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A New XBMC Approaches, meet Kodi and the Free TV Add-On Revolution…

XBMC version 14 is fast approaching; Helix the development version has recently reached the second alpha and is available for download and testing. Once testing is complete Helix will be released as Kodi 14, hopefully in the next few months.

Yes you heard correctly, the release of version 14 will see a major re-branding, XBMC14 will become Kodi 14. A name that will resolve many trademark issues, like not being able to register XBMC because of the XBox reference in the name. The fact that XBMC is now far more than a media center also invalidates the MC part of the name.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth the Walkthrough Video and Release Date…

Fans of the Civilization strategy franchise rejoice Civ is back and it’s stretching its reach into space with the new Civilization: Beyond Earth.

After being put on show behind closed doors at E3 videos for Beyond Earth have now made their way onto the internet, and it is good. The developers Firaxis and 2K Games have set the release date to October 24. Get in early and pre-purchase the game now to receive the Exoplanets map pack.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the gameplay walkthrough by the developers of the latest generation of Civilization. Sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed as mankind’s civilization spreads into space.

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Qwerkywriter, the Cool Retro Keyboard Flashback…

The latest stunningly cool idea to emerge from Kickstarter.com is a humble USB keyboard, the Qwerkywriter a keyboard with old world charm. With 1 day to go till funding and having already met their goal the future looks bright for this stylized typer.

The Qwerky is a beautiful blending of old and new, the vintage round key caps give the keyboard a vintage typewriter look while the latest mechanical switches provide a modern feel, the new. Hooking the digital typewriter up to computers and tablets will eventually be via Bluetooth but at the moment the first models are USB. The built in tablet stand and return bar round off the retro look.

Qwerkytoys hope to have the finished product available July 2015, with the keyboard costing $289. Check out the Kickstarter link below for more information.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the demonstration of an old timey keyboard that’s been wired for a modern world, a keyboard that is the height of design and function. Now all we need is a steam punk computer to go with the keyboard and the time machine is complete. Sit back, relax and enjoy this preview of a future trip down memory lane.

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LaMetric by SmartAtoms, the coolest LED universal utility display with character…

Information now travels at nearly the speed of light; keeping up with this constant stream of information is difficult to say the least. Helping to solve this modern dilemma is LaMetric, the universal automatic real time information display.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the introduction video to a gadget that looks cooler than polar bear with a hat on. Sit back, relax and let the light show begin.

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The Canon Pixus Gundam Project, all sorts of cool in forced perspective 3D…

To demonstrate the amazing print quality of their Pixus inkjet printers Canon has put together a series of incredibly cool Gundam characters to print, characters that seem to spring to life. The optical illusion of the final output looks odd initially but it’s really impressive with a convincing feeling of depth when viewed from just the right angle.

For fans of Gundam and optical illusions Canon have the characters on their promo website, there is a lot of click guessing involved but it’s well worth it.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the Canon video that will trick you mind for just a moment, proving just how effective these forced perspective optical illusions can be. Sit back, relax and remember that the printer is mightier than the Gundam sword.

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The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, the GT-R of the not too distant future…

Gran Turismo is turning into the test bed simulation of choice for futuristic supercar developers. The latest case in point is the Nissan 2020, a vision of Nissan’s supercar in the not too distant future.

The futuristic concept car is designated the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo and will be available as DLC for Gran Turismo 6 in July. Presented for your viewing pleasure is the preview video for the simulation of a car that doesn’t yet exist, lucky it looks super sweet. Sit back, relax and hit that gas pedal.

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The 1000mph Car, Bloodhound SSC…

This week the Bloodhound SSC gang released a new behind the scenes video of the race to pass 1,000 miles per hour, the race to reset the world land speed record. This time around the man behind the wheel Andy Green introduces us to his new office, the 1,000mph office.

Designed to smash the 1,000mpph barrier and take the land speed record the Bloodhound SSC is as much a technical marvel as it is a stunningly sleek piece of design work.

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Luigi’s Death Stare, the Funniest Bad Attitude in Gaming Today…

The Nintendo character Luigi used to be so happy but then something changed, something deep inside. He hasn’t been the same since.

The dark side of Luigi has been making headlines around the internet this week. Collections of death stare gifs and videos are going viral as we speak. If you have been wondering why the internet was slow this week it was all Luigi’s fault.

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The Ultrasonic Tractor Beam and Sonic Screwdriver Move a Step Closer…

The power of energy in wave form is a fundamental part of our understanding of life, it is still a science in its infancy.

It is also the key to many of science fictions greatest inventions; tractor beams, sonic screw drivers and even levitation. These futuristic devices will only become a reality when we can convince light and sound to act counter intuitively, to pull instead of just push.

Recently a team of Scottish and American scientists have pushed (or more precisely pulled) the boundaries of how much pull force they can achieve using sound. With a million times more power than previous tractor beams the team were able to move a 1 cm large triangular shaped object

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