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Motorola Keylink lets you find your lost keys with your smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 7:41 am

The amount of times that I've misplaced my keys, without a way to find them, but Motorola has just unveiled something that we all need: Keylink.


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Motorola's Keylink is a tiny little device that attaches to your keyring, emitting a noise from your connected smartphone when you want to find your lost keys. What if you have your keys, but not your smartphone? Motorola has thought of that, too, with a button on Keylink that can be pressed which will play your smartphone's ringer.


Keylink is also capable of unlocking certain Motorola smartphones when you're in a specific range, with the second-generation Moto X, Droid Turbo, or any other Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphone capable of this. You'll need to alter the Trusted Devices settings on your smartphone, so that it will keep it unlocked while the Keylink is within range, re-enabling it with a passcode, or any other security if the two devices are separated.

Wicked Lasers to End High Power Laser Sales to USA Starting Jan 1st

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 7:14 am

After ten years in business, Wicked Lasers has a new owner. The company hasn't stated much other than what you see below, a new own and unfortunately, no more sales to the USA for products over 5mW.


The company has come under fire over the last few years from safety groups, people that don't like fun and even George Lucas. Without an official statement we don't know if the unwanted attention played a role in the decision to end US sales.


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Wicked Lasers will no longer be shipping >5mW handheld lasers to US-Based cutomers starting Jan 1, 2015.


If you are a fan there could be something bright in your future though. The company has setup a 40% off coupon code. If you are missing a few products like me, now is the time to get them.

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Far Cry 4 doesn't include FOV adjustments, for pirated versions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 6:40 am

Pirated versions of Far Cry 4 are making the rounds on various sites and services around the world, but it is missing a very important part of the game: field-of-view adjustments. FOV controls are completely missing from the pirated versions of Far Cry 4 on the PC.


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Why? Well, Creative Director on the game, the now infamous Alex "Low Res FTW" Hutchinson took to his Twitter account, saying: "PC players! If you're online complaining about the lack of FOV control ... You pirated the game". The proper copies of Far Cry 4 feature an FOV slider, but it's nice to see Ubisoft trolling pirates with taking a simple, but important version of the game out.

FTC temporarily shuts down PC clean up service scams, seizes assets

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 6:01 am

Many consumers filed complaints about companies who gave false promises of cleaning up PCs and taking take of other PC-related problems in ads from websites and through other means. Such scams sugar-coat their lies in the name of PC cleanup service, removal of unwanted and/or malicious files and even PC 'speed boost' services.


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According to consumers, they said that the 'service' offered to help them remove malicious software and system errors in an over exaggerated manner for either free, trial or minimal cost... at first. But as the 'support' progresses, the consumer falls down the rabbit hole where the tech support and sales agents use scare tactics to extort more money under the name of 'service plans'.


The FTC and the State of Florida said that many of these PC clean up service scammers were able to earn more than $120 million. The FTC was able to get a court order which will enable them to temporarily shut down tech support scams. Some of these companies were named, such as PC Cleaner Inc, Netcom Global Inc, Netcom3 Software Inc, PC Vitalware LLC and few others.

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By the looks of this comparison video, the PS4 version of GTA V rocks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 5:23 am

Now that Grand Theft Auto V has splashed down on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we're getting a better look at the refreshed version of the game on the more-powerful consoles.



DigitalFoundry's video, above, shows off that the next-gen version of Grand Theft Auto V looks much better on the Xbox One and PS4 versus the older Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. Better yet, is the PS4 version, which looks nicer on the PS4 than it does on the Xbox One.

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Sony Pictures abandons 'Steve Jobs' movie

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 5:17 am

Sony Pictures announced in 2012 - with great fanfare - they had secured the rights to Walter Isaacson's spectacular and award winning autobiography 'Steve Jobs' and have tried for a number of years to get the film into production, recently courting Christian Bale and Seth Rogen for lead roles, before the former dropped out soon thereafter.


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Now, Sony Pictures has dropped the film altogether, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Now in turn-around, producers are open to ship the project around to rival studios, with Universal said to be interested. Universal previously distributed the 2013 Steve Jobs biopic, which starred Ashton Kutcher.


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'Steve Jobs' now has an uncertain future, with a small production window before director Danny Boyle is needed on another film.

XOO Belt, a belt that can charge your smartphone hits Indiegogo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:26 am

Nifty has taken to Indiegogo to fund its latest product, the XOO Belt. What is the XOO Belt? It's an actual belt, with a 2100mAh internal lithium ion battery that features either a Lightning connector, or micro USB connector to charge your smartphone.



Your smartphone can be sitting in your pocket while it charges it up, which is a really nice feature. The battery technology that the UK-based company used it actually a flexible battery, placed inside of the belt itself. Nifty explains: "We've hidden six overlapping layers of cutting-edge flexible battery within each belt, giving a base power of 1,300 mAh of charge. Add this to the 400 mAh in each buckle-for a total of 2,100mAh-and you've enough to fully charge an iPhone 6 with some left over".


Nifty is hoping to secure over $50,000 to get the XOO Belt off the ground, and onto your hips, and at the time of writing they had $30,534 of their $50,000 goal, with 29 days left to go. This means that the XOO Belt will receive its funding without a problem, but the two early-bird products are sold out. 'The early-bird belt' had 100 units available, selling them all at $99 each, while 'The early-ish bird belt' is also sold out, at $125 each. The next level is 'the belt belt' which sells for $155.


Nifty hopes to start shipping its XOO Belt's to backers in July 2015.

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'Prometheus' sequel news dropped by director Ridley Scott

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 3:42 am

Rather than move closer to the classic 'Alien' franchise, it looks like the forthcoming sequel to 2012's 'Prometheus' will detach even further from the world of the world established in his 1979 original, even if the the ending for the first film gave fans a hint that a precursor to the Xenomorph was now on the loose.


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Speaking to News Corporation's The Australian newspaper, director Ridley Scott has confirmed that we won't be seeing any Xenomorphs (Dragons) when the sequel hits screens, expected in 2016.


[It's] getting away from gods and dragons and shit. If I see one more dragon I'm going to shoot myself. Stop the dragons... with Prometheus 2, what I'm trying to do is reintroduce a fresher form of alien in the third act


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Scott hasn't given an update on a firm release date for the film, the previously announced March 2016 date looks like it will get bumped back to later in the year, as production is not due to begin until the end of 2015. Star Noomi Rapace is set to return, as is Michael Fassbender.

WoW tips over 10 million subscribers again as new expansion launches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 3:34 am

The latest expansion to World of Warcraft has launched, with Warlords of Draenor increasing the subscriber base of Blizzard's MMORPG, even amongst the various server problems the game has experienced.


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Blizzard sent out a press release earlier today, announcing that the Warlords of Draenor expansion had sold over 3.3 million copies in its first 24 hours alone, pushing the total World of Warcraft subscriber base past 10 million. Before this, the expansion base of WoW had slipped to 6.8 million, but as the expansion release got closer, the subscriber base began to climb back up.


The previous expansion, Mists of Pandaria, had the subscriber base hit over 10 million, with both expansion boosts to its subscriber base down from the peak of 12 million back in 2010.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PC requirements have been announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 2:29 am

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes launches on the PC next month, with the publisher now providing the world the PC requirements of the upcoming stealth title.


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The publisher noted on Steam: "There's a good chance your rig can pull off a variety of in-game settings with a different piece of hardware than what's listed below. We hope this gives you a good idea of what you'll need to see the Fox Engine in action on your home computer". This is what you'll require to run Ground Zeroes:


Minimum Specifications:


  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later.
  • Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or above.
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above.
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above.


Recommended Specifications:


  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later.
  • Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above.
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or above.
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above.
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above.

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