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No Man's Sky will come to the PC after being a timed exclusive on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 52 mins ago

No Man's Sky has officially been announced for the PC, with Hello Games' procedurally generated exploration title enjoying a timed exclusive on the PlayStation 4, according to the latest issue of Edge magazine.


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Hello Games' Managing Director, Sean Murray, said during the interview: "I actually got in a bit of trouble for saying that we wanted the game to feel really console-y. We've always had PC in mind but in my head (console-y) means solid frame rate and immediate controls. I think a PC game can be 'console-y' and it's intended as a compliment, but I get in trouble for saying it."


No Man's Sky arrives on the PS4 sometime next year, and will hopefully hit the PC not too long after.

Trading games in at GameStop? You'll need to provide your fingerprint

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 15 mins ago

Some GameStop customers have had to provide their fingerprints when they traded in their used games in some of the Philadelphia-based stores in the US. GameStop is using fingerprints to help authorities track criminals who trade-in used games.


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One employee at GameStop talked with Kotaku, where they said that the new anti-crime measure has been in place for around a month now. One of the reasons behind the new system is that GameStop stores in the city received a mandate from GameStop's corporate HQ after Philadelphia police asked if they could offer stronger security measures.


This employee said that customers of GameStop in these fingerprint scanning equipped stores can no longer trade in games if they don't provide their fingerprints. The fingerprints that are collected are uploaded onto the online database Leads Online, according to the Philadelphia Police Department, reports CBS Philadelphia. According to customers of these GameStop stores that CBS Philadelphia interviewed, they aren't happy with these '1984' style measures, which makes them all feel like they're being treated like criminals.

Hulu Plus app updated for Android users with more free shows

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: 15 hours, 51 mins ago

If you are a fan of the Hulu Plus app on your Android smartphone or tablet, you will have some new content to check out thanks to an update. Hulu has announced that Android users out there can now get new content free when using the updated app.


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The app already offered a free selection of current content and past episodes of some shows. The update brings free access to Hulu Originals, Anime, Kids, Movies, and Latino libraries of content.


With the update, the Android version of the Hulu Plus app is now on par with the content available on the free ad-supported version of Hulu on the web. The fee for Hulu Plus to unlock all content is $8 monthly.

iPhone 5S screen replacements start in Apple Store on August 4

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 16 hours, 48 mins ago

Apple is set to start replacing broken iPhone 5S displays in the US and Canada at Apple Stores. Sources say that the screen replacement program will kick off on August 4, which is this coming Monday. A few test locations have been replacing screens for the iPhone 5S over the last few weeks.


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Owners of the cheaper iPhone 5C smartphone were able to get screens replaced at Apple Stores starting last January. Screen replacement for the iPhone 5S isn't a cheap undertaking.


Getting a damaged screen replaced will cost $150 per repair. Before the screen replacement program was available, the only way to get your phone fixed from Apple if you broke the screen was to replace the entire smartphone for $269.

Google Barge in Portland heads to the scrap heap

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 17 hours, 49 mins ago

Remember that massive barge that Google was working on that had so many people wondering what the firm was up to. The thing was envisioned as a sort of floating party house and showroom that would allow Google to show off its products to various people.


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It appears Google has had second thoughts about its floating palace for tech and is sending the four-story structure on the barge to the scrap heap. The massive barge has been sitting in Portland Harbor since October of last year and has a four-story structure made from shipping containers.


The barge in Portland was supposed to be towed to NYC once finished for its unveiling. This week the barge was towed from the dock where it has been moored with reports indicating the barge itself had been purchased while the shipping containers will be scrapped. There is no word on why Google is abandoning the project.

The SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water trailer debuts

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 18 hours, 55 mins ago

SpongeBob SquarePants has been around for a long time now and it's one of the most popular animated shows on TV. Typically, SpongeBob and his pals are 2D animated, but that will change when the second big screen movie based on the yellow sponge hits theaters in February 2015.



The film is called The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge Out of Water and it has a release date for February 6, 2015. The movie will see the cartoon drawn in typical 2D flat form. The characters in the film will also get a CGI makeover for parts of the movie that see them coming to dry land. It appears from the trailer that Antonio Banderas is Patchy the Pirate.

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Office for iPad updated with new PDF file and image tools

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Software | Posted: 19 hours, 50 mins ago

Microsoft has issued an update for the popular Office for iPad app that brings some new tricks for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The update brings several user requested features to the apps, with one of the big new features being the ability to export files as PDFs.


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Each of the apps has also received new Picture Tools that allow users to the ability to crop to focus on the portion of the image that's important. All three of the apps also get support for third party fonts in the update.


Excel also gets improved support for external keyboards and support for "Flick to Select" so you can select data in a cell with a flick of your finger. The new features for Word include the Picture Tools, fonts, and PDF feature. PowerPoint received more improvements with a new Presenter View, new presenter tools for highlighting and drawing, and more.

NVIDIA to launch its GeForce GTX 880 next month, at under $500

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 20 hours, 39 mins ago

It looks like NVIDIA will unveil its GeForce GTX 880 sometime next month at a press event, but what to expect from NVIDIA for its next-gen GPU? We shouldn't expect too much in the performance department, but a decent price is something we can smile about.


TweakTown image news/3/9/39431_09_nvidia_to_launch_its_geforce_gtx_880_next_month_at_under_500.png is reporting that the GeForce GTX 880 will be announced mid next month, with retail availability of the GPU starting in late September. When it comes to the nuts and bolts of the GeForce GTX 880, we should expect NVIDIA to offer up 4GB and 8GB GDDR5 versions, both on a 256-bit bus. The best part about the GTX 880 will be its price, which is expected to fall somewhere around $400-$500 price range.


When it comes to performance, we should expect it to obviously beat the GK104-based GTX 780, and hopefully beat the GTX 780 Ti. By how much, we don't know. I think we can expect it to fall 10% either side of the GTX 780 Ti, and at $400-$450, this is going to push the prices of the GTX 780, and GTX 780 Ti down, too.

BlackBerry launches popular BBM app for Windows Phone users

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: 20 hours, 55 mins ago

One of the best things that BlackBerry has going for it right now is that its BlackBerry Messenger or BBM service is very popular with users. BlackBerry is working on opening that BBM ecosystem up to other smartphone users and has announced that it has now launched the BBM app for Windows Phone users.


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The big draw for BBM is that it promises to be a secure service for messaging. Last year BlackBerry launched an app for people on the Android operating system and iOS allowing them to use BBM from those rival devices.


With the addition of the BBM for Windows Phone app, the major platforms are now supported. Keeping the BBM platform closed for so long and only allowing BlackBerry devices to use it hurt the service and made it hard to compete with WhatsApp and other rivals for secure messaging.

UAV weed delivery gone wrong, crashes outside maximum security prison

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 21 hours, 9 mins ago

Reuters is reporting that the wreckage of a crashed drone was found outside of a maximum security prison in South Carolina, where it is believed that the drone was attempting to deliver contraband into the prison.


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The UAV was reportedly delivering phones, marijuana, tobacco and more into the Lee Correctional Institution. The discovery of the drone wreckage eventually lead to the arrest of 28-year-old Brenton Lee Doyle, and a search for a second suspect. Stephanie Givens, the spokeswoman for the State Department of Corrections has said: "officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state."


This is a first for South Carolina, but it's nothing new for some other prisons around the world. Down in my part of the world, Australian authorities arrested a man who was controlling a drug-packed drone, and before that four people were arrested in Georgia on charges of delivering tobacco into a prison yard with a drone.

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