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Microsoft earning praise for Outlook app on Google Android, iOS

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 7:04 am

Microsoft has released a native Outlook app for Apple iOS and a preview mode for Google Android, as the company continues to embrace change. The successful launch was courtesy of Microsoft's previous acquisition of Acompli, with both sides integrating the teams while continuing to develop the Outlook app.




The Outlook iOS version requires iOS 8.0 or newer, and is a 22.5MB download.


"Microsoft is absolutely doing the right thing putting these important and popular applications on Android and iOS," said Al Hilwa, analyst at IDC, in a statement to PCWorld. "An increasing number of users of these products already use multiple devices, and it is valuable for them to be able to move across platforms with the same tools."

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League of Legends or StarCraft II fan? The Intel Extreme Masters is on

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 6:42 am

Featuring some of the best teams in the world across two gaming titles, the Intel Extreme Masters is currently running their Taipei contingent of Season 9 - featuring thousands of dollars in prize money and being hosted at the Taipei Game Show, 2015.




Although the League of Legends part is now finished, StarCraft II players are still battling out for top spot. Without spoiling any of the results here, you can view all the results, placings and tournament information on the official landing page.


Seeing players and teams travel from Korea, Australia, Europe and America - this event is sure to tickle your fancy if eSports or competitive gaming is something you're interested in.


All live streams are available on the official website, check it out and enjoy - there isn't long left! If you have missed the action however, all content will be uploaded for private viewing in the near future.

NVIDIA's G-Sync technology might soon work without the G-Sync module

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 5:40 am

NVIDIA has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week with the GeForce GTX 970 VRAM issues, and now someone has played around with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology and got it working on every eDP display thanks to the use of a very special driver.




The driver has come from an ASUS Nordic Support representative, who leaked the internal driver (346.87) that included hidden G-Sync support. The driver itself was issued to fix a totallyt different issue, with the rep not aware that G-Sync support was added. Well, when the person received the driver and installed it, they were met with a popup saying that a G-Sync display had been connected. The leaked driver has been adding support for G-Sync to some notebooks, with the ASUS G751 being one of those.


NVIDIA confirmed with PC Perspective that this technology is still in a very early stage, with the G-Sync support not meant to be added anytime soon. NVIDIA had inadvertently confirmed that a G-Sync module is not required to enable G-Sync, which is where the excitement should begin for most.

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UK surveillance chief: CCTVs are all over, and too many are useless

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 5:35 am

The UK may have anywhere from 4 million up to 5.9 million CCTV cameras in use, but many of the cameras are useless and there must be concern so the region doesn't 'sleepwalk' towards becoming a surveillance state, according to UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter.




"You can still maintain the balance of excellent surveillance but not have a propagation of surveillance that is actually useless," Porter recently said on BBC Radio 5. "Surveillance can be an extremely good thing and run well, it's a useful tool for society. But to quote a former information commissioner, 'we should not sleepwalk into a surveillance society.'"


Broken, damaged and older analog cameras aren't effective to enhance public safety and deter crime, Porter also added. In the future, Porter wants better interaction with the public, especially regarding regulation so cameras are not simply being added just for the sake of purchasing and installing new cameras - especially if there is no benefit to the public.

DJI won't let its drones fly near White House again, following crash

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 4:08 am

Chinese drone maker DJI is planning to release a firmware update so its drones will no longer be able to fly inside of restricted airspace in Washington, DC. The update would also prevent aircraft from crossing the US-Mexico international border, after two recent high-profile incidents.




The first incident was when suspected drug smugglers working for a Mexican cartel crashed a DJI drone with several pounds of methamphetamine. In a separate incident, a drunk government employee accidentally crashed his drone onto White House property in an early morning accident.


With the unmanned aerial systems community growing on a daily basis, we feel it is important to provide pilots with additional tools to help them fly safely and responsibly," said Michael Perry, a spokesman for DJI, in a statement to reporters. "We will continue cooperating with regulators and lawmakers to ensure the skies stay safe and open for innovation."

Report: Mobile shopping amounted to more than 25% of online sales

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 3:13 am

Mobile payments at checkout in retail stores has a lot of work left before going mainstream, but mobile is becoming increasingly popular among online transactions. More than a quarter of online global payments were made via smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices during Q4 2014, according to a report from Adyen.




The 25.8 percent figure is an 11 percent increase over Q3 2014, and retailers are finding new techniques to turn mobile users into paying customers.


"Across all industries including retail, gaming, ticketing, and of course digital goods, we see the emergence of successful businesses offering a mobile-only experience," said Roelant Prins, chief commercial officer of Adyen. "For many companies, mobile is now the primary sales channel, rather than simply a key sales channel, aided by the accelerated growth of mobile payments globally in the last quarter of 2014."

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Microsoft is building 'magical, delightful' next-gen tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 2:54 am

Microsoft has been slowly unveiling some exciting stuff lately, where we have Windows 10 and HoloLens to look forward to, the company is now hiring new staff, including a Senior Software Engineer position for something even more 'magical'.




A job listing has popped up on the Microsoft Careers spage for a Senior Software Engineer who will help the development team built "magical, delightful and disruptive consumer experiences for the next generation of technology (from the creators of the Kinect: Alex Kipman & Kudo Tsunoda)" and the company is "looking to make significant contributions to the early stages of a project with huge growth potential".


This could mean we'll see it reach the Xbox One, or something new is coming. I would peg it on HoloLens, but we could see it reach the Xbox One or even Windows 10. The Xbox One for me, is kinda dead ass you can't add some magical peripheral to it like VR as the system isn't fast enough to deliver the experience Microsoft will need to beat Oculus VR and the Rift. But something for HoloLens and Windows 10? Now you're talking.

Twitter has released Vine Kids - but it's a little different

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 1:11 am

Soon we'll be seeing 8-year-olds "doing it for the vine" as seen through the massively popular short-video broadcasting service, Vine. This app gives you the ability to record a small video and upload it to followers - often seeing people do crazy, ridiculous or just plain stupid things in order to get more followers, likes and e-fame.




Released for iOS on Friday, Vine Kids has been described by Vine as a fun way for young children to watch specially chosen six-second videos. Featuring creative animations, cute pet actions and more - this is seen by some as a 'gateway' into the full-version of what Vine has to offer.


This program is designed to give parents peace of mind, only allowing children to view the videos made available by the Vine team themselves - alongside no option to actually record a video yourself. See this service as somewhat of a 6-second YouTube, with children receiving bursts of entertainment and laughter thanks to the generated content on offer.

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Recent fake Facebook porn links infecting systems with a Trojan virus

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 12:54 am

Don't ever click porn links on Facebook - it's a very good rule to follow in general, however if you're looking to get a porn fix through this popular social media, you need to be extremely alert and aware. Reportedly infecting over 110,000 Facebook users within two days, not everyone is as smart as you might have hoped.




Disguised as a Flash update, this disguised-malware post will tell you to quickly download and run an update in order to see a withheld porn video - doing so will download a Trojan directly onto your system, allowing a hacker to take control of your keyboard and mouse. This virus will then start linking multiple similar links on your wall and tagging up to 20 friends with each post.


Facebook have released an official statement on the matter, saying "we use a number of automated systems to identify potentially harmful links and stop them from spreading. In this case, we're aware of these malware varieties, which are typically hosted as browser extensions and distributed using links on social media sites." In order to cull the wave of infections, Facebook is "blocking links to these scams, offering cleanup options, and pursuing additional measures to ensure that people continue to have a safe experience on Facebook."

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'Game of Thrones' season five trailer hints at the epicness

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 31, 2015 12:47 am

With fans eagerly awaiting the return of the long running fantasy drama series 'Game of Thrones' on April 12th, HBO have now released the first trailer from the upcoming fifth season of the George R.R. Martin adaptation.



The two-minute trailer sheds some light on the upcoming plot twists and reveals some of the new characters, including cast memebrss Alexander Siddig, Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, DeObia Oparei, Jonathan Pryce, Hannah Waddingham, Enzo Cilenti, Michael Condron, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who join the cast for the first time.


This weekend, 'Game of Thrones' hits select IMAX theatres in the US, with two episodes from the fourth season; 'The Watchers on the Wall' and 'The Children' remastered utilising IMAX digital technology.

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