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Are Daily Fantasy Games (IL)Legal Gambling Sites?

HBO dedicated a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver show to the problem of online gambling.

In case you’ve missed it, HBO’s news show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ ran a piece over Daily Fantasy games. The question are these games legal or not is something that both eSports and real sports and gambling industry will have to answer. We invite you to spend a bit of Friday by watching this 19 minute clip which would be amusing, if there wasn’t for a fact that the two largest players, DraftKings and FanDuel, aren’t estimated to be worth over a billion dollars each. Of course, just as with Uber, Airbnb and other ‘industry disruptors’, both DraftKings and FanDuel attracted serious, eight-


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SPEC Releases New Workstation Benchmark

SPECwpc V2.0 GUI

The Workstation Performance Characterization Group inside SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) launched a new workstation benchmark at the Supercomputing Conference (SC’15) held this week in Austin, TX. New SPECwpc V2.0 benchmark marks a new chapter for SPECwpc body, which creates professional benchmarks utilized by commercial entities and research institutes in order to find the ultimate hardware performance on a set of industry-standard benchmarks. Most of upgrades were focusing on changes going on with the PC architecture. According to SPECwpc, these are the upgrades inside the benchmark suite: Improved storage workloads that better reflect performance of NAND Flash devices for high-capacity data storage. Better scalability measurement for


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Silicon Valley Suicides Cannot be Ignored

Cover theme in The Atlantic December 2015 issue: Silicon Valley Suicides.

Growing up in the world of social media means you are bombarded with information coming left, right and center. Unfortunately, the positive pressure can lead in a negative spiral and that spiral ends with runaways (in mild cases) and suicides in worst. Examples of competitive athletes dropping dead on the field in the first two to three years of being professionals are sadly, increasingly common. What is more troubling is that the same level of competitive pressure is now appearing in what needs to be creative disciplines, more known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Growth of UC Schools such as Stanford and Berkeley, UCSF in a


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14nm AMD Greenland tapes out: Attack on NVIDIA Pascal, Intel Xeon Phi


Couple of days ago, GlobalFoundries issued a press release stating that they ‘demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.’ “FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products,” said Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices.


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60 Minutes on this Bicycle can Power Your Home for 24 Hours!

Indian American billionaire and inventor Manoj Bhargava. Photo credit: National Geographic

People often complain about the high costs of energy and the fact that they “never have time to workout.” This invention certainly solves both conundrums. And, most importantly, this free power invention has the potential to lift the 1.3 billion people who presently live without electricity out of poverty. As Manoj Bhargava, the founder of the Free Electric hybrid bike, shares in the video below, it is possible to generate electricity at home while simply doing a daily workout routine. When an individual pedals the bike, the action drives a flywheel, which turns a generator and charges a battery. This means from just one hour of pedaling, a


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VR hits Magical $99 Price with Samsung’s New GearVR


As we all know, the key to adopting a technology for mass market is hitting the ‘sweet price point’, which is typically based around three figures – $99, $199, $999. $999 was the price point when first VHS demolished Betamax, CD replaced vinyl, DVD replaced VHS, and so on. $199 was the price point that Apple hit with the iPhone and we all know what happened afterwards. $99 however, is a price point where a product becomes a commodity, whatever it is. After launching its first generation GearVR Innovator Edition for $199, Samsung teamed up with Facebook and Oculus to prepare a product which could


Business, News, VR World

IBM: Disruption has Already Happened

IBM Corporate Logo

Every day, our inbox gets flooded with gazillion startups claiming they’re on a path of market disruption. From another standpoint, numerous funds and banks love to talk about disruption and claim that we will live in a ‘brave new world’ thanks to services they provide. ‘Big Blue’, nickname for an IT giant from Armonk in New York state, decided to claim something different – that the digital disruption already happened. Now, some claims from the slide are quite exaggerated (Netflix?), but we will leave you to bring your own conclusions. The message IBM sends is quite clear and the question is what kind of services IBM offers to


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Gaming of the Future: When Virtual Becomes Reality


Ever since developers started turning code into pixels, and pixels into virtual worlds, the overriding desire has been to make things more realistic. While Pong was the perfect way to pass the time back in the Seventies, its basic graphics and simple structure simply wouldn’t make it a hit in the modern day. Similarly, while Super Mario was a pioneering plumber in his day, the two-dimensional mushroom hater is now nothing more than a “classic” that inspires fond memories from “back in the day.”


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Samsung Electronics to Announce Galaxy S7 in January 2016

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will receive a replacement less than five months after its launch.

According to the Korean publication ET News, Samsung plans to change the product introduction cadence for their Galaxy S flagship lineup. According to sources in the supply chain, ET News claims the announcement of Samsung Galaxy S7 will come in January 2016, probably during the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The product announcement should follow with a complete turnaround in the company’s smartphone sector, by splitting Samsung’s models into Premium and Sub Premium, followed by Mainstream and Entry Level. If that sounds like a bad idea, you’re not the only one. The idea behind Samsung’s plan is a simple one. They want to attract more customers and diversify their lineup, but is


Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), News, VR World

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Gaming Monitor Revealed


Earlier this week, Asus announced two new 27-inch monitors; the PG279Q and PG27AQ. After years of slow improvement in the monitor business, we are finally seeing an influx of 4K models with superb image quality and amazing display speeds. Yes, speeds. With 27 inches of sizes, both these beasts are somewhat smaller than the 30 inches sized flagships we’ve grown a custom to see lately. But overall, nobody should take this as a drawback. Out of these two, the ASUS ROG PG279Q is the more run of the mill product. It features a 2560×1440 resolution, but it also comes with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel


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Apple Slated To Expand iCloud Data centers


Even though their iCloud service has experienced growing pains, the need for additional space to provide safe storage for millions of their users is growing by the day. Everybody wishes to have their photos, videos and personal documents, all stored up safely and easily. Thanks to services such as iCloud from Apple, Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Amazon etc. – they are (most of the times) completely available. Currently, the tech giant from Cuppertino is doing a lot of new work to expand their iCloud data centers worldwide. They are rapidly building several new clusters of buildings for its data center near Reno, Nevada, but also, the company


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Report: Amazon To Ban Sales Of Apple TV And Google Chromecast


In a true “gloves off” scenario, Amazon will ban the sales of Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices in their shop, starting October 29th. This marks another chapter in the ever going battle of streaming services and providers. It seems that the online store giant is taking none of it from Google and Apple as it won’t allow Prime Video on neither the Apple TV and Chromecast devices. Likewise, the app is also not available for the Chromecast. The current generation of Apple TV (not the newly released one) is the 14th best selling device in the entire electronics section of Amazon. Currently is ranks 4th place


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Dieselgate: VW Cheated On Emission Ratings, Criminal Charges Ahead?

VW TDI - Turbo-Diesel Engine which made VW brand famous.

According to latest news reports from reputable media sources, Volkswagen cheated on emission tests in the United States, creating a #dieselgate affair. the apparent cheat was created in order to achieve better emission ratings, showing their cars using less polluting engines than what they actually are. This news comes as a big blow to VW’s expansion plans and overall sales in United States, with a potential global impact. The reality is that Volkswagen will face huge fines, rumoured to be as high as 18 billion U.S. dollars. That is not all, though – their executives may even face criminal charges as well. Essentially, the company admitted systematically cheating on EPA tests. The cheat happened for


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2018 Porsche Mission E is the Ultimate Panamera Follow-up


Throughout 2015, German car manufacturers were announcing they’re getting ready to strike back at Tesla. In a rather interesting set of events, Porsche decided to fire the first real bullet at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt car show, revealing their 2018 Porsche Mission E. The concept car, which is fully electric and rather gorgeous, tries to bring a level of sport elegance only known to Porsche into the developing eco-friendly motoring world. This is a four door, four single seats concept powered by electric drivetrain which develops over 600 hp (440 kW) system power, with over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100


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Cost of Meg Whitman: 88,300 Jobs Gone at HP

Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman, CEO HP Inc.

As the current Hewlett Packard management is proceeding with the company split into two divisions, a move started-and-stopped under the previous management, more jobs are getting cut as the company wants to ‘maximize the shareholder return’ and reduce glut which is somewhat inevitable in an organization that currently employs more than quarter of million people (September 2015: 302,000 employees worldwide). The company management lead by Margaret Cushing ‘Meg’ Whitman claims the latest round of cuts will reduce in a one-time charge of 2.7 billion USD, and produce annual savings in the same range. Two billion dollars are to be saved in the Enterprise division, while the ‘PCP’ division should save 700


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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Brings More Power And Less Weight

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Describing the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is simple; ‘less weight and more power.’ The combination of performance and reduced weight brings the famed american muscle car better acceleration, better handling and overall, a whole-new game to the table – as far as american muscle goes. The new Camaro produces a weight savings of up to 390 pounds (177 kg), but it also brings a new introduction as far as engines are concerned now. This 2.0L turbo is something we are not used to when american muscle comes into conversation, but overall, it does produce plenty of horsepower and lower emissions and consumation of fuel overall as well. Chevrolet


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Apple iPhone 6S Pricing And Availability Information

screen shot 2015-09-09 at 2.29.56 pm

After their launch event, Apple finally revealed availability and pricing for the all-new Apple iPhone 6S. While the device itself doesn’t bring a lot of new stuff, it clearly has a tight grip set on the mobile market. You do get the ‘optimized’ iOS9 upgrade (planned obsolescence), some minor styling changes and a more scratch resistant glass, improved aluminum case, changes to the front / rear camera and the way things are done on the phone. But for me as an example, this changes don’t do much to justify switching from the old to the new. The introduction of the 64-bit A9 chip will increase performance, but it is


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New SpaceX Dragon Capsule Looks Like Star Trek


Hot on the heels of Boeing unveiling its human transport capsule dubbed CST-100 Starliner, SpaceX unveiled its final take on the Crew Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to take first manned flights in 2017, in what will be return of United States of America to spacefaring nations, something the country wasn’t able to do since they retired the venerable Space Shuttle. In the video below, you can see the bespoke Dragon capsule, which can transport up to five people the the ISS, and what SpaceX hopes to be one of first steps to move us from LEO (Lower Earth Orbit) to other planets, especially Mars:


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Marriott Introduces VR Experience with Samsung GearVR

Marriott Hotels launches "VRoom Service" - a first ever in-room virtual reality travel experience. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott Hotels)

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are starting to gather steam, and unlike previous technology pushes, we’re seeing adoption on a completely new level. Following its The Marriott Teleporter 4-D VR experience, hotel chain Marriott recently teamed up with Samsung in order to bring VR experience to hotel rooms. Dubbed VRoom, this pilot program launched in just two locations in New York (Marriott Marquis) and London (Marriott Park Lane). VRoom consists out of a business suitcase available to guests of respective hotels, which contains Samsung VRGear and headphones. Once connected to hotel WiFi, you can explore Marriott VR experiences – Virtual Reality Postcards – 360 degree panoramas of


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Croatian Doctors Insert the World’s First 3D Printed Acrylic Vertebrae

3D printed vertebrae uses Acryl as the only material

3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is slowly, but certainly changing the world for the better, and shortening the time-to-market. In the world of medicine, shortening that ‘time to market’ literally means saving lives. There are numerous theoretical examples where 3D printing could save lives, and we have now witnessed  three surgeries where the technology moved patients from their death beds to recovery rooms and regular life. Only over the past 12 months, we started to see doctors using 3D printed vertebrae to help their patients. First two operations happened in China, on two separate patients. A 12-year old was operated in August 2014,  while a 21-year old cancer patient was operated