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Fleshlight launches the LaunchPad, an iPad cover you can have sex with

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 5:57 am

Face it, you've always wanted to be able to sleep with your iPad, but now you can. Fleshlight has just unveiled its LaunchPad, a Fleshlight for your iPad in the form of a cover for your tablet.

 

 

For just $25, you can buy the Fleshlight LaunchPad, and attach it to the back of your iPad. Some of the reviews are quite hilarious, with one of them from "JT" which says: "The LaunchPAD takes watching POV videos to a whole new level! It feels like I'm really having sex with my favorite porn stars". Another is from "FLESHLOVER" who said: "Stoya porn on your tablet + the Launch Pad + Stoya's Fleshlight makes it feel like she's really in the room! IMHO this is better than the real thing".

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Netflix to expand Down Under to Australia in 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 5:33 am

Australians have been getting the blunt end of the TV and movie stick for decades now, but things are all about to change with Netflix announcing it will push out its subscription TV service Down Under in 2015.

 

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The co-CEO of Village Roadshow has confirmed that Netflix will be available in Australia in 2015, but there is no word on restrictions to Netflix's catalogue, or pricing. I think we'll see a restriction of content, as Foxtel has quite the monopoly in the country, so VPN and DNS providers will still continue to give Aussies the best deal.

 

Piracy numbers should shift a little with Netflix in Australia, but if major restrictions are placed on the service to keep Foxtel pumping along, I expect quite the vocal out roar in the country.

Dodgy USB charger suspected of killing a woman in Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4:33 am

The Australian State of New South Wales' Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, has issued a statement to Australian's warning them to not purchase chargers that don't feature the required certification marks, after "the recent death of a consumer where an unapproved USB charger was potentially implicated".

 

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One store in Sydney, New South Wales has had their chargers, travel adapters and power boards removed by the Fair Trading agency. Stowe's warning however, came after "a young woman wearing headphones and holding her laptop was found dead with burns on her ears and chest, in an apparent electrocution". Fair Trading's advice is to not purchase non-standard adapters, informing consumers to make sure the chargers they buy meet standards and have "insulation on the pins of the plug".

 

The agency also tells consumers that "As a general safety rule, consumers should not use any devices while they are plugged in and charging". While this news is from Australia, the warning should apply to all consumers, all across the world.

Verizon loses contract because German government upset about spying

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4:14 am

Verizon has lost a valuable business partner because the German government pulled the plug on its current contract, angry about the National Security Agency (NSA) snooping on German politicians. Government officials were extremely angry when Edward Snowden mentioning eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

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"The pressures on networks as well as the risks from highly developed viruses or Trojans are rising," the German Interior Ministry said in a statement. "Furthermore, the ties revealed between foreign intelligence agencies and firms in the wake of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) affair show that the German government needs a very high level of security for its critical networks."

 

This is good timing for the German government, because Deutsche Telekom and other European wireless providers comply with data protection laws in the European Union (EU).

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Alien: Isolation will run at 1080p on both the Xbox One and PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 3:28 am

Creative Assembly's awesomely scary Alien: Isolation is coming out for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC later this year, but the studio has announced that the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game will run at 1080p.

 

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As for the frame rate, that will be "pretty compatible" On both consoles. Creative Assembly Lead Game Designer, Gary Napper, talked with OXM where he said: "When I think about working on the game, it's almost platform agnostic because I only think about the differences between platforms and the different mechanics we can use, like the light on the PS4 pad and the stuff with Kinect 2.0. So I think with framerate it's pretty comparable. There's no noticeable drop or change in graphics between them. Obviously there are a lot more options to tweak and scale up on the PC".

 

We've heard studios talking up the PC version of their games before, so I hope that Creative Assembly keep to their word and truly a truly next-generation game on PC - without watering down or gimping the graphics on the much more powerful PC platform. Alien: Isolation will be providing scares in virtual reality with Oculus Rift support, something I can't wait to try out myself.

60FPS support and virtual tip jars for YouTube are 'coming soon'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 2:34 am

After what has felt like forever, Google has announced that YouTube is adding both 48FPS and 60FPS support. Not only is the Mountain View-based giant adding in higher frame rate support, but there are a slew of new goodies coming. The first 60FPS video on YouTube is in Titanfall, but switch to the 1080p stream to enjoy the 60FPS goodness.

 

 

This includes a new iOS app called Creator Studio, the aforementioned 48FPS and 60FPS support, 7500 royalty-free sound effects for content creators to use, and a virtual tip jar so you can support your favorite YouTube channels. We should hear more in the coming weeks, but I'm definitely excited about the 60FPS support, what about you?

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Crytek is in a world of pain right now, isn't paying its staff on time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 1:25 am

We reported a few days ago now that Crytek was beginning to walk into some trouble, with developers not flocking to its CryEngine for game development. But now there's multiple outlets reporting that the developer behind Crysis is in a spot of bother over not paying its employees on time.

 

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The developer hasn't been paying its employees on time for a few months now, with multiple games being cancelled, some of which were original prototypes, and even the sequel to the Xbox One exclusive, Ryse. Current and former employees of Crytek explain that the company has a tense, unstable environment which stems from poor communication and a number of high-level staff leading the company's studios in both Britain and Germany. One employee has said that over 100 people have left the company since March.

 

Crytek has reportedly been experiencing some issues for quite a while now - personally, ever since it shifted focus to consoles over pushing graphical boundaries with CryEngine and Crysis on PC - with multiple contracts cut from the company. Crytek is a privately owned company, so when it loses a multi-million-dollar contract, it hurts, a lot.

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United States, China finding it difficult to openly discuss cybercrime

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 12:55 am

The United States and China are reportedly trying to increase discussions related to cybercrime, but leaders in Washington and Beijing are continuing to find it difficult. It seems the U.S. government charging five Chinese Army officers with cyberespionage led to the timeout, as both sides try to work things out.

 

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Even though both China and the United States blame one another for state-sanctioned activities - and China is blamed for allowing groups to target western companies - both sides want to find some type of political middle ground they can agree on.

 

Organized Chinese hacker groups are targeting western defense companies, with Chinese officials typically turning a blind eye. Meanwhile, there hasn't been a decline in cyberattacks stemming from China, cybersecurity experts warn, showing that there is still a lot of work that must be done.

Apple cuts prices on iPod Touch, dropping prices up to 25 percent

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10:47 pm

Apple today announced its 16GB iPod Touch is available for $199, while the 32GB edition costs $249, and the 64GB is $299. The new lineup has 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, 4-inch Retina display, the Apple A5 chip and FaceTime camera. New colors have also been added to further entice users.

 

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The previous 16GB iPod Touch cost $229 and didn't have a rear-facing camera. The device currently runs iOS 7 and will be ready for iOS 8 later this year.

 

It seems likely Apple wants to clear shelves and either prepare for a new generation of iPod devices, or to liquidate current stock and shift focus to the iPhone and smartwatches. Prior to the success of the iPhone - and other smartphones - iPods once dominated the MP3 market, but interest dwindled as consumers transitioned.

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North Korea successfully test fires three short-range projectiles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:45 pm

The North Korean military successfully launched three short-range projectiles during a missile test, likely aimed at antagonizing political leaders in South Korea. It's not uncommon for North Korea to conduct military exercises off its eastern coast when it wants to raise political tensions and frustrate U.S. leaders.

 

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The projectiles flew an estimated 115 miles into the Sea of Japan, and South Korean officials are trying to determine what was fired.

 

"We are analyzing our data to try to figure out what type of projectiles they were and why the North fired them," said a South Korean official. "Our military has increased its monitoring activities in case the North should fire more projectiles."

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