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'Fast and the Furious' ride coming to Universal Orlando

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 27, 2015 4:33 am

Despite the concerns outlined in my review of this year's 'Fast and the Furious 7' - now the world's fifth highest grossing film of all time, the public appetite for the franchise clearly isn't going anywhere, which is why Universal are so keen to exploit the franchise in as many avenues as possible, including a new thrill ride at the studio's Orlando theme park.




According to the studio's official blog, the ride is going to "fuse everything you love about the films with an original storyline and incredible ride technology. You'll get to check out some of the high-speed, supercharged cars you've seen on the big screen. You'll be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films and explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team. Then, you'll board specially-designed vehicles for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from the films.". But fans of the 'Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You!' and 'Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue' attractions will have to take one for the Fast Family, as both will permanently close to make way for the new ride due to open in 2017.

FAA approves Gogo's plans for 70Mbps in-flight Wi-Fi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 27, 2015 4:06 am

Gogo has just received approval from the FAA to offer consumers 70Mbps in-flight Wi-Fi, up from the much slower speeds of 9.8Mbps. The FAA only just this week approved the final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) required to use it.




The new system was meant to be streaming content on planes already, but the FAA didn't provide the final STC required, but now that it has Gogo is free to offer 70Mbps Wi-Fi to its customers. Gogo has over 500 aircraft waiting on antenna upgrades, with the plan now being to have the new antennas installed by early 2016.


2Ku will be installing the new satellite antennas, where they'll also be future-proofed to work with new spot beam satellites. This upgrade is going to be huge, as it will increase the speeds from 70Mbps to 100Mbps. 100Mbps shared across a plane full of people might not seem like much, but it's better than nothing.

Angry Birds developer flings more jobs out of the window

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2:31 am

It was only late last year that Rovio Entertainment laid off 110 staff, with the Angry Birds developer laying off another 260 employees as it tries to be a smaller, more profitable studio.




Rovio CEO Pekka Rantala said that the company was too quick to "explore new business opportunities" as it attempted to do "too many things" at once. Rovio's profits continue to fall, so the layoffs are a quick and easy way of pulling themselves out of the mess. All the while the Sony-made Angry Birds movie, with the layoffs only affecting every area but the movie side of things.

NPD: Half of US homes have at least one connected TV device

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 27, 2015 12:35 am

During Q2 of 2015, half of US Internet homes now have at least one connected TV device, according to a report from The NPD Group. The statistic includes connected TVs, video game consoles, streaming media players, and Blu-ray players able to connect to the Internet.




45 percent of TVs sold in the second quarter supported apps, a drastic increase from 34 percent in 2014 and 24 percent in 2013. Not surprisingly, Netflix is the most commonly used video service among connected TVs, ahead of YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu and HBO GO.


"We're living in the Golden Age of TV where significant investments are being made in developing original series," said John Buffone, executive director of connected intelligence at NPD. "This is being enabled by growth in online services such as Hulu and Amazon Video as well as industry leading TV networks benefitting from the large pay TV subscriber base and fast developing over-the-top audience that uses apps on TV."

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Driverless crash trucks could help keep construction crews safer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 11:20 pm

It seems like only a matter of time before autonomous trucks will hit US roadways, but it looks like there's a very specific purpose for the first to roll out: self-driving construction crash trucks, aimed to inform drivers about roadwork.



Using GPS waypoints, the autonomous workzone trucks are able to follow a lead car, mimic the lead vehicle's path, driving and braking patterns. The trucks are outfitted with rear-end crash barriers, lights, and large signs that update drivers to upcoming construction and road hazards.


"Any time a driver can be removed from these vehicles in a very dangerous situation, and if the vehicle's struck, there's nobody inside of it to receive the damage or the injuries, that's measuring success," said Robert Roy, president of Royal Truck & Equipment Inc, in a statement published by the Associated Press.

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Microsoft boasts there are 75 million Windows 10 users

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 10:40 pm

Since its public launch less than one month ago, there are now more than 75 million devices running Microsoft Windows 10, according to Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of marketing for Windows and devices.




There have been 90,000 different PC and tablet models that made the switch to Windows 10, and users in 192 countries have transitioned to the new OS. Microsoft is still rolling out Windows 10 in waves, but it's possible to track down a direct download link.


If you're not a Windows 7, 8/8.1 user, it's possible to purchase Windows 10 Home for $119 or Windows 10 Pro for $199.

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Corsair launches MM300 Anti-Fray mouse pad, inspired by Team Dignitas

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 9:40 pm

Corsair has launched the MM300 Anti-Fray Mouse Mat, Team Dignitas Edition, a custom gaming mouse pad influenced by professional eSports Team Dignitas.




The MM300 Anti-Fray Mouse Mat, Team Dignitas Edition is a cloth mouse pad designed for high-DPI gaming mice. The "high-endurance, pro-grade" cloth mouse mat features reinforced stitched edges that help defend against surface peeling. The gaming surface features a textile weave Corsair says provides an optimal control and precision tracking for competitive gamers.


The mouse pad is available now, and has a $24.99 MSRP.

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The Witcher 3 sold over 6 million copies in six weeks

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:32 pm

Today CD Projekt RED has announced that its celebrated dark fantasy RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt cleared an impressive 6 million copies sold within the first six weeks of its launch.




"We've just concluded our shareholder conference where we announced that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt family got a bit bigger -- we sold over 6 million copies of the game in six weeks since launch," CD Projekt RED studio head Adam Badowski revealed. At $60 a pop we can estimate that CDPR made a whopping $360 million in less than two months from its magnum opus. Wow.


CDPR isn't about to let all that success go to its head, and Badowski affirms that the studio isn't going to let cash compromise its artistic vision. Ultimately gamers come first to CDPR. "One could think we have six million reasons to be happy and that's it," Badowski said. "Yes, six million copies is a great achievement for a company making RPGs, but this business is not only about that. If our games are a gallery of sound, picture and text - you are the visitors of this gallery. To an artist, there's no sweeter sight than people enjoying their work. That's why, in the name of all the devs in the studio, I'd like to say thanks to each and every one of you."

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Nintendo NX will let you share replays and track high scores

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 7:54 pm

A new patent reveals that Nintendo's upcoming NX system has a unique and rather dynamic sharing functionality that will let users compare and share high scores, achievements and video replays.




The Nintendo NX patent, originally spotted by Nintendo Enthusiast, is pretty beefy, but the general jist of it centers around users comparing their in-game feats. Essentially players will be able to compare each other's scores on a wide network of users, send and receive replay video clips, and check their standings on live leaderboards.


All shared data will consist of a "sheet" of content including high scores (which can be cross-checked with live leaderboards), a grading system (stars, etc), customized user-created messages and drawings (think Miiverse sketches) and the ability to view replay video. All users will be able to share and publish these "sheets" of content. The above picture is a mock-up scheme that servers as an example of a shared post.

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Facebook testing its own Cortana-like AI service called 'M'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 26, 2015 6:14 pm

Facebook is testing out its own AI-controlled service called "M" that's aimed at making your digital life easier.




The new Facebook AI is called "M" and will be very much like Siri and Cortana, but instead of being tethered to a specific OS, M will be embedded in Facebook's messaging system. So that means everyone can use it regardless of the brand of your device. Touted as a digital assistant, M isn't like the other AI on the market, and will actually roll up its sleeves to complete specific tasks.


"Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf," David Marcus,Facebook's Vice President of Messaging Products, said in an announcement post. "It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more."

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