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Chromebit launches, priced at $85

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: 1 week ago

Google and ASUS have been collaborating for quite some time on the Chromebit, which is essentially a computer on a USB stick that can be plugged into your TV or monitor. Now the day has come to launch the thing.




With the launch comes an updated price: $85 over the previously reported $100. The specs we already knew, but in case you haven't heard or forgot, you get a Rockchip ARM processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB port. And of course, it runs ChromeOS.

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EA hires Ubisoft dev to make open-world Assassin's Creed-like game

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

Not content with reigning over almost every facet of gaming, industry titan Electronic Arts has set its sights on conquering the open-world action genre that's currently dominated by Assassin's Creed.




In order to make its own Assassin's Creed-style game, EA will use the prowess of ex-Ubisoft dev Jade Raymond who played a critical role in the Assassin's Creed franchise. Raymond joined up with EA earlier this year to found the Montreal-based studio Motive.


"We've never really operated in the largest genre of gaming, and that's the action genre," EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen said during a presentation at the UBS Global Technology Conference. "That's the Assassin's Creed-style games; more open-world, more single-play versus multiplayer. It's not been an area that we've operated in. We recently hired Jade Raymond, who was behind the Assassin's Creed franchise for Ubisoft and she will be building an action genre for us through a studio we're building out in Montreal right now. So a lot of excitement around the action genre."

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TZFix boosts Tales of Zestiria maximum framerate to 60

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week ago

JRPG fans rejoiced when they heard Tales of Zestiria was making its way to PC this year, the first game in the series to do so, but one of many similar titles in recent years.




It's a great port, too, except for the crippling 30 FPS cap. Fortunately, the community has come together to release TZFix, a tool that not only increases the maximum framerate to a much smoother 60 FPS, but fixes various issues, including stutter, Steam broadcasting, the aspect ratio in FMVs, the UI, and in the field, and the Field of View in the field as well. And then there are the feature additions of significantly increased character shadow detail, and a framerate counter with "instantaneous frametime" (not precisely sure what this means, but possibly a handy frametime graph for stutter detection and such).

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EA plans to make tons of new Star Wars: Battlefront games

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

Star Wars: Battlefront has just been released, and EA is already teasing sequels. Big surprise, huh? We've known for a while that EA signed a 10-year licensing deal with Disney to make Star Wars games, and it looks like these titles will carry through the original trilogy and beyond.




"We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that's almost ten years in length," EA exec Blake Jorgensen said during a company presentation. "The game that comes out tomorrow, Star Wars Battlefront, is a traditional first-person style shooter game. Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It's a huge opportunity for us."


"We get access to all of the historical content as well as all the new content developed. The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is it's almost unlimited in what you can do with it," the exec continued. "We know Disney has done a great job with other franchises and we believe they'll do the same with Star Wars over time in delivering new worlds, new characters, new vehicles, all the things that make great video games. Our goal is not to make video games directly about the movies, it's to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games."

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Survey states that IT professionals are overworked

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week ago

DEsigned to pinpoint staffing numbers and issues based around the IT sector, Spiceworks found out that IT professionals are working far too much.




Some of the interesting survey data pointed out that full-time employees are working 52 hours weekly on average, discovering that those working in finance, insurance and legal sectors work more than others, clocking 55.4 hours each week. While many employees are working more than the general 40 hour week, other sectors of concern involve education at 47.2, Government at 48.7 and healthcare at 50 hours per week.


Throwing further comparisons into the mix, 57% of IT staff in North America clock more than 40 hours per week, compared to a much lower number of 49% in EMEA.

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Windows 3.1 brings Paris airport to a halt

By: Chris Smith | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week ago

Did you know that Windows 3.1 is now 23 years old and still used as a major kingpin in some global infrastructures?




ZDNet reported that November the 7th was a particularly harsh day for Paris' Orly airport. A system running Windows 3.1 called 'DECOR', something that controls a link between air traffic control and the French weather bureau, crashed and suspended all operations.


There has been a promise to upgrade France's airport infrastructure by 2017 announced by the French transport minister, however, air traffic controller union executive Alexandre Fiacre thinks that it will take four or more years after this set date for things to be fully operational.

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New technology may read your face better than any human can

By: Chris Smith | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week ago

A new algorithm has been developed in order to read human facial expressions better than anything else could possibly do. This technology has been designed to read 'micro expressions', a term described as small facial cues and expressions which can give away internal thoughts or feelings.




This artificial intelligence can recognize and analyze these facial movements, something which the MIT Technology Review points out as often occurring "when individuals hide their feelings under conditions of relatively high stakes."


Recording a video at 100 frames per second, this machine was utilized by the researchers to study 20 subjects while they were watching an emotional video, this new discovery was able to pinpoint and analyze every time something was trying to break out from within.

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Take An Extra 10% Off Early Black Friday Deals!

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 1 week ago



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Facebook puts family and friends at ease with Paris safety check

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

With over 4.1 million people announcing their safety in the first 24 hours after the recent terrorist attacks in France, this meant that 360 million people globally were told that their family, friend or loved one was safe from harm.




Described by as created initially for the Tokyo Tsumani and nuclear tragedy in 2011, this implementation of Safety Check marks the first time that it has been used for something other than a natural disaster.


While it has been misused in the past by people not from targeted areas somehow able to mark themselves as safe, this time around the system seemed to work quite well. While this check allowed for some peace of mind, Facebook's Alex Schultz reminded everyone that it isn't always perfect: "During an ongoing crisis, like war or epidemic, Safety Check in its current form is not that useful for people: because there isn't a clear start or end point and, unfortunately, it's impossible to know when someone is truly 'safe.'"

Meet the 'Fuma Twin-Tower' heat sink that has people talking

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

This style of cooler has been around for a while, but not always in the limelight. Could this resurgence be the thing that air cooling needs to win back the market over water, or is it just another crazy product that is designed to market the company in which manufactures it? Either way, it looks interesting.




Scythe has just pushed out a press release announcing the Fuma Twin-Tower CPU cooler, measuring in at 149mm tall and bundled with two 120mm PWM fans. If two isn't enough, there's also an option to throw a third fan into the mix for extra cooling power. Your CPU is cooled thanks to six copper heat pipes with a 6mm diameter, connected directly to a solid copper base plate for optimal heat transfer - with all of this has being nickel-plated.


Available right now for around $41.59, this kit will fit most Intel and AMD sockets ranging from FM2+ to LGA 1151 and 2011.

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