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ESL proud to announce CS: GO tournament was most watched event

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Electronic Sports League (ESL) has a lot to be happy about, after its recent Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) tournament was the largest - and most watched - CS: GO event ever hosted.

 

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More than 11,000 people packed into the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany each day, while 27 million unique viewers watched almost 34 million hours of the live stream. During its peak viewing time, more than 1.3 million people watched the festivities via Twitch.

 

Team Fnatic beat team EnVyUS in the final, capturing a large portion of the $250,000 total prize pool from ESL One Cologne. Capturing three major CS: GO titles, Fnatic showed why they are currently the most dominating CS: GO team in the world.

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Symantec wants to boost IoT security, protecting more than 1B Things

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Cybersecurity firm Symantec has stepped up and announced it is keeping more than one billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices secure, providing enhanced security for connected TVs, vehicles, critical infrastructure, smart meters, and more.

 

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The Symantec Unified Security Strategy utilizes its Embedded Critical Systems Protection for device security, IoT roots of trust and device certificates, and code signing certificates and secure app services. It's an important goal as there are expected to be more than 25 billion 'Things' by 2020, with that number increasingly growing.

 

Even though more manufacturers are interested in IoT, trying to keep these newly-connected Things secure will be difficult. Cybersecurity experts have shown concern related to lax security practices that could open up new avenues of cybercrime by hackers.

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ARCHOS allows consumers to choose Windows 10 or Android on smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Smartphone and tablet maker ARCHOS has launched two new 5" smartphones, available for £99 ($155), and consumers can choose whether they want to run Windows 10 or Google Android 5.1 Lollipop.

 

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The ARCHOS 50 Cesium is powered by Windows 10, while the ARCHOS 50e Helium runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. It's an interesting decision to allow consumers the flexibility of choosing which OS they want to use, and make the phones available at a good price point.

 

Both phones are scheduled for release in November 2015. Expect to learn more when ARCHOS shows off the 50 Cesium and 50e Helium at IFA 2015.

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Razer and NZXT show off the S340 PC case, in unique collaboration

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Gaming hardware and peripheral company Razer has announced the NZXT S340, a collaboration with NZXT following Razer's offer to work with case manufacturers in 2014.

 

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The case features 360 degrees of steel casing surrounding the all-steel chassis, full 280mm front radiator support, compact form factor, integrated PSU should, fully filtered intakes, and 2x 120mm FN V2 fans on the top and rear of the case.

 

Razer included a front panel with a back-lit triple-headed snake logo, cable management bar with the Razer triple-headed snake logo, green power LED, green underglow LED with rear-located switch, PCI slot base cover, tinted window panel, and Razer signature green USB 3.0 ports.

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ARCHOS adds the Diamond S to its growing Diamond smartphone

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Device manufacturer ARCHOS is adding to its Diamond line of smartphones, as the company announced it will show off the Diamond S device during IFA 2015 next week.

 

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The device runs Google Android 5.1 Lollipop.

 

It will be available starting in November 2015 with a retail price of £159.99 ($251 USD).

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Survey: A lot of drivers aren't making use of safety benefits in cars

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Even though automakers are packing new technologies into vehicles, they might want to tone it down a bit, as many drivers avoid using these new features.

 

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Twenty percent of new car owners still didn't use half of the various features available following three months of car ownership. Once that three-month window passes, however, drivers aren't likely to suddenly beginning using those features, according to the 2015 Drive Report.

 

Thirty-five percent of drivers don't use automatic parking systems, 43 percent don't use built-in concierge systems, and 38 percent don't use mobile routers. Generation Y drivers (age 21-38) don't use infotainment systems, and still rely on directly using a smartphone.

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The Lytro Camera Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Cameras | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

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Sometimes a smartphone camera just doesn't cut it when you want to take an amazing photo. And that's where the First Generation Lytro Camera comes in, creating a world of refocusing options out of your favorite shots. Get it for $79.99 at TweakTown Deals.

 

Rather than just capturing the position of light rays and creating a static 2D image, the Lytro uses cutting-edge technology to record the direction of rays and let you do more than you thought was possible with your photos. Take your shots-up to 750-and then refocus them, change the perspective within, or view them in 3D. And for everything it can do, the Lytro is amazingly compact and portable-and it comes with a lens cap, cleaner cloth, wrist strap, and camera sleeve so it's ready to go wherever you do.

 

 

Say 'cheese' and grab the first generation Lytro camera for $79.99 at TweakTown Deals.

Kojima heralds the end of an era in new Metal Gear Solid V trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The last trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain went live today, and it feels like Kojima's heartfelt goodbye to fans across the world.

 

 

Hideo Kojima's new (and final) Metal Gear trailer has a very distinct air of finality to it, and the feels are quite overwhelming. Everyone wants to play Metal Gear Solid V, and for good reason. But at the same time it represents the end of an era; when MGSV releases, it will be the last true Kojima MGS game we'll likely ever see. Sure Konami says that it'll make more Metal Gear Solid games in the future, but it won't ever be the same. It just won't be the same.

 

Although the footage is labeled as the launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it's more of a kind of epitaph on the gravestone that is MGS in its current form; a sort of eulogy read during the funeral of the series. We're sad to see it go, but we're also glad it's been around since 1998 and that we'll get one last hurrah before it's over. And the end will be anything other than a quiet slip into death--Kojima's MGS will go out with an explosive bang.

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This 70's-themed Game Boy emulator fits in your pocket

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you're like me, you've often wondered what retro game systems would look like if they were displaced into different timelines--NES consoles with joysticks etc--and one talented gadgeteer shows us what a Game Boy might have looked like in the era of wood paneling.

 

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Back in the day faux wood paneling found its way on everything from station wagons to game consoles like the Fairchild Channel 4 and the legendary Atari 2600. And now that stylish veneer has skipped a few decades to enfold the a customized Game Boy style handheld emulator.

 

Introducing the PE358, a pocket-sized portable game system created inspired by the Game Boy Advance SP console. Crafted by the renown Swedish designer Love Hultén, the PE358 is a full-fledged emulator encased in a simple clamshell-style screen-and-controller duo enfolded by sturdy walnut box. The screen even resembles an old tube TV display, adding in even more old-school nostalgia.

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GTA V's new photo-realistic mod looks better than real life

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

GTA V has just received its first major photo-realistic overhaul mod that brings incredible pristine visuals that look better than real life.

 

 

The amazing Toddyhancer mod was created by Martin Bergman in the Rockstar Editor, and contrary to popular belief Bergman says that he didn't go nuts with anything too complicated to create the mod: "Don't go bananaz! its just Reshade Shaders, ENB series, simple tweaks and some tonemapping with class!" Right now the mod is a work in progress and doesn't have a name, but it looks to be a strong contender for this generation's ICE Enhancer mod for GTA V.

 

Toddyhancer's lighting is superlative, bringing a truly unique filmic look and feel to every single environment, capturing a huge scale of hues across day to night timeframes. Although the overhaul is a feast for the eyes, game performance is going to take a hit with a hard 40FPS cap. The FPS dip is quite noticeable in the mod's trailer, but Bergman attributes most of the lag to playing and recording on a laptop.

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