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Harmonix release new themed DLC pack for Rock Band 4

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

The classic Rock Band game has recently been under pressure, with complaints from players regarding the quality of artists and songs chosen for the game's set list. Developer Harmonix, in attempts to fix the issues, have announced a new Rock Band 4 DLC, titled: Ozzfest meets Knotfest 2016 Pack.

 

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The Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot and Megadeth themed expansion pack, provides players with more difficult but classic, rock songs from all three bands. It can purchased for $5.49 as a pack, or $1.99 if purchased individually via the Harmonix website.

 

The expansion contains songs "Dystopia" by Megadeth, "Road to Nowhere" by Ozzy Osbourne, and "The Devil In I" by Slipknot. It will be avaliable for PS4 and Xbox One and are now available on the Xbox One and PS4.

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Toyota's new electric car runs on your poop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

This is something I didn't think I'd be typing, but Toyota has been working on a car that runs on your poop. The company has turned human waste into renewable hydrogen fuel to power its new electric car.

 

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Chief Engineer of Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car, Yoshikazu Tanaka, said that human waste is expected to solve Toyota's big 'chicken or the egg' problem. Toyota has said that nobody wants to buy their hydrogen cars when there are no hydrogen fuel stations, adding that no one wants to build a hydrogen fuel station when there are not a mass amount of hydrogen cars on the road.

 

Toyota is now producing the human waste-based fuel in a wastewater treatment plant in Fukuoka, Japan. How does it work? The sewage is separated into solids and liquid, with the solid waste called sewage sludge. In order to break down the solid waste, microorganisms are added, creating a biogas - which is around 60% methane, and 40% carbon dioxide.

 

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After that, the CO₂ is filtered out and water vapor is added, creating hydrogen and more CO₂, reports RT. The remaining CO₂ is removed, resulting in pure hydrogen - from poop. It's not a quick process, with the Fukuoka plant pumping away 300kg of hydrogen per day, which is enough to power 65 of the new Mirai electric vehicles. The plant has the production facilities to fuel 600 cars per day, if all of the biogas they produced was converted to hydrogen.

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Oculus Touch costs over $200, more expensive than Vive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Just as I've predicted, Oculus have seemingly priced their Touch controller at over $200 - with leaks coming from UK game retailer GAME. The store has the unreleased Touch controllers for the Rift priced at £189.99, requiring a £50 deposit.

 

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£189.99 converts to $246, so we should expect around $249 for the Oculus Touch controllers in the US, and around $4199 in Australia. GAME have teased a "winter release" for Touch, something they were told by an in-store Oculus representative. With that out of the way, let's discuss why this pricing is utterly ridiculous, and dangerous for Oculus.

 

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HTC has priced its much better, room scale VR capable Vive headset at $799 - which includes the Vive headset itself, and the two sensors and controllers. It's a complete package, instead of shipping the Oculus Rift in an Early Access-style way, throwing the Touch controllers out into the market nearly a year after the Rift CV1 was released, and now with a purported price of $250? Come on, Oculus.

 

Gamers are better off buying the HTC Vive, as it's an entire package from day one, versus a gimped together package spread out over 12 months, and now costing even more than the Vive. The Oculus Rift is still $599, and with a $250 price on the Touch controllers, we're looking at a total of $850 - $50 more than the Vive. It's not looking good at all for Oculus right now.

HTC Vive 2 could use improved, and cheaper tracking chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 4 days, 5 hours ago

We're beginning to hear more and more on the successor to the HTC Vive, with Valve now recommending a new chip for future SteamVR-based headsets and accessories. The new chip will deliver improved performance and huge power consumption reductions compared to the first-gen solution, and it should also be cheaper, too.

 

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The chip in question is the TS3633 integrated circuit from Triad Semiconductor, a US-based company that specializes in custom analog and mixed signal integrated circuits. Valve worked with Triad on the architecture of the chip itself, with Road to VR reporting that the chip "sits next to the photodiode as an interpreter of the raw signals from the Lighthouse basestations".

 

The original HTC Vive uses a discrete circuit sensor that has 41 individual components, while the new TS3633 has only 9 components, resulting in a simplified manufacturing process. Triad's VP of Marketing & Sales, Reid Wender, explained that the new chip is cost-optimized for high volume manufacturing. For the full system consisting of the VR headset and controllers, there are around 80 sensors, with the chip reducing component placements by 2560 over the 41 component per-sensor design of the current Vive.

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Netflix wants more original shows in its vast catalog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

Netflix has completely changed itself over the last few years, and that change isn't stopping with company CFO David Wells saying during the week that there is a big change in the balance between licensed content and Netflix's own original shows.

 

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The company was already "one-third to halfway" towards reaching this goal, but Wells explained that it was all part of a "multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content". Netflix is now on a path towards its half-original goals, while reducing the cost of production, and increasing the number of bidders in the streaming business make it both cheaper, and easier to take bigger chances on shows and movies versus traditional TV networks.

 

Wells explained: "You have supply and demand settling out. We don't necessarily have to have home runs. We can also live with singles, doubles and triples especially commensurate with their cost".

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First 'Ghost In The Shell' movie teasers hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

After years of talk, the live-action 'Ghost In The Shell' feature is finally coming to cinemas next year, and today Paramount Pictures have released five 10 second teaser trailers to amp fans up.

 

 

Based on the 1989 manga which was turned into the 1995 animated film, the 2017 'Ghost In The Shell' stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major and Pilou Asbæk as Batou in the live-action version which is helmed by 'Snow White and the Huntsman' director Rupert Sanders. If you're keen to see more, hit up Paramount's YouTube channel for the remaining four teasers.

 

'Ghost In The Shell' is set to hit cinemas worldwide in March 2017.

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There are only 28 websites available in North Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

North Korea made the technological leap to land a man on the sun a few years ago, but it seems they're lacking when it comes to diversity with their websites.

 

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GitHub released a full list of North Korean websites that can be accessed by outsiders, with just 28 websites on the list. How did they get their hands-on the list of domains? They explain: "On Sept 19, 2016 at approximately 10:00PM (PST), one of North Korea's top level nameservers was accidentally configured to allow global DNS zone transfers. This allows anyone who performs an AXFR (zone transfer) request to the country'sns2.kptc.kp nameserver can get a copy of the nation's top level DNS data".

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Samsung SSD Summit 2016 keynote, watch it here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung has unveiled a bunch of new SSDs and teased technology at its own SSD Summit 2016 in South Korea, with our storage guru Jon Coulter on the ground in Psy's home country. We have the keynote of that speech here:

 

 

During the Samsung SSD Summit 2016, the company unveiled its new 960 Series M.2 NVMe drives that feature 48-layer V-NAND and up to a huge 2TB in capacity.

 

There was also the world's fastest SSD unveiled with 2.1GB/sec writes in the new 960 PRO and 960 EVO drives from Samsung, as well as the massive 15TB SAS drive, and the new PM1725a which arrives at up to 6.4TB and can churn out an insane 6GB/sec for enterprise environments.

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Nike's self-lacing HyperAdapt shoes available on Nov 28

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Hot damn, those self-lacing shoes we all loved from Back to the Future II are nearly here, with Nike set to release their HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes at "select" retailers by appointment only, starting November 28.

 

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Nike had the folks at Wired over to check out the behind the scenes of the HyperAdapt's development, with a massively detailed and great article to read right here. Wired got to try Nike's new HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes on, with the company teasing that "all you have to do is step into it", and once your foot is inside of the HyperAdapt shoes, an "electric whizzing noise" can be heard, and it - as Wired puts it "embraces my foot in a gentle kind of hug".

 

The team of designers and engineers at Nike have put over a decade of work into the HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes, with the series of sneakers being a breath of fresh air for Nike, which has always been a company that stays ahead of shoe innovation. Wired added that the person trying the shoes on had broken their ankle previously, with their right foot still swollen. Well, after the HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes were put on, the right shoe laces were "visibly looser, but the grip is no less secure".

 

That's it, I want them now, Nike.

Disney CEO hints at more 'Star Wars' films beyond 2021

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

After purchasing the 'Star Wars' brand back in 2012, the Disney corporation made it clear that it wanted to continue the feature film franchise immediately, starting with Star Wars: Episode VII and then continuing with stand-alone features such as this year's 'Rogue One'. But how much life does the series have beyond Episode IX? Potentially a lot.

 

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In a new article published in Variety, Disney Chief Bob Iger confirms that he's recently met with the keeper of the 'Star Wars' flame, Lucasfilm CEO Kathy Kennedy to "map out 'Star Wars' movies from 2021 and beyond" and that the studio is "looking beyond that date [2021] for ways to exploit the Jedi Knights and space adventurers that populate the fantasy film series". In the same article, it's revealed that Iger recently confirmed to a Goldman Sachs investor conference that they've found the writer for the as-yet unnannounced, but could-be Boba Fett standalone feature which is planned to hit cinemas in 2021.

 

For fans of that Galaxy far, far, away, it seems the stars shine quite brightly.

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