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Patriot Ignite 480 SSD Review

Patriot has been in the business to provide high-performance and enthusiast level PC components. Their bread and butter was RAM, for the most part, in the beginning. Catering to the PC enthusiasts of the world. The last few years they have been working on some pretty fantastic mobile accessories like the FUEL iON and OTG drives. Along side that Patriot has been making high-performance SSD’s (Solid State Drives) for consumers. The previous lines offered names like the Blaze, Torch and Pyro. Each model was better than the last, as are most product lines. This year at CES 2015 they unveiled the new Patriot Ignite SSD’s which push the speeds and storage capacity up to the demanding needs of PC users around the world. Today I will take you on a tour and experience review using their new Ignite SSD line. This review is from an average consumers point of view The Ignite line ...

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Xbox One picks up Sling TV, the $20 live subscription TV service

Sling TV made its debut on mobile devices and Fire TV a few months back and with its announcement brought a solid line-up of live TV programming for just $20 a month. It is a pretty big move that certainly pushes towards the cord cutters more so than others have done so in the past. It was announced that Xbox One would also be supported, but the official launch date was a bit of a mystery. That changes today as the Sling TV service is now officially available for Xbox One owners. If you want to give it a spin prior to making the $20 commitment you have the opportunity to do so for 30-days. That is a substantial boost to the regular 7-day trial that Sling TV offers on their website for other devices. The $20 package brings you 17 live TV channels, including ESPN, ESPN 2, [Adult Swim], ...

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Sony Online Entertainment bought by Columbus Nova, to now be known as Daybreak Game Company

Looks like Sony made a quick buck by selling the Sony Online Entertainment division to investment management firm Columbus Nova. The announcement came a few hours ago by way of the SOE news and announcement board. Community Relations, Dexella, outlined that SOE will now become an independent game development studio with plans to now expand into Playstation, Xbox and mobile titles. SOE might not ring a bell as much as some of their titles do. They were responsible for the very popular EverQuest series, Planetside 2 and the more recent H1Z1. With a new financial backer in their pocket comes a new name as well. SOE will now migrate over to Daybreak Game Company. So when you see that name start to pop up all over the place you will know where its roots are from. For gamer’s, nothing will apparently be changing. All current titles from SOE will continue on their ...

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Battlefield Hardline Beta Preload

Battlefield Hardline Beta pre-load up and running, get it ready for tomorrows action

I wouldn’t say I have been obsessing over Battlefield Hardlines Beta launch that is scheduled to hit all platforms tomorrow, but I did log in and out of Origin a few times this morning to see if it was accessible yet. Yes, I even did a search to see if there was a set time it would be available. According to one forum on EA’s Answer HQ, it was set to become available at 10 a.m. PST. Being that it is after that time here on the west coast, I am happy to let you all know that it is indeed listed to start pre-loading. You will want to head to your Origin account and go to the “Free Games” tab and select ” Demos & Betas” It should appear as the first game in the list and let you start the long process of pre-loading the game to your ...

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Vine Kids

Vine creates dedicated Vine Kids app to keep it safer

Vine has gone and created a second Vine app, Vine Kids. The app came about from a conversation during a meeting where one of Carolyn Penner’s, Head of Communications and Marketing, colleagues was talking about how much his two year old loved vine, but he wished there was a more kid friendly variant. That sprung up the idea and Vine Kids was born during hack week at the company. Now there is a dedicated kid friendly variant of Vine. My initial thoughts of how this would turn into a trolls dream app were quickly squashed when I discovered the app contains handpicked animated cartoon character Vine’s and not a random collection of Vine’s from general people. That should put many parents minds at ease. They even made the app as simple as possible where you only can swipe left or right to see the next Vine and tap on it ...

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Google Earth Pro now available to all for free now

Google has announced via its LatLong Blog page today that they are making Google Earth Pro free for everyone who wants to pick it up. Previously the Pro experience cost a pretty penny at $400 per year. The Pro feature set though made the yearly price tag well worth it for he right people. Google Earth Pro lets you measure “3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.” It certainly has a lot more real world uses in construction, real estate and engineering than what an average user might need to be able to do. That doesn’t make it any less exciting to have for free.   To get your hands on Google Earth Pro you will need to first visit Google’s Earth Pro free trial page and fill out the pertinent information. Once complete, Google sill shoot you ...

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It’s Official: Battlefield Hardline open beta begins February 3rd on all platforms and brings Hacker mode along for the ride

Like it, love it or hate it, but Battlefield Hardline is just around the corner with a release scheduled for March 17th. In the mean time, the Hardline beta has received its official release date finally. On February 3rd players on PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One will all have access to get in on the action without the need for an invite or limited code. Players will have 5 days of access until February 8th to get their fill of the limited modes, maps and level up as much as possible. The open beta will bring in three different multiplayer maps and modes for every one to experience. One of the new modes is Hotwire. In this mode a list of market cars will be the targets for the criminals. Think of them as flags. The crooks need to steal them to rack up the ...

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GoPro Hero4 Firmware update will bring 720p 240fps slow-mo and more [Video]

The GoPro has really done an excellent job at making their brand a house hold name. Even the less technically people I know have some knowledge of what a GoPro is. For us technical people though, it is all about what it can do beyond knowing it shoots video and is tiny. A new firmware update is being worked on for the Hero4 edition of the GoPro and it is bringing some amazing improvements to what it can do for you. One of the biggest features will be the 720p video at 240fps. That is HD slow-motion ability that lets you slow the action down and catch the detail too. Pretty awesome, right? Beyond the slow-motion aspect, the firmware update is said to also bring in time-lapse video as well. Yes, it did it previously, but now it will take the shots and do its job on the camera versus ...

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Amazon makes life easier for educators with new Kindle Textbook Creator

Education is extremely important. Providing the tools to educate is even more important. In an effort to help educators bring the tools to students, Amazon has announced the new Kindle Textbook Creator. The new segment of the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), now makes it easy for educators and authors to easily prepare, publish and promote their eTextbooks and other educational content to students on a broad list of devices, which include the Kindle line, iPad, iPhone, Android, tablets, PC and Mac. “Kindle Textbook Creator makes it easy for anyone to take any PDF and create a richly featured and widely available eTextbook,” said Chuck Kronbach, Director, Kindle Direct Publishing. “We look forward to seeing how authors use the new tool and getting their feedback to guide us in adding more features to KDP EDU over time.” Multi-Color Highlighting—Highlight and categorize key concepts for easy reference. Notebook—Capture key passages, images and ...

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Theme Hospital

Origin updates the FREE “On the House” game with Theme Hospital

EA’s game hub, Origins, is ripe with betas, free-to-play titles, and the occasionally switched out ‘On The House’ title. The last title that made its way to the freebie section was a classic, Sim City 2000 Special Edition. Hard to not snag that one for free. It looks like EA has updated the page today with a new title for users to snag at no charge with Theme Hospital. It isn’t Battlefield 4 or Titanfall, but Theme Hospital servers its purpose, especially at the price of free. In a nutshell it is a sim style game where you design, manage and maintain a hi-tech hospital in an attempt to save lives and make cash. It isn’t a highly serious game as there is quit a bit of humor mixed in, like a patient with KingComplex who dresses like Elvis. Theme Hospital made its first debut back in March of 1997 ...

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