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Project Cars 'The World is Yours' clip will have you upgrading your PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 8:31 am

Project Cars is closer and closer with each hour that passes, so the team at Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer dubbed 'The World is Yours' which we've embedded below.

 

 

The trailer teases: "No Matter What the Car, No Matter What the Track (Showing different tracks in different parts of the world), No Matter Where You Come From, What Matters is Finishing First". The graphics are so pretty that I didn't even pay attention to anything else. The game is just oozing next-gen graphics, and I for one, can't wait until May 8.

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Microsoft's Satya Nadella thinks Cortana is a game changer

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 7:35 am

Microsoft wants people to be excited about Windows 10, which will be available later this year for PCs, smartphones, and other devices. However, it looks like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is especially excited about Cortana, the digital personal assistant currently available on Microsoft-powered smartphones.

 

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Cortana is able to browse the Web, find things on a PC, remind users of calendar updates, and serve as the ultimate personal assistant. If used properly, Microsoft hopes Cortana will become a frequently used tool that can make interacting in the OS - and on the Internet - even easier.

 

"Cortana, that's perhaps the thing that's going to change personal productivity even most and especially with Windows 10 and how Cortana comes to Windows, both to the browser as well as to the Start [menu]," Sadella recently said during a financial analyst briefing. "I think it completely changes what personal productivity software means from a day-to-day experience."

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Air Force's mysterious X-37B will have another test flight next month

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 6:50 am

The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral on May 20, it has been confirmed. The original launch date was May 6, but a payload problem forced officials to push the launch back two weeks.

 

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Exact details about the spacecraft, its payload and what it will be doing are classified - but it looks like the X-37B will help give engineers a better glimpse of an "experimental propulsion system."

 

"We are excited about our fourth X-37B mission," said Randy Walden, director of the US Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in a statement. "With the demonstrated success of the first three missions, we're able to shift our focus from initial checkouts of the vehicle to testing of experimental payloads."

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Stephen Hawking says mankind needs to leave Earth to survive

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 6:30 am

Often referred to as the 'most intelligent man on Earth', Professor Stephen Hawking has told audiences in Australia that the future of humankind is grim if we don't master interplanetary travel by the end of the millennium.

 

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From his office in Cambridge, Hawking appeared via hologram to sold-out crowds at Sydney's Opera House, telling crowds that he didn't "think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet... We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity". Hawking's comments echo many other respected scientists who urge authorities to prepare for the need to leave our big blue planet - a topic at the heart of the 2014 feature film 'Interstellar'.

 

In a lighter topic, Hawking also fielded a question on the "cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world", to which he replied "Finally, a question about something important" before delivering a response outlining the theory of an alternate universe where the boy band member stayed.

Best Buy warms up to Apple Pay, even with allegiance to CurrentC

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 5:30 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Best Buy will begin accepting Apple Pay mobile payments later this year, including as a payment method for apps.

 

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This is a major victory for Apple, as Best Buy is a partner of the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), which is developing its own CurrentC mobile payment ecosystem. Best Buy reportedly has an exclusivity agreement signed with MCX, and that's why Apple Pay can't go live until the fall.

 

"We understand - and strongly support - our merchant partners' quest to do what's best for their customers," said Scott Rankin, COO at MCX, in a statement published by the New York Times. "As we have stated in [the] past, we are of the firm belief that there need to be at least 2-3 major players within the mobile payments ecosystem for it to succeed."

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Korean researchers create wearable thermoelectric generator tech

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 4:55 am

KAIST researchers in South Korea are working on creating a thermoelectric generator that can be used to help power wearable electronics. The team developed a glass fabric TE generator that is able to produce electricity based on heat created by the human body.

 

 

"Our technology presents an easy and simple way of fabricating an extremely flexible, light, and high-performance TE generator," said Byung Jin Cho, head of the KAIST research team, in a statement to the media. "We expect that this technology will find further applications in scale-up systems such as automobiles, factories, aircrafts, and vessels where we see abundant thermal energy being wasted."

 

There have been organic and inorganic material TE generators manufactured in the past, while Cho's team is interested in a new concept that is able to be flexible yet not lose much thermal energy. KAIST's design utilizes a self-sustaining structure that is able to accurately trap inorganic TE materials in between upper and lower substrates.

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Konami confirms Kojima's Silent Hills video game has been terminated

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 3:45 am

Game publisher Konami has confirmed it doesn't plan on developing the Silent Hills project, as the company continues dealing with internal drama. Both Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus previously showed disappointment that they won't be involved in the game title any longer, as Konami tries to sort itself out.

 

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"Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued," Konami said in a statement to GameSpot.

 

Director Hideo Kojima is leaving the company and it looks like a power struggle is currently taking place among Konami's senior leadership. It's a shame to see that Konami and Kojima's public feud has spilled over from Metal Gear Solid 5 and has impacted Silent Hills.

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Scientists: 75 percent of very hot days due to global warming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 2:28 am

A new scientific report finds three out of four extremely hot days are caused by humans and greenhouse gases - and it's an important metric considering there is more talk regarding climate change.

 

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Researchers took a look at one-tenth of one percent of hot days, picking the hottest and most extreme days - and used 25 computer models to find that these extreme weather days occurred once in three years, assuming there were no greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. However, when the current level of greenhouse gases is included, the number jumps to four days.

 

"This new study helps get the actual probability or odds of human influence," said Jonathan Overpeck, climate scientist at the University of Arizona, in a statement published by the AP. "This is key: If you don't like hot temperature extremes that we're getting, you now know how you can reduce the odds of such events by reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

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Restricted 'Ted 2' red band trailer brings the laughs

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 12:17 am

Seth McFarlane's 2012 debut feature film 'Ted', starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis was a huge success for Universal Studios, grossing over half a billion dollars on a $50 million budget. It's no surprise that a sequel is on the way, and today the studio have released a risque red band trailer for the film - but only if you're over 18....

 

 

This time around, Ted has given up his bachelor ways and married his girlfriend Tami-Lyn, but when the couple decide to expand the family, the oversize teddy bear must prove he is a human in the eyes of the low to retain custody of a child. Directed by 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad' creator Seth McFarlane the sequel returns stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis and adds Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

 

'Ted 2' hits cinemas in Australia on June 25th, and on June 26th in the United States.

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AOL CEO: AOL-Yahoo merger just a 'dead notion' at this point

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 27, 2015 10:40 pm

AOL and Yahoo will not merge together despite financial industry rumors, and the former ISP giant is focusing on developing niche business units. An AOL-Yahoo merger has been rumored for years, but investors from both companies said it's not worth the trouble of bringing up a possible merger until it's seriously brought to the table.

 

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"We have to really make a decision whether we want to take a step back, and go back and think about doing something like [a merger], versus, do we focus on growth?" said Tim Armstrong, chairman and CEO of AOL, in a statement to CNBC.

 

Instead of worrying about a merger, AOL will seriously consider acquisitions that help its supply business, customer data, and video and automated ads. "You should assume we're going to do everything we possibly can to move those three things forward."

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