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SimCity closed beta to be hosted next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 20, 2013 4:29 am

The reboot of SimCity coming from Electronic Arts and Maxis is going into a closed beta next week, which was revealed through the official SimCity Twitter account as well as a newly opened registration page.




The beta will take place for just a few days, between January 25 and January 28. If you want to jump in, you'll need to punch in your details into the registration page before the registrations close. Participants for the beta are chosen completely at random, so I hope I get in!


Registrations are easy, you just get asked how much you play games, did you play the previous SimCity games, and how many hours you'll be able to participate in the beta.

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Kim Dotcom's Mega launches, sees huge surge in user registrations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 20, 2013 3:07 am

Kim Dotcom's new file sharing site Mega has launched in the last 24 hours, and it has launched to some huge early success. The launch took place on the one-year anniversary of the raid on his New Zealand home, after authorities close down Megaupload.




After just 10 minutes of Mega launching, Kim Dotcom tweeted that he had his server bandwidth going "from 0 to 10 Gigabit bandwidth utilization within 10 minutes". He later reported that sign-ups were rolling in at a rate of thousands per minute. Mega has been offering 50GB of storage for free, as well as three pricing tiers each offering additional storage and bandwidth capacity.


A total of 250,000 user registrations was tweeted by Kim Dotcom a little over 7 hours ago now, and minute later he tweeted "this is going to be huge", and I will mirror that. Mega is going to turn into somewhat of an elephant in the room, and that room is the US government, various authorities, the MPAA and more. Kim Dotcom just flipped them all off, big time.

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RumorTT: PlayStation 4 controller to feature LCD touchscreen, biometric sensors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:28 am

A source close to CVG are claiming some huge news from Sony's research and development department that they've been busy playing with more than one controller design for the next-generation console from Sony. We should expect it to launch as the PlayStation 4, but things can still change before release and we could see it released as simply "PlayStation" - something I believe has some weight to it.




These controller designs are said to be including an LCD touchscreen, as well as biometric sensors on its grips. Biometric technology on console controllers would be interesting, as it is capable of reading data from a gamer's body, which includes gamers' heart rates, temperatures and more.


This information isn't just a huge leaked rumor, as sources from Eurogamer are mirroring the same info, stating that Sony have been testing a PS4 controller with a touchscreen and biometrics functionality for at least six months, in which the designs reportedly change every month. This would be a huge departure from the DualShock controller which was introduced with the original PlayStation in 1997, and we've seen an iteration of the DualShock controller with every new PlayStation.

NYPD releases an app to help citizens report crime

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:34 am

An app has been released by someone you would've thought would be last to release one, the New York Police Department. The NYPD's application was designed to help the NYPD's mission to "enhance the quality of life in New York City by working in partnership with the community and in accordance with constitutional rights to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear and provide for a safe environment."




The NYPD's app allows citizens to access crime statistics, to view the Most Wanted lists, get precinct information and view rewards for information about past crimes, as well as let citizens submit anonymous tips about crimes they have witnessed - hopefully with some unbreakable encryption.


There's also a 'Tips' section which will ask citizens to enter the suspect's description including gender, race, appearance; the crime's description including what, where and when; and the vehicle description (if used) including make, model, color, year and license plate. You can even upload a photo from your phone, or choose to snap a picture from the app directly.

Pandora users rack up 13 billion hours of music listening over 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:42 am

Pandora, one of the main competitors to Spotify, have announced their 2012 stats where they've seen 13 billion hours of music listened to, spanned across one million songs and over 100,000 artists. In this process, they've seen 1.6 billion stations created, and more than 10,000 musicians and bands notched up 250,000 unique listeners.




The Internet radio and music recommendation service have been teasing their numbers for quite a while now, where they've been issuing metrics on a month-to-month basis, trying to scoop up more advertising revenue. In one of the first of these releases, Pandora talked of having 49 million active users, something that rose to 55 million in July. The audience is slowing getting bigger as they launch services in new countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Google defines the Pirate Bay as a 'malware distributor'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 7:31 am

It looks like the Pirate Bay is about to get a little bit harder to find on the Internet, thanks to a bunch of malware alerts sent to Google have resulted in sites on the Pirate Bay being flagge by their content advisory service.




If you're like me and rocking Google's Chrome web browser, the advisory is alarment and displays the phrase "visiting this page now is very likely to infect your computer with malware'. Sitting on the Firefox side of the browsing fence will display it an attack page, stating "many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners".


The team over at the Pirate Bay have told TorrentFreak is in relation to one of their ad partners who have "screwed up". There should be no malware threats now, and the warnings should eventually fade away from their side. These automated tools are slipping, and banning certain sites because of the ads, as they're made to target specific items and flag them. TPB getting flagged is another one of those "automatic" anomalies.

LeakedTT: Rumored specs on the PlayStation 4 set to impress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:33 am

We already heard that the next-generation PlayStation 4 was set to be more powerful than the next-generation Xbox, but now we have found some better details on the exact hardware being baked into the next-gen console from Sony.




The CPU that will find its home in the new PS4 is said to be sporting a new "Jaguar" technology from AMD, which features low-power processor cores that are designed for the entry-level laptop and tablet market. This is a perfect solution as console power consumption is a huge problem, and it looks like it'll be solved by the hardware in the PlayStation 4. The PC bound Jaguar technology from AMD is headed to the consumer market in a quad-core design, but consoles are looking to amp this up with some customizations to the overall design.


The PlayStation 4, or 'Orbis', will aos feature a high-end Radeon GPU solution. We should be looking at the mobile side of AMD's GPU plans, with the "Pitcairn" design, or the Radeon 7970M design. The 7970M is clocked at 850MHz, and feature 20 "Graphics Core Next" compute units, but the Orbis will take 10% off those specs - reducing the GCN compute unit count to 18, and the clock speed down to 800MHz.

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Office 2013 set to launch January 29th, pre-orders begin to come in

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 5:29 am

The launch date for Microsoft's Office 2013 has finally been set. The January 29th launch date info comes from a pre-order page on a Canadian retailers website.




Office 2013 is Microsoft's latest installment in its legendary productivity suite. Office 2013 has been available to businesses since November and it has been available for consumers to preview for quite some time now, with a version of the preview being installed on all Windows RT-based tablets.


The company had previously revealed that its Office 365 subscription service giving users access to the Office 2013 suite would cost $99.99 per year, while different standalone versions of the suite will range from $139.99 to $399.99.

Windows 8 Pro price to increase by 400%

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 4:31 am

If you have been putting off upgrading to Windows 8 cheaply, your time is running out. At the beginning of February the price of an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro will cost you $200 instead of the introductory offer of $40.




Redmond is claiming that it has already sold a whopping 60 million copies of Windows 8, but there is no word on how many of those licenses have actually been activated.


Like Windows 7 there are several editions of Windows 8 which will be priced as follows: Pro will be the top dog at $199.99, Windows 8 upgrade edition at $119.99, and Windows 8 Pro Pack at $99.99. If you have any interest in upgrading to Windows 8, I highly suggest you jump on the current $40 offer.

Voice messaging app Voxer gets un-friended by Facebook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:43 am

Facebook has announced that in 48 hours it will revoke voice messaging app Voxer's access to Facebook's identity system. The social network cites direct competition as the reason for the relationship breakup.




Facebook notified Voxer earlier today that it would be suspending Voxer's users ability to find and connect with their Facebook friends via Voxer. This very well may be a death blow to the company who has mostly relied on Facebook as its main user base.


"We were a bit taken aback because we never thought of them as competition...Facebook stated that they view our service, with its tens of millions of users, as a "competitive social network." said Voxer CEO Tom Katis What do you think about Facebook basically shutting down a company with only 48 hours notice? Are you a Voxer user? Leave us your opinion in the comments.

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