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Alexander Gerst’s Earth timelapses taken from the ISS are absolutely breathtaking

Sometimes with all this talk of conflict and turmoil, we forget what a beautiful place we live in. To illustrate exactly how beautiful, astronaut Alexander Gerst has compiled the 12,500 photos he took while aboard the International Space Station (ISS) into a series of Earth timelapses, and the results are… well, take a look for yourself (oh, and make sure to take a look in 4K resolution): Capturing multiple aurora events, and passing over tumultuous weather and cities during the night, the Earth looks just as beautiful as the space and galaxies it sits amongst. It’s breathtaking to watch, and it’s all thanks to Gerst’s camera work while on the ISS, setting up his cameras to take photos at regular intervals to create these timelapses. Thankfully though, Gerst is now safely back on solid ground, where it’s arguably the most beautiful. What do you think of these Earth timelapses? Let ...

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High Altitude Venus Operational Concept

NASA’s High Altitude Venus Operational Concept will hopefully make Venus more explorable and habitable

A lot is made in the space community about travelling to the little red planet known as Mars, but what about our other closest neighbour, Venus. Well, a few facts about Venus that have generally made it difficult to explore include the fact that it is the hottest planet in the solar system (that’s right, it’s not Mercury) at a toasty average surface temperature of 462 °C, and the fact that its atmosphere pressure is 92 times than that of Earth’s atmosphere, which would make arriving on the planet like diving into the deepest deep sea trench on Earth. That’s where the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept comes in. The High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, or HAVOC for short, is NASA‘s attempt at imagining how it might be possible to visit the planet and carry two astronauts closer to Venus’ surface than we’ve ever managed. It’s obviously comparable to a traditional blimp, but ...

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Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Game Series

Telltale Games is making Minecraft: Story Mode, because we needed more reasons to play Minecraft

Yesterday was chock full of games news, but one headline that caught my eye was the announcement that Telltale Games is making Minecraft: Story Mode in conjunction with Minecraft‘s creators, Mojang. Of course, if you haven’t heard of Telltale Games yet, they’re widely considered to be one of the premiere developers of story driven video games, so it’s at the very least interesting to hear that Telltale is picking up a project for a game that essentially has no story or lore (meta game doesn’t count as story). Telltale has made their name most recently by creating stories within the worlds of well-established universes – Back to the Future, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, just to name a few. Minecraft: Story Mode is said to explore the world of Minecraft but won’t directly involve the game’s existing “protagonist”, Steve, or really involve the world of Minecraft or its background. Furthermore, Minecraft: Story Mode ...

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Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon adds 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows to the streaming line up

Amazon Prime offers a number of benefits beyond  just free two-day shipping on your purchases. You get free unlimited photo storage, unlimited music streaming, early access to some lightening deals, access to 500,000 free books and a few other little things. Prime also gives you access to a decent sized library of movies and TV that are easily streamable. Only recently has Amazon given access to the Prime Instant video service to Android users, after what seemed like ages. Today Amazon has made a new announcement in regards to the Prime Instant Video that now brings you 4K Ultra HD streams. The available titles in 4K are somewhat limited at this moment, with many being Amazon Original Series shows like Alpha House, Transparent and Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street. Future shows like Mozart in the Jungle, Bosch, Hand of God,The After and Red Oaks will land in 4K later this year ...

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This War of Mine

This War of Mine managed to recuperate its development costs in just two days

You may remember our coverage of This War of Mine, a super bleak, war-time survival game from 11 bit studios, which was somewhat of an about face for the developer considering their previous best-known game has been the Anomaly series. We loved it despite how much of an emotional toll it takes to play it, and it appears 11 bit studio’s efforts have been paid back in kind after it has been reported This War of Mine managed to recuperate its development costs in just two days. And it’s not just monetary success that This War of Mine is enjoying as 11 bit senior writer, Pawel Miechowski elaborates: “Of course we’re happy with commercial success, but most of all we are happy with great feedback from gamers and from reviewers. “Games are all around us since decades so the creators and community perceive them as natural/popular form of storytelling. And so you ...

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walking around Australia in a stormtrooper suit

Storming Australia: Man walking around Australia in a stormtrooper suit for charity

This isn’t technically tech news, but it does include a stormtrooper costume which makes it kinda nerdy – and right now it’s warming my heart quite a lot. In a month that typically sees men grow copious amounts of facial hair in the name of charity, one man is walking around Australia in a stormtrooper suit to raise money for just as worthy a cause. Scott Loxley, a member of the 501st Legion, is walking around Australia, some 15,000kms and spanning 18 months, to raise money for the Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. The 501st Legion is an international costuming organization that specializes in raising funds for charity, and Loxley is doing his part by doing his trek in the full Sandtrooper costume from Star Wars, no mean feat in a country that is currently in Spring and moving quickly into Summer. Loxley is hoping to raise $100,000 for the Monash Children’s Hospital, but ...

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YouTube Playstation 4

Official YouTube app Launched by Google for the Playstation 4, brings 1080p viewing and Gameplay Sharing

Playstations 4 owners rejoice today as Google launches YouTube app for the console. This is a bit of a bigger deal than some might think as this is not just simply a YouTube app so so you can sit around watching videos of cats all day. While a person certainly can do that, and in 1080p no less, the app brings in a great feature for gamers, the ability to share your gameplay directly to YouTube from the Share button your DualShock4 controller. When you choose to upload your video you will get a chance to trim it up a bit and preview the clip. Once satisfied with your handy work you can give it a title, description, tags and privacy settings. Google mentions that the new app offers the latest designs from the YouTube on TV app that makes browsing smoother and faster.  The new YouTube app for PS4 ...

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Plex for Xbox

Plex finds its way to Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Plex is without a doubt my favorite media serve application to date. The Plex team has apps across every major mobile platform, the major connected TV devices and even offers a dedicated Home Theater build if you have a PC set up on your TV as your media center. They work hard to implement new features, function and to bring the services to other devices that we all know and love. Today I am happy to announce that Plex is finally coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One.   Don’t go freaking out just yet though. There are a few small details that you might want to know ahead of time. For instance, the Xbox One version of the application is available for immediate download as a preview for Plex Pass subscribers. Where as the Xbox 360 version of the app is not quite ready, but will be out soon ...

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eBay and Paypal

The honeymoon is over: eBay and PayPal will split in 2015

For the longest time, eBay and PayPal have been synonymous entities, but even the strongest bonds sometimes have to come to an end. That is exactly what is going to happen in 2015 when auction giant, eBay, lets PayPal go and operate as its own separate business so that it can better focus their efforts against the growing threat of Apple Pay, Square and other upcoming payment schemes. As a result of all these changes, eBay’s CEO and CFO will step down, but remain as board members, leaving the door open for Devin Wenig to take the reins, and Dan Schulman of American Express will be moving over as the new CEO of PayPal in 2015. This comes after months of pressure to cut away PayPal, and although eBay has previously fought tooth and nail to stop that from happening, it appears the inevitable has happened, though it appears that this ...

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windows 9

Microsoft event on September 30th likely to show off Windows 9

Microsoft has always had a traditionally bizarre, but repeatable, cycle when it comes to operating systems – Windows 98 to Windows XP, Windows Vista to Windows 7 – disappointing Windows releases are often followed up soon after by an operating system that fixes everything that was wrong with its predecessor. Windows 8 has yet to have this successor after it suffered indifference and criticism over its initial release; while the Windows 8.1 update addressed many issues, the stigma with Windows 8 may be too great for it to succeed going forward. That’s where Windows 9 comes in. Windows 9 is expected to succeed Window 8 and fix all its indiscretions, and while Windows 9 is not expected to be released till 2015 sometime, Microsoft looks like it is gearing up for some kind of Windows-related event on September 30th (invite shown above) in San Francisco and the main attraction is rumoured to be ...

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