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Core Fighters: Free-to-Play Version of Dead or Alive 6 Now Available on Steam

Koei Tecmo Games has released Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters, a free-to-play version of the recently released 3D fighter. This is an ideal way to experience the game for those who quickly grow tired of fighters or merely want to see how good a fighting game can look on modern hardware. It’s also a way to spite the publisher for releasing a game with a $93 Season Pass.

DEAD OR ALIVE 6 is fast-paced 3D fighting game, produced by Koei Tecmo Games, featuring stunning graphics and multi-tiered stages that create a truly entertaining competitive experience. With the help of a new graphics engine, DOA6 aims to bring visual entertainment of fighting games to an entirely new level. The graphics are made to be both enticingly beautiful and realistic, bringing out enhanced facial expressions, such special effects as depiction of sweat and dirt on character models, and realistic hit effects.

Posted by Megalith March 17, 2019 1:50 PM (CDT)

Ubisoft Releases Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Launch Trailers

Ubisoft has released the latest trailers for Tom Clancy's The Division 2 and the first video showcases many of the AMD optimizations in the game. From high resolution shadows to real-time reflections, the game is shaping up to be a graphical masterpiece. The second trailer showcases the developer's vision in recreating a real-life, post-pandemic Washington, DC within The Division 2. Ubisoft researchers explain in great detail why certain wildlife, monuments, locations, camps and more are present in the game. Tom Clancy's The Division 2 launches March 15th but Gold Edition purchasers are already playing as those versions feature 3-day early access privileges.

How do you recreate a city? The Division 2 takes place in a post-pandemic Washington, DC, and bringing it to life required in-depth research and dedication to getting the details right. Learn about how the team tackled iconic monuments, incorporated real-life disaster planning into their designs, and adapted the map to create a believeable post-pandemic city in these interviews with IP Researcher Cloe Hammoud and Lead Environmental Artist Chad Chatterton.

Posted by cageymaru March 13, 2019 6:49 PM (CDT)

Firefox Send Is a Free File Transfer Service Featuring Encryption

Mozilla has announced Firefox Send is now available for use as a free file transfer service with built-in end-to-end encryption. Send allows users to safely and simply share files from any browser without having to worry about their private information existing in the cloud. Send will be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Users can set when their file link expires, the number of downloads, and whether to add an optional password for an extra layer of security. Send allows for fast file transfers of up to 1GB with an option to transfer 2.5GB if users sign up for a free Firefox account. Recipients only have to click a link to download the file.

We know there are several cloud sharing solutions out there, but as a continuation of our mission to bring you more private and safer choices, you can trust that your information is safe with Send. As with all Firefox apps and services, Send is Private By Design, meaning all of your files are protected and we stand by our mission to handle your data privately and securely.

Posted by cageymaru March 12, 2019 1:23 PM (CDT)

Nvidia's Freesync Monitor Support Tested

Nvidia recently released a driver update that adds support for Freesync monitors, but the GPU maker was quick to point out that "non-validated" displays could exhibit serious issues. However, Techspot put that claim to the test last January, and just followed up on it with a handful of new Freesync monitors from LG. Out of the 12 monitors they've tested so far, 11 have worked flawlessly, and the one that didn't only supports Freesync over HDMI, while Nvidia only supports the adaptive sync technology over Displayport.

As we said in the original article, we think it's safe to say if you purchase a new FreeSync model today that it will work fine with Nvidia GPUs. You shouldn't expect to see any graphical issues, whether you buy an LG monitor or a display from a different maker. Only the very early, older FreeSync monitors may have some issues. Thus our recommendation continues to be to select your next monitor on its merits, features and preference. If it's a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can save some money, that's great. GeForce GPU owners no longer you need to bother with G-Sync for getting proper variable refresh rate, unless that's the monitor you want for other factors as mentioned above. These results from a selection of LG monitors just reinforces that FreeSync gaming displays can and will perform perfectly.

Posted by alphaatlas March 12, 2019 9:03 AM (CDT)

Ubisoft Will Prevent Third-Party Digital Stores from Selling "The Division 2" after Release

According to a statement issued by Gamesplanet, Ubisoft and Epic Games have decided to ban third-party game-key vendors from selling The Division 2 after its official release. Post March 15, the title will only be available for purchase on Uplay and the Epic Games Store, so fans who want to save a bit of money may want to visit their preferred vendor straight away. The Division 2 will have a 50GB day-one patch for disc buyers, and the PS4 version weighs in at 100GB.

Needless to say that we are against this anti-consumer move from both Ubisoft and Epic Games. It’s one thing securing a game to launch exclusively on your launcher but to prevent all third-party digital stores from selling keys? That’s a new low in our opinion. Bad move Epic Games, especially when your boss, Tim Sweeney, was whining about UWP and how anti-consumer it was compared to Win32.

Posted by Megalith March 10, 2019 12:05 PM (CDT)

Vivendi Sells the Remainder of Its Shares in Ubisoft

Vivendi says it has sold the remainder of its shares in Ubisoft. This amount represented a 5.9% stake in Ubisoft. Reuters reported that Vivendi made a capital gain of $249 million. Vivendi was determined to takeover Ubisoft, but Ubisoft was able to fight them off.

"Vivendi is no longer a Ubisoft shareholder and maintains its commitment to refrain from purchasing Ubisoft shares for a period of five years," Vivendi said in a statement. "Vivendi, which already owns Gameloft, a global leader in mobile video games, confirms its intention to continue to strengthen its position in the video games sector," it added.

Posted by cageymaru March 07, 2019 5:16 PM (CST)

NSA Releases Free "GHIDRA" Reverse Engineering Tool

Today, the NSA released its free "GHIDRA" software reverse engineering tool. It can be used to analyze malicious code and malware like viruses. Cybersecurity professionals can use it to better understand potential vulnerabilities in their networks and systems. NSA will be making Ghidra available to the public as an open source release in time for its first public demonstration at the 2019 RSA Conference this March. For more NSA releases, check out CODE.NSA.GOV for open source, and NSA's Technology Transfer Program for other technology.

Key features of Ghidra: Includes a suite of software analysis tools for analyzing compiled code on a variety of platforms including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Capabilities include disassembly, assembly, decompilation, graphing and scripting, and hundreds of other features. Supports a wide variety of processor instruction sets and executable formats and can be run in both user-interactive and automated modes. Users may develop their own Ghidra plug-in components and/or scripts using the exposed API.

Posted by cageymaru March 05, 2019 8:17 PM (CST)

Linux 5.0 Release Includes FreeSync Support and Spectre Fixes

The Linux 5.0 kernel has been released, and among other things, it officially adds support for FreeSync displays on AMD GPUs. Phoronix notes that AMD previously supported FreeSync on Linux "via their hybrid driver package with its DKMS module in Radeon Software," but posted a tutorial for enabling it and testing FreeSync support in Ubuntu. They note that Vulkan games (which presumably includes Valve's Proton renderer,) compositors, web browsers, media players and a few other apps aren't currently supported by FreeSync at this time. Meanwhile, the publication also put the recent Spectre performance mitigation measures to the test, and found that performance on the Core i9 7980XE dropped by about 13% with the Spectre protections enabled. Core i7 8086K performance dropped by about 17%, while Ryzen 7 2700X performance only dropped by 3%. Unfortunately, running the same benchmarks on previous Linux kernels would be like comparing apples to oranges, so its hard to say exactly how much Linux 5.0 mitigates Spectre's performance hit, but it looks like certain workloads are still relatively sensitive to the security countermeasures.

To utilize FreeSync you need to be using the xf86-video-amdgpu DDX driver. You can verify so looking for "AMDGPU" in the Xorg.0.log. You also need the above-shown Xorg.conf snippet to enable the "VariableRefresh" AMDGPU DDX driver option. Using the xf86-video-modesetting DDX is unsupported at this time. Your xf86-video-amdgpu driver also has to be relatively new, but such supported X.Org driver can be found in the likes of the Padoka PPA... After enabling the VariableRefresh option and restarting the X.Org server, you can verify that the DDX is new enough and option is working by ensuring that VariableRefresh is successfully mentioned in your Xorg log.

Posted by alphaatlas March 04, 2019 9:02 AM (CST)

Steven Spielberg Is Gunning to Make Sure Netflix Never Has Another Oscars Contender

Are Netflix movies such as "Roma" "real" films? Nah, says Steven Spielberg: the director of classics such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and Jurassic Park has drew the contempt of various Hollywood insiders after he revealed his plans to propose changes to Oscars eligibility rules, arguing "films that debut on streaming services or get a short theatrical run should qualify for the Emmys" instead. While Spielberg appears to be speaking out merely as a "dedicated cinephile," The A.V. Club suggests he may be "serving as the mouthpiece" for studios that are growing increasingly concerned about Netflix’s prominence.

People are pissed off about money -- how much Netflix is spending, and how much it is, or isn’t, bringing in. We’re willing to buy the idea that Spielberg’s motives are more pure -- he’s a dedicated cinephile, and he’s already got more cash than god -- with a focus on the idea that there’s a fundamental difference between visual media made to show on a theater screen, and that designed to run on a monitor or a phone. But it still sounds likely that he’ll end up serving as the mouthpiece for a movement fueled in large part by established studios who don’t like the way the new kid on the block operates.

Posted by Megalith March 03, 2019 11:20 AM (CST)

Tim Cook: Apple Is Working on Future Products That Will "Blow You Away"

Speaking at yesterday’s annual general meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased investors he was "planting seeds" and "rolling the dice" on future products that will just "blow you away." Cook didn’t specify what these would be but hinted the company could soon unveil AirPods that support Siri and wireless charging, as well as Apple Watch models with new health features. Augmented reality smart glasses or even a full self-driving vehicle could be further in the horizon.

On the topic of services, Cook said Apple is well on its way towards meeting the goal it set in 2016, which was to double its $25 billion revenue by 2020. Later this month, Apple is expected to unveil two new products in the services category, including a new streaming TV service outfitted with original television shows and a new Apple News service with access to subscription news sites and magazines for a monthly fee.

Posted by Megalith March 02, 2019 2:10 PM (CST)

Ubisoft Announces Year One Content for Tom Clancy's The Division 2

Ubisoft has detailed the first year of free content and in-game monetization that is being developed for Tom Clancy's The Division 2. There will be 3 Episodes released in the first year that expand the story of the game. Also, three brand new specializations will be unlocked with a unique weapon and skill tree to master. Year 1 Pass owners will have early access to Episode narrative content, earn exclusive cosmetic items, and will unlock new specializations as soon as they are released. Players that don't purchase the Year 1 Pass will have to play the game to unlock specializations. Year 1 Pass owners will have exclusive access to 8 Classified Assignments that reward cosmetic items.

Shortly after launch we will be adding the first purchasable Apparel Caches. These Caches will contain cosmetics only: no weapons, crafting materials or other gear. Acquiring a Cache will never provide any type of advantage. Our intention is for players to organically earn new pieces of Apparel as they enjoy the many different activities of The Division 2; getting cosmetics from gameplay should be fun, exciting and rewarding. For those who wish to speed up this process, or acquire specific Apparel, there will be choices to directly purchase individual cosmetics in the Apparel Store, or via Event Caches post launch.

Posted by cageymaru February 27, 2019 5:49 PM (CST)

AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Technology Oasis Demo

AMD has announced the AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Technology Oasis Demo. The Oasis demo will allow users to explore the features and advantages of Radeon FreeSync technology over conventional display methods. The Oasis demo comes with features for full control and real-time configurable settings. The tool is intended for system integrators and sales personnel to demonstrate FreeSync and HDR technology in retail stores.

The demo is built in Unreal Engine 4 and supports HDR10, as well as FreeSync 2 HDR transport protocols. We hope that once you experience the demo live at a store, you'll be convinced to get on the AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Technology train and never look back.

Posted by cageymaru February 27, 2019 12:27 PM (CST)