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Dishonored 2 rumored to be unveiled at Gamescom next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Gamescom 2014 is only weeks away, with a tease arriving that we could see Dishonored 2 unveiled at the event. NowGamer has come out running with some details from their anonymous insider source, who says that the game is in development at Arkane Lyon, with Harvey Smith as lead.

 

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Dishonored 2 will reportedly feature a new protoganist, but his (or her) identity is still under wraps. Arkane has also been rumored to be thinking of allowing players take the role of empress Emily Kaldwin, which could see the game taking place at a later time period than the original game. Then news from an anonymous tipster said that "Dishonored 2: Darkness of Tyvia" was coming to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in November 2015.

 

This tipster said we should expect an unveiling of Dishonored 2 at Gamescom 2014, supplying some alleged PS4 pre-order box art (in the above above). We should find out more on Dishonored 2 in the near future.

Intel reports record quarter thanks to strong PC sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Intel has just reported a great quarter, something that the PC market has helped the chipmaker achieve. The company has reported second quarter earnings of $2.8 billion, or 55 cents per share across revenues of $13.8 billion.

 

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Wall Street had pegged Intel at earnings of 52 cents on revenue of $13.7 billion, so we have a slight increase on those predictions. Leading this revenue increase was the PC client group from Intel, which saw a huge $8.7 billion in revenue, setting a new quarterly record for unit sales. Last month was when Intel began teasing that it had stronger than expected PC demand, adding a massive chunk of money (around $700 million) to its quarterly revenue. This is a big note here, as its the first increase for that group since late 2009, some five years ago.

 

Intel has said that the increase of PC chip purchasing on multiple fronts: from around 600 million PCs being four years or older, new prices for its processors, and the retirement of Windows XP. Intel has said that it expects to see this trend continue throughout the year, but whether it continues into 2015 is unknown.

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Star Citizen is on the verge of hitting $50 million in funding

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The last time we heard about Star Citizen, it had hit $44 million in funding. Nearly two months on, it has acquired another $4 million in funding to top $48 million, with a new bomber unveiled.

 

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The new bomber is a work-in-progress, with the Retaliator to soon receive an in-game commercial, similar to what was created last year for the 2944 Aurora. The next stretch goal is $49 million, which should be hit very soon, where a new plant will be unveiled. That's not a typo, it's not planet, it's an actual plant.

 

The official description of the upcoming Xi'An Space Plant reads: "Similar to a bonsai tree, the Centennial Bloom is a very famous Xi'An plant indigenous to Eealus III that blossoms for one night every one hundred years".

Ex-Infinity Ward developers announce Reload Studios, VR-focused studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

First we had Respawn Entertainment, founded by the co-founders of Infinity Ward, and now ex developers from the studio have formed Reload Studios, a new studio that is focusing on a VR-based first-person studio.

 

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Reload Studios is based in Los Angeles, and was co-founded by James Chung and Taehoon Oh. There are currently 12 developers working on game development for virtual reality, mobile and home console platforms. Former Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Series Producer, Pete Blumel, Infinity Ward developer Hougant Chen and Disney Animator, Nik Ranieri join the two co-founders at the VR-focused studio.

 

Chung said in a press release: "When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realized these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media. It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration". Right now, Reload Studios is working on a VR-enabled first-person shooter that will hit mobile and next-gen systems, something that we should see next year.

Google pushes out XE19.1 update for Google Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

If you own Google's wearable device, you might want to make sure that it is updated to the latest version of firmware: XE19.1. The latest software for Google Glass is just a minor update, with improved connectivity that will see Glass keep a more stable connection to your smartphone.

 

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Google explains: "We now do a better job of handling occasional network issues when you ask Glass to do something like, "ok glass, send a message to...". The voice menu user interface looks like it has also received a slight facelift, with a cleaner UI with white text over a black background now being featured.

Film crew leaks strategy of DOTA 2 team at The International

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

For those who don't know, there's $10 million up for grabs at the DOTA 2 "The International" tournament, with some of the biggest names in e-Sports clicking and tapping away at the biggest e-Sports tournament yet.

 

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Gamefy, a Chinese e-Sports company, is at the tournament, with the crew walking into the off-limits player's room of Team DK before they played their match, and started filming. The crew then recorded, and broadcasted, Team DK's "core strategy" for not just that match being played, but for the entire $10 million competition.

 

Team DK ended up winning the match, but their entire strategy has now been leaked out to the world - and worse, their competitors at The International. This has put their chances of winning the competition on much tighter, near impossible odds, as their competitors know their strategy. Gamefy has apologized on their official site, claiming that the footage was uploaded "accidentally".

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Comcast apologizes for embarrassing, 'unacceptable' customer call

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Former Engadget editor Ryan Block and his wife, Veronica Belmont, had an extremely difficult time trying to cancel their Comcast service. A simple request over the phone to cancel service led to a rather obnoxious and intense phone call, featuring an aggressive Comcast customer retention agent that pestered Block for more than eight minutes.

 

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"We are very embarrassed by the way our employee spoke with Mr. Block and are contract him to personally apologize," a Comcast spokesperson told ABC News. "The way in which our representative communicated with him is unacceptable and not consistent with how we train our customer service representatives."

 

Not surprisingly, Comcast has quickly issued a statement that apologized for the "unacceptable" customer service call. After the audio recording was posted online, many current and former Comcast customers complained of similar issues when trying to cancel service. Ironically, Comcast is visible on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites - trying to help customers resolve any problems as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Germany considers using typewriters to stop the US from spying on them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

It was only a year ago that the German government considered the Xbox One to be a monitoring device, and this was at the time of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden coming out about the NSA spying on the entire world.

 

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Well, the German government is now considering shifting back to the old-fashioned way of writing documents: using a typewriter. The use of a typewriter would be used to type up confidential documents, so that they don't get typed up on a PC, that has an operating system that can be hacked, which is connected to a network. A typewriter can have someone type up a confidential document, finish it, and file it away - without the prying eyes of the NSA getting to it.

 

Chair of the German Parliament, Patrick Sensburg, has an enquiry into the alleged spying by the NSA, saying that committee members are considering new security measures and are thinking about ditching e-mail in favor of a serious move back to using typewriters. He told the ARD Morning Show Monday: "As a matter of fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it's even a non-electronic typewriter".

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Economist takes a close look at impact of file sharing on Hollywood

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

An economist, Koleman Strumpf, has published an academic paper that thoroughly examines just what effect file sharing can have on profits for the movie industry - and it turns out the answer's not a great deal.

 

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In Using Markets to Measure the Impact of File Sharing on Movie Revenues, Strumpf tracks statistics from both the Hollywood Stock Exchange and Bittorrent, and ultimately, BoingBoing reports, file sharing is not the monster it's made out to be. In fact, sometimes it even helps at the box office, in particular when leaks help to generate pre-release hype.

 

"Using movie-level tracking stocks in conjunction with the arrival date of illicit copies," the paper reads, "I find that file sharing has only a modest impact on box office revenue." That's not exactly nothing - but it's not quite the song and dance Hollywood made it out to be either. The full paper is available here (PDF).

Don't rule out a return from Crash Bandicoot, says SCEI chief

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Woah! Old PlayStation staple and Naughty Dog retiree Crash Bandicoot could well make a comeback, Sony Computer Entertainment's CEO Andrew House has said.

 

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Speaking with Britain's Telegraph newspaper, House remarked that not only is it too soon to be closing the door on old friends like Bandicoot, but that the company has actively been thinking about the possibilities of bringing the character back, along with other franchises such as Spyro. "In concept, it is something we've been thinking about and discussing, and this is a shift for us," House said. "We've started to say that maybe there isn't anything wrong with going back and looking at characters that people still talk about, that were a big part of either their childhood or their youth. I definitely wouldn't close the door on that."

 

When Crash Bandicoot made his debut on the original PlayStation he was touted as Sony's answer to Nintendo's iconic Mario. And although he may not be quite that level of legendary - Bandicoot spurred platformer after popular platformer along with some well received spinoffs, like karting game Crash Tag Team Racing. As House says, it's certainly a bit of a shift for Sony to be considering such a resurgence, but we're sure fans new and old would welcome back the marsupial.

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