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General Motors willing to work with Google on autonomous research

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8:50 am

Although there is nothing official regarding General Motors and Google working together regarding autonomous vehicles, it's something GM would be interested in hearing more about. Google will take the stage later this week at the Detroit auto show, calling for potential automaker partners to work with.


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"I'm not in charge of deciding what we will and won't do, but I'd say we'd certainly be open to having a discussion with them," said Jon Lauckner, chief technology officer of GM, speaking to Reuters. "You have to figure out how would something like that actually work? Would it be something where it would be an opportunity to work together in a joint development agreement?"


Self-driving technology, whether semi-autonomous or fully-autonomous, will only increase in upcoming years - receiving a larger amount of dedicated research.

Spotify streaming music service tops 60M users, 15M paid subscribers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 8:06 am

The Spotify music streaming service reached 60 million subscribers, with 15 million paid users, the company said in a blog post. A paid subscription costs $9.99 per month per account, and Spotify hopes more of its listeners transition into paying subscribers.


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"We had an amazing 2014 at Spotify and owe it all to you, the music fans who listen, discover, share and celebrate music and artists with us every day of the year," Spotify said in a blog post. It would appear Spotify's pre-Christmas offering of three months of subscription service for just $0.99 per month instead of the $9.99 normal price tag.


More than half of Spotify listeners use their smartphones and tablets to access the service, Spotify recently noted.

Forza Motorsport 6 will launch with Xbox One exclusivity

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 7:16 am

Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have announced Forza Motorsport 6 will launch exclusively for the Microsoft Xbox One game console later this year.



The Ford GT, Shelby GT350 Mustang and F-150 Raptor will also make appearances in the video game, and 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the game franchise.


"Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, 'Forza Motorsport 6' will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date - offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers," said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. "We're excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June."

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Cherry announces their MX Board 6.0

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:44 am

Considered the 'king of keys' when it comes to mechanical offerings, Cherry have just announced the release of their new MX Board 6.0, featuring their latest and most refined switches - self-named as RealKey Technology.


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Including 100% N-key rollover, this RealKey Technology utilizes high bandwidth USB 3.0 connections to reduce keyboard latency, making key presses register quicker - don't be fooled however, this will not make you better at any computer game.


This keyboard is aimed at professional typists, software developers and gamers alike, providing a standard 102-keyset, macros and a red backlight. The MX Board 6.0 features a metal frame and a magnetically-attached wrist-rest.

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Report: Autonomous vehicle market to reach $42 billion by 2025

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:43 am

Autonomous vehicles could begin to see wider rollout on American roads and highways by 2017, with an estimated market valued at $42 billion by 2025, according to the Boston Consulting Group.


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It's possible an automaker will introduce a self-driving model in the next five years, according to Ford CEO Mark Fields at the CES 2015 last week.


"Many people don't realize how far along some of these technologies are," said Savier Mosquet, from the Boston Consulting Group. "Even more surprising, consumer interest and the production costs will make autonomous vehicles highly attractive to both carmakers and their customers."

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Razer admits major issues with CES Appreciation Sale

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 6:34 am

CES 2015 - Min-Liang Tan, Razer's CEO has spoken up. According to him "we fucked up. I fucked up. The codes we sent out for the CES Appreciation Sale were reversed - i.e. the Blade codes were for peripherals and the Peripherals codes were for the Blades."


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If you're still wanting to purchase an in-stock item for yourself, the big wig recommends that you "flip the codes (if you had noted them down before the sale started" and go for your life.


However many end users aren't satisfied, commenting on Razer's share of Tan's post - "[I] Waited 3 days resulting with lack of sleep. Both insider and store crashed, stock run out of within minutes, mixed up codes, page did not load, server's wasn't able to handle load of customers. In short, big blunder... It's nice to acknowledge the mistake hopefully the remedial will make it up to the disappointed fans and customers. Hopefully this don't happen with the remedial, I don't wanna wait for 3 days again with minimal sleep and ended up with nothing. Or else it might be time to consider switching products. Sadly but true and I'm sure I'm not the only person with this mindset right now. I still have faith in Razer I hope you guys will be able to make it up to the fans."

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The new EVGA GTX 980 HydroCopper is here

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:49 am

EVGA have recently changed the way that their HydroCopper branding works. In the past HydroCopper refereed to models which included a factory-overclocked reference PCB and a factory-fitted, full-cover water blocks, allowing users to add this to their liquid-cooling loop as they saw fit. However EVGA's new direction for HydroCopper is to include its own closed-loop cooling system, seeing a similar design to AMD's reference Radeon R9 295X2.


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This included cooler features a metal base-plate, drawing heat from the memory and VRM, connected to the central pump-block and an aluminum fin stack. Cooling these two parts is a common lateral-flow blower and all of this is ventilated by a single 120mm fan.

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NASA drops robot into volcano to help study fissure

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:47 am

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has started testing its VolcanoBot 1 robot in Hawaii, sending it into inactive fissures located inside the active Kilauea volcano. The small two-wheeled robot is less than seven inches tall and around one foot long, with the ability to help researchers create 3D fissure maps.


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"We don't know exactly how volcanoes erupt. We have models but they are all very, very simplified. This project aims to help make those models more realistic," said Carolyn Parcheta, JPL postdoctoral fellow.


NASA hopes to refine the VolcanoBot 1's abilities, which could be rolled out for future missions on planets and moons besides Earth. There is specific interest in exploring craters on the moon and Mars, with Earth-based experiments helping perfect hardware before sending them into space.

GGF LANs CoolerMaster build is a monster

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 5:26 am

The model of the RAM sums this whole system up - beast. This promotional build completed by Stuart Tonks at GGF LAN contains Cooler Master's HAF Stacker 935 + 915 cases, complete with all the goodies you could hope for when it comes to a complete PC build - unless you want to go to a LAN party, that is.


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Featuring two ASUS GTX780 Poseidons in SLI, an Intel i5 4670K and complete with full CM Storm gaming peripherals, the main feature is this crazy case - the Cooler Master HAF Stacker, in which Tonks has crammed nine HDDs and two SSDs.


Complete with a cool red and black color scheme, this is another great looking PC build to throw into the wide variety that Tonks now has under his belt.

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CNN and FAA sign drone research agreement, bringing unique news angles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 13, 2015 4:50 am

The CNN news organization and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have agreed to create a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) to see how drones can be used for news gathering and reporting.


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CNN previously had an agreement with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), with CNN, GTRI and FAA working together - and could help create a roadmap for wider drone use in news reporting.


"Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups," said David Vigilante, CNN Senior Vice President, in a statement. "Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace."

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