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Weekly Giveaway: Win a 960GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (Global Entry!)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:38 pm

We have teamed up with SanDisk who is giving away one of its latest performance solid state drives.

 

This week one lucky winner gets the chance to win a new SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB SSD. Yep, you read right! Almost a 1TB full-of-speedy-goodness flash storage drive, enough so you can even store your games on it for getting into your game quicker.

 

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Here is what Chris Ramseyer had to say about the drive that scored 96% from his review:

 

If you're looking for high performance and high capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO is the only real product ready for your hard workload tasks. The drive IS the fastest SATA option available, and it delivers PCIe-like performance consistency today without an adapter or special motherboard. As the fastest SATA SSD on the market, the drive fits into a wide range of use cases, and without a doubt, this is the one you want to buy if you can afford the $599 price point.

 

 

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Step 5 - Make any comment on the same post at Facebook!

 

Step 6 - Sit back and hope you are a winner - good luck!

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SpaceX Falcon Rocket launch successfully places AsiaSat 8 in orbit

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:03 pm

Elon Musk's SpaceX has recorded another success for placing a satellite in orbit above the Earth. SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket after an early delay this week. The Falcon rocket placed the AsiaSat 8 satellite into orbit without further issues.

 

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The launch of the rocket was delayed from 1:25 am EST to 4am EST due to a last minute issue with the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage issue was fixed, and the launch went off without a hitch. AsiaSat 8 was placed in orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.

 

At that altitude, the satellite will be used to provide satellite TV service and telecom service to customers in China, India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East for the next 15 years. SpaceX will launch another AsiaSat later this month.

Scientists observe three massive volcanic eruptions on Io

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 1:05 pm

The Earth is one of the most volcanically active bodies in our solar system, but it's not alone in having volcanic activity. Jupiter's moon Io is one of the most volcanically active bodies scientists have ever observed and three massive eruptions were discovered on the surface of the moon. These three major events were imaged in August 2013, but the images have only now been released.

 

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The trio of eruptions was recorded in a two-week span, surprising researchers because only 13 major eruptions have been recording between 1978 and 2006. Scientists expect a massive outburst once every one or two years. This event recorded three extremely bright outbursts in a span of two weeks.

 

The scientists believe that these outbursts show that if they looked at Io more frequently, more outbursts would be noted. Io is only 2300 miles wide, making it about the same size as the Earth's moon. The volcanic activity is the result of Jupiter and neighboring moons pulling on Io causing its insides to heat up.

US DOT may stop plans to allow in-flight cell phone use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 12:05 pm

Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline knows how annoying it can be when someone near you refuses to put up a gadget when asked to by the crew. I can only imagine how annoying it would be if airlines allowed people to use their mobile phones all they want while on a flight. As airlines are considering allowing phone calls during flights, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering weighing in on the subject.

 

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The DOT is considering the implementation of rules that would enforce a ban on in-flight cell phone calls according to the WSJ. The DOT is seeking comments on whether or not it should adopt a rule that restricts mobile calls on flights to and from the US.

 

The DOT is clear that there are no bans on in-flight calls in the works yet. Many of the major airlines operating in the US have already said they aren't inclined to allow phone calls in-flight. Things like texting or email would probably be allowed even if phone calls are banned.

Comcast offers poor families six months of free internet access

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 11:00 am

Comcast has revamped its low cost internet program that is in place for poor families to ensure that they have access to the web for education and other uses. The original program that Comcast offered was criticized for being too hard to sign up for. After the criticism, Comcast has revamped the program and is offering up to six months of internet access for free to new subscribers.

 

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The program gives poor families access to Internet Essentials for $10 per month if there are school age children in the house. Comcast is also offering existing customers with unpaid bills an amnesty program where they can be reconnected in some instances.

 

The catch with the amnesty program is that the overdue bills and unreturned equipment has to be over a year old to be eligible. For bills that are less than a year old, Comcast wants the debt settled before the customers can sign up.

Xiaomi outpaces Samsung in China to become first in market share

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 10:28 am

Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone vendor that has been offering its wares on the Chinese market and in other places. The company has been fighting to get to the top of the smartphone market and has made a significant increase in sales to overtake Samsung in China. By surpassing Samsung's numbers, Xiaomi has become the largest smartphone vendor in the Chinese market.

 

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The stats for the quarter come from research firm Canalys, and the firm says that Xiaomi saw its market share in Q2 increase to 14%. Behind Xiaomi were three major smartphone manufacturers that all tied for second spot with 12% market share each including Samsung, Lenovo, and Yulong.

 

Xiaomi increased its market share considerably between Q1 and Q2, in Q1 the company held 10.7% of the market while Samsung had 18.3%. In the same quarter a year ago, Xiaomi held only 5% market share. Analysts point to high quality products and aggressive pricing for the impressive growth.

Cyberith Virtualizer hits $250k funding goal, still has 26 days to go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 10:18 am

After just a few days on Kickstarter, Cyberith has reached its goal of $250,000 for the Virtualizer. The Virtualizer still has 26 days to go, so we could see this be another large Kickstarter success story.

 

 

The Virtualizer is "an award-winning locomotion device for Virtual Reality that allows the user to move freely in virtual environments. Step inside the game and become one with your character". It is one of the biggest talked about devices that is coming soon, especially when the world's of the Virtualizer and the Oculus Rift combine.

 

Cyberith had 150 of its 'Virtualizer Early Bird' pledges up for offer, at $699, with them now all gone. There were also 750 of the 'Virtualizer Standard (Full Package)' that were all sold out, priced at $799 each. The $949 pledge, which is known as the 'Virtualizer HT (Early Bird)' still has 56 left of 150. There are plenty of other levels available on the Virtualizer Kickstarter, but with its $250,000 funding goal met and 26 days to go, I think we might see this edge closer to $500,000 without a problem.

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Microsoft to release white Xbox One console with Sunset Overdrive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 9:29 am

Microsoft is preparing two Xbox One bundles in the coming months, with the first being EA Tiburon's Madden NFL 15, while the second is Insomniac Games' Sunset Overdrive. Sunset Overdrive's bundle will include a white-colored Xbox One, something quite unique.

 

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Starting with the Madden NFL 15 bundle, which will see the normal black Xbox One without Kinect included, with a code for the digital version of Madden NFL 15 in the box, for $399. Considering its $399 for the Xbox One without Kinect, you're just getting Madden NFL 15 for free. The bundle should be available when Madden NFL 15 launches, later this month on August 26.

 

The other bundle, with Sunset Overdrive, will include a white Xbox One. This marks the first time that the public will have the option of purchasing a white Xbox One, with the only other time being when the company launched the Xbox One last year, making them available for employees of Microsoft and no one else. Sunset Overdrive launches on October 28 exclusive to the Xbox One, so we should hear more information on the bundle before then.

CD Projekt Red: DX12 isn't going to help the Xbox One at 1080p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 8:31 am

The Witcher 3's Lead Engine Programmer, Balazs Torok, spoke with Gaming Bolt where he had some interesting things to say about DirectX 12. Torok said that while DX12 will allow developers to pull more triangles out of the Xbox One's GPU, the shading power inside of the Microsoft's console isn't enough to make it worth it.

 

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He added: "I think there is a lot of confusion around what and why DX12 will improve. Most games out there can't go 1080p because the additional load on the shading units would be too much. For all these games DX12 is not going to change anything". Torok continued: "They might be able to push more triangles to the GPU but they are not going to be able to shade them, which defeats the purpose. I think we will see a change in the way graphics programmers will think about their pipelines and this will result in much better systems hopefully".

 

What do we take away from that? Well, the Xbox One is capable of 1080p gaming, but what he is saying is that DirectX 12 won't improve the performance at 1080p when it arrives.

Destiny Ghost Edition for the Xbox One sells for $1000+ on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:30 am

The Ghost Edition of Destiny was announced last month, with a retail price of $150, but quickly sold out. Well, some people are now selling the Xbox One version of Destiny: Ghost Edition for a huge $1025 on eBay. Destiny: Ghost Edition includes a bunch of goodies for the increased price, with a huge list to gander over:

 

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  • Limited Edition SteelBook Case and Game Disc
  • Ghost Replica: This is your motion-sensing Ghost, featuring lights and audio from the game. May it lead you through the Darkness.
  • Letter of Introduction: These world's were once ours. If you accept your destiny, you will be asked to do the impossible.
  • Golden Age Relics, which include a Patch, Sticker, and two Chrome slides of the Traveler
  • Guardian Folio, containing:
  • "Arms and Armament" Field Guide: Many believe the weapons and armor featured in this record are a myth. -You will learn the truth.
  • Postcards from the Golden Age: Our world's have been claimed by our enemies. Now, it's time to take them back.
  • Antique Star Chart: Explore the wild frontiers of our solar system. Discover all that we have lost.
  • Collector's Edition Digital Content: The City has also provided you with a cache of items to start you on your journey, including:
  • A Unique Ghost Casing
  • An Exclusive Player Emblem
  • An Exclusive Player Ship Skin
  • Includes the Destiny Expansion Pass

 

Bungie won't be making any more of these copies, with the company stating: "No promises. We wanted to release limited editions that were actually limited. When you play the game, you'll appreciate the appearance of exotic loot because not everyone will have it. The same goes for the editions of Destiny that have been designed for collectors. If you can find one, collect it."

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