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Robotoki's Human Element drops F2P, still aiming for November 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 21 hours ago

Human Element, if you haven't heard about it yet, is developed by fresh LA-based studio Robotoki. Robert Bowling, the ex Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, and the Lead of Infinity Ward, formed the studio in 2012 - but have only just announced that they have now abandoned the free-to-play design of Human Element, which will now launch as a premium product in November next year.


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With Robotoki dropping the free-to-play side of Human Element, it has agreed to end its agreement with Nexon, a free-to-play giant, laying off a portion of its staff. Bowling said in a statement with Gamasutra: "As the game evolved we realized that the elements that make Human Element the most fun would be hindered by keeping it a free-to-play experience. Therefore, we made the decision to switch to a premium experience for our players; which also meant that working with the premier publisher in free-to-play was no longer the best partnership fit for the game we were creating".


A Nexon America rep chimed in, saying: "Nexon and Robotoki have come to a mutual decision to end their publishing agreement for the game Human Element. As development of the project progressed the direction of the game naturally evolved, and it no longer aligns with the Nexon portfolio".

A month from release, Elite: Dangerous drops its offline mode promise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Elite: Dangerous floats into orbit on December 16, with Fronter Developments only just announcing today that they are dropping the promised offline mode, something they promised with its Kickstarter all the way back in December 2012.


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CEO of Fronter Developments, David Braben, explains: "A fully offline experience would be unacceptably limited and static compared to the dynamic, ever unfolding experience we are delivering". Elite: Dangerous' offline mode would've allowed gamers to play the game, without needing to be connected to the server, and the game's persistent online universe.


Some backers aren't happy with the news, taking to the forums to show their displeasure. Executive Producer on the game, Michael Brookes, siad that "the galaxy mechanics" that the game uses are all on Elite: Dangerous' online servers, and that "The data set and processes are huge and not something that would translate offline without considerable compromise to the vision".

SK Hynix begins shipping its next-gen 8GHz GDDR5 HBM memory

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

It wasn't long ago that we teased that AMD could be using SK Hynix's next-gen memory on its next-gen Radeon R9 390X GPU, but this new memory is now shipping from SK Hynix in the form of 8GHz GDDR5, in 4Gb single sticks.


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As it stands, AMD's best GPU; the Radeon R9 290X, has its memory frequency hitting around 5-6GHz, while NVIDIA's enjoys things a little higher, at 7GHz. SK Hynix's new chips increase the frequency up to 8GHz, in 4Gb chips, which should see some deliriously fast GPUs on offer for the next-gen.


With AMD's Radeon R9 390X rumored to have a 4096-bit bus, this memory shipping could indicate we're closer to seeing a next-gen GPU not only from AMD, but NVIDIA. AMD's R9 290X has a 512-bit memory bus, but this new HBM RAM could really kick things up a notch, especially with AMD partnering up with SK Hynix before the rumors of the next-gen GPUs even began.

Snapchat might block users from having third-party apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 days, 23 hours ago

After private Snapchat photos were leaked online - caused by the use of third-party apps that the chat service doesn't condone using - users that install these apps could be locked out of their accounts. The service is now contacting users suspected of having third-party apps installed, informing they should change their passwords and stop using the apps.


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"This is just another step in our ongoing efforts to improve the security and reliability of our services," a Snapchat representative told The Huffington Post, not confirming if the move is to prevent a potential future security breach.


The service started sending the following message to those believed to be using third-party apps: "We've noticed that you're using a third-party application to access Snapchat, putting yourself (and possibly your friends) at risk. Please change your password and stop using third-party applications when you access Snapchat."

Halo fan? There'll be a $600 replica of the Plasma Rifle next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 23 hours ago

This time next year you could be the owner of one of TriForce's amazing looking Plasma Rifle replicas, the infamous Alien weapon from Microsoft's Halo series.


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The company is taking pre-orders on two versions: "Brute red" and the standard purple/blue version. The normal version will set you back $600 total, with a $150 deposit, while the red version costs $650 total, with a deposit of $162.50. Both of the guns are full-sized replicas, measuring in at 24.5 inches long, 14 inches tall, and around 15-20 pounds.


TriForce will be making 500 copies of the standard edition, while 150 copies of the Brute red edition will be made.

Enter to win 'Doctor Who: The Complete Eight Series' on Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 6 days ago

To celebrate this week's release of 'Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series' on Blu-ray HD and DVD, we have ten copies of the complete season boxset to give away to readers, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.


In this thrilling new series, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) encounter previously unimaginable wonders and horrors. The time travellers meet a fleet of Daleks as they attempt to rescue a stranded ship of human survivors, face ranks of Cybermen stalking Earth, go back in time and join Robin Hood in a fight with killer robots in Sherwood Forest, become outlaws when they break into the deadliest bank in the cosmos, face a Mummy on the Orient Express, discover a deadly horror dwelling on the Moon and meet the last man standing at the end of the universe.


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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:


Name the Doctor's nemesis and creator of the Daleks


To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on November 20. The total prize pool is $849.50.


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'Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series' is available on Blu-ray HD and DVD from Australian retailers on November 19th.

US State Department computers hacked, email system shut down

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days ago

The US State Department is now the fourth US federal government agency to be attacked by organized hackers, with hackers targeting unclassified computer systems. The "activity of concern" did not impact any classified systems, and shows foreign state-sponsored cybercriminals are having success attacking the US federal government.


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"This has impacted some of our unclassified email traffic and our access to public websites from our main unclassified system," according to a senior State Department official. The State Department tried to avoid saying it was compromised, and said routine "maintenance" would be carried out, but the Associated Press was able to verify it was a cyberattack.


In previous weeks, the National Weather Service, US Postal Service and White House have all been targeted - and likely originated from Russian-sponsored cyberattackers.

Department of Banking and Securities concerned over bitcoin security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

The adoption of virtual currencies, mainly bitcoin, has continued to expand in 2014 - with a growing number of businesses accepting bitcoin payments - but legitimate securities offerings showing greater interest in virtual currencies face cybersecurity problems.


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In addition to currency volatility, which has scared some investors away, associated anonymity and growing risk of cyber theft from hackers is increasing.


"We are living in an age where traditional financial and investing relationships are being transformed rapidly and sometimes in confusing fashion by technology and innovation," said Glenn Moyer, Secretary of Banking and Securities. "It is especially important that investors fully understand where they are putting their money, and with whom they are investing it."

Bitcoin provides a 'compelling investment thesis' for investors

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 days, 2 hours ago

The bitcoin cryptocurrency is becoming more appealing for businesses looking to accept additional payment methods from customers. However, widespread adoption by consumers and financial investors remains unknown, as bitcoins have a high volatility mixed with problematic acceptance of state and federal regulators.


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Even so, a growing number of bitcoin-focused startups and businesses indicate a growing legitimacy that cannot be simply overlooked. The current value of a single bitcoin is $391.74, a fraction of the all-time $1,130 value it reached in December 2013, but investors urge potential investors to not lose faith.


"In terms of purchasing bitcoin for investment, we need to remember that bitcoin is still early in its adoption cycle," said Trevor Murphy, CTO of the BitStash bitcoin storage solution company, in a statement to TweakTown. "So, a portion of the current price of bitcoin reflects the future value and potential of bitcoin, and as such that value can and will fluctuate with sentiment, regulatory changes, and investor demand."


The volatility of bitcoin might frighten some investors, but the growing addition of consumers and businesses willing to shop - and receive payment in bitcoins - will give investors a chance to invest in a potential Internet goldmine.

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Anonymous hacker collective hijacks US Ku Klux Klan Twitter account

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

The Anonymous hacker collective has taken over control of the Ku Klux Klan, after the KKK and Anonymous engaged in a public war of words. The group began to release documents related to the names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of KKK members in the Ferguson and St. Louis area of Missouri - as the region prepares for possibly violent protests related to the case against Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.


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Before Anonymous gained control of the account, tweets included the following statements: "Why are you trying to kill my freedom of speech @YourAnonCentral? I thought you Anons were all about free speech. Cowards!" and "We are continuing to read Anonymous threats with much amusement. Still no action taken. #Cowards #HoodsON"

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