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Steam's midweek madness pushes Ubisoft titles for 75% off

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:06 am

Interested in Call of Juarez Gunslinger for $4.48 or Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon for the same price? Steam is currently running its midweek madness special, seeing the 'Ubisoft Arcade' promotion kick into overdrive with 75% off popular titles.

 

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If you're looking for more you can purchase Call of Juarez Gunslinger and Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon together for $7.48 or a whole arcade pack of Ubisoft greatness for just under $15.

 

Why are you still reading this? It's time to punish your wallet yet again.

Microsoft, Unity Technologies team together for HoloLens support

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 11:20 pm

During the Build conference keynote today, Microsoft announced it has expanded a partnership with Unity Technologies to include HoloLens support for the Unity development platform. Unity is best known for its Unity game engine, and is currently used in video game titles such as Cities: Skylines and HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft.

 

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"Microsoft HoloLens unshackles game and app designers from traditional screens creating a freedom to completely reimagine how we view and interact with information, education, entertainment, creative tools, social networks, remote healthcare and more," said Steffen Toksvig, VP of strategic technology at Unity.

 

As part of the agreement, Unity tools will be included in the Unity Personal and Unity Pro packages for HoloLens.

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US Navy successfully refuels X-47B UAV in-flight, extending range

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 10:40 pm

The US Navy proudly confirmed the X-47B unmanned aircraft and Omega K-707 tanker successfully completed an autonomous aerial refueling (AAR) operation. The UAV received more than 4,000 pounds of fuel and was able to communicate with the K-707 to maneuver a fixed refueling probe into the tanker's drogue.

 

 

"What we accomplished today demonstrates a significant, groundbreaking step forward for the Navy," said Capt. Beau Duarte, Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager for the US Navy. "The ability to autonomously transfer and receive fuel in flight will increase the range and flexibility of future unmanned aircraft platforms, ultimately extending carrier power projection."

 

It's already challenging enough to have a manned pilot successfully complete aerial refueling operations, but teaching the UAV to do it "creates another layer of complexity." However, the US military has been curious to see if aerial refueling could be done to help refuel UAVs, as more unmanned aircraft are added by the Air Force and Navy.

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Microsoft including Android, iOS apps for Windows 10 phones

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 9:17 pm

Microsoft is opening the door for Google Android and Apple iOS app developers to port their software and games to Microsoft Windows 10. If everything works out, more Windows 10 apps will be available to users, and developers won't be forced to rebuild the app from scratch.

 

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"Initially it will be analogous to what Amazon offers," said Terry Myerson, executive VP of operating systems at Microsoft, in a statement to The Verge. "If they're using some Google API... we have created Microsoft replacements for those APIs."

 

The company, which hopes to give new life to its smartphone and tablet effort with Windows 10, will give Android and iOS developers access to new software development kits (SDKs). "We want to enable developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications."

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Samsung overtook Apple to become largest smartphone vendor in Q1

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 8:35 pm

Samsung has overtaken Apple as the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world based on volume during Q1 2015, according to the Strategy Analytics research group. The Korean company shipped 83.2 million smartphones and has 24 percent of the overall smartphone market - which is down year-over-year, but enough to recapture the top spot from Apple.

 

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Meanwhile, Apple shipped 61.2 million smartphones and has 18 percent market share, a three percent market share increase year-over-year. Importantly, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phone models are extremely popular among consumers across the world, especially in the United States and China, which is putting more pressure on Samsung.

 

"Samsung continued to face challenges in Asia and elsewhere, but its global performance has stabilized sufficiently well this quarter to overtake Apple and recapture first position as the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, in a statement.

Samsung exploring virtual reality use in the workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 7:30 pm

Samsung believes there is potential for virtual reality in the workplace, and wants to explore possible opportunities. The company already has the Gear VR headset, but that product is designed for consumers - something a bit more rugged would likely be required in the enterprise world.

 

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VR headsets could become appealing in the office because they create an immersive way to give presentations or sales pitches. However, developing and sharing content designed for VR headsets would need to be customized for every company based on their work environments.

 

Samsung says the automotive industry has shown the most interest in VR, but real estate agencies and other niche companies could benefit from VR. Unfortunately, it could be years of testing and development before VR begins to take off in the workplace - with more dedication needed from software developers and hardware manufacturers

Apple iPad software glitch causes flight delays for American Airlines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 6:05 pm

American Airlines was forced to delay "more than a couple dozen" flights following problems with an app installed on Apple iPad tablets used by pilots. Some pilots had to return their aircraft to the gate, while others said they fixed the third-party app problem during passenger boarding.

 

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"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," according to a statement released by American Airlines. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue."

 

The airline became the first company to convert pilots fully to electronics for navigation and flight plans, so any data changes can be made quickly and efficiently. American Airlines claims it saves over 400,000 gallons of fuel each year, and millions of pages of paper documents were replaced with just 8,000 iPads.

Selfie stick that looks like a human arm, because why not

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:33 pm

Are your Instagram followers pressuring you into getting a boyfriend? Well you can now pledge to live a lie online thanks to this selfie stick which looks like a real human arm and hand.

 

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If you're a fan of the selfie stick (many aren't because they keep getting banned) and are also lonely, this might be for you.

 

Designed by Justin Crowe Studio, the Selfie Arm is build in collaboration with Aric Snee and urges you to sign up to their mailing list for production updates.

 

There's currently no price range attached to their website just yet nor any particular plans for optional shirt accessories - one can only dream.

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This crazy Hardwired PC build will set you back almost $10,000 AUD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:05 pm

Ever wished you could have a build that not only trumps all of your friends in the performance department but also looks pretty damn awesome at the same time? Well Hardwired PC is starting to build some systems with Custom Automotive Finishes and the one we've got to show off here features their metallic gunmetal grey finish.

 

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Featuring a Corsair 900D with the custom finish, this system doesn't miss a beat thanks to the NVIDIA GTX 980's in Quad SLI and an Intel i7 5690X running at 3.0GHz.

 

The total bill for this build will set you back a massive $9,496 AU ($7,595 US) from Hardwired PC themselves, with custom case painting said to cost around $599 AU ($479 US) for a case of this nature. You do get certain measures of quality with this investment however, Hardwired PC will ship your system in a custom wooden case and provide some neat cable management.

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Hulu reaches agreement to stream entire catalog of Seinfeld

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 29, 2015 5:00 pm

Streaming video service Hulu has reached an agreement with Sony Pictures TV to stream Seinfeld, agreeing to pay a little less than $1 million per episode. The financial agreement will be paid for all 180 episodes of the popular TV show, with Sony TV, Time Warner Castle Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and co-creator Larry David listed as profit participants.

 

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Some Seinfeld episodes were available on Crackle, Sony's ad-supported streaming service, but the studio's deal with Hulu is a major deal. Hulu agreed to pay more than Yahoo, Amazon, and other video services for rights to the entire video catalog. Netflix purchased rights to stream Friends, and reportedly helped boost viewership, according to industry insiders.

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