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Will Ferrell Hates Cancer

Will Ferrell Hates Cancer, hosting charity event to raise $375,000 and chance to game with the man himself

Will Ferrell is a pretty famous guy, and regardless of whether you like his plethora of comedy exploits, I think you’ll be able to agree this initiative of his is a very good thing. Hosted on a website called willferrellhatescancer.org, Ferrell is working with Funny or Die to challenge gamers to raise $375,000 for charities that include Cancer for College and DonateGamers.org. Once this target is achieved, Ferrell will host a 2 hour gaming event on October 26th to be streamed on Twitch.tv, the cast of which will include pro gamers, special guests, and potentially, you. Yes, with a minimum of a $10 pledge to this charity drive, which is taking the form of an Indiegogo campaign, you could win an all expenses paid trip for two to San Francisco to game with Ferrell, as well as an opportunity to check out the Twitch offices and hang with everybody involved in the event ...

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Shadow Realms EA BioWare Alpha signup

Alpha sign-ups live for Shadow Realms title from BioWare and EA

Have you been chosen? Apparently we all have. I have seen a number of those emails hit my inbox with some short live action video clips of various things aimed at teasing for an upcoming title from BioWare and EA. They live streamed the event on Twitch TV at 7 a.m-ish PST, but I missed it sadly. However, the live action trailer is up for your viewing pleasure, not that it shows much of anything too entice you as to how the game will play out though. Shadow Realms is a new 4v1 stroy-driven online action RPG style game with dynamic co-op missions in a constantly evolving BioWare world. BioWare RPGs have successfully replicated many of the things that made classic tabletop games fun: powerful storytelling, being able to create your own character, leveling-up that hero to achieve the heights of fantasy power, and tactical combat against a fantastic array ...

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Fist bumps are better than handshakes

Fist bumps are better than handshakes, because science said so

Have you ever wondered why President Obama is always spotted fist bumping people he meets? Of course, it might just be because he’s a pretty cool guy, but what if he knew something that we didn’t? A study posted on EurekAlert has postulated that fist bumps are better than handshakes because they “transmit significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving” and still fulfill the base requirements for social etiquette. While this seems relatively trivial for most of us, unless you’re somewhat of a germaphobe, this makes a huge impact in the medical industry, particularly hospitals, where nasty viruses can be transmitted from medical professionals to multiple patients in otherwise innocent handshakes. The study follows on from a suggestion by the Journal of the American Medical Association which called for the cessation of handshakes in hospitals. Still don’t believe it? The study details the exact process its findings were collated: In this ...

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EXOBIOTANICA

Makoto Azuma’s ‘EXOBIOTANICA’ project puts a bonsai on the edge of space

Have you ever seen a bonsai plant on the edge of space? Well, thanks to Japanese artist, Makoto Azuma, now you can. As part of his EXOBIOTANICA project, Azuma worked with JP Aerospace to launch various types of flora, including a bonsai tree, with helium space balloons. A specially built rig took pictures of the featured plants on its journey into the heavens, and the results are stunning; we have a few choice pictures below, but you can check out the full gallery at Azuma’s website here: The starting point for the project was Black Rock desert in Nevada where the balloons were launched. It’s truly awe-inspiring stuff; I could never get tired of seeing photos of the Earth from space. What do you think about the photos taken during EXOBIOTANICA? Source: AMKK via engadget

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Xbox One price

Xbox One helps boost Microsoft’s console revenue by 14%

It wasn’t that long ago that it was rumoured Microsoft was trying to find a way of offloading its console business. The Xbox 360 was especially costly, allegedly losing the tech giant around $2 billion annually. The Xbox One’s existence is therefore somewhat of a miracle, though this time, it appears the company’s investment has paid off. Microsoft has reported that its games-related revenue has increased by $104 million, or 14%. This was almost the same increase that Microsoft’s revenue as a whole saw, jumping 17.7% to $23.4 billion in the quarter just passed. This jump in console revenue was helped in large part by Microsoft shipping 1.1 million consoles in the quarter, which included Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Surface units, which is 10% more than was shipped exactly one year ago. It also hasn’t hurt that Microsoft has removed the Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One console bundle, which ...

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Metal Gear Solid V

News segment on African child soldiers uses Metal Gear Solid V screenshot

There are some terrible things happening around the world right now, and one of those things that has plagued the African continent is the recruitment of children as soldiers for the petty conflicts that run rife in their trouble countries. All of this is well documented on countless TV reports, however Russian news show, Sophie&Co, somehow still managed to use a screenshot from upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain instead of an actual photo. Check out the excerpt below during the segment where Sophie Shevardnadze interviews hip-hop artist (and former child soldier), Emmanuel Jal, and shows the screenshot for a split second (around the 44 second mark). Somehow, I almost don’t blame them for confusing an in-game screenshot for reality as the FOX Engine used in Metal Gear Solid V has been well documented as one of the most realistic so far. Perhaps it was a genuine mistake by ...

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Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs

Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs, most affected is newly absorbed Nokia Devices and Services unit

Jobs are set to be cut after Microsoft announces it is cutting up to 18,000 positions before the end of the year. In the release, Microsoft says that its newly acquired Nokia Devices and Services unit will be most affected, with around 12,500 jobs just from the professional and factory staff there. These are by far the largest layoffs that Microsoft has ever seen, and it is expected to forked out between $750 to $800 million just for severance packages for their outgoing employees. In a letter accompanying this morning’s press release, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, says the moves “will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster.” Nadella even suggests in the letter than Microsoft intends to absorb the Android-based Nokia X into its Lumia line-up, which sounds a lot like there won’t be any further forked-Android devices from the technology giant. ...

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Tesla Model S

A high-speed Tesla car chase ends with first fatality in a Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S has so far had a perfect record of keeping its occupants out of harm’s way, however that streak came to an end after a stolen Model S became part of a high speed chase and crash which claimed the life of driver, Joshua Michael Flot. The crash occurred in Los Angeles this week after Flot allegedly stole the Model S from a Tesla service centre, was chased by police through the city, before crashing at high speed into two vehicles and subsequently hitting a steel pole, tearing the car in two. Flot was thrown from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries from the crash, which also injured seven other people. Above is a photograph taken of the crash scene. The crash was so intense that a fire was ignited within the Model S, which has reignited safety concerns with electric cars like the Model S, despite the fact Tesla ...

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Bluestreak concept art

CliffyB to reveal what Boss Key Productions has to do with his future in Games

Last week, we reported that Cliff Bleszinski, better known as ‘CliffyB’, tweeted that he was coming out of a 2 year retirement to start making games again. The veteran games designer took his leave from Epic Games after finishing off the Gears of War trilogy and has since taken up the hobby of teasing concept art to his followers. In last week’s tweet, CliffyB said that in one week, more details about his future would be revealed, and at least one of those puzzle pieces has fallen into place without Bleszinski meaning it to. It’s been revealed that a certain Boss Key Productions has been registered in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Bleszinski and one other man listed as employees of the new studio. That other man is none other than Arjan Brusee, co-founder of Guerilla Games (of Killzone fame), who is listed as Boss Key’s COO; naturally, Bleszinski is listed ...

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U.S. military is enlisting the Iron Man suit designer

U.S. military is enlisting the Iron Man suit designer to help create battle Armour

If we didn’t know better, we’d say that a marriage between Iron Man and the military is basically a match made in heaven. As luck would have it, that might actually be happening as the U.S. military has apparently recruited the help of special effects studio, Legacy Effects, who worked on films like Iron Man and RoboCop, to help them develop suits and armour for use in military operations. Legacy Effects will have input into the military’s TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit), helping to flesh out the suit so they can better visualize it in the real world. Don’t get too excited though; barring some breaking through in pneumatic systems and because we still have to obey physics, any suit that is produced will likely be quite large and cumbersome. Think Iron Man Mark 1 rather than Iron Man Mark 42. Furthermore, don’t expect to see armoured soldiers walking ...

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