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Enjoying that promotional poster in-store? Why not build on it?!

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:06 am

We've reached back to the past for this one. Ryan Hooper from KARMA IT teamed up with ASUS Australia to produce a pretty kick-ass modded system where the chassis was the promotional poster for the actual motherboard.


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Completed back in 2012, the system components included were the top of the time - however now they're obviously a little dated. Featuring an Intel i7-2600k processor, paired with an ASUS Maxtrix GTX 580 video card all running through an ASUS ROG Maximus IV Extreme, we haven't seen a build like this one before.

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Oculus still trying to sort out what VR is best suited for

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 6:52 am

The virtual reality market is growing, and seems to have drawn the most attention by the gaming community, but still isn't ready for mainstream adoption. However, it's possible that the movie industry has the most to gain from virtual reality, with consumers interested in embracing the unique viewing experience.


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"We've said from the beginning we're big gamers, and we started Oculus to deliver consumer VR and revolutionize games," said Nate Mitchell, VP for product at Oculus, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "But it may well end up being that VR is more about film than games - [but] it's possible. We don't know what the killer app is."


Oculus is working with developers in the video game and movie industries, and it's possible Oculus VR headsets could also find their way into military simulation trainings. There is a tremendous amount of opportunities for virtual reality in the future, but consumers appear more interested in what can be done sooner rather than later.

Take home 'The Boxtrolls' on 3D Blu-ray, thanks to Universal Pictures

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 6:01 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Boxtrolls' on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and digital we have ten copies of the 3D Blu-ray combo pack to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


Beneath the charming cobblestone streets of Cheesebridge live the Boxtrolls; quirky, mischievous and cardboard box wearing creatures who crawl above ground at night to scavenge for bits of human junk. The Boxtrolls love nothing more than cheese and an orphaned baby boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) whom they have warmly raised since his infancy as one of their dumpster-diving, junk collecting own. Despite their timid, good-hearted nature, the Boxtrolls are feared by the people of Cheesebridge, who believe they will steal their children and beloved cheese. Eager to win over the town's affection, evil pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) and his crew of Red Hat exterminators develop a plan to eradicate the kindhearted band of tinkerers. It's up to Eggs and his feisty new friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) to bring the two world's together amidst the winds of change - and cheese.

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Drones getting smarter, and must be able to fly over cities safely

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:51 am

Drones invaded the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with attendees able to see the latest and greatest consumer drone products. As more first-time pilots and hobbyists take to the skies in 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is scrambling to help find methods to teach proper flight safety.


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Meanwhile, drone makers are increasing technology - and while it's recommended to fly in areas less populated - that simply won't be possible as more first-time pilots begin to fly drones. Designers are working on drones that could be able to utilize built-in autonomous technology so they can avoid other drones, trees, buildings, streetlights and other obstacles - but that isn't currently possible.


Universities and private companies are working on new algorithms to make drones smarter, along with new emergency landing features. One solution being developed is image recognition software paired with tracking software so drones can identify helicopter landing pads for opportunities to land.

Apple toots its own horn, indirectly helped create 1 million jobs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:32 am

Apple added 9,000 new jobs in 2014 alone, but says it has directly and indirectly led to more than 1 million jobs being "created or supported" by the company. In addition to its Apple headquarters and stores throughout the country, Apple also has generated great interest among app developers within the community.


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"This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community," said Eddy Cue, senior VP of Internet software and services at Apple. "We're so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion."


Apple is off to another tremendous start with its App Store, racking up almost half a billion dollars on mobile apps and in-app purchases during the first week of January - and New Year's Day was the highest-grossing day of all-time for the App Store.

Malaysia bans 'Achmed The Dead Terrorist', Jeff Dunham creates brother

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:42 am

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is known worldwide for his character Achmed the Dead Terrorist, but what happens when a nation becomes sensitive and expressly prohibits him from performing with the character? Well, Dunham gives him a beret, an accent and a new name and continues the performance regardless!



Dunham said that Malaysia's Ministry of Culture and Arts requested that his act be changed for local sensitivities, including his name, likeness, references to virgins or Muslims. Now released on DVD, the footage from the performance from last May can now be enjoyed. During the setup, Dunham notes:

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US says it didn't attack North Korea, and Pyongyang's security is poor

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:29 am

The FBI continues to say North Korea is responsible for a crippling cyberattack and data breach of Sony Pictures, and the Obama Administration vowed revenge, but Washington didn't drop the North Korean Internet, sources claim. However, those responsible for hitting North Korea likely didn't need to work very hard, and future attacks could be imminent.


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"It looks more like the result of an infrastructure attack than an infrastructure failure," said James Cowie, chief scientist of Dynamic Network Services, in a statement to the AP. "There's nothing you can point to that says it has all the hallmarks of an attack by a nation state. It could have been anybody."


The entire country of North Korea only has four principal access point to the Internet, and while the US government has the capabilities to impact them, so do multiple other nation states - and smaller hacker groups.

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Ransomware, cyberespionage continuing to plague companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 4:13 am

Before Sony Pictures had its data released to the Internet, the Guardians of Peace offered to simply disappear if they were paid a ransom - an extortion attempt that Sony promptly denied. However, this type of criminal activity is overshadowed by the new forms of malware customized to encrypt files and demand payment from compromised victims.


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Ransomware attacks tend to get the most attention when a new piece of malware hits the Web, infecting end-users and corporations. The ransoms range from as low as $200 up to thousands of dollars, with a short deadline before the files are permanently encrypted.


Cybersecurity experts warn these types of attacks will continue to increase in popularity, as many victims provide payment to the criminals.

Budweiser is preparing their life-sized Pacman for the Super Bowl

By: Chris Smith | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:56 am

Often known for their hilarious Bud Light commercials over the years, Budweiser are currently building a life-size Pacman arena for the upcoming Super Bowl festivities.


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Photos have begun surfacing on Twitter and other social medias, sharing the preliminary stages of building for this Pacman maze extravaganza, complete with illuminated walls and enemy jellies. This is a move by Budweiser to do a little different than the usual half-time ad campaign, which generally sets back companies around $4 million for a 30 second segment or a whopping $8 million for 60 seconds of fame.

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You can now play Doom on a toaster - Not really, but close

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 12, 2015 1:39 am

People often refer to slow PC's as a potato or a toaster, so what better to do than make a spin-off of someone playing the beloved original Doom title through a few toasters hooked together?


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Created by YouTuber Vexel, this programmer has set out to use his families toasters for a new purpose. Utilizing them as a form of gaming controller, he has apparently hacked them to enable full in-game support.


As seen through the video, quick hands are a must - so sit back and enjoy.

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