Serious Sam Anniversary Celebrated with Sale and Steam Cards

When people mention over the top comedic violence, the first game that comes to my mind is the Serious Sam series. Featuring aliens, ancient creatures and over the top weapons, the series made itself a landmark on the gaming landscape 15 years ago on March 21st, to celebrate the Serious Sam anniversary, the creators of Serious Sam, Croteam, is adding Steam trading cards to some of the games.

Released back in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter and Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter saw improved graphics and even the addition of new multiplayer modes. For example, the Second Encounter features 16-player cooperative play in the campaign while also boasting Survival modes and beast hunt modes.

What’s probably most confusing is that you can still buy the original Serious Sam games on Steam, but only the HD versions will be getting the Steam trading cards this month. If you feel like you need to see what all the fuss is about then don’t worry, as until the 22nd March you can get the Serious Sam Complete Pack for 90% off. That’s a reduction from £69.99 to only £6.99!! The pack includes both the original games, the HD remakes and the second and third games in the series alongside a bunch of DLC for several of the games.

So many good games to play this weekend with the likes of the Borderlands and Dead Rising series on sale, adding Serious Sam to the mix seems to just invite a very long gaming session with your friends, wouldn’t you agree?

Pokémon Anniversery Celebrated in a Big Way

So today is the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, the little critters that went everything from an electric mouse to a three-headed ostrich. Since then we’ve seen everything from creatures of the night to gods take form and battle it out in cards, movies and video games. If that wasn’t enough though you can now celebrate the anniversaries announcement of a new generation of games amongst other celebrations.

While we were given forewarning about the games yesterday, the Pokémon direct stream showed us the latest game concept art and the work Nintendo are doing to bring it to us this year in 6 different languages.

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Sadly the video is more of an advertisement from the past rather than a teaser for the new games, but those of you who are seeking a craving a little too much can buy Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow tomorrow. It’s also been confirmed that Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will be able to trade over to Sun and Moon through the ‘game.

If this wasn’t enough then why not enjoy the fact that you can even buy a giant Snorlax cushion for only $460? If that’s not your cup of tea why not enjoy the “Pokémon Afternoon Soiree” to be honest by none other than actress Drew Barrymore. The event is invite only with everything from stylists to bloggers invited to receive Pokémon inspired nail art, get a photo with Pikachu (who is set to make an apperance) and even receive a gift bag (contents unknown at this point, but we bet it’s going to be some amazing stuff).

Latest Pokémon Games to be Revealed Soon?

If you hadn’t been living under a rock since the new year then you probably know that the popular series, Pokémon, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. With everything from card games and video games, to board games and cartoons, the series has gone from strength to strength with children and adults alike wanting to catch them all. Soon though you may have to catch a few more as Nintendo are looking to celebrate the anniversary with a bang!

On February 26th, the day that Pokémon turns 20, Nintendo will be celebrating with a Pokémon direct, a video stream where people all over will be able to join in the celebrations to enjoy the anniversary. This would be a big deal, but the event is overshadowed by a find from Nerdleaks who have managed to unearth two trademarks for what we can only assume to be the latest Pokémon games.

With Red, Blue and Yellow being released for download, you could soon find yourself running to catch the latest game in the series along with even more of the little pocket monsters. The two names revealed so far are Pokémon Moon and Pokémon Sun, drawing on Nintendos history of opposites with unique twists and Pokémon in each game.

With the stream starting at 3PM GMT on their Twitch channel or the Nintendo Direct Website, what other mysteries and gifts will we get to celebrate with Pikachu?

Lemmings Celebrate 25 Years of Cliffs and Explosions

There are few games which bring out the child in me, with fond memories and late nights of laughs and jokes. One of the few games that will forever stick in my memory was Lemmings. A game based on solving puzzles by leading the silly creatures to their final destination, avoiding the fire, pitfalls and of course, the players malice. What many don’t realise is that this game came out a whole 25 years ago, on the 14th February 1991.

By marching your little green haired lemmings to the objective you had a sense of accomplishment, with skills meaning your lemmings could climb, dig, block paths, build stairs or even explode in order to open up paths for their fellow groups.

If you don’t recall it was also one of the earliest games to feature a challenging multiplayer, with it using the Amiga’s support for two mice/joysticks to challenge players to the last lemming standing challenge. Either team green lemming or blue lemming, each player had 20 levels to try to get as many of their followers to the safe point, the maps looping until one person finally lost their final lemming.

If that wasn’t enough for you, or you just want to re-live some old memories then feel free to check out the online version of lemmings here, where you can play away watching your childhood explode onto the screen in full pixelated glory.

Pokémon Starts Celebrations For 20th Anniversary With Legendary Giveaway

Pokémon has become Nintendo’s most well-known franchise, spanning generations of children and pocket monsters, the dream of children all over the world was to capture all the creatures and become the Pokémon master. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of the first games and Nintendo wants to make it a big deal. Starting with their latest generation of games.

After announcing the re-release of classic trading cards, Nintendo wants you to celebrate a thousand different ways including new games and additions to some old ones. Every month between now and December you’ll be able to enjoy a new legendary Pokémon on X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Red.

In the month of February, you can add the first legendary Pokémon to your collection. Mew, the original legendary Pokémon, will join your party. If you want to add Mew to your collection you will need to visit Game in the UK, Gamestop in the US and EBGames in Canada. Ask at the counter for a code for Mew which you can then add via the Mystery gift option before you load into the game.

With everything from Mew and Celebi to the god Pokémon, Arceus, collecting the entire series will soon be possible, legends and all.

IPv6 Adoption Still Shockingly Low Despite 20th Anniversary

The IPv6 specifications aren’t new on the block, in fact, the Internet Engineering Group and the Internet Engineering Task Force, IETF, officially announced the IPv6 specifications back in December 1995 which was 20 years ago by now. Despite its age, the IPv6 adoption rate is still shockingly low and only a few have embraced it so far.

It has long been known that we are running out of IPv4 addresses and most people connected to the internet these days are sent through internal ISP networks before ending up on a shared public IP address. It works, so why change it, right? Upgrading hardware will result in increased costs, which in effect could be moved onto the consumer. This is after all where the final bill usually ends.

When we take a look at Google’s statistics, we see that the global IPv6 IP address percent of all assigned addresses only accounts for about 10.41%, which only can be described as very little and a very slow growth since birth. So why is that you may ask? Well for starters, the two standards aren’t directly compatible with each other, but they aren’t incompatible either. You just need to create a setup that can handle both and all modern system can easily do that.

A few select ISPs have made the switch along with large companies like Google and Facebook, but other than that the adoption rate is sparse. Another possible reason for the lack of willingness by the ISPs to upgrade to IPv6 could be the benefits they have from the current setup. Increased income. Back in 2012 when the EU range of IPv4 addresses was exhausted, ISPs began to hike the prices for customers with static IP addresses. I know in my own case I got a 400% price increase just to keep my static IP address.

Maybe 2016 will be the year where IPv6 takes off, although I’m not holding my breath for it.

Star Trek Anniversary Stamps Available In the US

Whenever a big event comes out, it is normal for us to celebrate. More and more we find ways of celebrating different events in different ways, but there are some ways which you have to keep using because they are, for lack of a better term, classic. One of these ways is to release limited edition stamps, a collection that Star trek fans will be able to enjoy in 2016.

In 1966, Star Trek premiered on people’s televisions and it’s been hard to miss its impact and references in everyday life and science fiction since. As a result, the US Postal service will be releasing not one but four different forever stamps, each with both a unique colour and image.

Featuring a yellow (or gold to some) background with a ship travelling at speed and a star fleet emblem in the background the first catches your eye, the second is a green stamp with our planet in the circle of a starey outline of the Enterprise. The third features a red planet and the Vulcan greeting, symbolising life long and prosper, with a blue background.

I’ve left my favourite to last, a starey outline of a figure on a red background. Those familiar with the old series will recognise the tribute to all those brave red shirts, who forever unnamed, led the dangerous expeditions only to never come back.

The four new forever stamps come in at 49 cents, converting to around 33p in the UK, a price that collectors and Star Trek fans will be rushing at warp speed to collect.

Crysis Mods Still Give Modern Games a Visual Thrashing

November 16th, 2007. Crytek releases the first in what would become a series of games called Crysis. Featuring soldiers, who using advanced armour and weapons, act to defend our planet against both human and alien threats with speed, strength and stealth. With customizable weapons and large open world environments allowing the player to dictate how they not only approach but also execute their missions. While it received two sequels, the original Crysis was received favourably by gamers and technological enthusiasts alike. The reason for the warm reception was not only the gameplay but also the graphics the game brought, allowing advanced graphics on an open world map, an experience people can bring back to their PC’s thanks to a selection of mods.


Rubber-De-Flubber’s screenshots (Above) show off the detail and depth of the trees while FantasyGamer’s (Below) expands on this showing everything from grass and leaves to the very ground.

The Janitor shows off the grass and trees while DSOGaming brings us the action and ships interior.

Unreal shows us that water in games doesn’t have to just be blue, with immersive detail meaning you could stare at the sea coming back and forth and enjoy the peaceful scenes rather than the warfare that is going on behind you.

Mods can bring games back to live, and graphical updates don’t hurt when dealing with games that prided themselves so much on their graphic at their release. Might be time to reinstall Crysis and have a go at reliving some memories.

Noctua is 10 Years Old Today!

Noctua has revolutionized the cooling industry over the last 10 years and won over 6000 award from leading hardware websites. Their no-compromise approach helped to create iconic coolers such as the Noctua NH-D14. This flagship model reigned supreme for many years and still competes with today’s closed-loop liquid coolers.

On another note, the company’s wide range of fans are constructed from years of research and development while offering the consumer an unrivaled 6 year warranty.  Whether you’re after the ultra fast industrialPPC models or cheaper Redux fans, anything with the Noctua brand oozes quality. The company’s CEO discussed their 10 year anniversary and said:

“Our products have come a long way since we launched our first cooler in 2005 and our first fan in 2006, but we’re still driven by the same passion to create the best quiet cooling solutions money can buy.”

“It makes us proud that there are still a lot of people out there who use Noctua coolers that are eight, nine or ten years old and who have updated the mounting kit several times in order to make them compatible with the latest hardware,”

“I think this is a great example of what we are trying to achieve when we strive to combine premium quality products with premium quality service!”

“Fan technology has seen significant progress since the very first NF-S12, but it’s a great testimony to its design and the reliability of our SSO bearings that there are still thousands of them being used today. It’s our methods that have evolved since the development of the first S12, not our goals,”  

“While our current fan developments are infinitely more complex and elaborate than 10 years ago, even our most ambitious project of introducing fans with integrated Active Noise Cancellation is still following the same idea of continuously pushing the envelope in performance-to-noise efficiency.”

“Last but not least, we would like to use this anniversary as an opportunity to say thank you to our loyal customers,”  

“We’re proud that we have managed to win the hearts of so many enthusiast users around the world over the last 10 years and we’ll be honoured to keep supplying you with state-of-the-art quiet cooling equipment for the decade to come!”

This is a momentous occasion and we want to thank everything Noctua has done for the PC cooling industry. Without their expertise and attention-to-detail, the quality of fans might not be what they are today. Furthermore, I’m fascinated to see what products they have in store throughout the next 10 years.

Pixar Celebrates 20 Years With Special Video

Wow has it been that long already, Pixar is celebrating 20-years in the industry and given me an unwelcome reminder of my own age. In that 20 years, I’ve been a big fan of every movie Pixar has made, perhaps with the exception of Cars, but I digress. I loved their movies as a kid and now that I’m grown up, my kids love watching them with me too. They’ve had a huge range of smash hits, from Toy Story to Inside Out and they’ve got plenty more in the works too.

To celebrate, Pixar has created a supercut of their best BFF moments, from Woody and Buzz, to Carl and Russell, there have been a lot of buddy stories over the years. What’s interesting is that the supercut also features Arlo and Spot, the stars of their upcoming movie The Good Dinosaur; no doubt another movie that’ll tug at the heart strings of the audience.

“A single friendship can change everything. From Toy Story to The Good Dinosaur, join us in celebrating 20 years of friendship from Pixar Animation Studios.” Said Pixar.

Check out the video below and be sure to tell us who your favorite Pixar BFF duo is in the comments section below.

Eager for a Pixar fix? Don’t forget that The Good Dinosaur launches on November 25th!

Windows 95 Celebrates 20th Birthday Today!

Windows 95 has reached the ripe old age of 20 today, and remembered quite fondly by critics and consumers who witnessed the iconic operating system’s initial launch. Way back in 1995, Microsoft set the technological world alight with a remarkably intuitive user-interface and support for plug-and-play devices. The foundations of Windows 95, are still used today which shows how revolutionary the operating system was at the time. Other features included MSN social networking, filenames up to 250 characters, and synergy across multiple devices.  Microsoft’s marketing strategy was legendary and while embarrassing today, the videos have a certain charm.

To launch Windows 95, Microsoft enlisted the help of The Rolling Stones and used the track, “start me up” to add an exciting, rock-and-roll feel.

The launch video inspired a wonderful parody from Weird Al Yankovic with classics lyrics such as:

“This Windows 95!
It suckin’ up my Drive.
It’ makes a pentium fly.
But my PC… is obsolete.
I’ll have to buy myself a brand new machine…”

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Perhaps the most memorable moment is a marketing video featuring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry from the hit TV sitcom, Friends. Throughout, this “educational” work, there are a host of cringe worthy jokes and bemused looking faces. The video is almost an hour long, but certainly worth a watch!

The Windows 95 start-up sound holds so many nostalgic memories and I’d like to see it included as an optional extra in modern versions of Windows.

Did you pick up Windows 95 on CD-ROM? We would love to hear your first-hand experiences and favourite memories!

Image courtesy of ModDB

COUGAR Celebrates First Year in Gaming Peripherals and Vows to Continue

COUGAR entered the DIY PC market about five years ago, but they have only been making peripheral devices for the last year. The decision to enter this market was sparked by feedback from users who were frustrated with the current offering, especially on the software part.

COUGAR thought, this is something we can do something about and got working on their own devices. The 700M gaming mouse and 700K mechanical keyboard did very well in their reviews and scored great awards all around. The hardware is just one part of it all and they also released the UIX software along with it, allowing the user to take back control of his input devices with a user-friendly interface.

COUGAR released more products such as the 500 and 600 series of mice and keyboard, and they vowed to continue that with even more future products for the gaming minded user as well as to continue their sponsorships for eSport teams.

New planned products include mice for all sort of gamers, both left and right handed users, but also products such as headphones and water resistant gaming keyboards. We will make sure to keep you updated on their new products as they get released and as well as reviews whenever possible.

“The 7th Guest” 20th Anniversary Edition for Android

Trilobyte Games have teamed up with MojoTouch to launch a 20th Anniversary Edition of the classic “The 7th Guest”.

“Replete with a new, HD touch-screen interface that upscales the game beautifully to high definition, new maps, new animations and icons, and a host of other new features, the “20th Anniversary Edition” of our classic video game is available now at the Google Play or Amazon AppStore. Download the title here.”

The original game was dubbed the best game of 1994 by user polls. It was one of the first games designed for CDROM and the first to utilise full-rendered 3D animation and navigation.

“The original game features:
– Groundbreaking use of full-motion video and dialogue recorded by live actors in a terrifying virtual environment
– Bizarre, mind-bending puzzles to solve
– 22 stunningly rendered, devilishly surprising, 3-D rooms in a fully explorable haunted mansion

‘20th Anniversary Edition’ features:
* Totally new game play controls that were built from the ground up for touch-screens
* Hotspot based – no more pixel hunting
* All-new slick icons and animations
* Completely new map which can be accessed directly while playing
* Completely new game menus and save/load system
* Much improved voice acting audio quality and all new, optional subtitles
* Four music options: remastered music score; original score in Midi, General Midi or Adlib
* 27 Achievements to earn and share with your friends

‘20th Anniversary Edition’ list of extras:
* ‘The Making of’ featurette
* 19 Delete Scenes and 33 Delete Audio Parts
* Full soundtrack: 36 Tracks
* ‘The 7th Guest’ Novel (157 pages)
* The Original Script, ‘The Stauf Files’ document, and Original Game Manual
* Optional retro settings: play with original graphics, original music & the original controls”

The game has just launched on Google Play and Amazon AppStore for the price of $3.99USD, $5.99 (US) will be charged in the future. Will you buy this piece of nostalgia? did you own a copy of the original? Let us know on our forums and in the comments.

Adobe Celebrates 25 Years of Photoshop With Spectacular Ad

It’s been 25 years since a little Mac application was first released that allowed you to edit photos. Yes, 25 years since Adobe Photoshop was born as a slightly more advanced version of your standard Paint application. However, across that 25 years, the word Photoshop has become a synonym for editing images on a computer and enabled millions of creative minds to come up with some of the most spectacular pieces of digital art we’ve ever seen. That and it has allowed countless photographers to make models look thinner.

To celebrate this, Adobe has come up with a spectacular TV ad to be shown during The Oscars this weekend, that goes someway to show what can be done with Photoshop. It covers many famous pieces of graphic design that were made possible by Adobe’s app, including famous ads, artworks and animated films including Shrek.

Watch it below, and I think you’ll agree that it’s probably the best way to celebrate the past 25 years.

Source: The Verge

Google Maps is 10 Years Old

Google Maps has just become 10 years old. It’s hard to believe that it’s as old as that, but it’s also hard to imagine a world without it 10 years ago.The quintessential mapping web app was initially developed by a team of 50 people, but it took many years and many more people to bring it to where it is today.

Google Maps originally started out as a downloadable app created by Danish brothers Lars and Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen at Where 2 Technologies – a company which attracted the interest and was subsquently acquired by Google. That app was a very basic application, but it laid the foundations for what was to become one of Google’s most iconic services.

So it was, that on February 8th 2005, Google made an announcement on the Google Blog about their latest project and that a beta version was to open to the public. That was just the beginning and since then, after many additions, including hybrid maps, Street View, transit information, turn-by-turn directions and more, Google Maps has become the way most of us find our way around the planet.

Happy Birthday Google Maps.

Source: The Guardian

Seagate Celebrates Anniversary with Slimmest Portable HDD

Seagate celebrates Thirty-Five years of storage innovation with the launch of the beautiful Seagate Seven, the world’s slimmest portable hard drive. The new drive is built in an all-metal enclosure that is 7mm high and 82mm wide while weighing 90g. The Seagate Seven doesn’t just look awesome, it’s also useful with its 500GB capacity and USB 3 connection for transfers without bottlenecks.

“Seagate has been providing the world with storage since the modern origins of computing history,” said Mark Whitby, senior vice president of Seagate Branded Group. “Seagate Seven is designed to speak to this history, while looking forward to the future of where storage technology is headed. We believe that Seagate Seven will resonate with those who want the latest trend in mechanical design while inspiring the user to create great experiences and memories.”

The deep draw process used allows for the all-steel enclosure to be shaped in a method that the material could not be any thinner and still hold the structural integrity. The steel encasing also provides a rigidity, which allows for the incredibly thin design to be functional. while the low profile motor technologies used are designed to include extreme Gyro handling capabilities.

The new Seagate Seven 500GB portable hard drive will be available mid to late January for a suggested retail price of $99.99. Pre-orders can already be made at Seagate themselves and Amazon.

Thanks to Seagate for providing us with this information

Images and Video courtesy of Seagate

Sony Sold 94 Anniversary PS4s for £19.94

Remember those special limited edition 20th anniversary PS4s? Well Sony has started selling some in Europe, after they all sold out online in the US and Canada.

They set gamers back about $500 in the US, but in the UK last Wednesday, 94 fans got their hands on one of these incredibly sought after machines for a jaw dropping £19.94. Yes, 20 quid!

It was all very cryptic you see, and SCEE uploaded the video below giving hints about a secret pop-up shop in East London that was to be selling the consoles. Adorned with nostalgia, the shop invited fans to get down there with a piece of their own PlayStation memorabilia and with a special password given in the video, that would allow them to purchase one of the ridiculously cheap PS4s.

The shop remained open to sell 50 more consoles at RRP – £399, on Thursday and Friday. All proceeds from the console sales went to charity GamesAid.

Kotaku reports that the console will be on sale again in the UK tomorrow online for full price, but we don’t yet know where or how.

Source: Kotaku

20th Anniversary PS4 “Accidentally” Sold for $1

Polygon reports that someone “accidentally” ended up selling one of those ultra-rare 20th Anniversary PS4s on eBay for an insane $1.

It’s not known how eBay seller medman6107 managed to end up pulling off the monumental mistake – monumental considering one recently sold for a verified $15,100. Polygon also outlines a number of other interesting points regarding sales of the console – someone rather stupidly ended up buying a picture of one of the consoles for $500, while the cheapest actual sale of the console was $830.

The console was released last week and sold out following unprecedented demand. They feature a unique grey design, meant to resemble the design of the original PlayStation. The console also features a small plaque detailing which number it is out of the 12300 made.

Source: Polygon

20th Anniversary PS4 Announced

Today is a very special day in the history of video games. 20 years ago on December 3rd 1994, Sony released the original PlayStation in Japan. The console quickly became the most popular of its generation, beating industry veterans Nintendo and Sega. To mark that occasion, Sony has announced a very special PS4.

This 20th Anniversary PS4 comes in the familiar grey colour scheme of the original PlayStation and carries the classic multicoloured logo. It features special PlayStation button etching upon the console’s exterior, as well as on the controller.

The consoles are limited, the most limited PlayStations ever according to Sony (what about the Net Yaroze?) and subsequently feature an aluminium plaque detailing the console’s number out of the 12,300 made – alluding to the 12/03 launch date.

This console must be a dream for collectors and I’m sure it’ll easily double its value in a very short period of time. Pre-orders start in the US and Canada on Saturday December 6th.

Source: The Verge

New Trailer and Artwork Released for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

If you’re eager for some more couch co-op gaming, online multi-player or just some iconic campaign gameplay from the latest generations of consoles, then Halo: The Master Chief will no doubt be high on your wanted list later this year. Bringing together four of the greatest multiplayer shooters ever to grace consoles with massively improved graphics is in my opinion the first good reason to but the Xbox One since its release and it should serve as a fun packed stop-gap until Halo 5: Guardians is released next year.

A 343i panel was held at TRX 2014 where a new gameplay trailer for Halo 2: Anniversary’s Ascension map was aired from the upcoming collection, fortunately YouTube user Wooshness recorded the live stream. The graphics are noticeably improved over the original and with 343i pushing to maintain 60fps and 1080p throughout (a first in the Halo franchise) it should be a lot more enjoyable and smooth experience to play.

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The game will be hitting the Xbox One this November and with Gamescom and a few other gaming events between then and now, there are likely a lot more Halo goodies to be revealed over the coming months.

Thank you Dual Shockers for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Dual Shockers.

Z97 and Z97M Anniversary Motherboards Announced by ASRock

ASRock has announced its Anniversary Edition of motherboards, the Z97 and Z97M, following the Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258. One of the key features of the aforementioned motherboards is the “Pentium Anniversary Edition” technology, making overclocking easier for users.

The manufacturer is said to have specifically designed the motherboard with overclocking and Intel’s Pentium 20th Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU in mind, being able to access the Pentium Anniversary Boost by hitting “P” when turning the PC on. From there, the feature is said to help the user automatically overclock the CPU from 3.2 GHz to a maximum of 4.2 GHz.

In addition to the overall overclocking feature, ASRock’s Z97 and Z97M Anniversary Edition motherboards are said to provide even more kick out of the Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 CPU. A clock speed of 4.5 GHz can be easily achieved, having a performance boost of 40%. However, users can also go for the 4.8 GHz limit, where an additional 50% performance boost should be noticeable.

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Other features present on the motherboards consist of “Super Alloy” technology for the Z97 in order to provide more stability and reliability, along with Intel’s Gigabit LAN and ELNA Audio Caps. The Z97M is said to come with ELNA Audio Caps as well, along with various video outputs, such as D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI, supporting a Triple Monitor configuration.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
Images and video courtesy of TechPowerUp

Users Can Now Make ‘Loop Back’ Requests For Loved Ones Who Have Passed Away

On Facebook’s 10-year anniversary, the social media giant celebrated the occasion by introducing the ‘Look Back’ feature which basically consisted of a video generated with bits and glimpses from each user’s ‘life’ on Facebook.

The most shared, most liked, first moments and active discussions, everything compiled in an amazing video which brought happy memories and probably nostalgia to users who had spared the time to view it.

However, Facebook’s videos are more capable than just show you a few bits of your life. It can also show you brief reminders of who you are and the kind of life you’ve lived, and they can do this even after you’re not amongst us anymore.

Facebook has introduced the ability for family members to request a ‘Loop Back’ for loved ones who have passed away by requesting a video here. Along with the feature request, Facebook has also stated that the company is changing the way it will manage accounts belonging to the deceased.

Previous accounts belonging to people who have passed away were switched to friends-only upon death. However, pages will now remain ‘as-is’ so that people can continue to view the page the way the owner intended while they were alive. Nevertheless, this will still remain something to think about when managing your account’s privacy settings.

Thank you Android Police for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of Android Police

iFixit Tear Down The 1984 128K Macintosh

It is crazy to think that the Apple Mac is now over 30 years old, sure it came out the year I was born, so I wasn’t exactly capable of enjoying it at the time, but its certainly amazing to see just how far computer technology has come along in my own lifetime. To celebrate the 30 years of the Mac, the team of at iFixit decided to strip one apart and see just how repairable the system would be by modern standards.

30 years ago the Macintosh 128K went on sale for $2,495, which in today’s world would be more than $5500! Just look at the computer you can buy these days for over $5500! A staggering example of just how far we have come in the last 30 years, that being said, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a system that costs that much, even my current one would likely max out around $2,000 for a system integrator.

iFixit score the repairability of the systems they take apart on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being an absolute nightmare to repair and 10 being the easiest. The Mac scored a healthy 7/10 after their tests. They did find it difficult to open, and the fact that the RAM is soldered to the logic board was also a big problem. Fortunately the rest of it is big chunky components that are by today’s standards quite easy to work with, although I doubt many of us will need to open one up to fix it, it’s still fun to have a peak for old times sake.

Equipped with an 8 MHz Motorola 68000 processor, 128KB DRAM, a 9″ black and white CRT @ 512 x 342 pixels and 72 dpi and 400 KB total storage via a single-sided 3.5″ floppy mean the system is far from high-spec, but at the time this was a powerful and innovative machine. They’re also worth a small fortune, so if you have one in the garage, I wouldn’t suggest you take it apart any time soon, perhaps putting it on eBay would be a better idea.

Thank you Geeky Gadgets for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of iFixit.

Google Implements New “Hummingbird” Search Algorithm

On Google’s 15th anniversary, they introduced a new search algorithm to its giant search engine. According to Google, this change to the core algorithm is its biggest since the launch of Caffeine in 2010. Google senior vice president, Amit Singhal, stated that while page ranking and indexing must work together in a search engine, Caffeine was focused more on the ranking side. Hummingbird is more about indexing. “Hummingbird gave us an opportunity after years of building to rethink how we use the power of these things,” Singhal stated.

Any changes to Google’s search rankings can have big ramifications due to their steer of a lot of the Internet’s traffic. Google hosts 2 out of 3 search requests in the U.S. and handles even more volume in parts of Europe. The change would also impact the price of Google ads, driving the prices up to demoted websites looking for marketing messages which can boost their ratings.

Google revealed the new search algorithm on Thursday at an event held in Menlo Park, California, where CEO Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin started the company 15 years ago.

Thank you Huffingtonpost for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Google.