Super Mario Cluttered Chaos-Calculator Level Anyone?

Creativity is never more alive than when the gaming community decides to invent whole levels based on various creative influences. The Super Mario Maker title has been an exciting and imaginative vehicle that aims to open up a range of possibilities for all kinds of creative mischief, one such level involves a working calculator within the super Mario Universe.

Want to know more? Of course  you do, the project is coined “The Cluttered Chaos Calculator” and has been created by Mario Level Maker  “Giant”, it works out a maths equation (6+6) and is demonstrated by the video below, luckily, there is a reddit guide to explain exactly what is going on.

To put it simply, “this Super Mario Maker level lets you select two numbers between 0 and 7, it lets the player choose their way up and then computes and displays their sum automatically”.

There is also an image via sharing site imgur which reveals the logic behind this fantastic project. It has been noted that similar adding machines have been created in the past using Super Mario Maker, but, this looks to be the “first one with a decimal conversion and proper display of the result”.

It’s an incredibly complex yet educational tool all rolled into one, just reading the extremely detailed breakdown is fascinating, hopefully, we will see many more creative examples as in this case within the future.

Is Apple Planning An iCar?

Tech companies used to be very much specialized to their own field, from the standard PCs and Software to advanced medical equipment. Over the last few years, these same companies are now beginning to challenge the established status quo of many other industries, such as the automotive industry. The rumours of Apple designing a vehicle have become stronger after hiring a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc

Apple have been looking to build a team of automotive design experts with the aim of producing a car for market and now James Carlson has been appointed after leaving Tesla. How do we know of these secret plans? He placed his new job on his LinkedIn or course, this is along with at least 6 others which have experience developing self-driving technology and systems which have also advertised their new position in the same way.

Sources for Reuters have also stated that Apple are actively developing a car and studying self-driving technology, but it is yet unclear if the iPhone maker is designing a vehicle that could drive itself.

When you view the hirings which Apple have made, it is clear the plans are very much in motion, below is a list of recent appointments along with each individual’s previous jobs.

  • Megan McClain – A former Volkswagen AG Engineer
  • Vinay Palakkode – Graduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University specializing in automated driving research
  • Xianqiao Tong – Engineer who developed computer vision software for driver assistance systems at microchip maker Nvidia Corp
  • Paul Furgale – Former deputy director of the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Other Apple appointments since September 2014 with similar experience have worked at automakers BMW, Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co, automotive suppliers Delphi Automotive and Robert Bosch GmbH.

One thing is clear, Apple looks almost certain to be developing an automotive vehicle in some capacity with the aim of competing with similar manufacturers. The tech giant would have an excellent chance of succeeding considering the wealth and investment which has underpinned its performance in the last decade.

Thank you reuters for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of digitaltrends

Enermax Thormax Giant E-ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Enermax have created some truly stunning products over the years, from stunning CPU coolers, loads of amazing chassis’, great power supplies and much more! So I’m very happy to see one of their flagship chassis in the office today, the Thormax Giant, the E-ATX edition of their ever-popular Thormax. Of course, as the ‘Giant’ part of the name would suggest, this chassis isn’t small, and it’s not especially cheap either, clocking in at around £120 here in the UK.

From the Thormax Giant, you get a lot back in return for your investment. There’s room for E-ATX motherboards, which means 9 expansion slots; more than enough for a triple GPU configuration. There’s a pair of 180mm T.B.Vegas fans pre-installed, as well as a rear 120mm fan, with room for plenty more fans should you need them and impressive water cooling potential to boot.

One thing is immediately apparent, this is one seriously aggressive looking chassis! It may look a little out of place in the office of an accountant, but it’s going to look the part for a high-end gaming rig. There’s a funky side panel window, lots of ventilation and even a 180mm Blue LED fan on the left side panel.

The right side is much the same design as the left, albeit without the window or the fan.

More aggressive shapes on the front, with loads of ventilation on the bottom half for yet another 180mm fan, with support for 200mm, as well as ventilated 5.25″ drive bay covers.

Around the back you’ll find a 120mm fan pre-installed, with support for a 140mm fan if you need it. There’s two pop-out covers at the top for cable/water routing, as well as four rubber grommeted cut-outs down the side for more of the same.

Even more ventilation on the top for optional top mounted cooling. You’ll even find room for an (up to) 360mm radiator here.

The front panel is very well equipped. There’s a flat space for storing your phone, keys, loose change, etc. There’s a control panel for the power and reset, as well as fan LED control and fan speed control. Finally, you’ll find HD audio jacks, dual USB 3.0 and quad USB 2.0 ports.

The base of the chassis has two slide-out dust filters and four very sturdy feet.

The feet can be swung outwards, providing you with an extremely stable base for your system; this is great if you have a lot of cooling in the top, making your chassis top-heavy.

Lets Get Ready To Robot Rumble!

Gundam, Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Laggan. If you’ve recognised those three names, you’ll be aware of the thing they have in common. Giant Robots. In response to this we have aspired as a race to make giant robots, but now two companies want to take it further. They want to fight!

Suidobashi Heavy Industry, a Japanese based company, already announced that they had constructed the Kuratas. A giant four-wheeled (at the end of legs) robot capable of using its built in BB gatling gun to fire a whopping 6,000 pellets a minute! If that’s too violent you can also replace it with a water cannon, and it’s even up for being purchased!

Meanwhile across the water in the USA, MegaBots wants to create a sport behind fighting with giant robots. So what’s the sensible thing to do? Of course, challenge Japan to fight against their own robot! Designed as a giant bipedal (two legged) robot, the robot looks to copy those designs found in cartoons and anime.

Suidobashi’s founder Kogoro Kurata replied with:

“Yeah, I’ll fight. We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture”

With no set date or location, we can only wait for that moment where it’s revealed and suddenly it all becomes a reality. In his response though Kogoro did state that he wanted the fight to take place with physical weapons, not paintball or bb guns.

Thank you the Verge for the information.

Image courtesy of Popular Airsoft.

Facebook Wants to Give You More Information on Contacts with New Caller ID Feature

Social media giant, Facebook, has been busy as of late, providing users with more and more features to help them in their daily activities, as well as make them stay and enjoy their social media platform for longer.

We’ve seen that one of their biggest achievements as of late was to make the Messenger app web-based, so they provided users with access to the Messenger platform on both desktop and mobile, provided you don’t already have the app installed.

One of their latest achievements was to bring news articles directly in your feed, so you will have access to your friend’s activities as well as know what’s going on in the world too. I know it’s a bit of multitasking to do and you might even end up mixing your friend’s selfie with a volcano eruption, then you ask yourself what he was doing there in the first place, before realising you were reading two things at once. But hey, we all get used to it in the end.

Facebook’s latest addition is the CallerID feature, which brings some more details about contacts and who wants to connect with you. This is done by having the app display an even bigger photo of the contact, more details about how related you are with him or her and “much more”, as Vice President of Messaging Products, David Marcus, stated. The feature is said to already be available for Android and iOS users in the US, UK, France and India. So will this be of more help than just asking your friends about who is trying to connect with you? We will see.

Thank you Sci-Tech for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of FrAndroid

Researcher Found Flaw Which Could Have Been Used to Erase Every Video on YouTube

Software developer Kamil Hismatullin has discovered a security flaw in YouTube that apparently granted him the power to delete any video he wanted. This means that he had the power to delete each and every video on the website, but don’t be alarmed, he had no desire to do so.

The developer reported the flaw to Google and apparently collected $5000 through the company’s Vulnerability Research Grants that launched back in January. For those unaware, the program offers anyone who finds significant vulnerabilities in specific applications a reward as an incentive for researchers to find and reports bugs and security flaws, having Google quickly swiping in and fixing them.

Hismatullin is said to have been offered $1337 back in February to dig into YouTube Creator Studio and after just six or seven hours, he found “a logical bug that let me delete any video on YouTube with just one following request.”

“Although it was an early Saturday’s morning in SF when I reported issue, Google sec team replied very fast, since this vuln could create utter havoc in a matter of minutes in the bad hands who can used this vulnerability to extort people or simply disrupt YouTube by deleting massive amounts of videos in a very short period of time,” he wrote. “It was fixed in several hours, Google rewarded me $5k and luckily no Bieber videos were harmed :D”

A Google representative has confirmed what Hismatullin reported, having the exploit be one of or even the most destructive one found so far on the streaming giant’s website. Can you imagine a world where you go to YouTube and all of a sudden you are greeted with 0 videos on the entire webpage?

Thank you PCGamer for providing us with this information

Foxconn to Replace More Humans With Robots

Foxconn, which is Apple’s primary supplier for components, expects to deploy more robots in their factories to help with production in the next three years. While human workers are the main resource in their factories today, the company expects to automatize 70% of its assembly line work.

The Taiwanese manufacturing plant currently employs 1 million workers in China. However, company CEO Terry Gou said that he has been investing in robotics research and hopes to one day deploy a “robot army” at the company’s factories to offset labour costs and improve manufacturing.

“I think in the future, young people won’t do this kind of work, and won’t enter the factories,” said Gou.

A while back, Foxconn has faced criticism regarding working conditions, long hours and harsh treatment from its employees and both Foxconn and Apple have promised to improve the labour conditions. The resulting outcome proves to be a good quality and production improvement, but the cost of achieving it would most likely displease Foxconn’s employees even more.

Despite the increase in automation, certain Foxconn facilities in China still heavily rely on human workers. The factory in Zhengzhou, China, assembling Apple’s iPhone for instance, has been known to employ 300,000 workers.

Thank you Computer World for providing us with this information

Google First to Use World’s Largest Video Billboard

Thought all those billboards in Times Square were big enough already?

Well you were wrong. Google has lead the way in renting the largest digital billboard ever created, one that is now standing in the world famous part of New York City. If you wanted to be like Google and use this 8 storey high monster of a display, you’d need to set aside about $2.5 million for 4 weeks use of the thing. The BBC say that it is “the size of a football field” and includes cameras for giant video conferencing. Well maybe not that, more like “interactive content” that the 300,000 pedestrians a day walking by could interact with.

Source: BBC News

Apple’s Second Campus Build in Full Swing

Pictured above is the scale model for Apple’s Campus 2, being constructed in Cupertino, California.

The new building is to be completely circular in shape, includes some crazy extras and has already set the giant manufacturer $160 million in purchases for the land rights. But as for recent updates, there has been some sneak peek photos posted to Twitter by San Francisco news and traffic reporter Ron Cervi:

Cervi’s photo confirms the curved structuring and you can pinpoint a few underground tunnels that have already been dug out.

This campus was originally announced in 2006 by the late Steve Jobs with a commencement date of 2013 set. Unfortunately due to delays, it didn’t begin construction until 2014 with an extended finishing date of “sometime in 2016”.

Built to house 13,000 employees, it’s certainly an extravagant spaceship look-alike building. Believed to be featuring 7,000 trees, a 3,000 person café, a 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of research and development, fitness facilities and even includes an orchard.

Unfortunately, that’s all the information available at hand currently, but when there are future updates we will be sure to report.

What do you think of such extravagant establishment setups? Do you think companies like Apple, Blizzard and Google are going over the top with their facilities? Or is it all part of their company culture and brand recognition plans?

Cover image courtesy of Design Collector

Construction update image courtesy of Ron Cervi

Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 Making Waves

Battlefield 4 has seen better days. With game launch woes and continuing server issues EA needs to step up it’s game if it’s going to want to stay relevant against the likes of Call of Duty or the recently released Titanfall.

But one thing you can definitely count on DICE for is easter eggs. This one for example is a monster of one. Ever see the movie Sharknado? No you say? What rock have you been living under? Go watch it…NOW!

But if you’re one of those lucky ones to have seen the movie you can relive all that amazing B rated goodness over again as long as you have 9 other buddies that are willing to lose their lives just so you can live to tell the tale.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6UM7-YFIOI[/youtube]

The people at IGN list out the rather easy steps to bring out the beast:

  • 10 players are needed to bait out the shark.
  • Load Battlefield 4’s Naval Strike DLC, specifically the map Nansha Strike.
  • Head out to the water’s lonely buoy with 9 other suicidal players, just outside of C.
  • Once all 10 players have gathered the shark will break the surface, landing atop of anyone brave enough to swim it’s waters

A huge thank you to the team at IGN for providing us with this information.

Enermax Ostrog GT Chassis Review

This week I’ve been taking a look at the Ostrog GT aka the Ostrog Giant, the larger counterpart to one of my favourite budget chassis which we reviewed a few months back, the Enermax Ostrog. I really enjoyed the Ostrog and its definitely one of the stand out choices for those looking for a tidy and stylish chassis on a tight budget, so I was keen to see what a more premium grade Ostrog would compare and that’s something I aim to find out today.

Enermax Technology have been around now since 1990 and with well over 20 years experience in the industry of making everything from power supplies, cases, cooling solutions, peripherals and a whole lot more, its safe to say they know what they’re doing when it comes to designing a product, and that experience is visible in all the products Enermax have produced over the years.

Where the Ostrog is a great choice for the busy low to mid price range part of the market, the Ostrog GT is set to tackle the fierce section of the mid to high price section of the market, easily one of the most difficult price ranges to compete in given the range of choices on offer from many other brands, as well as Enermax them selves. With a price tag of around £80 its not exactly cheap, but it is on par for a case of this specification and size so as long at the build quality and styling are up to a good standard I don’t see why the Ostrog couldn’t be considered competitive.

There are two models of the Ostrog GT available, both are finished in black, although one is available with red LED fans (ECA3280A-BF-F) and the other blue LED fans (ECA3280A-B-F).

The Ostrog GT comes in a fairly standard box, with a high contrast image of the chassis, but it doesn’t really give much away in terms of the actual design of the chassis its self.

There are plenty of extras in the box and this is always a nice thing to see. First we have a simple user manual, motherboard speaker, 2 x 3pin fan to 4pin Molex adaptors, 8 pairs of hard drive clip on rails, 2 Velcro straps, 4 x cable ties and the usual assortment of screws for you components.