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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao offers piracy websites lucrative night

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 2, 2015 7:36 am

Saturday night will feature one of the most anticipated boxing matches in recent history - and that will bring with it a likelihood of major Internet piracy. HBO and Showtime already prevented two piracy websites from showing the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, but there will be plenty of other illegal options for viewers.

 

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"This could be one of the biggest live-streamed events, at least from the piracy side," said Ernesto Van der Sar, founder of TorrentFreak, in a statement to NBC News. "I think it will be bigger than the Super Bowl and the World Cup."

 

The standard definition pay-per-view will be $89.99, while the high-definition PPV will cost a whopping $99.99. Restaurants and bars have to invest thousands for the right to broadcast the fight, so a smaller number of establishments plan to air the fight, or pricing rather outrageous cover charges.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner glitch can make it lose power, FAA reports

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: May 2, 2015 2:41 am

In a bid to make skies safer, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned that a software fault could result in loss of power mid-flight on the gigantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

 

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Discovered by Boeing themselves in private testing circumstances (not real flight), this issue can occur if the aircraft is not powered down between trips, resulting in the generator systems on board switching to fail-safe mode and seeing all AC power cut - mid air or not.

 

This issue is said to take 248 days of usage for the fault to occur, rendering it as an unlikely thing to happen in real-world circumstances. However, this model of aircraft has reportedly experienced some other issues resulting in extended boot up times.

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Valve's Dota 2 Compendium raises over $1.5m in under 24 hours

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2015 1:45 am

Professional money-maker Valve games released its community Compendium yesterday for the upcoming International 2015 tournament, seeing 25% of all money spent by the community towards this being donated toward the total prize pool.

 

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Valve kicked it off with its usual investment of $1.6 million, seeing the community band together to bring this total up to $3.2 million at the time of writing this article - in under 24 hours!

 

I'm not the best at math, but if Valve are donating 25% of their income toward the prize pool this means that they've cashed more than $5 million US overnight.

 

It's certainly great that Valve are supporting the community with this continued event, but have you stepped back and thought to yourself about how much money they are pulling in from this? There is no denying that Valve are good when it comes to making money.

XIGMATEK showcases its pastel coloured mini-ITX cube cases

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 2, 2015 1:34 am

If you're looking to stand out a little from the crowd, XIGMATEK has just released its Nebula C mini-ITX case in pastel pink, purple, yellow and two types of green.

 

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These cubes are reportedly clad with the same material that Apple and Nokia use on their colorful phone models and feature strong SECC steel frames.

 

Suitable for CPU coolers up to 80mm tall and full-height video cards up to 230mm long, these 3.5kg cases provide you with a 120mm rear fan, front USB 3.0 ports and a sizing of 260 mm (L) x 260 mm (W) x 305 mm (H).

AMD fights back at NVIDIA by slashing Radeon R9 285 pricing

By: Chris Smith | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 2, 2015 1:24 am

We have just seen reports of AMD once again trying to better NVIDIA, reportedly trying to take would-be GTX 960 owners under their wing.

 

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The method they've decided to take is cone again that of a price cut, seeing their R9 285 video card see a drop to 180 Euro ($201 US) when compared to the pricing of a GTX 960 at 192 Euro ($215 USD).

 

AMD's option does have the issue of slightly higher power consumption and noise ratings, so is the saving of $14 US enough to entice you away from the big green?

 

Image and information courtesy of techPowerUp!

Breaking Bad's Los Pollos Hermanos might soon be reality

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 2, 2015 12:14 am

During the week, 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan fronted up to a wide-ranging AMA on Reddit, from topics such as the shows casting, to the spin-off series 'Better Call Saul'. But one of the most interesting nuggets (and considering it's high level of community upvotes, it clearly resonated with the Reddit community) was that fans might soon be able to eat at the currently fictional Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant - the front for Gus Fring's meth manufacturing business.

 

 

Asked by Reddit user NameForMartin whether he had considered opening up a real-life Los Pollos Hermanos, Gillian responded "Believe it or not... there is talk of a Pollos Hermanos becoming a real restaurant. This is not an idea that I generated personally. But it's one that's been presented to me, through the good folks at Sony, and the idea came to them from a businessman who has an interest in doing just that. Speaking for myself, I'd love to see that happen!"

 

Life imitating art indeed!

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Robots in UCSF hospital utilize 'virtual railroad' to get the job done

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 1, 2015 8:19 pm

The 'Eve' robot is being utilized at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center at Mission Bay, a new facility that opened in February. The robots can help humans, make test sample deliveries, and ensure each room has supplies as needed.

 

 

UCSF purchased 25 robots from Aethon for $3.5 million, and then invested an additional $2.5 million to prepare the robots and hospital. The hospital expects to break even within two years on its robotic investment, while also freeing up staff to conduct other tasks.

 

"The hospital is set up almost as a virtual railroad... if they encounter an obstacle along the way, that's when they use their various sensors, laser, sonar and infrared to navigate around those items and continue on their path," said Brian Herriot, director of Mission Bay operations planning for the UCSF Medical Center, in a statement published by NBC News.

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Enter for a Chance to Win an Apple Thunderbolt Display

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: May 1, 2015 5:40 pm

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Bigger isn't always better... but in the case of Apple's gorgeous Thunderbolt display, it definitely is. So you'll be glad to hear that we're giving one away at TweakTown Deals.

 

The Thunderbolt allows you to turn your MacBook Air or Pro into a seriously powerful desktop, complete with a microphone, quality speakers, and an HD camera. Your laptop experience will never be the same, as you explore a much wider visual spectrum.

 

Ready to super-size it? Head over to TweakTown deals to enter the Apple Thunderbolt giveaway-and don't forget to share on Twitter to increase your odds of winning.

Sony Xperia Z5 should feature QHD display, 14nm processor and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2015 8:40 am

With Sony unveiling the Xperia Z4 for Japan only, it's a big surprise to begin hearing about its successor so early. The upcoming Xperia Z5 is said to feature a beautiful QHD display, with a resolution of 2560x1440, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor.

 

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Other rumored specs include the Snapdragon 820 processor being built on Samsung's 14nm FinFET technology, 4GB of RAM, an improved 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with Sony's new and improved IMX230 sensor with OIS, and a Sense ID fingerprint sensor.

 

Right now this is just rumors, but Sony has been playing the smartphone market well, except the company doesn't seem to be swirling up any huge sales numbers unfortunately.

Techland delays Dead Island 2 to 2016, needs more time for perfection

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2015 7:36 am

Techland has announced that it has delayed Dead Island 2 into 2016, saying that they need more time to make the game perfect. Dead Island 2 was meant to be one of the first games to make great use of Epic Games' impressive Unreal Engine 4, but we won't see it until next year.

 

 

The developer has released a statement, where they've said: "We have always set ourselves a big goal for Dead Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level. A game that takes what our fans tell us they love about Dead Island - multiple different characters to play with, co-op, and turning a paradise setting into a zombie slaughter melee - and a game that adds a ton more content and combat options on top of that".

 

"And we wanted to have all of that that done for release in Spring 2015", they continued. "We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn't reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet. This is why we have decided to delay Dead Island 2 to 2016. Right now we are focusing purely on development, and we will have more info to share at a later stage. We know that our fans will be disappointed by this news, but by giving Dead Island 2 more time we are confident that everyone will get a better game to play as a result".

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