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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - Tactical Legacy Pack - Legacy Ops Is Out Now on PC

The XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - Tactical Legacy Pack -Legacy Ops is now out on PC. It features all new game modes, maps, weapons and armor, soundtrack and more. The game is free to play on Steam for the next 2 days. To get the free Legacy Ops DLC, the base game and War of the Chosen expansion must be purchased by December 3, 2018. After that date it will cost $7.99.

The Tactical Legacy Pack includes a collection of new game modes, maps, weapons, armors, Photobooth options, and more that honors the legacy of the XCOM series. Requires XCOM 2, and the XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion to play.

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Posted by cageymaru October 09, 2018 4:18 PM (CDT)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is 5 Years Old

Has it been five years already? Gamasutra put up an old postmortem interview published after the 2012 release of XCOM: Enemy Unknown in celebration of the five year anniversary. Originally a PC franchise, the reboot brought the XCOM series into the modern era and evening "consolizing" the turn-based strategy genre for the "Xbox generation." The game received critical praise and went on to become a successful title for Firaxis.

Design-wise, the team knew there would be feature parity between PC and consoles; the only difference would be the control scheme. While the design and UI team did an admirable job on this front, there were continuous challenges throughout development to accommodate multiplatform user interface design, specifically tied to this genre. The team had to ensure all tactical commands were accessible via gamepad, and this involved quite a bit more than accommodating a point-and-shoot mechanic.

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Posted by seth October 09, 2017 11:16 PM (CDT)

Alphabet's X.Company Launches Glass Enterprise Edition

Apparently, more than 50 companies, which include GE Aviation, The Boeing Company, and Volkswagen, have all taken a liking to the device and found that it helps them get work done faster than ever before. The latest version, appropriately dubbed "Glass Enterprise Edition," features customized software, higher power, and is lighter to wear.

Workers in many fields, like manufacturing, logistics, field services, and healthcare find it useful to consult a wearable device for information and other resources while their hands are busy. That’s why we’ve spent the last two years working closely with a network of more than 30 expert partners to build customized software and business solutions for Glass for people in these fields. We’ve also made improvements to the design and hardware so that it’s lightweight and comfortable for long term wear. We’ve increased the power and battery life too.

Discussion 7/18/17 - 245PM CDT: We have gotten a mail from a Communications Manager at x.company this afternoon expressing how exactly this product is to be referred to. Apparently x.company wants to make sure that no one thinks that this product has anything to do with "Google Glass," which frankly, we fully understand.

Hi there, I’d like to request a couple corrections in your article about Glass on Hard|OCP. The device is called "Glass Enterprise Edition" or just "Glass" — not "Google Glass". To clarify, Glass Enterprise Edition is not the same product as the Explorer Edition. It is a different, newer device featuring customized, industry-specific software applications and improved hardware. (Read more on our press website). For accuracy, could you please remove references to "Google Glass" in your story and change them to the correct name - "Glass Enterprise Edition" or "Glass"? Also, the announcement actually was made today by X (not Google). Could you update your headline to show that the announcement was made by X or Alphabet's X (not Google? ) ? Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for your help. Julie


Posted by Megalith July 18, 2017 8:25 AM (CDT)

Paypal Sold X.com Domain Back to Elon Musk

X.com is now back into the ownership of Elon Musk. The domain name was originally used for the online banking service founded by Musk before merging with Confinity and eventually becoming PayPal. No word on how much he paid, although there is speculation of the price being near $10 million as the comparable z.com domain sold for $6.8 million in 2014. No plans have also been announced yet, but maybe it'll lead to Musk starting his own gossip-based new site.

Apart from x.com, z.com and q.com, no other single-letter .com domain names are available to be registered and traded, according to Alan Dunn, the managing director of NameCorp, a Florida-based digital naming agency. Instead, they have been reserved since December 1993 by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a US-based organization that coordinates elements of domain name use and global IP allocation.

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Posted by seth July 11, 2017 10:45 PM (CDT)

Rare Nuclear Test Films Saved, Declassified, and Uploaded to YouTube

A weapons physicist and his team has rescued and restored a plethora of deteriorating nuclear-test films and have uploaded them for everyone to enjoy. Around 750 have been declassified, and there is plenty more to come, as 6,500 films (out of an estimated 10,000) have been found. Check out the playlist for over 60 nuclear explosions.

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. But in the decades since, around 10,000 of these films sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults. Not only were they gathering dust, the film material itself was slowly decomposing, bringing the data they contained to the brink of being lost forever. For the past five years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a crack team of film experts, archivists and software developers have been on a mission to hunt down, scan, reanalyze and declassify these decomposing films.

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Posted by Megalith March 16, 2017 9:40 AM (CDT)

Study Says Wikipedia Is Basically A Corporate Bureaucracy

A new study claims that Wikipedia is basically a corporate bureaucracy. The researchers examined 15 years of what they called "positively drool-worthy" data to reach their conclusion.

To find out, he and Indiana University undergraduate Bradi Heaberlin decided to examine the emergence of social hierarchy and online behavioral norms among the editors of Wikipedia. They examined 15 years of Wikipedia data, involving tens of thousands of individuals, from 2001 to 2015. Their conclusion: "[It] looks like a university system, or like General Electric, or AT&T," said DeDeo.

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Posted by HardOCP News April 25, 2016 6:36 PM (CDT)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau On PayPal Credit Enforcement Action

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is filing a complaint and a proposed consent order against PayPal for illegally signing up and billing tens of thousands of consumers for its online credit product, PayPal Credit. The Bureau alleges that PayPal lured in consumers to this product with deceptive advertising, signed up people without them knowing it, and then mishandled billing disputes when they arose. This kind of conduct has no place in the consumer financial marketplace. Under our proposed order, PayPal would return the $15 million that it illegally took from consumers and it would pay a $10 million penalty for its wrongful actions.

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Posted by HardOCP News May 19, 2015 3:13 PM (CDT)

Activity Feed and Suggested Friends Now On Xbox.com

According to Microsoft's very own Major Nelson, Xbox.com has been updated with new Activity Feed and Suggested Friends features.

I’m happy to share some cool new features already available on Xbox.com to enhance how you discover and interact with your family, friends and fellow gamers:

  • Activity Feed: You can see everything on your feed, make text posts, and like, comment on, and share feed items directly from your browser.
  • Suggested Friends: This feature will help you expand your friends network and find new people to play on Xbox Live with.

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Posted by HardOCP News February 12, 2015 4:58 PM (CST)

130K Pages of Declassified Air Force UFO Research Now Available Online

Tin Foil Hat Brigade, it’s time to don those hats once more in the quest for the truth about 12,600 UFO sightings collected by the US Air Force. You now have easy access to the entire archive on the Internet, roughly 130K pages that were declassified back in 1969. If you want the truth, it’s out there, you’ll just have to dig through a lot of material.

Now, the entire archive of UFO studies is available online, for free. The documents themselves were declassified shortly after Project Bluebook ended, but until now they have been available exclusively on physical micro-film — which is to say, they have not been available.

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Posted by Al January 25, 2015 12:30 PM (CST)

130K Pages of Declassified Air Force UFO Research Now Available Online

Tin Foil Hat Brigade, it’s time to don those hats once more in the quest for the truth about 12,600 UFO sightings collected by the US Air Force. You now have easy access to the entire archive on the Internet, roughly 130K pages that were declassified back in 1969. If you want the truth, it’s out there, you’ll just have to dig through a lot of material.

Now, the entire archive of UFO studies is available online, for free. The documents themselves were declassified shortly after Project Bluebook ended, but until now they have been available exclusively on physical micro-film — which is to say, they have not been available.

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Posted by Al January 25, 2015 12:30 PM (CST)

Uber Flunks the Better Business Bureau Test

It looks like the hits just keep rolling in for Uber. These guys seriously need to get their act together.

The company received an "F" rating from the Better Business Bureau on Thursday, the lowest possible rating given by the organization. The grade is based on, among other criteria, more than 90 Uber customer complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau over the last three years, most of them centering on Uber’s so-called surge pricing.

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Posted by HardOCP News October 10, 2014 4:32 PM (CDT)

Microsoft Set to Release a Massive Xbox.com Update

This week, Microsoft will be releasing a new update for the Xbox.com site that will bring simplified searching, sharing and viewing of your profile pages.
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Posted by Al June 29, 2014 6:07 PM (CDT)