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Dutch engineering student develops a flying ambulance drone

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 11:28 am

With the ability to fly up to 61 mph, track emergency calls using a GPS for navigation and reach a patient within 12 square km in under 60 seconds - this drone is set to greatly increase cardiac-related survival rates for members of the public.

 

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Once the drone arrives at the scene, an operator can observe, speak with and instruct any willing helper how to operate the devices located on-board. Still not impressive enough? As according to their official Facebook page, a 125 mph model is currently being worked on, achieved through more power and decreased drag.

 

Complete with the on-board camera, GPS capabilities and speaker system, this drone is set to carry a defibrillator, allowing passers-by to attempt a heart restart of any cardiac victim that may need this drones life-saving service.

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US Sherrifs uneasy about Google Waze tracking police movements

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:35 am

Featuring a real-time traffic network that is community-curated, the Waze app by Google is making some US Sheriffs uneasy - they're claiming that it will aide cop stalking and allowing would-be cop killers to complete their tasks with ease.

 

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Sergio Kopelev, a reserve deputy sheriff from California, and Sheriff Mike Brown from Virginia are two officers that have asked Google to abandon the police-tracker feature located within.

 

This feature has been located within Waze for some time now, however it's been brought to light though an Instagram conversation between 'dontrunup' and another user. 'dontrunup' is the Instagram username for the a well-known person responsible for the death of two police officers in NYPD last December, Ismaaiyl Brinsley - explained as a revenge act due to Eric Garner's death.

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Humor: Comemorative and funny Australian hashtag hits the big time

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:03 am

You've all seen the warnings, apparently everything in Australia is out to kill you - just not the friendly human population. First there's the snakes, then the drop bears, then the spiders, the weather, stingrays, sharks and a never ending list of sharp, ferocious or poisonous wildlife options.

 

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In a some more lighthearted social media news, Aussies have taken to Twitter to share their #YouKnowYou'reInAustraliaWhen experiences, explaining their take on various Aussie-related things to do with sunburn, popular TV shows, local animals, online shopping and more.

 

Here's some of the best that we've picked out just for you - if you're not a native, you're unlike to understand all of them but there should be a couple that drag a chuckle out of you.

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Counter-Strike professionals cop life-long tournament bans

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 8:44 am

Not only has the popular North American-based Counter-Strike league ESEA thrown the ban-hammer at some professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players caught in a betting ring, but Valve themselves have spoken - barring these players from all future 'Valve majors'.

 

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The betting ring saw players gather upwards of $10,000 worth of in-game items thanks to one singular match in which members created numerous betting accounts and purposefully altered the final score to suit their own benefit.

 

In an official release, ESEA stated that these bans were originally listed as one-year only on their platform, however "ESEA reserves the right to extend the bans indefinitely."

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SAPPHIRE announces Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 8GB with triple fan cooler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 8:38 am

SAPPHIRE was the first in the world with a Radeon R9 290X with 8GB of VRAM, with its Vapor-X model but now it's back with another model, the Tri-X card. The new card features SAPPHIRE's great triple fan cooler, increased clocks, and dual BIOS.

 

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We have 2816 stream processing units on the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 290X Tri-X 8GB, with an engine clock of 1020MHz. 8GB of GDDR5 is spread across a 512-bit memory bus, clocked at 1375MHz (5.5GHz effective). SAPPHIRE has used its original PCB, with a 6-phase power design pushing upwards of 240W, with two 8-pin PCIe power connectors which provide up to 375W of total power.

 

SAPPHIRE is pushing this card out to its usual e-tailers and retailers, but we've reached out to the company and requested a sample already. So expected a review from us in the very near future.

Social media wins again - football fan uses Twitter to find a girl

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 8:04 am

After forgetting to grab a lovely ladies number on the train, Crystal Palace fan Angus Mainland took to Twitter, publishing a selfie they had taken together and asking - who's that girl?

 

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They snapped a few selfies, shared a scarf and Mainland claimed he was in love - it seems like it was meant to be. Asking Twitter and the Cross Country Trains for help, he set out on the path to track down his one true love.

 

With over 4,600 re-tweets and almost 2,000 favorites, Mainland's quest was bolstered into the news-feeds of tens of thousands of would-be do-gooders, seeing this question come back with the goods and finding the girl in the end. In an interview with a local newspaper, The Croydon Advertiser, he stated that "at half time it had got 30 re-tweets and after full time it was over 100," further adding "my friend who's a Southampton fan said that if I got 2000 re-tweets then he'd get a tattoo to commemorate Palace's incredible win. I never expected to have that kind of response, it's been incredible. The majority of people responding have been supportive."

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NVIDIA updates the official specifications of the GeForce GTX 970

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:32 am

We reported yesterday that NVIDIA was having an issue with its GeForce GTX 970 GPU, with its VRAM only maxing out at 3.5GB even with 4GB on offer. Well, this seems to be getting a detailed explanation quickly from NVIDIA, with the Senior Vice President of Engineering Jonah Alben sending PC Perspective a diagram of the reason behind the GTX 970 acting weirdly.

 

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As you can see in the diagram above, there are three four things greyed out. Three SMM blocks and a single L2 cache block. NVIDIA explained to PCPer: "Despite initial reviews and information from NVIDIA, the GTX 970 actually has fewer ROPs and less L2 cache than the GTX 980. NVIDIA says this was an error in the reviewer's guide and a misunderstanding between the engineering team and the technical PR team on how the architecture itself functioned. That means the GTX 970 has 56 ROPs and 1792 KB of L2 cache compared to 64 ROPs and 2048 KB of L2 cache for the GTX 980".

 

So the question is, is the GeForce GTX 970 a 4GB card or not? It has 4GB of VRAM, that much we know, but accessing the remaining 0.5GB of RAM is slower than the first 3.5GB.

Australian PM Tony Abbott says social media is 'Electronic Graffiti'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 7:02 am

Yesterday was Australia day, often known as 'the day of the drunk bogan' but also a time to celebrate and reflect on everything that is Australia. 'The Land Down Under's' Prime Minister Tony Abbott celebrated this occasion by awarding Prince Philip with an Australian Knighthood, seeing major backlash among global social media.

 

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Mr. Abbott dismissed the haters, labeling social media as "electronic graffiti," disregarding members of the public and their opinions as slander.

 

When addressing the issue at a press conference, Mr. Abbott dismissed the online opinions and scolded the media for publishing them by stating "I'll leave social media to its own devices. Social media is kind of like electronic graffiti and I think that in the media, you make a big mistake to pay too much attention to social media. You wouldn't report what's sprayed up on the walls of buildings."

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Emma Watson signs on to Disney's live action 'Beauty and the Beast'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:34 am

Disney have been on a live-action remake binge of late, with 'Cinderella' hitting screens in March, 'Into The Woods' based on the Broadway play now playing, and a sequel to 'Alice In Wonderland' on the cards. Now, we can add another to the list, with 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson revealing via her Facebook page that she has been cast to play Belle in the live action adaptation.

 

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Revealing that the role was "such a big part of my growing up... my six year old self is on the ceiling", Watson also says that she'll now have to take "some singing lessons" to prepare for the role. The 1992 animated feature 'Beauty and the Beast' is often heralded as one of the finest Disney films from the last few decades, with a relatively mature story and sumptous animation.

 

With pre-production underway, 'Beauty and the Beast' is set for a 2016 release and will be directed by Bill Condon, who has helmed musicals 'Chicago', 'Dreamgirls' and the final two entries in the 'Twilight' series, 'Breaking Dawn'.

The galaxy in Elite: Dangerous can be explored for over 150,000 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2015 6:34 am

Elite: Dangerous launched in December last year, but it'll be many more years before the entire galaxy has been mapped. The game takes place in a one-to-one recreation of our Milky Way galaxy, something that will take lifetimes to explore.

 

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There are over 400 billion star systems to explore, but with part of the leveling mechanic in the game incentivising exploration of unknown star systems, Elite: Dangerous is being mapped quickly. At the current rate of exploration, Elite: Dangerous' playerbase is visiting 17,585 new star systems each day. This breaks down into 732 per hour, or 12 per minute.

 

If this rate continues and there isn't an influx of players in the short term, it would take a gigantic 150,895 years to map the entire galaxy. The developer behind the game is running a content for the first player to reach Elite status in exploration, giving away a $1500 prize. The first player to reach Elite in all three statuses will receive $15,000.

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