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Star Wars: Battlefront won't use Battlelog, has offline singleplayer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 0 mins ago

We've been finding out a bunch of details on Star Wars: Battlefront lately, where we know it will run at 60FPS on both the Xbox One and PS4, it'll be released on November 17, and it has some very beautiful visuals.

 

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Now we know that DICE will not be forcing Battlelog onto anyone with Battlefront, but we're also going to see solo, and offline "Missions" which will feature bots. Niklas Fegraeus from DICE confirmed the news through Twitter where he said: "We have a feature called Missions that allow you to play solo or cooperatively with bots on or offline".

 

The bigger news here is that Battlelog won't be used, which is what's required to play Battlefield 4 and Battlefield: Hardline. You need to login through your web browser, with the launch happening from the browser for both single and multiplayer. Assistant Producer on Star Wars: Battlefront, Jesper Nielsen, has said that Battlefront won't require Battlelog, and that Star Wars: Battlefront system to launch the game is "built from scratch" and that there will be "no browser game launching".

Rockstar fixes login problems with the first patch for GTA V

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 36 mins ago

Rockstar Games is right on top of the issues with Grand Theft Auto V on the PC, with the latest version 1.01 patch fixing some of the issues that people were having with the game. We've benchmarked the game at 1080p, 1440p and 4K too - so if you want to check out the performance on the game, check out our benchmarks.

 

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The biggest issue that was fixed was the login issue, with version 1.01 fixing the problem that users were having from their Windows usernames. If your username featured characters other than alphanumeric (the letters A-Z, and numbers 0-9) then the game wouldn't launch properly. The studio offered a workaround last week, which had users needing to create a new administrator account on Windows, which isn't how you should deal with a problem when you've dropped $80 for a game.

 

Other issues have been fixed, such as the high CPU usage and potential crashes the game would have. The list is extensive, which you can check out below.

 

  • Fixed an issue where the GTA 5 Launcher would use an abnormally high percentage of CPU and sometimes crash
  • Fixed an issue where frame rate would drop when left-clicking the mouse while driving
  • Added a grid to the Golf mini-game to show the topology of the green while putting
  • Fixed an issue where a character's eyebrows or other facial features could change erroneously when transferred to PC
  • Fixed an issue where a some players were asked to transfer their GTA Online character while a transfer was already in progress
  • YouTube uploads via the Rockstar Editor will now correctly resume if Internet connection is lost during the upload and later restored
  • Fixed a rare issue where the game could crash while using the Rockstar Editor
  • Projects containing deleted clips will now load properly in the Rockstar Editor and warn the player of the missing clips
  • Fixed an issue where birds were not recorded correctly in Rockstar Editor clips
  • Corrected an issue where certain characters in Windows usernames would cause the Launcher to fail to load or other undesired game behavior. For details, see this page.
  • Fixed an issue where players with one garage would not be able to replace an existing vehicle if the garage was full and the new vehicle was purchased from an in-game website
  • Additional fixes to prepare for iFruit support
  • Crew Tire Smoke can no longer be purchased if you are not in a Crew

Sony Xperia Z4 teased thanks to WikiLeaks' dump of internal Sony docs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 56 mins ago

WikiLeaks released over 30,000 internal Sony documents recently, a dump that included presentation files, financial information and what looks to be some details on the upcoming Xperia Z4 smartphone.

 

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Thanks to the new information and leaks, we can hope to receive a full-metal design on Sony's upcoming flagship handset. It looks like we can also expect a fingerprint sensor on the Xperia Z4, bringing it up to the same level as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge from Samsung, and the iPhone 5, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus from Apple.

 

The leaked images show a bigger power button, which looks like it might be the fingerprint sensor too, as well as the all-metal back and front of the Xperia Z4. The internal documents and early renders are using words such as "seamless" and "solid", which means we can expect a beautiful new design from Sony for its Xperia Z4 smartphone.

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Tesla's gigafactory is coming together, thanks to satellite images

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 4 mins ago

One of the most exciting projects right now is Tesla Motors' gigafactory, which is being built in the middle of the Nevada desert. Construction has been underway since last July reports Mashable, which is also reporting some new satellite imagery of the secretive facility.

 

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Mashable got its hands on the satellite imagery, which shows how far construction has come since July last year. Back in 2013, Tesla Motors founder and real life Tony Stark told Forbes: "This will be a giant facility. We are talking about something that is comparable to all of the lithium-ion battery production in the world - in one factory".

 

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With the gigafactory being a gigantic battery producing beast, it needs some serious power - with Tesla looking to use many forms of renewable energy. The company will be using sources like solar panels, wind turbines and hydroelectric plants in order to power 500,000 electric vehicles by 2020. Once the facility is finalized, it will take up around 5 million square feet of space, with a final cost of around $5 billion.

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Acer's XB280HK 28-inch 4K NVIDIA G-Sync monitor is just $599 right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 4 hours, 42 mins ago

One of our favorite 4K monitors is on sale right now, with the Acer XB280HK available at Newegg for $599, down from its normal price of $899. The Acer XB280HK is a 28-inch 4K monitor that has NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in, with our review available right here.

 

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Sure, it's a TN-based panel and not IPS, but for $599 you're getting a silky-smooth 4K monitor if you have the VGA chops to get there. 4K 60FPS isn't too hard these days with a mix of Medium/High details in most games, with Grand Theft Auto V able to hit 4K 60FPS on something like a GeForce GTX 970 without a problem.

 

You'll need the following promo code "EMCARKW22", which is available until April 22, so get in quick. The code only works for those who are signed up to Newegg's newsletter, so you'll need to sign up for that if you haven't already. If you're already signed up for it, you would've received the e-mail alerting you to the sale, but if you've missed that e-mail, consider this your notice.

Samsung's new M.2 NVMe PCIe-based SSD capable of 2.2GB/sec reads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: 6 hours, 6 mins ago

Samsung is on the forefront of storage technology, leaping directly into the arms of 3D V-NAND flash, and the world of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs. The South Korean giant is looking to really heat up the storage space with the industry's first M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD that is blazing fast.

 

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According to Jeeho Baek, the Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung: "Our new NVMe SSD will allow for faster, ultra-slim notebook PCs with extended battery use, while accelerating the adoption of NVMe SSDs within the consumer marketplace. Samsung will continue to stay a critical step ahead of others in the industry in introducing a diversity of next-generation SSDs, that contribute to an enhanced user experience through rapid popularization of ultra-fast, highly energy-efficient, compact SSDs".

 

The new SSD will be capable of 2.2GB/sec and 1.6GB/sec sequential read/writes, respectively. It will arrive with 300,000 IOPS and a form factory of no thicker than 3.73mm, which is as thick as "two stacked nickels" reports WCCFTech. It will only weigh 7g, and use 2mV which is a big drop in power from normal storage products that use up to 50mV.

Local piracy rates heavily influence Netflix's pricing in the region

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 46 mins ago

Netflix has come out on record saying that it takes in the local piracy rates of a country to determine the pricing of it subscription, so if there is a high level of pirate downloads in the country, Netflix is cheaper for you.

 

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With over 60 million subscribers and counting, Netflix doesn't have much competition - apart from piracy. But Netflix looks at online piracy as a form of competition, which is great, as it can tune its pricing model to entice those who would otherwise download the episodes illegally. Netflix CFO David Wells has explained: "Piracy is a governor in terms of our price in high piracy markets outside the US. We wouldn't want to come out with a high price because there's a lot of piracy, so we have to compete with that".

'Furious 7' races past $1B at the worldwide box office

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 8 hours, 38 mins ago

I might have eviscerated it in my recent review, but perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest instalment in the 'Fast and the Furious' franchise has grossed a spectacular $1 billion at the international box office in just 17 days, joining an elite club of 20 such films - and marks a first for Universal Pictures.

 

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While 1993's 'Jurassic Park' grossed over $1 billion in it's combined 1993 and 2013 releases, 'Furious 7' has become the first film to gross that amount in its initial release. Vice-Chairman of NBC Universal Ron Meyer wrote in a blog-post that "I am incredibly proud of the motion picture team at Universal, the cast and filmmakers of the FAST & FURIOUS for all they have done to take our original idea and evolve it into a huge, global, blockbuster franchise."

 

As a comparison, the first 'The Fast and the Furious' film in 2001 grossed $207 million worldwide. How's that for stock appreciation? It remains to be seen whether June's release of the much-anticipated 'Jurassic World' can top it, and it's predecessor. After some mediocre years for the 103 year old studio, they'll certainly be hoping.

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Study: Iran increasing cyberattacks, developing new cyber arsenal

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 10 hours, 6 mins ago

The Iranian government has a growing cyber arsenal capable of launching more attacks against political rivals and foreign governments, according to the Norse cybersecurity firm and the American Enterprise Institute. Even with international sanctions, the country has been able to create tools used for reconnaissance and intelligence collection from compromised targets.

 

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"Cyber gives them a usable weapon, in ways nuclear technology does not," said Frederick Kagan, director of the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project, in a statement published by the New York Times. "And it has a degree of plausible deniability that is attractive to many countries."

 

There is concern that Iran would spend even more money to help develop its cyberweapons - but the country has already continually improved its current attack capabilities. China and Russia have developed capable cyberattack efforts, but cybersecurity experts show the most concern that North Korea and Iran are trying to improve their hacking tools.

US Air Force testing 3D glasses to more accurately pick targets

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: 12 hours, 23 mins ago

The US Air Force's 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) is testing 3D glasses paired with the Common Geospacial System to provide an enhanced view of environments. Each person wearing the headset can view ground elevations, building heights and other geographical data used for more precise missile strikes.

 

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To provide this view, two overlapping images, captured from different viewpoints is used - as part of a custom $17,000 bundle that provides software, monitors, and goggles. Unfortunately, the 3D images cannot be created in real-time, so it takes time and patience to create superimposed data used by the ISRG team.

 

"The glasses used to bigger and have batteries," said Tech Sgt. Tiffany, who has tested the system at Langley, in a statement published by The Daily Press. "They are much smaller and easier to use now. They look like regular sunglasses."

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