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Amped Wireless TAP-EX2 AC750 Wireless Range Extender Review

Amped Wireless launches its second generation of touchscreen range extenders, and today we review the high performing TAP-EX2 AC750 model.

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Rocket League racks up 5 million downloads in only 22 days

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 31 mins ago

Are you playing Rocket League? If not, apparently you're missing out on a rather fun gaming experience that 5 million people are enjoying. It's an impressive sales figure considering the game was only released on July 7.

 

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Since the primary game mode in Rocket League is online multiplayer, you get to essentially engage in an online soccer match - except you use cars instead of players.

 

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Sony plans to open polls for new PS Plus games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 9 mins ago

It's no secret that the free PS4 games offered with Sony's PS Plus haven't been so exciting, mostly made up of smaller indies with a few choice gems here and there like Rocket League, Dust and FEZ. But now Sony wants to give the power to the players and let them decide what free games they'll get each month.

 

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The new feature is called Vote to Play, and was originally spotted in the What's New section of UK-based PlayStation 4's. Now Vote to Play isn't an open poll where you can suggest and vote on great AAA PS4 games; Sony will pick three games and users will be able to chose one of those games.

 

According to the promo, Sony will kick off the new feature with three indies (not surprising) including Ubisoft's popular Grow Home, Zombie Vikings, and Armello. If the selection is handled just right Sony could possibly overshadow Microsoft's own Games With Gold service, and it'll be interesting to see what games are offered in the future.

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Facebook expects big things from next step: virtual reality

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 hour, 41 mins ago

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it's only a matter of time before members of the No. 1 social networking site fully embrace "immersive 3D content."

 

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When asked about possible mainstream applications that could help boost virtual reality, including Facebook-owned Oculus VR, he offered this statement:

 

"The reason we're excited in this space is the continued progression of people getting richer and richer ways to share what's on their mind," said Zuckerberg, in a statement."Ten years ago it was text. Now it's mostly visual and photos, then primarily video and we're seeing huge growth there, but that is not the end of the line. Immersive 3D content is the obvious next thing after video."

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Microsoft says PC to Xbox One game streaming is 'challenging'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 48 mins ago

Microsoft has endured a few different technical challenges when it comes to streaming PC games from Windows 10 to the Xbox One, Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed.

 

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Prior to the launch of Windows 10, many gamers were excited about the ability to stream their Xbox One games to PCs - but streaming PC games to the Xbox One also created some attention. However, trying to work out the bugs has been a challenge, as Microsoft needs to ensure the games are encoded and streamed properly.

 

Streaming from the game console to the PC is a simpler process "because we know exactly what you have," Spencer noted. "It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but [the] challenge is good."

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Microsoft trying to find ways to boost Xbox One, game sales in China

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 hours, 11 mins ago

Microsoft and Sony have struggled in the short amount of time they promoted the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in China, but hope things begin to turn around. The country is beginning to change, and recently scrapped a ban on game consoles - so there is greater hope of future sales.

 

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"The reason we are here today is not only to bring Xbox One to China but to open up the world to games made in China," said Phil Spencer, Xbox chief, speaking during Chinajoy. "We believe it is incredibly important to open up the opportunity to all developers in China."

 

Chinese gamers will get the chance to play the Halo: The Master Chief Collection in August - the first Halo game officially launched for the Xbox platform in China - and has great potential to win over gamers.

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Islamic State being scammed via social media, giving away money

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 2 hours, 51 mins ago

Remember how the Islamic State is using social media in a clever way to recruit members, lure girls away from their homes, and intimidate locals? Well, it looks like a few women in Chechnya have duped the Islamic State for some quick cash.

 

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The unidentified women, currently being investigated for fraud, scammed at least $3,300 from the Islamic State - by promising to head to Syria to join the group. Instead, the women shut down the social media accounts after the money was successfully wired into their accounts.

 

"I don't recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction," said Valery Zolotaryov, a police officer in Chechnya, speaking to a Chechen newspaper. "Anyhow, I don't advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money."

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SoftBank CEO says intelligent robots need emotions and compassion

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 3 hours, 41 mins ago

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has thought very carefully about robots and artificial intelligence, with lots of thoughts regarding emotions and compassion - especially towards humans.

 

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"I'm sure that most people would rather have the warm-hearted person as a friend," Son said during the SoftBank World conference, as noted by Tech in Asia. "Someday robots will be more intelligent than human beings, and [such robots] must also be pure, nice, and compassionate toward people."

 

Trying to figure out how much human-like emotional functionality robots should have, however, is extremely difficult. There is growing concern that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humans, though robot supporters believe that can be controlled.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake's combat to be "dramatically changed"

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 59 mins ago

Square Enix's hotly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake might not feature the classic turn-based combat fans know and love; Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura affirms that "dramatic changes" are incoming, but also affirms the game will still be recognizable to lifelong fans.

 

 

"We are bringing dramatic changes to the Final Fantasy VII Remake," Tetsuya said in an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine's UK branch. "That being said we want to clarify: we're not going to be changing it into a shooter or something like that. We are going to be bringing dramatic changes, but we want to make sure it's still recognisable."

 

In lieu of the beloved ATB system used by the iconic original, could Square Enix opt in for a sort of combination of real-time role-based combat like Final Fantasy Type-0, or maybe even go all in for the action like Final Fantasy 15? This is pretty risky, and Square has to tread a razor's edge here or risk alienating and facing incredible backlash from gamers everywhere. Final Fantasy VII is heralded near-unanimously as a masterpiece of epic proportions, and the Japanese developer/publisher needs to handle this resurrection just right.

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Sony continues to sell PS4 well, will it be best-selling console ever?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 4 hours, 55 mins ago

The Sony PlayStation business continues to be extremely successful for the Japanese electronics company, with the PlayStation 4 selling 3 million units during Q1.

 

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Since launching in North America and Europe in November 2013, Sony has sold more than 25.3 million PS4 units worldwide. It's an impressive sales streak for Sony, outpacing the PlayStation 2, which took two years, eight months to top 20 million. The console eventually sold 155 million units, and currently serves as the top selling console of all time.

 

PS4 sales reveals steady - and strong - growth among gamers worldwide, and Sony estimates there will be 40 million console sales through the end of Q1 2016. We'll see what happens leading up to the 2015 Christmas holiday shopping season, which typically boosts game hardware and software sales for the industry.

White hat hacker shows vulnerability in GM's OnStar system

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 5 hours, 22 mins ago

White hat hacker Samy Kamkar recently posted a video discussing how he found a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" General Motors vehicles by compromising the OnStar vehicle communications system.

 

 

Using the gadget, which cost around $100 to make, the system makes it possible to locate, unlock, and start the engine. Once a small wireless device has been placed near a GM car with OnStar, Kamkar was able to gain unauthorized access to the vehicle.

 

Dubbed the "OwnStar" system, Kamkar showed he was able to intercept communication from the OnStar service and OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. Technical details will be revealed during Def Con next week.

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