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Sony to release ‘price friendly’ 4k TVs

Those interested in the upcoming 4K television sets have been put off by pricing often in the $25,000 zone. Sony however have announced some sets which won’t cost anywhere near as much. While we have no news or information on UK pricing, the 55 inch XBR-55X900A and 65 inch XBR-65X900A …

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Bay Bridge becomes C-programmed 25,000 pixel display

At nearly 2 miles in length, the Bay Bridge in California has been carrying Americans across from San Francisco to Oakland for 6 months more than the Golden Gate Bridge. Through to 2015 however, it will have seriously better bragging rights than its more famous cousin, with the addition of …

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Super Mario to enter augmented reality on 3DS cards

Augmented reality is a technology that’s truly in its infancy, but it has potentially huge applications. It could be used to leave messages for friends as they explore the real world, turn board games into fully animated, digital displays and now, have Mario and his friends, interact wherever you want. …

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Meep meep, Roadrunner Supercomputer shuts down

The world’s first sustained petaflop supercomputer, Roadrunner, has been shut down by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, ending its five year run of trend setting and virus modelling. Record breaking for its near 1.5 petaflop peak performance, Road Runner also made waves in 2008 by being incredibly …

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Computer magazines dying out – mystery solved?

While the computer industry moves from one new technology to the next, increasing the percentage of those who ‘have access’ all the time – the computer magazines themselves continue a long, slow, lingering death. While there may be many reasons for the huge downturn over the past 10 years – …

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Researchers create 0.15mm invisibility cloak

Researchers at the University of Texas have created a new super thin (0.15mm) invisibility cloak. Until now, most of these cloaking systems involve the use of metamaterials. Metamaterials are materials with components which cannot be found in natural life. Extremetech add “Usually, in the case of cloaking, materials that have …

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Google smartwatch coming soon?

We have reported before on the upcoming release of both Apple and Samsung smartwatches, but the latest news would suggest that Google are also working on an android based watch. The smartwatch seems to be the next generation product for all the leading technology companies to release. According to the …

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Youtube upgraded to better handle 1 billion viewers

YouTube has been one of the most successful websites in the history of the internet. When Google bought them in 2006 for $1.65bn they upgraded their server system to cope with huge amounts of traffic. Recently however Google have been investing more money into improving the experience for Youtube visitors. …

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Amazon CEO rescues Apollo 11 engines from ocean floor

In 1969 five engines of the Apollo 11 disengaged from the spacecraft to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, sitting three miles under the surface for more than 40 years. Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO wanted to rescue these engines from the murky depths with the goal of resurrecting them. …

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Will Samsung watch beat Apple to the punch?

We reported in recent months that Apple are planning to release a new watch (dubbed the iWatch), which will not only act as a watch, but connect to their iPhone device to relay information to the user’s wrist. It would appear that Samsung are planning something similar. While Samsung have …

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LaFerrari hybrid supercar – 217mph+ 949 horsepower

Ferrari have unveiled their next supercar at the Geneva Motor Show. They are dubbing the car ‘LaFerrari’. The hybrid supercar can produce 949 horsepower and hit 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds. The price? A cool $1 million. The rumours of the upcoming Ferrari hybrid car have been rife. …

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SpaceTop 3D Transparent computer revealed

A transparent computer which will allow people to reach inside and touch digital content has been showcased at the TED conference in Los Angeles. TED fellow Jinha Lee has been working on the SpaceTop 3D desktop in partnership with Microsoft. According to a report by the BBC they are saying …

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be quiet! DC1 thermal paste released

be quiet!, market leader for power supplies in Germany for seven years in a row (Source: GfK Panelmarket Germany, sales units internal computer power supplies, December 2012), announced today the availability of the new high performance thermal compound DC1. The new paste is the logical extension of the award-winning cooler …

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Google are the coolest but Microsoft not so stuffy

Microsoft are getting ‘cool’ again, according to a poll on Reuters/Ipsos although they fall behind Google who were voted as the coolest company. The polling organisation asked America’s 18 to 29 year old’s to vote for the coolest tech brands. Around half of them answered Microsoft, which surprised everyone. It …

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SteadyWheel, the new portable camera stabiliser

Unless you are shooting a cheap horror film, people don’t like juddery hand held video footage. The Steadicam Smoothee is one of the most highly regarded systems to negate this problem, using a counter weighted arm which protrudes out below the camera. Robert Stone has came up with something much …

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McLaren reveals P1 engine details – 903bhp

McLaren released details of the engine that is inside the P1 car. This car has been long awaited, as the follow up to the successful F1. It will sport a 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 petrol engine and an electric motor, combining to deliver 903 bhp and 900 nm of …

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