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Furious 7 becomes one of the most successful films in history

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2015 6:43 am

With Furious 7 being in cinemas across the world for around a month now, it has grossed over $1.3 billion making it one of the most successful movies of all time. It was only 12 days ago that we reported it had crossed the $1 billion mark, too.

 

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Furious 7 has become the fourth most successful movie of all time, pushing Frozen and Iron Man 3 out of its way, as well as the last Harry Potter film to get its place in history. Entertainment Weekly's Jonathan Dornbush reports: "These totals are, of course, unadjusted for inflation. When that's taken into account, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 would still sit above Furious 7 for the time being-but the global ticket sales for the action film represents the incredible forward momentum Furious 7 has carried in the month since its release". He continued: "Furious 7 became the biggest film at China's box office, and will likely rank among the highest earners in the U.S. for 2015 when the year comes to a close".

 

One of the more interesting facts on Furious 7 and its $1.3 billion haul, is that most of it has come from international ticket sales. Furious 7 has only made $323 million in the US, compared to The Avengers which pulled in $623 million domestically, Furious 7 is a much bigger hit outside of the US.

Valve releases The International 2015 Compendium

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2015 6:14 am

If you're keen to get in on the action of Valve's 2015 Dota2 event, a way for you to be able to support the event and company themselves has just been released - the compendium.

 

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As seen in 2014, Valve has put in a massive $1.6 million into The International's tournament prize pool and opened the rest up to community funding through this in-game compendium. This item will set you back either $9.99 or $26.99 for the two different modes, with $9.99 ensuring it starts at level one and $26.99 securing you level 50 from the start.

 

As seen previously, Valve will be donating 25% of all profits towards the prize pool with goals set for community funding and players being able to unlock personal goals through the progressed leveling of their personal compendium.

 

Some users on Reddit have started expressing concern that the stretch goals are rather lackluster this year around but there is no saying exactly how much will be raised by this consistently growing community. Back in 2014 over $10 million was raised for the tournament and we're interested to see how far it will extend in 2015.

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Tesla unveils Powerwall, an Internet-connected battery for your house

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 1, 2015 5:55 am

After quite a while of teasing, Tesla has unveiled its home battery: Powerwall. Tesla's new Powerwall home battery system allows people to disconnect from the power grid for a few hours, which isn't perfect, but it will have significant power savings for countless people around the world.

 

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the new Powerwall is a "whole integrated system that just works and is connected to the Internet". Powerwall is packed with lithium-ion cells and a liquid thermal-control system, with Powerwall being tested with specific customers for the past year. The home battery connects to the Internet so that it can track power usage and share the information with utilities.

 

How much will Tesla's Powerwall set you back? Right now, the 10kWh system is offered to installers for $3500, while the 7kWh will cost people $3000. These two systems do not include the cost of a DC-to-AC inverter, but if you've already got solar panels, you won't need that additional DC-to-AC inverter. Distributors can lease the Powerwall to consumers, with the Tesla-made device including a 10-year guaranteed life with warranty, and will begin shipping in late summer.

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HBO's CEO doesn't want to directly cater to binge watchers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 1, 2015 4:33 am

HBO CEO Richard Plepler isn't a "reflexive proponent of binge-watching," so don't expect Game of Thrones or True Detective to be dumped onto HBO Go or HBO Now. However, subscribers are able to watch entire seasons of older content on HBO, but newer shows will not be available for binge watching.

 

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"I don't think it would have been a great thing for HBO or our brand if that had been gobbled up in the first week," Plepler recently said during a Washington Post event. "I think it was very exciting for the viewer to have that mystery held out for an extended period of time."

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Microsoft release age detection tech demo

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 1, 2015 4:15 am

If you've been seeing some hate leveled at Microsoft on social media today, odds are it's due to a new online tool released by the company which attempts to gauge your age from an uploaded photo.

 

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According to the Machine Learning Blog, The 'How Old Do I look?' website is based on the "APIs available in the Azure Machine Learning Gallery. The gallery contains many finished intelligent services such as Face, Speech, and Vision which are part of a new suite called Project Oxford from Bing and Microsoft Research." and took only a day to put together.

 

For the record, the site guesstimated that I was 36. I'm 29. But they were nice enough to apologise in advance with "Sorry if we didn't quite get the age and gender right - we are still improving this feature."

Jay Z plans to perform rare songs in an effort to promote Tidal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2015 3:35 am

To help generate interest in his Tidal online music service, Jay Z will host a concert featuring songs that haven't been performed in more than 10 years. To win tickets to the Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides concert, which will be on May 13, Tidal subscribers must submit a playlist through the struggling music service.

 

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This is a clever marketing effort by Jay Z, after he took to Twitter to defend the Tidal music service. Even though it has support from major musicians, streaming music listeners still prefer Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, and other competing services.

 

Over the weekend, Tidal streamed an acoustic show featuring Jack White from Fargo, North Dakota. Tidal has 770,000 subscribers, paying either $9.99 or $19.99 per month for a subscription.

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Gartner: PC prices will increase up to 10 percent in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: May 1, 2015 2:30 am

Even though the PC industry is undergoing change, trying to fight off a shift to mobile devices, manufacturers must increase prices to balance international currency devaluation, according to the Gartner research group. This will lead to price increases up to 10 percent in 2015, with a 4 percent end-user spending increase year-over-year.

 

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Small business will choose consumer PCs, as large organizations reduce PC unit purchases by up to 20 percent because of increasing prices, Gartner notes.

 

"We are currently seeing the sharp appreciation of the dollar against most other currencies reflected in companies' earnings results," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "PC vendors selling to Europe and Japan, where local currencies have fallen up to 20 percent since the start of 2015, have little choice than to raise prices to preserve profits."

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Study: One-third of children use a touchscreen by age one

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 1, 2015 1:25 am

More than one-third of babies are interacting with touchscreen tablets and smartphones before they are able to crawl, walk and talk. Specifically, 36 percent of children have experience with touching or scrolling before age one, with 15 percent using apps by the same age, according to the Einstein Medical Center's pediatrics department.

 

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Mobile technology becomes more common place, and while there are plenty of educational apps available, researchers are most concerned about children from zero-to-two years old. It's a critical time for brain development, in which human interaction is absolutely vital.

 

"On the one hand, we have lots of experience with television, and we know that it has some pitfalls and some dangers for children in terms of their educational learning," said Laura Jana, an Omaha-based pediatrician, in a statement to CBS News. "Some benefits as well. Mobile devices, when we're talking about screens and things, are so new that this is a really important survey that has given us some initial information about just how prevalent the use is in very young ages."

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AMD announces it is sponsoring the first ever E3 conference for PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2015 1:03 am

Every E3 conference has been the trade show for gaming, but the PC has never had its own conference. While the likes of Microsoft, Sony and others have hosted their own press conferences for their respective consoles, the PC has never had that treatment, until now.

 

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E3 2015 will see the first ever PC Gaming Show, an event for all things PC that is sponsored by PC Gamer, AMD, Twitch, Bohemia Interactive, Tripwire and Digital Storm. They tease: "PC gaming is in a golden age, with more powerful and affordable hardware than ever before, thousands of games available through Steam, Origin and other platforms, and millions of viewers regularly watching esports online. Now, for the first time, the PC platform will have its own event during E3, where the community will be able to celebrate this era with some of the biggest names in PC gaming and see the innovations that lie ahead".

 

AMD's Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Computing and Graphics, Matt Skynner, said: "The PC Gaming Show embodies the spirit of innovation, openness and community that's part of our DNA-delivered by gamers, for gamers. The time is right for a PC-focused event in the week of E3 and we're honored to be part of bringing the industry together".

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IDC: Tablet market facing further contraction due to more competition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2015 12:40 am

The tablet market is suffering, with worldwide tablet shipments enduring a second consecutive quarter of year-over-year decline, according to the IDC research group. Tablet shipments and 2-in-1 devices dropped 5.9 percent, down to 47.1 million during Q1 2015, researchers discovered.

 

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Apple still leads the tablet market, shipping 12.6 million iPads during Q1, which captured 26.8 percent of the market. However, this is the fifth consecutive quarter of negative annual shipment growth, as Apple - just like other manufacturers - must find new ways to appeal to customers.

 

"The market slowdown that we witnessed last quarter is continuing to impact the tablet segment, but we see some growth areas that are starting to materialize," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director of the tablets segment at IDC. "Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market, providing an additional revenue stream for OEMs and mobile operators."

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