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Helpful Chrome extension lets you play GIFs in Google Search

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 1:28 pm

Never miss a beat in your Facebook arguments again. As reported recently by Gizmodo, there's a super helpful Chrome extension now available that enables you to play GIFs through a standard Google Image Search.




Whether you're searching for reaction gifs or cute animals, this extension is aptly called 'Google GIFs Chrome Extension' and has been released on Github by 'peeinears'.


If you've got a slow internet connection or an old computer I would suggest you steer clear of this extension, otherwise go for your life.

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Team manager sets out to create eSports player union

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 11:31 am

Natus Vincere is an extremely well-known and long-standing eSports organization, rising to fame back in the days of Counter-Strike 1.6. CEO and manager Alexander 'ZeroGravity' Kohanovskiy has allegedly begun planning and implementing a 'player union' which is set to help protect professionals in regards to prize money and play conditions.




Besides Na'Vi, other teams represented include big names such as Team Liquid, CLG, Cloud9, Virtus.Pro, TSM, NiP, fnatic, Titan and EnVyUs. In an email sent to all the major players in eSports tournaments, Kohanovskiy outlined terms and conditions based around things such as player conditions, online-only tournament damning (refusing to play in) and minimum expected prize pools.


This email requested that tournaments in USA with local teams only pony up a minimum of $30,000 in cash prizes, further stating that if they expect international attendance that they must be prepared to spend at least $75,000. Player transport was also addressed, asking tournaments that they provide all-expenses-paid travel for six people, being the five players and coach.

Elon Musk wasn't joking about this plan to 'nuke Mars'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 9:26 am

Speaking recently, Elon Musk told all who would listen that he was interested in warming up the red planet, telling Stephen Colbert that he thinks that 'Nuking' Mars is a great idea.



There is a method to his madness. He's not talking about blowing up this planet Star Wars Imperial style, but actually intending to use fusion bombs at each pole, exploding them to function as a temporary and artificial 'sun'. Musk is predicting that these super-hot explosions will help rapidly heat the surface of mars, ensuring life can be created.


Explaining his thoughts to the audience, Musk stated that these explosions should be set off "every several seconds," adding that "a lot of people don't appreciate that our sun is a giant fusion explosion." Unfortunately, he wasn't able to provide any more scientific evidence on this talk show so we're interested to see if some scientists can prove this theory as a plausible.

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Valve employee proposes to his wife in VR using the HTC Vive headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 7:40 am

If there was a unique way to propose to your girlfriend, this would be it - through VR. Chandler Murch, who works at Valve, proposed to his girlfriend Kelly Tortorice using the HTC Vive headset.




Murch took Tortorice to Valve's HQ in Bellevue, WA (lucky girl) to show her the various SteamVR demos that they have been showing off at various gaming expos throughout the year. Tortorice explains: "So there I was, typical day... on a sunken ship deck; fixing robots; painting three-dimensional fire; walking through the Alps. Suddenly, a virtual engagement ring started floating my way".


Murch had walked up to Tortorice while she was in the world of VR, where he was holding a trackable HTC Vive wand controller. In her world, wearing the HTC Vive headset, she saw a ring floating in mid-air. She took off the Vive headset to see her boyfriend down on one knee, in the real-world this time, proposing to her. She added: "It wasn't imaginary anymore". And of course, she said yes.

Vinyl sales have outpaced streaming revenues, according to the RIAA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 5:35 am

When you think about profits in the music industry, you'd think that by now the likes of Spotify and Pandora would be making hundreds of millions of dollars - but in reality, they don't.




According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), music streaming revenue has increased by 27% year-on-year, while vinyl sales have jumped 52% in the same period of time. In the first half of 2015, vinyl sales made $222 million while streaming revenue hit $163 million. Apple Music isn't included in these results, so the streaming side of things will see an uptick when Apple gets onboard.


According to data analyst Joshua Friedlander: "Overall, the music industry has become the most-digital in terms of all traditional media outlets - magazines, newspapers - in terms of transition. There is more optimism out there than there was. Two-thirds of the market is still physical [CDs]. It used to be monolithic. Now it's a mix of things, a revenue diversification that makes a more stable source to grow off of. [Streaming] services have mostly grown through word of mouth. There hasn't been a big Spotify advertising push. When you get a player like Apple involved, that really generates a whole new level of awareness".

NASA dumps over 8,400 photos from the Apollo moon mission onto Flickr

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 3:27 am

NASA has just opened up the Project Apollo Archive Flickr account, dumping a huge 8,400 photos onto it at 1800 DPI. The photos are also sorted by the roll of film they were on.




The new Project Apollo Archive is also on Facebook, where NASA will be showing off new renderings of some of the best images. NASA is also including some rarer photos, such as the Apollo 11 training photos.

Samsung Galaxy S7 will have Qualcomm or Samsung processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2015 1:29 am

Samsung hasn't had quite the success it wanted with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, so it launched the new Galaxy S6 edge+ and even still, the company isn't hitting the sales numbers it wanted to.




When Samsung made the new smartphones, it didn't use Qualcomm processors in some markets because of the issues that the Snapdragon 810 was having with thermal throttling, and Samsung made the good decision to use its own super-fast Exynos processors instead. Well, as Samsung prepares its next generation Galaxy S7 smartphone, the company is likely to use Qualcomm processors once again - but the new Snapdragon 820 processors based on Qualcomm's custom Kryo cores.


The Snapdragon 820 is a bloody fast system-on-chip, so expect new world records to be created when Samsung launches the Galaxy S7 next year.

NVIDIA showed off its next-gen HBM-based Pascal GPU in Japan recently

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 3, 2015 11:11 pm

We know it's coming, and we can't wait - NVIDIA begins showing off more and more of its new Pascal architecture, teasing the HBM-powered Pascal GPU at GTC Japan 2015 recently.




The last time we saw Pascal was when NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off a prototype board at GTC 2015 in March, but now we're seeing a slightly different Pascal GPU board than we saw earlier this year. The board features an actual Pascal GPU now that it has taped out, with the consumer GeForce card to feature a huge 16GB of HBM2 while the professional side of things will bump things up to 32GB of HBM2.


The design of the board is very similar to the Fiji-powered cards from AMD, as NVIDIA's Pascal chip is on a similar interposer to AMD. It looks slightly bigger, but we should expect the Pascal-powered cards to blow the doors off of the Fiji-powered cards from AMD. We will see DirectX 12 support, around 17 billion transistors, a 4096-bit memory interface, and so much more. Expect more news on this as we get closer to the New Year.

Players attempt to enter nostalgia trip as CODPROMOD kicks on

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2015 9:48 pm

If you were part of the (comparatively) tiny gaming scene in the early to mid-2000's you may have been aware of the thunder that was 'CODPROMOD', designed as a competitive-play modification for Call of Duty games such as the originals and Modern Warfare (CoD4).




Websites across the globe like TEK9, CyberGamer and Cadred were largely dedicated to the competitive scene of these titles, hosting numerous online and LAN competitions over many years and saw the birth of what a flashy 'frag video' would be classified as today.


There isn't exactly any 'news' to report here as such, but more so a call for all CoD players to band together in the name of nostalgia. The meeting place is a thread over on eSports Heaven, previously known as, being one of the biggest old school players in the CoD scene itself.

Check out these official DOCTOR WHO wired and wireless headphones

By: Chris Smith | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 3, 2015 7:27 pm

If you're a real fan of BBC's DR WHO and simply can't get enough, Massive Audio has just announced its new DOCTOR WHO Bluetooth wireless and wired headphone models. With the information being released recently through a press release and stock expecting to arrive very soon, these headphones are a continuation of Massive Audio's TARDIS and Dalek Bluetooth speaker products.




Designed with an over-ear design across all models, the Bluetooth edition further features an inbuilt microphone, song controls and a claimed 30-hour play time on a single charge.


If you're interested in one of these for yourself, the Bluetooth edition will set you back $119.98 and the wired edition $79.98. There will be a plethora of stores stocking this 57mm driver-packing product, including the BBC SHOP, Think Geek, Amazon and Game Stop.

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