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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Expansion Has Been Announced

Capcom has announced a new Monster Hunter World expansion set for release in 2019. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the autumn of 2019 with the PC release to follow. The paid DLC will feature winter themes, but Capcom isn't willing to discuss more at this time. Some of the limited timed event monsters like Kulve Taroth are coming back to the game as a harder variant called arch-tempered monsters. Even Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher series has a cameo appearance in the game. A limited trial version of the game is coming to consoles.

So to reiterate, we're working on a massive expansion to MH:W, including new environments, new monsters, a new quest difficulty rank, new moves, and much more. This is a paid expansion and will be delivered as DLC, so you can seamlessly transition from Monster Hunter: World into Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. We'll have more details in spring 2019, but for now our target release window is set to autumn 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Details on the release timeframe for the PC version are still in the works, but we'll be sure to let you know ASAP.

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Posted by cageymaru December 10, 2018 11:05 AM (CST)

Streaming Is on a Collision Course with ISP Data Caps

Cisco’s latest study is showing that internet usage continues to rise, the majority of which comprises video: "75 percent of global internet traffic was video last year, up from 63 percent just two years earlier." Those figures are expected to grow with the increasing adoption of data-heavy services such as 4K Netflix streaming, but there’s a problem: ISPs will be unlikely to grow their caps in response, as UHD video could be a lucrative opportunity for overage fees.

Comcast didn’t respond to Motherboard’s request for comment on whether the company plans to relax usage limits to accommodate this growth. As it stands, Comcast imposes a terabyte usage cap on all of its service areas except the Northeast, where broadband competition is slightly more intense. Users can avoid such limits entirely if they pay an additional $50 per month.

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Posted by Megalith December 02, 2018 9:20 PM (CST)

Records of Nearly 57 Million US Citizens Exposed by ElasticSearch

An ElasticSearch server has reportedly leaked records of 56,934,021 U.S. citizens. The names, employers, job titles, email addresses, home addresses, IP addresses and phone numbers of these Americans were said to have been exposed exposed, and security expert Bob Diachenko claims that an additional business database with over 25 million records contained zip codes, carrier routes, coordinates, census tracts, web addresses, revenue numbers, and more. Hackenproof previously warned that the lack of authentication on ElasticSearch servers was dangerous, and this leak seemingly proves their fears. Thanks to Schtask for the tip.

While the source of the leak was not immediately identifiable, the structure of the field 'source' in data fields is similar to those used by a data management company Data & Leads Inc. However, we weren't able to get in touch with their representatives. Moreover, shortly before this publication Data & Leads website went offline and now is unavailable. As of today, the database is no longer exposed to the public, however, it is unknown for how long it has been online before Shodan crawlers indexed it on November 14th and who else might have accessed the data.

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Posted by alphaatlas November 29, 2018 8:59 AM (CST)

NVIDIA Gives the Bird to All RTX Early Adopters

This will assuredly be seen as a big "FU" from NVIDIA to all people that have purchased RTX cards before today. If you buy a RTX card today, you will now get Battlefield 5 for free. If you went out on a limb and were an early adopter of one or more of NVIDIA's RTX cards, you get nothing, except maybe an RMA when your RTX 2080 Ti FE card fails. Thanks for making us folks that have spent thousands of dollars on your RTX video cards already feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As pointed out by @jmilcher, we did get free Space Invaders. So there's that...

Game code offer good beginning November 20, 2018 through January 7, 2019 or while supplies last. Offer good for one digital download code (Battlefield V).

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Posted by Kyle November 20, 2018 1:27 PM (CST)

Hunt: Showdown 3.0 Update is Live

Hunt: Showdown's 3.0 Update went live today. The headline feature of this patch is the new Lawson Delta map, which has officially entered beta status and should be available in the mission selection menu. Other highlights include a skill-based matchmaking system, a movement inertia system which should stop cheesy ADAD dodging, anti-teaming measures to make lobbies fair, weapon looting from dead players, and Nvidia Highlights support, along with a number of bug fixes and improvements. Crytek already uploaded a trailer for the new map last month, and they went into a little more detail in the dev diary below:

With this update, we are introducing a number of core changes to player movement to counter some of the more dominant strategies players have come up with to dodge bullets or make it easier to charge in for a melee attack. Some of the changes might feel a bit sluggish at first and will require players to get used to them over a couple of games. We have tried to strike a good balance between the necessity of adding inertia to player movement, while at the same time keeping the feeling and walking speeds the same. Players can still perform the same trick jumps, quickly peak out of cover, or dash around the world as they are used to. Tell us what you think and if you feel these changes work or what you would like to see changed!

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Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 8:06 AM (CST)

Music Engineer Analyzes Music Streaming Service Quality to His Original Master

Wytse Gerichhausen from White Sea Studios has conducted a scientific analysis of the original master file for Hibshi - Missing U (feat. Rochelle), one of his music tracks that he personally mixed and mastered, to the same song on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and YouTube. He then recorded the song from each streaming service as a WAV file and normalized the levels because music services lower the volume of the music. Next he used a combination of A/B testing and phase swapping to compare the differences in the WAV files. The phase swapping allows the viewer to hear the "missing" information from the track that was either compressed or skipped over by the algorithms used by music streaming services. Tidal won by retaining 99.9% of the quality in the engineer's opinion. Spotify High and Low came next. Apple Music and YouTube came in dead last as both significantly altered the music. He then questioned why he can stream 4K video, but a simple audio file has to be compressed to the point where the quality is completely lost.

Isn't this a little bit over-exaggerated? Isn't this a bit too much like, like too much into the details? Yes, and no. So first of all if you compare them both with each other the details are pretty small. But our ears have a special feature built into them and that is that they can make up for mistakes in audio. Pretty easy. Pretty simple. The thing is that if your ears are correcting a lot for the audio that they are hearing, they are getting tired sooner. And this is bad news for listeners, but also for artists because we don't want people to get tired of our music. Or do we? That's what happening with streaming services.

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Posted by cageymaru November 09, 2018 2:39 PM (CST)

Battlefield V is Live a Day Early

DICE seems to be following Bethesda's lead, as they've launched the Battlefield V for Origin Access Premier members a little earlier than planned. Earlier today, forum member spaceman noticed that the game seems to launch, while others are reporting general Origin weirdness. Twitch is filled with Battlefield V players using up their 10 hour trial period. However, EA's own website still lists the premiere launch date as November 9, there's no announcement in the BFV news feed, and the official Battlefield V Twitter account is acting like nothing is amiss. I'm staring at Battlefield's Origin page right now, and it says the game launches in about 23 hours. It is technically November 9 in some Asian countries, but regardless, if you have Origin Access Premiere, you can apparently jump into Battlefield V now.

And starting November 9 Origin Access subscribers will be able to invite their friends to join them on the battlefield for 10 full hours of combat. The Origin Access Friend Referral program** is a great way to let up to 4 of your buddies experience all the benefits of a Basic subscription, including the Battlefield V Play First Trial, and they won't have to spend a penny.

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Posted by alphaatlas November 08, 2018 11:20 AM (CST)

Comcast is Allegedly Developing a Video Streaming Aggregator

Citing "people, who asked not to be named because the internal discussions are private," CNBC reports that Comcast is working on a new product that aggregates multiple streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube together. That may sound like a Roku, Shield, or any number of existing streaming platforms, but apparently, the product isn't a "direct competitor" to devices like that. There's no word on when the device will come to market, or how much it will cost, but one has to appreciate the irony of a Comcast subsidiary breaking a Comcast leak.

The product isn't quite a direct competitor to Roku or Apple TV because it won't allow customers access to hundreds of apps, including streaming TV bundles like AT&T's DirecTV Now or Dish's Sling. Those services are direct competitors to Comcast's video bundle, and Comcast wouldn't be able to push its own video service to its broadband-only customers if it allowed them access to those bundled OTT services. Comcast hasn't decided the exact number of apps that will be accessible through the device, said the people. Rather, Comcast wants the device to be the hub to the connected home, they said. In addition to aggregating streaming apps, the device will also allow customers to control anything that's connected to the Internet, including thermostats and smart-locks. Comcast will be marketing the product to Internet-only customers, said the people.

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Posted by alphaatlas November 08, 2018 9:29 AM (CST)

FilmStruck Subscription-Streaming Service to Shut Down

Indie, arthouse, and classic film fans suffered a significant loss this week, as Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced FilmStruck would be shut down next month. The service was highbrow and featured careful curation, offering an impressive library of classic titles (e.g., Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai) that drew hardcore film buffs. "All current FilmStruck subscribers will receive an email with details about your account and the refund process as applicable."

FilmStruck offered a lineup of some 1,800 contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films and also was the exclusive internet-streaming home to the Criterion Collection of movies. Earlier this year, it added Warner Bros.’ library of classic films; WB shut down the Warner Archive service and migrated customers over to FilmStruck. The service was priced at $10.99 per month with access to the Criterion Collection library, and $6.99 monthly without it.

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Posted by Megalith October 28, 2018 3:10 PM (CDT)

Get Monster Hunter: World for Free When Purchasing Select NVIDIA Video Cards

NVIDIA is offering a copy of the smash PC worldwide hit game Monster Hunter: World for free to purchasers of select video cards. The game will be bundled with qualifying GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, 1070, or 1060 graphics card.

For a limited time, buy a GeForce GTX Get Monster Hunter: World. In Monster Hunter: World, you'll hunt gigantic monsters in amazing landscapes while crafting epic weapons to take on even bigger, badder beasts. Upgrade your weaponry with a GeForce GTX 10 Series-powered graphics card, and enjoy the ultimate hunting experience.

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Posted by cageymaru October 24, 2018 12:27 PM (CDT)

Macy's Is Adding Virtual Reality to Nearly 100 Stores

In what is described as the largest virtual reality rollout in retail history, Macy’s and Ohio-based Marxent is rolling out virtual reality to nearly 100 stores by January 2019. Courtesy of a virtual reality helmet, customers will be able to "browse and visualize a much larger assortment of furniture than can typically be held in a physical space."

The technology was piloted in three stores, and Macy's claimed that virtual reality in stores reduced returns to less than 2 percent of orders. Those tests show that VR customers also purchase 60 percent more because customers more accurately visualize their space and add more furnishings.

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Posted by Megalith October 20, 2018 3:00 PM (CDT)

Watch the Hunt Showdown 3.0 Developer Livestream

The Hunt Showdown 3.0 update is coming soon. Among other things, the update will introduce quickplay, for getting in and out of games faster. On top of that, the devs are teasing a new map, which is set to launch at Twitchcon. Check out the developer live stream below:
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Posted by alphaatlas October 18, 2018 10:21 AM (CDT)