic Beasts' to look forward to.

Newegg celebrates second anniversary in Australia by teaming with eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 10:00 pm

Newegg is a huge force in the e-tailer market across the world, but down in Australia the company has announced that it's celebrating its second anniversary Down Under with a discounted Newegg Premier, with a new store that will "fuel growth in the country".




Newegg started selling to Australian consumers in Q2 2014, and has continued towards dominance in the country with a 300% growth in Australian revenue since November 2015. Danny Lee, Newegg CEO said: "The strategy to expand Newegg's international presence hinges on successfully reaching customers in key markets such as Australia. In two short years our Australian operation has grown significantly, and we are committed to continuing growth in the months and years ahead".


Even though the company opened up operations in Australia two years ago, product availability was limited, and international shipping costs made products more expensive to deliver to consumers. Newegg has improved the product availability, and in November 2015 the company began local order fulfillment from within Australia. Now, over 7000 product SKUs are sold within Australia, while another 41,000 products are available to Australian consumers through Newegg's North American channel.

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Washington sues Comcast for $100 million over 'deceptive practices'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 6:56 pm

Washington state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson (pictured below) has filed a $100 million consumer lawsuit against internet and cable giant Comcast.




The suit cites Comcast's "pattern of deceptive practices" that have seen 500,000 customers unnecessarily pay for what's described as as a misrepresented, limited, and worthless protection plan, and alleges over 1.8 million individual violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act.


It also says the "Comcast Guarantee" program which affects almost 1.2 million WA residents is in violation of the Act, and that it charged for technical issues that were said to have been covered, and took deposits that were supposed to have been waived for those with high credit scores.

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Check out this case mod inspired by Overwatch's D.Va

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Modding | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 5:25 pm

Redditor 'angerthosenear' impresses with his Overwatch case mod inspired by the game's hero and pro Starcraft player D.Va.




The project was assisted by a local shop who used powder coating on the frame, side panels, and grills of the BitFenix Pandora MicroATX case; vinyls, spray paint, and clearcoat rounded out the design.


As for the guts, he went with an Intel Core i5-6600K processor and NVIDIA GTX 1070 Founders Edition graphics card, to name the key components.

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Introducing TweakTown Academy

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 5:10 pm



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There are hundreds of courses available, but here's a preview of what's out there on TweakTown Academy:


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Chromecast sales exceed 30 million units

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 4:03 pm

Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated on the company's second-quarter earnings call that over 30 million units of Chromecast have been shipped to date.




It appears demand for the streaming device is picked up major steam, as 25 million units had been shipped as of only May. No doubt the second generation launch helped, thanks in part to improved Wi-fi performance.


Chromecast has been Google's best-selling hardware product, and despite Amazon cutting off sales last autumn (widely believed to reduce competition for Amazon's rival Fire device).

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 3:30 pm



Given the scores of coding languages out there, computer programming can seem intimidating for newcomers. However, one of the best ways to start is by picking a language that's intuitive and versatile, like C. With 61 hours of training, the Complete C Programming Bundle can get your coding career off on the right foot, and it's only $44.99.


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As you navigate through this bundle, you'll develop a strong, foundational knowledge in C programming and its uses. You'll use C, C++, and Python to write programs and build algorithms critical to ensuring your creations run smoothly. You'll also master C's special features like pointers, header files, buffers, and more.


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Beloved indie Inside is coming to PS4 this month

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 3:13 pm

Inside, the highly acclaimed new atmospheric platformer indie from Playdead (Limbo), is jumping to PlayStation 4 in August.



After spending just a week on Xbox One before moving to Steam, Inside is now going full circle with a release on PS4. A trophy list for the game was spotted earlier this morning, and now sources have confirmed to VG247 that Inside will release at the end of August.


I still haven't played the 2D indie puzzle-platformer, but I've seen tons of people talk about it on my Twitter feed. The game is incredibly atmospheric and keeps the same dark overtones as Limbo, but this time around the devs at Playdead have adapted a distinct themes of an Orwellian dystopia.

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Early unpatched copies of No Man's Sky reportedly riddled with bugs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 2:16 pm

Spoiler Warning: If you want to keep No Man's Sky a surprise, steer clear of this post! Like almost every game that releases these days, No Man's Sky apparently needs a day one patch update to run properly.




Daymeeuhn, the gamer who spent $1,250 on an early copy of No Man's Sky, continues to share key info about his experiences with the game...and his words are eye-opening to say the least. Apparently the unpatched version of No Man's Sky has quite a few bugs and can lead to tons of crashing on PS4. While these errors and bugs could be squashed with patches and a day one update, Daymeeuhn says that No Man's Sky generally feels unfinished in certain areas and Hello Games should've beta tested it before release.


"There are bugs. Quite a few in fact. In some moments I really start to feel as if this game would have benefited from a beta test. PRAY for a Day 1 patch, not only to nerf the sale cost of Atlas Stones but also to address some of this too."

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