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LG invests $435m in solar cells, set to power 1 million homes by 2020

By: Chris Smith | More News: Energy | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 8:03 am

As announced in a recent press release, LG Electronics has invested a massive $435 million into solar cell production, set to increase facilities in the Korean city of Gumi.




With this investment placed in order to increase capacity from 1GW to 1.8GW by 2018, LG is looking to further increase this to a massive 3GW by 2020, enough to power one million homes in total. This investment is part of a wider plan, with LG executive Lee Sang-bong stating that "LG has been actively involved in the solar energy business for two decades, and we believe that mainstream consumers are more than ready to give solar more serious consideration."


This massive commitment has come off the back of its NeON 2 solar energy technology advancement, with LG proudly stating that it has now been practicing in the solar field since 1995, seemingly with no plans to slow down anytime soon.

Sea Sonic launches Titanium, Platinum power supplies up to 1200W

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 7:01 am

If you're looking for some highly efficient power supplies ranging from 550W to 1200W, Sea Sonic has just announced its PRIME Titanium flagship series of products, offering 80 PLUS Platinum or Titanium certifications.




Featuring zero PCB cabling, self-claimed "Premium Hybrid Fan Control" which is "fanless up to 45 % system load," a massive ten-year warranty and an extended hold-up time of over 30ms, this product range was announced recently through a press release.


The 80 PLUS Titanium units will be released in 650W to 1000W models, with the Platinum products set for a power range of 550W to 1200W. The massive warranty is backed up by fully modular cabling and a promise to provide "the quietest active cooling power supplies."

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Protect your smartphone privacy with this blocking device

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 6:02 am

CES 2016 - Privoro has designed a privacy guard product for smartphones and desktops, vying to protect user privacy from anyone who wishes to spy on them by providing a list of protective features.




The smartphone product features security measures like three types of protection against intrusion and location tracking while also blocking all unwanted microphone and camera activity. Made up of a case and cover, the privacy guard is designed to fit over your phone, blocking 100% of radio frequency signals while sending confusing signals to your phone's microphone, "making eavesdropping nearly impossible" as explained in a recent press release. This case is designed to fit the iPhone 6 and 6S only.


The desktop privacy guard aims to cover an inbuilt webcam and microphone, once again blocking the camera from viewing anything and sending confusing sound to the microphone. Charged through a micro-USB connection, this product is designed for iMac monitors from 21.5-inch to 27-inch.

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J.J. Abrams talks 'Force Awakens' character Rey's parentage

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 5:15 am

Despite what the movie posters star billing says, Rey played by newcomer Daisy Ridley was the real star of 'The Force Awakens'. But despite following her substantial character arc, there's still a lot we don't know about her. Why does she seem to have such mastery of the Force? Could it perhaps be down to a strong Jedi bloodline? If you haven't had the chance to see the film yet - be aware of a POTENTIAL SPOILER:




Speaking to the Television Critics Association via SlashFilm, one plucky reporter directly asked if Obi-Wan Kenobi might just be Rey's father. Abrams answered coyly, saying: "I know quite a bit, but obviously it's not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian's story to continue now. The last thing I'm going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy he showed me."


Rian Johnson serves as director of the as-yet untitled 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' which will be released in May 2017.

Mozilla's Persona login service is unpopular, will be shut down

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 5:05 am

Login service Persona will be shut down as of November 2016. Launched by Mozilla five years ago, it has proven unpopular, with no signs of that changing anytime soon, so the company has decided to give it the boot.




Persona works much like OpenID and Facebook Connect, utilizing the BrowserID protocol to let you log in to websites without the hassle of site-specific passwords, while remaining secure; all that's needed is an email. Unfortunately for Mozilla and perhaps its users, the project has failed for unknown reasons.


November 30 is the shutdown date. At this time, support will end, and user data will be destroyed for security reasons.

PSA - Periscope videos now autoplay in your iOS app Twitter feed

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 3:57 am

As if it wasn't bad enough as it is with autoplay for all media set to on by default, now even Periscope live feeds will start playing as you scroll through your Twitter feed.




Twitter's own real-time video streaming app has been a very successful venture once it was acquired early on in 2015. It's used for a variety of entertaining things, from pre-show interaction with fans to simply showing the world a small part of your life. It's interesting and can potentially be a tremendous creative outlet. The possibilities are endless, and what would happen if they integrated live 3D video streaming (with an external camera, of course). The world would nearly end.


But before it does, Twitter has naturally turned on autoplay in the iOS app, much to the behest of many social media moguls. This follows a trend set by Facebook that plays videos in as you scroll. In Twitter, only on the iOS app for now, you'll be able to watch, though tapping it will prompt you to open the actual Periscope app in order to actually interact with people.

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iOS 9.3 will help you sleep, locks your notes, more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 3:05 am

A heap of new features are coming to version 9.3 of iOS. Once it launches, you'll be able to sleep better, read better, exercise better, teach better, and basically just be an all around amazing human being.




One of the key additions is "Night Shift". If you've used f.lux before, you know the drill: warmer colours on your display in the evening. This restores melatonin production in your brain to normal levels, allowing you to sleep easier. That's the gist of it, anyway.

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Cooler Master shows off the future of water cooling at CES

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 2:00 am

CES 2016 - Cooler Master is consolidating their product lines and changing their focus, and that also includes their CPU cooling products as well. At CES they were showing us the new AIO water coolers that they'll be bringing to market as part of their new "Make it Yours" initiative. They also had a new slick looking custom water loop kit and a new air cooler to take a look at.




Despite the small debacle with the patents that might have prevented the sale of the older, and quite effective older series of coolers, they've actually been working on a new design well before that, which was debuted here in their suite at CES. The pump is updated and improved, so coil whine should definitely not be a problem anymore.


There'll be 120mm and 140mm wide selections with up to 280mm in total length as well. If the Nepton series is any indication, then the actual cooling performance should hopefully be similar. And that means it'll be near class leading.

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Play the original Psychonauts on PS4 this Spring

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2016 1:03 am

One of the great classics from the PS2 era is being remade for the modern age. Psychonauts will be one of the next games to get the remake treatment especially for the PS4 sometime this Spring.




Psychonauts is a strange yet satisfying platformer that had a near cult following after it was released on the PS2 in 2005. It's also one of only a handful of games that has an overwhelmingly positive, and 5 star or 10/10 rating from users on Steam. And soon you'll be able to enjoy it in remade glory on the PS4. Though it's unclear whether this'll take advantage of the newly minted emulation or not.


This news comes just one day after the studio lead from Double Fine Productions talked more about the plot of the sequel, Psychonauts 2, in an AMA on Reddit. Psychonauts 2 has successfully met its goal of $3.3 million, which it needs to bolster other capital to meet the total $10-13.5 million budget. Another Psychonauts game will also make an appearance on the PS4 via PSVR, titled Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin. That is a lot to look forward to, and hopefully it doesn't over-saturate the franchise.

'Rush Hour' TV Reboot trailer is proof there are no new ideas

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 12, 2016 11:48 pm

It takes a special type of editor to produce such a stunningly crap-tacular trailer, but someone behind the upcoming 'Rush Hour' reboot series which hits CBS in March did just that. I should have known it was off to a bad start went it proudly described the Jackie Chan/ Chris Tucker series as "one of the most popular movie franchises of all time". Anyways, make up your own mind.



Neither Chan nor Tucker reprise their roles here, instead Jon Foo and Justin Hires inhabit the roles of Lee and Carter. I mean, what. You couldn't even think up new names? But never fear - fan favourite director Brett Ratner is on board to executive produce.


As much as I love a good sequel, sometimes I despair that all the good ideas have been done already. 'Rush Hour' proves it.

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