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Apple reportedly building its own self-driving car

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:43 am

It looks like Apple is not just working on its own autonomous vehicle, but it will be building the car, too. The rumors aren't coming from unreliable sources, either, with The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and now Reuters all chiming in.




The new information on Apple's super-secret vehicle project has the company not only building its own software platform for the car, but building the actual autonomous car, too. According to Reuters' sources: "Apple is gathering advice on parts and production methods... adding that Apple appeared not to be interested in combustion engine technology or conventional manufacturing methods".


When it comes to the iCar (that's what we're calling it until it's officially named) we should expect it to be an electric vehicle, so think of the best world's between an autonomous car and Tesla Motors' various electric vehicles. The world of automobiles is about to get very exciting.

Be the victor in our 'Game of Thrones' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:38 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have five copies of the latest season of the show on Blu-ray to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at HBO and Warner Home Entertainment.




While the Lannisters hold on the Iron Throne remains intact, new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east threaten to tip the scales. As Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow their respective armies, the arrival of the Lannister-loathing Red Viper of Dorne poses a more immediate danger. In the north, the depleted Nights Watch seems outmatched against the advances of Mance Rayders army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe - the undead White Walkers.

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No friends? You can trade Pokemon with yourself - someone's done it

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 5:27 am

In order to 'catch them all' you're going to first need a friend, then that friend needs to have a similar handheld and Pokemon game title as you. If you're already failed step one, hacker Pepijn de Vos has your back.



Working for both Pokemon Red and Blue titles, this function is completed with the help of an Arduino system. The process works by you beginning the transfer yourself and storing the data in the Arduino's memory, swap your game cartridges to the desired Pokemon game and finish the trade. Think of it as some kind of time-delay data-storing mechanism.


If this kind of tech isn't an option for you, we suggest you start making some friends instead.

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3D printing technology developing, still struggles to go mainstream

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 4:25 am

3D printing technology has evolved at a fast rate over the past few years, but 3D printing still struggles to go mainstream among consumers. Prices for 3D printers and filaments are dropping, but consumers simply don't need one, even as more 3D-printed products and foods are introduced.




A wider selection of consumer 3D printers are available, but most consumers appear willing to wait for the market to develop further.


"Other than some of these cool examples, when does 3D printing go mainstream?" questioned Guy Kawasaki, tech analyst and former Apple chief evangelist, in a statement to CNBC. "I understand you can 3D print food. That's kind of a stretch for me. The fact that someone can 3D print a car doesn't mean you're gonna do it. So it may be that we're just a little bit too early to see what's really gonna happen there."

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Nutella creator Michele Ferrero passes away

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 3:45 am

Nutella addicts, put down your chocolaty spread for a moment and tip your hat to the creator of the delectable treat, Michele Ferrero, who has passed away at the ripe old age of 89.




Ferrero's father Pietro Ferrero established the company that carried his name in 1946, Pietro Ferrero created the recipe for a creamy hazelnut and cocoa mix which was later tweaked and sold to market as Nutella when it was launched by Michele Ferrero in 1964. Since then, it's gone on to be the highest selling chocolate nut spread, beloved by millions. Under Michele's leadership Ferrero expanded its range of products exponentially, including Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello, Mon Chéri and the Kinder chocolate line, including the egg-favorite Kinder Surprise.


At the time of his death, Ferrero was the richest man in Italy, with a net worth of $30 billion.

HALO back in spotlight - Championship Series prize pool now $100k

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 2:32 am

Halo has had a massive roller-coaster ride in the past few years in regards to eSports. Starting off as the building block for large events like MLG and ACL Pro, it had majorly fallen off in recent times, however 343 Industries wants to change this. In recent news, the Halo Championship Series Season 1 finals prize pool has seen a massive improvement from $50,000 to $100,000 - thanks to the developer.




Taken from Halo's official website, media director Che Chou has commented that this increase is thanks to gamer feedback and advice, stating: "One of the most important pieces of feedback we've heard is that all players - from amateur to top teams - simply want more opportunities to compete and earn more money in the HCS."


This prize pool increase will see the following payment structure take place:

  • First: $50,000
  • Second: $20,000
  • Third: $10,000
  • Fourth: $8,000
  • Fifth-Sixth: $4,000 each
  • Seventh-Eighth: $2,000 each

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HTC 'gets it' - comes preinstalled with all the emoticons you need

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 1:25 am

Whether you're looking to 'raise your dongers' or post some kawaii faces on your favorite forum - the HTC One M8 comes pre-installed with almost every option under the sun.




My friend just received his model today and after inspecting the stock emoticon options (who wouldn't do that first?) he came to me extremely excited with a new find - extended meme-like 'smilies'.


This is nothing ground-breaking sure, but it's an awesome inclusion nonetheless. Here's hoping more phone companies subscribe to this kind of 'pop culture' and continue development in this direction.

Be my gamer valentine with this ZOTAC love heart build

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 16, 2015 12:28 am

Forgot to get that special someone a valentines day present? Never fear - ZOTAC is here! This scratch-built system has been shown off by its Portuguese creator ShuperLuu as a present for his girlfriend back in 2013.




Based around ZOTAC's ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus, this system had to contain a few specific points in the modders eyes - It had to be simple, look great to his girlfriend, be able to hold the components vertically and have advanced cooling options.


The end product is this white and red acrylic multilayer system - with the aforementioned ZOTAC heart beating within.


Good idea or not? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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'Star Trek' style Tricorder becomes medical reality

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:50 pm

Introduced nearly fifty years ago in 'Star Trek: The Original Series', the medical tricorder used by Dr McCoy and the medical staff of the Starship Enterprise was once a thing of far-off science fiction. Now, it's a reality.




The Scanadu Scout, which started life as an IndieGoGo campaign in May 2013 before raising nearly $1.7 million USD is now shipping out to backers. The device, which the company is trumpeting as the 'First Edition' works by placement on the patients forehead for a total of 10 seconds, before a vital stream of stats including heart rate, temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level and even a complete ECG reading are instantly sent to a mobile device, and also allows for historical tracking.


If you missed the initial campaign and are interested in the device, you can subscribe on the Scanadu site to join the list to purchase the next wave of devices. Now, can we please turn our attention to warp drive? K, thanks.

The CS:GO ESL One Katowice teams are confirmed, including one surprise

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:27 pm

The full 16 team list has now been confirmed for the upcoming ESL One Katowice main event, held on March 12-15 at the Spodek Arena and featuring a $250,000 prize pool.




There's one underdog in the mix, this comes in the form of Australian team Vox Eminor (Voxe). Seeing limited success in the overseas scene, they've managed to topple 3DMAX, ESC Gaming and Dignitas in order to make their way into the final 16-team live event. Voxe will be joining the seven other qualifiers to play against the 8 'legends' teams who qualified through the latest DreamHack event - Winter 2014.


All of the action will be streamed on Twitch.TV - if you're interested in learning a little more about CS:GO and eSports, this is the place to be.

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