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Social media wins again - football fan uses Twitter to find a girl

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 8:04 am

After forgetting to grab a lovely ladies number on the train, Crystal Palace fan Angus Mainland took to Twitter, publishing a selfie they had taken together and asking - who's that girl?


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They snapped a few selfies, shared a scarf and Mainland claimed he was in love - it seems like it was meant to be. Asking Twitter and the Cross Country Trains for help, he set out on the path to track down his one true love.


With over 4,600 re-tweets and almost 2,000 favorites, Mainland's quest was bolstered into the news-feeds of tens of thousands of would-be do-gooders, seeing this question come back with the goods and finding the girl in the end. In an interview with a local newspaper, The Croydon Advertiser, he stated that "at half time it had got 30 re-tweets and after full time it was over 100," further adding "my friend who's a Southampton fan said that if I got 2000 re-tweets then he'd get a tattoo to commemorate Palace's incredible win. I never expected to have that kind of response, it's been incredible. The majority of people responding have been supportive."

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NVIDIA updates the official specifications of the GeForce GTX 970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:32 am

We reported yesterday that NVIDIA was having an issue with its GeForce GTX 970 GPU, with its VRAM only maxing out at 3.5GB even with 4GB on offer. Well, this seems to be getting a detailed explanation quickly from NVIDIA, with the Senior Vice President of Engineering Jonah Alben sending PC Perspective a diagram of the reason behind the GTX 970 acting weirdly.


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As you can see in the diagram above, there are three four things greyed out. Three SMM blocks and a single L2 cache block. NVIDIA explained to PCPer: "Despite initial reviews and information from NVIDIA, the GTX 970 actually has fewer ROPs and less L2 cache than the GTX 980. NVIDIA says this was an error in the reviewer's guide and a misunderstanding between the engineering team and the technical PR team on how the architecture itself functioned. That means the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1792 KB of L2 cache compared to 64 ROPs and 2048 KB of L2 cache for the GTX 980".


So the question is, is the GeForce GTX 970 a 4GB card or not? It has 4GB of VRAM, that much we know, but accessing the remaining 0.5GB of RAM is slower than the first 3.5GB.

Australian PM Tony Abbott says social media is 'Electronic Graffiti'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:02 am

Yesterday was Australia day, often known as 'the day of the drunk bogan' but also a time to celebrate and reflect on everything that is Australia. 'The Land Down Under's' Prime Minister Tony Abbott celebrated this occasion by awarding Prince Philip with an Australian Knighthood, seeing major backlash among global social media.


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Mr. Abbott dismissed the haters, labeling social media as "electronic graffiti," disregarding members of the public and their opinions as slander.


When addressing the issue at a press conference, Mr. Abbott dismissed the online opinions and scolded the media for publishing them by stating "I'll leave social media to its own devices. Social media is kind of like electronic graffiti and I think that in the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media. You wouldn't report what's sprayed up on the walls of buildings."

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Emma Watson signs on to Disney's live action 'Beauty and the Beast'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:34 am

Disney have been on a live-action remake binge of late, with 'Cinderella' hitting screens in March, 'Into The Woods' based on the Broadway play now playing, and a sequel to 'Alice In Wonderland' on the cards. Now, we can add another to the list, with 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson revealing via her Facebook page that she has been cast to play Belle in the live action adaptation.


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Revealing that the role was "such a big part of my growing up... my six year old self is on the ceiling", Watson also says that she'll now have to take "some singing lessons" to prepare for the role. The 1992 animated feature 'Beauty and the Beast' is often heralded as one of the finest Disney films from the last few decades, with a relatively mature story and sumptous animation.


With pre-production underway, 'Beauty and the Beast' is set for a 2016 release and will be directed by Bill Condon, who has helmed musicals 'Chicago', 'Dreamgirls' and the final two entries in the 'Twilight' series, 'Breaking Dawn'.

The galaxy in Elite: Dangerous can be explored for over 150,000 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:34 am

Elite: Dangerous launched in December last year, but it'll be many more years before the entire galaxy has been mapped. The game takes place in a one-to-one recreation of our Milky Way galaxy, something that will take lifetimes to explore.


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There are over 400 billion star systems to explore, but with part of the leveling mechanic in the game incentivising exploration of unknown star systems, Elite: Dangerous is being mapped quickly. At the current rate of exploration, Elite: Dangerous' playerbase is visiting 17,585 new star systems each day. This breaks down into 732 per hour, or 12 per minute.


If this rate continues and there isn't an influx of players in the short term, it would take a gigantic 150,895 years to map the entire galaxy. The developer behind the game is running a content for the first player to reach Elite status in exploration, giving away a $1500 prize. The first player to reach Elite in all three statuses will receive $15,000.

Facebook and Instagram experiencing global outage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:25 am

Update: Lizard Squad are taking responsibility for the hack, taking down various social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, MySpace, Tinder and more. They reportedly didn't take Twitter down as its their only form of communication.


You've probably just realized, but some of you might not have: Facebook is down. Right now, it's not loading for me here in Australia, some friends in California and San Francisco, and it's not loading on my smartphone either.


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A bit of personal reflection: as a professional, I require Facebook for my everyday life. Professionally, I'm on it virtually every waking minute posting stories up from our main site to our Facebook page, engaging with readers, posting up random images and the like along the way. Personally, I'm addicted to it like most. Constantly checking my News Feed, hanging out on Messenger as long as my eyes are open, posting up images of my day or my travel if I'm away at an event.


In times like this, I know it's sad and I know I'm going to get hate mail over it: but I feel, lost. Without Facebook, it feels like half the Internet is down for me. Do you feel the same? Should we get on Kickstarter and start a Facebook Anonymous? Hi, my name's Anthony and I'm addicted to Facebook...


We will update this with more news, as it happens.

EA charges real money for gas in Need for Speed: No Limits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 5:31 am

Let's start the week off with some big news for Electronic Arts, which is charging real money for in-game gas in Need for Speed: No Limits. Yes, you will need to buy gas through in-app purchases, or you could wait for your tank to fill back up. This isn't something you want to wait for when you feel the need, the need for speed.


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Need for Speed: No Limits is currently an iPhone exclusive, but will be reaching Android in the near future. In the game, each race requires a certain amount of gas, so some gamers will choose to front up real money to pay for gas, so that they can play at their own pace. There are varying levels of currency in the game, with the real-world currency applying to 'gold'.


What do you think of EA charging for gas in a game? What will we be paying for next? Oxygen?

Analyst claims the Apple Watch will go on sale this March

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 5:08 am

According analyst Ming Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Apple's long-awaited smartwatch will go on sale in just over one month, citing possible component shortages as a likely issue alongside commenting that 5 million devices should be sold within the first quarter of 2015.


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Although no official launch date has been announced, the Watch was officially shown to the world in September, with Apple telling us to expect a full release in early 2015. Kuo has also made note that other analyst reports have also claimed a March release - so it's nothing completely ground-breaking or new.


Apple still has to release some information on the watch, including the battery and pre-order details, claims Kuo. Apple have stated that this new device will require charging daily, however no other information has been leaked.

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Gearbox wants your help to make Borderlands 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:37 am

Borderlands is a massive franchise, so most fans would kill to be a part of it, right? Well, Gearbox Software is recruiting people for the next game in the franchise, where you don't need any qualifications to join the team.


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Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software said: "We are recruiting for next Borderlands. This is the big one". No qualifications are required, with the studio looking for a wide variety of people, stretching from writers to art designers and engine programmers. Unfortunately there's no information on Borderlands 3 just yet, but we should expect an announcement soon.

Head to 'Sin City' in our A Dame to Kill For' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:13 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' on 3D Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have 15 copies of the 3D + 2D Blu-ray combo to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Icon Home Entertainment.


There is no justice without sin. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miler's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'. In a town where justice doesn't prevail, the desperate want vengeance and ruthless murderers find themselves with vigilantes on their heels, as the most hard-boiled citizens once again cross paths with its vicious inhabitants.


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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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