Ark: Survival Evolved Updated to Include Bunnies

Ark: Survival Evolved sees players face everything from the extinct Dodo to Trex’s as they build tribes and try to uncover the mysteries of the ARK. While riding a Trex is kinda cool, and building a mobile fortress on a plesiosaur is even cooler, we did wonder what would happen around easter time on the island. Have no fear because the game has now been updated to include bunnies.

What would easter be without eggs? You can now collect these bunny eggs and turn them into some interesting decorative items, such as bunny ears. If that wasn’t enough you can turn your Procoptodon into a giant bunny, eggs hidden its pouch and all. The giant eggs can also be painted to add a decorative flair to your base.

If you were getting bored of the Trex then be warned, as the ferocious Bunny-Dodorex will be roaming the ARK this week, which may force you to explore the new areas that have also been included in this patch. Felt safe in the snowy mountains or swampy regions? Then why not try exploring the caves that will now appear in those areas, featuring high-end loot, artifacts and even more information about the origins of the ARK.

With the swamp cave looking like we are about to get attacked by Aliens and the snow caves containing angry Yeti’s you may want to come ready to run the next time you brave the ARK.

Far Cry Primal Announced

Far Cry has seen players jump from the peaks of the Himalayas to driving through jungle islands and deserts. You’ve fought off pirates, mercenaries and even cyborgs, all the while searching for and finding your path through the modern-day (or even a cybernetic world based around the 1980’s TV everyone’s grown to love). So where could they throw you next? How about the Stone Age?

Far Cry Primal will once again see you play a survivor, named Takkar, as he recovers from an ambush on his hunting group. Not only will Primal see the return of a crafting system utilising everything from wild resources and bones and including a new feature.

Much like those in the Ice Age you will be responsible for protecting your tribe as you search to defend fierce predators and even rival tribes. The game looks to carry on the tradition of taking the last game and stepping everything up.

With a clear step on the graphics and a whole twist on how you will have to play to survive a savage environment and even more savage company. Personally I’m looking forward to the game, a mix between Turok and Far Cry, how about yourselves? What was the last Far Cry game you played? What was the last game set back in the stone age you played?

Thank you Polygon for the information. 

Image courtesy of Lazy gamer.
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Drone Captures Amazing Footage of Frozen Niagara Falls

Drones are becoming increasingly popular these days. From recreational use to delivery services, it seems everyone wants to buzz around the skies with a quadcopter. One new place they’re seeing use is for news programmes, so it’s no surprise that NBC News took the opportunity to fly a drone above the frozen abyss that is currently Niagara Falls.

The long-lasting low temperatures across certain parts of the United States have meant record snowfalls and very little thawing out. It’s thanks to this that the famous falls have turned into something reminiscent of Antartica; it’s a scene only a drone could capture.

Source: NBC News Via: Gizmodo

Gigabyte Aire M93 Ice Wireless Mouse Review

Introduction


Gigabyte is one of the biggest names in the computer industry. They’ve won countless awards for their motherboards, graphics cards and more; they’ve even won quite a few of those awards from us here at eTeknix. Peripherals may not be the biggest market for Gigabyte, but we’ve seen before that they have what it takes to make some seriously cool headsets, mice and keyboards.

Today we’ll be taking a look at their Aire M93 ICE, a fairly common wireless mouse that promises versatile performance. Wireless technology isn’t always ideal for gaming, but this isn’t really a gaming mouse; the Aire M93 has been tailored towards use with notebooks, in the office and other work environments.

The Aire M93 promises to work on a wide range of surfaces, which is great news for those who travel. One day you could be working at your swanky office desk, the next you may need to use the arm of a hotel room chair as your mouse mat. A versatile sensor is a vital tool for these scenarios and it also means you shouldn’t have to pack a mouse mat in your already heavy work bag.

Everything you need is included in the box; the mouse, the USB dongle, a rechargeable battery and the USB to microUSB charging cable.

The USB dongle is tiny. The small size is great for those using it with a laptop, as it’s not going to stick out and get in the way of mouse operations.

The mouse is nicely designed, with a curved design that should be comfortable for palm rest grips.

There’s the usual two switches on the left side, as well as an ergonomic bump that will provide a good resting position for your thumb. The left side of the mouse is lightly textured to provide extra grip.

There’s a slight ergonomic bump on the right side, which again helps you get a better grip on the mouse; the right side panel also features a grip texture.

Both mouse buttons have a deep curve to them that promotes a comfortable finger resting position. The mouse wheel is quite large and has a soft rubber grip with a bit of metal trim around it. You’ll also notice the two arrows around the wheel, the mouse wheel can be jogged left and right to give you extra navigation controls.

Behind the scroll wheel are two control buttons, one for the DPI toggle and the other for Free-scroll, which allows you to easily move webpages and folders around.

The underside has the cover for the battery compartment, a master power button and the sensor.

Behind the battery cover you will obviously find the battle slot, but also a nice little recess for the USB dongle. This means you won’t have to fish around in your bag for that tiny little USB connector; very handy!

The mouse can be used while charging and the cable connects to the front of the mouse easy enough. The cable is lightweight and

Ice Bucket Challenge helps ALS Wikipedia Page Views Grow 18-fold

We’ve been covering quite a lot of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge recently – from Destiny’s Ghost taking up the call, to some very heart wrenching and moving videos.

However, the question is quite often asked on social media by many – what is this actually doing for ALS awareness? Well, thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation, we’ve learned that the ALS Wikipedia page (English) has been viewed 2.89 million times in August alone, compared to a relatively small 163,000 per month on average in the first half of 2014. This means the page views have gone up 18 times their previous numbers.

Thus far, over $100 million has been raised for the ALS Association since the viral challenge hit our news feeds and with this latest Wikipedia news, it’s showing that not only is the challenge a way for some people to show off their best wet t-shirt bods and gain some internet ‘likes’ – there is actually a purpose behind this and it’s quite possibly working.

Have you completed the ice bucket challenge? Did you donate? Have you learned anything? We’re keen to hear from you – so let us know.

Image courtesy of NBC news

Scientists Solve the Mystery on Moving Death Valley Rocks

No matter how advanced we get, there still are dozens of unsolved mysteries everywhere. One of them is, or rather was, about the rocks that moved in strange patterns and seaminly by themselves through the death valley. And we aint talking small pebbles here, these stones weigh up 700 pounds each.

This however is one of the mysteries that was possible to solve definitive using our modern technology, and it was just a matter of time before someone with the right equipment found interest in it. A group of scientist led by paleobiologist Richard Norris of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have published a study in the journal PLOS One last week, showing just how it actually happens.

I was taught in high-school that the reason was enormous ice layers and heavy wind that made this possible, but shortly after I left school I learned that this was just one of many theories. Another was that it simply was the wind that moved the stones across the flat area. Other theories have involved sudden tilting of the earth as explanation, as well as magnetic influences.

The stones however didn’t seem to move in any logic pattern and could suddenly change direction completely while at other times they would lay still and not move for decades. Using motion activated cameras and GPS sensors embedded in some of the rocks, it was possible to figure out this mystery.

The theory I learned in school wasn’t entirely wrong though, as ice is involved. But not thick layers, but rather very thin. This unusual combination of ice and slow winds in an otherwise extremely hot area is the cause for the phenomena.

That happens when the dry lake bed they are in freezes over with a thin layer of ice which then breaks apart in a light wind, sending large sheets of ice against the rocks with enough force to move them a few yards per minute, Norris said.

Because of the ability of the large ice sheets to catch the wind, and aided by the underlying flow of water, the rocks, which weigh as much as 700 pounds (318 kg), are pushed along in a way that could not occur from the force of the wind alone, he said.

Norris went on to say that he thinks it will have a massive popular appeal, because it is one of these things that’s very widely known about but kind of marveled at. He went on to say that other people undoubtedly have witnessed the phenomenon before, but didn’t understand what was going on.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of imgur.

The One ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Everyone Should See

If you only watch one ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video, make it this one. The Photographer Anthony Carbajal not only joined the cause and accepted the challenge, he also made a hilarious take on it. The first 2 minutes of this 6 minutes video show him doing the actual challenge, but it’s the last 4 minutes that are the real important ones.

While these challenges are great, and they raise a lot of both awareness of the disease and money for the research on a cure, most people still don’t know much about ALS. Anthony has been scared of ALS his entire life as it runs in his family. In January 2014 he was diagnosed with ALS himself. So it is no wonder that he actively joins in on this campaign, but he also chose to invite you to see him and his mother, who has ALS, as well as him talking about it.

For the ones among our readers with a big heart and soft soul, keep the tissues ready. It will get emotional.

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Thank you Qpolitical for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of Anthony Carbajal.

George R.R. Martin wants to kill YOU in the Game of Thrones

From what I hear, Game of Thrones is meant to be quite an invigorating series that is the brainchild of George R.R. Martin; personally though I couldn’t tell you a single thing about it at all as I’m not into these sort of programmes. Our resident gaming and TV series addict, Pete, however would be able to tell you tons of information on the subject – but lets brush around that for now.

As the series creator, Martin is certainly well-known around the world (I guess this may have something to do with this series?) and whilst he is regarded to be a cold-hearted writer, there is a softer side to this real-life character – especially when it comes to saving wolves and helping out his local population in Santa Fé.

So how goes a TV series and a persons charitable side come together? To give support to both of Martin’s close to heart charities, he has set up a campaign through Prizeo, where fans of the TV series – and everyone else for that matter – can send in their donations to help out the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot.

To spur his massive following into giving donations to both of these fantastic non-profit making organisations, backers can donate as little as $10 right up to a whopping $20,000 and based on the level that is donated, a number of rewards are on offer. Now unlike some charitable campaigns you won’t be seeing a cuddly toy or a picture sent out to you each week for the rest of the year; instead you will have to chance to own Martin’s own worn hat or even breakfast with him. Taking the opportunities up to another level, those who donate a little more could get tickets to the premier of Season 5 and a signed cookbook dedicated to the Game of Thrones.

Where the cream of the crop opportunity lies however is to those who donate that jaw dropping amount of $20,000, no you won’t see a hat or breakfast, nor will you get a book. What you will get is the chance to get yourself written into the next novel, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, where your fate will be met and you will die in a typically horrific manner. I hear this happens quite a lot – but hey donating large amounts of money to charity to help out those who are not so fortunate in life is worth dying for if you ask me – even if it is only in words.

Here is Martin’s message to the word:

Hi everyone,

It’s George R.R. Martin, and I’m here to raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fé.

If you make a small donation to my campaign, you will automatically be entered to win an incredible experience. You and a friend will be flown out (from wherever you are in the world) to meet me in Santa Fé, where we’ll share a helicopter ride to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

In addition to touring the Sanctuary together, we’ll also have plenty of time to discuss the show, A Song of Ice and Fire, direwolves – and if there’s anything you have ever wanted to ask me, here’s your chance!

Thank you for supporting my campaign. I look forward to meeting one of you!

– George R.R. Martin

Even if you don’t pledge $20k or get the hat, breakfast, tickets or the cookbook, don’t worry as EVERYONE that pledges will be in with a change of winning a trip to Santa Fé, where you can hang out with a group of wolves which take their name from the novels – the Westeros Pack. That in itself is worth the pledge.

Even if you don’t get any of the above goodies, or the trip to see the wolves, what you will be able to take away from this campaign is the reassurance that you are supporting two very good causes and helping out those in need. If this still doesn’t persuade you, hear it from the man himself – George R.R. Martin:

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