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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 includes heap of improvements

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 6:08 pm

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 has been released for Windows Insiders in the "Fast ring" today, and with it comes a slew of improvements and changes to the operating system.




Among the long list: Skype integration (including Quick Reply from Action Center functionality), Tab Preview and Favourites and Reading list items syncing for Edge, Cortana event reminders and trip planning functions , darker title bars, and smaller context menus for mouse usage.


Hit the source if you want the full list of details.

MSI GS40 gaming notebook features Core i7 6700HQ, 970M, 32GB RAM

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 5:50 pm

MSI's latest gaming notebook -- the GS40 Phantom -- doesn't shy away from power. See for yourself with the specifications below.




Apart from high-end hardware, the GS40 includes Cooler Boost technology, intended to alleviate of the weaknesses of gaming laptops (and laptops in general), which is to say, overheating. MSI designed the GS40 with five heat pipes and two fans to cool the GPU and CPU, which work in tandem with Cooler Boost.


Also included: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a headphone amp in the form of the ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC, and the Nahimic Audio Enhancer.


Pricing and availability are not yet known.

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Report: Pepsi making its own Android smartphone

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 5:08 pm

Reports indicate that Pepsi, the very same iconic soft drink brand that's responsible for Back to the Future II's Pepsi Perfect, will launch its very own Android smartphone. No really.




Android Headlines spotted the Pepsi P1 smartphone on a Chinese website, revealing a picture of the handset emblazoned with the fizzy soft drink's label. This leak follows recent Pepsi Phone announcements from Chinese social media service Weibo.


Pepsi's P1 Android phone is apparently a $200 handset that sports mid-range specs including a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, a 1.7GHz MediaTek CPU, 2GB of onboard RAM, and a rather underwhelming 16GB internal memory. The Pepsi Phone will also have a 13MP rear-facing and 5MP front-facing camera, with a 3000mAh battery in place. As for the OS, the P1 is powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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NVIDIA will ask for review on Samsung case initial determination

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 4:47 pm

Last week we reported a judge had made an initial determination regarding the ongoing Samsung-NVIDIA legal battle, in favor of Samsung. The judge stated Samsung had not infringed on any NVIDIA patents, as NVIDIA believed, and that one of the patents was not valid. To this, they responded they "remain confident" in their case.




NVIDIA has now taken it a step further, publicly stating they will ask the full six-person International Trade Commission to "review this initial determination and to confirm the previous judgment of the U.S. Patent Office - that the third patent is valid". Should the ITC side with NVIDIA and agree to its terms, Samsung would then be prevented from importing the applicable devices into the US.


The company reiterated its confidence, saying, "We are continuing this case by proceeding to the next step in the process because we believe our patents are valid and have been infringed."

New Acer convertible notebook and all-in-one PC coming soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 4:29 pm

Acer is soon releasing two new computers: the Aspire R14 notebook, and the Aspire Z3-700 portable all-in-one PC.


The R14 has a convertible screen, meaning it can fold over to convert the notebook into a tablet. It can also turn 180 degrees. Some specs and info:




  • 18.5mm thickness
  • Weighs 3.5lbs
  • Intel 6-th gen CPU
  • 8GB RAM (max)
  • Solid state drive
  • MU-MIMO wireless technology (faster downloads "especially on crowded networks")
  • $699

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London police finally halt round-the-clock watch on Julian Assange

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 3:47 pm

After spending 9 million GBP on three years' worth of constant guard, the London Metro Police have finally stepped away from their 24/7 surveillance over the Ecuadoarian embassy that houses Julian Assange.




For the past three years now the London Metropolitan Police Service has stood like sentinals outside of the Ecuadorian embassy in round-the-clock guard posts. The world watched on as the controversial figurehead Julian Assange faced his opressors through the safe harbor of the embassy. The polic guard have strict orders to arrest the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange on sight if he should step outside of the safe harbor of the embassy, but for the past three years, Assange has stayed safely ensconced in the building like a hostage.


This endeavor has cost nearly 10 million GBP across three years time, and now the police force has finally called it quits. "Whilst the MPS remains committed to executing the arrest warrant and presenting Julian Assange before the court, it is only right that the policing operation to achieve this is continually reviewed against the diplomatic and legal efforts to resolve the situation," reads an official announcement from the London Metro Police. "As a result of this continual review the MPS has today Monday, 12 October withdrawn the physical presence of officers from outside the Embassy."

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Master Chief goes rogue in the Halo 5: Guardians launch trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 1:25 pm

343 Industries has just released the official launch trailer for Halo 5: Guardians, giving a tease at the events that made Master Chief go rogue and trigger an intergalactic manhunt.



The footage is a delicious mix of in-game action and cinematic flair, giving viewers a satisfying look at the new Spartan abilities like the devastating ground slam, as well as setting the somber tone of the campaign. The montage has it all--first-person chaos in a battlefield of Covenant baddies, vehicular insanity with explosive Scorpion tanks, new weapons being teased, and a glimpse at the high-tech Promethean overlords that look as deadly as they do stylish.


Sadly we don't get to see Blue Team in action very often in the trailer. It's most Locke's new Fireteam Osiris ripping and shredding through snowy precipices, skillfully gunning down baddies like a hot knife slides through butter. As an avid fan of the Halo books I'm more interested in sticking with the classic Spartan II's, but the trailer does allude to the exact cause of Master Chief's disappearance, hinting at a mysterious mission with the rest of Blue Team.

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Dell buys IT firm EMC for $67 billion in largest tech deal in history

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 12:55 pm

Dell has just completed the single most substantial acquisition in the history of technology, paying a whopping $67 billion for EMC Corporation, one of the biggest names in data management.




Bringing EMC into the fold is extremely advantageous for Dell, who plans to bolster its data computing sector with EMC's valuable expertise in services like cloud management, enterprise-grade backup, recovery and archiving, and data virtualization. EMC powers a huge portion of the world's business data management, with companies across the globe utilizing its wide array of services to encrypt, analyze and interpret massive data streams across a wide variety of platforms.


"The combination of Dell and EMC creates an enterprise solutions powerhouse bringing our customers industry leading innovation across their entire technology environment. Our new company will be exceptionally well-positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next generation IT including digital transformation, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud, mobile and security," said Michael Dell. "Our investments in R&D and innovation along with our privately-controlled structure will give us unmatched scale, strength and flexibility, deepening our relationships with customers of all sizes. I am incredibly excited to partner with the EMC, VMware, Pivotal, VCE, RSA and Virtustream teams and am personally committed to the success of our new company, our customers and partners."

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Elite Dangerous: Horizons lets you land on planets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 7:24 am

While Star Citizen is still a while away from being finished, Elite Dangerous has been in the hands and hearts of gamers for months now. The studio behind it, Frontier Developments, is now showing off Elite Dangerous: Horizons.



Elite Dangerous: Horizons lets players land on planets, with the above video being a very rough version of the expansion. Frontier boss David Braben calls the video a "quick-and-dirty un-edited capture from a debug build on one of our dev machines, using the debug camera on an SRV and just zooming out ever faster". He added that there's "tons of little details we plan to tweak or fix".


The upcoming release of Elite Dangerous: Horizons will be interesting, as it's both an expansion and re-release of the original game. It's not just an expansion, but an entire season of expansions and updates, something that will include avatar customization and multi-crew ship experiences.

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Undead descend on Victorian England in 'Pride and Prejudice & Zombies'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 12, 2015 5:54 am

Based on the best-selling parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, the big screen adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is on the way and distributor Lionsgate has now released the first trailer.



Based on the classic Jane Austen novel 'Pride and Prejudice' (with the genius addition of ninjas and zombies), the film features the walking dead descend on an alternate Victorian England, with heroine Elizabeth Bennet staving off the zombie threat.


Directed by Burr Steers, produced by Natalie Portman and starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith and Lena Headey, the film will have Jane Austen fans writhing in agony when it releases worldwide early next year.

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