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Well!...It seems that my last couple of news posts went down well enough for me to be asked to do more, so here we go!!!  If you guys find any interesting stories and want me to post them in next weeks 'issue' then private message me links and such and I will get them included!

This Mechanical Keyboard Switch Sampler Is My New Favorite Desk Toy

Enter the Max Keyboard Cherry MX Switch Pro Sampler, a ~$20 customizable kit that simulates what using each of the switch types actually feels like. The set includes red, black, blue, brown, green, gray, clear, and white switches, along with sound dampening rings, and an acrylic base to test the switches on.

Aside from being an extremely useful tool for choosing your keyboard, the Sampler is a cool addition to your desktop to fidget with, and makes for a great little gift for anyone into this sort of thing. There's even a cheaper ~$10 model that comes with just the 4 more common switch colors.


Run Competitions On Your Website Simply and Easily, With

There’s something about getting stuff for free that ignites a frenzy in anyone, and it’s that compulsive fact of human nature which makes competitions so effective for any website. is the newest, and best way to run a promotional competition on a web project.


Test Ebola treatments to be rushed to West Africa

In an extraordinary move, the World Health Organization plans to rush experimental Ebola vaccines and drugs to workers and patients in West Africa in the coming weeks and months. The move reflects a sense of urgency to get the epidemic there under control.

First on the agenda is immediate use of “convalescent serum,” an untested treatment that involves transfusion of blood from an Ebola survivor to a patient. Donors would first be tested for serious diseases such as HIV. Ebola survivors carry antibodies against the virus, but the value of a transfusion containing them is unknown.


Intel launches first 14-nanometre processor for thin fanless PCs

Intel has launched a generation of processors with the smallest transistors ever featured in a commercial product.

The Core M chip is the first in the family of Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors.

Intel had initially aimed to start delivering them to computer makers last year.

However, problems manufacturing the 14-nanometre transistors meant that the first chips were not sent until July.


The five most exciting computing launches from IFA 2014

Ticked off with the amount of attention smartwatches received during IFA 2014? Come in, step right this way and grab yourself a chair. You only had to cast an eye over the svelte and shiny Ultrabooks, monster desktop rigs and battery-sipping tablets emerging from West Berlin this week to see that computing was the real winner.
The category had a lot going for it this year, not least in the way of variety, with more form factors than you could shake a bendy stick at - from 2-in-1 convertibles to conservative classics, extendable hinges and dual-mode designs. Throw in Intel's latest Core M CPUs, high-end AMD graphics chips and affordable Windows 8.1 tablets into the mix, and you've still only scratched the surface.


Stolen celebrity images prompt policy change at 4Chan

The website where leaked celebrity nudes first surfaced has moved to comply with US laws on stolen content.

Many of the images were initially shared on the /b/ discussion board of 4Chan which has been notorious for ignoring copyright laws.

4Chan has now said it will enact a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy to let content owners get illegally shared material removed.

It will now remove content after it gets a "bona fide infringement" notice.


Nvidia sues Qualcomm and Samsung over graphics patents

Nvidia has launched legal action against Samsung and Qualcomm alleging both have made unauthorised use of its technology.

The complaint covers graphics processing technologies Nvidia says it owns via a wide patent portfolio.

The disputed technology is used in many Samsung devices, said Nvidia, which also wants gadgets using the technology to stop being sold.

Samsung said it would fight the legal claim. Qualcomm has yet to comment.

"They're using our technology for free in their devices today and they're shipping an enormous number of devices," said Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia chief executive, during a news conference.


Google to repay parents for 'unfair'' in-app purchases

Google is to pay at least $19m (£11.6m) to settle a formal complaint over unauthorised in-app purchases.

The complaint came from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which said Google should do more to warn people about how much they were spending.

Most of the purchases were made by children keen to advance in popular smartphone games.

The settlement requires Google to tell all those who made in-app purchases about how to get a refund.


Chameleons and holograms: Dark energy hunt gets weird

Cosmologists have revealed intruiging new ways to probe the mystery of whether dark energy exists and how it might be accelerating the universe’s growth

A LIGHT in the darkness can come from unexpected places. Unusual experiments for probing dark energy seem set to revolutionise our understanding of this mysterious force.

In Chicago last week, the world's largest meeting of cosmologists debated two of the forces that could push the universe apart: inflation, the proposed period of exponential expansion that the universe went through immediately after the big bang; and dark energy, the present-day force thought to be responsible for pushing the cosmos outward at an ever increasing rate.


Meet Dreadnoughtus, the Mesozoic monster that patrolled Argentina 80 million years ago

Some species of dinosaur were astoundingly enormous compared to anything alive on land today, which becomes obvious the moment you stand in the shadow of their skeletons in a museum. This remains one reason why we remain fascinated with these long-extinct beasts.

The colossal size of the long-necked species like Brachiosaurus stretches the limits of our imaginations, and exhausts our vocabulary. And nothing quite gets the hyperbole flowing like the discovery of a gigantic new dinosaur.

So, meet Dreadnoughtus, the 65-ton, 26-metre long plant-eating behemoth from the latest Cretaceous – 84-66 million years ago – found in Argentina. It is named after the World War I British battleship Dreadnought.


Man Constructs 3D Printed Concrete Castle

Minnesotan contractor Andrey Rudenko is now the king of his castle; his 3D-printed concrete castle, that is. After completing a journey that took more than two years, Rudenko developed a customized 3D printer to extrude concrete and build a castle that he had designed himself. The entire structure is approximately 3 meters by 5 meters, which really makes it an amazing backyard fort rather than an actual livable structure.


Hi-tech cars are security risk, warn researchers

The most complicated computational device you own is probably not in your pocket, not mining bitcoins in the back room or nestled by the TV helping the kids "frag" their friends in eye-popping video game HD.

It might be sitting on your drive, in the garage or on the street.

The it, in this case, is your car.

Modern vehicles are very smart. They can recognise that they are crashing faster than you can and prepare for the impact before you have time to think: "This is going to hurt."

They know when it is raining, when you are straying from your lane or are in danger of hitting the wall when you park.


Thanks Stephen :up: :up:

Have opened a few links in new tabs, but not read them yet. Just wanted to note:
you've used the title "Intel launches first 14-nanometre processor for thin fanless PCs" twice, I think that's a mistake.

Thanks Stephen :up: :up:

Have opened a few links in new tabs, but not read them yet. Just wanted to note:
you've used the title "Intel launches first 14-nanometre processor for thin fanless PCs" twice, I think that's a mistake.
-tomos (September 06, 2014, 04:35 PM)
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Yep it was :)  Cheer for pointing it out...fixed now xD

Excellent tech news edition!  :up:

All interesting and fun stuff here, great!


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