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Apple invests $848 million into a First Solar plant in California

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 10:32 am

Apple has just announced it is investing $848 million into a First Solar plant in California's Monterey County, something that will generate enough electricity to power a huge 60,000+ homes.

 

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Apple will receive a 130-megawatt supply from the solar farm which it will use to power its future campus, while the remaining 150 megawatts will find a home with Pacific Gas & Energy's grid. This is a big deal, as it represents the biggest commercial deal that has ever happened in the solar industry.

NVIDIA release GeForce Game Ready 347.52 WHQL drivers for Evolve

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 9:40 am

Now that Evolve is here, NVIDIA is on the ball with some Game Ready drivers for GeForce owners with the new GeForce 347.52 WHQL drivers. The new set of drivers include performance optimizations, new SLI profiles and more.

 

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If you haven't heard of Evolve, it's from the makers of Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock Studios. It's a 4 vs. 1 action game that can be played online or offline, with four class-based hunters taking on a massive monster that wants to demolish you. As for the GeForce 347.52 WHQL drivers, there are performance improvements for Assassin's Creed: Unity, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Crew, War Thunder, and more.

Microsoft trademarks 'Windows 365', with Windows 10 RTM coming in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 8:41 am

Microsoft should reach the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 10 by June, according to sources of Neowin. We've already seen a number of technical previews, as well as intricate details of the operating system so far.

 

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Most thought that an August release for the RTM would happen, but it looks like Microsoft is ahead of schedule with its latest operating system. The line of thinking here is that Microsoft most likely want to get Windows 10 with as many manufacturers as possible, with June being a big month for the tech world. Computex kicks off in June, so if we see a bunch of Windows 10-powered devices at the show, we won't be surprised.

 

Something more interesting has happened too, with Microsoft filing a patent application for the trademark "Windows 365". Microsoft filed for the trademark on January 29, which means we could expect a subscription-based version of Windows in the near future.

Bethesda announces E3 2015 press conference, Fallout 4 or the Doom?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:39 am

Well then, Bethesda has just announced its hosting its own E3 press conference, but what should we expect? The studio has a fair amount of content it should share at the event, but what could it be?

 

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We could see the new Doom, Fallout 4, a new Elder Scrolls game, Dishonored 2 or something completely new. What do you want to see unveiled? Personally, I want to see the new Doom unveiled. Bring it on.

Spider-Man officially becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 6:38 am

One of the juiciest tidbits revealed by the crippling Sony Pictures back in December, was a series of high level conversations between outgoing Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and the owner of Marvel, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger which had intended to make the Spider-Man character part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which encompasses characters from 'The Avengers' and last year's mega-hit 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. Whilst talks broke down, there was a glimmer of hope for fans that has just been realised.

 

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Yesterday, Sony and Disney issues a joint press-release announcing that the two companies have come to an agreement which new Sony Pictures chair Michael Lynton describes as the "right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans". The agreement means that not only will Spider-man "first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe" (slated to be 'Captain America: Civil War') but will also appear in a stand-alone film to be released on July 28, 2017 which will be co-produced by Marvel head Kevin Feige.

 

However, some fans will be disappointed following the news that the intriguing plot threads from the newly rebooted series which started in 2012 with 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and continued into 'The Rise of Electro' will not see a conclusion, with the series being abandoned, with Andrew Garfield will no longer play the character.

Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a announced, capable of providing 8K laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 6:03 am

VESA has just announced the latest version of its Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a specification, which is the successor to version 1.4 which was introduced close to two years ago now. The new 1.4a revision is capable of an insane 8K resolution in laptops, which is 7680x4320.

 

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The new eDP 1.4a standard features a new Display Stream Compression (DSC) standard (1.1), and enhanced segmented panel display architecture. On top of that, some other magic is sprinkled inside of the new display standard, which will allow OEMs to create Ultra HD panels for embedded applications, with support for up to 7680x4320, or 8K*4K. eDP 1.4a is capable of 8.1GB/sec per late, where the GPU-to-display interface is split in two, or even four screen segments. This provides a maximum link bandwidth of up to 32.4GB/sec, which will allow for 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz with 10-bit color.

 

Now, I'm sure you're why... why mobile/laptops? Well, VR. That's why. We're being teased the future of mobile and laptop displays, with a huge 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz, which is exactly where VR needs to go. Oculus VR is probably rubbing their hands with glee, so we're going to reach out to them now and see if they have anything to say about this news.

The ESL One Katowice CS:GO qualifier groups are out

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 5:05 am

If you're a fan of CS:GO and wish to see some of the best teams on the globe fight to the death in order to secure their spot in a major event - you've opened the right article.

 

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Thanks to HLTV, we've been informed on the latest group updates for the offline-qualifier component of ESL One Katowice. Being conducted in the Angelo Hotel, the top four teams from each group will be pushed towards the finals stage - where they will meet the top eight placed DreamHack Winter teams.

 

It's interesting to note that Australian team Vox Eminor will once again be making the trek overseas, alongside the ex-ESC Gaming squad being once-again included thanks to their lifetime Valve ban being overturned.

 

The action begins on February the 14th - local time. All match times below will be stated in local timing, for an easy conversion - simply make an account on HLTV, set your own time zone and log in to see them automatically changed.

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Uber Australia claim to be creating 20,000 jobs in 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 4:08 am

In an email sent a few hours ago, Uber's Queensland team stated that they will be "committed to creating 20,000 new jobs in Australia in 2015."

 

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This release went on to ensure customers that all patrons will be safe, claiming that "each of these new jobs will be filled by people who have passed rigorous criminal and driving history background checks, who are fully insured, and who are seeking to earn a flexible income to support their families," as there have been some major concerns in the past as to how safe Uber drivers really are.

 

20,000 jobs in any industry is certainly not a small task. Especially when you consider that there are only approximately 23,000 Taxi drivers employed as a whole in Australia's most populated state - New South Wales.

Come one, come all - this amalgamation of tech makes for an awesome PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 3:10 am

Generally in modding circles we will see a sponsored or personal build running one companies products mainly as a whole - be it MSI, ASUS, GIGABYTE or more. In an attempt to break the trend, High Resolution Computers Shop (HRC) has produced a stunning red and black build with components from a vast array of companies, including:

 

  • Intel
  • MSI
  • AVIEXIR
  • Samsung
  • Corsair
  • EK Water Blocks
  • Bitspower, and
  • Galaxy
  • Mayhem die
  • NZXT

 

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This PC is running a stunning Mayhem Pastel Red + Mayhem X1 Red die combination, complete with custom-PSU sleeving, rigid-tubed watercooling and an Intel i7 790K to top it all off - this computer is a dream build for many.

 

We'll add this PC to yet another list showcasing the might that is rigid tubing and its great to see someone changing up the normal build process.

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A 15 year old kid just won a $3,000,000 Dota2 tournament

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 11, 2015 2:02 am

How many times has your mother in the past told you to get off the computer and "do something productive" with your time. Ignoring her, for me, landed me a job in eSports, ignoring her for 15 year old Syed "Suma1L" Hassan, meant he carried his team to victory in the Dota 2 Asian Championships - playing a massive hand in his team walking away with the $1,284,158 first place prize incentive.

 

 

Not only was this Suma1L's first attendance at a massive major live event, he more than paid for his own worth - as you can see in the video above. On top of his amazing Tinker playing ability, he helped carry his team to victory when playing Storm Spirit. In the final game of the grans final series, although dieing four times quickly at the beginning, he managed to use his incredible placement, micro and forward-thinking techniques to run rings around his opponents.

 

So I'll just let that sink in for you all - a 15 year old has just walked away with $250,000 in prize money after beating the best Dota2 teams in the world. It gets even better - Suma1L and his new-found teammate Aui_2000 were both stand-ins for this event. Although not 'officially' on the Evil Geniuses Roster, they were called upon to play due to the departure of Artour "Arteezy" Babaev and Ludwig "zai" Wahlberg (to Team Secret).

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