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Halo Collection Arrives with a 20GB Patch

If you've been eagerly waiting for the 343 Industries Halo Collection for your Xbox One, you may have heard that there is a 20GB Day 1 Patch. That sucks. Plain and simple. This patch was known before the disks were shipped so there is a bit of an outcry as to why gamers have to deal with this kind of issue. The reality is that because of this patch, the game collection fits on a single Blu-Ray disc. Without the patch, you'd need a couple of discs. If you are super chapped, you can at least pre-load the patch before the game arrives.

While we won't know for sure what's included in the update until it arrives, O'Connor's claim that the game was simply too large to fit on one disc has merit. As we've explained, Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes remastered versions of the first four Halo games, as well as over 100 multiplayer maps.

Source: Joystiq

New Google "Inbox" to Replace Traditional GMail

There are a lot of people that use GMail - either directly or hosted by Google - as their primary email client and do everything with webmail outside of a dedicated mail client such as Outlook. The problem with this web-only method is that filters and sorting is sometimes difficult and if you get hundreds of emails a day, it can be easy to miss something important. The new email experience by Google is called "Inbox" and while it is invite only at the moment, it does show some promise - amid the initial confusion. Check it out and I'm sure you'll understand why.

If you're anything like us, Google's Gmail has an iron grip on your life. Google's looking to create a whole new iron grip with a new app from its Gmail team, and it's called "Inbox." What is it? That's a good question -- Google's made a demo slash advertisement video that we've dropped below. As far as we can tell, Inbox is a combination of Google Now and your Gmail inbox -- a "smart" inbox, if you will.

Source: Engadget

StratEx Jump from 135,000 feet

Felix Baumgartner is no longer the record holder for the worlds highest jump. That title now goes to Alan Eustace. He's a Google VP that did this project on his own and has been working on it since 2011. This is pretty amazing and he didn't even use a capsule. Go Alan!

 

Source: Vimeo

255 Tbps Down One Single Fiber

In the race for faster transfers out of a data-center, fiber has become completely mainstream and while individual fiber seems impressive, the reality is that the internet needs zetabytes of data throughput. In order to accomplish this, many strands of fiber are bundled together. The good news is that each strand of fiber is a bit faster now as China, US and the Netherlands have now claimed to reach 255Tbps over a single fiber. In four stands of fiber, you will see over a Petabit  per second transfer. Holy smoking fiber Batman!

Those multiple cores within the fibre provide seven spatial paths, without needing seven individual fibres (the downside being that to implement the multicore technologies that are now driving speed records means pulling new cables). However, as Dr Chigo Okonkwo, an assistant professor at Eindhoven explains, the 200 micron diameter of the multicore fibre means they're close to conventional fibres now deployed.

Source: TheRegister

Siri and One Autistic Boy

Joaquin Phoenix did an incredible job acting in a movie called "Her" where he had a romantic relationship with his intelligent operating system and while the relationship between Siri and one particular autistic boy isn't romantic, it is certainly beneficial and therapeutic. Siri carries on "intelligent" conversations, and it's in these conversations that Gus can tirelessly ask questions and get somewhat meaningful responses. Now, before you go and judge his parents, take a read through the story and the link below.

It all began simply enough. I’d just read one of those ubiquitous Internet lists called “21 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do.” One of them was this: I could ask Siri, “What planes are above me right now?” and Siri would bark back, “Checking my sources.” Almost instantly there was a list of actual flights — numbers, altitudes, angles — above my head.

Source: NYTimes

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