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Naughty Dog announces March 18, 2016 release for Uncharted 4 on PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 52 mins ago

Naughty Dog has announced the release date of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on the PlayStation 4, with the last game in the series arriving on March 18, 2016.

 

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Uncharted 4 will arrive in a few different versions, with the Special Edition pre-order including a steelbook case, an art book, in-game currency, a sticker sheet and the game itself on a Blu-ray for $80. If you want to kick over $120 for the Collector's Edition, it will include everything that the Special Edition comes with, but with a 12-inch statue of Nathan Drake from Gentle Giant, three in-game multiplayer outfits, two weapons skins, and other in-game customization options.

 

There will also be DLC packs for Uncharted 4, with the first two DLC packs being multiplayer packs with rare and legendary items while the third DLC pack is "the first ever, single-player story add-on for the Uncharted series".

Google is trying to make 4K video less demanding on your connection

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 hours, 15 mins ago

With 4K video becoming more of a 'thing', Google is wanting to get the amount of data it consumes through your Internet connection down to a more acceptable level.

 

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The company is developing a more efficient video compression codec called VP10, which has been in development for over a year now. Compared to H.264, VP9 uses half the bandwidth to provide users with the same quality video, while VP10 halves that again. VP10 will also feature sharper images, better colors, and a better dynamic range between lights and dark.

 

Google is hoping to reach its performance targets for VP10 by the end of 2016, so we're a little while away yet.

FBI says companies lost $1.2B due to email scams since October 2013

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 7 hours, 17 mins ago

Businesses have been taken for at least $1.2 billion in fraud-related losses from October 2013 until August 2015, with cybercriminals targeteing businesses that interact with international suppliers, according to the FBI Internet Complaint Center (IC3).

 

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Fraud ring operators typically say they are lawyers or some type of representative from a law firm - and claim they are responsible for addressing confidential and time-sensitive manners. Once contact has been made, they try to rely on pressuring a victim to send payments quickly.

 

"The scam has been reported in all 50 states and in 79 countries," according to the FBI memo. "Fraudulent transfers have been reported going to 72 countries; however, the majority of the transfers are going to Asian banks located within China and Hong Kong."

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Qualcomm's next chip will use machine learning to detect malware

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 8 hours, 33 mins ago

Qualcomm may seem like its been out of the game lately, but their upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor is shaping up to be a real beast. Not only is it going to offer up 40% more performance, while using 40% less power, but it's also going to take DSLR-quality photos, too.

 

 

The company has just announced a new technology that will be featured in the Snapdragon 820 called Smart Protect, which will use real-time, on-device machine learning to detect zero-day malware threats. Awesome. The Snapdragon 820 will do this by "looking at the actual behavior of device applications to detect and classify behavior that seems suspicious or anomalous", reports TechSpot.

 

Qualcomm has also said that its Smart Protect technology will work alongside existing signature-based anti-malware solutions, as Smart Protect is able to analyze and identify enw threats before the signature is even available. All of this can be done without requiring a connection to the Internet, too. Qualcomm is using Zeroth, its first cognitive computing platform, to power Smart Protect. The company has been working with many of the industry's biggest security providers including Avast, AVG and Lookout to utilize Smart Protect capabilities inside of their commercial products.

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Intel teases 100TB or larger SSDs for 2020

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 9 hours, 27 mins ago

I feel quite privileged to have all of my systems powered by SSDs, with the biggest ones being 480GB. But those 1TB SSDs are just huge, and by the looks of things, they're only going to get bigger, and very quick.

 

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Intel is working with Micron in their joint collaboration in IMFT, where the two giants will be making some sweet NAND together. With that in mind, Intel is now projecting to have 30TB SSDs by 2018, and passing 100TB by the end of the decade. Hitting 100TB+ SSDs isn't going to be easy, with Intel expecting datacenters and the enterprise markets to move over to flash-based storage quicker and quicker.

 

As it stands, flash-based storage is used to cache "hot" data, but Intel wants to see SSDs used for much more than that in the enterprise. The chipmaker sees NVMe-based solutions taking over, thanks to their reduced overheads and increased speeds and lowered latency.

Battlefield 4 'Summer update' arrives on September 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 hours, 39 mins ago

DICE will be pushing out the new Summer update for Battlefield 4 on September 1 at 9AM UTC / 2AM PDT, something we noticed on Battlelog as I went to play a quick game of BF4.

 

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The Summer update for BF4 will include night versions of Zavod 311, Siege of Shanghai and Golmud Railway, as well as the usual bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and a tweak to how fast turrets can move on different vehicles. DICE is also testing a 60Hz server tick rate, which improves performance and makes everything snappier.

 

Another great addition will be the toning down of the bullet traces that DICE introduced in the last patch for Battlefield 4.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet reaches Australia, available right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 12 hours, 37 mins ago

Sony has just announced the Australian availability of its most exciting tablet yet, the Xperia Z4 Tablet. The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world's lightest and thinnest 10-inch tablet, which is quite the achievement for Sony, especially against Samsung and Apple.

 

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The Xperia Z4 Tablet features a 10.1-inch 2K display, an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and weighs in at just 393g (13.8oz) for the 4G-capable model while the Wi-Fi-only model weighs 389g (13.7oz). As usual, the Xperia Z4 Tablet features IP68 waterproof protection, with dust tight rating with cap-less microUSB charging.

 

Sony is selling the new Xperia Z4 Tablet through Telstra for an RRP of $888, or on a 24-month plan through Go Mobile Broadband for $62 per month.

Six people busted for using Lizard Squad's custom DDoS tool

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 13 hours, 10 mins ago

Six teenagers have been arrested, and are now out on bail, suspected of using the Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack tool, according to the UK National Crime Agency. The arrests were part of "Operation Vivarium," and included coordination between the NCA and several police agencies.

 

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The arrested men include one 15-year-old, a 16-yearold, one 17-year-old, and three 18-year-olds. Earlier in the year, officials arrested two other teenagers for allegedly using the Lizard Stresser.

 

"By paying a comparatively small fee, tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services," said Tony Adams, senior operations manager of the NCA national cybercrime unit.

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Square Enix improvised Final Fantasy 7's development, says Nomura

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 39 mins ago

With the Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the way, legendary Square Enix alum Tetsuya Nomura takes us back to the late 90's to discuss how one of the most iconic juggernauts in video game history was made.

 

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Final Fantasy 7 was a pivotal moment in history for Square Enix and gaming as a whole: the game rode the mighty wave set forth by the original PlayStation, ushering in a new era of 3D visuals that breathed true life into the game via cinematics, polygons, and characters with real heart (you teared up during Aerith's infamous scene, admit it).

 

"The original game was the first time in Final Fantasy that all of the creation of characters and environments was rendered in 3D," Nomura said in an interview with PlayStation Magazine. "It was a time of big changes when we went from sprites to something more lifelike and in 3D, and it was just such an iconic moment. And we just packed so much playable content for players to experience, I feel that maybe that's one of the great reasons that that game had such an impact on fans. We were able to create a new game-playing experience. And on top of that, the characters. Not only the transition of 2D to 3D polygons, just that their personalities were more drawn out, they were more human and you can attach emotionally to those characters."

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Ashley Madison growing, including almost 90K women last week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 15 hours, 53 mins ago

It turns out that many people aren't afraid of fallout from Ashley Madison's high-profile data breach, with "hundreds of thousands" of new members reportedly signing up for the site in the past week. In addition, 87,596 women also signed up for the infidelity website, according to Avid Life officials.

 

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"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," according to Avid Life Media.

 

"Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing." However, CEO Noel Biderman stepped down as head of the company, and additional shakeups are possible - though it looks like a bit of notoriety could be helping the website.

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