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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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Some Australian trade trainees to use 3D simulators for schooling

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4:03 am

TAFE SA have teamed up with a technology company from Adelaide, South Australia, to develop and revolutionize the way 'tradies' are trained down under.

 

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ETRAIN interactive has developed a 3D training simulation software, matching the courses offered through your general education platforms - spanning popular trades such as construction, carpentry, plumbing and minerals drilling.

 

ETRAIN's founder and managing director, Mathew Balic, has explained that these simulations are ideal for visual learning for students of which struggle with open-book style projects and learning activities - allowing them to easily visualize the task at hand and simulate 'on-the-job training'. He went on the explain that "it's a multi-platform delivery looking to replace textbooks, particularly in trades areas where you get a lot of students with low level literacy and numeracy. Those kids don't engage with traditional book learning, but they do engage with this," furthering "the motivation is there because it's a fun thing to do."

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Coffee machine or PC Chassis? Meet the Silver Ghost project

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 3:05 am

It's obvious that Montymole's Modding Emporium doesn't mess around when it comes to PC modifications - they've just released a further 3D design for the 'Silver Ghost' project.

 

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Looking similar to a coffee machine, you can see that it's going to be a fully-custom chassis design, integrated with a full watercooling loop connected to 2x 180mm radiators - however it's very hard to tell the full scale of the project through just a rendered image.

 

On the official Facebook, it's explained that they don't want to spoil "the fun on the layout of the tubing and other stuff," so this is all we get for now - along with a full list of specifications.

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Oops, I meant sunny side up! Scientists can now unboil eggs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 2:54 am

Scientists from UC Irvine have figured out a method to 'unboil' egg whites, turning them from a solid back into liquid form. There is a real application to this however, as it is claimed that the process behind this can "help lower the production cost of cancer drugs and other expensive medications" as explained by Gizmodo.

 

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Cancer drugs don't directly correlate to egg whites, however the process between the two is similar and helps show off how powerful and complex the process really is. The process shows that these scientists can now "use and recycle molecular proteins that have a tendency to "misfold" into tiny shapes and structures when produced that actually make them unusable." This basically means that the proteins produced by these scientists generally end up as a spongey-solid, similar to that of a hard-boiled egg, whereas scientists need it to be a liquid - with no easy solution previously available to make this happen, they put in the effort and produced a new method.

 

The scientists have laid out the process, explaining that "To re-create a clear protein known as lysozyme once an egg has been boiled, he and his colleagues add a urea substance that chews away at the whites, liquefying the solid material."

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Antec now with new P380 chassis in stock

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 2:06 am

Described by some as "the company that started it all," Antec has just announced that their P380 chassis is now officially launched - set as an update and refresh of their P180 case.

 

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Featuring dual-layer noise-dampening side panels, Antec claim that this chassis will ensure you can create "a system that is almost inaudible even when the fans are spinning at a high speed."

 

Compatible with standard ATX motherboards, this new addition to the Antec line includes nine expansion slots and supports video cards up to 18.3" long.

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Coming to an office near you: multitouch smart coffee table

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 1:55 am

Ideum has launched its Duet smart coffee table, featuring 42-inch and 46-inch models, running the Microsoft Windows 8 and Google Android operating systems. The table has been designed for use in public spaces, offices, schools, retail stores, and other environments that feature continued use.

 

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The multi-touch input provides increased responsiveness and has been designed to be the "hub of the connected home," giving owners the chance to control all their smart technologies from one location: controlling music, lights, thermostat, security, and other popular IoT-driven solutions.

 

The Duet has the following hardware specs: Intel Core i5-4570R (3.20GHz), Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 8GB DDR RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

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NASA says SpaceX, Boeing one step closer to launching astronauts

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 1:25 am

SpaceX and Boeing successfully completed milestones in their effort to launch astronauts into space, according to NASA during a press conference to discuss the Commercial Crew Program.

 

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"I don't ever want to have to write another check to Roscosmos," said Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, during the press conference. SpaceX hopes to begin launching personnel into space starting in early 2017, and wants to fly 50 Falcon 9 missions before reaching its ambitious goal.

 

As NASA continues to develop its next-generation space shuttle, the US government has called upon private sector companies to help fill the void. Following political tensions, NASA stopped relying on the Russian government to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA previously relied on SpaceX launches to help resupply the ISS, as additional private sector companies try to jump into the business.

Microsoft saw increased demand for Surface, but is the tablet doomed?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:09 am

Surface tablet revenue has increased up to $1.1 billion in Q2 2015, according to Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings announcement. The increased figure was largely due to the Surface Pro 3 and sales of accessories for the device - an impressive year-over-year growth from $893 million.

 

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Even though this is the first time Surface revenue eclipsed $1 billion, some people are beginning to wonder if Microsoft is going to pull the plug on Surface.

 

"It is currently out of stock [and] unfortunately we do not have specific dates on when products are back in stock, [so] you would have to check back on the site regularly," a Microsoft Store sales representative told Computerworld.

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Retailers interested in adopting Apple Pay mobile payment service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 26, 2015 11:55 pm

The adoption of Apple Pay, while still stirring controversy among retailers preferring a non-Apple-centric payment service, continues to help stimulate the mobile pay revolution.

 

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For retailers, they have a monetary incentive to adopt Apple Pay: the payment service charges a fraction of what current credit card companies charge per swipe at checkout, which could help win over additional retailers in the future.

 

"I've never seen a bigger adoption of an alternative-payment system," said Brian Roemmele, a payments consultant, in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

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