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Mad Catz teases new tractor controls for Farming Simulator

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

Mad Catz has announced is is creating a custom Saitek-branded farm control for the most dedicated players of Giants Software's Farming Simulator. Yes, there's a farming simulator, and there are controls coming out for it.


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Mad Catz's Saitek team are working on a wheel that is tilted upwards, with a high degree of rotation, with the handy little knob at the bottom - just like the real-life farming machines have. Saitek is also reportedly working on a custom side panel with a front loader control stick, and other buttons and switches that is sure to make the Farming Simulator experience that much more real.


The new controls for Farming Simulator are due out sometime in the pre-holiday 2015 season, and will work with Farming Simulator 2014, 2015 and all future releases.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II vs AMD Radeon R9 390X in leaked benchmarks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 4 days, 2 hours ago

According to the latest rumors, the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan II has been benchmarked against the Radeon R9 380X and R9 390X. These are just rumors right now, as all three of these cards have not been announced yet. Even the name Titan II could change to Titan II, or Titan Extreme. AMD on the other hand could change their cards to 399X, or 400X or anything out of the norm from what to expect.


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The details on the cards from the poster on Chiphell state that the Fiji XT and Bermuda XT (380X and 390X respectively), will be manufactured on Globalfoundries' 20nm process. The Titan II on the other hand will arrive as the GM200, which will supposedly come in two flavors: a cut down version with 21 MM units and a total of 2688 CUDA cores. A "full fat" version will arrive at a later date with an increased amount of SMMs and CUDA cores.


When it comes to performance, the GM200-powered GPU from NVIDIA will be 34% faster than the GeForce GTX 980. On the AMD side of things, the R9 390X will be a huge 65% faster than the R9 290X, which will feature liquid cooling that was rumored all those months ago. Performance wise, the next-gen GPUs are packing a massive punch.

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Amazon Echo teardown reveals the speakers impressive internals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

Amazon's Echo speaker is still super fresh, but iFixit seem to get their hands-on these devices first, with a beautiful teardown revealing the internals of this smart speaker.


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Inside of the 10-inch tall Echo, we have three circuit boards and a bunch of processing chips which are found between two speakers and a bass reflex subwoofer. Texas Instruments silicon chips are found inside for controlling most things from the ring of LED lights, stereo playback and digital signal processing. SanDisk make an appearance with 4GB of flash storage, Samsung provides 256MB of RAM, while Qualcomm finds its way inside of the Echo speaker with a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module.


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Some eagle eyed readers might note that we haven't talked about a processor yet, because Echo has its processing done in the cloud. This is an impressive feat, and shows that the future of the cloud is very bright. Amazon's Echo, which is still an "invitation only" device right now, is getting some decent reviews from users so far.

'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' author Norman Bridwell has passed away

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 3 hours ago

The author, illustrator and creator of the 'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' series, Norman Bridwell, has passed away aged 86. Long term publishing company Scholastic paid tribute to Bridwell earlier today.


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Created in 1963, the 'Clifford: The Big Red Dog' series has delighted generations of young children, recently celebrating it's 50th anniversary. The book quickly established the then new publishing company Scholastic, and serves as the brand mascot.



In August, Universal Pictures announced that it had secured the rights to create a 'Clifford' movie, to be released in 2016.

Massive 6.7GB patch for Assassin's Creed: Unity promises massive fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 4 hours ago

Ubisoft only delayed the patch yesterday, but the company has announced that the forthcoming patch for the still broken Assassin's Creed: Unity weighs in at a huge 6.7GB.


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The massive patch is currently being pushed out to Xbox One and PS4 users, while the PC version of the patch is coming soon. Ubisoft has explained the patch on the website for Assassin's Creed as "Part of the team's effort to enhance frame rate for players involves replacing and updating portions of the Paris city map where we are seeing issues. This explains the large size of this title update (6.7 GB). However, since a large portion of the patch replaces existing files the net increase to the game's overall size will be less than 6.7 GB."


So the developer is trying to say that they've replaced large chunks of the map where there are various performance issues, which to me, would mean the game is broken? It's not a patch that fixes various problems, but replacing physical parts of the map to help performance? What the hell happened, Ubisoft? The patch notes are quite large, but you can check them out here.

'The Interview' stars Seth Rogen & James Franco pull media appearances

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 6 hours ago

In light of the threatened terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters in the US playing North Korean comedy 'The Interview', the films leads Seth Rogen and James Franco have cancelled all media appearances for the film, according to Variety.


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Media appearances are crucial to the success of a film's opening, especially for younger demographics, so their cancellation confirms the seriousness in which Sony Pictures are considering such reprisals. The company has been battling hackers since late November, with the group going by the name of 'Guardians of Peace' (which may or may not be linked to North Korea) which has led to the leaking of terabytes of confidential information, including emails, scripts and even unreleased movies.

First lawsuit targeting Sony Pictures over data breach now filed

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 7 hours ago

Sony Pictures Entertainment is being sued by two former employees, being blamed for not doing enough to keep employee personal information safe. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, with the former employees seeking monetary damages and class-action status.


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"Sony failed to secure its computer system, servers and databases, despite weaknesses that it has known about for years, because Sony made a business decision to accept the risk of losses associated with being hacked," according to the lawsuit.


Considering SPE was reportedly told that its network wasn't fully secure, it's not too shocking to hear they have been targeted by one lawsuit. Former employee Michael Corona worked for the company from 2004 to 2007, while Christina Mathis worked there from 2000 to 2002. Corona and Mathis both had their personal information compromised.

TAG Heuer plans to compete in smartwatch market, create partnerships

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 days, 8 hours ago

TAG Heuer plans to jump into the smartwatch market to compete with Apple and other competitors, as the wearable market accelerates. The company started on its wearables industry about four months ago, creating several partnerships, while also exploring potential acquisitions. TAG Heuer plans to wait until it has a working product to present to the public, which could take until late 2015 at the soonest, the company says.


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"Smartwatches represent a challenge to the Swiss watch industry that is comparable to the appearance of quartz technology," said Guy Semon, Tag Heuer general manager. "We cannot ignore this tsunami that is coming closer."


The smartwatch market should increase in popularity next year, as more tech companies and watchmakers dive into wearables.

Snowden's surveillance disclosures helping change user behaviors

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 days, 9 hours ago

Millions of Internet users have changed their Internet behavior and are doing more to keep their own personal data secure from possible surveillance, according to a survey from the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). The survey revealed 64 percent of respondents have increased privacy worries over just one year ago, as the NSA, GCHQ, and other organized surveillance programs target Web users.


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Following former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaks, 39 percent have done more to increase their privacy protections.


"But it is absolutely extraordinary that 750 million people are disturbed enough about their online privacy that they will represent to a survey-taker that they did something about it," said Bruce Schneier, a security expert, in a statement published by BBC.

ASUSTOR launches new 2 and 4 bay NAS products

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

ASUSTOR has announced the launch of their new 50T and 51T NAS products. There are four new high-performance models that leverage the Intel Celeron 2.41Ghz dual-core processor and a more powerful Celeron 2.0Ghz quad-core processor. The processors also feature turbo functionality to provide higher burst speeds during peak processing activities. Each model comes with either 1GB or 2GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory, which can be upgraded to 8GB for more discerning users.


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The new products come with the ADM 2.3 operating system, which was recently optimized to deliver a more refined interface. The models support HDMI and S/PDIF, allowing the NAS units to operate as the hub of the home entertainment system. Other features include smart system sleep and instant wake mode, which helps keep power costs down. Both models come with a 3 year warranty and are available now from dealers. We will be posting a review of the units soon in our NAS section.

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