CERN Releases 300TB of LHC Data to the World

Do you remember the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run by CERN? The device that people feared would create a black hole? In a move that’s rarely done, the organisation has now released terabytes of data onto the web for everyone to use.

The large release is explained by Kati Lassila-Perini, a physicist working on the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, who explained the data release simply by saying “Once we’ve exhausted our exploration of the data, we see no reason not to make them available publicly”. That simple, they’ve done what they can with the data and they want to see what others can do, hoping that it can benefit others by “inspiring high school students to the training of the particle physicists of tomorrow”.

If you want to view the data it’s easy enough to get your hands on from here, but CERN has also provided a bunch of tools to help you analyse the data (both raw data from the detectors within the LHC and the datasets they created). Not stopping there they’ve even provided a custom CERN Linux environment ready for use on a virtual machine, alongside scripts and apps that you can find on Github.

While the data is from 2011, that doesn’t stop it being amazing information that normally you could only read in press releases and journals. So who is going to study the universe and particles this weekend?

Netflix Party Lets You and Friends Watch Netflix Together In Different Rooms

Remember those times you see a really good movie on Netflix and just want to watch it with a friend? If that has ever been you, you know that sometimes you can’t be in the same room to watch Netflix every time you find something interesting to watch. In this day and age being stuck in the same room to watch a film really shouldn’t be a problem, and Netflix Party looks to solve that problem.

Netflix Party is a google Chrome extension that will let you and friends watch Netflix from two different machines. Adding synchronised video playback you never have to worry about your friend being behind or in front of you, even during those embarrassing moments when the call of nature interrupts an action scene. Alongside the playback options, Netflix Party goes so far as to add a group chat to the side of the movie, meaning that if you wanted to discuss and talk during the film without microphones disturbing your experience, the option is there to write your opinions about the plot holes and characters without disturbing the experience for everyone.

You can find the extension here, and the official site has a three-step guide on how to start using the extension which we can summarise right here.

Step 1: Install the extension
Step 2: Open a video on Netflix
Step 3: Click the NP icon to start/join a Netflix party

Simple and enjoyable, just what we like to hear.

Cooler Master Launched Case Mod World Series 2016

Case modding has become very popular again and it isn’t just something that a few select sponsored people do. A lot of people take it upon themselves to make their existing or new rigs just a little more fly. If you should be among those people, then you might want to pay attention to this as you could end up being one of the people walking away with 30,000 USD in cash and prizes. Cooler Master has launched the Case Mod World Series 2016 which is sponsored by ASUS, Avexir, Dremel, NVIDIA, and OCZ. Those are all some familiar names with some quality products.

The Case Mod World Series is designed to connect modders everywhere and 2016 is the seventh time it is being held where Cooler Master expanded the scope of the series to include local meet and greets, and modding sessions. The participants will be judged in four equally weighted areas that are complexity, design, originality, and overall look. The judgement will be done by the sponsoring companies as well as an international panel of judges: Ermanno Bonandini from Italy, Ronnie Hara from Brazil via Japan, Richard Keirsgieter from The Netherlands, Antony Leather from The UK, Richard Surroz and Brian Farrell from the USA.

“Modding has exploded in recent years and is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling that growth. It’s about igniting the modding spirit – the maker spirit – on the web and right in your community,” said Michelle Wu, Global Community Manager. “This year, we will be running local events to involve modders everywhere. Together, with the generous support of our sponsors, we hope to enable the modding community the world over. ”

The registration is open now and will run until June the 12th, 2016. You need a Cooler Master Forum account to get going, but it is free and the Case Mod mini-site has all the details in that regard. The Info Hub will keep you updated with posts along the way and as previously mentioned, you can win a lot of prizes.

There are three categories with three places in each. The first place winner in the Tower Mod contest will walk away with $3000 USD in cash, any Cooler Master case of their choice, a V1200 PSU, MasterAir Maker 8 cooler, QuickFire Xti keyboard, Sentinel III mouse and Sirus headset. The motherboard is sponsored by Asus and is a Maximus VIII Formula while the GPU power comes from two GTX 980 Ti cards. Along with that, the first place winner gets OCZ SSD, Avexir Memory and a Dremel 8050 Micro tool. You can also see the full list of prizes for the different categories on the mini-site.

Computer Completes a Rubik’s Cube In A Spellbinding Time

There are many things in life that are quite annoying and include inventions such as Predictive Text; however, the Rubik’s Cube certainly adds a new dimension to the word “Frustrating”. But, what happens if you mix a homemade computer with arguably the world’s most difficult game?

Well, two software engineers from Kansas, US, decided to find out and it becomes apparent this computer was able to successfully complete the iconic puzzle in a mind-bending 1.047 seconds, this means that it successfully found the correct permutations quicker than it would have taken for you or me to say the word Rubik’s Cube.

The current Guinness World Record is a rather poor 2.3 seconds while humans are currently well behind on a snail-like pace of 4.9 seconds, although, that is still pretty fast. If you’re wondering, this record is held by a 14-year-old who goes by the name Lucas Etter in November 2015.

Below is the video, as you can see, the cube is being held within a 3D printed frame via “drilled holes with four USB cameras pointing at the puzzle. The robot is then hooked up to a Linux-based computer running a Kociemba Rubik’s cube-solving algorithm that takes the information delivered from the cameras and then works out in milliseconds which moves to make”.

The creators, Jay Flatland and Paul Rose uploaded the video and are currently applying for it to be officially recognized as a new world record, one would assume this would be a time which stands for a long while, although, you know what assumptions are.

The “Entry Experience Solution” Could Make Airport Checks a Lot Less Stressful

So remember all that excitement for going on holiday? Your up early and get to the airport, checking your tickets and your luggage weight and then stand in a line waiting for people to search all those tightly packed bags, knowing you’ll have the same again when you get back. A new system by Qylur hopes to make that trip one step closer to peaceful.

The “Entry Experience Solution” looks like something out of Tron, with hexagonal pods placed in between two clear gateways. The system works on a basic principle, as you approach the machine you place your carry-on bags into one of the pods provided. The machine then uses everything from X-rays and chemical sensors to an artificial intelligence based system to search for everything and anything that may be considered a risk. If it does pick up something naughty though it locks the pod, making it impossible for the user to remove their bag until the security staff have responded to the risk.

The entry experience solution has already been installed at Disneyland Paris and the World Cup in Brazil, with the hope that the system can be tested across the US throughout 2016 before finally being considered for standard use in airports and major attractions.

Able to pass through 600 passengers within an hour and needing only four people ready to assist it, the machine could not only free up people to work in other areas of airports but could make your holiday run that little bit smoother.

Google Lets You Experience Museums From Your Chair!

For those who are interested in the museum trip, you can now do it from the comfort of your own home. Engadget has reported that Google is teaming up with the British Museum in London to bring you a Street View style viewing experience of the internal museum itself. This has been recorded in a similar style as the Street View cars by moving around a camera dolly in traditional walking places around the museum floor. Google already has a Cultural Insitute, so this new venture will add over 4,500 extra pieces including detailed photos and descriptions.


Head on over to the Google Street View Cultural Insitute experience and take a free virtual stroll around the museum.

In addition to this system, Google has compiled a microsite called “The Museum of the World”. This is a collection of all stored artifacts in a timeline for you to look into what art/design was popular across different cultures at different time periods.

I can see something like this really taking off with the consumer introduction of Virtual Reality (VR) in the near future and it will really open up the world to those who are bed bound or hospitalised. Would you use a system like this to visit, or would you prefer the experience of physically walking around the location yourself?

The Witcher Movie Release Date Released

Written by Andrzej Sapkowski, the Witcher series started as a collection of short stories and novels revolving around the world of Geralt of Rivia. Set in a fantasy world where monsters and magic are commonplace, Geralt is a Witcher, a monster hunter who gained magical abilities to help combat the creatures he hunts. After its success at a series of video games, creating several large open world RPG games following the character, it would now seem that his world will come to the big screen in the near future.

The Witcher movie has been picked up by none other than the Sean Daniel Company (SOC), a company well known for their work on “The Mummy” franchise. As if that wasn’t enough to excite you about the movie, the film is planned to just introduce us to the world which will soon become a series and is being written by Thania St John, known for working on shows such as “Grimm” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”.

With an international release planned for 2017 it could soon be gracing both our PC and big screens.

Are you a fan of the Witcher series? Do you like the idea of a fantasy series with such a deep background of knowledge and lore created ready for use within the movie or would you prefer if the show introduced you to some new lore?

Facebook’s AI Seeks to Conquer Humans at Go

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a concept almost everyone has heard of, from the movies and stories where an AI seeks to overthrows humanity. From Terminator to I Robot we’ve seen humans and artificial intelligence battle it out while in the real world we’ve faced our own battles with board games being set as the battlefield for the fight to end all fights. Now it seems that Facebook wants to challenge their AI program with a different game, Go.

First a computer won at Checkers, then several years later IBM’s Deep Blue won a chess match against Gary Kasparov, the world champion. In 2011, IBM’s Watson won the trivia game Jeopardy. AI work by analyzing possible moves, thousands of combinations and options are analyzed with the most logical choice often giving them advantages.

Go features a grid of 19×19, with pieces placed at the points where they join, offering more than the traditional game in regards to the number of choices and possible moves to make per turn. By using Neural Networks, the same technology that Facebook use to auto-detect your face and your friends in your pictures, they hope to create something that could soon unsettle the champions of Go.

What do you think? Could you see yourself playing against a champion level AI in all your favorite games, both on the computer and off?

Arrested And Robbed All In One Night – All Streamed On Twitch

Live streaming is a big thing these days, with anybody being able to put on a camera, share their screen and show the world everything from their video games to board game parties. Sadly the opportunity to watch others from anywhere in the world has led to some rather nasty situations, one of these is the action known as ‘Swatting’. Swatting involves someone watching a live stream, and through various technological means, finding out the address of the streamer. With the address, they ring the police and often fabricate a situation where someone’s life is in danger and so the police act on the information they have and dispatch SWAT (special weapons and tactics) to the scene to help solve the situation. Normally they are still live streaming when the police burst through their doors, causing distress to everyone bar the caller.

Recently though this was not the case as during a live stream by Mr_13ig who was asked by a policeman to keep the volume down and for his details. After refusing to provide his details, he noticed one of his neighbours walk past and informed the officer that he was feeling harassed because his neighbour was taking photos of him. As the video continues the policemen arrests him for the noise complaint and his behaviour, only to then have two minutes later another crime happen in the apartment.

The neighbour who had walked past earlier, while being filmed by the live stream not only entered the apartment and took several items from the room, but then returned to take even more stuff, all the while seemingly oblivious to the fact that he was being recorded all the time.

You can watch the video here, and you’ll be glad to know that the neighbour who stole from the apartment has been charged with burglary thanks to the viewers ringing and informing the police about the crime.

Image courtesy of Twitch.

Star Wars Lands Coming Soon

I cannot quite believe the concept artwork for the proposed announcement by Disney that it is planning to build two huge Star Wars themed attractions at its Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort theme parks.

Want to see why this might be too good to be true? Below are three images which have been tagged “Artist Concept Only”  I believe these parks will be built, but I am not quite sure they will look as amazing as these illustrations.  Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at the D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.  This project will be giant in scale as the attractions will be spread and created at 14-acres each, this will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions.

These authentic attractions or lands as Disney is coining them, will have two signature attractions, these will include the ability to take the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Other information to be noted from this announcement includes that the park will apparently be staffed and occupied by local inhabitants, which sounds authentic.

Disney have yet to clarify as to when this park will actually open, my guess is it will be a while considering the size of the construction project. If these concept artwork are genuinely accurate then even I, who has never watched Star Wars, pause for castigation, will want to attend. Disney’s grand notion of being “The Most Magical Place on Earth” if this park turns out the same as the concepts, then the FBI will want to know where they found that magic from.

Thank you disneyparks for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Star Wars

Incredible Deep Sea Wonderland Constructed In Minecraft

Looking at this is satisfying, incredible and fantastically creative, oh right, need to explain it first. You know the game building phenomenon that is Minecraft, where players have the freedom to create epic structures’ and worlds, well a team of nine expert players have constructed a “deep sea” world which is in a league of its own.

Check out the images of this stunning world! As you can see, the first image is what looks to be an open undersea world, it reminds me of an environment akin to Bioshock where it is possible to roam the landscape.  The colours are vibrant, exciting and helps to draw your eye with the aim to immerse yourself in the world.

This image below does remind me of a lit city at night, the intricate detail looks as if a major gaming studio has published this as a standalone title.  The creators explained that ” the concept behind this project was exploring the parallels of Deep Space and Deep Sea, although Space is considered as mankind’s final frontier, even today much of the deep ocean is a mystery to us and host to creatures just as alien as those we might imagine on other planets.”

This is compelling as it allows the designers to create a world which lies in the imagination instead of being restricted by known facts. A mind can be polluted by the notion of reality, if we don’t know what lies within many of the deepest parts of the ocean, it allows the free range to design.

This image looks like Coral you would find at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef, yes I know, tangent time, whoever’s idea it was to initially allow dumping of waste into this magnificent part of the world needs to be constructively fired from a cannon.

Last image and this one below reminds me of Tetris, don’t know why but it does, it looks as if coral from thousands of years has built up to form this underwater world.  This creation should be a wake up call to lazy but professional developers, if nine people can create this, why are there not more original concepts instead of the generic war and sport simulators.

If you like this project and would enjoy seeing it in action, then you can by downloading the project links on Planet Minecraft. Creativity at its best, there you go David Cameron, teach this to children instead of the generic, the Internet is evil and bad for you.

Minecraft’s 1.9 Update Brings a Lot of New Features to the Title

Minecraft’s 1.9 Update has been recently revealed at MineCon in London, bringing a lot of changes and new features to the title. Dubbed ‘The Combat Update’, it adds a lot of changes to the combat system and some other new cool items such as shields.

One of the main combat features highlighted in the update is the ability to dual-wield weapons. This ability apparently got everyone hyped, but who wouldn’t be, since the feature now adds support of holding different items in both your hands. Also, it is said if you hold a map in one hand while having something else in another, a new minimap will be displayed to aid you in navigation.

Shields are another addition to the title, having the ability to craft and customize their banners. However, no details were given out on what is required to craft or customize their banners.

Since we talked about crafting, it is worth pointing out that new potions were added as well, all with their own unique abilities, including potions that can be added on arrow tips. It is said that there are potions that help you mark and display enemies’ position, even behind walls, as well as other great potions that may aid you in your quests.

Lastly, the biggest overhaul comes with the patch is a new world named The End, adding a much dangerous and mysterious area for users to explore. An exclusive enemy added along with the world is a purple mob that can shoot fire missiles. The interesting bit is that if you get hit by one of the latter missiles, you begin to levitate.

Other things players will see in The End are corals, which players can use to create items, various islands to add alongside the main one, and a lot of dungeons for players to raid and get prepped for the Ender-Dragon.

Thank you PixelDynamo for providing us with this information

Blizzard Kills Over 100,000 WoW Accounts With Six Month Bans

World Of Warcraft can claim to be the start of the MMO craze. Allowing thousands of players to take part in events that shaped Azeroth. With legendary weapons and characters alike to help and hinder players as Mages and Warriors fighting anything from Dragons to Undead Kings. So you can understand when they find that over a hundred thousand are botting, they want to remove them.

Botting is the process of automating an action, anything from killing low-level creatures to gather the resources they drop to taking place in large player based battles to be used as cannon fodder. Normally Blizzard has a particular way to combat these, study their behaviour then block accounts which are using the same behaviour pattern. This process can take months to complete though, all the while players are finding the in-game markets flooded by both items and players with a lot of money and experience earned the easy way.

With six-month bans stopping accounts who are found to be botting players are happy that their game is now cheater-free, but they are also worried. A lot of players use Macro’s, pre-programmed sets of keys used at the press of a single button. In response Bashiok, a community manager, posted a reply to a worried gamer stating that unless your actions are automated you should be ok.

When I started playing online games years ago I quickly found that I had plenty of competition when it came to taking down creatures or harvesting rare materials, all because of plain characters with random names doing the same task over and over again. Have you ever had a game you liked ruined by bots? What do you think about players who use bots to get resources and experience?

Thanks to PCGamesn for providing us with information.

Thanks to pichostp for the image.

Tesla Sets Another World Record

Elon Musk must be sitting in his office gleaming with how well his cars are doing; who knew all-electric vehicles were set to change the motoring world as much as they have. This time, a team of drivers have set yet another world record cross-country time from Los Angeles to New York City.

Previously a Tesla team did the journey in 76 hours, but that was all about efficiency rather than time; reason being that fast charge stations weren’t fully covering the entire length of the journey so more care had to be taken with efficiency. This time however, Tesla quick charge stations cover the entire path and the team managed the task in 58 hours and 55 minutes, smashing the previous EV record by around 90 minutes; set by Edmunds last year. This doesn’t even compare to the world record for non-EV’s, set at a mere 28 hours and 50 minutes by the Gumball Rallyers in 2013.

The key to this task was efficiency and speed, spend as little time as possible recharging while maintain the highest average speed; sadly EV’s only drawback is the charging time. The team only spent 12 hours and 48 minutes charging; this was achieved by following a much larger support vehicle in a process known as “drafting”; this enables the front car to take the brunt of air resistance, leaving a sort of air tunnel effect directly behind for following cars to take advantage of.

Once charging times go down and ranges go up, it won’t be long before electric cars become the car of choice for long-distance traveling.

Thank you to EVObsession for providing this information

Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 World Record Set at 5.25 Seconds

The Rubik’s cube, plaguing everyone since the late 1970’s. Millions were sold, millions were broken down to cheat; few were actually completed. Yet there seems to be a steady pace of Rubik’s fans around the world that still attend events revolving around this monstrous creation.

During the finals stages of a Rubik’s Cube competition at Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania on Saturday; Colin Burns sat down to what was to be the world record breaking attempt. The previous record stood at 5.55 seconds, held by Mats Valk from the Netherlands, but Burns slipped in and beat the time by .3 of a second; pinning the new record at 5.253 seconds.

The following video is very loud, please adjust you volume accordingly.

The competition was an officially held event by the World Cube Association; a representative confirmed “Although this result has not been uploaded to the WCA database just yet, we can confirm that this is (or will be soon) the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category. To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness.”

5.25 seconds, it took me that long to understand the first move from a YouTube video. Have you ever completed one? What about without hints off the internet? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Mashable for providing us with this information

 

Ozone Argon Ocelote World Pro Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Ozone is one of the coolest names in the gaming world and their dedication to supporting the eSports community is still going strong. One thing that really caught out attention is their Ocelote World gaming mouse, which borrows the name from legendary eSports player Ocelote, who also helped Ozone design the new Argon gaming mouse, to make it a prime choice for other eSports players.

eSports demands the best in terms of performance and reliability, if you’re in the middle of a competitive game, either at home or at a LAN gaming tournament, the last thing you want is poor sensor performance, or a switch that fails, or any sub-par performance for that matter. Ozone has delivered great gaming products before, but the eSports community is a tough crowd, so I’m eager to see how this new mouse performance.

“I’m not an expert when it comes down to DPIs, laser sensors and so on… But what I’m good at is knowing if what I’m playing with is comfortable and simply good, or not. After testing many different shape designs, sensors and textures with the ozone engineering team we have developed the best mouse I have ever tested. Argon Ocelote is extremely comfortable, amazingly precise and it has the quality a professional player needs ingame.“ – Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez.

Everything you need is included in the box; the hard-wired mouse, user manuals and a small zip up bag for the weight tuning system.

The little bag stores 4 x 4.5g weights, which can be added to the mouse to fine tune it to your personal preference.

The mouse is really nicely designed and has a mixture of soft matte black surfaces and bright orange highlights. It may be a little too loud of a design for some, but I rather like it.

Down the left side, you’ll find a pair of switches, some soft rubber grip and a clear strip to allow the LED lighting to pass through.

The mouse has an ambidextrous design, so the right side is identical to the left side.

The mouse has a nice set of curves that give it a low profile and a nice ergonomic shape that will be well suited to both left and right-handed players. The mouse is shaped to best suit claw grip play styles.

There’s a deep curve to each mouse button, giving your fingers a good resting position so that you never lose your grip on the mouse. The scroll wheel has a soft rubber grip and deep ridges that make it very easy to control, despite the fact that it’s heavily recessed into the mouse body. Behind the scroll wheel, you’ll find a pair of switches for on-the-fly DPI toggling, the settings for which can be adjusted in the downloadable software.

There are two small slip mats on the base of the mouse, but since the mouse is super light, it glides effortlessly on everything from hard cloth to softer mouse mats. There’s a twist-lock cover on the base of the mouse for the weight tuning system.

The base is easily removed and there is a rubber disc on the inside that can easily house the extra weights, which is great for tuning the balance and glide of the mouse.

Make Your Own Mario Game With “Mario Maker” in September

Some awesome news for Mario fans just came out of Nintendo during its live stream. In September “Mario Maker” will be launched, it is a game that allows players to create their own Mario levels.

Players will be able to create the levels that they have dreamed of for so long using styles from across the Mario series history.  A really nice feature that should see a lot of use is the ability to share user-created levels with the community. The levels are able to be easily created using the Wii U GamePad touch screen interface. Unfortunately it seems that the levels will be limited to the side scrolling variety and not the 3D open world types, but nonetheless still should be very enjoyable.

Source: Nintendo

Solar-Powered Plane Getting Ready to Fly Around the World

The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 is about to take off on a journey around the world after years of planning. The aircraft has been designed from the ground up with the latter mission in mind, having over 17,000 solar cells line in its wings which supply a series of electronic motors and charge four on-board lithium batteries.

The aircraft is said to be designed in such a way as to be endlessly powered by solar energy and thanks to its batteries, the plane is said to be able to fly day and night. The trip is going to take around 25 days split into 12 legs, starting and ending in Abu Dhabi.

Swiss aviators Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are the project’s organisers, who stated that energy efficiency testing is the main objective here. While this project seems to be a step towards testing how renewable energy could help fly planes in the near future, Piccard and Borschberg stated that the project is more of a publicity stunt rather than a technological milestone.

Gathering more information on the plane itself reveals that it boasts only one seat with a built-in toilet, with no heating or oxygen. In terms of food provisions during the flight, “dehydrated and vacuum-packaged” seems to be the key description of what the pilots should expect. No wonder the trip has been broken down into smaller chunks.

Summing it up, the aircraft has a long way to go in order to compete with the more comfy Boeings and Airbuses everyone is accustomed to. However, the project does reveal the potential of renewable energy and its impact in the near future. If the project will come to be a success, industry scepticism regarding future powered solar planes might dissipate and debates regarding its future could reopen.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

Drug Bust Leads to the Arrest of World Computer Gaming Champion

A drug bust in Ostróda, northern Poland, led to the arrest of four men, one of whom is known to be a former world champion in computer gaming. The police are said to have searched three apartments, finding and seizing drugs and illegal weapons estimated to a value of 800,000 PLN (around £140,000).

It is said that 1.5 kg of amphetamine, 10.5 kg of marijuana and several thousand ecstasy tablets were found among the narcotics. PLN 70,000 (around £12,000) in cash were also found and confiscated, along with two revolvers and 100 rounds of ammunition.

If found guilty, the suspects, aged between 24 and 30, could face a prison sentence of up to 12 years. We’re currently waiting on an update as to which gaming champion was arrested.

Update: It is believed to be 2007 Quake Championship winner Maciej”av3k” Krzykowski.

v3k growing up, circa 2006 and 2012

 

Thank you Radio Poland for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Daily Dot.

7,000 Women Achieved a World Record for Hackathon Ahead of Women’s Day

A three-day coding marathon organised by HackerEarth, a Bengaluru-based coding platform, which started on Friday managed to get together exactly 7134 women from all around the world.

“We want to catalyse a change that encourages more women to take up technology. An IDC report found that only 18% of the 5 million developers in India were women.We want to bridge this gender gap,” said Vivek Prakash, co-founder and CTO of Hacker Earth.

The majority of women, namely around 80%, are said to have been from India, while 12% were from the United States and the rest from 34 countries around the world including UK, New Zealand, Chile, and Iraq, having to work in big-name companies such as Walmart Labs, Altimetrik, ThoughtWorks, Snapdeal, Akamai, SanDisk, Harman, Capillary, HCL, AT&T, Freshdesk, VMware and Practo.

“Writing great code can be fun for everyone.Women might feel intimidated because they do not get to see many other women in the industry .While this is unfortunate, it is surmountable.Which is why we are very happy to be a part of HackerEarth’s women’s hackathon,” said Kaushik Ghosh, head of people at ThoughtWorks India.

While the current record has been set, there is still room for another one to be set, as there’s still one more day left!

Thank you TechWorm for providing us with this information

What to Expect from Tomorrow’s Samsung Galaxy S6 Event

Samsung is having its Galaxy S6 reveal tomorrow, marking the first day of Mobile World Congress. The event will take place 18.30 CET, 17.30 UTC.

There’s been a lot of anticipation surrounding the announcement, with Samsung and T-Mobile positing a number of teasers, alongside a few supposed leaks of the new device. It’s expected to feature all the usual upgrades, including a new display resolution, processor and camera. The camera is a big subject of discussion, as it’s expected to be a significant improvement over its predecessor.

The display resolution is one thing, but the actual shape of the display is another. The official teasers and those leaks we’ve seen have pointed towards a curved display on both sides of the device – somewhat similar to the Note Edge. However, while it’s pretty certain that Samsung will release a device with a curved screen, we’ve also seen leaks suggesting that there is a second model, one without the curved edges. It’s suggested that this could be a cheaper variant, and perhaps Samsung’s way of playing it safe just in case the possibly gimmicky screen doesn’t go down so well.

Watch live here or stay tuned to eTeknix to find out what happens.

Source: Samsung

Vivo X5 MAX – The World’s Thinnest Phone

Vivo are set to release their world-first smartphone as has been confirmed thanks to leaked photos being posted by news networks around the globe.

Vivo’s chief marketing officer Lei Feng, recently broke the news on their new X5 MAX device, claiming a thickness of only 4.75 mm and still managing to utilize a 3.5 mm audio jack allowing for users to enjoy a Hi-Fi quality audio experience.

Apparently no compromise has been made in the name of being thin, as is often seen within weight-reducing car brands or people looking to loose a few Christmas kilograms. Vivo has claims their motherboard design accounts for only 1.7 mm of thickness within the device and the 4.75 mm total thickness also utilizes a metal framed design.

Some reports are claiming that this phone will be rated at 3.75 mm thick on release, unfortunately we have received very mixed results when trying to browse for an exact answer. Whichever answer is right, one thing is clear – this phone is going to be super slim either way. Currently Oppo hold the record with their R 5 phone, sitting pretty at 4.85 mm – it seems that relatively unknown Vivo is looking to take this up a notch, most likely as a marketing scheme (and rightfully so).

Unfortunately there is no announced release date or product pricing yet for this new piece of tech, but we will endeavor to report as the story develops.

Image and information courtesy of MyDrivers

Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” Slogan Goes Further

Google CEO Larry Page is known for his implementation of the search engine giant Google slogan of “Don’t be evil”. But now he’s taking it one step further, claiming that his company is prepared to go above and beyond, implementing a “make the world a better place” mission statement as an add-on.

So what exactly is Google going to do? With the amount of cash stored away in the bank I’m sure they could do their fare share of wiping out world hunger or even forcing Valve to release Half Life Three. Unfortunately for us Google isn’t sure either. Page has been quoted “we are still working hard, trying to answer this question”.

Even though there is no set world peace schedule, Page claims that it’s working hard on this objective and will not back down, telling the Financial Times “We are in uncharted territory, and we’re trying to figure out how we can use these resources and generate a more positive impact on the world..” adding that Google does however have plans “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Page believes that through technologies suck as Google X Lab and other unannounced projects, Google can help make the world a better place.

Do you think that large-scale companies such as Google have a ‘moral obligation’ to ‘do something useful’ with the riches they have earned over the years? Or should they be free to spend their money as they see fit? We’re interested to see your responses either in the comments below or through our Facebook page.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

In-Game Thieves Should Be Treated Like Real Criminals, According to UK Politician

Mike Weatherly, Conservative MP in the UK, is said to have brought up a new initiative. He wants to prosecute in-game thieves like real criminals, which is really disturbing news.

The UK Politician is said to be a World of Warcraft player himself and ‘understands’ that in-game items can be traded for substantial amounts of real world money. Therefore, he as called upon the parliament to consider prosecuting account hackers and in-game scammers like real world criminals.

It is said that the initiative is not outside the ‘realm’ of possibility, having game hackers being arrested and jailed in other countries before. Last year, a group of Chinese World of Warcraft account hackers were prosecuted and jailed and there is world that last week, a League of Legends hacker has been jailed for hacking in to Riot servers and stealing premium services, earning him around $1000 a day.

The Conservative MP has requested that the UK Justice Department consider establishing the law urgently to give gamers the same amount of legal protection over digital items as they already have in the real world. Weatherly added that only serious or repeated offenders should be targeted rather than just anyone found guilty of committing a minor felony.

Digital items are now considered to be in the grey area, but the fact still remains that some of them might be worth a lot of money and can take a long time to acquire. However, the law can also backfire and have gamers under surveillance and booked for just ‘having fun’. What the outcome from the above mentioned law will be is everyone’s guess.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of KitGuru

Winner of the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest Breaks Another World Record

Motherboard a graphics card manufacturer, GIGABYTE, has announced the winner of the GIGABYTE CATZILLA OC Contest, hosted by HWBOT.org. The manufacturer invited the overclocking community to push their hardware to the limit and run the CATZILLA benchmark skin on their GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboard. Also, the manufacturer has placed $1000 in cash and two GIGABYTE Z97 up for grabs for the two lucky winners.

The contest ran in two stages it seems, having the first stage be a 720p GPU overclock while using air/water cooling, and the other using LN2 cooling. It seems that the air/water stage was won by WebTourist, having scored 36832 marks with his GeForce GTX 780 Ti overclocked at 1555/2075MHz. He has also received his $500 cut from the prize money and the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H.

The second stage winner, using LN2 cooling, is said to be DANCOP, having scored 43121 marks with his GeForce GTX 780 Ti at 1975/2100MHz. The other half of the prize money, namely $500, went to him in this case, along with a GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE LN2.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of TechPowerUp

Explore the South Park World with Oculus Rift!

If you are a fan of South Park and wanted to get even more involved in the world consisting of many scraps of construction paper moved around a flat surface, then you are in luck. The North American production team has apparently built the Colorado town from South Park for users to experience using Oculus Rift.

The team has stated that they wanted to build a ‘core piece’ that would make full use of the Oculus Rift technology, having an open-world with ‘a bit of an edge and a beautiful simplicity’. This idea landed on the South Park world, which the team stated to be ‘a perfect blend of everything’. The process of converting the South Park town into a 3D virtual reality game did not take long as well, having the team building it in “just a few short weeks in June”.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/99378287[/vimeo]

Users are said to be able to explore the town’s streets, interact with characters and even find easter eggs inside the piece of software. An example of such easter egg is said to be found when entering the town’s church, having users ‘fall’ into Hell, bumping into Saddam Hussein who is said to be able to take you back to the town. Also, although the experience is best suited for Oculus Rift owners, the landscape is said to be available inside the browser too.

For those who are interested in experiencing the South Park town, its characters and even Saddam Hussein himself (from the cartoon series, that is) can head over to the tool’s website here.

Thank you Endgadget and Wired for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of Endgadget

Russia Blames US Lasers for Knocking Them Out of the World Cup

I’ll be straight up and say first of all that I’m not one bit interested in football and things such as the world cup, where national pride is at stake, also fail to grab my interest – those who know me know what it think about the sport but that is not to say that the tech the goes into it these days is not worth writing about. We all know that England are out of the Cup and although they [apparently for all I know] were eliminated fair and square, it seems that Russia’s kick off the tables may be anything but fair.

According to Russia’s team coach Fabio Capello, Igor Akinfeev who is Russia’s goalkeeper was blinded by a laser that was aimed at him from the other end of the stadium in a bid to knock his attention, causing him to lose a goal.

Now as it stands there is some strong evidence from TV footage of the game that Akinfeev was indeed blinded by something being shone at him and this Capello made clear during a press conference directly after the game.

“He was blinded by the laser beam. There are pictures. You can see that in the footage. This not an excuse, it is a fact. There was a laser. I have never come up with excuses to get by in my entire life.”

What will come of the incident is not yet known and if a laser was shone at him, there is not likely to be any certainly as to who did it and from who’s point of view they were doing it and sadly this won’t change the outcome of the game where the US are through to the next round and Russia, like many other teams are on their way home.

I can probably guess that many of you are keen football fans so I’ll leave this topic open to discussion. What do you make of the incident? Should it be investigated further and should there be further checks at the stadium entrances to stop people from bringing in lasers for this purpose?

Source: Fudzilla