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Netflix pulled in $5.5 billion in revenue for 2014, beats expectations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:31 am

Netflix has posted its revenue for both the quarter just passed, and the full 12 months of 2014. The streaming giant thrashed expectations, which had them pegged at $0.45 per share, but Netflix posted $1.35 per share over revenues of $1.48 billion and profits of $83.4 million.




Compared to the same quarter a year ago, Netflix posted just $43 million in profit, or $0.79 per share. Over the entire 12 months, Netflix posted revenues of $5.5 billion. During Q4 alone, the company added 1.9 million subscribers in the US, and 2.43 million overseas for an additional 4.33 million new subscribers. Over the course of the year, Netflix added 39.11 million new subscribers in the US, and 18.28 million subscribers from across the world. Netflix now has a total of 57.39 million subscribers.


This has helped the company post its biggest quarter ever, and is a reason why investors love the company so much - continuous, and close to unstoppable growth.

Too many Steam games? Spiral into depression with this time calculator

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:23 am

Remember the pang of regret and depression you felt deep in your chest when typing /played into your pre-Burning Crusade World of Warcraft account? Experience this wonderful feeling yet again when you see how long it would take you to complete every game in your Steam library from start to finish.




SteamLeft will tell you exactly how long it's going to take to finish every game that you currently own, letting you know that continuous Seam sale binging probably wasn't the best idea - but who cares, right?


We've seen a few users hit the 1,000 hour mark - please submit yours below and let us know how many hours you need to slog it out for.

'Powers' the PlayStation exclusive TV show debuts on March 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:36 am

Sony will be debuting its PlayStation-exclusive original series Powers on March 10, with the first season taking part over 10 episodes. The first episode will be teased to all PSN owners for free, after which you'll need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to watch the rest.



The show itself is based on the ongoing Image Comics series from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon, with the world of Powers set in a police show based in Chicago where two homicide detectives investigate cases that citizens with superhuman abilities, or, well, powers. Better yet, the show stars Sharlto Copley, who was in District 9 and Elysium, who plays Christian Walker.


Walker is a former superhero who becomes a detective after he loses his powers, while his partner Deena Pilgrim, who is played by The Following's Susan Heyward. Eddie Izzard also stars, playing as the villain 'Wolfe'.

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Edward Snowden: GCHQ snooped on emails sent, received by journalists

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:57 am

The GCHQ collected emails sent to and from journalists in the United States and UK, according to documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It took less than 10 minutes to harvest up to 70,000 emails during the GCHQ exercise, intercepted from fiber-optic cables, and included correspondence between writers and editors.




As part of its surveillance campaign, the GCHQ archived emails related to journalists from BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, NBC, the Sun and the Washington Post - with data saved on its intranet.


It's no surprise that the NSA and GCHQ have invested in a number of different digital surveillance efforts, but the widespread campaigns have shocked critics. The GCHQ is under increased pressure to ensure journalists' emails are protected, as confidentiality is important - despite government skepticism.

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Valve has added Steam Broadcasting to Steam, bursts out of beta form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 5:32 am

Well, that didn't take long: Valve has made its Steam Broadcasting feature official, dragging it out of its quick stint as a beta part of Steam.




You can now update Steam, if it hasn't already been updated for you, and change your settings if you want Broadcasting to be enabled. This will allow your gameplay to be broadcasted to friends when you start gaming, which is an alternative to the super popular Twitch service, that was recently purchased by Amazon for $970 million.


Steam Broadcasting will only broadcast video by default, but you can also stream other applications from your computer if you allow it in the settings. Broadcasting will also take in your computers audio, too.

Robotoki shuts its doors, leaves Human Element on 'hiatus'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:35 am

Robert Bowling, who used to be the Creative Strategist with Infinity Ward, has confirmed with Polygon that he has shut down his new game studio Robotoki. This has left their game in development, Human Element, on hiatus.




Bowling said in an e-mail to Polygon: "This week we have ceased operations at Robotoki and the development of Human Element is on hiatus. We were actively negotiating a new publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element but unfortunately I was unable to continue to self-fund development until a deal was finalized".


It's quite unfortunate, as South Korea-based Nexon made a 'strategic investment' into Robotoki in 2013, and many people were looking forward to seeing what Robotoki were going to do with Human Element.

Facebook is fighting against fake content in news feeds

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 4:04 am

Users are being asked to flag bogus posts as fake, which will see Facebook limit the amount of news feeds that this content appears on - said to not have any affect on satire websites like The Onion.




Misleading news reports and advertisements are becoming a mainstay in this day and age, seeing click-bait articles often fill up our news feeds and side bars on numerous websites, emails, social media platforms and streaming services. Under new changes announced by Facebook, users will be able to flag misleading content that involve click-bait titles, misleading stories and scams.


Announced on Tuesday, Facebook will make a move to limit how many news feeds this information pops up on - rather than removing it completely. Stories that have been consistently reported and in great number will see an annotation to let Facebook users know that it might be non-legit.

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SplashData unveil their most popular passwords of 2014 list

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 3:08 am

Once again, SplashData have released their annual list of compiled stolen passwords made public throughout the year of 2014, once again showing that people really don't put much thought, time or effort into protecting their own security.




If your password is anything like these below, please change it immediately for your own safety. It's nice to see these users really confusing hackers and 'changing it up' by pushing '12345' up 17 places to a number three placing - it's definitely going to confuse those nasty criminals from guessing the old '123456' code that was set.

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NVIDIA rumored to release GeForce GTX TITAN X for $1350 with 6GB VRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 2:51 am

We've been reporting on pretty much every GPU rumor we can, as they're all exciting, but the next-gen TITAN X is shaping up into something more real with each passing day. Now we have some unconfirmed news that the GeForce GTX TITAN X will have an MSRP of $1350.




The stock card will be arriving with 6GB of VRAM, with 12GB of VRAM to arrive at a later date, or through various AIBs if they choose to splash the GPU with a titanic amount of VRAM. The TITAN X will be powered by the GM200 chip, which is the full chip that we've all been waiting for. The GM204 powers the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 cards while the GM206 reportedly powers the GTX 960 which is said to be imminent.


NVIDIA could slightly cut down the die to start with, but the fully unleashed GM200 core should arrive on a 384-bit memory bus, feature 12GB of VRAM and a huge 3072 CUDA cores. A cut down version of this could feature between 2560 and 2816 CUDA cores, but it would still perform like a champion. The price however, is what has people talking, and with the current GTX TITAN Black Edition still commanding a price of around $1000 on Amazon, the $1350 price isn't too bad. "Isn't too bad" is something worth talking about, because for around $350 more we should see a nice 30-50% performance increase given the specs. The 12GB of RAM is going to come in handy for future titles and super massive multi-monitor setups, which is something I will be getting into in March with these cards if they do materialize.

Seek unveils a new thermal camera for your phone, the Seek XR

By: Steven Bassiri | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 21, 2015 2:21 am

Coming up on the heels of their first thermal camera we reviewed earlier last month, Seek Thermal is releasing their brand new Seek XR which features manual zoom capabilities. The new camera weights only half an ounce but can capture long-wave radiation from as far as 2000 feet.




Seek's patented sensor features a resolution of 206x156 for a total of over 32,000 thermal pixels, which is very high compared to other cameras in the sub $1000 range. Like the first Seek thermal camera, the Seek XR will come in a magnesium case, but feature a custom made chalcogenide lens.




Seek is looking to market their new camera to a more diversified range of users, many of which we depend on every day. Seek Thermal founder Bill Parrish on the Seek XR, "Last year we introduced the first consumer thermal camera, and this new, extended-range camera is based in part on the specific feedback we received from gun experts, law enforcement, boaters and other people excited about thermal imaging." The new Seek XR will come in at only $299 and will be available directly from Seek as well as from Amazon starting this month. The Seek XR will be available for both Android and iOS devices.


We had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the Seek XR during CES 2015. The build quality was very high, and you can manually turn the lens casing, which is something that should greatly improve the camera's usefulness. The Seek XR will also work with Seek's custom software, which you can check out in our review.

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