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Nintendo NX's games will come on cartridges, no disc drive supported

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

A new patent filing has unloaded a bevy of new information on Nintendo's mysterious NX console, giving a new perspective on what Nintendo is cooking up for the future. The patent, which was filed in February and just released, describes Nintendo's filing as a "Stationary Game Apparatus, Game Apparatus, Game System, Recording Medium and Speed Control Method".




What we know so far is that the NX won't have a disc drive, that it sports two NAND flash memory banks as well as a primary hard-disk for storage, a processor, and its very own Wii U-like wireless display controller. Rather than relying on Blu-ray discs the console will instead rely on SD memory cards, which herald a nostalgic transition back to the cartridge medium which most of us grew up on. Only instead of the 128MB SNES cards of our youth, the NX will need at least 32-64GB SD cards to keep up with today's demanding games. It's likely that the system will also be buffered by digital games and apps via Nintendo's eShop.


According to the filing, the NX includes "a processor, a first memory, a second memory, an internal HDD (Hard Disk Drive), an image output unit , a communication unit, a wireless communication unit, a power supply unit, an HDD connection unit, a card slot, and a wireless display controller".

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Man of Steel 2 rumored to have George Miller in the director's chair

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

After the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, it looks like Warner Bros. could be using George Miller in their DCEU for the sequel to the Superman reboot Man of Steel.




The director of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives, John Schnepp, said that Miller has been shortlisted to direct Man of Steel 2. Man of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, but Snyder has been busy with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then Justice League: Part 1 reportedly begins filming in January 2016.


Miller directing Man of Steel would be an interesting choice, as it seems Warner Bros. is confident with its range of directors for the upcoming movies in the DC Extended Universe.

AMD reportedly launching its HBM-based Radeon R9 Nano on August 27

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

One of the more surprising video cards in AMD's new Fiji-powered lineup was the super-small Radeon R9 Nano, which is only as long as the PCI Express x16 port that it gets installed into.




The Radeon R9 Nano uses the same Fiji GPU that the R9 Fury and R9 Fury X are based on, with 4GB of HBM on-board. AMD is teasing that the R9 Nano has 2x the performance-per-watt compared to the Hawaii-based R9 290X, which is quite the claim. Especially when you consider that the R9 Nano will be using just 175W of power.




As for the performance compared to the Radeon R9 Fury X, it will reportedly have up to 85-90% of the performance that the Fury X does, leaving it toe-and-toe with the R9 Fury. If this is true, the R9 Nano will become AMD's most exciting video card released out of all of the Fury and 300 series cards.

PS4 exclusive Driveclub sells over 2 million copies so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Evolution Studios, the developer behind PlayStation 4 exclusive Driveclub, has announced that they've sold over 2 million copies of the game. The studio has said that it reached the goal before the free trial version was offered through PlayStation Plus.




The developer has also said that it will continue to support Driveclub for another year at least, with more DLC expected in the near future. Evolution Studios teased that there will soon be new features, modes, tracks, cars and even some "big surprises" announced soon. Monthly updates are on the horizon, with the studio to soon add fan-requested features such as fully customizable multiplayer lobbies, new difficulty options, more tracks, community events, extra photo mode options, fine tuning for drift mode, smarter notifications, and "a lot more".


Driveclub fans are already enjoying a Double XP weekend which is active on all 15 cars in the PlayStation Plus edition, with the Double XP weekend continuing until Monday, August 24.

Avid Life Media sending takedown notices following data dump

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Avid Life Media has gone on the offensive following the Ashley Madison data dump, sending takedown notices to social networking websites and file-sharing services.




Stolen data includes data of up to 33 million users, and while removing data from Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other sites has been successful, it's going to be nearly impossible to scrub the data dump from the Internet.


The data is out there, and there are plenty of links to anyone looking for a searchable database - yielding everything from names, usernames, email addresses, and sexual preferences - as Avid Life Media tries a desperate effort to fix its PR disaster.

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Samsung reportedly preparing a huge 18.4-inch, Android-powered tablet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It looks like Samsung is preparing a massive new tablet according to SamMobile, a new slate that would rock a huge 18.4-inch display. The new 18.4-inch tablet is under the codename of "Tahoe".




Samsung's 18.4-inch tablet will reportedly feature a TFT LCD display with a 1920x1080 resolution, a 1.6GHz processor (quad-core if we had to guess), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2.1-megapixel selfie shooter and Android 5.1 Lollipop.


We don't know what kind of market there is for an 18.4-inch tablet, but if it was done well enough with some surprising features or abilities, it could be somewhat different to the usual 10-inch or so tablets we have on the market now. Or do you think an 18.4-inch tablet is simply too big?

Divorce lawyers could be busy following Ashley Madison data dump

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

It looks like spouses are calling divorce lawyers after finding potentially unfaithful partners listed as members of Ashley Madison.




A report published by The Times indicates relationship counseling services and divorce lawyers have seen an uptick in phone calls and correspondence from angry spouses. After 33 million members were exposed, it's likely a similar trend is likely to happen in the United States and elsewhere in the world - as more people search the database.


The data dump has created "lots of difficult emotions" for partners finding spouses in the Ashley Madison data dump, said Denise Knowles, a counselor at Relate counseling service, told The Times.

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Spotify quickly apologizes due to privacy changes causing anger

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Spotify tried to quietly change its privacy policy, but issued a public apology after members and subscribers voiced their displeasure over the changes.




The policy change requested access to pictures on mobile devices, phone contacts, voice controls, and location information - but Spotify justified the changes.


Users are able to choose which images they choose with Spotify, and have control over how the images are stored and used. The location identification is to help personalize recommendations, along with share information about trending music in a user's area. Spotify might include voice controls so it's easier to control playlists, and isn't interested in accessing a user's microphone without permission.

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC patch expected 'in next few weeks'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

An upcoming PC patch for Batman: Arkham Knight recently entered testing, and is expected to be released "in the next few weeks."




The patch was expected to be released sometime in August, but it looks like a bit of additional time was necessary. Once implemented, gamers can expect reduced frame rate hitches, improved performance using all GPUs, increased system memory and VRAM usage, additional settings changes, and other improvements.


"The teams have been working hard to address the issues with the PC version of the game. We are happy to confirm that we are now putting the first interim patch into testing. If all goes well, we expect to issue the patch in the next few weeks. We'll be sure to report back in the next two weeks on how the testing is coming along."

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Ashley Madison hackers say 'nobody was watching,' bad site security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Avid Life Media has suffered a major PR disaster after hackers were able to spend a lengthy amount of time stealing data from the Ashley Madison website. The Impact Team hacker group, reportedly made up of "very" experienced hackers, has collected information from Ashley Madison "over the past few years."




"Bad. Nobody was watching," The Impact Team told Motherboard, when asked about security protocols. "No security. Only thing was segmented network. You could use Pass1234 from the Internet to VPN to root on all servers."


The group also has plenty of other information taken from Avid Life Media, including "300GB of employee emails and docs from internal network. Tens of thousands of Ashley Madison user pictures. Some Ashley Madison user chats and messages. 1/3 of pictures are dick pictures and we won't dump. Not dumping most employee emails either. Maybe other executives."

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