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AMD drops the price of the Radeon R9 290X after the GTX 970 RAM issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:38 pm

NVIDIA has been getting some flak for the VRAM issues on its GeForce GTX 970, quickly altering the official specifications of the Maxwell-powered card. Well now AMD is jumping on the chance to sell some of its Radeon R9 290X inventory, dropping the price to as low as $299 for the Hawaii-powered card.


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AMD has hit back with a serious troll, statign "4GB means 4GB" somethign that blew up on our Facebook page yesterday. AMD emphasizes that its Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X video cards come with 4GB of VRAM, where all 4GB can be filled up to the very last megabyte. On top of this, they have a 512-bit memory bus which is spitting out 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth, something that the Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX 900 series can't do.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Big Game spot hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:40 pm

Just as with 'Terminator: Genisys', Disney have stumped up a sweet $4 million in cash to expose the follow up to 'The Avengers', the second highest grossing film of all time, to over 110 million viewers tuned in to this years Superbowl.



Whilst the 30 second spot for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' is a little light on for footage that hasn't been shown in previously released trailers, the rapid fire spot makes for a pretty convincing argument to hand over your cash at your nearest multiplex come release. Promising to shake up the formula for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and follow up to the game-changing events of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier 'Age of Ultron' comes with very high set of expectations indeed.

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US military researching biometric 'next generation' passwords

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:26 pm

The United States military is interested in developing a next generation security platform that could potentially replace traditional passwords with a biometric identification system. West Point researchers are focused on "cognitive fingerprint" algorithms that rely on behavioral traits instead of physical characteristics for identification.


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If this research is beneficial, it would be a major step forward over the use of traditional passwords and two-step authentication efforts, cybersecurity experts noted. Although behavioral-based patterns for security protocols aren't new, this could greatly help usher a new security standard into the enterprise.


The US military wants to use it for encrypted data communications, but consumers could find it rolled out for mobile banking and other similar uses.

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'Terminator: Genisys' Superbowl spot goes SkyNet

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:16 pm

With a viewership of over 110 million people worldwide, a spot on the Superbowl can be worth its weight in marketing gold, even at the cost of a sweet $4 million USD. Still, by the looks of this impressive 30 second mini-trailer for this summer's 'Terminator: Genisys', they (and we) got their money's worth.



Set parallel to the events of the original 1984 'Terminator', 'Genisys' sees Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for the fourth time as the T-800, joined by 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' star Jason Clarke as mankind's savior John Connor, while 'Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke will portray the young Sarah Connor.

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Google Android smartphone shipments surpass 1 billion in 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 9:21 pm

Google Android smartphones had a great 2014, surpassing 1 billion units shipped worldwide, according to the Strategy Analytics research group. The Android OS has a dominant 81 percent mobile OS market share, with Apple in the No. 2 position at 15 percent, according to research numbers.


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"Android shipped 1 billion smartphones worldwide in 2014, rising from 0.8 billion units in 2013," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. "Android has become the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than 1 billion units in a single year."


Overall, the smartphone market had a good year, growing 30 percent and topping 1.3 billion units shipped in 2014 - as analysts previously showed concern of market saturation. However, Android devices are reaching first-time smartphone owners in emerging markets across the world.

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Battlefield Hardline open beta begins on Tuesday, February 3

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 8:02 pm

Ahead of its scheduled release date of March 17, an open beta of Battlefield Hardline will take place from Tuesday, February 3 to Sunday, February 8. The game is powered by the Frostbite 3 game engine and includes both single player and multiplayer modes.



There will be three separate modes for gamers to enjoy: A conquest mode that is similar to traditional team-based death match, supporting up to 64 gamers on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - and 24 players for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. The Hotwire mode focuses on chase scenes, and the Heist mode features bank robbers trying to complete a heist before the police capture them.


Interestingly, a "Hacker" mode is available so one person on each team can hack to operate cameras and better spot enemies, with information relayed back to teammates.

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The Ted 2 movie trailer has been released online

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:33 pm

Universal Pictures has released the trailer for Ted 2, the Seth MacFarlane film featuring a crude, yet entertaining teddy bear. In addition to Ted and Mark Wahlberg as his trusty sidekick, the film also features Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Jessica Barth, Dennis Haysbert - and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly has a brief cameo.



The original Ted movie became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time, grossing more than $550 million worldwide.


Ted 2 is scheduled for release on June 26.

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Gartner: Quarter billion connected cars on the road by 2020

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 7:10 pm

Connected cars will continue to help drive the Internet of Things (IoT) over the next five years, with a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road by 2020, the Gartner research group predicts. One-in-five vehicles driving on roads across the world will utilize some form of wireless network connection by 2020 - bringing enhanced infotainment and updated road reports into the vehicle.


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"The connected car is already a reality, and in-vehicle wireless connectivity is rapidly expanding from luxury models and premium brands, to high-volume midmarket models," said James Hines, research director at the Gartner research group. "This increased consumption and creation of digital content within the vehicle will drive the need for more sophisticated infotainment systems, creating opportunities for application processors, graphics accelerators, displays and human-machine interface technologies."


Overall, IoT-connected "things" will increase from 4.9 billion in 2015 up to 25 billion by 2020, as casual consumers become more familiar with smart technology. Analysts predict connected devices in the household, office, and vehicles will boom in the coming years, despite security concerns and lack of a universal platform.

Crazy enthusiasts have fired fireworks from a drone at themselves

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:29 pm

It was only a matter of time - some crazy drone enthusiasts have weaponized a copter by strapping Roman Candles onto it, flying it around and seeing them shoot as targets. Filmed in POV mode, don't try this at home.



This is only the first step, next we'll be seeing gattling-gun drones and sharks with lasers hunting the human population one-by-one. The video was produced by a small-time YouTube channel called PIEROGRAM, with the video in question already topping 680,000 views at the time or writing this article.

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Qantas pushes Samsung Gear VR into first-class services

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 5:24 pm

Feeling a little bored up there in first-class? Major Australian airline Qantas will now be utilizing the help of the Samsung Gear VR with an accompanied Galaxy Note 4 to see their first-class customers further enjoy their experience.



It will be first tested through LA to Sydney and Melbourne to LA flights, said to be completed through the use of Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s. 12 Gear VR headsets will be used in the beginning test period, set as four for the outbound flight, four for the inbound flight and two for each of the first-class passenger lounges located in Sydney and Melbourne.


The Gear VR device will be connected to a Qantas app on the Note 4, allowing passengers to get a 360-degree look into the Qantas first-class lounge in LAX, runway-side videos of the aircraft taking off and setting down and a virtual reality boat ride on a Northern Territory river - set as a cross promotion with Tourism NT.

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