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Logitech cleans up 2015 GOOD DESIGN awards with five trophies

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 1:32 pm

Stated as the "fifth consecutive year that Logitech products have been awarded GOOD DESIGN awards" in a recently issued press release, this peripheral giant has taken home five awards this time around.

 

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Receiving awards for its Wireless Mouse M280, ConferenceCam Connect, Keys-To-Go, Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 and the MX Master Wireless Mouse, Logitech president and CEO Bracken Darrell stated that "these additional design award wins help underscore how design is at the core of what we do at Logitech."

 

The GOOD DESIGN Awards are presented each year by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and are in partnership with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies.

GoPro slashes staff, posts lower than expected sales figures

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 12:31 pm

While the GoPro Hero4 product release has been named as partly to blame for a downturn in sales, Business Insider reported that GoPro has sent home 7 percent of its staff amidst low sales figures.

 

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While this company was initially forecasted to post a Q4 revenue figure of $511 million it is now expected to bring in $435 million, helping make a total revenue haul of $1.6 billion in 2015. Explaining this downturn in sales, the GoPro stated that its "Fourth quarter revenue reflects lower than anticipated sales of its capture devices due to slower than expected sell through at retailers, particularly in the first half of the quarter."

 

Alongside GoPro shares free falling by 23 percent recently, it's expected to face bills amounting to between $5 million and $10 million in severance costs due to the layoffs, while also dealing with $21 million over Hero4 price changes enacted in December 2015.

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House of Cards S4 trailer says 'we get the leaders we deserve'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 6:32 am

We're so close to the fourth season of Netflix's hit original show House of Cards, with the new "The Leader We Deserve" trailer showing Frank Underwood's journey so far.

 

 

The trailer premiered during the Golden Globes last night, and concentrates on its main character: Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood. This is the first proper teaser for the full season, with the previous teasers being faux campaign ads for Underwood and his Presidency within House of Cards.

 

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Rise of the Tomb Raider's in-game graphics settings spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 4:39 am

With the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider right around the corner, and bundled with specific NVIDIA GeForce video cards, we're learning about the in-game graphics settings.

 

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As you can see, you'll be able to adjust a bunch of settings, including the usual Texture Quality, Anistrophic Filter, Ambient OccOcclusionepth of Field, the Level of Detail, Motion Blur, and PureHair.

 

Lara Croft will once again hit your PC when Rise of the Tomb Raider is released on January 29.

Fake Fitbit activity trackers intercepted by U.S. customs

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 14, 2016 12:22 am

Counterfeiter operations are clearly getting increasingly sophisticated, as evidenced by a shipment of fake Fitbit activity trackers from Hong Kong, which looked apparently very close to the genuine article.

 

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According to a press release issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who seized the shipment of counterfeit Fitbit watches, the collection of 350 devices had a street value of around $35,000 USD and were intercepted due to their copyright breaches. Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia said "Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize counterfeit and substandard merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers. Intellectual property rights enforcement is a CBP priority trade issue, and a mission that we take very seriously."

 

Probably bound for the likes of eBay, prospective Fitbit purchasers would be encouraged to look at legitimate outfits only - they're much better that way.

Group video calling coming to Skype mobile, pre-registration on now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 11:34 pm

The "next evolution" of Skype is apparently group video calling on mobile, which comes about six years after 1 on 1 video calling on mobile, and 10 years after Skype video calling on non-mobile devices.

 

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The new feature -- which supports Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows 10 Mobile platforms -- isn't public yet, but you can pre-register here for a "sneak peek". It's not clear if you'll be able to try it immediately or if there's a wait period, but try for yourself and let us know what happens.

'Friends' TV reunion to air next month

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 10:50 pm

'The X-Files' isn't the only 90's TV show to return to screens this year, with the announcement that the cast of 'Friends' will make their first reunion on screen since the show wound up in 2004.

 

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But before you get too excited, while the one-off special will indeed reunite stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry for the first time in over a decade, it sadly won't show us what happened after the final episode. Instead, NBC's two-hour show will be more of a behind the scenes talkfest to honour veteran sitcom director James Burrows.

 

The special is expected to be recorded in Los Angeles later this month, and will go to air on Feb. 21.

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Microsoft recommends updating to IE 11 even if you don't use IE

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 10:33 pm

Microsoft finally retired Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 yesterday, after previously encouraging everyone to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11.

 

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There's another reason to do so, even if you don't use Internet Explorer, according to Microsoft Senior Software Development Consultant Pat Altimore, who notes components of the browser are tied into the operating system.

 

"There are many components that constitute the browser," he writes. "Most of the components are part of the operating system including the JavaScript / HTML rendering engine (MSHTML.dll), the Web Browser control (ieframe.dll), and the Windows Internet Protocol Handler (WinInet.dll). The browser application (IExplore.exe) uses these OS components for script execution, rendering, HTTP requests, etc. When you upgrade the browser, you potentially upgrade all of these components."

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EK Water Blocks recalls all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 AIO units

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:42 pm

EK Water Blocks has issued a statement on its official Facebook page, informing customers that there is now a total recall on all EK-XLC Predator 240 and 360 water cooling units.

 

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These are the pre-filled and pre-assembled all-in-one units released by EK, with this water cooling giant explaining that the recall has been put into place due to possible leakage issues. It doesn't take a genius to understand that water and electronics don't mix, so we urge any customers to head over to the official EK announcement page to read more about the overall process, a place in which this company goes into great detail to explain the issues and how they will be rectified with revision 1.1.

 

While many consumers are upset on social media due to this taking place, EK Water Blocks explained on its website that this problem "was initially estimated as limited risk situation with small percentage of units developing a leak over time that can be resolved with direct customer contact," however, after further analysis it has "turned out to be a more widespread problem." This statement shows that they had prior knowledge of this issue, now choosing to protect all customers from possible unit failure in the future.

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Google made a brand new VR division, what could they be working on?

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 9:19 pm

Google was an early embracer of VR with their Carboard, but since then they've lagged behind a bit. It looks like they've formed a new VR group which is being headed by Clay Bavour, who was previously the VP for Product Management at Google proper.

 

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The Carboard initiative was a very good introduction to the more casual side of VR with a number of apps that were compatible with iOS and Android that let you explore the VR world if you had either the official HMD or made your own. It was a great idea, but progress on Google's own VR solutions has stagnated somewhat. Even the integration with GoPro and having 360 degree video part of YouTube hasn't quite been enough.

 

But now a prolific executive is moving over to take on a completely dedicated VR department that has the chance to innovate in a market that isn't quite focused as of yet. A lot of great ideas exist for how to make VR more mainstream and an integral part of our lives, but they just need a helping hand to guide them into something that we'll actually use. But now Google has just that, and while we don't exactly know what they're working on, if their past projects are any indication then it'll definitely be interesting and good for the future of VR.

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