Strange Lights in the Night Sky: UFO’s Over Balaclava…

The unexpected comes in many shapes and sizes, life it seems has a way of sneaking a curve ball in when you least expect it. Take for example my experiences last night, one minute I was walking down the street with bags of shopping happily swaying by my side, the next moment I am staring at the sky, fixated.

To set the scene I should state for the record that the time was 10:45pm on an overcast night, Thursday the 27th of November 2013, late last night. Returning home from dinner with friends, after a quick pit stop at the supermarket, I had been simply wandering down Inkerman Street in StKilda (Melbourne, Australia). Hoping to make it home before the heavens opened with more rain.

Being an overcast night there was barely a star in the sky, the odd twinkle that did appear simply highlighted the movement of the rain heavy clouds, revealing the stars light only briefly.

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AMD Tablets to Desktops, the Next Technological Revolution Begins…

AMD’s APU13 developers conference is well under way and the news continues to flow thick and fast.  AMD it seems has its own technological revolution underway, a revolution that began with consoles adopting PC technology. A revolution that is now taking over the PC world with technology perfected within the PS4.

With the release of the next generation consoles out of the way AMD is now free to introduce this technology to the PC. Technology that includes hUMA memory architecture, TrueAudio DSP’s and Mantle compatible next generation GPU cores.

The first of these next generation PC products will be the Kaveri desktop APU, to be followed shortly after by the ultra low power APU’s Beema and Mullins. AMD’s recently demonstrated Project Discovery tablet is based on the Mullins APU. All of which will be on show at the highly anticipated CES conference, January 2014.

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The Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch with Mirasol Display…

Qualcomm, makers of the silicon running a world of portable devices is getting into the watches, smart watches to be precise. The makers of SnapDragon have this week announced the release of the Toq smartwatch.

 In a market crowded by big name companies and vapourware galore Qualcomm needs to have one hell of a party trick to ensure success, it does and its call a Mirasol Display. An always on full colour, full frame rate display that looks better when faced with outdoor lighting.

The ticless Toq smartwatch is set for release on December 2, cyber Monday in the states, for that not unsubstantial price of $350 USD, ordered through Qualcomm’s website.

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Breaking Bad an Official Alternative Ending: Bad in the Middle…

Sony Entertainment has stoked the publicity fires in the build up to the release of the Breaking Bad box set, like throwing petrol on a fire messing with an ending is dangerous stuff. This ending however dares to take Breaking Bad in a whole new direction, and wins by making that direction hilarious.

Combining two of his favourite roles Bryan Cranston revels in this chance to see worlds collide, a collision that doesn’t often end well as proven by mash-ups. This alternative ending though is one of those rare gems that works, and works well.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the alternative ending that will have you watching the whole series over again. Sit back, relax and prepare to be taken away to this alternative universe of comedy.

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Blipverts, what you missed while you were reading those other websites…

Blipverts, the stories that you may have missed while you were looking the other way. Here to help us this week with the Blipvert selection process is our local Microsoft Azure server, a server we lovingly named DeathStar001.

DeathStar001 has joined us for the week to help with cloud server testing but early on we realized he had a talent for finding interesting stories that went under the radar. Our personal favorite has to be the Russian driving video with a twist,  the Russian military driving video. This time round the world’s largest hovercraft is filmed landing on a busy beach in Russia, spectacular.

Also be sure not to miss robot suicide, F-Type Coupe spotted, the SR-72 concept, a new Highpants construction, the Mi3 smart phone and the Taranis stealth drone visits Australia.

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International Space Station Infected by Malware, Cyber Weapons and Porn Pop Ups…

Speaking at a Nation Press Club event in Canberra Australia, Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky caused a stir when he informed reporters that the International Space Station (ISS) has been infected by malware.

Even though the ISS has no internet connection in a traditional sense the flow of human traffic provides the perfect vector for electronic viruses, especially the USB sticks and laptops that they bring. Apparently this is not an uncommon situation aboard ISS. In the early days a number of PC’s were running Windows XP and this was an issue, switching many of these machines to Linux has reduced the impact.

“The space guys from time-to-time are coming with USBs, which are infected. I’m not kidding. I was talking to Russian space guys and they said, ‘yeah, from time-to-time there are viruses on the space station,'” Kaspersky told reporters.

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Gymkhana 6, Ken Block Returns with a Need for Speed and Smoke…

Need for Speed and Ken Block present Gymkhana 6, the tyre melting insanity continues. Ken Block, the man that can turn any straight piece of tarmac into a million corners has returned to demonstrate his sideways abilities on a more traditional gymkhana grid. Gymkhana 6 drops back to the simplicity of open tarmac, no Hollywood sets or city street backdrops this time around.

Blocks aim for Gymkhana 6 was to build the ultimate Gymkhana course; he then proceeds to melt his tyres across its entirety. Four wheel drifting the EcoBoost rally car through the real world video game course Block once again demonstrates why he is the king of getting sideways.

As racing advisor for Need for Speed Rivals Gymkhana 6 is simply the most public product of his involvement with the game.  This is however his chance to put the pedal to the metal in his 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rally car (650bhp /and 650ft-lp), the results of which are nothing short of spectacular.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is Ken Blocks Gymkhana 6. Sit back, buckle up and get ready for 6 minutes of adrenaline inducing action.

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The Sony PS4 Perfect Day…

In the build up to the eminent release of the PlayStation 4 Sony has turned the dials on their marketing machine to max power.  One of the funniest video’s to appear from the creative minds at Sony has to be the Perfect Day video. Cleverly melding team play fun and a mix of games being previewed all set to a funny premise and a catchy beat.

The graphics for the advertisement are provided by PS4 release games and the quality ranges from good to outstanding. For anyone wondering if the new PC chipset is really much faster than the eight core monster that lived within the PS3 the answer is ‘Yes’ the PS4 looks to be better, much better than the previous generation.

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PhoneBloks Meets Project Ara, Does the Gadget Lovers Dream Phone Draw Near?…

A good idea is a good idea while an idea that occurs to many people simultaneously is a great idea. Falling into the latter category is PhoneBloks, an idea that most gadget lovers would have dreamed of already, a modular phone built from interchangeable blocks.

Dutch designer Dave Hakkens plans to change the way we think about our electronic companions. As with all gadget guru’s Dave is constantly wondering how to make his gadgets better, how to build the ultimate phone.

Helping to bring the dream one step closer the industry muscle of Motorola recently announced a partnership with PhoneBloks, a partnership that should help the Bloks materialize faster using Project Ara technology.

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The Lure of Microsoft Windows Azure, Cloud for the People…

This latest evolution of computing has seen cloud services surge forward rapidly over the last few years, everything that was once performed in the air conditioned server room of you IT Department can now be run in the Clouds. With economies of scale and pricing models designed to attract attention even home users can now afford to have their own server room, in the clouds.

Released to the public in 2010 Windows Azure is Microsoft’s entry into the Cloud hosting world. Offering an incredibly feature rich infrastructure for everyone to take advantage of, from small one man companies to worldwide corporations Azure is the cloud for the people.

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