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Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: gaming isn’t everything now.

When we’ve first seen the Xbox 360 first and PlayStation 3, all we’ve cared was gaming; an open fight for which was the best console. After more than five years of evolution gaming was brought to another level and home entertainment reached higher “standard” levels. Who wins the showdown this time? Let’s start by giving  an overview of the technical specifications;

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YouTube celebrates VCR’s anniversary in style with video effects

The old VCR recording is now only a vintage thing since everything is digital now; deinterlaced but even more in HD. Want to jump back? There is Instagram for it. The biggest video sharing website, also known as YouTube, celebrates the 57th anniversary of the recording method which was a breakthrough forty years ago. In many videos, YouTube now adds effect to the playback adding white horizontal stripes, low quality video and noise.

The VCR, or N1500, was first invented by Philips, and commercialized in 1972. Available in three formats, 30-45-60 minutes, the Video Cassette Recording got very famous thanks to its flexibility and very relative low price. Nonetheless, it never had success in North America due to NTSC compatibility issues where tapes got loger or shorther due to transmission frequency. Read More…

A Playstation 4 is coming, featuring deeper social integration and a touch-capable controller

Playstation 4 developers

What you see above, are the confirmed developers as of now which will create brand-new titles for the upcoming PS4. The new Xbox is on the line, and PS3 gamers feared until yesterday, where at 2013 international Meeting Sony Computer Entertainment announced that the Playstation 4 is coming. Yes it exist, even if no one saw it.

The new console will be heavily focused on social features, with a totally redesigned controller named Dualshock 4. It features for the first time a touchpad and a share button to take instant screenshots of what’s happening on the screen. It may not be the final model, but it gives an overall idea of its definitive looks. Most important thing, it features a Share button which can take immediate screenshots from the screen or register what’s happening; this means no need for external harness about video capture things.

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How to enable the root user on OS X; what is it and when you should use it

OS X is a UNIX-based system which needs a password in order to work properly. You may want to don’t type it when the Mac starts up, but it’s necessary when it comes to administration tools and installing new software from .pkg files. Some actions though requires an even higher level of privileges, which even the standard Administrator account don’t have; they are allowed only to the root user, also called superuser. In this tutorial we’re going to see how to enable it and if you should activate it on your system.

1. First, open your System Preferences, and go to Users & Groups. Unlock the panel from the lock icon at the bottom left by typing an Administrator name and password. Then, click on the “Login options” button and select “Join…” from Network Account Server. A popup window should appear and select “Open Directory Utility…”.

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Google Fiber will revolution your browsing experience (and speed)


Google doesn’t want to be an Internet Provider, but only wants to give a boost to other ISP around the globe right from Kansas City.

The Google Fiber option although is actually a breakthrough speaking of Internet speeds, providing speed up to 1 Gigabit in both downloads and uploads, crystal clear TV channel in just a second.

Google Fiber comes in three different plans. First one, gigabit + TV gives you Fiber, full channel TV lineup at 120$ per month with a Nexus 7 tablet and 1TB upgrade for Google Drive in a two-year contract. Then comes the Gigabit Internet, same as before but without the TV connection and the Nexus 7 as a one-year contract. A third one, which is even more groundbreaking in a sense, is Free Internet. You will only need to pay 300$ as a construction fee to enjoy unlimited Internet with no data cap up to 7 years, with speeds up to 5MB in download and 1MB in upload. If you want to upgrade to Fiber later, there’s no need for further equipment.

For instance, let’s say that you can have a real download speed of 1Gb. You will be able to download OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 4 seconds, a Blue Ray DVD in less than 7 seconds and FCPX in just 0,2 seconds, so you won’t even see the download progress bar. A speed like that in videogames means no lagging and zero latency, with a full-fledged optic fiber.


In Italiano

Google non vuole diventare un Internet Provider, ma solo dare una spinta agli altri ISP intorno al mondo da Kansas City.

Google Fiber è senza dubbio una innovazione parlando di velocità di navigazione, che si aggirano intorno ai 1 Gigabit sia in download che un upload, canali TV chiari come il cristallo in HD nel giro di pochi istanti.

Google Fiber si propone con tre diversi piani. Il primo, Gigabit + TV, comprende Fiber e linea TV completa a 120$ al mese, con in più un Nexus 7 e 1TB di spazio su Google Drive sotto contratto biennale. Segue Gigabit Internet, lo stesso del precedente ma senza la connessione TV e il Nexus 7 come contratto annuale. Una terza opzione, che in un certo senso è ancora più fenomenale, è Free Internet per chiunque. Si pagano 300$ come costo per l’impianto, per avere Internet gratuito e illimitato fino a sette anni, ad una velocità di 5MB in download e 1MB in upload. Se si desidera passare a Fiber in futuro, non ci sarà bisogno di ulteriori apparecchiature.

Per esempio, ipotizziamo che avete una velocità di download di 1Gb reali al secondo. Potreste scaricare OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion in 4 secondi, un DVD Blue Ray in meno di 7 secondi e FCPX in soli 0,2 secondi, per cui non vedrete nemmeno la barra di avanzamento. Una velocità tale nei videogiochi significa nessun lag e latenza zero, con una fibra ottica full-optional.

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