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Microsoft to Release a Disc-Less Xbox One in 2019 for $199 [RUMOR]

Brad Sams says that Microsoft is going to release a disc-less Xbox One S for $199 in 2019. Users of the console will be able to take their physical games and trade them in for digital entitlements. Then they will be able to download their games direct to their consoles. For increased value, gamers will be able to play 100 games via Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 a month. Microsoft will also introduce a cheaper Xbox One S console that trims some features, but keeps the disc drive.

The Scarlett devices are Microsoft's next-gen consoles and are not expected until 2020 but in 2019, the company is planning to release a disc-less console. And if this is making you nervous because you have a large collection of physical discs for your current Xbox, Microsoft has you covered. In addition to the new console, there will be a 'disc-to-digital' program that, as the name states, turns your physical games into digital downloads. The idea is that you can take your disc to a participating retailer (like the Microsoft store) and trade in your disc for a digital download.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 5:31 PM (CST)

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers Expansion Announcement

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringer expansion was announced today and has an early summer 2019 release date. The trailer insinuates that the story will have a huge plot twist where the Warrior of Light becomes the Warrior of Darkness. New mechanics in the game include raising the level cap from 70 to 80, a couple of new areas to explore and quest in, a new playable race and Blue Mage job, new tribes and creatures, new dungeons and raids, and more. The best new features from the announcement are the ability to play on any world on your data center and the end of support for Windows 32-bit operating systems. Previous adventurers who haven't logged in the past 30 days can login for free and play for 4 days to test the game out again. There is a free trial for new adventurers.

New Playable Race -- While the identity of the new race was not specifically stated, director and producer Naoki Yoshida hinted at it being Viera with the Bugs Bunny on the back of his t-shirt. Patch 4.5 will also hint at this race.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 2:48 PM (CST)

How A Hacker Obtained Motorola Source Code with a Few Phone Calls

Motherboard uploaded a video showing how Kevin Mitnick managed to obtain a Motorola cell phone's source code with a couple of phone calls. And, just for fun, he hacked Motorola's network afterwards, and obtained older versions of the source code as well. This just goes to show that, no matter how secure a system is, humans on the phone are sometimes the only weak link a hacker needs. Check out the video below:

In this episode of 'Greatest Moments in Hacking History,' Kevin Mitnick is a fugitive hiding out in Colorado. In an attempt to avoid detection from the authorities, Mitnick decides he wants to hack a cellphone so he can hide his location while using the device. To do this, the hacker sets up a social engineering attack against Motorola to fool them into giving him the source code to the MicroTAC Ultra Lite cell phone so he can break into it.

Posted by alphaatlas November 16, 2018 11:11 AM (CST)

2015 White House OPM Hack is Still Largely Unfixed

Back in 2015, the White House Office of Personnel Management was hit by a big hack, and the government response was pretty slow. The Government Accountability Office, which recently released a scathing report on the security of U.S. weapon systems, issued several recommendations after the hack, and just recently went back to check on the office's progress. The results of the report (PDF warning) aren't good. According to the GAO, the OPM followed up on some of the requests, but failed to "demonstrated that it had fully implemented" others. The accusations including failing to "reset all passwords subsequent to the breach," failing to install critical security updates in a timely manner, and failing to stop the use of shared administrator accounts. Public scrutiny may be accelerating the agency's security efforts, as many of the recommendations were implemented this quarter. Thanks to pek for the tip.

However, the agency had not provided sufficient evidence that it had implemented the other 16 recommendations. These recommendations included avoiding the use of the same administrator accounts by multiple persons, implementing procedures governing the use of special privileges on a key computer, encrypting passwords while stored or in-transit across the network, and installing the latest versions of operating system software on network devices supporting a high-impact system.

Posted by alphaatlas November 16, 2018 10:34 AM (CST)

Jaguar Land Rover Tests Traffic Light Connection Technology

The prediction of red lights and green lights is almost a myth among many drivers, but Jaguar-Land Rover is trying to turn it into a reality. The company is testing "Vehicle-to-Infrastructure" technology that will help drivers avoid red lights, while the "Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory" shows drivers the perfect speed to approach red lights at. Check out a video of the tech below:

Jaguar Land Rover has also addressed time lost to searching for a parking space by providing real-time information of available spaces to drivers and developed an Emergency Vehicle Warning to alert motorists when a fire engine, police car or ambulance is approaching.

Posted by alphaatlas November 16, 2018 9:59 AM (CST)

AAA Says Driver Assist Systems Are Deceptively Unreliable

"Self driving" tech is all the rage, but a new report by AAA says that consumers should be more cautious. says testing done by the company shows that "electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash." In spite of this, many diving automation systems use the word "pilot" and other terms that make some drivers believe the cars can drive themselves. Responding to the report, auto manufacturers stress that those systems are supposed to be assistive, but AAA seems to think the message isn't clear enough.

The auto club tested the systems on four vehicles that had adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. Vehicles tested included the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class, the 2018 Nissan Rogue, a 2017 Tesla Model S and a 2019 Volvo XC40. In addition to Tesla's Autopilot, Volvo calls its system "Pilot Assist," while Nissan's is named "ProPilot Assist"... AAA says the vehicles drifted out of lanes and hugged lane markers, struggling with moderate traffic, curved roads and streets with busy intersections. Three of the four would have failed to avoid a crash when the vehicle ahead of them changed lanes and a simulated stopped vehicle was ahead. "As a result we had to take evasive action," said Brannon. Only the Tesla system brought the vehicle to a complete stop in all five track test runs, but driver intervention was needed for the others, the AAA report said.

Posted by alphaatlas November 16, 2018 9:28 AM (CST)

Here Is the Sunset Overdrive Windows 10 PC Launch Trailer

Here is the launch trailer for the PC version of Sunset Overdrive for Windows 10. The game releases today and is $19.99.

The city's overrun with mutants. Problem? Not for you. Sunset Overdrive is an open-world playground of post-apocalyptic possibilities. Vault, grind & wall-run while using a deadly & unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, & customizable abilities, it rewrites the rules of shooters while delivering an irreverent adventure. Coming November 16th!

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 6:10 AM (CST)

SMACH Team Releases New SMACH Z Alpha Prototype Footage

The SMACH Z alpha prototype for the upcoming handheld PC-based console is showcased in this video. The input control system for the device screams 'Steam Controller' as it features dual trackpads, HD haptic feedback, dual-stage triggers, back grip buttons, and fully-customizable control schemes. Players can create their own control mappings or download mappings from other players just like a Steam Controller. Also the controls are configurable so gamers can use other control schemes such as old school arcade layouts with the handheld console. The company says that the AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 running at 3.6GHz with AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics has 2.6 TFLOPS of power to play any current AAA PC game. Here is some additional footage of the device at the Tokyo Game Show from a press release.

This simple yet magic solution will permit you to play with a real D-Pad on your SMACH Z, add a second stick or add more buttons. There are plenty of combinations! The basic set of Z-Pads includes the D-Pad, 4 buttons and a joystick. The retro set includes 7 Z-Pads inspired in retro consoles to play emulators as with the original consoles. The Air Z-Pads set includes 4 Z-pads can be used with the touchpads at the same time, adding a new layer of possibilities.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 5:30 AM (CST)

NVIDIA Releases Its Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2019

NVIDIA has reported revenue for the third quarter that ended on October 28, 2018, of $3.18 billion, up 21% from $2.64 billion a year earlier, and up 2% from $3.12 billion in the previous quarter. CNBC is reporting that NVIDIA shares are down 18% in after hours trading, after the miss on revenue, as analysts predicted $3.24 billion. NVIDIA expects $2.70 billion in revenue in the fiscal 4th quarter and that is below the Refinitiv consensus estimate of $3.40 billion. The NVIDIA gaming business did not meet FactSet consensus estimates.

"AI is advancing at an incredible pace across the world, driving record revenues for our datacenter platforms," said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Our introduction of Turing GPUs is a giant leap for computer graphics and AI, bringing the magic of real-time ray tracing to games and the biggest generational performance improvements we have ever delivered. "Our near-term results reflect excess channel inventory post the crypto-currency boom, which will be corrected. Our market position and growth opportunities are stronger than ever. During the quarter, we launched new platforms to extend our architecture into new growth markets -- RAPIDS for machine learning, RTX Server for film rendering, and the T4 Cloud GPU for hyperscale and cloud."

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 5:18 PM (CST)

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula's New Spin on RGB

We have referred, more than once, to the "Frag Harder Disco Lights" being a bit much on many of today's motherboards. ASUS is putting forth a newer more demur and elegant approach with its new ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390 motherboard. Gone is the garish approach utilized so often, and we get more of a Tron-esque feel. It however is a fingerprint magnet.
This new Formula has a 2" LiveDash OLED display, that can display, CPU clocks, temperatures, and even custom logos. All this comes at a hefty price however.

During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, LiveDash shows key progress stats in simple language and via traditional POST codes. Then, during normal operation, the panel shows a choice of CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or information from the Water Cooling Zone. You're even able to customize the default LiveDash GIF, so that it'll display your own image or animation.

Posted by Kyle November 15, 2018 11:18 AM (CST)

Narcos Video Game Adaptation Teased

Curve Digital just uploaded a teaser for a video game based on the Netflix series Narcos. According to Eurogamer, the British publisher actually announced it earlier this year, but this this is the first time we've seen any footage of it. Check out the teaser below:

Players take on the role of the DEA or the Medellin Cartel in this brutal, turn-based action strategy game based on Gaumont's Global Hit Series "Narcos". Publisher Curve Digital, in collaboration with Gaumont and developer Kuju, announced today, the Q3 2019 release of Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, a new game for PC's and consoles based on Gaumont's Emmy and Golden Globe nominated hit series, Narcos. A newly launched teaser trailer reveals that Narcos: Rise of the Cartels will follow the events of the first season of Narcos, in a story narrated by El Patron himself, where players will take the role of the Medellin Cartel or the DEA in a tactical turn-based action adventure.

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 10:38 AM (CST)

Amazon Launches E-Waste Recycling Program

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Amazon has launched a new e-waste recycling program. Amazon's website will show you the nearest recycling truck, and all you have to do is drive up to the truck, and let the staff unload and disassemble the old electronics for you. Amazon specifically mentions that they will respect your data security and privacy during the process.

Okay, so you want to know what you can bring. Here's the list: adapters, blender, cable boxes, cables/power cords, calculators, can openers, cell phones, copiers, desktops, digital cameras, digital cards, digital clocks, DVD/CD/VCR players, DVRs, expansion cards, electronic hubs, fax machines, gaming, systems, GPS devices, griddles, hard drives, hair dryers, home phones, irons, keyboards, laptops/notebooks, memory/RAM devices, mice (the computer ones!), microwaves, modems, monitors (LCD/CRT), multi-function devices, navigational devices, networking/telecom equipment, office phones, phone systems, printers, power supplies, processors, remote controllers, routers, scanners, servers, shredders, smart phones, smart watches, solid state drives, speakers, stereos, switches, tablets, televisions (LCD, CRT, etc.), toaster ovens, and unused vacuums. Again, if you have any of these things, we'll take 'em! Sadly, we can't take these e-waste items: batteries, CDs/DVDs, dental x-ray machines, dryers, e-cigarettes, electronic toys (talking/animated toys, RC cars, toy guns, toys with batteries, etc.), hazardous materials, heaters, lava lamps, light bulbs, medical waste, mercury-containing mini fridges, non-electronic materials, refrigerators, smoke detectors, solar panels, stand mixers, trash, treadmills, used vacuums, vending machine, VHS tapes, washers.

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 10:18 AM (CST)