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Spare $10,000? You could buy this 24-carat-gold-plated Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 6:39 am

British company, Harrods, is selling a 24-carat-gold-plated Xbox One for a little under $10,000: at $9778.80, is it a bargain? At this price, it is 19x the cost of a single Xbox One, which is kinda ridiculous to those without millions in their accounts.

 

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It does look gorgeous, but I don't think the extra $9000+ really justifies this. For the rich and famous, or those obsessed with gold, it could be the perfect Christmas present, right? Better get to editing that list for Santa, folks!

Bungbungame Project S high-end smartphone, just $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 6:35 am

Our friends over at New Gadgets have been on the ground with Bungbungame, a company that took to crowdfunding through Indiegogo for its Project S smartphone.

 

 

I've never heard of the Project S smartphone until now, but wow does it pack a punch: 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM, WQHD resolution, a body made from glass and aluminum, but the best bit? Just $299. Yes, $299. We're looking at a 5.8-inch 2560x1440 screen, which is just super impressive, especially given its $299 price.

 

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The Project S is just a prototype right now, but with a finalized design, we should expect everything you see here for $299. For shooting abilities, we have a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper. Expandable storage is also featured, which is a nice touch these days.

McLaren to use force field of sound waves, replaces windshield wipers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:39 am

McLaren's Chief Designer, Frank Stephenson, has teased that a new system will be placed in McLaren's new vehicles, which will replace the ageing windshield wipers with some next-gen wipers.

 

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The new wipers use ultrasound to send 30kHz waves across the vehicle's windshield, which would keep it clear from any debris, even those tiny insect remains that build up on your windshield, even after you've used the wipers over and over. The way it works is by creating a force field that stops rain, snow and insects from even touching the windshield itself.

 

If McLaren can get this technology working as it has said, I'm sure we'll see most other car makers using McLaren's patent and rolling the technology across vehicles all around the world starting ASAP.

Yet another Battlefield 4 patch, fixing and breaking things as usual

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 5:34 am

EA DICE has pushed out the December 16 patch for Battlefield 4 on the PC, which fixes a list of bugs, but has its own issues, too. The new update improves BF4's netcode, so that it will hopefully stop "kill trading".

 

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Kill trading is something where two players who fire at each other, and die in the same place. The patch fixes the amount of time where players with high pings should already be dead, but get the kill instead. The patch also fixes:

 

  • Fix for a crash that would cause the game to stall, resulting in a sound loop. This should eliminate most of the problems relating to this.
  • Fix for the SUAV (introduced in the China Rising expansion pack) not exploding when hitting enemy soldiers. While these indeed should be deadly, they were never designed for "roadkilling" opponents.
  • Fixed one of the issues related to the so-called "Netcode" (see below for details).
  • Fix for an issue where 4x the damage from a vehicle's minigun would be applied to the chest when a player had the Defense specialization equipped.
  • Fix for player tags not always showing when needed to, resulting in players shooting team members.
  • Fix for graphical flickering appearing on terrain.
  • Fixed the instance where players suddenly would transition into Spectator Mode while playing the Defuse game mode.
  • Fix for a Defuse bug where none of the teams would win a round by letting the timer run out.
  • Fix for players getting stuck in the revive screen after being killed.
  • Fix for players getting stuck in the kill camera after being revived.
  • Fix for the game mode specific ribbons being counted twice in the multiplayer progression.
  • Made NVIDIA 331.82 or later driver versions mandatory for all players.
  • Disabled DirectX 11.1 on NVIDIA cards that have outdated drivers.
  • Fixed driver version not being properly detected on NVIDIA Optimus systems.
  • Fixed a minor crash that could occur when bringing up the scoreboard.

 

But, there are new issues: users with NVIDIA GeForce SLI systems, like myself, get massive flickering issues - with the only option to stop this is by disabling SLI. DICE has said: "Both of these have our attention, and we're investigating them."

RumorTT: Google to design its own chips, would abandon Intel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 4:36 am

At the moment, Google leans on Intel for its processors that make things happen in its servers across the world, but the latest rumors point to this possibly changing.

 

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It looks like Google could move from being just a software and services company, to a full hardware designer, too. Bloomberg is reporting that Google engineers are possibly working on their own custom server processor, which would feature ARM-based technology, the same technology found inside that Android smartphones and tablets.

 

Google currently designs its own server systems, but making its own processors would make it a near Google-run process. Moving in this direction would lessen its reliance on Intel, which currently chews up most of the server market. Time will tell.

Apple rolls out OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 3:24 am

Today Apple released an update to its current OS X Mavericks operating system. The update brings OS X up to version 10.9.1 and is rather small in comparison to previous OS X updates. The update only takes care of bugs and software issues and does not install any new features either.

 

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The biggest fix has been applied to the mail app, which fixes integration with Gmail, and stabilizes everything for a more reliable experience. A bug that prevented Voice Over from reading out sentences that featured an Emoji has been fixed as well. For the full list of fixes and to download the update yourself, head over to the source link below.

Spotify finally makes its way to LG Smart TVs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 1:46 am

LG Smart TV's are finally getting access to the most popular music streaming service on the web. LG announced today that Spotify will be making its way to LG Smart TVs later this month.

 

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To gain access to the streaming app, you will have to meet a few requirements though which include a Spotify Premium subscription, and your LG Smart TV must be a 2013 or higher model. Unfortunately 2012 models will not have access to the app, and at the moment their appears to be no plans for free access to the service on LG TVs.

Yahoo Weather for iOS gets updated for iPad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 17, 2013 12:16 am

Its been almost a year since Yahoo first introduced its Weather app for Apple's iPhone. Today the company has announced that the app has been officially optimized for iPad as well.

 

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The Weather app has been huge amongst iPhone users, mostly for the fact that it integrates Flickr to display stunning background images on its local weather forecast. Yahoo says that now the app has been optimized for use on all iPad models and everything has been designed to dynamically scale up to the proper resolution. The release for iPad comes a few months after Yahoo refreshed the Weather app for Android.

$7.85 million Las Vegas mansion is up for sale, accepts Bitcoins

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 11:16 pm

There are some multimillionaires out there thanks to the digital currency, Bitcoin, but now you can purchase a $7.85 million Las Vegas home with Bitcoins. A casino owner who is now a commercial developer, is selling the Vegas home, accepting Bitcoins as payment.

 

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Jack Sommer said he thought of the idea to sell his $7.85 million mansion from his two sons, who make and trade Bitcoins. Sommer said: "The advantage is that we're expanding our market and adding some notoriety." The house itself sounds gorgeous, as it features marble from China, Iceland and Brazil, a full basement, staff quarters with Jacuzzis, and a secret garden. It also has 39 air-conditioning zones fed from a 120-ton cooling tower.

 

Back in January, Bitcoins were trading at $10, now they're trading at around $870. Transferring $7.85 million in Bitcoins, and then a flash crash happening a few days later, plummeting the real-world value of Bitcoins would hurt, a lot.

Amazon says all its 2014 original series will be filmed in 4K

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 16, 2013 11:15 pm

Amazon announced this morning that it will be shooting all of its 2014 original series in 4K resolution in preparation for the coming shift to 4K. With more 4K TVs being sold every day, and the PC market adopting 4K rather quickly, this is a smart move on Amazon's part.

 

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Amazon says that the Pilot episodes for its fine new original series have already been filmed in 1080p, but future episodes for the full series will be filmed at 4k. This means that both Netflix and Amazon are on the 4K bandwagon, and the ball now lies in Hulu's court. With these online streaming services adopting 4K, it leaves us wondering how long it will be until the cable companies start offering 4K subscription packages or 4K movies on demand.

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