Archive for Apr 30, 2013

Wiikey hacks Wii U to play games from USB drives

Wiikey hacks Wii U to play games from USB drives

Wiikey, the hackers who invented mod chips and soft mods for the Nintendo Wii and many other consoles, have developed a new hack for the Wii U that lets them play content and games from a custom USB drive. With the new hacking method, it looks like you won't need to do any hardware modifications to your system to hack it. All you need to do is connect the custom USB device, WiikeÜ, too your Wii U and you're good to go.

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HTC One “hero” efforts continue with hardware video reinforcement

HTC One “hero” efforts continue with hardware video reinforcement

This week the folks at HTC have made public a video which shows a few insights on the hardware build of their hero phone, the HTC One. With the launch of the HTC One already set or coming up soon for several of the top carriers in the United States (Verizon not included - yet), it appears that HTC is taking the opportunity to assure prospective users of the quality of the metal cuts they've made in their high-end handset.

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President Obama to name Tom Wheeler as FCC head

President Obama to name Tom Wheeler as FCC head

The White House is set to announce the next chairman of the FCC, and the position will be going to telecom lobbyist and venture capitalist Tom Wheeler, according to several reports. President Obama is expected to make the announcement as early as tomorrow, which will see the Core Capital Partners managing director take over the FCC helm at that point.

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Twitter makes ads program available to all users

Twitter makes ads program available to all users

Twitter's advertisement program was only available for several businesses in the past, but in order to generate more ad revenue this year, Twitter has decided to make its advertisement program available to anyone and everyone. The ads program allows users and small businesses to promote their brand and their products through promoted tweets and accounts. The tweets can be adjusted to appeal to the general public, or only to a targeted audience.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts poster tips early holiday release

Call of Duty: Ghosts poster tips early holiday release

We first heard about solid details on the next Call of Duty game last week, thanks to a leaked Target promo ad. However, while Target listed the game for a November 5 release date, we took that with a heavy grain of salt, since retailers don't always get the release date right. However, according to a leaked poster of the game, November 5 is indeed the date that we'll see the game release.

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Scientists devise Plasma Launcher: the “Holy Grail” of Physics

Scientists devise Plasma Launcher: the “Holy Grail” of Physics

This week a group of scientists from the University of Missouri have decided it's time to make public their work on creating and controlling plasma. The system that they're making public has, they say, the potential to transform the way America - and the rest of the world, for that matter - store and create energy. The team has developed a way to make plasma create its own self-containing self-magnetic field, effectively allowing it to launch into open air.

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Zynga signs on to publish Game of Thrones social game

Zynga signs on to publish Game of Thrones social game

Zynga has partnered up with game developer Disruptor Beam to publish the developer's Game of Thrones Ascent social game. Zynga will be publishing the game both through Facebook and through its official website in order to market it to its user base of over 250 million people. The game is an extension of the popular Game of Thrones series on HBO, and will allow you to create a character to fight for one of the Great Houses.

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CERN tests anti-gravity potential in antimatter

CERN tests anti-gravity potential in antimatter

Antimatter is been one of those long mysteries that have puzzled scientists for a long time, and still we don't really know what it's all about. However, the folks at CERN in Switzerland think they have a couple of methods to test antimatter as a source of anti-gravity. After all, if matter falls down, then wouldn't antimatter fall up?

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OPPO Find 5 unboxing and hands-on

OPPO Find 5 unboxing and hands-on

This week we're having a peek at the OPPO Find 5, a device aimed at China's Android-loving smartphone market made by a manufacturer that, if this handset is any indication, has a very bright future. This device delivers a 5-inch 1080p display - the same resolution as the DROID DNA aka HTC Butterfly, works with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor as the Google Nexus 4, and comes with a 13 megapixel camera on its back. It's also quite charming to see.

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eBay begins push into offline market with touchscreen store windows

eBay begins push into offline market with touchscreen store windows

eBay hopes to infiltrate the offline market come this summer and it's first step involves collaborating with a retailer to launch a touchscreen store window. eBay CEO John Donahoe spoke at TechCrunch's Disrupt NY event and said that a retailer, whose name was not revealed, in New York will feature a life size touchscreen store window compliments of eBay. The touchscreen store window is just one of many to come.

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NASA extends contract with Russia as US-based launches get delayed

NASA extends contract with Russia as US-based launches get delayed

While NASA shut down the Space Shuttle program in 2011, they have still been sending astronauts to the International Space Station and back. However, they've been sending them to Russia in order to hop on a Soyuz rocket, but that doesn't seem to be the exact solution that NASA wants. The organizations plans to launch manned space flights in the US again, but the timing as been delayed into 2017.

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