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Rainbow Six: Siege confirmed for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 13

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

Ubisoft has just released the first trailer for its upcoming shooter Rainbow Six: Siege, as well as the announcement of its release date: October 13, 2015.

 

 

Rainbow Six: Siege will be released on the current generation consoles and PC, with the Xbox One and PS4 set to receive the counter-terrorist raid shooter. Those who pre-order Ubisoft's shooter will have "guaranteed access" to a future closed beta test. The teaser above does a nice job of doing just that, teasing, but there's no in-game footage yet.

 

If Ubisoft's string of games of late is anything to go by, we can expect an announcement of a delay into 2016 in the next few months for Rainbow Six: Siege. The company just pushed The Division into 2016, disappointing countless gamers across the world.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks the Washington Post one more time

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

It looks like the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hacked the Washington Post again, this time taking aim at the news outlet's mobile website. The SEA, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, has reportedly launched more than 70 cyberattacks on western media outlets - typically defacing websites, publishing Tweets from hijacked accounts, and proving to be an annoyance.

 

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The Post's mobile website and "some section fronts on the mobile site" were targeted, but nothing else was impacted. "The situation has been resolved and no customer information was impacted," said Shailesh Prakash, chief information officer of the Washington Post.

 

The Washington Post was hacked by SEA a few times in the past, with the first attack occurring in 2013, when hackers exploited a flaw located in third-party plugins. Another reported attack took place last August pointed Post visitors to the SEA's website.

Researchers interested in creating micro-robots, such as RoboBees

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Scientists and researchers have great use for robotics development, with a number of different models currently in development. The use of micro-robotics, however, provides an interesting scenario in which researchers study small insects and wildlife for their natural inspiration.

 

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When most people think of robots, they immediately think of large, metallic creations that can be used in factories - but micro-sized robots are proving increasingly popular. If implemented, micro-robots can assist in agriculture, medicine, and other industries, according to supporters.

 

"If you want to make something a centimeter big that can fly, several hundred thousand solutions already exist in nature," said Robert Wood, electrical engineer at Harvard University's Microrobotics Lab, in a statement to National Geographic. "We don't just copy nature. We try to understand the what, how, and why behind an organism's anatomy, movement, and behavior, and then translate that into engineering terms."

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Kim Dotcom: Julian Assange will be Hillary Clinton's 'worst nightmare'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Kim Dotcom has come out swinging, with the Megaupload founder announcing that the 2016 US presidential elections will see some heat coming up with WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange having some "potential roadblocks" for Hillary Clinton.

 

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Dotcom recently spoke with Bloomberg, where he said that Julian Assange will be Hillary Clinton's "worst nightmare" next year, and that he was "aware of some of the things" that would stop Clinton's rise to the Presidency. We could see a future where Dotcom and Assange work together, with Dotcom saying: "If I can can provide some transparency with these people and make them part of what the Internet Party stands for, then I will be happy to do that".

 

Later on in the interview, Dotcom added that "Hillary hates Julian, she's just an adversary of, I think, Internet freedom". Bloomberg's Emily Chang added "and she signed your extradition request", to which Dotcom replied with "Yeah, you know the crazy thing is I actually like Hillary, I like Obama... it's just so crazy that all of this happened".

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Star Wars: Battlefront will not feature Battlefield-like destruction

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

With DICE working on Star Wars: Battlefront, some gamers are wondering what type of destruction the Frostbite-powered game will have. But according to DICE Community Manager, Mathew Everett, we shouldn't get too excited over the destruction in Battlefront.

 

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Everett said: "Overall the team is using destruction where it makes sense and is also making sure it stays true to the Star Wars universe. While there is some destruction in the game, Battlefront will not feature large-scale destruction like you see in Battlefield. Trees and other select environmental objects will take damage etc".

 

Personally, I would've loved to have seen some 'large-scale destruction' in a game that will be released towards the end of 2015, and edging into 2016. Especially with how pretty the game looks, it appears as though we'll have stale destruction mechanics. It would've been nice to see those trees react to a vehicle sliding into them, or a huge explosion knocking some trees down. Oh well.

Windows 10 will have Candy Crush Saga pre-installed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Back in the day, some of the only games you had to play on your new, expensive, single-core PC with 8MB of RAM were the pre-installed ones with Windows. Well, it will be happening again when Windows 10 rolls around later this year, with Candy Crush Saga to be pre-installed.

 

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Xbox Wire has announced that on all future versions of Windows 10 that Candy Crush Saga will be pre-installed, once it launches later this summer on Windows 10. Those that upgrade to, or download Windows 10 "for periods of time following the game launch" will enjoy Candy Crush Saga pre-installed on their new operating system.

 

The post teases: "With its compelling blend of tricky puzzles coated in gorgeous eye candy, Candy Crush Saga is a global phenomenon for good reason. Windows Phone users have been enjoying Candy Crush Saga since its launch on the platform in December, and later this year, all Windows 10 owners will be able to experience the hit game that's swept the mobile world like wildfire".

'Simpsons' characters to be recast after core cast member leaves

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Coming just days after 'The Simpsons', the longest running scripted TV show of all time, was re-confirmed for a further two seasons by the Fox Network, one of the core voice actor cast members has parted ways with the production.

 

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Veteran comedian Harry Shearer, the voice behind Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Reverend Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Otto and many many more has taken to Twitter to announce that he "won't be part" of the show moving forward.

 

 

'Simpsons' show runner Al Jean told 'New York Times' journalist that "we do not plan to kill off characters like Burns and Flanders but will recast with the finest voiceover talent available."

 

 

Harry Shearer will return for one more episode of the show which airs this weekend in the U.S.

Some of the mods for Grand Theft Auto V contain nasty malware

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

If you've been downloading mods for Grand Theft Auto V, we would suggest you take a break and look at which versions you've been downloading as they could contain some very nasty malware.

 

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We've noticed on the GTA Forums that the "Angry Planes" and "NoClip" mods for GTA V have malware, and you could be at risk. The GTA Forums post notes that "The virus could have deleted itself after grabbing what it needed to cover its tracks". The post on the forums is quite detailed, with an 11-step list of instructions on how to remove the issue.

 

The post does note: "If you downloaded Angry Planes or NoClip and played GTA V with them, you were most likely hit with a keylogger or other methods of password grabbing, and I strongly suggest changing all passwords. Do the steps above first before changing them. Just because you don't see any of the files above, don't assume you weren't hit. The virus could have had a way of deleting itself from your computer to cover traces. I'd also suggest using something like Keepass in the future for keeping your passwords in an encrypted database, since browsers keep passwords in plain text".

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US military testing new floating seaport that can be located offshore

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The US military is interested in testing floating seaports that could be used for large-scale operations, with a test taking place in Hawaii later this month. Using the Montford Point, a 785-foot US Navy vessel as a "mobile landing platform," the hope is to be able to see how realistic personnel and equipment can be transferred to shore.

 

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"In Culebra Koa we'll be expanding to mate different kinds of ships to it," said Lt. Russ Wolfkiel, spokesman for the Expeditionary Strike Group 3, in a statement published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "After (Marines) go in and take the shore, now you've got to move in material to support the war effort, or, in the case of (humanitarian assistance), how do you get that material ashore if your ports are not up to speed?"

 

The exercise will take place starting on May 18, and involve thousands of sailors and US Marines, Air Force and Army personnel. If implemented, using seaports and other sea-basing techniques can make it easier to deliver humanitarian relief and increase security.

Corsair unveils world's first 128GB DDR4 unbuffered memory kits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

We've seen G.SKILL and its 128GB DDR4 kit, but now Corsair has just announced the world's first available 128GB DDR4 unbuffered memory kits in its Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum Series lines.

 

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The 128GB kits come in 8 x 16GB, and are designed for Intel's X99 series motherboards with XMP 2.0 support. Corsair's new 128GB DDR4 kits come in both 2666MHz and 2400MHz, with even higher speeds to "be announced soon". The Dominator Platinum Series 128GB DDR4 kit is "the most advanced memory kit available" with a "striking industrial design for good looks, patented DHX technology for cooler operation, and user-swappable colored "light pipes" for customizable LED lighting".

 

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Corsair's Dominator Platinum Series RAM are the highest quality parts, as they are hand-screened ICs, and they undergo "rigorous performance testing", too. The second kit, Vengeance LPX Series 128GB DDR4 is designed for high-performance overclocking with each IC individually screened for its performance potential.

 

The two new 128GB DDR4 kits from Corsair are available from Corsair's website, and at retailers and e-tailers that stock Corsair products.

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