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State of the Internet says DDoS attacks are up 149% compared to Q3

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2016 6:16 pm

The State of the Internet report has been released for the fourth quarter of 2015 and it highlights some of the more malicious trends coming from across the Internet. The short of it is, the volume of attacks against websites has increased through nearly every avenue than compared to the third quarter.




DDoS's in particular have seen quite the massive increase since last quarter, with a 148.85% increase in overall occurrences. The bright side is that duration seems to have been shortened, probably due to the pay-per-play nature of the services that seem to be the most used. But that didn't stop those sites from being targeted multiple times, up to 24 times in some cases. The good news is that the actual number of packets sent was lower. How very nice of these attackers.


Size of attacks seemed to be below 30Mbps, with only four that exceeded that amount and two that peaked even higher. The biggest were at around 309Gpps with 202Mpps (packets per second).That's actually a small decline in the number of big attacks, but 44.44%. But the interesting part is that the majority of attacks, some 54.45% of all the DDoS activity was focused on the gaming sector. People are getting more and more mad during and after online matches, preventing people, servers and games themselves from working right. Not to mention the massive attack on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

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HTC 10 smartphone teased, should be launched in mid-April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2016 8:27 am

HTC have quite a few smartphones coming out in the next few months, with the HTC 10 revealed thanks to renders leaked by notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass.




The leaked images show the white version of the HTC 10 from most angles, but remember these are renders - and not actualy photos of the smartphone. Blass says that this is HTC's new flagship smartphone, and it'll be known as the HTC 10. According to Blass, HTC chose the name as it wants to step away from its normal devices naming scheme, with previous handsets called the HTC One M9, M8, M7 and others.


Blass adds that HTC will launch the HTC 10 smartphone in mid-April, with availability in mid-May.

AMD's ultra-thin gaming notebooks should be powered by Thunderbolt 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 6, 2016 6:57 am

AMD has already teased that it will "spice things up" at the Game Developers Conference next week, but what has me excited is the promise of next-gen, ultra-thin gaming notebooks.




During an AMA on Reddit, AMD's Robert Hallock said: "Ultra-thin notebooks are awesome to carry, but nobody in their right mind would confuse one for a gaming notebook. But there's still a HUGE appetite for thin notebooks that can game. I also bet there's a bunch of gamers out there who, as they get into their 30s and 40s, wouldn't mind condensing their entire computing life down into one device that does it all... External GPUs are the answer. External GPUs with standardised connectors, cables, drivers, plug'n'play, OS support, etc".


The ultra-thin gaming notebooks should be powered by Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which boasts up to 40Gbps of bandwidth. We've recently seen Razer tease its Core GPU enclosure, which offers its Blade Stealth gaming notebook an external GPU enclosure, super-powering your portable gaming experience. We should see AMD unveil something awesome at GDC 2016 next week in San Francisco.

CD Projekt Red confirms 'most of The Witcher sales are for the PC'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2016 5:29 am

The Witcher series of games have been widely successful on both the PC and various consoles over the years, but during a recent interview with CD Projekt Red (the developer behind The Witcher series), we've found out that the PC is the lead platform when it comes to sales.




CD Projekt Red's Marcin Iwinski explained during the interview: "Consoles began for real with PS2 from Sony, and then with X360. PS wasn't available for everyone. It was an expensive toy with expensive games. I was already distributing games at that time and I remember what was the expenditure for video games. PS was available for more affluent people and PS2 was available for the masses and started to develop this market. However, the PC still holds strong. Most of The Witcher sales are for the PC, though consoles started selling very well".

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will soon have multi-GPU support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2016 3:21 am

The Coalition and Microsoft have found themselves in a pretty insane position right now, launching Gears of War: Ultimate Edition onto the Windows Store. Windows Store-based games do not feature multi-GPU support, so with it being a DX12-powered game - those high-end GPUs in SLI or Crossfire are wasted on GoW: Ultimate Edition... for now.




According to Rod Fergusson, Studio Head of The Coalition, the developer is working on multi-GPU support. Fergusson fielded some questions on Twitter, where he said: "Microsoft working on multi-GPU and if you unlock framerate it runs at monitor framerate so may need to bump it up".


As for the general performance and stability of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on the PC, PezRader from The Coalition has said: "We do not have any news to share at this time for the PC version. I know some are worried but please don't fret. We are wanting to make sure polish and performance are prioritized on the PC version so that you all have a great experience".

HTC will soon offer Vive-optimizing VR gaming PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 6, 2016 1:06 am

If you pre-ordered the HTC Vive but don't yet have a fast enough gaming PC to handle VR, you might want to keep an eye out for Vive-optimized gaming PCs that are on their way.




According to the VP of Planning and Product Management for HTC Vive, Dan O'Brien: "We'll have PC bundles with Vive-optimized PCs on our website soon and we'll tell people they'll have a great experience," O'Brien promises. "But I don't think PC bundles will be a major driver of sales".


We don't yet know which PCs will be sold with the HTC Vive or any idea on cost.

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Capcom to start punishing rage quitters on a weekly basis

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 5, 2016 2:05 pm

Capcom is as tired of rage-quitters as you are, and they're going to implement some keen punishment for those that take advantage of the ability to quit mid-match in Street Fighter V.




The problem is that the system is far too lenient for those that wish to simply quit as opposed to suffer a loss. But Capcom will start resetting League Points, and thus their rank, for those players that tend to quit more than others after each week is up. And they have a lot of data points to work with to help make a permanent, automated solution to this. That permanent solution still hasn't been implemented, though.


To get to this point they've asked players from around the world to submit video, and other, proof to help them determine the when rage-quitters are at their worst, and cross-reference that with internal data so they can compile their solution. They want those occasional quitters to know that it's okay to be mad once in awhile, that they're targeting the absolute worst offenders of the lot. "The players who fit the criteria of what we would call a "Rage Quitter" typically have an 80-90% disconnect rate and their accounts sit far outside of the norm as compared to the majority of other players."

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Keanu Reeves is Neo in real life, while training for John Wick sequel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 5, 2016 8:24 am

Keanu Reeves is currently training for John Wick: Chapter Two, where a new video has emerged of him "shedding" - or training with guns - with Taran Tactical.



Taran Tactical Innovations took to Facebook, explaining: "Well ladies and gents, everyone loves a little shredding. Make sure you guys check out 'John Wick II' when it hits theaters. The firearms action alone will be unlike anything you've ever seen. So much of it is revolutionary stuff that we gun owners have known of for years but never made it to the big screen".


It looks like Neo didn't die in The Matrix Revolutions, he just turned into Keanu Reeves and starting making movies as Reeves. Check out John Wick: Chapter Two when it's released next year.

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