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Mario with Unreal 4 Engine

Mario is Nintendo's timeless hit, but lets face it, the graphics are very dated - even in the latest WiiU version. YouTube user, Aryoksini has done a lot of work building an Unreal 4 version of Mario and the results are below.

 

Malwarebytes Giving Licenses to Pirates

In an interesting move by Malwarebytes, they are offering amnesty to software pirates by giving them a full copy of their software. They want to curb piracy going forward, but they know that asking people to "pay up" won't work, so they are giving people free keys to make their software legit. They are hoping that people won't abuse this program - but I'm sure that there are always people looking for a free ride. Still, this is a nice gesture that is making paying customers question why they actually bought the software.

According to VentureBeat, the move has been hit with a few complaints from paying customers who were miffed by the arrangement, but the company's founder has issued a statement saying:
 
I know this doesn't excuse those who feel cheated because they bought the software. I am happy to work with you on some free shirts, or a free copy of anti-exploit as you continue to support us through this process.

Source: Neowin

Woz Says We Will Become Pets for AI Robots

Steve Wozniak is not a dummy and he figures that machines will keep us humans as pets when AI becomes smarter than us. That's right, he figures when - not if. This could make the future interesting, but according to Woz, robots with incredible AI will know that they need nature and humans are part of nature - so we're going to be ok.

Wozniak surmised that when (not if, mind you) AI machines become smarter than us piddling mortals, they'll keep us around because they'll realize we're needed, that we as the human population are part of a delicate ecosystem, and like other creatures of the planet, we have our place (hopefully he's right and things don't go the other way).

Source: HotHardware

Facebook Gets Expensive

It appears that Facebook is now letting you send money right through Facebook Messenger. This sounds like a convenient way for people to mess with you and snag some free cash. According to sources, you can transfer money into your friends bank account by hooking up a payment method like a debit card (similar to PayPal). Although there are fees associated for credit cards, the cost is low and Facebook wants to be a part of the growing payment pie.

To recap, users who add their debit card information in Messenger's settings section can send payments by starting a conversation with one or more friends, picking the "$" icon that appears in the row above the software keyboard, and tapping "Pay." Users who receive money do so by opening up that friend's message and accepting the payment when prompted.

Source: Mashable

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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