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Yahoo gobbles up mobile messaging app startup Blink, shuts it down

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: May 14, 2014 11:03 am

Yahoo has announced that it has purchased a Snapchat-like mobile messaging app called Blink. Blink allowed people to send messages that would self-destruct and allowed them to control who sees their messages and how long those people could see them. Fans of Blink won't be thrilled to hear that Yahoo plans to shut the company down.

 

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Blink apps on the iOS and Android platforms will be shutting down in the coming weeks. What Yahoo will do with the tech and talent that it acquired with the purchase is unknown. Presumably, Yahoo will rebrand the tech as its own and re-launch it at some point in the future.

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Google "very actively" working on autonomous car tech

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 14, 2014 10:34 am

Google has been working on self-driving cars for years now and it looks like the company is close to making the tech commercially viable. Google has been demonstrating the cars in California and the founder of Google X has said that it is "very actively" working on the technology with a major goal in sight.

 

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Google wants the tech to be available for drivers in the next three years. Sergey Brin has said in the past that the tech for driverless cars could be available by 2017. One of the goals behind the autonomous car tech Google is working on is to make the cars safer for everyone on the road.

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AMD slashes the price of its Radeon R9 280 to $249, down from $279

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 14, 2014 9:28 am

After quite some time of inflated prices thanks to crytocurrency users snapping up Radeon GPUs, AMD has stamped in a new official price cut on its Radeon R9 280 GPU. The price has come down from the inflated MSRP of $279, to $249, starting today.

 

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AMD has priced its slightly-faster Radeon R9 280X at $299, and the 270X at $199, so there's a $50 increase to the R9 280 from the 270X, or a $50 decrease from the 280X, depending on which GPU you were considering. AMD can now better compete with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 760 which is also priced at $249.

 

We should see the price drop filter down to retailers over the next couple of days.

Gmail for Android has been downloaded over 1 billion times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 14, 2014 8:32 am

Gmail has been the most widely used e-mail service in the world for close to two years, but Google has just reached another important milestone: Gmail for Android has become the first app in the Google Play Store to reach 1 billion downloads.

 

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The 1 billion number might not represent 1 billion active Gmail users, but the Mountain View-based search giant did report that it had over 425 million active monthly users back in 2012. This is a number that is sure to have exponentially grown, along with its mobile OS, Android.

Rockstar to release its first game on the PS4 and Xbox One next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2014 7:34 am

We are starting to hear about the first game from Rockstar Games that will hit the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony, something that the Grand Theft Auto developer will release before April 2015, according to Take-Two Interactive's CEO, Strauss Zelnick.

 

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Zelnick said: "Rockstar Games is hard at work on their upcoming lineup, and we're excited about what they have in store for the new generation of systems this fiscal year". Rockstar Games' 2015 fiscal year runs between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. We should expect the studio to unveil this game as Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and Xbox One, but we could be pleasantly surprised with something new, too.

 

We could see it turn into Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA V for next-gen consoles, or something completely different. We will find out soon enough.

Google Glass is now available to all US residents

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 14, 2014 6:35 am

Last month, Google opened up its Glass device to US residents, for a single day. Now the search giant has opened it completely, to any US resident, meaning you can buy Google Glass right now, for $1500.

 

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Google saw an "overwhelming" response to its previous sale, but this is no consumer launch. Google is simply opening up the flood gates to its Explorer Program, with the final consumer version of Google Glass expected sometime later in the year. We should hopefully hear more about Glass at the company's Google I/O conference that kicks off on June 25.

Nintendo teases that it is preparing its "next hardware system"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: May 14, 2014 5:35 am

We've heard rumors that Nintendo would unveil its next-gen console at E3 next month, and while this might not happen, the company is already talking about its next-gen console. Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, teased that the company is "always developing new hardware" during a recent Q&A.

 

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During the company's recent financial briefing, Iwata said that once Nintendo has launched a platform, it begins preparations for the next one. Iwata explained: "The most difficult question for us to answer in public in concrete terms is when we are going to launch our new hardware and what kind of hardware we are going to launch, and I am afraid that I cannot talk about this in more detail. However, I can certainly assure you that we are not at a dead end of any kind in which we are out of ideas for developing new hardware".

 

Nintendo aren't just a hardware company, but mainly a software company - it plans to stay that way, and keep consumers happy with their current devices, such as the Wii U. Iwata continued: "We will continue to work hard to ensure that consumers who already own our platforms are satisfied, and make sure that people will continue to see great value in our software. But I would like to say that we are preparing for our next hardware system, and in fact, we already have a clear idea to some extent about the direction our next hardware is going to take".

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Global warming, one of the biggest scams in the history of humanity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 14, 2014 4:10 am

For countless decades, scientists have been gagged and bought when it comes to "global warming" or "climate change". You might not want to hear it, but if you dig deep enough, the rabbit hole begins to make sense. For those who have never heard of "Suspicious0bservers" on YouTube, you might want to check out his videos - he's quite the expert and spokesperson to the masses.

 

 

Suspicious0bservers, or Ben Davidson, has over 180,000 subscribers on YouTube, but his latest video "Why Global Warming Failed" should be an eye-opener for you. The video above has plenty of data and links to papers he cites from, with some very large points to be made. It's not just the Earth that is experiencing changes, but virtually every single planet in our solar system is going through some form of change. Those planets aren't having changes due to man now, are they?

 

We, mankind, are causing some form of pollution and "climate change" but it is in no way near the numbers scientists, governments and corporations are reporting. During the video (at around the 8:30 mark), you can see the CO2 levels on Earth are skyrocketing - something that man is surely doing. But, the temperature - "global warming" - is right on the models that have been tracked over the last 300,000 years. We're actually seeing the temperature in Antarctica dropping a few degrees in the last 300,000 years - where every 100,000 years we're seeing a drop of a couple of degrees.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z leaked review: slower than Radeon R9 295X2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 14, 2014 3:08 am

NVIDIA was all set to unleash its GeForce GTX Titan Z on April 29, but missed the launch. It was then meant to launch on May 8, but missed that launch date, too. Now we're seeing a leaked review of the dual GK110 beast, which seems to be slower than the much cheaper Radeon R9 295X2 from AMD.

 

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The leaked goodness comes from Videocardz, which reports that the Titan Z is a triple-slot card - but air-cooled. This is compared to the liquid cooler on the Radeon R9 295X2, which requires mounting in your case. There's dual 8-pin PCIe power, so we're looking at a total TDP of 375W on NVIDIA's dual GK110 product. But what about performance? The Titan Z doesn't beat the R9 295X2 in everything, but it comes close. When compared to GTX 780s in SLI, the Titan Z loses, with a much bigger gap.

 

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The problem here is, even if it comes close to the R9 295X2, but doesn't beat it - the Titan Z is at least $3000 (without taxes). You can go and buy a SAPPHIRE R9 295X2 on Amazon for $1536 - half the cost of the Titan Z.

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Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs on PS4 runs at 900p, Xbox One at 729p

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 14, 2014 2:27 am

The last time we heard about Watch Dogs on the PS4, is when we thought it would be running at 1080p at 60FPS... well, that was wrong. Ubisoft has just announced that Watch Dogs will be running at 900p on the PS4, and just 792p on the Xbox One - both versions at 30FPS.

 

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Watch Dogs' Creative Director, Jonathon Morin, has said: "Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number. All those numbers are valid aspects of making games. But you make choices about the experience you want to deliver. In our case, dynamism is everything. Exploration and expression are everything".

 

I don't quite agree there, with the statement that "resolution is a number," sure it's a number - but if this were running at 1080p at 60FPS, Ubisoft would be bragging about it. 900p at 30FPS isn't too next-gen in my books, what do you think?

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