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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)

Pixel 3 Lite Spy Photos Show a 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Snapdragon 670 [RUMOR]

Russian tech blog Rozetked has leaked spy photos of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 Lite codenamed "Sargo." Instead of glass, the body of this budget Pixel uses plastic, but it retains the same highly rated camera from the flagship models. The processor in the smartphone is reportedly an 8-core Snapdragon 670, made on a 10 nm process and uses the Adreno 615 graphics chip. 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage are available, but there is no microSD slot. Of course the big deal is the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the low price of $400 - $500 compared to the $999 flagship models. The screen is a 5.56-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixels - 444 dots per inch. Many details and images of the phone are in the article.

Battery capacity 2915 mAh. Information about charging speed is not available, but the installed processor supports Quick Charge 4+. The main camera is one with a resolution of 12 megapixels and a double flash, the front one is 8 megapixels. Considering that our source has already become familiar with the device, there is a verdict - the camera is the same as the regular Pixel 3 and is not inferior in quality. The expected cost of Pixel 3 Lite is $ 400-500. Perhaps the novelty will be shown at the end of the year or in the first quarter of 2019.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 5:00 PM (CST)

SpaceX Receives FCC Approval to Launch Low Earth Orbit Internet Satellites into Space

SpaceX has won FCC approval to launch 7,518 Starlink low Earth orbit internet satellites into space. These satellites will initially create a blanket of internet coverage for the USA, but the program is expected to expand worldwide as SpaceX seeks to broaden the network to 12,000 units. Kepler Communications and LeoSat also won FCC approval to place low Earth orbit satellites into space. The Ku-band and Ka-band satellites from SpaceX will be created in-house. Half of the satellites must be placed into space within 6 years and the rest within 9 years. For fun, I am including a video of the SpaceX Es'hail-2 Mission satellite launch to provide internet for the Middle East and North Africa that was done yesterday.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the constellations that advanced today are evidence of a major shift in space activities, since the number of approved satellites nearly equals the 8,126 objects that have been launched into space since Sputnik in 1957. "Do the math: it adds up to a next generation space race," she said. "New commercial models, players and technologies are all coming together and rapidly multiplying the range of satellite services. With these new services come all kinds of opportunities." Of the four, SpaceX is by far the largest with 7,518 satellites constituting what it calls a "very low Earth orbit," or VLEO constellation that would operate slightly below 350-kilometers. At that altitude, SpaceX says atmospheric drag would pull spent satellites down in one month, assuaging concerns about the magnitude of debris that that many satellites could create in higher orbits.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 4:15 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)

The Definitive iPad Pro Durability Test

JerryRigEverything is at it again bending and torturing electronic devices. Today he puts the Apple iPad Pro through a durability test that replicates the damage a child could do to the tablet or an adult accidentally sitting on the device. He also probes into the performance of the Apple sapphire glass and notes the weak points found on the all metal casing.

Apple says their New iPad Pro is a magical piece of glass that does everything you need, any way you hold it. (As long as you are gentle of course.) Today we are going to find out how durable Apples new piece of glass really is. How good is the drawing on the iPad? We'll be testing that out with Art Class With Jerry. (Which side did Apple want us to draw on again? I forget...) And finally we will finish off with the New iPad Pro Bend test, this will tell us realistically how much force the iPad Pro can withstand while it is in your backpack or book bag, or while being accidentally sat on.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 12:52 PM (CST)

Star Citizen is Free to Try for a Week Starting November 23

In celebration of the game's anniversary, Roberts Space Industries announced that Star Citizen will be free between November 23 and December 1. This isn't the first time the game has had a free trial period, but with the launch of the Alpha 3.3 patch a few days ago, it's probably the first trial that will run well on most PCs. While the patch notes don't particularly emphasize it, users are reporting that 3.3 dramatically improve's the game's previously rocky performance.

To celebrate the release of Hurston, Star Citizen's first explorable planet, and commemorate our anniversary, we're launching a Free Fly event of unprecedented magnitude. From Nov 23 through Dec 1 you'll have the chance to try out every flyable ship and operable vehicle in the game for free. Here's how it works: During the promotion, anyone can join Star Citizen's Persistent Universe for free. You'll be able to experience Star Citizen first-hand, but to get out there and start exploring, you're gonna need a ship. Starting on November 23rd, every day at 8am PST, a different ship manufacturer in the game will make its entire flyable fleet available for a 24-hour test flight period.

Posted by alphaatlas November 16, 2018 11:37 AM (CST)

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Posted by Kyle November 16, 2018 11:24 AM (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)

Coolso Technology Reveals Muscle Bio Sensors for VR and AR at Trade Show

Coolso Technology has unveiled its new muscle bio sensors that allow everyday gestures to be interpreted as commands in virtual reality and augmented reality. The company's founder Jack Wu says that they have many uses beyond gaming and medical applications.

At the 2018 Meet Taipei Startup Festival running November 15-17, the company has released two new devices. One of them is fitted with muscle sensing module and inertial sensor, can conduct wireless data transmission through Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and Bluetooth 4.0 technology, and can be utilized with AR and multimedia for collaborative control. In addition, the device can be connected with rehabilitation robots for medical applications. The second device can transmit digital signals through optical sensors and Bluetooth 2.0 technology. It can be connected with HTC Vive Tracker to show VR gaming contents, allowing users to experience man-machine interface applications.

Posted by cageymaru November 16, 2018 10:21 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)

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)

Official Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Livestream Features Cursing and Employees Getting Fired

Nintendo of Russia boss Yasha Haddaji might be in hot water after he lost his cool during an official Mario Kart 8 livestream. The poorly run event was being livestreamed when Yasha Haddaji enters the stage area to complain that it isn't being streamed to a particular Nintendo page. He starts calling employees derogatory names. Then he cursed some of them out and fired a few of the employees on the spot. When he finds out the stream is live, he continues to berate employees while the hosts play Mario Kart 8. Nintendo fans in Russia have launched a petition to have him fired.

The video's introduction states it has been made public now to demonstrate Yasha Haddaji's character and illustrate how Nintendo of Russia's management is a "shambles". An associated petition, "Save Nintendo Russia from its CEO", is nearing 1000 signatures at the time of writing. It calls for Nintendo of Europe to step in and replace Haddaji. We've asked Nintendo for comment.

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 3:52 PM (CST)