The original Pacific Rim movie didn't exactly burn up the box office in the US, but it ended up doing well overall. I thought the movie was cool with the big robots battling the monsters coming from deep within the ocean. Domestically Pacific Rim made about $100 million.
Once the film hit theaters overseas, it racked up considerably more money, enough money that a sequel is in the works. Director Guillermo del Toro says that Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 7, 2017. The new film will be released by Universal rather than Warner Brothers, the studio that released the original.
Also confirmed with this announcement is that the comic book prequel series will continue and an animated series that covers events between the first and second films will continue as well.
The DDR4 game is heating up, with Smart Modular Technologies now shipping its DDR4 in sample quantities. The new DDR4 memory modules are designed for servers, micro-servers, workstations, storage and networking applications.
Smart Modular's lineup includes DDR4-2133 1.2V modules, including VLP (very low profile) and standard height RDIMMs up to 16GB in size. ECC SO-DIMMs are available, but only up to 8GB. The new DDR4 288-pin DIMMs feature everything that DDR4 has going for it, including improved power efficiency, higher performance, enhanced system reliability and more.
These samples are currently being seeded out for qualification in next-gen server, storage and networking applications, all of which are expected to launch later this year, and into 2015.
We just reported that Google would be selling its Project Tango-based devices to consumers next year, but developers need them first so that they can get content on them, right? Right. Well, Google will begin selling its Project Tango developer kit tablet to developers later in the year, for $1024.
The Project Tango Tablet Development Tablet is powered by NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, features 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. It will feature an LTE modem, which is somewhat of a surprise for a developer kit.
Just minutes after the Big Bang, scientists theorize that the universe blinked itself out of existence - that's the current, new theory, anyway. After spending $10 billion, decades of research and tests, and the world's largest particle accelerator, scientists theorize the universe itself doesn't exist, or that it shouldn't exist.
One of the researchers said thanks to finding the Higgs Boson particle, it shows that the universe may have blinked out of existence moments after the Big Bang itself. This researcher continued: "This is an unacceptable prediction of the theory ... if this had happened, we wouldn't be around to discuss it!"
Australian astrophysicist Dr Alan Duffy says: "I love this idea of bringing together two discoveries found at the biggest extremes of size you can imagine. From studying the Higgs Boson at tiny scales much smaller than an atom to (potentially) measuring Inflation by searching into the distant past of our enormous universe".
There have been rumors that Google would nix its Nexus program, replacing it with Android Silver - a premium Android lineup of devices. But, according to the Head of Android Engineering, Dave Burke, the Nexus program isn't going anywhere.
Burke said: "People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make". When it comes to the talk about Android Silver, Burke's leaps are sealed: "Android Silver is not something that we are commenting on right now. But the prospect of Silver doesn't mean that Nexus is going away".
Project Tango is one of the more impressive concept technologies that Google has shown off in the recent years, but now we know that the technology is coming to consumers, next year.
Google is working with LG on Project Tango for consumers, another team up with the South Korean giant - the makers of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones. Google and LG haven't given an exact date as to when we should expect Project Tango next year, but it'll be interesting to see how it arrives to us, and what services and apps it will work with. Maybe we'll see it work with Google Cardboard for some uber-realistic VR and AR content.
Face it, you've always wanted to be able to sleep with your iPad, but now you can. Fleshlight has just unveiled its LaunchPad, a Fleshlight for your iPad in the form of a cover for your tablet.
For just $25, you can buy the Fleshlight LaunchPad, and attach it to the back of your iPad. Some of the reviews are quite hilarious, with one of them from "JT" which says: "The LaunchPAD takes watching POV videos to a whole new level! It feels like I'm really having sex with my favorite porn stars". Another is from "FLESHLOVER" who said: "Stoya porn on your tablet + the Launch Pad + Stoya's Fleshlight makes it feel like she's really in the room! IMHO this is better than the real thing".
Australians have been getting the blunt end of the TV and movie stick for decades now, but things are all about to change with Netflix announcing it will push out its subscription TV service Down Under in 2015.
The co-CEO of Village Roadshow has confirmed that Netflix will be available in Australia in 2015, but there is no word on restrictions to Netflix's catalogue, or pricing. I think we'll see a restriction of content, as Foxtel has quite the monopoly in the country, so VPN and DNS providers will still continue to give Aussies the best deal.
Piracy numbers should shift a little with Netflix in Australia, but if major restrictions are placed on the service to keep Foxtel pumping along, I expect quite the vocal out roar in the country.
The Australian State of New South Wales' Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, has issued a statement to Australian's warning them to not purchase chargers that don't feature the required certification marks, after "the recent death of a consumer where an unapproved USB charger was potentially implicated".
One store in Sydney, New South Wales has had their chargers, travel adapters and power boards removed by the Fair Trading agency. Stowe's warning however, came after "a young woman wearing headphones and holding her laptop was found dead with burns on her ears and chest, in an apparent electrocution". Fair Trading's advice is to not purchase non-standard adapters, informing consumers to make sure the chargers they buy meet standards and have "insulation on the pins of the plug".
The agency also tells consumers that "As a general safety rule, consumers should not use any devices while they are plugged in and charging". While this news is from Australia, the warning should apply to all consumers, all across the world.
Verizon has lost a valuable business partner because the German government pulled the plug on its current contract, angry about the National Security Agency (NSA) snooping on German politicians. Government officials were extremely angry when Edward Snowden mentioning eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"The pressures on networks as well as the risks from highly developed viruses or Trojans are rising," the German Interior Ministry said in a statement. "Furthermore, the ties revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms in the wake of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) affair show that the German government needs a very high level of security for its critical networks."
This is good timing for the German government, because Deutsche Telekom and other European wireless providers comply with data protection laws in the European Union (EU).