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Gartner: 59% mobile data growth, as users gobble up streaming videos

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 3:30 pm

It looks like mobile users are gobbling up huge amounts of mobile data, with the market estimated to reach 52 million terabytes in 2015, a whopping 59 percent year-over-year increase, according to the Gartner research group. Not surprisingly, Gartner believes the market will continue to evolve - and increase through 2018.

 

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"Mobile data traffic is soaring worldwide, more than tripling by 2018," said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "New, fast mobile data connections (3G and 4G) will grow more slowly, from 3.8 billion in 2015 to 5.1 billion in 2018, as users switch from slower 2G connections and consume more mobile data."

 

To help adapt to the changing market, Gartner recommends communication service providers (CSPs) "rethink" their data caps. During a recent survey, 36 percent of US respondents said they would wait until they arrived to a Wi-Fi area to download apps, stream video, or carry out other activities that require a large amount of data.

Microsoft Xbox One fighting to close the gap to Sony PlayStation 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 2:30 pm

The Microsoft Xbox One has greatly suffered while trying to sell its Xbox One and keep up with the Sony PlayStation 4, handily outsold in the United States, Europe and Japan.

 

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It's been a difficult battle that Microsoft is taking seriously, and there have been moments of relief - like after the holidays, when gamers could purchase several Xbox One gaming bundles.

 

"This progress, as well as the excitement we generated at E3 - with Xbox exclusive gaming content and backwards compatibility - demonstrates the building momentum that exists with the Xbox ecosystem," said Amy Hood, CFO at Microsoft, while speaking during a recent financial call.

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Would you pay $6.99 for a la carte streaming NBA games?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 1:40 pm

NBA viewers interested in watching out-of-market games that aren't on ESPN, TNT, or other nationally televised broadcast channels will be able to do so starting next season. It will cost $6.99 per streamed game, so it's not likely to be a service for casual NBA fans.

 

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Anyone interested in the a la carte option can stream selected games to a PC, mobile device, or purchase games to watch through your cable provider.

 

If you're not ready for the $200 League Pass, which provides all out-of-market games, and you don't want to pay $6.99 each, you can pay $120 for all out-of-market games for a single team.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider confirmed for the PS4 and PC, arrives in 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 10:49 am

It has been up in the air for a while, whether Rise of the Tomb Raider would be an actual exclusive for the Xbox, or whether it would be a timed exclusive. It's the latter, with Microsoft, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix confirming that Rise of the Tomb Raider will indeed be released on the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2016.

 

 

Rise of the Tomb Raider will hit the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 10 of this year, while PS4 owners will have to wait until the end of 2016 to receive it, while PC gamers can enjoy it on Windows 10 and Steam early next year.

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Is radiation from Fukushima to blame for mutated daisies?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 9:08 am

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan has created countless problems that must be addressed by scientists and researchers - and it looks like the latest story is mutated daisies. The unique looking plants were discovered in Nasushiobara City, located about 70 miles from Fukushima.

 

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The Tweet from @san_kaido noted: "The right one grew up, split into 2 stems to have two flowers connected each other, having four stems of flower tied beltlike. The left one has four stems up to be tied to each other and it had the ring-shaped flower."

 

The Fukushima Daichii Nuclear Power Plant suffered a meltdown in 2011, following a massive magnitude-9 earthquake, which caused a brutal tsunami.

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Upgradeable lightweight notebooks are now here thanks to Eurocom

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 8:31 am

"Upgradeability is a core tenet of all Eurocom systems" reads a recent press release from this high-end portable technology company. Eurocom's latest release, the Shark 4, is no different with its changeable wireless card compatibility, M.2 4G/LTE module support, replaceable keyboard and even the ability to change your display to suit your needs.

 

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Further supporting DDR3-1600 RAM up to 16GB, three storage devices, an optical drive and more - this product strays away from Eurocom's general tech-heavy products but still includes customization to suit all needs.

 

Complete wth an Intel i7-4720HQ processor, an NVIDIA GTX 960M and the choice between two 15.6" displays (matte or gloss), the technology within is certainly nothing to sneeze at either way, but it's the extra options that Eurocom believes will set it apart from the rest.

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NVIDIA to launch GeForce GTX 950 on August 17 for under $150

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 7:35 am

It looks like NVIDIA is all systems go to launch its Maxwell-based GeForce GTX 950 next month according to HWBattle, where we now have some specs and a better idea on price to share.

 

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NVIDIA will be pricing its GeForce GTX 950 at under $150, $50 less than the GTX 960 which kicks off at around $199. The new video card will be based on NVIDIA's successful Maxwell architecture, with a GM206 GPU and 786 CUDA cores, 2GB of GDDR5 spread out over a 128-bit memory interface. We should expect memory bandwidth to be around 107GB/sec, while it uses a single 8-pin PCIe power connector using up to 90W of power.

 

NVIDIA will position this at MOBA and casual gamers, but that sub $150 pricing is going to be very enticing for many gamers.

Concerns and suspicions of pro cyclists using motors in their bikes

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 7:33 am

The idea that a professional cyclist in the peloton has a secret electric motor, likely hidden in his seat tube, isn't something new. However, it looks like something the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is taking seriously, after checking bikes following four stages of the 2015 Tour de France.

 

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During the most recent check, which took place after Stage 18, saw yellow jersey Chris Froome, mountains classification leader Joaquim Rodriguez, Peter Sagan, Nairo Quintana, Pierre Rolland, and Romain Bardet all have their bikes inspected.

 

It simply wouldn't be the Tour de France if the media and fans didn't have something new to complain about - and so-called "moto doping" is just the latest trend.

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LG invests $908 million on a new plant to build flexible OLED screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 6:36 am

LG has just invested a cool $908 million over the course of two years by starting construction on a new plant that will be making flexible OLED displays, according to a new regulatory filing.

 

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Flexible OLED displays will be a big thing going into the future, with flexible displays found in smartphones, monitors, TVs and in the next few years, many more devices. Think flexible OLED panels in VR headsets, wearables, and so much more. Right now, products with flexible displays are expensive because they cost more to produce. But with a near $1 billion investment from a company like LG, we should see the price of flexible OLED panels drop considerably over the next few years.

Animated 'Guardians of the Galaxy' show coming to DisneyXD

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 5:45 am

Whilst filmmakers continue to prep for the 2017 release of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2', the Disney animation arm is readying an animated spin off for the Disney XD cable channel which will launch later this year. Today, the company has given fans the first glimpse at the show and the animation style it will employ.

 

 

While the upcoming show won't be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe official canon, it's very clearly modeled on and follows the events of the 2014 feature film. None of the original cast will return to voice their characters, but they have tried to remain roughly true to the film's cast voices.

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy' premieres on the DisneyXD channel this September.

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