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Facebook has a crazy number of members: 1.49B monthly users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 1:30 pm

Facebook is by far the No. 1 social networking website, at least based on numbers, with a whopping 1.49 billion monthly active users, the company said. The site also has 968 million daily average users, which was higher than the 960 million estimate put forward by Wall Street analysts.

 

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Combining the Facebook website, Messenger app and Instagram, users average 46 minutes per day, Facebook officials said.

 

The increased number is a strong 3.47 percent over its previous quarter, and 13 percent year-over-year increase - as Facebook still finds ways to keep users engaged. Not surprisingly, Facebook is generating a lot of success, especially when it comes to advertising, with the company's mobile app ensuring people are using the service.

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New Mission Impossible movie features triple-screen Halo 5 on Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 12:11 pm

Tom Cruise really makes the Mission Impossible movies something special, but with the release of the latest movie in the franchise, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, they pushed it too far when it came to believable gaming in the movie.

 

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In one particular scene, Simon Pegg (who plays Benji Dunn) is playing Halo 5 on a triple-monitor setup. To most moviegoers, this seems innocent enough until you see that the game is Halo 5, on a Xbox One, on triple monitors. This is an impossible feat for the Xbox One as it only supports at single display output.

 

The camera pans back and you can see Pegg clearly holding an Xbox One controller, and then the camera pans to the cover of Halo 5. It's not much, and as I said to the normal moviegoer this isn't going to break the movie for them, but for me, it was definitely a laugh. Hopefully people don't go out and buy an Xbox (the only place for Halo 5 when it's released later this year) expecting to hook it up to triple monitors.

Amazon Prime scores an exclusive 'all-new car show' with Top Gear trio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:56 am

Millions of Top Gear fans have been left wondering what was going to happen to the show with the whole Jeremy Clarkson debacle, but now we know: there's going to be "an all-new car show" that will be exclusive to Amazon Prime.

 

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Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have all signed onto the Amazon Prime exclusive, with the show being produced by Top Gear executive Andy Wilman. Production on the new car show is expected to start "shortly" and will hit Amazon Prime users' screens sometime next year. Jeremy Clarkson has come out and said that the move makes him "feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship".

NVIDIA and AMD release new drivers for Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:33 am

With the release of Windows 10 finally here, both NVIDIA and AMD have new drivers to share for GeForce and Radeon owners, respectively. NVIDIA has their new GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers, while AMD has their new Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers.

 

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Starting with the new GeForce 353.62 drivers, which are WHQL signed, NVIDIA notes that these new drivers are Game Ready, including the "latest tweaks, bug fixes, and optimizations to ensure you have the best possible gaming experience". AMD on the other hand, has its Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers which are offering some resolved issues over the previous set of drivers.

 

You can grab the NVIDIA GeForce 353.62 WHQL drivers here, while the AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 drivers can be downloaded here.

LG posts a low $206.38 million in profit in second-quarter, blames TVs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 11:31 am

In a recently issued press release, LG Electronics announced a net profit of 206.38 million (226.4 billion KRW) over second-quarter 2015, in what it claims to be "an extremely challenging environment."

 

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With the TV market being described as weak, revenue in this section amounted to 3.59 billion, with LG's mobile arena gathering 3.33 billion, marking a 1 percent increase from the same time last year. Home appliances and air solutions saw a larger 10 percent increase, reporting total sales amounting to 4.09 billion at an operating profit of 266 million.

 

LG claims that the current "sluggish global TV market" is particularly harsh in CIS, Latin America and Europe. This means that LG has posted a slight decline in operating profits in this area, seeing a drop of 222.52 million.

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Excalibur uses your phone to automatically enter PC passwords

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 10:37 am

With passwords entered in your phone, simply walk near your computer and everything will automatically log in - apparently. Excalibur has just seen an Android release and in an email to us they explained exactly how this interesting application works.

 

 

With browser support limited to Firefox and Chrome, this app allows you to store multiple passwords in its secure memory. When paired with your computer, this app will automatically log you in or out of your computer and websites depending on range. As you can see in the video above, simply placing your phone next to the PC will see it log in, walking away will see everything log out.

 

This free app requires a specific authentication process to make sure people can't steal your precious data - if you're looking for a more in depth explanation as to how this is achieved, head to this blog post.

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Futuremark summarises Windows 10 benchmarking support

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 9:36 am

In a recent email by Futuremark's director of engineering, Jani Joki, we were all given a little clarification as to how Futuremark software will operate with Windows 10.

 

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As it stands, all current Futuremark benchmark programs are compatible with this recent operating system release, however, users are reminded that the latest version of SystemInfo should be installed to make sure. This means that 3DMark, 3dMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and Powermark will work as per usual.

 

There are a few programs which currently stand on shaky ground compatibility wise. If you're worried about your software, head here to see a comprehensive list and information on compatibility.

G.Skill breaks 4000MHz with its Trident Z and Ripjaws V DDR4 RAM

By: Chris Smith | More News: RAM | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 8:28 am

Said to be designed for 6th Generation Intel Core processors in a recently issued press release, G.Skill's new Trident Z and Ripjaws V series of DDR4 memory modules are made with speed as the major goal.

 

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Quoted as "the first retail memory kit to break through the 4000MHz barrier," the Trident Z Extreme DDR4 modules broke the 4000 MHz milestone through the help of an ASRock Z170 OC formula motherboard. Built with Samsung IC memory chips, this RAM can be set up to operate at speeds ranging from 2800 - 4000MHz.

 

As for the Ripjaws V, this series will feature five different color schemes and the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB modules will operate from 2133MHz to 3733MHz depending on your needs. Also featuring Samsung IC memory chips, G.Skill says that these modules have been extensively tested for hours on end to ensure safe overclocking practices for all consumers.

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Fallout 4 won't have mod support until 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:37 am

Bethesda is currently knee deep putting the finishing touches on Fallout 4, with the studio teasing that mod support won't be arriving until 2016. Pete Hines, the VP of Marketing for Bethesda announced the news during a brief talk with IGN recently.

 

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Hines said: "Our entire focus is on finishing the game. Nobody cares about mods if the game sucks. This has always been our philosophy. We shift energy to construction tools, the creation kit, and all of that stuff once the game is done, and we start to figure out what all of that is going to look like".

 

He makes a very valid point, and I'm sure most would agree that they're rather have a more stable, better-performing Fallout 4 than mod support early on. Hines continued: "The idea is that [the tools] will work on all platforms, but the truth is the system doesn't exist. It's still being built and worked on and it's going to take awhile. It's going to take clearly into next year because we can't even start it".

Sony expected to unveil the Xperia Z5 smartphone in March 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 7:00 am

Sony hasn't been doing too well in the mobile industry, but it has to be better than the 1.2c profit per smartphone that LG has been making, right? Even with the not-so-great sales on the Xperia Z4, Sony is forging forward with the Xperia Z5, which is said to be arriving in March 2016.

 

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According to the leaks, the Xperia Z5 will be released alongside the Xperia Z5 Compact, both rocking Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. Qualcomm isn't expected to have its new chip ready until early 2016, so it should be perfect timing for Sony. The Xperia Z5 should rock a 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing, 4K-capable camera.

 

We should begin to hear more about Sony's Xperia Z5 smartphones later in the year, especially once we get to CES 2016 and MWC 2016.

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