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IMO: The Ring, Kickstarter and Too Good to be True

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In the last couple of days you might have heard about the “Ring” by Logbar. It was supposed to be a bluetooth ring that could charge wirelessly and control anything with gestures from your finger, emphasis on supposed to. This is a product that was successfully Kickstarted to the tune of $880,998 ($630,998 more than the initial goal of a quarter-million) ... Read More »

Techraptor Retro Thursdays: SNK Neo Geo CD

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[Editor’s Note: I’m sorry, we missed our first Retro Thursday due to some dental work. We will debut it today and it will be on Thursdays from now on. Enjoy! JRM] Welcome to the first instalment of the fortnightly feature ‘Techraptor Retro Thursdays’, where we take a look at a specific retro system or game. We give you the backstory, ... Read More »

PSA: Always Research the Company

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My gaming desktop recently died.  I could very likely troubleshoot the problem, replace some parts, and get it back up and running, but seeing as it is 6 years old I opted to start fresh and new.  I’ve built most of the computers I’ve owned, but most of that was back when I didn’t have a wife and kids on ... Read More »

Unreal Turing Test – What the BotPrize teaches us about advanced NPC behaviour

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The Turing test, named after the pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, remains an important philosophical and technical benchmark applied to the question of what exactly artificial intelligence could mean and how it could appear to us. In it’s simplest form, if a program could hold its end of a conversation with a human being, convincing that person that it is ... Read More »

Virtual Reality and the Future of Survival Horror

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Horror is back in vogue. Triple A titles like The Evil Within, Aliens Isolation, and the upcoming Silent Hills have put the genre back in the spotlight, along with indie titles like slender and outlast. It’s not that gamers have rediscovered how much the like to be scared, but rather that developers are using new design approaches and technological platforms ... Read More »

Windows 8, the new Vista?

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Although the poor sales have drawn comparisons to Windows Vista, just how unsuccessful has Windows 8 been? Has the damage been beyond sales i.e. should be expect a mass movement back to XP/7 like we had with Vista users moving back to XP? I intend to discuss these points and analyse just how much Windows 8 is in some ways ... Read More »

Much of the Same (Samsung vs. Apple)

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Prior to the unpacked 5 event , I was really hopeful for the Galaxy S5 and here is why. After the garbage that was the S4 conference, Samsung said they were taking a step back to realize what they did so well with their first few Galaxy devices. Innovation, it is a word that is thrown around so easily in ... Read More »

Coding For Education (Computer Science As A Second Language)

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Coding is becoming a more important aspect of our lives the further and further we come. Kids today are playing with different devices right out of the womb. With the importance, impact and career opportunities that technology has, don’t you think we should learn the brains of the products that we have become so connected to? 4 weeks back The ... Read More »

[part 1] Building your own custom gaming PC: Price Points

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How to build the best gaming PC for you When building your first gaming PC, several questions should come to mind. Which parts should I buy? Which parts do I need? How do I recognise compatibility issues? Daunting questions like these often have the potential to scare prospective builders into buying prebuilt, but after reading this guide, all questions will ... Read More »

3 ways to use old laptop hard drives

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I know many of you out there think laptop hard drives are a one trick pony. Many people make the mistake of throwing the entire laptop away, hard drive included, thinking they are now useless and just a hunk of junk. On the contrary, these small power houses are just as good as their counterparts. They can be difficult to ... Read More »