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Public Transportation Gets Greener, Quieter In Geneva, Switzerland

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Public Transportation is a great way to reduce pollution and traffic by reducing the number of cars on the road.  Hybrid buses reduce emissions even further.  While it is possible to find electric powered public transportation, most systems require cables, or tracks of some kind which require infrastructure, maintenance, and higher up-front costs.  Engineers in Geneva, Switzerland think they have solved those issues with a new pilot program called Trolleybus Optimisation Système Alimentation, or TOSA.

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Chicago Wins Bid For The George Lucas Museum

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We’ve previously discussed Chicago’s attempts at luring the George Lucas Museum to the city.  Well, the wooing worked.  It turns out that the Windy City will in fact host the upcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  A spot on the city’s Museum Campus along Lake Michigan was a strong deciding factor in choosing Chicago over San Fransisco.

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Aercast Episode V – Available For Your Entertainment Now

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V stands for many things.  Victory, Vendetta, Veggies?  That last one is probably a reach…In this instance, it also represents the Roman numeral for Five.  Welcome to Episode V of Aercast!  Five of us (or should I say, V of us?) talk about some interesting stuff, so give us a listen!  Topics this week include: Kickstarter hardware actually shipping, some of our favorite games from E3, Amazon’s new Fire phone, the future of wearables, some upcoming summer movies, and much much more.  More information is available for you after the break.

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LEGO Introduces Fusion: Turn Your Creations Into VR Games

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LEGO have been a staple form of play in many children’s lives.  I definitely built more than my share of LEGO castles, pirate ships, etc. back when I was a kid.  In the last few years, LEGO have branched out into movie themed video games, and even a LEGO themed movie, many of which have met with great success and excellent reviews.  Now, LEGO looks to blur some of the lines between their building blocks and their games with LEGO Fusion.  Read on for more information on the new way to LEGO.

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Two Russian Hackers Arrested In Conjunction With iPhone Ransomware

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The Hacker News reports that two young hackers from Russia have been arrested following an investigation into recent cyber attacks against iPhone owners.  These attacks mostly affected users in Australia and New Zealand, and used a phishing scheme to gain user account information.  After gaining this information, the hackers took advantage of Apple’s Find My iPhone feature to lock down users’ devices.

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Breaking News: Tesla Motors Opens Their Patents For All

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Real-Life Tony Stark, err, Elon Musk penned a blog post today titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You”  outlining Tesla Motor’s decision to open their patent portfolio to any automakers looking to create zero-emission vehicles.  This is a huge revelation and potentially amazing news for the future of Electric Vechicles in the United States.  Keep reading for more info.

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Hangout Recap – Techaeris Chats With Zuul Labs

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Alex and I had the opportunity to speak with Rachel Valentine – Community Manager for ZUUL Labs.  ZUUL currently has their first game in Kickstarter, Tall Tails.  We posted a preview of Tall Tails last week, and it was great getting to talk to Rachel about the game’s progress.  As it stands right now, Tall Tails is 53% funded, with just over $80k of their requested $150k pledged with just under a week left.  We’d like to thank Rachel for chatting with us during what is a certainly a very busy time for her, and all of ZUUL Labs.

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The Regular Guy Review: Lenovo Miix 2 8 Windows Tablet

 

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Anybody can rattle off a bunch of hardware specs and benchmarks.  Not many people start battery run-down tests for fun.  I try to take a different approach when it comes to hardware reviews: what’s it like to use the darn thing?  Will you run into issues doing the things you’d expect to do with a device?  With that in mind, I’d like to welcome you to the second installment of the Techaeris Regular Guy Review.  Please keep reading for the Regular Guy Review of the Lenovo Miix 2 8 Windows Tablet.

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Turtle Beach Announces Elite Series Headsets, Elite Membership

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On Friday, June 6th Turtle Beach announced an Elite membership program, to coincide with a new line of Elite headsets.  The headsets are to be officially unveiled during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place from June 10th – 12th in Los Angeles.  The Elite headsets have advanced features for professional and competitive gamers.  Today, details of the new headsets and the Elite membership program have started to emerge.  More info can be found after the break.

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