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  • Greener Gamers Could Save $18 Billion by Switching to Efficient PCs
    Greener Gamers Could Save $18 Billion by Switching to Efficient PCs 9 hours ago

    Gaming computers—high-spec PCs which are often custom-built and designed specifically for gaming—account for only 2.5 percent of all PCs around the world, but suck up a massive 20 percent of the total energy used by computers, according to the study published recently by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which works on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. One billion people engage in some form of digital gaming across the globe, and gaming PCs consumed 75 terawatt hours—or $10 billion worth—of electricity in 2012. The study's authors believe that gaming energy consumption will double by 2020 given the upward trend in sales. More »

  • Windows 10 Threshold 2 update expected in November
    Windows 10 Threshold 2 update expected in November 10 hours ago

    Microsoft is working on what is called a non-patch update for Windows 10, codenamed Threshold 2. WinBeta, obtaining information from its sources, asserts that Microsoft is internally referring to Threshold 2 as Windows 10 Update for November or Windows 10 November Update. Microsoft might not even give it a new name and release it as another regular update for Windows 10. More »

  • Samsung Gear S2 hands-on: Second time around, Samsung cracks the smartwatch
    Samsung Gear S2 hands-on: Second time around, Samsung cracks the smartwatch 12 hours ago

    After weeks of teasing and months of speculation and rumour, Samsung has finally shown off the Gear S2 smartwatch. Running the company's own Tizen operating system, the Gear S2 comes in two styles, has a rotating bezel to navigate through menus, and is compatible with almost all recent Android smartphones. Shown off to journalists for the first time at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, the Gear S2 ditches its predecessor's curved rectangle screen in favour of a circular one which is brighter and has more pixels than some of its rivals. More »

  • GOP's Rubio says 'Minecraft' can prepare kids for future
    GOP's Rubio says 'Minecraft' can prepare kids for future 21 hours ago

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Thursday that the popular "Minecraft" video game is a good example of how to prepare young people for the new economy. More »

  • Trio charged with running $54M green-energy Ponzi scheme 22 hours ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three people were charged Thursday with running a $54 million Ponzi scheme built on promises of a green energy technology that would turn trash into fuel and "carbon-negative" housing developments, neither of which were ever fully developed, federal prosecutors said. More »

  • Microsoft to buy startup focused on worker efficiency Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT - news) on Thursday said it was buying a startup that specializes in analyzing email, meeting schedules and other work data to increase people's efficiency on the job. Microsoft did not disclose financial details regarding its acquisition of Seattle-based VoloMetrix. "I am excited about this big step forward in our company ambition to reinvent productivity and business process, and how it will deliver new value to our customers with organizational analytics," Microsoft Outlook and Office 365 corporate vice president Rajesh Jha said in a blog post. More »

  • Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus feud: Wendy Williams 'disappointed' in Anaconda …
    Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus feud: Wendy Williams 'disappointed' in Anaconda … Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Daytime TV talkshow host Wendy Williams has weighed in on the unexpected feud between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus, admitting she is "disappointed" in the Anaconda rapper for calling the pop star a "b***h" at the MTV Video Music Awards 2015. Minaj, 32, shocked the audience while accepting her best hip hop video award when she slammed Cyrus, 22, in a verbal attack. The rapper was furious that the Wrecking Ball singer commented on her previous feud with singer Taylor Swift in an interview. More »

  • With abundant energy, Iceland woos power-hungry data centers Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    By Alexander Tange COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - As it emerges from financial isolation, Iceland is trying to make a name for itself again, this time in the business of data centers -- warehouses that consume enormous amounts of energy to store the information of 3.2 billion internet users. The island has long been associated with hi-tech trends such as the 'Eve' video game, the genome deCode project or singer Bjork's use of software as well as its links to filesharing site Pirate Bay, the Silk Road online black market and Wikileaks.     Now it wants to capitalise on the rapidly growing data storage business: data creation has accelerated with 90 percent of stored data created in the two previous years according to Scandinavian research group Sintef, and data centers consume 2 percent of global electricity to keep humming servers cool. More »

  • Destiny: PS4 and Xbox One servers down for maintenance until 10pm BST
    Destiny: PS4 and Xbox One servers down for maintenance until 10pm BST Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Destiny's servers are down worldwide for an estimated six hours due to scheduled maintenance across all versions of the game on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. The servers went offline at 4pm BST (8am PT / 11am ET) and will return at around 10pm BST (2pm PT / 5pm ET) should everything go to plan. In announcing the maintenance period Bungie noted that "players signed in shortly before maintenance will receive prior notice via in-game messaging" and that "some Bungie.net sign-in and Companion app services may be restricted" during the down time. More »

  • Metal Gear Solid: Ranking the series' 10 best Metal Gear mechs
    Metal Gear Solid: Ranking the series' 10 best Metal Gear mechs Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    You may have noticed there's a new Metal Gear Solid out, and it's causing a bit of a stir. Has the series ever topped the original Metal Gear Solid? Does anyone honestly think Sons Of Liberty or Guns Of the Patriots is the best? More »

  • Windows 10: How to access Internet Explorer
    Windows 10: How to access Internet Explorer Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, which was released on 29 July, comes with a brand new web browser. The technology giant has claimed that the Edge browser is better and faster than Internet Explorer. More »

  • IFA 2015: Five smart features of the Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone line-up
    IFA 2015: Five smart features of the Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone line-up Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    At the IFA 2015 yesterday (2 September 2015), Sony let fly with a trio of new Xperia smartphones. The successors to its popular Xperia Z3 and Z3+ flagship handsets were revealed at the Berlin event as the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the intriguing Xperia Z5 Premium. While Sony has stuck with its classic Xperia design, the Z5 range does introduce some new features above and beyond the minor iterations for which the Japanese manufacturer has been criticised the past. More »

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to receive single-player DLC on back of The Last …
    Uncharted 4: A Thief's End to receive single-player DLC on back of The Last … Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Single-player downloadable content (DLC) has never been released for Naughty Dog's Uncharted series. Arne Meyer, community strategist at the developer, has explained why the company is to make the move. Naughty Dog's Left Behind DLC for The Last Of Us was a big success in 2014, and was the developer's first ever single-player DLC offering. More »

  • Metal Gear Online 3 for Phantom Pain coming soon
    Metal Gear Online 3 for Phantom Pain coming soon Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Loyalists of Metal Gear Solid gaming franchise have something to cheer about. The Metal Gear Online 3 multiplayer mode for Metal Gear Solid 5 (MGS 5): Phantom Pain is slated to go live in October, earlier than expected. According to a Forbes report, Metal Gear Online 3 will be released to Sony's PS4, PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles on 6 October. More »

  • How to sync Android phones with Windows 10 computers
    How to sync Android phones with Windows 10 computers Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Windows 10 users who own an Android phone can now sync their device with the computer to perform basic operations such as transferring personal data and settings from the former to the latter and vice-versa. An only prerequisite is that you need a fully configured Microsoft live account with Windows Phone Companion app installed on the PC. Once you have these in place, you will be able to root app privileges and permissions to the Microsoft live account by connecting your Android device to the Windows 10 PC. More »

  • Batman: Arkham Knight's late PC patch may finally fix the game
    Batman: Arkham Knight's late PC patch may finally fix the game Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Batman: Arkham Knight was released in late June of this year (2015). The very next day, the PC version was pulled completely from sale by Warner Bros after a tide of complaints about performance issues that left the game essentially unplayable. The large update was soon removed by Warner Bros, indicating that it never intended for the beta to be open (usually, such betas will be closed), but some managed to hold on to the patch and were pleased with the results. More »

  • Microsoft Windows 10: How to use Cortana to send emails
    Microsoft Windows 10: How to use Cortana to send emails Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    A much-touted feature of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, released to the public 29 July, is the personal digital assistant Cortana. With a new interface and refreshed appearance, Cortana lets users compose new email messages, edit and send these across to desired recipients. This can be achieved via the "Hey Cortana" voice command. More »

  • 11 thoughts people had while watching The Nick
    11 thoughts people had while watching The Nick Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    It’s fair to say a few scenes made people appreciate the police a bit more than they might have. More »

  • US stocks rebound on tech rally; S&P +1.8%
    US stocks rebound on tech rally; S&P +1.8% Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished up 293.03 points (1.82 percent) at 16,351.38 More »

  • APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker
    APNewsBreak: Egg group scrambled over eggless mayo maker Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    A California company that makes an eggless mayonnaise alternative has the U.S. egg industry scrambling. The American Egg Board, which is responsible for the "Incredible, Edible Egg" slogan, waged ... More »

  • HIV Clinic 'Screwed Up' By Releasing Names
    HIV Clinic 'Screwed Up' By Releasing Names Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Alan McOwan, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust's director for sexual health, has told Sky News that processes have been put in place that mean it should not happen again. He said it was important to remember that not everyone on the list was HIV positive. An investigation is under way into why the 56 Dean Street clinic, which is part of the Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust, sent out a newsletter to patients on a group email, rather than to individuals. More »

  • Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus feud update: 'Unlike Taylor Swift' Cyrus …
    Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus feud update: 'Unlike Taylor Swift' Cyrus … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    After their onstage confrontation at the 2015 MTV VMAs, it looks like Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj could be heading for round two. The Anaconda hit maker is still after an apology from Cyrus for comments she made in a recent interview with the New York Times. "Nicki is hard and doesn't like to be disrespected," a source told Hollywood Life. More »

  • Huawei ushers in 'new era of touch' at IFA 2015 with Mate S smartph …
    Huawei ushers in 'new era of touch' at IFA 2015 with Mate S smartph … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Huawei was among the first to reveal its wares today (2 September) at Europe's largest consumer technology show, IFA in Berlin. In the build-up to its press conference the Chinese giant, now the third-largest smartphone supplier in the world, promised products that will "touch your life" and touch technology was at the core of many of its announcements. First out of the blocks was a new flagship smartphone, the Huawei Mate S. Announcing the 5.5in handset, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, made much of its comfort and beauty. More »

  • Jeremy Hunt says HIV patient data breach 'completely unacceptable'
    Jeremy Hunt says HIV patient data breach 'completely unacceptable' Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The identities of hundreds of HIV-positive patients have been mistakenly circulated after a data breach at a clinic More »

  • Deus Ex devs want Human Revolution Xbox One backwards compatibility
    Deus Ex devs want Human Revolution Xbox One backwards compatibility Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Xbox One users may be able to play Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Microsoft's console prior to the release of sequel Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in 2016. The revelation that Eidos Montreal is "working to make it happen" was made on the game's official Twitter account in response to a fan's query. The game is not yet part of Xbox One's backwards compatibility initiative but at E3 when Xbox boss Phil Spencer made the announcement, he said all that was needed to start the process was the consent of a game's developers and publishers. More »

  • London Clinic Reveals HIV Status of 800 Patients In Major Newsletter Blunde …
    London Clinic Reveals HIV Status of 800 Patients In Major Newsletter Blunde … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The 56 Dean Street clinic, run by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust, has apologised for the email, saying it has launched an investigation into how the snafu occurred. More »

  • Metal Gear Solid 5 collector's edition includes cut mission hinting at future …
    Metal Gear Solid 5 collector's edition includes cut mission hinting at future … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The collector's edition of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain includes a story mission that was cut from the wider spread commercial version of Hideo Kojima's stealth epic. Called Kingdom of the Flies, the episode would have been number 51 and appears in an unfinished, unplayable state on the collector's edition's Blu-ray disc. Intriguingly, the episode features story elements that could tie into future games in the series. More »

  • Star Wars: Battlefront will use 'new matchmaking system' instead of …
    Star Wars: Battlefront will use 'new matchmaking system' instead of … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    EA and DICE's Star Wars Battlefront will "utilise a new skill-based matchmaking system" in lieu of a server browser, which is how most recent DICE games have allowed players to search for online multiplayer sessions. Community manager Matthew Everett of developers DICE revealed this in response to a fan query on Reddit and also confirmed that there will be no need to pre-order the game to play the multiplayer beta announced yesterday. Server browsers have featured in DICE's Battlefield games, and given the close links between that multiplayer focused military shooter and the Battlefront series the Swedish developer is now rejuvenating it is perhaps a sign of them trying to differentiate the two series as much as they can. More »

  • Xbox One: Full version of Evolve available for free from 4 September
    Xbox One: Full version of Evolve available for free from 4 September Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The latest initiative is part of Turtle Rock Studios and 2K games' Evolve free weekend that lets users play the game for free from 4 September to 7 September. PC users will be able to check out the first-person-shooter (FPS) game for free a tad earlier, from 3 September till 10am PDT on 7 September. More »

  • Microsoft's 'Cityman' and 'Talkman' Windows 10 phones to …
    Microsoft's 'Cityman' and 'Talkman' Windows 10 phones to … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    A fresh tweet from prolific tipster @evleaks confirms that Microsoft's upcoming 'Cityman' and 'Talkman' smartphones will carry the Lumia 950 brand name rather than the Lumia 940 moniker that was reported earlier by several news sources. It is further ascertained that both these smartphones would run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box. More »

  • Sony details PS4 firmware update 3.0: YouTube live streaming and bigger online …
    Sony details PS4 firmware update 3.0: YouTube live streaming and bigger online … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Sony has detailed system update 3.0 for PlayStation 4 which will be made available to people signed up to the PS4's beta program on 2 September with a wider roll-out expected in the coming weeks. The most notable change is the increase in online storage for PS Plus subscribers, up from 1GB to 10GB. YouTube Live functionality will allow players to live-stream their gameplay directly to YouTube – a feature which coincides with the release of YouTube's Twitch-competing dedicated gaming app – and a new "Events" hub will let players track upcoming events for their games, such as double XP weekends. More »

  • Microsoft Band 2 launch imminent: Current-gen wearable gets massive price reduction …
    Microsoft Band 2 launch imminent: Current-gen wearable gets massive price reduction … Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    There has been much speculation about Microsoft launching a next-gen variant of the Band to offset multiple inherent issues in the current-gen gadget. Now, the Band has received a generous 15% discount in the UK, hinting at the launch of Band 2 in the near future. Consumers still interested in purchasing the first-gen Microsoft Band, can do so on Amazon UK that has priced the wearable at £145, £25 lower than the original price tag of £170. More »

  • Will talk of the 'Big One' shake the US into quake prep?
    Will talk of the 'Big One' shake the US into quake prep? Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    The "Portland Mamas" listserv was on fire this summer. But the heated debates were not about schools and strollers in Oregon?s largest city. More »

  • CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices
    CBS bringing limited live NFL to portable devices Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    (Reuters) - CBS Corp-owned CBS Sports said it will allow viewers to live stream two regular NFL season games, in addition to AFC coverage, on their portable devices, expanding its services to the fast-growing Internet viewer base. Viewers will be able to stream games from the regular season and playoff of the National Football League on the CBS Sports website and on television via select connected TV, including Xbox One, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku players, CBS said on its website. (http://cbsprt. ... More »

  • New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge
    New SAP software aims to help companies make sense of data deluge Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    By Eric Auchard TUEBINGEN (Reuters) - SAP unveiled a new product on Tuesday that promises to help businesses make sense of a deluge of real-world data from retail transactions, transport systems and social media, hoping to persuade customers to switch from rival database suppliers.SAP HANA Vora, as the database query software will be known, aims to give businesses greater insights into the vast volumes of data organizations are collecting from customer feedback, along with sensors installed in products, vehicles and networks. HANA Vora will work along with Apache Hadoop, an open source framework popular with serious software developers for handling huge sets of data, from government statistics to scientific results to shopping or credit data. "The new datasets that are emerging are going to have a profound impact on how a business is going to function, and what its options are," said SAP Chief Technology Officer Quentin Clark, who until last year was in charge of rival Microsoft Corp's data product business. More »