The Oatmeal's campaign to raise $850,000 for a Tesla museum hits $500k in under 48 hours

Trace Hagan | Current Affairs | Aug 17, 2012 5:29 PM CDT

The Oatmeal, a popular web comic site, seems to be drawing on its success in dealing with that 9gag lawyer. In that campaign, he raised over $200,000 for charity, more than 10 times what the lawyer was demanding from him. This campaign appears to be a similar idea, using his audience to spread the message far and wide.

The Oatmeal's campaign to raise $850,000 for a Tesla museum hits $500k in under 48 hours | TweakTown.com

And it appears to be working. In under 48 hours since the campaign went live, The Oatmeal's IndieGoGo campaign has raised more than $500,000 towards its goal of $850,000. The money is being raised to purchase the land where Nikola Tesla's laboratory, which was supposed to provide free power to the masses, was constructed.

Once the land is built, it will be cleaned up and a museum will be built on top. The Oatmeal is not actually the one behind this plan. Instead, they are just helping raise funds for the 501(c)3 charity Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. The charity has received a matching grant from the state of New York of up to $850,000.

The asking price for the property is $1.6 million, so between the two they should have no issue obtaining the property and starting the clean up. Any extra beyond the goal goes to the eventual mission of building a "GODDAMN TESLA MUSEUM" on the site. More information can be found on TheOatmeal's website.

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Bethesda has released system requirements for Dishonored, is your PC up to snuff?

Trace Hagan | Gaming | Aug 17, 2012 4:34 PM CDT

"With less than two months until Dishonored's release, we want players to prepare their weapons of revenge. No, I'm not talking about our website, I'm talking about the rig PC players intend to play the game on." -Bethesda Blog. What they're really saying is they want to make sure your computer can play the game so that you'll buy it!

Bethesda has released system requirements for Dishonored, is your PC up to snuff? | TweakTown.com

The game comes with some fairly demanding specifications--minimum NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850 for the GPU--so it's nice that Bethesda is giving users a chance to upgrade their rigs before the game officially launches. Ironically, the only difference between minimum and recommended specifications for the GPU come in the form of memory.

Minimum Spec:

  • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core or better
  • Memory: 4 GB system RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 9 GB
  • Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 512 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)
  • Sound: Windows compatible sound card

Recommended Spec:

  • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz quad core or better
  • Memory: 4 GB system RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 9 GB
  • Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible with 768 MB video RAM or better (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 5850)
  • Sound: Windows compatible sound card

Continue reading: Bethesda has released system requirements for Dishonored, is your PC up to snuff? (full post)

120x faster charging for Lithium Ion batteries thanks to new research

Trace Hagan | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Aug 17, 2012 2:33 PM CDT

Lithium Ion batteries are the best battery technology we currently have in mass production. It's used in everything from laptop computers to hybrid car batteries. Despite this wide spread use, it still has some major drawbacks. The biggest one that comes to mind is the fact that they take so darn long to charge.

120x faster charging for Lithium Ion batteries thanks to new research | TweakTown.com

Well, that could all be about to change. New research has shown that a modification in the way Lithium Ion batteries are constructed could reduce the charging time from hours to minutes. Current batteries charge from the outside in. This means the center part of the battery isn't receiving any current until the end of charging.

By putting "a dense network of conductors throughout the electrodes of the battery," researchers were able to charge the entire battery at once. This resulted in charging times that were 30 to 120 times faster than a standard Lithium Ion cell. The only issue is that filling the battery with conductors lowers the capacity or increases the size, albeit only slightly.

But if you can charge a cell phone in 5 minutes versus 2 hours, a slightly shorter battery life is not a problem.

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RumorTT: Windows RT tablets to cost $300-400 at launch, according to Lenovo's David Schmoock

Trace Hagan | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Aug 17, 2012 11:34 AM CDT

While Microsoft Surface may not retail at the rumored $199, Lenovo's David Schmoock has provided a bit more information about pricing for Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT devices at launch. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said new devices based upon Windows RT (ARM tablets) will cost $200-300 less than those using Windows 8 (x86 tablets).

RumorTT: Windows RT tablets to cost $300-400 at launch, according to Lenovo's David Schmoock | TweakTown.com

"RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points," said David Schmoock, head of Lenovo's North America operations. "It will do well but it's going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with," he said. Windows 8 tablets are going to cost $600-$700, he said, a price that is slightly cheaper than most current Ultrabooks.

Using these two pieces of information, we can deduce that Windows RT tablets will debut at somewhere around $300-$500, likely closer to the $300 number than the $500 number, though it could be $500 if the lower and higher numbers are chosen, respectively. $300 is close to the rumored $199 and still beats the current iPad 3. It could have trouble, however, competing with the latest round of $199 Android tablets released recently.

Until actual pricing is released, all of this pricing speculation is just that, speculation. As soon as a product is launched, we can tell you what the launch price will be, with 100 percent accuracy.

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ASRock unveils its first OC-oriented motherboard, the Z77 OC Formula

Trace Hagan | Motherboards | Aug 17, 2012 10:29 AM CDT

ASRock makes quality motherboards that are often priced with budget boards. The latest edition to the ASRock lineup has been exclusively designed by Nick Shih, a leading overclocker. The board is designed for the high-end enthusiast market, and is "full to the brim with features" and is sure to perform beautifully.

ASRock unveils its first OC-oriented motherboard, the Z77 OC Formula | TweakTown.com

"My vision for the OC Formula Brand is to allow overclockers to smash the overclocking limits effortlessly." said Nick Shih, OC Mater of ASRock. "Z77 OC Formula is just the one you've always expected. I live for challenges and welcome OC rockers to take my OC crown!"

James Lee, V.P. of ASRock Sales and Marketing:

ASRock OC Formula was born for rewriting the overclocking numbers! Z77 OC Formula is the first baby from ASRock OC segment. We've thrown in everything essential, ensuring users to build up an unbeatable rig.

The motherboard comes with some unique features:

  • Formula Power Kit
  • Formula Cooling Kit
  • Formula Connector Kit
  • NEW UEFI GEARS
  • NickShih's OC Profile

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iOS and Android are hurting Sony and Nintendo's portable gaming business

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 17, 2012 5:26 AM CDT

Apple and Google are probably rolling in piles and piles of cash right now, thanks to their ever-so-popular and cash-generating iTunes and Play Stores, respectively. But, portable game console makers (among other things) Sony and Nintendo aren't too happy with Android and iOS devices, as they're more than powerful enough to play high-quality games these days.

iOS and Android are hurting Sony and Nintendo's portable gaming business | TweakTown.com

Considering that high-end tablets such as Apple's iPad, ASUS' Transformer range, or Samsung's Galaxy range, are more powerful than most of Sony or Nintendo's portable gaming systems, I don't see the complaint. Stay stagnant, and this is what happens. Fortune reports from the latest research of Flurry Analytics, which shows that Android and iOS-based devices accounting for 58% of all mobile gaming revenue in the US.

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Apple has filed their plans for a 500,000 square-foot Oregon datacenter

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Aug 17, 2012 4:32 AM CDT

It was only back in April that we reported that Apple were investing heavily into an Oregon-based datacenter, putting up $250 million for the site. Well, now it seems that the Cupertino-based company has filed their plans with the city of Prineville, where its goal has been revealed for the datacenter.

Apple has filed their plans for a 500,000 square-foot Oregon datacenter  | TweakTown.com

The Oregon datacenter is to take up 500,000 square feet of datacenter space, which is around the same as Apple's Maiden, North Carolina facility. The Associated Press reports:

The plan shows two buildings with more than 500,000 square feet of what are described as "data halls," The Bend Bulletin reported Wednesday. The plan doesn't say when Apple might start building.

"They really didn't say how long they are looking at," Prineville senior planner Joshua Smith said.

A company spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, referred Wednesday to the company's early statements on the development, which forecast "hiring dozens of people and bringing hundreds of construction jobs to the area" but didn't set a construction schedule.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets invaded by zombies just before launch

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 17, 2012 3:29 AM CDT

We all know that zombies are all the rage these days, where first-person shooter games seem to feature the brain-eating, vicious creatures in droves. The latest to bring zombies to the genre is Valve with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets invaded by zombies just before launch | TweakTown.com

CS:GO launches next week, and in collaboration with a mod team over at Plaguefest.com, Valve have released a zombie modification for CS:GO that will be made available alongside the FPS' launch, specifically for PC, on August 21. A blog post over on the official Counter-Strike site has said:

It was important to us as we developed CS:GO to make sure it was as moddable and extensible as any CS game. So this is just one of the many mods that will be available in the coming months.

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Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, is being cyber-attacked

Anthony Garreffa | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Aug 17, 2012 2:29 AM CDT

Saudi Aramco, who has the title of the world's largest oil company, has been struck by a cyber attack. The company has reported that nearly all of their workstations have been hit by malware, and the breach is said to be similar to the attack on Iranian systems back in Apri, but oil-production industrial equipment was not affected.

Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil company, is being cyber-attacked | TweakTown.com

Saudi Aramco have said they've disconnected their entire network from the Internet as a precautionary measure, and expect a full recovery of their systems before the end of the week. The oil company hasn't said who is involved, but have insisted that the production of oil has not been altered as a result of the breach. The company said in a statement:

The company employs a series of precautionary procedures and multiple redundant systems within its advanced and complex system that are used to protect its operational and database systems.

There are other networks connected to the Aramco system, with companies Chevron and Schlumberger Ltd attached, and vulnerable. Most of the oil industry companies across the world have moved over to Windows-based systems during the Y2K scare, and could face similar problems. Also, the rapid expansion of Internet connectivity mixed with the nature of Windows has increased the chances of a cyber attack to the energy industry.

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Crytek CEO: Crysis 3 will 'melt down PCs'

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Aug 17, 2012 1:18 AM CDT

Crysis 3's graphics may look good, but we all know how Crysis 2 turned out, even after Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said just how important PC was to Crytek, and now we're hearing the same things, yet again. Yerli has revealed during an EA livestream that Crysis 3 will push PC gamers' rigs like the first one did.

Crytek CEO: Crysis 3 will 'melt down PCs' | TweakTown.com

We all know the next line, "will it run Crysis", was the first comment on most threads, reviews, and websites when a new GPU was launched, it looks like Crysis 3 could do this yet again. Yerli even comments, saying "that joke will be resurrected again with Crysis 3, I'm quite sure about that. There are brutal expectations around the PC version of Crysis 3. So this time we promise to melt down PCs."

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