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Goat Simulator has become a real game, pre-order it for $9.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 4:31 am

I didn't think I'd ever be typing these words, but you can now pre-order Goat Simulator for $9.99 - yes, Goat Simulator. Coffee Stain Studios is behind the game.

 

 

The developer says that Goat Simulator is "a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don't expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you're better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you'd spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat".

 

Goat Simulator is coming out in Sprint 2014 for Windows, with "no plans for Mac/Linux support at this time". The power of the Internet, eh? You can now pre-order a goat simulation game, what is next?

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EA says Battlefield 4 is 'an exceedingly successful product'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 3:27 am

EA has had two big launches in recent months, with SimCity and Battlefield 4 taking quite a lot of flak in regards to being complete, working products when they launched.

 

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But during an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, EA's Chief Creative Officer, Rich Hilleman, talked about the launches of Battlefield 4 and SimCity, where RPS asked if EA was "overhauling how you approach launches internally from now on" to which Hilleman responded with: "I'm not sure I accept your premise. Battlefield 4 has been an exceedingly successful product on both consoles and PC. From a sales perspective, from a gameplay perspective".

 

Considering Battlefield 4 was, and is still broken for most people - the developer still says it was a successful product, both financially, and from a gameplay perspective. What do you think about that?

SanDisk's new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive writes up to 240MB/sec

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 2:20 am

SanDisk has just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive, which comes in just one size: 128GB. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive is capable of delivering write speeds of up to 240MB/sec, while reading at an impressive 260MB/sec.

 

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"The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance for technology aficionados who demand high-speed, durability and peace of mind that their files will be safe" explains Philippe Willams, Director of Product Marketing of SanDisk. He continues: "We are excited to be expanding our USB 3.0 solutions, and this is another example of our efforts to enable consumers with fast access to content and data".

 

SanDisk's ultra-fast Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive features a sophisticated design, made with a durable aluminum metal casing which protects the flash drive from wear and tear. It also comes with SanDisk's SecureAccess software, which provides 128-bit AES encryption and password protection. The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive has

FAA gives pilots approval to use Microsoft Surface 2 in cockpit

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 2:03 am

Airline pilots now have the ability to use the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet in the cockpit after receiving Class 1 or 2 electronic flight bag project authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Powered by Windows RT, Microsoft was able to work the tablet through different testing phases before being authorized for in-flight use.

 

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"While airlines are still obligated to define their specific use requirements with the FAA and request specific device approval, our completion of these tests for Surface 2 satisfies a lengthy and important part of that authorization process," Microsoft noted in a blog post. "So when airline looks to select Surface 2 for their EFB initiatives, their timeline to deployment can be significantly decreased."

 

Pilots are anxious to leave behind paper maps, bulky manuals and other non-digital products, though the FAA has stringent testing that includes environmental testing to make sure the device doesn't interfere with aircraft electronics.

 

This is an important victory for Microsoft, because the software giant wants to show its Windows-powered mobile devices can be used as real-world work devices.

AMD details DockPort in newly released video on YouTube

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 1:23 am

For well over a year now, AMD has been touting it's DockPort technology previously known as "Lightening Bolt" technology, and today we got a much closer look at big red's low-cost alternative to Intel's Thunderbolt technology. AMD has posted a video on YouTube that gives us a closer look into what exactly DockPort really is.

 

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DockPort got official recognition as an official DisplayPort standard at CES 2014 by VESA,one of the standards governing bodies. AMD's DockPort appears to be an amazing Tunderbolt-like connector that will allow multiple connectors, devices, and monitors to all be synced off of the same single DockPort docking station. The ability to simply purchase an HDMI, USB 3.0, or any other connector module, and connect it inline with every other port is something I have been waiting for for a long time, and will definitely change the way we connect our devices.

 

"AMD's versatile DockPort connection opens up a world of possibilities, like a portable hub where you can charge, transform, accessorize and otherwise connect your device in an all-in-one solution, reducing cable clutter and bringing data and display connectivity to your notebook or tablet via a single, DockPort supported DisplayPort link," AMD said in a statement.

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Microsoft says Xbox One updates and new accessories coming in March

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 12:19 am

This week was the week when Xbox One owners expected to get a major system update from Microsoft, but unfortunately that update will not be coming until March. This morning Microsoft announced that it was delaying the February Xbox One System update until March along side some new gaming accessories for the console.

 

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The update will be centered around improving the multiplayer and party experience, and will make it easier for you to find your friends by bringing the Friends List front and center by clicking on the Social Tile. The update will also enable the Party Chat by default, and will allow friends to chat with other friends who are online and not just in the same game. Microsoft will also be adding an "Invite Friends to Game" option that will let users do just what it says; invite their friends into their game.

 

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Along side the Xbox One system update, the company will release a few accessories including the official Xbox One Stereo Headset that will offer a "premium audio experience" for under $100. Additionally, Microsoft will launch the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter, a device that allows users to connect existing stereo headsets to the Xbox One. So if you already have an expensive gaming headset that has a 3.5mm jack, you only need to purchase this $25 headset adapter to use it.

Another Bitcoin exchange halts transfers over website issues

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 11:19 pm

Earlier this week, I reported on Bitcoin exchange MT. Gox suspending all withdrawal transactions over a long-known bug that allows nefarious users to basically make incoming transactions appear as if they never completed. Today word has came down that another Bitcoin exchange, Bitstamp has also suspended withdrawal transactions, but this time the issue is not due to a software bug, but rather was the result of a Denial of Service Attack (DDOS).

 

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Bitstamp is the largest of several exchanges used for trading Bitcoins, and actually trades a little higher than Mt. Gox on average, making it a big target for attacks like these. At the time of this writing, Bitcoins were trading for $656 each, $100 higher than Mt. Gox. No further information was given on the DDOS attack, or any clue as to where it originated from, but with Bitcoins becoming more popular by the day, we can expect to see these types of attacks begin showing up more frequently.

SanDisk unveils new Ultra Dual USB drive for PC and Mobile devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 10:06 pm

USB flash drives designed for use with mobile devices are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing segments in personal storage, and today SanDisk has unveiled its first entry into the USB flash drive for mobile arena. Today the company announced the launch of its first Dual USB drive that is designed to work with both laptops and desktops as well a mobile devices running Android.

 

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The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive has been designed for Android-based smartphone and tablet users who have been looking for a reliable and fast method of transferring data from their mobile device to their PC. The new Ultra Dual USB Drive allows users to do this by featuring a micro-USB connector as well as a full-sized USB B connector for quick and easy file transfers. This frees up much needed space on the mobile device, and also serves as a way for users to carry additional data that can be easily accessed by an Android tablet or smartphone at moments notice.

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UFC cracks down on Internet streaming site showing its events

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 9:43 pm

The No. 1 MMA promotion in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), recently shut down Cagewatcher.eu, which illegally streamed two UFC pay-per-view events. The site has been shut down and the UFC now has possession of the site's users, including their IP addresses, user names and e-mail addresses - which will be handed over to the law office tasked with targeting users.

 

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Attempting to go after individual users of streaming piracy sites tends to be unsuccessful, and earn the copyright holders negative backlash. Similar to other attempts by the RIAA, MPAA and other copyright groups, the UFC will likely look to quickly - and quietly - punish viewers by offering them out-of-court settlements.

 

The UFC's rather Draconian efforts against Internet piracy lead to a number of YouTube videos pulled - and the No. 1 MMA promotion also has its Fight Pass to show live events, event replays, television shows, original content, and videos from the fight library.

ReportTT: Mozilla is planning to sell ads within its Firefox browser

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 8:41 pm

Today, Mozilla announced that it will soon begin selling ads within Firefox, its internet browser. This announcement serves as a followup on an earlier announcement made by the company last year when it said that its browser would begin blocking third-party advertising software automatically by default, something that sent the online advertising industry ablaze with chatter on the topic.

 

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Mozilla says that the ads will appear within Firefox's "New Tabs Page," and will feature both locally targeted as well as mass market ads via a new initiative called "Directory Tiles." Mozilla unveiled a beta version of the Directory Tile system last year for users who opted in to receiving tailored content delivered to them based on their browsing history, and the company says that from its testing, it now sees more than 100 billion "tile impressions" annually. This opens up a big advertising niche that Mozilla hopes to capitalize on.

 

"Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla's pursuit of our mission," Mozilla said in a blog post. "The sponsored tiles will be clearly labeled as such, while still leading to content we think users will enjoy." A spokes person for Mozilla followed up by saying: "We are looking to partner with like-minded content owners and creators, such as leading publishers and curators as well as innovative advertising agencies."

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