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PS4's latest update provides Share Play, USB Music Player, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 14 mins ago

Sony's forthcoming update to the PlayStation 4 is an interesting one, with the new update providing something the company teased earlier in the year: Share Play. Share Play allows people to play your games, either with you or by themselves, even if they don't own a copy of the game.

 

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The company didn't provide much details on Share Play, or when it would launch, when it teased it a couple of months ago. All Sony said is that it was coming "this fall" but now we have a firm date: October 28. Sony took to the PlayStation Twitter account, saying: "PS4's next software update, Masamune, will be available on 10/28. Includes Share Play, USB Music player, and more!" The tweet also teases that the new PS4 update will include the ability to play music from a USB device, all while playing a game. We should also expect a YouTube app for the PS4, an improved voice command system, and the ability to tune the background color of your PS4's home screen.

 

Let's talk Share Play. Share Play isn't some unlimited function where you could buy a single copy of a game and then a friend just plays through the entire thing for free. Share Play will limit your friends to 60 minute portions of play time, which is still very generous of Sony.

League of Legends has generated $946 million in 2014 so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 13 mins ago

It feels like so long ago that World of Warcraft was this unstoppable MMO that made mountains of money for Blizzard, but Riot Games has since come in and run straight to the top of the MMO ladder, making billions of dollars along the way.

 

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In the global MMO market, League of Legends is making some serious waves, with one in every eight dollars spent going into the coffers of Riot Games, and its international partners through League of Legends players. League of Legends now holds a 11.9% share of the MMO market, generating a massive $946 million this year alone (and it's not even over yet).

 

Last year, the game moved from fourth to third in the top 10 MMOs for worldwide revenue, but now it is sitting in the number one spot. Crossfire is right on its heels with 11.2% and has generated $897 million this year, Dungeon Fighter Online has 11.2% generating $891 million, World of Warcraft is now fourth with 9.1% and generating $728 million for Blizzard while fifth spot goes to World of Tanks with 4.6%, which has generated Wargaming a nice $369 million.

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New tech alerts dispatchers to when, and where a cop fires their gun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 2 hours, 16 mins ago

An incredible new technology created by a Silicon Valley startup would allow dispatchers some crucial details on when, and where police offers fire their weapons. Yardam Technologies' latest device would notify dispatchers in real-time when an officer's gun has been removed from its holster, when it was fired, and in which direction it was fired, as well as tracking the gun's location.

 

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Phil Wowak, Santa Cruz County Sheriff is one of two officers testing the technology, saying it would allow the sheriff's office to see whether deputies are in trouble, and unable to ask for assistance. He said: "That's the worst nightmare for any police officer in the field". As it stands, this technology will not allow for a remote disabling mechanism, even though the company was showing off that technology in Las Vegas last year, it has since abandoned that effort.

 

In the previous iteration of the technology, it would've allowed a dispatcher, or someone else in control, to hit a button and safely disable the weapon. This would've come in handy in countless scenarios, such as when an officer drops their gun, is hit, or killed and their weapon can be used by the assailant. Jim Schaff, the Marketing Vice President of Yardarm Technologies didn't detail the reasoning behind removing the remote disabling feature, but the company has said that their latest technology is not out to create a smart gun, but is more "police gunfire tracking technology".

GTA V on the PS4 runs at 1080p is a "game changer" for GTA V says OPM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 39 mins ago

We're weeks away from Grand Theft Auto V receiving its next-gen polish on the Xbox One and PS4, but we're not hearing anything about the rendering resolution of the game on the Xbox One and PS4... until now.

 

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In the next issue of Official PlayStation Magazine, there will be a 10-page on the game, diving right into the world of GTA V on Sony's console. The cover has since leaked, showing scans of the feature and teasing that GTA V on the PS4 will be running at 1080p. OPM have some massive statements for the world about GTA V on the PS4, saying things like "Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 breathes fresh, oh-so-new-gen life into the greatest game ever committed to Blu-Ray", now I don't know about you, but that's a pretty big statement.

 

Better yet, OPM continues: "Farewell, 720p. You served your purpose adequately enough. Still, our eyes have been gagging for 1080p's pin-sharp pleasures and Los Santos sandbox is only too happy to oblige on PS4, running at a native 1920 x 1080 pixels. For a game erected on hundereds of tiny incidental details, the resolution bmp is a huge game changer for GTA V". The publication continues: "Glimmering 1080p presentation, hugely increased draw distance, 100 new songs, fresh wild-life, a bumper version of GTA Online, this is sandbox you've dreamt about ever since you slotted Sony's angular baby under your TV".

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G.SKILL unleashes its Phoenix Blade 480GB SSD, pushes 2GB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 4 hours, 26 mins ago

Something that really piqued our interest at Computex this year was spotting G.SKILL's amazingly fast Phoenix Blade PCIe-based SSD, an SSD capable of pushing a massive 2GB/sec, has been officially released by the company.

 

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G.SKILL reaches these speeds within the Phoenix Blade using four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 setup, splashed together with 480GB of MLC flash. This amplifies the bandwidth up over four times the normal SATA 3-based SSDs, thanks to it sitting on an x8 PCIe slot. We have up to 2GB/sec read/writes, and 245,000 IOPS to ensure super-fast transfers.

 

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The Phoenix Blade also supports TRIM and SMART support, which provides users with piece of mind that their data should be safe. We also have CRC data protection, which prevents data from corrupting during file transfers, and a great 3-year warranty from G.SKILL with full technical support from their tech team.

Here is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's opening cinematic

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 58 mins ago

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here: the opening cinematic to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The 3-minute trailer should have any fan of the series itching for more.

 

 

In The Trail, we see the foreshadowing story for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which gives gamers a tease into the witchers Gerald of Rivia, and his mentor, Vesemir as they chase after Geralt's lost love, Yennefer of Venderberg.

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt gets released into the wild on February 24, 2015 on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Samsung has sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4s so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 17 hours, 28 mins ago

The war between Samsung and Apple is still being battled, with the phablet war now heating up between the two giants after Apple unveiled its new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Well, Samsung's Galaxy note 4 has been selling well, but it's not breaking any records, with it selling 4.5 million units in the first month.

 

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Considering the Galaxy Note 3 sold 5 million in its first 30 days, we could attribute this lower number for the Note 4 to its staggered launch around the world. For most of the first month, Samsung's latest large handset was only available in South Korea and China, but now it is rolling out across the world. We should expect the numbers to go up much, much higher (and quicker), to quickly catch up, and overtake the Note 3 sales.

Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break detailed in new gameplay video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 15 mins ago

If there's one game exclusive to the Xbox One that looks great, it has to be Quantum Break, from the developers of Alan Wake and Max Payne. Quantum Break is a game all about time-amplified gameplay, where you can manipulate time itself, as time within the game is breaking.

 

 

Sam Lake, Remedy Entertainment's Creative Director (and the face of Max Payne) walks us through the 16-minute gameplay video, showing off an incredible amount of the game. Time stutters are shown off, frozen moments that shift and collapse without warning, or timelines in loops are crashing into each other. All-in-all, it's an impressive look at the Xbox One exclusive, something that is sure to sell well.

 

For an Xbox One game, it looks great - but no details are known as rendering resolution and frame rate. If I had to guess, it looks like 900p at 30FPS, but I'm sure we'll hear more on that in the near future. As for the gameplay, it looks great, but I with there were more lasting environmental effects, and more use of the environment itself. It feels static, with playability probably not that high.

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Estonian hacker that stole $9.4M receives 11-year prison sentence

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Estonian hacker Sergei Nicolaevich Tsurikov was sentenced to 11 years in prison, for his role in a cyberattack that stole $9.4 million in 2008. Tsurikov previously pleaded guilty to his role in hacking the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, creating fake payroll debit cards, and withdrawing funds from more than 2,100 ATMs in more than 280 cities.

 

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Tsurikov and his team were described as "one of the most sophisticated cybercrime rings in the world," according to Sally Quillian Yates, Northern District of Georgia attorney. He will also have to pay $8.4 million in restitution.

 

Handing down actual prison sentences against cybercriminals has been difficult, but the US federal government wants to track down - and prosecute - as many of them as they can.

Intel begins teasing its next-gen Broadwell-E CPUs, not out until 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Intel may have just launched its Haswell-E and X99 platform, but that doesn't stop the chipmaker from teasing its upcoming HEDT (high-end desktop) processor train from slowing down. We're now hearing about the next-gen HEDT tech, Broadwell-E, which will be based on Intel's 14nm technology, using the same LGA2011v3 package.

 

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The new CPU will not be an architectural change, but it will provide smaller changes over what we have with the current Haswell-E processors. The new Core i7 Broadwell-E will be built on Intel's 14nm process, and will feature between 6 and 8 cores based on their, you guessed it, Broadwell microarchitecture. These cores will feature up to 20MB of L3 cache, and is pin-compatible with current Haswell-E, meaning we have quad-channel DDR4, too.

 

Intel could provide the full 40-lane PCIe interface, instead of the cut down 28-lane PCIe interface that the entry-level HEDT currently has. We should expect a 140W TDP, even with the die shrink, when the Broadwell-E processors launch in 2016.

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