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Saturday May 26, 2018

Rumor: Sony Could Be Considering a PlayStation Classic

Nothing is set in stone yet, but Sony Interactive Entertainment executives have admitted to mulling over the possibility of a PlayStation Classic. Some are predicting that it will draw inspiration from the PSone, which was a smaller, redesigned version of the original console that supported an external LCD screen.

The company’s newer PlayStation model, a slimmer version that’s colored white, sold reasonably well when it came out years ago; and there was also a portability option with an attachable screen. If Sony could produce a classic console model like that with its own built-in screen, the ability to connect to a television and several games from first and third-party publishers thrown in, it could have a huge hit on its hands.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 4:00 PM (CDT)

BioWare Employee Celebrates and Mocks TotalBiscuit’s Death

BioWare employee David Crooks has no respect for the dead: the Mass Effect: Andromeda programmer openly mocked and celebrated the passing of popular YouTube personality and video game critic John Peter "TotalBiscuit" Bain on Twitter this week, stating that the world "felt a little bit better" with him gone. Apparently, Bain was not kind to Andromeda, Need for Speed: Rivals, and other titles Crooks was involved with.

As it should be, the community is disgusted by the act and it’s sad to see people can be so cynical and cold. Following the backlash, Crooks has tried to cover up his mistake by making all of his tweets private. Moreover, Crooks has also removed his bio detailing that he worked for BioWare and Electronic Arts.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 3:00 PM (CDT)

Valve Slammed over "Horrendous" Steam School-Shooting Game

Anti-gun groups are calling on Valve to remove Active Shooter, a game where players can take on the role of a school shooter and gun down children. The developer argues that there are worse games on Steam (e.g., Hatred, Postal) but admits that he will probably make changes due to all the criticism.

"Acid", who plans to add a survival mode in which you play as a civilian and have to "escape or perform a heroic action such as fight against the shooter itself", took to Active Shooter's Steam page to defend the game. "First of all, this game does not promote any sort of violence, especially any soft [sic] of a mass shooting," Acid said.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 2:45 PM (CDT)

US Websites Block Netizens in Europe Due to GDPR

Despite having more than two years to prepare, numerous organizations have opted to block Europeans from accessing their websites instead of updating them to be compliant with the GDPR, which went into effect yesterday. These include the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, both of which throw up error messages. Outfits that actually put in effort include the NPR, whose solution was a text-only site, and USA Today, which removed all tracking scripts and ads: amusingly, this reduced the size of the site from 5.2MB to 500KB.

...some firms have decided to call it a day: social media reputation score site Klout went kaput today, with its owner deciding that shuttering it was the best route to compliance. Meanwhile, we've seen evidence of internet-connected fridges and lightbulbs, and even mouse drivers, and more, pop up messages on screens asking for punters to accept updated GDPR-friendly privacy policies.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 2:25 PM (CDT)

Edge Beats Chrome Again in Battery Life, Brags Microsoft

In what is becoming a ritual of sorts, Microsoft released another video this week demonstrating how Edge is better than Chrome -- in battery life, at least. Again, the setup comprises three Surface Books streaming video: Edge managed 14 hours and 20 minutes, while Chrome and Firefox managed 12 hours and 32 minutes and 7 hours and 15 minutes, respectively.

"This experiment showed that battery life on a PC running Microsoft Edge lasts 98 percent longer than Mozilla Firefox and 14 percent longer than Google Chrome," Microsoft says on its YouTube channel. For unknown reasons, the devices last about two hours less than when Microsoft tested the three browsers on a Surface Book running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update this January.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 1:45 PM (CDT)

Internal Documents Show Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Would Bend

A court filing obtained by Motherboard suggests that Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus despite knowing that they were susceptible to bending even under normal use. The company insisted that there were no defects after complaints began, but internal reviews showed that engineering changes were necessary.

Soon after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released in September 2014, several customers said that their phones bent easily. Those cases went viral, which caused Apple to release a statement that said the phones were structurally sound: Apple "perform[s] rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 1:25 PM (CDT)

DICE Boss Says Battlefield V’s Women Are Here to Stay

Following excessive complaints of Battlefield V’s British female soldier and other historical inaccuracies, DICE’s general manager is telling gamers to suck it up. Oskar Gabrielson has announced that the studio will not be making any changes, as they intend to expand player choice and customization.

Some people say they're upset about women in Battlefield V because it's not "historically accurate". Gabrielson said this misses the point of the series. "Our commitment as a studio is to do everything we can to create games that are inclusive and diverse. We always set out to push boundaries and deliver unexpected experiences. But above all, our games must be fun!

Discussion Posted by Megalith 1:05 PM (CDT)

Elon Musk Blasts Media, Pitches Site to Rate Journalists: "No One Believes You"

As a result of Tesla’s poor media coverage, Elon Musk took to Twitter this week to rant about the legitimacy of journalists and news organizations. Despite what appear to be genuine problems with Model 3 manufacturing and Autopilot technology, Musk claims that reporters have no credibility and are just trying to get clicks.

It wasn't immediately clear whether any specific news report triggered the rant, which totaled at least 19 tweets. "Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication," Musk said on Twitter. "Thinking of calling it Pravda..."

Discussion Posted by Megalith 12:30 PM (CDT)

Samsung Plans 3nm Gate-All-Around FETs in 2021

According to the company’s latest processor technology roadmap, Samsung aims to mass produce gate-all-around (GAA) transistors (the architectural successor to FinFETS) at the 3nm node in just three years. They will be preceded by 7nm Low Power Plus based on EUV lithography this year, followed by 5nm FinFET production in 2019 and 4nm FinFET production in 2020.

GAA technology has been under development since the early 2000s by Samsung and other firms. GAA transistors are field-effect transistors (FET) that feature a gate on all four sides of the channel to overcome the physical scaling and performance limitations of FinFETs, including supply voltage.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 11:50 AM (CDT)

Qualcomm to Unveil Snapdragon Chip Specifically Designed for Standalone Headsets

Qualcomm will reportedly unveil a new SoC during the Augmented World Expo in California next week built specifically for standalone AR/VR headsets: dubbed the XR1, the chipset will incorporate "a main processing unit, a graphics processor, security functions, and components to handle artificial intelligence tasks."

Standalone headsets have largely made use of SoCs originally designed for smartphones, including the Snapdragon 835 chipset, which services a number of the latest and penultimate-gen flagship smartphones including Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Google Pixel 2, and HTC U11. Standalone VR headsets incorporating the 835 include HTC Vive Focus and Lenovo Mirage Solo.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 10:50 AM (CDT)

"The Expanse" Picked Up by Amazon for Season 4 after Syfy Cancellation

Amazon has saved The Expanse: during last night’s National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, Jeff Bezos mentioned that his deal for the critically praised drama has been completed. The show was canceled after three seasons at Syfy, but it will return on Amazon Prime’s streaming service.

Amazon had been a main target for the fans behind the #SaveTheExpanse campaign. The show’s supporters launched a massive effort to get a streaming company to pick up The Expanse after Syfy two weeks days ago decided not to renew the show for a fourth season, with the last episodes slated to air in early July.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 10:35 AM (CDT)

Sony to Shift Away from Gadgets

With the hardware business being "peanuts," Sony is transitioning to other methods of profit that include online content, recurring subscription services, and intellectual property licensing. CEO Kenichiro Yoshida will be unveiling a three-year plan on how these categories will drive and sustain the company’s growth.

It’s a tectonic shift for a company built on manufacturing prowess. Sony popularized transistor radios, gave the world portable music with the Walkman and its TVs were considered top-of-the-line for decades. With the rise of Chinese manufacturing, making and selling gadgets has become a business with razor-thin profit margins.

Discussion Posted by Megalith 10:00 AM (CDT)
Friday May 25, 2018

All Your Routers Are Belong to Russia

Very little information on exactly what routers are being pwned, but worth a read. Most of the activity seen has been out of the Ukraine.

The FBI on Friday issued a formal warning that a sophisticated Russia-linked hacking campaign is compromising hundreds of thousands of home network devices worldwide and it is advising owners to reboot these devices in an attempt to disrupt the malicious software. The law enforcement agency said foreign cyber actors are targeting routers in small or home offices with a botnet - or a network of infected devices — known as VPNFilter.

"The FBI recommends any owner of small office and home office routers reboot the devices to temporarily disrupt the malware and aid the potential identification of infected devices," the bureau's cyber division wrote in a public alert.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 4:22 PM (CDT)

PornHub Launches Free VPNhub Service for Mobile

PornHub has launched its own free VPN service, VPNhub, for mobile devices. This very likely NSFW video below will pretty much give you all you need to know about it. If you are looking for a VPN service for your desktop however, it will cost you, but PornHub is promoting it as a service to use at work as well.

Enjoy the pleasure of protection with VPNhub. With full data encryption and guaranteed anonymity, go with the most trusted VPN to protect your privacy anywhere in the world.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 4:06 PM (CDT)

Samsung Turning off TVs in the UK

Samsung is rolling the dice this weekend in the UK to see how many people is can truly piss off in the shortest amount of time in an attempt to advertise its new Ambient Mode. The point of Ambient Mode is to have your TV blend into its surroundings, instead of just leaving a big dark rectangle on your wall when not in use. Countdown till how long this is used for advertising other Samsung modes? 3...2....1.

Millions of TV sets across the UK will appear to turn themselves off this weekend as part of a world-first marketing campaign for electronics giant Samsung which aims to showcase the evolution of television and its role within our homes. Screens will buzz with static and interference before going blank and entirely silent, leaving viewers staring into the void – or searching for their remote controls – for six long seconds. The darkness ends with text emerging, which reads: "This is your TV screen … most of the time; a void full of nothing." It then explains the virtues of Samsung QLED technology which has an ‘Ambient Mode’ meaning viewers need never see a blank screen again.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 3:55 PM (CDT)

Hunt Showdown 20% Off this Weekend

If you have been considering joining us in the Louisiana swamps and enjoying some hardcore PvP and PvE action, it is 20% off at Steam for the next three days. The best $24 you will spend all weekend...and still have something to show for it after Monday.

Hunt Showdown is a competitive first-person PvP bounty hunting game with heavy PvE elements, from the makers of Crysis. Set in the darkest corners of the world, it packs the thrill of survival games into a match-based format.

Discussion Posted by Kyle 3:26 PM (CDT)

AMD's ARwall Tools Help Filmmakers Get Rid of the Green Screen

AMD has come up with a new technology they call the ARwall and it helps filmmakers lose the need for the green screen. The technology features a large wall in the background that displays what would normally be added later after the film is shot with a green screen. It's an impressive technology and I'm sure this is going to make its way to Hollywood in no time. Check out the video. Thanks speedyvv.
Discussion Posted by Montu 1:55 PM (CDT)

Google and LG Unveil World's Highest Resolution OLED Display for Mobile AR and VR

Google and LG have revealed the world's highest resolution OLED display for mobile AR and VR at Display Week 2018. This amazing display sports 1443 PPI, 120Hz refresh rate, in a 4.3-inch 4,800x3,840 prototype panel that offers a wide view of 120x96. This resolution is roughly 3x that of the Vive or Rift. The panel isn't quite ready for primetime, but once they release this commercially it will be a game changer for AR/VR headsets. I can't wait.

For comparison, today’s consumer devices average at 2MP with the HTC Vive featuring a 3.6-inch 1080 x 1200 pixel display per eye, while the Vive Pro steps up to 3.5-inch 1440 x 1600. At 448 and 615 PPI, respectively, both have 90 Hz refresh rates and 110 degree field of views.

Discussion Posted by Montu 1:35 PM (CDT)

Tesla Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Autopilot System

Tesla has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed by Model S and X owners who claimed the Autopilot feature they paid for is unusable and dangerous. The second generation Autopilot was sold as an upgrade between 2016 and 2017 for $5,000. Customers will receive between $20 and $280 as compensation. That's not much compensation if you ask me. Aren't class action lawsuits wonderful? Those customers sure made out on this settlement.

The company has come under increased scrutiny over its Autopilot system in recent months after two Tesla drivers died in crashes in which Autopilot was engaged. The most recent crash, in March, is being investigated by safety regulators.

Discussion Posted by Montu 12:50 PM (CDT)

Toyota Just Doubled-Down on a Hydrogen Fuel Cell EV Future

Hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles seem to be what most automakers and consumers are looking for when they want to go green. However, Toyota hasn't given up on their idea of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and is predicting a tenfold increase in sales by 2020. This isn't a huge number of cars, but the fact that a hydrogen refueling infrastructure only exists in California kind of limits what they can do. All I can say is go for it, Toyota. If we can expand the infrastructure to other states and bring costs down this could be a very legitimate competitor to plug-ins. As a matter of fact I think the advantage of quick refueling is a major advantage for hydrogen fuel cells. Bring on the competition.

Fuel cell electrification takes advantage of the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. The only output is pure water, in fact, which the Mirai vents from a small port underneath the car. The hydrogen itself is stored in a high-pressure tank, which Toyota says can absorb five times the crash energy of steel without rupturing. A full tank is enough for 312 miles of range, and can be refilled in around five minutes.

Discussion Posted by Montu 12:05 PM (CDT)

Adron_FoE Streaming Hunt Showdown

Adron is finally back at home playing Hunt Showdown. His eye tracking technology is back in action! If you have not seen the eyetracking used, it is a very cool feature. If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can link that your Twitch account, and use it to subscribe to your favorite streamer. HS Discussion.
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Posted by Kyle 11:17 AM (CDT)

Gamers Involved in December’s Swatting Death Just Got Indicted

Back in January we passed on news that Tyler Barriss allegedly made a swatting call that resulted in the death of a person who wasn't even gaming. Mr. Barriss was charged with manslaughter by Kansas authorities and is awaiting trial on the charges. However, that's not all the legal jeopardy that he's in because he and two of his friends have been charged by the Feds. Hopefully, the Feds put them away for a long while and then let Kansas have their turn for some more time in the hoosegow. Swatting needs to be severely punished and it looks like that's going to happen now.

At a Wednesday news conference, US attorney Stephen McAllister said that the prosecutions are intended to send a message about the practice of swatting. "It is not a joke or a prank. It is a federal crime, and it puts peoples' lives at risk." McAllister said that, of the three men, Barriss is facing the most serious charges.

Discussion Posted by Montu 11:15 AM (CDT)

Wargaming Seattle is Shutting Down

Gamasutra is reporting that Wargaming Seattle is closing down after this tweet was put out. Wargaming Seattle was formerly known as Gas Powered Games who were known for Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander. If true, over one hundred developers will be looking for new jobs. Personally, I liked the Dungeon Siege games and it's sad to see another studio bite the dust. Good luck to all of you folks that worked there.

During its lifetime Gas Powered became known for series like Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander (as well as the early DotA-alike Demigod), but after a failed Kickstarter campaign the ailing studio was acquired by Wargaming in 2013.

Discussion Posted by Montu 10:30 AM (CDT)

Crytek Plays Hunt Showdown with Crytek

Crytek has its official Hunt Showdown stream flowing this morning. Their community manager is in there now but we do expect some of the game devs to be in there later playing a few rounds. They will be discussing game changes and updates.
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