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1993's Super Mario Brothers feature film coming to Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 4:09 am

Independent UK film distributor Second Sight have announced they have secured the rights to 1993's Super Mario Bros feature film from Disney's now defunct offshoot Hollywood Pictures and are planning a world-first Blu-ray release for mid this year.




Starring Bob Hoskins in the role of Mario, John Leguizamo as his brother Luigi and Dennis Hopper as King Koopa, Super Mario Bros was not a critical success, with the production beset by numerous behind the scenes battles which culminating in husband and wife Directors Rocky Morton and Annabelle Jenkel locked out of the editing room, nor was it a financial success either, making little more than half of its $48 million production budget in its original release. Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park which was released one week later then wiped the film from theaters soon after.




Despite this, the film has gone on to become something of an underground cult hit over the last twenty years, holding many fond memories for gen x-ers such as myself. In bringing the Blu-ray release forward, Second Sight have partnered with fan site Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive which promises to produce new bonus features, alongside striking a brand new HD transfer.

Google's Chromecast will finally arrive in the UK later this week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 3:08 am

Google's Chromecast is one of the better HDMI streaming dongle's to hit the market in the last year, and now our friends across the pond are going to be able to experience the awesomeness that is Chromecast! Today a new rumor has emerged that the Google will finally launch the Chromecast in the UK on Wednesday March, 19th.




If true, this launch will see an end to an eight month long delay that has seen the Chromecast waiting in the wings for its UK debut. In those eight months, Google has seen several competitors emerge and launch in the UK, including Roku's Streaming Stick. This could lead to less than stellar sells for the Chromecast in the UK, or it could some how boost sales with people who are curious as to what all the hype is over a $35 media dongle. Only time will tell, but I am putting my money on lower sales as a result of the delay.

Microsoft's Surface 2 with LTE is here, retails for $679 at AT&T

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 2:18 am

After quite a long wait, Microsoft has finally released its Surface 2 tablet with LTE support. The next-generation Surface table features 64GB of storage space, 200GB of free OneCloud storage for two years, and a free year of Skype calling. Windows RT 8.1 and an ARM-based processor handle computational duties, and now 4G LTE from AT&T in the US and UK as well as Vodafone keeps you connected when you venture away from a Wi-Fi connection.




The Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE support will retail for $679 at AT&T retailers later this week, but has Microsoft priced it too far out of most peoples price range? A 32GB version of Nokia's Lumia 252 cost just over half of what a Surface 2 runs, and has most of the same features. I think Microsoft should have came in at a $499 pricing point, and these tablets would have flown off the shelf until demand outpaced supply.

Vodafone locks in Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 exclusive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 1:13 am

The gold-colored smartphone craze is something that still baffles me, and I am having a hard time understanding why anyone would want a gold-colored device. My personal queries aside, Vodafone announced today that it will the the exclusive dealer of the new gold-colored Samsung Galaxy S5 in the UK region.




Samsung will release the Galaxy S5 in the UK on April 11th and with this new announcement, the only place to get a gold version in the UK is to visit a Vodafone store. Vodafone says that it will begin pre-orders for the yellowish-brown device starting next week on March 28th, but the company failed to disclose any price points for the 32GB and 64GB versions.

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Around 200 groups help police YouTube, flagging videos in bulk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 12:44 am

Around 200 people now have the unique ability to flag up to 20 videos at once for review by YouTube violations, including the UK Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit.




A report last week revealed the UK police unit had been granted "super flagger" ability, which allows for up to 20 videos to be reported at a single time, which was a pilot program launched in 2012.


The company said most of the participants are those responsible for spending a large amount of time flagging videos that violate YouTube's ToC. Less than 10 are reportedly government agencies or advocacy groups, such as anti-hate groups, according to media reports.


There is obvious concern of the British governments flagging videos it doesn't agree with, which is why Google chose to disclose more details of the program.

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RumorTT: Apple could launch an 8GB iPhone 5C as early as tomorrow

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 12:33 am

With reports of millions of iPhone 5C units sitting in storage collecting dust, a new rumor has emerged about a new iPhone 5C model that may emerge as early as tomorrow. Rumors suggest that Apple is working on an 8GB model of its colorful plastic smartphone, and that it will release at some point this week with Tuesday, March 17th being the most likely date.




The 8GB iPhone 5C will reported be aimed at those looking for an entry-level iPhone that is significantly cheaper than the iPhone 5S, but still retains all the hardware except storage of the current 16GB iPhone 5C. Unfortunately something tells me that the claims of a "significantly cheaper iPhone" will not be true and Apple will once again mark the iPhone 5C at a much higher pricing point than anyone expects. What would make much more sense for the company would be to mark the existing iPhone 5C models down to a $99 pricing point and attempt to generate a new market tier for itself.

OCZ partners with AMD at GDC14 to show off SSD-powered systems

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 11:08 pm

Today OCZ Storage Solutions announced that it has partnered with AMD to showcase the benefits of using high-performance solid state drives in gaming systems. The team is showing off several professional-class gaming systems built around OCZ's line of high-performance SSD's and AMD's high-end gaming hardware at the 2014 Game Developers Conference being held this week in San Francisco, California.




OCZ's premium Vector 150 Series solid state drives will be featuredin AMD systems that promote improved CPU and GPU performance at the event, and will showcase enhanced rendering, speed, and overall system performance. OCZ says that "professional developer applications demand peak transfer speeds and ultra-high performance; OCZ SSDs offer 100 times faster access to data, quicker boot ups, faster file transfers, and a more responsive computing experience than hard drives."

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Growing discussion over 'Internet addiction' and its medical effects

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 10:42 pm

In a world of developed medical and mental health research, Internet addiction is a cause for concern, especially younger demographics, medical researchers indicate.




Internet addiction isn't specific just to the Web, with growing concern of overindulgence with smartphones, tablets, computers, and other forms of technology - while medical researchers continue to debate how serious the problem is.


To battle addiction, there are customized special camps hosted in Japan, which has an estimated eight percent of Japanese school children addicted to the Internet. The Japanese Ministry of Education hopes to help children improve on verbal and non-verbal communication during sports and games - and will be staffed with clinical psychoterhapists and psychiatrists, according to The Tokyo Times.


Similar camps are now being rolled out in the United States and China.

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Google updates Play Store, adds batch install feature and more

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 10:12 pm

Google's Play Store got an update today that improves both security and functionally when installing and using apps. Version 4.6.16 of the Google Play Store brings forth better in-app purchase protection, as well a password protecting purchases from within the Google Play Store itself. Users now have the option to set password requirements for every purchase made, or unlock purchasing for 30 minutes at a time, or you can never require a password at all.




The update also brings in a new batch install feature that allows users to quickly install multiple apps on a new device without the need for a 3rd party app. This will let users who have upgraded, or changed devices quickly install their most used apps at once, which greatly speeds up the process of setting up a new device. Google has also tweaked the UI a bit as well as fixed several minor bugs.

Dice explains the new Carrier Assault mode for Battlefield 4

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 17, 2014 8:43 pm

Battlefield 4's upcoming Naval Strike DLC is one of the most anticipated expansion packs to hit the Battlefield franchise in quite some time now, mainly due to the return of "Titan Mode" in the form of a new mode called Carrier Assault. In this new game mode teams will be pitted against each other with one single goal, destroy the other teams aircraft carrier before they destroy yours.




In Carrier Assault, teams will need to take control of key points on the map that when captured, release a torrent of missile attacks on the rival teams aircraft carrier. Once enough of these missiles reach their target, the carrier will have suffered enough damage to allow enemies to breach its hull and enter the ship. Once the rival team has entered the carrier, the objective shifts to arming two M-Com stations placed within the carrier. When both M-Coms have been destroyed for either team, the round is over. Alternatively, users can continue the missile barrage and bring the ships hull health down to zero percent which also ends the match.

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