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Instagram culls apparent phallus egglplant emoji

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 1:34 pm

Would you identify as having a dirty mind or are you simply wanting to keep your kids out of trouble? Either way, Instagram recently announced that they will be adding emoji hashtags if you're really wanting to search for more of the same but they're barring the eggplant from this service, Gizmodo has reported.

 

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The aubergine is apparently too much like a phallus to be respected and therefore must be chopped. It's said that not only does this look a little like male genitalia, youth of today are using this hashtag as a way to represent such things (I have never felt as old in my life as I did writing that sentence).

 

The banana and corn emoji's are still running wild alongside the peach, dripping needle and more. If you're an activist and looking for a change, finding other minded people in regards to this issue will be hard however as we already mentioned it's not searchable.

NZXT releases a familiar looking Noctis 450 mid-tower case

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 12:27 pm

If you've been to any large LAN party over the past few years it's extremely likely you've come across a NZXT case in your time. The Phantom series is described by many as the 'Stormtrooper case' and it's hard to miss as it was a big hit in many markets across the globe.

 

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In a bid to futher their design prowess and technology, NZXT's recent press release has showcased a new mid-tower case called the Noctis 450. This chassis features NZXT signature I/O LED's, an upgraded lighting switch to feature multi-step adjusted lighting and a floating panel design said to provide 10 times more ventilation surface area than their H440 model.

 

Now available for pre-order on the NZXT Armory Store, the Noctis 450 will set you back $139.99. More information can be gathered from their official product page.

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USB Type-C is becoming a real thing - Patriot develops flash drive

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 11:33 am

USB Type-C has been on its way for quite some time now with users wanting this amazing new technology to hurry up and hit the mainstream market.

 

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We've seen a few portable products begin incorporating Type-C into their design with no word of accessories taking on this new technology.

 

In comes Patriot, they just announced a dual-sided Type-C and Type-A USB flash drive in 32GB and 64GB capacities. Set to be used with the new Apple MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel or any USB Type-C ready device, this is one of the first commercial accessories available on the market.

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CD Projekt Red says 'there's no loading times' for The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 9:44 am

We already know that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a gigantic game, but with a game of that size, one lingering question remains: how much time will we spend in loading screens? Well, none. Zero. Zilch.

 

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Senior Environment Artist on The Witcher 3, Jonas Mattsson, said during an interview with Gamespot that there are "no loading times". This is a big deal, where he continued: "No, there's no loading times. Only when you actually start the game, when die and load the game, or when you fast travel. That fast travel loading time depends on how far you have to travel of course. If you just fast travel a little bit, it's a really short loading time".

 

Mattsson continues: "One of the goals we had, was to keep the experience as fluid as possible. When you play, you don't want to have the loading screen because it takes you out of the game a bit. We wanted to make sure that it was as smooth as possible, one big experience. For us, that was really important. I think we achieved that because, as you said, just going in and out of a building, there's no loading time. Nothing. It's just creates this really nice experience".

 

We have reported previously that The Witcher 3 will have dynamic beards, permanent death with its 'Dark' mode, and more. So the news of no loading times only adds to our excitement on the game.

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With over 300 million users, Twitter is still bleeding money

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 8:35 am

Twitter might have over 300 million users, but even with this huge chunk of users, the social network is still not making any money. Twitter has just posted its Q1 2015 earnings, where we have found out Twitter has 302 million users, up 18% from the same period of 2014.

 

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The social network reported $436 million of revenue for Q1 2015, up 74% year-over-year, but missed the forecast of $440 million. Profits are not good at all, with Twitter reporting a net loss of $162 million for the three-month period.

 

Considering Facebook has 1.44 billion monthly active users, Twitter has some serious catching up to do.

Ouya is in trouble, with reports the company is wanting a quick sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 7:31 am

Ouya's fall from grace is happening very fast, with company CEO Julie Uhrman sending out a (confidential) e-mail to investors and advisors, something that Fortune got its hands on, saying the company is trying to build up interest to sell the company as soon as possible.

 

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In her e-mail to investors and advisors, Uhrman reportedly said that her primary focus is trying to secure as much of the investor capital as possible. Uhrman has reiterated her stance on Ouya, standing by her Android-powered game console, saying that the company has built something very real, and valuable. She continued, saying that she still reads tweets and e-mails from Ouya fans that use their consoles each day.

 

But, it's obviously not enough for the company to survive. We should expect to see Ouya be acquired in the coming weeks.

Surface Pro 4 should be powered by fanless Broadwell chip, Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 6:38 am

With Windows 10 getting closer and closer, news of the Surface Pro 4 is starting to hit. Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 3 successor is rumored to have quite the spec sheet, including Intel's fifth-generation Core processor.

 

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The rumored specifications have the Surface Pro 4 featuring a Broadwell processor from Intel with a fanless design "but with tiny holes for heat radiation", and "no noise" because of the fanless logic board according to Windows Central. The 12-inch display will remain, with its 2160x1440 resolution, and of course, Windows 10.

 

Microsoft's use of the U-series Broadwell CPU will still generate heat, but the little holes in the Surface Pro 4 should let out most of that heat, allowing for cooler operation. We should expect Microsoft to unveil the Surface Pro 4 as part of its launch during Windows 10, which flies out the window sometime in July, according to AMD.

GoPro acquires Kolor, a French company specializing in videos for VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 6:33 am

Continuing its world domination on all things action cameras, GoPro has announced that it has acquired Kolor. Kolor is a company out of France that is a leader in making videos for virtual reality and 360-degree viewers.

 

 

GoPro is hoping to find new ways for "capturing, creating and sharing" 360-degree video, with the the company using the video above to showcase what multiple cameras can do for video content. With GoPro revenue surging 54% year-over-year to $363 million, and profits or doubling to $16.8 million, it shouldn't come as a surprise GoPro to be moving into VR.

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Oculus secures 'one of the top display innovators' from Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:29 am

We still don't know if Oculus VR will be releasing the Oculus Rift this year, but the Facebook owned VR giant has just announced it has secured two very important people to join its growing team.

 

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Mary Lou Jepsen, who is "one of the top display innovators in the world" has joined the Oculus team along with Anna Sweet from Valve. Jepsen has been honored as "one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Time Magazine, is the Pixel Qi founder, as well as as co-founder and former chief technology officer of non-profit One Laptop Per Child" reports Polygon. Before she joined the Oculus team, she was the heads of the display division of Google X, one of the most secretive parts of Google.

 

Under her new position at Oculus, Jepsen will be "developing displays that will make it possible to push the boundaries of virtual reality technology". In a statement, Jepsen said: "Virtual reality has been seen as a niche product for the wealthy. Like One Laptop Per Child's vision of computers for the poorest children, we imagine VR as an enabling technology, a platform for mass adoption, for women and men, adults and children, rich and poor, everywhere".

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Mafia 3 announcement rumored for E3 2015, will be set in Louisiana

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 4:32 am

The two Mafia games have been fan favorites for years, but the news of a third Mafia game has been non-existent, until now. Rumor has it that Mafia 3 will be unveiled during E3 2015 in June, for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

 

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We are expected to receive a gameplay trailer during E3, but as for the characters in Mafia 3, this is the surprise. We will reportedly have Joe as the lead character, as well as Vito, with the game being set in Louisiana. There will be three new characters introduced: Franklin, Tony and Mickey, thanks to news that 2K put out a casting call for three new characters.

 

We should expect the full announcement of Mafia 3 during E3 2015 which runs in LA between June 16-18, 2015.

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