Top 10 Natural Wonders of the World to See

The Earth is an incredible planet that holds many spectacular places to see. From snowy mountains to the heated air of the desert, this world pulsates with life and never ceases to amaze us.

8 Autombiles That are Forbidden Fruit in America

Whether safety restrictions, marketing plans, or distribution issues stand in the way, American auto consumers can’t get some of the hottest cars drivers around the world enjoy. It doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a look (or a little lusting after). Here are eight automobiles U.S. consumers would love to have but don’t even have the chance.

The Most Anticipated Geek-Friendly Movies of 2015

Looking at this year's calendar of premieres, here's what I'm most excited about over the next 12 months:

10 Best Xbox Games of 2014 That Nobody Can Forget

2014 was a bizarre year. It was a year of HD premasters and “Conclusive Editions” on Xbox One, or more heaps of cross-gen games discharged on both Xbox 360 and Xbox 1. Few games genuinely emerged – especially on 360 – so making our yearly Game of the Year list in the not so distant future was troublesome. So here is the list of 10 best Xbox games of 2014 that no buddy can forget.

Problems Only 90s Gamers Could Understand

With the PS1 turned 20 last December it’s got us thinking about gaming in the 90s. We complain a lot these days, but there were a lot of problems with gaming back then that we all seemed to ignore. If you were a gamer in the 90s you’d know all about these particular problems…

Monday, November 30, 2015

Spencer Robot Will Help You Find Your Flight At Schiphol Airport

As one of the most difficult airports to navigate through, it’s not surprising that Schiphol international airport has been chosen as the spot where Spencer the friendly robot will have its trial week, helping passengers to find their flights.

Designed by researchers at Örebro University in Sweden, Spencer is already pretty functional and the developers are hoping to use the data from its trial week to make it run more smoothly and improve the naturalness of its behavior. Passengers will be able to ask Spencer for direction to their flights, and it should be able to respond in various languages. It will be equipped with a map of the airport and an array of sensors and lasers to help it determine its location.

The project has been partly funded by the European Commission and researchers from five different countries have worked on it.

Over the course of one week, starting on 30 November 2015, the robot will be tested in the hustle and bustle of the major international airport Schiphol. After the test run, adjustments will be made in preparation for the real test in March when representatives of the European Commission, along with other prominent guests, will be attending the official premiere run.

The stately looking robot with its friendly but unstirring “face” will be guiding passengers, unaccustomed to navigating international airports, from one gate to another. Researchers from Örebro have equipped the robot with a prerequisite for navigation – maps. The robot then surveys its surroundings by measuring the distance to various obstructions using laser beams.
One of the more basic maps is one that involves fixed obstructions, such as walls.

– People in motion are not that tricky either. Objects that are temporarily permanent so to speak, are the most difficult to work around. We do not know, for instance, how long that luggage trolley will be parked in a particular spot, which makes it harder for the robot to determine its own location. We are working on a general map representation that includes and allows the robot to handle temporarily permanent objects, says Achim Lilienthal.

All the theoretical components of the robot’s ability will be fused into one system in the upcoming integration week. In addition to the Örebro University researchers’ contribution, another aspect of the project is the robot’s ability to understand human behaviour and act accordingly. Things like navigating around a group of people rather than squeezing through, or looking around to see if the group it is guiding is keeping up.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fallout 4 – Top 10 Ways to Stay Alive on Survival Difficulty

Whether you’re looking for legendary gear or just want to give yourself more of a challenge on your next character, Survival mode is where it’s at. While a little daunting for newer players, it’s actually not that difficult to play from start to finish on Survival and never have to turn down the difficulty. You just have to play it safe and think twice about what might happen if you shoot that super mutant in the face at level 6. Here are a ten tips that are sure to help keep you alive.

1 – Don’t Skimp On Endurance

One of the easiest ways to get more HP in Fallout is by having a high Endurance character. Normally, both the high HP and perks from Endurance are something I avoid in lieu of more damage, crafting, or lockpicking/hacking. On Survival mode you are going to have a very tough time early on if you do this, and can expect to get annihilated by something as insignificant as pack of bloatflies if you’re not careful. While in the long run it’s a bit of a waste, I found putting one point into Toughness to be very helpful early on as well due to the lack of armour and armour crafting until you’re at a higher level.


2 – Use Construction To Level Up Early

When I first arrived at Sanctuary, instead of rushing off to Concord after helping Codsworth I immediately went into settlement building and constructed the basics: bunkhouse for my workers, water pumps, and a line of defense at the bridge entrance. Doing this should get you to level 2, probably level 3. This means that when you leave, not only do you have more HP but at least one or two perks. This is pretty key for helping save Preston and his gang, as those raiders are surprisingly tough and will kill you with just a few shots if you’re not careful. Getting Armorer and Toughness before you venture into the Commonwealth will save you multiple times.

3 – If A Fight Is Too Difficult, Leave

Even on lower difficulties, some fights can be exhausting early-on. While my first adventure on Normal had me scrounging for ammo and stimpaks more often, it was mostly because I would fight just about anything I ran across. Facility full of super mutants? No big deal, just use all of my chems and energy weapons. Playing on Survival, not only will you die mid-fight because you heal much slower (no more going into your Pip-Boy and magically healing 80 points of damage by eating a bunch of snacks) but running out of your powerful ammo quickly will really hurt how quickly you can progress. Be smart. Scout areas, use VATS to see how much damage you can inflict, and for the love of Atom… SNEAK!

4 – VATS Is Your Friend

When I’m in a new area, I’m tapping the VATS button frequently. This will target enemies as well as mines, along with any ghouls just waiting to get up and charge you. Aside from keeping you well aware of your surroundings, using VATS allows you to charge your crit meter which can turn the tide of any fight. Charge it quickly by using an unscoped weapon like a pistol or semi-auto rifle, then swap to your heavy hitter and nail that 20% chance to hit headshot with a critical hit. This is a great way to eliminate any pesky snipers that are giving you trouble from afar. Sharpshooters sitting way in the back of an enemy horde will be the bane of your existence on Survival if you don’t have high defenses, so you’ll want a way to eliminate them quickly.


5 – Use Your Power Armour

Fusion cores aren’t as rare as they seem, so don’t treat them like x-potions or elixers. Feel free to explore the Commonwealth unarmoured, but when you come across a tough dungeon that you don’t want to run away from, head home and pick up that sweet T-45 suit the Minutemen hooked you up with in Concord. Fast Travelling doesn’t use up any energy from fusion cores, so as long as you keep VATS and sprinting to a minimum you shouldn’t have any trouble using less than half a core for a single dungeon. This is essential early-game when you’re trying to track down magazines or bobbleheads that are in dangerous locations. If you’re really hurting for something stronger, join the Brotherhood of Steel. Ad Victorium, brother.


6 – Use Stealth Whenever Possible

The meta never changes, and sneaking is still the easiest way to break the game and turn even Survival into easy mode when necessary. If you craft some muffled gear or put points into Agility and Sneak, you can land some devastating blows on otherwise tough enemies. If you find a silencer early on or just pick your targets carefully, you can still go through an entire dungeon without being detected. Remember: the further the brackets move out from the words Hidden or Caution, the less likely you are to be detected. Even if you enter the Danger zone, just hide and wait for the AI to think it must have been the wind that blew a bullet through their accomplice’s brain.


7 – Pick Up EVERYTHING

The new crafting system in Fallout 4 should have everyone picking up whatever they can carry, but it’s even more important on Survival. With due diligence, you should be able to find enough adhesive to do some early-game crafting before you have time to set up an adhesive farm. This means tougher armour, stronger weapons, and some easy XP to level up quickly. While scrounging for materials you’ll also come across a lot of ammo and other aid items that are incredibly useful for obvious reasons. Some suggest getting the Scrounger perk, but personally I’ve found that as long as your Luck isn’t set to 1 and you don’t spray and pray during firefights, you’ll find plenty of ammunition by searching everywhere you go.

8 – Stick Close to Home

The further you go from Vault 111, the tougher the enemies get. Personally, I didn’t even head to Diamond City right away on my Survival playthrough because of all the raiders, super mutants, and ghouls that will get in your way. Up until about level 10, limiting myself to staying northwest of Corvega really helped keep me alive and prepare me for the dangers of the south. Fallout 4’s map isn’t enormous, but it’s jam-packed with dungeons and quests so you should have no problem just wandering around and gaining a few levels before moving on.


9 – There are More Perks than Just the Perk Chart

While much of the perk chart is level or stat-locked, magazines and bobbleheads aren’t. If this isn’t your first playthrough, you’ll likely know of a few spots you can race to for some quick and easy bonus perks. If it is your first playthrough and you don’t want any spoilers, then just make sure everywhere you go, you search from top to bottom for these collectibles. While some might be useless like Grognak comics for non-melee characters, many offer perks that are useful for any type of wastelander. You may also be going with Lone Wanderer and that’s fine, but you should consider spending some time with companions like Piper or Deacon. Once they admire you, each companion gives you a unique perk as well. Don’t underestimate just how valuable these can be.


10 – Know Which Limbs to Shoot

Combat has improved significantly with this iteration of Fallout, and it’s no longer just a race to crippled heads and arms. Don’t underestimate how helpful it can be to cripple the legs of a Glowing One when he’s charging you! If you’re fighting power armour, try to take some jet and run behind them to shoot the fusion core. Minigun-wielding raider melting your health bar? Cripple his right arm. Headshots are always useful but, especially early on when you don’t have a lot of bonus to-hit chance in VATS, crippling legs and arms can be much more practical. Whenever I encountered an enemy I was having trouble with, the best solution if they were within reach nine times out of ten was to just cripple their legs and throw molotovs every few seconds when the flames die down. Threat eliminated.

Monday, November 23, 2015

R2-D2 Bluetooth Speakerphone

When picking a wireless speaker, you're usually focused on finding out how good the sound is, how long can the battery last, and how easy it is to pair it with your phone.

However, if you're a Star Wars fan, you might be tempted to forgo all the research, comparing and contrasting different speakers on the market, and just select the officially-licensed R2-D2 Bluetooth speakerphone because... well, it looks like a mini R2-D2!

The speaker itself is standard fare and it has all the usual features: the battery can be recharged and topped off with a microUSB cable, it can act as a speakerphone, and it has a 3.5-mm audio jack you can use to plug other audio sources into it. With its bonus features such as playing authentic sound effects from the movies when you power it or connect it to a Bluetooth device, and its generous amount of LED lighting, it will surely be irresistible to a diehard Star Wars fan.


The device is available for $49.99.

Friday, November 20, 2015

LG Unveils World’s Largest OLED Panel


If you happen to visit Seoul, South Korea, you’ll be happy to know that at the Incheon International Airport you’ll have a chance to see the technological wonder of our time. LG has launched the biggest OLED panel in the world which they are bragging about at the moment at the Airport.

This, however, is not a single OLED panel. It is easy to assume just how much it costs to and how difficult it is to make. So, LG has actually partnered with Wilmotte&Associés, a French design company to create a layout to accommodate 140 curved OLED panels!
Anyway, the setup that they created is positively huge – it spans 13m high and 8 m across! This massive panel will surely become the trademark of the Airport, as well as the LG technology. So, if you’re around, be sure to check it out!

According to Park Wan-su, president and CEO at Incheon International Airport, “These OLED displays perfectly complement the advanced technology that our airport has become known for. We are always eager to showcase to the millions of travelers every year the cutting-edge technology that originates from Korea. OLED is a prime example of that.”

Source LG

Thursday, November 19, 2015

TAG Sleep 'The Drift TV' Box Gradually Removes Blue Light From Television To Help People Fall Asleep Easier


Are you one of those late-night television viewers? If you are, have you been experiencing any troubles with sleep lately? Not a surprise, for sleep researchers have concluded that the blue light coming from your TV screen interferes with your sleep. It basically messes with your melatonin levels, affecting your mood and productivity.

To remove the threat posed by this, a company named Saffron has introduced The Drift TV. It works on gradual reducing of the harmful blue light from your TV screen, thus improving your sleep! Neat, right?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The best James Bond theme covers

James Bond

Spectre – the  24th entry in the James Bond series – is less than two months away, and the hype around the suave British spy’s next screen outing is building.

We’ve recently had it confirmed who will be taking on the envious task of providing the film’s soon-to-be iconic theme tune (Sam Smith), and underground noise-rock bands are even having their own stab at providing alternative themes to the new movie.

It’s a major honour to be asked to provide the theme, with some of the biggest names in music lending their services to the Bond legacy over the years, and resulting in some of the most recognisable tunes in recent memory.

But what about the best Bond theme cover versions? We run through five our favourites, and you can vote for your personal preference at the bottom of this page.

Radiohead – ‘Nobody Does It Better’

The best covers end up sounding like the band performing them wrote them in the first place, with minimal fiddling with the original.

That’s exactly what happened here, as the Oxfordshire rockers took on Carly Simon’s theme to The Spy Who Loved Me with a pretty straight laced cover, only to make it entirely their own.

This rendition could have been placed alongside any of the tracks on The Bends, and no one would’ve batted an eyelid.

My Bloody Valentine – ‘We Have All The Time In The World’

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was pretty unique as far as Bond themes go in that it had two. The instrumental title track (see Propellerheads’ marvelous re-imagining), and this far more vocal motif sung by Louis Armstrong.

Far from Armstrong’s trademarkedly gravel-voiced rendition, once shoegazers My Bloody Valentine got their hands on it, they transformed it into shimmering breath of fresh air by way of Bilinda Butcher’s cooing vocals.

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Diamonds Are Forever’

Alex Turner’s fascination with Shirley Bassey is well documented, and late Noughties side-project The Last Shadow Puppets were so blatantly gunning for a gig writing a Bond theme you’d have the Sheffield native as a shoe-in for one in the future.

For now though, we’ll have to make do of this cover of Bassey’s ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ for the film of the same name. Originally debuted during the band’s triumphant Glastonbury headlining set in 2007, fans clamoured for a studio version so much that they had to oblige.

Alan Partridge – ‘Nobody Does It Better’

“STOP GETTING BOND WRONG!” And thus begins one of the best scenes in Partridge history.

Alan, already irate that his friend Michael has taped over his copy of The Spy Who Loved Me with America’s Strongest Man (“Now you’ve got Norfolk’s maddest man!”), gets increasingly annoyed by his friends inaccurately recounting the opening scenes. He takes it upon himself to re-enact the film’s intro within the confines of his static home, complete with a heartfelt rendition of Carly Simon’s original theme.

Altogether now: “Glang… glangalangalangalangalangalang…”

Pulp – ‘All Time High’

Pulp actually have two connections with Bond themes. In 1997 they wrote a potential theme for the Pierce Brosnan-starring Tomorrow Never Dies (titled ‘Tomorrow Never Lies’). It was unfortunately nixed in favour of Sheryl Crow’s far-inferior theme, although fans can still track it down as a b-side to their single ‘Help The Aged’.

Instead, the closest thing we’ve got to a Jarvis Cocker fronted theme is this cover of Rita Coolidge’s ‘All Time High’ from 1983’s questionably titled Octopussy.

So there you have five of our favourite Bond theme covers from over the years. But which one do you like the best tell us in comments?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Parody Picture Book 'The Rabbit Who Wants To Go To Harvard' Hypnotizes Kids Into College


Remember The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, a book by Carl-Johan ForssénEhrlin that claimed to be able to help any child fall asleep as long as the parent reading it follows its instructions on how to read it? The popular picture book is getting its parody soon, and will be written by Diana Holquistwith illustrations ofChristopher Eliopoulos (“Zeldar the Great” is credited on the cover).

The goal of the rabbit this time is to get into Harvard, which is a brilliant idea for a satire of “helicopter” parents’ desires for their children. Apparently, attending an Ivy League college is much better and useful for children than sleeping through the night and going to bed when they’re supposed to.

What’s interesting is that it’s going to be published by Dial Books for Young Readers, which is an imprint of Penguin Random House that published the source material. This means that all rabbits are going to be under the same roof, and who knows, if the parody is successful, more may be coming.
For The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Harvard, the publishers have announced 100,000 copies in the first printing, coming on February 9, 2016.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Star Wars: Battlefront - Battle Of Jakku trailer

Update: Star Wars: Battlefront gets a new trailer, which highlights the game's link to The Force Awakens. Take a look...
Update: It says a lot about Star Wars' allure that EA can create so much interest with relatively tiny snippets of footage. Take out the logos, pre-order details and other bits of garnish from the trailer below, and it probably only amounts to about 18 seconds of proper, retina-grabbing imagery.

Fortunately, those 18 seconds are worth having a gander at. They tease the fabled Battle of Jakku - the war which takes place 29 years before the events of The Force Awakens, as the Empire suffers its final death throes. In short, Star Wars: Battlefront will show us the moment where the big Star Destroyer we keep seeing in the film trailers actually crashes into the desert planet.

As you're probably aware by now, Star Wars: Battlefront is out on the 19th November for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One. We've a feeling quite a number of people will purchase a copy.

Earlier story: A distinct hint of melancholy threads through the first half of Sony's new trailer for its Star Wars: Battlefront PlayStation 4 bundle, which will, as its name implies, package a Star Wars-themed console with EA's forthcoming blaster.

"Has your sense of childhood joy and wonderment been broken on the wheel of adulthood?" the ad seems to ask. "Then fear not! Star Wars is coming to the rescue!"

Like the game itself, the advert conjures up a heady brew of nostalgia, before unleashing the promise of a shooter that will truly make us feel as though we've been whisked off to the Lucasverse.

We  really like the dog dressed as an At-At.

Star Wars: Battlefront is out on the 19th November for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ Hits $400 Million Globally


“Hotel Transylvania 2” by Sony is doing better than its predecessor in worldwide box office, as it has crossed the $400 million milestone, compared to $358 million total that the first part of this 3D animated comedy had earned in 2012.


The sequel earned $48 million in its opening weekend in the U.S., which is a new record for a September opening – and it was previously held by its predecessor.

The international total is currently at $241.1 million, with $24 million earned in the U.K. and a million less in Mexico, while the domestic total is $161.3 million.

Both films were directed by Genndy Tartakovsky with scripts by Robert Smigel. We already know that another sequel is coming, in September 2018.

Monday, November 9, 2015

13 Things You Didn’t Know About the Lord of the Rings Movies

The Lord of the Rings will go down as one of the greatest movie trilogies in history, and this year Peter Jackson’s follow-up trilogy The Hobbit will be coming to a close as well. The movies are tremendously detailed and, at least with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, incredibly faithful to the books. Obviously, there are some omissions and additions, but particularly with the extended editions, they’re everything a Tolkien fan could ever hope for.
But there are probably some things about the movies that not even the most devoted Tolkien fans realize. If you are like us and loved these movies, you’ve watched them all dozens of times. After all, you can barely go a week without one of the three being broadcast on cable. These are some of the coolest facts about arguably the most successful movie trilogy ever made

1.The Portraits of Bilbo’s Parents Look Familiar…

The Portraits of Bilbo’s Parents Look Familiar…
They don’t get much screen time, but the portraits of Bilbo’s parents in Fellowship were modeled after Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

2. Andy Serkis Pulled Double Duty

Andy Serkis Pulled Double Duty
You know that Andy Serkis played Gollum (and Smeagol), but he also voiced the Black Rider in Fellowship who says, “Shire...Baggins…”

3. Those Were Real Forges Used by Saruman’s Orcs

Those Were Real Forges Used by Saruman’s Orcs
Saruman’s forge of Orthanc were actual forges, and the goblins doing the forging were actual foundry workers.

4. One Does Not Simply Memorize an Entire Scene

One Does Not Simply Memorize an Entire Scene
Unless it’s Sean Bean, who was given his big, foreboding speech about Mordor just the night before and still nailed it on the first take.

5. Bill the Pony was at Times Two Dudes

Bill the Pony was at Times Two Dudes
Believe it or not, Sam Gamgee’s pony, Bill, was actually two guys in a pony costume for some shots.

6. Gandalf was Mourned Before He Actually Died

Gandalf was Mourned Before He Actually Died
The scenes where the Fellowship actually mourns the death of Gandalf were filmed before Ian McKellen ever arrived on set to film his first scene.

7. Aragorn Was Really in Pain When He Kicked a Helmet

Aragorn Was Really in Pain When He Kicked a Helmet
In The Two Towers when Aragorn thinks Merry and Pippin are dead and he kicks a helmet, Viggo Mortensen broke his toe and that yell was one of actual pain.

8. Gandalf’s Rebirth was Literally Written as Weird

Gandalf’s Rebirth was Literally Written as Weird
By that we mean the script literally said “Death. Birth. Cosmic. Weird.”

9. The Black Gate was Designed Based on a Typo

The Black Gate was Designed Based on a Typo
The Black Gate is supposed to be singular, but a typo in the script given to the art department lead to it being turned into two gates.

10. Saruman Actually Knew JRR Tolkien

Saruman Actually Knew JRR Tolkien
Christopher Lee, who played Saruman, is an immense Tolkien fan and in addition to reading the trilogy every year, he’s also the only cast or crew member to have met the man himself.

11. Viggo Mortensen “Killed” His Son During Filming

Viggo Mortensen “Killed” His Son During Filming
The first orc that Aragorn kills at the battle of Pelennor Fields was played by Viggo Mortensen’s son, Henry.

12. Aragorn Read the Books Right Before Filming

Aragorn Read the Books Right Before Filming
Mortensen wasn’t originally cast as Aragorn, and filming had already begun by the time he got the gig. He has stated he read the books for the first time on the flight to New Zealand.

13. Gandalf Once Had a Ring of Power

Gandalf Once Had a Ring of Power
If you’ve read the books you know this already, but for movie fans only, Gandalf was one of the original ring-bearers, possessing the Ring of Fire, one of the three rings gifted to the Elves from Sauron.