The first official trailer for JJ Abrams's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the sci-fi franchise, has been released online - as well as screening in selected US cinemas.
Opening with British actor John Boyega in a stormtrooper suit, the teaser gives fans a first look at an updated Millenium Falcon, a new droid, and a mysterious cloaked villian wielding a fearsome cross-shaped lightsaber. The Force Awakens is set some 30 years after the events of The Return of The Jedi.
Stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will all be in the new film, alongside original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, who has played R2 D2 in all six Star Wars films. John Williams, who wrote the orginal, beloved score, also makes a welcome return for The Force Awakens.
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Construction of the world’s largest solar plant called Topaz, has now been finished by First Solar and the 550-megawatt plant is now online generating electricity for 160,000 homes on Pacific Gas and Electric’s grid.
Topaz has been constructed on the California Carrizo Plain band, and consists of 9 million solar panels covering a massive area of 9.5 square miles.
As the solar power plant goes through its business of transforming sunlight into energy it will also displace 377,000 tons of CO2 every year. Topaz has been specifically built at least six miles away from some of the more sensitive areas of the Carrizo Plain National Monument and prime agricultural lands and is the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come on-line in the U.S. and the largest solar plant on-line in the world.
“The solar farm was not the recipient of a loan guarantee and is built on “disturbed farm land” miles away from sensitive areas in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. First Solar suggests that the project will create $192 million in pay for approximately 400 construction positions over the three-year build and “$52 million in economic output for local suppliers.” PG&E will purchase the electricity from the Topaz project under a power-purchase agreement.”
For more information on the new Topaz Solar Plant jump over to the Green Tech Media website for details via the link below.
Audi has plans to launch a new all electric saloon to take on the Tesla model S, the company’s Ulrich Hackenerg revealed that they will release a new EV saloon ‘around 2017′.
The vehicle will be an all electric family car, possibly a saloon car like the Audi A4 or A6, and it will be a large car which can take five people and luggage.
Audi could use some of the technology it developed in its R8 E-tron, and this new all electric saloon car is expected to come with a range of around 280 miles or 450 KM.
The company is also rumored to be working on another all electric vehicle, which will be an EV version of the new Audi Q8, the company is also apparently working on some other EV’s including sports cars.
Republic Wireless have announced that the Motorola Moto X will be available from them on the 10th of December, the handset will be available for $399 without a contract on the carrier.
You will also be able to get a custom version of the Moto Xhrough Moto Maker with Republic Wireless, the 16GB model will set you back $399 and the 32GB model will cost $449.
On the same day the new Moto X becomes available on Republic, you’ll also be able to order a custom device from Moto Maker. Make it all yours with genuine leathers, natural woods, or matted color backs. Accent it with metal, and laser-etch your name or monogram into the back.
The Motorola Moto X Comes with a 5.2 inch full HD display that features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the handset is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which is clocked at 2.5GHz.
Other specifications on the Motorola Moto X include 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB of included storage, the handset also comes with front and rear facing cameras.
On the front of the Moto X is a 2 megapixel camera for selfies and video calls on the back of the handset is a 13 megapixel camera, the device also comes with a 2300 mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth.
Source Republic Wireless, Ubergizmo
The OnePlus One smartphone has been available on an invite only basis since launch, although the company did make the handset available to everyone for one hour at a time.
Now you can buy the OnePlus One smartphone without an invite for the next 72 hours, so basically you have until Sunday to buy the device.
As a reminder, the handset comes with a 5.5 inch display that has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, there is also a quad core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM.
You can choose from either 16GB or 64GB of storage, and the device also features a 5 megapixel front facing camera and a 13 megapixel rear camera plus CyanogenMod OS.
The company is not taking orders on the 16GB OnePlus One in silk white which is $299 and the 64GB handset in sandstone black, which is available for $349.
You can find out more details about the OnePlus One smartphone over at OnePlus at the link below, both handsets are available without an invite for the next 72 hours.
Source OnePlus, The Next Web
Before Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was released, a trailer showed up that showed that the game could have a zombie mode. However, when the game did arrive on November 4th the zombie mode was nowhere to be found. We could only hope that it would arrive in a later update. We REALLY wanted a zombie mode.
Well, now a trailer has been released which confirms the new Call of Duty zombie mode, and we now know that it is called Exo Zombies. The action looks fast and furious.
The trailer shows a soldier getting extracted as he lights a flare and is swarmed by zombies. The soldier runs out of ammo and an aircraft provides cover fire so he can get onboard. Gideon checks the soldier to see if he has been bitten and as he leans out of the aircraft to look at the carnage below, he gets snatched by a rogue zombie.
Twitter will soon be making a change to the way it deals with data on your Android or Apple iOS smartphone, the company will soon be able to scan your smartphone to see what applications you have installed.
Twitter has said that this is being done to better serve promoted content to you, and also bring tweets from other to your timeline and recommend people to follow.
The new feature will be turned on automatically, and you will need turn the feature off in order for twitter to stop tracking what applications you have installed.
If you want to turn the feature off you need to follow the settings below.
Using Twitter for Android:
Tap the overflow icon
Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
Under Other, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.
Using Twitter for iOS:
From the Me tab, tap the gear icon
Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
Under Privacy, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.
You can find out more details about this new tracking that is headed to Android and iOS with Twitter over at the company’s website at the link below.
Source Twitter, Phandroid
The EU Parliament are looking for Google and other search companies to split their search business from other parts of their business, and they are looking for the EU Commission to look into the matter further.
''It calls on the Commission “to prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators of search engines”, stressing the importance of non-discriminatory online search. “Indexation, evaluation, presentation and ranking by search engines must be unbiased and transparent”, MEPs say.
Given the role of internet search engines in “commercialising secondary exploitation of obtained information” and the need to enforce EU competition rules, MEPs also call on the Commission “to consider proposals with the aim of unbundling search engines from other commercial services” in the long run.''
Whilst the European Parliament does not have any authority to enforce its ruling, it can attempt to convince regulators like the EU Commission that search businesses should be separated from other parts of the business.
Source EPN, Engadget
Victoria’s Secret has jumped aboard the wearable tech bandwagon too. They are selling a new sports bra for about $75. What is so special about this bra is that it comes with integrated electrodes which will hook up to a heart rate monitor.
One could argue that the watcher rather than the wearer could use the heart rate monitor since we are talking lingerie. Anyway, the integrated technology is hidden from view, making the bra aesthetically pleasing compared to some of the wearable tech we’ve seen.
This Victoria’s Secret sports bra will not come with a built-in heart rate monitor, it just has a pair of electrodes that will hook up to your skin, enabling a heart rate monitor to be connected to the other side. In other words, the heart rate monitor is sold separately. They say that the electrodes will fit “most clip-on heart rate monitors from leading brands”. Hopefully they see fit to give ladies a full compatibility list so they can make a good purchase. This would be good for workouts if you want to see what your heart is doing.
Good news for Firefox users. Mozilla wants to make searching faster on Firefox. To make that happen, the company will be introducing an update in the future that adds a new search interface. With this new search, users can type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website where they want to view the result. Sites like Wikipedia and Google.
This news comes after we heard that Yahoo will be the browser’s new default search option.
Mozilla announced the new one-click search feature yesterday, and even though it only says the functionality is “coming soon” and we don’t have a firm date yet, it has given us a look at what users can expect. The idea is that sometimes you search for something and you want it from a specific website like Wikipedia. Firefox will include several search engines and sites already set and ready for use. Sites like DuckDuckGo, Bing, Google, Twitter, eBay, Wikipedia, Yahoo, and the Mozilla Developer Network. Users can even add other websites and search engines to the list. You just have to go to that site, click on the magnifying glass in the search field, and then select the “Add SITE” option in the drop-down menu. This sounds very useful for Firefox users and will save some time.
It seems OnePlus is set to open its first retail store in Beijing, China next month. The store will operate in trial from December 1st between 10 am to 10 pm, but it will officially open its doors for the public from December 20th.
At the moment, the choice of smartphones is extremely limited, it’s just the OnePlus One, but you will have a lot of options when it comes to accessories like smartphone cases and accessories.
The store will also stock the bamboo limited edition OnePlus One, as well as a JBL special edition version at the store. The company is also expected to roll out more stores in China soon, but there’s no word if we’ll see them in other global markets at the moment. It’s going to take some time for the company to make an impact in the retail side of the market.
Not too long ago, the company did partner up with Amazon India to launch the OnePlus One in India. The handset will follow the same invite-based system of the Chinese company, which will be sent to customers through contests. The handset is set to launch in India on December 2nd.
OnePlus One has become a little hard to purchase since it relies on the invite system, but the company started taking pre-orders a while back, which didn’t go as smooth as it would have expected.
Source: Zol, Engadget
The Memo Box is an Internet connected pocket sized container and can alert others when a pill has been taken and also remind the carrier to take their pills when required. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Memo Box project and see it in action.
The Memo Box project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise £30,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production.
“No sensor can yet determine whether someone swallowed their pills or not. The decision to build Memo Box with the ability to learn and to reason, instead of installing sophisticated sensors (such as a weight sensor), is based on the cost-effectiveness of making accurate predictions.
Reasoning such as – ‘the possibility that you would have taken your pills without opening your pillbox is minuscule’ – and the ability to learn from your habits and feedback, allows Memo Box to learn whether the user is likely to have opened the box by accident or has in fact taken their medication. We believe that installing power hungry and expensive sensors for marginal improvements in predictive accuracy is a poor trade-off for shorter battery life, increased cost and bulkiness.
Much like the central nervous system, the Memo Box system consists of a ‘brain’ (cloud computing servers), ‘sensors’ (hardware which tracks the user’s access to its contents), and ‘nerve fibre’ (wired and wireless technology which seamlessly syncs information across the hardware, App and server).”
Motorola has started offering the leather and metal bands for the Moto 360. They are going to cost a little higher, but would offer users with a premium look.
The leather bands are going to cost you $29.99 while the metal bands are priced a little higher at $79.99. They are available in a variety of colors to choose from to suit your wrist. The leather bands are available in black, cognac and stone, while you could get the metal bands in light or dark finish, both with stainless steel.
To change the bands, Motorola suggests you should take the watch to your local jeweller to get the band changed. You can do it yourself as well, but it’s better to get a professional handle it especially if you’re afraid you’d damage the screen. This would void your warranty as well so it’s better to get some professional help when it you have to change the band.
Source: Motorola, Droid-Life
A new Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser trailer has been released this week and it really is a teaser a trailer that runs for just 10 seconds, but what do you make of it?
You can also see a video of Game of Thrones Season 5 predications of where the storyline might go in the new series that will be made available to watch next year by Charlie over at Emergency Awesome.
The 5th season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones was confirmed by HBO back in April 2014, together with a 6th season. Season 5 is scheduled to premiere in 2015 and will adapt material from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the fourth and fifth novels in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.
“The writing staff for the fifth season includes executive producers and showrunners David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, and Bryan Cogman, as well as Dave Hill, who was promoted to staff writer this season after previously being an assistant to Benioff and Weiss.
Author George R. R. Martin, who has written one episode per season, will not write an episode for the fifth season, as he plans to finish writing the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter. The directing staff for the fifth season is Michael Slovis (episodes 1 and 2), Mark Mylod (episodes 3 and 4), Jeremy Podeswa (episodes 5 and 6), Miguel Sapochnik (episodes 7 and 8), and David Nutter (episodes 9 and 10). Nutter is the only returning director, as the rest are first-time Game of Thrones directors.”
Mac users patiently waiting for the launch of the new Civilization Beyond Earth for Mac will be pleased to know that it has today launched and is available to download and purchase online.
Civilization Beyond Earth for Mac is now available to download from the Apple Mac App Store as well as the Steam games network priced at $49.99 or £29.99. However the preorder deal is also still alive until Cyber Monday via Digital River offering the game for just $41 or £25.99.
“Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.
As part of an expedition sent to find a home beyond Earth, you will write the next chapter for humanity as you lead your people into a new frontier and create a new civilization in space. Explore and colonize an alien planet, research new technologies, amass mighty armies, build incredible Wonders and shape the face of your new world.
As you embark on your journey you must make critical decisions. From your choice of sponsor and the make-up of your colony, to the ultimate path you choose for your civilization, every decision opens up new possibilities.”
- Seed the Adventure: Establish your cultural identity by choosing one of eight different expedition sponsors, each with its own leader and unique gameplay benefits. Assemble your spacecraft, cargo & colonists through a series of choices that directly seed the starting conditions when arriving at the new planet.
- Colonize an Alien World: Explore the dangers and benefits of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources, and hostile life forms unlike those of Earth. Build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for your people.
- Technology Web: To reflect progress forward into an uncertain future, technology advancement occurs through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The technology web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.
- Orbital Layer: Build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.
- Unit Customization: Unlock different upgrades through the tech web and customize your units to reflect your play style.
- Multiplayer: Up to 8 players can compete for dominance of a new alien world.''
Source: 9to5 Mac