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SpaceX has solved the mystery of Falcon 9's explosion

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 7, 2016 3:23 pm

Elon Musk thinks they have finally solved the mystery of their September's Falcon 9 explosion. Speaking with CNBC, he stated that the explosion was caused by a "really surprising problem that's never been encountered before in the history of rocketry."




Just last week, Musk said that the cause of the explosion is one of the toughest puzzles the company has ever had to solve.


The explosion caused complications for NASA since SpaceX was supposed to transfer cargo to International Space Station. However, Orbital ATK stepped in and performed their first successful launch since October 2014 when the rocket failed, and the vehicle and payload were destroyed causing $15 million in damage.


Musk now believes they have found the cause of the accident which he claims is "a combination of liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen."

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Snapchat built a convenient way to charge Spectacles

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 7, 2016 2:35 pm

Back in September, Snapchat announced that after five years they are changing the company's name to Snap Inc. because they won't have just one product anymore.




Their second product comes in the form of sunglasses with an integrated camera that can record 10-second clips. Named Spectacles, they will connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer data directly into the app in Snapchat's new circular video format.


The Spectacles will go on sale later this year for $130, and the device will be available in three different colors - black, turquoise and orange.


The fun sunglasses are clearly targeted towards a younger audience, so Snap Inc. had to figure out a way to charge them without making it too complicated.

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Tesla's Gigafactory makes progress towards completion

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 7, 2016 1:25 pm

Tesla's Gigafactory is looking pretty amazing, as new drone footage shows. The footage was taken by Duncan Sinfield and posted to YouTube.



It looks like Tesla is busy finishing what is going to be world's largest building by physical area once done.


Tesla expects that the Gigafactory 1 will reduce the production cost for their electric vehicle battery and Powerwall and Powerpack battery packs by 30%. Its projected capacity for 2018 is 50 GWh/yr of battery packs and its final capacity upon completion of the entire factory is 150 GWh/yr. This would enable Tesla to produce 1,500,000 cars per year.

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'The Simpsons' renewed for a further 2 seasons

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 7, 2016 4:27 am

While many (including myself) are of the view that the long running Fox network animated comedy 'The Simpsons' has been in a downward spiral for two decades, its continued popularity has caused the network to commit to a further two seasons.




Renewed for an extra two seasons last year, the Fox Network has now ordered an additional two seasons on top of that, ensuring that the show will run up until at least 30 seasons which will mean new episodes will continue through to 2019.


Starting life in 1987 as short animated stories on the variety 'Tracy Ullman Show' before debuting with the full length episode 'Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire' for Christmas 1989, 'The Simpsons' has gone on to air 602 episodes to date.

Surface Phone would rock laptop-class Intel processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 6, 2016 5:42 am

Microsoft will reportedly be launching two Surface Phone smartphones next year, with the higher-end enterprise-class Surface Phone reportedly rocking a laptop-class processor from Intel.




Notorious mobile leaker Evan "@evleaks" Blass said that the purported Surface Phone would arrive in two versions, with the consumer-focused handset receiving a normal SoC, and not the laptop-class processor that the enterprise/higher-end handset would use.


There's not much known on Surface Phone apart from the leaks and concept art, but it's an exciting time for smartphones right now - especially since Microsoft blew their chances multiple times with Nokia and the Lumia handsets.

LG's new 4K and 5K displays are now 25% cheaper

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Nov 6, 2016 4:12 am

Apple unveiled its new MacBook Pro systems last week, and during the event the company introduced some new 4K and 5K displays that it worked with LG on. Now those 4K and 5K displays are 25% cheaper.




This means the LG UltraFine 5K Display and its original price of $1299.95 has dropped to $974, a decent $325 drop in price. LG's UltraFine 4K Display has dropped from its debut price of $699.95, to $524 - a $175 price cut.


You can buy the 4K display right now from Apple's online store, with shipping in 4-6 weeks, but the 5K display won't be available until December. The "Special Pricing" that Apple has applied to the displays will stay until the end of the year.

G.Skill's new 64GB Trident Z DDR4 kit hits 3600MHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Nov 6, 2016 2:16 am

G.Skill are continuing their RAM dominance with the introduction of their new 64GB DDR4 kit in their Trident Z family, with the new 64GB DDR4 kit hitting 3600MHz at CL17-19-19-39 at 1.35V.




The new Trident Z DDR4 64GB kit arrives with 4 x 16GB sticks using Samsung's high-performance 8Gb ICs, and is the fastest 64GB kit of RAM that G.Skill has released so far. If you want some super-fast DDR4 RAM, but wanted more than 16/32GB, then this new G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 64GB kit is for you.

Samsung recalls 2.8 million exploding washing machines

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 6, 2016 12:29 am

I don't know how it could get worse for Samsung after their Note 7 fiasco, but now the South Korean electronics giant is recalling 2.8 million top-loading washing machines in the US over a "risk of impact injuries" - yeah, Samsung washing machines could explode.




Samsung's top-loading washing machines are prone to detaching from the chassis during use, "posing a risk of injury from impact", according to Samsung and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. This detachment from the chassis could happen when the high-speed spin cycle is used, with Samsung receiving 733 reports of washing machines with excessive vibrations, or the top detaching.


Senior VP and GM of Samsung Electronics America's home appliances division John Herrington said in a statement: "Our priority is to reduce any safety risks in the home and to provide our customers with easy and simple choices in response to the recall. We are moving quickly and in partnership with the CPSC to ensure consumers know the options available to them and that any disruption in the home is minimized".

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Xbox Scorpio above $399 would be 'suicide' says analyst

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 5, 2016 11:14 pm

Sony is releasing their faster PS4 Pro next week at $399, but now Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter has said that if Microsoft prices its Xbox Scorpio console at more than $399, it would be suicide.




During an interview with Gaming Bolt, Pachter said: "Well, I think Microsoft would commit suicide if it was more than $399. And the problem they will face is if they launched it at $399, the PS4 Pro might discount to $349 in the same week. So I'd be really surprised if the Scorpio was more than $399".


Xbox boss Phil Spencer hsa said that Scorpio will be a "premium" console, and that gamers shouldn't be worried about the pricing. Pachter added that he hopes Microsoft won't make the same mistakes it did with the Xbox One, where it pushed its Kinect sensor as mandatory - and then ditched it in the end.


Pachter continued: "I was really surprised when the Xbox One launched at $499 with Kinect, and it took them a while to unbundle Kinect and drop the price. So Microsoft has not executed well this cycle as far as pricing goes. Just as Sony executed poorly with the PS3's pricing. So Microsoft's playing catchup, and I'm hopeful that they don't make the same mistake with Scorpio that they did with the Xbox One".

Overwatch is Blizzard's fastest 20 million player title

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2016 8:22 pm

Blizzard's Overwatch was released in May this year and instantly gained many fans worldwide.




In their recent quarterly financial report, Blizzard announced that they had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history, with 482 million monthly active users in Q3 2016.


The release of World of Warcraft: Legion certainly contributed to this result, which sold-through 3.3 million copies on day one. But, Overwatch broke some records inside the company.


Blizzard announced that Overwatch became their fastest game ever to reach over 20 million players globally, with a roughly even player base split between east and west. Overwatch also held the number one position in the share of play time in Korean Internet Game Rooms from launch all the way through the third-quarter.


Summer Games content for Blizzard's Overwatch also drove record engagement and participation in in-game customization items.

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