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Apr 29, 2016 - 9:29 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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Weasel knocks out CERN's powerful particle accelerator

Apr 29, 2016 - 9:15 PM - by Reverend
The largest scientific experiment has gone offline because of a foreign intruder.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest particle accelerator located near Geneva, Switzerland, lost power Friday. Engineers who were investigating the outage made a grisly discovery -- the charred remains of a weasel, CERN spokesman Arnaud Marsollier told CNN.

The little critter gnawed through a 66-kilovolt transformer inside an electrical facility outside the main building. Just for perspective, one kilovolt is 1,000 volts of energy.

Chewing the wiring ended up frying the creature into oblivion and causing a wide power outage around CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The unexpected power loss has shut down the Large Hadron Collider for at least a week as engineers work to make repairs and address other issues, Marsollier said.

The weasel's unfortunate demise is not the first time CERN has faced technical issues due to animals. The facility is in the countryside, sitting between the French and Swiss border.

In 2009, a bird had a case of the butter fingers -- er, we mean talons -- when it dropped a baguette onto the electrical system. The toasty loaf caused a short circuit, sidelining work at the facility for a short time. Unlike the weasel, the bird survived.

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Nintendo to launch NX video game console next year

Apr 27, 2016 - 9:47 PM - by Reverend
Nintendo confirmed Wednesday it will launch its successor to the Wii U -- code-named NX -- worldwide on March 2017.

Nintendo also revealed one of the first games appearing on the home video game console: The Legend of Zelda. The next chapter in the adventure series will launch on both Wii U and NX next year.

However, Nintendo says the NX will not be shown during June's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Instead, the company says it will turn its full attention during the video game showcase to the next Zelda game. Last year, Nintendo had said more details on NX would be revealed during E3.

Nintendo revealed the first details of NX as part of its earnings call for the fiscal year, showing a 61% plunge in earnings from the year before.

Reports suggest the NX will combine features of home console and handheld devices. According to a Wall Street Journal report from October, NX will boast a home and mobile device players can use together or take with them to use separately. The device will also reportedly use processing chips similar to rival devices PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Nintendo is pushing NX after its current device, the Wii U, failed to catch on with video game consumers. Sales of the Wii U reached 12.8 million since launching in 2012. By comparison, PlayStation 4 -- which launched a year later -- boasts lifetime sales of nearly 36 million. Microsoft has not disclosed official lifetime sales figures from Xbox One, which launched around the same time as PS4, but reports suggest shipments around 19 million.

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CCleaner 5.17.5590

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:54 PM - by Reverend
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization tool. That removes unused and temporary files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. The best part is that it's fast and Free.


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Facebook Wants To Launch Its Own Camera

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:50 PM - by Reverend
Facebook is reportedly looking to develop its own camera service in order to get its users to take and share more photo and video content.

The social media giant, which also owns photo-editing and sharing site Instagram, is creating a standalone camera app which would allow users to upload content straight to the site in one easy step.

This would offer the option of opening into a camera function to take photos, or to stream video via the newly-announced Facebook Live feature, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal.

The reports don’t mention a target release date for the service yet, but the news would be the latest step by Facebook to launch and promote a wider range of standalone apps.

The company’s recent F8 conference was dominated by the launch of new services and tools to make it easier than ever before for developers to create apps for the site.

This includes new APIs for Facebook Messenger that will let developers build bots that can be used for automated responses, customer service or to order goods and services, while a new Account Kit lets people log in with a phone number or email address.

Updated Java, Python and PHP SDKs will be offered for advertisers and an upgrade tool will show what version of an API an app is using and how it would have behaved differently with an alternative version.

Facebook is also updating its analytics tools to provide “deeper” audience insights, an improved app dashboard and a rate limiting tool that lets developers see when a particular app is calling an API too much and could be throttled.

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One million people watched pirated copies of the Game of Thrones premiere

Apr 26, 2016 - 6:46 PM - by Reverend
TorrentFreak, which catalogs piracy online, found that there were more than 200,000 people sharing pirated copies of the latest Game of Thrones episode, "The Red Woman," since it aired Sunday night. So far, pirated copies of the season premiere have been downloaded at least a million times.

HBO hasn't yet released ratings for the season premiere.

One million pirated views is astounding for any television show, though it didn't quite set a record. The season five premiere of Game of Thrones was downloaded 1.5 million times in the first eight hours after that episode aired a year ago. Eventually, that episode was illegally downloaded 10 million times.

Game of Thrones' piracy problem for "The Red Woman" began before the show even aired. The episode leaked online ahead of its debut on Sunday, even after HBO ratcheted up anti-piracy efforts.

It's unclear how long the season six opener was online. It showed up on a Canadian website and was taken down promptly.

"We aggressively protect our content," said Jeff Cusson, spokesman for HBO. "Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon and unfortunately with popularity does comes an increase in illegal activity. Upon discovering inappropriate use of our programming, we respond quickly and accordingly."

The leak is noteworthy, considering that HBO released Game of Thrones' premiere simultaneously in 170 countries and did not release any screener DVDs to reviewers this year. Typically, television networks will give critics DVDs to the first four shows of the season.

HBO stopped that practice after the first four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked online a year ago. The episodes appeared on the usual piracy sites about 12 hours before season five premiered.

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Facebook Messenger Launches Group Calls

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:11 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has revealed the latest update to its messaging app as it looks to take on the likes of Twitter.

The social media giant has announced that users will now be able to chat with more of their friends in one place with the introduction of expanded group chats.

The new option, which will allow up to 50 participants in a single chat, is available on the updated iOS and Android versions of the Facebook Messenger app and should be rolling out to users over the next 24 hours.

“Really excited to announce the global roll out of group calling in Messenger today,” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced on his Facebook page earlier today.

In order to expand their chats, users simply need to tap on the phone icon to initiate a group call. You can then manage individual participants on the next screen.

The news is the latest expansion to Facebook Messenger, which the company revealed earlier this month now has more than 900 million users worldwide.

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Xbox 360 games console discontinued by Microsoft

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:50 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has said it is to stop manufacturing the XBox 360 games console, 10 years after it launched.

In a blog post, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said gamers had completed more than 78 billion hours of play on the devices.

Last year the firm enabled Xbox 360 games to work on its successor, the Xbox One.

Mr Spencer said all remaining Xbox 360 consoles would still be sold, and the platform would continue to be supported for existing users.

"I am incredibly proud of all of the work and dedication that went into development of the Xbox 360 hardware, services and games portfolio over the last decade. And I'm grateful to the fans for their continued passion and support," he wrote.

"While we've had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us."

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